Four New Image 25th Birthday Variants, Plus Eleven Old Ones For Good Measure

Four New Image 25th Birthday Variants, Plus Eleven Old Ones For Good Measure

Posted by January 24, 2017 Comment

Ah, we remember being 25. Our whole life ahead of us. No need to worry about feeding the ever-hungry beast of the 24 hour comics news cycle. High as @#$% all the time. Those were the days.

We have to give it to Image though. They’re doing a lot better than we were at 25. Take, for example, these four new variant covers homaging classic ones from Image’s long and sordid past:

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Sean Lewis & Hayden Sherman’s THE FEW #2 commemorating Jonathan Hickman & Nick Dragotta’s EAST OF WEST #1.

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Chris Dingess, Matthew Roberts, Owen Gieni’s  MANIFEST DESTINY #26 commemorating Jonathan Layman & Rob Guillory’s CHEW #1.

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Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda’s MONSTRESS #10 commemorating Todd McFarlane’s SPAWN #1.

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OUTCAST BY ROBERT KIRKMAN & PAUL AZACETA #25 commemorating Rob Liefeld’s BRIGADE #1.

And just for good measure, here’s the other eleven variants:

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Rick Remender and Wes Craig’s DEADLY CLASS #26 commemorating Marc Silvestri’s CYBER FORCE #1.

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Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta’s EAST OF WEST #31 commemorating Rob Liefeld’s TEAM YOUNGBLOOD #19.

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Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #26 commemorating Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky’s SEX CRIMINALS #1.

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Robert Kirkman and Cory Walker’s INVINCIBLE #133 commemorating Rob Liefeld’s YOUNGBLOOD #1.

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Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw’s GOD COUNTRY #2 commemorating Erik Larsen’s SAVAGE DRAGON #1.

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Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky’s SEX CRIMINALS #16 commemorating Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #1.

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Robert Kirkman’s THE WALKING DEAD #164 commemorating Jim Lee’s WILD C.A.T.S. #1.

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Charles Soule and Ryan Browne’s CURSE WORDS #2 commemorating Robert Kirkman and Cory Walker’s INVINCIBLE #1.

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Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen’s DESCENDER #19 commemorating  Dale Keown’s PITT #2.

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Tim Seely and Mike Norton’s REVIVAL #47 commemorating Marc Silvestri, Brian Haberlin, Michael Turner, and David Wohl’s WITCHBLADE #1.

And here’s the schedule of when they’re coming out:

Available in stores on Wednesday, February 1st:
  • Rick Remender and Wes Craig’s DEADLY CLASS #26 commemorating Marc Silvestri’s CYBER FORCE (Diamond Code NOV168917)
Available in stores on Wednesday, February 8th:
  • Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta’s EAST OF WEST #31 commemorating Rob Liefeld’s TEAM YOUNGBLOOD #19 (Diamond Code NOV169165)
  • Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #26 commemorating Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky’s SEX CRIMINALS (Diamond Code NOV169053)
Available in stores on Wednesday, February 15th:
  • Robert Kirkman and Cory Walker’s INVINCIBLE #133 commemorating Rob Liefeld’s YOUNGBLOOD (Diamond Code NOV169172)
  • Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw’s GOD COUNTRY #2 commemorating Erik Larsen’s SAVAGE DRAGON (Diamond Code NOV169169)
  • Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips, and Elizabeth Breitweiser’s KILL OR BE KILLED #6 commemorating Robert Kirkman’s THE WALKING DEAD (Diamond Code NOV169051)
  • Chris Dingess, Matthew Roberts, Owen Gieni’s MANIFEST DESTINY #26 commemorating Jonathan Layman & Rob Guillory’s CHEW #1 (Diamond Code DEC168000) — The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is: Today, Monday January 23rd.  
  • Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky’s SEX CRIMINALS #16 commemorating Todd McFarlane’s SPAWN (Diamond Code NOV169052)
  • Robert Kirkman’s THE WALKING DEAD #164 commemorating Jim Lee’s WILD C.A.T.S. (Diamond Code NOV169171)
Available in stores on Wednesday, February 22nd
  • Charles Soule and Ryan Browne’s CURSE WORDS #2 commemorating Robert Kirkman and Cory Walker’s INVINCIBLE (Diamond Code NOV169173)
  • Sean Lewis & Hayden Sherman’s THE FEW #2 commemorating Jonathan Hickman & Nick Dragotta’s EAST OF WEST #1 (Diamond Code DEC168431)
  • Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen’s DESCENDER #19 commemorating  Dale Keown’s PITT (Diamond Code NOV169174)
  • Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda’s MONSTRESS #10 commemorating Todd McFarlane’s SPAWN #1 (Diamond Code DEC168161)
  • OUTCAST BY ROBERT KIRKMAN & PAUL AZACETA #25 commemorating Rob Liefeld’s Brigade #1 (Diamond Code DEC168160)
  • Tim Seely and Mike Norton’s REVIVAL #47 commemorating Marc Silvestri, Brian Haberlin, Michael Turner, and David Wohl’s WITCHBLADE (Diamond Code NOV169170)

So be sure to hit up one of those Image 25th Birthday parties at your local comic shop. Granted, not exactly the type of party we would have attended when we were 25, but stick to these, and you’ll probably live longer.

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(Last Updated January 24, 2017 6:54 am )

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