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Image and Skybound Announces Charity Variants for Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Skybound Entertainment has announced that many of their comic book releases in May will feature new variant covers honoring Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. Each of these covers will be penciled by creators of Asian or AAPI heritage.

All proceeds from the sales of these AAPI Heritage Month variant covers, will be donated to CCED, a Los Angeles based volunteer organization that builds grassroots power through organizing, education, and mutual help.

All of Skybound’s AAPI Heritage Month variant covers will be available exclusively at comic book stores and includes:

  • FIRE POWER BY KIRKMAN & SAMNEE #11 CVR B HENDERSON AAPI VAR (FOC 4/12, ON-SALE 5/5) by Erica Henderson – Diamond Code FEB219190
  • WALKING DEAD DLX #14 CVR D YOUNG AAPI VAR (MR) (FOC 4/12, ON-SALE 5/5) by Ethan Young – Diamond Code FEB219192
  • BIRTHRIGHT #49 CVR B Su AAPI VAR (FOC 4/19, ON-SALE 5/12) by EJ Su
  • STILLWATER #7 CVR B Lee AAPI VAR (FOC 4/26, ON-SALE 5/19) by Soo Lee
  • ULTRAMEGA #3 CVR E TBA AAPI VAR (FOC 4/26, ON-SALE 5/19) by TBA
  • THE WALKING DEAD DELUXE #15 CVR C YOUNG AAPI VAR (FOC 4/26, ON-SALE 5/19) by Cynthia Young
  • EXCELLENCE #11 CVR B Ha AAPI VAR (FOC 5/3, ON-SALE 5/26) by Robin Ha
  • MANIFEST DESTINY #43 CVR B AAPI VAR (FOC 5/3, ON-SALE 5/26) by TBA
WALKING DEAD DLX #14 CVR D YOUNG AAPI VAR

Vault Announces Interlocking Witchblood Variant Series by Yoshi Yoshitani

Vault has announced an out-of-this-world series of interlocking Witchblood variants from Vault Cover-Artist-in-Residence, Yoshi Yoshitani. Each of the five connected pieces will be published as open-order variants for Witchblood issues #1 through #5.

Vault’s 2021 Cover Artists-in-Residence (or “CAIR”) variant program, features Yoshi YoshitaniMartin Simmonds, Corin HowellJoshua Hixson, and Jen Hickman. The CAIR program will see each of these artists drawing open-order variants for the entire run of the Vault series of their choosing.

Witchblood is written by Matthew Erman, drawn by Lisa Sterle, colored by Gab Contreras, lettered by Jim Campbell, and designed by Tim Daniel.

A modern, Wild West road trip about a witch named Yonna cruising the Southwest as a band of bloodthirsty biker vampires, The Hounds of Love, hunt her scattered coven for the source of all magic: witch blood. From the critically acclaimed creators of The Modern Witch Tarot Deck and Long Lost comes WITCHBLOOD, a blend of action, lore, and Americana-perfect for fans of Buffy and American Gods.

DC Comics & Forbidden Planet Return Batman to the Liver Building for Batman: The Detective #1 Variants

Forbidden Planet has teamed up with DC Comics to present an exclusive Batman: The Detective #1 comic book cover featuring the Liver Building – the most recognizable landmark in the city of Liverpool, UK – to tie in with its Forbidden Planet Liverpool store reopening after lockdown.

The inspiration for this exclusive cover came from the Liver Building’s appearance in the upcoming Batman movie starring Robert Pattinson and Colin Farrell.

Drawn by superstar British artist Brian Bolland – the artist of the most famous Batman comic-book of all time: The Killing Joke, written by Alan Moore – this special cover will be a huge part of Forbidden Planet’s reopening celebrations in Liverpool from April 12.

Batman: The Detective comic book is an epic tale that takes Batman on a harrowing, action-packed European adventure in a new miniseries by superstar creators Tom Taylor and Andy Kubert! A horrific tragedy in the United Kingdom sends a very personal and deadly message to the Dark Knight – one that will draw Batman out of Gotham City to investigate! From the moment he lands in Europe, Batman will face a difficult investigation and unheard-of adversaries – all part of the hunt for the villain known as Equilibrium! 

Batman: The Detective #1 Forbidden Planet exclusive variant cover is available to pre-order now from ForbiddenPlanet.com and will be on sale at Forbidden Planet stores on April 14, 2021.

Die #16 Gets a Diamond UK Direct Market Variant

Image Comics has revealed a highly collectible variant cover for the forthcoming Die #16 by Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans. This variant will be shipped exclusively to Diamond UK Direct Market accounts as a Thank You and is designed to benefit our international partners during an exceptionally difficult period for independently-owned businesses.

Die #16 kicks off the series’ final story arc, “Bleed,” this May and the highly anticipated conclusion to the series will land in Die #20.

To go into the dark, you have to get to the dark. They never put a dungeon anywhere accessible, do they? Past sins haunt our party, and future sins permeate the landscape. Die’s closing arc begins as we began: with regrets and screaming.

Die #16 Cover A by Hans (Diamond Code MAR210062) and Die #16 Cover B by Varanda (Diamond Code MAR210063) will also both be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, May 5.

Die #16 Diamond UK Direct Market Variant

Vault has Announced a Glow-In-The-Dark Witchblood Movie Poster Variant Limited to 100 copies

Vault Comics‘ sold out, smash-hit comic Witchblood is getting a hyper-limited edition variant cover featuring beautiful glow-in-the-dark treatment printed on deluxe heavyweight paper. With cover art by Lisa Sterle, and design by Tim Daniel, this limited edition cover—a tribute to the poster for the classic film, Easy Rider (Witchy Rider, if you will)—features glow-in-the-dark ink on deluxe heavyweight paper.

This very special variant is available only on the vault web storeThis limited edition of 100 copies will never be reprinted.

The collectible cover ships from Vault, bagged and boarded, in a Gemini mailer. Grades are not guaranteed. Purchases will begin shipping during the week of April 5, 2021.

Witchblood is written by Matthew Erman, drawn by Lisa Sterle, colored by Gab Contreras, lettered by Jim Campell.

A modern, Wild West road trip about a witch named Yonna cruising the Southwest as a band of bloodthirsty biker vampires, The Hounds of Love, hunt her scattered coven for the source of all magic: witch blood. From the critically acclaimed creators of The Modern Witch Tarot Deck and Long Lost comes WITCHBLOOD, a blend of action, lore, and Americana-perfect for fans of Buffy and American Gods.

Witchblood #1 moie poster variant

Vault Announces its 2021 Cover Artists-in-Residence Variant Program

Vault has announced the 2021 Cover Artists-in-Residence (or “CAIR”) variant program, featuring Yoshi YoshitaniMartin Simmonds, Corin HowellJoshua Hixson, and Jen Hickman. The CAIR program will see each of these artists drawing open-order variants for the entire run of the Vault series of their choosing.

Vault’s 2021 Cover Artist-in-Residence program will kick off with Yoshi Yoshitani’s mind-blowing cover to Matthew Erman’s and Lisa Sterle’sWitchblood #1, on sale March 31st, 2021. Hickman’s, Hixson’s, and Simmonds’, cover runs will follow.

Check out previous Vault covers from Yoshitani, Simmonds, Hixson, Howell, and Hickman below.

Exclusive Reveal: Kit Buss’ Variant Cover for The Modern Frankenstein #3 (of 5)

The next thing in horror continues in June with The Modern Frankenstein #3 from Magma Comix. We have the exclusive first look at Kit Buss‘ variant cover. Retailers can receive this variant for free when they order 10 copies of the comic.

The Modern Frankenstein is by writer Paul Cornell, artist Emma Vieceli, colorist Pippa Bowland, and letterer Simon Bowland.

The Modern Frankenstein #3 (of 5)

Paul Cornell (w) • Emma Vieceli (a/ca)

Discover the next thing in horror from award-winning writer of television and comics Paul Cornell (Doctor Who, Saucer State, Wolverine) and acclaimed artist/writer Emma Vieceli (Doctor Who, Life is Strange), along with color artist Pippa Bowland and letterer Simon Bowland!

When one of James and Elizbabeth’s experiments spirals out of control, will they be able to contain the damage? And will it drive them apart, or closer together?

A twisted horror/romance that walks a fine line between attraction and fear.

Variant cover by Kit Buss (Critical Role, Cloven: Bloodlines)!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Retailer incentives:

Order 10 copies and get one free variant cover by Kit Buss!

On sale 6/23/21

The Modern Frankenstein #3 (of 5) Kit Buss variant cover

Exclusive Reveal: Martin Coccolo’s Variant Cover for Chasing the Dragon #5

Chasing the Dragon #5 from Magma Comix wraps up in June and we have the first look at Martin Coccolo‘s variant cover for the issue. Retailers who order 10 copies of Chasing the Dragon #5 will receive one free variant by Coccolo.

Chasing the Dragon is written by Denton J. Tipton, with art by Menton3, and lettering by Gil Lazcano.

Chasing the Dragon #5 (of 5)

Denton J. Tipton (w) • menton3 (a/ca)

In Chasing the Dragon, New York Times Bestselling writer Denton J. Tipton and acclaimed painter menton3 explore a dark fantasy world ravaged by the rampant abuse of a drug made from the blood of dragons.

The fatal, final faceoff between alchemical forces arrives, with the fate of Obsidian Bay hanging in the balance!

Variant cover by Martin Coccolo (Dungeons & Dragons, Magic the Gathering)!

For fans of The Witcher and Breaking Bad.

*Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Retailer incentives:

Order 10 copies and get one free variant cover by Martin Coccolo!

On sale 6/16/21

Chasing the Dragon #5 Martin Coccolo variant

Spider-Man’s Greatest Villains take on the Marvel Universe in Variant Covers

Doctor Octopus. Kraven the Hunter. Green Goblin. These iconic Spider-Man villains and many more belong to one of the most legendary rogues gallery in pop culture history, and this June, they’ll be getting the spotlight on 20 all-new variant covers by some of the industry’s leading artists. See explosive matchups like the Immortal Hulk taking down Rhino, Daredevil going head to head with Shocker, Miles facing off against Lady Octopus, and Shang-Chi caught in the grip of King Cobra on incredible artwork on the covers of your favorite ongoing Marvel series. Fans can collect all 20 pieces from a range of top artists. Here are some of the action-packed brawls you can expect from this collection:

  • Black Cat vs. Scorpia
  • Black Widow vs. Electro
  • Captain America vs. Kraven the Hunter
  • Captain Marvel vs. Vulture
  • Fantastic Four vs. Sandman
  • Iron Man vs. Boomerang
  • Jean Grey & Emma Frost vs. Beetle (Janice Lincoln)
  • Silk vs. White Rabbit
  • Spider-Man vs. Chameleon
  • Spider-Man vs. Doctor Octopus
  • Spider-Man vs. Taskmaster & Black Ant
  • Star-Lord vs. Trapster
  • Thor vs. Lizard
  • Wolverine vs. Stegron

Check out the first four now and stay tuned for more Spider-Man Villains Variant Cover reveals in the coming weeks!

  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #67 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by JAVIER GARRÓN
  • BLACK CAT #7 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by TERRY DODSON
  • FANTASTIC FOUR #33 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by DIKE RUAN
  • IMMORTAL HULK #47 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by DECLAN SHALVEY
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #68 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by LEINIL FRANCIS YU
  • IRON MAN #9 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by DAN PANOSIAN
  • X-MEN #21 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by EMA LUPACCHINO
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA #30 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by TAURIN CLARKE
  • DAREDEVIL #31 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by GREG LAND
  • MILE MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #27 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by ROSE BESCH
  • THE MIGHTY VALKYRIES #3 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by TBA
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #69 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by TBA
  • CAPTAIN MARVEL #29 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by DAVID LAFUENTE
  • GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #15 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by CARLOS PACHECO
  • SILK #4 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by BETSY COLA
  • THOR #15 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by TONY DANIEL
  • WOLVERINE #13 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by RYAN BENJAMIN
  • BLACK WIDOW #8 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by DAVI GO
  • GIANT-SIZE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: CHAMELEON CONSPIRACY #1 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by RYAN STEGMAN
  • SHANG-CHI #2 SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS VARIANT COVER by NATACHA BUSTOS

Celebrate Pride with Lando Calrissian, Doctor Aphra, and More on Star Wars Covers

In addition to an all-new series of covers by Phil Jimenez starring Marvel’s most popular LGBTQ+ heroes, Marvel Comics will also be honoring Pride Month with Star Wars Pride Covers. Throughout June, outstanding depictions of LGBTQ+ characters from the Star Wars galaxy will adorn the covers of Marvel’s monthly Star Wars titles. Fans can see Doctor Aphra, Sana Starros, Rae Sloan, Yrica Quell, Terec and Ceret, and Lando Calrissian all brought to life in spectacular artwork by an incredible lineup of LGBTQ+ talent. These eye-catching covers will also feature exclusive new Pride versions of each title’s logo.

Check out the first cover below, a stunning portrait of Sana Starros by artist Jan Bazaldua and colorist Rachelle Rosenberg. And stay tuned for more reveals in the coming weeks featuring artwork by Javier Garron, Babs Tarr, Jacopo Camagni, JJ Kirby, and Stephen Byrne!

  • STAR WARS: BOUNTY HUNTERS #13 PRIDE VARIANT COVER by JACOPO CAMAGNI
  • STAR WARS #14 PRIDE VARIANT COVER by STEPHEN BYRNE
  • STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #13 PRIDE VARIANT COVER by JJ KIRBY
  • STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #11 PRIDE VARIANT COVER by JAN BAZALDUA with colors by RACHELLE ROSENBERG
  • STAR WARS: THE HIGH REPUBLIC #6 PRIDE VARIANT COVER by JAVIER GARRON
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #11 Pride variant
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