Hottest Comics for the Week of 9/6/17

 

After a crappy week of comics, we will be on overload with great new series’ and a ton of Venom. Get your allowance from your parents or spouse and load up this week!

 

What’s Hot?

 

 

 

Daredevil #26 & Typhoid Mary Venomized Variant

 

From the Publisher – A mysterious invitation from a long-missing ally sends DAREDEVIL on a quest halfway around the world. Out of his element in rural China, can Daredevil survive an encounter with a villain not even his enhanced senses can pick up?

 

My Take – Daredevil has gotten better every issue through the series and they’re kicking off a new series arc that sounds like a winner. I love the original cover on this one and the Venomized variant isn’t my favorite, but it’ll be going for a few bucks over cover price.

 

 

X-Men Gold #11 & Venomized Omega Red Variant & Del Mundo Rock N Roll Variant

 

From the Publisher – But what does his return have to do with the reappearance of a relative COLOSSUS and MAGIK thought long lost? Can the X-Men trust ANATOLY RASPUTIN to help put Omega Red back in the grave? Or does he have ulterior motives for calling upon the X-Men?

 

My Take – After enduring a boring, setup issue with #10, this issue should finally get to the X-Men vs. Omega Red. X-Men: Gold has been the equivalent to a supermodel playing a tease on you. You nearly get something you want so badly, but then they pull it away. Maybe we’ll get it here.

 

Both of these variants are great. Presales for the Venomized variant are going for around $5-6, while the Rock N Roll variant is going for around $8-10. Expect the Venomized variant to hold its value, while the Rock N Roll variant will likely fall a bit. The Hip Hop variants were valued at over $10 when first released, then they released a few hundred more and killed their value.

 

Walking Dead #171

 

From the Publisher – FEAR THE PRINCESS: Who is she, and what does she want?

 

My Take – While most people will pick up this issue anyways, this will be the first appearance of the Princess. She looks pretty badass. I mean is that real Muppet fur she’s wearing? This issue is selling for cover price, but may be a collectible if she turns out to be anyone of consequence.

 

 

Astonishing X-Men #3 & Venomized Magneto Variant

 

From the Publisher – The X-MEN continue their fight against the SHADOW KING! But when OLD MAN LOGAN loses himself in the ASTRAL PLANE and Shadow King’s illusions, will he ever find his way back to his teammates? AND WHAT OTHER HORRORS AWAIT OUR TEAM?

 

My Take – This series has hit the mark on the first two issues and it looks to continue as the team battles the Shadowking and an unlikely threat.

 

This Venomized Magneto variant may be the best of the Venomized variants this week. The variant is going for $5-6, while there’s also a virgin variant limited to 600 copies available for around $30.

 

 

What’s Cool?

 

Generations: Iron Man & Ironheart #1

 

From the Publisher – Riri Williams is given a once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet Tony Stark…Sorcerer Supreme! Join Ironheart as she discovers things about the Iron Man legacy that will change her forever.

 

My Take – If you’re a Marvel fan and plan to continue following them through the Legacy gimmick, you should probably pick this up. Iron Man and Ironheart will likely play large roles in the future titles.

 

Scales & Scoundrels #1

 

From the Publisher – It’s hard to make an honest living in a land brimming with magic and mystery, and treasure hunter Luvander is tired of being a penniless adventurer. Ever in search of gold and glory, she sets off for a fabled dungeon, ‘the Dragon’s Maw,’ an ancient labyrinth, at the bottom of which slumbers endless wealth… or certain doom! But what starts out as a road to riches becomes the first step on an epic journey to destiny, for Luvander holds a secret in her heart that will shatter the chains of fate and bring light to a world encroached upon by an ancient darkness.

 

My Take – Image has been releasing a lot of similar titles that have all hit. I love what I’ve read so far on this series and I expect it to be a quality read.

 

Venomverse #1 & McFarlane Remastered 1:1000 Variant

 

From the Publisher – THE VENOM EPIC OF THE FALL STARTS HERE! During a routine battle with the villainous Jack O’Lantern, Venom finds himself transported to a far-off world and learns a terrible truth – a deadly new species called the Poisons has emerged from the vastness of space, and to make matters worse, they’re hunting Venoms! Trapped on the planet’s surface with a ragtag band of Venomized heroes, Eddie has no choice but to mount a counteroffensive and hope to find a way home!

 

My Take – I want to put this in the hype section, I so do, but Venom is king right now for Marvel and this will be bought up quickly. The Edge of Venomverse lead-up series was so bad, both the artwork, writing, and premise, but it’s another “must read” because it’s Venom and it’s a Marvel event. The covers will still be amazing, but I have little hope of this being anything that I don’t regret buying.

 

The McFarlane Remastered Variant really looks cheap, but it’s McFarlane and its super rare, so it’s going for anywhere between $1,000-2,000. If you have that amount in allowance to spend, I can find better investments for you than this.

 

The Evil Within #1

 

From the Publisher – Get ready for the hotly anticipated comics sequel to tango Gameworks’ blood-curdling survival horror series! Still shell-shocked by the horrific events that took place at the beacon mental hospital, detective Sebastian Castellanos finds himself investigating a gruesome murder in Krimson city that might be his key to understanding what happened in his terrifying encounter at beacon. From the mind of Shinji Mikami – creator of the seminal resident evil series – the evil within represents the pinnacle of survival-horror gaming with its mind-bending environments, intricate story lines, and blood curdling scares!

 

My Take – If you’re looking for a new horror series, now is a good time to catch up with The Evil Within. The first series was a hit and its issues are still holding value on the secondary market.

 

Made Men #1

 

From the Publisher – You don’t know Jutte Shelley, but you might know her family. Before she was a Shelley, she was a Frankenstein. These days, she’s a Detroit Special Ops officer. At least she was, until she and her entire team were ambushed during what should have been a routine call. Jutte watched as, one by one, her friends were gunned down. And then, in a flurry of bullets, Jutte fell too. But Jutte isn’t like other people. She’s a Frankenstein. And she knows all her family’s secrets. Guess who’s getting the gang back together?

 

My Take – Made Men is likely to be a solid read, one that I wouldn’t expect from Oni Press. I don’t expect this series to be a great investment or to be turned into a major motion picture, but it’ll likely be worth the read.

 

Black Sable #1

 

From the Publisher – One hundred years in the future the ‘age of pirates’ has returned as mankind reaches out for the stars. Schooners have been replaced by star ships and these pirates wield space age weaponry, but they are as bloodthirsty and ruthless as their predecessors were centuries before them. Experience a new universe of swashbuckling action and adventure in the vast reaches of space!

 

My Take – Black Sable is a bit of new direction for Zenescope, but, like Made Men, it’s likely to be a quality story worth following, especially if you’re into sci-fi adventures. And don’t ask me why the title and the title on the cover are different.

 

Star Wars Adventures #1

 

From the Publisher – Introducing an exciting new era in all-ages Star Wars comics! Each issue in this monthly series will feature two stories, starring your favorite Star Wars characters from all the films! This debut issue will reveal Rey’s early adventures on Jakku as well as a comical tale of clone catastrophe!

 

My Take – Star Wars is just mass producing new titles aren’t they? If you have kids and want to get them into comics and/or Star Wars, this’ll be a great series. There isn’t many quality comics for kids out there, but this looks to hit the mark.

 

 

What’s Hype?

 

Venomverse War Stories #1

 

From the Publisher – Sure, you know about some of the adventures All-New Wolverine, Gwenpool, Ghost Rider, Old Man Logan and Deadpool went on with their symbiotes, but what about the rest?!

 

My Take – I’m drawing the line here. This is not a good series and War Stories is nothing more than a money grab. Yes, cool cover. But it only masks a bad story for people blinded by the shiny new toy that has become Venom.

 

Bombshells United #1

 

From the Publisher – The Bombshells are back in an all-new series! As our new tale begins, the year is 1943, and Wonder Woman is called to Arizona for help by two young girls named Cassie Sandsmark and Donna Troy! The girls’ friends and families are being displaced from their homes and forced into internment camps! To save them, can Wonder Woman fight against the same people she once fought alongside?

 

My Take – Like with Venomverse, Wonder Woman is queen for DC right now and they’re doing whatever they can to put her on whatever covers they can as people still have their movie buzz. Whenever comics are pushed in correlation with movies, the quality of the comic is often poor. But the artwork is cool, so it may be worth a pickup.

 

Kingsman: The Red Diamond #1 (of 6)

 

From the Publisher – Kingsman: The Golden Circle (starring Channing Tatum and Colin Firth) is in cinemas in September, and we’re launching the sequel to the hit comic book series by MARK MILLAR and DAVE GIBBONS with KINGSMAN: THE RED DIAMOND. Working-class super-spy Eggsy follows in his mentor’s footsteps but is still rough around the edges for a Kingsman agent. Rejected by his high school crush and hot on the heels of a rescue mission to save Prince Phillip, he embarks on an international terror plot in a story that starts where James Bond draws the line.

 

My Take – If the movie and stars are the first thing mentioned in the description, that’s likely because they finished the series and realized they have missed here. I wasn’t a fan of the original series and I don’t see this being much better.

 

 

What’s Cold?

 

Journey to Star Wars Last Jedi Capt Phasma #1 (of 4)

 

From the Publisher – As the excitement ramps up for this December’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, come back with us to the final moments of The Force Awakens and the destruction of Starkiller Base to learn the fate of Captain Phasma! Captured by the Resistance and thrown into a garbage masher, we follow the chrome-adorned warrior from the site of the First Order’s biggest defeat to the doorstep of this holiday season’s biggest blockbuster! Written by Kelly Thompson (HAWKEYE, STAR WARS ANNUAL 2016) and drawn by Marco Checchetto (STAR WARS: SHATTERED EMPIRE, STAR WARS: SCREAMING CITADEL), Captain Phasma will recondition you to love Star Wars again!

 

My Take – Another new Star Wars series? Captain Phasma is likely a cool character, but lets let the movie play out a bit before we give her a solo series, even if it is just four issues. There’s so many great characters that I would give a series to first. However, as a Star Wars fan, I’ll give it a chance.

 

Lazaretto #1 (of 5)

 

From the Publisher – ‘After a pandemic strikes, a dorm complex at a small American college is quarantined with all of the students trapped within. What first starts out as youthful freedom from authority soon devolves into a violent new society-it’s Lord of the Flies on a college campus.’

 

My Take – This might sound more promising if not for a 5-issue miniseries. After reading further description from Boom! Studios, this sounds more like a Breakfast Club miniseries where we learn the backgrounds of the students, than a Lord of the Flies series.

 

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