Variant covers are a symptom of the plague destroying the comics industry, artificially inflating sales numbers and profits without increasing readers or quality of interior content, continuing the decadent trends of 90s-style excess that nearly bankrupted the industry once before, and putting money into the pockets of controversial retailer Dennis Barger Jr. through his eBay auctions.
But, we suppose, every once in a while, they can be used for a good cause. Case in point: this variant cover for Southern Bastards #16 by Jasons Aaron and Latour, which will split the proceeds between the American Civil Liberties Union and the Southern Poverty Law Center. Latour posted the following image on his Tumblr:
The variant is obviously an homage to the Joelle Jones cover to Mockingbird #8 by Chelsea Cain and Kate Niemczyk that caused quite a stir back in October:
If Latour’s variant raises anywhere near the amount of money for charity that the Mockingbird variant raised in fanboy tears, it will be a very merry Christmas at the orphanage indeed. Well, as far as Christmases can be merry when your parents are dead, we suppose (Sorry, Batman). And when the money isn’t actually going to an orphanage, but to the ACLU and SPLC. And actually, the comic isn’t scheduled to come out until January 4th, too late for Christmas.
You know what, just forget the whole metaphor.