There is only one new book this week that I want to talk about it. This week sees the release of the second issue of the Antarctic Press title, Rags. Over the last few days in presale, Rags #2 has been selling for $15 to $45.
I would like to make a correction to my Kate Bishop post. It states that the first appearance of Kate Bishop as Hawkeye is Young Avengers Presents 6. This is not the first appearance of Kate Bishop as Hawkeye – she first appears as this character in Young Avengers #12 – which was published two years before the Young Avengers presents issue.
Another Young Avenger issue that has been receiving a lot of attention is Young Avengers #6. The character Cassandra Lang has already been confirmed to be appearing in Avengers 4 – and if Kate Bishop is appearing in the movie – marvel is most likely going to introduce other Young Avengers. In Young Avengers #6 – Cassandra Lang first becomes Stature. While she has put on several different costumes this is the one the comic market is currently moving on.
Today news broke that Chris Meledandri – founder of Illumination film studios – is making a Super Mario Brothers movie slated to be released in 2022. Illumination is responsible for the Despicable Me film franchise and the new Grinch film. While there are some really cool Nintendo comic books published by Valiant – including the 1990 16 page Nintendo Comics System Sneak Preview – Mario first appeared in a comic book published by Marvel. Before Mario had his own game he appeared as the hero in the arcade game Donkey Kong. In 1983 Marvel started publishing “Blip, The Video Game Magazine”. The first issue includes a Donkey Kong comic story – this is the first comic appearance of Mario.
Why does Matthew Laborteaux have a band-aid on his left hand?
Rags is the new indie hot book of 2018. Rags was originally published at the beginning of 2018 as a digital only comic and had a coinciding Patreon campaign offering monthly rewards. Some of the Patreon rewards include, posters, physical copies of the comic and exclusive Patreon variant covers. So what is the book about? Directly from the creators page “RAGS follows the misadventures of former USMC Combat Veteran Corperal Regina Ragowski, as she struggles to deal with her debilitating PTSD from her deployment and ouster from the MARINE CORPS as well as the continuing loss from those she loves. All during a zombie plague that has wrecked the liberal state of California.”
In July it was announced that Antarctic press had picked up Rags and would be publishing the book monthly. The first issue was released on September 12, 2018 and almost immediately became one of the hot books of the week. It is important to note that the original self-published version of Rags is “uncensored” while the Antarctic Press books have most of the books nudity covered up.
The first issue of the Antarctic Press edition of Rags also had a limited to 200 copy Virgin Variant cover – this book has been selling for $100 to $200 depending on its condition. The first print of this book is currently selling for $25 to $50 depending on its condition.
Only one copy of the patreon exclusive variant of the first issue has shown up on ebay since its release and it sold for $530. There was also a patreon exclusive physical copy released for the second issue of Rags featuring two covers, a “Normie Cover” and a “Bounty Hunter Variant” cover The “normie cover” has been selling for $70 to $80 while the Bounty Hunter Variant has had three sales ranging from $50 to $320.
Why is this important?
This week sees the release of the Antarctic Press edition of Rags #2. This book has already sold out at the distribution level and like with issue #1 – stores are going to find an unexpected amount of interest in this book. Some copies of the Antarctic Press edition were released at a recent comic book convention – these copies as well as copies selling in presale on ebay have been selling for $40 to $50. Like with the first issue – there is a special variant cover for the second issue that has been selling for $80 to $100.
This week – Rags #2 should be on your radar – this could very well be the book of the week.