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.
There is absolutely nothing out this week from DC that gets me excited. The only book that perked my interest though is this one which also has a pretty cool cover.
Donna Troy is a hero. She fought alongside friends, led the Titans into battle, and buried more friends in the line of duty than she cares to remember.
She’s strong, she’s brave, she’s one of the fiercest warriors on the planet…and she’s the Batman Who Laughs’ next target for infection!
Spinning out of the events of The Batman Who Laughs and Batman/Superman comes the story of a hero who is done with bringing peace to a world that cannot be trusted with it. A woman who’s past has been her greatest adversary, and whose newly awakened dark side is ready to burn it all down and forge a new destiny. No more peace. Only…Deathbringer!
First pick is based on the awesome Clayton Crain cover. Hopefully the story is good, I’m usually pleased with Jody Houser’s work. There’s a new She-Venom as well.. The Lim Variant has sold out pretty quickly but if this entire book is about this new Venom, I’m betting the Venom on the regular cover is also that of She-Venom… And you know what I always claim right? Always bet on cover A. Tread carefully, depending on future plans of this character, it’s still a One-Shot book.
WHAT IS VENOM 2099? Welcome to the future, where the cure for what ails you is at your fingertips with ALCHEMAX!
Our industry-leading pharmaceutical department (HELP) is providing consumers with (FREE ME) the bleeding-edge technology you’ve come to know from our (SAVE ME) products with VENOM, our all-cure drug.
Trials begin (DON’T LET THEM DESTORY ME) this December! Rated T+
The one to grab if you can find at cover price goes to…. Spider-Man Venom Double Trouble #2 Peach Momoko ratio variant.
Midtown listed theirs for $30, most have sold for $30 and only one listed at time of writing for $31.
An honorable mention goes to Ms Marvel #10 which there’s been some spoilers and leaks of a new Stormranger character making their debut. Could see some heat if the character takes off.
Indie and Small Publisher Picks
This first pick has been on my radar since I saw it in Previews.
In 1944, as Swastikas flew over Paris, one of the most notorious and prolific serial killers in history turned the occupied city into his personal hunting ground.Under the guise of opportunity and freedom, a killer preys on those desperate to flee . . . until a gruesome discovery alerts the police. In a city on the brink of war, the hunt for a serial killer begins as a French detective races to catch the villain before the Nazis beat him to it.
Written by Stephanie Phillips (Descendent, Devil Within) with art by Dean Kotz (Mars Attacks), The Butcher of Paris is a historical, true crime thriller about a killer wanted by both the Nazis and allied forces for the death of nearly two hundred victims.
I love a good revenge story and it’s another Dark Horse book to make my picks list in the same week (it helps that there’s not a whole lot else out from indie and small publishers).
In order to kill a monster, they’ll risk becoming one!
After Anna Hoyt’s sister commits suicide, she sets off for Atlanta to kill the man responsible for destroying her family–her fiance, Jim ”Whitey” Donovan. But Anna, a spirited though pampered daughter of a prominent doctor, can’t do it alone. To get through the hell that lies between her Alabama home and Atlanta, she makes a deal with one of the Donovan slaves, Hattie Virgil, who has an agenda of her own. In exchange for a chance at freedom, Hattie, a survivor, will lead this unlikely pair on a quest that will change them both forever.
The comic-book debut of writer Sydney Duncan, author of the critically acclaimed fantasy trilogy The Revelation Saga, and artist Natalie Barahona!
Now on with the dreaded “avoid” pick, every writer and artist worst nightmare when it comes to selling their hard work.
Sadly the avoid is also a pick. The Spider-Man Venom Double Trouble #2 Momoko variant is that book you only grab if you can get at cover price or maybe under $10. That’s whether you intend to flip or even grab for the personal collection. I don’t think this book will hold value for the long term.