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After a first quick look at new comics today, I realized that I could write the whole article based on variants, so I am going to make an effort to get them out of the way quickly, because honestly there's just too many of them this week.

Walking Dead 1:200 (color) and 1:500 (b&w) variants? There's no two ways about it, these books will be hot … What's the right price to pay, though? Looks like the 1:200 can be had for around $30-40, while the 1:500 will set you back anywhere in the $100-200 region. Will it be worth it? Possibly? The regular covers will be everywhere for the rest of human history, though ….
I know they did this with Red Sonja too, but is this a thing now? Incentive ratio variants (1:50 for Linsner, 1:100 for Campbell) featuring a sneak peek of cover art for another issue? That sounds a lot to me like jumping the shark … A pity too, with Cornell giving his own spin to the character, but gimmicks like these make me want to stay away. Publishers everywhere, here's a secret: at the end of the day, we want good comics.
Nothing to say here, both of these covers look awesome, but I have a soft spot for the Planet of the Apes, cover swipes and crossovers, so the Showcase #22 tribute (1:25) is almost my favorite cover this week (which I am not going to include here, but it features Mandrake fighting animal versions of the other Kings Cross characters). Only one comment about the painted cover (1:50) … Is Felipe Massafera getting really good or what?
Meanwhile at Marvel, it's business as usual … Some of their variants have really amazing art, others suck big time. These two above seem to be selling out and getting hot, so if you can find them, take them out to dinner and treat them well. That Bullseye is a 1:50 while the Monsters Massacre is a 1:25. Also, keep an eye out for the All-New X-Men #18 variant by Stephane Roux!

So what's worth a read this week? That's entirely up to you … Looking at my pull list to check what's coming out today, I will say I am having a lot of fun with Giant Days and, surprisingly, Big Trouble in Little China / Escape from New York, so I am looking forward to those. I would include them here every time they come out, but that should probably be another article entirely: Iñigo's Pull List. I can already imagine the feedback (“Kill yourself!” would be the softest). Anyway, let's see what's beneath the ocean of variants …

Finch is back and so is Bane. Been enjoying this series quite a bit, it feels a bit off sometimes, but in a good way and King seems to be having a lot of fun with the changes in narrative style. Good stuff!!! Last issue of the Multiplicity mini-epic and it seems like it's all in place for next month's revelations about the title characters. I'm all in! By the way, the online information credits both of the covers incorrectly. They are by Ivan Reis and Tony Daniel, not Ryan Sook and Andrew Robinson.
I will take a look at anything written by Phil Hester just because of his past work and this series feels absolutely right up his alley. Francesco Francavilla is a bit hit and miss for me, but I am curious about his take on the Spirit. He seems to be good at pulp-y comics, but the Spirit is a lot more than that.
Yes, swipes and I go a long way, but it's always nice to feature one of Image's big series, even if it's for Image's 25th anniversary cover. I was in the right age when Vertigo hit, so I always look back fondly to early Vertigo. In regards to Kid Eternity, I only read a couple of issues but it might be a good time to go back to it.

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


  • dpiercy

    Love the POTA/GL variants; the Cornelius action figure one is really cool, too. I say that even though I wish the action figure trend would go away.

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    The Art Adams variant for Monsters Unleashed 2 is really nice! may be pricey for some ppl tho.

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    Got the Silver Age Apes variant on order, and as a Mego collector, can’t pass up the action figure cover.
    What about the Joe Jusko covers? Any thoughts? I personally have more than a couple on my pull list.

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    I really like the Felipe Massaferra 1:50 variant of Planet Of The Apes Green Lantern 1 is my favorite for this round. I hope its not too late to find one that is worthy of putting in a slab. Planet Of The Apes Green Lantern is something that I think has a tremendous amount of potential as a Movie adaptation idea. The synergy between the omnipotence of the artifact and early stage being is something that can draw tremendous interest if its portrayed right. Even for people that are not really interested in either of these worlds the concept is very thought provoking. The artwork by Massaferra really brings the idea to life.

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