Wednesday Open Forum



Wednesday, the best day of the week, new comic book day. It is like your birthday in the middle of each week (well, one where you buy your own presents.)

We open things up to hear from you. A free for all.

The 93rd edition of the open forum!

Want to give a shout out to comic book genius Brian Springman and Kevin F. for help with posts this week. I appreciate you guys.

Another great week for comic sales. Solarman has been selling well. Plutona hasn’t jumped as much as an announcement used to drive up prices but it is still selling for 3x cover price.

As always we also want to hear about your weekly pickups.
So, What were your pick ups?
What had disappeared off the shelves?
What was sitting on the shelves?
What back issue deals did you grab?


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94 Responses to Wednesday Open Forum

  1. Alana says:

    This weeks pickups……

    Aquaman #35 slabbed PGX 5.0 1st Black Manta $110 shipped.

    Aquaman #11 1st Mera best offer accepted $20

    Adventure comics #283 1st Zod and Phantom Zone $30

    Detective comics #400 1st Manbat $37.50 Found some silver/bronze keys cheap this week.

    Avengers #15, #16 2013 1st P.O.D. Cameo and 1st full

    Harley Quinn #1 x5 New Ashley Witter 3rd variant limited to 1000 copies.

    Solarman #1 both original 1989 Marvel and new scout comics one as well.

    Worst X-man ever #3, #5 1st Miranda

    Harley’s little Black book #1 JSC variant. $.99

    Dark Knight The Last Crusade #1 1:10 variant $.99

    Black Panther #1 2016 1:25 variant $1.25

    Invincible Iron Man #150 high grade Iconic Doom Iron Man cover.

    Marvel Graphic Novel #9 1st Futurians all done with my Marvel Graphic Novels.

    Daredevil #197 1st Yuriko

    Action Comics #894 1st Death in DC continuity

    Harley #29 Black and White GameStop variant.

    Plutona #1 x5

    Avengers #70 1st full Squadran Supreme

    • Alana says:

      The 2 color GameStop variants Harley #29 I bought one came shoved in the mailbox folded in half covered in color breaking spine ticks the other survived with some make shift pressing for a couple days to fix the warping still has one spine tick. They Shipped with no protection whatsoever in 2 separate mailings for some bizarre non cost effective reason. Would ask for a refund but my last GameStop order previous to this one ended in a refund after they couldn’t ship items purchased on Black Friday in time for Christmas.

      • Marty V says:

        Mine came the same way. In a flimsy bubble mailer with spine tics and dents galore.

      • Anthony says:

        Same here. I did a paypal dispute on the sale after contacting their customer serif email and not hearing anything back.

      • agentpoyo says:

        I’ve only heard horror stories. Remember, this is a video game store, they probably only view comics as reading material and not collectors items that should be nuke proof when shipped. I stay away from ordering comics from them, Hot Topic and most other stores run by teenagers who don’t care. 😉

      • OCguy72 says:

        Was lucky. One of my local game-stops had one and it was in pretty good shape…a couple of minor spine ticks, but that’s it. Even the sales clerk was surprised it wasn’t beat to hell. He said even when they get their comics in the shipping is so poor half are always damaged and the other half have minor dings, but rarely do they get “perfect” comics in.

      • Anthony says:

        I got two from stores. Ordered two more and will never order from them again.

  2. umichjal says:

    Big week …

    Justice League #1
    Snot Girl #1
    Adventues of Miru #1 (back order)
    Rai #15
    Injustice Gods Among Us #14
    Batman #3 (A + B)
    Brickleberry #1
    Rumble #12
    Green Latern #3
    Weird Detective #2
    Star Wars #21
    Darth Vadar #23
    Black Hammer #1
    Superman #3
    Betty and Veronica #1

  3. Jesus says:

    This week’s pull;

    Justice League #1
    Batman #3
    Superman #3
    Spiderman/Deadpool #7

    And if I find one,Once Our Land #1. The story sounds good. Hopefully I can find one to read the story.

    • agentpoyo says:

      Yeah, I secure two copies at one shop. With these already selling for $30 and up on eBay, these are the ones to nab if you find them, even when you just want to read so you’re not paying eBay premium.

      Otherwise, one might want to purchase the HC directly from the creators website. You can spend $31 CAD and he’ll sign and sketch it as well. $45 CAD with shipping, shipping a little steep but he is in Canada.

      • Anthony says:

        $14 shipping.

      • agentpoyo says:

        $14 CAD though.

      • Anthony says:

        What is that in pesos?

        Sent from my iPhone


      • agentpoyo says:

        $45 CAD in Mexican Pesos would be 639.60 Pesos.. 🙂

      • Anthony says:

        That is a steal then.

      • Anthony says:

        Alright. Order placed. You convinced me to directly support the artist.

      • agentpoyo says:

        Haha, nice.

      • Anthony says:

        Sadly, from years of working at my family’s retail store I had grabbed every Canadian coin I could and have them in a box. Should have tried to pay in unrolled Canadian coins in a cigar box. Subsequently, anyone in Canada that lives near a coin star that can hook me up?

      • agentpoyo says:

        Current converter puts $14 CAD at $10.74 USD, so not too bad on shipping and definitely not bad HC that is signed and sketched at $31, which would be $23.79 USD.

      • Nicc T says:

        Once Our Land is the only comic I’m ordering. A hardcover Kickstarter for cheap and it comes with a sig and a sketch plus some spec opportunity? I’d be stupid not to.

        Other than this one I’m still on a search for Batman Europa 3 1:25 and other back issue Mattina and Noto covers. Plus dollar bin stuff. Found a Man of Steel 18 5th print in a dollar bin not long ago. Craziest find ever.

      • agentpoyo says:

        Would that be the Mattina variant for Batman Europa correct? I’ll look out for one if you want when I hit the shops tomorrow.. what price range you looking at?

      • Nicc T says:

        Yessir. The Mattina variant is super sick. I’m thinking $50-$75. If you find it I’d pay you for it and make it worth your while too. Well, in a give a comic to you sort of thing. That sounded too weird……I’ll stop now

      • agentpoyo says:

        Heh.. I’ll check my local shops for ya. 🙂

      • agentpoyo says:

        I checked 3 stores, no go.

      • OCguy72 says:

        Didn’t take much convincing for me to buy one of the hardcovers! It seems that these are the left over Kickstarter books. Reading the creators posts he ordered 500 copies. Kickstarter had a total of 432 backers. So, that would leave 68 extra. I didn’t pick it up for spec’n…the story sounds intriguing and the art looks great! However, if this does gain steam, having the first printed material with a print run of 500 would be pretty sweet! For me, this was a win/win purchase. thanks for the heads up!

      • Anthony says:

        Here is the odd thing that scares me a little. I typed in 500 copies into the order box and it added them to my cart. I am hoping he does not over sell and cause people to be upset.

      • agentpoyo says:

        Not all backers backed enough for a HC though, so it’s more than 68 more than likely.

      • Krighton says:

        I ordered 1 unsigned and 1 signed/doodled with shipping for $55 US… .77 CAD for every $1 US. Once people realize the #1 comic isn’t the 1st appearance maybe the HC will get some love.

      • Anthony says:

        I am hoping you are right. I hope people realize it is thee first printed appearance and not a reprint collection. Thankfully there is a huge knowledge base out there to set them straight

      • Krighton says:

        Well I typed in 50,000 copies and I could buy those HC for 1.3M. Doubt the inventory system is working correctly at

      • Anthony says:

        With my luck I’d put in 50,000 copies and accidentally hit buy. Thankfully we know he doesn’t have that many

      • agentpoyo says:

        Most likely it’s not.

      • OCguy72 says:

        Hopefully enough people haven’t caught wind of the private site yet now that the book is gaining more interest. If his inventory calculator isn’t set up to stop selling when inventory runs out then I hope he is keeping tabs and eventually taking down the option to purchase once it sells through.

      • Krighton says:

        I emailed, Peter replied back: I have no plans on doing a second run at the moment. Scout Comics will be releasing a 72 page comic of Once Our Land and then after that, if the demand is still high, I might do one at the same time as I print the sequel to Once Our Land in a year from now

        So it looks like 500 is it and It seems from their kickstarter page they’ve had to do a few replacements for damaged copies in the mail .

      • Anthony says:

        That worries me since it is coming from Canada. Thanks for sharing what you got back from the creator. Much appreciated

      • agentpoyo says:

        Sweet, thanks for the info.

        Well, my secured two copies were gone, they said they sold out before my request came through but I was lucky enough to secure 3 copies elsewhere. Another shop got none.

      • Anthony says:

        My one LCS had sold their copies before the door opened up. I had emailed early enough (end of last week) that they held two copies for me. Couple of guys in the store were bent out of shape I had them and there were none on the shelf. Other LCS did not get any and asked me “what is that” when I asked about it

      • OCguy72 says:

        Of my four local shops only one placed an order for it and that was just a handful. He was sold out within a couple of minutes. Looks like the hard cover is the only one I will be getting which is fine. Just hope it arrives undamaged.

      • Alana says:

        In your talk with the creator did he say our orders for the HC our in stock and not over ordered?

    • Luq says:

      Nic T, I actually just listed the Batman Europa 3 Mattina on eBay if you’re still interested:

      Let me know if you’re interested.

  4. Alana says:

    For those that do not Ashley Witter released a 3rd Harley #1 Variant limited to 1000 copies only $15 and some change + shipping NO LIMIT!!! the only reason these are not sold out yet is no one really knows of them could be a speculators dream, also a percentage of all the money goes directly to the up and coming artist.
    Get em here before it’s too late

    • Kyle says:

      Everyone already knows about this.
      Not sold out = variant fatigue

      • Anthony says:

        I think it should be called exclusive fatigue. A variant is an alternate cover that is distributed to all shops. An exclusive is only at one shop. With as many as 70 exclusives for Harley I can see people getting weary.

  5. Alana says:

    I think if you preordered 1 of all the new Harley covers it would cost about $2000 lol

    • agentpoyo says:

      I stuck to the Comic Mint cover and the Aspen.. I’m good, I’m not even a Harley fan.. I still like the Comic Mint variant the best, her beating up Joker is just classic.

      • Anthony says:

        Comic mint, third eye, color and black and white aod and the Aspen Puddin pack

      • OCguy72 says:

        I still stuck to my guns!…Just the Witter B&W and the Del Otto color. I don’t think I got a third one….Wow, can not even remember. I think that is a sign I have been buying wayyyy too much the past couple of months…Of course more to come when SDCC is going on when they release little tidbits of who is coming to the Big and Small screen…sigh.

      • Anthony says:

        Oh yeah keep side money ready.

      • Alana says:

        I have Turner set plus some extras, comicxsposure March set, Dell Ottos , and the Witter set plus some extras

  6. Alana says:

    Oh wait the Artgerm 3 covers as well geezzzz

  7. Jay says:

    No spoilers tonight?

  8. Ed (Chris S) says:

    pulse 13 (x3)

    Joyride 4
    Betty and Veronica Cover A
    Justice League 1 Cover A and Aspen Set
    Batgirl Birds of Prey 1
    Dept H 4
    Batman 3

  9. MICHAEL C says:

    Bought the Once our land signed edition.I think they will be gone very soon.Cool book to have for PC

  10. Derek Clemens says:

    I too bought the signed HC. Looks like an amazing read and I like to support local talent.

    Besides the Rebirth releases, all I’m getting is Black Hammer #1 and Snotgirl #1 today.

  11. Jay says:

    Striaght up I let DC Comics know that Twice a month is great, but we want Quality not Quantity. Now there changing Artist on comics Before The First Arc!? And alot are not for the best. Look at the issues coming out in September October. You have some going back to the original artist some changing to a different artist. Cut the B.S, you can keep your twice a month comic, is it so hard to ask to Finish One Arc with the same writer and penciler!? Epic Fail

  12. Ed says:

    Betty and Veronica Hughes cover is gorgeous in person. Glad I went to comic book store this morning, can’t imagine them staying on the shelf.

  13. Once Our Land #1
    Once Our Land HC signed/sketched
    Black Hammer #1 A, B, and the SDCC variant
    Batman #3
    Descender #13 from last week

    I haven’t picked up the issues, but Dept H is a great read and one I’ll probably be tracking down!

    People at my LCS were grabbing Black Hammer before Snotgirl. Surprised that a Dark Horse book got that much attention, but the book and covers are excellent!

  14. Picking up this week:
    Suicide Squad 22 (I like the Harley cover. Didn’t see a lot of talk about this.)
    I Hate Fairyland 7
    Once Our Land HC (I placed the order a few days ago. Don’t know if I will actually get it.)

    Snotgirl 1 (I like O’Malley, but he is not doing the art.)

    Received in the mail this week:
    Missing page from Sabretooth Dan 2 (It came with a signed sketch on the back. However, it was shipped in a cardboard mailer that was damaged in transit. The page was creased. Happy to get it, though, and was surprised at how much the creator had to pay to ship it, probably out of pocket. I like to support passionate, independent creators.)

    • schweizerdavid says:

      Oh. And I ordered a Paul Pope color Harley, the only toe I am dipping in that water.

      • Anthony says:

        I am going to drive to that store and pick it up when it comes out. They are close enough to me and I hope they are cheaper in shop than on eBay

  15. Krighton says:

    What kind of grudge does Tomasi have against pets.

  16. brennan says:

    Big week again, figure that will continue until the rebirth launch is over. This week I got:

    All new inhumans
    Birds of prey – both covers
    Deadpool and the mercs for $
    Green lanterns
    I hate fairyland
    Justice League – both covers
    Manifest destiny
    Star wars
    Darth vader
    Snot girl
    Hellblazer – both covers
    Zoom funko pop
    DC Super Hero Girls Supergirl 12″ (uuuhh for my niece….)
    Batman v superman blue ray

    I was planning on getting it marvel legends deadpool they just got in, but he looked it up and wanted $90 CAD so I passed.

  17. Jesus says:

    No (Once Our Land#1) in my area. The only store that had them sold out within 10 mins of opening. Oh well. Don’t have the extra money for ebay right now since I went crazy and bought my boys the first 3 complete series of Pokemon. They’ve been watching them non stop all week lol

    • agentpoyo says:

      Since the market is now flooded and now my once lowest starting bid price has been undercutted, if mine doesn’t end up selling, I’ll ping you and give you a deal on it.

  18. CaptnBeans says:

    Once Our Land is a complete ghost In my area. Haven’t seen 1 copy.

  19. jedimindtrick says:

    rough estimate on kickstarter backers for Once Our Land that will receive the HC looks to be about half the print run. The total cost for 2 signed copies plus shipping to the states was $58.57 US ($76 CAN)

  20. schweizerdavid says:

    I picked up the only copy of Once Our Land at my lcs. Also, there were only 5 copies of Suicide Squad 22 with the awesome cover. I’m thinking people will be looking for them later. Forgot about Prophet too. Still picking that up.

  21. Philippe Brault says:

    Pickups this week, as always a big week :/

    Joyride 4 (one of my favorite reads right now, so happy it’s going to be an ongoing)
    Lucas Stand 2
    Sombra 1
    Black Hammer 1
    Batman 3
    Green Lanterns 3
    Hellblazer rebirth 1
    Justice League 1
    Superman 3
    Tales from the darkside 2
    The hunt 1
    Snotgirl 1 (x2, I’m thinking this one might be huge in the long run)
    Darth Vader 23
    Star Wars 21
    Clean Room 10
    Batgirls and the birds of prey rebirth 1

    And…… I got 1 copy of once our land at the only shop that ordered it. He got 1 for a customer who ordered it from the preview and an extra one for the store which I got. NOONE else ordered some around here (montreal). So I’m happy!!

  22. Krighton says:

    Black Hammer was a great read…reminded me a bit of the Watchmen

    • agentpoyo says:

      Lemire hardly ever let’s me down. One of the current best writers I think… I’m looking forward to this read.

  23. David Hruska says:

    Black Hammer #1
    Batman #3 both covers
    Spider-man/Deadpool #7
    Deadpool Mercs for Money #1
    Dept. H #4

    Black Hammer is a wonderful book. I’d suggest picking it up purely for the read, but if the story stays this strong there could be spec potential here too.

    • agentpoyo says:

      Yeah, it had that certain vibe to it.. I already picked up extra copies of Black Hammer. Just skimming it quickly at the shop this morning prompted me to pick up the extra copies.

  24. Had to step away from the hobby to take care of bigger things… but as usual it has slowly been dragging me back into the addiction. Crossing my fingers I won’t soon be found mainlining Harley Quinn variants in a filthy back alley somewhere.

    Astonishing Ant-Man #10 – Death of X cover
    Betty & Veronica #1 – can’t resist the Hughes art
    Black Hammer #1
    Darth Vader #23
    Dept H #4
    Batgirl and Birds of Prey #1
    Batman #3
    Black Road #4
    Chew #56
    Hunt #1
    Justice League #1
    Lazarus #23
    Manifest Destiny #21
    Once Our Land #1 – Only one shop in my area even ordered it and it was long gone by the time I arrived. Luckily I had already pre ordered a few online at cover price…
    Snotgirl #1
    Star Wars #21
    Street Fighter Legends Cammy #1 – Fank Cho cover – wasn’t planning to get this, not a fan of the subject or art… but one shop had it for around 7 bucks. Figure the Cammy fans + Cho / Manara thing made it a safe bet
    Superman #3
    Velvet #15

  25. Anthony says:

    My pick ups: Hope my wife doesn’t read the site!
    Snotgirl 1
    Superman 3
    Manifest Destiny 21
    Rumble 11&12 (missed 11)
    Think Tank Creative Destruction 4
    Betty and Veronica 1 AH cover
    Scooby Apocalypse 3
    Tales from the DarkSide 2
    Hunt 1
    Henchgirl 9
    Escape from Monster Island 6
    Clean Room 10
    Black Road 4
    Solarman 1 (have found 6 now)
    Black Hammer 1 variant
    Chew 56
    BPRD Hell on Earth 143
    Night Trap 2
    Once our Land 1×2
    Brickleberry 1
    Zombie Tramp 25
    Vision 1&2 (people still have these on the shelf for cover price. I sell the hell out of them)
    Batman 3
    Suicide Squad 22

    • Understand how you feel. In the past I may or may not have felt the need to sneak an abnormally large haul of Wednesday loot into the house to avoid the wifes eye of judgement…

      About a week ago I found an entire Vision run numbers 1-6 in a shop a little off the beaten path. They can be found.

    • Mcboink says:

      Don’t worry, I usually leave mine in my trunk until she goes to work. hahaha 🙂

      • Anthony says:

        Lol. My wife knows. She doesn’t complain about how much I spend based on how much I sell.

      • agentpoyo says:

        I’m in the same boat.. between selling comics and selling computer hardware I accumulate.. wife has no problems with the stacks I bring home.. she almost fainted when I told her the amount of money I’ve amassed in my paypal account since last November. 🙂

  26. Mcboink says:

    Picked up Solarman #1, Once Our Land #1, Supergirl #6 for daughter, Batman #3 for PC.

    Put Once Our Land #1 up for auction at 6:12PM for $24 and it sold at 6:18PM. Just saying, I think that’s the hot book of the week.

  27. J. Coleman says:


    Green Lanterns 3 reg
    Aquaman 3 variant
    Justice League 1 reg
    Batman 3 variant
    Superman 3 variant
    Hellblazer rebirth variant
    Batgirl & the Birds of Prey rebirth reg
    Adventures of Supergirl 6
    Once our Land 1 My shop had 3
    Norman 2 variant
    Hunt 1
    Briggs Land ashcan preview
    My shop didn’t get Manifest Destiny this week 😦


    Beauty #8 Cover B Meghan Hetrick
    But Like Maybe #1 NEXT WEEK
    Clean Room #9
    Crossed Badlands #99 Cover C Wraparound Cover
    Descender #12
    Devolution #5 Cover A Regular Jae Lee Cover
    Graduate #5
    Green Arrow Vol 7 #3 Cover A Regular Juan Ferreyra Cover
    Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps Rebirth #1 Cover D Regular Ethan Van Sciver Cover Signed By Ethan Van Sciver (Limit 1 Per Customer) NEXT WEEK
    Harley Quinn And The Suicide Squad Special Edition #1 – NEXT WEEK
    I Hate Fairyland #6 Cover B Variant Skottie Young F*ck Fairyland Cover
    Indoctrination #2 NEXT WEEK 1st Issue was excellent
    Jughead Vol 3 #7 Cover A Regular Derek Charm Cover
    Justice League Vol 2 #51
    Klaus #6
    Lazarus #22
    Low #14 Cover B Variant Greg Tocchini Cover
    Lucifer Vol 2 #7
    New Suicide Squad #21
    Oh Hell #2
    Poison Ivy Cycle Of Life And Death #6
    Puppet Master #16 Cover D Variant Anna Lencioni Cute Cover
    Spider-Gwen Vol 2 #9
    Spidey #7
    Star Wars Vol 4 #20 Cover A Regular Mike Mayhew Cover
    Sweetness #2 NEXT WEEK
    Tinker #2
    Titan Comics Fall 2016 Preview Ashcan
    Titans Rebirth #1 Cover C 2nd Ptg Variant Jonboy Meyers Cover
    Uncanny X-Men #450
    Uncanny X-Men #451
    Unleash #2 NEXT WEEK
    Vote Loki #1 Cover A Regular Tradd Moore Cover
    Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior #8 Cover B Variant Pere Perez Cover

  28. Elvi says:

    My big pickup for the day? A new compressor for my wife’s van! Yeah buddy. Can’t live in North Texas without A/C in your car. Picked up some Rebirth titles as well. No Solarman or Once Our Land at my 2 shops.

    • agentpoyo says:

      I hear that.. no A/C is a death wish and you almost need it to flush out the humidity, that alone creates what I like to call.. “Instasweat” here in Austin, the moment you step outside, you start sweating. At least I do. There’s a reason I can go year round wearing cargo shorts and flip flops (yes, I wear flip flops year round, unless there’s snow on the ground, my feet do not get cold).

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