The All-New Variant One

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We're back to polls this week, and it seems that the Dell'Otto train is reaching maximum speed. We have our share of blame for that, but to be honest we are just reacting to market trends and putting more information out there.

Anyway, three polls this week, but before that …

Keep these in mind!

Clandestino #2Clandestino #2

As Trey pointed out on his Monday article, Black Mask has almost disappeared from everyone's radar, but don't count them out just yet. If they put out good material, people will be back.

Spider-Man / Deadpool #1 3rd PrintingSpider-Man / Deadpool #1 3rd Printing

I like it when Nth printings give you something extra, and this one gives us funny dialogue on the cover. No idea if this is enough for you, but I might get a copy for my PC if I come across it. Loving this series so far. Deadpool done right!

Monstress #4Monstress #4

I know this one is probably on everybody's pull list already, but just in case, a reminder that it's coming out today.

Escape from Monster Island #2Escape from Monster Island #2 Cosplay Variant

Still milking the Lucasfilm universe, I am pretty sure that this Lara Croft / Indiana Jones will not be another Escape from Monster Island #1 but it's limited to 350 just the same. Also, keep an eye on this series, as I guess they will be back to Star Wars with #3 as they learn from the market's reaction to #1.

More Batman v Superman Variant Madness

It seems that people are not that interested in these covers, but it's the main thing going on in the world of variant events this month, so always nice to check what people are thinking about them … Also, don't forget that with Superman #50 comes the first half of a lot of connecting store variants. You can check them out here!

Robin: Son of Batman #10 Ryan Ottley VariantRobin: Son of Batman #10 Ryan Ottley Variant (9%) Superman / Wonder Woman #27 Charlie Adlard VariantSuperman / Wonder Woman #27 Charlie Adlard Variant (11%)
Superman #50 Kaare Andrews VariantSuperman #50 Kaare Andrews Variant (29%) 1507710_xlGreen Arrow #50 Aaron Kuder Variant (50%)

New Series

Santeria: The Goddess Kiss #1Santeria: The Goddess Kiss #1 (8%)

I don't personally have a lot of interest on Aspen, but it's always nice to see a publisher put up a fight. A company that was created by the late Michael Turner, I hope they can bring it back to greatness.

Steven Universe and the Crystal Gems #1Steven Universe and the Crystal Gems #1 (12%)

New Steven Universe series and the last one has seen some action in the aftermarket, so you might want to keep an eye on this.

Turncoat #1Turncoat #1 (18%)

New series from the writer behind Arcadia and the artist behind Undertow. A detective story set in a post-alien invasion world that's being reconstructed sounds kind of interesting.

A&A #1A&A #1 (22%)

Valiant relaunches Archer and Armstrong and it looks like it's going to be a good read. Make sure you get the 1st printing, as it seems that the 2nd printing is coming out today too.

Legends of Tomorrow #1Legends of Tomorrow #1 (41%)

An anthology series full of DC's lower tier characters sounds like a recipe for disaster, but what happens when you slap the title of a successful TV series on the cover? My instincts say that people will get the first issue, realize it doesn't have anything to do with the series and forget about this. It will be interesting to see the numbers for this series in the next few months.

Don't think this will make it to double digits, but at the same time, part of my brain really wants to read grown-up Sugar & Spike written by Keith Giffen.

Marvelous Variants

Power Man & Iron Fist #2 Bill Sienkiewicz VariantPower Man & Iron Fist #2 Bill Sienkiewicz Variant (5%)

This wouldn't have made the poll if not for the tribute to the Iron Fist and Power Man house ads from back in the day (check below if you don't know those or just to enjoy them again). As a tribute it works perfectly, matches the tone of the book and makes this my favourite cover this week.

All-New Inhumans #5 Hip-Hop VariantAll-New Inhumans #5 Hip-Hop Variant (6%)

Keith spelled it out for all of us, one of those rare 1:100 hip-hop variants that will make hip-hop cover collectors drop some cheddar.

Extraordinary X-Men #8 Larry Stroman VariantExtraordinary X-Men #8 Larry Stroman Variant (19%)

I personally like Larry Stroman's style, but I guess it's not for everyone. In any case, this is the most limited ratio cover for a comic that might have some importance in the future, and if you didn't read Trey's spoilers on this, you will find out why soon enough.

International Iron Man #1 Gabrielle Dell'Otto VariantInternational Iron Man #1 Gabrielle Dell'Otto Variant (70%)

Dell'Otto cover. Not much more to say, but it does seem that he's reached a next level artistically. His art has always been great, but his last few covers have been a step up.

Here are the Sienkiewicz-illustrated Power Man and Iron Fist house ads their cover pays tribute to, I guess that if you have never seen them, that variant might make you want to scratch your head, but this is comics and even ads seem to be important:

 iron fist - house ad  powerman - house ad

That's it for this week. What would you buy? There can be only one!

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