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Talking Points 4/1/2015

Convergence #0 Taking place after the conclusion of Superman Doomed last Fall, we find what happened to Superman, and what will take place in Convergence.  Braniac has imprisoned a large amount of cities captured and preserved just before they met their demise.  Because it wasn’t Superman’s time to be there, the Braniacs sent him back, wiping his memory of the encounter.   Avengers: Ultron Forever #1 Dr. Doom plucks seven Avengers from various points in time to put an end to Ultron’s reign in the 25th century.  While the plan seems like it would go well, not everyone makes it out alive.  Note that part 2 is New Avengers: Ultron Forever #1, and the last part is Uncanny Avengers: Ultron Forever #1.  Add subscribers to a supergroup for this story, rather than the individual issues themselves.   Kanan: The Last Padawan #1 Flash back to the clone wars the day before Palpatine intiated Order 66 to kill all Jedi Masters.  Kanan is a young Padawan who fights alongside his new master, Depa Billaba, a female Jedi commanding an army to take the planet of Kaller.  After a day of liberating the planet, the team rests easy under the stars until the commander hears from Palpatine to execute the order.  Overall a good story about some unfamiliar characters in a very familiar setting from the movies.   Uncanny Inhumans #0 After the events of Infinity when it was revealed there were more Inhumans out there than anyone thought possible, people became engulfed in a cocoon for transformation.  Black Bolt does his part to save them from those that wish to...

FOC 03.30.15

Convergence: Hate weekly books. Hate that it’s a spine book for 40 2-issue mini-series’. Love that at least it’s 100% returnable. Going for that. Adventures of Superman: Crisis tie-in of sorts. Not sure that’s relevant 30 years later but Superman fans will give it a look. Chip Kidd Variants: They’re still awful. Subs only. Batman and the who-are-6-characters-no-one-cares-about: I think that sums it up. Some Batman curiosity seekers will take a look but with al the Batman and the Outsiders back issues I sell (uh, zero?) I don’t see this as more than a low-selling batbook. Flash: Flash tends to sell regardless of the iteration to the same fans. Should be the same on this one. GL Corp: Should sell about the same as the current GL Corp. Hawkman: Aquaman loves Hawkman as he seems slightly less lame when Hawkman is around. These were dull comics when they were out and probably won’t be a whole lot more exciting once they visit Kamandi. Lower numbers. Justice League: JL United lite. No interest beyond subs. New Teen Titans: We’re getting more pre-order activity from this than almost any other Convergence title. Pull for Titans and some for the stands. Superboy and the Legion: I’m a fan but I seem to be the only one among the Gallery. I suggest looking at previous Legion numbers as Legion fans buy anything Legion, including this. Swamp Thing: Meh. Lower selling. Wonder Woman: Art will be beautiful (Middleton) and no reason fans of WW won’t buy this just like any other WW comic. Infinite Loop: First issue looks okay but not much of a...

03.23.15

Aliens Vs. Archie: Remember Punisher Vs. Archie? Lot of “This I gotta see” sort of thing going on. Order like Afterlife with Archie. Convergence #2: I hate putting my cash flow on returnable books but the downside is selling out and missing sales when there’s nothing else DC to sell. Take the 10% discount and returnability. Also, Bruce Wayne meets his dad. That’s worth a look. Convergence Aquaman: Curiosity will get a look from current Aquafans but (most of these Convergence titles have a ‘but), the cover is lackluster and won’t attract a single fan. Check the math to see if ordering more makes sense but don’t overspend on a book that has no back issue value. Chip Kidd Covers: They’re awful. Zero may be too many. Worst idea involving comics in about forever. Convergence Shadow of the Bat: Azrael will get this a second look but (again) I don’t see Batman fans jumping all over this. The math likely makes sense. Convergence Catwoman: This was a moderately popular version and Catwoman fans seem to follow the character regardless of the version. Order like Catwoman. Kingdom Come Batman will help this but without him on the cover it’s a non-starter. Convergence Green Arrow: Eh. GA fans will check it out but it’s a downward slope from there. Convergence Paralax: GL fans. Order like Sinestro and maybe a bit more. Convergence JLI: One of the worst selling versions of the JL is back… to about the same reaction. Maybe along the numbers of JL Dark. Convergence Suicide Squad: Not the Suicide Squad your customers know. Bane and Cybor Supes should...

FOC 03.16.15

Rebels: Brian Wood has a good following. The book looks nice but I don’t know how many Revolutionary War fans are still haunting the woodwork waiting for this book. Should get a nice initial look but I don’t see it settling very high. I hope I’m wrong. Convergence: DC is getting behind this with returnability and this time without the restocking fee. Stock to the return level and take advantage of the extra 10% discount. Convergence Titles: Most of these are by ‘previous’ talent. Most are not going to attract more than a curiosity look but customers will be looking for DC superheroes this month and this is all we have. So order some but order to sell out as these will have little value after Convergence is behind us. A lot of these will be within striking range of the additional 10% incentive so like the Marvel incentives, sometimes more costs less. Do the math. Chip Kidd covers: Let’s not mince words here; they are awful. Not just bad but awful bad. The sort of bad that you double tie before putting it in the garbage bin in the garage just to keep it contained. Okay, maybe they’re not that bad… well, yeah, they are. Special order only. I imagine they’ll be available for reorder if anyone asks for them. Atom: Ray Palmer never sold well and a sudden 2-shot mini-series won’t change that. Lower end. Batgirl: Batgirl fans tend to like Batgirl, whatever version she takes on. Ordering like Pre-#37 issues. Batman & Robin: Denys Cowan’s art is polarizing and judging this book by its cover, the...

FOC 03.09.15

Witcher Fox Children: None of the Gallery has much on this and I’m not familiar with the game but it should appeal to D&D fans and Pathfinder fans though they would admittedly rather play their own adventures than read someone else’. Batgirl HC/TP: DC is trying something new on a few fronts here. First, the simultaneous release of both the HC & TP as they think those markets may be distinct and it’s definitely worthy of a test. Second, this is a renumbering to coincide with Cameron Stewart and Babbs Tarr’s take on the character. Nice incentive – you’ll sell them eventually. Batgirl B&W: Lots of B&W goodness this week. If you’re out of the Batmans, reorder it. Then order more of the Batgirls. This is a first of this series for Batgirl so don’t underestimate it. Batman & Robin Annual, Superman Batman Annual, Batwoman Annual, Sinestro Annual and Teen Titans Annual: Usually I recommend dropping the numbers a bit on annuals but as there are no ‘regular’ DCU books this week, this is the only port in the Convergence storm. So order regular numbers. Convergence #0: I’m not a huge fan of this series but there’s a few things to consider before ordering it like it’s Green Team #17. First, it’s a major cross-over event though it may be arguable as to how ‘major’ it will turn out to be. Major events tend to get the curiosity look. Second, it’s returnable at crazy high numbers so DC is taking the hit on this if it doesn’t sell though we’ll take the cash-flow hit. Third, it’s all the DC...