Top 5 Hot Picks #124

Every week before new comic book day InvestComics gives fans our Top 5 Hot Picks for new comics coming out on Wednesday. This list is pulled straight from the latest (weekly) InvestComics Hot Picks article. Hot Picks Top 5 based on InvestComics Hot Picks #486 and new comics coming this Wednesday 8/22/17.
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Ghost Station Zero #1 – Distributor level, sold out, Image Comics.. Written by Anthony Johnson and art by Shari Chankhamma.
Dead of Winter #1 – From Oni Press, sold out at the distributor. Writer Kyle Starks and art by Gabo.
Galaktikon #1 – New Albatross Comic from writer Brendon Small and artists Steve Mannion & Jason Moore. 
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #73 – New storyline begins; ’Trial of Krang’. Look for new characters to be introduced.
Lockjaw Dog Days – This Marvel one shot is sold out. 

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Deathstroke #22 – Buy/Bid

Generations Hulk #1 – Buy/Bid

Also appearing in this weeks InvestComics Hot Picks #486
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Deathstroke #21
Deathstroke #22
New Gods Special #1
Generations Banner Hulk & Totally Awesome Hulk #1
Darth Vader #4
Turok #1
Grumpy Cat Garfield #1
Mech Cadet Yu #1

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Best Comic Covers Of The Week 8-2-17

New comic book release day 8/2/17. New comic releases are subject to change.
These are our favorite covers from the new comics arriving this week. Listed below is the comic book with the cover artist. What are your favorite covers this week?

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Batman #28 – Mikel Janin

Green Arrow #28 – Mike Grell

Superman #28 – Doug Mahnke

Superman #28 – Jorge Jimenez

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ghost Zero #1 – Cloonan

Hulks #1 – Dale Keown

Darth Vader – Alburquerque

Elsewhere #1 – Kesgin/Riley

Mech Cadet #1 – Marcus To

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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InvestComics Hot Picks #486

InvestComics Hot Picks provides readers and speculators the low down on the new releases coming out on Wednesday each week.
Hot Picks have been weekly since 2005.
This week, new comic book release day 8/2/17.
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Buy/Bid – Darth Vader #4

Buy/Bid – Deathstroke #22

Buy/Bid – Generations #1

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The new Deathstroke debuted in Deathstroke #21. This week, the new Deathstroke (and team) fight a new adversary in Deathstroke #22. Brought to you by the creative team of Christopher Priest (writer) and artists Diogenes Neves and Jason Paz.
Superstar Shane Davis and legend Walt Simonson debut New Gods Special #1. This comic also includes reprints from the master himself, Jack Kirby.
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Banner meets Cho for the first time in Generations Banner Hulk & Totally Awesome Hulk #1. It was very painful to type out ‘Totally Awesome Hulk’, ain’t gonna lie. That has to be one of the silliest, lamest, childish titles in all of Marvel Comics history. We’ve said that since day one and we’ll continue to keep saying it, it’s extremely silly. Now back to the comic. We are hoping that Bruce Banner (the INCREDIBLE HULK) beats down Amadeus Cho (Totally Awesome Hulk…ugh!) so bad that Marvel has to cancel the Totally Awesome title. Greg Pak writes and Matteo Buffagni pencils.
Darth Vader ‘Year One’ continues this week; Darth Vader #4. Creators Charles Soule and Giuseppe Camuncoli.
Want to read a collection of stories regarding a very large dog? Sure you do! Buy Lockjaw Dog Days.

Buy/Bid – Ghost Zero #1

Buy/Bid – Elsewhere #1

Buy/Bid – Lockjaw #1

Buy/Bid – TMNT #73

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

InvestComics Indie Hot Picks;
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #73 will be the start of the ’Trial of Krang’ part 1. Not only will this be a new storyline, it’ll bring in a lot of introductions into the TMNT world, including new characters. That said, collectors should keep their ear to the ground and their eyes peeled to these pages.
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Albatross Comics exploded onto the scene with their Hillbilly series. Now CEO/writer Eric Powell releases the next hot book; Galaktikon #1. Creators also on this book, writer Brendon Small and artists Steve Mannion & Jason Moore.
Grumpy Cat was and still is (somewhat) of an internet sensation. Dynamite Entertainment grabs the rights to Grumpy Cat and made the feline’s first comic book ever a while back. Now they’re teaming Grumpy Cat with one of the most famous (only) lasagna eating cats of all time; Garfield. Welcome to Grumpy Cat Garfield #1. How Grumpy Cat got first billing here is a mystery to us, but enjoy anyway. Mark Evanier and Steve Uy. Also coming from Dynamite; Turok #1. Writers Aubrey Sitterson/Chuck Wendig and art by Alvaro Sarreseca.
Ghost Station Zero #1 from Image comics rides on the coattails of the new Atomic Blonde movie. If you like a beautiful female kicking all kinds of as*, this book is for you. Written by Anthony Johnson and art by Shari Chankhamma.
Every new sci-fi Image Comic seems to sell out quick and bounce a bit in the aftermarket. Will the same happen with Elsewhere #1? Written by Jay Faerber and art by Sumeyye Kesgin and Ron Riley.
Boom Studios’ Mech Cadet Yu #1 is written by Greg Pak and art by Takeshi Miyazawa. Yes, we’ll definitely check this out and so should you.
Dead of Winter #1 – Oni Press. Writer Kyle Starks and art by Gabo.

Buy/Bid – Galaktikon #1

Buy/Bid – Winter #1

Buy/Bid – Turok #1

Buy/Bid – Mech #1

Buy/Bid – Grumpy/Garfield #1

 

 

 

 

 

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New Comics #486

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A weekly video look at the covers from the weekly InvestComics Hot Picks article. New comics arriving 8/2/17. Please utilize your common sense and READ the article to see why these covers are in this video –> InvestComics Hot Picks #486. This is NOT an explanation video, just eye candy. READ…..it’s good for you.

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Diamond Top Products April 2015

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(BALTIMORE, MD) — (May 15, 2015) —Luke Skywalker’s quest to become a Jedi leads him back to Tatooine in Jason Aaron and John Cassaday’s Star Wars #4 from Marvel Comics, the best-selling comic book of April 2015 according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.

Marvel Comics, April’s top publisher with a 34.15% dollar share and a 36.33% unit share, had four comics among April’s top ten, including Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca’s Darth Vader #4 at #4 and Greg Weisman and Pepe Larraz’s Kanan: The Last Padawan #1 at #8. DC Entertainment was the month’s #2 publisher with a 30.91% dollar share and a 33.90% unit share, and the publisher had six titles among the top ten including Dan Jurgens, Jeff King, and Ethan Van Sciver’s Convergence #0 at #2 and Scott Synder and Greg Capullo’s Batman #40, the conclusion to the “Endgame” storyline, at #4. Image Comics ranked third for the month with a 10.23% dollar share and a 11.18% unit share. IDW Publishing came in fourth with a 6.00% dollar share and 4.78% unit share. In fifth was Dark Horse Comics with a 3.65% dollar share and a 2.92% unit share.

The survivors of the zombie apocalypse face a new and insidious threat in Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead Volume 23 from Image Comics, the best-selling graphic novel of April and one of the publisher’s four volumes among the top ten. Marvel Comics’ original graphic novel, Avengers: Rage of Ultron, by Warren Ellis and Jerome Opena, ranked #2. DC Entertainment had four titles in the top ten, led by Bill Willingham’s Fables Volume 21: Happily Ever After at #23.

Jeffrey Brown’s latest all-ages Star Wars book, Star Wars: Darth Vader & Friends, from Chronicle Books was April’s best-selling book. Dark Horse Comics’ The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe ranked #2. IDW Publishing had two titles in the top ten — John Romita’s Amazing Spider-Man Artifact Edition at #4 and Starling: Ashley Book Book 1 at #6.

DC Collectibles continued their Batman Animated series of action figures, based on the animated series of the 1990s, in April with the Batman: The Animated Series: The Joker Action Figure, the month’s best-selling toy and one of the four products the manufacturer placed in the top ten. Diamond Select Toys had three products in the top ten, led by the Star Trek: USS Enterprise NCC-1701-A Ship at #2.

Based on the new film, WizKids/NECA’s Marvel HeroClix: Avengers: Age of Ultron Foil Packs were April’s best-selling gaming product and one of their six products among the top ten. Diamond Select Toys’ Jay & Silent Bob Monopoly, March’s best-selling game product, remained in the top ten in April at #7.

 

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER DOLLARSHARE UNITSHARE
MARVEL COMICS 34.15% 36.33%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 30.91% 33.90%
IMAGE COMICS 10.23% 11.18%
IDW PUBLISHING 6.00% 4.78%
DARK HORSE COMICS 3.65% 2.92%
BOOM ENTERTAINMENT 2.17% 1.98%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.05% 1.78%
TITAN PUBLISHING 0.95% 0.90%
AVATAR PRESS 0.94% 0.73%
ONI PRESS 0.89% 0.54%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 8.05% 4.97%

 

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTALSHIPPED
MARVEL COMICS 88 40 1 129
DC ENTERTAINMENT 88 33 1 122
IDW PUBLISHING 61 31 0 92
IMAGE COMICS 74 15 0 89
DARK HORSE COMICS 32 24 0 56
BOOM ENTERTAINMENT 39 11 0 50
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 35 4 0 39
AVATAR PRESS 12 2 1 15
TITAN PUBLISHING 7 3 4 14
ONI PRESS 8 5 0 13
OTHER NON-TOP 10 101 146 37 284


COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS
APRIL 2015 VS. MARCH 2014
COMICS 32.70% 27.45%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 41.29% 41.25%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 35.22% 28.45%
APRIL 2015 VS. APRIL 2014
COMICS 19.75% 22.50%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 13.45% 10.03%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 17.75% 21.40%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2015 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2014
COMICS 15.58% 16.22%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 4.37% -3.63%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 12.00% 14.47%

 

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 STAR WARS #4 $3.99 FEB150684-M MAR
2 CONVERGENCE #0 [*] $4.99 JAN150218-M DC
3 CONVERGENCE #1 [*] $4.99 FEB150137-M DC
4 BATMAN #40 $4.99 JAN150306-M DC
5 DARTH VADER #4 $3.99 FEB150682-M MAR
6 CONVERGENCE #2 [*] $3.99 FEB150142-M DC
7 CONVERGENCE #3 [*] $3.99 FEB150146-M DC
8 KANAN: THE LAST PADAWAN #1 $3.99 FEB150675-M MAR
9 CONVERGENCE #4 [*] $3.99 FEB150150-M DC
10 PRINCESS LEIA #3 $3.99 FEB150680-M MAR

 

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 23 TP $14.99 FEB150545 IMA
2 AVENGERS: RAGE OF ULTRON HC $24.99 DEC140948 MAR
3 FABLES VOLUME 21: HAPPILY EVER AFTER TP (MR) $17.99 JAN150397 DC
4 BATMAN VOL. 5: ZERO YEAR: DARK CITY TP (N52) $16.99 JAN150363 DC
5 SAGA VOLUME 4 TP (MR) $14.99 OCT140644 IMA
6 JUPITER’S LEGACY VOLUME 1 TP (MR) $9.99 FEB150526 IMA
7 HARLEY QUINN VOL. 1: HOT IN THE CITY TP (N52) $16.99 JAN150369 DC
8 BATMAN VOLUME 6: THE GRAVEYARD SHIFT HC (N52) $24.99 DEC140379 DC
9 THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 1: DAYS GONE BYE TP $14.99 NOV128157 IMA
10 LUMBERJANES VOLUME 1 TP $14.99 FEB151172 BOO

 

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 STAR WARS: DARTH VADER & FRIENDS HC $14.95 FEB151837 CHR
2 THE ART OF HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE HC $39.99 DEC140098 DAR
3 WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S STAR WARS: FORSOOTH, THE PHANTOM MENACE HC $14.95 FEB151839 RAN
4 JOHN ROMITA’S AMAZING SPIDER MAN ARTIFACT EDITION $112.50 OCT140523 IDW
5 DC SUPER HEROES: MY FIRST BOOK OF GIRL POWER BOARD BOOK $9.99 SEP148145 POC
6 STARLING: ASHLEY WOOD BOOK 1 HC $17.99 OCT140520 IDW
7 NEIL GAIMAN’S CHU’S DAY AT BEACH HC $17.99 FEB151829 HAR
8 THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 94 SC $14.95 FEB151834 SAN
9 THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 95 SC $14.95 MAR151764 SAN
10 GAME OF THRONES: HAND OF THE KING WAX SEAL KIT $12.95 DEC141885 RUN

 

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 BATMAN ANIMATED: BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES: THE JOKER FIGURE JUL140292 DC
2 STAR TREK: USS ENTERPRISE NCC-1701-A SHIP AUG142285 DST
3 MARVEL: CAPTAIN AMERICA 8-INCH RETRO ACTION FIGURE SET SEP142256 DST
4 DC COMICS: BATWOMAN BISHOUJO STATUE SEP142327 KOT
5 BACK TO THE FUTURE: FLUX CAPACITOR UNLIMITED EDITION OCT088076 DST
6 BATMAN ARKHAM KNIGHT: BATMAN ACTION FIGURE SEP140356 DC
7 AVENGERS INFINITE LEGENDS 6-INCH ACTION FIGURES FEB152176 HAS
8 BATMAN ARKHAM KNIGHT: HARLEY QUINN ACTION FIGURE SEP140357 DC
9 ONE:12 COLLECTIVE: BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS FIGURE AUG148295 MEZ
10 ARROW: ARROW ACTION FIGURE OCT140411 DC

 

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 MARVEL HEROCLIX: AVENGERS AGE OF ULTRON FOIL PACKS FEB152705 NEC
2 DC DICE MASTERS: JUSTICE LEAGUE FOIL PACKS JAN152660 NEC
3 MARVEL HEROCLIX AVENGERS QUICK START KIT SEP140018 NEC
4 THE WALKING DEAD PRISON BOARD GAME JUN142630 MEG
5 STAR WARS: ARMADA BOARD GAME DEC142545 FAN
6 MARVEL HEROCLIX: AVENGERS AGE OF ULTRON STARTER SET FEB152706 NEC
7 JAY & SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK MONOPOLY DEC142209 DIA
8 DC DICE MASTERS: JUSTICE LEAGUE STARTER SET JAN152664 NEC
9 MONOPOLY: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL EDITION OCT128266 USA
10 DC HEROCLIX: JUSTICE LEAGUE TRINITY WAR BOOSTER BRICK DEC142573 NEC

 

How does Diamond calculate the charts? It all starts at the comic book shop.

Data for Diamond’s sales charts — which includes the monthly market shares and all top product charts — are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from sales made to thousands of comic book specialty shops located in North America and around the world.  Additional sales made to online merchants and other specialty retailers may be included as well.

Unit and dollar market shares are calculated based upon orders for comic books, graphic novels, and magazines invoiced and shipped to Diamond customers during any given month, which comprises pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable. Please note that comics marked with an asterisk (*) have had their reported quantities reduced due to retailer returnability, and thus may rank lower on the charts than their actual sales would reflect.

The New Titles Count Chart includes all titles that were invoiced by Diamond to retailers for the first time during the month and is not the official solicited title count for the month. Variant edition comic books and graphic novels at the same price point count as a single SKU. Variant edition comic books, lenticular covers, digital combo packs, and graphic novels at different price points count as separate SKUs for each edition.

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DC comics will run the table this week. Convergence is here and boy is it a biggie for DC readers. It will bring back the old, the way things were back oh so long ago. This July will make the New 52 a whopping 4 years old. So what to do after ALL of those years of making a new universe and never looking back? Bring back the old universe for a little while! Of course this is all dripping with sarcasm but all in fun here.

DC’s Convergence will probably make some noise at the comic shop registers, but what about the speculators? First off and very important here, the readers are in for a huge treat. Bringing back everything and making it all one big fat hunk of DC meat is pretty awesome. Readers are going to absolutely love this. This will not be as confusing as Multiverse in the least bit, so don’t shy away. Buy the series and follow the stories. A lot of fun here. Fun for the speculator will be within the back issues of DC’s first run of Convergence stories. Here’s why and how……

Besides the obvious flip of a hot signed/graded variant, if a character from the past makes their mark (or for the first time) in the Convergence story, you’ll have their first appearance because InvestComics told you about it. For example; Convergence Batgirl #1 will feature Stephanie Brown as Batgirl. Stephanie Brown (and as Spoiler) first appeared in Detective Comics #647 back in 1992. This comic on Ebay can be snatched up for $12 in some cases. If you don’t click that RED link you’re probably going to pay more in a few days. Stephanie Brown then went on to first appear as Batgirl (post crisis) in Robin #126 in 2004. There is a NM copy right now available for $5.99. Click the RED link, you know the drill. And then finally there is the solo Stephanie Brown Batgirl comic; Batgirl #1 (2009). At 99 cents on Ebay right now, yeah how can you go wrong here?

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Convergence Question #1 will feature Renee Montoya as The Question. Renee Montoya first appeared in Batman #475 (1992). This book is in the $10-$15 range right now. Then Renee first appeared as The Question in 52 #48 (2007). These are offered at $3 a piece. And not that many on Ebay right now.

A pregnant Lois Lane will be in Convergence Superman #1. Over the many years of Superman comics and Lois/Clark having a ton of children (adopted, aliens, grown, and theirs) appear in the comics, there is only one cover we see Lois Lane actually carrying a child as a pregnant woman. Check out the cover to JLA Created Equal #1 from the year 2000. This is the only cover Lois Lane has ever appeared on where she is pregnant. What does this mean really for the speculator? Absolutely nothing, but still a neat nugget to know and to have in your collection as a conversation piece. It’s only a dollar on Ebay right now.

How about getting that New Teen Titans #16 (1982) comic InvestComics mentioned in the InvestComics Hot Picks #333 in August of 2014. Check out the cut out of what was said in that article.

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From InvestComics Hot Picks #333 (August 2014)

So let start that movement shall we? Convergence Harley Quinn #1 will feature Captain Carrot and Convergence Speed Force #1 will feature a character from the Zoo Crew. The New Teen Titans #16 is the first appearance of Captain Carrot and the Zoo Crew. It’s a very affordable comic at the moment. No telling if the InvestComics Legion of fans will move the needle on this one. Here’s the things guys/gals, Marvel Comics has rejuvenated Howard The Duck, so DC Comics will be going with their bunny Captain Carrot. See how this works? Buy this first appearance, nothing to lose. No real down side here. Maybe a flat line, but an uptick can occur if DC pursues the rabbit for bigger and better things down the road. You never know.

….Speaking of a bunny. Convergence #1 has a sold out variant. The variant cover features the new Batman on the cover by Greg Capullo. Good luck buying this variant for under $99. A good quick flip if you score a high grade along with a signature(s) by Greg and the other creators on the book. This is currently the only sold out Convergence comic right now.

The rest of the Convergence titles to check out this week; Convergence Justice League #1, Convergence Nightwing Oracle #1, Convergence Titans #1, Convergence Batman and Robin #1 and Convergence Atom #1.

Some sold out comics to talk about. Please remember (as we have stated numerous times), sold out comics DO NOT equate to automatic money. Merely a heads up to speculators to determine if the value is worth the time to equate to more money. Lots of sold out comics never amount to anything. Do not determine your portfolio on buying sold out modern comic books, you will in fact lose money. With that said, here are some sold out books…..

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Marvel killed Wolverine and they are out for more blood. This time they will be offing Deadpool in Deadpool #45. No worries, he’ll be back. But for now he’s going to be taking a dirt nap. The Skottie Young ($60) and Tony Moore ($125) variants are sold out. And a sold out “3000 copies” available Amazing Spider-Man #300 homage cover.

Howard The Duck #2 features a “bling” variant with the Duck and a Raccoon on its cover. A sold out variant that is a nice novelty item. No long term upside here, unless these two wind up doing a team up movie. Only one on Ebay at the current moment at $76.

James Patterson writes big boy books with no pictures. He’s a worldwide best selling author and Max Ride First Flight #1 will be based on a best selling novel. Probably a good bet to check out this comic. The Dustin Nguyen variant is sold out. Here’s a way to get a nice book in your collection and increase the value of your $10 sold out variant. Get Dustin Nguyen and James Patterson to sign your book. Of course a witness and high grade will help too!

Back in 1989 Guns N’ Roses made their comic book debut in Rock N’ Roll Comics #1. While it was a hot book back then, even a hot series actually, it was a dollar short and a day late. The comics featured a ton on great 80 rock hair bands as their featured stories. So what is the problem you ask? Well the first Rock N’ Rock comic came out in 1989 as the hair band sound/scene was dropping off. In the very early 90’s some band by the name of Nirvana changed the entire complexity of the rock scene. No more hair bands! Rock N Roll comics continued to put out comics on Poison, Queensryche, Kiss just to name a few. Those were the days though! Speed to the year 2015. Some of those 80’s bands withstood the test of time and made sure they stuck around and remained relevant. Metallica, Bon Jovi and Ozzy are just a few. Slayer is also one of those bands that made their relevancy past the new millennium. This Wednesday Rock and Roll Biographies Slayer #1 will debut. An all new rock n roll comic. A sold out regular cover and variant here. There are so many bands cramped up inside this comic, it’s a wonder how Acme Press pulled this off. So want a real challenge? A one of a kind comic? Get Judas Priest, Testament, Green Day, Slipknot, Social Distortion, NOFX, Exodus, Primus and Faith No More to sign the comic. The REAL challenge isn’t getting these great bands to sign your book, the REAL challenge is getting a high grade on the book when you get it graded! Almost near impossible really. Does beer on a cover take down a grade?

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Okay no more talk on the sold out books, let’s talk Aspen Comics. Yes a rare appearance by Aspen here on the InvestComics Hot Picks. Not one, but two Aspen comics to check out this week. Four Points #1 is an all female team written by Scott Lobdell. And the other Aspen comic is Lola XOXO #1. Lola first appeared in the free comic book day; Worlds of Aspen 2014. With all of the strong female leads these days from the big two, it’s important to point out other leading ladies from the other companies too. Never know too, maybe another Tomb Raider type character can emerge and get to kicking some as* on the big screen one day. Never know! Either way, these comics look like an enjoyable read.

Image Comics has a lot to offer up this week. Savior #1 has Todd McFarlane on writing duties. He’s not penciling here, just writing. Even if he was penciling, doesn’t really mean much in the speculative world (see Haunt). Here’s the thing with Todd. He’s a legend, but a legend on two characters. For the newbie’s reading, those two characters are Spider-Man and Spawn. Not to diminish anything Todd has done, he’s an amazing artist. Very awesome. Just simply pointing out that most fans really want to see Todd work his magic on those two characters the most. Whenever Todd does do something new, fans go bonkers at first and then the dust settles. Fans go bonkers when he draws, not writes. Therein lies the issue with Savior #1. Not saying it won’t be a good book, but fans want to see Todd draw. That’s what he does best. He’s come a long way since writing the Spider-Man books (15 total) for Marvel all those years ago. 25 years ago to be exact. Wow time flies! So what to do about Savior #1 you ask? Very simple, buy it, read it and enjoy it. Maybe it’ll hit, maybe it won’t. It all really depends if this story strikes a chord and creates a buzz. It’s really a wait and see with Savior #1 as far as the speculative market is concerned.

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Two Image Comics series come back into the fold this week with an all new story to tell. The popular Jupiter’s Legacy from 2013 makes its return this Wednesday with Jupiter’s Circle #1. Mark Millar returns as writer, as artist Frank Quitely will be doing only the cover this time around. Enter artist Wilfredo Torres. Wilfredo’s earliest work (first work?) is in Salem: Queen of Thorns #0 (Boom Studios). The other Image Comic returning this Wednesday is Legacy of Luther Strode #1. The original creative team from 2011’s The Strange Talent of Luther Strode is back. The 2011 Luther Strode was very well received. Surprised its taken so long to get another Strode story going.

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Also from Image this week are two followups to hot number one comics. Lets see what Descender #2 will bring after the sold out number one hit. And let’s see what Southern Cross #2 is able to do as well. Fans are really digging both of these series right now.

InvestComics gave readers/speculators a heads up on Astronaut Ink’s New Zodiax #1. This week New Zodiax #2 hits. A well received number one issue and probably a well received number two issue coming up.

Darth Vader #4 features the revenge of the Battle Droids. What does this mean exactly? Only one way to find out. Ant-Man #4 might feature a debut as well. Only one way to find out!

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Invest wisely. Read comics.

Carpe Diem.

Jay Katz

 

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