Marvel knows that, financially, variants make sense. The rarer the better – as collector’s mouths froth over having something only a few others might have the opportunity to acquire. Of course – I shouldn’t get too ahead of myself.
Best: Original Idea Covers
It’s not often when new artists come out with a style so original they take everyone by storm! Skottie Young and C.P. Wilson III are two of the artists that have made this year of variant covers one to look forward to!
Worst: The “sketch” and rare covers.
I am not sure if it’s just ego driving Quesada to make his illustrations the ones that adorn the rarest collectible covers. I know quite a few collectors out there – but I do not know any clamoring for Quesada art. There are die-hard McFarlane, Jim Lee, Sam Kieth, even Rob Liefeld (although those people are ripe for ridicule) collectors – but I have not met one person who gets excited for a new Quesada cover. Not to mention, Marvel is still pulling the “sketch cover” scam. By that I mean a regularly printed comic cover without the color. That is one of the laziest ideas. Jeers to Marvel for keeping up that tradition for another year.