Between now and Christmas, every day we’ll highlight a suggestion for gift giving. All of these suggestions will be comics-themed, and every day will see one featured. For Day Eleven, I’m going to a comic that everybody should have heard of, but some people still haven’t just due to its popularity making issues hard to
SAGA #22 Brian K. Vaughn (w) Fionna Staples (a) FC • 32 pages • $2.99 • Mature The family is tested. REVIEW: Boy, is that a teaser or what? After the first part of the story had Alana and Marko fleeing two armies that wanted them and their daughter dead. Now that they actually have to get down to being
The latest gimmick to get comic readers to spend more money is the variant cover. Sometimes the variants are simply the pencils for the real cover, or a recolored workup of the cover, but this article isn't about those excuses to get someone to buy multiple copies, it's about the ones featuring all-new art. These will be the exact same comic but with a cover by a different artist. Usually, these will be by a "hot" artist or one that's known for knocking out fantastic covers, like Adam Hughes or Alex Ross. These will also be in print runs much less than the original cover, so shops will order more of an issue in order to receive the variant covers, which are then sometimes sold at an increased price. Sometimes, the variant covers are given to artists that while not well known, are considered exceptional. There's also the sketch cover variants which are most easily spotted at conventions with artists of all levels of experience being commissioned to create original artwork for a fan.