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FOC 05.14.18

Game of Thrones Map of Westeros: Nice item for stores that sell GoT items.   Halo: Nothing new here so should sell the same as the previous series’.   How to Train Your Dragon: These seem to be evergreen. Carry some. Sword Daughter: Brian Wood fans will likely give it a look, but the 4.99 price will cut down on casual readers. 10 gets you an extra 10% but that’s likely a lot for most stores. Lower end title.   Batman: Featuring the Joker… except on the cover. Anyway, Bats is ticking on all cylinders so keep the orders up. No brainer.   Batman Prelude to the Wedding Nightwing Hush: Fans are getting happy about the wedding so though this will likely be a slower burn, we should see close to Batnumbers coming in.   DC Nation: Free up to Batman #46 numbers and extras cost us 35 cents. I hate paying for promo items but based on the good feedback on the sort-of-FCBD book, this would be a natural follow-up. Thinking one per subscriber and see what orders you can harvest from it.   Justice League: Lots of excitement around this but before you get drawn into the hype, let’s look at how Justice League No Justice is doing. Okay sales but not stratospheric, which is where they would have to be to get me to buy into multiples of Batman Lost for a better discount. I’m concerned that the only times we see the JL in the first issue is them sitting around a table. Not a good image for a quick thumb-through from the stands. Jim...

FOC 05.07.18

Blackwood: Could be fun though it’s not a quick sell. Returnable at 10 copies. Aquaman Jabberjaw: The last round of these did better than expected and even though we’re onto some B tier characters, they’re still likely to do better than expected. Not a lot of faith that the sales will be high, just higher end of low or lower middle. B&W Statues by Gerard Way: These are a bit odd and likely will be special order items more than the type of thing you put on the shelf and sell to the average Batfan. Maybe one of each. Batman Prelude to the Wedding: Fans seem to be looking forward to the wedding so we should bet some mileage out of that and sell this to most Batfans. 75-100% of Batman numbers. Black Lightning Hong Kong Phooey: Lower end of the batch based on how the rectn Black Lightning series didn’t sell. DC Bombshell Joker’s Daughter: Not a recognizable character to most comic store visitors so there goes the impulse sale. How did Bumblebee sell? Yeah, that. DC Designer Supergirl by Turner: Nice piece. If you sell statues, this should be an easy one to move a few of. DC Gallery Joker 1:1. Bust: I know it’s the Joker but this is not a good Joker. Trying to convince someone with $1000 in their pocket that it IS a good Joker statue is a waste of time. Very hard pass. Doomsday Clock Rorschach Mime 2 Pack: Had me at Rorschach. Lost me at Mime. KIinda pricy for a figure that’s saddled with the Mime figure. Flash Speed Buggy: Flash...

FOC 04.30.18

Black Hammer: Sold okay but not to expectations. Fans will come back for the rest of the series if they bought the first series.   Witchfinder: Same as the last low-selling series.   Batgirl Var: Beautiful Josh Middleton cover and one of the first minimalized logo variants. Should garner a few extra sales if not readers.   Doomsday Clock: Sales have been both steady and strong for this series. Throw a creep-tacular Joker cover on the book and even those on the fence about another Watchmen series might be swayed to take a look. Order up on the variant as most fans will want the Joker cover.   Flash: Flash War part one. Flash is already one of our top sellers and giving folks a reason to jump (back) on means stronger sales. Yeah, this looks like a great jump-on story. Mattina does the variant though both covers are strong. Bump 10-25% for part 1.   Justice League No Justice: Holding the same as #2. No matter how we order this, we’re gonna get it wrong.   Sideways & Silencer #1 2nd Prints: These have done well for us though we have them tied to Jim Lee’s signing so no huge surprise. But we’re seeing a lot of stores are out and needing to get people on board, so this is a nice offering by DC, if not a bit late.  If you’re out, get some.   Suicide Squad Var: Mattina. Pretty nice stuff!   Superman Zero Hour TP: 29.99 for outdated stories featuring Supermen best left behind. Hard pass.   Delta 13: Steve Niles fans will come on...

FOC 04.23.18

Short list this week.   Ether Copper Golems: Fun series but hasn’t gotten a lot of attention on the previous series. 10 makes it returnable so show it to your Matt Kindt fans and see where it lands.   Batman 45 2nd Print: Surprised how well this sold (Booster Gold) but as Batman is on a roll under Tom King, it shouldn’t be a surprise. If you’re out, get it back in stock.   Harley Loves Joker: This one gets a placeholder as until we know if #1 is a success (Black Book) or an utter dumpster fire (Betty & Veronica). And it’s only 2 issues.   JL No Justice: With no data on #1, this is too big a crap-shoot to guess high on. About 50% of JL and ARO if #1 is a knock-out.   New Superman TP Vol 3: Is anyone else surprised this is still even being published? Zero is good.   Superman Special: Doesn’t look too special. File stories without a lot of draw. 2/3-3/4 Superman and be happy to sell out.   Flavor: Doesn’t look like a lot to recommend it. Lower-end Image.   Avengers #2: Thanks again Marvel! Publishing on the backs of retailers with no regard for how we possibly order this correctly. Going 50% of Avengers #1 and will reorder or go for second prints if it sells out.   FF HCS: Three HCs on FOC this week to push the relaunch. Don’t fall for it. Fans will be dubious and won’t be looking for older material that they haven’t sought out over the last few years while FF wasn’t...

FOC 04.16.18

World of Tanks: Same as the last one. If you haven’t shown this to fans of Ennis’ other war books, it’s an easy sell.   Batgirl & Birds of Prey: Last issue. No bump, just noting it.   Batman 44 2nd Print: Completists will want the B&W cover so even if you still have these on your stands, get some.   Batman Dark Prince Charming: The first volume did quite well. No doubt fans will come back for this one.   DC Young Animals Milk Wars TP: The Young Animals line has fallen from favor with sales finding new lows so a 19.99 trade paperback relying on Batman on the cover to sell it is unlikely to find a new audience. One or less.   Flash Variant: Mattina means added sales. Flash fans are more likely to want this cover than the A cover.   Immortal Men #2: Without Jim Lee’s name attached this will be more in line with the Terrrifics or lower.   Justice League No Justice: Spinning out of Metal, which may have some legs but it’s more likely to emulate Justice League than Metal in sales. If you’re feeling bold, pull for Metal. If you’re dubious, pull for JLA. Either way, it’s Snyder and he tells great stories.   Scooby Apocalypse: The Death of Fred Jones. Worth a bump.   Suicide Squad: Batman story. This might have better sales potential in a market not already saturated with Bat-options. Then again, look at what Batman did for Deathstroke sales. Worth a bump and rack it with Batman. As the variant is Mattina, put your bump there....