Be it iconic couples, MCU films, or supervillain mash-ups, Marvel Comics always has a few concurrent variant cover themes going at any one time, and in January 2022 artist Jim Cheung gets the spotlight on a series of eight variant covers showcasing sketch art headshots from the fan-favorite illustrator.(opens in new tab)
According to Marvel the 'headshot sketch variants' show the raw talent of Cheung and will feature Thanos, Daredevil, Kate Bishop (Hawkeye), Hulk, Shang-Chi, Silver Surfer, Loki (in the character's decidedly female incarnation), and Rogue.
The sketch covers feature art Cheung has posted to his Instagram page (opens in new tab).
Eternals #9 (Thanos), Hawkeye: Kate Bishop #3 (Kate Bishop), and Thor #21 (Loki) will go on sale on January 12.
Hulk #3 (Hulk), Silver Surfer: Rebirth #1 (Silver Surfer), and X-Men #7 (Rogue) go on sale on January 19.
Finally, Devil's Reign #3 (Daredevil) and Shang-Chi #8 (Shang-Chi) go on sale onJanuary 26.
Here's a look at all eight sketch covers.
Cheung has worked at CrossGen Comics and has a few DC credits to his name (including a series of Royal Mail postal stamps), but he is largely known as a Marvel Comics interior and cover artist, including covers for the 12-issue Avengers vs. X-Men (opens in new tab) series.
For Marvel interiors, he drew two and three issue runs on X-Force from issue #82 through #100 in 1998 through 2000, and drew 10 of the first 12 issues of writer Allan Heinberg's Young Avengers (opens in new tab) 2005 series and all nine issues of the 2010 follow-up limited series Avengers: The Children's Crusade (opens in new tab).
Look for more from Marvel's January 2022's solicitations later this week on Newsarama.
Avengers: The Children's Crusade was a consideration but just fell short of inclusion in Newsarama's recommended best Marvel Comics stories of all time.