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Complete Mary Jane Watson Marvel Variant Covers
Face it tiger you just hit the jackpot. We’ve had Gwen Stacy Variant Covers but now Spider-man’s lady in red is getting her own set of variant covers. This June (2017) Marvel is releasing 22 variant covers featuring Mary Jane Watson. See the complete list and images below.
- All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #3 by Kris Anka
- All-New Wolverine #21 by David Lopez
- Avengers #8 by Mike Allred
- Black Bolt #2 by Ryan Stegman
- Captain America: Steve Rogers #18 by Paolo Rivera
- Champions #9 by Helen Chen
- Daredevil #21 by Humberto Ramos
- Deadpool #32 by Elizabeth Torque
- Doctor Strange #22 by Francisco Herrera
- Gwenpool, The Unbelievable #17 by David Nakayama
- Hulk #7 by Rahzzah
- I Am Groot #2 by Julian Totino Tedesco
- Invincible Iron Man #8 by Marco Checchetto
- Iron Fist #4 by Stephanie Hans
- Mighty Thor #20 by Patrick Brown
- Secret Warriors #3 by Javier Rodriguez
- Spider-Gwen #21 by Kevin Wada
- The Mighty Captain Marvel #6 by Chris Samnee
- The Punisher #13 by Dave Williams
- Venom #151 by Francesco Mattina
- X-Men Blue #5 by Emanuela Lupacchino
- X-Men Gold #5 by Anthony Piper
As an extra bonus here are four more variant covers with Mary Jane as member of the Avengers drawn by J. Scott Campbell
Character Profile on The Maker
Today we are here to discuss the Maker, and no, I am not talking about Jesus. I’m talking about The Maker of Marvel Comics, the alter ego of Ultimate Reed Richards. Let’s take a minute to appreciate that sentence. Reed Richards is Mr. Fantastic of the Fantastic Four. But this is not the normal canonical version of Reed Richards, this is the alternative Ultimate Universe version of Reed Richards. But this is not quite that version either, we are going to discuss the second wave of the Ultimate Universe, the Ultimate Comics version. The Reed Ricards which has a big metal helmet on his head and is known as The Maker.
So this story starts with Secret Wars Issue 4. This is the issue in which the Life Raft (the one with the good guys in it) and the Cabal (the one with the bad guys in it) confront Dr. Doom. When this happened I saw the Maker (Ultimate Reed Richards) for this first time and was very confused. Why does he have this thing on his head? Why was he on the ship with the villains and not the heroes? WHY DOES HE HAVE THE THING ON HIS HEAD?
My search started on where else but Wikipedia and Comic Vine which were surprisingly little help. Both mention that at some point Reed Richards becomes the Maker but no explanation of why or how. The Marvel Wikia had more information but again still didn’t explain why or how Reed became the Maker.
So this lead to part two of my search. I have a subscription to Marvel Comics Digital Unlimited and have access to every issue of the Ultimate Universe. So I started by looking through the entire Ultimate Fantastic Four run (2003-2009) with no luck. Not a single issue had the Maker on the cover and spot checking a few they all had the normal version of Reed Richards. No problem I think, there are a half dozen other Ultimate Fantastic Four Series, surely it is in one of those. I check Ultimate FF, Ultimate Fantastic Four / X-Men, Ultimate Fantastic Four MGC, and Ultimate Comics Doom. No such luck. At least a quick search through the covers all have the normal version of Reed Richards.
I’m stuck. I don’t know where to look and there is no great source of information on Ultimate Reed Richards / The Maker. Finally I have a breakthrough and realize the image that Marvel Wikia is using for the Maker is the cover of Issue 9 of Ultimate Comics Ultimates. I open up the series on Marvel Unlimited and decide spot check some issues and see if I can find where this transition happens. I open Issue 1, Page one and see the following image.
What the fuck! Issue one already has Reed Richards as the maker. This had to have taken place before Ultimate Comics: The Ultimates started. I go back to Wikipedia and look up Ultimate Comics Ultimates and have breakthrough number 2. Ultimate Comics: The Ultimates is the result of the events of Ultimate Comics Doomsday. Ah Ha I proclaim! I go back to Marvel Unlimited and open up Ultimate Comics Doom and immediately notice something is wrong. Issue 1 is in the middle of an action sequence and there is clearly something going on before this issue. I go back to Wikipedia and learn that Ultimate Comics Doomsday is actually the combination of the following Ultimate Enemy, Ultimate Mystery, and Ultimate Doom, each of which is 4 issues long. So I need to read these 12 issues before I can start the 30 issues of Ultimate Comics: The Ultimates which will explain to me how Reed Richards became the Maker.
This is why we can’t have nice things.
So if you want to learn about the Maker here is the full reading order
- Ultimate Comics: Enemy 1-4
- Ultimate Comics: Mystery 1-4
- Ultimate Comics: Doom 1-4
- Ultimate Comics The Ultimates 1-4 (The Republic is Burning), 5-6 (The World), 7-12 (Two Cities, Two Worlds)
It’s a little spread out but all together it makes one complete story. I would like to bitch about how it wasn’t worth it but the truth is that this whole arc is actually really great and something I would consider a must read. I’ve never been a huge fan of the Fantastic Four but this is hands down the best Fantastic Four story I’ve ever read. If you have access to Marvel Unlimited or find it on sale at Comixology you should definitely give it a read.
If you don’t want to read it and just want to know what happens here is a brief super spoilery summary.
You’ve been warned.
Ultimate Comics Enemy, Mystery, and Doom
Ultimate Doomsdsy starts with a mysterious alien worm thing that goes loose on New York City. At first it’s thought to be a Roxxon Corp experiment gone wrong but is quickly realized to be much bigger than Roxxon as it attacks the whole city. In the end the aliens behind the attack are caught and the worm thing is stopped. The worm thing causes a lot of damage including the entire Baxter Building. It also destroys the childhood home of Reed Richards (with Reed inside) and the home of Peter Parker.
Cut forward aliens are continuing to attack and various marvel heroes (Spider-man, Spider-woman, Captain Marvel, Nick Fury, the rest of the Fantastic Four) try to figure out who is behind it. Susan Storm gets further than most and is brutually attacked by the person behind it all who is… Reed Richards! It turns out Reed was behind it all and was using the attacks as distractions as he began to build a utopian society in the Negative Zone. A whole mass of Ultimates go to the Negative Zone and attack him and are able to stop Reed while Reed himself is lost in the destruction.
Ultimate Comics: The Ultimates
Ultimate Comics: The Ultimates takes place immediately following the events of Ultimate Comics Doom. We last saw Richard Reed floating in the abyss of the negative zone. In the first shots of this series we see Reed with his maker helmet on in the middle of no where Germany with a huge group of followers. He builds “the dome” which is a huge structure in which he is able to slow down the effects of time. So while only days passed in our world centuries passed under the dome which lead to the evolution of the human species. Just to keep up Richard Reeds had to expand his own brain capacity which is now in a freakishly large shape that fills his maker helmet. By the time the Ultimates come to investigate the Dome society is huge and more advanced technically and biologically than anything on earth. Reed continues to expand the size of the dome outside of just rural nowhere to destroying occupied cities nearby that were in the way. The Ultimates are literally powerless to stop Reed as all methods and technology they have are woefully out of date. Eventually Reed stops the growth of the Dome and declares a truce. He agrees not to expand in exchange for the outside world to leave him and his society alone.
Of course the Ultimates aren’t going to just let this stand. Now strap in because this is where things get really weird. Ultimate Tony Stark has a sentient Brain Tumor which takes the form of a 8 year old child version of Tony Stark. Tony has been talking to his tumor and realized the tumor has the ability to take over / hack machines. Tony infiltrates the Dome his tumor takes over the AI of the city and causes it to collapse in on it self. During this the Ultimates come in and wreck shop and are able to stop Reed this time for good (well for a while).
Evil Reed Richards! Utopian Society! Super advanced society from kind of the future! Tony Stark with a sentient brain tumor that has super powers. Guys this comic has it all and you absolutely have to check it out.
Comic Block November 2015
Another Month another Comic Block!
This month had a Star Wars Theme and we got two different Star Wars books. There is again no sign of the allusive graphic novel this month, however we did get something new. This box is the first time that the “extra” item has been a exclusive item.
We got a cool little Mjölnir keychain which was a Comic Block Exclusive. It looks like they didn’t quite have the rights to just call it Mjölnir though because on the description card it simply says “the hammer of the gods”.
Here is the complete run down of what came in the box:
- Star Wars: Vader Down Issue 1 Comic Block Exclusive Variant
- Howard the Duck Issue 1
- Pacific Rim: The Drift Issue 1 Comic Block Exclusive Variant
- Star Wars Issue 1 Fan Expo Variant
- “Hammer of the Gods” Keychain
- Batgirl T-Shirt
Weirdly they didn’t put the Star Wars comic on the insert card of things inside the box. I actually got copy of the same Star Wars Fan Expo Variant Cover from a Nerd Block box I got several months ago. My guess is that they still had some extra issues around from that Nerd Block and added them to this box last minute.
I am a big Batgirl fan so this shirt should be something I really like. The new Batgirl costume and the Rosie the Riveter homage are both things I would like in theory. However, Batgirl looks terrible. I don’t know if I can place it, but her face just looks off. This is a huge disappointment because I would really like this shirt but because of how messed up Barbara’s face looks I doubt I’ll be wearing it at all.
Pacific Rim: The Drift Issue 1
I really wanted to like this comic but in the end really disliked it. I loved the 2013 film Pacific Rim so a comic that would take me back into that world actually sounded really interesting even though it was a licensed property. There are so many aspects of the Pacific Rim world I wanted to know about and this comic managed to explore none of them. It centered around a married pair of Jaeger pilots that are losing a battle with a Kaiju and getting exposed to radiation. It goes back and forth between the fight they are in and flashback of with they first met. That’s pretty much it. The art is very stylized and looks like Adi Granov’s artwork from Iron Man: Extremis. It doesn’t look bad but its so stylized that you can’t see any of the detail of the Kaiju or the Jaegar. If I’m going to read a comic about giant robots fighting monsters I want to see it! Maybe it gets better later on when the story kicks in but this first issue had me entirely uninterested.
Howard the Duck Issue 1
Please stop trying to make Howard the Duck a thing. The after credits teaser on Guardians of the Galaxy was perfect. After having a movie starring a talking Raccoon having a small little nod to Marvel’s goofier side was a great way to send off the film. Apparently what Marvel took from this is that people simply love Howard the Duck and want more of him! The fact is new audiences don’t know or care who Howard is, and older audiences who have nostalgia for Howard no longer read comics or care. There simply no audience this book is fulfilling.
Look Howard the Duck has an important history with Marvel. When the character was created in the 70’s it was subversive and edgy (I know that sounds strange but it really was) but that time has passed. Howard was always a comic aimed at older audiences so if you were a fan in the 70’s you were likely in your 20’s which would place you in your 60’s now and most likely not buying comics. If you are in your 20’s to 30’s then you didn’t grow up with Howard the Duck and your only experience is the terrible movie from the 80’s.
What about new audiences you ask? It doesn’t really matter the roots of the character if it is being written well today right? Well that would be correct, but it’s not being written well. Howard the Duck’s shtick is comedy and Marvel has solidly filled that spot with Deadpool. The comedic elements of this comic are just a shallow echo of what it would be if it were Deadpool. But even worse than that this comic just isn’t funny. There were a couple of enjoyable moments but I didn’t laugh once reading it and it felt way more like a chore to read than anything else.
Star Wars Issue 1
This is a great comic let me say that to start with. It feels fresh and gives us an original adventure with everyone’s favorite space gang. It has plenty to fill your nostalgia void along with a new adventure and story to get you excited to read more.
That said the nostalgia factor of these new Star Wars comics are going to be the death of them. I am 100% ok with this comic being what it is. It takes place between A New Hope and Return of the Jedi and centers around the original main gang. Star Wars is a big world though and it would have been nice to see some of these new Marvel Star Wars comics not center specifically around the characters of the original trilogy. Again I’m totally cool with there being this Star Wars and the Vader comic but do we really need a Chewbacca and Lando comic too? The Force Awakens is going to introduce a slew of new characters so hopefully that will push away from the original trilogy which has been done to death.
Star Wars: Vader Down Issue 1
First and foremost I really love this variant cover. It is the best cover I have seen of all these new Marvel Star Wars covers and something worthy of being framed. The comic itself is the first issue of a Marvel Star Wars Crossover event called Vader Down. Vader is investigating some intel on the location of some rebels and winds up overwhelmed surrounded by rebel forces. While he is able to take out a few X-Wings he is overtaken by Luke and crash lands on the planet of Vrogas Vas. Luke also manages to crash his X-Wing and the two begin searching for each other.
The overall story was good and I enjoyed the book. The amount of issues involved in this crossover is a lot and honestly it just wasn’t great enough for me to buy in like 10 issues to find out what happens. I might check it out in 6 months with the issues start appearing on Marvel Comics Unlimited.
Marvel Unlimited Plus 2015 Unboxing
I’ve spoken about Marvel Unlimited before on my Reading Digital Comics post. But for the uninitiated Marvel Unlimited is a streaming comics service which is basically the Netflix of Marvel Comics. It has over 17,000 comics spanning the entire back catalog of Marvel’s history.
Marvel Unlimited has three tiers of service. You can pay monthly for $9.99 per month, yearly for $69.99, or a plus membership for $99.99. I’d go through the details of which membership gets what but Marvel has already put together the following chart.
I’ve been a member of Marvel Unlimited for the past two years and this year I decided to upgrade from the normal subscription to the Marvel Unlimited Plus subscription. First let’s start with what came in the box:
- Welcome Letter and Membership Card
- Invincible Iron Man 1 Marvel Unlimited Exclusive Variant
- Agent Carter 1 Marvel Unlimited Exclusive Variant
- Captain America White 1 Marvel Unlimited Exclusive Variant
- SHIELD and SSR Pin
- Marvel Legends Marvel Unlimited Exclusive RESCUE Figure
Here are some full unboxing shots.
Here are close ups of each of the comic books along with a composite of all tree.
Here is a look at the letter / membership card, Rescue Figure and Pins.
So far I feel pretty good about getting the plus subscription over the normal annual subscription. In the past the Marvel Unlimited Variant Comics resale for 20 dollars each and last year’s Rocket figure goes for 25 on ebay. So the three comics and figure alone are worth 85 dollars. If you were to do well on selling off your Unlimited Plus items you could reasonably pay for your entire Unlimited subscription.
Marvel’s Ultimate Universe is Awesome
When I first started really getting into comic books back in 2011 I was picking up a lot of titles but had pretty much written off the Ultimate Universe entirely. The idea that this whole universe of comics was non-canon and thus “didn’t count” made me feel like it was a waste of time and something I shouldn’t bother with. Now 2015, years wiser and stacks of comics later I realize just how wrong I was.
If you are completely unfamiliar with the Ultimate Universe lets get into its history briefly. Back in 2000 Marvel realized they had a problem on their hands. The vast majority of their comics were turning 40 years old and so the origins of their most popular heroes were vastly out of date and touch with the modern world. Marvel can do tricks with de-aging its heroes and condensing history but the fact remained that you can only really tell an origin once. Marvel was stuck with two choices. Reboot their lines so their stars have clean histories and relatable origins, or create all new characters to replace fan favorites.
This isn’t a problem that was new to Marvel. Since the 80’s they had been trying to find a way to simplify the years of incoherent back story and clean the slate with its most popular characters. In the 80’s Editor in Chief Jim Shooter tried to do just that with the launch of the New Universe. Rather than reboot characters like Spider-man, the Fantastic Four, and the X-Men he decided to create a slew of new characters with the hopes they would replace the old characters and become the new foundation of Marvel. The fact that kids don’t dress up like Mark Hazzard or Star Brand for Halloween can clue you in that this idea was a spectacular failure. The lesson learned from the New Universe was that while fans want new and interesting stories fans also are also unwilling to abandon the characters they love.
So creating a world of new characters was out. But how does Marvel reboot their comics? If you throw out 40 years of canon you piss off and alienate fans who have spent their lives following these characters. If you keep in 40 years of canon the characters become an incoherent mess and the story telling suffers and you lose fans. Marvel was stuck in a real catch-22 which no answer that would please everyone.
Their solution was a compromise and the creation of the Ultimate Universe. The Ultimate Universe would be a complete reboot and have separate continuity of the main Marvel Universe. Fans of Spider-man could continue reading Amazing Spider-man which contained the 40 years of history. However, if fans wanted a new take on the character they could pick up Ultimate Spider-man and read it instead.
The big selling point on the Ultimate Universe was that the stories would have teeth. If someone dies in Amazing Spider-man they would generally find their way to being alive again within 5 years. In fact it became such a joke that the saying was “No one stays dead in comics except Bucky and Jason Todd” (who ironically have both been brought back to life in the last 10 years). The promise was that if someone died in the Ultimate Universe they would stay dead.
The Ultimate Universe kicked off with Ultimate Spider-man in October of 2000 written by Brian Michael Bendis in October of 2000 which remains the only Ultimate title that was still ongoing prior to 2015 Secret Wars (which has temporarily suspended all titles for Marvel). The next titles were Ultimate X-Men written by Mark Millar, The Ultimates (the ultimate universe version of the avengers) written by Mark Millar, and Ultimate Fantastic Four also written by Mark Millar. There were more limited series, one shots, and ongoing series that came and went but these four are what I consider the pillars of the original Ultimate Universe. These four titles represent the characters that were some of Marvel’s oldest and were most in need of a updated origin.
I started my dip into the Ultimate Comics pool with reading Mark Millar’s Ultimates 1 and 2. These are both limited series runs with Ultimates 1 having 13 issues and Ultimates 2 having 15 issues. I have a subscription to Marvel Digital Unlimited so I figured what the hell, it doesn’t have a ton of issues I’ll give it a shot. After reading the first arc (issues 1-6) I was hooked and finished out the series.
I don’t know if I can place my finger on what I like most about Millar’s Ultimates but overall its just a fun read. It’s got some truly shocking moments (Ant-Man and Wasp) and just plain crazy stuff in there as well (Hulk). Millar makes bold choices are gives a version of these characters that I have truly never seen before. I never imagined a Hippie version of Thor, psycho version of Hulk, or a Black Widow / Iron Man romance but somehow Millar makes this work. I really liked that Millar decided to take so many of these characters in different directions because if you are going to do something as big as create a whole new universe of Marvel characters you really should do something interesting with it.
Once I got hooked on the Ultimates I started looking for more titles under the Ultimate Comic brand to read.
My next read was Ultimate Spider-man. So far I’ve only read the Volume 1: Power and Responsibility which is a retelling of Spider-man’s origin. Out of all the Ultimate stories I’ve read so far Bendis’s Spider-man is the most straightforward adaptation. There aren’t a lot of frills here, just a update of the classic story. The Ultimate Peter Parker is still bitten by a now “genetically enhanced” spider, uncle Ben still dies, Power and responsibility are learned. I don’t want this to sound like Ultimate Spider-man is not a great read, because it really is. If someone wants to read Spider-man and start from the beginning this is where they need to go. It is a well told update of a classic story. If anything Ultimate Spider-man proved that Stan Lee really nailed it with this story, in this case we don’t need a gimmick, just a little update.
These days if you hear the word Ultimate Spider-man it isn’t associated with Peter Parker at all but the new Ultimate Spider-Man Miles Morales. In 2011 after 160 Ultimate Spider-man ended with the Death of Peter Parker and the introduction of Miles Morales in a new on going series Ultimate Comics Spider-man.
Next I read Ultimate X-Men. Ultimate X-Men is much more liberal take on the origin of the X-Men. It throws us right into the mix where the original X-Men are already at the Xavier Institute for Gifted Youngsters. There is the establishment of Magneto and the Brotherhood of Evil mutants and the first arc is centered around that clash. The series also distances it self from the regular Marvel universe and establishes complete different back stories for many of the characters. Wolverine starts as an spy for Magneto and immediately begins a relationship with Jean Grey (who has not been in a relationship with Scott Summers). Beast and Storm begin a relationship early on and Weapon X is a program started by SHIELD.
I enjoyed reading the first volume of Ultimate X-Men and continued reading it through the first 30 or so issues. The downside to Ultimate X-men is that while it is an “update” of the X-Men origin story it is already beginning to feel aged being 15 years old now. The first issue cover alone has a very “Lisa Frank” feel to it and the style of the whole thing screams early 2000’s. If someone wanted to get into the X-Men with no prior history I would probably point them toward 2012’s All-New X-Men instead of Ultimate X-Men. That being said I would definitely recommend the series to anyone.
Most recently I have started reading Ultimate Fantastic Four. This is actually the first Fantastic Four comic book series I’ve ever read. Like most of the country I just don’t find the Fantastic Four appealing at all, and out of all the big Marvel properties it feels the most out of date. If any series could use a fresh coat of paint and an updated origin it is Fantastic Four. I started just reading Volume 1: The Fantastic and to my genuine surprise I loved it. Changing the Baxter building to a sort of Hogwarts for super genius kids was a great change. I thought the re-imagining of their origin made sense and was much more relatable than the original Stan Lee origin. In fact I was actually really stoked to go see the new Fantastic Four film knowing they pulled a lot of the source material from the Ultimate universe. That was of course, until the reviews starting coming in… This is definitely a book I would recommend to anyone especially if they are new to the Fantastic Four.
Having this renewed interest in the Ultimate Universe it’s sad that the current Secret Wars mini-series currently in production is actually ending the Ultimate Universe altogether. Fantastic Four and X-Men had a decent run but started falling off in the late 2000’s (both Ending in 2009). Marvel tried to revive the line in 2011 with the new Ultimate Comics line with a new Ultimates, X-Men, and Spider-man but they winded up canceling most the titles by 2014. Prior to Secret Wars the only ongoing Ultimate title left in production was Spider-man. At the end of the day Spider-man has been the real break out title of the entire Ultimate line and the only title to continually release since it’s inception in 2001. Miles Morales has been an extremely popular character and will be folded into the All-New All-Different Avengers main team following Secret Wars.
For the time being it looks like there will no longer be an Ultimate Universe and only one main Marvel Universe. My thought is that in the next 5 years we will reach the 20th anniversary of the launch of the Ultimate Universe and that Marvel will look at it as a good time to reboot the franchise. Until then I still have a decade worth of Ultimate material to keep my occupied.
Now that I have you chomping at the bit to read some Ultimate Comics where can you buy them? If print is your preferred method you can pick up trade paperbacks pretty much anywhere comics are sold. You will also likely have good luck finding copies of these trade paper backs at used book stores or for cheap online. If digital is your method you can get the majority of the Ultimate universe on kindle, comixology, google play, itunes, or where ever you buy digital books. However, if you really want to dig into the Ultimate Universe I would suggest looking into getting a subscription to Marvel Digital Unlimited. It is an all you can read Netflix style comic book service for Marvel Comics and they have literally every issue of every Marvel Ultimate comic for you to read until your eyes bleed.
Marvel’s Hip-Hop Variant Covers Complete
Update 9/6/15 with more covers. I now have the current slate of 41 known covers represented.
This October Marvel is releasing Hip-Hoop Variant Covers for 27 different comics. As far as I can tell this is the complete list of covers they will be releasing. I saw reports of there being 50 different covers but that changed to 25, and then I was able to find 31. I’ll update this post with any additional covers if they wind up actually creating them.
How to Enjoy San Diego Comic-Con From Home
This weekend is Nerd Christmas which sometimes goes by the name of San Diego Comic-Con. If you were one of the lucky people who planned way ahead and were able to buy tickets, then you are there right now and basking it all it’s glory. But if you are like me then you are at home, seething in jealousy, feverishly refreshing comic book resources for any morsel of news.
Well just because we can’t be there doesn’t mean we can’t reap some of the glory without even leaving our house!
One of the things I get most jealous about missing out on is the legendary Comic Con Exclusives. The last couple of weeks I’ve been watching as every retailer announce their exclusives with the knowledge that the only way I’ll get a chance at them is paying 2 to 3 times face value on ebay. Well not this year!
This year you can actually buy some of the San Diego Comic-Con exclusives from Hot Topic and Barnes and Noble, online, for face value!
Hot Topic has a pretty amazing selection of Comic-Con Exclusive Funko POP Vinyl figures and T-Shirts. They have a Metallic C-3PO, Dr. Who 11th Doctor, Castiel from Supernatural, Golden Frieza from Dragonball Z, Helena from Orphan Black, Twisty from American Horror Story, Golden Bender from Futurama, A special Minion, Sadness from Inside Out, and a X-Force version of Deadpool’s Chimichanga Truck. You can check them all out here. Here are some of my personal favorites.
Rocket with Potted Groot (My Personal Favorite)
Barnes and Noble
Barnes and Noble has a selection of different Funko Figures and Pop Vinyls along with a few statues. The Pop Vinyls include a black Ant-Man, Dr. Who Dalek, Joy from Inside Out, Captain America from Age of Ultron without his helmet on, and Star Wars K3PO (a white C3PO). There also have a couple of action figures and more Funko items as well. You can see the full list here. My personal favorite is the Catwoman Statue from Batman the Animated Series.
SDCC 2015 Batman Animated Catwoman Bust
What if you aren’t interested in buying toys or Funko Pop Vinyls? It seems unlikely but it might true. Well you can still appreciate San Diego Comic-Con by getting a lot of digital comics for real cheap! Marvel, DC, and Dark Horse are all having big sales all weekend long on Comixology.
DC Comics is having a sale on a bunch of different Graphic Novels all for 4.99 a piece. You can check it out here, the complete list is:
- Crisis on Infinite Earths
- Death of Superman
- Batman Knightfall Vol. 1
- Batman Knightfall Vol. 2
- Batman Knightfall Vol. 3
- Zero Hour: Crisis in Time
- Identity Crisis
- Infinite Crisis
- 52 Vol. 1
- 52 Vol. 2
- 52 Vol. 3
- 52 Vol. 4
- Final Crisis
- Batman RIP
- Green Lantern: The Sinestro Corps War
- Blackest Night
- Brightest Day Vol. 1
- Brightest Day Vol. 2
- Brightest Day Vol. 3
- Green Lantern: Rise of the Third Army
- Aquaman: Throne of Atlantis
- Green Lantern: Wrath of the First Lantern
- Justice League: Trinity War
- Forever Evil
- Superman: Doomed
Marvel is also having a sale on graphic novels, all of which are going for 4.99 as well. You can get them here. The complete list is as follows:
- Death of Wolverine
- Captain Marvel Vol. 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More
- Legendary Star-Lord Vol. 1: Face it I Rule
- Loki: Agent of Asgard Vol. 1: Trust Me
- Silver Surfer Vol 1: New Dawn
- Thanos: A God Up There Listening
- Thanos: The Infinity Revelation
- Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1: The Parker Luck
- Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 2: Spider-Verse
- Cable & Deadpool: If Looks Could Kill
- Deadpool Classic Vol. 1
- Deadpool Corps: Prelude
- Deadpool Team-Up Vol. 1: Good Buddies
- Deadpool Vol. 1: Dead Presidents
- Deadpool Vol. 2: Soul Hunter
- Deadpool Vol. 1: Secrete Invasion
- Deadpool Vol. 2: Dark Reign
- Deadpool vs. Carnage
- Deadpool: Dracula’s Gauntlet
Dark Horse (new to comixology) is having a line wide sale. It is a little too much for me to put all of it in here but basically every graphic novel is on sale and the prices vary. You can check out all of it here.
All of these comics are also price matched on Amazon and can be bought there for the sale price as well.
Digital Exclusive Variant Covers
Comixology is also selling six different exclusive variant covers only during the duration of Comic Con. I’ve never seen a digital exclusive variant cover before but it seems like a cool idea. You can get them here. Comixology will be released one each day, and you can check them all out below.
Complete Women of Marvel Variant Covers
This March Marvel had a “Women of Marvel” theme of Variant Covers spot lighting lady creators. I got the complete collection below.
- All-New Captain America #5 By Unknown
- All-New Hawkeye #1 By Sho Murase
- All-New X-Men #39 By Faith Erin Hicks
- Amazing Spider-Man #16 By Ming Doyle
- Ant-Man #3 By Katie Cook
- Avengers #42 By Uknown
- Black Widow #16 By Vanesa Del Rey
- Captain Marvel #13 By Aufa Richardson
- Deadpool #43 By Unknown
- Guardians Of The Galaxy #25 By Erica Henderson
- Inhuman #13 By Jill Thompson
- Legendary Star-Lord #10 By Sana Takeda
- Ms. Marvel #13 By Unknown
- New Avengers #31 By Sara Pichelli
- Rocket Raccoon #9 By Janet Lee
- S.H.I.E.L.D. #4 By Colleen Doran
- Superior Iron Man #6 By Uknown
- Thor #6 By Stephanie Hans
- Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #3 By Gurihiru
- Uncanny Avengers #3 By Amanda Conner
- Uncanny X-Men #33 By Stacey Lee