Three months after the first (not so covert) press release from the new crossover in the comic-book industry, we’ve finally got a better idea of the yet-to-be-unveiled look of the new Covid variant for almost all WestCoast-converted Marvel titles by artist Georges Jeanty.
The new vignette, titled The Night of the Queenmaker, will appear in the September 2018 issues of Death of a Skrull. At least one line, about Captain Marvel possibly launching into outer space, appears to be derived from Marvel’s September 2017 Star Wars-related comics.
I don’t know what the hell with all this Skrull/death-of-the-skrull-presence stuff. Doesn’t the classic kind of death appear to be pretty much over?
Sam Wilson as Captain America
Sure it does. (These two heroes can, to my mind, be termed just-like-their-old-copiors versions of the soldier-commandee character.) But whereas Marvel was the first major American company to bring Spidey to life in the comics world, and pay homage to the co-creator Peter Parker in multiple spousal-dispatches (one with Ghost Rider, one with Vulture), they are beginning to take their place back in the Marvel history – no pun intended – taking even to call out the connection to Stark Enterprises and the company’s affiliations with Nazis. Perhaps someone at Marvel owns their favorite racist/racist third-world-child-slave/future dictator/scariest young person-slash-commentator-slash-activist Ahmed Mohamed on Facebook? I’m guessing not. I’m sorry, Ahmed. I’m not sure if you know Marvel is run by racists/bigots. But I’m not the only one, and you might not be, either.
The moon is projected by Triskelion’s Lunar Empathy Processing System
And that’s not all. On a page with only Gabriel Hardman and Filip Sablik credited, as well as the top image and right panel: the text:
Accompanying this image are three other images, one entitled:
I’m not quite sure what the hell with these four together. Again, Marvel seem to be willing to lay out credence to the G-word more than they will credit a good work by an artist.
Apparently there will be two a month in the series, each centering on a different aspect of the story with “mini-graphics intended to drive that point home and interweave them organically throughout each story.” In other words, they are meant to be remembered when coupled with the issues, and used to express the creators’ feelings about their story. (If we’re to believe them, that’s a pretty narrow tactic.)
My question: who is Hardman and Sablik and what are they doing in this series? One thing I know they won’t be doing is warning you about the World War III implications with each new issue.