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Marvel 80th ‘Frame Variants’ Roll Out this August!

This August, ring in Marvel Comics’ 80th Birthday with a celebratory selection of variants! Each 80thAnniversary ‘Frame Variant’ features a character headshot from their titular series, framed by a host of characters that represent the present and future of the Marvel Universe! Depicted by an all-star roster of artists, these unique covers pay tribute to the modern face of Marvel!

Peek at a select few now, and stay tuned for more updates!



Acts of Evil Concludes this September!

The melee is on as “Acts of Evil” enters its final round! Modeled after the 1989-90 fan-favorite storyline “Acts of Vengeance,” “Acts of Evil” pits Marvel mainstays against mismatched and unexpected foes, and this September, Ghost-Spider, Wolverine, and Moon Knight will be the ones battling for their lives!

Spanning eight Annuals across three months, “Acts of Evil” kicks off this July, with Venom: Eddie Brock, Ms. Marvel and The Punisher squaring off against extraterrestrial power players Lady Hellbender, the Super-Skrull and the Brood Queen! And it’s Deadpool Vs. Nightmare, plus She-Hulk Vs. Bullseye the following month!

This September, the opposition’s just as strange! Ghost-Spider: Gwen Stacy scrambles through Arcade’s Murderworld, facing a tower of terror as she takes on some of the deadliest Marvel villains! Then, Moon Knight’s up to bat against Avengers menace Kang the Conqueror! And Khonshu’s avatar must find a way to fix the time stream before Kang fulfills an ancient grudge! Finally, it’s berserker strength vs. magical mayhem, as Wolverine takes on sorceress Morgan le Fay…in 1930s Hollywood!


Written by VITA AYALA


Written by CULLEN BUNN


Written by JODY HOUSER

This June, Marvel Showcases the Best Suits of Spider-Man with Variants!

This June, celebrate Spider-Man with a series of variant covers that show off the webslinger in the many epic costumes he’s worn over the years, including his stealth suit, symbiote suit, webbing suit, cosmic suit, Fantastic Four suit, and more!

Look for Marvel’s Spider-Man variants on these select titles this June:

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #23 by Stuart Immonen

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #24 by Olivier Coipel

CAPTAIN MARVEL #7 by Mike McKone and Rachelle Rosenberg

DEADPOOL #14 by Mark Brooks

DOCTOR STRANGE #16 by David Yardin and David Curiel

FANTASTIC FOUR #11 by Jay Anacleto and Romulo Fajardo Jr.


IMMORTAL HULK #19 by Ema Lupacchino and David Curiel


THANOS #3 by Nick Bradshaw and Morry Hollowell

Celebrate The New Guardians of the Galaxy Team With Special Covers!

This January, Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw – the creative team that brought you Thanos – will bring a new Guardians of the Galaxy series to readers! And to celebrate the debut of this brand-new team, Marvel is releasing a series of variant covers showcasing past and present Guardians of the Galaxy characters from superstar artists Mike McKone, Ema Lupacchino, Dale Keown, Will Sliney, and more!

Look for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy variant covers on these select titles:

  1. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #14 by Gerald Parel
  2. AVENGERS #13 by Patrick Zircher with colors by Jason Keith
  3. BLACK PANTHER #8 by Jamal Campbell
  4. DEADPOOL #8 by Jamal Campbell
  5. DOCTOR STRANGE #10 by Will Sliney with colors by Frank D’Armata
  6. FANTASTIC FOUR #6 by Pasqual Ferry
  7. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1 by Ron Lim with colors by Israel Silva
  8. IMMORTAL HULK #12 by Geoff Shaw
  9. SPIDER-GWEN: GHOST SPIDER #4 by Bobby Rubio
  10. SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #2 by Mike McKone with colors by Jesus Aburtov
  11. UNCANNY X-MEN #8 by David Marquez
  12. X-23 #8 by Dale Keown
  13. X-FORCE #2 by Ema Lupacchino

Don’t miss your chance to collect all Guardians of the Galaxy variants, coming this January to your local comic shop!

Cosmic Ghost Rider Inspires Variant Covers in September

He took the world by storm when he made his debut in last year’s Thanos #13, and now Marvel is celebrating the Cosmic Ghost Rider with a series of special order all variant covers that feature Marvel’s breakout character battling different heroes of the Marvel Universe!

Look for Marvel’s Cosmic Ghost Rider order all variant covers on these select titles:

  1. Amazing Spider-Man #5 by Nick Bradshaw
  2. Amazing Spider-Man #6 by Paul Renaud
  3. Astonishing X-Men #15 by AKCHO
  4. Avengers #7 by Ema Lupacchino
  5. Avengers #8 by Mike McKone
  6. Black Panther #4 by Pasqual Ferry
  7. Captain America #3 by Patrick Zircher
  8. Deadpool #4 by Todd Nauck
  9. Doctor Strange #5 by Julian Totino Tedesco
  10. Fantastic Four #2 by Tom Raney
  11. Immortal Hulk #5 by RAHZZAH
  12. Immortal Hulk #6 by Brent Schoonover
  13. Sentry #4 by Vanesa Del Rey
  14. Thanos Legacy #1 by Dave Johnson
  15. Thor #5 by Ema Lupacchino
  16. Tony Stark: Iron Man #4 by David Nakayama
  17. Venom #6 by Humberto Ramos and Edgar Delgado
  18. Weapon H #7 by Chris Stevens
  19. X-23 #4 by Yasmine Putri
  20. X-Men Red #8 by Jamal Campbell

Don’t miss your chance to collect all 20 order all variant covers, coming to comic shops this September!

Carol Danvers Celebrates 50 Years with Variants this July

This summer, Marvel is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Captain Marvel’s alter ego Carol Danvers with variant covers showing how everyone’s favorite high-flying super hero has evolved throughout the years!

Look for Marvel’s Carol Danvers variant covers on these select titles:

  1. Avengers #4 by Kate Niemczyk with colors by Morry Hollowell
  2. Black Panther #3 by Paul Renaud
  3. Doctor Strange #3  by Ema Lupacchino with colors by Jason Keith
  4. Immortal Hulk #3 by Mahmud Asrar with colors by Edgar Delgado
  5. Thor #3 by John Tyler Christopher

Don’t miss your chance to collect all 5 variant covers, coming to comic shops this July!

The Mighty Thor Variants in March

The Mighty Thor’s heroic end is coming! The Death of Mighty Thor ramps up for an epic finale, and as the final chapters of the Asgardian saga unfold, Marvel has announced its Mighty Thor Variant Cover Program. Showcasing different key moments celebrating Jane Foster’s run as Thor, the covers feature art by industry superstars such as Leinil Yu, Esad Ribic, Olivier Coipel, Humberto Ramos and Russell Dauterman.

Look for Marvel’s Mighty Thor variant covers on these select titles:

  1. Amazing Spider-Man #797 by Clayton Crain
  2. Avengers #683 by Humberto Ramos
  3. Black Panther #171 by Nick Bradshaw
  4. Daredevil #600 by Leinil Yu
  5. Doctor Strange: Damnation #2 by Ema Lupacchino
  6. Infinity Countdown #1 by Russell Dauterman
  7. Invincible Iron Man #598 by Dale Keown
  8. The Mighty Thor #705 by Esad Ribic
  9. New Mutants #1 by Chris Stevens
  10. Old Man Hawkeye #3 by Olivier Coipel

Don’t miss your chance to collect all 10 variant covers, coming to comic shops this March!

Review: Starfire #3

starfire003The DC You imprint has been a slightly confusing one for DC.  On the one hand it has superheroes doing stuff much like they always did, just in a different context, such as with the depowered Superman.  On the other hand, some characters have been thrown into situations that are not entirely superhero like, for instance, Black Canary going on tour as a singer.  The common theme of the new outlook is that making the heroes more approachable to the readers, to take the same changes that have occurred elsewhere in the medium and to apply them in relevant ways to other heroes.  The initial impression of the Starfire series is that little had changed in terms of the character, still making the sexual aspects of her character more important than others, while also kind of wasting her superheroic efforts on Key West.

As the third issue of this series, it is perhaps now easier to see where it is heading.  While the overall impression of this series could still be at least partially described as whimsical, there are also some elements which make it more akin to a typical superhero book.  Although her main enemy in the first issue was a hurricane, there are slowly some more typical threats wandering into Key West, in this case two somewhat major threats that need to be dealt with.  While the story and the dialogue are still handled in a less serious way, these threats also give the story a bit more weight.

For those that are curious about how the DC You direction has affected Starfire, it might be easier to think of the change out of context.  While the series is ostensibly after the events of the Red and the Outlaws series, the reader gets a better appreciation of this series if they think of it as Starfire first having arrived to Earth overall.  It doesn’t make sense from a continuity standpoint, but then again neither do a lot of things under DC You.  The first couple of issue in this series were a bit harder to take, but after this third issue, it is evident that the changes are meant to be a bit over-the-top, and that they are to the benefit of the series.  At the very least this series looks as though it is taking an approach which will make the character a lot more likable and respectable, even if it is done in a less serious way.

Story: Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner Art: Emanuela Lupachino 
Story: 8.0  Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Read

Review: Starfire #2

Starfire002Starfire’s first issue came in the wake of a recent string of young female characters who have been given a new direction, with characterization to match.  These younger heroines have been depicted in a similar setting but in a somewhat different way, highlighting what it means to be both young and female, while also not losing the appeal of the superhero.  Although not necessarily a young hero in comics, Starfire is often portrayed as such.  She has been a member of the Teen Titans for most of her publication history, and as that group is associated with youthful characters, it might have made sense to include Starfire in this same new wave that is attempting to change the focus and presumably the readership of comics.  The first issue proved otherwise as Starfire alternated between serious hero versus behavior that would typify a dumb blonde.

This second issue picks up where the last left off, specifically as Key West is under threat of Hurricane Betty.  Although it is a relatively minor problem as opposed to the intergalactic threats that Starfire has faced, it did give a chance to put a more personal look on the character.  The same continues here as Starfire has to rescue a sequence of different characters from the storm as she rushed them to safety, first from land and then from water.

While the representation of the character has improved here, it is apparently still a work in progress.   Starfire got to save some strange residents of Key West, and so doing provided some comedic relief, but equally it was so non sequitur that it broke up the sequence of the story.  The writing team seems to be fascinated with Key West, and while there is nothing wrong with that, the series equally cannot be simply a string of strange characters from Key West that they can dream up.  Starfire as a character deserves more.  This issue represents a step in the direction towards what she should be, but there is still some distance to go.

Story: Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner Art: Emanuela Lupachino 
Story: 7.5  Art: 8.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

We Talk Starfire With Ema Lupacchino

Ema Lupacchino is slowly taking the comics art scene by storm. She is making her own mark on some classic heroes, and she is back for her second interview with us, after joining us before to discuss Supergirl. This time she talks about her new ongoing gig for Starfire from DC Comics, whose first issue debuted last Wednesday.

ema000Graphic Policy: Starfire is getting her own series for the first time with you as the series regular artist.  What challenges are there for a character that is so common to so many but has never had to hold her own series before

Ema Lupacchino: We’ve got many challenges here – the most important one to me was to make Kori looking beautiful but not oversexualized as she used to be drawn sometimes.  I tried to make her confident and naive. Then we’ve got to build an all new world around her – the city she’s living in, the new characters and the narration that is a bit different from a mainstream superhero book.

GP: What is it like working with Amanda and Jimmy?

EL: They’re both sweet. This my first time working with them and I feel totally comfortable with the structure of the story and the script. Having a good feeling with the writers is a very important thing and they’re so clear and precise that is not so difficult to emphasize with the emotions and atmosphere that they suggest for each character in each scene.

ema005GP: In our previous interview about Supergirl we discussed some of the personal touches that you put on the character’s appearance to make her more feminine. What have you done for Starfire?

EL: Kori’s beautiful and sexy but I tried to push this feeling away from her head.  It’s like she’s so beautiful and attractive but  she actually  doesn’t know that. This way she’s not conditioned by her appeal, she’s just natural and her being natural is sexy itself. It’s not something  induced by impossible or forced poses of her body screaming “Look how sexy I am!”, neither caused by the size of her breasts. It’s the way she acts, smiles or looks at you. People that pass by should be attracted by the scent of her skin. I want this to be my personal touch on her :)

GP: How much did you have to do with the redesign of her costume, and what motivated the new look?

EL: The new costume was entirely designed by Amanda Conner before I started the book, so I just put it on her as it was. I think it’s a smart look for her costume, and more comfortable for her new life.

GP: Have you been to Key West?

EL: I’ve never been to Key West *sigh* ! It’s a WONDERFUL place and I definitively want to see it one day. I love all the tropical places and the exotic atmosphere, so it’s like a party for me drawing Kori living in Key West. You feel like you’re on vacation all the time!

ema002GP: Key West is a pretty common place to live for all the places that Starfire has been to before. Are we going to see some more exotic locations like outer space?

EL: You’re going to see A LOT in general, not only in terms of places :) but yes. You’ll see more beautiful and exotic places (that really exist!).

GP: The series has a more humorous tone than some other series featuring superheroes. How do you capture this in the drawing?

EL: I don’t know. It just comes natural to me. I’m really focused on the attitude and expressions of the characters – I study emotions and gesture a lot on actors and animated movies so I just try to catch the right expression or pose in a specific scene.

I think I know how to handle emotions more than anything else in a comic book but just because it’s spontaneous and I don’t have to think about it so much. Humor is led by a thin movement or expression and if you fail that, the whole scene loses the right tone.

ema003GP: Starfire’s past in the new 52 is complicated as her time with the Teen Titans is not what it once was. Are there any of the former Titans that you would like to see show up here and get a chance to draw? I think for instance that your take on Wonder Girl would be interesting.

EL: Wonder Girl would be interesting, as much as Beast Boy and Raven. They’re both very interesting characters to see in Key West!

GP: How do you decide on the idea for the cover when you draw both the cover and the inner artwork? What works best to capture the idea of what is inside?

EL: Generally the cover shows what a reader will find in the story. So yes, that’s the way we work on the cover. The editor gives me some information about the main plot for a specific issue and we build the cover illustration around what can be the most important scene of the story. Variant covers can escape this rule and sometimes they have nothing to do at all with the story. When you work on the cover you have to give some information about the story without spoiling it too much.

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