X-23, Valiant, Prophet & a lot more
Wizard Magazine 148 ( Both Covers ) Release date: 12-24-03
Even if you don’t consider this magazine to be the first appearance of X-23 remember this, it predates the release of issue 3. For me that makes it an instant key even though it’s a magazine.
Here is the publication date for NYX 3:
Wizard Magazine 17 ( Silver Embossed Variant )
Are you looking for hard to find Valiant comic collectibles and you’ve already gotten ahead of the game by hoarding key issues? Here’s one you might have missed. This issue of Wizard Magazine features an early Valiant cover and it’s a variant?!?! Oh yea.
Prophet 4 ( Variant )
Before variants were cool, popular artist S. Platt did this Image variant for Prophet. There’s been some talk of a film so now is the time to buy. As far as key Prophet book there just aren’t that many and his first appearance in Youngblood is pretty common.
Star Wars: Book of the Sith, Secrets of the Sith
It’s not too soon for spec on The Force Awakens right? Well it doesn’t matter because this tidbit holds no spoilers. There have been some rumors that Supreme Leader Snoke could be Darth Plaguies. I sure hope this is the case. There aren’t many resources concerning the Sith alchemist and his quest for immortality. This publication below ( though not canon ) contains the journal entries by Plaguies and offers an incredible glimpse into his methodology. For me there is one key point, Plaguies reveals an interesting fact concerning immortality. If one is immortal he/she can enact a plan to take over the galaxy which is free from the restraint of time. This is important especially if has transferred his consciousness to other bodies or used another method to exist as a force ghost ( which he does have knowledge of ). Looking for other evidence?
The book Tarkin is canon and Plagueis is mentioned.
Plagueis is canon even if the Secrets of the Sith and Legacy of Evil are not. This is true because he is referred to in Lucas’s prequel trilogy.
Kylo Ren states that his master is very “ wise “ something Palpatine clearly reveals about the Sith lord and finally the most important clue:
When you see Snoke on film a familiar Williams score plays, the opera music from the scene where Palpatine tells Anakin the legend of Plaguies the Wise!
Geomancer is coming to Supergirl. Here is an affordable first appearance.
52 week 9
Eliza Harmon/Trajectory is coming to the Flash. I haven’t seen much movement on Justice Society of America 1 ( first Jessie Quick ) which in my opinion is a better book but the show is really good and I hope these appearances appreciate over time. Either way there is little risk here.
Other DC weekly format books I dig:
Week 36 ( AH! does Power girl’s origin! )
OK this one is a bit obvious but it’s an undervalued first of an important modern female hero!
Prior to Grayson taking over as Batman Dick had to be prepped for the role. Nobody writes Batman quite like Grant Morrision so I recommend this issue for both content and cover.
Countdown to Crisis Week 10
Here’s a key for all the Harley Quinn fans out there!
And finally Bizarro Girl is most likely coming to Supergirl! Here is her first. I love everything about this book except Supergirl’s aged face.