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 115th edition of the open forum!

Running a little late this week so the site update will be a little behind, but we still will have:
Picks of the week from Me, Poyo, and Mel
Free Comic Wednesday
Winners from last weeks contests
and more so stay tuned!

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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136 Responses to Wednesday Open Forum

  1. Brennan says:

    Well I just figured out why last week’s magic number was 114….I really have to read the lead in more often!

    Been busy this week with work, Xmas and of course, wedding venues.

    I get the evening to myself on Thursday so I will be reading my Wednesday pickups then.
    They will be:
    Back to the future
    Green lanterns
    Justice league v suicide squad
    Dr aphra
    Uncanny x men

    Should be a good time.

  2. Brennan says:

    On a completely different note, I was supposed to see Star wars this weekend but we got a ton of snow. So I was supposed to go buy the tickets and pick the seats in the early afternoon but sat down after shovelling and passed out. By the time I woke up, all the night shows were sold out. I’ll try again next weekend I guess. I can only do so much family time anyways.

    • onslaught28 says:

      I haven’t been able to make it out and see it either, I have heard nothing but good things though so far.

      • Anthony says:

        Haven’t seen it either

      • degreesofseparation1968 says:

        It is brilliant IMHO. I thought it was kinda like the original Star Wars crossed with Platoon and Aliens, which can only be a good thing!! I’m going to catch it again, in 2D next time, 3D always makes my head hurt!

    • Anthony says:

      Lol off for two weeks after tomorrow. Will be seeing it, hopefully Dr. Strange as well (but that one by myself)

      • Brennan says:

        I’m off for two weeks after Friday. I too am hoping to get to go see Dr. Strange on the big screen but I’m not sure if it’s still showing in my area.

    • agentpoyo says:

      So here in Texas, at least central Texas.. . we have iPic, Alamo, Flix Brew House and Moviehouse now and all of them you reserve your seats when you buy your tickets online. It’s awesome.. and they serve real food, like, bring it to you.. and they have beer. It’s how movies were suppose to be watched. iPic is expensive but it’s worth it for the better movies since the seats are far apart, they’re electric recliners, you get a pillow and blanket.. it’s awesome. That’s where I’ll be next Tuesday, at iPic watching Rogue One.. 🙂

      • Brennan says:

        Man, that sounds really nice. There’s one theater near me that has what they call VIP but I think it’s just recliners and booze. Which I don’t get. Drinking during a movie….I’d have to pee too much I think

      • agentpoyo says:

        Got to limit yourself…. But eating helps. Just drinking doesn’t help limit the bathroom breaks.

      • degreesofseparation1968 says:

        Now I like the sound of iPic! Wouldn’t do it every time, but as a treat for a showcase movie it is surely the only sensible option? Not sure we have anything like that over here in the UK :o(

      • jclu007 says:

        Before episode 7, I hadn’t been to a cineplex in ten years. I like to ‘smoke’ when I watch flicks. I need a theatre that lets you ‘smoke’ in it while enjoying the big screen.

      • agentpoyo says:

        Looks like you’ll be watching movies at home for the rest of your life….

      • Anthony says:

        I see what you are saying there.

        Sent from my iPhone


      • Anthony says:

        Seattle perhaps?

        Sent from my iPhone


      • jclu007 says:

        That’s exactly why I haven’t been to the movies in 10 years. I think the last 3 flicks I saw in the theatre were TFA, Toy Story 3 (went on a date), and Blair Witch (the first one). And that about sums up my movie going experience, until I get my smokehouse theatre, lol.

    • We took our kids on Sunday afternoon. It’s a really good film. I originally didn’t think I’d be able to see it until after the holidays but the stars aligned. So far I think they’re 2 for 2 on their reboot of the series.

      • degreesofseparation1968 says:

        I agree, The Force Awakens was brilliant. Had an argument with the owner of a gaming shop when it came out “They’ve just remade a New Hope (It’s not a New Hope, it was, is and always will be STAR WARS!), there’s nothing original, blah blah” Well she was clearly wrong, I was right, as always!!

      • I do agree with her. The Force Awakens was more a reboot of the series instead of a fresh new chapter. That doesn’t mean I didn’t like it. I loved it. I paid to see it in the theater twice which is something I hadn’t done in years.

      • degreesofseparation1968 says:

        I saw it twice too, plus about 6 times since on blu-ray. I would say obviously heavily influenced by the original and the Starkiller Base was just a massive upgrade of the Death Star, but plot wise not a re-make. But what do I know??!!

      • That’s why I like to use the word reboot instead of re-make. You had your new Luke, new Darth, new R2, new deathstar. They were using the formula that had proved so successful. And it worked. I do think it’s a fair critique.

      • degreesofseparation1968 says:

        I shall concede the point, Sir!

    • A. King says:

      I saw it today. It might be the best movie I have seen this year.

      • degreesofseparation1968 says:

        Agreed. Loved the fact that there were shades of grey with the rebels, in war people often do things they would never do in peace times.

  3. Lonzilla says:

    Missed put on every copy of Gotham City Sirens over the weekend, all of my area shops were cleaned out by Monday. Played a show with my band on Saturday, then recovered all day Sunday so didn’t get to hunt for a couple of days.
    Managed to get a few Detective 850’s cheap and a Damian Son Of Batman #2 1:100 variant in the bin of a shop that had Avengers Arena #14 on the wall for more than what the Damian book cost me, go figure.
    I’ll be hunting for the Gamora 1:25 and Captain Marvel 1:50 tomorrow and finishing up my holiday shopping

    • Anthony says:

      What type of music do you play? For some reason i think I remember but not sure.

      • jclu007 says:

        With a handle like ‘Lonzilla’, I’m guessing classic rock.

      • Lonzilla says:

        I’ve been singing in punk bands for almost 25 years. Was in Tribe Thirteen, Anti-Trust, Sons Of Liberty (the oi one, not the metal one) and now I’m with The Skrulls (shhhh don’t tell Marvel haha)

    • degreesofseparation1968 says:

      I missed out on a Detective 850 on the bay that was an auction that seemed to going at reasonable price, I was at the shops getting Christmas food shop with my dear old ma!

    • I played in a pop punk band for years also. I really miss playing. I don’t miss the odd Monday night show in front of 12 people, but I have a lot of good memories and want to start something back up again someday.

  4. degreesofseparation1968 says:

    Small week for me this week, just a couple of pre-orders online:

    Hookjaw #1, all covers (at last!!)
    Trinity #4 cover B

    But inevitably I will go online and end up buying more…

  5. degreesofseparation1968 says:

    After last week I said that I’d go mental (or words to that effect!) in the forum, so I will just chuck out random thoughts, reply to other posts and generally have some bants with people!!!

    First: What’s with undercutters on eBay?! Really pissed off that there is a market for a £10 comic, they come along and list at £7. These are private sellers, not comic dealers; after original cost (say £2.50), eBay and PayPal fees and then postage they are barely making £2. If they listed at the same as everyone else then they would be clearing nearly £5, so almost 200% profit. These are people who maybe sell 2, 3 or 4 comics, so they aren’t going to make a huge amount over it. Rant over (for now!)

    • Anthony says:

      J hate under cutters. You will see worse than that in higher priced books. People will have books listed and selling for $100 and people will drop price to $60-70 bucks. Those books sell, guess what, that’s the new base price people will want to buy for, you have greater a new ceiling and not a new floor. But people get greedy and want to sell theirs First willing to lose money on a quick sale.

      • degreesofseparation1968 says:

        Glad it’s not just me! I don’t have any high priced books (yet!) but I’ll bear that in mind when my specs reach those heady heights!

      • Anthony says:

        Drives me nuts. Mel and I have ranted back and forth to each other numerous times about under cutters.

      • degreesofseparation1968 says:

        Hopefully some read this and change their irksome ways!

      • Louie says:

        Amen! Especially with exclusives. You even see some people sell it for no profit or take a loss. don’t understand it

      • degreesofseparation1968 says:

        I was going to say people are weird, but then I thought maybe those people got scared and decided to try to cut their losses? Like if they buy something for $50 , worried it’s never gonna go higher, so off load it in panic to reduce their perceived overall loss? Or people are weird…

      • agentpoyo says:

        Hey, I undercut.. but if a book is selling for $100, I don’t drop it to $60.. those are just people who don’t pay attention and yeah, probably just want it quick.

  6. degreesofseparation1968 says:

    I know you guys don’t mind answering questions to relative newbies like me, so wanna know are the 1 per store variants of comics worth getting? In particular thinking Doctor Aphra #1. What spec value do they have or is this just for PC? If for spec, what sort of price would be reasonable to pay now? (I know the market here does not exactly follow the US, but close enough I reckon to get a good idea.)

    • Brennan says:

      I got the walking dead 150 one per store. It was going for a lot more when it came out and has since cooled off but is still profitable. It will jump back up again when the show catches up.

      • Anthony says:

        I wanted one desperately when it first came out. Had a shot at one but it was damaged and my other local shop had theirs priced above eBay. So I passed. I wanted it for my collection. Need to revisit it since the prices have come down.

      • degreesofseparation1968 says:

        Cheers Brennan. I am hoping that the same can be said of the Aphra, especially as Tony says (under your answer) that if she gets in the movies it will go huge.

      • Brennan says:

        Tony, I paid $100 cad when they were going for $150 usd, then they went up to about $300 briefly then settled back down. I held it because it’s really for my collection, but I’d part with it for the right price. I get a thrill out of its rarity.

    • Anthony says:

      If Aphra makes it to movies, and she has already made it to games, the one per store is going to be huge. It’s a buy and hold and not a buy and flip. It really depends on what price you can get it at.

      • degreesofseparation1968 says:

        Hoping to get it for about £30 including postage, think that’s an acceptable risk for the longer term hold

      • Brennan says:

        Look at it this way, there are approximately 3000 stores that diamond distributes to (someone correct me if I’m wrong), so a one per store makes a book 1 of around 3000…That’s good numbers.
        Most books from Marvel are one of 12000-100000

      • degreesofseparation1968 says:

        Those are good numbers, so I am very pleased to say I picked up the copy for £30 like I hoped. Plus another Darth Vader #3 for a reasonable price, man I’m gonna be rich!! But what do I know??!!

    • agentpoyo says:

      Depends on the price you pay for it and the book itself. I have the Walking Dead 150 and 115. They’re Walking Dead’s so they’ll hold value as long as the show is around.

      As for Doctor Aphra, yes, if she continues to be popular and ever makes it into the movies, it could be a very nice pickup if you buy at the right price. But the one thing about these very special and limited variants, usually people will still seek out 1st appearances of characters. Real hardcore collectors and fans will seek out these variants but most collectors will stick with the 1st appearances.

      Sometimes you have to look at it at a different angle too. Think of actual profit margin potential. Say for instance you can pick up 10 x Darth Vader #3 books for around $10 each to hold. Say you hold these for several years or longer, gambling the long term potential value and say these books end up being $100 books each. That’s 1000% profit if you bought them for $100 and sold for $1000.

      Now imagine you bought that 1 per store variant for say $100 and long term value puts it at around $200-$300 later on, that’s nice profit but for what you paid, it’s not as nice as the other copies you bought for $10 each.

      It’s all a gamble though, but I always tell myself and this is the best advice one can ever learn from the movie “Trading Places”.. buy low, sell high.

      • degreesofseparation1968 says:

        Thanks for the great advice there Poyo. And love the Trading Places reference, one of my favourite films of all time!!

    • Brennan says:

      So I just checked and my shop in Canada is selling it for $125 cad. Dr aphra I’m talking about.

      • Anthony says:

        Oh heck no not at that price

      • agentpoyo says:

        Yeah, I would not buy it at that price either. I think I got my Walking Dead 150 at $90 and the 115 at $125.. but I budged on the 115 cause it’s in really really great shape, it’s definitely at 9.8 but I think could go higher if I ever got it graded. I bought for PC though, probably won’t dump these for a long long time..

      • agentpoyo says:

        And I think the Walking Dead 115 Midnight 1 per Store variant is from my calculations around 500 or so copies.. since from the list of stores that participated, only around 500 or so participated which is a far cry from the 150 which every store got, even if they didn’t order Walking Dead from what I heard.

      • A. King says:

        I got the Walking Dead and the Dr. Aphra both for $25 each. I am going to hold both to see what happens.

      • jclu007 says:

        What store?

      • A. King says:

        I got them from my main Shop where I have my pullbox. I’m in Va.

      • jclu007 says:

        @Brennan. what shop has it for $125? That ludicrous.

  7. degreesofseparation1968 says:

    So yeah, been online and ordered some more stuff!!

    Batman #13 both covers
    The Fix #7
    The other Trinity cover as mentioned in Poyo’s Picks
    Managed to get two copies of Motor Girl #2 at cover

    And pre-ordered some stuff for January!

    • degreesofseparation1968 says:

      Any tips on how to keep up on what is being released when and when to order? I just realised I hadn’t got Doctor Aphra #2 reading someone else’s post, so ordered myself the Dave Dorman variant.

      • Brennan says:

        Read the Solicitations when they come out. I use the League of Comic Geeks app to track my pull list and collection, but its not super reliable for books coming out more than a few weeks in advance and if a book is delayed, they dont usually update.

  8. Batman #13
    The Black Hood #2
    Briggs Land #5 I hope the TV show is as strong as this book. It’s really good.
    The Fix #7 This is probably the best coming going right now. So smart and funny.
    Punisher #7
    4 Kids Walk into a Bank #3 Somehow I have a feeling that I’ll find out this book was delayed when I walk into the shop tonight.

    I should have ordered Dead Inside. I’ll see if they have any extra copies tonight.

    • degreesofseparation1968 says:

      And the print run on Briggs Land is tiny, #4 was only 7,757, I see $$$£££ coming our way!

      • I hope it cashes in. It would be so nice to be on the ground floor of some Walking Dead like money. I find it weird that it was so highly publicized that it was being made as a TV show and the print run is so low.

      • degreesofseparation1968 says:

        That’s exactly what I was hoping for, be there at the beginning of hopefully something big. But then TV fans are fickle (I include me in that): even if it’s awesome, if viewing figures don’t add up then it’s adios muchachos to the show (as in Firefly) and the big bucks for us.

      • I bought into Unfollow based partially of of the possible TV tie in. Unfollow has mostly sucked though. Briggs Land has been very good so I have high hopes. But you’re right. It’s hard to catch lightening in a bottle. For every Walking Dead there’s a hundred failures.

      • degreesofseparation1968 says:

        Yeah look at Outcast, only about 7 people actually watched it…

      • I was enjoying Outcast but my PVR missed an episode and I stopped watching it at that point. I still need to go back and get caught up.

  9. John E says:

    Batman #13
    Black Hammer #6
    Sabrina #7 (finally)
    Nightwing #11
    Southern Bastards #16
    Southern Cross #10

    I thought AD was out again this week, but I guess not. Oh well, because of the holidays I won’t be able to get to the LCS today.

  10. Anthony says:

    I need some one who plays games on Steam for a giveaway code. First one to respond gets it. For Batman the Telltale Series

  11. Jesus says:

    This week’s picks.

    Harley Quinn #10 ( for the wife)
    Teen Titans Go #19 ×2 ( for my boys. And we get to see beast boy’s new Super powers. The ability to smell the future). Might get a 3rd copy to spec on.
    Venom #2

    One thing I wanna runt about is Suicide Squad movie. I just watched it 2 days ago and man I got to say I fell asleep halfway threw. I hated the laugh of the joker. It sounded like a forced laugh. The whole gangster look to him was cool. But that anoyin laugh. Yeah I think they could of had someone better.

    • Brennan says:

      I really like Leto as the joker and the laugh was perfect in my opinion. My thing with it was that it didn’t really add anything to the movie. It all built up to some hairbrained escape attempt that literally went nowhere. I’m a huge backer of this film, but I have to admit, I am biased as I loosely know the executive producer…

    • degreesofseparation1968 says:

      I didn’t like Leto, really wanted to, but he just didn’t do it for me. Then again, I didn’t think much of Heath Ledger’s Joker either, overrated, if he hadn’t OD’d I don’t think people would have raved so much about his performance. And I was a little bored by the film overall, whereas SS bored me immensely!!! But what do I know??!! (New catch phrase and if I ever get a column of my own here, I am going to call it that ha ha!)

  12. Louie says:

    4 kids walk into a bank (only cuz i am a completist but no more black mask for awhile)

    Got my fan expo mystery box: Angry groot pop, lannister wall plaque, Billie Piper autographed pic. and the exclusive comics: BA12, Champions 1 (color), civil war 0 (color), tmnt universe 1, my little pony 22, Dr. who 1. overall a decent box – i have some stuff to sell, keep, and give as a gift

    • I share your Black Mask sentiment. It doesn’t seem they really care either which bugs me.

      • Louie says:

        It’s too bad, they make good content and I like supporting small publishers. I will park my money somewhere else for awhile and hope they shape up.

      • agentpoyo says:

        Yeah, I’m in the same boat. I picked up 4 Kids just to finish it (hopefully it’s finished before I’m 6 feet under) but for the most part, I’m done with them. I might pick up the TPB on future books that look like a decent read and if they ever get to the point of finishing a series in a timely manner. And that’s when I buy the TPB at those awesome sales my local shops have or online when they’re like 40% off or more.. 🙂

      • You’d think as a new publisher that building a fanbase would be their number one priority but they don’t seem to care. They’ve done their best to kill whatever momentum they had going.

      • Anthony says:

        As long as they can sell their variants at the conventions, I do not think they care.

      • I think you’re right. Their variants should start dropping in price as more and more people jump off their delayed series. Maybe I’m wrong about that but interest is definitely starting to wane from what i’ve seen.

  13. Steve Fraser says:

    12/21 Pull list

    4 Kids Walk Into A Bank #3
    Justice League Vs Suicide Squad #1
    Harley Quinn #10
    Locke And Key Small World #1
    Gamora #1
    Thanos #2
    Doctor Aphra #2

  14. Brennan says:

    So on eof the perks of my job is the occasional free book or two from Scholastic. I usually get TPB’s. So I ordered a Han Solo for free thinking it was the TPB of the recent mini series. Well it just #1, BUT it’s a Scholastic Reading Club Variant that is going for $20+ on Ebay! I didn’t even know this variant was a thing, let alone a collectable thing! This one is going in the personal collection and not the class book shelf.

  15. Well, my one big win today was that my Chimichanga Eric Powell signed and sketched edition came from Diamond today! Love it!

    • Shines says:

      I ordered one of those myself, it was a fantastic deal for $10 bucks! If that was a release from Dynamic Forces they would have charged $75 or more.
      It’s a fun book too. Powell is very underrated as a cartoonist, and his dialogue is funny & well written. Can’t recommend Hillbilly & Spook House enough. Pick them up you won’t be sorry.

  16. agentpoyo says:

    My wins today were:

    Gamora Checchetto variant.
    Invincible Iron Man Piper variant.
    Star Lord Chip Zdarsky variant.

    All at cover price.

  17. Brian Lake says:

    Gamora #1 – Lotay Variant
    Invincible Iron Man #2 – ICX Variant – Pretty cool cover, if you are not following the ICX cover swipes you should some of them are great, I also really liked the Nova #1 ICX and you choose check out next weeks Black Panther ICX cover swipe
    Reborn #3 – Alex Garner Cover
    KRS Comics Venom Variant 3 Cover set, nice Homage cover to Infinity Gauntlet

    I wanted to pull the trigger on 4 Kids, but didn’t, someone let me know if it is good

  18. A. King says:

    Not much for me today……
    Superman #13 a and b
    H.Q. #10b
    Dr. Aphra #2
    Joyride #8
    He-Man / Thundercats #3
    I looked for White #2 but it was gone, only went to 1 shop today hopefully I can get to a couple more tomorrow.

    • Anthony says:

      I got white 2. Missed it on the solicitations. Such a good book. Also picked up Scary Fails from Big City Comics and it was a cool read

      Sent from my iPhone


  19. J. Coleman says:


    Batman 13 var
    Harley Quinn 10 var
    Suicide Squad 8 var
    Reborn 2 Ottley cvr
    White 2


    Action Comics #552
    Aliens Life And Death #3
    Amazing Spider-Man Vol 4 #21 Cover A 1st Ptg Regular Alex Ross Cover (Clone Conspiracy Tie-In)
    Archie Vol 2 #14 Cover B Variant Derek Charm Cover
    Black Hammer #5 Cover B Variant Jeff Lemire Cover
    Black Panther Vol 6 #8 Cover A 1st Ptg Regular Brian Stelfreeze Cover
    Briggs Land #4
    Britannia #3 Cover B Variant Adam Gorham Cover
    Captain America Sam Wilson #15
    Carnage Vol 2 #14
    Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #2 Cover B Variant Matt Wilson Cover
    Comic Shop News #1541 – FREE – Limit 1 Per Customer
    Control #6
    Daredevil Vol 5 Annual #1 Cover A Regular Vanesa R Del Rey Cover
    Demonic #4
    Die Kitty Die #2 Cover A Regular Fernando Ruiz Cover
    Fables The Wolf Among Us #1 Cover A Regular Chrissie Zullo Cover
    Giant Days 2016 Holiday Special #1
    Green Lanterns #11 Cover B Variant Emanuela Lupacchino Cover
    Horizon #5
    Hunt #4
    Jessica Jones #2 Cover A 1st Ptg Regular David Mack Cover
    Justice League Vol 3 #9 Cover A Regular Fernando Pasarin & Matt Ryan Cover
    Kill Or Be Killed #4
    Lady Killer 2 #3
    Life Death And Sorcery #3
    Lone Ranger Vindicated #1 Cover B Variant Marc Laming Subscription Cover
    Lone Ranger Vindicated #2 Cover A Regular Marc Laming Cover
    Lone Ranger Vindicated #3 Cover A Regular Marc Laming Cover
    Lone Ranger Vindicated #4 Cover A Regular Marc Laming Cover
    Mechanism #5 Cover B Variant Raffaele Ienco Cover
    Moonshine #2 Cover B Dave Johnson
    Old Man Logan Vol 2 #13
    Powerpuff Girls #17
    Punisher Vol 10 Annual #1 Cover A Regular Rahzzah Cover
    Scooby-Doo Team-Up #21 1 NEXT WEEK
    Spider-Man Vol 2 #9 (Civil War II Tie-In)
    Suicide Squad Vol 4 #6 Cover B Variant Lee Bermejo Cover
    Superman Vol 5 #11 Cover B Variant Andrew Robinson Cover
    Swords Of Sorrow #6 Cover A Regular Tula Lotay Cover
    Thanos Vol 2 #1 Cover B Variant Mike Del Mundo Marvel Hip-Hop Cover (Marvel Now Tie-In)
    Trinity Vol 2 #3 Cover B Variant Steve Epting Cover
    Uncanny X-Men Annual #9

    Got a few old things on sale at Midtown.

    Happy Holidays Everyone!

  20. jclu007 says:

    Fairly light week for me. Dog knows I need it to help the ol’ wallet out. Waiting on a few books to come in the mail put My LCS pick ups were:
    Venom #2
    Aphra #2
    Gamora #1
    White #2
    Hook Jaw #1 A, B & D

    I want to read JL V SS, because I’m glad the real, real Main Man is back (worst part of new 52, imo), and I love me some fraggin’ Lobo. I have a copy coming from Frankies along with some Dell ‘Otto Venom #1s & 2s colour and b&ws, beautiful covers. Also getting my second nerd block box tomorrow or Saturday. It will have 4 exclusive comics in it, I managed to sell 3 of the 4 I got last month, and saw those same 3 at my LCS a week later, got them for cover and have sold 2 of those. 😊 I also got a Daredevil coffee mug that I flipped and it had a pretty cool deadpool lanyard key thing and a print featuring the Woman of Marvels Universe in street clothes. And lastly, I finally got my EBay store as a ‘top rated’ store. Looking forward to forging ahead in 2017 and hopefully opening up my own online store this year to compliment my eBay store. Cheers, fellow CHUers.

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