This November, Christmas comes early as Marvel Comics will have you exclaiming, “I am Groot!” which, in this case, will be Groot for, “Hooray for kick-ass comics!”

According to a press release, Marvel will be releasing twenty different—yes, twenty—different variant covers which will feature the breakout characters from this summer’s blockbuster hit Guardians of the Galaxy, Groot and Rocket. Luckily, the comics publisher is a bit more subtle than to just slap the duo on the covers and watch the money pour in. Rather, each variant cover will feature a Groot & Rocket homage to a famous cover of each title. Highlights include a nod to the Iron Man classic storyline “Demon in a Bottle” and the Captain America cover featuring a confrontation between the Star-Spangled Avenger and the Winter Soldier.

It’s no coincidence that these covers are being rolled out around the same time as the next wave of the comic book company’s Marvel NOW initiative, but that is quite alright with me. This is one piece of marketing I can get behind, so long as nary a lenticular cover is in sight. (Looking at you, DC Comics.) For the full checklist of Marvel comics featuring the variant covers, take a gander below.

  • All-New Captain America #1
  • All-New X-Men #34
  • Amazing Spider-Man #9
  • Amazing X-Men #13
  • Avengers #38
  • Avengers World #15
  • Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier #2
  • Captain America & The Mighty Avengers #1
  • Deadpool #37
  • Guardians 3000 #2
  • Guardians of the Galaxy #21
  • Hulk 8
  • Legendary Star-Lord #5
  • New Avengers #26
  • Rocket Raccoon #5
  • Spider-Verse #1
  • Spider-Woman #1
  • Superior Iron Man #1
  • Thor #2
  • Uncanny X-Men #28

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Managing Editor

Jed W. Keith is managing editor for FreakSugar and has been a writer with the site since its start in 2014. He’s a pop culture writer, social media coordinator, PR writer, and technical and educational writer for a variety of companies and organizations. Currently, Jed writes for FreakSugar, coordinates social media for Rocketship Entertainment and GT Races, and writes press copy and pop culture articles for a variety of companies and outlets. His work was featured in the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con convention book for his interview with comic creator Mike Mignola about the 25th anniversary of the first appearance of Hellboy. He also serves as Head Ref for Somer City Roller Derby, the women’s roller derby league in his hometown in Kentucky, and contributes writing to various local organizations. Jed also does his best to educate the next generation of pop culture enthusiasts, teaching social studies classes--including History Through Film--to high school students.