After a 25% bump from pre-Covid FOC to its more recent FOC, Brian Azzarello and Maria Llovet's Faithless II #1 from Boom Studios seemed on its way to being another hit for the company… even if the contents might cause some comic shops to refuse to sell it.
But Boom seems pretty confident that won't be the case, as they announced a surprise one per store Faithless II #1 variant for retailers as part of their "Day One" retailer program to help stores in the wake of the current health crisis. Those copies arrived in stores this week, seven days ahead of the series' official release on Wednesday, June 10th.
And now they're on eBay, with the Faithless II #1 one-per-store variants selling for as high as $25 with other sales at $24 or $20, though you can also get it for the bargain price of $19.95 and even as low as $12 from a seller who is probably regretting leaving a chunk of money on the table.
If previous Boom trends continue, this speculator interest probably indicates that Faithless II #1 is primed to sell out when it hits stores in June 10, just one day after comic shops see more customers than all year with the release of DC's Batman #92.
And speaking of Batman writer James Tynion IV, let's not forget he has Wynd #1 launching shortly after on June 17th. The surprise launch debut has already become Boom's biggest creator-owned launch ever and has seen huge sales on eBay.
It looks like June will be a big month for Boom Studios – but don't forget that Image Comics, the #3 publisher, also has new issues of Decorum, Mercy and Killadelphia all set to hit this month as well. It looks like the battle between the creator-owned comics publishers continues, even as they must reckon with IDW earning more Eisner nominations than both Image and Boom combined.