MARY JANE VARIANT MONTH
Marvel's variant themes are starting to get boring. We've gotten two spoonfuls of Venomized variants, a few of Deadpool and now we are gearing up for the MJ variants next month. And the only reason they didn't just do another Gwen month is that they got what they wanted out of it (Gwenpool) and it would be too much even for them to have another Gwen* title out there.
This is Marvel's business model right now, it seems, get as many crazy-sounding variants as possible, which will force the retailers to up or maintain their orders to keep up, while at the same time being the cheapest way possible to see if any “new” characters might interest an increasingly bored audience. So if we get a new series called MJHotLegsDaredevil in the next few months, we can only blame ourselves.
Unfortunately, the art in some of these is pretty nice, so we thought you might want to have all of these in the same place. I will take this moment to thank William B from the G+ group for reminding me about these in the first place and I do it without a hint of sarcasm, but putting these all together made me think about all the stuff above. I mean, there's a Gwenpool MJ Variant, so that's a (Deadpool Gwen Variant) MJ Variant, for those keeping the score …
As for availability, most of these are unlocked if retailers order at least 90% of whatever they ordered 3 issues before this one. New series compare against their previous incarnations (GotG) or kinda related series (Groot to Gamora, Black Bolt and Secret Warriors to IVX). In the case of newer series, the percentage is way higher (125% to 200% depending on the series). Basically, whether your favorite retailer brings or doesn't bring these, he deserves a hug for all the unnecessary pressure publishers are putting on him/her.
But, I insist, if you forget about all of that background noise for a second, this is a very handsome set, with some pearls. Which one's your favorite?