Okay, first of all, that's not what we mean by "adult." Get your mind out of the gutter.

No, these are variant covers for DC's January titles that are jumping on the hot new trend of coloring books marketed to adults. It might sound a little childish, but the act of taking crayons to a piece of paper can be really soothing and help manage anxiety. The only real problem with them is that unlike their kid-oriented counterparts, the ones marketed towards grown-ups tend to suffer from a distinct lack of superheroes, instead relying heavily on boring ol' geometric patterns and shapes. Shapes! Who in the world is relaxed by shapes?!

Fortunately, DC's fixing that, and you can get a sneak peak at a few of the new covers below, including coloring-friendly titles like Green LanternGreen Arrow, and, uh, Action Comics and Detective Comics. Check 'em out below!

 

Art by Mike Allred
Art by Cully Hamner
Art by Timothy Green II

 

I'll be honest with you, I'm not really sure what separates these things from the regular "sketch cover" style variants, but they do have a lot of those tiny details that make for a lot of tricky coloring work. Either way, one hopes that they'll be printed on crayon-friendly paper rather than the usual glossy cover stock.

Here's the official word from DC:

 

Bored over the holidays? Everyone around you getting on your nerves? Can't wait for 2016? Grab a comic! Catch up on what you've missed! Hit up your local comic book shop or download something new on your new tablet or device!
Or, print out one of these covers, grab a pencil, crayon, or marker and start practicing! DC Comics will have Adult Coloring Book Variant Covers on many of their books in January and we want them looking fantastic when you're done with them. Have a contest with your friend and family – maybe you'll stop fighting over who's going to win the big B v S  fight. It's a great stress release!

 

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