Variant covers are an important part of comic book publication. For the uninitiated, all comic books have their main, base cover, that most readers will receive, and then some of the better selling titles have a series of alternate covers, in rarer supply, by different artists. Sometimes they exist for different comic chains; for example, Mile High Comics here in Denver may have their own unique variant cover. Sometimes variant covers are for another promotional purpose, with the comics in Stan Lee’s version of Loot Crate all featuring the king of cameos on each cover. Sometimes they can be just for fun, like the New 52’s Justice League of America Issue #1 featuring a variant for each state flag. At one point, Marvel even just randomly threw Deadpool on the cover of nearly any book, in classic meta Deadpool fashion.
This November, several DC titles will feature variant covers spotlighting the members of Justice League, drawn in the style of the costumes as seen in the film, to promote the film’s release. And The Hollywood Reporter has two of them! Check them out below.
These covers will be published as variant editions for Wonder Woman Issue #35 on sale November 22nd, and The Flash Issue #34 on sale November 8th. There will also be variant covers promoting the film on November issues of Justice League, Aquaman, Batman, Cyborg, Detective Comics, Superman, and Trinity.
While Wonder Woman, Batman, and Cyborg do not look unlike their comic counterparts, Flash’s unique Justice League movie costume and Aquaman’s new look cement these covers as promotional material for the film. As an avid comic book reader, I hope that DC will use these covers to advertise the film, avoiding the annoying banners atop the cover or movie logo on the corner that DC always does to remind readers their favorite characters are now in theaters. Because those old style of doing advertising are so ugly; blemishes on an otherwise great cover that can really date it. This is a much more interesting route to take, though I assume we’ll also be getting the film’s Justice League logo and release date printed on the cover of every book from October through December.
What do you think of the varient covers for November’s issues of Wonder Woman and Flash? Do you like Flash and Aquaman’s new look more or less when hand drawn? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!
Justice League hits theaters on November 17, 2017.
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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter