Poyo’s FOC Highlight Books for Last Call 10/12/2020

FOC is the last chance to put in your orders with your comic shops and likely get at a discount for pre-ordering.

Sorry for getting this out late but I was on vacation all last week and just got home a few hours ago.

I’m gonna start off with a little spoiler alert. There’s a new character (full page and named) in this weeks Darth Vader #6, Assassin of the Sith. Make sure you grab your copy before they start drying up. We’ve released the photo in the forums in our Lounge category for those who gained trust over time. So if you’re not a part of our forums, go on and sign up, spend some time on there daily, gain trust, then you’ll see where we release some spoilers and spec stuff early prior to releasing here on the main site.

Captain Marvel has had some decent spec books out of this current volume. Seems it’s keeping up with the trend as Captain Marvel #23 is seeing some buzz from speculators.

Captain Marvel #23 (Regular Cover)
Captain Marvel #23 (Dauterman Variant)

Captain Marvel #23While pre-ordering Captain Marvel #23, go ahead and add Captain Marvel #24 to that pre-order list as well.

Next up is Thor #9 with a new story arc, that is revisiting some stuff way back from 1962. Expect some retcon love from Donny Cates and Nic Klein so this could get interesting after the 2 issue filler story and now we get back into some serious story lines for Thor leading up to the King in Black stuff.

Thor #9 (Hildebrandt Variant)
Thor #9 (Frison Valkyrie Phoenix Variant)
Thor #9 (Veregge Thor Variant)
Thor #9 (Larroca Fortnite Variant)
Dynamic Forces – Thor #9 Cates Sgn

Thor #9 (2020)

Might as well go ahead and pre-order Thor #10 as well. Claims it’s Donny’s darkest story yet might make things interesting and you never know what comes out of Cates stories, new characters or old characters revisited to make relevant again.

If the new Scorpion is here to stay after Virus transformed, then Venom #28 2nd Printing might be a decent book to grab. I wouldn’t go heavy though.

Venom #28 (2nd Printing)



Miles Morales #20 has a pretty cool looking variant that’s made the list solely on that alone.

Miles Morales Spider-Man #20 (Clarke Variant)This new IDW book sounds like a fun read, particularly if you’re a parent.

Scarenthood #1 is a book about dealing with the children, their hectic schedules and inbetween, hunting ghosts. If written well, could be a great read which I’m hoping for. Sounds like a great streaming show as well.

Scarenthood #1 (of 4)Cates is coming out with a new Image title Crossover that seems to be getting some rave reviews. Of course Image is going big on this title, giving it a 1:100 ratio variant which might be hard to find as I know some bigger shops will go heavy on this one but a lot of smaller ones might not go as big, not for the indie stuff.

Here’s all the currently available books with ratios available at TFAW for pre-order:

Crossover #1 (Cover A – Shaw & Stewart)
Crossover #1 (Cover B – Stegman & Cunniffe)
Crossover #1 (Cover C – Shaw)
Crossover #1 (Cover D Blank)
Crossover #1 (50 Copy Variant)
Crossover #1 (100 Copy Variant) only $79.99 after discount, which isn’t bad. I’m sure a lot of shops are gonna price this one over $100 price point.

Crossover #1 (Cover A - Shaw & Stewart)

The new BOOM! studios book Origins #1 sounds like the perfect mix of sci-fi future dystopia where machines/AI rule and the man who created them is brought back to life to take them down. If done well, could be an entertaining read.

Origins #1 (of 6) (Cover A - Rebelka)The DC FOC pick goes to Batman #102, where  we get the first full appearance of Ghost-Maker, the Daredevil of the DC Universe apparently.

He’s on both A and B covers, so probably not a bad idea to grab one of each. I’m up in the air about going heavy on this one. I think since Tynion tweeted what seemed like ages ago, retailers are gonna go heavy on this one so it’s gonna be easy to obtain more than likely. Any spec and heat will come later, if the character remains popular and sticks around now or in the future.



His name alone doesn’t give me that vibe he’s gonna survive with his own series though. Just sounds a little goofy. Probably gonna be that great support character for quite sometime in the Batman Universe for now..

Batman #102 (Cover A – Jorge Jimenez)
Batman #102 (Cover B – Francesco Mattina Card Stock Variant)

Batman #102 (Cover A - Jorge Jimenez)

13 thoughts on “Poyo’s FOC Highlight Books for Last Call 10/12/2020”

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  2. As an FYI, variants for Crossover go all the way to 1 in 200. I doubt many shops will go that heavy. But Cates wrote a very impassioned letter about the book to retailers (a profession he knows well since he used to be one). Honestly. I am ordering 100 extra copies just because of how nice the letter was. There are creators who don’t care about the direct market and those who do. Cates is easy to support.

    I’ve read the first issue. It was not at all what I expected, and I am more than intrigued. Will any of the ratio variants do anything? Probably not. When you offer 1 in 10, 25, 50, 75, 100, and 200, a retailer could price every ratio variant at half ratio, throw away all the regular copies, and still be ahead of the game. I’m not saying that’s what we personally play to do. But that’s how the math works. At 600 copies, half-ratio on incentives is $1800, and the 713 copies (600 plus 113 incentives) is just $1284 plus freight. I don’t expect the incentive variants to hold anywhere near full ratio (withe the possible exception of the 1 in 200). The math just isn’t there.

    1. Thanks for the update, I totally mind blanked forgetting there was the 1:200 as well for Crossover.

      I know there are a lot of Cates haters out there still but you gotta give the guy some credit, he’s trying to make comics fun again with his stories for sure. He was a comic book fan who worked at a retailer store who turned into a writer for the biggest comic book publisher out there.. doesn’t get any better than that to be honest for any comic book nerd.

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