July 10, 2015

Flash #45 Monster Variant by Gustavo Duarte

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Flash #45 Monster Variant Cover by Gustavo Duarte

In the middle of SDCC, DC has announced their October variant cover theme. Once again, to coincide with Halloween it’s a monster theme. As usual, the covers are spread around several news sites including ComicVine, which has The Flash #45 by Gustavo Duarte.

Trick or treat?

Newsarama has collected a full gallery of all 25 covers. These things never seem to stay exclusive for long.

I like the “It Came From Krypton!” 50s-style B-movie poster for Action Comics. How about you? Which ones are your favorites?

June 12, 2015

Green Lantern Variant Cover for Flash #44

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Flash 44 Variant Cover by Wes Craig

September’s variant cover theme at DC Comics is Green Lantern’s 75th Anniversary. IGN has the full gallery, including this cover for The Flash #44 by Wes Craig.

Two things come to mind as I look through the gallery:

1. While Hal Jordan is the most frequently-appearing GL in this set, he’s not the only one. John Stewart appears on this cover, the Batman Beyond Green Lantern appears on that series’ cover, etc. There are even a few with Alan Scott, the Green Lantern who’s actually been around 75 years, including a great Detective Comics cover by Cliff Chiang featuring Golden-Age Green Lantern and Batman.

2. These appear to be normally-numbered issues of the various series. Apparently post-New 52 DC is done with their yearly September special events like the zero issues, villain’s month, and Future’s End tie-ins. Considering we just got through with a two-month hiatus for everything, that’s probably a good idea.

May 15, 2015

Flash #43 DC Bombshells Variant Cover Featuring Killer Frost by Ant Lucia

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Flash #43 Bombshells Killer Frost Variant

DC is launching a second round of DC Bombshells variant covers featuring retro pinup versions of its characters — and a digital-first series — this summer. The Nerdist has several covers including The Flash #43 by Ant Lucia, featuring Killer Frost.

Newsarama has a round-up of all the covers released so far. One notable difference from the first round is that while the first round was all women, some of the covers feature men this time, including Sinestro, Dick Grayson, and Aquaman (and probably more, but I haven’t looked through the whole list yet).

Update: Apparently the the Bombshells series features “retro-bombshell versions of Batwoman, Wonder Woman and Supergirl in an alternate reality where super-powered female heroes are on the front lines in WWII” as well as “Monsters, magic, mayhem, & Marguerites” (the last item being a reference to the writer and artist on the series, Marguerite Bennett and Marguerite Sauvage).

April 17, 2015

Flash #42 “Teen Titans Go” Variant Cover by Jorge Corona

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Flash #42 Teen Titans Go Variant

DC Comics’ July variant covers are all themed around Teen Titans Go, the wacky cartoon version of the characters currently airing on the Cartoon Network. In this one, released through Geek Mom, the Flash seems to have confused Beast Boy for Gorilla Grodd.

March 28, 2015

Flash #41 Joker Variant Cover

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Flash #41 Joker Variant

Among DC’s Joker variant covers for June, including Flash #41 by Eddy Barrows and Marcelo Maiolo.

December 12, 2014

Flash #40 North by Northwest Variant Cover by Bill Sienkiewicz

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DC has revealed their March variant cover theme: each variant that month will be based on an iconic movie poster. Bill Sienkiewicz draws a North by Northwest-inspired cover for The Flash #40.

Flash 40 Movie Poster Variant: North by Northwest by Bill Sienkiewicz

CBR has collected a gallery of all the covers released. There are some great choices here, like Green Lantern in the style of 2001: A Space Odyssey, and some odd ones, like Justice League Unlimited in the style of Mars Attacks.