Wednesday Warriors 5/01/19

Welcome to the NEW Wednesday Warriors!

Each week we will go head to head picking just ONE book in each category in a battle for NCBD supremacy. Best of all, you get to pick the winner! Sound off in the comments if you’re #TeamSimpleman or #TeamBolo and we will recap each week in the following weeks Column.

So its Brian vs. Jack.

Simpleman vs. Bolo.

And there can be only ONE.

Most Looking Forward to Reading Marvel

I have really been enjoying this epic story. I haven’t been able to follow all the tie ins but love Jason Aaron’s writing on this book and look forward to reading issue #3.

With both Major X #1 and #2 selling out, I am not shocked at all that #3 sold out at distributor level.  I expect #3 to have a much higher print run than both #1 and #2. Yet, having said that I still expect it to sell out in stores as well.  I am enjoying the story and many others who look fondly upon the 90’s era of comics do as well.

Most Looking Forward to Reading DC

The final conclusion to this trilogy of miniseries as the 80th anniversary of Batman collides with the 35th anniversary of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as They team up to battle Krang

Yes it’s a 25 cent issue but what has me most intrigued is the preview of the upcoming Leviathan Event.  Bendis has a hot hand and he has his Liefeld esque detractors. This makes for good spec. See Naomi for a prime example.  So I am looking forward to reading this book to judge some future spec.

​Most Looking Forward to Reading Indie

This book sounds like the Goonies to me except they are all complete jerks to each other. I love the Goonies so I’m down to pick this up and give it a read for sure. It also has cover art by Richard Williams who has done the fantastic covers for Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Terror and Mad Magazine as well.

I am not a big Judge Dredd fan, so when I saw this cover I thought wow thats a BWL ripoff!  I did my homework and now I am schooled on Judge Death and the fact it’s the other way around.  This book is just $1 and features a story called Judge Death: The Judge Who Laughs. Good reads this week for $1 and for .25 this week! Can’t beat it!

​Cover Art

Love this cover depicting Daredevil with Heimdall’s sword! Which by the way, if you haven’t read War of the Realms War Scrolls #1 you are missing out!

If you look over the years one thing is for certain, Elektra covers sell.  Whether its Bill Sienkiewicz or the Dell Otto store variant someone did for this book, Elektra has her market.  I have really enjoyed these Mobius Hidden Gem variants. This one is already selling for 25-50% over ratio via presale.  It will be interesting to see just how many of these are available upon release day.

​Regular Price Variant Marvel

These Greatest Moments variants tend to be well sought out by fans of the galaxy far far away and this cover by Yasmine Putri depicting Luke battling the Wampa on Hoth is classic!

Love him or hate him but Liefeld has struck a chord in the community with his latest Marvel creation. This book was solicited just before the first print hit stands and features Major X unmasked. Look for this one to be in demand on release day.

​Regular Price Variant DC

This issue is the finale of the Terminus Agenda which has been one heck of a story arc and the cover art by Clayton Crain for cover B is phenomenal!!!

While the Mattina is very dope, this variant checks all boxes.  Topical Homage? Check! Joker / Robin Murder insinuation? Check! Up and coming artist? Check! Zombified DC Universe? Okay I’m in!  This is also my long term spec play on the Bolo list.

​Regular Price Variant Indie

Great zombie pony cover! Will appeal to the emo My Little Pony crowd.

In a week were there is not a lot of options out there in the indie world that I love, this Sonic Cover B gets my attention. It looks alot like the Uncle Scrooge and Ducktales Character Design Variants that boomed on the secondary market for quite some time. This one is not a ratio incentive like those, but having the same design and look could bode well for it. Also, annuals are not heavily ordered and we did just receive a highly talked about Sonic the Hedgehog Movie trailer.

​Incentive Variant

1:500 Variant. Batman Who Laughs is one of the most popular villains currently and Jim Cheung highlights him brilliantly on this cover. Not sure how many stores will order 500 copies although, this is only a 25 cent comic book.

Cheetah will be the main villain in the next Wonder Woman movie.  CBSI contributors went on a deep dive looking for variants featuring the femme fatale and found very little.  While I will lose this category to Brian I imagine in the short term as speculators will tend to go for the largest ratio first and foremost, I am a believer of this book long term.  Bolo on super cheap copies. This is a buy and hold.

​Top Spec Pick

Everyone is riding high after the release of Endgame last week so Avengers is fresh on people’s minds. These 1:50 virgin variants from Jen Bartel have been hot and I don’t see this one being any different. Especially if you can get it at or under ratio price.

Yea, I’m no dummy. I’ll take an intentional push on this one. This is THE book this week.

​Sleeper Pick

These horror movie covers are worth picking up at cover and sticking away in a longbox. I feel down the road collector will want to complete sets and also appeal to horror movie fans. I love comic books with crossover fan appeal.

This new series from Aftershock Comics sounds perfect for a television series or movie. I know that is an overused phrase used for spec validation but in this case I implore you to read the solicit and tell me if you agree. Many Aftershock Comics have popped on release day. While its been difficult to track and predict which will and which won’t, at ratio it’s worth the risk.

Last Week Look Back

Readers Categories :

Straight dud! None of our reading books panned out spec wise.  But hey, your not losing when your reading a good book (insert your mother’s voice here)!

Draw 0 – 0 – 3

Reg Price Variants:

Simpleman takes Marvel with his Venom #13 Asgardian Variant. Everything Venom #13 sold well. Bolo took DC with his pick of Naomi #1 3rd Print which instantly sold and and was going 3x cover. Finally Simpleman eeked one out over Bolo with his pick of Spawn #296 Mattina Variant which has a few sales over-2x ratio which is more than Nathan Gooden’s Madame Xanadu Homage for Queen of Bad Dreams #1.

Simpleman 2 – 1- 0

Cover Art:  

While Jack’s book has yet to sell out at retailer level so it has yet to make a dent on the secondary Market, Brian’s book is below ratio.  Kind of a tie. Tie goes to the guy who picked the CBSI Variant. Point to Bolo.


Bolo 1 – 0 – 0

Flip Categories:

This is the closest category.  Simpleman took Marvel Presents #4 and while Bolo’s IH #16 2nd Print 1:25 was winner most days, not today.  And in a major way! Bolo had Amber Blake #2 1:10. Those are good for a win each. Finally the sleeper category, GI Joe Sierra Muerte #3 1:10 is at 2x ratio while Dick Tracy Forever 1:25 is at ratio giving Bolo the narrow win.

Bolo 2 – 1

Final: Bolo Wins 4-3-3

Bolo eeks out the victory in week Two.  What did you guys think? Who took last week?  Who will win this week? Sound off in the comments!


Want to see more from CBSI’s NCBD duo? 

Be sure to check out Brian’s Simpleman Weekly Picks Video and Jack’s CBSI Bolo List right here on ComicBookInvest.Com

Be sure to also check them out on Simpleman’s Comics YouTube Channel Live at 9 PM Est / 6 PM Pst Thursday’s for the Weekly Bolo List Livestream with the replay releasing right here on the site on Friday’s. 


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