Variant Alert: Marvel Legacy #1 (Mike McKone – Hulk)

Marvel has released its first issue of its new reboot and relaunch of the Marvel Universe, Legacy #1 (Sept 27, 2017).

While the issue has so far gotten mild to warm reviews saying its achieves the goals it set for itself, if in a bit of a bumpy way.

s-l1600My interest though is in this variant cover I discovered while browsing eBay. Seems artist Mike McKone has created a special Hulk variant cover for Legacy #1. Being sold by MyComicShop.com it’s AVAILABLE ONLY ON EBAY. You can’t even buy it from mycomicshop’s site.  As of this writing 1,800 have been sold and they are in limited availability according to the eBay listing.

As I have said before I am picky when it comes to variants. Doubly-so when people ask more then cover price for them. But this issue is currently going for around $6.00. For that price I am fine giving this my thumbs up…and my cash. My issue should be in my hands in a week or so.

The cover really does feature some very important characters who have been a big part of the jade giant’s Legacy in the Marvel Universe.

 

Most of these characters I am familiar with and its kinda cool seeing them all pictured together. You have (going from left to right): Red Hulk, Dr. Strange, Namor, Silver Surfer (I assume to reference Hulk being a founding member of the Defenders), Betty (Banner’s main love interest) and Thaddeus Ross (possibly his greatest enemy – pictured twice on the cover though…wink wink), The Triad (Glow, Guardian, and Goblin – protectors of Hulk’s mind), Hulk’s Warbound from Planet Hulk, Rick Jones (the Hulk’s best friend), She-Hulk (Banner’s cousin Jennifer Walters), and finally Amadeus Cho as the Totally Awesome Hulk (…you just had to include that eye sore…ugh).

That’s a pretty hefty group.

So this variant may not be a “must-have” for everyone who loves comics. But given the special significance to Hulk’s history this cover contains, and for the price, its a pretty cool bit of art for a Hulk fan.

 

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Variant Alert: (She-)Hulk #1 (Ed McGuinness)

I am late in posting on this variant as it has been circulating online since about late 2016/early 2017. I say online cause this variant is made in collaboration with Hall of Comics and sold exclusively online. So you won’t be finding this at your local comic shop. hoc_hulk_cvr_a_1024x1024

This cover is an homage to the classic Incredible Hulk #181 cover which was the first complete appearance of Wolverine and of their first epic meeting. This cover takes that composition and substitutes the new Wolverine (X-23) and the She-Hulk (who is looking a bit different due to emotional/mental factors).

Admittedly I have not been a fan of this new (She-) Hulk series. The overall concept was interesting, but its execution has left a lot to be desired. I bought this issue for the cover and that’s it. I felt it was unique enough to be worthy to join the collection; and to have some female Hulk representation included. Also, I like McGuinness’ work.

I think it’s an attractive piece of art, but I do kind of wish Ed utilized the background a bit more rather then settle on a flat red background.

I would be remiss in mentioning that there are not one, not two, but THREE versions of this cover. One is as seen here. The second version (dubbed the popcorn version) includes Deadpool eating popcorn while riding on the back of the Wendigo. The third version is the popcorn variant, but in black&white (except Deadpool).

The issue originally sold for $65 and is still available as of this writing. Though it does seem to have a limited printing. Looking at Ebay any issues being sold have spiked to $85 or higher.

If you like covers, especially homage covers featuring Wolverine or She-Hulk then this one is for you. Otherwise you might just wanna skip it.

Variant Alert: Old Man Logan #25 (Tom Grummett)

Here we go with an homage variant of the classic cover from Incredible Hulk #181. The very issue when Wolverine was introduced to the Marvel universe and his first act was to square off with the Hulk. Lucky guy. I typically enjoy variants that pay tribute to classic covers such as Incredible Hulk #1. But typically the internal story doesn’t reflect the cover. It’s a cash grab like most variants are. But this cover (though it doesn’t quite reflect the internal story) still resonates for me.

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Here we have Wolverine, much older, taking on his new persona as just Logan meeting up with an older Hulk, who is also donning his new persona, as the Maestro. In a sense they are meeting up for the first time all over again. This cover variant actually does make sense.

Maestro and Logan are in my opinion Marvel’s grumpy old men. This cover reflects where they started, as a rivalry, and where they are today (…or in the future).

When I saw this was being made I had to try and grab it. I don’t own Hulk 181, but I hope to some day. I really think having that comic sitting next to this one really shows an interesting character arc going on 43 years! Not to mention I really love the Maestro.

I managed to go to my local comic shop on it’s release date (June 14, 2017) and I was able to snag one for $8! Which was awesome as there were only two in the store at the time. Unfortunately both seemed to have been damaged either during printing or shipping as both had white markings in the top left corner. So I picked the one that seemed to have the least damage. A small issue as the rest of the comic was pristine. I don’t intend on selling it anytime soon, but I hope if I ever do it doesn’t impact the price too much.

Currently, if you were unlucky enough to get one in stores, you can find this variant online. On eBay the prices for this variant go for around $30. Which is still affordable if you really want it. Which, of course you do!

Get SMASHED!