The Wednesday One 3/13/19
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
I am very tempted to pick ASM #17 this week as I am not a regular Spider Man reader but I do jump in for storylines that seem intriguing and the return of Kraven seems to be just that. Having said all that I still have to stay with on of the most underrated series Marvel has going with Winter Soldier #4. The introduction of RJ has been cool and provides a lot of spec possibilities. This week's issue promises big revelations and Im eagerly anticipating where it will go. After catching up on the first three issues, I'm all in for issue 4.
Most Looking Forward to Reading DC
Red Hood returns to Gotham and decides to take over Penguin’s Iceberg lounge and casino. Which looks to become Red Hood’s headquarters in the next few issues. Scott Lobdell has been writing a great story with Red Hood and if you haven’t been reading it you’re missing out!
The Dc Dark Universe continues to expand as The Grim Knight spawns off of the Batman Who Laughs series. I am eagerly anticipating seeing where Snyder intends to take this character We may know after reading issue #1 if further investment into the Grim Knight is necessary or if it will just be another cool side character in the DC Universe.
Most Looking Forward to Reading Indie
I have been an open book about my love for 80’s cartoon properties and other than GI Joe, nothing gives me the feels like Transformers. I have never read a series from start to finish so I am excited to get to start a new volume fresh at #1 and make it a regular part of my monthly reading. IDW seems to be putting a lot into this series and its promotion so hopefully it lives up to the hype.
I thought his Iron Man in the whiskey glass cover was great but this one tops it in my opinion. I think the trade dress actually takes away from the art on this. I think it’s only a matter of time before you start seeing a lot of store exclusives using this artist for their covers.
I am digging the expansion of the Conan line. Conan has been a big hit with readers and we have gotten some of the coolest covers from some heavyweights in the comics game. This weeks release is no different as we see the popular artist behind Monstress Sana Takeda,of the extremely successful Image title, bring that Monstress vibe here to Queen of Belit #1. I think this cover will resonate with people who dug the series at the very least.
Regular Price Variant Marvel
Star Wars comic with a popular character in General Grievous. This is #8 of 36 Greatest Moment variants. There will be collectors that want all of them. May not be hard to find on release but depending on the print run they could eventually dry up.
So from a spec perspective this book may be DOA due to receiving the Virgin treatment from a retailer but there is no denying the striking art work In hyuk Lee continues to deliver. As Brian has talked about, I am not a fan of these unrelated character variants but I do imagine Lee fans will buy this up.
Regular Price Variant DC
Popular character? Check! Popular cover artist? Check! This cover looks fantastic, DC has been killing it with their B covers and their semi-virgin covers. Dell’Otto always does great work. Throw in a great character like Batman and it’s a formula for success. If Jack picks another title than this one, he’s lying LMAO
So I admittedly am not familiar with this series other than it hails from Brian Michael Bendis and David Mack and this is the first volume’s finale. But my reason for being all over this cover is the Jim Lee depiction. The obvious pick this week is the Dell’Otto Grim Knight. But it is so obvious, I expect most retailers to be well stocked. Midtown’s 1 per order limit is a new matter of policy not shrinking supply so very little should be gleaned from that. This book will be much lower ordered and connect with early Image and 90’s X Men fans like myself.
Regular Price Variant Indie
It’s like a single female version of Supernatural! I’m more fond of the Winchester brothers but this sounds like a great story and this cover is already sold out at a few places online. Although the cover does looks like Thelma threw Louise out of the car somewhere along the way.
So full disclosure, I like cover A better as a spec pick and as cover art, but I can not let this week go without picking The Goon #1 from Eric Powell in some sort of form. The Goon is one of those long running titles that has its core die hard followers as the character has existed 20 years. This won’t be a quick flip, but I see a lot of potential in the #1 issues to the new volume.
A new origin for a beloved franchise. Every 80’s kids loves Transformers. I always enjoy Freddie Williams art on the Masters of the Universe/Thundercats titles. Transformers titles are one of the few IDW titles I always pick up incentive variants for everytime I see them.
Everything Captain Marvel / Ms Marvel is on fire right now. With a new series for Kamala Khan and rumors of her appearance in the Captain Marvel sequel, I expect this one to have heat. I dig the cover art by Babs Tarr but also am admittedly a big Babs fan as she herolds from my neck of the woods down here in South Carolina.
Top Spec Pick
Shredder in Hell even though is only in issue #2 this story is amazeballs! This series could have the making of something great if it continues to impress. Combine that with the cover art of Matteo Scalera and his recent popularity and Yahtzee!
So Brian you picked my personal FAVORITE book releasing this week but on a purely short term spec perspective I am going with the 1:50 for the new Ms. Marvel series. I like the art on the 1:25 better but buyers seem to follow patterns and we have seen these 1:50 variants take off in recent weeks. This book is seeing pre sales of $70 already and I think we may see even higher depending on the true availability of this book.
So I acknowledge it’s a bit cheating to pick a 1:25 incentive as sleeper. But here is my justification: It's a sleeper to retailers. While speculators may be all over the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl train, the questions begs to be asked, How many retailers have 25 monthly Squirrel Girl readers? Many stores won’t qualify for this incentive and while there is nothing stand out about the art, the ROI on this book could be on of the best on NCBD.
Last Week Look Back
By a very slim margin, the people have spoken and sided with team Bolo. The most common statement was the support of Immortal Hulk. That series seems to be the peoples champion. Both Simpleman’s and Mr. Bolo were able to claim a Hot 10 list selection as members of their roster which certainly is not typical of a release week. Time will tell how some of these picks pan out and who the true winner is long term.
Winners: (In No Order)
- Readers- Like every week some great reads hit shelves. Cosmic Ghost Rider, Astro Hustle, Die #4, Immortal Hulk #14, Avengers No Road Home and many others had readers buzzing. Any week where you pick up a new book and give it a read is a win in my eyes. That is first and foremost what this hobby is founded on.
- Astro Hustle Cover B Smallwood (Bolo) -Looks like Mr. Bolo wasn’t the only one getting the feels for this Wax Pax homage variant. It saw sales of $20-25 and was a Hot 10 entry last week
- Hot Shots #1 JSC ( Simpleman) - Easily the book of the week. While copies kept hitting eBay, they were being brought up just as fast. Prices continue to escalate and this book found it self on the Hot 10 list the week of release.
- Meet The Skrulls 1:50 (Bolo)- While the demand for this book seems to be dropping, that may change as more people see Captain Marvel and realize the Skrulls possible
- Vader Dark Visions 1:50 Variant (Simpleman)- Prices are all over the place on this one ranging from $50-90 and time will tell if demand stays what it is. Either way, this book showed a solid potential for profit this week.
- Ziggy Pig Silly Seal #1 Secret Variant - Omitted from last week’s Wednesday One, this book got hot and landed a Hot 10 spot. News broke late Tuesday that this book existed at approximately a 1:10 ratio. Brian had already turned in his picks so it would have been a dirty move to include it. Instead we went with an editor's note detailing the books existence and hype. The book had major release day buzz and has seen sales of $25-30.
Losers: (In No Order)
- Those Speculating on Short Term gains from DC Cover B’s- Gone seem to be the days where Putri, Middleton, and Oliver variants were catching shops by surprise and being massively under ordered. It's been a good while since we have seen a Cover B hit $20 out the gate. This is most likely due to several factors: Variant fatigue with popular artists like Mattina and Artgerm, several popular releases dropping per week, and retailers becoming hip to the trend an loading up on these near Virgin Beauties. Both Brian and Jack have been advocates for the Cover B’s long term spec potential as many fade away from Cover B’s. But those expecting short term gains have been left holding copies they cant move just yet.
- Marvel Regular Price Variants (Both)- While both of us made picks we liked in terms of regular priced Marvel Variants, these books have shown very little as far a profitability even in the long term. Look at a book like Avengers #684 for example, as hot as it is, the Skottie Young doesnt really move. So many of these Cover B’s feature great cover art but over saturation and a less focused variant program than DC has caused these issues to hit the market to crickets quite often. Exceptions due exist, but these books, no matter the artist, seem to be PC pick ups only at this point. Worse of all, if a cover gets any heat, some store just creates a Virgin version and kills the value of the trade dress original.
Jury Is Still Out
- Mr Bolo’s IDW Incentive Picks (Bolo) Both books saw sales above ratio this week but saw little demand. My little Pony #75 had several $15-20 sales and sees five or so currently listed. The Gi Joe yearbook has one sale for $25 and currently just two listed. Both are listed for about $25 each. This is typical of these types of series. Often times to maximize returns, books like these are to be held until copies dry completely up and pricing can be determined by those holding the remaining copies.
- Red Sonja Jusko Virgin Variant (Simpleman) -So this one could very well be called a win It has two sales at $50 which is more than ratio by 25% but those sales were days ago. What this book does have going for it is it is only listed by 3 eBayers, Two feature $100 BINs and the other is a live auction currently sitting at $15. The live auction will tell us a lot about the true demand for this book
- Most books released last week- It's hard to call a lot of books losers after just one week. Let us know in the comments what books you think the jury still out on!
A little of a slow week last week but I have a feeling this week will heat things up. Be sure to let us know in the comments your picks and predict who will win out #TeamSimpleman or #TeamBolo.
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