Poyo’s Spec and Drek for December 12th, 2018

Last week was fun. I actually had a chance to hit up the local shops at open time and sadly they got absolutely nothing. No good variants, no good ratio’d variants and almost none of the indie books I wanted.

So the good news this week is, we finally get that Batman Damned #2. I just want to mention I didn’t read all of my picks or books from last week yet but I can say I made time to read Martian Manhunter #1. I really liked it and hope it stays interesting and strong through the entire 12 issue series.

DC/Vertigo Pick

This is a no brainer this week for my DC pick.

Sure there is going to be a huge number of copies printed. It’s going to be really easy to find this round but this has been anticipated since the debut of issue #1 back in the summer and has been on the best selling lists each and every week almost since that time for most comics with the most movement on the secondary market.

And the Oscar goes to.. sorry, the pick goes to Batman Damned #2 with a sweet looking Bermejo cover A I think will be more popular than Lee’s Cover B.

Marvel Pick

Marvel has a huge week this week. Have you seen the number of books coming out including variants? It’s just massive amount of books and covers to choose from.

But I’m a sucker for an awesome Silver Surfer cover so out of all the books this week, my pick goes to  Defenders Silver Surfer #1 Skan Variant..

This is a great looking cover that’s already selling out online at most retailers and with some pre-sales listings at $69.99.

So grab a copy if you find them for cheap. I don’t think these are going to heat up much and if they do, it won’t last long. So if you do miss out, wait as you might can snag later for a better bargain.

I also must mention that we need a new Silver Surfer title. Make it dark Marvel. That last Dan Slott series was just awful and did Silver Surfer zero justice.

Indie Pick

I’m tired of Antarctic Press, unless I’m selling them. I truly think it’s just hype since Rags has taken off so people are just gobbling them up since I still don’t think retailers are going heavy on these books while the speculators are buying all the copies they can.

Well, this weeks indie pick is yet again an Antarctic book but a slightly different one. I thought I’d never pick a Trump Parody book but this one is just too funny to pass up for any Grinch and Dr. Seuss fan.

This weeks pick goes to How The Trump Stole Christmas. The cover art is just awesome. It’s a must pick up just for the sheer entertainment I hope it brings while I’m going no. 2 when I read it.

Small Publisher Pick

Issue #1 was just awesome.

This second issue has an awesome looking Bill Sienkiewicz variant going for it and is already sold out at Midtown. You might just have to settle for a Cover A, C or D which are all pretty good if you ask me.

But history proves, go with Cover A when it comes to Image Books if they ever gain value. Just take a look at Seven to Eternity or God Country. Both of those had some awesome alternate covers but the masses demanded Cover A more.

Pick up a copy of Bitter Root #2 and go ahead and pick up issue #1 if you aren’t reading this new series. It’s different, it’s good and I really look forward to this series keeping me entertained for quite some time.


Now on with the dreaded “avoid” pick, every writer and artist worst nightmare when it comes to selling their hard work.

Fantastic Four Wedding Special #1. $4.99 for a freaking wedding special book that I predict you’ll find in the dollar bin a few months from now. I hate these gimmicky wedding story lines cause that’s all they are, easy cash for those that actually buy them.

Unless something happens (like a first appearance), this is just total garbage if you ask me. Yeah yeah, I’m judging before ever reading it. But seriously, someone name a Special One Shot type book based on a Wedding of two characters that heated up and stayed hot after it’s been released in the past couple years of last few decades?

13 thoughts on “Poyo’s Spec and Drek for December 12th, 2018”

  1. Cannot agree with you more on the last Silver Surfer series. Total garbage. Hated the whole storyline, art, everything. Get him back to something darker and involving some cosmic entities.

    1. Dan Slott.. should I go on? He ruins everything he touches.. except Fantastic Four, no one can ruin them as they’re already damaged goods. 😉

  2. Was Joker marrying Harley Quinn a one-shot? Or was it an issue in an ongoing series? Did that one do well as a wedding issue?

    1. Very true but even then, over time some still seek out Cover A if the incentive or ratio variants are out of reach by either price or just sheer availability.

  3. How Trchump Stole Christmas is a reprint from a book that was released this time, last year. The green foil cover is new, though.

          1. I did well flipping the regular cover of last years printings. There was a normal cover A with no foil and regular (orange) inks.

    1. Though I hate mixing modern comics with politics, I will say I did loved the Barack Panther book (Kanyemonger cracked me up), and also Trump in Spawn a few issues ago as an undercover demon/power hungry fallen angel (hard too keep up with whos who these days) was cool. I’m actually surprised the Spawn issue didn’t get as much attention bc of this. Good catch on this being a reprint.

      1. I saw a Barack Panther in a Books a Milliion for $1. May go back and grab it. All their comics are $ right now….I think they’re getting out of selling comics.

        Grabbed a bunch of #1s the other day…if one gets optioned, it’ll pay for he rest and it’s house money from there.

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