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Marvel Comics' Timeless special gets time-themed variant covers

Timeless #1 Stormbreaker variant covers
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Marvel Comics upcoming Kang the Conqueror-centric Timeless #1 one-shot by writer Jed MacKay and artists Kev Walker, Greg Land, and Mark Bagley will go on sale December 22 with a host of variant covers with a loose thematic theme of time. 

The Timeless one-shot is a sampler platter of vignettes that preview the publisher's big 2022 plans in its ongoing series and events.

The eight covers, drawn by Marvel's 'Stormbreaker' artists, join the recently revealed Miss Minutes variant cover by Humberto Ramos and are drawn by Carmen Carnero, RB Silva, Peach Momoko, Iban Coello, Patrick Gleason, Joshua Cassara, Natacha Bustos, and Juann Cabal, who drew Namor showing off his submergible timepiece.

You can view all eight here:

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As for the Miss Minutes variant cover by Ramos, although many of the elements of Disney Plus' Loki were pulled from Marvel comics, Miss Minutes was an original creation for the show with no apparent ties to any pre-existing Marvel Comics character or concept. Marvel Comics has already adopted the MCU term of 'variant' from the MCU as of September 15's Fantastic Four #35, so this Miss Minutes variant could be a sign there's more coming.

Timeless #1 variant cover by Humberto Ramos (Image credit: Marvel Comics)

But be warned, Kang can travel into the future, and he doesn't give spoiler warnings.

"Kang the Conqueror always knows what happens next - it's a perk of being from the 31st century. But when chronal chaos throws the future he expects into disarray, the Conqueror finds a new challenge to pit himself against - and he's delighted by it," MacKay explained in the original announcement of Timeless #1. "In his adventure across the timelines, Kang will reveal things that will happen in the coming years, things that could, and things that should never."

Similar to specials like DC Universe Rebirth #1, Marvel Comics #1001, and Incoming #1, Timeless serves to set up the publisher's various 2022 plans through its story of Kang facing an unnamed antagonist described as "a foe both new and old."

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In the original announcement, Timeless was framed as a fight between Kang and a "threatening new timeline" that emerges. Could it be the product of one of the numerous Kang variants? That's the kind of force he's fighting in his current Kang the Conqueror limited series.

"Some futures will be revealed, others hinted at, and yet others will be annihilated- but which are which?" MacKay says, teasingly.

According to Marvel, Timeless will touch upon 2022 storylines for the X-Men, Daredevil, Venom, the Avengers, and "all the major players in the Marvel pantheon."

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Immortal Hulk artist Joe Bennett was originally announced to be the third artist on Timeless along with Walker and Bagley, but Marvel replaced him with Land. Marvel decided to end its working relationship with Bennett in September.

"Our magnificent Marvel fans are sure to be thrilled by the spectacular stories we have planned for 2022," says Marvel editor-in-chief CB Cebulski, "and Timeless serves as its seismic setup, taking our characters to some most unexpected places – and time periods – with plenty of secrets and surprises along the way! A look at Marvel's past, present, and future...it's all connected!"

Kael Ngu has drawn the primary cover to Timeless #1, and his cover will be joined by variant covers by Don Heck (a 'Hidden Gem'), Ramos, and the eight Stormbreaker artists named above. 

For a journey like Kang's, it'd be best if you were read up on all the best Marvel stories of all time.