InvestComics Hot Picks #345

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InvestComics Hot Picks – New Release Comics on 11/12/14

Wytches_InvestComics Spider-Verse_InvestComicsBe sure to stop by the Capital Grading Services website for new updates. Like us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. An announcement on the first exclusive signing coming soon!

Not each week does the opportunity present itself that a surefire hit will surface, that one book that will be an instant aftermarket success. This week however, there is that book (and another, but more on that in a bit); Wytches (2014 Image) #2. The success on issue number one was so great, that it will indeed spill over to the second issue, I guarantee it. Get your copy quick because it’s already sold out at the distributor. The reason for the success here? Put Scott Sndyer on writing duties, put Jock on art and cover duties, which equates to a fantastic story. Add to the mix of a possible movie deal and you have instant speculation gold.

A book that may take some speculators by surprise this week is Kitchen (2014 DC/Vertigo) #1. A reverting story line coupled along with the great DC imprint of Vertigo makes for a possible sleeper. The $10 variant is already sold out, so pay attention to this one.

New_Mutants_Annual_1_InvestComics Captain_Marvel_InvestComicsIt’s not too often that an IDW comic cracks the InvestComics Hot Picks list. The aftermarket never acts too kindly to certain independent publishers, this being one of them. That said, not to take anything away from them! They put out an outstanding publishing line. This week IDW gives us a rarer original content comic instead of a licensed one. Check out Bigger Bang (2014 IDW) #1 this week. Looks like a winner.

Drifter (2014 Image) #1 is sold out at the distributor, but is still available at some of the on line outlets. If you are afraid you may miss it at your local shop, you should probably buy it on line before that becomes a non-option for you.

What more can be said on here that hasn’t already been said about Spider-Verse? I have been alerting you for months about how important this saga is. Gave you a heads up on the Gwen Stacy issue too a few weeks ago. It begs repeating though just in case you haven’t been listening. This Spider-Verse story line is one of the most important speculation Spider-Man series to come out in quite some time. This isn’t “One More Day”, or “The Clone Saga”, this is a story line that will introduce and re-introduce every single Spider-Man costume, person, metal armor, and even an animal BACK into the fold of the Marvel universe all at one time. So to reiterate for the millionth time here, what does this Django_Zorro_InvestComics Rocket_Raccoon_Variant_InvestComicsmean for the speculator? It means that there are going to be an abundance of breakout characters here. Old and more importantly NEW! If you are a reader or a speculator, you need to get on every single Spider-Verse book. Anything Marvel throws at us, get it. There will be introductions (and reentries) in books that you were not expecting and BAM the book will blow up because the character(s) suddenly are at the forefront of a new book, or appear in another thus creating a mad frenzy to find that first appearance. I said it from the beginning, the Spider-Verse story line is a huge marketing monster with tremendous potential to explore and introduce new Spider characters. Do not sleep on this specs. So with all of this stated, Spider-Verse (2014) #1 will do all of the above mentioned. The team of Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos begin the awesome series. There are two separate stories introducing two new spider characters. Yes this book, better yet, this series is one to get without a doubt!

And speaking of reintroduction’s, check out Silver Surfer (2014 5th Series) #7. There will be characters reintroduced into the Marvel lure that promise’s to blow readers away. Be sure to take a look and make an executive decision on whether or not to pursue this issue and the first appearances of our old guest. Oh and the best best part of this comic.Want to know? Dan Slott is the writer! So pulling double duty here with the reintro’s.

Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man (2014) #7 will focus on the question; who is Katie Bishop? Maybe she is going to play a major role in the Ultimate Spider-Man universe. Maybe not. Either way, her first appearance was in Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #12 (2012).

All New Captain America (2014 Marvel) #1 will be accompanied with 9 variant covers at last count. This gimmick will be short lived because most likely Steve Rogers will be back in given time and Sam Wilson will be out. A “new” CaptaiJon_Sable_Freelance_1_InvestComics Superior_Iron_Man_1_InvestComicsn America is not “new” anymore and it’s grown a bit, become tiresome and non-eventful. It may sell out, but don’t look for record breaking aftermarket numbers here. The $200 variant is the only outstanding book sold out book at the moment. More of the same with the other new book the “new” Captain America will appear in this week; Captain America and the Mighty Avengers (2014) #1. There is a very nice $3.99 Rocket Raccoon variant to check out though.

Guardians 3000 (2014) #2 will introduce a new Herald to Galactus.

A new Iron Man book will turn some heads. Check out Superior Iron Man (2014) #1.

Captain Marvel has been in the news lately. Have you seen that? Something about a movie. Anyway, in this weeks Captain Marvel (2014 8th Series) #9 all eyes will be on Lila Cheney. She guest stars. Lila first appeared in New Mutants Annual #1.

Hero_2014_InvestComicsThe new Hero Initiative comic Hero Comics (2011 IDW) #2014 will feature a new Maxx story from Sam Keith. Mike Grell will provide a new story on his character from 31 years ago, Jon Sable, Freelance. A hot book for a little bit back then. Check out Jon’s first appearance in Jon Sable, Freelance #1 (1983) from First Comics. And incidentally, First Comics are making a comeback with their new release Badger comic coming soon. They were great back in the 80’s. I’m sure they will put out some great reading material this time around as well.

An odd pairing from Dynamite Entertainment this week. Django Zorro (2014 Dynamite) #1. Yes that’s right Django and Zorro?! Sounds like fun! Here’s the most awesome part of this comic release. It’s written by Quentin Tarantino! Get a CBCS witness signature on this comic, score a 9.8 and you have yourself a nice book. We’re on the saddle with this comic. The variants are fantastic too. The favorite is posted here, Nice.

A couple of other number one comics to take a peak at this week; Deep State (2014 Boom) #1 and Resurrectionists (2014 Dark Horse) #1.

Don’t forget to check out the updates on the Capital Grading Services website (www.capitalgradingservices.com).

See you soon. Invest wisely.

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Jay Katz

InvestComics Hot Picks #342

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InvestComics Hot Picks – New Release Comics on 10/22/14

360_20050921201924_large2056970Not much in the way of sold out items this week except for books like Alice Cooper #2, Southern Dog #2, and a Shaman #1 variant cover. But more important books to keep an eye on this week…….

If you’re a regular reader of the InvestComics Hot Picks, you would not only be greatly informed, but you would know that I have been bullish (buyer) on The New Teen Titans #2 (1980) for about 8 years now. Nothing has changed except that Deathstroke will be getting more attention this week with the release of his own ongoing series; Deathstroke (2014 DC 2nd Series) #1. I cannot stress enough just how much this dude is on the cusp of greatness. He’s appeared on the Arrow show with much fanfare and fans cannot seem to get enough. Now DC releases the solo series and what could be next? Well, DC/WB just announced their 10 movies coming out within the span of the next 6 years. Yes that’s right 10 movies in 6 years. We’ll see about that, but that’s not the focus point here. The focus point is the character Deathstroke. If DC/WB have a clue, they will include Mr. Slade in one of these 10 films. And they probably will. Getting prepared for the coming of Deathstroke will only cost you between $99-$125 for a raw copy of The New Teen Titans #2 (First Deathstroke) (1980). I implore you to buy this comic.

The Catwoman comic gets a new creative team. Definitely check out Catwoman (2011 4th Series) #35.

With all of the excitement of the new Gotham series comes Arkham Manor (2014) #1. Look for some interest with this one.

17276_20070115140205_large2058872Two older Marvel characters make an appearance this week. One with a new look and the other as he was back in 1983. Axis Hobgoblin (2014 Marvel) #1 will feature the Hobgoblin as he once was back in his first appearance in Amazing Spider-Man #238 (1983). And in All New Invaders (2013) #11, we get a brand new look for Iron Cross. His first appearance was in The Invaders #35 (1978).

Cyclops (2014 2nd Series) #6 will feature the debut Marvel artist Javier Garron. He’s done a few things for DC and IDW, but this marks his debut into the Marvel fray.

Hard to believe that Edward Scissorhands made his appearance on the big screen 24 years ago. Even more peculiar is the fact that there is no comic adaptation of this dude……until now. Edward Scissorhands (2014 IDW) #1 will follow Edward 50 years after the movie. If you’re a fan of Eddie, this one is for you!

Other cool comics to check out this week; The awesomeness of all awesome team-ups, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ghostbusters (2014 IDW) #1, 13 Coins (2014 Titan) #1 by fan favorite Simon Bisley. An attention getter out of the gate. Memetic (2014 Boom) #1, and Image Comics brings us Goners (2014 Image) #1. You should check out this interesting plot line before they’re all……..gone.

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Invest wisely. Carpe Diem.

Jay Katz

InvestComics Hot Picks #341

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InvestComics Hot Picks – New Release Comics on 10/15/14

The InvestComics team is fresh back from the New York Comic Con 2014. This was our first time ever facilitating for the awesome grading company CBCS. It was fantastic. Many cool variants, old comics, and lots of Synder autographs were requested. All and all a great experience and we look forward to serving everyone’s needs at future shows.

If you follow us on any of the major social outlets we are on, you would have seen some great coverage of the show. As usual we will be combining a lot of the pictures to give fans a collage in a video form. That will be coming soon.

Thanks to the InvestComics team Rafael Rosario and Chico. An amazing duo that pursues above and beyond…..cannot not explain the gratefulness to them in words, but thank you, thank you, and thank you.

Let’s jump into the InvestComics Hot Picks. Comics are due out tomorrow……

One thing was most certain at this year’s New York Comic Con and that is that 215 Ink has a hit on their hands. The Enormous NYCC variant was nowhere to be found 30 minutes into the show. The next day was no better. Bottom line here, the Enormous comic is making some noise and this week Enormous (2014) Ongoing #4 is hitting the shelf with a sold out sign on it. This means if you see any on the new comic book wall at your shop, once that spot is empty; it’s empty until a second printing comes along. The hit series continues to sell out, so you may want to be on top of it early before it’s 20 issues in and the early issues command too much money.

Another comic that continues to sell out is Cutter. Cutter (2014 Image) #3 is gone at the distributor. Be on top of this too.

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The video game industry is an industry that pulls in billions upon billions of dollars per year. What if you put out a comic book that consist of one of the biggest video game money makers in history?…. A  2 billion dollar franchise? Well IDW are taking their chance with Skylanders (2014 IDW) #1. What will this comic present in the spec market? Maybe not much, maybe something, who knows? What we do know is that the Skylanders franchise has pulled in some seriously crazy money, oh and the subscription release is sold out. Will the popularity leak into the comic book form? Will the demand be there and drive prices up in the aftermarket? You’ll have to take a chance with this one. A $3.99 gamble, your call.

Week after week I consistently remind collectors that the Spider-Verse  storyline is one to keep an eye on. There are a tremendous amount of new characters being introduced and this week is no different. Check out Edge of Spider-Verse (2014 Marvel) #5 with Sp//dr. Looks like Spider-Man has gone Anime. One of these new Spidey’s will break out in a big way and you’ll be kicking yourself for it.

Speaking of Spider-Man. Did you see the cover to Spider-Man 2099 (2014) #5? Wow that is nice!

The ever so popular Quantum and Woody from Valiant return with an almost sold out number one issue. Be sure to check out Q2 Return of Quantum And Woody (2014 Valiant) #1. 2058770A few variants are available with the new release.

The Deadpool photobomb cover of Hulk (2014 2nd Series) #7 is sold out. A classic homage cover to Todd McFarlane’s Incredible Hulk #340.

And staying on topic with Wolverine, Wolverine and the X-Men (2014) #10 will lay Logan to rest in a big way. A big way meaning there will be many artist contributing to this issue. Always good to get these types of comics because a first professional work always slips in. Or a first work on a character that the artist could go on to dominate later on in their career.

Last of the Wolverine books to check out this week would be Death of Wolverine Logan Legacy (2014) #1. This comic has some of the best Wolverine rouge gallery ever featured in it. Looks like a fun read if anything. Only a 7 issue run here.

By “killing off” one of the most overused characters in the Marvel Universe, he gets replaced by Deadpool. This Wednesday we are treated with a new number one issue pertaining to Deadpool. This time it’s Deadpool’s Art of War (2014) #1. Aftermarket draw? Not too sure here, but just some Deadpool reading by none other than Peter David!

Doctor Who fans rejoice. A new number one comic heads your way on new comic book day; Doctor Who The Twelfth Doctor (2014 Titan) #1. Better hurry though because it looks like it’s almost sold out.

That’s it for this week. Thank you all for the well wishes. See you next week.

Invest wisely. Carpe Diem.

Jay Katz

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InvestComics Hot Picks – New Release Comics on 9/17/14

HP91714_ICPICS (4)We’re back from the Baltimore Comic Con last week. Good show. Our man Rafael “Doc” Rosario will have an in-depth look into all of the shows that InvestComics has covered this year. Look for that article after we do one of our final shows at the New York Comic Con!

Has anyone noticed lately that Archie Comics have made it onto the InvestComics Hot Picks more often than not these days? And for good reason too. Archie Comics has brought readers Kevin Keller; the first openly gay character, zombie Archie, the death of Archie, and then Kevin Keller as the first openly gay superhero in Riverdale, and they also are bringing a new “serious/dark” imprint called Dark Circle. Each and every one of these comics not only brought readers some great material, but also a return on their investment as well. If the speculator listened to InvestComics, they would have bought and sold the aforementioned comics in a quick fashion as suggested, thus making some extra cash. I informed the readers of this column a few articles ago that the Kevin Keller #14 Variant cover (Dark Knight) was one of those comics to grab and flip. It was not only a hard variant to get a hold of, not only a fantastic homage cover to Frank Miller, but it was Kevin Keller’s first appearance as a superhero. This would mark Archie Comics’ first openly gay superhero. So is this a silly one shot story Archie will be going with? Well by the looks of it, Archie Comics is hitting full throttle here. Check out the homage cover this week on Kevin Keller (2012 Archie) #15. Yes this cover has been used so many times I have even lost count (Uncanny X-Men #141 -1981). Doesn’t matter here HP91714_ICPICS (5)though, this homage cover is SOLD OUT already. Kevin Keller and Archie Comics are hitting their stride. Best be on top of this. With their imprint Dark Circle coming too, you best be on top of that as well.

Sticking on topic for a minute here, Archie Comics releases Sonic the Hedgehog (1993- Ongoing Series) #264. This issue debuts Sonic the Werehog. Look at the awesome cover. Archie Comics is bringing it.

Marvel fans will have a new epic saga to follow this week on top of the Spider-Verse saga. This one is called “Time Runs Out”. It’s an eight month jump ahead in the Avengers title. What this means exactly I’m still a bit confused. Nonetheless, the big story begins in Avengers (2012 5th Series) #35.

A couple of debuts within the Marvel Universe maybe you’d want to check out. Daredevil (2014 4th Series) #8 has the first look at the Purple Children. Yes that’s correct, Purple Children. Then you have Kurn in Superior Spider-Man (2012) #33. Yes Kurn. I don’t make this up, I really don’t.

How about Gwen Stacy as Spider-Gwen in Edge of Spider-Verse (2014 Marvel) #2? Yes, I really really don’t make this up.

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Thor God of Thunder (2012) #25 will have a bunch of very talented creators all over it in this extra sized issue. The All New X-Men (2012) #32 cover pays homage to Uncanny X-Men #139 (1980). Funny thing that Archie Comics is paying homage to a cover that appeared two issues later (Uncanny X-Men #141) this week.

Legend George Perez will debut his new series; Sirens (2014 Dynamite) #1. If you happen to be in the South Florida area on September 30th George Perez will be at Tate’s Comics in Fort Lauderdale between the hours of 5-7pm. He will be signing his new Sirens book and hanging with fans. InvestComics will be there!

Some other comics to definitely check out; Itty Bitty Bunnies in Rainbow Pixie Candy Land Save X-mas (2014) #1, Storyteller Witches (2014 Boom) #1, and Oddly Normal (2014) #1.

Invest wisely. Carpe Diem.

Jay Katz

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InvestComics Hot Picks – New Release Comics on 9/3/14

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There are foregone conclusions in life. The one that we all try hardest to elude is death. No matter how hard we try, we all will eventually meet our ultimate demise. No way around this one folks. It’s going to happen. However, the death card- foregone conclusion does not hold water within the comic book world. Wolverine will start the ultimate conclusion to his life beginning this week in Death of Wolverine (2014) #1. The death will stir the pot a bit, but will simply not hold for the long hall. Wolverine equals money and Disney isn’t about to give that up. So what to do as a fan? Well for one; enjoy the story put forth before you. It’s probably going to be a great one! As a speculator, well there are literally about 13 variants (at last count) that stand before you. If you’re a savvy investor and stay on top of the InvestComics Hot Picks each week, you’ll know what to do exactly. If you’re a first timer here, all I can say is choose wisely. There are simply too many variants to cover, but I can tell you one thing. It will be short lived, so you better turn over the comics quick. There is one sold out variant and that one goes to the sketch Deadpool variant. That variant alone will cost you around $350. That’s a bit much. Money better spent on a nice Bronze Age first appearance someplace. It’s your money though. If you buy that $350 book, you better have a good plan to get rid of it.

DC Comics wants to out duel Marvel this week so they go back to the well with their 3D covers. There is absolutely no redeeming value to these amazingly awesome 3D comics as far as monetary value goes. It’s a passing fad and will be as big as the Bombshell covers were, or the selfie covers. Yes you get the idea. Take a pass on these if you’re thinking of a spec market spike. There will however probably be ONE or TWO that will break through to cause an aftermarket bump. A short lived gimmick will bring a few extra bucks to your pocket, so the same applies here as did the Death of Wolverine. Choose wisely. Here is a quick checklist with images of which 3D covers are headed your way.

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Trinity Of Sin Phantom Stranger Futures End (2014) #1

Swamp Thing Futures End (2014) #1

Action Comics Futures End (2014) #1

Green Arrow Futures End (2014) #1

Grayson Futures End (2014) #1

Earth 2 Futures End (2014) #1

Detective Comics Futures End (2014) #1

Batwing Futures End (2014) #1

Aquaman Futures End (2014) #1

Green Lantern Futures End (2014) #1

Check out the zany/fun and Sold Out variant comic God Hates Astronauts (2014 Image) #1 this Wednesday. No more left at Diamond so you better get a copy if you think it’s a keeper. Another sold out comic hitting the shelf this week is Silent Hill Downpour Annes Story (2014) #1. Don’t look for too much on the spec side with this comic though.

Since the inception of InvestComics back in 2005 I have recommended Moon Knight countless times, everything from Werewolf by Night, Marvel Spotlight, to the Stephen Platt run and many more. All of those comics have showed some decent progress over time. I will continue to inform anyone that reads this column each week that you need to get your Moon Knight Comics in order. He will eventually come to fruition and hit the big screen. When it is announced one day, these books will explode beyond a price range that makes sense to buy for the savvy speculator. So with that, in this week’s Moon Knight (2014 5th Series) #7 fans are introduced to a new villain.

Disney based comic Figment has been selling very well. Figment (2014) #4 will reveal the origin of Dreamfinder and Figment.

Alice Cooper (2014 Dynamite) #1 will start a new ongoing series written by the amazing Joe Harris. Alice Cooper is no stranger to comics. Check out his first appearance in the Marvel title Marvel Premiere #50 (1979). Mr. Cooper had an actual hand in writing that book too. Awesome Terry Austin cover as well!

Dark Horse Comics puts together two unlikely characters; Grendel and the Shadow in Grendel vs Shadow (2014) #1. Although the Shadow is a cool teammate, Grendel is total badas*. Grendel’s first appearance was in Primer #2 (1983). A once very hot commodity way back in the day still shows signs of life on Ebay. A recent 9.6 CGC graded sold for $250. Primer #2 consistently sells on Ebay, which is a great sign. Why Grendel isn’t on the big screen yet is puzzling. If you can get your hands on one of these, do yourself a favor and do so. It’s a winner and an investment all the way.

Number One (2014 Aazurn) #1 will be a great read. Look for this one shot to sell out. A disturbing new Vertigo title will be of interest to check out; Names (2014 DC/Vertigo) #1. Ex Con (2014 Dynamite) #1, Cloaks (2014 Boom) #1, and Death Defying Dr Mirage (2014 Valiant) #1 will be worth a look as well.

Want off the wall, funny, wacky this week? Look no further than Hawkeye vs Deadpool (2014) #0. This will be a must read.

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See you next week. Actually not! InvestComics will be at the Baltimore Comic Con!! Look for A LOT of POST from the show on the InvestComics Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Google Plus and Tumblr pages!! We’ll bring Baltimore Comic Con to you!

See you next week from Baltimore! Invest wisely.

Carpe Diem.

Jay Katz

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The InvestComics Hot Picks article may not make it every Sunday for a little bit. It may happen more often than not these days because life has a way of throwing curve balls our way, so we adjust. No matter what though, the InvestComics Hot Picks will find its way to your desktop before Wednesday! Thanks for your continued support as always. And thank you for your patience!

….11 more days till Christmas and the Star Wars #1 (Dark Horse) 9.8 CGC Signature Series signed by Brian Wood giveaway is a bit out of reach right now (we’re at 1659). InvestComics along with Ratchet City Comics are offering up a chance to win the aforementioned comic, but the IC Facebook page needs to reach 3000 in order for the giveaway to happen on Christmas. If you help us get to 3000, you may win the awesome giveaway. So share the love. A miracle waits! Get all the details right HERE.

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InvestComics Hot Picks – New Release Comics on 12/18/13

If you were a comic book fan back in the 90’s you will remember the fun that followed the Todd McFarlane Amazing Spider-Man run. A fellow by the name of Erik Larsen took over the reins for a while and the ride was just as superb a ride as from McFarlane. So many characters introduced and one of which will be returning this week in Superior Spider-Man (2012) #24. Check out Cardiac in his first appearance by the stellar Mr. Larsen in Amazing Spider-Man #344(1990). Before Cardiac was his villainy self he was Dr. Wortham in Amazing Spider-Man #342(1989). Fun times those 80’s/90’s Spidey runs were. Fun times…….So in closing, with the recent Spider-Man 2 trailer coming out, it’s a safe bet to think we will see more Spidey coming our way. Actually it’s a sure bet, Sony pictures said so. The question remains. Who is to get the tap on the shoulder to get in there next? No one knows, but maybe, just maybe Cardiac will be answering that call. You never know!

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A return appearance and an end for a Spider-Man book this week. Check out the last issue of Scarlet Spider (2012 2nd Series) #25 as many questions are answered with some surprises as well.

The new Lobo shows up in the latest Supergirl book. Check out Supergirl (2011 5th Series) #26 for that. If you are one that pines for the old Lobo, don’t forget that his first appearance is in a very affordable comic; Omega Men #3 (1983).

Batman and Robin (2011 2nd Series) #26 will give readers the retelling (new 52 style) of Two-Face’s origin. Batman’s foe first appeared in Detective Comics #66 (1942). He’s a great villain, but doesn’t deserve the cash that some dealers/sellers ask, but they’ll get it nonetheless. Staying with the Batman theme here. The successful Harley Quinn #0 leads into Harley Quinn (2013) #1 this week. Expect sellouts on this one. Harley is a popular one……for now. Do not put all of your eggs in one basket here. Harley is a cool character, but she will not sustain an uptick in the long run. That said, the Adam Hughes variant looks like a sold out book with nice profit potential there. Signature Series would be a nice way to go with this one. As always, high grade too!

Sinister Dexter (2013 IDW) #1 will make its U.S. Debut. A popular comic strip in the UK, now comes to IDW. If this comic hits right, you may want to look for 2000 A.D. #992 (1996) as the earliest first appearance found. Probably nothing to get your hopes over, so don’t go ga ga over this.

X-Men (2013) 3rd Series #8 will feature the debut on Monet. It’s always nice to catch a first appearance in an X-Men book, so be sure to check this out.

A recent fan of InvestComics reached out to thank me for some Hot Pick advise. InvestComics recommend Voice in the Dark #1 (sold out, second print already printed) as he flipped the comic for $12. This Wednesday Voice in the Dark (2013 Image) #2 will hit the shelves. What will this comic bring? The speculator always has to be careful with the second issue. The number two issue (and 3) are essentially the most vital in a series as far as the speculation market goes. Why is that? The follow-up issue to a number one issue must be met with the same interest as the first or the series will fall flat in the aftermarket. Word of mouth will get around as a YEA or Nay on this series after Wednesday. You must keep a pulse on what the fans are saying as well as the aftermarket. Being on time is another huge factor, but we’re talking about interest in storyline here right now. The story has to captivate the interest of the fan in the second issue. If it does not, the aftermarket is nil.

All New X-Men #20Locke and KeySome number one issues to check out this week; Teen Titans Go (2013) #1 will be a “go” to book this week. Look for tremendous interest here. A cool storyline hits Illegitimates (2013 IDW) #1 and check out the Bill Willingham variant on this one, another zombie book 8-bit Zombies (2013 Antarctic Press) #1, an interesting plot line in Midas Flesh (2013 Boom) #1, another Star Wars comic Star Wars Darth Vader and Cry of Shadows (2013) #1, Ghost is back Ghost (2013 Dark Horse) #1, and Lisa gets her own book Wonderful World of Lisa Simpson (2013) #1.

Also check out the awesome variant cover from Locke and Key (2013 7th Series) Alpha #2. Dave Sim pays homage to Spidey.

Rounding out this week we see the cover to All New X-Men (2012) #20. Every so often I link fans back to the InvestComics special I ran over a year ago called Romantic X-Men Images. It’s a collection of X-Men covers that depict various X-Men team members in the act of public displays of affection. Why this particular team has so many covers like this is a bit mind boggling really. So I will add the cover of All New X-Men #20 to this collection of Romantic X-Men Covers. If you missed the original article with the covers, click HERE.

Thanks again for your patience everyone. See you next week!

Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

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