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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 06.25.18

Batman 51: Dear DC, Please do not put Dick Grayson in the Batsuit. Sincerely, every sales failure that featured someone else as Batman.  But Tom King hasn’t let us down yet. Very sweet cover by Kaare Andrews. DC Beach Blanket Bad Guys Special: This looks like an idea that probably sounded better when buoyed by a night of drinking but come morning, we have a 9.99 special with limited appeal. The Gallery likes this and though no one is suggesting we go crazy, it will do better than we think. So for the weirded-out-by-Walmart crowd, here’s a book by Paul Dini, a Joker story with Mattina (!) art that’s incredible, and a bunch of who-cares stories taking up the rest of the pages, how many can you sell? I see it as a low-end book, even if it does look fun. If it were an ongoing, it would be subs only by #2. Injustice Vs Masters of the Universe: I see this as a cross-over between two generations and that’s going to hurt. Maybe pull for Injustice but expect a lot of kick-back. Gallery thinks this will do better than the last MotU / Thundercats. Teen Titans Go To the Movies: With the movie coming out, this is a nice reminder that there are related comics. Euthanauts: I don’t see a hook for this and don’t see sales that will come. Lower end. No info on the incentive on the FOC page and considering the book, I’m not inclined to chase it. Full Bleed #2: Seems that everyone who wanted this got if off Kickstarter as we sold ONE...

FOC 06.18.18

Disney Pixar Incredibles: Great timing! The movie is in theaters and we’re3 ordering the first issue for 3 weeks from now. Some days simply don’t make sense. Anyway, should sell like the Joe Books Disney titles and worth having on the stands for a while   GoT Tyrion Figure: I love the show and Tyrion is one of the reasons but y’know, this just isn’t a very dynamic figure. Tack on the 29.99 price and even the most ardent Got and Tyrion fans will pass. So… pass.   She Could Fly: Berger Books though anyone who came into comics in the last 3-4 years won’t have any connection to that name. Book read well and seems okay – had a Powers feel to it. 10 gets you returnability so starting there and seeing where sales take it.   Detective Variant: Nice Mark Brooks cover. Worth a bump for the art collectors.   Flash: 50th issue so that’s worth a small bump. The Mattina cover is pretty sweet as usual.   Hawkman: #1 did okay but keep in mind, we’re working with Hawkman here. Despite the nice art, the character doesn’t make your average reader clamor for the next issue. Going about 80% of sales on #1.   Justice League Odyssey: Since it’s not on Diamond’s FOC pafe: Spinning out of JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE! When a cosmic menace threatens worlds beyond our own in the Ghost Sector, it falls to a new Justice League team to answer the call to battle! Cyborg, Starfire, Green Lantern Jessica Cruz and an out-of-his-element Azrael head to deep space inside a commandeered Brainiac...