As you might have noticed, there are a LOT of variant cover programs coming from the House Of Ideas this March and the latest batch are celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Venom. Can you believe that its been thirty years since we first met this incredible character? Check out the covers below and who worked on them. I’ll return at the close with some additional thoughts.
The Press Release:
In preparation for Venom’s 30th anniversary, get ready for 20 key moments showcasing the symbiote’s epic history. These anniversary covers will feature art by some of the industry’s top creators and rising stars, including Mark Bagley, Mike Perkins, Francesco Francavilla, Ron Lim, Inhyuk Lee and more! The first wave of VENOM VARIANT COVERS will hit comic shops on March 7th. Don’t miss your chance to collect all 20 variants, coming to comic shops this March.
1. ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #33 by DUSTIN WEAVER
2. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #798 by TERRY and RACHEL DODSON
So here we are in February and according to one groundhog, the winter is going to last for another six weeks. Of course the other one said its an early Spring but who can really trust what these critters feel will be the case. It’s been a promising January in terms of all things music and mass media but now its time to get into the new month with a wide assortment of the comics that are hitting the racks from the DC Comics side of the fence. As usual, the overall premise and cover art comes from their resources but the editorial closing is all me. Let’s begin with a couple of titles that were re-solicited for this month after being expected last month.
SIDEWAYS #1: During the events of DARK NIGHTS: METAL, high school junior Derek James accidentally fell through a rift into the dark matter dimension! Now, as Sideways, he can create rifts in midair to leap through dimensions at will! But with that much power comes great liability—and cracks are starting to form in the fabric of the space-time continuum…
Written by DAN DiDIO and JUSTIN JORDAN; Art and cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT
THE TERRIFICS #1: Bound together by fate, united by the spirit of exploration and hope for tomorrow, the Terrifics are bound from the Dark Multiverse of Metal! When Mr. Terrific, Metamorpho, Plastic Man and Phantom Girl find themselves literally bound together by a tragic accident, our team of unlikely allies must rely on one another to make their way back home. But a startling revelation on their return trip brings them face to face with a new mystery: Where in the universe is Tom Strong?
Hello there my readers and “Welcome To February”!!! How are you doing so far in 2018? I hope that the New Year is treating you alright. If you’ve been following us since the bell first tolled on this one, then you know it’s been very, very busy here. So with the upcoming “Black Panther” movie opening up in a couple of weeks, I’ve given Marvel Comics the chance to be our first comic book report of the month. As you’ll see there are a great bunch of first issues, one-shots and special editions coming. We did hit an anniversary for one of the “Spider-Man” titles so I’ve featured that as well. As expected, the copy below comes from their official resources along with the images but the closing editorial is all me. Let’s take a look at what will be on the stands this month.
X-MEN RED #1: The Hate Machine Part 1. THE FIRST SENSATIONAL ARC OF AN ALL-NEW TEAM OF X-MEN STARTS HERE! JEAN GREY is back! Returned to a world she doesn’t recognize, the First Lady of the X-MEN gathers an unlikely team — NIGHTCRAWLER, NAMOR and LAURA KINNEY (A.K.A. ALL-NEW WOLVERINE) — to face an evil that threatens to tear down XAVIER’s dream by any means necessary!
TOM TAYLOR (W) • MAHMUD ASRAR (A); Cover by TRAVIS CHAREST
DOCTOR STRANGE: DAMNATION #1 (OF 5): The city of sin gets its biggest sinner yet. When Doctor Strange raises Las Vegas up from its destruction during SECRET EMPIRE, he inadvertently opens a big door for the embodiment of evil, MEPHISTO! The devilish villain takes the city for himself and sets his sights on the rest of the world. It’s going to take heroes from all over the Marvel Universe to defeat him, but there’s nothing simple about fighting the lord of Hell.
For many years, “The Incredible Hulk” was one of my very favorite Marvel Comics titles to read and this might have been helped by the Lou Ferrigno television show but I digress. This February Marvel celebrates the Jade Giant with a series of variant covers. I’ve shared the ones that were released to press for you below along with the brief statement about them. Check it out.
The Press Release:
He’s back. He’s mad as hell. And you’ve never seen a Hulk this angry before. This February, Marvel will help appease the green goliath’s anger by introducing the HULK VARIANT COVER PROGRAM. Showcasing key moments in the Hulk’s past life, these covers will feature art by some of the industry’s top creators and rising stars, including Mike McKone, Marco Checchetto, Stephanie Hans, Dale Keown, Ron Lim, and more. Look for Marvel’s Hulk variant covers on these select titles:
As the excitement gets more amped up for the upcoming “Black Panther” film, it was not a surprise to learn that Marvel Comics would be releasing a special free issue in honor of the film. Check out the recently released press details and images. I’ll return at the close as I usually do.
The Press Release:
Just in time for the leader of Wakanda to stage center stage in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel is excited to announce the release of BLACK PANTHER – START HERE, a FREE sampler celebrating Black Panther stories across the Marvel Universe. Featuring excerpts from Marvel’s current Black Panther ongoing series, as well as World of Wakanda, Black Panther and the Crew, and portions from Reginald Hudlin and John Romita Jr.’s Black Panther run, BLACK PANTHER – START HERE serves to introduce brand new readers to the character’s expansive 50-year Marvel history, while long-time fans will be able to relive some of T’Challa’s most epic adventures. THE FREE BLACK PANTHER – START HERE sampler will be available to retailers on January 31st in local comic shops!
PiercingMetal Thoughts: One of the main things that I enjoy about all of our comic book posts is the chance to direct you to the one-dollar comics and the various freebie issues that are hitting the racks on a semi-regular basis. Adding the great Black Panther to the mix of these free offerings is simply awesome. Remember that you’re not going to find this at any old location and you must go to your local comic shop retailer and hope that they will be participating in the freebie offering. I’m sure that most retailers will have it and you have time to ask around since it will be available at the end of the month. When you get your copy be sure to give back some thanks to the retailer by purchasing a couple of other titles or perhaps even some bags and backing boards. Are you excited for the “Black Panther” movie and the freebie issue? Let me know down in the comments section below. Till next time.