Speculator Corner: 27 #1 From Image Comics

Speculator Corner: 27 #1 From Image ComicsWalking Dead. Chew. Morning Glories. Skull Kickers. Looks there's a new comic book for the speculators to get all excited about. 27 by Charles Soule and Renzo Podesta.

Issue 1 is out on November 10th from Image. Despite considerable publicity and promotion, I understand that orders are relatively low. But that the comic book is very very good indeed.

Ostensibly it's a comic book about musicians and artists who died at the age of 27. And a new musician who has reached that age and is trying to change his fate. The book is interesting, looks gorgeous and is a low-ordered Image #1 issue. But there's more. It's ultra body modification. It's the internal power of music. It's the treppings of fame. And it looks gorgeous.

But there are some very cool things I've come to understand about the series that will only add the obsession about this comic I feel coming. Here are a few;

1) The covers for the first four issues are essentially a swipe of a photo of a famous musician who died at the age of 27.  The cover for issue 1 is based on a shot of Kurt Cobain.

2) The comic is being sold as a four issue series, but it's a stealth ongoing title. You may be tricked into something that may run for 80 issues or more.

3) The comics are full of musical trivia, catchphrases and easter eggs. Look for Jimi Hendrix titles all over issue 2. Jimi died at 27, naturally.

4) The writer has layered an unofficial puzzle into the first four issues. Certain guitar chords have been hidden in certain pages in the comic. The notes played represent letters, 27 in all. Collect the letters, follow the  instructions and win a personal prize from Charles Soule worth hundreds of dollars. Forget about simple speculation, this could be an instant profit.

This has got high concept TV series/film written all over it. Who will play Kurt Cobain? Who will play Jim Hendrix?

Bleeding Cool is calling 27 #1 as a new item of interest to the speculator market. We are well beyond the Final Order Cut Off date, I understand that the comic has not been heavy overordered, you're basically stuck with trying to grab copies that have already been ordered by retailers.

Good luck. I think I'll be joining you.

WARNING: Speculating in comic books is a mug's game. Retailers can buy them for half the price you do. Many comic books end up in the quarter bins. Many more fortunes have been lost than won doing it. Still, I sold Chew #1 for $50 a week after buying it…

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