InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 4-22-09






An Image character starts getting a serious beat down this week and we all get to witness it. Meet Conquest! Boy Markus…’re in trouble.


Invincible #61  Well Invincible fans, looks like your boy is in a heap of trouble here. This week is a start of a big storyline that introduces us all to Conquest. This looks and feels like a biggie. Markus hasn’t faced the depths of hell like this, ever. Once all of the dust settles, Conquest is probably going to be a thorn in Mark’s side for years to come and this issue will be the first issue that introduces him. You really should pick this one up. 




Amazing Spider-Man #592  Amazing Spider-Man is scorching right now. Following the events of last issue comes the All New Vulture. Plus Marvel says that Peter is dropping by Aunt May’s house and ends up with a shocking surprise. Could it be that Aunt May is downloading the new Wolverine (bootleg) movie?? Oh the horror! 




Detective Comics #845  Part 2 of Neil Gaiman And Andy Kubert’s Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?” Simply put, a classic in the making here. 





Fantastic Force #1  Another reboot of a failed team book. What makes this time so different? Writer Joe Ahearne? No. Pencil work by Steve Kurth? No. Cover art by Bryan Hitch? No. Let’s see, on second thought, happy reading on this one. Hope it last at least 12 issues!



Here are some other Comics to watch this week or just look pretty
























See you all next week.

Invest Wisely. 

Jay Katz


InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 4-15-09







A short week with Marvel promising to hammer the internet in half! A huge Marvel comic is coming your way this week and it is NOT to be missed.


Amazing Spider-Man #591  Well ‘THIS IS THE ONE’ folks. Marvel is promoting this comic as the change all comic of the year. What do they have in store? Amazing Spider-Man has been a good read and fans are waiting with bated breath for this one!  Marvel has stood and delivered on many occasions when they say that an event is going to be big. This here though is ONE comic; it’s not an event which brings more interest to the book. This comic will affect many of the Marvel titles and I for one am looking forward to this very much. Marvel will deliver, you’ll see. 



Secret Invasion Aftermath Beta Ray Bill The Green of Eden #1  The Marvel universe continues to feel the Secret Invasion aftermath. This week we focus on one of the hottest characters to come out of the 80’s, Beta Ray Bill. His first appearance could still be purchased at a very reasonable price. Thor #337 was the first look at Beta and the start of the classic run from Walt Simonson. So pick this up before that Thor movie comes out anyway….. 



action845.gifAction Comics #876  A couple of years ago DC went with a writer by the name of Richard Donner. Mr. Donner was the director of the original Superman movie back in 1978. DC and Donner ran into some delays right in the middle of his very short storyline. A few fill in issues filled the gaps as DC scrambled to get back to the much anticipated Donner story, including a 3D issue. Anyway, during his mini run, he introduced us to Ursa. Ursa makes her comeback this week. Action Comics # 845 is the first appearance of Ursa. 



Captain America #49  Not since issue number 25 have fans gotten a glimpse of what happened that day we lost Captain America. Now start getting some insight into what exactly happened as Sharon Carter starts spilling the beans. Captain America (Steve) will probably be back in a couple of years just in time for the movie, so don’t hold your breath though waiting for a miraculous comeback because it’s not happening anytime soon. 





100bullets100.gifWolverine Noir #1  Marvel continues the very successful Noir run with Wolverine. Do you need anything else??



100 Bullets #100  The highly regarded Vertigo series comes to a close. (ring ring) ‘Hello Hollywood?’



Here are some other interesting Comics to look at this Wednesday…… 














See you all next week.

 Invest Wisely.

Jay Katz


InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 4-8-09






Marvel goes to the future (2099) and red hot past (Noir) this week, as a Marvel character is about to break out in a very Cosmic way. DC brings some past back this week too. Click into this weeks Hot Picks! 


daredevilnoir11.gifDaredevil Noir #1  Marvel has a great series going here, so they’re putting all of their flagship characters into the Noir style comics. All success all the time with this series, so the problem begins when they put out the Ms. Marvel Noir comic. Watering something good down is not too far out of the realm for Marvel. If Marvel keeps to the flagships with the Noir deal, you’re good to go on a nice asset(s).



War of Kings: Ascension #1 (of 4)  Darkhawk has been featured a few times in the past few weeks. The number one issue from 1991 should be in your collection by now. If it’s not, you’re going to miss a good deal here. Darkhawk is about to break out in a very huge way. Marvel is about to make Darkhawk a colossal force in the cosmic universe. Why are they choosing Darkhawk you ask? Well why not?





Dark Reign: Hawkeye #1  Who doesn’t like Hawkeye? He’s everyone’s favorite archer! This week brings Hawkeye to his own four issue miniseries. This is not the first time the bow and arrow dude got his own mini. Check out his very first mini from 1983. It’s a fun mini and an affordable one too. 



spiderman209911992.giftimestorm200920991of4.gifTimestorm 2009/2099 #1 Back in 1992 Marvel introduced us all to the 2099 Universe. It was a fun deal. Now they bring back 2099 in 2009. Get on board with the first 2099 Universe release ever with Spider-Man 2099. If Timestorm decides to take off, you’ll have the first appearance all tucked away already. 




firstissuespecial8.jpgWarlord #1  When last year’s San Diego Con wrapped up, there was an article right here on InvestComics (it’s still on here in the Market Talk section) that spoke about this Warlord comic. So what I’m going to do is just bring you that short article right here for you to read. Sound good? Now read it and then buy it. Here’s the short snippet on from year…….Mike Grell is coming back to the DC fold. It was his imprint on the character Warlord that made the warrior stick around for 133 issues and 6 annuals starting back in the late 1970’s. In the spring of 2009 DC will be going back to Mr. Grell to create his magic once again with Warlord. Easy equation here, get Warlord’s first appearance with a pick up of First Issue Special # 8. The not so easy equation is finding a good copy of it. Warlord will be a hit once again and you do not want to miss out on this STILL affordable first appearance. 


exiles12001.gifExiles #1  Marvel goes back into the archives again, this time to the year 2001. Exiles first run can be picked up for very cheap.





Solomon Gundy #2  Nothing that special here except that 2 villians that have been around for an extremely long time in the DC Universe meet up and fight for the first time. Who doesn’t like a good fight? It’s Gundy vs. Bizzaro. Ding ding, Gundy wins! (It’s his comic, he should win right?) 




Wolverine Weapon X #1  Might be a bunch of the same old, but be prepared for this comic to sell out quickly. Fans love Logan. Maybe waiting on the Deadpool Weapon XI # 1 is going to be the better deal. No it’s not planned yet, but it will be. 




All New Savage She Hulk #1 (of4)  Not too sure why Marvel is doing this one. That red hair, those knee pads, the one shoulder pad……don’t think I get this one at all actually. On second thought, this has fail written all over it. I’ve been wrong before, but this looks outright silly. 









See you all next week.

Invest Wisely.

Jay Katz



InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 4-1-09







Captain America Returns (?), Barry is back (he really is) and the search in the back issue bins are aplenty this week!!! Much more inside!


captainamericacomics70anniversaryspecial1variant50.gifCaptain America Comics 70th Anniversary Special #1  Marvel begins celebrating their 70 years of existence with none other than Captain America. A tale never told before about Steve Rogers is told right here in this issue.

A very large glaring mistake on Marvel’s part and not many fans are talking about it, yet. In the Marvel solicitations it says, and I quote, ‘James (STARMAN, SUPERMAN) Robinson and Marcos (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN) Martin bring you an untold story of the living legend. Did they say ‘Living Legend’ about a ‘dead guy?’ Good way to confirm that Steve will be back just in time for that July 22 2011 release date of The First Avenger movie. Actually it’ll be on July 20 2011 because that would be a Wednesday. We’ll see you then Steve!

asm590wolverinevariant.gifAmazing Spider-Man #590  Marvel is billing this comic as a comic that will effect just about every comic in the Marvel Universe. What is up with that? Just wait and see I guess. In the meantime, if this comic has any sort of potential, the super cool Paolo Rivera Wolverine variant is the way to go here.






The Flash Rebirth #1  DC is reinventing a character once again. This time Barry Allen is up. With names like Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver attached, with these covers that are absolute eye candy and the ‘number one’ on the cover as well, you have a hit. DC will make The Flash hot again as they have done so well with Green Lantern. The task is sustaining the interest to readers. Hopefully DC turns some corners here and wins some fans back.




marveltwoinoneannual2.gifMarvel Assistant Size Spectacular #1 (of 2)  Here we have a comic that is a fun guessing game of who will be the next big character push for Marvel? The list goes something like this: Elsa Bloodstone, American Eagle, D-Man, the daughter of Galactus, Mini Marvel cake-eating Hawkeye and Luke Cage. Marvel says that one of these characters might go A-List. American Eagle is my guess. Why you ask? Well way back in InvestComics Magazine #3 a couple of years ago, American Eagle’s first appearance was looked at as a potential to put on the Cap uniform after the ‘living legend’ got shot. So it’s a long shot again, but maybe this time American Eagle gets his due now. An American Eagle first appearance in Marvel Two-In-One Annual # 2 can be bought for $5 in some places.



Seaguy Slaves of Mickey Eye #1 (of 3)  Grant Morrison does a complete retake on Seaguy. Why? Why? Just in case Grant fires it up here with this DC Vertigo title, Seaguy’s first appearance from 2004 is probably sitting in some dollar bin at your local comic shop. Buy it and see how this series goes, if it’s hot, then you have leverage. If it’s a bust then you have liner for the bottom of your birdcage. It’s a win win either way.




detectivecomics400197050fine.gifBatman Battle For The Cowl Man Bat (One Shot)  That is some name huh? Man Bat. Did DC really just switch the whole Bat Man name and think it was cool? Regardless of this ridiculous name, this one shot might get hot and create some buzz. If you want to do a very high risk buy, you could look to Man Bat’s first appearance in Detective Comics # 400. 39 years ago this Man Bat fellow was introduced to the comic world (39 years ago makes it 1970, so put the calculator away). At a very fine condition, you could buy this comic at the $55/$65 range. While not bad for an almost 40 year old book, this has very limited potential. Man Bat is not an A-listed character, nor will he probably ever be. This is an older comic to buy and sit on for 20 more years to make a $40 return, your call on this one. Not a huge margin of profit but a nice memento for the meantime.


marvelgraphicnovel4.gifNew Mutants Saga (Free)  A free comic making the Hot Picks? Well not really. You see back in 1982 a very successful team was created for the Marvel Graphic Novel series. Issue number 4 brought the New Mutants to life with great fanfare and critical acclaim. If you could somehow find and I mean really search and find a first printing of this Marvel graphic Novel, get it. This is an extremely hard book to find, but it’s well worth it if you’re looking for a keeper. Marvel is releasing the free comic to re-introduce the original team, yes the original team back into the Marvel Universe. The series will be hot and the Novel will be sought after even more. Again, warning you now, that first printing is going to be very hard to find. Good luck.


Irredeemable #1  Mark Waid and Peter Krause deliver a number one issue from Boom! Studio’s with the concept of ‘What if the world’s most powerful hero wanted to become a villain?’ Okay you had me at Waid and Krause.





Invest wisely. Read comics.

Carpe Diem.

Jay Katz

InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 3-25-09








Marvel Comics dominates the Hot Picks this week. Take a look inside to see what 2 characters are making their way back into the Marvel Umiverse…. 

and get their first appearances for a bargain. DC meanwhile is putting the JLA through some hard times.




War of Kings Darkhawk # 2  Looks like Marvel is going full throttle on Darkhawk. Billing him as the next big thing in the Cosmic Universe, so when you’re at your LCS this Wednesday pick up Darkhawk’s first appearance in the long box for a few dollars. If Darkhawk is going to be as big as Marvel says he will be, then get in on the  grond floor here with Darkhawk #1. InvestComics recommended this comic a few weeks back and is recommending it again. 



spectacularspiderman98.gifAmazing Spider-man #589  Well the title on the front cover kind of says it all. A villain named Spot is coming back to wreak havoc in Spidey’s life. Spot came back not so long ago in the Ultimate Spider-man series, now he comes into the flagship title. It seems Marvel is digging the Spot dude. Will readers and collectors like him as much? That remains to be seen. Until that all figures itself out, you could get Spot’s first appearance right in the pages of Spectacular Spider-Man #98. This too, just like Darkhawk #1 is a bargain right now. Get them now before either one of these second rate characters catch on.


Avengers the initiative Featuring Reptil #1  You gotta love when a first appearance by a character  happens in their own comic in a number one issue. It’s always a crapshoot though, a hot hero/villain sells out and you’re left scratching your head saying ‘how did I miss that one?’ then you have many busts, in which you’re not scratching your head saying ‘that dude is lame, I’m not buying that.’ Same was sort of said about Darkhawk # 1 when he came out. Your call on this one!



newavengers51.gifNew Avengers # 51  It’s kind of funny what marvel has done here. They have made Doctor Strange a total badass and then take his power away. What’s up with that? Guess it’s making for a cool storyline here. Who is the new Sorcerer Supreme? This has potential to be a very interesting read. So when Hollywood comes around eventually and grabs the Doctor as its newest pet project (yes it will happen, you heard it here first), maybe this would be a nice way to introduce and build around the first movie. Just a thought, but yes Strange will be a major movie someday.



Skaar Son of Hulk #9  if you are not buying this series yet, you should. Not only is it well written, but this Skaar dude is a bad dude. Bad as in ‘good’, Greg Pak is quietly creating an entire Skaar universe and Hulks son is not going anyplace away from the marvel universe for a long time. He will be in your face and you will have to like it. Would you tell him he’s not cool to his face? And that cover of Surfer is awesome ain’t it?



Nova #23  Another week, another status quo change. With new penciling duties by Andrea (Annihilation) Divito and new Identity changes, this issue is one to take a look at.




jla31.gifJustice League of America #31  Will the JLA survive the fallout from Final Crisis? From the looks of the cover, things are not looking so well for this team. Ed Benes supplies this very nice cover to a turning point in the JLA? Read and find out!





Batman Battle for the Cowl : Commissioner Gordon (One Shot)  In what seems to be one of the longest titles of the week, Gordon gets in on the Battle for the Cowl business. Well, he kind of should. He is the Commish of Gotham. Good luck with that gun!





The ‘Okay what is Marvel thinking on this one’ pick of the week…..

X-Force / Cable New Messiah Prologue  Doesn’t it seem like this Messiah thing has gone on forever and Doesn’t it seem like this Rob Liefeld cover is from 20 years ago? Wow Rob, guess some things never do change…..


Here are some great covers and Comics to take a look at this week……

 See you next week.

Invest Wisely.

 Jay Katz


Investcomics Comic Hot Picks 3-18-09








Marvel said less than a year ago that Deadpool was going to make his presence felt in the Marvel Universe. Well folks, here comes Deadpool…..


Thunderbolts #130  Deadpool crosses over to one of the hottest Marvel titles going right now.  He has his annual coming out this week too. He has his own title and is set to appear in other places before too long. InvestComics has said it before, even ran an entire article about this guy. Deadpool is going to be a force in the Marvel universe. This crossover into a hot title spells SOLD OUT.




Invincible #60  It took Image a very long time to figure out that keeping their characters out of each other’s tittles is a dumb idea. Crossing them over into their titles is a very good idea. With Invincible # 60,we get a double sized issue with just about every Image hero you could think of in here. InvestComics likes the idea of The Pitt getting a say in this one. Bring back PITT!!!




Frank Frazetta’s Freedom # 1  Here is Frank’s first Western comic ever. This has potential. Buy it. And look at that cover! 






Night of the living dead New York # 1  A couple of weeks ago we saw an old movie make a comeback in the comic book world. The Warriors showed some success. This week, Night of the living dead comes back to terrorize New York. Zombies in New York? Nah….





Azrael Death’s Dark Knight # 1 & Ultimate X-Men # 100 An end to one series at Marvel and a beginning of a mini at DC. Happy reading.



 Deathlok Bowen Statue. Retail $175. Beauty.



See you next week

Invest Wisely

Jay Katz


 Happy Birthday Mom. r.i.p.



InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 3-11-09






Have you seen The Batman on the side of your milk carton? Yea, he seems to be M.I.A. and just about every DC character cannot seem to wait to jump in his grave starting this week…



Batman: Battle for the Cowl #1  No body, no funeral, but the DC Universe seems to not mind making claims on their most beloved mentor. A battle royal ensues this week; the winner gets the right to call themselves The Batman. Check out this series and gauge where it might be headed. If it looks as though one of the usual suspects will become the new Batman, pass on this. If DC wants to really make things interesting they need to make someone you least expect take over the mantle, in which case you need to look at this comic as more of a keeper. If DC really really really wanted to make things interesting, we’d find Bruce Wayne’s dead body floating in that water, then introduce the new Batman. Hey we can all dream can’t we?


Action Comics #875  The Introduction of the new Flamebird and Nightwing happens here.




X-Men Noir #4  The hot series concludes this week.




X-Men: Quitting Time (One Shot)  Nightcrawler is branching out and away from the X-Men. This one shot is suppose to have Nightcrawler walking away from the X-Men forever. If Marvel stays away from the religious aspect, the struggles with faith in which we have seen too many times already, this comic is a good one to keep an eye on.




Super-Zombies # 1  Dynamite Entertainment releases a Zombie book. Dynamite says that this comic is poised to be the biggest book of 2009. Too much hype, overconfidence or maybe they could be right. Having writer Marc Guggenheim at the helm helps matters here.



 See You next week.

Invest Wisely.

Jay Katz


InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 3-4-09







A few red hot series continue this week as a few new ones look to start up. Look for a war to break out in the Marvel Cosmic Universe. The aftermath of Secret Invasion spills out forever changing Marvel’s cosmic landscape……


War of The Kings  #1  Marvel is putting together an event for their cosmic universe. With the successful runs on some previous mega storylines, this one will probably hold up very well. Marvel’s cosmic universe is a very interesting and fun place to be. So sit back and read away, enjoy as Marvel takes the steps to tighten up their celestial chronicles. This is going to be fun!




Solomon Grundy #1  DC brings the monster back again with his own 7 part mini. With the new series comes his origin and do not be surprised if the demand makes Grundy go beyond the 7 issues here. A regular series is either on the horizon or extends after number 7.




Spider-Man & Human Torch in bahia de los muertos (One Shot)  Fantastic Four go to Puerto Rico and spider-man joins in on the fun. This comic comes in both and English version and a Spanish version. Oh and in case you’re wondering, Bahia de los muertos = Bay of Dead Men.





Strange Adventures # 1 & Hulk: Broken Worlds 1  2 interesting number one issues from Marvel and DC. Don’t pass these up.






Secret Warriors # 2 & Agents of Atlas # 2  Both number one issues were sellouts. Both number 2 issues will do the same. Don’t blink.





X-Men/Spider-Man #4  This hot series concludes and promises to tie it to the current universe.





Batman Cacophony # 3  Yes Kevin Smith has done it! A 3 issue miniseries that came out on time and is concluding right here!






Mighty # 2  DC’s appealing new series continues and you should continue buying it.





Covers of The Week…… 


















See you all next week.

Invest Wisely.

Jay Katz


InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 2-25-09






With the recent death of Pa Kent, Superman is going through some serious changes, changes in status quo that begin in this week’s release of DC’s flagship title…….


Superman # 685  DC is telling everyone that this issue is a direct lead in to a major status quo change in the life of Superman. Let’s just hope that this issue brings more to the table than the recent ‘death of Batman’ did. DC seems to be at a crossroads in the sense they know changes need to be made as far as their major characters go. Green Lantern has been spot on, recent Wonder Woman sales have been very nice and Batman was a miss. Let’s hope 3 out of 4 here with Superman up next.




Incredible Hercules # 126  Looks like we’ll be getting an origin issue here. Marvel claims (hard to believe really!) that this will be the first time in Marvel continuity that Hercules origin will be told. Sounds like a keeper here folks!




New Avengers #50  An anniversary issue of a successful Marvel comic. It’s New Avengers VS. Dark Avengers with a wraparound cover from Billy Tan. 





Sonic Universe #1  When Sonic The Hedge Hog #1 came out years ago, many fans saw it as just another video game character getting his own comic. That comic now commands a few dollars. This week a new number 1 issue comes out that brings a whole new spin and a new universe for Sonic fans. Besides, a Sonic movie isn’t too far behind is it? 


Covers of The Week………




















See you next week.

Invest Wisely.

Jay Katz


InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 2-18-09






Hot Picks brings the current President back with President number 16, a couple of hot series continuing, some number one issues, a finale and The Warriors come out and plaaaay. All this and some nice cover art too….
thewarriors130thanniversary.gifWarriors # 1  A movie cult classic makes it to the comic book form. What fun this is going to be! The Dabel Brothers are going to score big with this comic and so are you. With about 4 variant covers coming with this one, it’s the photo variant that will command the big bucks when all the dust settles on the Coney Island boardwalk. So get in early for this comic because it’s already selling out in some places online. So Dabel Brothers, when does Clockwork Orange come out?




savagedragon145obamacvrb.gifAmazing Spider-Man  #583 & Savage Dragon # 145  Obama fever is reaching its peak here folks.  So this should be the last of the nonsense Obama covers. Here we have The Fifth printing of ASM #583, but this time with President number 16 in the background. Good work Marvel, once again. Then you have Savage Dragon cover ‘B’ fist bumping the prez on his cover. Hopefully we’ve seen the last of these Obama covers. They are going to get stale rather quickly if we see him on covers every other week.




Dark Avengers # 2 & Spider-Man Noir  # 3  Two very hot series continue this week with the Dark Avengers really heating things up. Snatch up these comics or get the second prints in a couple of weeks.






Johnny Monster # 1 & Amber Atoms # 1  Image comics releases 2 interesting number one issues this week. Go to your shop on Wednesday and take a peek at them. No, didn’t say to read them, that’s for the library! You buy, and then you read! 





Invincible #59  A new villain to annoy our favorite Image Hero (sorry Savage) appears  in this issue. His name is PowerPlex. Again, take a peek…..




Ultimate Fantastic Four #60  It all ends here for the Ultimate 4 family. This will be the final issue. Who lives? Who dies? Who cares??? 

Witchblade Annual #1 2009  After countless years of number one issues and restarts and new beginnings and team ups, we finally get the first ‘annual’ from Witchblade.


 Frazettas Sun Goddess Statue – Here is an absolutely beautiful statue from ReelArt Studios. Priced at $189.


Eye Candy Time – Covers of The Week………..




























See you next week.

Invest Wisely.

Jay Katz


InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 2-11-09





Hot Picks this week has 2 highly recommended choices. One features an Icon artist while the other features an Icon writer. Click ahead to make a couple of guaranteed Investments this week.

Batman # 686  In case you might not have heard, but Batman is dead. Well that’s what DC wants everyone to believe; too bad Marvel released that Obama/Spidey book the same week Batman supposedly died. Not much play for Bruce taking the dirt nap (maybe it’s because we all know he’s coming back). Okay so DC dropped the ball (again) on this one, but they are back with a biggie. Anyone remember how big the Superman story written by Alan Moore called ‘Whatever happened to the man of tomorrow’ was? Yes it’s still one of the best Superman stories ever told. Now enter Batman. Alan Moore isn’t returning for this one, but Neil Gaiman is coming on board for the ‘Whatever happened to the cape crusader?’ 2 part story that promises to be a high-quality, well written, demandable comic book. Andy Kubert is on board to work his great illustrations into a comic that has mass appeal already. Kubert only helps the value of this comic. Do not miss this comic collectors, it’s going to be a sure fire hit with multiple printings to follow. 


Masquerade # 1  Here’s a comic coming from Dynamite that has some potential. Good storytelling, good artwork and a virgin variant from John Romita Sr. The variant, if you could get it should be bought. A John Romita Sr. variant is a great treasure to have, a virgin variant is even better. Buy this one and hold on to it for a long time. Romita Sr. will be legend one day, or maybe he already is, whatever your opinion, hold onto that as well. It’s yours. 




Thor # 600  Stan Lee returns to Marvel again for a special Thor story within these 104 pages of comic good heaven. Join the party! And look at that Dell’Otto variant cover, now that’s cool.




Incognito # 2  The second Installment of the hot series hits your local comic shop. Do we hear ‘Cinema?’




Here are some other Interesting things coming your way this week……. 

R.E.B.E.L.S. # 1


 X-Men Origins Sabretooth


 Dredd VS. Alien Statue – By First 4 Figures and Dark Horse. Retail $250


Some Great Covers This Week…….Covers Of The Week

















See you next week.

Invest Wisely.

Jay Katz


InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 2-4-09


Marvel releases a couple of comics this week that should have collectors going to the $1 bins as well as the showcase wall at your local comic shop.




Marvel’s also releasing their third installment of a red hot series, 2 Ultimate heroes go at it in a new number one issue, a new team book and they do the old swap of male to female gender on a character that has been around for quite some time. So it seems to be a busy week for Marvel while DC comics release’s only 10 comics this week. Also, check out some Independents making the list. 



Astonishing Tales  Vol 2 # 1   Marvel brings back a comic that had some success back in the early 70’s. It looks like some good old comic book fun coming back into the fold in 2009. With the second go around here, Astonishing will be brought to you in a double sized every month with various artist and writers contributing to the comic. Here’s the hunch though, way back in 1974 Astonishing Tales # 25 gave birth to a Marvel character that has not been around the Universe in a way that he deserves. Many times Marvel has given some sort of rumblings on how they’d like to see Deathlok come back in the mix. Marvel just never had the right time or storyline to do so. What better way than to‘re-introduce’ him in his own title he was created in some 35 years later? InvestComics has been big on Astonishing Tales # 25 for a long time and now might be the time to start on the Deathlok bandwagon again. This character is destined to be a huge force in the Marvel Universe, get the first appearance at a good starting bid right now, you’ll be happy you did. 


darkhawk1.gifWar Of Kings Darkhawk #1  The same semi-scenario is playing out here with Darkhawk as previously explained with Astonishing Tales. Big difference plays out with Darkhawk being a character that is sort of established already within the Marvel Universe. The second difference is that you could actually find Darkhawk # 1 in the dollar bins in some comic shops across your way. Marvel begins the push right here with Darkhawk. Will he be a force as Marvel hope’s he will be one day? At a dollar a piece for his first appearance, who cares if he does?


Here are some other New Releases to check out……….xmenmoir2.gif

X-Men Noir # 3 Red hot series continues here! 






Ultimate Hulk Vs. Wolverine # 1





      X-Men Vs. Hulk # 1



Dead Irons # 1






                       Golem # 1


Mighty # 1  Winter Solider wants his ‘A’ back DC.






       Secret Warriors # 1


I am Legion # 1





       Agents Of Atlas # 1


Here Are Some Spectacular Covers for the upcoming week……… 






















See you next week.

Invest Wisely. 

Jay Katz


InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 1-28-09

icfrontpage12809.gif When Mega French comic publisher Soleil teamed up with Marvel it seemed to have success written all over it…… 





Soleil (meaning ‘Sun’) is becoming the premiere European comic company and it shows no signs of slowing down. Thanks to the new merger, Soleil’s comics will now be available for the first time in the U.S. Especially with the backing of the biggest comic company in the world Marvel, it’s sure to prosper to heights of greatness. So with the first Marvel/Soleil release, Sky Doll, it came in with a very strong showing. Now enter Scourge of the Gods. This comic will follow suit with the good run that Sky Doll had or even better. Click the Hot Picks this week and you’ll get the full Marvel solicit for Scourge of the Gods. Nothing else is looking as fruitful as this comic this week, so come inside and check out some other cool things coming out this week as well as some great looking covers. 

scourgevariant1.gifScourge of the Gods #1scourgeofthegods1.gif



Writer :  Valrie Mangin – Paul Benjamin

Artist : Aleksa Gajic

Manufacturer / Publisher :  Marvel/Soleil

Description : “After a thousand years of peace, the Orbis – the Roman Galactic Empire that thought itself almighty – trembles down to its foundations. The Huns, savage warriors that came out of nowhere, are trying to conquer it. King Attila has already pillaged and burned dozens of planets without any legion being able to stop him or even slow him down. And unfortunately for Rome – Kerka, the Hun’s goddess of chaos herself – is back. But the Gods have a taste for tragedy: Kerka has been reincarnated in the body of Flavia Aetia, a young Roman girl. Is Flavia truly this macabre divinity? Is she the by-product of a terrifying plot? Or is she only the victim of a terrible destiny? A free adaptation of Hun king Attila and the Roman general Flavius Aetius’s confrontation, SCOURGE OF THE GODS replays the eternal struggle between order and chaos on the galactic level. Halfway between sci-fi and heroic fantasy, the huge epic fresco proclaims antique grandeur as well as the barbarism that lies in our future.” 

Here Is some great eye candy coming this week – Covers Of The Week 











Also coming this week……. 



Abonmination Bowen Statue retail $220.00 – Go to the Bowen Designs web page, this photo does this gorgeous statue no justice. 





Hulk VS – DVD – Who doesn’t like a good fight? Get double the action with the release of Hulk VS. The metal boned freak and The God of Thunder take on the Green guy with anger issues. Fun! 






Ralph Magazine – Okay what exactly is ‘Ralph magazine’? Who cares?? Meet the ‘NEW’ Jennifer Hawkins this week. The new?? Wow, out with the old i guess…… 






See you next week.

Invest Wisely.

Jay Katz


InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 1-21-09







Hot on the heels of the successful mini epic Secret Invasion comes Dark Reign. The reign will fall quite heavy on the Marvel Universe as well as demand……

Look for a very quick second print to follow in the coming weeks. Of all of the Dark Reign number one issues to coming out, there is one you should be looking for, the NYCC Variant from Midtown Comics. The cover is beautifully done by Adi Granov with the Iron Patriot holding the America flag. The message boards are hot with the question, who is the Iron Patriot? Marvel Comics once again has created the buzz as they always seem to do with their comics and Dark Reign looks like it’s going to be a fun ride! Click above to see a full cover of the very cool Dark Reign number one NYCC Midtown Comics Variant as well as this week’s other Hot Picks. 
 Dark Avengers # 1



Amazing Spider-Man # 583(2nd Print)

Last week saw this comic sell out quickly. This week will see this comic sell out quickly. Look for a third print VERY soon as Obama fever is still extremely hot right now. 

Spider-Man Noir # 2
The Second issue of this Hot series continues. 

Here Are some other comics to check out this week……. 

Faces Of Evil Deathstroke # 1

One of DC’s most Interesting characters gets his own book (again). Who cares, one of these days DC will make ‘movies’ once again and Deathstroke will be in the middle of the madness (hope hope). Until then, this comic will be a nice add on to your collectiion. 

 Mysterius: The Unfathomable # 1

Another interesting comic from DC this week…. 

Dark Delicacies # 1

Some of the biggest writers in the horror industry come together for this quarterly release. Awesome cover too!


 Maxim Magazine # 134

How did this make it into here?!? Wow look at that though, the REAL swimsuit issue comes out this week as only Maxim can do it! Nice cover…or lack of.  


See you next Week
 Invest Wisely
Jay Katz

InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 1-14-09

icfrontpage11409.gif Geoff Johns has a knack of telling some very well written stories more often than not. The New Krypton storyline is one of those examples of Geoff hitting his stride……



Action Comics # 873 (wow 873 issues!) is the finale of the New Krypton storyline written by you know who. It’s not the ‘finale’ of a good storyline that brings this comic to the Hot Picks this week, it’s Geoff Johns changing things for Superman in ways that DC is calling it a ‘cosmically important status quo change’. Okay DC so you got our attention, now please deliver! In a comic book release week in which Marvel will once again steal some very serious spotlight from DC and the rest of the comic book land with the release of Barack Spidey, it would be nice to see this comic slide right under the radar and surprise everyone. And by the way, Newsday, The Chicago Tribune and CNN have already reported on Amazing Spider-Man # 583. Good luck getting your hands on that one.

 Action Comics #873



Amazing Spider-Man # 583 Every now and then a comic book comes along that just HAS to be in your collection. It falls into that category of MUST have because of the significance of it. Spider-Man 9/11 issue, Death of Captain America and now Spider-Man and the president elect Barack Obama. The issue has sold out virtually everywhere. If you can find it, buy it and hold on to it because this comic will be a collector’s item.




battlestarcylonwar1.gifBattlestar Galactica Cylon War #1 When the release of the television series came out for Battlestar Galactica, the franchise was reborn. The comic books soon followed and that too has had success. Now we are going down a path never visited for the BG franchise in the comic book world. Witness the birth of the Cylons.






X-Men Spider-Man #3

Red hot Series Continues this week.


 Death-Defying Devil #2

Daredevil, i mean Death-Defying Devil introduces Silver Surfer, i mean Silver Streak in this issue.


See you next week.

 Invest Wisely.

Jay Katz



Spider-Man and President Barack Obama Team Up

spmfistbump.gifThere will be plenty of fist bumping and cash registers going when Amazing Spider-Man #583 comes out this week. Expect to see people you haven’t seen at your local comic shop since the Death of Captain America. Marvel’s flagship character teams up with the President Elect Barack Obama on Wednesday’s new comic day 1/14/09. This comic is sold out already at many comic shops and is going to command some serious bucks on the days to follow after its release. Try to find this comic if you can, but in the mean time check out some of the interior of this monumental comic that will make history along with Barack Obama making his own on January 20th 2009. So Click ahead, join history. 


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