Bill Sienkiewicz is one of those artists that has elevated comic art by raising the bar every time his work is published. We covered his 1980s cover art before, but his current work continues to astound with its quality. Image Comics and Robert Kirkman's Skybound Entertainment released his latest three variants for The Walking Dead #177-179.
We’re starting a new column at Needless and the focus will be on what’s hot for the comic market. Every Wednesday, we will publish what we think could be hot based on advanced sales, pre-orders, artists and character/ story arc. The one thing to take away from this is we are fans first and foremost.
Dynamite has certainly made the effort lately in new projects, endeavoring to breathe new life into established characters.Their recent press release announcing a new Mighty Mouse series shows something that could be a problem for this company fighting valiantly for a larger share of the comics market left by Marvel and DC.
There's an elephant in the room regarding any event in North Carolina that 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank is addressing. If you've paid any attention to the news from North Carolina, you know that a recent bathroom bill was passed into law that targets transgender people. It has fans of HeroesCon concerned that some creators and/or fans may boycott this year's show to avoid giving any tax money to the state government. Matthew Rosenberg, publisher of Black Mask Studios and writer of 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank.
Archie Comics is expecting Batty and Veronica #1 to be a major sales force for them, and to prove it, there will be no less than 25 different covers, including the regular cover by Adam Hughes, pictured below and first in this article.
Emerald City Comicon starts today so here's the Image Comics Schedule for the convention. Their own Image Comics Expo has already produced announcements of new series, but they already have some other great series that will get attantion at Emerald City. Image Comics will be at Booth #316, where they'll be selling some limited edition variant covers. They also sent along the following information about where you can go to get other Image-related swag and events.
In sharing a press release about a new Walking Dead variant cover, Image Comics has shown a little sense of humor about how variant covers work. The new variant cover featuring only the black and white artork from Charlie Adlard's regular cover will go to any retailer that orders at least zero copies of The Walking Dead #150. Yes, every retailer will get a copy of this variant cover.
IDW has posted a Press Release announcing their impressive plan to bring love to all fans. Coming in February will be special IDW Valentines Day cover variants. Look for GI Joe, Back to the Future, Jem and more! Here's all of the affected titles.
In a few weeks, Titan Comics is releasing Assassin's Creed #1, taking the story from the blockbuster video game into the present day. The writers of Kill Shakespeare, Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery are joined on the series by Doctor Who artist Neil Edwards. As soon as we have any preview pages available, we'll pass them along, and you can expect a review as soon as we get our hands on a copy. Until then check out these variant covers for the premiere issue, in stores October 14!
One of the surprises for me this year has been the relaunched Archie series by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples. Archie Comics has been kind enough to send us some teaser pages. I'm calling them teasers because we're only seeing the art, which includes one of the first interactions between Archie and Veronica. I'm really waiting to read this, so check them out, and assume that we'll have a review as soon as we can before the September 30 release date.
Along with the preview for Archie #1 came a gallery of the various variant covers for the premier issue. For your enjoyment, here is a full gallery including the retailer variants we shared a few weeks ago.
Archie #1 is coming, and while Archie Comics was trying to make the month a big launch of three new Riverdale titles, they're still committing heavily to the flagship title, by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples. As with any big launch, there are retailer exclusive variants. Check them out below.