Poyo’s Spec & Drek for June 16th, 2021

Welcome to this weeks spec and drek. This is where we pick the winners each week we (or shall I say myself) think will be spec worthy, a great read or just cool looking art on the cover. I also dive into the pesky drek, the book you should probably avoid if you can or perhaps not invest so heavily into.

Marvel Picks

I actually enjoyed the last Momoko Demon Days. So Demon Days Mariko #1 makes the cut in a book worthy of picking up. Lots of covers for this one, you’ll have to pick the one you like the most and TFAW still has some of the ratios available.

Demon Days Mariko #1

For you Rose Besch fans, there’s the new Miles Morales Spider-Man #27 (Besch Spider-Man Villains Variant) out this week. Love or hate it, her Silk #2 Ratio is still doing quite well on the secondary. This one isn’t going to be so hard to grab though since it’s open order variant.

Miles Morales Spider-Man #27 (Besch Spider-Man Villains Variant)

Star Wars #14 War of the Bounty Hunters. Just buy 2 of every War of the Bounty Hunters to save yourself the headache (I am) when a new character makes their way into one of the book and breaks the interwebs.

Star Wars #14 (Byrne Pride Variant)
Star Wars #14 (Sprouse Lucasfilm 50th Variant)
Star Wars #14 (Rodriguez Variant)
Star Wars #14 (Christopher Action Figure Variant)

Star Wars #14 War of the Bounty Hunters

Venom #35 (#200 Legacy) ends the Cates run for this title and there’s a surprise new Venom. Oh, was I not suppose to say that yet? It’s not all that surprising though. You’ll find out soon enough either here with some spoilers or elsewhere on the internet I’m sure.

Lots of covers and variants for this one. If you can’t choose, always bet on Cover A!

Venom #35 (200th Issue)

DC Picks

Legends of the Dark Knight #2 (Cover A). I loved the first volume oh so long ago in my youth so I’m board with this new volume.

Legends of the Dark Knight #2 (Cover A - Darick Robertson & Diego Rodriguez)

Nightwing #81 makes my job easy since this one is already selling for around $15 on pre-sales on the secondary. Probably due to Heartless first full appearance I believe along with Dick’s sister, etc. Someone correct me if I’m wrong, I’m not keeping up with Nightwing, he’s just another dead Robin to me, hehe!

Indie and Small Publisher Picks

Fans of Usagi Yojimbo will want to grab their copies of Usagi Yojimbo #20 which introduces a new character.

The best Star Wars High Republic title still in my opinion.

Star Wars High Republic Adventures #5 is out this week. A must pickup despite Yoda looking rather odd on the main cover.

Star Wars High Republic Adventures #5

Radiant Black #5 comes out this week after the last issue left us with more questions than answers but this issue seems to setup something entirely different than what I would expect. There’s a bunch of firsts in this one as well. So for you people onboard, hang tight, you’re probably gonna like this issue.

Radiant Black #5 (Cover B – Greco)

Radiant Black #5 (Cover A - Doaly)

Geiger #1 (4th Ptg Cover A) is just a new color shade but I really dig this cover.

Geiger #1 (4th Ptg Cover A)

Notthingham #4 is already sold out at all retailers I checked, at least the major players but you can still grab the Nottingham #4 (of 5) (2nd Ptg) if you missed the first printing as it’s already selling for $10 and up on pre-sales. There’s also a Notthingham #1 3rd Printing out, good luck finding these. Already being listed in the $15 to $30 range themselves.


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

The book(s) to avoid or not fall victim to in buying at inflated prices, whether it’s false demand, pump and dump or out of FOMO.

Liefeld makes this too easy. There’s just so many flaws with this cover, I’m not gonna even bother. Why is Marvel paying this guy to do covers? Why are shops even ordering this complete garbage?

11 thoughts on “Poyo’s Spec & Drek for June 16th, 2021”

  1. If there’s one guy in comics who made it big when he was young and rode the coattails of that success without ever taking the time or effort to actually learn and hone his craft its Liefeld.

  2. Deadpool looks like a gingerbread man masquerading as the Merc with a Mouth. Just flat and no dimension. What up with his bicep/elbow/forearm transition?!

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