This is the crispy brown edition as I’m crispy, a few shades darker and dry from the beach trip this past weekend. With Tropical Storm Franklin making it’s way into Mexico, we benefited with larger waves, washing more sea shells ashore for the kiddos to gather but we had to be extra careful as the current was stronger, even I had a hard time holding my own out in the surf. But now I’m back and ready for this weeks picks.
This one is a no brainer unless you don’t read the spoilers on this site. This weeks DC pick goes to Dark Nights Metal #1. It will have a huge print run. Yes, you will be able to find and secure copies. But don’t expect this one to heat up immediately. This one is a hold, then sell later on. If you can find the midnight black and white variant for cheap, grab and hold for now is Poyo’s advice. If the return of an unnamed character (for crying out loud, go read the spoilers so I can spoil it by naming names) sticks around, expect most fans of this character to seek this issue out for their collections.
I dislike Totally Awesome Hulk. I think he’s cheesy and I want Banner back. But that’s not going to stop me from a quick flip. Totally Awesome Hulk #22 is already selling well on the secondary market. So grab, list, sell.
Small Publisher Picks
This week I have two books to point out. Neither will be spec books or likely heat up but they’re picks based on reading and artwork. The first book is Mage The Hero Denied #1 (Image) from Matt Wagner. The 3rd volume that’s spanned decades. It’s a must pickup for fans of Matt Wagner and Mage.
The second book is Valiant’s Divinity. Volume 4 hits stands with Divinity #0. The first volume caught all kinds of heat but it’s cooled since then as most retailers caught on and have been ordering to meet demands. Divinity is my second favorite Valiant character behind X-O Manowar. Matt Kindt is becoming one of my favorite writers as well. So you can’t go wrong with Divinity.
The Wicked Righteous #1 (Alterna Comics) – First of all, these news print $1.50 books are not getting the attention and love they deserve in my opinion. Secondly, did I mention they’re only $1.50? This book seems great and caught my attention long ago in Previews. If it doesn’t heat up (which I’m not counting on more than likely), I’m hoping for a great read.
From the description, “In post-apocalyptic San Diego, four teenage brothers rescue a young girl from a brutal gang of psychopaths and spark a chain of events that attracts an onslaught of unspeakable evil. This is the world of the Wicked and the Righteous… and the children will lead them all. Printed on newsprint.”
And that’s not all I got this time. I’m going to start something else new this week. I’m going to call it.. “Books to Avoid”. Yeah, a section dedicated to books I think you should either avoid altogether or wait to buy.
So the first book goes to Spy Seal by Rich Tommaso. I feel burned by his more recent book She Wolf and the Dark Corridor from a year or so back. I gave them each a chance and these books in my opinion fell flat on their writing. She Wolf was just a mess. It made zero sense and the art was just weird. Sure some might have found it appealing but my local shop can’t even get rid of their copies marked down to 50 cents currently. I’m sure they feel burned on this one as well. So with these recent books, I can’t recommend this new book. I hope I’m wrong but from Poyo’s perspective, this is a book to just avoid for now.
The second book I’m going to tell you to avoid is Sheena #0 from Dynamite. Honestly, I can’t recall the last Dynamite book to heat up. As much as I enjoy Marguerite Bennett’s Animosity from Aftershock, I just don’t see this series taking off, even with the first issue at 25 cents. Okay, for 25 cents you can pick up the regular cover to check out but what I will advise is for you to avoid paying the hefty premium prices on the 1:100 Campbell variant and the other variants, if you didn’t already pre-order them when Anthony posted the cheap link. Wait… wait some more.. if you wait long enough, you’ll find the Campbell variant for a much more desired price if you’re that huge a fan of Mary Jane with a different shade of hair color. Yeah, it’s Mary Jane as Sheena. That’s what some will pay $85 or more for, the same damn girl on a different title.
Now, that’s all folks. Love it, hate it, either way, I’m sleeping well tonight without a worry in the world.