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#Comic Book Update – Weekly Top 10 Covers 10.26.2016

 

As you can see another fabulous set of comic book covers this week.  A few standouts are definitely Dave Johnson’s Bloodshot USA #1 variant, Moon Girl And Devil Dinosaur #12 drawn by Natacha Bustos, and Vikings Uprising #2 variant drawn by Claudia Caranfa.  There were a bunch of others that looked amazing so check them out.

Here are my top 10 eye catching comic book cover choices for this week.  If you feel the need to share your thoughts concerning my choices please do and I hope to see you back here next week for another edition of the top 10!

Top 10 List (Alphabetical Order…)

  • Bloodshot USA #1 Variant Dave Johnson
  • Deadpool Vol 5 #21 Regular Mike Hawthorne
  • Doctor Who 11th Doctor Year Two #14 Variant Simon Myers Watercolor
  • Moon Girl And Devil Dinosaur #12 Natacha Bustos
  • Saga #39 Fiona Staples
  • Tarzan On The Planet Of The Apes #2 Duncan Fegredo
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #3 Regular Freddie Williams
  • Transformers Revolution #1 Incentive Ken Christiansen Interlocking Variant
  • Vikings Uprising #2 Variant Claudia Caranfa
  • Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary Special #1 Variant Liam Sharp

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Weekly Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 10/5/2016

 

Here are my top 10 eye catching comic book cover choices for this week.  If you feel the need to share your thoughts concerning my choices please do and I hope to see you back here next week for another edition of the top 10!

Top 10 List (Alphabetical Order…)

  • Betty Boop #1 Regular Howard Chaykin
  • Champions (Marvel) Vol 2 #1 Variant Mark Brooks Champions
  • Deadpool Back In Black #1 Incentive Rob Liefeld Color Variant
  • Girrion #1 Tom Lintern
  • Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Inferno Resurrection #5 Variant Paul Green
  • Jessica Jones #1 Regular David Mack
  • Paper Girls #10 Cliff Chang & Matthew Wilson
  • Revolution #2 Variant James Biggie Subscription
  • Spawn #266 Variant Todd McFarlane
  • Transformers Vol 3 #57 Variant Casey W Coller Subscription

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Weekly Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 9/28/2016

 

Here are my top 10 eye catching comic book cover choices for this week.  If you feel the need to share your thoughts concerning my choices please do and I hope to see you back here next week for another edition of the top 10!

Top 10 List (Alphabetical Order…)

  • Action Comics Vol 2 #964 Variant Gary Frank
  • Castoffs #1 Incentive Historic Battle Wraparound Variant
  • Deadly Class #22 Variant Wesley Craig
  • Deadpool Vol 5 Annual #1 Variant Skottie Young Baby
  • Descender #15 Dustin Nguyen
  • Tank Girl Gold #1 Variant Lora Zombie
  • Transformers More Than Meets The Eye #57 Variant Nick Roche Subscription
  • Wayward #16 Kamome Shirahama
  • X-Men 92 Vol 2 #7 Alti Firmansyah
  • X-O Manowar Vol 3 #50 Incentive Colleen Doran Variant

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Weekly Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 6/22/2016

 

Keeping this a little short since I’m actually moving out of my temporary apartment this week to our new grownup house.  I’m so looking forward to having a little more time once this second move is done.  So to quickly get this going we have a rather interesting series from a well known and unique artist Sara Richard.  She has a way with bringing out attitude from the characters of any particular book with her distinct style and Bob’s Burgers gets the Richard’s treatment in her rendition of the bunch.  I love her colors, I love the vibe you get from her artwork, and so far for me it really doesn’t matter what book she is drawing for in order to get that type of gut reaction.  Next we have a fabulous Carnage cover from another very well known artist Michael Del Mundo.  Taking one’s surroundings and injected the main character in those surroundings was crafted meticulously creating one of this weeks stand out covers.  With very little color and a lot of love he won out big on this one.  Sean Phillips created a very artistic layered cover for Cry Havoc.  It grabbed my attention because of the detailed work that went into it.  You really can’t help but look at each section in order to understand what you are looking at.  Now before I get booed for this next cover I wanna make this clear, this isn’t one of Tim Seeley’s best covers.  However the genius of the cover is from the laugh that it created.  Placing Deadpool and Bob of all people with no line, well I indeed found it rather humorous to see.  Next is spattered piece of artwork where the color mainly grabbed my attention.  Nic Klein did a great job created the structure but the true beauty is the blending of color he did!

Hmm, La Muerta Decent, how did that get into my top ten list…clean lines I suppose.  David Aja and David Mack both have a knack for creating out-of-the-box masterpieces one normally would not expect to see from your everyday artist.  Scarlet Witch was another distinct looking piece that had that runaway wow factor even with the limited use of color.  The drawing, the abstract application of the Scarlet Witch’s hair, and even the use of limited color made this a stand out cover.  Agustin Alessio created a warm pastel or better yet, warmly colored charcoal cleanly drawn Tomb Raider cover.  If you look closed the detail that went into Lara Croft is simply astounding, just look at her off-white shirt.  Next we have a Transformers cover by Alex Milne and although he has made the list in the past and will make the list many more times I find his sleek looking Transformers to be the style I usually compare newcomers artists of the series too.  Finally with DC’s Rebirth comes the onslaught of #1 issues and with new series come new writers and artists.  Wonder Woman seems to be lucky to have Liam Sharp as a cover artist.  His take on the Amazon Warrior Princess is sleek, muscular, and with a beautiful face as well as those lushes locks to top it off.  The new god of war is definitely off to a good start.

Well that wraps up another week of eye catching comic book covers.  If you feel the need to share your thoughts concerning my choices this week please do and I hope to see you back here next week.

Top 10 List (Alphabetical Order…)

  • Bobs Burgers Vol 2 #12 Rare Sara Richard Virgin
  • Carnage Vol 2 #9 Michael Del Mundo
  • Cry Havoc #6 Variant Sean Phillips
  • Deadpool v Gambit #1 Variant Tim Seeley
  • Drifter #12 Nic Klein
  • La Muerta Descent #1 Variant Scott Lewis Premium
  • Scarlet Witch Vol 2 #7 Regular David Aja
  • Tomb Raider Vol 3 #5 Agustin Alessio
  • Transformers More Than Meets The Eye #54 Regular Alex Milne
  • Wonder Woman Vol 5 #1 Regular Liam Sharp

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Weekly Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 6/15/2016

 

First off to all the father’s out there, Happy Father’s day…why thank you Patrick and with that we are back again for another week of fabulous covers.  To start off is a beautifully crafted Archer & Armstrong portrait of the two mischievous characters created by Kano.  It’s an insightful look at a more calm looking bunch who we’ve grown to know how chaotic the series is with the two of them together.  Next we have a comical looking cover by Kyle Baker for Circuit-Breaker.  Let me ask you ladies, is this not a wonderful approach to dealing with the guy that just can’t take a no for an answer?  Jon Davis-Hunt creates a disturbing cover for Clean Room and what I can’t figure out is whether the eyes are what brings the creepiness factor into play or the layering of the hands on her throat that creeps me out.  What I do know is that Jon’s lines are damn well near perfect and help add to the intricacy of the artwork.  Next is another complex cover with a bit of darkness to it of the Joker in what appears to be a mashup of the Joker, a business man, and your friendly neighborhood mob boss.  Lee Bermejo definitely created a unique edition to the many faces of the Joker.  Next we have Jae Lee with another virgin variant cover for Devolution.  I think he did a very detailed job on the woman’s face, like he always does with the women he draws.

Green Arrow’s variant drawn by Neal Adams creates a rugged looking vigilante that is 100% bad ass, 0% flab.  Next up Sara Richard’s created one of her usual My Little Pony covers but this weeks cover just had a lot of detail happening in the cover that I found went above and beyond the norm of the series.  The blending of the different aspects and characters portrayed in the cover also added to the complexity of the detail creating a very unique blend of colors and shapes.  Another cover that I found to be very cleanly crafted was Norman, a variant by Roman Dirge was simple yet clean.  Next up is a cover from the Samurai series that David Mack is one of the main creators with every release but this week I found that Frederic Genet’s cover had grit, lots of kick ass samurai grit.  I really don’t know what that means but to be honest when I look at the cover Frederic Genet’s old man just looks like somebody I’d rather not mess with.  With our last cover this week we have a relative new comer to the Transformers series Sara Pitre-Durocher.  What she has done with her cover was drawn feeling into her characters.  Yes they are robots and yes some can draw what we would normally see as a more human figure with feelings and a soul but she does a really good job at bringing a little attitude and humanity to these robots.  I love the feeling that was injected into each character making them more relatable to the Transformers fan like me.

Well that wraps up another week of eye catching comic book covers.  If you feel the need to share your thoughts concerning my choices this week please do and I hope to see you back here next week.

Top 10 List (Alphabetical Order…)

  • A&A #4 Variant Kano
  • Circuit-Breaker #3 Kyle Baker
  • Clean Room #9 Jon Davis-Hunt
  • Dark Knight Returns The Last Crusade #1 Incentive Lee Bermejo Variant
  • Devolution #5 Incentive Jae Lee Virgin
  • Green Arrow Vol 7 #1 Variant Neal Adams
  • My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #43 Variant Sara Richard Subscription
  • Norman #1 Variant Roman Dirge
  • Samurai (Titan Comics) #4 Regular Frederic Genet
  • Transformers Vol 3 #54 Incentive Sara Pitre-Durocher Windblade Variant

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Weekly Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 4/27/2016

This week has been hectic with the entire family very sick for the past week.  Kids home on Friday and now this weekend I too have fallen victim to the bug.  As my wife heads off to urgent care I sit here with both sick kids eating breakfast thinking to myself, the last thing I want to do right now is write.  My head and chest hurt and I don’t think I can do much nor do I think anything I say could be remotely witty or intelligent, however I’m gonna give it a shot so bare with me!

Ah with sickdays brings endless movies to watch and one that I did get to watch over this weekend was the infamous Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, a perfect movie to pass the time with and this weeks fist cover just so happens to be a cover for Bill & Ted Go To Hell by artist Conor Nolan.  I love the ploy around taking an 80’s style record bin and integrating it into both the credits and theme.  At first our next cover by Ryan Brown’s for Creepy doesn’t seem like much but seriously take a closer look at the detail woven into that image and then you’ll realize, minus the color this cover has a lot going for it in sheer detail alone, awesome job.  Colleen Coover incentive variant cover for the last entry in the 4-part miniseries Faith just felt warm and portrayed the character as whole-hearty as one could draw.  I’m sorry but I had to add Lords Of The Jungle #2 rare virgin variant cover by Felipe Massafera.  Both characters chests are literally falling out of their clothes.  Just so much chest I couldn’t help myself!  Strawberry Shortcake relaunches at IDW Publishing and with that comes an amazing artistic team to ensure that it has some relative success with the kiddos.  Amy Mebberson takes the cake, the strawberry shortcake for this week, you get it, no well if the same talent that helped My Little Pony take off starts to dump their talent into this series, we could have another successful line, possibly a T.V. series as well.  You just never know these days.

Priscilla Tramontano Transformers More Than Meets The Eye incentive variant made me laugh simply because of the cast partaking in the cover space with the focus on Megatron and his simple phrase, “Don’t worry, we’re the good guys”.  If anyone has been following the series then you all know Whirl is rather nutz and a loose cannon.  Cyclonus was at one point Galvatron’s second in command with that group, then we have Ravage (a cassette tape from Soundwave…also a Decepticon), and finally Megatron, now autobot co-leader of the lost light; need I say more?  When I saw EJ Su Wiki was the variant cover artist for Transformers Sins of the Wreckers I was floored as I  haven’t seen much artwork from him since the Transformers Infiltration, Escalation, and Devastation era of IDW Publishing.  I have so many happy-happy-joy-joy feelings for this amazing artist’s reentry into the Transformers Universe!  Siya Oum fascinates me with her portrait style art.  I enjoy the glow that emanates from most of her drawings.  However I’m beginning to realize that she may not be able to do much else with her art.  Yes, very beautiful at times but very stagnate in originality when it comes to new material. It would be nice to see her take a character and redesign her or him from outside the box she is currently in.  I’m actually surprised that Velvet has made it this long.  Yes is has great writing and art but wasn’t sure it could really connect with readers.  Apparently I’m flat out wrong and Mr. Brubaker and Steve Epting are still crusing along.  I found Miran Kim Art Appreciation variant for X-Files to be rather intriguing to look at.  I enjoyed the usage of various patterns to make up clothing, aura, and background.

Well that wraps up another week of eye catching comic book covers.  If you feel the need to share your thoughts concerning my choices this week please do and I hope to see you back here next week.

Top 10 List (Alphabetical Order…)

  • Bill & Ted Go To Hell #3 Variant Conor Nolan Subscription
  • Creepy Comics Vol 2 #23 Ryan Brown
  • Faith (Valiant Entertainment) #4 Incentive Colleen Coover Variant
  • Lords Of The Jungle #2 Rare Felipe Massafera Virgin
  • Strawberry Shortcake Vol 3 #1 Regular Amy Mebberson
  • Transformers More Than Meets The Eye #52 Incentive Priscilla Tramontano Variant
  • Transformers Sins Of The Wreckers #4 Variant EJ Su Subscription
  • Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol 2 #7 Incentive Siya Oum Variant
  • Velvet #14 Steve Epting
  • X-Files Vol 3 #1 Variant Miran Kim Art Appreciation

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Weekly Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 3/30/2016

Oh man, it’s been a bad week for me and talk about running behind.  I wanted to get this out like I normally do, on time but unfortunately I’m prepping my house for sale and that seems to take up a lot of time.  Painting and such, keeping the wife happy, and entertaining the little ones well, hey comics are a hobby, thus usually the first thing to take a back seat.  Well, I’ll rush this last weeks out real quick.  All the covers you see today made the list because of their unique style and yeah you counted right, Nick Pitarra had 2 out this week for IDW Publishing.  I’ve been a fan ever since the first issue of The Manhattan Projects that came out a couple of years ago.  Then you have Livio Ramondelli and another rendition of a Transformers cover that displays a bleak look into the crew of the Lost Light with a story centered around their run-in with the Decepticon Justice Division or the D.J.D. for short.  Captain America Sam Wilson #7 got an expensive looking piece from Alex Ross that’ll run you around $100-150; depending upon where you pick it up.  However, what really got my attention was Mike Norton’s reinvention of himself with Revival #38.  I love how he allowed himself to have a little playfulness slip into the equation and the coloring is off the charts!

Yes, I realize this weeks post is a little sub par for me so if anyone is actually reading this I do apologize and hope I can add a little more substance next week, or better yet this week!

Well that wraps up another week of eye catching comic book covers.  If you feel the need to share your thoughts concerning my choices this week please do and I hope to see you back here next week.

Top 10 List (Alphabetical Order…)

  • Captain America Sam Wilson #7 Incentive Alex Ross Classic Variant
  • Faith (Valiant Entertainment) #3 Incentive Colleen Coover Variant
  • Moon Girl And Devil Dinosaur #5 Regular Amy M Reeder
  • Red Sonja Vol 6 #3 Rare Marguerite Sauvage Virgin
  • Revival #38 Mike Norton
  • Street Fighter x GI Joe #2 Variant Nick Pitarra Subscription
  • Suiciders King Of HelL.A. #1 Regular Lee Bermejo
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Deviations One Shot Variant Nick Pitarra Subscription
  • Transformers More Than Meets The Eye #51 Incentive Livio Ramondelli Variant
  • Wayward #15 Ilya Kuvshinov

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Weekly Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 3/16/2016

This week we see the release of not one but two special Clayton Henry CGC Replica covers for Valiant Entertainments ongoing published series.  One for my favorite duo Mr. Archer and Mr. Armstrong back again sifting their way through the confusing world that is Armstrong…or more precisely Armstrong’s mystery satchel or bag, whatever you want to call the thing.  All I know is the damn thing is will literally be a bottomless pit of laughs.  The second is from another pretty damn good series and that’s the Wrath of the Eternal Warrior and his CGC 3.0 cover fits his attitude just fine.  I’ve got a Pinterest Board with all the CGC Replica covers that have been created so far so check them out.  Next I thought that Annapaola Martello did a wonderful job utilizing the space on the cover to well get the point across in this weeks issue of Astonishing Ant-Man #6.  Sachin Teng created a beautifully layered cover for Dragon Age Magekiller #4.  Another fan favorite with the State Puff Marshmallow Man gracing these weeks Ghostbusters one shot cover that I believe most of the current popular publications from IDW Publishing will be receiving was simply spot on with the squeezable plush giant.  Casey Coller’s one shot Transformers Deviations also made the list with a flashback to the past with our favorite 80’s style transformers battling it out.  Oh no Optimus is in trouble Rodimus!

Then of course we have Low from Greg Tocchini and a potentially new look of what the world looks like above water?  Can it be?  I freaking hope so since I’m intrigued where the story is taking us now.  Another oddly different cover that made this weeks top 10 was from Alberto Alburquerque and his 3D looking Mystery Girl #4.  I was truly impressed to see a cover that had that oddly reddish-green-blue tint feel but actually look like it could be 3D without the crap glasses, very nice.  Finally a rather sexy looking Vampirella virgin variant cover by Jay Anacleto, very nice indeed…

Well that wraps up another week of eye catching comic book covers.  If you feel the need to share your thoughts concerning my choices this week please do and I hope to see you back here next week.

Top 10 List (Alphabetical Order…)

  • A&A #1 Variant Clayton Henry Valiant x CGC Replica
  • A&A #11st Ptg Regular David LaFuente
  • Astonishing Ant-Man #6 Annapaola Martello
  • Dragon Age Magekiller #4 Sachin Teng
  • Ghostbusters Deviations One Shot Variant Dan Schoening Subscription
  • Low #12 Regular Greg Tocchini
  • Mystery Girl #4 Alberto Alburquerque
  • Transformers Deviations One Shot Variant Casey W Coller Subscription
  • Vampirella Vol 6 #1 Rare Jay Anacleto Virgin Connecting
  • Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior #5 Variant Clayton Henry Valiant x CGC Replica

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Transformers Apocalypse Comics Exclusive Variant Covers (IDW Publishing)

As of late I’ve been thinking what are some of my favorite IDW Publishing Transformers comic covers and my mind seems to always float to a few released by the now deceased Apocalypse Comics store.  I’m not clear on why this store, based out of the UK, closed down but while the wildly popular IDW Publishing Transformers: All Hail Megatron event was running in 2008-2009 we the consumer received 3 amazingly crafted and colored pieces of art work exclusively for Apocalypse Comics.  The artist behind the genious was none other than Casey Coller, then a much newer artist to the scene for IDW Publishing.  He was paired up with seasoned colorist Josh Perez and they took the grit from the originals and simply nailed it artistically.  Another cover created for the series was for the Auto Assembly 2009 Convention or Bot-con depicting a somewhat upset Grimlock concerning the lack of exposer or inclusion in the currently running Transformers: All Hail Megatron series.

Apocalypse Comics Official Facebook Site

Their official yet dated Facebook site like is below and on that page in the about section is a simple statement, “Apocalypse Comics is Dead, but I’m not!

ApocalypseComicsDead

Now flash forward a good 5-6 years and we have 2 currently running Transformers series, amazing in their own right.  One of those series named Transformers: More that Meets the Eye is where we now have a Grimlock long since missing from the days of Transformers: Last Stand of the Wreckers occasionally popping up in its pages.  However it’s a Grimlock that pales in comparison with past versions.  He’s been reduced to a low functioning special needs type Transformer unable to take care of himself in the most basic of ways.  So it will be interesting if his higher brain functions are ever restored.  Further more I’ll be stunned if he’ll ever join back up with his Dinobot brethren.  Now that we have been through a lot with the other 4 concerning the publications of Punishment and Redemption, it would be nice if the old team got back together.  Yes it would need to be different, possibly the All-New All-Different Dinobots that take on challenges neither the Autobots or Decepticons would choose to pursue, maybe make it an ongoing series from Mr. Barber or Mr. Roberts?

Chris Ryall’s Official Release Letter

Transformers: All Hail Megatron #1 Homage to Batman: The Killing Joker #1

  • Batman: The Killing Joker #1 art by Brian Bolland (1988)
  • Transformers: All Hail Megatron art by Casey Coller with colors by Josh Perez (2008)

Transformers Homage - Batman - The Killing Joker #1

Transformers: All Hail Megatron #12 Homage to Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #50Comic Comparison

  • Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #50 art by John Romita Sr. (1967)
  • Transformers: All Hail Megatron art by Casey Coller with colors by Josh Perez (2009)

Transformers Homage - Amazing Spider-Man #50

Transformers: All Hail Megatron #9 art by Casey Coller with colors by Josh Perez (2009)

Transformers All Hail Megatron #9 Apocalypse Comics Exclusive Cover

Weekly Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 3/9/2016

There are some times when an artist simply out does themselves and this week Greg Ruth did just that for the Alabaster The Good The Bad And The Bird #4 cover.  I mean looking at it captures an emotional reaction of shear awe over the delicately drawn women embracing.  Next Tula Lotay made the list again for Amazing Spider-Man and for good reason, the woman pictured is beautifully drawn to proportion.  Not sure if these weeks theme is upside down women but hey I guess I’ll just go with it.  Next we have a cover by Hannah Christenson for Baker Street Peculiars #1.  I really like the overall shading done by the colorist.  Another well known artist is Kevin Eastman and his cover with Batman and the Turtles.  It looks a bit rough but still enjoy seeing the classic look of the Turtles and that damned pointy cape Batman has been sporting.  Another Batman cover by Tyler Kirkham I thought was pretty ingeniously done.  I love the outline of the bat signal lined in human bones.  It really brings out the severity that Batman must be in for the series.

A new Ninjak is out this week and Ryan Lee really took is job seriously and created a cover breaking the norm of most covers done this week.  Love the foreshadowing of things to come as Ninjak and well, sidekick Punk head into the unknown.  To be honest I’m following the series but just started so I’m way behind.  Damien Worm created a fabulously haunting cover for October Faction.  So David Mack has created some amazing pieces for a variety of properties in the past couple years and I simply gawk over each one.  This week he outdoes himself with Samurai for Titan Comics.  Looking at it makes me wonder, was this his first try or was this done after many renditions.  Does he look at it and go yeah that’s great but what if I do this?  Next up is none other than Emanuela Lupacchino for Spider-Gwen and oh my one day I’m going to meet her in person but until then I’ll just have to, now what did I say, gawk over her drawing as well.  She seems to draw such amazingly perfect lines creating near perfect figures.  Finally we have a variant cover for Transformers More Than Meets The Eye #50 by Mike Choi.  Looking at it I wonder why we haven’t seen more from this artist as he brings a little brawn to Megatron.  Slim yet buff, Megatron looks like the impenetrable force that should be.

Well that wraps up another week of eye catching comic book covers.  If you feel the need to share your thoughts concerning my choices this week please do and I hope to see you back here next week.

Top 10 List (Alphabetical Order…)

  • Alabaster The Good The Bad And The Bird #4 Greg Ruth
  • Amazing Spider-Man Vol 4 #9 Variant Tula Lotay Women Of Power
  • Baker Street Peculiars #1 Incentive Hannah Christenson Virgin Variant
  • Batman Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #4 Incentive Kevin Eastman Variant
  • Detective Comics Vol 2 #50 Regular Tyler Kirkham
  • Ninjak Vol 3 #13 Incentive Ryan Lee Variant
  • October Faction #14 Variant Damien Worm Subscription
  • Samurai (Titan Comics) #1 Variant David Mack Subscription
  • Spider-Gwen Vol 2 #6 Variant Emanuela Lupacchino Women Of Power
  • Transformers More Than Meets The Eye #50 Variant Mike Choi Cover

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