FanExpo / Megacon Variants
Like it or not, these are the days of variant covers. Whether it's Marvel's new minimum of 6 covers for each new #1 or DC with their ever-expanding store variants program, sometimes it's easier to find a variant cover than the regular version, which is kind of weird. Variants have become an integral part of the industry and whatever they mean to you (more chances to find a good cover, a trigger to your gotta-have-them-all OCD or the final nail in the coffin of printed comics), there are so many of them out there that we thought an article has become necessary. What's going on at the cons? Why did nobody mention that new Campbell store exclusive? Rest easy, we're going to try to keep you (PUN ALERT) covered!!!
We will start by talking about the Megacon Orlando / Fan Expo Dallas variant set. First and foremost because it's an impressive set. Terry Dodson, John Cassaday, Rob Liefeld, Klaus Janson and Jonboy Meyers handling the art is reason enough to pay attention, but there are some hot books in there too. So let's take a look at these beauties!!!
Civil War II #0 by Terry Dodson (Color and B&W)
Marvel's summer mega-event. Terry Dodson. A ready for prime time Captain Marvel. It all adds up to a fun little cover that shouldn't get lost in the shuffle.
Civil War II #0 by John Cassaday (Color and B&W)
One of John Cassaday's best covers of late, this one also features Captain Marvel. People are excited about Captain Marvel and hopefully she will be great in the movies.
Spider-Man / Deadpool #3 by Rob Liefeld
As always, Rob Liefeld drawing Deadpool is something that seems to capture people's attention. It's also a variant in one of the best series to feature Deadpool lately. Might go down as a first app of Liefeld drawing feet in any case 😉
DKIII: The Master Race #4 by Klaus Janson
Klaus Janson doing another cover for Batman Dark Knight is great news. It might be because he became famous mostly as an inker, but he's a terribly underrated artist of his own. DKIII is a lot of fun, even though people who were expecting Dark Knight Returns might be a bit disappointed.
Batman Adventures #12 by Jonboy Meyers (Regular and Foil)
As you can see, these variants are for some of the hottest series coming out right now, but the cherry on top of the cake is the variant for one of the hottest books in recent history. For all of you thinking “What? Again?” this is just the 3rd printing of this book and quite possibly the best cover of the three. In a very fun move, they are putting out a foil edition that I am really looking forward to.
Another good reason to have started with this set is that the Megacon Orlando and Fan Expo Dallas cons are taking place this weekend and the next one respectively. If you are not going to those conventions, though, you can order them directly from their online store at fanexpostore.com. Be quick because the Batman Adventures #12 are constantly getting sold out but the organizers put some online to coincide with this article.
In fact, the organizers are so amazing that they have given us two full sets to give away in a contest. So keep your eyes open for that, later this week!