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FOC 10.30.17

Tomb Raider: This will be very different under the pencil of Ashley Wood than previous takes on the character but Wood is a polarizing artist so that can be good or bad. I don’t think most stores today have a market for 10 copies but that’s worth an extra 10% if you do. Subs plus a few. Batgirl: Cool cover by Middleton on the variant though it likely won’t bring new sales. Batman Creature of the Night: Solid creative team in an Elseworlds environment. Batman is enjoying great sales on just about anything with his name on it so don’t go low.  Maybe Detective numbers for #1. Hawkman Found: Probably the most difficult book on the form this week to get the numbers right. Historically, Hawkman doesn’t sell. Recently, anything Metal sells like $10 bills for $5. Conundrum. Look at your Metal tie-in series like Titans or Suicide Squad for some direction though this has the foil cover treatment. So your highest-selling tie-in or even a tiny bit higher. The Jim Lee variant actually features Batman, which would have been the better main cover, but at least racking it will tie it together better. New Talent Showcase: For only 7.99 you can get a lot of creators no one has ever heard of and a mailed-in Jim Lee cover. Subs? Maybe, if you’re going to gamble they’ll pick it up. Giant Killers: Gallery doesn’t see a lot of market here but it’s Bart Sears art so a bit of hand-selling could net some decent sales. Looking at it as a low-end Image title. Powerpuff Girls: Should sell just like...

FOC 10.23.17

I have created a retailer-only facebook page where I'll be cross-posting these notes. It's a page devoted to discussing retailer issues out of view of the publishers. Tag me on facebook if you want in. Jenny Finn: Mignola fans will want this though will they spend the money to get this previously done series in color? Thinking about half to 75% of what a Mignola Hellboy has been doing. Rasputin Voice of the Dragon: This seems to be a must-have for serious Hellboy fans. Likely will sell like the current Hellboy material. 10% added discount for 10 copies. Demon Hell Is Earth: Demon has never enjoyed good sales or a rabid fanbase. Even in the heydays coming off Alan Moore’s take in Swamp Think, the follow-up mini-series didn’t do well. I don’t see this doing any differently so Ragman sales. Imaginary Friends: Cross-pull for Revival. I don’t see a lot of DC fans picking this up so we’re banking on the Image crowd. It would make sense to rack this with the Image titles, say, by Revival, and see where it lands. Low-end Image title.  See Brilliant Trash below. Justice League #1 Special Edition: A quarter for a hand-out book to people who have seen the movie. Cool enough.  Think Batman Day book. Justice League: Metal tie-in so order up though JL is already pretty close to the top of the DC sales food chain. The variant cover elicited “Hideous cover” to “Cool cover”. Art is so subjective. Dark Fang: Gallery thinks it’s interesting but also thinks it’s going to be stillborn. Lower Image end. Evolution: Lovecraftian horror but...

FOC 10.16.17

Batgirl & Birds of Prey: Harley cover on the variant. Weird that a Harley cover still gains a few sales but yup, still seeing it. Doomsday Clock: The press is out there, the buzz is good, and the feel of this is very “Watchmen”. Forget Before Watchmen; there was nothing there and it was a lox. This is the next step in Watchmen evolution. We got a taste of the potential numbers for this with Batman the Button. Look at DC Metal, another blockbuster. This should have that same sales flair. I see the only potential damage as ordering too many.  I know that sounds crazy but look at Batman The Button and max out at about 150%. Tops. Between the covers.  The Lenticular will be popular but I don’t think there’s a loser cover in the mix. Hal Jordan & GL Corp: Metal tie-in. These have been gold in the sales column so don’t get caught short. Supergirl Variant: Out of all the gorgeous covers Lau has done on this so far, this one is amazing!  Sales have more than tripled on an otherwise lackluster title. Kid Lobotomy: No sales data on #1 but match your order on #2 to #1 and it’s returnable so yeah, going there. Transformers First Strike: No interest beyond Transformer fans so that’s your number. Coyotes: Mixed bag on this one. Not a huge fan of mini-series’ so that’s a strike but the cover is intriguing and the always-popular themes of violence and weirdness gains a following every time.  Lower end of medium Image sales. Port of Earth: Lot of love for the...

FOC 10.09.17

Welcome to the 5th anniversary edition of Coliseum’s weekly FOC notes.  Started on October 11th, 2012 and despite a few misses where I forgot to post them, it’s been pretty consistent. As for right or wrong, always debatable. Aliens Dead Orbit: Running late but it shouldn’t affect sales. Batman Justice League Variant: Nice covers but I don’t see these jumping sales a lot. More of a preference of one cover over the other. Batman Spy Vs Spy B&W Statue: Every generation produces one item that mankind will look back years later and proclaim aloud “What were they thinking”.  This is the “Jarts” of Batman statues – looks fun but someone will no doubt get hurt.  In this case, it’s your wallet taking the Jart to the eye. Hard pass. Batman White Knight: #1 sold exceptionally well.  Going about 80% for #2 as it will drop. Black Lightning: TV show is coming but inevitably, this is Black Lightning. Likely won’t appeal to too many readers and even the diversity angle is so played out at this point that it’s just another diverse character on a comic stand full of diverse characters.  Low. DC Harley Statue: Nice statue but it’s getting that if you need 2, order 3 because one will no doubt be damaged. DC Superman Vs Flash Statue: Pretty nice though pricy. At the speed that would generate lightning, wouldn’t Supes’ cape be straight behind him? Harley Ivy Betty & Veronica: Sold very well. Not cutting at all. Jetsons: We might be hitting the HB nostalgia wall so being cautious. Maybe ½ to ¾ Flintstone numbers. Justice League: Flash...

FOC 10.02.17

Action Comics: Nifty story but I think we’re seeing lenticular fatigue that will likely carry over to the generally lackluster Marvel Legacy titles. Batman the (Metal): These one-shots will continue to sell as the series goes on. No sign of slacking off. Order up and if you can see where your numbers are trending, order the second prints to cover. Detective: The variant is amazingly strong. Doomsday Clock 11:57 Opt-in: This will be a huge book and getting ahead of the promotion with this sort of thing helps a lot. Opt-in. Flash: This will sell as a percentage of Batman Red Death – like, 98%. 4-part joining cover by Van Sciver. This will be a top-seller if ordered right. Ruff & Reddy: Howard Chaykin or not, this will have a limited audience.  Look at your Dastardly & Muttly sales and use that as your dipstick. Black Crown Quarterly: The only thing that could make this sell worse is if it were 6.99… oh wait, mission accomplished. Subs and maybe 1. But wait… it’s returnable at 10 copies. I love returnability but this is a lot of cash for a lot of stores for what I see as low sales. Duck Tales: Match orders to #1 and it’s fully returnable. Seems reasonable. Ghostbusters Answer the Call: Match to Ghostbusters 101. Goosebumps: We saw the R.L. Stein fans will buy anything with Man-Thing but this isn’t written by him. So will his fans follow? Until IDW makes all their #1s returnable it’s a conservative order. TMNT 75: Match to #50 – yes, a book from 2 ½ years ago – and...