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FOC 07.23.18

Legend of Zelda Breath Wild Hero Ed: Nice package but there’s a $45 edition available on eBay and most fans who want this sort of thing already bought it. Subs only.   Terminator:  Too many comparisons within the Gallery to Robocop. So pull for Robocop but as this isn’t focused on known characters, it’s Terminator in name only and likely won’t find much traction with the existing fanbase.   Aquaman: Sink Atlantis part 2, crossing over with Suicide Squad. Pretty mediocre cover on the main and the variant is Middleton, who is tearing it up but alas, is late. DC may re-FOC this once the cover comes in but don’t count on it. Lean heavily toward the Middleton cover.   Batgirl: Speaking of Middleton and late covers, this one was worth the wait. I’m sure speculators will be wanting a lot of copies so let’s do what we can to undermine that and have copies readily available.   Batman: The “I’ll never buy Batman again” crowd seems to have backtracked as sales on #51 have been as strong as ever. DC did the right thing offering returns on Batman so don’t cut your own throat trying to make a point.   Batwoman: Final issue. No doubt we’ll see a more TV-centric comic when it debuts on TV.   Doomsday Clock: This series should be kept in stock as long as copies are available.   Justice League: No slowing down though this is listed to point out that another variant by a high-end artist isn’t available. The co-publishers should get on these guys.   Pearl: This could be a poster...

FOC 07.16.18

Small FOC this week and a full 10% of it is FF but we’ll get there in a moment. Predator Hunters II: Same crowd as the last 20 Predator series’. Same sales. 10 copies gets you an additional 5%. Batman Preludes to the “Wedding” TP: I’m having a difficult time wrapping my head around the perpetuation of this myth. It collects stories leading up to a major event that didn’t happen. Likely to have limited long-term interest despite the Joker cover. Batman DK III TP: On the other hand, this should sell for about ever. Hal Jordan GL: Despite being the 50thissue, there’s been no buzz about the story. MAYBE a few extra copies though unlikely it will be a bump book. This is also the final issue of the series before what will inevitably be a relaunch. Hawkman: #2 did well, which is a bit of a pleasant surprise. Maintain orders until proven otherwise. Red Hood: Batman appearance and covers. Look at what it did for Deathstroke and use that as your bump. Sandman: No doubt there’s a lot of folks who are thrilled to see this coming back. My concern is when I got the notes from the younger members of the Gallery they show no sign of really caring. This character is no more relevant to the average DC reader than Enemy Ace would be. The positive thing is that this should have some traction with them if hand sold, which is worth the effort as 4 monthly titles are following. So where does it land on the numbers chart so that everyone who wants it...

FOC 07.09.18

Disney Frozen Breaking Boundaries: No reason this won’t do as well as the previous incarnation from Joe Books, though I’m expecting the same delays. Disney Princess books go through a 17,000-point inspection before Disney will approve them. 10 gets you an additional 5%.   Disney Princess and Zootopia HCs: Should do moderate numbers in the all-ages section.   GoT: I’m steering clear of these until the series comes back onto the horizon, which is a year from now.   Seeds: Returnable at 10 copies but without hand-selling this will sit. 4-issue series so to me that’s at least 2 strikes. If you’re close to 10, go for the returnable and see where it lands.   Super Mario Encyclopedia: If you sell the Zelda HCs then you can likely sell this as well.   Action HC: This has probably gotten most of the attention it’s going to get but a few hardcore fans will want it. Go easy.   Adventures of the Super Sons: No reason the fans shouldn’t jump back to this. Last issue plus 25%.   Batman: Everyone seems a bit put out by the non-event but don’t walk away from the top-selling DC (or any book). The story in 50 was very good even if it kinda (kinda?) screwed retailers. Hold steady at pre-wedding ramp-up numbers.   Batman Catwoman Wedding Album HC: Hands down, this is the ballsiest solicitation in the history of the universe. Some people will want this, but someone would also want a reprint of some of Marvels WTF? trades as well. By sheer momentum of this being a non-event, I don’t see fans...

FOC 07.02.18

Phil is out of the country this week so that leaves me to take his place and cobble together these FOC notes for you fine folks. You probably know me from the weekly Speculator Roundup notes, but I also do the majority of Coliseum’s FOC every week. But enough about me; let’s get to the fun stuff! Starcraft Scavengers #1 – Looks like business as usual for video game comics, which typically means on the lower side of things. I’d look at the Halo books for likely comparison numbers. The Gallery’s resident Starcraft fan said it didn’t interest him at all though, so take that for what it’s worth. Action Comics #1001 – While this is Bendis’ first issue of Action Comics, I wouldn’t really treat it like a first issue since really what we’re doing is spinning out of Man of Steel. I don’t expect to see much of a bump off Action #1000, either. Look at what you sold on Man of Steel #2, or maybe pre-1000 numbers plus 25%. The Manapul cover is my personal favorite of the three. I wouldn’t chase the Gleason Inks Only cover. Aquaman #38 & Batgirl #25 – Both of the variants are by Middleton (yay!) but they aren’t finished yet (boo!). These Middleton variants are still pretty hot though so I wouldn’t cut them if they’ve been selling for you. Detective Comics #985 Variant – A very nice Brook’s cover here. His covers haven’t been heating up the speculator market like Middleton’s and Mattina’s have, but this is still a pretty nice variant. Flash #51 – Speaking of Mattina… You...