Last month, Marvel released multiple variant covers to promote National Bullying Prevention Month - but they're going one step further early next year with a Comic about Spider-Man, The Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy teaming up to stamp out bullying once and for all, complete with some beautiful cover art.
Avengers: No More Bullying #1 will collect stories written by Gerry Duggan, Sean Ryan, Jody Houser, Carlo Barberi, Tana Ford and Marcio Takara, but the current stars of the show are the two covers announced for the one-shot by Paul Renaud and Pascal Campion. Here's Renaud's full cover, which is sure to warm the hearts of any Spider-Fan:
Spidey's pretty much the perfect poster-child for a comic about bullying and standing up to people in the face of adversity, but as lovely as Renaud's cover is, Campion's might be my favourite of the two:
Not only is it (as is most of Campion's work) beautifully styled, but it's just such a amazing piece of imagery. Black Widow helping the little girl, Iron Man daintily repulsor-lifting her schoolbooks up off the floor, Captain Marvel giving the bullies a damn good talking too (get told, bullies!), and the Hulk's adorably understanding frown are all just perfectly done. There's a twinge of sadness to it, yet it's such a bright, colourful bit of art that at the same time you can't help but smile at it. Wonderful.
Avengers: No More Bullying will be out in January.
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