We’re in the middle of that already weird limbo-week between Christmas holidays and New Years celebrations. Are you stuck at work with nothing to do? Stuck at home and wanting to unwind after all that family togetherness? DC Comics’ might be able to help.
Every January release from the company will have one “Adult Coloring Book” uncolored variant cover from a host of DC regular artists—Mike Allred, Cully Hammer, Scott Kolins, Timothy Green II, and many more. Each is ready for you to take a crayon to and try a hand at coloring in.
Adult coloring books are all the rage these days. They’re meant to help people relax in a creative exercise, and pop culture has latched on to the idea with eager abandon. There’s books for Outlander, Sherlock, Game of Thrones, even crazy 3D app-enabled efforts like Disney’s in-research coloring range. Now DC’s getting in on the fun.
Here’s a selection of the covers, in all their black-and-white glory:
Green Lantern #48 variant by Mike Allred
Superman/ Wonder Woman #25 variant by Aaron Lopresti
Green Arrow #48 variant by Cully Hamner
Flash #48 variant by Derec Donovan
Detective Comics#48 variant by Timothy Green II
Wonder Woman #48 variant by Emanuella Luppicino
Action Comics #48 variant by Scott Kolins
Seeing all these plain covers makes you appreciate the work of comic colorists a little bit more, when you see how much of a comics visuals, the style and texture of amazing art work, is left to them.
So if you’re looking for something to do today, grab some pencils and print a few of these out. Or paste them into something like GIMP or Photoshop and give it a go digitally. If you do, share them in the comments—who knows, you might awaken the budding comic book colorist within you!