Wednesday Open Forum

Wednesday

 

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 160th edition of the open forum!

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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33 Responses to Wednesday Open Forum

  1. JayClue says:

    One of my smaller LCS’ puts out a video every Tuesday night showing the Comics they got in. The store got a restock of Batman Red Death #1, foil cover, in today. Couldn’t believe it. I hope he got 20 copies ( more likely 4-5).

  2. A. King says:

    Over the weekend I was looking around a used book store. I picked up Alf #1-#7, #1×2 for $1 each. It is a pretty good little store, they have about 50 short boxes. I’ll definitely be going back. Tomorrow I think it is only Metal for me again.

  3. Ken M. says:

    Jesse James Comics has a Star Wars variant cover for #38 that is $5.99. Not an eye-popping cover, really, nor is it limited (3000) but it might be of interest to Star Wars fans.

  4. Richard Sean Guevara says:

    You all hear about DC changing things up in 2018 and doing the whole marvel method of story telling/scripting? What do you all think about it?

    https://www.bleedingcool.com/2017/11/13/dc-comics-move-artist-focused-marvel-method-that-marvel/

    Hate to link bleedingstool but there’s the article that brought it to my attention. I thought Rebirth has been doing really well, if that’s the case why change things up?

    • Anthony says:

      Who knows. DC has been doing it right and Marvel has been trying to play catch up but it seems like we are in Bizarro world.

    • Brennan says:

      This sounds completely ridiculous to me. Let the writers write, the drawers draw, the inkers ink, and the colourists colour! They have roles for a reason. This may have worked in the 60’s when plots were relatively simple and comics were read by mostly children. But those children are now adults and adults expect more. Too many chefs in the kitchen spoil the broth. Stories will be disjointed and ideas will have be shoe-horned in to fit an artists vision of a writers story.

      I’m willing to wager that while art is nice and all, more of us read the books for the stories than the pictures. I know I do. I can tolerate what I think is bad art if the story is good, but no amount of amazing artwork can save a shitty story.

      What ever happened to a dialogue between collaborators. Writer writes a script, artists goes over it and makes a few suggestions, compromise is made. Done. Easy Peazy. Probably quicker than having a writer plot, artist draw, then have the writer try to adapt their idea to fit a drawing.

      You wouldn’t film a movie without a script and overdub it later.

    • agentpoyo says:

      I want less tie-ins.. to be honest. I’m starting to hate how everything has to tie in with the other book or books. This is why I’ve been enjoying Daredevil.. he’s kind of out on his own. What the Guardians of the Galaxy are doing on the other side of the galaxy has nothing to do with what the X-Men are doing here on Earth.. sure, make them co-exist in the same universe but not everything must be part of the same stupid story.

      And the day when Star Wars meets the Marvel Universe (let’s hope that never happens), I’m effing done.. I’m gonna go collect stamps or something.

      • Richard Sean Guevara says:

        Lol stamp collecting yyyeeessss

      • Killerwit says:

        100% agree with Poyo. Sharing the same universe can be cool, but not if all the stories become slaves to the idea of the whole.

      • Kevin verdine says:

        Poyo, my grandfather passed away last month and left me his stamp collection. And I mean a collection. It’s actually been fun to learn a whole new genre. It’s also helped out my wallet as just going thru his/mine stamps is not making spend money on comics. And I’m with you, everything doesn’t need to tie in. If DC has good writing now we have very low standards for an actual story.

      • A. King says:

        Poyo, you know sooner or later Palpatine is going to be looking for the Infinity Gauntlet.

      • agentpoyo says:

        I didnt read that…..

  5. C-Dog says:

    Lookin at Grabbing:
    Evolution 1
    A few Batman Who Laughs
    Babyteeth 6
    Batman 35
    Justice League 33(connecting cover and maybe a movie variant?)
    Realm 3

    Maybes:
    Punisher(bernthal variant)
    Aquaman (that artist from murder machine starts this month right?)

    Nabbed the ashcan for evolution and had fun with it. Not sure why it doesn’t have more traction like gasolina and realm.

  6. Brennan says:

    This weeks Pulls:

    Babyteeth #6
    Batman #35
    Bloodshot: Salvation #3
    Deadpool v. Old Man Logan #2
    Invincible #142
    Justice League #33
    Nightwing #33
    Spectacular Spider-Man #297
    Darth Vader #8
    Doctor Aphra #14
    Superman #35
    Amazing Spider-Man #791
    Batman Who Laughs #1
    Mighty Thor #701
    Wild Storm #9

    Smell you guys later.

  7. schweizerdavid says:

    Picking up this week:
    Nothing again. I don’t think I’m being picky but there really is nothing new piquing my interest lately.

    Coming in the mail:
    Cavewoman Jungle Tails 1 Frank Cho cover: Early Cho cover, maybe his first according to some of the articles I have read. Cavewoman vs. an octopus!

    Review of the this past weekend’s local swap:
    I cleared half of what I made at last year’s comic swap, but it looked like there were many more people getting out of the game. It’s hard to compete with people blowing through books at 4/$1 or $30 for a long box. Most of my sales were to vendors restocking keys. Customers were mainly looking to cheap tpbs to read or high grade AH!

    Among the books I sold:
    Adventures of Superman 14 Jock cover
    Capes 1 Walking Dead preview
    Daredevil 115 Wolvie preview
    Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe set
    FF 67 Him low grade reader, but sold for 4x what I paid
    Harley Quinn Future’s End
    Marvel Graphic Novel 4 New Mutants
    Marvel Premiere 2 Warlock
    Thor 184-191 run with some sweet Hela covers
    Venom Lethal Protector 1
    Wonder Woman 189 AH!
    X-Factor 6 Apocalypse
    X-Factor 68 Baby Cable signed by Claremont

    With such a tough market, I thought it would be instructional to share what did sell. No one showed any interest in my 9.6 slabbed BA12. I had about 5 people show interest in my 6.5 slabbed HOS 92, but I wasn’t too keen in letting it go. I brought it mostly to get people’s attention so I could talk and plus sell other books like the Capes 1. I did get an offer for $300 over what I paid for it, but again wasn’t too keen to sell it yet. GoCollect shows a 35% increase over the past 2 years for this book in this grade.

  8. Eric R says:

    Comic book pick ups this week:
    Venom #155 2nd print Mattina cover
    Babyteeth #6
    The Realm #3 (Kelly Jones cover)
    Darth Vader #8
    Doctor Aphra #14 (40th anniversary)
    Batman Who Laughes #1 (looking forward to this book)
    Doctor Strange #381 (Donny Cates-looking forward to his take on the good doctor!)

    Spec pick ups for the week:
    Action 894 (1:10 variant cover)-1st Death in DCU for $5
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer #20-J Scott Campbell cover for $6
    Darth Vader #2 (Volume 2)-2 copies at $3.00 each

  9. schweizerdavid says:

    Very quiet in here today.

  10. J. Coleman says:

    LCS

    Batman Who Laughs
    Batman 35 reg cvr

    Online

    Action Comics Vol 2 #989 Cover A Regular Nick Bradshaw Lenticular Cover
    Adam Greens Hatchet #1 Cover A Regular Richard Bonk Massacre Cover
    After Eden #4
    All-New Classic Archie Your Pal Archie #3 Cover B Variant Les McClaine Cover
    Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows Vol 2 #12
    Amazing Spider-Man Vol 4 #789 Cover B Variant Alex Ross Lenticular Homage Cover (Marvel Legacy Tie-In)
    American Gods Shadows #8 Cover A Regular Glenn Fabry Cover
    Apocalypse Girl #1 NEXT WEEK
    Babyteeth #5
    Big Trouble In Little China Old Man Jack #1 Cover B Regular Sam Bosma Movie Poster Cover
    Birthright #27 Cover A Regular Andrei Bressan & Adriano Lucas Cover
    Black Science #32 Cover A Regular Matteo Scalera & Moreno Dinisio Cover
    Briggs Land Lone Wolves #5 Cover B Variant Ben Oliver Cover
    Comic Shop News #1588
    Comic Shop News 2017 Christmas Special
    Danger Doll Squad #1 Cover C Variant Dan Mendoza Cover
    Daredevil Vol 5 #27 Cover A Regular Mike Deodato Jr Cover
    Dark Nights Metal #3 Cover C Variant Jim Lee Cover
    Divided States Of Hysteria #5
    Dying And The Dead #6
    Eternal Empire #5
    Evil Within Vol 2 #2 Cover A Regular Szymon Kudranski Cover
    Family Trade #1
    Flash Vol 5 #32 Cover B Variant Howard Porter Cover
    Gotham City Garage #1 Cover A Regular Rafael Albuquerque Cover
    Harbinger Renegade #8 Cover C Variant Kano Cover
    Harrow County #26
    Hulk Vol 4 #11
    Infernoct #2 Cover A Regular Eli Powell Cover NEXT WEEK
    Jimmys Bastards #4
    Kingsman Red Diamond #2 Cover B Variant Rafael Albuquerque Black & White Cover
    Lazaretto #2
    Long Lost #1 NEXT WEEK
    Mighty Thor Vol 2 #700 Cover B Variant Stephanie Hans Lenticular Homage Cover (Marvel Legacy Tie-In)
    Mister Miracle Vol 4 #3 Cover B Variant Mitch Gerads Cover
    Orphan Black Deviations #5 Cover A Regular Cat Staggs Cover
    Ragman Vol 3 #1
    Redlands #3
    Royal City #6 Cover B Variant Jeffrey Brown 1990s Album Homage Cover
    Runaways Vol 5 #2 Cover A Regular Kris Anka Cover
    Sacred Creatures #4 Cover A Regular Pablo Raimondi Cover
    Scooby Apocalypse #18 Cover B Variant Mark Buckingham Cover
    Sheena Vol 4 #2 Cover A Regular Mike McKone Cover
    Slasher #5 NEXT WEEK
    Smoketown #4

  11. A. King says:

    Not too many new pickups for me today…….
    Champions #14 I wanted to see what happens to Viv
    All issues of Metal
    I did get a ton of back issues (and nobody laugh), I picked up #1 – #59 of the old DC Powerpuff Girls series plus the movie adaption for $50 and I know when I get ready to move them I’ll get a lot more than that back. A couple of years ago I made a killing on some M.L.P. back issues.

  12. Stephen Hale says:

    Pick up today

    Batman Who Laughs
    Batman 35, Cover A & B
    Justice League #33
    Nightwing #33
    Supersons #10
    Superman #35
    Darth Vader #8
    Babyteeth #6

    Wanted to pick up Evolution but unfortunately the copies at the LCS were only VF.

    • Richard Sean Guevara says:

      Hate when you wanna get a comic but all the ones on the shelf are already messed up. Had to pass on Batman 35 Cover B because of that.

  13. JayClue says:

    My pick ups this week were:

    Dr. Aphra 14
    Darth Vader 8
    Spider-Men II 4 Connecting
    ASM 791
    Hulk 710 reg & Kirby Variant
    Weapon X 11
    Batman Who Laughs 1
    Batman 35
    Baby Teeth 6
    Watchmen #4
    Punisher 13 MJ Variant
    The Casting 1, 1B, 1C
    The Forge 1B
    Awesome Hulk 22 2nd print
    Deadpool vs OML 2 new character?
    Despicable Deadpool 287 2nd print
    Evolution 1

  14. Ken M. says:

    The list is long enough, but forgot to grab Deadpool vs. Old Man Logan #2. Looking forward to the Doomsday Clock midnight release sale next week at my LCS – should be able to pick up some older books for good prices.

    Here’s the list:

    AQUAMAN #30 VAR ED
    BATMAN #35 VAR ED
    BATWOMAN #9 VAR ED
    BOMBSHELLS UNITED #6
    GREEN LANTERNS #35 VAR ED
    INJUSTICE 2 #14
    JUSTICE LEAGUE #33 METAL
    JUSTICE LEAGUE #33 VAR ED METAL
    NIGHTWING #33 VAR ED
    SUPER SONS #10 VAR ED
    SUPERMAN #35 VAR ED
    TRINITY #15 VAR ED
    WILD STORM #9
    WILD STORM #9 HITCH VAR ED
    WILD STORM #9 LEE VAR ED
    WONDER WOMAN CONAN #3 (OF 6) A CVR & VAR ED
    BUG THE ADVENTURES OF FORAGER #5 (OF 6)
    BUG THE ADVENTURES OF FORAGER #5 (OF 6) VAR ED
    BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #1 (METAL) x 2
    BATMAN WHITE KNIGHT #2 VAR ED
    BATMAN THE DEVESTATOR #1 (METAL)
    EVOLUTION #1
    CURSE WORDS #10 CVR A BROWNE
    CURSE WORDS #10 CVR B FRISON
    DESCENDER #26 CVR A NGUYEN
    GENERATION GONE #5 (End of story arc, will probably drop this one)
    HORIZON #16
    INVINCIBLE #142
    KILL THE MINOTAUR #6
    MAESTROS #2
    REALM #3 CVR A HAUN & FILARDI
    RETCON #3
    FAMILY TRADE #2
    PETER PARKER SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #297 LEG
    AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #791 LEG
    STAR WARS DARTH VADER #8
    STAR WARS DOCTOR APHRA #14
    WEAPON X #11
    X-MEN BLUE #15 LEG (I think I got it, have to double-check though)
    DR. STRANGE #381 (Just to check out Cates’ take on DS)
    BRILLIANT TRASH #1 CVR A (Not on the pull list, but flipped through it and thought it looked interesting)

  15. Jetski says:

    Lots of good stuff to read this week.

    The Mighty Thor #701
    Aquaman #30
    The Wild Storm #9
    Wonder Woman / Conan #3
    Evolution #1
    Generation Gone #5 (end of story arc)
    Kill the Minotaur #6 (final issue)
    Maestros #2
    The Realm #3
    Hercules: Wrath of the Heavens #4
    The Beautiful Death #3
    Bloodshot: Salvation #3
    Briggs Land: Lone Wolves #6
    Jenny Finn #1
    Rasputin: Voice of the Dragon #1
    Unholy Grail #4
    Doctor Strange #381: Legacy (Donny Cates)

  16. Online Pickups this week:

    Batman Who Laughs x3
    Punisher 218 reg x1 & TV cover x2
    Dark Fang #1
    Deadman #1 signed Neal Adams
    Evolution #1
    Venom #155 2nd print x2

  17. Birdman says:

    My pick-ups this week included…

    Aquaman B
    Batman Who Laughs x 2
    Justice League A&B
    Nightwing B
    Super Sons A
    Superman B
    Teen Titans #12 x 2
    Trinity B
    Amazing Spidey
    Ben Reilly Scarlet Spider (1:25 variant)
    Darth Vader
    Dr. Strange (1:25 variant)
    Spider-Men II B
    Venom #155 2nd print
    Weapon X (reg. cover)
    Dark Fang (not sure I like the art, but I’m giving the first issue a try)
    Evolution (reg. and ashcan)
    Invincible
    Ninjak (1:50 variant)

    I wanted to get Batman (B cover) but I didn’t like the condition of the copies I saw…will check around further. Weapon X (1:25 variants) were a ghost…same with Doc Aphra 40th Anniv. cover. I was looking for a cheap Bloodshot Salvation (Neal Adams variant), but no luck. I’m especially looking forward to reading Batman Who Laughs and Evolution. Already have my JL movie tickets reserved for Sunday…bringing the family…REALLY hope it’s good (or better yet GREAT!)…REALLY DON’T want to be disappointed. It has taken way too long to bring JL movie to fruition…still cannot believe Avengers hit theater first…JLA started my comic habit…would have preferred Original 7. I have lots of reservations…Cyborg is and always will be a Teen Titan to me…strongly disagree with Superman being left out of the promos as we all know he’s alive (marketing blunder!?)…no GL!?…and not excited AT ALL about the villain selected for the team’s debut…but it is still a must see film. Fingers double-crossed that it maintains the positive momentum started by the Wonder Woman movie.

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