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Marvel Commemorates the 300th Marvel Masterworks with Special Comic Variant Covers

With the imminent arrival of the 300th Marvel Masterworks this spring, Marvel Comics honors this milestone with special Masterworks variant covers on select issues of your favorite ongoing comic series. This February, you can find these outstanding comic book variant covers on titles like Amazing Spider-ManCaptain MarvelDaredevil, and more. Featuring gorgeous depictions of Marvel’s most beloved heroes by acclaimed artist Ema Lupacchino, these must-have comic covers will be adorned front and back, modeled to mirror the iconic design of the Marvel Masterworks hardcovers.

For over thirty years, the Marvels Masterworks line has collected the most seminal stories in Marvel history. Across 300 volumes, the iconic tales of Spider-Man, the Avengers, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and more have been presented in these stunning hardcover collections. Celebrate this grand tradition by adding these one-of-a-kind Masterworks covers to your collection starting in February. Feast your eyes on the first three covers below, featuring Spider-Man, Daredevil, and Captain Marvel, and stay tuned for more Masterworks variant cover reveals in the coming weeks!

And don’t forget to pick up the historic 300th Marvel Masterworks, featuring the offbeat adventures of one of comic’s most hilarious characters, Howard the Duck!

  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #59 MASTERWORKS VARIANT by EMA LUPACCHINO
  • CAPTAIN MARVEL #26 MASTERWORKS VARIANT by EMA LUPACCHINO
  • DAREDEVIL #27 MASTERWORKS VARIANT by EMA LUPACCHINO
  • FANTASTIC FOUR #29 MASTERWORKS VARIANT COVER by EMA LUPACCHINO
  • IRON FIST: HEART OF THE DRAGON #2 MASTERWORKS VARIANT COVER by EMA LUPACCHINO

Preview: Fantastic Four #26

Fantastic Four #26

(W) Dan Slott (A) R. B. Silva (CA) Mark Brooks
32 PGS./Rated T
In Shops: Nov 18, 2020
SRP: $3.99

A powerful portal to everywhere, THE FOREVER GATE has been ripped open – and beings from countless realities are pouring through, threatening to overwhelm Manhattan…and then the rest of the world! The Fantastic Four have to close it – except one being stands in their way… MISTER FANTASTIC?!

All this and the return of Fantastic Four friends and foes! And one old flame…

Knull’s Darkness Overtakes the X-Men in King in Black #4

The war against Knull erupts on December 2nd in King in Black #1, the shocking new chapter in Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman’s game-changing run on Venom. In February, Knull’s influence continues to spread, ensnaring the entire planet in the darkness of his reign. Outgunned and outmanned, the heroes of the Marvel Universe will unite like never before. Will the combined force of Eddie Brock, the Avengers, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and more be enough to turn the tide of this devastating conflict? Find out in February’s King in Black #4 as well as newly announced King in Black one-shots and tie-ins coming your way!

Steve Rogers is joined by Winter Soldier and Falcon in a brutal brawl against Knull’s forces in the streets of New York City in writer Danny Lore and artist Mirko Colak’s King in Black: Captain America. Kate Pryde leads the Marauders in a dangerous rescue mission on the high seas in writer Gerry Duggan and artist Luke Ross’ King in Black: Marauders! Wakanda will need its king more than ever when Knull sets his sights on it in King in Black: Black Panther by writer Geoffrey Thorne and artist Germán Peralta. The Fantastic Four and the Unseen (AKA Nick Fury) enter the fray in Fantastic Four #29 by writer Dan Slott and artist Ze Carlos.

Check out the cover of King in Black #4 below and find out if the Marvel Universe has what it takes to repel Knull’s unrelenting darkness when the event kicks off next month!

KING IN BLACK #4 (OF 5)

Written by DONNY CATES
Art and Cover by RYAN STEGMAN

WHAT’S A GOD TO A KING?

KING IN BLACK #4 (OF 5)

KING IN BLACK: CAPTAIN AMERICA #1

Written by DANNY LORE
Art by MIRKO COLAK
Cover by SALVADOR LARROCA

Captain America is in a brutal battle to win the streets of Manhattan back from Knull’s forces, aided by the Winter Soldier and the Falcon…but there’s a darkness inside Steve that he’s struggling to shake. Can his closest friends help him through, or will he succumb to the shadows? Danny Lore (IRONHEART 2020) and Mirko Colak (DEADPOOL, PUNISHER) join forces for a twisted and terrifying story at the heart of the war against Knull!

KING IN BLACK: CAPTAIN AMERICA #1

KING IN BLACK: MARAUDERS #1

Written by GERRY DUGGAN 
Art by LUKE ROSS 
Cover by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN

THE QUEEN IN RED SAILS!

Red Queen Kate Pryde and her crew of Marauders set sail against the forces of Knull! Captain Kate has pledged to fight for the needy, and a global disaster like this one gives plenty of folks in need.

KING IN BLACK: MARAUDERS #1

KING IN BLACK: BLACK PANTHER #1

Written by GEOFFREY THORNE
Art by GERMÁN PERALTA
Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU

SYMBIOTES INVADE THE UNCONQUERABLE COUNTRY OF WAKANDA!

T’Challa’s most treasured allies are lost in a storm of Knull’s making in this wild one-shot! Critically acclaimed writer, actor and producer Geoffrey Thorne explores a Wakanda gone dark — invaded by Knull’s massive symbiote army. Wakanda needs its king. It needs the Black Panther. But once again, the hero must choose between his role as an Avenger, his role as a king…and the yearnings of his heart.

KING IN BLACK: BLACK PANTHER #1

FANTASTIC FOUR #29

Written by DAN SLOTT
Art by ZE CARLOS
Cover by MARK BROOKS

“BONDING TIME.”

In the middle of the chaos that is KING IN BLACK…a symbiote bonds with a member of Marvel’s First Family!

Also in this issue, the Unseen is putting together a squadron for a secret mission in deep space.

FANTASTIC FOUR #29

Diamond Select Toys Coming in 2021: Buffy, Batman, Lord of the Rings and More!

In the far-flung future of 2021, awesome toys will be yours! The new solicitations from Diamond Select Toys and Gentle Giant Ltd. paint a vivid picture of Spring, with new products based on Batman: The Animated Series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Justice League, Marvel Comics, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and more! Pre-order through your local comic shop or favorite online retailer, then start counting the days until they’re in your hands!

Batman: The Animated Series Batman Batarang Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Dark Knight returns in this new addition to the line of busts based on Batman: The Animated Series! Preparing to hurl a batarang, Batman is ready for action in this 1/7 scale, approximately 7-inch resin bust. Limited to only 3,000 pieces, it comes packaged in a full-color box with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Designed by Barry Bradfield, sculpted by Varner Studios! SRP: $59.99

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Gallery Buffy Summers PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Vamps beware! Buffy the Vampire Slayer returns to Diamond Select Toys as a brand-new Gallery Diorama! Showing the Buffster dusting a vamp with a handy wooden stake, this approximately 9-inch diorama is made of high-quality PVC and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. Packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Jorge Santos Souza. SRP: $49.99

Legends in 3D Justice League Animated Wonder Woman ½ Scale Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Wonder Woman is a legend, and now she’s a Legend in 3D! The Amazonian heroine joins the L3D line of half-scale busts in her look from the Justice League animated series! Measuring approximately 10 inches tall, she features detailed sculpting and paint applications, and comes packaged in a full-color box with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Limited to 1,000 pieces. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Varner Studios! SRP: $175.00

Legends in 3D Marvel Comics Carnage ½ Scale Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! We’ve reached maximum Carnage! Measuring approximately 10 inches tall, this half-scale bust of Carnage is the latest in the Legends in 3D line. Based on his comic appearance, Carnage bares his teeth as tendrils of symbiote grip his architectural pedestal! He features detailed sculpting and paint applications, and comes packaged in a full-color box with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Limited to 1,000 pieces. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella! SRP: $175.00

Lord of the Rings Deluxe Action Figures Series 2 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! Form the Fellowship! Add the Hobbit that started it all to your 7-inch Lord of the Rings collection with this highly anticipated release! Featuring movie likeness, this approximately 4-inch figure shares the series with a 7-inch Nazgul/Ringwraith! Each includes character-appropriate accessories, as well as 16 points of articulation, and each comes with a part of the 13-inch Sauron build-a-figure! Each figure comes packaged in a full-color window box with hangtag. Designed by Yuri Tming and Eamon O’Donoghue, sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios. SRP: $29.99 each

Marvel X-Men Animated Rogue bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Mutant pride, shugah! Southern belle Rogue enters the fray as the newest bust based on X-Men: The Animated Series! Capturing the cartoon’s costume and colors, this approximately 6-inch tall, 1/7 scale bust sits on a grey pedestal and is in scale to the rest of the X-Men. Includes a numbered certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Limited to 3,000 pieces. Designed by Barry Bradfield, sculpted by Paul Harding. SRP: $59.99

Marvel Comic Gallery Storm PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! The goddess of the X-Men rises from a swirling cloud in this all-new Gallery Diorama! Measuring approximately 11.5 inches tall this sculpture of Ororo Munroe, a.k.a. Storm, is made of high-quality PVC and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. It comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Alejandro Pereira. SRP: $49.99

Marvel Movie Premier Collection Logan Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! Hugh Jackman’s last outing as Wolverine is now the newest Premier Collection statue from DST! Measuring approximately 10.5 inches tall, this resin statue depicts the suit-clad Logan with his claws bared, ready for action. It features detailed sculpting and paint applications, as well as movie likeness. Includes a numbered certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Limited to 3,000 pieces. Sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. SRP: $175.00

Marvel Select Human Torch Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! Flame on! The Fantastic Four’s hot-headed member gets his first-ever Marvel Select action figure with this all-new release! Standing approximately 7 inches tall and featuring 16 points of articulation, this figure is cast in translucent material, and comes with interchangeable flame effects, a flight stand and a Golden Age Torch head! It comes packaged in display-ready Select packaging, with side-panel artwork for shelf reference. Designed by Eamon O’Donoghue, sculpted by Chris Dahlberg! SRP: $29.99

Star Wars Dr. Aphra PX 1/6 Scale Mini-Bust

A Gentle Giant Ltd. release! The Doctor is in! Cunning rogue and Darth Vader colleague Dr. Aphra joins the Star Wars mini-bust line with her blaster at the ready! Capturing the character as she appears in the pages of Marvel Comics, this 1/6 scale, approximately 7-inch mini-bust features detailed sculpting and paint applications. It is limited to 3,000 pieces and comes packaged with a numbered certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. A Previews Exclusive! SRP: $99.00

Star Wars: Clone Wars™ Ahsoka Tano 1/7 Scale Bust

A Gentle Giant Ltd. release! Jedi Ahsoka Tano™ wields her twin lightsabers in this, her first animated-style bust! Capturing the character as she appears in the Clone Wars™ animated series, this 1/7 scale, approximately 6-inch mini-bust features detailed sculpting and paint applications. It is limited to 3,000 pieces and comes packaged with a numbered certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Designed by Barry Bradfield, sculpted by Paul Harding. SRP: $99.00

Offered Again:

Batman The Animated Series Resin Busts

A Diamond Select Toys release! In response to overwhelming fan demand, the Rogues are back! Six of Batman’s greatest foes – and most sought-after mini-busts – have returned to fill out their unfinished editions. Capturing the characters as they appeared in Batman: The Animated Series, these 1/7 scale, approximately 6-inch mini-busts feature detailed sculpting and paint applications. Each is limited to 3,000 pieces and comes packaged with a numbered certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Designed by Barry Bradfield, sculpted by Varner Studios.

  • Mr. Freeze        SRP: $59.99
  • The Riddler       SRP: $59.99
  • The Penguin     SRP: $59.99
  • Scarecrow        SRP: $59.99
  • Phantasm         SRP: $59.99
  • Clayface           SRP: $59.99
Batman The Animated Series Resin Busts

Lost in Space Electronic Lights and Sounds Retro B9 Robot

Danger, Will Robinson! B9 is back in a “retro” style red-and-blue metallic edition inspired by the toys of yesteryear! This 10-inch rendition of B9, the friendly helper robot from Lost in Space, features lights and sounds taken straight from the classic sci-fi TV show. Lights on his head and chest blink constantly while B9 is on, and additional lights and dialogue are triggered with the push of a button, including “I will accompany you, you may need protection,” “Cannot compute, programming data insufficient,”  and his famous cries of “Danger!” You can also manually raise and lower his head, open and close his claws, extend his arms and turn his torso to the left and right. He even has wheels so you can roll him around! Comes packaged in full-color window box with try-me feature. SRP: $49.99

Lost in Space Electronic Lights and Sounds Retro B9 Robot

Review: Fantastic Four #25

Fantastic Four #25

In Fantastic Four #25, an otherworldly being of incredible power is looking for an omnipotent power than Reed Richards has locked away many, many years ago (but never mentioned). Separate, none of the Fantastic Four can stop this villain. Combined with the might of the FF and a bunch of their friends and family, they are able to defeat the bad guy and save the day.

Let’s be honest: that’s the synopsis of many Fantastic Four stories. These plot pieces make up your typical FF story. What separates the good and bad stories is how you put those pieces together. The Fantastic Four are not quite the superheroes that many others in the Marvel Universe are. They are adventurers and explorers and the bizarre and unknown are their backyard over most anyone else. So having a story where the plot isn’t exactly original, it helps that the writer puts pieces in place that makes it a bit more interesting.

Writer Dan Slott makes the FF feel like the FF.  In my opinion, there’s a lot that Slott does with these characters. Fantastic Four #25 features a strong family dynamic and the threat is certainly a deadly one. I’ve been a fan of the FF since I was a child and while I haven’t been reading it much in the last two years, the first story in the 25th issue did feel like a classic. That said, the other story in this issue, between a newly-reborn Uatu and the original Nick Fury felt a bit off and unexciting. You can’t win them all, true believers.

For being the Fantastic Four, it’s Fantastic a-whole-lot-of-people. Doom and his servant, another set of jobbers in the Baxter building, Ben’s adopted-ish kids that he has with Alicia. There’s a lot of people in the story so there’s two ways to look at it. Too many moving pieces that take away a bit of focus from Reed and Co. Or, it enhances the family dynamic, another quality of what makes the FF who they are. I personally felt it was maybe too many people for a single issue. Ben and Johnny do not contribute much to this, which was a bummer.

Holy cow! The art in Fantastic Four was pretty…fantastic? I am new to the art team of R.B. Silva and Jesus Abertov but they blew me away. They totally nail the character looks and there were some pages, like the one of Reed and Valeria working in the lab, that stood out. One thing I enjoyed visually was the scene with Reed and Valeria in the lab, totally looking like something out of the Kirby era. The action sequences stand out with both high marks in detail and panel work, not skimping on backgrounds.  Great lettering all around from Joe Caramagna. And I think it makes a huge difference on a book to have an eye-catching cover and I thought the Mark Brooks cover was top-notch.

Dan Slott has been on this book for a few years and from the few issues I’ve read of his FF run, I’ve really enjoyed it and wished that I kept up in a better fashion on it. R.B. Silva and Jesus Abertov crushed the visuals. I think for a new reader, Fantastic Four #25 would not be the most friendly issue to pick up but I do think this was a pretty good issue of Fantastic Four and definitely worth the read.

Story: Dan Slott Art: R.B. Silva, Paco Medina, Will Robson
Color: Jesus Aburtov, Marcio Menyz Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 7.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Batman #101

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Batman #101 (DC Comics) – The first two arcs of James Tynion IV’s run are over and now we’re getting to the meat of his vision and direction for the character. This is the fresh starting point for new readers as Batman lays out his vision of where things should go and faces new challenges in how to do it.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Presents: Madam Satan #1 (Archie Comics/Archie Horror) – Archie gets into the Halloween season with this one-shot comic where the Queen of Hell wants to prove herself to be the most powerful being in the Underworld!

Dark Nights: Death Metal Robin King #1 (DC Comics) – The issue is a lot of fun showing us more about Robin King and continuing the streak that the Death Metal one-shots are more entertaining than the event itself.

Dead Day #4 (AfterShock) – The series has been amazing so far not just telling a story but really creating a whole world for readers to think about and explore the impact of the concept. This issue continues the series’ excellent run really bringing the action and plot points together. And there’s a reveal we were not expecting.

Dune: House Atreides #1 (BOOM! Studios) – With the movie delayed, fans of Dune will just have this prequel comic series to enjoy for a while. We have an early review that loved the story and chess game of the characters.

Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Blood #1 (AHOY Comics) – It’s more snarky tales of terror with a whole new title from the folks at AHOY! Add some laughs to your Halloween horrors!

Electric Black Presents #1 (Scout Comics/Black Caravan) – Two chilling tales of cosmic horror, madness, and wartime revenge as Scout launches their Black Caravan imprint!

Fantastic Four #25 (Marvel) – This is setting the Fantastic Four up for their next adventure! If you’re looking for a spot to start reading Marvel’s First Family, this is it.

History Comics: Challenger Disaster (First Second) – The first releases for the “History Comics” line-up were fantastic. They’re both entertaining and educational, perfect for young kids who want to learn and adults who want to brush up on history.

Juggernaut #2 (Marvel) – We didn’t know we needed this series. The first issue was fantastic and the second is just as solid. This is not what we thought it’d be and a story of redemption and reflection like this is just a gripping and touching read.

King Tank Girl #1 (Albatross Funnybooks) – Tank Girl moves to Albatross and we’re expecting the usual fun insanity the character and series bring.

Phantom Starkiller #1 (Scout Comics/Black Caravan) – Sci-fi trippy action that has a Kirby vibe about it. We really want to check this out after only really seeing the cover for the series. A very 70s vibe about it, we really want to find out more about one of the launch titles from Scout’s Black Caravan imprint.

Phantom of the Opera (A Wave Blue World) – An adaptation of the classic story. The visuals are amazing. Check out our review and make sure to pick it up!

The Scumbag #1 (Image Comics) – A new series from Rick Remender is always something to check out. With a rotating line of amazing artists, this is a series to check out and is intriguing. We have an early review to check out and decide if it’s for you!

Stillwater by Zdarsky & Perez #2 (Image Comics) – A mystery with horror tinge, the first issue was a solid slow build with one hell of an ending. We’re excited to see where this series goes. The idea is familiar but we’re expecting it to take us in a new and exciting direction.

Werewolf By Night #1 (Marvel) – While the first issue doesn’t hook us as much as we’d hope, there’s a lot here to like and it’s something new and different. It’s sort of tied to the “Outlawed” event impacting Marvel’s younger heroes and has a nice throwback aspect to it in many ways. There’s a lot of potential in this series.

Preview: Fantastic Four #25

Fantastic Four #25

(W) Dan Slott (A) R. B. Silva, Paco Medina, Will Robson (CA) Mark Brooks
Rated T
In Shops: Oct 21, 2020
SRP: $5.99

“There Shall Come a Reckoning”
A NEW ERA FOR THE FANTASTIC FOUR!

Do NOT miss it! This issue has it all: New Artist! New villains! New uniforms! And a new, major, permanent status quo change for Marvel’s First Family!

Who is the HELMSMAN? Is he here to save our reality or destroy it? Why is VICTORIOUS in New York-and what will that mean for the HUMAN TORCH? All this and an appearance by DOCTOR DOOM! One of the most important characters in the entire cosmos…returns from the dead! And a major turning point in the history of the FANTASTIC FOUR!

Fantastic Four #25

It’s Knullified Variants for Marvel as the King in Black Takes Over

Knull is coming. The God of Symbiotes will make his long-dreaded arrival this December in King in Black, the monumental event that delivers on everything Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman have built up in their groundbreaking run on Venom. To celebrate this epic storyline, readers can see Knullified versions of their favorite Marvel heroes on twisted variant covers coming in December.

These chaotic versions of heroes like Captain America, Thor, and Storm reveal just what happens when Knull’s overwhelming darkness overcomes the Marvel Universe as we know it. You can see some of these glorious covers now featuring an all-star lineup of amazing artists including Skan, Ken Lashley, Taurin Clark, Iban Coello, and more! Be on the lookout for more Knullified variant covers coming your way and brace yourself for Knull’s impact this December in King in Black!

  • BLACK CAT #1 KNULLIFIED VARIANT by TAURIN CLARK
  • BLACK WIDOW #4 KNULLIFIED VARIANT by SKAN
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA #26 KNULLIFIED VARIANT by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO
  • CAPTAIN MARVEL #24 KNULLIFIED VARIANT by TRADD MOORE
  • CONAN THE BARBARIAN #17 KNULLIFIED VARIANT by E.M. GIST
  • FANTASTIC FOUR #27 KNULLIFIED VARIANT by JUAN FERREYA
  • GHOST RIDER: RETURN OF VENGEANCE #1 KNULLIFIED VARIANT by KYLE HOTZ
  • THOR #10 KNULLIFIED VARIANT by KEN LASHLEY
  • VENOM #31 KNULLIFIED VARIANT by FRANCISCO HERRERA
  • X-MEN #16 KNULLIFIED VARIANT COVER by IBAN COELLO
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