Variants are great, exclusives are nice, but we all know that what’s inside make a comic last. This column is about the meat between the shiny incentive cover and the final full-page ad on the back for a toy you’re a little to old to admit to owning! What is going on inside that is going to be a big deal? This is where we guess. This is DrunkWooky’s Crystal Ball Spec!
Wouldn’t we have like to have been there when Bill Gates was begging for investors? More realistically, wouldn’t we have liked to have been slightly less cheap when that Edge of Spider-Verse #2 was in our hand so many Wednesdays ago? Well DrunkWooky’s freshly back from the rumor-verse and ready to dole out some predictions.
1. First, Valiant’s Book of Death summer event is giving Marvel’s Secret Wars a run for its money. For one, with only four issues in the main mini and four one-shot “Fall” titles, the event is more self-contained and manageable. What makes it even more tantalizing is the fact that the very premise promises first appearances. Now, we know not all first appearances are worth a shiny quarter in exchange for their shiny chromium covers. However, getting in on the ground floor means being willing to gamble that $3.00 up front.
In Book of Death, a new Geomancer from the future is reading through the Book of the Geomancer, a book that has recorded all of Earth’s history. Because this book is from the future, it holds all sorts of predictions about the Valiant Universe, including first appearances!
There’s a two-page spread with many new faces in it (pic courtesy of Bleeding Cool). What I noticed, though, is the first appearance of the Beast Brigade. The Beast Brigade appears to be an animal version of the Unity team. We’ve got a goat, dolphin, monkey, bison, and Bloodhound!
Now, in the Bloodshot Reborn #5, another Bloodhound appears along side Bloodshot and Bloodsquirt during a hallucination sequence. There is an undeniable difference in design, but perhaps we have the development of the all-animal Unity team happening in small bursts throughout the Valiant line now.
2. The news was all over the internet this past week: Gwenpool is entering into real Marvel canon with an approximately 8-page back-up story in Howard the Duck #1 at the end of the year. To up the ante, Ron Lim has drawn a Gwenpool variant for Howard the Duck #1. In it, we see the merc-ette with (out a single speech bubble to her name yet) a mouth threatening a Hydra agent at sword point. Now you, the reader, can roll your eyes at Gwenpool, but the fact of the matter is that (1) Spider-Gwen is huge whether we like it or not; (2) Deadpool is also huge whether we like it or not; (3) women read Spider-man, Spider-Gwen, and probably Deadpool. Now Marvel is finally listening and catering to that demographic. If you want to get in on the ground floor of this one Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars #2 Bachalo Variant is Gwenpool’s first appearance (just the cover, I know, crazy!). mycomicshop.com sold out of them at $5 the other night when Anthony posted it. Ebay sales have steadily climbed from $4.99 to $39.99: recent closed eBay sales
Look out for Lim Variant preorders of Howard the Duck #1 coming up for the first real in-universe appearance of Gwenpool.
3. Finally, Bleeding Cool connected most of the dots here , but it appears that Young Terrorists from Black Mask might be the “Avengers” of the Black Mask shared universe. To get in on the ground floor of this one, there are a number of Black Mask first appearances of characters before Young Terrorists including Godkiller #1, Ballistic #4, Liberator #2, and rumored Occupy Comics #1.
Ironically enough, whereas Valiant’s Beast Brigade would be about heroic animals, Black Mask’s Liberator is about a hero who saves animals. See how we came full circle there!?
Thanks for reading CHU readers. Let me know what you think in the comments!