If you’re lucky, perhaps you can pick up Rough Riders & Jackpot #1 at about $2 a piece. Not only are these two books potential good reads, but they are also potential candidates for speculation in the future. Most likely, low print runs from AfterShock Comics, and if the stories are good, then they can be adapted into screenplay sometime in the future.
For all of you who have been living under a rock and don’t already know, a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) movie will be arriving soon on June 3rd of this year. If you haven’t already seen the first TMNT movie, let me give you a word of advice: Don’t go see it. The movie really isn’t really that bad, however Megan Fox’s horrific acting was distracting throughout the whole film. Her bad acting was just so abysmal that it was extremely hard to ignore, although she does provide for nice eye candy in the film. Regardless, the movie surpassed financial expectations, so now they are making a sequel. I’m just crossing my fingers and praying to God that this movie is a gazillion times better than the predecessor.
Having said that, let’s take a look at the upcoming feature, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. Something that we can all anticipate are the new characters who are going to make introductions on the silver screen. Let’s see…there’s Casey Jones, Bebop and Rocksteady, Krang, Baxter Stockman, along with Karai, Shredder’s daughter. This provides for quite some speculation opportunities in the comic book markets…after all, this is why you are here reading this article, yes?
One of the main comic books that features the first appearance of Krang, along with Bebop and Rocksteady is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #1 (Archie Comics), which is currently a book in the teens, if purchased raw. This book features three first appearances. If the upcoming movie should prove to be good, then these books will be in greater demand than where they are now.
Investment Tip: WWE Superstar Sheamus will be playing Rocksteady in the movie…buy this comic book get it CGC SS’ed. Not only would this be fun (meeting Sheamus), but getting his signature on a high-end condition book will pay dividends for your time and money.
The next big comic book, which is a must-have, is Raphael #1 (Mirage Studios). This book introduces Casey Jones, who plays a big part in the TMNT Universe. Stephen Amell, from Arrow, will be playing this character…supposedly April O’Neil’s (played by Megan Fox) love interest. Stephen has been known to travel around with WWE Superstars, appearing in a few WWE stints from time to time. If you are planning to get Sheamus’s autograph for TMNT Adventures #1, chances are that you will also be able to get Stephen Amell’s autograph on Raphael #1 at the same venue. Again CGC SS’ed at a high-end condition will reap rewards for your fun (or hard work, depending on how you look at it).
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2 is the 1st appearance of Baxter Stockman, who is a main villain of the Turtles. He is the character, who creates Bebop and Rocksteady, and proves to be one of the Turtles’ most formidable arch-nemesis. This book is rare and hard-to-find and comes with a hefty price tag. If you can find copies in pristine or high-grade condition at a reasonable price, then whip out your credit card or cash and purchase these gems because they only come by once in a lifetime.
Our final key issue involves the first appearance of another crucial character in the TMNT Universe, Karai. Karai is Shredder’s daughter, who’s a badass feisty little brat, who will not take no for an answer and frequently wreaks havoc on the Turtles. Her first appearance takes place in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #53 (Mirage Publishing), which is a part of the City At War storyline. If you can get the whole City At War storyline, as a set, in tip-top condition…go for it. The set contains issues TMNT #50 – #62, the very last issues of TMNT under Mirage Publishing.
Again, I really hope this movie does really well not only in the box office, which it most likely will, but I also hope that it does well with the fans and movie-goers on June 3rd. Mark your calendars and get your comic books today! (Watching the movie is optional.)
-In Bookies We Trust
Watching this movie was pretty much like having a conversation with an interesting and mysterious person, except this person keeps changing the topic every five minutes. So, it’s almost like you want to know more about what’s being said, but as soon as you get to a hooking point, this person changes the topic. It’s just really hard to get engrossed or relate to the film because the scenes keep changing to show something else. The ending of the movie is when, for the most part, the scenes are shot continuously for longer than five minute intervals.
Warning: Contains minor spoilers for Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice
Comic Book Investment Tips: Jimmy Olsen #134 & Forever People #1
Although Darkseid does not officially make an appearance in the movie, multiple hints point to his coming in the very near future.
Any Wonder Woman key issue, including: All Star Comics #8, Sensation Comics #1, Sensation Comics #6, Wonder Woman #1, All Star Comics #36, Wonder Woman #85, & Wonder Woman #98…
…any Aquaman key issue, including: More Fun Comics #73, Adventure Comics #229, Adventure Comics #260, Aquaman #1, & Showcase #30…
…any Justice League key issue, including: Brave and the Bold #28 & Justice League #9.
Again, the Justice League does not make an official appearance in the film. But, we already know what’s about to come.
Overall, the movie was not as bad as the critics made it seem to be. I would give it a 6.5 out of a 10-point-scale. Go see it and form your own opinion. I’ve heard differing opinions from “It’s total GARBAGE!!!” all the way to “OMG! It was AWESOME!!!”. So, the verdict is still in the air. Until then, continue Comic Booking, COMICBOOKIES!
Captain America Sam Wilson #7 Alex Ross Variant 1:100
SOLD OUT ! @ Midtown $127.50
ENORMOUS 75th ANNIVERSARY ISSUE! This book might be a tough pull Heronext Wed. I can’t imagine many stores ordering 100+ copies of this book except for major online retailers. Sold out at Midtown almost instantly. This classic cover swipe of Captain America #1 should do extremely well in the secondary markets. Get this puppy slabbed and on eBay asap, while the coals are hot…you’ll do well! IN BOOKIES WE TRUST.
You have to get this hard-to-find/rare variant:
Warning: Contains minor spoilers for Harley Quinn #25 & #26, by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, John Timms, Chad Hardin, and Tom Napolitano
If you have been following the Harley Quinn ongoing series, then you would know that Harley has been moving on from her past life, as Joker’s girlfriend, and finding her own identity. Her quest culminated in the last issue, Harley Quinn #25, when she gave the Joker a massive beat-down, severing ties with him once and for all. Now, Harley has returned to her hometown, New York City, to live her life as she sees fit.
Part of Harley’s moving on from the Joker, involves a new look, which there’s more than a passing resemblance to Margot Robbie’s appearance in Suicide Squad. Even Harley acknowledges this humorously in her “I love it! It’s so…CINEMATIC!” comment, as shown below:
Although her new outfit is not as dead on as Margot Robbie’s Harley’s hair, we can definitely see the influence behind the change. Here is a comparison between Robbie’s Suicide Squad look and Harley’s new comic book make over.
Truthfully, this is a better look for Harley Quinn, in my opinion. She definitely looks HAWT and pretty darn cool, at the same time. And for the Social Justice Warriors out there, DC Comics could have gone with any other outfit for Harley Quinn, however the artist of this series, who is a female (may I add), decided to go with this new look. So, any thoughts of “over-sexualizing” the character should be put to rest. Regardless, now that she’s no longer with Mister J, we may all have a shot with Miss Quinzel.
*Tip: Also, in this issue is the 1st appearance of Red Tool, who may be playing a big part – nemesis – in Harley’s life!