In the weeks since its hotly debated debut, Marvel's upcoming run of hip-hop album cover homages has taken the web by storm with reports of strong support from comic shop retailers. The publisher even has gone so far as to make a special order form for readers to take to their local shops.
Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso described the thought behind the month in a recent Axel-in-Charge interview, saying, "This variant program is an opportunity to show not only my love for hip-hop culture, but also the love of so many in Marvel's freelance community. Hip-hop inspires a lot of us. It is the musical score for a lot of our lives. This comes from a place of love."
Since then, the initiative has drawn a near equal number of praising notices from hip-hop artists and criticisms for purportedly lacking diversity form comics industry watchers. But as the rollout continues, rarely are all the images and artists brought together in one place.
Below, CBR assembles the full to date slate of hip-hop variants. Check them out and sound off on the CBR Forums as to how well the House of Ideas is doing to bring comics and hip-hop closer together.