Beginning in July 2015, Marvel has been publishing comic books with hip hop-themed variant covers. These artistic designs pay homage to several popular hip hop stars including Jay-Z (paired with Black Panther), Missy Elliott (paired with Black Widow), and Rhymefest (paired with Iron Man).
Now, the publishing team has decided to collect all 14 of these cover pieces and compile them into a 32-page book. Fans can pick up a free copy at select stores starting on Jan. 6, 2016.
Here’s more from The New York Times: “Eminem said on Twitter that he was honored to see his album cover for ‘Relapse’ reinterpreted. It became an image of the Scarlet Witch. Darryl McDaniels of the rap trio Run DMC, no stranger to creating comics, seemed to be beside himself with excitement — 12 of the characters in his Twitter post were exclamation points — over the transformation of the cover of ‘King of Rock.’ The new version featured an image of Groot and Rocket Raccoon from Guardians of the Galaxy. Ice Cube, whose cover for ‘Death Certificate’ now features an older version of Wolverine, said simply, “These hip-hop variants are dope.” (via Comic Book Resources)