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FOC 09.29.14

Colder: The first series (ended Jan 2013) was down to about subs only by #3. Covers look cool but there’s minimum upside. Father’s Day: Seems a bit derivative without a lot of upside. Dark Horse is 0 for 2 for #1s this week. Predator Fire & Stone: Pushing these older franchises hard but taking the chance with returnability if you match or exceed Serenity numbers. Okay, we’ll play your silly game and find the ceiling. Arkham Manor: Eh. As a Batbook this will automatically get some play but it’s got limited appeal as a secondary Batman title in an already crowded field of Batbooks. Pull for Batman subs but don’t expect it to last at those numbers. Monster Variants: These are awful. Ugh. Deathstroke: Pull for New Suicide Squad. Should do pretty well and find a new middle ground for a while. Harley Quinn Annual: Stupid fun like Harley (and Deadpool) fans like. The Pot edition is available only in the US but other than the occasional completest that won’t account for many additional sales. Look at the SDCC special for numbers. Weekly Series’: We’re seeing a proliferation of these and fans will likely find their wallets can’s support them so they’ll either be great stories or they’ll be dying a quick but painful death. Throw in Marvel’s bi-weekly titles and fan disinterest sets in quickly. Case in point: Years ago Valiant – pre-current Valiant – was bought by Acclaim for its video game potential (you remember all those great Turok and Bloodshot games,right? Or not.) Anyways, Acclaim though that comics should make more money so the best way...

FOC 09.22.14

Constantine Special Edition: Must have for the folks being introduced to the character via the TV show. Harley Monster Variant: Most of these monster covers just leave me with a giant ‘whatever’ but this one really makes me wonder who approved it. Just doesn’t look like a Harley cover. Multiversity The Just: Why does this smack of Jupiter’s Legacy to me? Look at previous numbers on the Multiversity books but expect a drop on this due to cover and content. Spoiled teenagers have limited appeal. Trinity of Sin: Pandora was met with mediocre sales that dropped. Question has never been able to successfully headline a series. Phantom Stranger sales were a train wreck from about #3 on. So we’re going to put all three characters in one book and hope for better results. This will sell to the same people who were the few people who bought the previous incarnations. Mighty get a very small bump by racking it with Constantine. Dungeons & Dragons: D&D has been a good franchise for gaming but it tends to languish on the stands as a comic. Looking at Pathfinder and adding a few. Skylander: Knowing nothing about this game I ventured online. It gets good reviews and several mention ‘charming’ as the key element of its popularity. How popular is still unknown to me but it’s returnable at 25 copies so I figure IDW and I will find out together. Returnable comics: There seems to be a big movement toward returnable comics by publishers. I’m a huge fan of this as many of the levels are pretty low anyways but there is...

FOC 09.15.14

Action Philosophers $1: Save the buck. Not worth promoting. Aliens Vs. Predator: Returnable at Serenity numbers. Dark Horse seems to be promoting these older franchises to make up for the loss of Star Wars. Still viable but not Serenity viable. Ordering up for the returnability to find the ceiling on DH’s dime. Arrow Season 2.5: Nothing new here beyond how Arrow is selling. Batgirl: DC is pushing the new team pretty hard with a 15% incentive if you order 150% of a previous issue. Problem is, no matter who you put on this, it’s still Batgirl. Fresh look doesn’t seem to equate to 150% order. However, run the numbers after deciding the actual bump (and it does deserve a bump) and see if ordering more is cheaper at another 15% off. Batman 35: DC promises a big issue. It’s already one of our top books so the further upside is limited but it’s worth ordering more. Thinking 25% more. Earth 2 World’s End: Yet another weekly series. DC is offering returnability on this so take advantage of the offer and find the ceiling. GL Corps: The Monster variant is a Black Lantern cover and will garner some interest. I’d go higher on this one than the regular cover. Injustice: This lost some customers on the last relaunch and I expect the same here. Still, it’s #1 so don’t cut yet. Klarion: Remember the steep declines on Green Team and Movement? How about Katana or Vibe? We’re going down the same slide here Order for Constantine but expect to cut this with a chainsaw every issue until it’s announced as...

FOC 09.08.14

Flash Season Zero #1: Order based on your sales of Smallville plus a few. Flash Special Edition #1: The new TV Series is going to have a built in audience. It’s not Gotham Central, but you should probably have some of these around to catch those viewers wondering about what’s available comic-wise. Gotham Academy #1: This is going to be one of those books we’re either going to be left with a ton of #1’s or we’ll not have near enough. I say start with Ms Marvel numbers and go from there, pulling for that title and Lumberjanes. Green Arrow Year One Special Edition #1: Ditto what I said for Flash SE. Green Lantern #35 (GODHEAD): Why do they bother putting the storyline name after Lantern titles anymore? They should just put out a weekly book called Lanterns and be done with it. Lobo #1: Kid Lobo brings the ol’ ultraviolence. Feh. Who is this book for, anyway? Not for non-Lobo fans, because the character is called Lobo. Not for Lobo-fans, because it’s not their Lobo. Look in the neighborhood of Supergirl numbers for this one, and place your bets as to whether this will sell well enough for a trade. Cutter: I can’t express how much a disdain weekly mini-series’. Hate ‘em. Nothing but foisting 4 books on retailers without any idea how even #1 will sell. Subs only. Less if I could. If you don’t order them they’ll stop publishing them in this abusive-to-retailers format. Walking Dead ‘AP’ Edition: Art pencils? Adlard’s Pencils? Adrian Petersen? No idea what ‘AP’ edition is but those same fans who are...

FOC 09.01.14

Aliens Fire & Stone #1: So as Dark Horse waits for its big license to jump over to the Mouse mothership, they’re making a push for their oldest franchised properties, the Alien/Predator + Prometheus, and this book is returnable if you order Serenity LITW #1 numbers. The problem is, we ordered high on Serenity (and rightly so). That said, there’s no better way to find the ceiling than to play along with DH and push these books right along with them, and send back what we can’t sell. Match your Serenity #1’s. Gotham Central Special Edition #1: One buck for a very good book. Get these, get them up on your front counter, and order up on your trades. Gotham starts on Fox the Monday after this ships. Gotham City Sirens TP Book One: New, bigger collection just in time for the TV show. Joker & Harley Quinn Statue: How many can you afford to stock? Unless DC got off their wallet on this one we’ll see allocations again. Superman Man of Steel Statue by Gary Frank: I.. um… I’m not sure what this statue is trying to represent here. Superman on Broadway? GI Joe (2014) #1: I look forward to the 2015 series, and the 2016, and so on. They won’t sell any more, but hey! New #1! Order for sales of last series, of course. Sub cover will be the better seller. Dark Engine: As cool as this book looks it’s just not finding its audience. Very sad. Fade Out #2: #1 did very well and a second print is available this week for those who didn’t...