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FOC 09.28.15

  Rook #1: Not the usual Gulacy art and no interest from anyone on the character. This won’t go well. Steam Man: Monsters, aliens, robots, and Steampunk all rolled into one series. 10 gets you returnability but beyond your hardcore Steampunk fans this one won’t go anywhere. Clean Room: Gail Simone will draw some interest. Nothing worse than going to the one source for FOC info only to be directed somewhere else. Check out the incentive if you can find it but don’t chase it too hard. Titan’s Hunt: Pull for Teen Titans plus a few. Fistful of Blood: Not really for TMNT fans so it has to stand on its own. Meh. Amazing Spider-Man: No info on #1 but we can assume it will sell at least as well as the previous series. Astonishing Ant Man: Should sell like the previous series plus some for the #1. I don’t see it hitting the 175% mark for the added 10% though. Iron Man: No info on #1 but should sell better than the previous series being a Bendis book. Karnak: Warren Ellis will bring the former Moon Knight readership to this title but I don’t see it lasting. No one is asking for a Karnak book. The incentive is worth doing the math as it’s close and could be worth it. Hip Hop variants: Marvel will be lowering the threshold for the Hip Hop variant covers by about 15%. Secret Wars Agents of Atlas: Find your lowest selling Secret Wars book and subtract some. At 4.99 this will get lost just like your money. Uncanny Inhumans: The threshold for...

FOC 09.21.15

Eve Valkyrie: Lackluster in the hot department but could get some traction with the Halo crowd. 10 copies gets you returnability. Goon In Theater Bizarre: Should sell like every other Goon series that preceded it but since it’s a one-shot at least the following issues won’t be late. Batman & Robin Eternal: On Batman Eternal we saw a pretty small drop from #1 to #2. Don’t go too low but with Marvel sucking the money out of wallets #1 will have to be so spectacular that fans can’t wait for #2 or else it will suffer a large drop quickly. Suggest 80% of #1 sales. Batman Superman: A movie on its way and these are the covers? Yuck to both options. DC Comics Bombshells: The variant is very sellable for the fanboy-cheesecake-girls-kissing thing. Lois & Clark: Could be a fun storyline. Suggest Superman numbers on #1 and figure on seeing the usual DC Drop on #2 on. Twilight Children: A 4.99 mini-series with no tie-in to continuity from DC and no Image logo to grab the speculators. I read the preview. I don’t remember much about it. If I had to shell out 4.99 for the next issue I’d pass. Darwyn Cooke cover month taught us that Cooke fans exist but aren’t loyal enough to pay for just covers and I don’t think this will entice them. Hand sell it or low orders. Back to the Future: This will grab the nostalgia fans. 25 copies for returnability should be an easy thing for most stores. Stick with the main cover as the sub covers are blah. Transformers Redemption: Dinobots...

FOC 09.14.15

Dead Vengeance: Looks like unsellable fun. Lara Croft: 10 copies gets you returnability so find the ceiling. Mediocre seller. DC Monster variants: Dumb. Just dumb. I don’t get it and I don’t want to get more than a handful of these. Halloween or not I don’t see the point. The Gallery seems to like a few of them. Batman & Robin Eternal: Lot of writers on this and multiple artists. Tony Daniels kicks this off so fans will jump on but this could get old fast as it doesn’t actually feature Bruce Wayne. I’m trying to think of a single time that pulling Bruce out of Batman resulted in higher sales past the initial impact and I’m coming up blank. Pull for Grayson and maybe some of the subsidiary Bat-titles but I wouldn’t go Batman numbers on this. Maybe 75% for the first issue and cut it from there, looking at how Batman Eternal finished out for number. Detective Comics: Guest starring the Justice League but… wow, the Bat-suit looks like crap. Seriously, who approved this mess? Survivors Club: If this weren’t from the Big Two I would suggest low to no but Dc will get it some looks. Will appeal to the nostalgia fans who like Chucky reboots and other such books. Telos: This will be a horrifically failed attempt to add relevance to Convergence. I wish I had nice things to say about DC but this train is on a dirt road and chugging up dust. Order subs plus 2-3 and see if anyone cares, which is doubtful. The 1/25 variant could be more rare than Amazing...

FOC 09.07.15

Colder Toss the Bones: No reason this won’t sell pretty much like the last series. Zodiac Star Force: Mad Love Books & Figure Set: Nice package for an okay price. Would have been nice for Christmas but we’ll take it whenever it gets here. Batman Annual: Apparently there’s no artist(s). Should be returnable as this is incomplete info but I wouldn’t count on it with Bob Wayne in retirement. Batman is going through what every other hero book without the main character in the togs: it’s waiting for the return. This annual delves into Bruce Wayne so it may attract some of the non-Batgordon fans. No Capulo or Snyder though. Ordering at about 90% of Batman. Batman LED sign: Get one. These are unique to our industry and make us stand out from every other store that uses comic characters to sell t-shirts and towels to the masses – but maybe that’s an Orlando tourist thing. Batman vs Superman Statues: I usually shy away from movie statues but these are pretty nice. Dark Knight Returns 30th Anniversary Pack: AKA, Cro-Magnon Batman. These look bizarre. We’ll probably sell one or two but meh. Gotham City Garage Harley Quinn: The Catwoman didn’t sell well and there were damage issues. But…but… this is HARLEY… on a Harley – sort of. Can’t resist carrying one or two. DC Annuals: GA and Grayson look like disjointed stories from regular continuity. Green Lantern fills in some gaps. Suicide Squad is the conclusion of the current story arc. The latter 2 will sell in regular numbers but the former 2 will be at 80% if we’re...