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 167th edition of the open forum!

Happy New Year everybody. Hope you had a good one. Did you see Star Wars Last Jedi yet?

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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101 Responses to Wednesday Open Forum

  1. Alana says:

    Bought a book this week Adam Legend of the Blue Marvel #1 1st antiman and 1st Blue Marvel hitting the LCS tomorrow for the first time in months. Slowly coming out of hibernation early.

  2. Kevin verdine says:

    Batman 38a x 4 38b x 2

  3. Kevin verdine says:

    Spawn 281 x 3
    Green lantern 38a x 3 38b x 3
    TWD 175b x3

  4. Wells Floyd says:

    Really curious about Cosmo.

  5. A. King says:

    What’s up guys? A couple of months ago I took a month off from ordering comics online……..except for my pre-orders. So this month I’m going to take it a step further, no online orders (except for my pre-orders ) and no new in store pickups. I’m just going to hope I did not miss anything in my pre-orders. If I go to my main shop I’ll clean out my pullbox of course, which is 99% PC anyways. I’m just too behind on my reading and organizing, so hopefully this helps me catch up.

    • Jesus says:

      Good luck A. King. It took me 3 months to finally organize my books. And I am way behind on my reading as well.

      • agentpoyo says:

        Yeah, I gave up organizing so I’m just planning on getting rid of most of mine.

      • Jesus says:

        Yeah I’m down sizing my collection as well. I’m only keeping the series that I enjoyed reading and sell the rest. Reason why I spent the time organizing so that it can be easier to find the books and sell.

      • A. King says:

        Same here so far I’ve got one long box re-bagged and boarded in Mylar that is PC, about 7 short boxes that are not PC, and that’s less than a third of my collection.

      • Jesus says:

        I knew I forgot something. Mylar my PC. Thanks Poyo now I need to go back and bag 3 short boxes.😁😁😁

      • Jesus says:


  6. Jesus says:

    I’m picking up Batman 38 both A & B, Spawn 281, and green lantern 38.

    On a side note, my wife and I have been watching Game of Thrones. We got first 4 seasons on black Friday and stated to watch them. I love the mid evil era. I think so far this show takes top notch on how it was like back in the day. I’m on season 5 now and it’s good. No spoilers for those who haven’t watched it lol. I would love to get a peace done by Ignacio Calero on Game of Thrones theme. Check out his art work in Belladona.

  7. OC_GUY says:

    For all those who rather purchase online, as of writing this Mycomicshop still has Batman #38 A&B for sale at $3.00 each. Midtown, as was stated before is sold out of cover A but still has cover B for sale at $2.54 each. I’m sure the print run is large but seems to be moving fast.

  8. Anthony says:

    Here are my pickups so far.

  9. Brennan says:

    Happy New year CHUers! Hope everyone is starting off their year well! I’m still off for a few more days so I’m just about to head out to my LCS.
    I am getting:

    Baby teeth #7
    Batman #38
    Batman and the signal #1
    Batman White Knight #4
    Birthright #29
    Justice league #36
    Nightwing #36
    Star wars #41
    Superman #38
    Walking dead #175

    Drive safe everyone!

    • Anthony says:

      Ugh. Just went back to work today.

      • Brennan says:

        First day back sucks but you know what I I’m find worse?? The second day back!
        First day I’m tired and not feeling it, but day 2 I’m even more tired nlbecause of day one and I’m still not feeling it.
        Lucky for me, in my line of work I can plan a few days that don’t really involve me too much but are still very beneficial and productive.

      • agentpoyo says:

        I did too.. I spent all day on the couch (except after I dropped kids off at school, went to comic shop and then came home to the couch before picking kids up from school, only to have a meeting from my couch after I got back home). 🙂

      • Anthony says:

        You have one of those lazy man couches like the chairs in Idiocracy?

      • agentpoyo says:

        Heh… Yup!

  10. Anthony says:

    Cosmo was no where to be found.

  11. Brennan says:

    My LCS was hit by a Batman #38 shelf clearer right at open today. Other than him, the only other copies went to pull lists. I got a cover B. No policy about shelf clearing at my LCS, which is totally fine with me. No need to fear shelf clearers when you pre order your books 🙂

  12. Ken M. says:

    First trip to the LCS in the New Year, and I walk out a felon. I get an extra 5% off as a valued customer (or whatever term they use), so after the associate finished tallying up my books, I mentioned that I am supposed to get that discount. He apparently went back in and re-entered my purchase to add the discount but appears to have left out a handful of books that I grabbed that weren’t on my original pull. I didn’t realize it at the time that I paid (nor did he), but as I was driving home I started thinking that the amount I paid seemed a little low. And, after looking at the receipt, my hunch was correct. So, I’ll have to go back and settle up – don’t want anyone to get in trouble, including myself.

    Anyway, no Cosmo, no Popeye zombie variant, and no Spawn, so I missed out on those. I did get the Batman A & B, the Green Lantern A (& B, but that one doesn’t show the new baddie), and a couple others mentioned in the CHU videos.

    My purchases:

    BATMAN #38 (think I have a few more of these coming in the mail)
    INJUSTICE 2 #17
    SCALES & SCOUNDRELS #5 (probably dropping this one – not a bad story, but geared towards a younger audience)
    STAR WARS #41

    Also received my Spawn #280 Mattina variant from Sad Lemon, plus a couple of Hawkman Found #1 foils from MyComicShop.

    • Brennan says:

      Lol once we got to chatting as I was being rung up. Well we got side tracked and I left without actually paying. I realized after I got home so I called and we laughed and I just paid the following Wednesday.

      • Ken M. says:

        Yeah, I went back tonight and squared things away, so no biggie in the end. Also picked up the last Green Lanterns #38 A cover since it appears to be heating up a bit.

      • agentpoyo says:

        Long ago when I worked at Lowes during my college days, I worked the cashier in the Lawn and Garden section and so many times I’d forget to scan the crap on the bottom of the cart. I’d just let them continue on their way when I realized I didn’t ring up the stuff on the bottom.. I hated that job anyways.

  13. A. King says:

    I guess I’m just going to have to list what’s in my pullbox at my main shop for awhile…….
    Extremity #10
    Paper Girls #19
    Animosity Evolution #3
    Solar Flare season 2 #3
    White Knight #4
    I was going to call them to put me a copy of Batman in my pullbox, but when I realized I already pre-ordered a couple I changed my mind.
    One of my titles ended recently The Woods. I was reading that from the beginning, and I just found out another is ending soon East of West, that might be one of my favorite comics I’m reading now.

  14. Richard Guevara says:

    Well someone went a bit crazy at my LCS on batman 38. So my LCS is a bigger store. They order easily 100+ batman rebirth titles monthly on top of whatever they have for pulls. Someone bought up all of them. Both covers.

    • OC_GUY says:

      The owner/manager allowed one person to buy up all store stock on a hot book from a popular title? I can see if they allow multiples when large quantities are ordered but every single copy? That’s messed up. Shows they have little regard for all their regulars.

      • agentpoyo says:

        Yeah I agree. Name the shop, they should be publicly shamed..

      • Richard Guevara says:

        They fulfilled all their pulls before letting the guy pick up all the copies. They’re a bigger shop so yeah they have a lot of “extras” on the shelf. The guy called in and asked to have the rest of them.

      • Jesus says:

        No to long ago, I was looking at this one guy’s collection. I am not kidding you. He had at least 15+ copies of a certain titles. His main collection was from the 90’s, but man some people do go crazy.

      • Anthony says:

        Lol. I picked up over 15 of each Batman today.

      • agentpoyo says:

        To get some signatures though… 🙂

    • agentpoyo says:

      Shame on the store and the person who cleared all the copies. There’s a special place in hell for those types of people. If you’re going to do that, these are the types that should get their own diamond account and start their own comic book shop…

      • Richard Guevara says:

        I get that sentiment as I’ve missed out on stuff that wasn’t on my pull list. But the store fulfilled their pull list first. Guess it’s a risk you take if you don’t have a pull file with them/any shop on a hot issue?

        They also have multiple stores within the city, so they’ll probably be able to move some over by tomorrow to get them into the hands of walk ins too. I went to their smallest shop they have afterwards (around 6pm pst) and they had 10 copies left. 4 Cover a and 6 Cover B

      • Dantes says:

        Yeah, should have at least left few copies for others to buy

      • Brennan says:

        Can I get my own diamond account and just order what I want?!?!

      • agentpoyo says:

        Yes but I think they require a monthly minimum though.

      • JayClue says:

        @Brennan. Ive looked into opening a Diamond Acct. It requires, if i remember correctly, about $400 US monthly order. Not sure what discount you get ordering direct in small quantities. You then have to pay shipping each week for your books. You also need a credit card acct which accepts credit payments. I believe there may be one more hoop to jump through. Between my weekly reads and specs, I come close to spending retail $100 weekly, which puts me close to the Diamond monthly minimum. But I would have to order more because of the wholesale price. You would also get all the 1 per stores for free and those ash cans. Perhaps one day I will open an account, but probably not.

      • Anthony says:

        Your $100 a week is at retail, not at discount Diamond. You would need to buy about 2x as much as you do now.

      • JayClue says:

        I know. I stated that in my comment, ‘I come close to spending retail $100 weekly, which puts me close to the Diamond monthly minimum. But I would have to order more because of the wholesale price.’

    • Wells Floyd says:

      Sheesh! That shouldn’t be allowed! Not fair to the people who can only arrive after work.

    • Richard Guevara says:

      Lol Jesus that is something else. If i could afford it. I’d probably go nuts as well. Maybe not 15 each of each issue but crazy nonetheless

      • Jesus says:

        Lol. One day we’ll be like Tony and not pay for books. Then we can stack up and get 10+ copies lol.

      • Anthony says:

        It’s easier to do than you think. I flip Comics to pay for comics.

      • agentpoyo says:

        I dont flipnl as much as you Tony but most of my online orders are all paid for by money from flipping and seing other stuff.

        But I can say going to NYCC and selling crap we pick up while still on the con floor is fun. Those trips end up paying for themselves or even make profit from them.

        Buy item for $20… Snap pic, list, sell it… Go buy more…. Repeat. Then keep the few things you want to keep and you basically got your swag for free.

      • Anthony says:

        Man. This year was epic. There was so much easy flipping. $20 items we got for free $185 for items we paid $40 for. People emailing us because we were matching the current recorded sales and telling us we were going to low, meanwhile they are still trying to sell the same items months later.

      • agentpoyo says:

        Yup. Even the Hotel messing up our rooms so we got a huge discount. Can’t wait until next year.

      • Anthony says:

        The hotel room was a steal

      • Jesus says:

        Then I need you to teach me. I want books that pay for themselves lol

      • Jc says:

        I did the same thing at NYCC and also received emails that I was selling things for too cheap. Wonder if it was the same eBay user? Repeated emails from the same user. I made a nice profit flipping NYCC items in real time. Great fun!

      • Anthony says:

        Was it the Secret Variant for Realm? If so, then yes, it was the same guy

      • Jesus says:

        I need to learn the ways of the force specially since I’m going again to SDCC. Teach Jedi Master Tony…

      • Anthony says:

        Dude I need to come out and show you

      • JayClue says:

        I had a guy emailing a few months ago about a hot book I was apparently selling for too low. I laughed and exchanged a few emails with him. What a goof. I wish I set the market rates for hot books, lol.

      • Jesus says:

        Lol. I had a person call me out cuz I listed a book to high. I listed it at where the market was. I just told him if he didn’t like my price to buy from someone else who had it cheaper.

      • Jesus says:

        That’s a deal Tony. If you ever come down to SDCC, you know my doors are opened.

      • Richard Guevara says:

        Say what I’m going to SDCC this year as well. Teach me too while you’re at it Anthony lol

  15. J. Coleman says:


    Batman 38 var cvr
    Spawn 281 reg cvr
    Walking Dead 175 reg cvr

    No Cosmo


    Aquaman Vol 6 Annual #1
    Batman Creature Of The Night #1
    Beauty #17 Cover B Variant Greg Smallwood Cover
    Bettie Page #5 Cover B Variant J Bone Cover
    Black Magick #9 Cover B Variant Cliff Chiang Cover
    Dark Ark #3
    Darkhawk #51 Cover B Variant John Tyler Christopher Trading Card Cover
    Eternity #2 Cover A Regular Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic Cover
    Flash Vol 5 #38 Cover B Variant Francesco Mattina Cover NEXT WEEK
    Grass Kings #9 Cover B Regular Matt Kindt Cover
    Graveland #3
    Hack Slash Resurrection #2 Cover B Variant Emiliano Tanzillo Cover
    Hammer Comics Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter #4 Cover B Variant Hammer Glamour Cover NEXT WEEK
    Hard Case Crime Quarrys War #1 Cover B Variant Fay Dalton Cover
    Judas #2 Cover B Variant Jeremy Bastian Cover NEXT WEEK
    Kill Or Be Killed #14
    Lazarus X Plus 66 #5
    Mystik U #1
    Old Man Logan Vol 2 #31 Cover A 1st Ptg Regular Mukesh Singh Cover
    Sacred Creatures #5 Cover B Variant Klaus Janson Cover
    Spider-Gwen Vol 2 #26
    Spirits Of Vengeance #2 Cover A Regular Dan Mora Cover
    Star Wars Jedi Of The Republic Mace Windu #4 Cover B Variant Will Sliney Star Wars 40th Anniversary Cover
    Supergirl Vol 7 #17 Cover B Variant Stanley Artgerm Lau Cover NEXT WEEK
    Sword Of Ages #1 Cover B Variant Gabriel Rodriguez Cover
    Vampblade Season 2 #9 Cover C Variant Zoe Stanley Cover
    Vampirella Vol 7 #8 Cover C Variant Cosplay Photo Cover
    Venom Vol 3 #158 (Marvel Legacy Tie-In)
    War Mother #4 Cover A Regular David Mack Cover
    Wonder Woman Vol 5 #38 Cover B Variant Jenny Frison Cover NEXT WEEK
    X-Files JFK Disclosure #2 Cover A Regular Menton3 Cover

  16. mybodystory says:

    Picked up in-store

    Batman 38 (cover A, cover B)
    Batman & the Signal #1 (cover B)
    Batman White Knight #4 (cover A)
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe (cover B, Tyler Boss)
    The Walking Dead #175 (cover B, Bill Sienkiewicz)
    Astonishing X-Men #7 (John Cassaday lenticular)
    X-Men Grand Design #2 (cover B character cover)

    Through the mail
    Wizard Jim Lee Millenium Edition HC

  17. JayClue says:

    Fairly light week for me. Picked a few back issues that I had missed while I was out, along with a few filler ASM back issues for my PC. Here are my pick ups:

    PC and Readers

    Batman #38 A&B
    Astonishing XMen #7
    XMen Gold #19 & #16
    Star Wars #41
    TWD #175
    White Knight #4 A&B
    Thanos #14
    Animosity: Evolution #3
    Batman: The Signal #1, wasn’t sure about this but it’s only 3 issues, so I decided to read it
    ASM #367-#369

    Flips n Specs

    Batman #38 A&B
    White Knight #4B
    Green Lanterns #38 A&B
    ASM #792 reg & Phoenix Variant
    Thanos #13 reg + lenticular
    Astonishing XMen #7 Checchetto Avengers Variant, got this by mistake, I got it for cover and thought it was a ratio.
    Harley Quinn Futures End #1 Lenticular cover w/Joker x3 $1 each.

  18. Jetski says:

    Not a lot in my box today.

    Crosswind #6
    Batman #38 X 2
    Batman: White Knight #4
    Extremity #10
    The Walking Dead #175
    Koshchei the Deathless #1
    Rise of the Black Panther #1
    Secret Weapons #0
    Rock Candy Mountain #7

    Slow week, but that is normal after Xmas. I usually have less money in my pocket right after the holiday’s. LCS was sold out on Green Lanterns #38, Spawn, and no Cosmos #1 even ordered.

    • Jetski says:

      Now I know why my LCS couldn’t find Cosmos #1. It’s Cosmo not Cosmos. I confused him. He found one for me. Now lets hope it does something.

  19. schweizerdavid says:

    Rat Queens both covers.

    • Jetski says:

      I haven’t read this series. Is it any good?

      • agentpoyo says:

        Rat Queens was awesome up until Roc stopped drawing it. Then Wiebe went and Wiebed himself and ruined this series like he did with Peter Panzerfaust. I will never read another Wiebe book ever again… He literally is his own worst enemy when it comes to messing up his own stories and books.

      • schweizerdavid says:

        I agree with Poyo for the most part except I am keeping hope that Rat Queens finds its footing again. The best Rat Queens was with Roc. I was able to pick up some Roc original art for super cheap after the s*** hit the fan.

        Rat Queens has been struggling ever since, but there have been flashes of past glory so it is one of the few series I am still giving a chance. It has a solid foundation and a steady fan base. It is selling merch through Patrick Rothfuss’ Tinker’s Pack and Pat wrote a backup story. I still see geek celebs wearing Rat Queens shirts and see Rat Queens cosplay.

        I’ve dropped a lot of books lately, but my permanent pull list includes Rat Queens, Rick & Morty, Invader Zim, and anything Neil Gaiman, Brandon Graham, James Stokoe, and Sam Kieth.

  20. michael cox says:

    Venom #160 dark avengers variant cover sold out everywhere very quickly,any idea why?

  21. Giovanni V. Crisan says:

    Hip Comic is giving away a copy of Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns 8.5 CGC:

    Free entry daily, and additional entries if you make a purchase.

    -Giovanni V. Crisan

  22. michael cox says:

    The Venom #160 Inhyuk Lee Avengers Variant

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