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FOC 02.19.18

Neil Gaiman’s American Gods My Ainsel: 10 copies makes it returnable.  Likely to sell like the last series but add a couple for the #1.   DC Universe By BKV: Not a lot of cohesion to this collection. If you have a BKV shelf this can fill it out a bit but otherwise skippable. Eternity Girl: Bit of a mixed review on this one but everyone seems to agree that Young Animals sell at a certain level so go there.  Pull for Shade the Changing Girl and anyone who bought all the Milk Wars titles. New Superman & JLA China: An unsellable character added some more unsellable characters and… the book didn’t sell any better than the previous issue. Disappointing but not surprising.   Sideways: #1 did pretty decent. Going about 60% of #1 sales on #2.   Swamp Thing Winter Special: Back to press due to a lot of requests. Get some if you’re out..   Ghostbusters Crossing Over: Same as the last. 20 gets returnability though that’s likely high for most stores.   Dry County: Pull for Tommoso’s other titles, She Wolf, Spy Seal, Dark Corridor.   Infidel: No confidence vote from the Gallery. Lower end Image.   Kick-Ass: #1 did okay but expect the Image drop for #2. This is a very different character so the fondness of the character won’t carry it.   Postal Laura: Pull and order for Postal.   VS: #1 did okay, which is not a good thing for an Image title. Expect it to drop pretty quickly on #2.   Avengers: Bruce Banner returns. Fans will want this though let’s hope...

FOC 02.12.18

Harley: Facing off with come classic Bat-villains so it may regain some of the bored readers. Worth watching if not worth a bump.   Shade the Changing Woman: Can’t really see a bump in this as fans jumped off and the book was put on hiatus. Relaunching will likely grab those who were reading before the hiatus but not many others.   Superman: First appearance of Boyzarro for what it’s worth. Superman has been doing well and this might grab a few more readers.   Highest House: I don’t know who the market is for this but at 4.99 it’s even smaller than a 3.99 project. Returnable at 10 copies but can you move enough to not just tie up cash flow?   October Faction: This is a book that could have used a 10-and-returnable deal as we do well with it in some stores and can’t move any in others, which is how we’ll order this one. Should do the same as the last.   Spider King: Cowboys Vs Aliens with Vikings. Sounds fun and we’ll sell some. It is a serialized reprint of a Kickstarter OGN so the danger that the core fans who would like this may already have it is out there. Middle of the road IDW title.   Gideon Falls: Lemire has his fans and this will gain some attention though the covers don’t help this at all. Looking at medium Image numbers on #1.   Oblivion Song: Support this. Kirkman gave out trade paperbacks of the first 6 issues a month ago to the top 1500 Diamond accounts. No saying we didn’t know...

FOC 02.05.18

Buffy Giles: Buffy is kinda flatlined as a franchise (Sarah Michelle Gellar is now 40!) and Giles wasn’t a major star to begin with. Maybe ¾ of current Buffy numbers.   Doctor Star: Black Hammer series so that’s your number. Returnable at 10 copies but that’s moot if you’re not selling 10 Black Hammer.   FCBD Overwatch: Video game comic but everything Overwatch has done very well. Order up.   FCBD Legend of Korra: Another good FCBD book. LOKorra has been popular and should get some fans back.   Hungry Ghosts: #1 did okay. Returnable at 10 copies.   Milk & Cheese TP: If you’re not familiar with this, it’s lunacy and fun. Long out of print and worth carrying.   Absolute Batman Killing Joke: What was once a $3.50 story expanded to a $17.99 HC and now, with some added material, $49.99. Yeah, someone will want this and oddly enough, it’s not on Amazon.   Action Comics 80 Years of Superman: This one is tough. Let’s change the title for a moment to “80 Years of Superman” with a new story by (possibly) Jerry Siegel. How many of this retrospective would you order? I’m thinking not many. But it will be tied in with Action #1000 and that will spur some additional sales. 25% of Action sales? Maybe 20%?   Dark Nights Metal Dark Nights Rising HC: Sellable more so than a lot of other HCs of late. Get some. Dark Nights Metal Deluxe HC: Worth having in stock until the trade comes out. Order it.   Doom Patrol JLA Special: Match to the JLA Doom Patrol Special....

FOC 01.29.18

Hellboy: Will sell the same as pretty much every Hellboy.   Mata Hari: Likely would have found an audience another time and the Image speculators aren’t buying Dark Horse #1s. Returnable at 10 copies so if you have a shot as moving half that, it’s worth an order. Otherwise, unlikely to move a lot of copies.   Vinegar Teeth: No discernable sales pattern as some stores sold out of 10 copies while other still have the same 2 they started with. Seems to be an advocate thing. If you’re not an advocate, it’s likely not selling.   Aquaman the Legend of Aquaman TP: Lot of books that can be bought for half the price of the trade. Not a great collection.   Batman: Part one. Poison Ivy. Tom King can do no wrong. Order up.   Batman Sins of the Father: Not a lot of excitement from the Gallery as this is a digital-first book and based on a video game. So who will buy it?  Looking at Batman Creature of the Night for #1 but expect a drop-off after #1.   Batman Wonder Woman: Nice art by Liam Sharp and Batman is hot. Looking through the preview, there’s a lot of Not-Batman so WW is going to have to carry this through the first issue and get Batfans to come back. Thinking about 200% WW, which puts it about 65% of Batman. Likely see a drop after #1.   Cave Carson Swamp Thing: This series is almost impossible to get right so looking at Cave Carson numbers with a nod to Swamp Thing fans and a remembrance that...

FOC 01.22.18

Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia HC: If you’ve sold any of the other Zelda HCs then this should move just as well. Less than $2 cheaper on Amazon so this is a buy-it-here thing. Action Variant: Superman with the flag always sells a few extra copies. Mister Miracle Director’s Cut: Would normally sell like any other lackluster Director’s Cut except that 1) this has needed multiple printings though admittedly to readers and 2) it contains a new 8-page origin story by Tom King.  Is that worth 5.99? Steep price but MM fans seems to not be able to get enough. Look at your subs for MM and order about 50%. Shade the Changing Girl Wonder Woman Special: At least we could cross-pull the Batman special for some Batfans but this… I dunno. Doesn’t look like WW and even if it were, it’s not a version WW fans would want – vacuuming and delivering milk, not so much.  Looking at Shade numbers, which are horrifically low, plus 50%. Terrifics: Jeff Lemier and Ivan Reis should have enough respect among fans to garner a look. Look at Damage and add a few from there. Death of Love: Shipping for Valentine’s Day, a man chopping through Cupid’s elves with a chainsaw. It will appeal to the folks who hate Valentine’s Day though I can’t imagine it being more than a one-issue and the joke is over sort of thing. Lower end of Image #1s. Ice Cream Man: Like many hot Image titles, this one seems to be driven by the $15 price tag on eBay. That means second prints won’t be wanted. Invincible:...