There’s no arguing just how deep of a chord Marvel struck with last year’s variant hip-hop cover campaign. For true schoolers, it offered us a brilliantly illustrated take on covers we’ve come to know and love. For the comic book faithfuls, it provided a crash course in classics, modern and time-tested.
In the time since, Ta-Nehisi Coates has taken the reins of Black Panther, Riri Williams has reverse-engineered Iron Man’s suit and became the first black teenager to dawn the superpowered armor. And though the landscape may have shifted a bit, the overlapping worlds of comic and hip-hop fandom remain intrinsically intertwined, owing no small debt to last year’s mash-up. With all of that in mind, Marvel has just announced the return of the cover cover campaign, hitting stands this fall. And to introduce us to their new batch, they’ve just unveiled three new takes, transforming Earl Sweatshirt‘s debut tape Earl into the cover of Mosaic #1, reinforcing T’Challa’s royalty with a rework of King Mez‘s Long Live The King as the cover of Black Panther #7 and introducing Desiigner as a Marvel contender with a Doctor Strange #1 treatment. All of which are available for you to see down below.
There’s no precise date on when we can expect to see all of the new covers in one place, but we expect details to make way in the weeks ahead, along with another batch. To see last year’s haul, pick up a copy of The Hip-Hop Covers.
Doctor Strange #1 by Infinite Mind War
Black Panther #7 by Bill Sienkiewicz
Mosaic #1 by Marco D’Alfonso