This week sees the release of a two Joshua Middleton covers and a marvel chase variant.
Aquaman #39 comes out this week and it has a cover B variant by Joshua Middleton. The cover features Mera – a character that is appearing in the new Aquaman film. This book has sold out at the distributor level, meaning comic book stores can’t order any more copies – and it has been selling for $12 to $20 in presale online. It is currently selling for closer to $12.
Batgirl #25 also features a Joshua Middleton cover B Variant . While This book hasn’t been selling over cover price it been receiving a lot of attention online. The previous two Batgirl Middleton covers sell very well on the secondary market with the cover B variants for Batgirl #23 selling for $40 to $50 and Batgirl #24 selling for around $13. This is a book to be looking for this week.
Another book that came out this week in Infinity War #2. Infinity War #2 features a secret unannounced variant cover. It is believed to have been sent out by marvel in a 1 in 10 ratio. The last time Marvel did this was for Avengers #682 – which features two different variations of Hawkeye on the cover. The chase version of that book still sells for $8 to $9. I would expect that would be the same situation with this new variant.
Yesterday Rick Remender tweeted that one of his comics was about to be announced as being in development as a film. Today news came out that the film would be based on the Radical Publishing, The Last Days of American Crime comic series. The Last Days of American Crime’s first issue came out in December of 2009. There is also an ashcan preview of The Last Days of American Crime that was sent to retailers in October of 2009 – making it the first appearance of the series.
Another comic that was optioned this week is Greg Rucka’s The Old Guard. The Old Guard is being developed as a film by Skydance Media. The Old Guard #1 has a few variants including three 25th Anniversary Image variants, an Emerald City Comic Con Variant limited to 500 and a one per store Gold Foil variant. Before issue #1 was released, The Old Guard was previewed inside of Image+1 magazine.
Another announcement that came out this week was that Locke and Key had been green lit by netflix as a full serialized series.
I went very spoiler heavy in this post. This is your one and only spoiler warning.
In this weeks issue of Venom,(Venom #4) it is reveled that the Symbiote god – first appearing in the previous issue was actually introduced in the marvel universe in 2012 in the Jason Aaron God of Thunder Thor series. Venom #4 has references panels that refer back to events from God of Thunder: Thor #6. Almost every copy of God of Thunder Thor #6 has disappeared from online marketplaces with the only listings on ebay being no reserve auctions. God of Thunder : Thor #6 is a book to be looking for – but it very well may not be the first appearance of this character – who very likely appears earlier in the run. It is not clear if the God of the Symbiote character and Gorr are one in the same. Something else to keep in mind – This news kills any speculation future Venom #3 might have had.
Something to think about: Pictures above is the sword Gorr wields in The Jason Aaron God of Thunder Thor run. Seems like its very likely he is the god of the symbiotes – first appearance is Thor God of Thunder #2.
Infinity Wars: Prime #1 features the first appearance of a new character on the cover and inside the issue. This new character, Requiem, seems to be an established Marvel character taking on a new role. In this issue, Requiem is able to slay Thanos, cutting his head off. While the regular covers have no recorded sales above cover the 1:25 ratio variant has been selling well online and seems to be trending upwards. This would be a good book to be holding onto.
Another book that comes out this week is Teen Titans #20. The speculation train started on this book when DC announced it would be the first appearance of Lobo’s daughter Crush when retailers could still order it. While this book does have a larger print run the 1:25 ratio variant cover has been selling for $50 to $60.
One last book to look for is the Natali Sanders Cover D for Barbella #8. This book has been selling for $6 to $10.
Today Netflix announced there plans for the Millarworld universe. While there has been a lot of speculation on what Mark Millar properties Netflix would tackle first, they announced five projects based on Millar’s comics with one of the comics not being published yet. The four projects based on already published books are all books you should be looking for – but keep in mind that Mark Millar has a very large following, all of these books have very large print runs and all of these books were published after Millar was a very well known name in comics.
Empress – Netflix plans on making an Empress movie based on Mark Millar and Stuart Immonen‘s 2016 Image comic by the same name. This book has seven regular first print covers and none of them seem to be selling above cover, However, the 1 in 200 Empress #1 Stuart Immonen sketch variant will start to see a lot of attention.
Huck – Huck is also being developed by Netflix as a full length feature film. Huck #1 has two covers a regular cover and a movie poster homage cover B.
Jupiter’s Legacy – Jupiter’s Legacy is being developed as a Netflix TV series. Jupiter’s Legacy #1 has a 1 in 25 ratio variant which is one of the reasons it has such a high print run. The 1 in 25 variant would be the book to buy if you want to speculate on this series.
American Jesus – After a half of a dozen announcements involving American Jesus it seems this project will finally see the light of day as a television series. American Jesus is the oldest title in the Millerworld being developed, originally published by Dark Horse under the name Chosen in 2004. Chosen #1 has been selling for $8 to $10.
Riding on the coattails of Batgirl #23 Cover B, this week there has been a lot of interest in the Josh Middleton cover B for Aquaman and Jabberjaw #1. The initial print run of this book has sold out at the distributor and it has been selling online for $10+. This has the potential to be the book of the week.
This week also sees the release of Uncle Scrooge #438 from IDW. For this issue IDW released a cover B variant by renowned comic artist Carl Barks. Carl Barks is a legendary comic artist was the original comic artist for Donald Duck and many of Duck family characters. This Cover B variant has been selling for $10+.
Another book that has started to sell well recently is He-Man Masters of the Universe #18. This book features the first DC comic appearance of She-Ra*. This book started seeing interest after the She-Ra netflix show was announced, now that production art has been released this book has had multiple sales around $20.
*She-Ra does appear on a variant cover before this, but this is the first comic issue she appears in
I don’t think this book has a very long shelf light or has long term hold potential but right now there is one book that comes out this week that has been selling for double to triple cover price. Scooby Apocalypse #25, the more “adult” Scooby Doo DC title, features the death of Mystery Inc. Co-founder Fred Jones. This book has two covers, a regular cover A and a virgin art cover B, both have sold out at the distributor level and have been selling well online. One online retailer sold 20 copies of cover A for $8 each.
This week saw the release of My Hero Magademia from Antartic Press. This title is a one-shot comic parodying Donald Trump and the popular Japanese manga title ‘My Hero Academia’. The first printing of this book has sold out at the distributor level and Antartic Press has started solicitation for a second printing. The first print has been selling for $18 to $20 on ebay. This week – this is the book to be looking for.
Another book to look for that recently came out is IDW’s G.I. Joe #1 25th anniversary edition. This book was released last week on April 11 and has been selling online for $10 to $15.