Marvel has released a couple of variant covers for UNCANNY AVENGERS #1 and #2, and if you like the Scarlet Witch, well, you are very happy right now.


Adi Granov supplies the variant cover for issue #1, on sale October 10.


While the variant for #2 is by none other than Italian comics master Milo Manara. That issue goes on sale in November.

The regular UNCANNY AVENGERS team consists of writer Rick Remender and cover artist and interior artist John Cassaday.

These are apparently only part of a rather obnoxious wave of variant covers for the new Marvel NOW line, but they do look nice.


  1. They look like the covers to a softcore porn version of the Avengers. Wanda does not look heroic in either image; she looks like a lingerie model fondling herself.

  2. “They look like the covers to a softcore porn version of the Avengers. Wanda does not look heroic in either image; she looks like a lingerie model fondling herself.” – AND yet, they’re both better than the “regular edition” cover.

    I get it. Marvel wants to sell lots of annoying variant covers to fanboys with way too much money on their hands. But can’t they use just ONE nice cover for their regular editions, instead of “saving” them all for variants. Not just for Uncanny Avengers, but in general.

    Rant over.

  3. I like Manara’s work (at least from years ago), but that image is ugly. She looks like she’s been dead for a few days.

    The Granov cover is great. @Hogne, are you saying her breasts on this cover are big enough to be flotation devices? They aren’t excessively large at all, even less so by comic book standards.

  4. The Manara girl looks like someone I would expect to see in a fetish video, stepping on helpless little animals w/ those big read boots .. Milo has given us a new and different interpretation of this beloved Marvel character.

  5. I love Granov’s pencils, but this feels dull and vapid, and there’s nothing interesting about the composition. the Manara I can look at for a while(the reason why im replying again), not cause it’s “alluring”, but I can feel Manara’s hand behind it. its a much more interesting image to look at technically

  6. Yeah, I’ve got AVENGERS FINALE, and Mack’s artwork isn’t bad—even though the context for it was terrible—but I’ve never seen her look good in the leotard without the bodystocking. There’s too much skin; it’s even less like clothing than the leotard plus bodystocking—something to fall out of rather than wear for work. If something a heroine wears isn’t actually functional clothing, my attitude is “To hell with it.”


  7. Why are we having a problem with these images? I think they’re both beautiful and sexy. Are those two things so bad compared to the grotesque acts of violence I see on the covers and interiors of comics, every week? I’d go so far as to say, they’re very nice, actually. Besides, she’s the Scarlet Witch. I can’t speak for everyone, but I believe that the majority of the people I know (myself included) would turn themselves into the sexiest person in the world, given reality altering powers.

  8. Why are we having a problem with these images? I think they’re both beautiful and sexy.

    The problem is the reasons the publisher has for publishing the material. People constantly ask why superhero comics can’t attract bigger audiences, since the characters are so popular in movies and so on. One reason why is the way the heroes and heroines themselves are presented to the reader. Making the heroines eye candy might please certain categories of readers, but the visual effects have nothing to do with the story per se. If CSI Miami had its female agents run around in bikinis while on duty because they looked good and they wanted to wear bikinis—people would think the producers and actresses were insane.

    How the characters look should relate directly to their roles in the story. When the creators have to make excuses for the way the characters are drawn, or alter the characters’ personalities to justify it, they’re distorting the characters and the overall stories by doing it. They’re also limiting the potential audience for the characters, or possibly maximizing it, if serial superhero comics can’t entertain mass audiences with the story material.

    In my case, I’d buy a Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue over any comic book ever published when I want eye candy, just because the models in their bikinis look fantastically prettier and sexier than any comics heroine ever has, or ever will.


  9. I like seeing how European artists treat the Marvel and DC characters. I think the Manara cover is quite interesting; oddly enough her face looks somewhat Asian to me. The other one is very good too, but more of a photo shoot rendering.

    Speaking of European artists, I really miss Jordi Bernet on Jonah Hex.

  10. Yeah, because history shows that unsexy stuff sells way better than sexy stuff. If people could just turn on their TVs and read comics through them, like they get their evening shows, while making their dinners, doing their laundry, and hanging out with their kids, that theory might hold up. Meanwhile, the local book store remains one of the sexiest places in most towns. It’s just the reality we have to deal with. Don’t fret. Readership is way up from the 90’s.

  11. Some interesting results from a study that considered the depiction of fictional sexual violence and strong female characters:

    In fact, the men involved in the study reported more sexist beliefs than did their female peers, no matter which type of programming they viewed. Ferguson was drawing from a pretty limited sample of TV viewers—150 largely Latino college men and women watching media overwhelmingly featuring lily-white women. [. . .]

    Taking in an episode of Buffy didn’t “challenge” these men’s baseline negative feelings against women. It did, however, make some of them nervous. The men who watched shows featuring strong female characters registered higher levels of anxiety than those who watched the neutral shows. Those men who viewed sexualized violence against weak, subordinate women reported the lowest levels of anxiety. Meanwhile, women who watched violent shows featuring weak female characters registered higher levels of anxiety than were present in any other category—and given the rates of sexual assault against female college students, it’s no surprise that depictions of gratuitous sexualized violence against women makes some women anxious.

    The reactions of the male viewers should be considered when people argue that the sexist and sexualized depictions of women don’t really matter much, and deciding whether or not to read stories featuring strong female characters is just a matter of reading preferences.


  12. Preference is key, and there are plenty of verities of comics for everyone.
    I personally don’t have very many negative feelings towards women, as a whole, and know some very awesome ones. Heidi and Jackie Estrada are two of the most admirable people in this industry, that come to my mind first, when asked. Being the father of two girls, I have no trouble finding female roll models to point out to them. Some are very sexy, while others are toned down. Don’t even get me started on the Disney princesses.
    I find the “sexualized violence against weak, subordinate women” to be a little off topic for these particular covers, but am interested in expanding upon the “negative feelings against women” idea, because I see it a lot from both men and women. I see it in the comments here. Primarily, I see it when a woman wants to be, is depicted as, sexy.
    Suddenly, she’s a slut or a bitch, or ready to stop on a kitten. Her ideas aren’t worth as much, because she wants to be beautiful or express her sexuality in some way. People shame woman for it, or shame each other for taking an interest in degrees of sexual expression.
    Sexual expression is healthy. Draw it, paint it, dress it… If you look at the reasons to despise it, they boil down to unwanted pregnancy, disease, assault, and religious stigmas. Those are issues we have to protect against, by being responsible and teaching our youth to be responsible, but other then those things, sexuality is a wonderful thing and I wish it was treated as such, more often.
    Yet, monstrous death goes by in the pop-media every day, and most people don’t give it a second thought, until someone goes nuts on a theater, thinking they’re the Joker. Next to that, a sexy cosplay girl seems like a wonderful idea, and I respect her as a fan, a woman, and a creative. No negativity required.

  13. ENOUGH with this changing of our beloved characters. First The Green Lantern is now suddenly gay…Wonder Woman is now the daughter of Zeus and is the main squeeze of Superman…Superman is giving up his US Citizenship? To HELL with all these new twits, leave our characters alone!!

  14. Marvel has been specializing in t&a for years now. They want to sacrifice any strong female characters to the altar of horny fan boys.

  15. I just don’t understand why they have so many variants of the same 10 comics?! One would think it would make more sense to have one or two Avengers or X-Men titles…not like 15 of each. I guess 1,000 people buying 5 comics is better than 2,500 people buying 2 somehow.

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