This year marks the 60th anniversary of Spider-Man, and the entire Marvel Universe will join in the celebration with a stunning new series of variant covers! Debuting throughout April, the Spider-Man Variant Covers will adorn your favorite ongoing series and showcase Marvel’s heroes and villains suited up Spidey-style! Created by incredible artists such as Dan Jurgens, Kaare Andrews, Rahzzah, Kyle Hotz, Declan Shalvey, Pete Woods, Rod Reis, David Baldeón, Bengal, Romina Jones, and more, these exciting covers feature brand-new costume designs inspired by Marvel’s greatest icon!
These covers will including the following characters and many more:
Check out the first ten now and stay tuned for more SPIDER-MAN VARIANT COVER reveals in the coming weeks!
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1 SPIDER-MAN VARIANT COVER by ROMINA JONES
CARNAGE #2 SPIDER-MAN VARIANT COVER by KYLE HOTZ with Colors by ALEX GUIMARÃES
SHANG-CHI #11 SPIDER-MAN VARIANT COVER by RAHZZAH
THOR #24 SPIDER-MAN VARIANT COVER by DECLAN SHALVEY
VENOM #7 SPIDER-MAN VARIANT COVER by PETE WOODS
SILK #4 SPIDER-MAN VARIANT COVER by BENGAL
SILVER SURFER REBIRTH #4 SPIDER-MAN VARIANT COVER by ROD REIS
IRON MAN #19 SPIDER-MAN VARIANT COVER by DAN JURGENS with Inks by BRETT BREEDING and Colors by EDGAR DELGADO
IMMORTAL X-MEN #2 SPIDER-MAN VARIANT COVER by KAARE ANDREWS
CAPTAIN MARVEL #39 SPIDER-MAN VARIANT COVER by DAVID BALDEON with Colors by ISRAEL SILVA
Growing up, I wasn’t the biggest Spider-Man fan. It’s not a character I read a lot of comics of. I’d hope into arcs every so often but never regularly reading the series. I missed the controversial “Clone Saga” and thus Ben Reilly wasn’t a character I really knew beyond the initial hatred. With “Beyond”, I’ve gotten to know the character a bit more as he’s taken center stage again. Ben Reilly: Spider-Man #1 builds off of that renewed interest taking us back to those early years in a story focused on Reilly as he attempts to figure out what he should do next.
Not being familiar with the history, I’m sure there’s a lot I miss with Ben Reilly: Spider-Man #1. But, even not knowing a lot, it’s a hell of a comic that’s fun and enjoyable with a nice emotional punch to it. Taking us back to when Ben was the one true Spider-Man, the comic does a smart job of catching readers up to what the status was at this point in comics. But, it also moves things along at a brisk pace. The focus is Ben as a person as he struggles with his history and his role as Spider-Man. Is he the clone? Is he the real Peter? What should he do? Reilly delivers a hero who is the very definition of unsure of himself. He literally does not know who he is on multiple levels. It’s an interesting focus that can be dissected in so many different ways.
J.M. DeMatteis delivers so much more than that though. We get the setup of the villain to come, a killer who murders on the first date but also a battle with a villain. The battle feels very “classic Spider-Man” despite it being a “new” version of the character. He uses his fists and so much more to stop the villain and it delivers an emotional punch. It emphasizes this is a bit of a different Spider-Man in some ways and that DeMatteis is going to take us on a journey that explores Reilly as a person.
The art by David Baldeón is solid with a look that feels like an updated take on that classic era. With color by Israel Silva and lettering by Joe Caramagna, the art really delivers home to emotional swings DeMatteis goes for in the issue. From anger to sadness, and everything in between, it’s an issue that you really need to focus as much on Reilly’s body language as to what’s also being written in the dialogue and thought bubbles. It’s a fantastic combo and deliver.
Ben Reilly: Spider-Man #1 is a solid issue. It feels a bit like Ben Reilly has had some redemption since his debut so many decades ago and this is a prime example of how well the character can be used. There’s a lot to mine and this series feels like it might be the final bit of vindication that his creation so long ago might have been a hell of a thing after all.
Story: J.M. DeMatteis Art: David Baldeón Color: Israel Silva Letterer: Joe Caramagna Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy
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(W) J.M. Dematteis (A) David Baldeon (CA) Steve Skroce In Shops: Jan 19, 2022 SRP: $3.99
BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT! Iconic Spider-Man scribe J.M. DeMatteis (KRAVEN’S LAST HUNT, SPIDER-MAN: THE LOST YEARS) returns to spin his webs once more within the Spidey mythos, this time joined by explosive artist David Balde n (WEB WARRIORS, DOMINO)! Together, they’re bringing you unlocked memories in the life of BEN REILLY, A.K.A. SPIDER-MAN! Darkness looms over New York City as murders begin to pile up…but how are they all connected? Do the answers Ben is looking for reside in the haunted halls of the RAVENCROFT INSTITUTE? Find out as we return to the era when Ben Reilly was the one, true SPIDER-MAN!
In 2019, Jonathan Hickman revolutionized the mutant mythos with the hit series House of X. But what would it look like if the Krakoan age was ushered in decades earlier? Find out this April when writer Steve Foxe and artist Salva Espin reimagine this modern mutant milestone in X-Men ’92: House of XCII!
This limited series will see the return of the X-Men’s beloved ‘90s incarnations as they tackle the groundbreaking beats of House of X! Known for his ingenuous work on titles like Spider-Ham and Rainbow Bridge, Foxe makes his exciting X-Men debut with this clever twist that will delight X-Fans new and old. And Espin, whose eye-catching art graced the pages of Deadpool: Secret Agent Deadpool, is ready to bring back the pouches, bomber jackets, and all the explosive awesomeness that made the X-Men’s 90s heyday so iconic!
Mutantkind is taking a huge leap forward by founding their own nation on the island of Krakoa, guided by Professor X, Magneto, and a mysterious long-lived woman who knows more than she should… But this won’t be the story you know. Expect the unexpected as the action, secrets, and high stakes drama that made HOUSE OF X such a masterpiece are shaken up in a totally new way!
The world you know has changed. Again! Relive the magic of the ‘90s X-Men when X-Men ’92: House of XCII #1 hits stands in April with a cover by David Baldeón.
(W) J.M. DeMatteis (A) David Baldeón (CA) Dan Jurgens, Alex Maleev, Skottie Young In Shops: Jan 19, 2022 SRP: $3.99
BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT! Iconic Spider-Man scribe J.M. DeMatteis (KRAVEN’S LAST HUNT, SPIDER-MAN: THE LOST YEARS) returns to spin his webs once more within the Spidey mythos, this time joined by explosive artist David Baldeon (WEB WARRIORS, DOMINO)! Together, they’re bringing you unlocked memories in the life of BEN REILLY, A.K.A. SPIDER-MAN! Darkness looms over New York City as murders begin to pile up…but how are they all connected? Do the answers Ben is looking for reside in the haunted halls of the RAVENCROFT INSTITUTE? Find out as we return to the era when Ben Reilly was the one, true SPIDER-MAN!
This January, fans will get the chance to return to the era when Ben Reilly was the one, true Spider-Man in Ben Reilly: Spider-Man, an all-new limited series by iconic Spider-Man scribe J.M. DeMatteis and explosive artist David Baldeón! To celebrate these untold adventures of Ben Reilly, Marvel is proud to unveil another hidden piece of Ben Reilly history: legendary artist Dan Jurgens’ unused Ben Reilly costume design! Jurgens’ original design sheet and sketch art from 1995 will adorn Ben Reilly: Spider-Man #1 as variant covers and this bold costume may also play a surprising role in Ben Reilly’s saga by the end of the new series…
Here’s what Jurgens had to say about his costume design seeing new light as covers:
Back in 1995 when we were launching the new SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN series with Ben Reilly taking over as Spidey, we decided to tweak his costume. Mark Bagley and I each took a swing and Mark’s classic design—quite appropriately—was the winner. I filed the art away and pretty much forgot about it until the new series came up in a recent conversation and I happened to think of it. Definitely cool now that, after all these years, this other version will finally see the light of day as one of the variants to Ben Reilly: Spider-Man #1. It’s even more cool to be drawing Ben again, with regular variant covers for the duration of the series!
Check out Dan Jurgens’ design below as well as all six covers for Ben Reilly: Spider-Man #1 including variant covers by Skottie Young and Alex Maleev and pick up the debut issue on January 19!
This January, Jonathan Hickman’s transformative work on the X-Men mythos comes to end in Inferno #4. The climactic finale of this highly anticipated limited series will reunite Hickman with artist Valerio Schiti as they team up to put some of mutantkind’s biggest mysteries to rest.
Since the groundbreaking 2019 series House of X and Powers of X, Hickman has reshaped the X-Men franchise and ushered in one of its boldest eras yet. The foundation Hickman built will live on but INFERNO will deliver much anticipated resolutions to some of Krakoa’s long-running plotlines. Fans will see the final outcome to Mystique’s heartbreaking quest to be reunited with Destiny, more revelations from the past lives of Moira MacTaggert, untold secrets behind the very founding of Krakoa, and more all while the unstoppable threat Nimrod finally makes his move.
Check out covers below by superstar artists including Pepe Larraz, Peach Momoko, Davi Go, Jeff Dekal, Iban Coello, David Baldeón, Oscar Vega, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Udon, and Jerome Opeña and don’t miss Hickman’s epic X-Men swansong when Inferno #4 hits stands on January 5.
The minds at the Disney understood the world of Star Wars before they even owned Lucasfilm. They had been minding the wonder of magic for decades. They knew how to feed their fanbase before they even knew what they wanted. I dare anyone to walk through one of their parks, and not be pulled in by how enchanting the whole place is.
So when they acquired Lucasfilm, they already knew how they wanted to approach the franchise and how to expand it. The continuation of The Clone Wars and the two seasons of The Mandalorian proved just how committed the were to keeping fans interested. Where they really shine is in finding those stories within the universe, like in Rogue One. In one of the first standalone stories about the Bounty Hunters within Star Wars, we get the backstory to a minor character whose origin is much more complicated in Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters – Boushh #1.
We are taken to Ord Mantell City in the Bright Jewel System, where find Boushh and his crew just took back a stolen vehicle for a boss from the Black Sun. We soon find out Boushh had been banned from his home planet Uba IV and often take dangerous jobs to keep fed. As they take on a job form a duplicitous character named Margo, where they must eliminate the executive board of the Tagge Corporation. We soon meet Lady Domina, the head of the corporation who took out most of her family members to rise to the top, and the family’s insidious plans makes The Emperor’s ruminations infantile in comparison. Boushh’s crew finally invades the ship they are, taking out most of the corporation’s security, but they several underestimated Domina. By the book’s end, though Boushh and his guys were defeated, they instead find a compromise, and join forces with Domina to extinguish her enemies.
Overall, Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters – Boushh #1 is a story I didn’t expect much from and was pleasantly surprised to find an action packed sidewinder. The story by Alyssa Wong is exciting. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, an excellent story that will excite long time fans of Star Wars.
Story: Alyssa Wong Art: David Baldeon Color: Israel Silva Letterer: Ariana Maher Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy
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J.M. DeMatteis, writer of influential Spider-Man stories such as Kraven’s Last Hunt and Spider-Man: The Lost Years, will make his celebrated return to Marvel this January with Ben Reilly: Spider-Man! The iconic Spider-Man scribe will reveal new stories in the life of Peter Parker’s clone, Ben Reilly, during his time as Spider-Man. DeMatteis will be joined by X-Factor and Domino artist David Baldeón as they unlock new secrets about this fan-favorite hero! In the same vein as Peter David and Greg Land’s hit Symbiote Spider-Man series, Ben Reilly: Spider-Man will explore thrilling new mysteries set in this classic time in Spider-Man history!
Darkness looms over New York City as murders begin to pile up…but how are they all connected? Meanwhile, a mysterious figure from Ben’s past has crawled his way back into Ben’s life—does the Ravencroft Institute for the Criminally Insane hold the key to their identity?
Return to the era when Ben Reilly was the one, true Spider-Man when Ben Reilly: Spider-Man hits stands in January! Ben Reilly: Spider-Man #1 features a cover by Steve Skroce and David Stewart.