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Exclusive first look at Alex Ross Store’s ‘Darth Vader’ variant

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As Comic Book Resources noted earlier this month, painter Alex Ross is creating limited-edition variant covers for Marvel’s new Star Wars titles that will be sold exclusively through the artist’s online store at AlexRossStore.com. We’ve already seen the painting of Luke Skywalker created for Star Wars #1, but today ROBOT 6 can exclusively reveal the Alex Ross Store variant for Star Wars: Darth Vader #1.

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‘Kaijumax’ #1 gets kawaii with Bryan Lee O’Malley variant cover

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Oni Press has revealed Bryan Lee O’Malley’s variant cover for the first issue of Kaijumax, the comic by Zander Cannon (Heck) about an island prison for giant monsters.

The acclaimed creator of Scott Pilgrim and Seconds, O’Malley draws some of the island’s inmates in a chibi form so adorable you wished the comic had its own line of collectible plush toys. In front is protagonist Electrogor, whose only desire is to escape and return to his hungry and frightened children. On his right is Hellmoth, the tattooed nod to Mothman, who’s sure to be a favorite.

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Skottie Young debuts his ‘Spawn’ #250 variant cover

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Skottie Young has revealed his variant cover for the landmark 250th issue of Spawn, set for release Jan. 28 from Image Comics.

The 64-page issue, written by Spawn creator Todd McFarlane and illustrated by Szymon Kudranski, marks the climax of the current story, clearing the way for the return of Al Simmons and the introduction of the new creative team of Paul Jenkins and Jonboy Meyers.

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Paul Pope brings pathos to ‘Howard the Duck’ #1 variant cover

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For years after the ill-fated 1986 film, Howard the Duck was considered a joke character by many. However, the March-debuting new series from writer Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals) and Joe Quinones (Black Canary and Zatanna: Bloodspell) looks to be taking Steve Gerber and Val Mayerik’s character more seriously than most recent depictions, while still having fun.

The latest evidence: a variant cover by Paul Pope — making a rare Marvel appearance — for Howard the Duck #1, revealed on Twitter earlier today by Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso. The cover channels Shakespearean pathos with a downright somber-looking Howard, albeit juxtaposed with a rubber ducky.

Pope’s full cover follows below.

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Yuko Shimizu teases ‘Detective Comics’ cover process

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Acclaimed illustrator Yuko Shimizu, perhaps best known to comics readers for her Eisner-nominated work on Vertigo’s The Unwritten, is branching out into the DC Universe with a cover for an upcoming issue of Detective Comics. And for the past few weeks, she’s been offering her Facebook followers a glimpse into the cover process, from reference material and initial sketch to inking details and finally, last night, a taste of colors. Alas, that may be all we see until DC releases the solicitations for that issue.

“Alright, this may be the last share,” Shimizu writes. “For the final result, please see it on an upcoming cover of DC Universe’s Detective Comics. My editor is on vacation, so I am not certain which month this is going to be.”

See some of Shimizu’s process below, and more on her Facebook page.

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McFarlane pulls back curtain on ‘Spawn’ #248 cover process

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Counting down to the landmark 250th issue of Spawn, Todd McFarlane has given fans a glimpse into the cover process for Issue 248 — “only two more issues until AL SIMMONS returns!!” — penciled by Syzmon Kudranski and inked by McFarlane himself, which goes on sale Nov. 5.

“It’s pretty COOL to see how it all comes together,” he wrote on his Facebook page. “There’s a lot of work that goes into this comic stuff.” He also offered a reminder about the art contest for Spawn #250, noting that he’ll start collecting submissions on Nov. 1.

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First look at the cover of ‘Last Man: The Chase’

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First Second has provided ROBOT 6 with the first look at the cover for Last Man: The Chase, the third volume of the martial-arts fantasy by Bastien Vivès, Balak and Michael Sanlaville.

Originally published by Casterman, Last Man is an homage to American pop culture that centers on Richard Aldana, a cigarette-smoking, leather jacket-wearing stranger who enrolls in the gladiatorial-style games of a medieval fantasy world, but insists on relying on his martial-arts skills rather than magic.

First Second will begin releasing Last Man in March with The Stranger, followed in June by The Royal Cup and in October by The Chase. The remaining volumes will be published in 2016.

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Legendary unveils Shane Davis’ cover for ‘Epochalypse’ #1

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Legendary Comics has debuted Shane Davis’ cover the first issue of Epochalypse, the upcoming sci-fi adventure written by Jonathan Hennessey and drawn by the Superman: Earth One artist.

Set in a dystopian world where a space-time phenomenon causes 600 years of history to collapse into one era, forcing societies from the  past, present and future to coexist, Epochalypse centers on a defiant Resynchronization Officer — part of an elite team tasked with ridding futuristic artifacts that threaten the laws of time — who leads a manhunt for an elusive scientist and a notorious outlaw in a bid to save history.

Epochalypse #1 goes on sale Nov. 19.

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Eric Canete pulls back curtain on ‘Arkham Asylum’ cover process

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With the debut of DC Comics’ Arkham Manor just a month away, Eric Canete revealed the process for his spectacular alternate cover for the first issue. Although the images by themselves are informative and impressive, the artist’s accompanying commentary makes for an entertaining read.

Announced in late June alongside Gotham Academy, Arkham Manor finds the world’s most dangerous criminals transplanted to stately Wayne Manor after catastrophe strikes Arkham Asylum.

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Alex Ross’ ‘Tooth & Claw’ #2 variant brings animals home to roost

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With Kurt Busiek and Benjamin Dewey’s Tooth & Claw set to launch in November, Image Comics has debuted variant cover by fan-favorite artist Alex Ross for the series’ second issue, which details a full menagerie for the fantasy series.

“The world in Tooth & Claw is kind of a quasi-medieval fantasy, joined with classical designs,” Ross said in a statement. “That made me think of paintings like The Raft of the Medusa, and I wanted to capture that feeling, with the characters and situations from the series. Although really, the only reference I had was the Pogues album, Rum, Sodomy & The Lash, so in a way, that was my reference and my inspiration.”

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Robin grabs ‘Bat Camera Phone’ in ‘Batman ’66’ selfie variant

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DC Comics’ Selfie Variant Month posed a particular problem for Batman ’66, the digital-first series set in the world of the 1966-1968 television show, decades before the introduction of smartphones, or even digital cameras. Cover artist Joe Quinones could’ve gone with an instant camera, of course — what screams “1960s” more than a Polaroid Model 20 Swinger? — but instead he came up with a solution that’s both funnier and in keeping with the tone of the TV series.

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Exclusive first look at covers for ‘Zenith’ collected editions

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Fan excitement last year over The Complete Zenith!, collecting the lost 1980s superhero saga by Grant Morrison and Steve Yeowell, was tempered both by the unresolved rights dispute and the roughly $150 price tag for the limited edition (still, the 1,000-copy print run sold out). However, as promised, Rebellion is preparing to release four non-limited hardcovers collecting the entire story — and it has provided ROBOT 6 with an exclusive first look at their interlocking covers.

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SDCC | Charlie Adlard’s Negan covers ‘Walking Dead’ magazine

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Titan Publishing has revealed Charlie Adlard’s cover for the special Comic-Con International edition of The Walking Dead: The Official Magazine #9. The limited-edition cover, featuring the tyrant Negan and Lucille, will be available exclusively at the Titan booth (#5537) during the July 24-27 convention.

The issue features an interviews with The Walking Dead TV star Norman Reedus (featured on the standard cover) and creator/executive producer Robert Kirkman.

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Gillen and McKelvie get ‘Wicked’ with Zdarsky alternate cover

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If you’re a fan of both Sex Criminals and The Wicked + The Divine, you’re in luck: USA Today has unveiled Chip Zdarsky’s alternate cover for the second issue of the new Image Comics series  … featuring creators Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie.

Debuting this week to positive reviews, The Wicked + The Divine centers on 12 gods who are reborn every 90 years as the ultimate pop stars.

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Becky Cloonan draws new cover for ‘Demo’ omnibus

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Brian Wood has unveiled Becky Cloonan’s new cover art for Dark Horse’s upcoming Demo omnibus, which will collect both volumes of their breakout series. As the writer notes, the art is an updated version of the cover for 2003’s Demo #1.

Dark Horse announced last week that it will publish the collection of Wood and Ryan Kelly’s 2008 graphic novel The New York Four and 2010 sequel The New York Five in November, followed by Demo in April. According to Wood, both will be “high-end softcovers,” with plenty of extras, akin to Dark Horse’s 2012 collection of Channel Zero.

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