The People’s One
This week it was you, the people, who decided which covers were going to be in the polls. It might also be the week where the winners were the clearest (except for indies): the Black Panther #2 Frank Cho variant and Batman #52 and Action Comics #52 seem to be the comics everyone's really looking forward to. What else is coming out, though?
The Ratio Variant One
With DC getting ready for Rebirth, they seem to be saving their variant covers for the relaunch, so it's mostly a Marvel kind of week …
|All-New All-Different Avengers #9 Alex Ross Design Variant (9%)
The new Wasp makes her official cover debut and as it seems to be the case recently, there's a design variant to go with it. It's Alex Ross too. It all depends on how the character does, but she seems interesting enough … Will the movies force Marvel to change her, though?
|Gwenpool #2 Reilly Brown Variant (10%)
The jury's still out on Gwenpool, but there's some people who already love the character. If Deadpool influenced Harley Quinn who influenced the creation of Gwenpool (Objection, conjecture! Overruled!), what's next though? Clearly Red Tool is not self-referent enough. Harvey Quinn?
|Harley Quinn and her Gang of Harleys #2 Amanda Conner Variant (11%)
Not the most exciting of covers, but a Harley Quinn 1:25 is not a bad book to have. Is a tsunami of Harley Quinn collectors coming after the movie? I guess that's the key here.
|Darth Vader #20 Action Figure Variant (15%)
I can understand that Star Wars is a good investment, but I don't even know who this character is or why people would care about the monocle / mutton chops combo.
|Black Panther #2 Frank Cho Variant (55%)
One of the great winners of the week and it's Frank Cho presenting his candidate for an iconic Black Panther cover. Possibly one of the greatest Black Panther covers out there, and after Civil War you know that people want more Black Panther.
The Line-Wide Variant One
The Horsemen of Apocalypse variants get some well-deserved attention, but I was a bit disappointed that my favorite one this week (Dale Keown's Guardians of the Galaxy) was not mentioned at all. In any case, Batman #52 crushed the competition with some great Albuquerque art.
Big Two Regulars
Remember when I said that comics in the polls were chosen by the community? I had to add a comic in a couple of them. In this case, it's Adventures of Supergirl #1 and it shows. I will try to sell you on this title below, but I think we're all way more interested in her cousin and the path to the superverse next month.
|Adventures of Supergirl #1
OK, so hear me out … TV show tie-in typically means underordered, even if the show is not that good. Here's the good news, though, the art on this series is amazing: Bengal, Jonboy Meyers and Emanuela Lupacchino all show up in the first few issues and they are awesome. You're welcome!!!
|Batman / TMNT #6
Last issue of a series that's been quite a bit of fun, this issue is the big fight and resolution issue, so expect Batman and the turtles fight mutated Arkham inmates. The designs of those mutations alone will make this a great book.
|All-New All-Different Avengers #9
New Wasp! Will she be forgotten right before the Ant-Man & Wasp movie?
I think we all want Rebirth to roll out and check if DC take a much-needed step in the right direction. Batman fans, however, are crossing their fingers hoping they don't mess this up. It will be fine, don't worry!
|Action Comics #52
The new Superman situation next month seems to have captured a lot of attention, as there's still a lot of unknown variables. We're getting closer to those answers now … Who's who? Who lives? Who's depowered? Was this whole thing planned? Of course it was!
I think it's the first time we poll a title against itself, and the result is a bit surprising. Also, I added Stargate Atlantis, because I just wanted to know if people still remember and/or care about this. Spoiler: not a lot of people do!!!
|Stargate Atlantis: Back to Pegasus #1 (3%)
I have no idea whether there's still a Stargate fanbase out there, but if there is, they probably haven't heard about this comic.
|Forgive me Father #1 (15%)
Don't really know much about this, and it seems there might be some genuinely people who are excited about it. One of the variant covers completely killed all my interest in it, though.
|The Fix #2
Second issue of this series and it's already getting a lot of heat. It seems that Image is doing things right … Monstress and this seem to be going to become big hits.
Yes, it's only issue #2 but look down below for the second priting of #1 … That's what we think will be the hottest indie book this week!
|Unleash #1 (32%)
El Torres is getting some serious recognition. He won an award at last week's Salón Internacional del Comic de Barcelona (or Barcelona Comic Con) for his Spanish book El Fantasma de Gaudí. His US comics seem to disappear from the shops. It's nice to know sometimes talent and hard work is enough.
|The Fix #1 2nd Printing (34%)
A second printing, with a suspected tiny print, as the most awaited indie book of the week? I guess you people out there can smell blood in this one!!!
Here's that Forgive Me Father cover I mentioned above and which totally put me off from the series. I don't judge books by their cover, but I wasn't planning on buying it anyway and if people say good stuff said about it I will take a look, but this cover, man … It makes me want to take a shower! And that's my personal opinion, so sorry if anyone gets offended at it. I try to be as neutral as possible, but sometimes you just don't know what people are thinking …
That's it for this week. What would you buy? There can be only one!