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 lucky 114th edition of the open forum!

I am still thinking of doing a live stream of the Star Wars Holiday Special, Anyone down for a Mystery Science Theater Style viewing of the SW Holiday Special?

What is on your Comic Book Christmas wish list?

“Don’t mess with my Wednesdays”.

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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146 Responses to Wednesday Open Forum

  1. degreesofseparation1968 says:

    Got some stuff I didn’t get last week:

    Cannibal #3
    Batman #12 both covers
    Eclipse #4

    This week:

    Wonder Woman #12 variant
    Flash #12 Variant
    Jessica Jones #3

    Also Black #3 both covers coming on pre-order.

    Slowly catching up on reading pile, must say I am loving the Tomasi Superman stuff, #10 was a blast!!

    • Anthony says:

      I am so far behind on reading. I have a short box of stuff I went through and realistically said at this point I will not ever read. Just set them aside in hopes for time later.

      • degreesofseparation1968 says:

        I have done similar with the stuff I have bought for longer term holds, probably read them just before I sell them.

      • Brennan says:

        Every time I get close to being caught up, I buy more books. It’s a vicious cycle.

  2. degreesofseparation1968 says:

    Oh I need to get organised more! Had to go online to grab Moonshine and Reborn #3, but I’d forgotten to order Motor Girl #2 too, grrrrr

  3. agentpoyo says:

    What happened to our Wednesday forum comment gang? Come on people… talk some more.. am I gonna have to offer up some special comic or variant to get people to comment?

    Fine then.. if this article reaches at least 114 comments or more, I’ll pick out a comic to giveaway randomly to anyone who contributes an actual comment, it’s got to be more than just your name in the comment. 🙂

  4. David says:

    Saw Carnage #10 (1st app of Raze?) getting some love online so I picked that up

  5. Angel City #3 I love the return of some of the noir crime books
    James Bond Hammerhead #3
    The killer inside me #4 This has been a great read
    The Three Stooges Merry Stoogemas This is my nostalgia read.

    I may have ordered a copy of Rockstars but I can’t remember. We’ll see if my shop has on in my box or not.

    I finally dropped Unfollow. Finally.

  6. Brennan says:

    Been pretty busy but I made it before lunch!
    It’s freezing in my work space, but don’t worry, the work order is in to fix the heater!

    This week I am grabbing:
    Action Comics
    Deadpool Back in Black
    Detective Comics
    Hal Jordan
    Inhumans v X men
    Renew Your Vows
    Uncanny Avengers

  7. Eric Ralya says:

    First time poster, so please bear with me.

    I’ve read this forum for the last few months and it has been super informative and I look forward to it each Wednesday!

    Picked up this week:
    Reborn #3
    Moonshine #3
    Chimichanga #1 Signed and Sketched by Eric Powell
    Hillbilly #4-my favorite new series in a long time

    Just wanted to say that based on earlier comments from members, I got:
    White #1
    Atoll #1 Blindbox Color variant
    Both comics are very good reads and I would highly recommend picking them up if you can!

    Atoll #1 are extinct at retail in my next of the woods and I’ve seen regular covers closing online at $17-$19.

  8. Lonzilla says:

    Was going to pick up the ASM Renew #2 Campbell variant but got to thinking that after ebay fees, it wasn’t worth my time for just a $13 profit. Bought myself the WD #100 Artists Proof edition instead, figure I’ll enjoy that more.
    Strain Mister Quinlan was my only new book today, it fills the void in between seasons.
    Picked up 3 copies of Fish Eye #1, grabbing a few of every Scout Comics 1st issue. One of them is bound to hit.
    Hit up one of my spots on Monday that just bought 10 longboxes and saw absolutely nothing that was more than a $5-10 book in there. I’ll probably grab the Hughes Wonder Woman issues when they hit their dollar bin, none were key money ones though

  9. Jack says:

    I’m still on the hunt for a Savage #1 1:50. It’s tough being a Valiant fan and not being able to be a completist when books like this come out. There were some people last week saying they had multiple copies so let me know if you want to pet with your copy!

  10. Keith Mitchell says:

    I picked up:
    Spider-man #10
    Batman/ TMNT #2
    Optimus Prime #1
    Inhumans vs
    Suicide Squad

  11. Keith Mitchell says:

    Will we find out the winner (if it happens) here in the comments or will it be a separate post?

  12. John Oppliger says:

    Slightly disappointed that my LCS got the subscription cover and one of the RI covers for Batman/TMNT Adventures 2 but didn’t get any copies of the cover featuring Harley. Was kind of sweet that the same store was giving away copies of the 25-cent Red Sonja 0 issue for free. The shop owner bought 100 copies to get the ratio JSC cover.

  13. Neil Freeze says:

    Is it against the rules to ask for advice about flipping a comic in the open forum?

    • agentpoyo says:

      Anything goes in the open forum. 🙂

      • Neil Freeze says:

        I picked up 2 copies of Black #3 uncensored variant. I checked tfaw and they still have copies for cover price. My question is should I dump this comic now or hang on for a couple more weeks?

        ebay has only sold two so far or $7.99

        I see that people usually follow tv shows or movies for their signals when to sell. So I’m not sure what to do with this comic.

      • agentpoyo says:

        If you bought at cover price, my suggestion would be, sell one that possibly covers the cost for both copies. Hold onto the other in case it heats up later on. If it doesn’t, you still lost nothing as the first sale paid for the comic in hand.

      • Anthony says:

        Sure. Sell one keep one for later perhaps.

      • Neil Freeze says:


      • Anthony says:

        Woo hoo free for all.

    • Anthony says:

      No not at all wrong. Open forum. Feel free to ask question, rant, complain, talk bad about wives, as long as there are no politics it’s all good.

    • This question in particular is a difficult one. Black Mask is an equation full of variables right now. They keep putting out new #1s, but not delivering follow up issues for a lot of their series; see Young Terrorists, 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank, etc. Young Terrorists 2 did drop today, but it’s been upwards of 14 months since issue 1, which was delayed by something in the range of 6 months to begin with.

      Black, on the other hand has been a Black Mask book that has consistently published on time. Albeit, this has been for three issues.

      This could go either way at this point. If you don’t have any sentimental attachment to the issue, dump one to cover costs, and save the other for the slim snowball’s chance in hell that it becomes a heavy hitter variant.

      There are no sure things with Black Mask any more unless it’s a 50 copy Big Con variant.

      • degreesofseparation1968 says:

        I’ve still got a copy of the CHU Limited to 250 variant Black #1 on the Bay, it’s been re-listed but not a lot of love for it! May have to drop the price by a few quid to shift it I reckon. I can also see Black Mask going either way right now.

      • Anthony says:

        I still have copies of the NYCC Black #1 white variant that haven’t sold

  14. degreesofseparation1968 says:

    Hotchpotch of replies to some of the above posts:

    Hell Yeah I am looking forward to Rogue One: I’ll be watching it in about 4 hours!! Got myself a ticket for the midnight showing, though if I hadn’t received an email from cinema clarifying the actual night I would have turned up 24 hours late lol

    I haven’t even watched last weeks WD, let alone this weeks, I am starting to get bored with it. Never thought I’d hear myself say that, but this season has been so weak. However, everyone please keep watching so I cam make money off my comics!

    Thanks for the extra giveaway guys, I am of the opinion that you should link it to the open forum in the future. It takes a few minutes to list a few comics you get each week or make a comment on someone else’s post, I know we all have busy lives, but this IS a community, one that as a newbie to this speculating game you hardened professionals have welcomed me with open arms. So cheers!

    I think Poyo may regret the “anything goes” comment ha ha

  15. Neil Freeze says:

    With the introduction of Liz Allen in Spider-Man Homecoming. Do you think Molton Man has a good chance to make the big screen?

    1st Appearance Amazing Spider-man 28

  16. Neil Freeze says:

    If anyone has the time to do some digging; I’d check out

    You can always find comics going for less than ebay, but my satisfaction comes from finding hidden gems. This lot buried NOVA #1–DC-Comic-Lot-35342597.html

    • Taylor Cook says:

      Kind of a slow week for me. On top of my subs, I did grab the rebirth holiday special just for kicks.

      I also managed to find
      -Deadly class 1 2nd print at cover (which magically sold for $10 an hour after I listed it)
      -2x Darth Vader 3 4th print @3.50(some chucklehead bought both the copies I listed also within hours)
      I truly wonder who buys these books sometimes. Oh well.

      I need to clear out some boxes of spec that are meh. Thankfully though I had some sort of magic wisdom and grabbed every copy I could find of seven to eternity (though I stupidly skipped the blank) the day it came out, and I’m gunna ship them out to cbcs soon. I’m on a streak of getting back 9.8’s, so I’m praying that goes well. They did tear me apart on henchgirl 1 though. A solid 9.6 came back as a 9.2 (I think the grader had a fight with his wife that day lol). I’m going to hold them. I think everyone has the same idea, and it’s thusly inflating the price, but I have a good feeling about these. Still kicking myself for selling one for $15 a week after release tho…

      • Taylor Cook says:

        I also managed to grab the 3x set of hulk 1 from hall of comics (the 181 swipe with deadpool eating popcorn) before it sold out. Praying that goes well. For my not selling comics to the masses job, I run a cinema pub (akin to an Alamo drafthouse), and I have to screen our print of rogue one at midnight

  17. Brian Lake says:

    picks for the week:
    Hawkeye 1 – AJA cover
    Jessica Jones 3 – Hans Cover
    Guardians 4 – ICX New Mutants 87 Cover
    Old Man Logan 15

    and I bought the Frankies Venom 3 Set of 3
    and Gamora Signed Campbell Set of 3

  18. zgaskell says:

    This week

    Moonshine #3
    Reborn #3

    And I got a bunch of Wolverine fillers.

    • jclu007 says:

      I’ve set my mind on building an ASM legacy collection. He was my favourite hero as a kid and subsequently have almost every issue from 301-400 already. I picked up about 40 books from an online store that was having a 25% sale on all stock. I live about a 45 minute drive and can go pick them up to avoid shipping costs. Managed to get The Atoll #1 at a new shop I visited on Saturday. I still may have 3 copies on order. My LCS diamond rep told them they A had a problem with shipping that book last week. Fingers crossed that they show up. Today I got:
      Batman / TMNT Adv. #2, harley cover
      Moonshine #3, Jock Cover
      Green Valley #3, haven’t read 1& 2 yet, going on Poyos word
      Triggerman #3
      Reborn #3
      Suicide Squad, Bermejo to go with set
      Also picked up Prelude to Planet Hulk, World War Hulk, WWH X-Men TPBs…finished Planet Hulk and loved it. First Hulk stuff I’ve ever really read. I really like the character. Tried some awesome Hulk, don’t like, hoping the new Jen Hulk book is good. No good Hulk stories make me angry.

      • jclu007 says:

        Oh, I also picked up 2 copies of Rockstars #1, I’m holding these for a bit I think. I sold a bunc of 7 to Eternity #1s when they first came out and regret not keeping one for myself. Settling for a 2nd print. Also picked up Shadows on the Grave, holding for a long term spec along with 2 copies of Motor Girl #2 that make sets with two #1s I have.

  19. Jason Pitcole says:

    Light week for me.
    All-New Hawkeye 1 – Blank
    Flash 12
    Uncanny Avengers
    Green Valley 3
    Curse Words ashcan

    Picked up the Venom and Gamora sets earlier this week though, so glad it was a light one.

  20. degreesofseparation1968 says:

    Just picked this up from the 2000AD newsletter. Peter Doherty, who many of you may remember as one of the artists on Grendel Tales in the 90’s, has had some serious health issues and they’re trying to raise £10,000 through Just Giving . Here’s the link if anyone is interested:

  21. Luq says:

    This Week I got:

    Cable and X-Force #4 Bianchi 1:50 Variant
    Guardians of the Galaxy #15 1:store for 7.99
    Dr. Aphra – 1:store and Droid variants – both for pretty cheap.
    A couple of the Wonder Woman Alex Garner variants
    Another copy of Venom License to Kill #3 – Love this cover

    A bunch of stuff I pre-ordered – Black Uncensored, Reborn, Moonshine, Suicide Squad – Bermejo, and way too many others.

  22. onslaught28 says:

    2 copies of Rockstars #1 for me and that’s it, slow week.

  23. A. King says:

    Not a very big day for me.
    Suicide Squad #8b saw that this is sold out on midtown some of the shops I go to do not get the b covers
    Black #1 2nd
    Spawn #268 b/w
    Gwenpool Holiday Special…….how many of these did you get Poyo?
    Superman #10 2nd
    Moonshine #3b was going to get both but all the cover A’s were not in the best of shape
    I talked to my main shop last week and I got the one per store Dr. Aphra #1 waiting for me in my pullbox, I’ll make the trip and clean it out next week. This past weekend I managed to get a Dollface Baltimore variant.

    • jclu007 says:

      How much is your LCS asking for the one per store Dr. Aphra?

    • jclu007 says:

      Damn. I know where one is, but it is at one of the more expensive stores in my area. Buddy wants $80 for it. I picked up a 1:25 for $10 the other day and have a Frankies Comics variant I got coming in the mail next week. I nice, cheaper compromise for myself.

      • A. King says:

        I can do $25 every now and then, but my limit for a “floppy” is $35. I just can’t see myself going any higher than that.

  24. Elvi says:

    I just went completely off the rails this week and bought way too many books. My LCS has a Buy 2 Get 1 Free sale so it helps, but still. I dropped a chunk on the JSC RNV variant (Because I like JSC and I like Spider-Man. I don’t care if you don’t like JSC, keep your snide comments to yourself!), the JSC Red Sonja #0 and the Aja Hawkeye variant. Then all my “regular” buys on top of that. I’ve gone nuts on eBay the last week AND buying a bunch of the new store variants that have come out (JSC Gamora, JTC Qui Gon, Dell Otto Venom). It’s time I took a break from all the craziness. I need to sell some books to make up for the expenses!

  25. A. King says:

    Midtown has signed Tom King Batman #1’s for sale.

  26. BED says:

    Who buys these $10 Christmas Special books that Marvel likes to put out. There was a massive stack at my LCS. Are these just for the shops to sell significant others when they walk blindly into the shop at the holidays? How many of you have been excited to get one of these jems under the tree?

    • jclu007 says:

      I would buy this one for $3-$4, but they $12.99 at my LCS. No thanks.

    • agentpoyo says:

      I almost bought the Simpsons special that came out but I figured I could wait another month and snag it during Midtown’s 40% or more off sale they’ll likely have. $9.99 for my bathroom reads is kind of pricey..

  27. degreesofseparation1968 says:

    Well just got out of Rogue One and got to say it was thoroughly enjoyable! No spoilers from me, but some interesting characters turn up, the beginning is a surprise, Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso is brilliant, another strong female character for my daughter to relate to and Alan Tudyks K-2SO is fantastic comic relief in a different way to past droids. Any way, nearly three Am here, off home and bed, May The Force Be With You!

  28. Jesus says:

    Sorry for the late reply. Been working like a slave lately. Haven’t had a day off for 3 weeks now. And this is the first time I am off early. The past 3 weeks I go to work and everyone is asleep. I come back and they are still asleep lol. But finally got of early and this is what is waiting for me at the LCS.

    Batman TMNT adventures #2 ( for my little one).
    Atol #1 ( my shop got them this week instead of last due to some delay from Dimond).
    Reborn #3 ( only reason why I will keep getting it is for that Capullo art).
    Silk #15 ( for the wife)

    Couple of questions I have. Is deadpool back in black any good? I skipped it cuz Bunn isn’t writing it. But wanna give it a shot if it’s good. Also Motor girl? Is that any good?

    The only book that I wanna runt about from black mask is Transference. I was injoying that book and issue 3 never came out. Will wait till #3 comes out before I buy another black mask book. Unless it’s a CHU exclusive.

    As for Star Wars Rouge One, I cannot wait to see it. Most likely won’t happen till after the holidays. I asked my little one if he wanted to go with me and see it, he started to jump with excitement and kept saying “yes! Yes!” LOL. ” The Force is strong with this one” (in yoda’s voice). I asked my oldest ( 9 years old) he’s like meh sure why not lol. I don’t know how many of you guys have been here for the beginning, but I’ve been trying for year for my oldest to love Star Wars. He likes to watch the movies and all but isn’t into them like my little one. My little one will be watching the phantom menace and will take out his lightsaber and fight Darth Maul LOL.

  29. Joe Altnether says:

    I picked up an unhealthy stack of books today.
    Detective, Action, Superwoman, Wonder Woman, Clean Room. Is the DC Christmas Special worth picking up?
    TMNT (and I managed to find some of the earlier IDW issues at cover so that was a nice bonus)
    Reborn – is this an ongoing? If so, I will likely drop. I can’t get into it. That said, I actually liked Mayday 1 and picked up the second issue today. Hopefully it doesn’t suck.
    Also got Moonshine, Drifter, Fuse, Spawn, and Rockstars.
    From Marvel: Jessica Jones, OML, Spider Man, and IvX. I really didn’t want to get sucked into yet another “big event” but Josh Williamson is writing, and I can’t remember the last book of his I didn’t like, so…
    Oh, and Hillbilly came out today. Next week is the 3rd issue of 4 Kids Walked into a Bank. Finally. Still going to go with the trades from this point on anything that Black Mask does. Kind of hard to remember the story six months (or longer) after the first issue.
    I also received my Dr Strange omnibus in the mail today. Hoping to get my son interested in these Ditko/Lee stories. One of these days I’m going to find something he likes to read. He loves the Flash and Legends of Tomorrow tv shows, but he didn’t care for the Flash Silver Age trade that I gave him. Any other suggestions on how to get him interested (he’s in his late teens).

  30. agentpoyo says:

    Come on people.. so close to 114 comments.. you get a chance at free crap just for commenting here.. 🙂

  31. agentpoyo says:

    This is comment 114.. 🙂

  32. agentpoyo says:

    Right now, excluding Tony and myself, 22 different people have commented.

    So the odds are 1:22 and if we pick a winner and exclude them on the next drawing (since Tony is giving away a book as well), your odds increase to 1:21. Unless more people comment before we do the random name drawing.. so now you don’t want more comments, the more comments from new people decrease your odds of winning. 😛

  33. J. Coleman says:


    Dark Tower The Sailor 3
    Hillbilly 4
    Killer Inside Me 4 reg
    Strain Mr Quinlan 4
    Motor Girl 2
    Rockstars 1


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