'Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.': Could Upcoming Variant Covers Pave Way For Comic Book Debut?

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by Brett White

This November, seven of Marvel's hottest and most high-profile titles will get a little "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." makeover. Variant covers for each individual cast member as well as the entire cast will hit comic book shops, giving fans of the new series an opportunity to collect comics with the as-seen-on-TV agents on the stark covers.

Even if these are just variant covers and have no bearing on what happens within each issue, we can't help but wonder if this is just the first of many "S.H.I.E.L.D." interactions with the Marvel comics. So far only Agent Coulson has a comic book counterpart, and his five cast mates could get a similar treatment eventually.

The Marvel Comics version of Phil Coulson debuted in "Battle Scars" #1 back in 2012, four years after the character's debut on the big screen in 2008's "Iron Man." Hopefully Agents Melinda May and the rest won't have to wait for years for a similar introduction into the comic book universe. Couldn't you see science officers Leo Fitz and and Jemma Simmons working alongside Bruce Banner in "Indestructible Hulk"? Don't you want to see Melinda May going on a top secret mission alongside Captain America? Could Skye's hacking skills help track down the missing teen heroes in "Avengers Arena"? Come on! Make this happen, Marvel!

Here's the press release from Marvel, followed by all seven variant covers.

Coulson Lives! And we're celebrating by bringing you Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Variant Covers, inspired by the hit new series airing Tuesday nights at 8|7c on the ABC Network! Now Agents Coulson, May, Ward, Fitz, Simmons and the enigmatic hacker Skye will grace the covers of your favorite Marvel comics in the month of November. Each of these variant covers features a different character from the show, so don't miss your chance to build up your variant collection with all 7, including a special cover featuring the entire cast!

You will find Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. variant covers on the below comics, on-sale in November 2013:

• All-New X-Men #19 (on-sale 11/27/13)

• Guardians of the Galaxy #9 (on-sale 11/13/13)

• Iron Man #18 (on-sale 11/06/13)

• Nova #10 (on-sale 11/20/13)

• Superior Spider-Man #22 (on-sale 11/20/13)

• Uncanny Avengers #14 (on-sale 11/27/13)

• Uncanny X-Men #14 (on-sale 11/20/13)

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