June 2019 in Review

Greetings and jamutations, Tin Hatters! The Tin Foil is back with another dosage of Tin Foil goodness. While we amass our invasion of Area 51, the Tin Foil is here to provide a small reprieve amongst these preparations. The heat index is over 120 degrees, but this review is hotter than that! Let us see where our Tin Foil goodness landed and if any money was made this past June. Dive with me into the world of yesterday! 

Also, a quick shout out to JMarsh4087 for suggesting to split this into two separate columns. The Tin Hat loves you!

DC

Previews Prediction

It seems like DC’s Black Label isn’t dead yet. Frank Miller’s Superman Year One is finally coming to comic book shelves. Will the team of Miller and JRJR be enough to have people clamoring to get one? Also, the Tin Foil enjoys Straczynski’s Superman Earth One. Let’s see how this new origin holds up

Updated Analysis

It seems this title sank harder than a Karen invasion. Is Miller past his prime? Is JRJR still learning how to draw? Whatever it was, comic readers weren’t keen on this book. However, the Black Label line is not dead yet. Be on the lookout for some promising Constantine and Joker books.

1 out of 5 Tom Cruises


Previews Prediction

Batman defeated by Bane again? Thomas Wayne decides to take his son to the desert to make him give up the cowl once and for all. Is he also an ordained minister?

Updated Analysis

No wedding bells for Batman yet. Thomas Wayne keeps tormenting his son by dragging his mother’s corpse. Tom King’s run is into its final arc, so if you’re a Tom King fan, make sure this is on your pull.

2 out of 5 Tom Cruises


Previews Prediction

That Jenny Frison cover.

Updated Analysis

That Jenny Frison cover was a gorgeous one. Knocked it out of the park as per usual. Fantastic addition to the PC.

4 out of 5 Tom Cruises


Previews Prediction

Get that Artgerm variant for the PC.

Updated Analysis

Artgerm paying homage to Golden Age Catwoman was an instant classic. Long-term PC hold.

4 out of 5 Tom Cruises


Previews Prediction

#1005 - The Arkham Knight makes his influence known! Is it another Joker? Sejic provides an awesome variant.

#1006 - Dan Quintana provides an amazing variant as well. Also, credit to DC for jumping from one solicit to the next as if nothing major happened

Updated Analysis

The Arkham Knight ended up being a totally brand new character, Astrid Arkham. Her first appearance and origin hasn’t really taken off on the aftermarket yet (mainly thanks to Tec #1000’s massive print run), but this character will definitely stick around.

4 out of 5 Tom Cruises


Previews Prediction

There goes the Tin Hat’s hopes of having Putri doing homage horror movie variant covers. Either way, it seems like Mattina will do character profiles of all the heroes.

Updated Analysis

In the end, all was right with the world as Putri was able to do another awesome movie variant. Tom Taylor knocked it out of the park with this issue and even introduced a new Green Lantern. It had a small spike but since this is an Elseworld-like tale, it’s unsure if this character will have staying power. Either way, hold on to these books.

5 out of 5 Tom Cruises


Previews Prediction

Here it is, Naomi believers! The finale in the first chapter of Naomi. By this point, shops will have probably caught on and ordered enough to meet demand. Issue 3 will probably be the issue with the lowest print run. Still, it wouldn’t hurt to build a few sets of these first 6 issues. Naomi is the future.

Updated Analysis

This book was pushed back for some reason (I think by a month). As I mentioned in another article, Naomi #1 is hovering around $40. Not a bad buy in. She is still the future. Hope you have those sets ready for October.

5 out of 5 Tom Cruises


Previews Prediction

Jenny Frison does it again. Providing fantastic variant covers. Make sure to get a few of these. She had the screen print of #72 with her at C2E2. It was a sight to behold. This could be long term holds, Tin Hatters.

Updated Analysis

Anything that Frison does is amazing (as amazing as cooking barbacoa overnight in a giant underground fire pit).

5 out of 5 Tom Cruises


Previews Prediction

I’m glad Villalobos is still drawing for DC. His variant covers have been amazing. Here’s hoping DC puts him on interiors again soon.

Updated Analysis

Villalobos will soon get to work with Warren Ellis on the upcoming Wildcats reboot. Here’s hoping that helps him reach the stratosphere. Wouldn’t be a bad idea to have his art in your long-term long boxes.

3 out of 5 Tom Cruises



Marvel

Previews Prediction

Jason Aaron’s final story concludes here! Who would’ve thought that a run that started more than 5 years ago would’ve shaken the Marvel Universe to its core (and influenced aspiring comic store owner Donny Cates at the time)? Plus, will Knull make a surprise return?

Updated Analysis

Daaaaang, this event was full of promise and it sort of petered out in the end. Most Marvel events are just like that, but we were hoping it would be different with Jason Aaron.

2 out of 5 Tom Cruises


Previews Prediction

Thor vs Venom? Whaaaaaaa! Also, Yasmin Putri on variant cover duty.

Updated Analysis

Thor vs Venom indeed but that was about it.

2 out of 5 Tom Cruises


Previews Prediction

Whooooooah, now that’s an amazing Venom cover (no disrespect to Stegman). Cullen Bunn’s final Venom book (for the moment) before Donny returns, it looks to have rippling effects. Also, that Simone Bianchi cover is too sweet.

Updated Analysis

Cullen Bunn’s run was fun and definitely a highlight in this event. It introduced a Dreamstone Venom that hopefully makes a return in Donny’s run. Great solid read with potential.

​3 out of 5 Tom Cruises


Previews Prediction

Here it is, Tin Hatters. The big one. The next potential big one. While we’re figuring out what’s going on with Marvel and their 1:25 second print variants, this book looks to destroy the summer wallets. The Artgerm variant is gorgeous, and the 1:200 virgin variant is simply breathtaking on the Tin Foil’s wallet. Yes, you read that right. A 1:200 virgin variant. For a $5 book. Starring a character that has a lot of appeal but hasn’t historically moved books. Will there be store variants? Definitely. However, most store variants have a print run of 3k, and the shops that don’t do store variants probably don’t want 200 regular copies of Black Cat #1 sitting on their shelves. Even, if for some godforsaken reason, this book has a 100k print run, that means the virgin will have a print run of 500 at the max. What do you think, Tin Hatters? Is this the next Adam Hughes Legion of Superheroes variant? Do people care about the Black Cat that much? Will there be a first appearance? Will the true winner be the short Marvel Meow story by Nao Fuji? For those of you who like to gamble big, this is the book for you.

Updated Analysis

Ooooh boy, that essay I wrote is almost as huge as the print run was for this book. Store variant madness all over this. 255k total print. Estimated 1,275 copies of the Artgerm virgin variant and estimated 510 copies of the J. Scott Campbell variant. Do people want them? The Artgerm hovers around $100 while the Campbell hovers around $200. Both had stupidly high presales before falling down to the earth. Will these two variants eventually become highly sought after? Tough to say. We may have to revisit that question 5 years down the line. Either way, if you really want these virgin variants, you can probably get them on the extreme cheap right now.

​3 out of 5 Tom Cruises


Previews Prediction

Donny Cates continues his cosmic run with Silver Surfer: Black. This book tells the story of what has happened to the Silver Surfer after he was thrown into a black hole. Will he become the Obsidian Surfer? Tradd Moore will bring us amazing interiors, and with a summer that includes the spiritual successor to Maximum Carnage, Donny seems poise to pull out all the big guns that he has.

Updated Analysis

This book delivered and had an awesome ending. The 2nd print variant ended up becoming the winner though. Still a great read and reactions seem positive on issue 2 as well. However, it appears Tradd Moore’s art can be polarizing.

4 out of 5 Tom Cruises


Previews Prediction

The bandwagon is definitely on the Immortal Hulk train. Is that Abomination on the cover? While the print run might jump from here on out, keep in mind that the previous issues have been around 40k. Also, it looks like we have two percentage variants but no ratio variant. Don’t have to worry about chasing a ratio variant it seems (unless Marvel surprises us all again).

Updated Analysis

Immortal Hulk is now comfortably in the Top 10 based on print run. Store variants and ratio variants are definitely pushing these numbers, but at the same time, the story is phenomenal. Rumors that it’ll be ending are quickly popping up online; let’s hope Marvel doesn’t kill off a good thing.

5 out of 5 Tom Cruises


Previews Prediction

Logan donating blood? What is that about? Is Conan officially an Avenger now? Does he get a badge and pension? And where’s Venom?

Updated Analysis

This issue along with issue 3 can be long term holds. A new symbiote is introduced which eventually becomes Conan’s new sword. The writing is fun as well.

5 out of 5 Tom Cruises


Previews Prediction

Jen Bartel producing amazing covers as always. Hmm, are you ready for extra tin foil? This particular book which comes out around the same time that Far From Home hits theaters has 3 very interesting stories: one about Mysterio, one about Spider-Woman, and the third one about Black Cat. Are these all characters that will appear in Far From Home????

Updated Analysis

Spoilers, there was no Black Cat nor Spider-Woman in Far From Home. There was Jake Gylenhaal though. As always, the virgin variant pre-sold high before coming down

2 out of 5 Tom Cruises


Previews Prediction

Spider-Ham is back, and he’s ready to save the day! That animation variant might be a fun one to chase.

Updated Analysis

This was a fun read. Spider-Ham with an existential crisis?! It also featured the debut of Spider-Guin and Meows Morales. The 1:50 variant had some very high pre-sales before settling down. However, this issue has a lot of potential. After all, it was co-written with Phil Lord, and considering that Lord and Miller signed an exclusive contract with Sony, I wouldn’t be surprised to eventually see Spider-Guin in a TV show or have a cameo in a movie. Less than 1k of these 1:50 variants are out there, and there is a 2nd print coming out soon that features the three characters on the cover. Buy cheap, Tin Hatters. Buy cheap.

5 out of 5 Tom Cruises


Previews Prediction

It looks like we may finally find out what’s going on with that bandaged figure. Will he finally make a move on Spider-Man? Also, for Tin Foil purposes, is that Webbing Suit variant the Sam Raimi suit?

Updated Analysis

Sadly, no Raimi suit. The storyline with the bandaged figure, Kindred, has gotten some attention, but it seems the aftermarket is not ready for it yet. Depending on how Nick Spencer lands the ending, this could heat up or remain stagnant.

3 out of 5 Tom Cruises


Previews Prediction

Will Canada’s national treasure be able to put the Clone Saga to good use? Also, that Andrews variant will probably be a 1:25. If you can find these next few ones for cheap, it wouldn’t be a bad investment.

Updated Analysis

As time passes, more and more people continue to discover this series. Having a complete run of these issues will be a must for any Spider-Man fan. Zdarsky continues to deliver amazing issue after amazing issue.

5 out of 5 Tom Cruises


Previews Prediction

The amazing Patrick O’Keefe provides the cover to this book. Let’s hope Marvel realizes what they have and continue to give him more cover work.

Updated Analysis

After the debut of Starling, these books are starting to get a bit of attention. There have been quite a bit of sales and it looks like this issue is close to drying up on eBay. It has amazing cover art by Patrick O’Keefe, so Into the Spider-Verse fanatics could be buying these up. Saladin Ahmed’s run has a lot of good potential and this is the freshest Miles we have seen in a long time.

4 out of 5 Tom Cruises


Previews Prediction

Shuri is back in the Black Panther suit. Minimalists suits are in. Will this cause a bump to the first time she wore the suit?

Updated Analysis

Shuri put on the Black Panther mantle again but it was to less fanfare than the first time. Seems like the market is not yet ready for reboot-Black-Panther-Shuri.

2 out of 5 Tom Cruises


Previews Prediction

A handsome alien prince? Is this a first cover appearance? What is his name? Do Kamala’s parents approve?

Updated Analysis

Issue 5 will debut her new suit (even the cover has a very slight resemblance to Secret Wars #8). Her alien boyfriend’s appearance hasn’t heated up yet but some people are trying to push this book into double-cover range. It’s a solid hold if this character sticks around.

3 out of 5 Tom Cruises


Previews Prediction

Ed Piskor’s masterpiece retelling of the X-Men’s history is at an end. Let’s see how his final tale ends.

Updated Analysis

Ed Piskor is a genius and should get his own ongoing series. These have all been fantastic reads with gorgeous art, and I’m definitely looking forward to whatever next project he has.

5 out of 5 Tom Cruises



Image

Previews Prediction

Mark Zuckerberg raising an army of tech-obsessed teens? Wait, didn’t we see this on an episode of Doctor Who? Either way, this could be a fun read. Maybe even fun enough to make people delete their Facebook app.

Updated Analysis

This was another great read by Image. It even went into a second print. It’s not getting a whole lot of attention on the aftermarket right now, but with the amount of Image books that get optioned left and right, it is only a matter of time until this one gets picked up. Buy it now and sell it for $20 later.

4 out of 5 Tom Cruises


Previews Prediction

Adam Hughes released the cover to this book last week, and everyone thought it was a Rags cover. However, we also get some Adam Hughes interiors. 5 issue mini-series, pick it up if your a Hughes fan.

Updated Analysis

This was another fun read but the aftermarket was hampered by the store variants.

2 out of 5 Tom Cruises


Previews Prediction

Only 2 more issues until #300!! How many store variants will there be? The last McFarlane self-homage variants have greatly appreciated in value. Will the same hold true for these next few self-homage variants? What will the cover to #300 be since he already used it on #227? It is all about McFarlane for now.

Updated Analysis

The road to issue 300 continues and McFarlane is busting out some amazing self-homages. These will definitely all be long-term holds. Don’t sleep on them. Also, watch out for next week’s second print.

4 out of 5 Tom Cruises


Previews Prediction

Olivia Jaimes brings her talents to variant covers. If you aren’t familiar with Olivia, check out her work on the comic strip Nancy. Her work has been so well received, she is being credited as reviving that comic strip. Will these accolades lead market success (similar to the Rose variant)? Grab one just in case.

Updated Analysis

The long-awaited ending got pushed back by almost 2 months. It is now scheduled to come out in August. Well, if you missed your chance ordering it the first time around, now’s your absolute second chance.

​No Tom Cruise rating available at the moment.


Previews Prediction

Do not sleep on this series.

Updated Analysis

This is another book that’s just waiting to get picked up. Rumors of it being shopped around have been spreading since issue 1 dropped. Now that the series has ended, maybe we’ll get official word soon

​No Tom Cruise rating available at the moment.



Rest of the Indies

Previews Prediction

For those of us that collected the prelude books to the Shattered Grid storyline, they became quick $20 flips and holds. Could this next big event, Necessary Evil, prove to be the same? This book is being touted as the first appearance of the White Ranger, the fannest of all the fan favorites. Also, foil covers! Have this book on your radars, Hatters.

Updated Analysis

Power Rangers fans are as die-hard as they come. This foil variant may not be getting love due to the SDCC variants of this same issue, but never doubt the power of the White Ranger. This book will pop in no time. Hold and hold.

4 out of 5 Tom Cruises


Previews Prediction

Paul Pope drawing The Devil.

Updated Analysis

This series as fucking weird as it is mind-fuck. Evil 6-foot tall sperm monsters? Waaaa. Definitely a weird read.

3 out of 5 Tom Cruises


Previews Prediction

Greatest stuffed animal detective.

Updated Analysis

Great solid read. I love me trippy detective stories.

3 out of 5 Tom Cruises


Previews Prediction

The Goon is always good. Get that Skottie cover.

Updated Analysis

Fantastic variant. Great read. No aftermarket love, but there’s actually not a lot listed. Sold out at some places. Wouldn’t be a bad idea to pick one up for cover.

3 out of 5 Tom Cruises


Previews Prediction

Back in February, Rags was supposed to have the first crossover variant between Rags, Punchline, and Black Hops. However, due to the writer being called to active duty among other things, that issue has been delayed. However, it looks like we will finally have our first cross over after all in this upcoming variant cover. Make sure your LCS orders a few.

Updated Analysis

Not sure what’s going with Antarctic Press recently. They started the year off strong but have since hit a snag and their seemingly flagship books seem to be delayed more often than not. Here’s hoping they turn things around.

1 out of 5 Tom Cruises


Previews Prediction

This book had a pretty successful Kickstarter and was picked up by Antarctic Press shortly after. Will this be another quick flip indie variant? Wouldn’t hurt to pick up that foil cover.

Updated Analysis

This was a great horror book that saw some quick flip love. Sold out at some places, available at others. Prices have settled on the aftermarket for now. There’s also a Kickstarter variant floating around out there.

  


Previews Prediction

Another interesting book from Devil’s Due. The owner of this company might owe Jock money, but this book by Gus Fink looks to be fun. There’s also a ratio variant.

Updated Analysis

This book had some strong quick flip sales but has since cooled down. Ratio variant sold out online but is currently affordable on the aftermarket. As will all indie books, it is best to flip first.

4 out of 5 Tom Cruises


Previews Prediction

This is the book that will kick off the brand new, H1 Universe. Two covers so far. The Tin Hat will give this a shot and see if this is the kick-in-the-crotch superhero comics need.

Updated Analysis

This new H1 Universe is an interesting one, even if people are not paying attention to it. I still believe in this like a true Tin Hat, and I enjoyed reading this first issue. PTSD events that make people gain powers. This book had a 9k print run but is still available based on current Previews solicitations.

3 out of 5 Tom Cruises


Previews Prediction

Who is Gutt Ghost? Is he an every day ghost man, clocking into the world like the rest of us? Whatever, whoever he is, The Tin Hat will be sure to meet with him.

Updated Analysis

It seems that June was the month of delayed books. Summertime blues? Anyway, it looks like it should come out within the next two weeks. There is a variant out there which I’m not sure is a con or kickstarter variant, but if those prices are any indication, this will be a book to watch.

​​No Tom Cruise rating available at the moment.


Previews Prediction

Yet another interesting #1 from Vault. This one looks to include biopunk within. You know that I love me some biopunk!

Updated Analysis

Vault keeps creating interesting reads with great homage variants. However, not all of them have gotten the same love as These Savage Shores.

3 out of 5 Tom Cruises


Well, that’s it Tin Hatters!

June seemed like an interesting month. Seems like we had more long-term holds than normal, and quite a few books got hit with delays. The Tin Hat missed The Walking Dead #192. D’oh! July had tons of winners though so that’ll be more fun to look back on.

Well, let’s look up to the skies, Tin Hatters, and hope this seeming lull pays off in December. Pray to the Raptors of the skies, high five Les Grossman if you see him, and farewell from the world of tomorrow!


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