Top 5 comics I’m excited about possibly getting this year [August 2022]

These aren’t series I’m interested in but facsimile,one-shots,and comics I’m just interested in getting.

Godzilla:Best of Mothra #0

I love everything Godzilla based!!!

I love Mothra. The end.

Death of Superman 30th Anniversary Special #1 [pollybagged]

I do have the original one,but I want this one . It comes with a poster and arm band. And although I’ll never open it I still want it,because I like gimmicks.

Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers #100 , foil variant

I want every holographic Power Ranger comi,all of them.No I’m not currently reading the comics either.There are too many. But one day I will buy the omnibus.

The Tomb of Dracula #1 facsimile

Dracula is my favorite flavor.

Vampires. Dracula within Marvel, please and thank you.

What’s the Furthest Place from Here Deluxe Edition #6 (honestly any deluxe edition of this comic)

I waant it.

I don’t want any random comic from this series only the deluxe versions.

WHY?

Because it comes with a soundtrack vinyl attached. And I will always be the comic queen of gimmicks. Comes with 3d-glases I’ll buy it. Comes with cards and is pollybagged.I’ll buy it.Foil regular varinat ,get in my cart. Doesn’t So when I saw this comic, I had totry to get it.It’s so rare that most shops might get one max.So if I’m lucky I could possibly get it.

But it’s a lower than 25% chance.

Top five suggestions for new comic books collectors

The big two aren’t the only publishers who make quality comics.

There are a lot of great stories to read that are produced by publishers other than Marvel and DC comics. It is the age of the indy artist. And when you choose to limit yourself to those two you are going to be missing out on beautifully done stories and new ideas that the big two are too scared to try.

A pull list is “the” way to go. 

You must understand that most stores only get so many of each comic cover. So if you want a specific one, there’s a chance that you won’t get it by just going to a comic book shop. Especially if it’s a key issue or a popular variant. Pull lists get priority. They aren’t saving a certain amount for the public. You should also be aware some people wait out on release days for the stores to open. So you’re getting what’s left.

Storytime: When White by Blackmask came out the quantities of the comic were so limited that the pull list had to be rotated so that each of us could occasionally get the 1st print of the comic. This meant that if you were looking for the 1st print of that comic in store, you wouldn’t get it.

Look up any comic price before buying because of these three things:

  1. Age alone doesn’t equal high value or rarity. Old≠valuable.
  2. Some comic book stores overcharge to the point that their sales are just average price at other stores.
  3. If you’re buying comic books from a reseller. There’s a good chance that many books are under and over prices depending on the employee’s comic book knowledge.

If you can buy a comic for under $1, do it.

The market is only going up over time. I remember early in my collecting days I would commonly find comics for $.15. The market has changed a lot since the 2000s. If you look online, even Free Comic Book Day Comics start at $1, so you can’t go wrong with buying cheap. As long it’s something you’re actually interested in.

You can help build your comic book collection for free by participating in Free Comic Book Day and Batman day.

The comics are free and many stores have some of their biggest sales on those days. So every year you can get a free stack of comics. Not to mention that certain ones do go up in value. My most expensive FCBD comic is selling online for about $80. Besides value, these comics will often highlight popular comics, cartoons, and/or manga from the year. As well as give you a little peak into what comics or books will be coming out later that year.

Black Comic book Key issues vs 1.4

1st appearance of Aneka, Black Panther #8, 2009

1st appearance of Ayo, Ultimates #1, 2015

1st appearance of Batwing(David Zavimbe), Batman Icorporat4d #5,2011

1st appearance of Batwing(Luke Fox),Batwing #19, 2013

1st appearance of (Lucas) Bishop, Uncanny X-Men #283, 1991

1st appearance of Blade(Eric Brooks), Tomb of Dracula #10 1973

2nd appearance of Blade, Tomb of Dracula #12, 1973

1st solo title of Blade, Blade: The Vampire Hunter #1 ,1994

1st appearance of Black Lightning(Jefferson Pierce) , Black Lightning #1, 1977

1st appearance of Black Panther(T’Challa), Fantastic Four #52 ,1966

2nd appearance of Black Panther, Fantastic Four #53 ,1966

1st appearance of Blood Syndicate(team), Blood Syndicate #1, 1993

1st appearance of Blue Marvel (Adam Brashear), Adam: Legend of the Blue Marvel #1 2009

1st appearance of Bumblebee(Karen Beecher), Teen Titans #45 1976

1st of appearance of Captain Marvel(monica rambeaut), Amazing SPider Man annual #16

1st appearance of The Crew(original group), The Crew #1,2003

1st appearance of The Crew(group), Black Panther #6 2016

1st appearance of Cyborg(Victor Stone), DC Comics Presents #26 1980

1st appearance of DMZ, Blood Syndicate #1 1993

1st appearance of the Dora Milaje(team), Black Panther #1 1998

1st appearance of Duke Thomas(Signal),Batman #21,2013

1st appearance of Elijah “Eli” Bradley (Patriot) Young Avengers #1

1st appearance of the Falcon, Captain America #117

1st appearance of Holocaust, Blood Syndicate #1 1993

1st appearance of Icon(Augustus Freeman I/II/III & IV), Icon #1 1993

1st appearance of of Isiah Bradley , Truth Red,White,and Black #1 2003

1st appearance of John Stewart, Green Latern #87 1971

1st appearance of Luke Cage(Power Man),Luke Cage, Hero for Hire #1 1972

1st appearance of Malcolm “Mal” Duncan(Guardian) Teen Titans #26 1970

1st appearance of Miles Morales ( Ultimate Spider-Man), Ultimate Fallout #4 2011

1st solo title and 2nd appearance of Miles Morales, Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man #1 2011

1st appearance of Misty Knight, Marvel Premiere #21,1975

1st appearance of Moon Girl (Lunella Lafayette), Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, 2016

1st appearance of Nakia, Black Panther #1 1998

1st appearance of Naomi, Naomi #1 2019

1st appearance of Nubia, Wonder Woman #204

1st appearance of Okoye,Black Panther #1 1998

1st appearance of Riri Williams(Iron Heart) Invicible Iron Man #7 2016

1st appearance of Rocket(Raquel Ervin), Icon #1 1993

1st appearance of Shuri, Black Panther #2 2009

1st appearance of Spawn, Spawn #1 1992

1st appearance of Spider-Punk (Hobart “Hobbie” Brown),Amazing Spider Man#10 2015

1st solo title of Spider-Punk, Spider-Punk #1 2022

1st appearance of Static, Static #1 1993

1st appearance of Steel(John Henry),Adventures of Superman #500, 1993

1st appearance of Storm(Ororo Monroe), Giant Size X-Men #1 1975

1st appearance of Superman (Calvin Ellis) Final Crisis #7 2009

1st appearance of War Machine(James “Rhodey” Rhodes), Iron Man #118 1979

1st appearance of Zuri, Black Panther #1 1998

(I am slowly but surely making this as long as possible starting with a lot of the books I own . In time there will be a lot more.)

My top 10 comic covers of 2022

In no particular order. These are my favorite comics that I’ve bought this year.

Miles Morales:Spider-Man and Moon Girl #1 Momoko Variant

Momoko is one of my favorite artist and I think this cover is so cute.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #127

I can’t really say why, but there was something about this cover that just vibed with me.

Power Rangers Unlimited: Countdown to Ruin #1 Foil Variant

Power Ranger foil cover one of three coming out this year.

Amazing Spider-Man #93 Gleason Variant

One of the few Gleason Spider-Man covers I was able to get.

Reckoning War: Trial of the Watcher Momoko Variant

Definitely one of my favorite covers that she’s put out this year.

The Amazing Spider-Man #1 2022 Besch variant

Miles Morales: Spider-Man # 38 Bartel

FCBD: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

This was probably my favorite cover from Free Comic Book Day.

Miles Morales:Spider-Man #37 Ngu Variant

I just think it looks cool, personally.

Nubia: Coronation Special #1 1:25 Crystal Kung Variant

I got this as a gift at free comic book day it’s probably the only ratio variant I’ll get this year.

The best way to start my comic book collection that appreciates with value PART 1: Current keys

Starting to build a collection of comics that will appreciate in value is a quite specific thing to do. But I have managed to do it for over a decade now and my collection is worth a good chunk of money and I want that for you too.

Tip #1: Start with current keys.

When I say current, I don’t mean modern age, I mean comics that are coming out next Tuesday and Wednesday. The best way to start a comic book collection that will appreciate in value is by knowing what is coming out this year and buying the comics as soon as they come out.

The best practice will be having a pull list at a comic book shop so you can get to comics before they’re sold out.

How do you learn about what’s coming out?

I find out through two apps, Key collector Comics and Comic Geeks. 

Key collector Comics

A screenshot

Key collector comics isn’t free it’s $2 and I can easily say that it easily makes me the $24 a month back rather quickly. Just with two comics.

Comic Geeks

Is an app that tells you every comic that is comic out from all the mainstream publishers every week, including the multiple variants for each cover. The app also allows you to make a collection of all the comics that you have.

Why is this the best route for new collectors?

Because it’s the most cost-effective route. When new comics come out they cost between $4-10. If you get them as pull orders at a comic book shop you don’t have to worry about paying extra money for them because they’re keys.

It doesn’t require research or you knowing anything about what movies and TV shows are coming out or what comics are just growing in popularity. It just requires speed and a little bit of seed money.

Starting a comic book collection on a budget part Part 1: How to start a comic book collection

The trick is there is no right way to start your collection.

You could walk into a comic book shop and buy a comic off of the wall and BOOM that one comic is the start of your collection.

Regardless of what anyone might say, this journey is simply started by buying your first comic.

That’s it.

It may feel daunting and you may not no where to start ,but don’t worry , it’s really ease read the additional post.I’m here to help. There is no right way to be a collector

Starting a comic book collection on a budget for beginners Part 3 : Key issues 101

Before starting your collecting you should know about key issues.A key issue is just a comic in which something important happens.

Types of Key issues

1st/2nd/3rd appearance of [fill in character or fill in team]

1st in comic book appearance of [fill in character]

1st Cameo appearance of [fill in character]

1st cover of appearance of [fill in character]

Anniversary Issues

Controversial Issues

Death of [fill in character]

Errors

Final issue of a comic

Iconic Covers

Important Event[battles/suit change/changes of leadership]

Origin of [fill in character]

Key issues are divided into two types Major Keys and Minor Keys. A major key would be the 1st appearance of character a minor key would be a suit change of a character.

BUT

Here’s where things get tricky when value is concerned, though a first appearance will always be a “major key” that doesn’t mean that it will defiantly be worth more than a “minor key”.

Popularity of a character weighs heavily on what has value and what doesn’t. Knowing and predicting what is and will be valuable is what makes collecting difficult and fun.

EXAMPLE:

1 st appearance
Controversial Issue
???????

The first one is X-Men: The End #1 is the 1st appearance of Aliyah Bishop. The daughter of Warbird and Bishop from an alternate timeline. It is not worth as much as Batman Damned #1. Why is it controversial? It is DC’s R-rated label, and they had Bruce was naked and drawn anatomically correct.

BUT

This issue is not worth as much as Adam: Legend of the Blue Marvel #2. This issue is not a key issue, but it is from a comic book series that had a limited run less than 13,000 copies were ever made. So though not a key issue, it is still a rare and valuable comic.

Keys are important but watching for variants and limited series,can be just as important.

Comic Book Variants for beginners. Part 1: Cover Variants

What is a Cover Variant?

It’s a basic alternative cover of a comic, normally done by popular comic book artist.

Is it hard to get?

No, these are some of the easiest variants to get. Just having a pull list at a comic book shop will normally get you one.

Although.

You must be quick. If a variant is popular even if you do pull the issue there is a chance you may not get it. Shops are first come first served. If a variant is popular and you just plan on popping into a popular comic book shop to get it…. chances are you won’t.

Can they be expensive?

Not, when they hit the shelves of the comic book shops, unless they are made of card-stock.

CAVEAT

The trick about cover variants is depending on the artist and popularity, some covers are expensive before they even come out. If you’re buying them online that is. Which because of scalpers meaning that they will sell out in shops quickly.

EXAMPLE:

Iron Man #12 2021 Rahzzah variant

For the 10th anniversary of Miles Morales, multiple comic-book covers were dedicated to the Ultimate Spider-Man. This cover immediately got popular the moment it came out. It sold out in shops almost instantly and even though it’s not a key issue. Because it’s unique, you will be hard-pressed to find it for under $10.

Moon Knight #7 2022 Rahzzah variant

This issue unlike the other is one I bought because of the price it was selling for online. I noticed that it was already selling online for $15 even before it came out. I’m still unsure of why. Probably because of the similarities to what he will be wearing in the TV show, but even that’s just speculation.

CAVEAT 2

Some comic book shops will upsell the prices of popular cover variants after the comic book is out of print. I have seen the Iron Man #12 featured above for $25 in shops. Normally, the price of out of print comics in shops will sometimes mirror the eBay price.

Alternate Storylines in comics that I love part 2 Heroes Reborn

We all know about the Avengers, right?

 Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. In this series, Blade wakes up to find that, the Avengers don’t seem to exist. And it would seem that he is the only person who remembers them at all. 

It is the Squadron Supreme who protects the world. Who are they?

If I’m being honest about it, it’s marvel’s version of the Justice League. This is weird to say because you would think that would be the Avengers. But what I mean is that the characters are based on the main Justice League Members.

From left to right:

We have the equivalent of Batman (Knighthawk), Wonder Woman (Power Princess), Superman (Hyperion), representing all of the lantern corps (Dr. Spectrum), and the Flash (The Blur). In this reality, many of the people who would have been heroes are thrown into the negative zone. So, people like Ghost Rider and the Hulk were never given a chance to prove themselves.

Blade finds himself to be the only vampire left. Most of the galactic villains have been defeated from Knull to Galaticus, all gone.

Powered people in this world are so regulated that Wakanda never revealed its’ existence and prefers space to the rest of the world. Thor is a drunk who was thrown out of Asgard long ago. Peter Parker is never bitten by a radioactive spider. Captain Danvers never becomes Captain Marvel. All mutants were forced to come together.

Many people who would have been heroes through friendship with the Avengers are now villains. We meet our Squadron members and learn their backstories. They are a bit more like the Justice Lords, rather than the Avengers or the Justice League.

The similarity to the Justice Lords is that they are willing to do anything to put a villain down. This is why most of the biggest villains are gone, even the ones that almost whipped out the 616 universes. They think of nothing of killing, except for Knighthawk, because like Batman his morals are similar.

The only reason they aren’t as bad as the Justice Lords is the fact that they leave regular unpowered people alone. They’re destructive but not controlling. They aren’t ruling the world. They are somewhere above what they should do with their powers, but also below heroes deciding to run the world.

It’s bad enough that the Young Squadron(Young Aveners/Teen Titans) realize they are abusing their power. But at the same time they are only teenagers, what can they do?

The world is a safer place for regular unpowered humans, but at what cost?

Oh, and did I mention that Coulson is president of the U.S.?

It is all in Blade’s hands to fix the world.

Ease to read without backstory:4/5 stars

Just knowing about the Avengers is enough. This is a pretty self-contained story that gives you everything you need to know as you read it. And if you want to read more to better understand this world, there are 10 tie-ins stories to give you more depth about this world.

What to Read: Heroes Reborn 1-7, Hereos Return #1, and as many of the tie-ins as you can out of ten. They really do a great job of fleshing out the world.

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