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Welcome to the Variant Edition website. We’re currently hard at work on our big launch, which will include an amazing content driven website – but until we’re ready to go live, we have this one running some teasers and recommendations. Enjoy!

BotW // Best Wink – SHIELD #2

Mondays at Variant Edition are home to our Best of the Week posts! Check out our blog or keep track of us on social media to catch (almost) everything we loved the most this week.

This week we’re handing out a Best Wink Award to Mark Waid and Humberto Ramos’ SHIELD #2! 

by Mark Waid, Humberto Ramos, Victor Olazaba, Edgar Delgado and Joe Caramagna

by Mark Waid, Humberto Ramos, Victor Olazaba, Edgar Delgado and Joe Caramagna

If you’ve watched the Agents of SHIELD television show, you might have seen Jim Steranko’s name in the closing credits under “special thanks”. Jim Steranko famously took over the bulk of the creative duties for Marvel’s Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD feature in the mid sixties, and turned it into one of the most influential features of the time period. His great work with Nick Fury and the SHIELD organization has garnered him credit as one of the guiding hands for both, which is why he’s thanked at the end of each episode of Agents of SHIELD, and in this comic, via a clever alias.

BotW // Best Art: Silver Surfer #8

Mondays at Variant Edition are home to our Best of the Week posts! Check out our blog or keep track of us on social media to catch (almost) everything we loved the most this week.

This week’s Best Art Award is going off to Michael and Laura Allred for this page in the latest issue of Silver Surfer.

Silver Surfer and Dawn Greenwood by Mike Allred

Silver Surfer and Dawn Greenwood by Mike and Laura Allred

The whole issue is astounding, but this took our breath away. (B&D)

Best of the Week // SHIELD #1

It’s been a while since I’ve written about comics properly, and it appears as though I have a considerable amount of rust coating my fingers. Please bear with me as I attempt to push through this block with clumsy prose.

Right from the first page, there is a considerable amount of wonder permitting the core of SHIELD. It begins with a young Phil Coulson digging into the world of superheroes with a passion and verve few others can match. This passion later blossoms into something spectacular as Coulson heads up a special ops division of SHIELD where his categoric knowledge of heroes helps him save the world. It’s a brilliant concept, marrying a comic fans’ love of universe and character with functional plotting in order to root the book in something recognizable before pushing it off towards the unfathomable.

Mark Waid’s writing here is spectacular. He was given the unenviable task of moving Marvel characters in from another medium into Marvel’s comic book universe. This process was always going to have a bit of natural pushback, especially when people tend to be resistant to the idea that something from “outside” is coming into the world of comics. With the introduction of Coulson, Waid plays with the idea of an obsessive fan, and makes them a part of the story. He opens his arms, and welcomes them to the story, offering the opportunity to enjoy. In my opinion, he’s succeeded wildly, introducing some new characters to Marvel comic universe while simultaneously telling one of the most entertaining single issue stories I’ve read from the company in quite some time. The art from Carlos Pacheco is top notch as well. He’s got a clean line and a sense of page design that lets the eye naturally flow through the comic without any resistance, offering spectacle on a grand scale with ease.

Their combined efforts made one of the best comics of the year, something someone new to the medium could pick up and enjoy just as much as someone who has been reading comics forever. A fantastic opening salvo that I hope many people tried last week.

What about you? What was your favourite comic of the week? Tell us what and why at our Twitter account and keep an eye out for more content daily at Variant Edition!

Incoming // New Releases Shipping January 7th, 2014

ant-man-1-cover-mark-brooks-109067jpg-d18f1dThe following titles are scheduled to ship on January 7th, 2014. As always, not all books will get into all stores, and depending on the region you’re in, certain books might have come in a week earlier, or will come in a week later. For reasons, I guess.

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