The Press Release:
This year, Marvel Comics will honor the 40th anniversary of Miracleman’s modern era with a transformative year for the iconic super hero. In addition to announcements for upcoming new collections of his groundbreaking stories, fans witnessed a monumental development in last year’s TIMELESS #1: the herald of Miracleman’s grand return! In anticipation of his upcoming era, a new collection of variant covers will show Miracleman fighting alongside some of Marvel’s greatest heroes for the very first time. Crafted by some of the industry’s finest artists including Peach Momoko, Pepe Larraz, John Cassaday, Mark Bagley, Terry Dodson, Jim Cheung, Mark Buckingham, and Salvador Larocca, this breathtaking artwork serves as an exciting tease of Miracleman’s eagerly anticipated upcoming new adventures!
The Press Release:
As part of Marvel’s ongoing Marvel’s Voices series, readers everywhere will soon meet ESCAPADE in MARVEL’S VOICES: PRIDE #1! Joining fellow LGBTQIA+ Marvel heroes this June, Escapade will debut in the book’s central story, written by acclaimed author Charlie Jane Anders and drawn by artist duo and Eisner-nominated cartoonists Ro Stein and Ted Brandt, with colors by Tamra Bonvillain.
The Press Release:
Marvel is excited to announce that select Black Widow comics will receive new Marvel Cinematic Universe variant covers featuring artwork inspired by Marvel Studios’ Black Widow! To celebrate the superspy Avenger’s upcoming solo adventure, fans can find these variants by exploring her action-packed world of espionage in BLACK WIDOW #3, the next issue in her current ongoing series by Kelly Thompson and Elena Casagrande, as well as one-shots like BLACK WIDOW: WIDOW’S STING #1 by Ralph Macchio and Simone Buonfantino and WIDOWMAKERS: RED GUARDIAN AND YELENA BELOVA #1 by Devin Grayson and Michele Bandini.
Drawn by some of the industry’s hottest talents, these eye-catching covers showcase characters and imagery from the highly-anticipated film. One of the most popular Black Widow artists in recent years, Eisner award-winning artist Chris Samnee returns to the character with a movie poster-style cover depicting the film’s main cast for WIDOWMAKERS: RED GUARDIAN AND YELENA BELOVA #1. On superstar artist Stefano Caselli’s BLACK WIDOW: WIDOW’S STING #1 cover, Natasha Romanoff races to her next mission. And fans will be delighted at Jen Bartel’s vibrant depiction of Scarlett Johansson’s iconic portrayal of the character in her cover for BLACK WIDOW #3!
Pick up these incredible covers starting this month, and keep your eyes peeled for more Marvel Cinematic Universe variant covers coming your way soon! For more information, visit Marvel.com (linked below).
BLACK WIDOW: WIDOW’S STING #1: Written by RALPH MACCHIO; Art by SIMONE BUONFANTINO; MCU Variant Cover by STEFANO CASELLI
BLACK WIDOW #3: Written by KELLY THOMPSON; Art by ELENA CASAGRANDE; MCU Variant Cover by JEN BARTEL
WIDOWMAKERS: RED GUARDIAN AND YELENA BELOVA #1: Written by DEVIN GRAYSON; Art by MICHELE BANDINI; MCU VARIANT COVER by CHRIS SAMNEE
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Now while I’ve put my stand on variant covers out there in the open a few times over the years, I just might, I just might purchase a couple of these since they are first issues and look rather nice. I am usually a first-issue guy when it comes to collecting and despite the pandemic slowing down this part of my spending patterns I still can be swayed by a first-issue every now and again. I’m sad that the world didn’t get to see “Black Widow” yet but hey its not the best idea to be sitting in an enclosed space like this under the current world scenario. I don’t know when I will be braving the movie theatre again but can safely say that it will not be until some kind of vaccine is available to the general public and I qualify for it. Since the world isn’t there yet I can wait it out and I have a ton of recorded programs on my DVR to keep me busy but I digress. What do you readers think about these offerings? Will you be adding them to your collection of “Black Widow” comics? Chime in down below in the comment section and I will see you very soon with something else interesting to read. Try to stay inside and avoid the crowds etc to be on the safe side. Not to be preachy I just want everyone in our circle to be safe and sound for when this all ends. Ciao.
Back in March, we helped share the news about the upcoming “Shang-Chi” mini-series which was set for June. Then the pandemic happened and that series was delayed like so many other things. The original story I mention can be examined HERE for the interested. With the mini-series hitting the racks now in September, Marvel Comics has begun to release a series of Artist Variant covers for the first issue. I’ll start us off with the standard edition cover and then be editing this post as new reveals are made available to the press. Enjoy the ride.
July 27, 2020: To commemorate Shang-Chi’s latest adventure, industry legend Arthur Adams has turned out a stunning cover depicting the longtime Avenger bravely facing off against a horde of warriors single-handedly! Outfitted in his new costume designed by superstar artist Jim Cheung, this action-packed cover is just a taste of the fight scenes you can expect as Shang-Chi embarks on a quest to discover long-hidden truths about himself, his family, and the secret society he thought he could leave behind… Check out Arthur Adams’ cover below and don’t miss SHANG-CHI #1 when it hit stands this September!
Last month we shared the news about the upcoming “Thor” series from Marvel Comics and if you missed that announcement just click HERE to be up to speed. Now we’ve begun to get the variant covers that were done by some of the industries best creatives. As you might expect, I will be continually adding to this original narrative as each cover gets revealed instead of posting a brand-new single post. This worked out well for the recent Artist Variants for “X-Men” #1 and “Fantastic Four” #1 so why change a working process. I’ll begin with the main cover of the series that will launch in January 2020. Let’s take a look shall we.