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
Though the news about these latest variant covers came up in January, I’ve decided to wait until they were closer to hitting the racks so those interested could request their comic book dealer to save or order them the necessary copies. These covers will offer up “The New Mutants” who will be the stars of their own 20th Century Fox film soon. Let’s take a look at the ones that were shared with the press. If any others arrive I will edit them into this same piece.
The Press Release:
This March, a paranormal mystery will be unleashed in the Marvel Universe…and only the members of the NEW MUTANTS can stop it! In celebration of this six-issue limited series from writer Matt Rosenberg and artist Adam Gorham, Marvel is excited to announce the NEW MUTANT VARIANT COVER PROGRAM, featuring dark portraits of your favorite Marvel heroes from acclaimed artists such as Dan Mora, Declan Shalvey, Mike Deodato and more. Look for Marvel’s New Mutant variant covers on these select titles:
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:
Clearly when it comes to comics you can always return and that is a pretty exciting prospect when it comes to Jean Grey, the original Phoenix who is getting her return in the upcoming specials in the coming months. Now its time to share some variant covers to some of the currently running titles that celebrate this amazing return. I’ll close out as always down below. Check it out.
The Press Release:
Following on the heels of the recently announced PHOENIX RESURRECTION, Marvel’s new epic featuring the return of adult Jean Grey, Marvel is excited to officially announce it will continue the celebration of Jean Grey’s reappearance in the Marvel Universe with a variant cover program. Featuring acclaimed artists such as Jen Bartel, Kris Anka, David Nakayama, RB Silva and Elizabeth Torque, Marvel welcomes Jean Grey back with the help of some of the most exciting artists in the comic industry. Look for Marvel’s Phoenix variant covers on these select titles this December:
1. ALL NEW WOLVERINE #28 by Jen Bartel
2. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #792 by Ryan Stegman
3. ASTONISHING X-MEN #6 by Kris Anka
4. AVENGERS #674 by Brent Shoonover
5. BLACK PANTHER #168 by Ken Lashley
6. CAPTAIN AMERICA #695 by Ron Lim
7. CHAMPIONS #15 by Elizabeth Torque
8. DAREDEVIL #596 by David Lopez
9. DESPICABLE DEADPOOL #290 by RB Silva
10. FALCON #3 by David Nakayama
11. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #148 by Erica Henderson
12. INCREDIBLE HULK #711 by Dan Mora
13. IRON FIST #74 by TBD
14. MIGHTY THOR #702 by Kris Anka
15. OLD MAN LOGAN #32 by Chris Burnham
16. SHE-HULK #160 by Ben Caldwell
17. SPIDER-GWEN #27 by Yasmine Putri
18. SPIRITS OF VENGEANCE #3 by Francesco Mattina
19. THANOS #14 by Rahzzah
20. THE PUNISHER #219 by Sanford Greene
21. VENOM #159 by Tyler Crook
Don’t miss your chance to get your hands on these covers, when Phoenix Variants make their way to comic shops this December!
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Despite my hesitation to snag a whole bunch of the variant covers, I’d like to see how the rest of these get presented. I’ve always loved the near omnipotent force that was The Phoenix and it’s great to find the original character returning to the Marvel Universe. The timing is perfect for the character since she is going to be the main premise of an upcoming X-Men film which is appropriately titled “X-Men: Dark Phoenix”. Now they’ve only shared a small batch of the covers which is why the post only has that many visuals. I will try to secure some more as time goes forward. What do you readers think of these? Are they on your interest list? Let me know down in the comments section below. Until next time.,
These figures have been out for a couple of months depending on where you might be shopping but my local store only just got their entire set the other day and that let’s me share all of the images with you of this new “Marvel Legends Series” which is 100% X-Men themed. As readers know, the X-Men films are NOT tied into the Marvel Cinematic Universe so these would not be movie related figures and are instead more in line with the current comic book versions which I don’t mind at all. There are “7” figures making up this set and they are Colossus, Shatterstar, Dazzler, Polaris, Cyclops, Sunfire and Old Man Logan. Each of these figures (except the Old Man Logan one) include a piece of the Warlock alien that was a part of the “New Mutants” for a number of years. I snagged these images with my mobile device this time around and have the front and back of the packaging. They were taken at Galaxy Comics in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn and you can check out their Yelp right HERE.