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It is the season of giving and our friends at Marvel Comics surprised us with a nice treat in the mail today – an advance look at “Siege” #1, which doesn’t hit stores until January 6th!
As you can see from the cover above, this isn’t just a copy of “Siege” #1, but actually it’s the “Siege Advanced Screening Variant” #1 which arrived on our door step today, filled with a couple of surprises. To begin with, it’s actually signed by Bendis – that’s pen ink on the front cover, not some graphic design magic.
As I opened up the issue, I was surprised to find on the inside front cover a letter from Bendis about “Siege,” once again signed, but this letter is personalized to me! Wha….?
And while we naturally can’t be scanning in pages from the story, I did scan the inside back cover of this variant copy of “Siege” which showed the fully colored version of Joe Quesada’s cover to issue #1. In case you missed it, Joe shared with our readers how he crafted that cover in a very special Cup O’ Doodles from a few weeks back.
I called up Marvel after receiving this and all they’d say is that this advanced screening variant is extremely limited and has been sent to a small group of individuals and Web sites. I bet I could retire from the bidding war that would break out if I put this up on eBay! I won’t do that, but my retirement fund would appreciate the recharge.
So there you have it, what will likely be the rarest version of “Siege” to come. Now to go read it.