InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 1-02-09

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Looks like Marvel is making the War Machine push a little early with the sequel to Iron Man not coming out for quite some time…… 

 

 

You can bet though that War Machine will be making his mark felt up until then. Jim Rhodes made his appearance in the first flick to set up for the War Machine to probably make his appearance in the second go around. 

War Machine #1

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Iron Man # 188 – 1st Jim Rhodes & Iron Man # 282 – 1st War Machine

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ironman_284warmachine.jpgHere are 2 comic books that have flown under the radar for a little while now. With the new War Machine # 1 issue coming this week, you should really already have these comics in your collection. InvestComics recommended these 2 comic books a while ago and is recommending them again! If War machine heats up, look for these comics to heat up fast! You should pick these up ASAP before the demand supersedes the supply. Don’t say IC didn’t warn you! 

 

 

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Punisher War Zone #4  Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon return to do a weekly 6 part storyline. The arc will be a sequel to the classic tale that they originally teamed up for ‘Welcome Back Frank’. Welcome back Garth and Steve, now make it worth our time. 

 

 

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 Incognito #1 Brought to you by the writer that killed Captain America and lives to tell about it! Ed Brubaker brings a super-villain comic to us that only Ed could deliver. Looking forward to this…….

 

 Let’s judge some books by their covers in IC’s newest installment.

Covers Of The Week

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See you next week. Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

 

InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 12-26-08

icfrontpage122608.jpg Ultimatum seems to be a hit with the fans. The second installment of Jeph Loeb’s ‘big changing’ storyline comes this week. Fans wait eagerly as Ultimatum starts hitting on all cylinders here. Will Loeb stand and deliver?…..

 

Our wait will be over shortly with issue number 2 giving us more insight into what is to come for the Ultimate Universe. Marvel is calling this comic a must have for any Ultimate Universe fan. Here is what Marvel is saying, ‘This is the must-have book that will set the stage in the Ultimate U for years to come. If you want to get in on the most astounding changes taking place in all of comics, this is the place to be. You have been told!’ I think Loeb must stand and deliver now. 

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Secret Invasion Requiem #1

Secret Invasion Requiem # 1 A NEW name and Identity for one of Marvel’s oldest characters takes place right here! Who could it be??

 

New Avengers #48

A new lineup change occurs in this issue.

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Mister X: Condemned #1 Way back in 1983, a small market Canadian comic company put out an edgy comic book that caught on quite nicely. In 2008, that same creator Dean Motter will be putting out a new spin on the Mister X franchise and it will be a success once again. While you’re at it, try to find the original X comic from 1983. Buy it, you’ll be glad you did. Already own it? Hold on to it! 

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Flash #247

The end of the line has come for the Flash series. Awesome cover here.

 

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Batman #683

The second and final installment of the ‘Farewell To Batman.’

 Now comes a new Feature on InvestComics that will be appearing every week.  You know that saying ‘Never judge a book by it’s cover?’ Well IC is going to do just that! Drum roll please……….Cover(s) Of The Week!

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Anyone remember THIS Vigilante #1? Ahh the good ol’ days!

See you next week. Invest Wisely.

Jay Katz

 

Marvel Exclusive Spotlight – Press Release

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Look inside as Marvel shows us that it’s a whole new ball game and things in the Ultimate Universe will never be the same again!

It’s Spidey this time… and a very sad obituary…
No One Is Safe

ULTIMATUM #2 (of 5) (SEP082309)

ULTIMATUM #2 (of 5) MCGUINNESS VARIANT (SEP082310)

ULTIMATUM #2 (of 5) MCGUINNESS SKETCH VARIANT

Written by JEPH LOEB

Pencils & Cover by DAVID FINCH

Variant Cover by ED MCGUINNESS

Rated T+ …$3.99

ON SALE 12/24/08!

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Marvel Comics is a division of Marvel Entertainment, Inc., a leading global character-based entertainment company that has developed and owns a library of more than 5,000 characters, which have entertained generations around the world for over 60 years. Marvel’s operations are focused in entertainment and consumer product licensing and comic book publishing. Marvel Studios supports the development of feature films, DVD/video products and TV series. Marvel’s creative team also supports the development of video games and toy lines based on its characters as well as for a broad and growing range of consumer products and services including apparel, collectibles, foods and promotions. Marvel’s comic book division is a leading publisher in the global marketplace while also serving as an invaluable source of intellectual property. Marvel’s Toy Biz division is a recognized creative force and leader in toy design, sales and marketing, developing and overseeing both licensee and in-house toy lines. For additional information visit http://www.marvel.com.

InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 12-17-08

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X-Men Noir number one sold out instantly last week with a second print right behind it. So what should Marvel do about the success? Well…. just go to your flagship character and put the word ‘Noir’ in it!….

Marvel goes with Spider-Man Noir number one this week and fans will eat this up like they did with the X-Men. The regular cover to this week Spider-Man Noir is by artist Patrick Zircher and it totally rocks. Marvel has their new niche and the name is Noir. Come inside this weeks Hot Picks and browse around……

 Spider-Man Noir #1

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greatestamericanhero.jpgGreatest American Hero #1 Way back in the 80’s The Greatest American Hero was a television show that saw the shelf rather quickly. On the contrary, this comic will not stay on the shelf. If you were around to remember that show, I apologize to you. If you weren’t, well now you get to enjoy a very silly superhero show in comic book format. Silly things usually become hits, so this comic will probably hit the ground running. If this comic is as catchy as the theme song, that’ll be a great thing. Greatest American Hero did in fact have some sort of cult following and those particular fans are going to make you buy this book. They really are, for real, you’ll see! 

 

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Moon Knight #25 Bullseye VS Moon Knight and only one will survive! Marvel is getting a bit silly with the death and dramatics. This comic is probably a big pass, but you never know. Flip through it at your lcs and see what is going on in these pages. Probably a big fat nothing here…… 

 

 

mightyavengers20.jpgMighty Avengers #20 Witness the darkest day in the Avengers according to Marvel. They also say that there a SHOCKING ending that no one will see coming. What haven’t we all seen that could be so shocking now? Guess we’ll have to wait until Wednesday to find out! 

 

 

thunderbolts127.jpgThunderbolts #127 Norman Osborn is assembling the new Thunderbolts team. Jump on board as writer Andy Diggle is really starting to turn things around here.

 

 

 

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Thor God Sized #1 Marvel really is making up for some lost time when Thor wasn’t around for a year. Every week it seems as though another Thor comic is hitting the stands. Thor is awesome though, not complaining, just observing! This comic not double sized, it’s not king sized, not even triple sized……Marvel is calling it God sized. Hopefully we get a bible sized comic when we go in on Wednesday on the OLD comic book print paper! Lets all pray together now……. 

 

Here are some other comics to check out before you walk out of that door……… 

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CE Murphys Take A Chance #1

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Impaler #1

 

 

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DC Holiday Special 2008  The origin of Santa Claus!

 

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X-Men Kingbreaker #1

  

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Dark Reign New Nation #1 

 

 

 

See you next week.

Invest Wisely.

Jay Katz

 

InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 12-10-08

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Marvel Comics dominates the Hot Picks this week. With much to choose from there aren’t many slam dunks this week, but a promise of some good storytelling with limited market value……

 Go into this week with your reading glasses on instead of the mad money thought. The week brings in the aftermath of Secret Invasion as well as a possible aftermath of Civil War. Long live Iron Man! An X-Men comic goes into a second printing and the first printing hasn’t hit stands yet! Come inside the Hot Picks for this week with much more to talk about……..

xmen_noir.jpgX-Men Noir #1 This comic is so hot already that Marvel is going back to the presses with a second print already. Check out the VERY cool second print cover right here at InvestComics Marvel Exclusive Press Releases! This comic is mucho scorching and is asking for your attention pronto

 

 

 

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Death Defying Devil #1 This character is flat out ultra cool. Going with success, Dynamite is following up the hot series Project Superpowers. The Devil gets kudos from legend John Romita Sr. in a beauty of a cover. Dynamite has a winner here and you better not be caught sleeping on this one. 

 

 

xspider_2.jpgX-Men/Spider-Man #2 Issue number one was met with a huge round of applause and issue number 2 is going to be doing the same. Anytime you tell a story that is well written, beautifully drawn and evolves the X-men and Spider-Man meeting up for the first time, it’s safe to say it’s a formula for success. 

 

 

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What If? Captain America Fallen Son This is one of those What If? stories that you simply can not miss. What If Iron Man died instead of Captain America in Marvel’s Civil War? This will probably be sellout and a second print to follow right away. Don’t get caught without the first print, this is the sleeper Hot Pick of the week. So wake up from your nap will ya!

 

 

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Adam: Legend of Blue Marvel #2 The first issue did very well as this series will gather some steam as it rolls. Blue Marvel will be a player in the Marvel Universe and you should be jumping in on his origin stories. 

 

 

 

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Secret Invasion: Dark Reign #1 Secret Invasion ‘continues’ with Dark Reign.  

 

 

 

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Wizard of Oz #1 The Oz gets the Marvel treatment. No not the HBO series (although that would be quite interesting!). We all know the Wizard of Oz is a timeless classic, we all know Marvel Comics are kicking butt these days. It a match made in heaven.

 

 

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Wolverine: Flies To A Spider #1 Lots of semi-colons in the Marvel titles this week! Written by Gregg Hurwitz. Worth a look….. 

 

 

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Gold Digger #101 New characters, new team, yada yada……’Great jumping on point’. Okay lets all jump together. 

 

 

 

 

See you next week.

Invest Wisely! 

Jay Katz

Marvel Exclusive Spotlight – Press Release

press.jpgYou’ve got X-Men in my Eternals! You’ve got Eternals in my X-Men! Hmmm…That’s right!  The X-Men battle the Eternals for three issues of crossover excitement! Check out the info and cover images inside!

 

The X-Men Versus The Eternals!

 

As the Eternals wage war against each other in San Francisco , it’s time for the X-Men to save the city in X-Men/Eternals: Manifest Destiny, beginning in Eternals #7! But will the X-Men join Ikaris…or battle him? Enter Eternals #7, kicking off a special three part X-Men: Manifest Destiny tie-in storyline, as the Eternals’ civil war goes to the next level and threatens to engulf all of the western United States! The fan favorite writing duo of Charles & Daniel Knauf team with new series penciller—and cover artist—Eric Nguyen for an x-citing new chapter in the Eternals mythos! Perfect for readers new and old alike, this sets the stage for jaw dropping developments that will reverberate throughout the Marvel Universe! 

“The Knaufs have really gotten this book firing on all cylinders,” raves Paul Brian McCoy of Eternals. “Characterizations are consistent, the dialogue is believable, when there are jokes, they are funny, and there are some truly cosmic touches that bring the narrative to a higher thematic level.” 

With ties to the top-selling Manifest Destiny storyline and Manifest Destiny branding, Marvel urges retailers to check their orders on Eternals #7. The X-Men and Eternals meet once more—but will they all survive the x-perience? 

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Written by CHARLES & DANIEL KNAUF

Pencils & Cover by ERIC NGUYEN

Rated T+ …$2.99

FOC—12/18/08, On-Sale—1/7/09

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Marvel Comics is a division of Marvel Entertainment, Inc., a leading global character-based entertainment company that has developed and owns a library of more than 5,000 characters, which have entertained generations around the world for over 60 years. Marvel’s operations are focused in entertainment and consumer product licensing and comic book publishing. Marvel Studios supports the development of feature films, DVD/video products and TV series. Marvel’s creative team also supports the development of video games and toy lines based on its characters as well as for a broad and growing range of consumer products and services including apparel, collectibles, foods and promotions. Marvel’s comic book division is a leading publisher in the global marketplace while also serving as an invaluable source of intellectual property. Marvel’s Toy Biz division is a recognized creative force and leader in toy design, sales and marketing, developing and overseeing both licensee and in-house toy lines. For additional information visit http://www.marvel.com.

 

Marvel Exclusive Spotlight – Press Release

press.jpgThe end is coming!  Are you gonna be there for it?

Come inside and witness the awe inspiring covers for the Secret Invasion final issue AND for the SI: Frontline final issue!

 

Secret Invasion #8 Hits Stores this Thursday! 

The acclaimed comic book event of the year, that has generated buzz from Entertainment Weekly to the Wall Street Journal, concludes this Thursday in the extra sized Secret Invasion #8 (of 8)!  Join super-star writer Brian Michael Bendis and red-hot artist Lenil Francis Yu, along with special guest cover artist Gabriele Dell’Otto, as they proudly present the highly anticipated extra-sized finale to Secret Invasion!  Be prepared to expect the unexpected and “Embrace Change” as the war comes to a jaw dropping conclusion! 

Don’t miss the exciting finale to the series critics have been raving about for months now! 

“From beginning to end, each panel crackles with an electricity.”  Bryan Joel, IGN.com 

“The joy of reading something this big in its serialized form is exciting and a one of a kind experience.” – Steven Bari, ComicsBulletin.com 

“Yu brings a grittiness to this book that is not only welcome, but necessary.” – Doug Zawisza, ComicBookResources.com 

And be sure to check out Marvel Spotlight: Secret Invasion Aftermath #1, which will give you the inside scoop on what to expect in the wake of Secret Invasion and the upcoming Dark Reign.  Also, on sale this week is Secret Invasion: Frontline #5 (of 5) – as the final hours of the Skrull Invasion fall upon the people of Manhattan, will there be a world left for them to live in when it’s all over? 

As the fate of the Marvel Universe will soon be sealed, who will live and who will die? Who will come out triumphant and what new alliances will be formed?  With Dark Reign on the horizon, stop asking “Who do you trust?” and make sure you pick up Secret Invasion #8 (of 8)! 

SECRET INVASION #8 (OF 8) (SEP082358)

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SECRET INVASION #8 (OF 8) YU SKETCH VAR SI (SEP082360)

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Penciled by LEINIL FRANCIS YU

Cover by GABRIELLE DELL’OTTO

Rated T+ …$3.99

On-Sale—THIS THURSDAY!!!

 

SECRET INVASION: FRONT LINE #5 (OF 5) (SEP082363)

Written by BRIAN REED

Penciled by MARCO CASTIELLO

Cover by JUAN DOE

Rated T+ …$2.99

On-Sale— THIS THURSDAY!!!

 

MARVEL SPOTLIGHT: SECRET INVASION AFTERMATH #1 (OCT082418)

Written by JOHN RHETT THOMAS

Cover by GREG LAND

Rated T+ …$2.99

On-Sale— THIS THURSDAY!!!

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Marvel Comics is a division of Marvel Entertainment, Inc., a leading global character-based entertainment company that has developed and owns a library of more than 5,000 characters, which have entertained generations around the world for over 60 years. Marvel’s operations are focused in entertainment and consumer product licensing and comic book publishing. Marvel Studios supports the development of feature films, DVD/video products and TV series. Marvel’s creative team also supports the development of video games and toy lines based on its characters as well as for a broad and growing range of consumer products and services including apparel, collectibles, foods and promotions. Marvel’s comic book division is a leading publisher in the global marketplace while also serving as an invaluable source of intellectual property. Marvel’s Toy Biz division is a recognized creative force and leader in toy design, sales and marketing, developing and overseeing both licensee and in-house toy lines. For additional information visithttp://www.marvel.com.

 

InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 12-4-08

infernus_clip_ic.jpg You’ll have to wait one extra day this week to get your comic books. Due to the holiday last week, comics will come out on Thursday. With several comics on the Hot Picks this week including X-men and Secret Invasion,…….

 

last week saw Batman hang it up with issue #681. This week we see issue #682, in which DC gives Bat fans what they are calling a retrospect story. A 2 part story told from the eyes of the butler Alfred.Grant Morrison is firing on all cylinders here. Catch this issue and the next as he closes the chapter on Bruce Wayne for good. Alfred will fill in the spaces between Batman R.I.P. and Final Crisis. It should be an interesting story to tell from the butler. Alfred has seen it all over the years with Batman and maybe a few surprises still lurk within the mind Grant and the butler. We’ll wait and see how this turns out. Meanwhile don’t wait around to see if this issue will be worth picking up. It’ll be the first issue post Bruce Wayne (for real) that has Gotham City with no Batman. 

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Infernus # 1 The Infernus storyline was covered back in August 2008 in the SDCC wrap up part 1 of 3. It could be found in the Market Talk section, but I will just bring it to you right here! If you haven’t already picked up these recommendations and if Infernus becomes a ‘hot’ commodity, you are looking at potential $20 comic in a quick time with X-Men #239. Then you have the X-Terminators 1 & 2……well just read on….. The next major X-Men event is going to be based on a ‘sequel’ to a 1989 hit storyline Inferno called Infernus. A new Hell is to descend upon Marvel’s mutants. Inferno 2 will be hot (no pun intended). Get the very beginnings of Inferno from 1989 with the prologue in Uncanny X-men # 239. If you really want to get the very first Inferno book(s) that predated that Uncanny comic, look to X-Terminators 1 & 2. Yes Marvel really muffed things up with releasing a part of the storyline that should have been after Uncanny X-Men # 239 by releasing the two X-Terminators comics BEFORE the prologue. So glad that doesn’t happen anymore! Huh? It still does? 

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Uncanny X-Men # 239

 

 

 

 

 secretinvasion_8.jpgSecret Invasion # 8 While DC closes up a major plot line, Marvel comics does some closing themselves. Secret Invasion will come to a dramatic conclusion. Here are some of the quote used by Marvel ‘The the Marvel Universe will never be the same’ ‘We’re not joking’ and finally ‘you are not prepared for what will happen in these pages.’ Wow sounds like bu$iness to me as usual with Marvel. The thing with Marvel, as you might have read time after time in these columns is that they DO deliver! Good, bad or indifferent, they deliver ‘story’. A good story, whether you agree or not with the content *cough spider-man cough* it sells and it gets fans talking. If you need to catch up on the goodness of Secret Invasion, look no further than BludNet’s Family member SuperginraiX on www.bludblood.com .With an absolute spectacular write up(s) from the very beginnings of Secret Invasion on to the final curtain with issue # 8. SuperginraiX has laid it down since the onset of the Invasion. If you have missed any of it, your loss! Catch up on any of SuperginraiX Secret Invasion coverage on Bludblood, you will love it! 

Here are a few comics to keep your eye on as well……….  

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She-Hulk Cosmic Collision

Any fan of the Hulk or his family will be getting a nice treat this week. 2 issues ship this week that has one of them featuring a new villain. The new villain will appear it She-Hulk Cosmic Collision. The other Hulk comic Hulk Family Green Genes # 1 will have a collaborated effort from various writers and artist. Those are always fun! 

Jingle Belle Santa Claus vs Frankenstein # 1 

Speaking of wholesome fun, now we shift to the big red guy. No not Hulk again, Santa Claus. Santa fights Frankenstein in a Top Cow’s Jingle Belle Santa Claus vs. Frankenstein. Written by Paul Dini and a hot variant (b) cover by Greg Horn, this comic has already sold out in several comic shops. 

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Supergirl CosmicAdventures in the8th Grade # 1

Supergirl gets the ‘all ages’ treatment. Just how long will it take before this becomes an animated cartoon on Saturday morning’s? This looks like a hit in the making for all the young girls feeling left out of the loop when it comes to superheroes. Good call by DC on this one.

 

 

 

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It’s been done before, but Marvel brings back photographer extraordinaire Phil Sheldon to take a look at the Marvel Universe from the vantage point of the man on the street. Here’s the thing with this camera perspective comic this time around. Marvel is touting the debut of artist Jay Anacleto. This will be his first Marvel work. Just look at that cover? If that’s any indication on what the interior looks like, wow! 

 

 

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Bowen Designs comes back this week to the Hot Picks. You really just cannot say enough about these gorgeous pieces of molded craftsmanship. This design is Spider-Man in Faux Bronze and its ‘gold’. Good job Bowen Designs! Retail Price $300.

 

 Until Next week…….invest wisely. 

Jay K