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Welcome to the InvestComics Hot Picks for new comic releases on 4-24-13

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This week’s InvestComics Hot Picks bunch is a light one. There is however one huge standout amongst the featherweights this week. This standout will bring some heat in the aftermarket if a certain pattern is followed. By a pattern I mean a couple of things. 1: The book MUST come out on time each and every month. 2: The hype has to be met with some riveting storyline. There are 5 variants coming out on this book. With Mark Miller and Frank Quietly attached here, the hype put forth, Jupiters Legacy (2013 Image) #1 better bring it. Yes granted the storyline has been done before, old superhero (retired), new superhero (idiots), but it doesn’t get tired if done the right way. Look for Jupiter Legacy #1 to fly off the shelf because of the hype surrounding it. And just to reiterate, this book needs to bring it’s A game to the table in order to sustain aftermarket status pricing. It also needs to be on schedule or it will fall by the wayside. A definite pick up this Wednesday however. This collector is taking the Bull approach on this one.


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Right behind the standout book of the week is East of West (2013 Image) #2. The first issue was a fast sellout, just as it was predicted in InvestComics Hot Picks #262. The second issue will be no different. Buy this comic, great storytelling and fantastic creative team in Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta.

With recent news of the Rachael Rising comic coming to television, look for Rachel Rising (2011 Abstract) #16 to sell out quickly this week. Have you tried to get a hold of the number one issue? Yea thought so, either nowhere to be found or aftermarket pricing out of range already. Although aftermarket pricing still may have a ways to go, so don’t hesitate if you see this comic in the $20/$30 range. Probably a great buy right now if you are able to find it at that price. I have personally seen one sold for $100 already. The $100 price tag may not be that bad of an “in”, but the same thing could be said for the Walking Dead #1 when that started exploding. It depends on your gut, and if you feel that Rachael Rising will indeed ever truly make it to the television set. So many times there are pilots or agreements and shows die before ever seeing the light of day. A $20 investment is worth the risk for this collector. Oh wait, did you happen to notice that Rachael Rising #1 was in the InvestComics Hot Picks 7-27-11? Yes indeed! Check that out by clicking right HERE.

Marvel Comics’ focus will be on Omega Flight in Avengers (2012 5th Series) #10. Omega Flight was first introduced as part of the very successful John Byrne Alpha Flight run back in the early 80’s. Look for Alpha Flight #11 (1984) for the first appearance of Omega Flight. And as a side note, InvestComics has predicted in many Hot Picks articles that Alpha Flight will someday take flight in the movie theaters, so you best already have the Uncanny X-Men first appearance of Alpha Flight.

Here are some comics that may be sitting on your shelf at your local shop that you will need to take a look at and purchase. Mighty Skullkickers (2013) #1 will don a great homage cover to Thor #337. The Walt Simonson Thor cover is one of the best comic covers of all time. Take a look at the side by side right here in the Hot Picks gallery. What do you think? Justice? I think it’s a good representation of a legendary comic. Other books to keep in your radar; Rogues (2013 Amigo Comics) #1, Last Zombie The End (2013 Antarctic Press) #1, Amalas Blade (2013 Dark Horse) #1, Unleashed (2013 Zenescope) #1, Unleashed Vampires Eternal (2013 Zenescope) #1, and Neozoic Traders Gambit (2013) #1.

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Jay Katz


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25 thoughts on “InvestComics Hot Picks #266

  1. This is a good post. In respect to Jupiter’s Legacy, I heard that they published a large amount from the distributor’s list with an incentive return policy that will crush any chance of speculation in the aftermarket. However, I still reserved the incentive cover. Some really nice covers with this one. Thank you! I really hope this one catches on as there is a lot of buzz on it, despite it’s open availability.

    East of West #2 is a definite. Definitely going to be purchasing multiple copies on #2 this week.

    Skull kicker’s is a relaunch? I’m on the fence with this one, but the art does look nice!

    I’m actually glad this is a lighter week because the past couple of weeks felt like running a marathon. It was exciting, expensive, but also challenging to keep up. I’m sure my local comic book store got tired of me asking for some of the more alternative titles. Rachel rising, the Test, sixth gun – all comics that got picked up for pilot shows recently. However, it’s hard to keep up and these are ones I’m afraid I missed :-).

    Speaking of LCBS. I support my LCBS, but I find it easier to order in bulk from online retailers (not to name NYC names, but I’m sure you know the big 2). Do you find it easier to manage your subscriptions this way for speculation purposes? Anyone? THANKS!

  2. Hey CL! Getting the ratio variant of Jupiter is the way to go on this one if there is a large order coming on Wednesday. Skull #1 is a relaunch, and that cover is awesome! Agreed about the marathon, it has been a very busy stretch there for a while! 🙂

    As far as the mail or your LCS, it really depends on the indiviual. I don’t think one is better than the other. Buying in bulk through an online source makes more sense since some LCS are limited in space and do not have the room for back issues like that. Many shops though do have an on line presence, so be sure to check their website to see if they have a “separate section” for back issues. And yes, Midtown is quite awesome too (being a native New Yorker and all!)

  3. Some would argue that bulk ordering from a megashop like midtown is what’s killing the good ole LCS. Not too mention the secondary market as well, as midtown over-orders “hot” books and then hoards them by limiting to one Per customer. Let your LCS know what you want ahead of time and they’ll accommodate.

  4. Hi all,
    just to say that being in the UK market things are a bit different over here.
    For example I did buy Uncanny Skullkickers #1 and variant still on ebay unsold whereas the U.S. market was more receptive to this title.
    Same thing with some Star Trek CDtD variants. I agree that keep up with everything especially if like me the budget is quite tight pose a challenge on what to really speculate on. I am a newbie in comics market so I have made a couple of investment that did not (for now) produce any good result. However I have found Alpha Flight #11 for $3 (2GBP) and bought it; still looking for Uncanny X-Men #120 but I am not sure how much should I pay for it. I can only rely on two LCS one of them being Forbidden Planet which do not stock a lot. The other one is fine but do not sell more than 3 copies per client when tried to buy 10 copies of Batman Incorporated #8 😉 My other sources are ebay and amazon although IMHO ebay is more effective when you get the right information in time, ahead and well in advance that is to say before the hype; that is why I like this web site and appreciate the work that you all put into it. Do you have any idea regarding on which variant is wise to invest for Jupiters Legacy #1? Thanks to all.

  5. Hey, regarding the Jupiter’s Legacy variants…

    I went with the 1:25 incentive. There are also exclusive retailer variants and a phantom variant that is fairly popular. However, it’s hard to really know since they decided to release several for this book. When in doubt, I usually go with incentives.

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