The Wednesday One 2/27/19
Welcome to the all new Wednesday One. We would first like to shout out Adam Lebednik for the amazing job he has done writing this column. He has been a Wednesday regular read for so many in the spec game for quite some time. We could not possibly do justice to what he does so instead decided to bring you something different. An ALL NEW Wednesday One.
Each week we will go head to head picking just ONE book in each category in a battle for NCBD supremacy. Best of all, you get to pick the winner! Sound off in the comments if you’re #TeamSimpleman or #TeamBolo and we will recap each week in the following weeks Column.
So its Brian vs. Jack.
Simpleman vs. Bolo.
And there can be only ONE. The Wednesday One.
Most Looking Forward to Reading Marvel
First issue was a great jumping on point! It sets up the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen struggling with inner demons of using violence for justice. Chip Zdarsky’s writing is what you have come to expect from him and Marco Chechetto’s interior art brings Chip’s words to life in the way Hell’s Kitchen is meant to be visualized.
Most Looking Forward to Reading DC
Most Looking Forward to Reading Indie
(Mad Cave Studios)
I’ve actually read an advance copy of this issue and can’t say enough good things about it. The story’s genesis has a Bruce Wayne resemblance but quickly shifts to a tale of honor among Shinobi Japanese culture. Mark London, the writer of Knight’s of the Golden Son, strikes pen to paper on this exciting first issue and does not disappoint!
On a week where not much speaks to me outside of curiosity over Mark London’s newest book, I find I'm a sucker for these female empowerment stories. I'm a father of two daughters and a book where an ordinary fangirl studies the ways of superheroes until eventually becoming one sounds like a trope I can get behind as well as one that sounds adaptable.
Regular Price Variant Marvel
Ok admittedly Brian, I'm cheating here a little. But you didn't say I couldn't do it so meh grey area In going with it! Look, we are two issues in and it may be entirely too early to tell if we are on another Cates epic but you won't catch me slipping. It's my belief Cates’ Thanos, Venom, and Guardians runs will be back issue gold. I'm grabbing these now and sticking them in a box.
Regular Price Variant DC
See, neither of us went with the obvious with Batgirl and Wonder Woman dropping today. Instead, I've been bullish on this run the whole time. You have a low print run, hot cover artist and a character with limited variant exposure on the market. I've been picking these up as long term plays.
Regular Price Variant Indie
Ice Cream Man #10 (Image)
So, this may be the toughest category of the week! I mean, Rose has some great covers (Calvin and Hobbs Homage!), Mattina did his Mattina thing on Spawn, and I was really tempted to go with the Fight Club 3 Romance homage cover but would lose all street cred if I picked that one! But this week I'm going Ice Cream Man. Horror is hot right now and this has an IT / The Rejected vibe to it.
Psylocke is one of my favorite characters, again yellow cover (and pink) and not sure if many shops will order 50 copies of a comic that is part of a 6 issue mini series.
I don’t know a ton of stores ordering 50 copies of Marvel Comics Presents plus Parel is in that class of B artists waiting to break out. Already sold out at online retailers, this book has a flippable buzz to it. EBay prices sit around $80 so a good one to look at if you can get it at or below ratio.
Top Spec Pick
I could have put this book in several categories (cover art, Indy reading, regular variant) as it seemingly checks all boxes. This book features 3 covers by Hot 10 regular Francesco Mattina including a virgin B variant with different art and a B & W cover C variant. The book also features the first appearance of a new Violator, Spawn’s main nemesis. I dig cover A more than cover B but ultimately think both will be hot and sets of 3 will draw a premium. Selling out at large retailers already and with Spawn not being heavily ordered by many LCS across the country, securing multiple copies may not be an easy task. BOLO!
This week saw lots of mainstream media news on Naomi’s creation as Bendis prepared for Oscar season. The comparisons to Miles Morales have been rolling in and it looks like DC comics has big plans for her. While I wish they would switch the cover art as Marvel does, now is the time to grab these 1st appearances especially if you slept on the first print. Don't hit the snooze alarm a second time!
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