I hope everyone’s Memorial Day was a blast, I know mine was as I once again survived another tandem skydive. I really am thinking about changing careers (or hobby perhaps) since one of the skydivers put it this way, you’ll love your job but be poor as hell. It was a blast though. Total stress reliever, I recommend jumping out of planes to any and everyone.
Back to comics and enough about what I do in my spare time.. So, last week wasn’t too exciting, at least on the spec side of things. Lots of reader books, ongoing title reads that is. The only winner I think was the Seven to Eternity Spawn covers which were kind of scarce in my neck of the woods, one shop didn’t even order any. But this was one that was already selling way above cover in pre-sales on the secondary market.
So that brings us to this week, the 5th week of the month, the slower week for most publishers. Looks like a lot more reader books but there might be a few surprises in there. Image is releasing a new #1, so there’s always a chance those heat up. If ongoing though, could be a slow heat, which is not a bad thing, sometimes even better than the quick flips.
Secret Empire #3 hits stands too. Hopefully we learn more about this mysterious and lost Steve Rogers that has appeared literally out of no where.
Now, on with the picks.
There are literally only 4 titles hitting the stands this week, 3 are annuals or special books. So the pick goes to Flash #23 which has been a great read and still one of the few DC titles I’ve been keeping up with.
Secret Empire #3 (Marvel) – This will likely be a pick every time. Why? Cause we’ve been told there should be a twist or surprise at the end of every issue. This week we hopefully learn more about the new Steve Rogers. We’ll also learn more about what’s going on with Captain Marvel who’s locked out of Earth. So don’t ignore these. Everyone watches Marvel Studio movies, this is the crap that affects those movies in some way or another.
Let’s not also forget Cable #1 hits stands again. Probably nothing spec worthy but with Cable coming to the big screens soon enough in one of those Marvel movies, definitely worth checking out. You can still find his 1st appearance for relatively cheap, raw that is. Cable #1 Vol. 1 you can still find in the dollar bins, since there was literally a billion of them.
Small Publisher Pick
Paklis #1 (Image) – A new writer/artist book by Dustin Weaver. Carries the $5.99 price tag, so I’m expecting a smaller print run on these. Grab one to read, grab another to hold. It might just pay off if the book catches heat now or down the road.
Another worthy mention is Saga #43, which is only 25 cents this week. Look out for the incentive covers, could be easy flips if you find them for cheap or cover price. Honestly I love Staples artwork but I hate that cover art. I don’t think it brings out Staples best work..
Motor Girl #6 (Abstract Studios) – I can’t stress this enough, pick this up, read this series. It’s that good. It’s clever, it’s genius and you’ll only expect quality comic book writing and art until it ends.
A humble mention also goes to Namwolf #2 (Albatross Exploding). Be on the lookout for the Mike Mignola variant for this one.
That’s all I got people.. enjoy it, hate it. It is what it is and a year from now Shawn B. will be telling me I was a loser with these picks more than likely..