Marvel's new flagship mini-series that sets up the events to occur in 2012 has arrived. Avengers: X-Sanction #1 is out and it brings with it a bevy of variant covers including exclusive cover offers for comic shops, and we have a list of participating stores below.
We start with the normal sort of variant covers that seem to accompany every new series from Marvel these days.
- Avengers X-Sanction #1 (Ed McGuinness Regular Cover)
- Avengers X-Sanction #1 (Blank Variant Cover)
- Avengers X-Sanction #1 (1:15 Ed McGuinness Variant Cover)
- Avengers X-Sanction #1 (1:25 Leinul Yu Variant Cover)
- Avengers X-Sanction #1 (1:100 Joe Quesada Variant Cover)
- Avengers X-Sanction #1 (1:200 Joe Quesada Sketch Variant Cover)
This issue joins the ranks of Amazing Spider-Man #666 and #669 to also offer an exclusive cover for any comic shop retailer willing to purchase a certain number of extra books on top of their regular order.
The first foray into these waters (for Marvel) was Amazing Spider-Man #666. It had roughly 140 comic shop dealers, retailers, websites and others pre-purchase a minimum 500 variants of their exclusive cover with two competing designs to choose from. As one of the lunatics to have completed the assembly of a full set, all signs point to it having been a success for retailers.
Then Marvel tried to bottle lightning a second time with Amazing Spider-Man #669. Only this time the pre-purchase minimums to get a variant cover were set at 2,000, but included an original illustrated character on the cover in a predetermined pose. Only a scant four retailers jumped on that bandwagon to participate.
Here we are several months later, and Marvel is trying it once again. They've returned the minimum buy-in to 500 pre-purchased copies and offered two competing covers (pictured above).
- Avengers X-Sanction #1 (Bryan Hitch Wanted Comic Shop Variant Cover)
- Avengers X-Sanction #1 (Carlo Pagulayan Battle Comic Shop Variant Cover)
One thing going against this exclusive variant being successful is the lack of a top-tier leading character like Spidey with his built in legion of fans and collectors. Spidey appears in the book alongside a number of other characters from the Marvel Universe, but without a tried-and-true hero who can carry the book it remains unknown whether it will succeed.
All of that said, the following is a list of comic shops (last updated on 12-14) who have ordered their own exclusive cover variant of Avengers: X-Sanction #1. This list is a work in progress, so check back to see which stores get added.
Another Dimension Comics
Cards Comics & Collectibles
Comic Collector Live
Disposable Heroes Comics
Forbidden Planet (both cover versions)
HaJoMaJe Games & Comics
Jim Hanley's Universe
And if you see a store that should be included, please comment below to let us know.
In the meantime, happy boxdiving this week at your local comic shop.