HUTCH Gets Bad News in COVER #3 Preview

"Cover #3" preview


This week’s Cover #3, the series by Brian Michael Bendis and David Mack, will take its protagonists to Paris for both a comic book convention and an undercover operation for the CIA.

Cover, for people who don’t know what it is, is about comic creators that get put into the world of espionage,” Bendis said.

In the series, because comic book creators work as solitary freelancers anyway (and travel to comic book conventions), the CIA begins recruiting them as undercover operatives.

And although that sounds like wish fulfillment for the creative team behind the comic book, Bendis said it’s not as far-fetched as it sounds.

“It’s unbelievably based on some real stuff that’s gone on in our lives,” the writer said.

Although the series features fictional comic book creators as spies, there’s a noted resemblance between the two main protagonists and Bendis and Mack themselves. And with Cover’s upcoming variant covers, the series is embracing the idea of real-life creators in a spy scenario.

“[Cover #3] has an awesome variant cover by Nick Derington, which starts our theme of covers by comic creators as spies drawing themselves,” Bendis said. The Cover #3 variant cover features Derignton’s drawing of himself as an assassin, hiding in an office with a gun. Entering the office is a person that resembles Bendis, who has a gun of his own but is probably about to be killed.

This week’s issue will feature the main artist character Max taking a trip to the Angouleme International Comics Festival in Paris to accept an award for his work. But the award just might have been set up by the CIA, as the worlds of spycraft and comics continue to crossover.

Although the majority of this week’s issue #3 will feature art by the award-winning Mack, the creators were able to also get an assist from one of their favorite creators.

“David and I were working on issue #3. He showed issue #3 to our friend Bill Sienkiewicz, who read one sequence and decided he should draw that sequence, and he just did it,” Bendis said.

“This never happens in the real world, where one of your heroes just decides to draw your book,” he said. “But this happened. So you’re going to see it this week.”

Flip through our preview of the book before it hits stands November 21.

art and cover by DAVID MACK
variant cover by NICK DERINGTON
Cover goes to Paris as Max is sent to the iconic Angoulême International Comics Festival, where he is about to receive their highest award. But did he earn it...or is it all part of an international spy cover operation? As the worlds of spycraft and comics clash in ways Max could never have imagined, his life—and more importantly, his artwork—begin to collapse around him! Don’t miss the latest chapter of this fierce new comic by the Inkpot, Peabody and Eisner Award-winning talents of Brian Michael Bendis and David Mack (SUPERMAN, Kabuki, Jessica Jones)!
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