This week new comics day comes on the eve of the premiere of the new Hulk movie and the and man-oh-man the fanboys are rumbling. There seems to be two schools of thought on Hulk; “I’m excited” or “I’m scarred”. Count me in the second school. What worries me is that Marvel has already leaked every cool moment of the film in the multiple trailers. They went as far as to leak the footage of Tony Stark’s appearance in the latest trailer which seems like a desperate bid to attract moviegoers at best. Although I thought we had seen everything that Iron Man had to offer in the multiple trailers. Obviously I was wrong and Iron Man turned out to be arguably the best superhero film to date. So I guess I’ll go into the Hulk cautiously excited. After all, it can’t be any worse than the first Hulk movie.
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OK, I think they’re gone. So here’s the poop on this blog for all you newbs. Each week I pick a few books from that week’s new comics that are going to sell like hot cakes. This does not necessarily mean that these comics will be worth millions some day but in the near future they could be hard to find and see some ridiculous price tags before the smoke clears. You can click on any of the Hyperlinks for more info on any of comics I discuss. My info is gathered using Diamond comics shipping numbers, Comic Book Resources sales ranks, historical price guide data and good old fashioned magcik. I toss some chicken bones into a mystical circle in my back yard and then, provided my pugs don’t get them before I do, I can divine the future of said weeks comics. Pretty cool right? So that’s what happens here. Now buckle up bonehead cause were going for a ride.
This weeks hot seller picks are GO!
Eternals #1, Marvel Comics, Written by Charles and Daniel Knauf with art by Daniel Acuna and 50/50 variant cover by Oliver Copiel. 1/25 White Acuna variant cover
Long story short. After seeing his ”Fourth World” idea canceled at DC comics, Jack Kirby took his cosmic ideas to Marvel and gave readers the ”Eternals. The Eternals made their debut in 1976 and would be canceled 19 issues later. For more on Kirby’s Eternals check out this weeks Comic Speculator. Flash forward past several mini-series and guest appearances and now the Eternals are back in what promises to be psychedelic-cosmos-spanning tale in true Kriby fashion. Daniel Acuna’s art is gorgeous and I expect it to compliment the Knauf’s intelligent writing style perfectly. The Knaufs are fresh off their run on Iron Man: Director of Shield and I’m excited to read more of their work. After the sky high orders and less than stellar sales of the last Eternals series by ” Gaiman” and ”Romita Jr” it wouldn’t surprise me to see this latest series sell out from stores quickly due to lighter orders. The previous Eternals series is only currently booking at slightly above cover price mainly due to the fact that retailers still have piles of the issues. Without big names like Gaiman and Romita Jr on the book I’d expect initial orders on issue #1 of Eternals to be pretty conservative.
Skaar: Son of Hulk, Marvel Comics, Written by Greg Pak with art by Ron Garney. 50/50 Variant Cover by Carlo Pagulayan. 1/25 Variant Cover by Julie Bell
Skaar picks up where last year’s ”Planet Hulk” storyline left off, sort of… As fate would have it, or perhaps the promise of cashing in on Planet Hulk one more time, Hulk Jr survived the nuclear blast that leveled Planet Hulk, even though he wasn’t born yet… Only in comic books folks. Any way, Skaar looks like good Conan-in-space fun and if it’s more quality writing from Greg Pak then count me in. Skaar has one major strike against it. There’s no big name characters in the book. No Hulk, no Thor, no Wolvie, just Skaar and a bunch of aliens, for now. Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited for Skaar and planning on picking it up but retailers may be skiddish when ordering a comic that only has Hulk in the title especially after disappointing sales on Hulk: Warbound (the tale of Hulk’s alien buddies that came back to Earth with him). Warbound #5 checked in at #91 on CBR’s estimated sales figures for April selling a paltry 24,529 copies nationwide. Mark my words, Skaar is going to be hot and by the time issue #3 hits #1 will be long gone. Watch for the Julie Bell Variant cover of issue #1 to heat up as well.
Red Mass for Mars #1, Image Comics, Written by Johnathan Hickman with art by Ryan Bodenheim
Here’s a challenge for you. Go out and try and find a number #1 issue of any of Hickman’s other comic series. Nightly News, Pax Romana, Transhuman, any of them. You can’t. Why you ask? The answer is two-fold. One, Hickman is an underground phenom that writes great comics and two, retailers don’t know he’s hot yet because they are content to order five issues and let his books sell out. Close minded “good riddance” ordering is exactly what is going to make this comic, like his other number ones, impossible to find in the near future. Do yourself a favor and check out Red Mass for Mars while you can still find it. Hickman very much reminds me of a young Bendis, not in writing style but in the sense that he has been putting out high quality books under the radar for a couple of years now and when he does break into the mainstream, much like Bendis’ Jinx and Torso series, Hickman’s early works will be impossible to find.
That’s all for now kids. I’m sure I’ll see you all at the theater this wearing your official Hulk hands. I’ve been wearing mine all week to prepare which can be hard to explain to my girlfriend at bed time. She’s been very understanding so far. Until next week feel free to post to the forum topics in the comic books community and tell me what you’re reading/collecting. Also check out my other blog, The Comic Speculator, where I discuss classic yet still affordable back-issue comics. If you have any questions about these books or anything else in the comic book world feel free to contact me or post your question in the Comic Book community forum. Want to know what your comics are worth? Join Worthpoint for free and post your titles in the “Ask A Question” section.