Valiant

Comic Book Sales Figures for September 2015

Star Wars Shattered Empire #1

Star Wars Shattered Empire #1

Comic Book Sales Figures for September 2015

Like last month new comer to the top 10 Image Comics hangs in there with Walking Dead #146 in the number 9 position.  DC Comics also hangs in there with Batman #44 (3rd spot) and Justice League #44 (8th spot).  Having said that Marvel easily takes over the rest of the top 10 with none other than a title in the Star Wars universe, Star Wars Shattered Empire printing well over 200,000 copies.  Oh how long can Marvel keep this up you think?  With the new movie fast approaching Star Wars Shattered Empire offers readers a prequel of sorts in events following the destruction of the second Death Star.  I’m curious and so I too will be reading the events after Return of the Jedi so yeah, I’m excited, but how long can Marvel last?

Comic Book Sales Figures for July 2015

Secret Wars #4

Secret Wars #4

Comic Book Sales Figures for July 2015

This month shows us that with the news that DC Comics is down 2 million for the year it seems that the DC lineup will be changing in order to better compete with Marvel.  It’s also said that DC senior executives have ordered the DC editors to go back to the “meat and potatoes.”  As you can see Marvel has been holding the top 10 hostage and DC has not been able to do much about that.  Their only bread winner for DC was Batman holding out in the top 5 spot.  Marvel won out big yet again taking the rest of the top 10 for the month.  We also see the major Secret Wars event taking the top spot with issue #4 with over 200,000 copies.   Marvel’s Civil War #1 issue and series also seems to be picking up.  Along with the Star Wars line that has had at least 1 issue consistently in the top 10 has provided sunshine and rainbows for the folks at Marvel.  Poor DC…it’s ok, just go back to the way it was and you’ll regain your foothold, not.  Get your movie universe situated…seriously!

Weekly Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 7/29/2015

Here are my personal choices for this weeks top 10 comic book covers.  These covers got my attention and whether being good or bad are deserving of your attention as well, so here we go!

Here we go with another week and boy has the weather been hot!  With 90 degree temp or hotter I feel like I’m gonna melt away.  So before I do that lets get things moving along with our first cover, Marcus To’s virgin variant for Hacktivist.  Cleanly drawn and finished off with simple colors brought this cover to life.  Next was Raul Allen’s awesome Ninjak cutout and again was drawn well and finished off with simple colors.  Psycho Bonkers makes the list again and no it wasn’t for the name; being a rather catchy name.  Agnes Garbowska’s variant cover was cute and almost had a pastel feel, clean and concise I really enjoyed looking at it.  Resident Alien’s third volume, Sam Hain Mystery cover by Steve Parkhouse made the list.  I thought it just stood out from the rest.  I think maybe I liked the girls drawing of our Resident Alien so maybe that’s want caught my eye.

Next we have Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles EC Comics variant by Ryan Brown making the list because it was just so freaking cool.  If I had seen this back in the golden age of comics I think it would have quite frankly blown my mind.  Tithe had a pretty cool cover as well; shattered glass.  For me this week was really about Transformers.  With the new Combiner Hunters released I look forward to reading this new one shot.  Both covers, one from Casey Coller and the other from Livio Ramondelli are drastically different but carry equal weight in both artistic finesse and pure trio awesomeness.  Alex Milne drew another cover for the ongoing series More Than Meets The Eye and it goes to show Alex can draw Transformers and all their angles just as easily as he can draw humans, slim and curvy.  Finally an image of classic 80’s Arcee by Tom Scioli for Transformers vs. G.I. Joe.  That was an amazing cover bringing back childhood memories.

So that’s this weeks top 10 most fascinating, eye catching, crazy looking comic book covers that I could find.  If you see any rare variants that you plan on searching for then good luck and happy hunting!

Top 10 List (Alphabetical Order…)

  • Hacktivist Vol 2 #1 Incentive Marcus To Virgin Variant
  • Ninjak Vol 3 #5 Incentive Raul Allen Variant
  • Psycho Bonkers #3 Variant Agnes Garbowska
  • Resident Alien Sam Hain Mystery #3 Steve Parkhouse
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol 5 #48 Variant Ryan Browne EC Comics Subscription
  • Tithe #4 Regular Rahsan Ekedal
  • Transformers Combiner Hunters Special One Shot Regular Casey W Coller
  • Transformers Combiner Hunters Special One Shot Variant Livio Ramondelli Subscription
  • Transformers More Than Meets The Eye #43 Regular Alex Milne
  • Transformers vs GI Joe #8 Regular Tom Scioli

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Weekly Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 7/22/2015

Here are my personal choices for this weeks top 10 comic book covers.  These covers got my attention and whether being good or bad are deserving of your attention as well, so here we go!

Another week has gone by and yes there’s another rather ridiculous looking but somewhat amusing cover that just needed to be apart of my top 10.  This first cover made the list more because of the massive cult following that has centered around the movie Sharknado.  If any of you have seen the first movie then you know where I’m going with this. Seemingly ridiculous but laughable beyond ones own comprehension and it appears that Archie has been blown into the shark tank that…is…Sharknado.  By the way, the 4th Sharknado movie has been green lit for production.  Next off we have a Tom Fowler variant cover for the new Valiant Book of Death event, Fall of Bloodshot.  I met Tom Fowler at this past Emerald City Comicon.  Nice fellow, talked about some recent commissions for the Valiant universe that I owned so I thought that was pretty cool.  Any ways, another cover that looked a bit odd but had that needed humorous aspect was David Mack’s Fight club cover.

I honestly felt like it was slim pickings this week.  There were a lot of choices to rummage through but not a lot that really stood out as unique and eye catching.  So with that my next cover I was a bit torn on.  Infinite Loop #4 by Gerald Parel is a great cover and I loved the way he drew the facial features of the woman but a part of me wanted to skip over because of the way the body torqued.  It didn’t look all that natural to me but well, you can decide if was deserving or now.  Next we have a favorite artist of mine, Emanuela Lupacchino.  Usually I have nothing but praise concerning any cover her hands graces but this weeks John Carter variant cover struck me as odd.  When I saw it all I could think was man she’s got tits for days.  Yes I said it, sorry for being so blunt.  Not sure what happened there but the cover was sold out so I can’t imagine that being a bad thing.  Next in Old Man Logan #3 I love the way Andrea Sorrentino Drew the infamous character.  With his face and body mostly hidden in shadow she creates this ominous feeling for what is to come.

Another favorite artist of mine comes from the Transformer universe and that amazing guy is Andrew Griffith.  Now he knows how to draw Transformers but in this cover I’m stumped in that I don’t recall Soundwave having wheels, ever.  Now Soundwave and Blaster did have a vehicle form in a particular toy line tying to the Transformers Fall of Cybertron line but I can’t remember him having wheels in any other toy line.  Wait he was a plane as well but if we are talking about the current IDW series I’m not all that sure he has wheels.  Please correct me if I’m wrong but other than that, Andrew rules!  That will never change for me.  Jae Lee fascinates us with yet another amazing piece of art work with a virgin variant for Vampirella Army of Darkness.  Next Nick Pitarra, the artist known for Image series The Manhattan Projects, breaks out his rather unique talent for Weirdworld #2.  For our final cover we have a cutsie cover that I found funny and worth mentioning.  Created by Ben Caldwell for the DC cover event Teen Titans Go!, this is an alternate cover for Wonder Woman #42.

So that’s this weeks top 10 most fascinating, eye catching, crazy looking comic book covers that I could find.  If you see any rare variants that you plan on searching for then good luck and happy hunting!

Top 10 List (Alphabetical Order…)

  • Archie vs Sharknado One Shot Variant Robert Hack
  • Book Of Death Fall Of Bloodshot #1 Incentive Tom Fowler Variant
  • Fight Club 2 #3 Regular David Mack
  • Infinite Loop #4 Variant Gerald Parel Subscription
  • John Carter Warlord Of Mars Vol 2 #9 Incentive Emanuela Lupacchino Virgin
  • Old Man Logan #3 Regular Andrea Sorrentino
  • Transformers Vol 3 #43 Regular Andrew Griffith
  • Vampirella Army Of Darkness #1 Rare Jae Lee Virgin
  • Weirdworld #2 Incentive Nick Pitarra Variant
  • Wonder Woman Vol 4 #42 Variant Ben Caldwell Teen Titans Go!

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Comic Book Sales Figures for June 2015

Secret Wars #3

Secret Wars #3

Comic Book Sales Figures for June 2015

This month shows us with the Convergence storyline from DC out of the picture there was a renewed interest in DC’s normal lineup.  Batman #41 took the #5 spot and a new Justice League of America #1 took the #4 spot.  With Justice League in the #9 spot Marvel won out big taking the rest of the top 10 for the month.  Again we see the Secret Wars event out on top with the #3 issue taking the coveted top spot at over 200,000 copies printed.  Marvel’s Star Wars and Darth Vader series crept up a little as well; I’m reading both.  I also noticed that Image Comics’  Saga has continued to increase it’s print count now nearing 60,000 copies!  What a crazy thing to see.  Yes of course the Walking Dead has remained strong on the list month after month; those damn zombies…

Weekly Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 7/15/2015

Here are my personal choices for this weeks top 10 comic book covers.  These covers got my attention and whether being good or bad are deserving of your attention as well, so here we go!

Hello all, welcome to another installment of the weeks top 10.  Let’s start with Big Trouble in Little China where Rob Guillory, you know the artist from Chew, has created another hilarious virgin variant for all fans alike.  He has such a unique drawing style that you can’t help but enjoy watching his interpretation come alive on both cover and inner pages of any book.  I only hope he continues to draw for many years to come as I’ll be dedicated fan reading whatever he’s involved with.  Next we have an artist that has fairly recently appeared on my radar screen.  Babs Tarr has a way with the curving of lines and that seems to bring out some really amazing pieces of work.  Black Canary is no exception where Babs has created the retailer incentive variant.  Everything has been drawn in almost a fluid like way pouring from his hands onto the paper.  I just love looking at this cover.

Following that we have the new Valiant storyline centered around all of the characters in that universe.  The Book of Death will be something I’ll pick up and Valiant has pulled almost every artist in its arsenal for this series.  Paolo Rivera is one of those artists and has created one of the retailer incentive covers; pretty cool Geomancer.  Another fairly new artist that I have fallen in love with is Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic.  Her images have been so stunning to look at that every time I’m able to gaze on one of them I feel almost humbled in a way.  She has such raw talent that I can only hope I’m able to meet her someday in person.  Make sure to take a look on Tumblr.com Jelena for some additional images created by Jelena.

A new book out this week called the Death Head from Dark Horse caught the eye from the sheer creepiness factor.  Not sure what it’s about but I may pick it up to at least get an idea of where it’ll be going.  Rob Guillory takes credit for another odd creation for Guardians of Knowhere.  This is a complete 180 from his normal work and was a must for the list because of that.  I know Skottie Young is back but back with non baby variants.  Instead we get to see the swag coming from Peter Quill as he should be portrayed.  A unique almost Spirited Away feel comes from Lumberjanes #16 by Kat Philbin.  Isaac Goodhart’s oddly proportioned Postal image is actually good, odd that the drawing feels larger and was trimmed to size on purpose for this specific viewpoint.  I wonder if that was the case?  And finally we have Mike Norton’s freaky cool yet wierd image of our pregnant crazy.  All I can say is that while it’s simple in nature, the image sticks in your head for quite some time afterwards.  Don’t you agree?

So that’s this weeks top 10 most fascinating, eye catching, crazy looking comic book covers that I could find.  If you see any rare variants that you plan on searching for then good luck and happy hunting!

Top 10 List (Alphabetical Order…)

  • Big Trouble In Little China #13 Incentive Rob Guillory Virgin Variant
  • Black Canary Vol 4 #2 Incentive Babs Tarr Variant
  • Book Of Death #1 Incentive Paolo Rivera Artist Variant
  • Book Of Death #1 Variant Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic
  • Death Head #1 Joanna Estep
  • Guardians Of Knowhere #1 Variant Rob Guillory Gwenom
  • Guardians Of Knowhere #1 Variant Skottie Young Baby Connecting Cover (2 Of 4)
  • Lumberjanes #16 Incentive Kat Philbin Virgin Variant
  • Postal #5 Isaac Goodhart
  • Revival #31 Mike Norton

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Comic Book Sales Figures for April 2015

Star Wars #4

Star Wars #4

Comic Book Sales Figures for April 2015

With print sales estimated at around 200,000 and it being issue #4 it’s safe to say that Star Wars is doing quite well for Marvel and Disney.  Star Wars series are still hanging in the top 10 with Darth Vader, Princess Leia, and a relative newcomer Kanan: The Last Padawan.  However it seems that DC’s event Convergence has picked up some much needed steam and have taken 5 of the 10 top spots.  It will be nice with both this event and Marvel’s Secret Wars or Battleworld event that followed the Time Runs Out storyline end and things can finally get back to normal.  I haven’t been following either event as they seem to be rather confusing in nature, too much going on, to many tie-ins, not much help on determining what to read and what not to read.  Yes, it will be nice when these events end, don’t you think?

Weekly Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 5/27/2015

 

Here are my personal choices for this weeks top 10 comic book covers.  These covers got my attention and whether being good or not, are deserving of your attention as well.

This has been an off week for me as it was my birthday.  Nothing like being reminded that another year has past.  It has been fun watching my little kids grow up but as each year passes I feel the need to somehow in someway put the breaks on.  Alas that doesn’t seem to working out for me.  Well cheers for another great year, at least I still have my health, family, and friends!  Now for some comic book talk!

Brian Churilla made the top 10 list this week with his cover for Big Trouble in Little China.  I had a chance to meet him at ECCC this year, pretty cool guy.  Signed my Secret History of D.B. Cooper series that he worked on for Oni Press a while back.  Next Emanuela Lupacchino made the list again simply because her artwork is just so damn clean.  Her covers are stunning pieces of artwork and even though I haven’t read many of the series she’s worked on I still do enjoy gazing at her artwork.  I thought Jelena’s Divinity cover was done very well.  A clean cover emitting that mysterious feeling and since I’m currently reading the series I to0 am looking forward for the 4th and final installment of the 4-part miniseries.

A new series out called Indestructible Stingray made the list twice, Jeff’s cover of the mysterious woman was awe inspiring.  Love the penetrating eyes of the woman figure gracing the cover. On the other hand Nei’s rendition had more sex appeal to it with all proportions done just right.  Adi Granov did a variant cover for Inferno, I believe it’s a very sexy take of Magik (Illyana Rasputin).  I’m not sure if I like the out of the box look or if it’s just so different that it caught my eye, you be the judge. JH Williams III did a fabulous job on his abstract looking cover for The Sandman; colors are damn good too.  This weeks variant cover for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles caught my eye because of how each turtle was drawn…mean and green pumped up on an extra few doses of super steroids.  These turtles could rip you in half with their bare hands.  Christ man stay away from me!  Finally Kotteri did a great job on Ratchet and Drift for Transformers More Than Meets The Eye.

Any ways, that’s this weeks top 10.  If you plan on searching for any of the rare ones good luck and happy hunting!

Top 10 List (Alphabetical Order…)

  • Big Trouble In Little China #11 Regular Brian Churilla
  • Chastity #6 High-End Emanuela Lupacchino Virgin Art Ultra-Limited Variant
  • Divinity #4 Regular Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic
  • Indestructible Stingray #1 Regular Jeff Langevin
  • Indestructible Stingray #1 Variant Nei Ruffino Subscription
  • Inferno #1 Incentive Adi Granov Variant
  • John Carter Warlord Of Mars Vol 2 #7 Incentive Emanuela Lupacchino Virgin
  • Sandman Overture #5 Regular JH Williams III
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol 5 #46 Incentive Alberto Ponticelli Variant
  • Transformers More Than Meets The Eye #41 Incentive Kotteri Variant

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Weekly Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 5/20/2015

 

Here are my personal choices for this weeks top 10 comic book covers.  These covers got my attention and whether being good or not, are deserving of your attention as well.

There definitely wasn’t a shortage of amazing artwork this week and I had an immensely difficult time narrowing down my search to just 10 covers.  I also felt that I shouldn’t let any one publisher runaway with the list.  However after much internal debate with me, myself, and I, I think that I’ve accomplished this weeks task.  First off A-Force is a new series my Marvel and with that came a barrage of varying artist covers.  Most were pretty darn good and that usually doesn’t happen from a big publisher.  Stephanie Hans variant cover was simply amazing prompting me to create a folder for her artwork up on Pinterest: Stephany Hans.  Jim Cheung was up next with his regular cover and I found it fascinating to see so many characters.  I mean yes we have seen many variations of covers with a bunch of characters on it but he melded together in great detail each one clearly in that they are easily identifiable, so yeah, damn good job!

Now Dustin is a pretty hot artist right now but I just found his Archie vs. Predator cover humorous.  Not to mention it’s about Archie and his buddies against one of the most cunning and vicious hunters in the known universe.  Next Deadpool has a new series called Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars and yeah I’m gonna read it and yeah he is dead but hey, I love Deadpool.  Skottie Young hasn’t made the list in a while but I couldn’t pass this one up, Hulk and Black Widows faces are just too damn funny.  LaRosa’s Ninjax cover is badass and the blobs of blood only add to the oozing affect of badass-ness extruding from the front cover, go buy it!

Michael Del Mundo’s Planet Hulk cover had great imaginative artistry going, love the fist intertwined with smaller fists.  Jae Lee had a bunch of covers out this week, along with Francesco Francavilla but his Re-Animator #1 was by far the best.  Jay Anacleto created a work of art for Red Sonja Vultures Circle #4.  It almost looks like something you would find in an art museum.  Jenny Frison did an amazing job on her rendition of Vampirella, the colorist should get some credit as well.  It really brought that cover to life.  Finally Steve Epting’s Winter World Frozen Fleet new series cover had life to it.  I may need to pick up this second arc.

Any ways, that’s this weeks top 10.  If you plan on searching for any of the rare ones good luck and happy hunting!

Top 10 List (Alphabetical Order…)

  • A-Force #1 Incentive Stephanie Hans Variant
  • A-Force #1 Regular Jim Cheung
  • Archie vs Predator #2 Variant Dustin Nguyen
  • Deadpools Secret Secret Wars #1 Variant Skottie Young Baby
  • Ninjak Vol 3 #3 Regular Lewis LaRosa
  • Planet Hulk #1 Regular Michael Del Mundo
  • Re-Animator #1 High-End Jae Lee Virgin Ultra-Limited Variant
  • Red Sonja Vultures Circle #4 High-End Jay Anacleto Virgin Art Ultra-Limited Variant
  • Vampirella Vol 5 #12 Variant Jenny Frison
  • Winterworld Frozen Fleet #1 Incentive Steve Epting Variant

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Weekly Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 5/13/2015

Here are my personal choices for this weeks top 10 comic book covers.  These covers got my attention and whether being good or not, are deserving of your attention as well.

Another week has gone by and my birthday is right around the corner!  Time is literally speeding along like a bullet train with no stops, life flashing before my eyes.  Fabulous, glad that’s out of the way.  Any ways, this weeks set of covers was again bloated by the Convergence event over at DC while Marvel’s Secret Wars event is picking up speed with issue #2 and all associated tie-ins.

Our first cover is the Auteur Sister Bambi from Oni Press, the publisher may be small but it is awesome!  James did a fantastic job with the detail inside the skull.  Love Sean’s depiction of our two main characters pose in a Lethal Weapon movie style poster.   Somehow a Convergence cover made it into the top 10.  I felt it deserved it as the characters look anatomically correct and the color was done well too, kudos to Tony Daniel.  Darick Robertson did a sick cover for Judge Dredd.  Too bad I’m not reading it as I wonder if the artwork within is that badass.  Another amazing cover was for the first issue of Lantern City, retailer incentive by Dave Dorman. With immense detail and imagination I feel like this stood out as one of the best this week.  Tula Lotay did a great job on her abstract virgin variant this week for Project Superpowers Blackcross.  Jay Anacleto must have spent a long time on this cover and I wish I found out the colorist as they must have put some time into it as well, so eye catching, like the Lantern City cover, great detail and color.

Saga has been around for a couple years now and with issue 28 I can safely say that Fiona Staples artwork is very consistent with each issue and she is an amazing artist, one of the best in my mind.  With Brian K. Vaughan still at the helm I’ll be reading this one until the end.  I’m not much of a Spider-Man fan and yeah maybe I’m in the minority group but just never caught on for me.  I think the only time it did was when he was in the New Avengers written by Brian Michael Bendis.  Speaking of I’ve owned the first volume of the New Avengers Omnibus and yeah, still waiting for Omnibus volume 2 Marvel, any day would be great for me!  Veering off the path a bit here, with Spider-Man comes this weeks 2099 issue and Will Sliney did wonders with that cover.  The intricate detail of each line drawn adds to the overall affect in combination with the right amount of color and shadowing, stand out cover no doubt.  Finally we come to a uniquely drawn Storm, not sure what’s happening in the series but the cover states punk!

Any ways, that’s this weeks top 10.  If you plan on searching for any of the rare ones good luck and happy hunting!

Top 10 List (Alphabetical Order…)

  • Auteur Sister Bambi #1 Regular James Callahan
  • Chrononauts #3 Variant Sean Murphy
  • Convergence #6 Variant Tony S Daniel Cover
  • Judge Dredd Classics Dark Judges #5 Regular Darick Robertson
  • Lantern City #1 Incentive Dave Dorman Virgin Variant
  • Project Superpowers Blackcross #3 Incentive Tula Lotay Virgin
  • Red Sonja Vultures Circle #3 High-End Jay Anacleto Virgin Art Ultra-Limited Variant
  • Saga #28 Fiona Staples
  • Spider-Man 2099 Vol 2 #12 Will Sliney
  • Storm Vol 3 #11 Victor Ibanez

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