2017 Spec Books of the Year Poll Results

Thanks to everyone who voted. The votes are in and we have a winner. A pretty clear winner at that. (In no way is this scientific, but thank you to the 431 people who voted.)

So, here we go.

Book/issue number/number of votes/percentage

Teen Titans #12 (149 votes) 35%

Totally Awesome Hulk #22 (99 votes) 23%

Mister Miracle #1 (54 votes) 13%

God Country #1 (31 votes) 7%

Supergirl #12 Artgerm variant (25 votes) 6%

Batman White Knight #3 Variant  (23 votes) 5%

Batman Red Death (22 votes) 5%

Redneck #1 (16 votes) 4%

Batman Elmer Fudd #1 (7 votes) 2%

And the write in candidates

Spider-Gwen #24 (2 Votes)

Thanos #13 (1 Vote)

Batman Who Laughs #1 (1 Vote)


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32 Responses to 2017 Spec Books of the Year Poll Results

  1. David Bitterbaum says:

    Mister Miracle got robbed 😦

  2. Salty says:

    Thanos 13 got one vote but did you see what the raw copies are going for.

    • agentpoyo says:

      Its heating up late in the year but its got potential to stay hot.

    • Anthony says:

      Of the variant or regular cover. These were all cover priced cover.

    • JayClue says:

      Thanos 13 is literally heating up the very last few weeks of the year. If Marvel doesn’t rush the Cosmic Ghost Rider and ran it down our throats, while letting Cates grow the character organically. I could see this character, and in turn this book, having some long legs.

      • A. King says:

        If the Cosmic Ghost Rider is really Deadpool, everyone should be getting set’s of Deadpool vs Thanos. I just picked up one the other day, just in case it connects.
        HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!!!!!!!!!!

      • JayClue says:

        I thought I read in previews that Deadpool is going to be in All new Wolverine soon. If he’s chillin with Laura and Gabby, he can’t be Cosmic Ghost Rider.

      • Anthony says:

        The Cosmic Ghost Rider is from the future. He came back in the past to nab Thanos.

        Sent from my iPhone


  3. JayClue says:

    It’s kinda messed up that all these new, hot characters are completely unoriginal. Literally every single one is a mash up of existing popular characters. Weapon H – mash up
    Cosmic Ghost Rider – mash up
    Gwenom – beating a dead horse mash up
    Neo Joker – mash up
    Batman Who Laughs – mash up
    Red Death – mash up

    It’s also strange that quantity is valued more than quality, for the most part. God Country, Redneck, Mister Miracle are all well created stories. They are hot because of the quality of the story and/or art. Hot due to the creators talent. And those books, according to this poll and from general observation of the comic medium, are valued less than a boon that simply has a 1st appearance of a new, hot character. Now, I’m not saying the stories in the books that have the hot 1sts are shit, but a book with a 1st isn’t judged by the quality. It is sought simply for the presence of a new character.

  4. A. King says:

    That’s the one I voted for TT #12.

    • Vann says:

      Thanos 13 still looks hugely suspicious to me. The market is the market, but people are trying to sell this this book for bigger $$$ than what it’s worth. Cover price was available from online retailers even yesterday. The lenticular is still available for cover price. I smell bullshit shilling on this book….

      • Anthony says:

        I haven’t seen the regulars or lenticular covers selling for more than cover. I have seen the 1:25 Variant doing well though.

        Sent from my iPhone


      • JayClue says:

        Thanos has caught some heat over the last 3-4 days. So if it is legit (New possible 1st + Cates’ 1st issue makes me think it has legs. Several sales over $15-$20. Time will tell but I think the heat is organic and legit. The market is the market, but no one wants Marvel Lenticulars. They are horrible covers. I literally kept zero marvel legacy lenticulars.

  5. Karl says:

    Over here in the UK the following also did really well:

    Doomsday clock
    Dark nights metal 1

    • Karl says:

      Oh and in terms of % increase can’t ignore marvels kirby true Believers 100th anniversary reprints.

    • Anthony says:

      I have done very well with sink.

      Sent from my iPhone


      • Karl says:

        Yeah I have a cover A signed by Lees.

        It’s on eBay so hope will sell soon.

        I just stocked up on the true Believers Phoenix one stop they just released and got a copy of the virgin artgerm variant of the resurrection.

        Hope they do well to start off 2018!

        Happy new year by the way!

  6. Kevin verdine says:

    “In no way is this scientific”. Lol

  7. Jesus says:

    I did really well with TT#12. Sold my 3 extra copies for $30. Still have a set of A&B left to see if it heats up even more and sell them as a set. Also do note that Metal #2 has a Batman who Laughs appearance and it was released before TT#12.


    • Jay Nelson says:

      Everyone knows that Metal #2 was released the same day as TT#12, not before.

      • Anthony says:

        That is correct.

      • Jesus says:

        You are correct Jay. For some reason I thought that Metal 2 was released a week before. My mistake.

      • alana says:

        Metal #2 is a panel cameo Batman Who Laughs the second cameo after the shadowed appearance panel cameo of all the new characters in Metal Casting I think it was. Metal #2 came out same day as TT#12 , I would consider Metal #2 first full Robins who Laugh and TT#12 first cover first full Batman Who Laughs. The only people that are arguing this are people that missed the TT #12 train and others who want to pump their Dell Otto Metal #2 because they have Mattina Metal #3 envy.

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