Poyo’s Spec & Picks for April 13th, 2022

Welcome to this weeks spec. 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.

Marvel Picks

Black Panther #5 gives us more on Tosin, who first appeared in Black Panther #3.

Black Panther #5 (Bosslogic Spider-Man Variant) – Sweet Bosslogic cover.
Black Panther #5 (Land Variant)

Black Panther #5

Ghost Rider #1 (2nd Ptg Stegman Variant) is just a pretty kick ass Stegman 2nd print variant for Ghost Rider.

Iron Fist #1 2nd Printing gives us a brand new variant cover. If Iron Fist (the new one) is ever made popular and cool by the MCU, maybe, just maybe this book could heat up if the new Iron Fist takes reign. Until then, I wouldn’t hold my breath. Buy low, tuck away for the potential long term gamble.

Star Wars Darth Vader #22 is just a no brainer. Every issue could hold a key first appearance or something else of importance that creates demand that results in higher value as supplies run dry.

Star Wars Darth Vader #22 (Renaud Traitor Dawn Variant)
Star Wars #22 (1:25 Ienco Variant)

Star Wars Darth Vader #22

The same goes for Star Wars #22, always potential within each issue, although this main title doesn’t seem to have as many firsts and such compared to the other Star Wars titles. Love this Chewbacca regular cover though.

Star Wars #22 (Christopher Action Figure Variant)
Star Wars #22 (Reis Variant)
Star Wars #22 (Sprouse Lucasfilm 50th Variant)
Star Wars #22 (1:25 Rahzzah Variant) – Pretty slick looking Rahzzah cover.

There’s a pretty cool omnibus coming out this week, Moon Knight Omnibus HC Vol 01 Finch Cover New Ptg for you Moon Knight fans.

Moon Knight Omnibus HC Vol 01 Finch Cover New Ptg

There’s also the Star Wars The High Republic – Trail of Shadows TPB hitting shelves this week for those who didn’t pick up this series or simply just don’t want to touch the floppy copies to read.

DC Picks

Batman 89 #5 Hughes Variant is pretty cool.

I love a good Kelley Jones art and cover. Sandman Universe Nightmare Country #1 (Cover C – 1:25 Kelley Jones Card Stock Variant) makes the list.

Indie and Small Publisher Picks

Break Out #1 is a new Dark Horse title. I like Zaplan’s writing for the most part so hoping this one is a decent and entertaining read at minimum.

Break Out #1 (Rafael Albuquerque Variant Cover)

Break Out #1

For you horror and Steve Niles fans comes A Town Called Terror #1 (Cover A – Kudranski). I actually read this and while I normally dig Niles stuff, this one didn’t hit home with me. Maybe it’ll pick up in the next issue. Just seemed a bit too predictable.

A Town Called Terror #1 (Cover B – Daniel & Kudranski)

A Town Called Terror #1 (Cover A - Kudranski)

Ghost in You HC a Reckless Book is a must for you Criminal and Brubaker/Philips fans.

Ghost in You HC a Reckless Book

Lead City #1 is for you western fans. I’ll be checking it out myself. Love a good ‘ol gun fight’n story!

Lead City #1

Midnight Rose is a new Starlin book. It’s a must. Already sold out at TFAW from the looks of things.

Orange Blossom Monkey Clan #1 (Cover A – Klaus) looks like some good fun, bathroom business reading fun.

Orange Blossom Monkey Clan #1 (Cover D – Blank Sketch)
Orange Blossom Monkey Clan #1 (Cover C – Gieni)

Orange Blossom Monkey Clan #1 (Cover A - Klaus)

Vanity #1 (Cover A – Schmalke) is gonna have to really stand out to win me over but still worthy of a check out.

Vanity #1 (Cover A - Schmalke)

I think this one was released a few weeks back but Midtown has them listed for this week, but Serial Omnibus HC is an omnibus I’d highly recommend. If you like to actually read comics and enjoy the actual story itself, you can’t go wrong with Terry Moore’s stuff.

Serial Omnibus GN Variant Cover

Serial Omnibus HC

Stretcher Bearers GN is another new graphic novel out from Dead Reckoning I plan on reading and hopefully will have a review up soon.

“Maxwell Fox didn’t know what he would witness in France. America had only been in the Great War since April 2, 1917. Nothing could have prepared him for the horrors that awaited him and the rest of the men of the 4th Infantry “Ivy” Division. As the Meuse-Argonne Offensive raged on, Maxwell became assigned to a unit of stretcher bearers, men who were tasked with running into harm’s way to rescue their fallen brethren from the clutches of death. This wouldn’t be an easy job, but with Graham, Frank, and Ralph by his side, Maxwell had to rely on his team and hope to survive. A dark and honest look at the bond of brotherhood during war, The Stretcher Bearers tells the unforgettable tale of a young soldier trying to save the lives of wounded soldiers and keep the men he’d formed a bond with alive. But in the “war to end all wars,” no one was safe.”

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