IGN.com scored an exclusive look at a preliminary variant cover design for the first issue in Archie Comics' Mega Man series. The variant cover (pictured), is being illustrated by Chad Thomas, best known for his work on Sabrina: The Teenage Witch and Young Salem.
The variant will be distributed on a 1-in-5 ratio against the standard cover (illustrated by Patrick "Spaz" Spaziante), so it's more than likely this will become quite the collector's item one day.
Additionally, IGN has also revealed that issue #1 will hit newsstands on May 4, 2011. Curiously, this date contradicts Archie's official teaser, which touts a release sometime in April. Who's got it right? Well, we might just have to wait and find out.
Written by Ian Flynn of Sonic the Hedgehog fame and illustrated by the likes of Patrick "Spaz" Spaziante, John Workman, and Matt Herms, Archie's Mega Man is definitely shaping up to be quite the project. Do look forward to it!
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