Great Stories Don’t Always Equal Great Value
Ahh the cool, crisp, and curious air of October…okay, not quite yet on the east coast as temperatures will be in the high 80s today, but I think we’re getting there. With that said, I’ve decided to come back and do what I enjoy doing which is writing articles about comic books.
I will continue to write the stuff that YOU all want to read. Based on all of the amazing comments on my last several articles, you all seem to enjoy them. Thank you to all of my loyal and awesome readers. Your feedback in the comments gives me as much knowledge as I hope to give you.
I know many of you love the articles where I give you speculation, value, and something to hunt, but I thought I’d go a different direction today. I want to talk about GOOD STORIES! Some of which have some value, but most of which don’t necessarily, but are still worth the hunt and read all the same.
You see it’s a shame, because a good story doesn’t typically coincide with value down the road. In fact in the past 30 years, I’d go as far as saying that first appearances, cool covers, and ratio/incentive variants truly have dictated the secondary market. So let’s venture back to what comic books are supposed to be all about; reading.
From 2000-2010, Marvel had a ton of excellent crossover events as well as multiple issue solo stories. A few of these still hold decent value, most can be found cheap, but all are great reads, and most of which tied together quite well and held stout continuity. Once again, outside of variants, most of these didn’t hold any real long-term value. But I’m sure someone will comment about the France comic books exclusive that has one single cover known to existence and sold for 45 million last month (don’t fact check). This will be spoiler free, though most of you surely have read these.
In 2005 House of M dropped as an eight-issue series. Issues #1, #4, #6 (Land variant as well), and issue #8 are all fantastic covers in my opinion. What’s better than any of the covers though is the story. Without giving any spoilers away…it boasts one of the most iconic lines in modern Marvel comics. This needs to be read by any fan of Marvel comics. None of these books have any real “value”, which just goes to show that the market cares very little about good and iconic stories. Online you can buy copies of #1 for less than $1.50 and the variants don’t sell much higher.
Piggybacking off of House of M, in 2006 X-Men: Deadly Genesis dropped as a six-part series. This series introduced us to Vulcan (an omega-level mutant), Darwin, and a few others. It’s a great read, and you would think that a first appearance of a relatively popular character (Vulcan) would have value. I mean he did appear in future events with the Inhumans as well as other X-Men events. Not to mention he is a part of the Summers family tree. Need I say more? Oh, and the fact that it ties in with Giant Size X-Men #1. Now, need I say more? Less than $5 for #1 on eBay.
Cut to 2007, where one of my favorite X-Men stories of all time dropped; The Messiah Complex. A 13 chapter X-crossover, which appeared in Uncanny X-men, X-Factor, New X-Men, X-Men, as well as the one-shot Messiah Complex title. This story introduces us to another Omega Level mutant in Hope Summers…another part of the Summers family tree? Adopted, but I digress.
Great artwork and great storytelling that has close ties to House of M. Sadly, another great story that just doesn’t have great value. Hope’s first appearance can be purchased for around $8 and #1 can be bought for under $5. The “RARE” second print of #205 has sold as low as $14.99.
In 2006, Nitro, the lamest of lame caused absolute chaos in Civil War. This critically acclaimed seven-part series, would go on to change the Marvel Universe.
It pitted two friends against each other, killed off characters, and had a film loosely based off of it.
These books saw a spike when the MCU released the film, but they have since dropped back down to Earth. Michael Turner did variants for each issue (2 for issue #1), and Ed McGuinness did a variant for #3.
Regardless, the killer Turner covers would typically be the selling point here, if the story wasn’t so damn good. The standard copy of #1 is a $3 comic.
The only variants worth much more are the two Turner #1s which will cost you $20-$40.
World War Hulk in 2007 was excellent. This five-part event follows suit to Planet Hulk, and the Illuminati (first appearing in New Avengers #7) banishing Hulk from Earth.
Hulk returns, wholly p!$$ed off, and havoc is wreaked. A bunch of cool covers, highlighted by Turners Aspen Comics #1.
This story also continued to show what Marvel could do with the Sentry if only someone would do him the right way. #1 is a $3 book.
In 2008, they gave us the terrific eight issue series in Secret Invasion. These books saw a little spike with the Captain Marvel film, but I honestly have no idea what they’re going to do with the Skrulls in the MCU. A skrull take-over on Earth, and nobody knows who to trust. The return of Steve Rogers, while throwing in an unlikely “hero”, and that’ll take you right to Dark Reign. Another $3 book.
2008 also brought us one of the finest 7 issue stretches in modern comic books I’ve ever read. Wolverine #66 – #72, aka the introduction to Old Man Logan. These books have “held” some value, and sky-rocketed when the Logan film dropped. Once again, the Turner cover (notice the 2000s trend?) is the book to have out of this stretch. I’ve wrote about this series a ton, and there really isn’t more I can say that hasn’t already been said, but what happens in issue #70 is haunting. This book goes to show wolverine fandom is still crazy. #1 can be found for $10-$25 and the Turner variant to #1 is going to run you $100+.
Some Honorable Mentions Include:
- Spider-Man: The Other
- Spider-Man Brand New Day
- Marvel Zombies
- Dark Reign
Of course I wouldn’t leave you without a book to keep your eye on when you’re out hunting. Marville #5. A fantastic Greg Horn cover mixed with a story that I know nothing about.
It’s said to be rare and recalled due to the “explicit” image, but come one, you see worse than that when you turn on the Kardashians. I’m also not 100% sure if it was actually recalled or not. Surely this was a low-print comic book, and eBay prices are all over the place.
That being said, if you do a little hunting, there’s a good chance you could find this in a dollar bin. I have…twice.
Also, a side-note. Since it is the month of the greatest Holiday of all, I'll leave you with a fine late 2000's X-Force story in Necrosha. This boasted some excellent horror movie homage covers which would be quite fun to hunt down for any horror/vampire enthusiasts. #23 may be a tad difficult.
As always thanks for visiting the City Supreme. Let me know some of your favorite 2000's stories in the comments below. Or you can just comment to say what’s up. I can guarantee that your comments are being read and you will get a response. Even if you give me a good “F**k you buddy”! I won't be offended.