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Marvel’s February Variant Covers feature the Wonderful World of Pym Particles

Marvel‘s Stormbreakers Class of 2023 are here and bringing their incredible talents to your favorite comic series and characters! This year’s class features a diverse line-up of illustrators who are constantly breaking the mold, and each month, they’ll have a chance to flex their skills with an exciting themed variant cover collection. In February, your pupils will grow to goliath proportions when you view their new size-shifting super hero Stormbreakers variant covers. These pieces portray some of Marvel’s most popular heroes including Storm, Deadpool, and Scarlet Witch with the power of Hank Pym’s eponymous particles. See them shrink down to just a few inches or tower to the heights of an NYC skyscraper on the covers of Marvel’s hottest titles all month long!

The new group of tremendous talents includes Elena Casagrande, Nic Klein, Jan Bazaldua, Chris Allen, Martin Coccolo, Lucas Werneck, Federico Vicentini, and C.F. Villa. Check out their latest covers now and stay tuned for more Stormbreakers Variant Covers to be revealed in the coming months! 

  • SCARLET WITCH #2 STORMBREAKERS VARIANT COVER BY C.F. VILLA
  • VENOM #16 STORMBREAKERS VARIANT COVER BY MARTIN COCCOLO
  • DAREDEVIL #8 STORMBREAKERS VARIANT COVER BY ELENA CASAGRANDE
  • STORM & THE BROTHERHOOD OF MUTANTS #1 STORMBREAKERS VARIANT COVER BY LUCAS WERNECK
  • FANTASTIC FOUR #4 STORMBREAKERS VARIANT COVER BY CHRIS ALLEN
  • WOLVERINE #30 STORMBREAKERS VARIANT COVER BY FEDERICO VICENTINI
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #20 STORMBREAKERS VARIANT COVER BY JAN BAZALDUA
  • DEADPOOL #4 STORMBREAKERS VARIANT COVER BY NIC KLEIN

Review: Amazing Spider-Man #14

Amazing Spider-Man #14

It’s been a bit since I’ve read Amazing Spider-Man, but with “Dark Web” approaching, I thought it might be a good time to swing on board. “Dark Web” is the upcoming crossover event between the X-Men and Spider-Man (and a few others) that has them taking on the Goblin Queen and Chasm. Amazing Spider-Man #14 begins to get things rolling in an issue that focuses on Chasm and his motivation behind what’s to come.

Written by Zeb Wells, Amazing Spider-Man #14 is a series of short stories by different teams of artists telling the story of Ben Reilly, aka Chasm. When we last saw him, Ben was vowing revenge against the Beyond Corporation and Peter Parker wanting his memories and life back. In his plot, Ben has found a perfect partner in Madelyne Pryor who is also a clone and having some issues with that. Granted dominion over Limbo she was looking to forgive and forget, but Ben has other plans. The two together making an interesting duo, as both have gone through similar situations a connection I hadn’t really made until this issue. Wells does a good job of giving us motivation and the anger that Chasm feels. But, while the issue does a decent job of catching up readers, there’s still a little bit of backstory missing for those coming into this new. There’s a lot to pack in though and the issue does an admirable job of fitting in so much. You get the basic overview, not the small details, enough to catch up and know what’s going on.

Where I think the issue falls a little short is the use of so many artists to tell the story. While the arc of it all works and makes sense, the art styles themselves vary so much. None of the art is bad at all, it’s good, but the styles are so different it’s jarring. Why this route was taken isn’t clear but it’s something that stands out to me in a negative way. There’s also some styles that work better than others as well, making the difference stand out a bit more.

Amazing Spider-Man #14 is an interesting issue. It feels like something that might normally be a “zero” issue or one-shot leading into an event. “Dark Web” kicking off in a regular issue that doesn’t feature Spider-Man or anyone else other than the villains is interesting in a lot of ways. Overall, it’s a nice issue that delivers motivation but doesn’t quite have that punch that really excites. Still, it’s more than enough to keep me interested in the event to come.

Story: Zeb Wells Art: Michael Dowling, Kyle Hotz, Terry Dodson, Ryan Stegman
Color: Richard Isanove, Dan Brown, Rachel Dodson, Matt Hollingsworth
Ink: Tim Townsend, JP Mayer Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.25 Overall: 7.35 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Amazing Spider-Man #14

Amazing Spider-Man #14

(W) Zeb Wells (A) Michael Dowling, Kyle Hotz, Terry Dodson (CA) John Romita Jr.
RATED T+
In Shops: Nov 23, 2022
SRP: $4.99

“DARK WEB” PRELUDE!
We haven’t seen Chasm since ASM #894 and the FCBD issue, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been busy.
Join us for this very special issue featuring Spidey’s most dangerous new villain as well as the Goblin Queen and a BRAND-NEW villain that you won’t believe.

Amazing Spider-Man #14

The Flames of Dark Web Go Out while Spidey and Black Cat’s Relationship Heats Up on Amazing Spider-Man

 This past weekend at the Lucca Comics & Games festival, attendees got a special sneak peek at what’s on the horizon for Amazing Spider-Man! Fans finally got to see the epic cover of February’s Dark Web Finale #1, the startling conclusion to the X-Men/Spider-Man crossover that’s going to ignite the holiday season come December! It was also revealed that Amazing Spider-Man #19 and #20 will be a two-part guest arc by two Spidey superstars: Joe Kelly and Terry Dodson! Readers of Zeb Wells’ current run have seen that Peter Parker and Felicia Hardy’s love affair is in full swing and now two of Black Cat’s most defining creators return to take it to the next level!

The dawn rises after the demonic invasion of New York City, but what will that light reveal? Find out in Dark Web Finale #1 by Zeb Wells and artist Adam Kubert. The climactic double-sized issue will reveal Chasm’s final gambit and the new denizens of Hell he helped create and unleash on Spider-Man and the X-Men! Fans will witness how Limbo will changed the city’s landscape forever–literally! The latest cover by Kubert as well as an Amazing Spider-Man #18 variant cover by Ed McGuinness also provide a startling first look at the INSIDIOUS SIX, a twisted take on the Sinister Six that will plague Spidey throughout the event!

Dark Web is over, but the effects will shake Spider-Man for a long time. To recover, Peter Parker and Felicia Hardy escape from the city to an exclusive spa upstate in Amazing Spider-Man #19-20! Surely, trouble won’t follow our Web-Head and ruin his romantic getaway… Join guest creative team Joe Kelly and Terry Dodson for this special two-parter where Spidey and Black Cat take their next step and no one tries to kill them…yet.

Swing from one crisis to the next—with some romance in between—when these thrilling issues of Amazing Spider-Man hit stands in February! 

Get your own No-Prizes with Marvel’s variant covers

Coveted by generations of True Believers, Marvel Comics’ legendary No-Prizes return in the form of eye-catching new variant covers this February! Coined by Stan Lee, the legendary Marvel No-Prize was originally awarded to fans who called out continuity errors in stories and later were given to those who could expertly explain them away! Over the years, the term and format of the prize itself evolved in many ways, but the spirit of it has remained the same! Celebrating this staple of comics fandom, these variant covers will take readers back to the glory days of the No-Prize by utilizing photographs of the actual iconic envelopes that were mailed out to “winners” in decades past!

  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #19 NO-PRIZE VARIANT COVER
  • BLACK PANTHER #14 NO-PRIZE VARIANT COVER
  • HULK #12 NO-PRIZE VARIANT COVER

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It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d you all get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below. While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

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Reviews

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Comicbook – The Riddler: Year One #1

Preview: Amazing Spider-Man #12

Amazing Spider-Man #12

(W) Zeb Wells (A/CA) John Romita Jr.
Rated T
In Shops: Oct 26, 2022
SRP: $3.99

GLIDER VS. GLIDER, BOMB VS. BOMB, GOBLIN VS. SPIDER?! Spidey’s new costume is going to be tested in a horrifying crucible. If you thought the Tombstone and Vulture fights were rough, YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHING YET!!!

Amazing Spider-Man #12

Madelyne Pryor and Ben Reilly Unleash their revenge in Dark Web!

Madelyne Pryor. Ben Reilly. As clones of two of Marvel’s greatest super heroes, they’ve gotten the short end of the stick time and time again. This December, they’ll join forces to take their ultimate revenge in Dark Web, an epic new Marvel Comics crossover involving Spider-Man, the X-Men, Venom, Ms. Marvel, and more! The saga will fan the embers of the iconic Inferno crossover and pack an emotional punch that pays off decades of Marvel storytelling. Fans have already gotten a sneak peek at what’s to come and now, it’s time to see just how things will continue to spiral downward for your favorite heroes come January!

Dark Web will unfold in the pages of Zeb Wells’ run on Amazing Spider-Man where he’ll be joined by artist Ed McGuinness for the duration of the story arc. In Amazing Spider-Man #17 and #18, Peter Parker is reeling from the opening battles of DARK WEB and now finds himself in Limbo. Peter not only has to find his way back home, but he has to do it in a truly hellish fashion. And who is shadowing him? As if the normal run-of-the-mill demons of Limbo weren’t enough… Spider-Man finds himself facing a small army of demonized versions of his rogues’ gallery! Can he make it home to stop Chasm and the Goblin Queen?! Featuring covers by John Romita Jr.!

Fighting his inner demons, Norman Osborn attempts a fresh start as a super hero in Chris Cantwell and Lan Medina’s thought-provoking Gold Goblin limited series. In Gold Goblin #3, Norman Osborn now finds himself face-to-face with his own sins after battling Chasm as Queen Goblin makes her terrifying return! Taurin Clarke provides the cover.

Mary Jane Watson and Felicia Hardy are trapped in Limbo and at the mercy of BELASCO THE SWORDSMAN in Jed MacKay and Vincenzo Carratu’s Mary Jane & Black Cat #3. As if that wasn’t bad enough, they’re also keeping secrets from one another! Somehow, MJ’s got powers and there’s a new (old) man in Felicia’s life – and if they don’t come clean with one another, they could be stuck in Limbo FOREVER! With a cover by J. Scott Campbell.

Dark Web will also leave a profound impact on Al Ewing, Ram V., and Bryan Hitch’s hit run on Venom. In Venom #14, Dylan Brock finds himself renewed and reinvigorated by his descent into the symbiote hive but Bedlam has come calling again – looking to finish what it started by killing Dylan and Venom once and for all. Luckily, an old friend is around to lend a crimson-clad hand… (And it isn’t Spider-Man!)

Caught in the explosive events unfolding across New York – including a face-to-face confrontation with Chasm himself – Kamala Khan finds herself teleported to Limbo, the domain of the Goblin Queen Madelyne Pryor in Dark Web: Ms. Marvel #2 by Sabir Pirzada and Francesco Mortarino and a cover by Marco Checchetto! As the city descends into chaos that threatens everything and everyone Kamala holds dear, she’s left with no choice but to call on Miles Morales for a helping hand! 

And Madelyne Pryor’s complex place within the Summers family results in a dramatic confrontation that will go down in X-Men history in Gerry Duggan and Rod Reis’ Dark Web: X-Men #3! When Jean Grey returned from the dead, Scott Summers left his wife and child to be with her. The fact that she was revealed to be a clone of Jean didn’t make her feel any better. Maybe the cold sting of revenge can? With a cover by Phil Noto.

Marvel will help celebrate 100 years of Disney with variant covers

Across The Walt Disney Company next year, Disney 100 Years of Wonder will honor and showcase the rich legacy of storytelling and immersive experiences that have been a hallmark of Disney since its founding on October 16, 1923. Disney’s 100th anniversary will be celebrated around the globe, and Marvel will be marking the occasion with a special monthly Disney100 Variant Cover Program featuring Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, and more.

The variant program in honor of Disney100 will celebrate Marvel’s past, present, and future through the classic “What If” lens with a fantastic reimagining of Marvel’s most classic comic book covers. These first-of-its-kind art pieces will see Disney’s iconic characters immersed in the magic of Marvel storytelling as they pay homage to legendary moments in the Marvel Comics mythos, including Captain America assembling Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in Avengers #4, as well as the groundbreaking debut issues of Fantastic Four and Incredible Hulk.

With 12 covers in total, fans can look forward to a new Disney100 variant cover (also available in Black and White versions) hitting stands each month of 2023 at local comic book shops. The variant covers will be found on select upcoming issues of Amazing Spider-Man starting with Amazing Spider-Man #17 on January 11.

  • Amazing Spider-Man #17Lorenzo Pastrovicchio with colors by Valeria De Sanctis
  • Amazing Spider-Man #19 Giada Perissinotto with colors by Chiara Di Francia
  • Amazing Spider-Man #21Vitale Mangiatordi with colors by Valeria De Sanctis
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