The Wednesday One – 3/21


Welcome to the night before Wednesday One! 3/21

This week is bigger than I had previously thought, but not massive. Is it a good week? What makes a good week? What is good is obviously subjective, but to me, it is a little of everything. A flip or two that are quick and easy, a few great reads, and a cool cover or two. What is a good week for you? Let see if there is a “One” and what is on deck.


 Incredible Hulk Vol 4 #714 Cover B Incentive Geoff Shaw Variant Cover

So Cho Hulk is back and they are doing WW Hulk 2. I'm not sure how I feel about it, but this cover seems to have some heat and it is a cool homage at least. Presales from $30-35 and one recently for $10ish, but I think it sits around $15. Try to pay $10 or less I think for a flip I think.

Mighty Thor Vol 2 #705 Cover E Incentive Stanley Artgerm Lau Virgin Cover 

It is a good cover not amazing, but since the regular cover is this with trade dress I think many Artgerm fans will be happy to grab the regular cover version and save $100. I don't think the other 1:100 virgins of his have really held heat either. The Phoenix 1:100 goes for ~$50 recently. Still, if you can find it for the right price in NM+ it will probably flip. Presales are over $100 so far, but I think it goes down to $70 or lower on Wednesday and I've seen a few on retailer sites for $70. Tread very lightly imo. 

 Mighty Thor Vol 2 #705 Cover D Incentive Jee Hyung Variant Cover

The Artgerm is good, but I like this one better. I will be on the hunt for this one on Wednesday. Presales have been healthy but all over the place $40 to $100. I think one will have some demand. Def pay under ratio. I think these settle about $35-40. I'm curious how it fares on Wednesday. This is the “One”

Thanos Vol 2 #17 Cover B Variant Christian Ward Cover 

I wish this stayed a 1:25, but this series is so hot anyway and this book will grab some heat. Really cool how this was fan art that was picked up for a cover. I think it will be a $10 book. Presales have a few over $10.

 Weapon H #1 Cover G Incentive Leinil Francis Yu Virgin 1:100

I don't think these will be rare or really sought after plus the cover is okay not great. Normally half ratio is a great grab for a 1:100. I think these settle around $40-50 if not lower unless there is some big reveal or 1st app which I doubt.

Iron Man Hong Kong Heroes #1 Cover B Variant Gang Hyuk Lim Cover 

I did a write up here. I think this has an outside chance. Basically, this is a reprint of a comic that was only available at Disney resort in Hong Kong. The description says that there is a new hero in a new piece of tech. I think it is the woman on the right in an Iron suit. I think it is a one-shot, but I'm not sure. Maybe grab one and stash it. Maybe. I think best case it becomes a $10 book, but doubtful it ever catches heat.

Cool Covers

Batwoman Vol 2 #13 Cover B Variant Lee Bermejo Cover 

Bermejo does some great covers and this is one to grab.

Avengers Vol 6 #685 Cover B Variant Terry Dodson New Mutants Cover  

I'm a Dodson fan and this is near the top on my list. I will be hunting for a copy on Wednesday.

Mighty Thor Vol 2 #705 Cover A Regular Russell Dauterman Cover 

There have been a few Dauterman MT covers that probably should have made the list recently. I really like the colors he uses. This one is next level and I will be grabbing it for the old PC.

 Green Lanterns #43 Cover B Variant Brandon Peterson Cover

Peterson is on a tare with these GL covers. I will be grabbing this one for sure.

 Harley Quinn Vol 3 #40 Cover B Variant Frank Cho Cover

One of the better Cho's in his HQ run. This cover is just fun.

Squarriors Vol 2 Summer #3 

I don't know what this book is, but this cover is awesome.

Vampirella Vol 7 #11 Cover E Incentive Cosplay Photo Virgin Cover 

I usually don't dig on these, but this one does it.

Vampirella Vol 7 #11 Cover D Variant Jimmy Broxton Subscription Cover 

An homage to Nighthawks which I really like.

 Weapon H #1 Cover E Incentive Skan Variant Cover 1:10

I think this is the best of the Weapon H covers. They should be easy to find as it is only a 1:10.

Old Man Hawkeye #2 Cover C 2nd Ptg Variant Marco Checchetto Cover 

I'm not big on 2nd prints, but it has a different cover and it is a cool venom cover. It might even have a smallish print run.

Skip it

 I didn't see anything to really avoid this week which is good.

Read it

Batman Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #5 Cover B Variant Kevin Eastman Cover

A fun read and a cool crossover.

Batman Vol 3 #43 Cover A Regular Mikel Janin Cover

I usually like the B covers, but this cover is better than the Coipel imho.

 Evolution #5

I am up to date on this book and so far I really like it.

Kill Or Be Killed #17 Cover B Variant Sean Phillips Virgin Wraparound Cover

One of the best reads out right now. This is one of the better Image virgin covers this week.

 Monstress #15 Cover A Regular Sana Takeda Cover

One of the best ongoing books and the Sana covers are also great. I'm not big on the virgin cover B but might grab it also.

 Doctor Strange Damnation #3 Cover A Regular Rod Reis Cover

Cates is writing so I am reading. This series is great and I hear this issue is crazy awesome.

Star Wars Vol 4 #45 Cover B Variant John Tyler Christopher Action Figure Cover 

The JTC AF variants have been scraping the bottom of the barrel for a while, but I'm still collecting them. Star Wars is one of the best titles in the Current Marvel.

Batman Sins Of The Father #2 

Based on the game. I will probably grab a trade.

Ice Cream Man #3 Cover B Variant Mike Shea Cover 

I hear these are good reads. I haven't got around to reading them yet, but I know many do. Sometimes they even grab a little heat for a quick flip.

 Hope One Shot

The cover is cool and I hear this is a great read with good interior art also. If I see it at my lcs I might grab one.

 Injustice 2 #22

I am a fan of the Injustice line. If you haven't tried one pick up a used copy of

Thanos Vol 2 #17 Cover A Regular Geoff Shaw Cover 

Thanos is on fire and has been a terrific read. This should be on everyone's pull. I hear this issue is nuts.

Superman Vol 5 #43 – Supes is solid.

Solar Flare Season 2 #5 – A good indy read and unlike the 1st vol this is a whole new story.

Lucy Dreaming #1 – An interesting premise, I'm going to flip thru it at the lcs.

Star Wars Poe Dameron #25 – I'm a fan of hammerin' Poe Dameron. Not as good as the main SW or Vader, but I enjoy it. These will probably be plentiful in dollar bins and used bookstores though.

Babyteeth #9 – I want to grab a trade of this book and see how the story is going. I only know a few that read it, but they say it is good. Also Cates so I want to give it a fair shake.


  • True Believers Venom Dark Origin #1 – $1
  • True Believers Venom Flashpoint #1 – $1
  • Ninja-K #5 Cover E Incentive Philip Tan Ninjak Icon Variant Cover – High ratio Valiant
  • Quantum & Woody Vol 4 #4 Cover E Incentive Fred Hembeck Quantum & Woody Icon Variant Cover – High ratio Valiant

Bonus look-back – how did last week do a week later?

 How did last week's spec end up doing? We take a look at last week's predictions and see if we did OK one week later!!!

(Last week's spec will be quoted like this. What it really did will look like this.)

Barbarella #4 Cover H Incentive Stephanie Hans Virgin Cover 1:30? $15 or less is probably a great grab – This is selling ~$15-20 

Scooby Apocalypse #23 Cover B Variant Ben Oliver Cover – Might be a real quick flip as I suspect the market will flood Wednesday.- This one mostly hung around $10 which is a good flip. 

Avengers Vol 6 #684 – No spec given this was a read. – Some selling a dollar or two over cover. 

Ducktales Vol 4 #7 Cover C Incentive Blueprint Character-Focused Variant – I’m not a fan of this cover as it has a blah character, but it is one to note. Some folks are collecting the set. – These are selling for $25-30. I  wish I had some of that flip! I still hate these though… j/k 


Wrap Up

This week is good with a little for everyone. We have a “One” which I hope I can grab. I am probably most excited for some of the incredible reads with Cates on fire and 2 of my favs in KoBK and Monstress. This is a really good week in my opinion. What is a good or great week to you? What are grabbing this week and did I miss a book? Let me know what you are looking forward to and as always thanks for reading!


  • jason jones

    I can confirm that Babyteeth is a good read.

  • Clint Joslin

    Adam amazing as always! Is that KOBK a 1:1 ratio? Also, agreed with you on that 2nd print of OMH, it’s different and the run will be small. I really hope that Weapon H is good to continue to push the value up with TAH 22. You are right though, great week with a lot of stuff

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    Hyung variant is definitely the book to get. It looks like a cover that will have demand for a long time. Also, I totally agree with you on those Brandon Peterson GL covers….they’re simple but beautiful.

  • spursfan17

    Nice job as always! I too will be on the hunt for Thor 705 Hyung variant as well as Old Man Hawkeye #2 Checchetto variant. Love his stuff! I will also be looking for Spider King #2 B cover and Usagi Yojimbo The Hidden #1. Wish me luck!

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    I’m grabbing all the Thanos Ward covers. That’s an all-timer, right there.

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    Wow big exciting day it seems, even better that I have a healthy budget, so yea I’m not really sure what I’m not going to buy lol. I too think the 1:50 beats the Artgerm virgin hands down. And honestly I really don’t care about virgin much anymore. They’ve lost some of their appeal for me and all of a sudden there every where…. either way it will be fun tomorrow great write up ….
    Happy hunting y’all

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      It’s funny, I’ve loved virgin covers for a while now and just the other day I found myself being swayed toward the argument that they’re just incomplete covers. The artwork was always made with the trade dress in mind, so they always looks a bit…off. Maybe that’s why I liked them, but they’ve definitely lost their luster. Also as you said, they’re everywhere these days.

      • Lebednik

        I agree with both of Y’all. especially for the price. That is one thing I like about that young guns run. Basically virgin and easy to get for a reasonable price (mostly)

        edit. also the YG variants seem made for no trade dress imo and why I think those worked well

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          Yeah, the YG variants most definitely are made for no trade dress, and as a result they work so much better, but then they’re not exactly virgin covers, so the text at the bottom becomes a turn-off. Kind of a lose-lose, honestly, which is why I think none of the YG covers have any sort of staying power

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            My favorite have become covers where the trade is seamlessly incorporated into the cover. The Bill S 1:25 for old man Logan 23 is a perfect example as is last weeks Adam Hughes Birds of Prey cover where the title is a spotlight in the sky. There is also the Red She Hulk 62 variant that I want so badly where the title is a bunch of smashed boulders. Those are the best kind of covers imo anyway.

  • morellotunes

    Also agree. There are only a few cases where virgin has worked, lately. The Dell’Otto Metal #2 Wonder Woman comes to mind as a beautiful example. As for other pick-ups this week, I’m still liking X-Men Gold quite a bit. I’ll pick that up as a read along with Thanos and that 1:50 Thor if I can wake my butt up early enough to Wednesday-Warrior it. Happy hunting, all!

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    New female Iron man in Iron Man Hong Kong Heroes one shot.

  • dpiercy

    You should read Ice Cream Man before any of that dumb Donny Cates crap. 😛

    Nice article, as always.

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    I’ll be grabbing that KOBK cover B for sure.

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    I’m first in line see the Thor 1:50 and pretty much know I’m gonna bite only question is how much it will cost me ????? …. I don’t see the Avengers Dodson but will definitely look for the Green Lantern b cover, …. if I only get the 1:50 that GL cover and a reader or two I’ll be going home happy

  • Lebednik

    that sounds like a good week to me!

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      Well here how it went…. got the Thor, paid ratio but it was perfect as can be, I even checked the back cover to be sure lol. But yea it’s going to be packaged right up as soon as it gets home and is going off to CGC a week from Friday. After I take a pic for the pick up page of course. But yea got the GL cover has spine tick but was the only copy available. Got the Artgerm Thor trade dress as my reader and the Duarte variant for Weapon H. Also grabbed the first Boruto tpb to read and I checked for that old man Hawkeye 2nd print but my LCS still had plenty of first prints left. Forgot to look for that Hope one shot :/ lol always forget one.

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        Also got the Hong Kong heroes but just the regular cover A.

      • Lebednik

        Nice! I was fortunate to get that Thor 1:50 and I hope mine 9.8s also. It is going to be a PC book for me. Are you saving yours or flipping it when it gets back?

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          It will be PC too which is why I spent as much as I did. Just love it and liked the issue too just read it about an hour ago. I rarely let things go anyway…. I have a few things I plan on slabbing to sell in the future but I always seem to push that back and slab the PC stuff first lol.

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            Nice job finding one too, I have a really good feeling about this one…. never seen one quite like it. Just has that something that’s hard to put your finger on but impossible to deny it’s awesomeness.

  • accustomfigures

    All of Artgerm’s faces look the same, and they all look like Sailor Moon.

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    So far visited two different LCS’s and only snagged 1 Ward cover.

    • Lebednik

      there were only 6 at my store and a friend said his lcs had only the A cover. I wonder how rare they are. eBay has plenty and they seem to be hovering around $10.

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        Yeah one LCS by me had none the other had quite a few but at $20 a pop. Went on eBay and picked up a few at $9 each, we’ll see what happens with it over the next few weeks.

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        I wonder about the rarity too. I get the feeling that a LOT of people who would want this cover aren’t going to find it or enough copies of it at their LCS’s, I can easily see it hitting 20 bucks by this time next week

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          There are 33 listings I can find searching “Thanos 17 Ward” and in all honesty I’d have expected to see 75 by now. I think a lot of people who do manage to snag a copy or two will have no intention to resell immediately.

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            My LCS had 3 copies of the Ward and they wanted 15 each so I passed not because I thought that was too much but because after paying 50 for the Thor I got a bit more selective and budget conscious.

  • fastballspecial

    ASM 796 2nd print sold out locally as well as Thanos 17 on first day.

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    Thanks for the headsup on the Iron Man Hong Kong Heroes cover B. I grabbed three of them from my LCS. Didn’t really like the other two covers at all.

    They seem to have dried up already on online retailers. Any guess at what the print run could be? Must be very low I guess

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