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InvestComics Hot Picks – New Release Comics on 12/3/14

Avengers_118_InvestComics Thanos_vs_Hulk_InvestComicsThere are those who are comic creators and then there are those who ARE comic creators. It’s not that often we come across a talent that gives us readers an entirely new spectrum on an already existing universe. Speaking on the big two here, one of the last creators to take on and create an entirely new boundless universe was Greg Pak. Yes there were plenty to add and subtract parts here and there, but Greg Pak was one of the last to truly create something that will become absolutely huge in years to come. If you do not know what I speak of, I have written on InvestComics along the way for years that other comic sites (late to the party as usual) have picked up on recently. Still plenty of time to get with that program if you’re lost, because InvestComics is telling you now to expect Greg Pak’s comic booth at a convention in a few years to become a very big ticket item. So why bring all of this up you ask?

Back many years ago (9 years) when InvestComics was telling collectors to buy Iron Man #55 because I knew there was going to be something very special about this Thanos character one day, it came to fruition. Jim Starlin was THAT guy too. Just like suggesting the Iron Man comic, I told you that Jim Starlin was A comic creator. A man that created an extension of an already vast but compacted universe. The Cosmo’s is about much of the Marvel universe today as it is in New York. Without Jim Starlin’s vision, the Marvel Cinema universe looks extremely different. What would Marvel Studios’ main focal point be if not for Thanos? Ever think that? Of course there are so many Angela_Variant_InvestComicscharacters to go with, but would we really rather see anyone else than Thanos at the helm here? Some would, not saying that Thanos is the be all end all, but this was a fantastic choice to go with no? And it is because of Jim Starlin that comic fans are being treated to the biggest movie extension cinema has ever seen in history. Every single movie is interlocking for essentially one reason right now; Thanos. Starlin is an important puzzle within the realm of the comic book lure that lots are taking for granted. Lots aren’t as well, hence the longer wait times at his comic booth at shows. Don’t forget about what I said about Greg Pak……his lines will be just as long in a few years to come. You read it here first, just like you read why Greg Pak is so important years ago on InvestComics as well. Be sure that when you read the information here to tell others that InvestComics’ hit you up on it, not anyone else or your own. We are leading, the others are reading and just following our lead.

So what’s with all of this Jim Starlin talk? Thanos vs. Hulk (2014) #1 is why. Is Jim Starlin really creating anything new here? Not really, but I’ll tell you what might happen next for comic readers. You see with positive sales showing signs of a sell out down the line, Mr. Starlin will probably bring back the verses comic books. This battle, Thanos vs. Hulk will only trigger fans craving more comics like this. Expect big creator names down the line to put their own stamp on a verses title. Imagine a Superman vs. Batman by Miller? A Spidey vs. Venom by McFarlane? A Batman vs. Joker by Capullo? And the list goes on. Every comic reader/collector loves a good old fashion fight. Imagine the 4 issue or 2 issue battles that would ignite the interest and debate along with the comic book fans. Jim Starlin may have ignited a fire and we all don’t know it yet. Just like the Cosmo’s he put together so long ago and so well. Side note: just in case you’re keeping score at home, Thanos and Hulk first appeared together in 1973; Avengers #118.

Birthright_3_InvestComics Planet_Gigantic_InvestComics Shaft_InvestComicsImages Comics continues their onslaught in delivering stellar stories, which in turn makes for sold out comics, which in turn sometimes makes good for aftermarket sales. Check out Birthright (2014 Image) #3, Tooth and Claw (2014 Image) #2 and Humans (2014 Image) #2. All are showing nice gains with fans and they are reciprocating by buying up the titles.

Angela; Asgards bad ass assassin, makes her Marvel solo comic book series debut in Angela Asgards Assassin (2014) #1. Look for a sold out comic here fans. Will it equate to aftermarket sales? Most likely the CBCS signature series variants. Like one of the covers shown here. Awesome cover by Phil Jimenez. A pricey $50 variant, but if the series heats up, so will your signed and graded variant. Followers of InvestComics’ know that there is in fact money to be made on variants if done accordingly. I have explained for many years that buying random expensive variants and sitting on them is a huge waste of money. Buying certain variants and handling them the way I instruct will usually amount to a return. Again, not all variants will pay in the aftermarket, but being a wise speculator and following each week on here will help you eliminate or cut your losses tremendously. For example. Buying a $20 Battlestar Galactica Death of Apollo (2014 Dynamite) #1 variant or a $20 Shaft (2014 Dynamite) #1 variant will probably put you in the red almost immediately. The only way to get onto the plus side (possibly) with either of these variants is Secret_Six_InvestComics Tooth_and_Claw_2_InvestComics this way. Well only one will maybe give returns. The Shaft variant; get a hold of Richard Roundtree. Get him to sign the variant, get it graded and then maybe you have something brewing. Even then you’ll need a market for it. Is there a Shaft market out there? Is there someone willing to pay a premium for a Ricahrd Roundtree Shaft variant comic? It does make for a nice collectors item for your personal stash though doesn’t it?! The Battlestar variant is a loss in the sense of value. The story is probably fantastic, but monetarily, the variant is a loss.

The amazing Gail Simone is back with a new story for us; Secret Six (2014 4th Series) #1. This looks like a great story and a great pick up. Look for a second printing in the near future.

Blue Beetle and Booster Gold are back together this week in Justice League 3000 (2013) #12. The Inhuman (2014 Marvel) #9 comic will explain what Ennilux Corporation is. Army of Darkness (2014 Dynamite) Volume 4 #1 is practically sold out already as is Planet Gigantic (2014 Action Lab) #2.

Fight_Like_A_Girl_InvestComics Quantum_and_Woody_InvestComicsWolf_Moon_InvestComicsFight Like A Girl (2014) #1 and Wolf Moon (2014 DC/Vertigo) #1 look very interesting. Definitely need to check those out. Wolf Moon; A new Vertigo mini by writer Cullen Bunn? Yes please.

And finally, Valiant gives Quantum and Woody fans a special treat; Valiant Sized Quantum And Woody (2014 Valiant) #1.

See you soon. Invest wisely.

Carpe Diem.

Jay Katz

The Comic Broker’s Report – December 2013

Instead of wasting your time with sharp wit and wonderful one-liners I’m getting right to the point this month.  The fact is, I grew up collecting comics in the most over-printed, over-hyped era the world had ever seen.  There was no internet, Better than Ezra sucked 14.99 a cd out of too many people’s pockets and the Arch Deluxe had it’s short run ( man I miss that burger ).  So trust me when I say that I cannot believe I am recommending some of these comics.  But I do love a bargain and dollar bin fodder like these offer little risk for max reward, something this collector chews on heartily.

 

The Kindred 3 ( first Team 7 )

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DC speculation runs wild this week.  I’m more of a DC collector than anything else but Team 7?  The comic world has gone apeshit crazy if u ask me.  These issues are littering back issue graveyards all over the country.  I recommend the variant ( not pictured here )

Note: The Gen 13 Variant this variant connects to was once a back issue darling.  My how things have changed…

Booster Gold 1

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Now here’s  a DC property I can get behind.  Booster is a character that could translate very well to TV.  Unfortunately  there aren’t many Booster comics heating up the back issue market.  Issue one of the original series is actually not that easy to find in high grade and is his first appearance.

WildC.A.T.S.  1 ( First Grifter )

Gold edition, Ace Edition, 3D edition

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I just cannot bring myself to suggest that the massively over printed issue one of this series will ever see significant increases in value.  But Grifter was once a popular character and that matters.  Anyone who has the Ace edition, 3d edition or the rare gold variant ( many were signed by Jim Lee ) should expect gold down the road, that is if Grifter ever gets a live treatment.

Note:  There are some who would say that Grifter first appeared in Malibu Sun 15.  Seeing as Spawn’s appearance on the cover of issue 13 goes for big money I am inclined to agree.  Finding it is going to be impossible though.

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The Brave and Bold 25 ( First Suicide Squad )

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Here’s a golden oldie you will never find cheap.  But for those who have it rejoice!  Like the other DC properties mentioned above the first appearance of this team already has value.  A TV series or film would only make those who don’t have it cry that much harder.

Batman 12 Limited Capullo Variant

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I mention this one again for one simple reason.  Scott Snyder is no fool.  Adding a back up story in the most recent  Batman: Zero Year issue can only mean one thing-he has big plans for the Rows, not just Harper.

Green Lantern 81 ( First Young Justice )

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There are two covers and two DC Universe UPC variants for this issue of the Green Lantern.  Why should you care? If the recently rumored Young Justice CW adaptation gets the green light you can thank me when you sell your hoard and put the kid through community college free.  Ok that’s not gonna happen but you can always flip any cgc 9.8s into something that matters like a Following Poe mask

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or a full run of something like this,

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Note: Anyone looking for my personal top ten collectible masks list, message me.

Hitman 8

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I can find no conformation either way that the Saint of Killers appears or does not appear in this, and some other issues of this incredible series.  With all the hype over an AMC Preacher show  this one could be a sleeper.

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With all the heat surrounding X-Facor 5 and 6 it shouldn’t be long before supplies of Mr. Sinister’s first appearance  run dry.

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Amazing Spider-Man Annual 5 & the JC Penny Variant

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If you have seen the trailer for Spider-Man 2 then you know why I am recommending this issue again.  The  first film cut Peter’s Parent’s footage but dad show up in the recent preview.  It looks like the secrets Pete gave up are going to be central to the storyline and that’s a good thing for those who believe annuals matter.

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You are not seeing things, that was the Vulture wing suit in the trailer for ASM 2.  Got issue 2?  If not now is the time to buy.

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-Topher

@larfleeze

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UPDATE:

Blizzard is appearing on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  Yay.

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JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL ends with ANNUAL #1, But Johns hints at more for Booster Gold & the gang

In big news…well, it’s big news if you’re me…Geoff Johns told DC’s blog that after the JLI annual effectively wraps up the series, BOOSTER GOLD will play a central role in the upcoming TRINITY WAR.

In the meantime, here’s co-writer’s GEOFF JOHNS and DAN DIDIO discussing next week’s JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL ANNUAL #1.

JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL ANNUAL #1 sets the stage for some major changes in the JUSTICE LEAGUE universe,” co-writer Geoff Johns teased to THE SOURCE. “Obviously, it’s the last issue of the series, but certainly not the last story for any of the members – especially Booster Gold who ultimately will once again be drawn into the center of the DC Universe as the events of JUSTICE LEAGUE #12 start to change the course of the future.”

“I had a great time working with Geoff on this issue especially one as important as this,” continued DiDio. “It brings an end to certain stories and launches several characters into new and exciting directions.”

“Working with Dan DiDio and Geoff Johns was a great experience and presented me with something different to tackle in my career,” added artist Jason Fabok. “I had a great time drawing the JLI team in this last chapter of their story. What will come next for these characters? What big surprises await the Justice League?  It’s an exciting time to be a DC comics fan!”

“JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL ANNUAL #1 introduces two new members, Olympian and Blue Beetle, who join just in time for the team to implode,” concluded editor Brian Smith. “Several established players quit and not everyone will survive. All this, plus a shocking glimpse into the future of DC COMICS-THE NEW 52.”

Co-written by Geoff Johns and Dan DiDio and illustrated by Jason Fabok, JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL ANNUAL #1 goes on sale August 29.

 

The LAST ISSUE of BOOSTER GOLD

Feel my heart break as you read BOOSTER GOLD #47, the last issue of the series, which ends with the DC reboot. Booster will featured in JLI, starting in September.

Written by DAN JURGENS; Art by RICK LEONARDI and DON HO;cover by DAN JURGENS and NORM RAPMUND

FLASH FACT: Booster is the only man with the knowledge to fix the world, but he has to find The Flash in time to tell him…

  • DC Universe
  • 32pg.
  • Color
  • $2.99 US

On Sale August 10, 2011

BOOSTER GOLD #44 FLASHPOINT Preview

Here’s a peek at next week’s Flashpoint tie-in, BOOSTER GOLD #44, Written by DAN JURGENS; Art and cover by DAN JURGENS and NORM RAPMUND

Dan Jurgens returns to BOOSTER GOLD just in time for this FLASHPOINT prelude. Booster Gold returns to Rip Hunter’s lab after the events of TIME MASTERS and finds that this world isn’t the same one he left behind.
  • DC Universe
  • 32pg.
  • Color
  • $2.99 US
On Sale May       18, 2011

DC’S FLASHPOINT AUGUST SOLICITS

Here’s your look at DC’s FLASHPOINT August Solicits

 

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FLASH FACT: This will be Hal Jordan’s greatest moment: delivering the bomb known as the Green Arrow. If he fails, it’s all over.

FLASHPOINT: HAL JORDAN #3
Written by ADAM SCHLAGMAN
Art by BEN OLIVER
Cover by J.G. JONES
On sale AUGUST 24 * 3 of 3, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US * RATED T

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FLASH FACT: Subject Zero. Subject One. There can only be one.

FLASHPOINT: PROJECT SUPERMAN #3
Plot by SCOTT SNYDER
Script by LOWELL FRANCIS
Art and cover by GENE HA
On sale AUGUST 24 * 3 of 3, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US * RATED T

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FLASH FACT: Bart is back, but now he must find his way home.

FLASHPOINT: KID FLASH LOST #3
Written by STERLING GATES
Art by OLIVER NOME
Cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
On sale AUGUST 24 * 3 of 3, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US * RATED T

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FLASH FACT: The Outsider’s greatest enemy is revealed.

FLASHPOINT: THE OUTSIDER #3
Written by JAMES ROBINSON
Art by JAVI FERNANDEZ
Cover by KEVIN NOWLAN
On sale AUGUST 17 * 3 of 3, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US * RATED T

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FLASH FACT: The Resistance has found Britain’s last great hope, the enigmatic and immensely powerful Brittania. It’s time to take back England!

FLASHPOINT: LOIS LANE AND THE RESISTANCE #3
Written by DAN ABNETT and ANDY LANNING
Art by EDDIE NUNEZ
Cover by EDDIE NUNEZ and SANDRA HOPE
On sale AUGUST 24 * 3 of 3, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US * RATED T

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FLASH FACT: Cyborg stands as the last defense against the world’s greatest villains, and they plan to play dirty. They don’t even care if they die…

FLASHPOINT: LEGION OF DOOM #3
Written by ADAM GLASS
Art by RODNEY BUCHEMI and JOSE MARZAN JR.
Cover by MIGUEL SEPULVEDA
On sale AUGUST 17 * 3 of 3, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US * RATED T

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FLASH FACT: And now, the final show! If the Graysons don’t survive, there may be one person who can help their cause…

FLASHPOINT: DEADMAN AND THE FLYING GRAYSONS #3
Written by J.T. KRUL
Art by ALEJANDRO GIRALDO
Cover by CLIFF CHIANG
On sale AUGUST 10 * 3 of 3, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US * RATED T

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FLASH FACT: The secrets behind Queen Hippolyta’s death and the start of the world war are revealed.

FLASHPOINT: WONDER WOMAN AND THE FURIES #3
Written by DAN ABNETT and ANDY LANNING
Art and cover by SCOTT CLARK and DAVE BEATY
On sale AUGUST 17 * 3 of 3, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US * RATED T

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FLASH FACT: Central City’s greatest hero’s darkest secret will be exposed.

FLASHPOINT: CITIZEN COLD #3
Written by SCOTT KOLINS
Art and cover by SCOTT KOLINS
On sale AUGUST 10 * 3 of 3, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US * RATED T

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FLASH FACT: The great monster hunter Miranda Shrieve will see our heroes dead before the night is done… unless they can defeat her and her army of robots.

FLASHPOINT: FRANKENSTEIN AND THE CREATURES OF THE UNKNOWN #3
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by IBRAIM ROBERSON
Cover by DOUG MAHNKE
On sale AUGUST 10 * 3 of 3, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US * RATED T

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FLASH FACT: The death toll rises as Deathstroke’s journey nears its end. But when he finds his daughter, he also finds something else – something he could have never anticipated…

FLASHPOINT: DEATHSTROKE AND THE CURSE OF THE RAVAGER #3
Written by JIMMY PALMIOTTI
Art and cover by JOE BENNETT and JOHN DELL
On sale AUGUST 3 * 3 of 3, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US * RATED T

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FLASH FACT: Arthur Curry’s rage has sunk countries, killed millions, and begun a world war. But as the end approaches, he will have to gather the ferocity needed to destroy his enemy utterly.

FLASHPOINT: EMPEROR AQUAMAN #3
Written by TONY BEDARD
Art and cover by ARDIAN SYAF and VICENTE CIFUENTES
On sale AUGUST 10 * 3 of 3, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US * RATED T

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FLASH FACT: As the war between Amazons and Atlanteans rages on the battlefield around her, Traci must find the strength to stop her father before he rips the world asunder.

FLASHPOINT: WORLD OF FLASHPOINT #3
Written by REX OGLE
Art by EDUARDO FRANCISCO
Cover by BRETT BOOTH
On sale AUGUST 3 * 3 of 3, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US * RATED T

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FLASH FACT: Abin Sur has lost everything he holds dear to help Earth, but in the end, there is one last thing he can do – if only he has the will.

FLASHPOINT: ABIN SUR – THE GREEN LANTERN #3
Written by ADAM SCHLAGMAN
Art and cover by FELIPE MASSAFERA
On sale AUGUST 17 * 3 of 3, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US * RATED T

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FLASH FACT:The Secret Seven are being slaughtered from within. Shade the Changing Man must figure out who it is in time, or he will have another team’s death on his hands.

FLASHPOINT: SECRET SEVEN #3
Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art by FERNANDO BLANCO and SCOTT KOBLISH
Cover by GEORGE PEREZ
On sale AUGUST 3 * 3 of 3, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US * RATED T

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FLASH FACT: The Joker is revealed, and Thomas Wayne will have to figure out whether he can pull the trigger on his lifelong nemesis.

FLASHPOINT: BATMAN – KNIGHT OF VENGEANCE #3
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO
Art by EDUARDO RISSO
Cover by DAVE JOHNSON
On sale AUGUST 3 * 3 of 3, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US * RATED T

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FLASH FACT: Booster is the only man with the knowledge to fix the world, but he has to find The Flash in time to tell him…

BOOSTER GOLD #47
Written by DAN JURGENS
Art and cover by DAN JURGENS and NORM RAPMUND
On sale AUGUST 10 * 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US * RATED T

Throughout the day today, we’re going to debut the first look at the August issues of FLASHPOINT. Keeping coming back to THE SOURCE for more throughout the day.

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FLASHPOINT #4-5
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art by ANDY KUBERT and SANDRA HOPE
Covers by ANDY KUBERT and SANDRA HOPE
1:25 Black and white variant covers A by ANDY KUBERT
Issue #4 Variant cover B by IVAN REIS and GEORGE PEREZ
Issue #5 Variant cover B by RAGS MORALES

FLASH FACT: The war between the Amazons and the Atlantians has arrived. The battles between Diana of Themsycira and Emperor Aquaman will tear this world apart – unless The Flash can fix it!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Because of its impact on the DC Universe, FLASHPOINT #5 is the only title that DC Comics is currently soliciting to arrive in stores on August 31.

Issue #4 on sale AUGUST 3
Issue #5 on sale AUGUST 31
4 and 5 of 5, 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US RATED T