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FOC 07.31.17

Batgirl: Nightwing appeance.  Fans love these two characters together.  Pull for Nightwing. Batman Day Special: Great cover and Harley to boot so get a lot for the fans who will show up for this.  Thinking Batman plus Harley numbers. Ditto on the Harley book and Batnumbers on Super-Hero Girls. Blue Beetle: Batman appearance. Subs tend to like cover A but if you get any of this for the stand, get the B cover which actually has Batman on it. No-brainer. Legion by Abnett and Lanning: I love the Legion but there are currently no new fans to feed this and older fans already own the stories. Manhunter Special: Subs plus one if you’re feeling generous. Mister Miracle by Jack Kirby TP: Not a real sellable book and I see it undermining the upcoming Mister Miracle series as it’s a completely different era’s comics. Subs plus one though a lot of stores won’t be able to sell this. Nightwing New World Order: Nightwing fans will give #1 a shot though it’s a very different direction for the character. Could be fun and the Gallery is split on just how much fun.  Nightwing numbers. Donald & Mickey #1: Pull for Donald. Turtles Usagi HC: Like Dark Knight, this is getting the 14.95 HC treatment for a single issue.  Problem is, this isn’t Dark Knight. Subs. Generation Gone: We did okay with it but not well enough to jump on a second print. Too much of Image’s #1 sales are still to speculators so the 2nd prints are of no value to them. Hard Place: Gallery read the preview and didn’t hate...

FOC 07.24.17

Halo Rise of Atriox: Again from last week.  Returnable at 10 copies. Aquaman: You are ordering up on Aquaman, right?  Amazing bi-weekly work by Sejic.  Beautiful! Batwoman: Pretty sure this doesn’t contain Jokes & Riddles.  Part one of a new arc but that’s likely as much a jumping off as a jumping on. Future Quest Presents: Should do as well plus a bit better for the #1 over regular Future Quest. Sandman Special: We all love Jack Kirby but let’s face it, this has a VERY limited audience. Subs plus one if you’re feeling generous. Superman 29: Amazing cover by Ryan Sook. Cross-pull for Green Lantern Corp as fans of that will want this. Genius Cartel: A sequel to a generally forgettable series. Have I mentioned I hate ordering mini-series’? Low end. Mage Hero Denied: Mixed sales on #1. Holding steady as the fans who came back for this third part of the trilogy will be here for the duration. Savage Town OGN: No love from the Gallery.  Not a lot of info. Spy Seal: Gallery is all over the place on this one so there’s no hive-mind thinking to guide us. Thinking lower end but pull for She-Wolf. Astonishing X-Men: Mediocre sales on #1 though this cover will gain some eyes. Going 100% of what sold so far on #1. Bloodstone & the Legion of Monsters TP: Typing that was as much a waste of time as ordering even one copy of this junk is a waste of money. No reason for this to exist. Generations Wolverine: The team-up everyone has been asking for? Nope. They want Wolverine...

FOC 07.17.17

BTVS Coloring Book: The fad has seemed to waned or maybe the adults realized that just because you put “adult” in front of something doesn’t necessarily make it “adult”. American Way: Turns out we needed the overship but didn’t sell out. Ordering what sold on #1. Catwoman by Jim Ballent TP: Nice work but at 29.99 and long-ago continuity it’s not an easy sell.  Pass. JLA Power Rangers: The heat is likely lacking as it’s so late. Thinking about 80% of what sold on #4. Mister Miracle: The Gallery is stoked about this one though with a nod to acknowledging it’s New Gods, which has never sold great since the earliest Kirby days. Tom King is knocking it out of the park on Batman and has developed a fan following who may want to take a look. Don’t underestimate this.  Thinking 3X Kamandi Challenge #1. This is worthy of hand-selling. Newsboy Legion and Boy Commandoes Special: At 4.99 this would have to have a significant draw and sorry folks, neither of these “stars” are it.  Chaykin has his fans but his most recent stuff doesn’t exactly point in the same direction. Kamandi Challenge numbers are probably too high so half that or subs plus a few. Weird world when two books in one week are using Kamandi Challenge as the baseline. Supergirl 12 Variant: As a title, Supergirl will sell like Supergirl but Stanley Lau created a beautiful cover for the variant that could grab a few extra sales from the art crowd. First Strike: Last year we had Revolution, which was met with resounding ennui. This is more...

FOC 07.10.17

Art of Overwatch: Very popular game but at $100 this is an Amazon item and available there for $60.  Pass. Halo: We haven’t seen a new series this year but this game is a bit worn at this point and waiting for the next big release. 10 copies gets returnability so let’s see if there’s a market on DH’s dime. Mr. Higgins Comes Home: Should appeal to the Mignola fanbase. Art may be a bit different though should still appeal, even at the HC price. Maybe 50-100% of what you sell on BPRD. Overwatch Anthology: We can sell this. It’s only a few bucks cheaper on Amazon so the “want it now” factor will move some. Batman: “Tom King is killing it” (in a good way) is an understatement of how our #1 selling book at our stores has increased in sales. Order up. Dark Night Master Race Covers HC: Gallery is not very positive about a $25 covers art book. Pretty specialized item with a narrow fanbase. Batman Elmer Fudd 2nd Prints: It’s bizarre and awesome all at the same time that this needs a second print.  Get some if you’re out. Batman Flash The Button: My first reaction and one mimicked by the Gallery is that 19.99 for four 3.99 issues is steep.  But it has a lenticular cover and will find some demand.  I’d be happy is this never went to softcover a la Killing Joke and Bermejo’s Joker. Order like a Batman trade. Dark Knight’s Metal: Looking at Dark Days Forge for ordering plus some as it’s Bat-centric and fans already got a happy taste...

FOC 07.03.17

On vacation this week and there’s not a lot of remarkable books on this FOC so this is a bit shorter than usual. Marvel Legacy, Generations, and a possible reboot? No doubt Marvel is off the sales-rails and churning up dust somewhere on a back road, lost under the leadership of Alex Alonso. As our sales have dropped on new Marvels by 30%+ over the last 2 years (DC is up a measly 2%), I have to wonder how he’s still in the captain’s chair. This is likely the last gasp to right that ship.  Though I have not been in any of the semi-secret meetings or on the phone calls, the info seems a bit sketchy, even to those on the calls.  So by the numbers. Legacy: Putting poorly  done new covers with classic designs will gain a few added looks but some of them are so laughably bad (X-Men Gold, anyone?) that they look like Solson Publications from the 80’s, bordering on amateurish.  The worst part is, they’re putting them on the same non-selling books with the same non-selling characters. Seems all gimmick and no substance. Waiting for more, better info but this may be waiting for lifeboats that are never to come. Generations: Though the term “stopgap” hasn’t been used officially, these seem to be one-shots that may reintroduce some lapsed characters but we’re waiting for full info.  Apparently there’s more news to come. Bottom line: When DC was relaunching with DC 52 and then Rebirth, we more than doubled down on our numbers (though DC’s returnability made it easy). We made sure we had books...