Hot Comics Arriving 8/18/21

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Here are this week’s top Trending/Spec Comics and Best Cover Art out this Wednesday 8-18-21.

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Moon Knight #2 – The new hot series continues as we are still a ways away from the live-action Disney plus show. While this new Moon Knight series will indulge the fan’s appetite, the new television show will probably produce a new number one issue and new series.
Warhammer 40,000 Sisters Of Battle #1 – Marvel’s first appearance of Sisters Of Battle. Writer Torunn Granbekk and artist Edgar Salazar.
Eat The Rich #1 – New horror series from Boom Studios. We all know the successful runs Boom has had on their horror books. This series will be no different. Sarah Gaily writes and Pius Bak will pencil.
Batman Secret Files Clownhunter #1 – It seemed and seems as though DC Comics really really wanted and wants their new character, Clownhunter, to be a hit with the fans. We have the perfect idea to get this Clownhunter character going for DC. It’s so goofy, but if they want sales and attention, make Clownhunter Joker’s son. That’ll get the interest boiling in a hurry.
Second Chance #1 -New series from Image Comics.

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Moon Knight #2
Clownhunter #1
Eat The Rich #1
40K Sisters…..#1
Second Changes #1

Kang The Conqueror #1
Avengers #8 – 1st Kang App.

Kang The Conqueror #1 – Let’s get one thing out in the open here. First, let’s preface this by saying there is no Kang hating here. Let’s also say, this is an opinion piece. Nothing here is written in stone. There is no wrong or right. Let’s go…..
We like the character
Kang, but realize one thing, Kang is no Thanos. Not even close. There are absolutely zero comparisons. Whether one is speaking about comic books or the movies. Marvel Studios spent over 10 years building the Thanos character to the epic conclusion in Avengers Endgame. What Marvel achieved will be never be matched. Never. Disney did that to themselves, but here comes the “second act”, with Kang. Kang was never a comic character fan’s clamored for. He was one of those villains many said, “oh look it’s Kang, meh.” This never occurred when it came to Thanos. So many talking points with the Thanos character, the infinity gems, all of the Jim Starlin stories, the overall lure, and affection towards Thanos was and is always a bigger deal than that of Kang. Marvel Studios will not go on another 11-year epic run all leading to one big bad villain.
The Kang introduction into the live-action universe was not impressive at all. The drawn-out debut in the Loki finale was almost unbearable at times. The droning on, loooong explanation, over-the-top acting, it was never-ending. Kang could have explained himself in 10 minutes (writer’s fault) and moved on, but actor Jonathan Majors simply did not find the character’s footing. Not to say he won’t find it eventually, but the smiling, smirking, over-acting left for a very bad first impression. Hoping it improves in a way that seems more authentic and becomes a memorable villain. Thanos, as InvestComics has said for many years and everyone picked it up, became the modern-day Darth Vader. He was the villain everyone loved to hate. Some actually rooting for him, as they did for Vader. Poster’s in rooms, action figures collected, cups with images, etc. Vader and Thanos are everywhere. Will we see this for Kang? Will sales warrant a push for that Kang beach towel? Hmmm….. 
The modern-day comic book market can be a strange place these days, but sometimes numbers are numbers and published prints are either scarcer than others or not. Kang first appeared in Avengers #8 in 1964. As Thanos first appeared only 9 years later in Iron Man #55. So, let’s do a quick comic book hobby comparison, and then we’ll do some explaining afterward. An Avengers #8  graded 7.0 CGC graded sold for $3850 a few days ago. An Iron Man #55 7.0 CGC graded sold for $697. Per the CGC census, there are 129 7.0 graded Avengers #8 comics as compared to the 340 graded 7.0 for the Iron Man #55 comic. The total amount of graded CGC comics are 1874 for the first Kang and 4737 for the first Thanos. Only 4 copies sit at a 9.8 for Kang and 79 9.8’s for Thanos. What do these numbers really mean? Well, they mean a few things. First, as eluded to earlier, Kang is not a popular character. Thanos is. Did collectors run out and get their Iron Man 55’s graded as the lead-up to the Endgame? Yes, of course, they did. But the Infinity Gauntlet storyline was a highly successful comic that lent credence to the character’s popularity by leaps and bounds before ever being considered for a big-budget film. Not so much for the Kang character. The large difference in graded books lends to the idea that fans were and still are vested in Thanos, although value has decreased significantly since the Mad Titan’s last appearance in Endgame. Will there be a chance the Avengers book catches up? Sure. Are there fewer printed copies of the Avengers book? Probably, maybe, not even sure of those numbers by any certainty. The price difference is also, probably affected by the number of copies available for each. Although the 7.0 for Thanos is a mere $200+ more than Kang’s first, that gap will in fact shrink as we approach Kang making his presence known on the big screen. Television never makes a comic truly pop and hold for a sustained period, movies do. Expect the gap of 2863 more Thanos graded books to shrink significantly as well as Kang stomps through a few movies.
A quick reminder, we are not hating on the Kang character, but we just do not foresee the love for him as we have for Thanos.
Here is what InvestComics said of Kang AND Thanos in the SAME article 11 years ago! Dang, we are good……..
If you’re looking to spend a few more bucks, take a look at The Avengers #8 (1964). This is the first appearance of Kang. Kang has been a brutal force against our Avengers for many years. The price tag here is in the $125 range. —– Speaking of Thanos, Iron Man #55 (1973) is the first appearance of the Cosmo goliath. If you find this comic in great shape for $200, it’s a fantastic buy for one of the most underrated villains in the Marvel Kingdom.
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So, with all of this said, where exactly does InvestComics stand? We stand on the side of caution. Why? Well, for one, the market in today’s climate is much different than it was 11 years ago. Too many quick deals, too many amateurs thinking they are experts, too many websites thinking they’re experts, too many agenda’s via websites trying to make a buck by pushing books that do not deserve to be pushed in the first place. Shall we go on? This said, do not get anything twisted, money is yummy and we always advocate to make some if you can. Never be dishonest about it, just go with the flow and do your thing. We say buy Avengers #8 and hold for a while. The book will rise in value as the movies hint at the appearances of Kang. But, just as did the Iron Man #55 comic, prices will in fact eventually drop. The Avengers book will drop harder than the Iron Man book, as a correction will happen and Thanos will reign supreme once again because at the end of the day, Thanos is the new Vader, Kang will never be.      
Miles Morales Spider-Man Annual #1A Miles Morales annual with a possible first appearance. 
Nocterra #6 – This series has been hot. Add now a semi-Venom cover, tongue, and all, and bam, more hotness. 
Nine Stones #1 – New series from Behemoth Entertainment. Writer artist Samuel Spano. 
X-Men The Trial Of Magneto #1 – The bad a** Greg Capullo Magneto cover alone will pique interest with the passerby. Possible big revelation, origin background, and more going on in here. Oh, and did we mention the death of the Scarlet Witch?   
Killer Queens #1 – Image Comics will represent the LGBTQ community this Wednesday as a new team makes its debut. Written by David M. Booher and drawn by Claudia Balboni. 

Miles Annual…#1
Killer Queens #1
Magneto #1
Nine Stones #1
Nocterra #1


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