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FOC 12.18.17

Retailer Bretheren, As there are only about 100 items on FOC from publishers who didn't get a calendar this year, there won't be any FOC notes next week. Looking at the list, it's mostly variants and next-issue books. I'll be doing it on Friday. On to this week's books: Aquaman: Josh Middleton variant that’s looking a but like Stanly Lau’s Supergirl covers. Probably won’t gain many new or additional sales but it’s likely to be the more popular cover. Batman Lost: DC is offering a lot of the metal titles in various printings. As Metal keeps selling, keep ordering until it’s played out. Worth keeping these on the stands. Doomsday Clock: No data on #2 but the cover to #3 variant is so strong I don’t see sales falling off. Flash: 700th cover will throw a couple extra sales into the mix. Part one so pick up a few of the 700 variants to cover the part one thing. Raven: The last mini-series from some time ago proved more popular than most expected.  I think it’s worth pulling the first issue for Teen Titans though I wouldn’t go a lot more than that. The Sienkiewicz cover is kindof a mess and won’t sell to Titans or Raven fans. Silencer: Could be the nicest JRJR art we’ve seen but I suspect it’s mostly Sandra Hope’s inks. Either way, the first issue reads well and Talia Ghul makes an appearance. Coliseum is ordering this a bit differently as we’re tying this and the rest of the New Age line into Jim Lee’s appearance in February for our 35th Anniversary. Everyone else,...

FOC 12.11.17

Koshchei The Deathless: Hellboy by Mignola.  Looking at Rasputin numbers for guidance. 10 gets you 10% additional discount. Aquaman by Peter David: This was a decent take on Aquaman that’s a bit more savage than the previous talks-to-fish version. The price is steep but at least it’s the same 29.99 on Amazon, for now. Maybe one. Dark Knight’s Metal: Still doing gangbusters so no reason to cut back. Seems to be gaining steam as it moves toward its conclusion. Elseworld’s Superman: This could sell though it’s pricy. Amazon shows a different cover for about the same price. Flash: Very sweet cover on the variant by Mattina. Ghostbusters Answer the Call: No data on #1 but match #2 to #1 and it’s returnable. Goosebumps: Ditto. No data but match #2 to #1 and it’s returnable. Star Wars Adv Forces of Destiny: Match to sales of Star Wars Adventures plus 25%. Hard to discern which will sell best as we know almost nothing about Rose & Paige and the others are a question mark as to fans jumping from the movies to the Adventures style. They should all get some play above current SWA numbers. Transformers Vs the Visionaries: To quote one of the Gallery, “Who gives a **** about the Visionaries?” He’s got a point. There’s simply too much Transfomers material out there and fighting a new licensed franchise every other month gets tiresome. 10 makes it returnable but that could be cash flow tied up when sales are faltering in January, No 1 With A Bullet: Audience disappeared between #1 & #2, which is now normal for an Image...

FOC 12.04.17

Nearly 400 lines this week so let’s get started. Aquaman TP Vol 4: Sejik run so it will look spectacular. SHOULD add a sale or two but that may take a while before folks catch on that it’s not just another Aquaman compilation. Batman: Origin of Bruce Wayne? Not much on this from the Gallery but I think anything that reveals ANYTHING about Batman has traction. Holding steady at the least. Batman & The Signal: Though originally tagged as a possible Metal tie-in, that does not seem to be the case. With all the Batman books now this may be one book too far and too focused on not-Batman. Thinking Detective numbers on #1 though I’d advise caution going forward. Batman Annual: Second printing. Seems to be strictly story-driven, which means people will want to read is rather than stuff it in a plastic bag. That means second prints are sellable. Get a few if you’re out. Batman B&W Action Figures: Lot of passes by the Gallery but it’s Batman and could find a small audience in higher traffic stores. Not a lot either way. Black Lightning: No data on #2 so this gets a subs-only placeholder. Damage: Looks like the best Hulk book Marvel isn’t publishing (this is a bastardization from Mike Carlin who commented on Supreme by Alan Moore as being the best Superman book DC wasn’t publishing). Seriously, pull for Hulk.  This is the first of the series’ spinning out of Metal.  Tony Daniel art should be some draw but this is going to be a tough push without some hand-selling. DC Artist Alley Figures: No...