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 135th edition of the open forum!

PLEASE NOTE: We will be running a little late with some posts again this week, picks of the week will be up but spoilers and contests and winners will come a little later. 8U baseball on Tuesday nights is killing me.

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?

Here are my weekly pick ups for 5/10/17


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103 Responses to Wednesday Open Forum

  1. Alana says:

    Sunspot, Feral, and Shatterstar joining Deadpool 2. Wrote them up awhile back when New Mutants movie news first hit.

    • OC_Guy says:

      Have a few of these already, but managed to pick up four NM copies for $17 with shipping. I’m sure there will be a spike when DP#2 is released and another spike when they do an X-force movie, but there were so many of these made I am wondering what the ceiling might be?

    • OC_Guy says:

      Well, looks like Milehigh has gotten wind of the announcement because they now have NM copies of #99 listed at $63…before the “secret” code word sale of course. Pretty sure they can still be found in the wild for $5 to $10 though.

  2. Keith Mitchell says:

    Hoping my LCS had Mindbender #1…

  3. Brennan says:

    Another week another Wednesday open forum. Hope everyone had a successful FCBD 2017.
    I only hit one shop this year due to time constraints but it was worth it. Grabbed some boxes, but more importantly I grabbed the Redneck #1 siover foil variant for, get this, $8 CAD! Yowza!

    Here’s my FCBD haul:

    As for my wed. stuff:
    Action comics
    AD – so excited to finally start this story, I waited for all three, seemed to heavy for waiting in between
    All star Batman fiumara variant
    Back to the future
    Detective comics
    Hal Jordan
    Screaming citidel
    Renew your vows
    Uncanny avengers

    Have fun kiddies!

    • agentpoyo says:

      $8 CAD? Isn’t that like $80 USD? 😉

      • Brennan says:

        Lol I wish!
        It’s more like the other way around!

      • Anthony says:

        No that is Peso to Dollar. I don’t remember who is winning the currency war between US and Canada. All I know is never trust a country with coins instead of dollar bills. Making it rain hurts in Canada when you throw all the Loonies and Toonies up in the air

      • agentpoyo says:

        Yeah, I worded that wrong. I was trying to imply you all’s inflation is crazy.. I liked converting my USD to CAD when I visited.. I felt rich.. then when I came back and converted whatever I had left to USD I felt as if I was getting ripped off…

      • Brennan says:

        Tony, we don’t make it rain, we make it hail!
        And that is why our strippers are covered in welts….I’ve heard.

      • agentpoyo says:

        Shoot.. I’m willing to bet strippers carry those card readers on their smart phones nowadays.. no need for cash nowadays!

      • Anthony says:

        Lol. Nice. Make it hail then brother.

      • JayClue says:

        It’s great for us Canucks who sell books to Americans. I list a book at $10 US and that converts to nearly $14 CDN. I’m rich, biatch! The standard mark up, in Canada, for new comics is $1 a book. So, those $2.99 DC titles cost us $3.99, Marvel $4.99 costs us $5.99 new, so on and so forth. I’m lucky my LCS gives me 20% off new comics that I buy on Wednesdays. It nicely balances out the dollar for me. The one caveat being that the 20% discount is actually store credit that I receive to be spent on back issues or TPBs only. I still works out nicely as most of the back issues I buy from there, I flip, so I get ‘free’ back issues with 130%+ profit value when I flip it. (100% because the back issue was free, then 30%+ with the exchange from American to Canadian funds). The last book I did really well on with this method was Groot #3 – #4. Got 4 sets for ‘free’ with my store credit, and sold them all for about $24-$29 US per set, then exchanged that into $40 CDN. Snikt!

      • agentpoyo says:

        I’ve seen ya’lls gas prices.. I’ll stick with USD.. 😉

        It all evens out in the end.. We buy our ice cream cone for $1.99 here, you all would spend $2.99 for same ice cream cone..

      • Anthony says:

        Nicely played sir

      • JayClue says:

        @poyo…if the strippers are using their phones to collect funds at work, im not so sure I want to know where the strippers are keeping their phones while ‘performing ‘? 🤔

      • agentpoyo says:

        First rule about strippers…. One should not touch thy strippers….. Just watch, no touch. 😉

      • Anthony says:

        Lol. Not touching this one.

      • JayClue says:

        My initial comment wasn’t a knock on US currency or Americans. I was just stating that because of the weak Canadian dollar, cross border sales are good for Canadian sellers. ”Tis all. But I suppose our gas prices are higher in order for us to have the luxury of free universal healthcare. Going to the hospital whenever is necessary, and not having a bill to pay afterwards, is pretty sweet. 😉

      • agentpoyo says:

        Yeah, the healthcare prices suck here…. But we pay premiums while you all pay higher taxes…. It levels out there…. Except when it’s major, you all can walk into a hospital and leave financially secure while we can walk out bankrupt…..

      • Anthony says:

        Yes but I understand there’s longer wait times and backlogs for certain testing and treatment in Canada. What kills our doctors and raises prices on healthcare is the lawsuits Dr. face for malpractice

      • agentpoyo says:

        It’s population control… I’m a a good thing. 😉

      • Anthony says:

        What’s the gas prices up to there? It was $7 or $8 bucks a liter last I was there, and that liter stuff through me off.

      • Brennan says:

        Tony, Gas is around $1.10 a liter right now which would be about $4.15 a gallon.
        So in USD that would be approx. $3 USD/gallon.

        I don’t think it’s ever been $7 a liter!

        Here’s the for you guys:
        Our milk comes in bags!

      • Anthony says:

        How does milk come in a bag?

        Maybe it was $7 a gallon. I was young and very drunk on that trip.

        Sent from my iPhone


      • agentpoyo says:

        Milk? Cow milk is for baby cows…. 😉

      • Anthony says:

        I am allergic to milk, not lactose intolerant.

      • JayClue says:

        Cow milk is delicious, Poyo. It’s not just for baby cows anymore! And don’t use the argument that humans are the only species to drink milk after our infancy. Humans are the only species who do a lot things. We are the only species to drive cars, get married, play sport for entertainment, manufacture anything…

        …and our milk comes in a bag. The bag is then placed in a milk jug, and the corner of the bag is cut offf, creating a spout for the bag…

        …there are some longer wait times for certain scans and such, but our healthcare is pretty good. My old friends, father was diagnosed with colon and lung cancer in December. He has had all his tests, 3 operations to remove the cancers and is now recouping with good results looking forward. So, he had a terrible disease in him that required lots of specialists and scans and what not, and 4 months later, he is healthy, cancer free and has good prospects For his health. And it cost him zero dollars. There may be some waiting, but I don’t think many people have died because of the wait. Priorities. Right?

      • agentpoyo says:

        For the record, I could only wish we had Canada’s Health Care or most of Europe’s UHC setups they have here in the States.. I’d happily trade some more tax dollars than the damn headaches our Healthcare system and Insurance companies cause us here..

        And I didn’t say that about milk.. I just said cow milk is for baby cows, not humans.. over the centuries we have evolved to be lactose tolerant by forcing ourselves to drink that nasty stuff.. while some have yet to evolve and are still lactose intolerant. 🙂

      • Brennan says:


        Milk in a bag.

        And I know you’re a tolerant guy Tony, you’ve put up with my rarely relevant comments for a few years now!

      • agentpoyo says:

        Our milk comes in bags here too..

        I know.. I’m bad, so bad!

      • Brennan says:

        Lol nice bags!

      • JayClue says:

        I agree, Poyo. Higher taxes is well worth the healthcare. I was just having fun with you guys. Pros and cons to everything, but having a lil, good spirited joust with my American comic buddies is all in good fun. Cheers…

        …and Poyo, where’s the NSFW warning on your milk ‘bag’ pic, lmao. Too funny.

      • agentpoyo says:

        Anthony approved the American Fun.. er.. Milk Bags photo.. 😉

      • agentpoyo says:

        Oh, it takes a whole lot to offend me.. nothing you say will keep me from sleeping tonight.. 🙂

      • JayClue says:

        That makes us birds of a feather, Poyo.

    • I only hit up my local shop on free comic book day and I got there too late. They were mostly picked clean. Darn kid decided to have a cousin sleep over the night before which through my morning off. They did have 40% off everything else in the store however so while it wasn’t free I got a lot of stuff on sale. My shop always runs great sales on free comic book day.

  4. Brennan says:

    Love the video by the way. I didn’t notice it the first time through. Great idea!

  5. Elvi says:

    I could really use a light week so we’ll see where the winds take me tomorrow. I may be putting a lot of stuff back. After slogging through long boxes today trying to get everything sorted, I realize I have too many comics that I don’t read each week.

    • agentpoyo says:

      You sir….. Have the same problem the rest of us have.

    • Brennan says:

      I’m good for finishing my physical copies each week, it’s the digitals I can’t keep up with. Wednesdays from like 7-10 it’s me time.

    • JayClue says:

      Ive recently, since about Christmas, have cut my reading pile down from 4 short boxes down to about 2 1/2 short boxes. I’ve recently finished reading Aliens Defiance #1-#9, I liked it. It seemed to spin out of the same universe as the Alien Isolation video game (which I absolutely love). I’ve also finished Rebirth Suicide Squad #1-#10 and OML #1-#10. I enjoyed Lees artwork on this title, and the stories are entertaining, but I think I’m done with Suicide Squad books. The story arcs just aren’t doing it for me.

    • Elvi says:

      I didn’t contain myself as much as I would have liked, but I did put a few books back. Unfortunately, I purchased America #3. That series has been HORRIBLE so far, but I’m a sucker for the Uncanny X-Men 171 homage cover. I’m giving it just one more issue…

  6. daveyboy says:

    hey guys, first time poster here, love the site and the hard work you guys put into it. i just put up a comic book tag of my top 100 comics a few months ago. go and youtube….top 100 comic books rush diehard. a definite must see!!! been collecting forever. thanks. regression and mindbender looks good for this week. thanks everyone!!

  7. Alana says:

    I’m over the Scout books craze have about 20 different copies of Girrion #1 in different super limited variants even kickstarter copies just sitting around, copies of Fisheye which did nothing, once our land flopped and the artist held my money hostage for months from the Signed hardcover I never got and even Henchgirl #1 that was going strong has all but fizzled with the last auction coming in for #1 1st print at $25

    • agentpoyo says:

      I didn’t spec on Fisheye myself, it just didn’t give me that feeling it would take off. Girrion I’m still holding out on.. I think it will be a long term flip. I do agree there was way too many variants and store exclusives for it, I think like most books Cover A will be the winner, if it happens.

      Once Our Land I think is another one that is long term potential. I almost got burned on the HC but he got my email messed up on a confirmation, so I was able to get one before he was completely out. I had a long running email with the author, he did admit he handled it poorly, he didn’t expect such a rush of people buying the book and next time he’s getting someone else to handle the logistics of it all. So lesson learned is the hint I got from him.

      Some of these new books are catching heat but I think most will be quick flips, not long term flips unless they stay consistent on releases and are ongoing, not mini-series.

  8. Eric R says:

    Looking forward to the following books this week:
    Star Wars: Screaming Citadel (Walsh variant)
    X-Men Gold #1 (2nd print)
    Regression #1
    Grass Kings #3 (didn’t like this book at first but the story and art are growing on me)

    This week’s pick ups for PC:
    Marvels Hardcover Signed Busiek and Alex Ross (heck of deal for $42)
    Baby Teeth Ashcan #1 (C2E2 exclusive signed by Donny Cates)-$25
    Vision #4 and #5 by Tom King-found at LCS for cover price for both in NM!
    Nightwing #16 Reis cover B for cover price

    Good hunting everyone!

  9. Zeus says:

    Well will try to get my hands on mindbender..i asked to put one in my box but they never order much..

    Found a black white Redneck variant for a good price
    Regression is on my list
    Deadpool variant

    Missed out on pestilence last local shop doesn’t order much of the small press
    Mid-evil and horror right down my alley

    Happy hunting

  10. michael cox says:

    Looks like Medisin #1 is going to be a tough find.Not one listed on ebay yet and sold out at midtown

  11. Alex C. says:

    Not much on my pull. A few marvel books that I won’t read for months. Hoping that my local shop ordered Regression. I preordered one online, but I want to read it tomorrow.

  12. Shines says:

    Hit a couple shops for fcbd, got the I hate Image, Rick & Morty, and Underdog. Unbelievably, both stores had longboxes outside in the rain. Oh, they put up a couple patio unbrellas and a canopy, but it was pouring!
    Sadly, as expected a lot of he books were getting ruined. But neither owner seemed to care…do you get to write this stuff off in insurance or something? And while a lot of it was (I guess) junk books, I saw a lot of bronze goodness in the few boxes that were still dry. For $2 bucks I pulled Marvel Teamup #3 (2nd app Morbius)…Firestorm #3 (1st Killer Frost)…Ragman #1…and Captain Canuck #2 & #3 from the 70s (which turned out to be signed copies). All in f-vf condition. But what else was there getting destroyed I don’t know, I was afraid to open any boxes that were wet. Anyway, Bevis the guy at the table, made fun of the Canuck books, took my money, and went back to his hot dogs and discussion of magic cards.
    Really irritates me to see that kind of stuff go on.

    • Anthony says:

      Yes. I do believe damaged inventory is written off as a loss.

    • Anthony says:

      I cannot stand mistreatment of comics. Partially because you never know what will happen, just look at Ultimate X #1

      • I bag and board everything…just in case. THe one exception is the books I buy strictly for my kids. I know those will be ruined and I try to pretend not to care.

      • agentpoyo says:

        I’m going to send videos of me mishandling comics.. just to watch you cringe!

      • agentpoyo says:

        Edge of Spiderverse #2.. yeah, one came damaged from a pre-order. So I let the 6 year old have it. It got thrown around her room for a good month or so, just adding to the damage. So for giggles during a cleaning.. I decide to sell it at it’s peak selling time. I sold that sucker for like $50, the buyer said he was hoping he could press it out. I noted in the auction with tons of pics the condition.. that was a great sell!

      • Brennan says:

        What’s this I hear about mishandling comics?
        Am I doing it right?

        (Great idea Poyo!)

    • Shines says:


      • Alana says:

        My kids first comic we gave her when she was a baby was Xmen #266 back then it was a cheap book and thought nothing of it, it was from a stack of Xmen comics from my husbands subscription as a kid we thought would be a good idea to let our daughter rip through them. We had to rebuy that book lol comes back to bite ya

  13. Cody says:

    My pick ups this week

    Brave and the bold 54 First teen titans gd/vg
    Sandman vertigo 1, 4 nm
    Xfactor 5,6 nm

    Nothing new this week but one of the better weeks back issue hunting in awhile.

  14. schweizerdavid says:

    My car is in the shop, so no books for me today. When I am mobile again, I’ll pick up:
    Invader Zim 19

    Missed picking up the FCBD Rick & Morty. Does anyone know if it is a new story or a reprint?

    • A. King says:

      The shop I went to had a ton of the Rick and Morty, it reprints #1 but has a few pages of new story from the new mini coming out soon.

      • schweizerdavid says:

        I appreciate the help. I decided to watch Guardians of the Galaxy 2 during the early hours of FCBD and missed out on the FCBD Rick & Morty.

  15. All Star Batman #10
    The Fix #9–this is my favorite book currently running.
    Sons of the Devil #12
    Street Tiger #2

  16. agentpoyo says:

    So out of the two shops today:

    1 shop only had 1 copy each of Medisin #1 and Solar Flare #2. The other shop had none, didn’t even order them. Both shops had no Mindbender, one didn’t order, the other was already out by the time I got there.

    I did manage to grab most if not all the Screaming Citadel’s variants at cover. That was a plus..

  17. Zeus says:

    Managed to find mindbender but they were in less than stellar condition

  18. agentpoyo says:

    Here’s my other pickups today.. well, they were delivered:

    Covers A, B and C.. all signed by Remender, all 9.8 grades. 🙂

  19. JayClue says:

    A nice quiet week for me. My pick ups were:

    OML #23, reg and 1:10 (connects with previous 2 issues 1:10s by Land)
    Weapon X #3
    All Star Bats #10 Ax1 & Cx3
    JLA #6
    Detective #956A
    All New Wolverine #20A & 1:10
    ASM #27
    Silk #1-#7 vol.1, $25 CDN
    Silk #1 vol.1 2nd print
    Flash #21 international cover
    Regression #1 x2
    Pestilence #1, Eh Colour Variant x4 $12 CDN each

  20. A. King says:

    Only one shop for me today, pick up included…….
    Misfit City #1
    Grass Kings #3a and b
    Regression #1
    Rick and Morty and I Hate Image FCBD, both of which had the store stamp. Do the stores in you guys area stamp the books?
    I was digging through a couple of my old short boxes and I found a ton of Preacher back issues that I forgot I had, the best one being #13. Needless to say I pulled them out of that box and stuck them straight into Mylar.

  21. Anthony says:

    I put up my weekly pick ups video up. Also, here it is…

  22. J. Coleman says:


    All Star Batman 10 Fiumara cvr
    Action Comics 978 B
    Regression 1 Spawn cvr
    Night Owl Society 1 sub Signed by James Venhaus
    Valerian preview
    A.D. 3
    Crapload of FCBD


    Action Comics #485 Cover A Regular Cover Classic Neal Adams cover
    All-New Wolverine #19 Cover A Regular Adam Kubert Cover (Resurrxion Tie-In)
    America #2 Cover A 1st Ptg Regular Joe Quinones Cover
    Avengers Vol 6 #6
    Ben Reilly The Scarlet Spider #1 Cover G Regular Mark Bagley Cover Signed By Peter David (Limit 1 Per Customer) @ Midtown
    Bullseye #3
    Comic Shop News #1561
    Courier From The Ashes #1 Cover D Allan Otero
    Darkness Visible #3 Cover B Variant Dave Kendall Subscription Cover
    Eleanor & The Egret #1 Cover A Regular Sam Kieth Cover
    Everafter From The Pages Of Fables #8
    Giant Days #25 Cover A Regular Max Sarin Cover
    God Country #5 Cover A Regular Geoff Shaw Cover NEXT WEEK
    Grass Kings #3 Cover C Variant Ryan Sook Cover
    Hawkeye Vol 5 #5
    Iron Fist Vol 5 #2 Cover A Regular Jeff Dekal Cover
    Jessica Jones #7 Cover B Variant Nic Klein Cover
    Jughead Vol 3 #14 Cover C Variant Chip Zdarsky Cover
    Kim Reaper #1 Cover B Variant Lissa Treiman Cover
    Paper Girls #13
    Promo Comic Neon Joe
    Providence #12 Cover F Women Of HPL Cover
    Riverdale #1 Cover E Variant Djibril Morissette-Phan Cover
    Rock Candy Mountain #1 Cover A Regular Kyle Starks Cover
    Royals #1 Cover C Variant Skottie Young Baby Cover
    Savage Things #2
    Scooby-Doo Where Are You #38 Elvira Issue
    Secret Origins Vol 3 #14 Suicide Squad
    Shade The Changing Girl #7 Cover B Variant Marguerite Sauvage Cover
    Sons Of The Devil #11 Cover A Regular Toni Infante Cover
    Spider-Man Deadpool #16 Cover B Variant Michael Walsh Poster Cover (Til Death Do Us Part 4)
    Spider-Man Vol 2 #15 Cover A Regular Patrick Brown Cover
    Star Wars Vol 4 #30 Cover C Variant John Tyler Christopher Action Figure Cover
    Superman Vol 5 #20 Cover B Variant Jorge Jimenez Cover (Superman Reborn Aftermath Tie-In)
    Thor Vol 1 #412
    Uber Invasion #5 Cover C War Crimes Cover
    World War X #4 Cover C Variant Jimbo Salgado Cover
    Zombie Tramp Easter Special Cover C Variant Celor Fuzzy Bunny Cover

  23. tim says:

    Thanks for your video comic picks, Anthony and Terry!
    No Mindebender or Medisin to be found at my lcs.

    All Star Batman #10(Cover C)
    Amazing Spiderman #27
    Black Cloud #2(Colour Spawn cover)
    Doctor Aphra #1(reg cover)
    Grass Kings #3(reg cover)
    Old Man Logan #23(reg cover)
    Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern #4(Action Figure cover)
    Regression #1(reg cover)
    Screaming Citadel #1(reg cover)
    Solar Flare #2
    Star Trek/Green Lantern #6(subscription cover)
    Weapon X #3(reg cover)

  24. JC Harris says:

    Hmmm … tried to take it easy this week … and then I found some variants … OML, All-New Wolverine, All Star Batman … was able to snag a copy of Mindbender Cover B. My LCS had a Cover A, but it was banged up a bit so I skipped it … for now. Was a bit disappointed that no Spawn variants showed up … Renato Spawn variant looks great, but no luck.

  25. Birdman says:

    Picked up the following…
    All Star Batman C
    Detective B
    Suicide Squad A
    Amazing Spidey
    America (Moore variant)
    Black Panther & the Crew (1 in 25 variant)
    Deadpool (Nakayama variant)
    Old Man Logan (Sienkiewicz variant)
    Rocket (Jusko variant)
    Secret Warriors (Nakayama variant)
    Star Wars Screaming Citadel (Walsh variant)
    Weapon X variant
    X-Men Blue variant
    Harrow County
    Regression (reg. & Spawn color covers)
    Renato Jones (reg. cover)
    Youngblood (Retailer appreciation cover)
    Mindbender A
    Solar Flare

    I went to two shops. One had no Mindbender or Solar Flare…the other only had a few copies of each (and no Hester variant on Mindbender)…I was not impressed with the condition but I grabbed the best copies I could find. My LCS is trying to get me an All New Wolvie (Chen variant)…keeping my fingers crossed. I did not know which cover to get on SW Screaming Citadel…I was not impressed with the art on any of them except cover A, but I went with the most limited variant b/c I got it @ a decent price. I don’t see myself continuing much further on the newer Marvel titles like America, Rocket, BP & the Crew or Secret Warriors…just snagging some early variants for a rainy day. I also picked up a pile of FCBD books and a few Marvel lenticular boards. I read both Regression and Mindbender last night to see if the stories warrant the speculation…I thought both were okay…I am more interested in seeing where the Regression storyline leads…I thought both had nice art, but I preferred the Regression art style. I flipped through one of two copies of Medisin, but I wasn’t impressed with the art and decided against buying it.

  26. Stanley says:

    On free comic day, I brought 90 recent comics for $1.00 per 10. Semi-annually, this hobby store can afford to sell comics at a loss because their profits come from selling games. Comics are a small part of their business to attract customers.

  27. neiljfreeze says:

    What website do you guys use for checking the total sales/print run for modern comics?

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