Top 5 Hot Picks #93

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Every  week before new comic book day, here are the Top 5 NEW comics to speculate/read from this Wednesday. This list is pulled straight from the latest (weekly) InvestComics Hot Picks article. Hot Picks Top 5 based on InvestComics Hot Picks #455 and new comics coming this Wednesday 12/21/16.

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Gamora #1 – The first solo series from the female muscle of the Guardians of The Galaxy group. Sales are off to a great start. Some variants are already sold out.

Captain America Sam Wilson #16 – Misty Knight picks up the shield. It looks like a good fit. More of this in 2017? Maybe…..

Deadpool And Mercs For Money #6 – The Rainbow Deadpool Squad make their return. Another prediction, we’ll probably see more of them in 2017.

Justice League Suicide Squad #1 – Two DC Comics teams go head to head. Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight!

Mighty Captain Marvel #0 – Another Captain Marvel relaunch. This series (how many issues??) will be written by novelist Margaret Stohl. This will be Margaret’s first written comic book series. We’re in.

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IC 100 Club Pick: Shazam #1 (1973) 8.5 – Amazing Adventures #1 (1970) 5.0 – Harley Quinn #1 (2016) 9.8

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Click To Buy Bid – X-Men #138

Click To Buy Bid – Strge Tales #180

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Click To Buy Bid – Marvel Team-Up #1

Strange Tales #180 (1975)

New Mutants #1 (1983)

Star-Lord #1

Uncanny X-Men #138 (1980)

Marvel Team-Up #1 (1972)

Marvel Premiere #21 (1975)

Mockingbird Shield 50th Anniversary #1

Deadpool #4

Invincible Iron Man #2

Green Arrow #13

Archie #15

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Click To Buy Bid – Marvel Pre #21

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Click To Buy Bid – New Mutants #1

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Dead Inside #1

Jem Misfits #1

Gumballs #1

Locke & Key Small World #1

Tales From The Suicide Forest

World War X #1

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New Comics #455 – The Covers

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New Comics – The Covers #455. A weekly video look at the covers from the weekly InvestComics Hot Picks article. New comics arriving 12/21/2016.

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InvestComics Hot Picks #455

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Before reading ahead, we feel we need to warn you that our articles contain very harsh truths in them. Not vulgar language, just a good solid dose of honesty. They always have, they always will. If you are easily offended, cannot come to terms that other people have opinions too beside yourself and especially if you’re a fanboy, discontinue reading. Go back to the other places selling you the farm. This is NOT the place for you. We’re here to have fun and not lie to you. Thank you and enjoy!

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Each week InvestComics seeks out a comic(s) on Ebay for $100 or less and then brings it to the attention of our fans. We call it IC 100 Club Pick. The idea is to get a great book at a great price. We do not own nor are we selling these comics. The comics are found by a random process. We do not know the ebay seller(s), nor are we promoting the Ebay seller. Any knowing from the Ebay seller of InvestComics or its affiliates is purely coincidental. (See disclaimer for more details). 

IC 100 Club Pick: We have three comics this week under $100. Shazam #1 (1973) 8.5. First appearance of Marvel Family in DC Universe. Origin of Captain Marvel retold. Press this and possibly get a 9.0? At $79.99 buy it now, that’s a buy….it….now.  Not too familiar with these Michael Turner Aspen DC Comics, but this one looks nice for only $59.99. Harley Quinn #1 (2016) 9.8 Michael Turner sketch variant.  Amazing Adventures #1 (1970) 5.0. First solo Black Widow story. Cover by Jack Kirby and John Romita. Art from Jack Kirby and John Buscema. All this for only $84.

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Click To Buy/Bid – Gamora #1 Variant

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Gamora gets her first solo series ever. Gamora #1 will have writer Nicole Perlman and artist Marco Checchetto see Gamora off to begin her solo career. She has a strong presence on screen, but will that equate to a strong showing in the funny books? We’ll have to watch and see on this one. We have confidence that Nicole and Marco will keep things interesting. Strange Tales #180 (1975) is the first Gamora appearance. The cosmic master, Jim Starlin is all over this one too. Story, art, inks, colors and cover art. An obvious classic. A Gamora #1 variant pays homage to New Mutants #1 (1983). Cover by Bobby Rubio. There is also the sexy (what a surprise) J. Scott Campbell variant. That one seems to be in much demand (what a surprise). Oh and Star-Lord #1 comes out too. There is a variant that pays homage to Uncanny X-Men #138 (1980). The variant is done by Chris Stevens.

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Click To Buy/Bid – Sam Wilson #16

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Click To Buy/Bid – Marvel Prem #21

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Click To Buy/Bid – Marvel Team-Up #1

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Click To Buy/Bid – Captain Marvel #0

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Click To Buy/Bid – Mockingbird #1

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Click To Buy/Bid – Star-Lord #1

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Over many years, there have been several characters to have taken the Captain America mantle. So many in fact, it’s too many to list here. There have been a few women to run with the shield, but most or all the time within the alternate Marvel universe. It’s no secret that Disney has set out on a mission regarding their comics as far as gender and their demo reach is concerned. The female hero/villain has a very large presence in today’s comic market and now Marvel branches out once again (possibly) to switch the gender tables on one of their characters. It seems as though Misty Knight is borrowing that Captain America mantle from Sam Wilson in Captain America Sam Wilson #16. And judging from the Paul Renaud cover, she is not playing around. Will this become a ‘thing’? Will she keep the shield? Star in her own title with a shield of her own? Misty Knight first appeared in Marvel Team-Up #1 (1972). Her First full appearance was in Marvel Premiere #21 (1975).

Number zero comic issues are silly. There, we said it. They make no sense, but sometimes comic companies insist on doing the silliness of a zero issue before their number one issue. Such is the case for Marvel’s Mighty Captain Marvel #0. We’re not saying any zero issues aren’t good or this particular zero issue won’t be good, just saying there is nothing that cannot be done in a number one issue that can be done in a zero issue. Count up from number one and that’s it. Have a prologue issue with no number if need be instead……why zero? Anyway, let’s get back to the new Mighty Captain Marvel #0. Zero……….okay okay we need to get back on track, we apologize. Totally having fun here, we really don’t care that much. At all actually. The new Captain Marvel comic will be the first ever regular comic series from writer Margaret Stohl. She made her comic book debut introducing us to Red Widow in Mockingbird Shield 50th Anniversary #1. So check out the new series from Margaret Stohl and artist Ramon Rosanas.

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Click To Buy/Bid – Deadpool Merc #6

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Click To Buy/Bid – Deadpool #4

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Click To Buy/Bid – JLA vs Suicide S #1

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Click To Buy/Bid – Green Arrow #13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Deadpool And Mercs For Money #6 will feature the return of Rainbow Deadpool Squad. The Rainbow Deadpool Squad first appeared earlier this year in Deadpool #4. Just like we predicted spinoff series’ for the original members of the Mercs For Money team, we’ll say to watch out for a Deadpool Rainbow Squad team book somewhere down the line eventually.
Riri Williams continues her quest, read her story in Invincible Iron Man #2.

DC is calling Justice League Suicide Squad #1 the start of the first major storyline within the realm of Rebirth. Brought to us by writer Joshua Williamson and artist Jason Fabok. Have you seen the Justice League Suicide Squad #1 Unknown Comics variant giveaway here on InvestComics? Click HERE and enter for your chance to win next week. As for the sense of a major storyline? We don’t care, give us a well written story with action and we’re on board.
A disturbingly cool variant cover from W. Scott Forbes to check out; Green Arrow #13.

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Click To Buy/Bid – Archie #15

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Click To Buy/Bid – Divinity #1

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Click To Buy/Bid – Artful #1

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Click To Buy/Bid – Forest #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Archie Comics continues their introduction of Cheryl Blossom in Archie #15. The Rafael Albuquerque variant cover kills.
Action Lab Entertainment brings life to a novel written by comic creator Peter David. The title ensures the quality of ownership; Peter David’s Artful #1.

Here are other comics to look out for this Wednesday; Divinity III Stalinverse #1 (Valiant Entertainment). Dead Inside #1 (Dark Horse). Jem Misfits #1 (IDW). Gumballs #1 (IDW). Locke & Key Small World #1 (IDW). Tales From The Suicide Forest (Amigo Comics). World War X #1 (Titan Comics).

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InvestComics Hot Picks – New Release Comics on 7/2/14

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First order of business is to reiterate something that InvestComics has touched upon quite often, but maybe some new comers to the site are not aware of. Although InvestComics is in fact the best speculation comic book website on the planet, another fact is that THIS article each week and many others on the site recommend that you read comics too. While I do realize that speculation is not for everyone, I am a true believer of bringing collectors and fans alike together. No matter what, comic book fans can relate to each other like no other medium can. Whether you are a fan of the speculation side or a fan of the storyline, one thing is certain; we will always debate questions like “Who would win in a fight, Superman or Thor? Who is the bigger bad ass, Deathstoke or Deadpool? Is Moon Knight as comparable to Batman these days than ever?” The list of debates goes on, but you get the idea.

So many times during the course of an InvestComics Hot Picks article I will be sure to point out that there are probably some good “reads” coming out that Wednesday and that even if the spec market doesn’t equate to monetary gain, you still may gain the awesomeness of a great story. Yes money is fantastic, reading this article every week will help your aftermarket sales, but sitting down in a quiet room, dining room table, the living room, on your bed and reading a great story is in fact immeasurable. We as comic book fans and speculators can coexist together. The InvestComics Hot Picks has always made a point to inform readers that there are books that need to be checked out for the mere fact of a great read. So if you read, collect, or merely speculate, we all have one common thing. We all love comic books.

15901_20051209091407_largeshazam1Now let’s talk about a recent DC Comics announcement. The announcement touched on a few movie possibilities for several characters/books. There was one standout……..Shazam. Some may not see the brilliance in the possibility that lay before them within the spec market here. Not only would the character fit perfectly on the big screen, but it would make for a new franchise that would correct any mistakes on any of the Superman stumbles. It gives DC/Warner Bros. a chance to really expand on a character that many know and many don’t know of. Everyone knows Superman. There hasn’t been another character to challenge anyone with a cape that can fly, minus a hammer, a batarang, etc. on the big screen. The time has come to get another dude with a cape that can fly and isn’t a “boy scout”. Although many fans will say differently about Superman being a boy scout regarding the last flick, but don’t get that twisted because when Batman vs. Superman comes out, Clark will be the good boy and the friction will ensue between them. Back to Shazam, DC will have an open season with this character. Just like Superman, he has been redone in so many ways that you can essentially pick and choose which Shazam will best fit for the big screen. There is no set tone for him because the Shazam character has never been taken that seriously. Superman however has always been reverted back to the boy scout for the screen (minus the last movie). So when it comes to Shazam, it will be extremely interesting on which route they will take. I personally think that Shazam will be a very big deal. A huge one in fact. I’ve said this about so many characters on this site and a lot of them have come to fruition. Shazam is a lock. Besides owning Whiz #2 (1940), the first appearance of Captain Marvel, if you can afford that book, you need to get the very easy accessible (for now) Shazam! #1 (1973). This comic is the very first time DC’s Captain Marvel goes by the name Shazam. A recent graded 9.8 sold for only $487.50. There are some Near Mint raw copies available within the $30/$40 range. An absolute bargain right now. You heard it here first, on the greatest speculation web site on the planet, InvestComics.

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There are three sketch variants that really need to be on your radar as possible signature series books for your collection and turnovers. Rocket Raccoon (2014 2nd Series) #1 will be accompanied by a few variants, but the Midtown Comics J. Scott Campbell sketch variant is a winner. Get this $20 variant CGC Signature Series and you’re looking at a nice payday. Buy it raw even; flip it in a couple of weeks. You’ll make some cash on this comic easy.  A ridiculously gorgeous Jim Lee sketch variant on Superman Unchained (2013 DC) #7 will sell for a premium if you can score a signature and a 9.8 or higher. And speaking of absolutely gorgeous, a  $300 Alex Ross sketch cover for Captain America (2012 7th Series) #22 would be a nice turnover if a sig/9.8 is attached.

1365253_ful 1365244_ful 1361417_fulThe cash cow, a.k.a. Marvel Comics will cashing in on the Guardians of the Galaxy frenzy with new comic series featuring Rocket Raccoon (mentioned earlier) and Star Lord in Legendary Star Lord (2014 Marvel) #1. A bazillion variant covers on this one is quite the overkill here, but the Midtown Comics variant would be a nice pick-up only to flip quickly. While the Raccoon will see much success, Star-Lord will probably see a hot out of the gate presence, but will fall flat eventually. Then you have Guardians of the Galaxy Galaxys Most Wanted (2014) #1 which features a story with Rocket Raccoon and Groot. It’s essentially a Marvel Team-Up comic with the Guardians name attached instead.  The cover alone will have heads turning on this one.

Hey InvestComics told you about Figment #1 and now Figment (2014) #2 is already sold out. Not only is it sold out, but a major on line comic store is limiting ONE per customer.

Fearless Dawn Hard Times (2014) #0 will sellout by this weekend. If you want to search for a comic that probably has a very limited print run and features the first appearance of Fearless Dawn; look for The Bomb #1 (2006) (Atom Bomb Comics).

DC Comics’ Earth 2 (2012 DC) #25 will feature a new Superman. An African American Superman that isn’t Steel or President Superman.

Batman Superman (2013 DC) #12 will have a character “with great strength”, but have no idea who they are. Intro? Pick it up, find out. And who is Gruesome George? Find out in Batwing (2011-) #33.

InvestComics Radar love; Scum of the Earth (2014) #1, Enormous (2014) Ongoing #1, Oz Age of Darkness (2014) #1, 100th Anniversary Special Fantastic Four (2014) #1, Tom Clancy Splinter Cell Echoes (2014) #1, Deadpool vs X-Force (2014) #1, and Hack Slash Son of Samhain (2014 Image) #1.

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Marvel’s cosmic epic The Guardians of the Galaxy is either shaping up to be the most ambitious comic film of all time or destined to be a rare mistep by Disney.   The truth is, it is hard to tell at this point which way it will all go down.  Recent news includes conformation of…

this guy as Yondu.  😀

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but this woman as Nova Prime???

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So who knows?  But for purists some developments are signs of a troubled adaptation.  For every John C. Reilly as Rhomman Dey there is a Cosmo tease from the director that simply annoys or another WWE has-been cast as the muscle ( Drax the Destroyer ).

In the past I have highlighted some of the best GOTG comics to invest in.  With conformation of the Nova Corps ( FF 206,208 ) Nova appears to be a player and that’s great news.  Though his keys are limited here are some notable appearances.

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This one is Nova ( Richard Rider’s ) first appearance outside his own title.  Wolfman writing the Inhumans make it worth the price in high grade!

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Another Wolfman tale featuring Nova in a title you normally wouldn’t expect to see him in.

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If you have never read ROM I demand you buy the full run and spend the weekend making up for past mistakes.   Like the Micronauts there are a few keys in the series.  #75 ( last issue ) and this early Nova appearance.

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New Warriors 74, 75

The last issue of this Marvel Series saw the sales of the once mighty team book drop sharply.  As usual low print runs for later issues of a cancelled series often leads to significant increases in value.  Expect these  to do the same when the film comes out.

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Another last issues with a low print run and a Larsen Venom cover!  Buy buy buy.

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The Savage She Hulk 100

How many comics do you think are out there that have both Rocket Raccoon and Nova in them?  Oh and it’s written by Dan Slott with a Greg Horn cover!

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Annihilation Conquest 6

I will continue to recommend this one over and over again.  Collectors are fast realizing the importance of this issue.  The formation of this team has everything to do with the movie.  One can even argue that it’s importance far surpasses the first appearance of the original team which often sells for over 100 at auction.

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Thanos Imperative: Ignition

This one-Shot has a breathtaking cover and is getting harder to find as are all Thanos appearances.  See my  report on the collectible Thanos some time before the movie hits.

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Welcome to the InvestComics Hot Picks for new comic releases on 2-27-13

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One consistency you will find these days here on InvestComics and in the Marvel Comics world these days can be summed up in 4 words; Guardians of the Galaxy. This week Marvel begins their quest to shove this team down our throats until the movie comes out in 2014. Although it may seem like a long time from now; hell we’re into the third month of 2013 already! It comes quick and the word quick should be in your collector vocabulary when it comes to any of these characters destined to appear in the movie. Marvel’s “primer” if you will comes out this week by the name Guardians of the Galaxy #0.1. With creators Brian Michael Bendis and Steve McNiven attached to this project, it’s very safe to assume here that there will be quick sellouts here with demand in the aftermarket. Although Marvel pulled out some heavyweights for this book, is the appearance of Iron Man in this book a little bit of an uncertainty factor? At least it’s not Wolverine!

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The team within these pages and the movie for the most part are still out there to be had as far as the collectors market is concerned. With that said, the longer you wait, well the harder it’ll be to get your bid in. Prices will be going up and up fans, no slowing down here…..for now. Bad publicly, delays, budget woes, and a bad trailer could change things very quick to the downside. Be wary here. Be a smart investor, know your market. Pay attention.

The following characters appearing in the new comic (and movie, not all characters, but we still don’t really know) are still readily available for the investor right now at some decent (affordable) pricing. At the forefront of your search should be Star-Lord and Rocket Raccoon. Star-Lord (as mentioned numerous times already on InvestComics) first appeared in Marvel Preview Presents #4 (1976). There are only 29 of these comics graded by CGC right now. Three of which sit in the 9.8 slot. Do you really need more motivation here? Okay here’s some more for you. Rocket Raccoon first appeared in Marvel Preview Presents #7 (1976). There are an astounding 12 graded copies of this book out there. Highest grade is a 9.6 and only one sits there. Next grade sits at 9.2 with two sitting there. Get the drift here? Then you have Gamora and Drax. Both of these characters have a big similarity. That would be Mr. Jim Starlin. Gamora first appeared in Strange Tales #180 (1975) and Drax debuted in Iron Man #55 (1975) both are written and penciled by Jim. Now we all know that if you are a comic collector, one must own the first appearance of what is to become the modern day Darth Vader (Thanos) in Iron Man #55, which commands some big bucks in the aftermarket, but still a very strong buy at the high prices. Looking at the Strange Tales #180 though we see a trend like the previously mentioned, excluding the Iran Man book. Only 79 of these comics are graded. Ten hold the 9.8 position. Then we have Groot. Tales to Astonish #13 (1960) is the first look at Groot. Okay only 28 graded here. Highest grades available are one at 9.4 and one at the 9.2 position. Here’s the kicker with this comic. A debut from Groot and only 28 total graded?? This comic is a golden egg ready to explode IF Groot somehow makes it to the big screen and kicks ass. Not because he’s “groot”, because it’s a first appearance drawn by legend Jack “the King” Kirby. Nuff said. Well one more thing. Jim Starlin is one of the main reasons if not THE reason the Marvel cosmo’s being as consistent and brilliant as it is. Don’t kid yourself. He’s the Frank Miller Batman of the Marvel Cosmic Universe. Now, nuff said.

DC Comics tells fans that Flash #17 will introduce us to one of Flash’s greatest foes! Great! The Flash rogue gallery needs a kick in the ass! The Savage Hawkman #17 re-introduces the Shadow Thief into the New 52 Universe. The Shadow Thief first appeared in The Brave and the Bold #36 (1961). This issue comes with a Joe Kubert cover. Nice!

Uncanny Avengers #4 has Omega Skull in it. Is this the first appearance? Not sure, but wanted to throw it out there!

And another Uncanny book to look forward to this week with the word “skull” in it is Uncanny Skullkickers #1. Check out these books as well; Five Weapons #1 (Image), Amalas Blade #0 (Dark Horse), and Professor Frink Fantastic Science Fictions #1 (Bongo).

See you next week, invest wisely.

Jay Katz

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InvestComics Hot Picks #256

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With certainty in life what goes up must come down eventually. Of course forgetting about taxes, I’m talking more along the lines of a ball, rocket, grenade, plane, stock market, and sometimes success. There have been many successors that have sustained the duration of a lifetime, but even they have bumps in the road, which brings us to a success that has yet to see a bump in the road. Marvel Entertainment. No not the comic books, boy have we seen some clunkers over the past few years with them. I’m talking about the movie aspect. When will Marvel hit that spot where movie goers give a thumbs down? Maybe it won’t happen for quite some time, but one guarantee here folks it will happen one day. How will Marvel react? Will it begin the downslide of the Marvel Entertainment golden eggs? Probably not, but it will set the studio upright a bit to an Star-Lord Chris Prattunderstanding that not everything they release will be a hit, thus maybe getting a slowdown on the movie releases. Now, not trying to be a Debbie downer here, but the reality is that this can and will happen someday.

News came out that Marvel cast the lead actor to play Star-Lord in the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie. His name is Chris Pratt. The rant regarding a Marvel clunker in the theater is not necessarily pertaining to the Guardians film, but pertains to the potential that maybe Marvel may miss here. Then again, maybe not. There are so many variables that go into a movie being successful that one cannot predict the ticket sales, obviously. That said, with the influx of films that Marvel is releasing, the odds are starting to stack against them just a bit. Getting back to Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Star –Lord’s first appearance came in Marvel Preview Presents Star-Lord #4 in 1976. The aftermarket prices are commanding some big bucks at the moment and there will be no slowing down for a while. The pricing will see a spike and then level off when three things happen A: stills of the film start coming out B: the closer to the film we get C: the trailer release, if perceived in a good way will spike the market even more for a short while. The aftermarket pricing has seen Marvel Preview #4 as high as $200 already. Is this too high right now? Absolutely not. This market is a bull market right now. The asking price will go up from here, way up.

So risk verses reward. If you want to make some cash, definitely pick this book up now. If you want to make some serious cash for your investment, a no brainer here, buy a near mint 9.8 and send it off for grading. If CGC sends you back a 9.8, you have hit the mother lode. Only a total of 29 Marvel Preview #4’s have been graded to date. More so, only THREE are graded at 9.8. Yes fans, this is some very serious cash waiting for you in the aftermarket if you can pull this off.

Now with the negative Nancy stuff mentioned above about Marvel hitting a bad spot, what are the upside sides to the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie? The first thing one has to think is; are we witnessing the beginnings of the modern day Star Wars? The whole Cosmic realm of Marvel’s Universe is vast and has the potential of some serious bank if done right. The Guardians of the Galaxy team will provide a new universe for Marvel to explore. The storylines here can be endless; a trilogy (ala’ Star Wars) would not be that far-fetched. Spinoffs are not to be excluded either. A talking Raccoon though? Marvel Entertainment/Disney knows how to market and put together an amazing product. Guardians of the Galaxy will most likely be a huge hit, but Marvel really has to knock this movie out of the park in order for the Guardian comics in the aftermarket to hold some value, otherwise there will be a huge crash and Marvel will slow things down a bit on the big screen.

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Speaking of Star Wars, Star Wars (2012 Dark Horse 2nd Series) #2 comes our way after a sold out number one issue. Don’t expect things to slow down with the second issue. Pick this up before the dark side makes it disappear off the shelf.

Wolverine’s bro comes back in Wolverine and the X-Men (2011) #25. Dog Logan first appeared in the critically acclaimed Origin (#1) mini. Easy book to find, a bit pricey in some areas.

Marvel NOW! continues their restarts with Uncanny X-Men (2013 3rd Series) #1 and Secret Avengers (2013 Marvel) 2nd Series #1. Of course the original Uncanny X-Men #1 appeared in 1963 while the original Secret Avengers #1 first happened in 2010. Any X-Men comic from the Bronze Age back will always be a commodity to hold on to.  Long term investment is the key to your back issues as far as the X-Men go. Early Avengers comics are a fantastic commodity as well. And with the modern Avengers? No one cares about them. Don’t think so? How about this week we get to witness more carnage in Avengers Arena (2012) #4. See no one cares about wannabe’s in the Avengers; off with their heads!

Marvel’s imprint Icon brings Powers back in Powers FBI (2012 Icon) #1. Check out Michael Avon Oeming/Brian Michael Bendis’ first Powers comic in 2000 (Image). Powers has been the talk of television and movies for years. Get this comic now while you still can.

Television has made the Peter Panzerfaust comic in the aftermarket very hot these days. If you are late to the party, there are still refreshments left. Get started on early issues with the release of Peter Panzerfaust (2012 Image) #9 this week.

As noted in last week’s InvestComics Hot Picks #255. Many (not all) female characters have a hard time staying on top of the leader board in a male dominated genre. This week a Justice League member breaks out into her own comic. Check out Katana (2013 DC) #1 and judge for yourself if Katana has what it takes to sustain her own title. The Brave and the Bold #200 (1983) is the first appearance of Katana. I’m looking at little to no movement regarding the aftermarket on this book. Unless Katana really brings something spectacular to the table, don’t expect much. A sellout on the first issue and interest of the storyline thereafter will be the only reason for movement.

And finally, Batman (2011 2nd Series) #17 will end the Death storyline.

Here are some number one issues you should definitely check out this week. Mylo Xyloto (2013 Bongo) #1, and Standard (2013 Comixtribe) #1.

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