Today saw the release of a new trailer for the upcoming Deadpool 2 film. In the trailer we are introduced to an unnamed character who Cable proclaims he is going to hunt and kill. There are a few theories about who this character is and I would like to explore them.
Screenrant pushed out an article on there website soon after the trailer was released with a casting theory that this unnamed character played by Julian Dennison is Kid Apocalypse. I think this would make the most sense. The First time we see Kid Apocalypse in comics is when a clone of him is introduced in Uncanny X-Force #4 from 2011 – this is the lowest print issue from this series and has always commanded a premium over other issues from this series. The book currently sells for $10 to $20 in near mint condition. The non-clone REAL Kid Apocalypse first appears in Uncanny X-Force #7. Both of these are good books to be sitting on.
Another theory that came out today from slashfilms is that Julian Dennison’s character is Armageddon Man. When it comes down to Kid Apocalypse or Armageddon Man I think it is more likely the character will be Kid Apocalypse – but there has still not been any confirmation either way. Armageddon Man first appears in X-Force #88 from 1999.
One topic that has been discussed ad nauseam is who Terry Crews is playing in the film. There was quite a bit of speculation that he would be playing G.W. Bridge (first appearing in X-Force #1) however, the new trailer has sparked new theories that he could actually be playing Bedlam. Bedlam’s first appearance is X-Force #82 from 1998.
While I don’t think these books are going to become $30 books overnight, I do think they will see some increased interest over the next few weeks until we find out who these character really are.
Thank you John Brown, William Zachman and Gary Nusser.
This week sees the release of the highly anticipated first appearance in comics of Rick and Morty character Pickle Rick. Pickle Rick appears in this weeks Rick and Morty Presents: The Vindicators #1. This book has two regular covers, both have been selling above cover, with peak sales of $15, this book has been averaging for $10 on the secondary market.
This week also sees the release of Robert Kirkman’s Oblivion Song #1. (previously discussed here). This book has a special ‘collectors edition’ set that comes with a Gold Foil Oblivion Song #1, a poster, a pin and a statue. While the collectors editions are limited to 1000 copies produced, it was announced last month by Robert Kirkman that due to a production error only 600 of the statues would ship out week of release with the additional 400 statues being shipped out weeks later. While the statue has a suggested retail price of $200, the statues have been averaging $300 to $400 on ebay.
Another book to look for is last weeks Moon Girl #28. This book features the first appearance of Omnipotentis. This book has been creeping up in sales selling from $20 to upwards of $40 online. This is a book to be looking for.
Pretty big news came out today from Marvel through Deadline.com. Today it was announced that Disney would be making an animated TV-series starring Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur. Devil Dinosaur has been around since the 70’s but Moon Girl is a fairly new character, first appearing in Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1 in 2015. There is also a 1:25 variant for Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1 which today has been selling for $75 to $100. Devil Dinosaur first appears in 1978’s Devil Dinosaur #1.
In December Marvel announced its next major story event, launching in March of 2018, would be based on the reintroduction of the Green Goblin. Marvel announced the new event would be based around a new character, “The Red Goblin”. The last issue of Amazing Spider-Man, Issue #795, features Carnage merging with Norman Osborn. This revelation that Norman Osborn was about to become the new Red Goblin resulted in the book selling out and selling for $15 to $20 online. The assumption was the next issue, out this week, Amazing Spider-man #796, would feature the first appearance of the Red Goblin. Based on that it has already sold out at the distributor level and has been selling online in presale for up to $15. Amazing Spider-Man #796 does not feature the new Red Goblin Character. The Red Goblin does appear on the Comixposure store variant for Amazing Spider-Man #796. These would be considered the first cover appearance of the character, similar to the Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars #2 Gwenpool situation.
Oblivion Song is a new on-going series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Skybound Comics. Any time Robert Kirkman has a new series out there is usually a lot of hype behind it, the last time Kirkman released a new on-going series, Thief of Thieves, first prints sold out at the distributor level and the book was quickly “optioned” by AMC studios. Keeping all of this in mind, the new Kirkman series Oblivion Song is one to be thinking about. The first issue of the series is released in March.
This week Skybound sent retailers a trade paperback edition of Oblivion Song. This trade features the first four issues of the Oblivion Song series in print. This is so Skybound can increase interest in the series and get retailers to increase their orders. This trade paperback was first given out at New York Comic Con’s Skybound retailer conference making the trade paperback the first appearance of the series. I did read the trade paperback a few months ago and I highly recommend this series. Now is the time to be asking your local comic book store what they are doing with there copy. If Oblivion Song blows up like every other creator owned Robert Kirkman series, this is a book you will want to be holding on to long term.
One other thing to note, on release there will be a limited to 1000 deluxe collectors edition of Oblivion Song, this comes with a statue and a foil edition comic – this item will be allocated and will sell out. Now is a good time to be putting preorders in for this item.
It is also worth noting that the new image comic, Ice Cream Man #1, which was released this week has steadily been selling for $10+ online. This is an anthology book, where each issue is supposed to be a one-shot, so new readers can jump on at any point.
This week one book that has a few sales above $10 is the Call of the Suicide Forest #1. This book is the second volume of the Amigo Comics “Suicide Forest” series. There is really no reason for this book to be selling well given the first volume’s #1 issue has had two sales in the past two months both under $5. Prices will not stay at this level so this isn’t a book I would be holding on to.
Teether #1 is another indie press book that has been getting some attention on the secondary market. This book is published by Antartic Press and has has sold out at Diamond. There have been at least ten sales on ebay where copies of Teether #1 have sold above $10. There is also a limited to 300 retailer variant for this book.
An older book that has started heating up very recently is the Demon Annual #2. This book started picking up steam when Geoff Johns was asked about the character at a DC Comics panel in DC where he confirmed he was trying to bring Hitman into the DC Television universe. There has been no official announcement. The first appearance of Hitman, Demon Annual #2 is currently selling for $25 to $30 in near mint condition. These prices are up from the $10 / 15 of last week.
J. Scott Campbell’s Danger Girl was very popular when it was released in 1998. How popular? Two years after its release there Sony released a Danger Girl video game for the playstation one console. This week it was announced that Constantin films, the company responsible for the 1994 Fantastic Four movie and subsequently owns the production rights to any Fantastic Four film, has acquired the film rights to Danger Girl. For years people have been chasing the Danger Girl variant covers because many of them feature great J. Scott Campbell artwork while having low print runs. There is even a recalled cover (read more here). While people have been chasing the variants there hasn’t been a lot of love for the first appearance of Danger Girl Team.
The Danger Girl team first appeared in The Danger Girl Preview published in December of 1997 – there are three covers to this book including a limited edition Gold logo foil cover. All three of these book are books to be looking for – The Danger Girl preview was not sold to stores it was distributed in polybag copies of Gen 13 #25 (December, 1997) and Dv8 #14 (January, 1998). The white covers are American Entertainment variants which were sold as mail away special edition variants – all of these covers have publication dates of December 1997.
Another weird Hollywood announcement that came out this week is that Marvel has a X-Men film in development where James Franco has signed on to play Jamie Madrox, The Multiple Man. The first appearance of Multiple Man is Giant Size Fantastic Four 4. For a silver age book that features a first appearance, Giant Size Fantastic Four #4 is currently very reasonable priced.
One other Hollywood announcement that I should have spoken about earlier is that Sony is developing a Morbius, The Living Vampire film. Morbius first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #101. Amazing Spider-Man #101 has sold well in high grade for some time but much like with the Venom film announcement, Amazing Spider-Man #101 has started to skyrocket off ebay. Even low grade copies of ASM #101 have started selling in the triple digits, this is a book to keep an eye on.
This has been a slow week for comic speculation but there are two interesting books I’d like you to know about.
This week saw the release of Kid Lobotomy #1 from IDWs new Black Crown imprint. There was a 250 limited NYCC variant and this book was previewed in the free Black Crown preview comic released a few weeks ago however the cover to look for came out this week. Kid Lobotomy #1 has a 1:10 gold foil variant cover and due to a “manufacturing error” IDW and Diamond have recalled all copies of this comic. IDW has asked all retailers to destroy all copies of this cover. Will retailers destroy copies? Probably not, but nothing drives up demand for a comic like announcing its been recalled. Since news of the recall broke, this book has been selling for $15 to $25.
Speaking of Manufacturing errors, this weeks Zdarsky “how to draw” variant for Mighty Thor #700 has a big one. This book was manufactured with the wrong back cover – instead of an advertisement – the back cover is the same as the Spider-Gwen #25 back cover for the Unknown Comics retailer variant. Copies have sold on ebay for $10 to $12 – double cover price. All copies distributed by diamond have this error. Marvel and Diamond have not issued a recall for this book.