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It’s a huge week for Thor fans and speculators alike. Thor #8 will reveal who has been wielding the Mjolnir. Who is she? Is the question every comic fans wants to know. Thor #8 promises to reveal a shocking return as well. Which will be more shocking, the female behind the mask or the return? There will be a huge guest line up to help with the dramatics here. Everyone looks on as the mask is slowly taken off. Awesome storytelling to come here, very exciting.


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Here is the bigger question for speculators out there regarding this book. Once the reveal happens, then what? Do you run and get the first appearance of that particular character? Do you hold onto the comic for longevity monetary gains? The answer is……no on longevity, yes on short term. Yes on the first appearance, yes on short term. Yes on short if it’s a non-female draw character. If it’s a Jane Foster character, that’s not a short term investment. Journey into Mystery #84 (1962) is the second appearance of Thor and first Jane Foster. You simply do not short term on that book.

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Essentially what the speculator needs to do here is sell while the aftermarket explodes. Do not hold onto this comic thinking she will appear in a movie, a television show or her time as Thor will even sustain. Yes she’s been a kick as* Thor, but the love fest will lose momentum eventually. It’s extremely rare over the last 40+ years since comic companies have tried its hand in changing a gender does it ever work for long term. Maybe this character will. Maybe Thor-ette will break the mold and become a huge success. I certainly do not foresee this happening. Been wrong before! No one is perfect. So InvestComics’ speculation here calls for quick and concise sells, do not hold, you may get stuck with books that wind up in the dollar boxes. Will still be a fantastic read regardless of any speculation.


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Secret Wars #2 is gearing up to completely annihilate the entire Marvel Universe to make room for a new one. Check out Battleworld in issue number two and what it basically is. The origin of a new Marvel Universe is upon us with a ton of variants for this issue. It’s going to be a long ride with this one, so strap in. We’ll see when all of the dust settles months from now what we are left with. In the meantime, be alert of any new characters popping up during the transition process.

And speaking of new characters. Darth Vader #5 will show some new Vader foes. You know how InvestComics feels about the new Marvel Star Wars books. Buy them all. Just ONE of them, be it a variant (more money to make), maybe not a variant or a graded/signed (even more money to possibly make) could pay for a few Bronze Age issues you really need in your collection. Just ONE, that’s all it takes. The first Aphra appearance (we gave you a heads up) in Darth Vader #3 did just that for some. Its since cooled off, but many speculators cashed in on it. Buy Marvel Star Wars comics. Read them, they’re great.

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A few Image Comics to check out this week. Mantle #1 is a straight up superhero comic. Remember those? And right, it has nothing to do with Mickey. The Phil Hester variant is a get. Also from Phil this week is Mythic #1. He writes this magic/mythic comic. InvestComics said this quite a while ago, but as the Dr. Strange movie draws closer and closer, we’ll see more and more of these magic books. Not a bad thing, but remember when The Walking Dead was at its height? Too many zombie books, so expect the same here. A $1.99 price point makes for happy comic book buyers. Injection #1; written by Warren Ellis will see sellouts. This interesting story will appeal to fans and its Warren Ellis so its a win. A Great Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire cover helps too. Staying on topic of a great writer, Cullen Bunn will give fans a horror genre book; Harrow County #1. Probably looking at a sellout here too. Two followups this week regarding number one issues that sold well; Savior #2 (written by Todd McFarlane) and Runlovekill #2. Good starts, now lets read to see where these series are headed. And finally from Image, mythology fans will enjoy Five Ghost Special #1.

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Look for Boom Studios to have a hit on their hands with Lantern City #1. Story by Paul Jenkins and Matthew Daley. Four variants are available at last count.

Injustice Gods Among Us Year Four #1 variant is sold out. What does this mean exactly? It means that the variant is sold out.

Quick lesson here (free for InvestComics readers). One way to always tell if something is not working out is by the way things look….literally. When a set on a late show is constantly changed, it means producers are looking for a fresh look, change things up because it’s not working out too well. Getting new advertising dollars in or keeping the current guy in is the game. New look, give us money! After a while, that marketing ploy runs its course and eventually bye-bye. DC comics has changed course how many times now with Superman’s costume, Wonder Woman, etc. It shows the chaotic means to maximize the dollar for them. We all see by the reaction to most fans that change isn’t always a good thing. Not a bad thing either by any stretch, but do it too often and you lose your audience (money). Maybe a case in point with the new Angela Asgard’s Assassin #6  issue. Angela gets a new costume. Already? How many times will this happen before readers don’t care anymore? Readers don’t care now! Marvel might be, not saying this as fact, might be trying to renew interest in a character that they just brought over to their universe because fans are tired of Angela already and sales are down? Maybe. Either way, who cares really?! New costume for Angela, enjoy the read.

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…..And DC continues their marketing plan with more Convergence comics. As said almost each week here why we think this is a big marketing campaign for DC. In short, many characters and groups are being brought back from obscurity. Why? Maybe to test the waters to see if they have the potential of monies to be made on new product. Pure speculation here. Let’s get to the Convergence titles…..


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Starfire Starfire oh how bright you will shine. This is an exclusive poem from InvestComics. We hope DC will pay us royalties once they use it. Starfire will shine very bright when her solo comic arrives. Expect big things with storytelling and the aftermarket when it hits. This week in Convergence Green Arrow #2, Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palimotti will write a Starfire backup with art by Emanuela Lupacchino. This will be the exact creative team that will work on the ongoing Starfire series next month. This comic will be the first Starfire from this team, not the number one issue next month. So when the number one issue is exploding in the aftermarket as it will (please credit InvestComics when acting as though you knew it would), Convergence Green Arrow #2 should go along for the ride right? So a few things here. Buy Convergence Green Arrow #2, buy DC Comics Presents #26 (1980 – First New Teen Titans and Starfire) and buy Starfire #1 next month. And more thing, just for the record, artist Emanuela Lupacchino is the real deal. She flat out brings it. Watch out for her!

Thor_8_InvestComics_variantConvergence Batman Shadow of the Bat #2 will bring back the original Wetworks team from the Wildstorm days. That was fun back then. Wetworks first appeared in WildC.A.T.s: Covert Action Teams #2 (1992). And the rest of your Convergence titles; Convergence #6, Convergence Aquaman #2, Convergence Catwoman #2, Convergence Green Lantern Parallax #2, Convergence Justice League International #2, Convergence Suicide Squad #2, Convergence Superboy #2, Convergence Supergirl Matrix #2, Convergence Superman Man of Steel #2.

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Jay Katz
















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(Disclaimer: all comic recommendations are from a speculative vantage point. Not all comics are to guarantee a return on your investment. This article is used as a guide for investments and entertainment purposes. Any opinions or expression of investments should be used as a judgement upon the investor, not InvestComics. Please use your own discretion when investing.)

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There is one comic coming out this Wednesday that holds a possible nice uptick for a comic from 1984. Detective Comics (2011 2nd Series) #22 will give readers a new glimpse into an old villain. It is after all the “New 52” right? The villain is Wrath and there are some very good points that need your attention here. The first is the most obvious; his first appearance, Batman Special #1 (1984) written by Mike W. Barr and drawn by Michael Golden features our first look at Wrath (I). The fun begins for collector’s right here because Batman Special #1 could be yours right now for an average of about $10. Not too shabby right? There is however a bit of a pricey CGC 9.6 available for $69. The funny thing about the CGC grade is that it doesn’t list the first appearance of Wrath. Is the character THAT insignificant?? Here is another good factor to weigh in, Wrath (I) made only 9 appearances in all since his inception. Not used much at all, so it will be easy to find any of his early appearances. So what about Wrath II you may ask? Well his return came in Batman Confidential #13 (2008). Readers can thank writer Tony Bedard and artist Rags Morales for making this happen. BC #13 is available in any long box at your local shop or comic convention for $1. The prize here is Batman Special #1. If fans accept Wrath into the New 52 fold, look for the Special #1 to start churning in the aftermarket. There is more upside to this comic than there is down. Collectors should have their radar on this one. One potential downside does show its presence; CGC Censes shows that there are only a total of 21 graded (good thing), more than half of those 21 graded sit on top; 9.8 – 8 and 9.6 – 4 (bad thing), so not that difficult to get a good grade on this comics.

Trinity of Sin Pandora (2013 DC) #1 will put Pandora front and center. There will be light shed on the woman connected to the creation of the New 52. Do readers care? If you’re feeling like Pandora really may change things to the point of WOW, then check out her first appearance in Flashpoint Vol. 2 #5 (2011). Trinity of Sin Pandora (2013 DC) #1 will also lead into the much anticipated Trinity War. The last of the DC comics this week to check out; Action Comics (2011 2nd Series) #22 brings in new aliens from outer space. Where else would they come from?

Marvel Comics throws a boatload of comics that will probably be “okay” this week. Seems the House of Ideas are waning a bit this week. But let’s mention these comics nonetheless. And the honorable mentions are (in rapid fire)……

Is there a need for another Deadpool comic? Why yes there is! Deadpool Kills Deadpool (2013) #1!

If you’re a long time comic book reader, you love the What If? Stories. Jimmy Palimotti writes the latest What If? Installment; What If AvX (2013) #1. While we all love Jimmy and the What If’s?, why are we getting a What If? comic so soon from a storyline that JUST ended?? What happened to the What If? Stories like What If Conan vs. Hulk, or What if Wolverine had killed the Hulk? Remember those? Now those were fun!!

The A.I. storyline has just about run its course right? No it hasn’t according to Marvel! Check out Avengers A.I. (2013) #1 this week!

And in the milking department we have, no not Deadpool, we already covered him. We have Guardians of the Galaxy Tomorrows Avengers (2013) #1. In the next few years readers will see an overkill of these Guardians dudes, so don’t think for a second we won’t see more of these ridiculous origin stories rehashed a million times. This said, you better have their first appearances in order! Especially Marvel Preview #7 (1976)! This comic (magazine) will see only upside until the Guardians movie comes out. Then when the movie is released, well then there will be more upside. The Raccoon is going to be a huge hit with the little ones, be prepared. Moving along here, with Superior Spider-Man, Marvel gives readers Superior Foes of Spider-Man (2013) #1. Oh joy!

An interesting choice for Marvel here, Dexter (2012 Marvel) #1. Why this television show? Very un-Disney like isn’t it? More along the Disney line would be the release of the new Oz tale Emerald City of Oz (2013 Marvel) #1. So which will you pick up and read? The comic with the Dorothy and Uncle Henry adventures or the comic about a crime fighting serial killer that plots out to kill murderers, rapist, and all sorts of bad people? Tough choice right?

And on the Independent circuit….

Brianna Floss (InvestComics comic book reviewer extraordinaire) gave the new comic Owl (2013 Dynamite) #1 some praise saying: “The Owl #1 is a promising start and a good approach to a revival.” Check out Brianna’s comic reviews coming tomorrow! Clive Barker continues his all new series this week with Next Testament (2013 Boom) #2. Satellite Sam (2013 Image) #1 gets a mild 6.5/10 from Brianna. Find out why tomorrow. Other number one issues to explore this week include; Human (2013 Human Comics) #1, Mercy Sparx (2013 Devils Due) #1, Steam Engines of Oz (2013 Arcana) #1, Catalyst Comix (2013 Dark Horse) #1, and Absolution Rubicon (2013 Avatar) #1.

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Jay Katz

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If you are a regular InvestComics monthly newsletter subscriber you found out before everyone else about the very cool things in store for you the fan. Pictured above are the cool giveaways (and one special auction) that will be happening for the next few months. Included in the awesome bunch is the InvestComics One & Done Anthology signed right on the cover by some of the industry’s best. This Anthology which rose over $250 so far for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund will be auctioned off on Ebay with the proceeds going to the CBLDF. Hang tight for that auction (Lots of giveaway contest beforehand). The auction announcement will be splashed all over the InvestComics landscape, so you won’t miss it when it does happen. So who did exactly sign that cover you ask? How about Dan Parent, Chuck Dixon, Billy Tucci, Neal Adams, Alex Saviuk, Nelson Ortega, Terry Cronin, Ethan Van Sciver, Georges Jeanty, Adam Hughes, Rob Hunter, Jim Cheung, Gail Simone, Bob Layton, Whilce Portacio, Rick Osman, Frank Tieri, Bob McLeod, Jimmy Palimotti, Chris Claremont, Mark Bagley, Frank Cho, Amanda Conner, George Perez, and Paul Pelletier. And to top off the list, I (Jay Katz) will sign the inside. That’s quite the list there isn’t it?? As for the other comics shown; New Excalibur #1 signed by the Legend himself Chris Claremont, Villains United #1 signed by Gail Simone (Interview on InvestComics Youtube coming!), Tales of the Teen Titans #44 signed by the Legend George Perez, Nightwing Target #1 signed by Chuck Dixon, Freelancers #3 signed by Eric Esquivel (Interview on InvestComics Youtube now! And the comic is up for grabs too right now!), Wonder Woman #169 signed by Legend George Perez, Robin II #1 signed by Chuck Dixon,  and last but not least, Vincent Price House of Horrors #1 signed by colorist Jeff Balke and Writer/CEO of InvestComics Jay Katz! Whew! And finally how about an autograph from Terry Cronin? (Offered up right now!) Or maybe you’re a fan of the Walking Dead? How about an autograph from Zombie walker Michael Koske?! Yes lots to take in, but be sure to enter these contests to win.


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Okay Hot Picks time. There are certainties in life. The character Thanos is one such case. So is the fact that last Sunday InvestComics informed you guys/gals that East of West #1 is a not to miss book. Yes, listen to the Broker when he tells you about the certainties in the collectors market. It’ll do your wallet some good. So getting back to Thanos now, if you ever doubted anything in the speculation market, this one would not be the one to doubt. If you don’t own or are thinking about owning Iron Man #55, stop thinking and do it. I cannot stress enough how much Thanos is going to make an impact on the movie side of things. The best comparison to make here is actually quite simple. Thanos will be the modern day Darth Vader. I have said this before and I will keep saying it. Thanos’ impact in the theaters will directly impact the back issue market. This said, this week Thanos Rising (2013) #1 will be altering the Marvel Universe as we know it. Yes that villain Thanos is going to bring it and you better be ready. This dude is a bad ass.

…..More certainties this week; Harbinger Wars (2013) #1. This comic will be a quick sell out, so you better grab one off the shelf before they disappear.

Superior Spider-Man (2012) #7 will see the return of Cardiac. The first appearance of Cardiac came in Amazing Spider-Man #342. Want to feel old? This comic was penciled by Erik Larsen 23 years ago!! 1990….23 years ago!! Wow.

DC Comics celebrates with a special issue of Detective Comics (2011 2nd Series) #19. “Mystery of the 900!” Umm, okay.

….More certainties this week; Regular Show #1. This book will be harder to find than any other in the aftermarket for cover price after Wednesday. Yep.

So with Venom (2011 Marvel) #33 we get the ol’ homage cover thingy going. Isn’t that nice? One little thing here though. Spawn #222 a few issues ago did the same exact thing. Two comics in such close proximity of each other paying homage to Todd McFarlane’s (paid himself homage; he’s proud of himself) Amazing Spider-Man #316. Click on the collage below to see a bigger image of all 3 covers side by side. Which one do you like best?


Okay so wrapping up. How about a bunch of number one and number zero issues to look out for? Miss Fury (2013 Dynamite) #1 (Look at that cover – holy assets Batman!), Robyn Hood vs Red Riding Hood (2013 Zenescope) #1, Steam Wars (2013 Antarctic Press) #0 (interesting concept here, Star Wars theme = sold out), Tales of Fear (2013 Aazurn) #1, Unleashed (2013 Zenescope) #0, Snow Angel (2013 Dark Horse) #0, Last of Us American Dreams (2013 Dark Horse) #1, andPolarity (2013 Boom) #1. 


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Welcome Fans!

Back from a very busy/productive Comic Convention, Orlando MegaCon. Being busy and productive equates to a lot of awesomeness1&Done for YOU the Fan! First up is the Superstar studded signed cover of InvestComics’ Anthology One & Done. To date the Anthology has raised over $250 for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. With this Superstar signed cover, we intend to raise some more money for CBLDF! This Anthology will go on Ebay to the highest bidder, with the proceeds going to CBLDF. Here is the list of names that proudly signed the cover: Dan Parent, Chuck Dixon, Billy Tucci, Neal Adams, Alex Saviuk, Nelson Ortega, Terry Cronin, Ethan Van Sciver, Georges Jeanty, Adam Hughes, Rob Hunter, Jim Cheung, Gail Simone, Bob Layton, Whilce Portacio, Rick Osman, Frank Tieri, Bob McLeod, Jimmy Palimotti, Chris Claremont, Mark Bagley, Frank Cho, Amanda Conner, George Perez, and Paul Pelletier. And InvestComics CEO Jay Katz signs the inside! Now THAT is a list! Stay tuned for the announcement of the auction on the website. Pictures of the creators signing the Anthology will accompany the announcement. ……Bid often, it’s for a great cause and is a very nice collector’s item! 

Then there are the contest giveaways. And are they some very cool comics….

All of the actual signed comics are pictured in this newsletter are the actual books that fans will be vying for. Starting with New Excalibur #1 signed by the Legend himself Chris Claremont, Villains United #1 signed by Gail Simone (Interview on InvestComics Youtube coming!), Tales of the Teen Titans #44 signed by the Legend George Perez, Nightwing Target #1 signed by Chuck Dixon, Freelancers #3 signed by Eric Esquivel (Interview on InvestComics Youtube coming!), Wonder Woman #169 signed by Legend George Perez, Robin II #1 signed by Chuch Dixon,  and last but not least, Vincent Price House of Horrors #1 signed by colorist Jeff Balke and Writer/CEO InvestComics Jay Katz! Yes there are a lot of potential books to win on InvestComics. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled to the InvestComics Facebook page for contest runs.Titans

Besides the contest, there will be a few interviews going up. InvestComics already posted the (Mr. Incredible Hulk); Lou Ferrigno interview. Click right HERE to check that out. Also had some fun with the King of all Indie Terry Cronin. Click HERE to watch that. There is also a giveaway with Terry’s signature to coincide with that interview. Take a look at the latest InvestComics Hot Picks #262 for details on that right HERE. Also up right now is a Tom Mumme (The Accelerators & Comic Book Men)! Take a look HERE at that. Like the Walking Dead? How about an interview with Walking Dead zombie actor Michael Koske?! And also a chance to WIN his autograph! How about an interview with BOOM! Studios’ Eric Esquivel? Oh yes and win his signed comic Freelancers #3 (pictured below), how about and interview with Buck Rodgers himself Gil Gerard?! This particular interview also features Big City Comics CEO Jeff Kaufman too! The interview is by far the funniest, unpredictable, unscripted InvestComics interview to date. By a long shot folks…’s a must watch. Then there is the awesome Gail Simone interview too! How about a Jimmy Palimiotti interview as well? And Legend Pat Broderick? Yes we have him too.

A very special thanks goes out to Sebastian Piccione (Sunday Knight Comics) for hosting many of the interviews, he was a trooper, losing his voice and all. There were two discoveries that occurred at the show as well. 1; Dirk Grobb. He is a phenomenal artist. Fans need to know who this guy is and buy commissions from him if you see him at a show. Not only can he draw, but he’s a super cool dude too! 2; Brianna Floss. This girl did a couple of interviews for InvestComics and was great! She too is a super nice gal and will hopefully stay close to InvestComics for some more interviews because she’s an undiscovered talent! We don’t want to share! Thanks Bri!! Now go LIKE these two awesome people on Facebook right now! Rick Shea and Shaun Sorenson from Famous Faces and Funnies for having me tag along on your fun times around Orlando. Beating all of you guys at mini golf was one of the highlights of my golf career!

Well that’s about it for now. Stay with the website and Facebook page for all of the contest/interviews coming your way!

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