Welcome once again to my spec and my drek. I pick what I think will be winners, not only if you make money by flipping but winners as in either a great read or just awesome art.
Then there’s the pesky drek, the comic you should avoid altogether or not fall into the buying every variant trap.
First, to all those who lost their lives on September 11th, the victims and the first responders who sacrificed their lives then and now, you are not forgotten.
This pick we find out exactly what happens to Alfred since the last issue, which things didn’t look so good for the guy. If you don’t want to pay secondary market prices, there’s a 2nd printing on the way you can pre-order of Batman #77.
In the first part of a ‘City of Bane’ interlude, Batman receives help from an ally he thought he had lost for good: Catwoman! Still recovering from the beatings he took from Bane and Flashpoint Batman, the Dark Knight readies himself for a return to Gotham City, and it’s Selina Kyle who holds the key. She knows how Bane is fueling his regime, and she’ll help Batman shut down the supply line-but first she has to whip the battered hero into shape.
This next pick is a card stock cover but it’s still the Killer B pick this week. You can’t go wrong with this Artgerm variant that comes off as Pfieffer’s Catwoman costume.
The pick just because these new X-Men series are hot off the presses.
As Cerebro does as it was intended to do, Sinister does what Sinister does best and the future comes to an end. Superstar writer Jonathan Hickman (FF, NEW AVENGERS, INFINITY) continues his reshaping of X-History alongside breakout artist R.B. Silva (UNCANNY X-MEN). The Future of the X-Men begins here! Rated T+
Venom #18 is another pick one should not overlook. I don’t think this will heat up, if it does, it’ll be a slight bump in value but I think it will confirm the origins of Dylan and his ties to the Symbiote. It also makes this new Sleeper guy more relevant and might cause his firsts to continue to heat up.
Captain Marvel #10 we might learn more about Star.
And my last pick goes to Moon Knight Annual #1. Not sure why we’re getting an annual for a title that’s not currently ongoing right now but it is Moon Knight and I love Moon Knight so I’ll take it.
Indie and Small Publisher Picks
Could be a sleeper hit, at time of writing not a lot of action on the secondary market but has the potential once it hits store shelves and in the hands of more people, if the story holds up.
Canto #4 (of 6) (Cover A – Zucker) continues this week. Great story, great art. These later issues won’t see heat and Midtown keeps raising the prices of the 1:10 variants (phooey on them, nobody is buying these at $20 or more at the retail level, I hope Midtown sits on these for a long time)…
Trees is back. First series was a great read. Looking forward to this next arc.
Trees Three Fates #1 (of 5)
‘A uniquely exciting read.’ -IGN The acclaimed series from WARREN ELLIS and JASON HOWARD-which is currently being adapted for television-returns with a brand-new story of murder and ghosts!
In the remote Russian village of Toska, there’s a dead body by the leg of the Tree that landed eleven years ago. Police sergeant Klara Voranova, still haunted by that day, has no idea how this murder will change everything-nor what awaits her in the Tree’s shadow.
Midnight Sky #1 is a great read. With a sneak peek preview about a week back, this one hit shelves much sooner than I thought it would as I believe the original release date was for the end of September.
My last pick goes to Vamp #1 which looks like a entertaining read.
Someone’s trying to sell this for $25 on the secondary market as well to kick off pre-sales, yet you can still find this one at most online retailers and most other sales on eBay are at cover price.
I expect small print run on this one. Could see some heat if story is there that creates some demand. Even without any heat, I’m hoping for a great read.
Now on with the dreaded “avoid” pick, every writer and artist worst nightmare when it comes to selling their hard work.
Buy them if you like them but most of those Immortal Wraparound Covers just make zero sense. I don’t expect any of these to heat up. Buy for the PC if you do want them but don’t expect to make any money from them.