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FOC 02.27.17

Rebels These Free & Independent States: The first series did pretty well for a historical book (though admittedly that’s a compliment akin to “You look pretty good… for being 50). Wood has an eclectic fanbase from Black Road to DMZ to Briggs Land but they’re all a disparate group that doesn’t always translate from one project to the next.  10 copies gets you 10% better discount so it’s worth the jump to see if the fans will come back. Batman TP Vol 10: We’ve seen a lot of drop-off in new pre-rebirth TP sales but this should be the exception.  Should sell as well as Vol 9 if not a bit better. Detective: Doing well.  The Albuquerque variant is pretty stunning. Flash: Sales are ramping up a bit with the imminent Batman tie-in.  This Lenticular cover might even do better than the 2nd part in Flash 21.  For missing covers, visit DC’s FOC Facebook page.  If you’re not on it, email Adam Phillips at DC (adam.phillips@dccomics.com) for access.  Adam is making DC look good these days with his work on getting the covers shown. Kamandi Challenge 1 second print: There’s supposedly some unmet demand here but sales on #2 suggest that the fans have enough Kamandi.  Worth having a copy on hand if you’re out but I don’t see this series finishing in double-digit sales in almost any store. Suicide Squad #1 Director’s Cut: Seems a bit late but the slim margin of Jim Lee’s fans who like these Director’s Cuts will want this.  Get some but be happy to sell out. Suicide Squad Most Wanted El Diablo: Don’t...

FOC 02.20.17

Batman 22: Stay the course for whatever you ordered on #21. Batwoman: Sales on #0 came in around Detective numbers so ordering at that level until it proves otherwise.  100% returnable so find the ceiling now. Legionaires TP Vol 1: At 34.99 this is a self-fulfilling sales prophesy of poor sales.  I’m as a big a Legion fan as any out there but seriously, this isn’t a sellable book. Odyssey of the Amazons: We cut this pretty deep for #2 but even that wasn’t bone-deep enough. This will be subs only by the time it concludes. Super Sons: Strong sales on #1. Holding steady until proven otherwise.  Returnable so don’t cut below potential sales. Wildstorm: Even the Jim Lee cover and Warren Ellis story wasn’t enough to get fans reenergized over this universe.  Disappointing sales on #1 and it’s a rare thing for #2 to bring in new fans. Ordering what sold on #1 as it’s returnable though I expect a drop. Brutal Nature Concrete Fury: Derivative story that’s been told a dozen times before but at least this has Ariel Olivetti art. 10 copies gets 50% returnability so we’ll hit that. Ghostbusters 101: Crossover between the classic and new Ghostbuster teams.  Gallery is split on how much of a difference that will make.  So about the same plus maybe a few. Helena Crash: Very mixed opinions on this one. When it’s a mini-series, always err on the side of caution as the tail is pretty short, even if it’s wildly successful.  10 copies gets full returnability so if it doesn’t sell, it’s on IDW’s dime. Judge Dredd: Dredd...

FOC 02.13.2017

Hellboy & BPRD: Same thing, new number.  Not a lot of gray area here. Action: Doesn’t look too special for a 975th issue but there are connecting covers with Superman for those who will make the extra purchase to have them. Batgirl & Birds of Prey: Nightwing appearance might grab a few extra sales. Batman Lenticular cover: No doubt this will grab a lot of interest starting with Batman and Flash fans.  It will appeal to the neo-nostalgia of the Watchmen crowd though if the Watchmen prequel books taught us anything, it’s Watchfans want the original and nothing else seems to land right for them.  So thinking this is going to sell like Rebirth One-Shot did. Batman Legacy TP: I come down pretty hard on a lot of these Slice-of-2002/whatever year trades as they may have been events of the day and even decent stories but we’re seeing fewer and fewer people willing to throw down $25 for a story that was ‘okay’. I don’t blame the publishers as this material is sitting in the archives making them zero dollars so packaging it and selling a few thousand trades is worth it to them.  Just not worth it to me when they sit for far too long. Flash #21: Batman may be ordered in the right quantity but this will likely be under-ordered as it’s Flash and not Batman. Whatever you order on Batman, match it here. Justice League of America: No data on #1 yet but it’s returnable so don’t get caught short.  Still not convinced there’s a massive demand for these characters but we’ll see. JL Power...

FOC 02.06.17

Over 370 items on FOC this week. No one has any respect for the Superbowl, which love Tom or not, it was everything a championship contest should be. He Man Master so the Universe Character Guide HC: Cool book and nice production values though the cost will send some people to Amazon. Neil Gaiman’s American Gods:  This has won just about every award it could and it’s coming to TV.  Should be worth mid-to-high range Image orders. If you still have anything Sandman (Overture in your system, pull for that.  20 copies gets you returnability so find your ceiling. Once And Future Queen: Mixed reviews by the Gallery.  Might appeal to the Jem & Holograms crowd but not sure of the age level. 10 gets an additional 10% but that’s likely too many for most stores. Dark Knight III: DC was criticized for not putting out the case for the set of HCs when #1 was solicited. It was pointed out that Frank Miller could extend the series beyond the 8 issues.  This is issue #8 of now 9. Still selling so keep it going. DC Bombshells Aquaman: If ever there was an unsellable statue, this is it. DC Designer Joker: Classic statue worth having. DC Designer WW: Iconic.  Lot of WW statues are just sitting there but this one is pretty spectacular. DC Icons Blue & Gold: At $60 it’s not an impulse purchase.  Special order only. Death of Hawkman #6: The death of Hawkman?  A few extras. Doom Patrol Director’s Cut: Would have been better a few months ago but worth a few now. FCBD Hero Girls...