Welcome to the weekend edition of Comics Relief, where we’ve got news on variant covers galore from both Marvel and DC, a peek under the armor of the all-new Batman, and Mondo’s latest offering for fans of Mike Mignola’s Hellboy.
First off though, Marvel finally announces the long, long awaited release of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sales’ years in development Captain America project…
MARVEL Officially Announces Captain America: White For September
Although news leaked out a few weeks back, it’s now all officially official: Originally announced seven years ago, Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale’s Captain America: White will now be coming in September of this year from Marvel. According to Marvel’s official description, the new series will “peel back the layers of Steve Rogers with this untold tale of Captain America, as he defended the world from the forces of evil, and met a young man named Bucky Barnes who would change his life forever. Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale’s combination of in-depth characterization and high stakes action take on one of Captain America’s most dangerous missions of all!”
Check out the preview images of the cover art from the first issue below:
Mike Mignola’s Original Sketch For Hellboy Gets A Pair of statues from Mondo
Mike Mignola’s original design for Hellboy was a little bit different than what we ended up with; more heavy metal album cover and less pulp adventure superhero character. There was no trenchcoat, Right Hand of Doom, sideburns, etc. Now Mignola’s original design for Big Red is coming to life, as a statue coming from Mondo. The statue will be 12″, and will be offered in two versions: a full-color Hellboy (with a paint app designed by regular Hellboy colorist Dave Stewart) or a black and white version based on the preliminary sketch. Both statues are slated to hit in the fourth quarter of this year, and you can pre-order either version now over on Mondo’s site. [Comics Alliance]
MARVEL Sets release date for “Adult Coloring Books” based on classic stories
Chances are, when you were little, you probably had an X-Men or Spider-Man coloring book. Now you can relive your childhood, but with a twist, as Marvel is releasing a series of “Adult Coloring Books” based on recent Marvel stories like Civil War, Age of Ultron (the comic, not the movie) and Skottie Young’s Lil’ Marvel. According to Marvel’s David Gabriel, “With Marvel’s Adult Coloring books, fans can add their own personal style to classic Marvel stories. This truly is a way for fans of all ages to be a part of the creative process and bring their personal artistic style to these epic Marvel events.”
Age of Ultron hits first in October, with the other two set to follow in 2016. [Newsarama]
The New Batman suit gets a set of blueprints
DC debuted their all-new Batman this week in Batman #41, with former Commisioner James Gordon as the new Dark Knight in his full robotic suit, officially sanctioned by the Gotham City Police Department. Now DC has released the full “blueprint” for the full mech suit, bunny ears and all. The actual comic didn’t go in too much about how the mech suit works, but for the all the tech heads out there, you can collect the actual blueprint at your local comic book store as a freebie, or check out the image below. [Comic Book]
Preview the first two SHIELD Action Figure variant covers
Marvel Comics has just revealed two of its S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th Anniversary Action Figure Variant covers, which were created by John Tyler Christopher, who has been providing various action figure covers for books like Secret Wars. Agent Phil Coulson is featured on the cover the Mockingbird #1 Special, while Agent Melinda May covers The Cavalry #1 special. The remainder of the covers will include a Fitz & Simmons 2-pack for the Fury issue, an Agent Carter action figure for the Agent Carter issue, and finally a Skye action figure for the Quake issue. [EW]
WTF Comics News Of the week: 20 Year old student calls classic books like Persepolis, Sandman “pornography”
In the biggest comic book related WTF news of the week, a 20-year-old student named Tara Shultz who is attending Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa, California, was so upset by the “graphic content” in four of the graphic novels required by her English 250 course, “the study of the graphic novel as a viable medium of literature through readings, in-class discussion and analytical assignments,” that she and her parents are seeking to have them banned all together by the administration.
The book that offended her the most was Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi’s memoir about growing up during the Iranian revolution. But it doesn’t end there… she was also upset by Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, Y: The Last Man, and Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman: The Doll’s House, due to the “depictions of sex, violence and obscenities.” She said “I didn’t expect to open the book and see that graphic material within, I expected Batman and Robin, not pornography.” We here at Nerdist have no real comment on this story, aside from just letting it all speak for itself. [CBR]
DC Celebrates 75 years of Green Lantern this fall
2015 is the Anniversary year of a lot of major DC characters like The Joker, Robin, The Flash and more, and DC has been celebrating by giving each of those characters a spotlight month of variant covers spread across the entire superhero line. Now DC has announced that October is going to celebrate seventy-five years of Green Lantern, with variant covers on twenty-five different books. Interestingly, although this is the 75th anniversary anniversary of the original Green Lantern, Alan Scott, he only appears on two covers, and John Stewart just appears on one. As usual, Hal Jordan is hogging all the spotlight.
Wonder how Guy Gardner feels about that? Check out all the covers in our gallery below [IGN]