Speculator Corner: Power Rangers Keeps Shattering Grids in the Aftermarket

If you remember, Bleeding Cool warned you about the aftermarket importance of Power Rangers: Shattered Grid.

Bleeding Cool mentioned that folk might want to pick up the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers comic book ever since Shattered Grid was announced and our spies started hearing something notable was coming.

It's all become a bit of an out-of-control wildfire.

First, the trailer, voiced by the Green Ranger, did over one million views in less than 24 hours. Then we heard sales on the series doubled (they actually almost quadrupled) as many fans came back to the stores just for this comic — BOOM! Studios has been repeating how one store sold 800 copies of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #25 in 15 minutes.

The series has been charting as a top reordered series by retailers in a way that only Amazing Spider-Man, Batman and Thanks have performed for them this year. Fans are coming for the single issues and the collections, the latter seeing a steady uptick in sales.

Now we're seeing a lot of aftermarket heat on the entire event.

The first print of the prelude to Shattered Grid, issue #24, goes for $30 to $20.

We warned you that the ComicsPRO exclusive cover was a hot item, and now it goes for $67 to $61.

Issue #25 has been back issue wildfire, lit by a historic WonderCon panel for Power Rangers fandom featuring major character deaths.

The 1st print main Green Ranger cover goes for $35 to $25. The Red Ranger goes from $32 to $22 with Pink at $19, Blue at $12 and Black $12, with Yellow scoring $10.

If you had snapped up a full set of the main covers from your local comic shop the first day of on-sale, it could have been worth $120.

Still-polybagged editions go for $22 to $20.

You might want to pick one up, because if it has a one-per-store variant it could be worth $65 to $60.

This has generated enough heat that fans willing to settle for second prints have to pay as much as $8 and even eBay itself has gotten in on the action, offering a second print exclusive eBay cover for $9 with over 700 copies sold direct to fans (that's $6,300+ of Power Rangers).

But the excitement isn't limited to issue #25.

Go Go Power Rangers #8 features the first appearance of The Ranger Slayer. First prints sell consistently for $15 with the Wondercon Hyperforce variant going for $50.

Retailers have been unable to keep up with demand, sending Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #26 to second print and putting the first prints at $8$7.

Of course, BOOM! giving retailers the go-ahead to sell #26 at midnight the day before, alongside 500,000 copies of Action Comics #1000 probably didn't hurt.

But the Shattered Grid event keeps hitting more waves of Power Rangers fans late to the party, going into Direct Market shops and buying more. So even with Final Order Cut-Off as a tool for retailers to catch up, it's sent Go Go Power Rangers #9 into the aftermarket for $7.50 to $6 as it reveals big secrets for the identity of the Ranger Slayer.

And Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Annual #1 is basically the "Thanos Wins" of Power Rangers comics, as we see the in-continuity destruction of teams like SPD, RPM, Zeo, Space and more… along with a few deaths too.

The issue's gone to second print and quickly become a $10 item on eBay.

Unlike lots of other publishers their size, BOOM! put a new, original story in their FCBD issue, making the story count in-continuity. And they really delivered, but you already knew this because we spoiled the big reveal of the death of Rita Repulsa in that issue.

This made the issue hot enough that folks are getting as much as $5 for a free comic book.

So this is when we remind you MMPR #27 hits shops this Wednesday.

Speculator Corner: Power Rangers Keeps Shattering Grids in the Aftermarket

(W) Kyle Higgins, Ryan Ferrier (A) Daniele Di Nicuolo, Bachan (CA) Jamal Campbell
As Lord Drakkon's power and influence grows, the Power Rangers work with new allies from across time and dimensions, including Ranger teams such as Time Force, RPM, and Samurai, to craft a plan to fight back…but is it already too late?In Shops: May 16, 2018
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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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