The Wednesday One


Considering this week sees the release of a couple of comics people have been thinking about for a while, it still looks like the week's going to be a pretty weak one. Nothing really new and spectacular coming out, so this list might seem a bit random …

Civil_War_II_Vol_1_3Civil War II #3

Stuff happens, characters are sent to the bench for a while, … Welcome to 21st century comics, where nothing that happens remains happened for longer than a few months.

New Super-Man #1New Super-Man #1

In the all-new Big Two rulebook, we can find, next to the death gimmick, the following: “new version of a character that will appeal to a larger demographic”. In this case, there's a bit of hope attached as Yang is a good writer. Fingers crossed!

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps: RebirthHal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps: Rebirth Nightwing: RebirthNightwing: Rebirth
Another couple of Rebirth one-shots to re-introduce us to 2 pretty big DC characters that have done better in the past. Hal Jordan keeps the cosmic side of things in check, while Dick Grayson goes back to his Nightwing persona. As always, they might be worth a look, and don't forget about the variants by Cary Nord (Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps) and Babs Tarr (Nightwing).
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #5 2nd Printing Satans-cheerleaders
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #5 2nd Printing

Madam Satan's Cheerleaders!!! Scary Sabrina is back and it's nice to know that they still want to have fun with the covers. #4 and #5 already had homage variants, but this 2nd printing might be my favorite Archive cover ever. I have even broken the flow of the article just to include the original poster, but only because it's a weak week.

Lumberjanes / Gotham Academy #2Lumberjanes / Gotham Academy #2

Let's take a look at a few numbers (courtesy of Comichron):

Lumberjanes / Gotham Academy #1 … 20,695

Lumberjanes #27 … 6,436

Gotham Academy #18 … 12,410

So, the drop for the rest of the issues might be huge, probably ending somewhere in the 8K-10K area. Half of this is a DC property, though, so they are going to keep pushing it and those numbers might look very small in a few months.

Also, it's a good read!

Ninjak #17Ninjak #17

I still haven't had the time to catch up with Valiant this century, but this is one awesome piece of art and for the last couple of months I have been looking for a reason to put it on the site.

Back to the Future #10 Rom Sub Cover Star Trek #59 Rom Sub Cover

You're not dreaming … In a concept that you wouldn't have come up with when you were 10 years old, IDW decided to bless us with Rom variant covers. So yes, there's now a licensed comic book with Captain Kirk and Rom fighting some monsters on the cover or another one with Rom racing Doc Brown's DeLorean. And in a couple of months, we have Revolution to look forward to

Don't get me wrong, I love crossovers. I have a huge collection made entirely of them. But it seems we're living a new age of crossovers. Last time this happened (90's), it meant the market was not doing very well and people were desperate. Based on this evidence alone, it seems to me that smaller publishers might be starting to feel some pressure. At least, until the day you see a Batman / Harley Quinn / Joker / Wolverine / Deadpool / Venom crossover … That will be the day when we should really get worried!

And finally, here's some good bets and/or reads too:

1537170_xlWonder Woman #2 Frank Cho Variant 1537104_xlFlash #2
1537730_xlRevisionist #2 1537353_xlVision #9
1563598_xlGwenpool #4 Annie Wu 1:25 Variant 1537317_xlPower Man & Iron Fist #6

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  • pumpkinpunker

    Kind of a weak spec week.

    Vision #9 is my favorite spec of the week.

    Vision is kind of going the bonkers. The whole run is gaining value. Even the 2nd & 3rd issues which were over-printed because Marvel gave retailers free copies. MCS is marking up all of their Vision issues and is already selling #9 $2 above cover.

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    With the first appearances of several characters in it, i have some hopes for New Super-Man…Time will tell.

  • accustomfigures

    Nice run down! So glad you called New Superman for what it was. Can’t wait for Chinese Doomsday (you know it’s coming).

    Nice to see some Aftershock love. They have around 10 series going right now and most of them have first issues around the 6k mark or less. If that publisher ever catches there could be some great spec there.

    And kudos for the Ninjak addition. Another great book by Valiant. Don’t make it more difficult than it is. Just pick a title and read it. All of their series are new enough to get caught up on. I’d push Wrath of Eternal Warrior, Bloodshot Reborn, Ninjak, or Divinity II.

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    I’m with MarcThery, I think New Super-Man #1 could be a HUGE play here. Especially since Yang has said this is Kenan Kongs first appearance (not SB 32) …. I’m loadin’ up on this one 🙂

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    Just be sure not to consider New Superman a flip type comic…bag it and board it and put it somewhere safe.

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    Book of the week is Tales of the Batman: Alan Brennert. Brennert is primarily a TV writer who’s dabbled in comics, but his comics are all regarded as classics. Because he isn’t much of a name, this HC is going to have a low print run, and once it’s sold out will top the prices the first Aparo volume (which was well over $100 at one point).

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    Or, it could be Judge Dredd: the Cursed Earth Saga Uncensored HC, which is sold out at the distributor level and from instocktrades. Amazon still has it, but for how long?

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    VISION #9 Great Investment. Death of Vin. Heart Wrenching issue. And I aint no soft dude. This Tom King VISION run will be huge down the line and this is a KEY issue. IMHO

  • captaincoldcomics

    Has anyone seen the error in some of the cover b copies for Flash #2 Rebirth?

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