Micro Reviews

Paper Girls #1 – Signed by Brian K Vaughan + Others (Midtown Comics)

Paper Girls #1 Midtown Comics Signed

Paper Girls #1 Midtown Comics Signed

Paper Girls #1 – Signed by the Following…

  1. Brian K. Vaughan
  2. Cliff Chiang
  3. Matt Wilson
  4. Jared Fletcher

Another Midtown Comics signing with none other than 4 creators including an amazing writer Brian K. Vaughan who’s been busy working on all sorts of projects with various publishers, Image Comics being one of them.  Even though this cover, signed by 4, is now sold out at Midtown Comics you can still find it in the secondary market like eBay. Don’t miss your chance to own this quad signed cover from Midtown Comics.

Reference: Midtown Comics!

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Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1 – Signed by Mark Brooks (Midtown Comics)

Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows

Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1 – Signed by Mark Brooks

Another Midtown Comics signing with none other than Mark Brooks who’s an artist that’s been very busy working for Marvel.  I’m not a huge fan of The Amazing Spider-Man but Black Cat is always a fan favorite whenever it graces the cover.  Don’t miss your chance to own the signed version from Midtown Comics.

Reference: Midtown Comics!

Chrononauts #1 – Signed by Sean Gordon Murphy (Midtown Comics)

Chrononauts #1

Chrononauts #1

Chrononauts #1 (1st Print) Signed by Sean Gordon Murphy

Another Midtown Comics signing with none other than Sean Gordon Murphy who’s an artist that’s been on fire as of late.  You should check out his Deviant Art site if you get a chance.  He has a bunch of old and upcoming covers for Chrononauts and past series.  I’ve read some reviews where praise is all they could offer for new new series he is coauthor on with Mark Millar.  I’ve also read some dismal reviews comparing it to nothing new and exciting, been done before, time travel, peeps with blond hair, made for Universal to pick up as a movie.

Any ways, I just read it and while the content has been done before and yeah the scientists are typical alpha males that seemingly can Macgyver the crap outta anything in a matter of minutes and still make out with the girl, it still was a fun ride.  There are aspects to the book that are worth exploring and with the placement of our main characters in the timeline it looks to be a fun ride.  Hell if they move through the centuries and create scenes that lead up to potential movie ideas done in real life (Back to the Future…saw an upcoming cover) then kudos to them!

Reference: Midtown Comics!

Comic Cover Art: Star Wars (Marvel)

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Star Wars Vol. 4 (Marvel)

Now I’ve seen publishers in the past gone hog wild over variant covers simply for promoting a particular series or event but this has got to be one of the largest variant cover count releases for a comic that I’ve seen in some time.  Since the acquisition of LucasFilm’s early last year by Disney, Marvel (Owned by Disney)  took over the publishing rights from Dark Horse starting in 2015.  Dark Horse had been releasing some amazing stories over the past 20 years expanding the Star Wars universe by leaps and bounds over what Marvel did during it’s initial run.  Memorable series like Legacy and Tales of the Jedi to a more recent favorite of mine Dawn of the Jedi.  I felt I as a reader had struck gold with the release of Dawn of the Jedi as it literally broke new ground by creating an all new character cast expanding a timeline hardly touched in the past except for a few references made in past by series such as Tales of the Jedi.  If you ever get a chance to read both series I’m sure you’ll agree with me.  I only hope Marvel takes a good look at what Dark Horse was doing near the end of 2014 and consider the possibility.  If only Dark Horse had written more Dawn of the Jedi miniseries!  I believe they that could have easily translated into a motion picture movie trilogy.

Here are some links concerning the publishing license move from Dark Horse to Marvel.
End of an Era for Dark Horse
Lucasfilm and Marvel Join Forces to Publish Star Wars Comics

Regular and Variant Covers:

  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 1.1 Blank Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 1.1 John Cassaday 2nd Print Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 1.1 John Cassaday Standard
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 1.1 John Tyler Christopher Action Figure Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 1.1 John Tyler Christopher Humorous Color Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 1.1 Skottie Young Baby Connecting Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 1.15 Retailer Incentive Movie Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 1.20 Retailer Incentive Sara Pichelli Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 1.25 Retailer Incentive Bob McLeod Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 1.25 Retailer Incentive John Cassaday Teaser Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 1.50 Retailer Incentive Alex Ross Color Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 1.50 Retailer Incentive J. Scott Campbell Connecting Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 1.100 Retailer Incentive Joe Quesada Wraparound Color Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 1.200 Retailer Incentive Alex Ross Sketch Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 1.500 Retailer Incentive Joe Quesada Wraparound B&W Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 1.Store John Cassaday Party Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 1.Store John Tyler Christopher Humorous B&W Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Adi Granov Forbidden Planet B&W Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Adi Granov Forbidden Planet Color Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Alan Davis Emerald City Comics B&W Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Alan Davis Emerald City Comics Color Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Alex Maleev DCBS Color Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Alex Maleev DCBS Sketch Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Alex Meleev Warp 9 Comics B&W Variant 1-1500
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Alex Meleev Warp 9 Comics Color Variant 1-3000
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Amanda Connor Vault Collectibles B&W 1-1500 Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Amanda Connor Vault Collectibles Color Variant 1-3000
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Dale Keown AOD Collectibles B&W 1-2000 Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Dale Keown AOD Collectibles Color 1-3000 Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Daniel Acuna Heroes & Fantasies B&W Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Daniel Acuna Heroes & Fantasies Color Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Dave Dorman M&M Comics Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 David Peterson Newbury Comics Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 DF Exclusive Greg Land Connecting Color 1-15000 Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 DF Exclusive Greg Land Connecting Sketch Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Frank Cho Cards, Comics & Collectibles Color Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Frank Cho Cards, Comics & Collectibles Sketch Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Gabriele Dell’Otto Loot Crate Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 GameStop’s Exclusive Greg Horn 1-10000 Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 GameStop’s Exclusive Greg Horn Fade Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Hasbro Previews Exclusive New York Toy Fair 1-10000 Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Hastings Store Color Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Hastings Store Sketch Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Heroes Haven Comics Mike Perkins Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Humberto Ramos Mile High Comics 1-3000 Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 J. Scott Campbell Cargo Hold Color 1-3000 Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 J. Scott Campbell Cargo Hold Sketch 1-1500 Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Jenny Frison buymetoys.com Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Joe Quinones Kings Comics Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 John Tyler Christopher ComicXposure B&W Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 John Tyler Christopher ComicXposure Color Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 McLeod Third Eye Comics Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Midtown Exclusive Mark Brooks Connecting Color Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Midtown Exclusive Mark Brooks Connecting Sketch Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Mike Deodato Jr Limited Edition Comix Sketch Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Mike Deodato Jr. Limited Edition Comix Color Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Mike Mayhew Zapp Comics B&W 1-1500 Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Mike Mayhew Zapp Comics Color 1-3000 Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Mike McKone Bampf Collectibles 1-3000 Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Pascal Campion Tidewater Comicon Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Pasqual Ferry ThinkGeek Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Paul Renaud Fantastico Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Simone Bianchi Books-A-Million Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Stan Sakai Beach Ball Comics B&W 1-2000 Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Stan Sakai Beach Ball Comics Color Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Stephanie Hans Rebel Base Comics & Toys Variant

Reference:

A special thanks to my two main sources below and of course Google’s search engine.

Image Source: Midtown Comics
Image Source: Comic Collector Live (CCL)

Please Note:

  • Any reference in the title of 1-XXXX means 1 copy of X printed in total.
  • Any reference in the title of 1.X means 1 copy for every X printed.
  • Any reference in the title of 1.Store means 1 copy allocated per comic book store.

Comic Cover Art: The Valiant (Valiant Entertainment)

Valient Event – The Valiant

Here are the issues for the new miniseries The Valiant.  If anyone cares to share and other variant covers for this series then definitely tack on additional covers to the post or send them to me. There are also retailer incentive sketch variants complimenting the color variants listed below.

Variant Covers:

  • The Valiant #1 Cover A Regular Paolo Rivera
  • The Valiant #1 Cover B Blank
  • The Valiant #1 Cover D 1:20 Incentive Jeff Lemire & Matt Kindt Interlocking Variant
  • The Valiant #1 Cover E 1:50 Incentive Francesco Francavilla Variant
  • The Valiant #1 Cover F 1:100 Incentive Paolo Rivera Black & White
  • The Valiant #1 Exclusive Midtown Store Shared Variant
  • The Valiant #1 Exclusive Hastings Store Brent Peeples Variant

Image Source: Midtown Comics

Akira #38 (1995) (Epic/Marvel) – Graham Crackers Comics Rocks!

Thanks to co-owner of Graham Crackers Comics John Robinson I was finally able to complete my Akira Epic/Marvel run of 38 comics.  Mind you each comic is the size of a thin Trade Paper Back that even with double bagging in Mylar-D requires half the space in a comic short box.  An issue of Akira #37 in VF/NM or better averages around $25-40 and Akira #38 in VF/NM or better averages around $50-90.

I realize that isn’t much compared to the usual old school Marvel and DC but #38 is rather hard to find.  There have been a few places that I’ve found it around $80 and the most obvious place to find it would be on eBay.  For the past year I’ve been looking for one and seen a few on eBay come and go from questionable sellers.  I mean buying from eBay has it’s risks and I’ve been burned many times in the past.  Unfortunate for me I live in an area that have few comic stores so my only real option is the internet.

Anyways, I check Graham Crackers Comics weekly and noticed they had the cover and thanks to John I was able to obtain the legendary book few have seen.  Apparently GCC bought a huge collection that happened to have this lonely single issue calling my name.  I’ve purchased many books from GCC in the past and shipping has always been topnotch!  Check out the pics of the packaging job done for this shipment.  I realize that this post is starting to sound like one of those shameful plugs but on the flip-side, I believe it’s a well deserved plug.

Thanks John Robinson, co-owner of Graham Cracker Comics!

 

Comic Cover Art: Shield #1 (Marvel)

Comic Cover Art – Shield

Here are the issues for the new series Shield.  Marvel released another crazy set of variant covers for this new series.  If anyone cares to share and other variant covers for this series then definitely tack on additional covers to the post or send them to me. I gotta say though, I do like the Deadpool variant.

Variant Covers:

  • Shield #1 Cover A
  • Shield #1 Cover B Skottie Young “Marvel Baby” Variant
  • Shield #1 Cover C Blank Variant
  • Shield #1 Cover D Deadpool Party Color Variant
  • Shield #1 Cover E Mahmud Asrar Young Guns Variant
  • Shield #1 Cover F Steve McNiven Young Guns Variant
  • Shield #1 Cover G David Marquez Young Guns Variant
  • Shield #1 Cover H Sara Pichellie Marquez Young Guns Variant
  • Shield #1 Cover I Valerio Schiti Young Guns Variant
  • Shield #1 Cover J Ryan Stegman Young Guns Variant
  • Shield #1 Cover K Marvel Agents of Shield Photo Variant
  • Shield #1 Cover L Mike Deodato Jr. Retailer Incentive Variant
  • Shield #1 Cover M Deadpool Party Sketch Variant

Image Source: Midtown Comics

Alf #48 – So Hurry Up Already!

Alf #48 – So Hurry Up Already!

I’ve seen this circulate around the net for sometime now and to be quite honest, the humor of it never gets old.  You know there is actually a wiki dedicated to just the Alf comics?  Did you also know that the series extended to 50 issues, 3 annuals, 3 specials, and a mini comic?  I wonder when Marvel will release that Omnibus! What say you theomnibuscollector?

Comic Cover Art: Death of Wolverine

Marvel Event – Death of Wolverine

Unfortunately Tumblr will only allow up to 10 pictures per pic post.  That being said there are just too many covers of issue #1 for this years over-hyped Marvel event Death of Wolverine to post.  If anyone cares to share then definitely tack on additional covers to the post. There are also retailer incentive sketch variants complimenting the color variants listed below.

So, taking Marvel’s direction at face value, if and when Wolverine is killed off, when do you think the writers at Marvel will resurrect the beast?

Variant Covers:

  • Death of Wolverine #1 Regular Steve McNiven
  • Death of Wolverine #1 Midtown Exclusive J Scott Campbell Connecting Variant
  • Death of Wolverine #1 Variant Skottie Young Baby
  • Death of Wolverine #1 Variant Deadpool Memorial Color
  • Death of Wolverine #1 Variant Steve McNiven Canada
  • Death of Wolverine #1 Incentive 1:50 Leinil Francis Yu Variant
  • Death of Wolverine #1 Incentive 1:75 Alex Ross 75th Anniversary Color Variant
  • Death of Wolverine #1 Incentive 1:100 Joe Quesada Color Variant
  • Death of Wolverine #1 GameStop Variant
  • Death of Wolverine #1 Salt Lake Comic Con Greg Horn Exclusive

Image Source: Midtown Comics
Comic Review: Comic Vine

ComicMount – Should I Test?

therapyincomics:

ComicMount

I’ve just discovered a new product that hasn’t been out too long and I’m wondering if anyone out there has any examples of this out there they could share with me and others.  I’m talking CGC/PGX wall mounted pictures, 3rd party cases using the mounting product, or just regular table top display examples.  I’m thinking of picking up some for my own collection so show me your collection using ComicMount!

If you are unable to locate stores with adequate inventory to purchase from then head over to ComicMount’s store front on eBay.  There pricing seems to be very competitive with other mounting systems currently out there.  You can also visit there Facebook site by clicking the above picture.

http://stores.ebay.com/ComicMount

I just picked up 5 today off of eBay to test out.  I’ll be sure to post my thoughts as I have a few scenarios I’d like to put this product through as I quest for the perfect universal comic book mounting and display system…I love comics…