InvestComics Comic Hot Picks Indy Comics Publisher’s Special 12-30-09






It’s Indy Comic Book Week 2009. Check out the standouts for the coming week from all of the Independent publisher’s.

bn6.giffreesiege.gifThe big 2 take a week off with only Blackest Night #6 and Origin of Siege (Free) getting released. Marvel is also giving out a free 2010 calendar with an Avengers ID card. This all sounds great, since the big 2 are taking a back seat this week; the Indie’s will be stepping in. Yes it’s Indy Week 2009! Many local comic shops are participating, but one in particular is InvestComics’ very own Comic Book shop partner Zaldiva!

This week InvestComics will give a quick rundown of some titles coming out, but will then focus on a small Indie comics list that you should have in your collection.
So let’s look at some of the releases from this week first. Here’s the thing, since little is really known about most of these Indie books coming out, the actual solicit will be next to the comic that has made the Hot Picks list this week.

onenightstand.gifOne Night Stand; 

Antihero Comics “ONE NIGHT STAND is a collection of one-page stories, all about “”casual encounters.”” This mini-comic will explore sex and intimacy, guilt and anonymity, risk and fantasy.”


hermithill.gifHermit Hill The Comic Strip; 

Bramble Vine Comics Hermit Hill is an ongoing humorous comic strip about a geezer recluse dealing with the world… or trying not to. This limited edition comic strip sampler book collects several pages worth of Hermit Hill strips from the serialized comic into print for the first time.

macabro.gifMacabro;  Alto-Shorter“Created by brothers Carlos and Jose Esquivel,is a short story influenced by Italian horror movies. It tells the story of Selena, a high school graduate, who moves to Milan, Italy to attend the Lombardi School of Arts. Believing she’s now on the path to fulfill her dreams, she becomes tangled with the harsh reality of her choice, the alienation from her classmates, and gruesome murders



unstoppable.gifThe Unstoppable Force Indy Comic Book Week Special; 

Yellow Mailbox Comics“When a living statue of Josef Stalin attacks New York City, only some of history’s greatest men and women can stop him! Together, Mr. President (Abraham Lincoln), Human Dynamo(Nikola Tesla), The Carthaginian (Hannibal Barca), Saint Joan (Joan d’Arc), Ronin (Miyamoto Musashi), and Pharaoh (Cleopatra) are… THE UNSTOPPABLE FORCE!”

teddyandyeti.gifTeddy and The Yeti #1; 

Wagon Wheel Comics “The origin of Teddy and the Yeti starts here! After Ted is kidnapped, the Yeti must risk her life to save him! What does this have to do with the Dragon’s Tooth and a mysterious figure from Ted’s past? Plus: Andromeda Jones with Ryan Stegman and an interview with cover artist Phil Hester!”


lavaroid.gifLava Roid #1; Lava-Roid Link “Phillip Manchester was just a normal cop until his big twin brother was murdered in cold blood by crime lord Ruggard & his mistress, Ms. Pantalara. They wanted to close his Community Center where all the local kids went to break dance. Depressed and angry he did what any one of us would do: ask his best friend/ex-ninja/scientist to inject him with his untested super serum. But what Phillip forgot to mention was that he was suffering from a bad case of hemorrhoids. The serum fused with them, causing his skin to become rock hard, aka bulletproof. And it gave Phillip the ability to shoot fire out of his hands and butt. Then with some gift cards from the local fabrics shop, he makes a costume to become the vigilante known as LAVA-ROID! Now with the power of fire, he hunts down those who murdered his brother and fights to keep the Community Center open so that the unfortunate few can “”Pop N’ Lock”” once more. In this world, only one rule exists: kick their butt…..with fire.”

greenmonk.gifGreen Monk; Brandon Dayton “Green Monk follows the adventures of a Monk cast out of his order, wandering a mythical Russian countryside. His only companion is a magical blade of grass that draws him into a brutal struggle against a terrifying foe. 132 pages.”



arthur.gifArthur: The Legend Continues #1;  Cosmic Times “On an ancient battlefield King Arthur gives his final order – Excalibur is to be returned to the Lady of the Lake. As the last shadows fall on Camelot Arthur is carried off to Avalon where he will wait until his people need him once more. On a post-apocalyptic battlefield a mystical sword appears – is this the return of the once and future king? Can the prophecy finally be fulfilled before all hope is lost? Faith and courage are put to the ultimate test in this self-contained pilot issue of Arthur: The Legend Continues.
With the world as we know it gone, mankind is on the verge of extinction yet still struggling to find purpose and hope. From the ancient past a glimmer of light shines and a legend returns to claim his throne. Facing challenges never imagined in his time, King Arthur shall rise again and bring the mighty Excalibur to the throats of all who wish to do harm to his people.”

dusk.gifDusk One Shot;  Dusk Comics “Eve’s life is a living hell of her own choosing. She struggles to survive in a dark world of magic and horror, all in an attempt to please her vampire master. Now Eve has crossed a line and and innocents have been harmed. This hasn’t gone unnoticed by a well meaning cabal of occultists whose mandate is to police the occult world. What will happen when these two forces clash? Is there ever a””winner”” in the supernatural underworld of Dusk?”


spudandharry.gifSpud and Harry;  Ultraist StudiosThis story tells the secret origin of the two most menacing villains of the SPY GUY Universe. A bank robbery goes horribly wrong in this prequel to SPY GUY #1 of the Unlimited Series. Flip-book format includes a colour insert poster!

spyguy.gifSpy Guy #1 Platinum Foil Cover; 
Ultraist Studios “Deep in the midst of a police sting operation targeting contraband being smuggled across the U.S. and Canadian border, things take a dramatic turn for the worse as the shipment is hijacked by two shadowy villains. Part mystery, part action-adventure, part social commentary, part satire, all fun! Also contains the 16 page essay The Ultraist Manifesto.”


lifewithfriends.gifLife (with Friends) #1;  Twofold Comics “With graduation behind them Drew, B, and Kyle decide to hold a housewarming party to celebrate moving into their new apartment. It’s a party of shocking revelations, unprecedented entertainment, and a morning after sure to leave all their heads reeling.”

americansuk.gifAmericans UK #1;  “AMERICANS UK begin their sci-fi, rock adventures when Jef UK wakes up after a night of debauchery to discover his bandmates dead! Well, mostly. It turns out that JTR3 is actually an android from the future sent back to our time to stop these murders from ever happening, alter history, and save all of rock n’ roll. Boy, has he blown it!”



“What would you do if you woke up in a pool of blood and your loved one was no where to be found? Dreamers tells the story of a young man that tries to figure out what happened in the middle of the night. Based on a short poem by Matt Houk, Dreamers will make you think, scare you, and wrap it all up with one big twist.”

horsemen.gifHorsemen Book of Olurun #1; Griot Enterprises “The Horsemen, seeing that their mission had been perverted, set about to free us whether we want them to or not. But what if there were others; not Orisha, not Deitis, not Human, but something more: a new Race? What side would they choose in the coming war?
And who truly controls the Eight Immortals but the number seven?”


troubleguts.gifTrouble Guts & Noir Book One: The Replacement;  Jesse Mesa Toves “One night, she disappears without telling a soul, but she leaves behind a trail of clues that only one man knows how to follow.
She’s perfect from head to toe, and trouble from start to finish.
The Replacement is the first book in a three part future noir adventure written and illustrated by Jesse Mesa Toves.”

night1.gifNight #1; Jester Press “David Skinner is a young werewolf on the run. Things only get worse when he runs into a group of gang members calling themselves the Phreaks. Meanwhile, Special Agent Sabrina Voght is fast on his trail. Inner city gangs meets werewolf action with the first issue of this vampire, werewolf, indy horror comic.”



turb.gifTurbulence #1; Ronin-Studios “Super powers are not granted through freak accidents or genetic defects. They are granted by a force known only as ‘Efflux’ which finds people (regardless of good and evil) that are dedicated to…well….anything.
The story follows our hero Turbulence: he has had the powers since he was a kid (but didn’t realize it) and has finally decided to join the leagues of super heroes…the only issue is that everybody seems to be a part of a team that beats him to the punch.
But Gravnos, the leader of a local super team might have an eye for Turbulence joining….there’s just one problem- and it involves a lady (doesn’t it always?).”


senryu.gifSenryu; Space-Gun Studios “Take an abstract journey into the mind, dreams, and subconscious of the artist told through freeform shorts, sequentials, poetry, and haiku. Part art book, part prose and told in sequentials it’s a look inside the artists fears, dreams and inspirations.”



solomonazua.gifSolomon Azua #1; Space-Gun Studios The luckiest adventurer in the galaxy wants to prove his fame isn’t all just good fortune when he sets out to retrieve a prize so grand that even his luck won’t explain his success.
So there are the standouts for the Indy Comic Book Week 2009. 

techjacket1_1stinvins.gifsdcc_2_1sthellboy.gifNow here are just a few Indie’s that should be in your collection. In no particular order of course….
Tech Jacket #1 from 2002 is the first appearance of Image Comics’ Invincible. A 9.8 slabbed copy of this comic comes in at the $40 mark. Not a bad buy considering that Mark Grayson is Image Comics’ “Peter Parker”. He will be around for a long time, so get this comic now. Hellboy’s early first appearance happened in San Diego Comic Con Comics #2. It’s a rare nugget that would be a great addition to any collection! In 1984 an indie book from Mirage Studios titled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 debuted. This strange looking oddity turned out to be one of the most sought after Indie comic in history. This comic today could command some big bucks if found in near mint shape. Look for the asking price to start at about $2000. This is a collector’s item that rivals Cerebus The Aardvark’s
tmnt_1.gifcerebus_1.giffirst appearance. First appearing in 1977 (Aardvark Vanaheim) in his self titled comic, it’s an extremely rare find, so rare in fact that a price tag on it cannot be found!

Thank you everyone for making this the “Breakout Year” for InvestComics. For all of those who made this 2009 a great year, 2010 will be even better! Thank you to the entire InvestComics Staff and a special thank you to ALL of the InvestComics fans!
Look out 2010, InvestComics is coming!


See you next week, Invest Wisely.

Jay Katz


InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 12-23-09






The Hulk begins his journey back to being “Green”. Wonder Woman gets a make over (again) and Archie has marriage problems already??? More inside! 

Merry Christmas Everyone! 

ww39.gifWell it looks like the DC dominances from last week will not be carrying over. DC has only one comic to show for this week. Wonder Woman #39 would be that one comic. Be there to witness the “new power” of WW and the “true meaning of the Olympian”. No these are not the words of InvestComics , these are the words of the DC solicit. What the “true” stuff means, not sure. It’s kind of silly the wording and all, but we’ll buy into it anyway. Nothing like having Wonder Woman revamped, retooled, retold for the umpteenth time. So maybe THIS time she’ll appeal to those elusive fans that DC is after. Who knows, but a re-intro of Wonder Woman doesn’t sound all that appealing when it has been done so many punisher12.giflegionofmonsters1_1975_40_nealadamscover.giftimes before. That said, you never know maybe, just maybe DC hits on something here.
Staying with the silly topic here, anyone seen the Punisher lately? Wow is this a huge fail of epic proportions, Frank Castle as Frankenstein?? Man, this is as bad as all those apes they had on the variant covers not so long ago. Who approved this anyway? This would have made for a great Halloween story, this happening in December, around Christmas time is as bad as it gets. Instead, give us Frank Castle with the dopey Santa’s hat on with his AK47 in hand. There is a reason why Punisher #12 has arrived here to the Hot Picks this week. Seems Frank found a crew to hang with since he’s “FrankenCastle” now, boy It’s hard even to write that name without snickering. The Legion of Monsters are getting a new leader in their band. Yes you guessed it! The original “cool” Legion of Monsters #1 comes with an awesome cover from legend Neal Adams. This 1975 comic is the 1st Legion and will set you back only $30. The Legion of Monsters will probably come and go in and out of the Marvel continuity for years to come. The Punisher as Frankenstein, well do you really think he’ll be back after this run? Come 10/31/10 maybe, but hopefully not.

doctorvoodoothe_originofjerichodrumm1.gifstrangetales169_1973_50bucks.gifstrangetales170.gifThe longest, unnecessary title this week goes to Doctor Voodoo The Origin of Jericho Drumm #1. Marvel reprints the original first appearance of Brother VooDoo in Strange Tales #169 & #170. The 1973 comic comes in with a $40 price tag. This isn’t bad for a 40 year old first appearance of a character that is “active” in the Marvel Universe to some capacity. If you find a $30 price tag for a Near Mint copy, pick it up.

The Red Hulk will finally be history (hope hope) after the Epic Hulk event “Fall of The Hulks”. Do you sometimes sit there alone in a room, with a light on, looking into a Hulk book and saying to yourself “How did we get here?” Yea, thought so. The captainamericawhowillwieldtheshield.gifHulk mess will conclude, we pray it does because the beginning of the end looks like it’s within sight. Fall of The Hulks Gamma #1 would be just that, the beginning of the end to the mess that Jeph Loeb seems fallofthehulksgamma1.gifto have created. Check out a prelude to the Fall of The Hulks event this week and worship the fact that it’s going to all be over soon enough.
Steve Rogers is back, looking for his Shield in Captain America Who Will Wield the Shield one shot. Boy these titles to these comics are a bit stupid these days huh? Anyway, while one seems to have come back from the dead, another might die in New Avengers #60. That would be Luke Cage laying there on the cover. If he does die, no worries he’ll be back eventually. Thanks to comic books
imageunited2.gifgrabbing the soap opera mentality these last few years, death has become a big “who cares!” But we do care. Marvel knows this; DC knows this and the sales prove it.
Image United #2 comes out this week and the story better pick up or else there is going to be a mass exodus. This series can have Rembrandt doing the art, but if the story isn’t good,
newavengers60.giffans will flee. Get with it Image, make this worthwhile. Garth Ennis will probably make your time worthwhile with Garth Ennis Battlefields #1. A 1942 war comic written by a veteran (no not a WWII veteran) that can bring it, show them Image boys how it’s done!
The first true player in comic books, well before Tony Stark came along is known
archie604.gifas Archie. He got married recently and in Archie #604 the issue promises for a big surprise. What a divorce? Statistics do say that 1 out of every 2 marriages fail. Will Archie become a statistic? Well it probably won’t be this, but what else would “astound” us as the solicit reads? Betty is pregnant already? That would be cool!
A nice homage cover comes from Avatar publishing this week. Absolution #5 pays a tribute to……do you really not know? Well if you don’t, too bad find out yourself and
absolution5_avatar.gifstop collecting comics.




See you next week, Invest Wisely.

Jay Katz


InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 12-16-09






It’s Almost an Anti Marvel Week The Way DC Takes Over The Hot Picks. It’s Probably The Lamest Bunch of DC Hot Picks Ever, But We’ll have Fun Anyway…. 

It’s a dominating DC week for the first time in a while on InvestComics’ Hot picks. Nothing that will knock your socks off, it’s the week of lame villains for DC. But DC rules mostly this week, so let’s get started shall we?

girl7.gifsuperman281.gifsuperman148.gifWeek number 51 (51 right?) of this year brings us a few of DC’s second rate villains, but for fun’s sake we’ll explore where they were hatched in the first place. It’s villains like ‘Vartox’ that DC brings back that really make you scratch your head and ask why?? The new Power Girl #7 pays homage to the original first appearance of this ridiculously looking circus villain by swiping the cover of Superman #281 from 1974. Not only is this villain totally lame, but to swipe the original cover too? Come on DC, Do you really expect to sell more books with a lame cover rip with a villain that no one cares about? Well maybe someone does care about him. If you’re that person, Superman #281 would be the first appearance and the first ‘post Crisis’ appearance is Superman #149 from 1999. Don’t think anyone will party like it’s 1999 for these first appearance, but it could be on someone’s radar out there, right?

supergirl48.gifactioncomics595.gifSpeaking of lame, another second rate character graces the pages of Supergirl #48. That would be Silver Banshee screaming Supergirl away on the cover. She looks a little pissed off doesn’t she? Anyway, the non-colored Silver Banshee first started her screaming fit in Action Comics #595 in 1987. Ahh, the good old 80’s! Remember them? Actually the best part of this first appearance is that John Byrne had a hand in introducing this villain. Any first appearance drawn by legend John Byrne is a keeper no matter how absurd it may seem.

Sticking with the DC lame week, we look at Batman #694. Is this Issue an Introduction of a villain named Kittyhawk? Can’t seem to find a record of her batman80page.gifanywhere, so with a name like ‘Kittyhawk’ we can only hope we get a villain that isn’t as undesirable as the name. On the flip side here, a desirable comic book from DC this week though would point to Batman 80 Page Giant #1. A bunch of new up and coming creators take a crack at Batman. Last week Marvel gave us the X batman694.gifbook with the same premise, this week with DC you could possibly be getting the next ‘Batman guru’ like Frank Miller or Neil Adams. Highly unlikely, a long shot, but Frank and Neal had to start somewhere too didn’t they? A $5.99 price tag might make some fans gun shy, this shouldn’t stop you. Pick this book up!

The red hot Dark Avengers series continues this week with a death! Oh my! Who cares right? Well we do okay?! Who doesn’t like a good comic book death?? We all know it’s going to be a temporary death, unless your name is Jack of Hearts most likely you’re coming back! So put on your black suit and tie, you have a funeral to attend in Dark Avengers #12.

Marvel almost escapes the lameness factor this week. With the probably the longest (which adds to the lameness factor) titles of the week, Amazing Spider-Man Presents: Anti-Venom – New Ways to Live #3, we see the cover with Anti with the Punisher Skull on his chest. anti3.gifAlthough it does look sort of badass, how long before we all look at this in 12 months and hate it?

conan.gifincorruptible1.gifbumblebee.gifSome Indie titles are to be recognized this week. Conan the Cimmerian: The Weight of the Crown written by Darick Robertson of The Boys. Should be a good one shot here. Mark Waid has made some real big noise with his Irredeemable series for Boom! Studios. Now Mark comes at us with a spin off with Incorruptible #1, although we all hope that his titles don’t become a pattern here, because talk about lame. What’s not lame is this book selling out. Bumblebee #1 gets his first mini-series ever. What took so long? Everyone loves the 21st Century version alice.gifof Herbie the Love Bug. Finally, check out The Complete Alice In Wonderland #1 from Dynamite comics. This timeless classic brings a new story of Alice adventuring into Wonderland. 





See you next week, Invest Wisely.

Jay Katz


InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 12-9-09





InvestComics is Number One! Well according To Spidey. Check Out Why We Go Back To 1984 This Week. No It’s Not For The Van Halen Album…..
mtu141.gifspidermanandthesecretwars1.gifsecretwars4_1984_4.gifIf you’ve been collecting comics for as long as I have, you’ll remember the
original Secret Wars series from Marvel back in 1984. It was really the first major event in the Marvel Universe to take place. These days it’s the norm to have an ‘event’ or a ‘crisis’ at least once a year, in some cases more than once a year. Marvel is going back to the well once again this week with Spider-Man and The Secret Wars #1. This time around the story of Marvel Superhero Secret Wars focuses on specific events that happened during that war. Looks like this issue will be diving into the heads of these heroes to see what was going on in their brains at the time of their crisis. The number one issue gazes at the time the Hulk had to hold a billion ton rock from killing just about everyone in the MU except for Rom the Space Knight. That lovely occurrence of the boulder about to kill everyone happened in the original issue of Marvel Superhero Secret Wars #4 ($5). The original Secret Wars was a great ride. It brought us the introductions of The Beyonder, new Spider-Woman and best of all the Black Alien costume; Marvel Superhero Secret Wars #8 ($30) which also did appear in the Marvel Team-Up #141 ($15) at the same time, but who’s nitpicking? If you don’t already own this classic limited series, you are seriously missing out on some good old fashion comic book fun. This was the start of it all folks, the start of the Marvel crossover’s. Plus you really can’t be considered a comic book collector if you don’t have it!

secretsix16.gifbirdsofprey76_1stblackalice_3.gifdarkxmen2.gifxman1_1stnategrey_1995_5.gifA couple of characters from DC and Marvel are making their comebacks. The Black Alice will be returning in the pages of Secret Six #16. You can find her first appearance roaming the pages of Birds of Prey #76 ($3). Then you have Nate Grey appearing in Dark X-Men #2, his first could be found in X-Man #1 from 1995 for only $5. Two X books will be debuting this week with one of them being a one shot. Nation X #1 looks very interesting and should be on your pull list nationx1.gifxnecrosha.gifpilotseasonmurder1.gifgodcomplex1.giffor 4 issues. While X-Necrosha #1 hits up at a one shot anthology. It’s always a good time when many artist and writers collaborate on an X book.  This week take a glimpse at a couple of possible sleepers. The much delayed Top Cow’s Pilot Season Murder #1 from Robert Kirkman and Marc Silvestri. Then take a look at God Complex #1 from Image Comics from Michael Avon Oeming. Here
are some InvestComics extra’s coming this Wednesday…..








All and all a very short week, it’s a good time to catch up on some back issues. It’s also a good time to catch up on the stack in your room you have sitting there ready to be read, bagged and boarded. So what are you waiting for? Chop chop!

See You Next Week, Invest Wisely.

Jay Katz