Things I Like and Don’t Like for the Week of August 21st, 2019

It’s that time again, where I tell you what’s really grinding my gears for the week of August 21st, 2019.

Some weeks it’s mostly likes, other weeks it’s dislikes.


So what’s grinding my gears this week?


When Back Issues Become More Relevant

It’s been leaked from multiple sources who had early Diamond access that the new Star that showed up in Captain Marvel #8 reveals that she is in fact the reporter Ripley Ryan from Captain Marvel #1 in the upcoming issue Captain Marvel #10.

Captain Marvel #10

FALL TO PIECES! It’s official: New hero STAR is in and CAPTAIN MARVEL is out! As Carol struggles to deal with her changing role and unravel the mystery of what is happening to her powers, a risky new alliance she’s forged may turn out to be even more dangerous than she expected. Will Carol be willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to save a world that has turned on her? Rated T+

Captain Marvel #8 (2nd Printing)Captain Marvel #8 2nd Print hits shelves this week too, which gives us Star’s first cover appearance for those who missed out on the first printing.

The secondary market has cooled off a bit but now that we have her identity revealed, making her first true appearance in Captain Marvel #1, we could see that bump in  value.

And yes, it’s a first appearance. I’m not saying it will be the overall winner in value but an appearance is an appearance whether it’s a cameo, first, first full, first cover and so on. If Ripley is Star, then her first full as Ripley Ryan is in Captain Marvel #1. She’s on 3 pages and many panes with dialogue and is named. It’s a no brainer as a first.

Here’s the pages from Captain Marvel #1 (1st and 2nd prints are hard to find but you can still find the Captain Marvel #1 (3rd Printing) still available):

If she sticks around as a villain, antagonist or eventually becomes a hero, Captain Marvel #1 and likely issue #8 are the books to own.

Either way, I love when back issues (even if they were more recent) become more relevant as the story unfolds. The next piece is another one I’m going to talk about that makes back issues relevant again.

New Demogoblin

Spider-Man Unlimited #1 from way back in the early 90’s has a first appearance of Frances Barrison who is Shriek.

There are rumors circulating that she becomes the new Demogoblin (First Demogoblin was in Web of Spider-Man #86 while he first possessed Hobgoblin in The Spectacular Spider-Man #147, considered as a cameo, both are dirt cheap books for the most part) in the upcoming Absolute Carnage Lethal Protectors #2.

Demogoblin is featured on the cover. Not sure if there will be a cameo in Absolute Carnage Lethal Protectors #1 (of 3) but it’s certainly a book to keep an eye on and definitely could throw some back issue love for Spider-Man Unlimited Maximum Carnage #1 from 1993.

Absolute Carnage Lethal Protectors #2 (of 3)

Goblins are going to be around as villains and antagonists as long as there is Spider-Man and his other supporting cast characters. So for any Spider-Man fan, these firsts are a must.

Some might not like Donny Cates but I do like how he’s making back issues more interesting and relevant, rejuvenating these characters most might not even bother with.

Evil Miles

It’s the week of back issues that have potential for sure. The one that is already winning seems to be Spider-Men II #1. You can still find the 2nd printing at Midtown for around $4.

It’s the first appearance of the Evil Miles Morales on Earth-616 that’s been talked about with rumors of an appearance in the upcoming Miles Morales Spider-Man #10 set to hit store shelves this September.

So it’s definitely another book to watch and see, but the real winner will be Spider-Men II #1 where he made his first appearance in.

Giveaways Again

I really do like doing giveaways. If you haven’t come up with a cool symbiote name to win the Absolute Carnage 1 per store Black and White Deodato variant, click here to read the article that links to the forums.

And if you have created a symbiote name, don’t forget to start going through all the others and clicking the to vote for your favorites. That’s who we determine who wins, the most wins.

This week is nothing but likes. What’s grinding your gears this week? Likes or Dislikes, tell us here or in the forums.


15 thoughts on “Things I Like and Don’t Like for the Week of August 21st, 2019”

  1. What about Absolute Carnage issue 1 the Kuder Variant? It has the Demogoblin on the Cover? Key? Also the Spider-Men II just grabbed 2 copies about a month back…back issue bin!

          1. Thanks. What do you think about Psycho List 1 that comes out this week? Selling on EBay for $20-$30 already…

            1. This one slipped past me but yes, it’s sold out almost everywhere and at Diamond. Could be a sleeper hit but it could also fade quickly once Wednesday hits and people get their hands on their copies. I can’t recall the last Blackbox comic that heated up..

              1. Apparently, the writer does screenplays and the story sounds great from the description. I bought 2 copies at cover from Blackbox website but I heard they sold out there also yesterday. Supposedly, the print run is low at 2,800.

  2. Standard cover is selling for $20 plus on ebay. once the issue hits i expect it to rise slightly and then everyone who bought cheap copys will flood the market.

      1. i have no trouble knowing when to buy low , my problem is knowing when to sell high.I have FOLG (fear of letting go ) not FOMO.

        1. No one ever knows the perfect time. Just gotta use your best judgement. Make profit you can live with and have no regrets if it continues to climb afterwards.

  3. I had to go back and reread to see how much use Ripley has thru Captain Marvel. She’s heavy in #2 and shows up at the end of 5 to thank CM them writes the article about spending a month with her that sets up the after WOR story arc. I sold out of 3 and 4 so I have to wait for the 2nd printings to arrive to see if she did anything in those. I’m starting to think she was maybe in an earlier story unnamed, maybe as a victim or collateral damage type thing that sets her on the path to already be [SPOILER] by CM#1. Everything Minerva did to turn her into Star happened prior to CM#1 it seems so where’s the real beginning? What started Ripley down this path prior to CM#1? Time to start looking thru the previous series for an unnamed blonde.

    1. Is [spoiler] redacting “Star” by chance? Because that’s revealed as to who you’re talking about in the very next sentence.

      If not then Spoiler integrity is maintained.

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