May 2019 in Review

 

May 2019 In Review

 

 

Greetings and jamutations, Tin Hatters! After quickly doing Archie, the Tin Foil is back with another dose of the Tin Foil Spec! Some of September’s solicits have surfaced online, but while we wait for the rest of the mighty Previews to appear, let’s find out how the Tin Hat did last month. As always, we’ll be reviewing the books that the Tin Foil picked out two months ago. Let’s dive in and hope summer money was made!

 

DC

 

Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III #1

The next volume came out with a bit of excitement everywhere but the aftermarket. While a fun read for fans of the series, it looks like it’ll be destined for the dollar bin section.

 

Final Tin Hat Rating2 out of 5 Tom Cruises

 

Batman: Last Knight on Earth #1

This series proved to be ever so popular. Many fans were excited to jump into Snyder’s and Capullo’s final Batman tale. It’ll even get a second print. Still available at cover price online though.

 

Final Tin Hat Rating4 out of 5 Tom Cruises This is just a fantastic read. People still read comics, right?

 

DC’s Year of the Villain #1

I hope ya’ll listened to the Tin Hat’s advice. 2 months later, the 1:500 variant is down to $50 online.

 

Final Tin Hat Rating3 out of 5 Tom Cruises DC’s season long event started here. Let’s see what Bendis and his crew have in store.

 

DCeased #1

Tom Taylor will succeed Tom King on Batman (that is the Tin Foil Hat’s prediction. What are ya’lls?) He’s continually knocking it out of the park on Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, and after reading issue 2 of DCeased, all I can say is, “Jumping Jiminy!” This book had a plethora of store variants, so the quick flip opportunities were with those variants. Even so, strap yourselves in for the wild ride.

 

Final Tin Hat Rating4 out of 5 Tom Cruises The regular copies are not lighting it up but this is an amazing read.

 

Batman #70 #71

Tom King’s run on Batman will be cut short unfortunately. Will his fans feverishly buy up his final books? Maybe. Either way, for the time being, we salute you Mr. King.

 

Final Tin Hat Rating3 out of 5 Tom Cruises

 

Batman: Damned #3

This book was delayed…again…and again…and again. Hopefully it comes out before the hardcover.

 

Final Tin Hat Rating5 out of 5 John Travoltas Gone and missing

 

The Batman Who Laughs #5

That sweet sweet Kalvachev variant.

 

Final Tin Hat Rating3 out of 5 Tom Cruises

 

Catwoman #11

Artgerm is always a win.

 

Final Tin Hat Rating4 out of 5 Tom Cruises No PC is complete without Artgerm

 

Detective Comics #1003 1004

The revelation and origin of the Arkham Knight was in these books. It is a brand new character, Astrid Arkham, that has a hardcore vendetta against Batman. Her first appearance was in the massively overprinted Detective Comics #1000, so these relatively smaller print run issues could be the ones to hold.

 

Final Tin Hat Rating5 out of 5 Tom Cruises Origin and face reveal of Astrid Arkham. Print run around 65k. This is a long-term hold.

 

Naomi #5

Just when the Naomi hype was starting to subside, DC goes and puts her front and center in September’s Action Comics. Could we see an Action Comics: Naomi #1 soon?

 

Final Tin Hat Rating5 out of 5 Tom Cruises Some quick $10 presales on this one. It’s still a great hold. Complete the whole set.

 

Marvel

 

Savage Avengers #1

This book was as wild as it promised to be. Giant print run of over 100k, it was the only Marvel book in the Top 5 in the month of May. Let’s hope the story continues on its fantastic and wild ride.

 

Final Tin Hat Rating4 out of 5 Tom Cruises This might be a good book to hold. Great read.

 

Venom #14

Cullen Bunn continues to weave his amazing tale. Eddie Brock has the dreamstone and was able to create an Asgardian Knight Venom. Of course, the real beauty of a cover was that Carnage variant.

 

Final Tin Hat Rating3 out of 5 Tom Cruises Solid read but no aftermarket love. The only potential is if the Dreamstone/Savage Venom ever becomes a thing.

 

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #43

Not only did this have an awesome variant, the story introduced us to Thunder Lizard. That’s right, Devil Dinosaur is worthy! This book is like a 10 year hold; it will explode if we ever get a sniff of Devil Dinosaur next to Mjolnir in the MCU.

 

Final Tin Hat Rating5 out of 5 Tom Cruises This book is the definition of a long term hold. Make sure to have it and stash it.

 

Amazing Spider-Man #22

This had a great Spider-Punk variant, but it also killed off a character that had already been killed off. Kraven is dead…again. Not sure if this will go anywhere, especially when his first death is memorable.

 

Final Tin Hat Rating2 out of 5 Tom Cruises

 

The Immortal Hulk #17#18

Immortal Hulk’s print run has nearly doubled, but the story is still great. This whole run is already an instant classic.

 

Final Tin Hat Rating3 out of 5 Tom Cruises Flipping opportunities are gone but the story is as strong and full of horror as ever.

 

Star Wars #108

This book flew very far under the radar. The John Tyler Christopher variant will be a tough 9.8 to get. Either way, no selling out or aftermarket love.

 

Final Tin Hat Rating2 out of 5 Tom Cruises

 

Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #6

Spider-Bite ended up being a sort of new character but not in the way we imagined. In fact, he is an amazing character that proved Tom Taylor is the man of the future (Marvel better sign him to an exclusive deal before DC does). While this first appearance may not be worth $50, it will become a story that every Spider-Man fan should have in their PC.

 

Final Tin Hat Rating5 out of 5 Tom Cruises I have to stop reading books near onions.

 

Spider-Man: Life Story #3

Chip Zdarsky has now become a global treasure. This issue was a love story to 80s comics, and the Tin Hat had a great time with it.

 

Final Tin Hat Rating5 out of 5 Tom Cruises Chip Zdarsky

 

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #6

Starling’s first full appearance got a bit of a reaction. Copies of issues 5 and 6 were quickly being scooped up. This quick flip has become a long term hold. Miles Morales needs more supporting characters, and these next few books will be great grabs.

 

Final Tin Hat Rating5 out of 5 Tom Cruises

 

Spider-Man/Deadpool #50

The little book that could ended on issue 50. Spider-Man and Deadpool saved all of reality and even put writer Robbie Thompson behind bars. Will this series get a reboot? Maybe next year.

 

Final Tin Hat Rating3 out of 5 Tom Cruises 22k print run. Who knows if future completionists will want this book. Fun read and fun end to the series.

 

Guardians of the Galaxy #5

Thanos was reborn (although it didn’t last long). It seems that the book is getting ready to kick into high gear with Rocket Raccoon and his possible death.

 

Final Tin Hat Rating3 out of 5 Tom Cruises

 

Cosmic Ghost Rider Destroys Marvel History #3

This had a great cover, but it seems to be destined for the dollar bin.

 

Final Tin Hat Rating 2 out of 5 Tom Cruises

 

Thanos #2

The Jen Bartel variant ended up being a regular variant and not a ratio variant. It was still a great cover but that’s about it.

 

Final Tin Hat Rating2 out of 5 Tom Cruises

 

Shuri #8

Shuri finally got the Black Panther suit again although this second iteration is not getting the same amount of love as the J. Scott Campbell covers.

 

Final Tin Hat Rating2 out of 5 Tom Cruises New suit design and everything, but it will be tough to say if collectors will seek this book out as opposed to the previous time she got the suit.

 

Black Panther #12

Very pretty interiors. Mainly for the Jen Bartel faithful.

 

Final Tin Hat Rating2 out of 5 Tom Cruises

 

Marvel Team-Up #2

This is a fun series that The Tin Hat believes will establish Kamala Khan even further. News of a movie script has been heating up.

 

Final Tin Hat Rating2 out of 5 Tom Cruises Great team-up book, but her first meeting with Spider-Man may be the one to seek out instead.

 

X-Men: Grand Design – X-Tinction #1

This is just a great series. No aftermarket but Ed Piskor is killing it with the writing and art. I can’t wait for when his whole X-Men: Grand Design run gets collected.

 

Final Tin Hat Rating4 out of 5 Tom Cruises Fantastic overall read.

 

X-23 #12

This series has somewhat cooled down as everyone jumped onto the Immortal Hulk and Naomi trains.

 

Final Tin Hat Rating2 out of 5 Tom Cruises

 

Deadpool #12

Good Night has come and gone, and it is tough to say where he fits in the future. With Skottie Young introducing Killpuddle as well, Deadpool has a few new villains in this series.

 

Final Tin Hat Rating3 out of 5 Tom Cruises Deadpool needs more rivals. Maybe the ones in this series will be around for awhile.

 

Age of Conan: Bêlit #3

Amazing covers, but the writing is a bit strange at times. The Hans variant is amazing as always although prices have dipped below $20.

 

Final Tin Hat Rating2 out of 5 Tom Cruises Variant covers are saving this series. Kudos to the one person that presold the variant at $40.

 

Star Wars: Age of Rebellion – Boba Fett #1

This was just a badass Boba Fett cover ya’ll.

 

Final Tin Hat Rating4 out of 5 Tom Cruises Badass Boba Fett cover ya’ll.

 

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge #2

This series has been mostly quiet. Who knows if they’ll have exclusive variants at the park.

 

Final Tin Hat Rating2 out of 5 Tom Cruises

 

Star Wars: Tie Fighter #2

I’m having a great time with this series. Sometimes they’re not all meant to be flip.

 

Final Tin Hat Rating4 out of 5 Tom Cruises

 

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #32

That was a great Hans variant, but unless you’re collecting all of these Greatest Moments, you didn’t miss out on much.

 

Final Tin Hat Rating2 out of 5 Tom Cruises

 

Image

 

Gogor #1

This was a great Image book. Hopefully the story has the same staying power as Middlewest. Still available at cover price.

 

Final Tin Hat Rating4 out of 5 Tom Cruises

 

Ascender #2

This is just a homerun of a book. No aftermarket love (even Descender #1 only goes for around $15), but there’s no denying the beauty of this book. I’m in it for the long haul.

 

Final Tin Hat Rating5 out of 5 Tom Cruises Read it.

 

Spawn #297

We’re almost to 300 ya’ll. The run up to issue 300 will be good books to hold.

 

Final Tin Hat Rating4 out of 5 Tom Cruises

 

Dark Horse

 

Stranger Things: Six #1

Stranger Things returns to the small screen in a couple of weeks, but their fanbase is not running out to buy the issues. It did have that Jenny Frison variant though, so I guess that’s something.

 

Final Tin Hat Rating1 out of 5 Tom Cruises Unless you gambled on that surprise Frison variant, nothing to see here.

 

Dynamite

 

Red Sonja and Vampirella Meet Betty and Veronica #1

This series had a plethora of store variants. Some of those store variants were great flips.

 

Final Tin Hat Rating1 out of 5 Tom Cruises Unless you sought out the store variants, nothing was made.

 

BOOM! Studios

 

Faithless #2

Holy shit! Are ya’ll reading this series? This is a crazy wild ride. This particular issue had the main character mind-force/hypnotized douchebags into doing a three way. Yes, you read that right. Now go read it for yourselves.

 

Final Tin Hat Rating 5 out of 5 Tom Cruises Money shot

 

Action Lab Danger Zone

 

Spencer and Locke II #2

This is another great series that’s not seeing much love on the aftermarket. Doesn’t matter; still a must-read book.

 

Final Tin Hat Rating4 out of 5 Tom Cruises

 

Antarctic Press

 

Punchline #6

Looks like the heat is officially gone from this book.

 

Final Tin Hat Rating1 out of 5 Tom Cruises

 

Horror Comics #1

This was an interesting premise. Interesting enough to make me stick around for issue 2.

 

Final Tin Hat Rating3 out of 5 Tom Cruises

 

Archie Comics

 

Sabrina the Teenage Witch #2

Some pretty covers here, but I rather they continue to Chilling Adventures.

 

Final Tin Hat Rating 1 out of 5 Tom Cruises

 

Devils Due/1First Comics, LLC

 

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Freshman Force: New Party Who Dis?

This doozy of a title made some doozy money. We all saw what happened to the Wonder Woman variant courtesy of DC’s letter. The publisher even went back and made a parody Supergirl cover that also sold out and was rushed to a second print. Needless to say, the attention this book got also brought heat to the other variants and regular covers. A win by accident. Hey, maybe Josh Blaylock can finally pay Jock what he owes him.

 

Final Tin Hat Rating5 out of 5 Tom Cruises All thanks to DC. Otherwise, it would’ve ended up in the dollar bins.

 

Impact Theory, LLC

 

Neon Future #3

Did you know that Steve Aoki’s dad founded the Benihana restaurant chain? His comic has been doing decent and has gotten positive attention.

 

Final Tin Hat Rating3 out of 5 Tom Cruises

 

Keenspot Entertainment

 

Dead Sonja #1

This was a fun parody book but that was about it. There was a 1:5 variant but nothing is really selling.

 

Final Tin Hat Rating1 out of 5 Tom Cruises

 

Kevin Eastman Studios

 

Drawing Blood: Spilled Ink #1

These books blew me out of the water. It was refreshing to see something gritty and real. It was like Eastman was a kid again, writing raw books about talking turtles. I am definitely keeping this in my pull.

 

The Radically Rearranged Ronin Ragdolls One-Shot

Same as the previous one. This took me back to my time as a small Tin Foil. I need more talking cats eating sushi!

 

Final Tin Hat Rating for both books 5 out of 5 L. Ron Hubbard We need a Ronin Ragdolls Saturday Morning Cartoon!

 

Scout Comics

 

Category Zero #1

It seems everyone wants their own X-Men before Marvel and Hickman kick the X-Men into high gear. Interesting read but not sure if it’ll have staying power. Still available online.

 

Final Tin Hat Rating1 out of 5 Tom Cruises

 

Vault

 

She Said Destroy #1

Now this was most definitely a fun book, and the homage cover is a thing of beauty. While the story started off a bit confusing, it all came together at the end. Let’s see what Gods and Fairies can do.

 

Final Tin Hat Rating4 out of 5 Tom Cruises Read and stash away.

 

Well, that’s it, Tin Hatters! May in review. Is it me, or did it seem a bit timid compared to previous months? There were a few quick flips, some first appearances, but it wasn’t as chaotic as earlier in the year. Perhaps that’s a good thing as we get ready for SDCC and the multitude of Marvel announcements. If anything, hold on to these first appearances, especially Starling and Arkham Knight. Let’s see how June ends up. As always, look up into the skies, watch out for graphite on the roof, and farewell from the world of tomorrow!

 

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