All seven John Cena Peacemaker variant covers for DC January 2022 books

Justice League Incarnate #3 variant cover by Jorge Fornes
Justice League Incarnate #3 variant cover by Jorge Fornes (Image credit: Jorge Fornes (DC))

The violent DC anti-hero Peacemaker - specifically the John Cena Peacemaker - will be taking several upcoming comic book covers by storm in January 2022.

As a tie-in to the upcoming HBO Max Peacemaker series starring Cena, DC has commissioned seven artists to create some stunning Peacemaker illustrations that will be published as variant covers to several early 2022 DC books.

If you recall, Peacemaker is a maligned, gun-toting patriotic hero whom mainstream audiences became acquainted with in the recent The Suicide Squad movie. Originally created in the '60s, for a time Peacemaker was best known as the inspiration for Watchmen's Comedian but has had a renewed interest with his appearance in The Multiversity: Pax Americana and the aforementioned The Suicide Squad film.

If you're looking for those 2022 Peacemaker variant covers, here's a list of which comic books you'll find them with, who illustrated the images, and when you can pick them up:

  • January 4: Justice League Incarnate #3 (of 5) by Jorge Fornes
  • January 4: The Joker Presents: A Puzzlebox #6 (of 7) by Fico Ossio
  • January 18: Blue & Gold #5 (of 8) by Simone Di Meo
  • January 18: Suicide Squad: King Shark #5 (of 6) by Kaare Andrews
  • January 25: Deathstroke Inc. #5 (of 7) by Lucio Parrillo
  • January 25: Harley Quinn #11 by Dima Ivanov
  • January 25: Task Force Z #4 by Dan Mora

Here's a gallery of the Peacemaker variant covers released so far:

As with all variant covers, these will be exclusive to comic shops and not available in the digital versions.

This is in addition to the Peacemaker: Disturbing the Peace one-shot comic book by Garth Ennis and Garry Brown already announced for a January 25, 2022 debut. Peacemaker also recently rejoined the Suicide Squad ongoing series with its relaunch in March 2021.

John Cena's Peacemaker HBO Max series is anticipated to debut January 13.

If you like Peacemaker, you'll love our recommended best Suicide Squad stories of all time. 

Chris Arrant

Chris Arrant covered comic book news for Newsarama from 2003 to 2022 (and as editor/senior editor from 2015 to 2022) and has also written for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News, and CBR. He is the author of the book Modern: Masters Cliff Chiang, co-authored Art of Spider-Man Classic, and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology Pros and (Comic) Cons. He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table. (He/him)