Variant Covers to Grab This Week 9518

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Marvel Censors Criticism of America From Marvel Comics #1000Can Even Jonathan Hickman Save the X-Men? They say don’t judge a book by its cover, and honestly that’s a really good policy usually. But when comics have gorgeous covers it’s hard not to imagine the wonderful story that lies within a colorful and well-executed front. Variant covers are a long-standing and killer tradition of the industry. It’s a great way to feature new artists and give collectors something to clamor about, and let’s be real, fork over the dough for.Here are some of Geek’s favorite variant covers coming out on 9/5/18Rocko’s Modern Life #8 (Cover B)Variant Artist: Dave Perillo –@montygogPublisher: Boom!Writer/Artist: Ryan Ferrier/Iam McGintyAsgardians of the Galaxy #1 (Cover B)Variant Artist:  Skottie Young – @skottieyoungPublisher: MarvelWriter/Artist: Cullen Bunn/Matteo LolliJames Bond Origin #1 (Cover E)Variant Artist: Ibrahim Moustafa  – @ibrahim_m_artPublisher:  DynamiteWriter/Artist:  Jeff Parker/Bob QUnnatural #3 (Cover B)Variant Artist: Matteo Scalera – @matteoscaleraPublisher: ImageWriter/Artist: Mirka AndolfoBorder Town #1 (Cover B)Variant Artist: Jorge Jimenez – @jorge_jimenez_artPublisher: DCWriter/Artist: Eric M. Esquivel/Ramon VillalobosSnotgirl #11 (Cover B)Variant Artist: Bryan Lee O’Malley – @radiomaruPublisher: ImageWriter/Artist: Bryan Lee O’Malley/Leslie HungSteven Universe Harmony #2 (Cover B)Variant Artist: Savanna Ganucheau – @savi_bunnyPublisher: Boom!Writer/Artist: Shane-Michael Vidaurri/Mollie RoseVampironica #3 (Cover B)Variant Artist: Francesco Francavilla – @f_francavillaPublisher: ArchieWriter/Artist: Megan Smallwood & Greg SmallwoodHarley Quinn #49 (Cover B)Variant Artist: Frank Cho – @frankchoartistPublisher: DCWriter/Artist:  Sam Humphries/Alisson BorgesOld Man Logan Annual #1 (Cover B)Variant Artist: Gerardo Sandoval – @sandovalboxPublisher: MarvelWriter/Artist: Ed Brisson, Ryan Cady/Simone Di Meo, Hayden ShermanLooking for our favorite books we read last week? Head over to the NCBD section and find out. But if you want to support indie creators too have a look at the 5 comic Kickstarters you should be backing this week. And as always stay up to date on all comic news right here. center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Last Female of Rare Turtle Species Dies in China Zoo

first_img Watch: Florida Panthers Hit With Mysterious Crippling DisorderWorld’s Last Loa Water Frogs Found Malnourished, Rescued in Chile Stay on target A zoo in southern China is reporting that the only known female member of one of the world’s rarest and most endangered turtle species died Saturday. It was more than 90 years old.The female Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) died at the Suzhou Zoo in Suzhou, China a day after an attempt at artificial insemination, part of an effort to help save its species from extinction. The death means only three giant softshell turtles remain in the world.The city government said in a statement that experts have already used technology to collect the turtle’s ovarian tissue for future research.The world’s rarest turtle, Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle, saw one more death at Suzhou Zoo, E.China’s Jiangsu on Sat. The death of the only known female in China increases the extinction risk of the species, whose population now drops to three (1 in China, 2 in Vietnam). pic.twitter.com/aTJFCL1HGw— People’s Daily, China (@PDChina) April 14, 2019The Suzhou zoo is home to another Yangtze giant softshell turtle — a male. Two others live in Vietnam, but they are both thought to be males.According to state-run newspaper People’s Daily, the turtle had been inseminated five times since 2008. Although the last insemination was said to have gone smoothly and the turtle appeared to be in fine health after the procedure, her condition deteriorated the following day.The last female Yangtze giant softshell turtle is seen here in 2015 during an attempt at artificial insemination. (Photo Credit: VCG/VCG via Getty Images)In 2015, scientists from the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA), San Diego Zoo Global, and Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Bronx Zoo, assisted in an attempt for artificial insemination, in what was then called a “last chance” to breed the rare turtle.The female turtle was transferred to Suzhou Zoo from Changsha Ecological Zoo in 2008 to be paired with the male, believed to be more than 100 years old, as part of a captive breeding program designed to recover the species. Although the two turtles have displayed courting behavior, eggs laid by the female were infertile.The male Yangtze giant softshell turtle at Suzhou Zoo is seen here in 2015. It is now believed to be one of only three remaining in the world. (Photo Credit: VCG/VCG via Getty Images)Listed at the top of the IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species, as critically endangered, the Yangtze giant softshell turtle is the most critically endangered turtle in the world. Much of its demise has been attributed to over-harvesting and habitat degradation.More on Geek.com:Endangered Whale Species Experience Mini Baby BoomMore Than 40 Animals Rescued From Notorious ‘Zoo of Sorrows’ in GazaRussia to Free 100 Orcas, Belugas Held in ‘Whale Jail’last_img read more