The Batman with a Gun One
March is here, so Batman v Superman is just around the corner, which can only mean one thing: Batman v Superman variant covers!!! If you like Batman and Superman looking at each other defyingly, boy, you are in luck! Also, get ready for the Batman #50 / Superman #50 exclusive connecting cover sets coming from all comic shops in the world later this month.
Marvel's response to that is the Captain America 75th Anniversary variant event (I guess we should call them that, right? Variant cover events?) on which they are using all their big guns and a lower profile Women of Power variant set. Both of them sound like lazy concepts, but in these the art is everything so be on the lookout for great art in any of them.
Batman v Superman VS Captain America 75th Anniversary
The first poll of the week had the 2 covers coming out this week for each variant set fighting for supremacy. As stated above, DC has a crowd-pleasing concept as the base for the variants (a Batman versus Superman fight is always a good seller), while Marvel's is a bit weak sauce (iconic images of Captain America). In any case, they are both to a good start!
|Old Man Logan #3 Terry Dodson Captain America 75th Anniversary Variant (5%)
Good cover, but people want something more exciting in their covers …
|Green Lantern #50 Dough Mahnke Batman v Superman Variant (11%)
Something like Batman shooting Superman in the chest while Superman is getting ready to gently remove Batman's teeth.
|Batman Beyond #10 Dustin Nguyen Batman v Superman Variant (37%)
It's kind of interesting that both covers this week focus on the Batman looking bad-ass in the desert bit of the trailer, but I guess it's a new look for Batman so a bit more fun for the artists. How many times are they going to have the chance to draw Batman with a gun?
|Spider-Man #2 J Scott Campbell Captain America 75th Anniversary Variant (47%)
You can tell that people are excited about BvS when JSC wins only by a margin of 10 points. At the same time, this is JSC not doing women, and I guess a lot of people don't like his boobless humans.
Rare Variants of the Week
This week we put two of the hottest variants of the week in a poll to find out which one you thought would be the hottest ticket. After seeing MMPR #0's performance, I was expecting people to be really interested in it, and it ended up being a close race …
|Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1 Dustin Nguyen Virgin 1:100 Variant (42%)
Second appearance of Dustin Nguyen of the week and that's great. He's a terrific artist. Even my irrational hate of the MMPR couldn't make me stop enjoying this cover. Also, I learnt this week that David Rubin is doing a MMPR cover, so that one I will have to buy.
|Avengers Standoff Assault On Pleasant Hill Alpha #1 Jay Fosgitt Party Sketch 1:Store Variant (58%)
Great fun cover, rare and Gwenpool in it. I have absolutely no idea how many copies a 1:Store variant actually translates to. 1,000? 5,000?
Marvel, we want print numbers please.
Five different #1s from five different publishers, some of which look great, some of which not so much. The poll results, though, I found quite surprising …
|Vampirella #1 (7%)
Kate Leth writing Vampirella sounds great. Patsy Walker: Hellcat is fun, so giving Vampirella that type of BOOM! vibe could work. This revamp of Vampirella could actually work. In any case, nice to know they are willing to try something new.
|Action Lab: Dog of Wonder #1 Neal Adams Coloring Variant (8%)
I included this book here because (a) it had a Neal Adams cover (which is the most common cover right now) and (b) it's actually called a Coloring Variant (so I guess the name stuck and we can say goodbye to Sketch variants, which was not correct either). How this got more votes than Vampirella is a testament to the good work of Action Lab and the bad work of Dynamite with Vampirella.
|Black Widow #1 (9%)
Mark Waid is awesome. Chris Samnee is awesome. But when you put both of them together you don't just get awesomer, you get awesomerest. People might not have voted for this because it's going to have standard Marvel #1 numbers, but it's going to be a great read.
|Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1 (33%)
I think it might be because I was barely too old for these guys or too conscious about all those Japanese series which aired all the time here in Europe, but this is so not my cup of tea. My only good memory related to the MMPR? They Might Be Giants' Sensurround.
|The Discipline #1 (42%)
To see this book climb to the number one of the poll was really great news for me. Peter Milligan has been doing a great job with New Romancers over at Vertigo, so if there's a chance that he's back at the top of his game, I really want to read this. Leandro Fernandez is one of those underrated artists that are way better than what they look at a glance. Throw in sex as a gateway to other worlds (kind of Hellraiserey), and I am there.
That's it for this week. What would you buy? There can be only one!