Wednesday Warriors 7/24/19

Welcome to the Wednesday Warriors!

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.

Most Looking Forward to Reading Marvel

Donny Cates starts the death of Rocket Racoon story arc and we get the return of a familiar yet powerful villain. Wonder who it could be?

With so much buzz around these upcoming Hickman X series', one question remains. Will they live up to the hype and give mutant fanatics what we have been hoping for or will the X Men continue to fade in the lexicon of modern comics? It begins here!

Most Looking Forward to Reading DC

Joshua Williamson gives us the finale of his Flash Year One story arc. I can’t wait to see the battle between Flash and Turtle, and how the Year One story concludes.

Sean Murphy had a legit hit on his hands with the first installment of his White Knight story and I expect no different from the next chapter. A series which once seemed like just an offshoot series with little spec potential now seems like a major potential for an animated or live action feature. Speculators took notice of Volume #1. Will the same happen here?

​Most Looking Forward to Reading Indie

Looks like a fantastic space fantasy involving a teenage girl, her discman , a space-faring water bear, and a 90’s heavy playlist. I’m in!

I am long on the record for being all in on this Necessary Evil storyline. Issue #40 lead off with a bang and was followed up by the Hot 10 appearance of Go Go Power Rangers #21. I expect #41 to fly under the radar as well.

​Cover Art

I love the art on this cover, and enjoy the virgin variant as that way it is not obstructed by any trade dress.

The reader buzz is strong for this Cates release but regardless of the buzz, or the title of the arc, all you need to sell this issue is the stunningly worrisome cover featuring everyone's favorite loudmouth Raccoon facing what seems to be dire circumstances.

​Regular Price Variant Marvel

House of X is supposed to revolutionize the X-Men as we know it, and this Marco Checchetto cover is my favorite of the regular priced covers.

This one would not have been my pick had we not gotten the huge news that Jane Foster will take the mantle of Thor in the upcoming move Thor Love and Thunder. Residual heat from that announcement could befall this release.

​Regular Price Variant DC

Come for the story, stay for this kick ass cover by Dan Quintana. James Tynion IV is crushing it with this story as well!

I love these portrait style variants coming out for the DC Villain program. The cardstock paper quality makes these covers stand out even more. It seems like every month you could include Frison's WW work here but this one piques my interest even more as Cheetah will be the main villain in the upcoming Wonder Woman '84.

​Regular Price Variant Indie

Added right before FOC and these variants for Necessary Evil storyline each are a page in a story leading up to a big reveal with the last cover. I’m going straight Pokemon on these, “Gotta Collect em All”

These are stunning and I agree with Brian's Pokemon sentiment but I fade to the foil. Plus I think the key is to take a note from Dan Piercy from the Hot and Cold Show on Simpleman's Comics YouTube Channel and the Reading Pile right here on and sell these as a set for maximum profits.

​Incentive Variant

Gorgeous Frison cover. Issue #4 had estimated print run of under 16k. Expect this 1:25 variant to be highly sought after by Frison and Conan collectors.

The 1:50 is awesome as well but let's face it, Crain's star continues to rise. She Venom on the cover and Crain's signature style make this one a must have in my eyes. 

​Top Spec Pick

IDW has been crushing it lately, I think Star Pig will catch a lot of collectors off guard and they be reactive searching for this title and especially this variant. Space fantasy stories has found a resurgence as of light and given the teen female protagonist of this book, I see this having huge potential.

Low print run, Popular Artist, female cover subject, and online buzz seems to be the recipe for success in the secondary market. This one has all that and more.

​Sleeper Pick

Gorgeous cover of Bizzaro Superman, expect a fairly low print run (under 14k), pick up a copy or two and stash it away.

This was not a series on anyone's radar. And for good reason. Most Turtles fans did not like the new show for its changes to the dynamic of the brothers and the new look of the iconic bandanas. Having said that, TMNT is red hot! This one will have a much lower print than that of the ongoing series and residual Turtles heat could carry over to this one.

What did you guys think? Who took last week?  Who will win this week? Sound off in the comments!

Want to see more from CBSI’s NCBD duo? 

Be sure to check out Brian’s Simpleman Weekly Picks Video and Jack's CBSI Bolo List right here on ComicBookInvest.Com

Be sure to also check them out on Simpleman's Comics YouTube Channel Live at 9 PM Est / 6 PM Pst Thursday's for the Weekly Bolo List Livestream with the replay releasing right here on the site on Friday's. 



  • Mike Morello

    Heavy Frison week… 3 covers. Psyched about that. Looking forward to reading JLdark, as well. It is a great sleeper read. One of DC’s best current offerings as it feels very “Vertigo.” Nice round up, this week, gents.

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    That Web of Venom Crain cover is great, that looks like Mania to me.

    Is Mania She-Venom now?

  • Ben C

    Really really like that Frison cover for Conan, love the IDW variant pick for Turtles as well!!

    Great job guys, thanks for another awesome week!

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    They need great covers to even sell what little they print of Belit cause the story is god awful, just like Agents of Atlas. AoA was a pretty insulting read honestly. Now that I think about it, it feels exactly like when we found out CB was faking himself as a Japanese native.

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