April 2019 in Review

 

 

April 2019 in Review

 

 

Greetings and jamutations, Tin Hatters! We’re back with another dose of Tin Foil Spec. My friendly neighborhood parishioner, Mr. Tom Cruise, is back to help me review last month’s Tin Foil Spec. He was away for a bit as he was filming scenes for Into the Spider-Verse. What’s that? Tom Cruise didn’t come out in Into the Spider-Verse? Well, looks like someone has to pop in their digital copy and watch the deleted scenes! Now, let’s see what the overlord has to say about the April 2019 Previews.

 

DC

Greetings there, Tin Hatters. This is Tom Cruise here. Don’t forget to watch my deleted scenes from Into the Spider-Verse. Unfortunately, the studio could not afford to finish them and color them. They didn’t adhere to my specific color palette which includes a shade of red named El Red Hubbard. However, I enjoy what the Tin Hat has been doing in my name. Thanks to him, I bought tens of copies of Naomi #1. Speaking of which, we start reviewing DC’s April’s Previews. DC started something new by unveiling variant cover art way ahead of time. Whether this was to counter speculators or promote the artists, we’ll never know. Except me. Cause I’m Tom Cruise. I know all.

Deathstroke #42 – 2 years ago, Mattina was on everyone’s radar. Now, after some bad publicity (trust me, buddy, I’ve been there), it seems everyone has moved on. Will Mattina make a come back? I sure did, so I know it’s definitely possible.

Final Tin Hat Rating2 out of 5 Tom Cruises. Good art for Mattina collectors.

Teen Titans #29 – Fantastic cover by Mico Suayan. Went straight to the personal collection.

Final Tin Hat Rating2 out of 5 Tom Cruises. No excitement on the market but excitement on my eyes.

Teen Titans: Raven – This book may not be out yet, but the art will sell it out. Ever since my loyal subject, The Tin Hat, wrote about Mr. Picolo, Mr. Picolo has gone and crashed the IndieGogo servers and gotten cover art duty with Image.

Final Tin Hat Rating5 out of 5 L. Ron Hubbards. This is nuclear.

Aquaman #47 – Namma has been defeated (or has she). While the story moves forward, the first appearance can live on.

Final Tin Hat Rating2 out of 5 Tom Cruises. If Warner Bros. uses her in a future Aquaman movie (or gives me a better contract), this could become a long term investment.

Batgirl #34 – Mr. Middleton never ceases to make me put on shades. This will be up in one of my many offices.

Final Tin Hat Rating 3 out of 5 Tom Cruises

Batman #68 – Another cover by Mr. Mattina. If the world can forgive my ex-wives (which are not allowed near Hollywood by the way), he can come back one day.

Final Tin Hat Rating3 out of 5 Tom Cruises

Batman #69 – Matina, Mattina, Mattina.

Final Tin Hat Rating3 out of 5 Tom Cruises

Batman Beyond #31 – I need to get an editor for the Tin Hat. I can’t have him giving out typos under my name. Anyway, this is a beautiful variant cover. Simply gorgeous.

Final Tin Hat Rating3 out of 5 Tom Cruises

The Batman Who Laughs #4 – This right here is a great series. Both covers are fantastic, and we got to know how BWL sees.

Final Tin Hat Rating2 out of 5 Tom Cruises Fantastic read but there is no more spec.

Catwoman #10 – Any Artgerm variant is an instant pull for me. The man can do no wrong.

Final Tin Hat Rating4 out of 5 Tom Cruises Artgerm always shows me the money.

Detective Comics #1001 – The A cover ended up having the first cover appearance of the Arkham Knight. Those early birds were able to flip quick at $15. Triple your money, baby!

Final Tin Hat Rating4 out of 5 Tom Cruises Perfect quick flip book. It has cooled off for now.

Detective Comics #1002 – Another early appearance for the Arkham Knight. The individual ended up getting revealed in the following issue. This might end up a long term hold.

Final Tin Hat Rating2 out of 5 Tom Cruises Not a lot of love right now. Being sandwiched between the first cover appearance and the reveal may end up helping it.

Dial H for Hero #2 – This is a fun series that’s not getting a whole lot attention right now. Could this end up heating up like Naomi or will it end up in the dreaded dollar-bin boxes? All I know is that rotary phones are all over my house.

Final Tin Hat Rating1 out of 5 Tom Cruises Very quiet right now. If DC has any plans, now would be the time to share them.

Scooby Apocalypse #36 – This fun and dandy series came to an end. It actually came to an end right as DCeased kicked off! Warner Bros., people! Wake up!

Final Tin Hat Rating2 out of 5 Tom Cruises With the successes of Riverdale and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, could Warner Bros. attempt to make an “aged up” Scooby Doo zombie series? The Firm believes so.

Second Coming #2 – Warner Bros. canned this before it made its way to the printers. No matter, all exceptional things eventually happen, and this series will soon premier later this summer courtesy of Ahoy! Comics.

Final Tin Hat Rating5 out of 5 L. Ron Hubbards Go all in

Shazam #5 – I was offered the role of Billy Batson, but I was too young they said. No matter, Mr. Levi gave an exceptional performance. I look forward to drinking tea with him on Sunday.

Final Tin Hat Rating2 out of 5 Tom Cruises Great read but that’s about it

Wonder Woman #68 – This is simply a gorgeous cover. These are stashing worthy.

Final Tin Hat Rating2 out of Tom Cruises

Wonder Woman #69 – Mr. Finch is great at drawing action poses. However, this book is currently on the cool side.

Final Tin Hat Rating2 out of 5 Tom Cruises

 

Marvel

Gee, let’s all give a round of applause to Mr. Tom Cruise everyone! He decided that yours truly should do the rest of this Tin Foil Spec Review. Let’s jump into Mahvel, baby!

War of the Realms #1 – I hope no one went heavy on these except stores that have Marvel subscribers. Dollar-bin fodder, ya’ll.

Final Tin Hat Rating5 out of 5 Jason Lees Just get on outta here!

War of the Realms: Journey Into Mystery #1 – Thor’s baby sister was a protagonist here, and while this book didn’t heat up, it did cause the first Angela series to heat up.

Final Tin Hat Rating2 out of 5 Tom Cruises

Venom #13 – Donny took a break, but Venom sure didn’t. Iconic Venom writer returned to the series and delivered a blockbuster of a story. We got the all-new Savage Venom (or is it Dreamstone Venom) and the book provided instant quick flip opportunities. We got 2 more Venom issues with Bunn. Let’s have some funn.

Final Tin Hat Rating5 out of 5 Tom Cruises Instant quick flip winner

Marvel Tales: Thanos #1 – For those Hatters that bought big, they sure sold big. The virgin was an instant success and still sells for big.

Final Tin Hat Rating5 out of 5 Tom Cruises Money, Money, Money

Thanos #1 – While not an instant heat, the first issue was intriguing. I’ll keep checking it out.

Final Tin Hat Rating2 out of 5 Tom Cruises Interesting concept. May not heat up (unless Marvel decides to adapt this into the MCU as a quick flashback).

Major X #1 & #2 – So not only does Rob Liefeld have me blocked, he now has thousands of others blocked after the Major X fiasco. Matt Horak was so enamored with the concept of Major X that he decided to give him a shout out in a background battle scene. Well, he might as well have shat on Liefeld’s diamond shoes. People went crazy when they discovered the “first cameo appearance”, and Spider-Man/Deadpool #47 quickly shot up to almost $30. Rob tried to pass off his expensive variant as the true first appearance but no one was buying it. Major X #1 still benefitted a from all the talk and it has become a steady $10 book.

Final Tin Hat Rating4 out of 5 Tom Cruises The first issue is a solid flip. Issue 2 sells a dollar or two above cover.

Symbiote Spider-Man #1 – This turned out to be a great read, but the winner of course was Artgerm’s cover.

Final Tin Hat Rating3 out of 5 Tom Cruises The Artgerm cover goes straight to the PC

Marvel Team-Up #1 – Not exactly lighting up on the aftermarket. If anything, it’s an indicator that Marvel want Kamala Khan front and center.

Final Tin Hat Rating1 out of 5 Tom Cruises

Web of Venom: Cult of Carnage #1 – At C2E2, the Symbiote Summer was revealed. Absolute Carnage will take over us all. While the regular issue isn’t lighting up, the Dell’Otto variant ended up being an amazing Venom cover.

Final Tin Hat Rating3 out of 5 Tom Cruises These one shot issues could end up becoming important.

Spider-Man: Life Story #2 – Not only is Chip Zdarsky the best current Spider-Man writer (well, Tom Taylor is a very close second), but this issue also had the first appearance of the Black Goblin. If the Ultimate Taskmaster can randomly heat up to $90, anything is possible.

Final Tin Hat Rating4 out of 5 Tom Cruises Fantastic story with an alternate universe first appearance

Magnificent Ms. Marvel #2 – That variant did end up being pretty cool, but it’s not doing any heating up. Now’s the time to buy them cheap.

Final Tin Hat Rating2 out of 5 Tom Cruises

Winter Soldier #5 – The mini-series ended, and for now, people have moved from RJ. This character will definitely stick around. Will he become the next Winter Soldier?

Final Tin Hat Rating1 out of 5 Tom Cruises For now, the issue to get is #2

Cosmic Ghost Rider #2 – This is a crazy fun series. Definitely a reader rather than a flipper

Final Tin Hat Rating – 2 out of 5 Tom Cruises

The Unstoppable Wasp #6 – The first cover appearance of the Into the Spider-Verse gang didn’t cause any heat. Sleeper pick?

Final Tin Hat Rating3 out of 5 Tom Cruises

Uncanny X-Men #16 – This was a fantastic Putri variant. I’m slowly stockpiling these Putri variants

Final Tin Hat Rating3 out of 5 Tom Cruises

Deadpool #11 – The first Good Night is a steady $10 book, and while his second appearance isn’t going above cover, it is a Skottie Young co-creation. Let’s see where this ends.

Final Tin Hat Rating2 out of 5 Tom Cruises

Age of Conan: Bêlit #2These Sana Takeda covers are a thing of beauty. Will she join the Savage Avengers?

Final Tin Hat Rating2 out of 5 Tom Cruises

Star Wars: Tie Fighter #1 – This had an amazing A cover, and the 1:25 cover had a cover appearance of a brand new character. With Disney + on the horizon, these first appearance Star Wars characters may be worth holding on to.

Final Tin Hat Rating3 out of 5 Tom Cruises

Star Wars: Age of Rebellion – Grand Moff Tarking #1 & Princess Leia #1 – The Dodsons provided amazing covers for these books. No aftermarket love though.

Final Tin Hat Rating1 out of 5 Tom Cruises

Marvel Rising #2 – These Marvel Rising variants are high ratio and under-ordered. If you were able to buy one cheap, it was a great flip.

Final Tin Hat Rating3 out of 5 Tom Cruises The variant was the quick flip here.

Image

Ascender #1 – Fantastic. Amazing. Get it. Read it.

Final TIn Hat Rating 4 out of 5 Tom Cruises Fantastic read

Spawn #296 – We’re almost to the next wave of the McFarlane self-homage variants. Shops may starts to increase their orders. These 290s books make get a slight bump.

Final Tin Hat Rating3 out of 5 Tom Cruises

IDW

Narcos #1 – Pablo Escobar may have had a drug empire, but he certainly does not have an empire on his own first apperance.

Final Tin Hat Rating 1 out of 5 Tom Cruises Back to the cocaine fields for you

Dynamite

Elvira: The Shape of Elvira #4 – Francavilla is always a win

Final Tin Hat Rating3 out of 5 Tom Cruises Francavilla is win

BOOM!

Faithless #1 – Paul Pope everyone. Also, that erotic variant was, just, whoah. It was a quick flip, going above $20 before settling down. However, being one of the firsts (if not the first) adult book by BOOM, this could stay around for a while.

Final Tin Hat Rating5 out of 5 Tom Cruises The erotic variant was a quick flip winner.

Rocko’s Modern Afterlife #1 – Zombies before DCeased. Are zombies back? I thought it was all about vampires.

Final Tin Hat Rating2 out of 5 Tom Cruises – Fun read but no aftermarket flips

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #38 – Another fantastic Xermánico variant. The next major Power Rangers events will start soon, so make sure to have this series on your radar.

Final Tin Hat Rating – 3 out of 5 Tom Cruises

Action Lab-Danger Zone

Spencer & Locke II #1 – The amazing series is about for another round. It’s not heating up, but this is a crazy read.

Final Tin Hat Rating3 out of 5 Tom Cruises Definitely read this series

Aftershock Comics

Orphan Age #1 – Orphan Age. OrphanAge. Orphanage. Ayyyyy. This one smells like an option. Didn’t heat up like Dark Red did, but this could still end up a winner.

FInal Tin Hat Rating3 out of 5 Tom Cruises The summer of options is upon us. This could be one of those books.

Albatross Funnybooks

The Goon #2 – This amazing Alex Ross cover was printed on glorious cardstock. PC worthy.

Final Tin Hat Rating3 out of 5 Tom Cruises

Antarctic Press

Punchline #6 – Antarctic Press continues to put out flip worthy books. They’re incentive-variants-that-are-not-incentive-variants-but-you-just-pay-the-price-without-ordering-20-books make for good pre-orders and sales. Keep watching them.

Final Tin Hat Rating4 out of 5 Tom Cruises Keep flipping these books

Heavy Metal Magazine

Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast Vol. 2, #1 – Maybe it’s the sophomore slump. Didn’t have the same vibe as the first one. I’ll keep checking it out.

Final Tin Hat Rating2 out of 5 Tom Cruises

Red Giant Entertainment

So Red Giant Entertainment took a page out of Marvel’s book and had a White Widow variant across different comics. Did anyone get these books. Supposedly a 500 print run. Not sure how they decided which shop got what. Anyways, if they're out there, cool be worth picking them up.

Final Tin Hat Rating? out of ? Tom Cruises

Scout Comics

Electric Black #1 – Now this was an amazing read. I’m definitely hoping this continues. Horror anthology is back. This had a 1:10 variant that may still be available on Scout’s website.

Final Tin Hat Rating5 out of 5 Tom Cruises Read this. Right now. With the lights on.

 

That’s it, Tin Hatters! April 2019 Specs in review! How’d you do? Did you pick up something that I didn’t mention that ended up blowing up? How many Naomis do you still have? Shout out to my friend and lord, Mr. Tom Cruise, for his guest appearance. Look up into the skies! Watch out for lawyers. Get ready for the summer of Phase 4, and farewell from the world of tomorrow!

 

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6 comments

  • accustomfigures
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    No Valiant? Punk Mambo #1 got more mainstream buzz than any of their titles have in years, sold really well, had some solid variants, and caused quite a ruckus in the back issues bins. Released April 24.

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      Hello there. Punk Mambo #1 wasn’t on my original Tin Foil Specs so that’s why it’s not there. The month before, Valiant had a #1 issue with a female protagonist that didn’t go anywhere. Also, it wasn’t a new character, and she had already had a limited series. However, I should’ve known things don’t always repeat themselves, and Punk Mambo #1 just blew out of the water. It even made her first appearance skyrocket.

      I’ll definitely keep Valiant in mind for the next Previews Spec.

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    Is the 1:25 cover to issue #2 also a new character debuting in that issue?

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