CBSI Writer Wars Round 2 : The Tinfoil Spec by Josias Ocampo



Greetings and jamutations! I’m back here with another dose of tin foil hat specs. As you know, the Previews book for December came out last Wednesday. Yours truly has been feverishly reading through it, using permutations (what), Excel formulae (what is), and good ol’ David Duchovny hunches. Will these books be big winners? Possibly. Will they make you rich enough to buy Amazing Fantasy #15? Absolutely! Should there be asterisks at the end of all these statements? Maybe. So jump in, grab your favorite tin foil (perhaps it’s Hershey’s Kisses), and join me in the world of tomorrow that is December 2018!



We start off with the house that the Batwang built. DC has some interesting books coming out for sure, but will there be any big money books? Let’s take a look at some of their solicitations:


  • The Batman Who Laughs #1 – Smack dabbed on the cover and as soon as you turn the page, we have The Batman Who Laughs #1. It reunites the megastar team of Scott Snyder and Jock. A 6-issue miniseries that’s guaranteed to sell and make money for local shops. However, will it make money for speculators? This one is on the iffy side. We can already correctly assume that the print run for this book will be massive, probably 100k. Snyder and Jock sell and move books on their own, and reuniting them for a very popular character is guaranteed to print money. As such, I’d say pick up 1 or 2 for the collection. Then again, if the Batman: Damned people are still around (since issue 2 comes out this month), and if they’re looking to drop money on something that will be hot, maybe they will buy out this book when they pick up Damned #2? This book will have an Oliver variant and a blank variant. Shops will order heavy on Jock; will they care for Oliver? He’s a great artist, but he doesn’t have the same status as Jock (yet). Maybe his cover will be under ordered and in turn, end up valuable? Yours truly will look for more Cover B’s than A’s on this one. Will I luck out or lose out? Find out in December!
  • Goddess Mode #1 – Robbi Rodriguez may be done with Spider-Gwen, but he’s bringing his inks over to the relaunched Vertigo. Teaming up with Zoë Quinn, this book is guaranteed to be controversial. I don’t mean to ruffle feathers (that’s not what this is about, this is about conspiracies and Tom Cruise visits), but Zoë is famous (infamous?) for Gamergate, and Robbi has recently started a gate of his own, Assgate (or is it Nalgagate?). Either way, two very polarizing people. Does controversy create cash? Eric Bischoff says so, but does this carry over into the comic world? Some folks are already trashing this book because of its creators. Hopefully, this means that they will buy this book and record videos of burning it (Nike what?). This would mean that there are less copies of this book, and it could be a quick hot book (hehe). I would say this book becomes a quick-flip-Saturday book, so buy a few copies and see if you can make a cool $20.
  • Martian Manhunter #1 – Moving along from controversy to downright alien (this is the Tinfoil Spec after all), we have Martian Manhunter #1. This is a 12 issue maxi-series, probably in the hopes that it’ll become like Tom King’s Mister Miracle (hey, both of those characters’ initials are MM). J’onn J’onnz as a corrupt peace officer is a very interesting premise, and with a variant cover by Middleton, this book has the potential to become a $20 book. I’ll grab more Cover B’s than A’s on this one.
  • Batman #60#61 – Francesco Mattina. ‘Nuff said.
  • Catwoman #6 – Artgerm. ‘Nuff said.
  • Detective Comics #994 – Peter J. Tomasi takes over the writing reigns in a tale that’s sure to lead up to ‘Tec #1000. Possible first appearance on this one. Hey, remember that little Bruce that’s supposed to be the Anti-Batman? Whatever happened to him? Either way, get Cover A and B.
  • The Green Lantern #2 – Grant Morrison can still weave a master tail. Issue 1 seems to be getting good buzz, and issues 2 brings us a Mattina variant. Mattina drawing Green Lantern? I’m getting 3.
  • Nightwing #54#55 – Yasmine Putri’s art is quickly starting to take notice. The solicits make it sounds like Dick will get a new persona and/or costume (similar to Jason Todd). I’ll grab 3 of each.
  • Red Hood: Outlaw #29 – Yasmine Putri. Said ‘nuff.
  • Teen Titans #25 – Alex Garner makes pretty covers, and this issue claims to be the origin story of Crush. Crush hasn’t taken the world by storm as many hoped, but I place her in the category of “sleeper character”.


Whew boy! That’s it for DC. Intermission time? Only if you’re a cow! Let’s jumped right into Marvel, the other house the Batawang built!




  • Champions Annual #1 – Whew boy, I had to do a lot of page flipping to get to this point. Don’t get me wrong, I like Marvel as much as the next Disney fan, but this is a tin foil article about flipping books. Most of the stuff just didn’t seem flippable. Cool reads, no doubt, but there’s been too many weddings and half weddings this year. Champions #25 looks to flesh out the story of Snowguard. I am still waving that flag that she’s the next Kamala Khan. Just wait until she gets her own ongoing series with a writer who bleeds for her.
  • Marvel’s Avengers: Untitled Prelude #1 – A 3 issue miniseries. Earlier this year, the Infinity War Prelude did good numbers. Could this book follow suit (hehe, background suits). Have it on your radar just in case.
  • Venom #9 Animation Variant cover – Donny Cates is money. Let’s just say that. At this point, he can tweet that he had a dream about meeting the X-Men of 2099, and people will go out and make that a $50 book. Either way, his Venom run is a safe bet. Venom No More? What is that about? Will we see another new symbiote? Will the events of First Host tie in here? Stegman draws pretty, but I say go with the Spider-Man Noir Animation variant. Donny’s Venom run is around 60k (which is not bad for a Venom solo book), but it’s less than Amazing Spider-Man and probably less than the Miles #1 book. Plus, general audiences are ready to eat up Spider-Man Noir and Nicolas Cage.
  • Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #313 Animation Variant – According to Comichron, this book had a print run of 30k in August. Is that true? Dang, I figured it’d be in Venom numbers. Whoah, I never thought I’d say that about a Spider-Man book. Either way, another low print run book, but with Spider-Gwen on the cover. Yeah, grab a few of these.
  • Star Wars: Han Solo books – The Solo movie got a lot of leftover hate from The Last Jedi. The Last Jedi books also had ratio variants that were good flips. Get these ratio variants from these two series and flip them.
  • Star Wars: Age of Republic – Darth Maul #1 – Darth Maul is money. Dais ffun’.
  • Star Wars: Age of the Republic – Qui-Gonn Jinn #1 – Qui-Gonn doesn’t have too many dedicated stories (Dark Horse did take a stab at them), but it’s all about Disney canon now. This appears to be one of the firsts (if not the first) Disney Qui-Gonn Jinn-focused book.
  • Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #27 Galactic Icon variant – Is it me, or are Doctor Aphra’s books getting all the bad-ass Galactic Icon variants? And I think these are the percentage variants, too. Not too many shops order Doctor Aphra, and this might be one of the last Galactic Icon variants. Who can it be? My money’s on Darth Bane.


Away, ye measly inserts! Time for the meat and potatoes, the actual Previews book! Whatever happened to that Previews app that was supposed to sync up to your LCS?


Image Comics


  • Die #1 – This book is already getting buzz. Defined as “Goth Jumanji” on the solicits. Plus, anything with Stephanie Hans, I’m there. Could be optioned and end up a $20 flip.
  • Prodigy #1 – Mark Millar is back (sort of). People seem to like his Magic Order book, and with a guaranteed Netflix option, his books may end up cool flips. Albuquerque is a fantastic artists, but how many shops will order all the way through Cover F?
  • The Freeze #1 – Another interesting book from Image. The whole world is frozen except for 1 guy who has the power to unfreeze people, but he can now pick and choose, taking on a near God-like status? Yeah, that sounds dope.
  • Dead Rabbit #3 – Remember when Image said no more ratio variants? Dead Rabbit has a lot of buzz, but how many shops will stick to issue #3? Ordering 10 copies doesn’t seem too bad, but shops are all about moving inventory. This could be worthy of a quick flip if you find it cheap.


Dark Horse


  • Black Hammer: Cthu-Louise One-Shot – Jeff Lemire continues with his Black Hammer universe building. Teenage Cthulu who gets bullied at school with a possible Carrie blow out? Yeah, this sounds good.


Alterna Comics


  • Blood Realm #3 – Alterna Comics has put out good books at half the price of most books. Issue 1 of Blood Realm got some good buzz, and it looks like people may finally be taking notice. Not too many shops order these books, and at $1.50 buy in, this ain’t too bad for a potential quick flip.


Scout Comics


  • Zinnober #7 – Scout Comics has released some good books, and this is the thrilling conclusion to the Matthew McConaughey-like story. A full run could be good to have.


That’s it for this edition of the Tin Foil Spec! I mainly focused on quick flip potential, so there are some good reads I didn’t list. Feel free to sound off if there are any potentials that I missed. As always, look into the stars, high five your Tom Cruise Funk POP, and we’ll see you soon in the world of tomorrow!


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