Today the Hollywood Reporter came out with an article stating Rob Liefeld would be working in collaboration with Studio 8 to make a film based on his Image comic book series, Prophet. Studio 8 has some incredible films being released this year including the highly anticipated White Boy Rick film, staring Matthew Mcconaughey, about the youngest FBI undercover informant.
Prophet first appeared in the Image Series Youngblood – debuting in 1992 in the pages of Youngblood Volume 1 #2. This book has a very large print run. Prophet had his own series published by Image that came out in 1993. The first appearance of Prophet has been flying off ebay – it has been selling for $3 to $5.
After a 12 year hiatus, Rob Liefeld allowed Brandon Graham and Simon Roy to relaunch the Prophet series through Image continuing the legacy numbering. Prophet #21 was released in 2012 as a new direction and ran for 24 issues. Prophet #21 was a surprise success catching most retailers off guard resulting in it having a relatively low print run. First prints of Prophet #21 have always sold well – today selling for $20 to $30. Second prints of Prophet #21 have also sold for a premium.
Since Youngblood #2 has such a high print run the books that should see the largest increase in growth should be from the Simon Roy / Brandon Graham run. These books have low print runs and completely changed the way people thought about the Prophet character.
This week is a big release week for comic book stores with the release of Batman #50,Cosmic Ghost Rider #1 and a book where Cyclops dies for the tenth time. Nothing noteworthy happens in these issues but here are a few comics you should be looking for.
This week sees the release of Nightwing #46 featuring a Cover B variant by Ben Oliver. Over the last 24 hours this cover has sold for $10 to $15. Following inline with other hot DC Cover B variants – this book has already sold out at the distributor level.
This week also sees the release of Catwoman #1 and The Death of the inhumans #1. While these books currently havn’t been selling above cover – both of these books feature first appearances from new villains. The Death of the Inhumans #1 first prints sold out at the distributor level four days before the books release.
Another book you should be looking for is Skyward #1. This book has been optioned by Sony pictures and is being developed for the big screen. Since news broke, Skyward #1 first prints have sold for $15 to $20 on ebay. There is also a Skyward #1 second print variant featuring artwork by Jock that has had a few sales around $15.
There are a lot of books coming out this week that are already selling well. Here are a few of them. PLEASE BE AWARE there is at least one spoiler in this article.
This week sees the release of another Joshua Middleton Batgirl virgin variant cover with Batgirl #24 cover B. This book has been selling for $10 to $14 online and like previous Middleton covers, has sold out at the distributor level before release.
Another Cover B that has received a lot of attention is the Ms. Marvel #31 Stephanie Hans alternative cover. While this book was highly anticipated and heavily ordered – it has been selling for $14 to $20.
Moongirl and Devil Dinosaur #32 features the first full appearance of Princess Fisk. Princess Fisk is the Kingpin’s daughter. This is a new take on the kingpin and has great long term holding potential. Moongirl and Devil Dinosaur #32 is currently selling for $12 to $20
The Teen Titans Special #1 comes out this week – when retailers could still order this book DC announced that it would feature a cameo appearance of Lobo’s daughter Crush. While this book does have a larger print run it is a significant issue as it not only features a last page cameo appearance from Crush it also features the death of DC Villain Black Mask. This book has been selling for $7 to $10.
Bloodstrike Brutalists #23 features the first appearance of the new Rob Liefeld slapstick character, The Pouch. This book has an alternative cover by Rob Liefeld – that has been selling for $6 to $10 online.
Another book featuring a first appearance is Venom #3. Venom #3 features the first appearance of God of the Symbiotes. While this book isn’t currently selling above cover there is a lot of buzz around this book. There are also several incentive variant covers.
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
A book that has seen a lot of interesting this week is Champions #19. Champions #19 features the first appearance of Snowguard, a new female teenage Superhero. While most online marketplaces like Midtown Comics and Mycomicshop are sold out, this book has been selling for $10+ on ebay.
Another book that came out this week that has been selling well is the new Aftershock Comic, A Walk Through Hell. This is a new Garth Ennis series and the A Walk Through Hell #1 Cover B, all black variant, has been selling for $10 to $15 online.
Another image series that has been seeing some heat is Isola #1. This book has not had any media deals announced but both covers of this book have been selling for $8 to $12.
As interest grows for Image’s new series Magic Order it is worth noting the first appearance of this series is the very hard to find Magic Order ashcan. The Magic Order #1 (Out June 13 2018) is the first issue to the new Mark Millar Netflix book – the first netflix imprint comic that was given out through a lottery system at the 2018 C2E2 Comic Convention.
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 sees the release of Moon Girl #29. This book has already sold out at diamond and has been selling online for up to $10. Not a bad book to be looking for and picking up.
Another book that comes out this week that has sold out at the distributor level is Power Rangers #25. This issue sees the death of a very popular Power Rangers character. This book has several variants including a one-per store variant. There is a poly-bagged edition that features one of seven covers – one being a special chase, 1 in 25 variant cover. The poly-bag edition has been selling for $5 to $10 while the 1:25 variant has sold for $60 to $80.