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 181st 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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51 Responses to Wednesday Open Forum

  1. Josias Ocampo says:

    FanExpo Dallas and C2E2 had foil variants of last week’s Batman #44 Selena Kyle cover. It seems they sold out of them at the cons. Sold prices are between $30-$40.

  2. schweizerdavid says:

    Picking up this week:
    No comics this week, so I bought a $200 bottle of Caroni rum. Since they are collectible and flippable, the liquor store limits it to 6 bottles and requests that the buyer does not flip. I saw the same bottle for sale elsewhere for $600. The reason for the steep price is that the distillery closed in 2002 so after this release there is no more.

    • sean lovely says:

      What is special about this rum? I’m not familiar with it. Probably due to me being a bourbon drinker.

      • schweizerdavid says:

        The distillery is closed and it has a unique flavor profile. It tastes like petrol, tobacco, asphalt, and rubber but in a good way. It smells old, smoky, and musty. It has a finish that lasts for an unbelievable amount of time. When I am done drinking my pour, I spend the next half hour smelling the glass. A local rum bar sells it $40/pour. But when it’s gone, it’s gone.

    • JayClue says:

      Speculating on booze, eh, @scheizerdavid, lmao. Youve got serious problems, man. Jokes, bud.

      • schweizerdavid says:

        I’m a rum geek. I am a High Chieftan of the Loyal Order of Fire Drinkers at my local tiki bar, Hale Pele. I’ve had about 370 of their 450 bottles, 2 rums a week.

    • Brennan says:

      I hate rum soo much, but this sounds like one I would not be able to say no to.

  3. zspencer says:

    Picked up:
    ASM 798 Tyler Kirkham sketch variant
    a couple Rick & Morty: Vindicators C2E2 variants
    Afterlife With Archie #666 SDCC Denomicon variant
    Carnage: Family Feud HC

  4. A. King says:

    I got an email from CGC the other day saying that my comics had already been received and were being processed.

  5. Pre-ordered the Justice League, Supergirl, Birds of Prey, & Scooby Apocalypse variants, as well as the Champions #19 which supposedly has a “new hero” in it.

    • Brennan says:

      what have you hear about this new hero?

      • JayClue says:

        It seems to be just a 1 or 2 panel cameo, but the new hero looks like some girl made of light trapped in a bubble in Alberta. Issue 20 may be full 1st, or this may be considered 1st full. time will tell

      • Brennan says:

        Yeah, just read it today. Actually was coming to update my comment but you beat me to it. Looks like a 1st to me. Speaking and full view is more than a cameo in my opinion.

  6. Lonzilla says:

    Thanos #18 is at the top of the list for me tomorrow, skipping the crappy Venom variant and just grabbing a few of the regulars.
    Domino #1 JSC 1:50 if I can find it for $20 or less
    Cap 700 Ross variant, again if it’s cheap enough
    Cap 700 Steranko variant. Not one of his best but I’m a collector so I’ll take it.
    My over the weekend / early week pickups:
    Nothing was more than $8, some were at cover
    ASM 17.1 Dell’Otto variant
    ASM 798 x 2
    Spawn 224 Dark Knight #2 homage
    Thanos #1 Lemire series
    Carnage #10
    Carnage USA #1
    Happy #1
    Gotham Girls #1
    Original Sin #1 Dell’Otto
    Original Sin # 6 Dell’Otto
    Ultimate Fantastic Four #60 1:100
    Ultimates 2 #13 1:100
    All-New Wolverine #2 2 copies

    • Anthony says:

      That’s a decent deal on Comics though. Phantom variants folded a while back but variants or reader copies, that is a old deal.

      • Uncle Willie says:

        It may seem like a deal, sure .. I’m just glad I’m not the guy that paid top dollar for single issues of any of these in hope of making a buck down the road ..

      • Anthony says:

        Oh yeah. I agree.

      • OC_GUY says:

        If I ever buy a store variant or convention variant, four out of five times it is because I like the cover and want it for the pc….but that deal up there..Wow, that’s a great price! Didn’t get any of them so why not…$16 with free shipping!? Can’t beat that! Had to pick one up.

  7. Brennan says:

    Slow week this week. Not too much going on, yet again. It’s been unseasonably cold up here and we are still getting small amounts of snow! Hopefully that changes soon.

    Today I am picking up:

    Bloodshot salvation #8
    Crude #1
    Detective comics #978
    Ninja k #6
    Oblivion song #2
    Spider-Man/Deadpool #31
    Darth Vader #14
    Supergirl #20 variant
    Thanos #18
    Avengers #688
    Deadpool #298
    Flash #44 variant

    • JayClue says:

      Unseasonably cold? 20 years ago i would still be going to the ski resort on weekends at this time of year. I would say it’s frighteningly warm out. 😉

      • Anthony says:

        Differences in latitude. Our weather is about to break finally. We have warm days coming.

      • JayClue says:

        Brennan and i live in the same area.

      • Brennan says:

        The average minimum temperature in April in our area since 1981 is 4 degrees. Today is the second day in April where the temp did not go below 0. It’s unseasonably cold!

      • Brennan says:

        On the other hand, the temperature today historically has ranged from -25 to 38 degrees. So perhaps there is no “seasonable” norm. I guess I’m just remembering how warm it was last year around now.

      • Joe Altnether says:

        lol. We hit 100 degrees yesterday. Summer has started for Phoenicians.

  8. Alana says:

    So the plot leak from Nov 2017 for Avengers Infinity War looks more and more legit. Remember this was posted before Black Panther was released and before most trailers. Read at your own risk

  9. Eric R says:

    Pick ups for the week:
    Darth Vader #14
    Thanos #18 (regular cover and Venom)-sorry to see this storyline end-easily my favorite of 2018!!!
    Avengers #688 (Brooks cover)
    Wonder Woman (Frison)
    X-Men Red #3 (Lee variant-beautiful cover art is the only reason I got this)
    Doctor Strange #388 (Venom variant)
    C2E2 Hillbilly #9 autograph with sketch $15
    C2E2 Xerses #1 foil $10

    Spec pick ups this week:
    Oblivion Song #1 (Pink signature variant)
    Power Rangers #25 (2 sealed bags for $10 each-so tempted to gamble and open one-thoughts?)
    The Kitchen #1 Vertigo (1:15 variant for $4 didn’t realize this was going to be a movie to be released in 2019 with Tiffany Haddish and Melissa McCarthy).

  10. Mike Fechner says:

    I haven’t opened my sealed power rangers yet, either! What’s wrong with me?!

  11. A. King says:

    At first I wasn’t going to any shops today, but then I was near a pretty good shop that I don’t get to very often. I didn’t pick up anything new but I did get Thanos #13 trading card variant and a Lenticular variant. This shop still had a stack of the Lenticular. Why is it that the Lenticular seemingly gets no love? I would think that it’s the lowest printed of the variants, but I haven’t seen the numbers so I don’t know for sure.

  12. Alana says:

    This weeks pick ups……
    Exiles #1 all three incentive variants.
    Walking Dead #176 x3
    All New Wolverine #33
    Batman #44
    And in the dollar bins 2x Infinity War Prelude #1

    • Alana says:

      Thanos #18 A and B too

    • Dave says:

      Going back to look for some Batman 44s. My copies from midtown (A & B) were not the best…spine ticks and some weird ink spots. Hoping to track down some better copies. So far even the LCS’s were damaged.

  13. Ken M. says:

    Sucked it up and did some pruning to my pull list, which will probably be the case for the next little while. Not suffering any withdrawal symptoms, but still a bit of a bummer.

    FLASH #44 VAR ED
    THANOS #18 LEG
    VENOMIZED #2 (OF 5)

  14. A. King says:

    Sink has a Kickstarter going on now.

  15. Uncle Willie says:

    Oddly, Eternals #1 Kirby 1976 seems to be getting some heat .. I’ve sold 4 copies in the last few days and ratcheted the price up each time .. raw 9.0 last sale was $32.00 .. these have been in back issue bins for years collecting dust ..

  16. Dave says:

    I can’t post a reply to the del otto ASM #800 Comicxposure variant to warn everyone not to go through CX…what gives?!

  17. Dave says:

    Batman 45 cover A already sold out a midtown…and it was limit one per customer. What’s up? Guess I’ll be hitting up some shops this Wednesday early.

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