Arguably, Batman #12 is one of the hottest modern first appearance currently. 9.8 copies of this issue are nearing 2k per pop, compared to just a couple of hundreds before the Harley Quinn movie announcements. Being the undervalued comic investor, my question is always: who is next? I can’t believe that BA #12 will be the last modern book to have this price hike. It might seem ridiculous now to suggest another BA #12 but the same thing was said when this book was affordable years ago.
So, who are the potential candidates in my mind? Read on to find out!
Captain Marvel #17 (2nd print): Ms Marvel first appearance
One of my most profitable pick last year when it was still a cheap comic to invest in. Currently, it is a USD100+ book in NM and VFNM condition. With such strong price momentum, it doesn’t take much to push it to the next level. In fact, a confirm TV show or movie appearance will immediately sealed its fate as the next BA #12.
One of the reason I am confident is its short supply. It is said this book has only 1000+ copies being printed. That is nothing! BA #12 has more than 150k print run and look at the price it is commanding now. Yes, Harley is more popular than Ms Marvel but is she 150 times more popular? I don’t think so.
With Ms Marvel growing popularity and becoming a member of the Avengers, the conditions are all there for this book to shoot up in price. All it needs now is that bit of hype that comes with a movie or TV show confirmation.
If that happens, 9.8 copies of this book can easily go over 1k with NM copies being at least USD400. You hear it first. Don’t tell me I didn’t warn you
NYX #3: X-23 first appearance
NYX #3 has been floating around the edges for so long that it seems not to be destined for greatness. This year seems to be her breakout year as she finally wears the Wolverine costume to replace her dad. With her new series coming out in October 2015, this book is on fire. 9.8 are currently selling for USD400+ although it seems to be stalking at that price.
I pick Captain Marvel #17 over this purely down to the supply issue. With 40k print run and 800+ in 9.8 CGC condition, it is not a book that is going to be in short supply, at least relative to Captain Marvel #17. Heck, even BA #12 has only 300+ 9.8 copies available. This supply will slow down the price hike although a major new can easily shatter that barrier.
What news can it be? How about replacing Hugh Jackman as the next Wolverine? If this happens, then get ready for NYX #3 to ascend to BA #12 levels. It might not reach there but 1k for a 9.8 is not out of the question.
If you believe in X-23’s potential, check out her Ebay listings now before they get out of your price range.
Edge of Spiderverse 2 Variant: Spider Gwen first appearance
One of my biggest regret was selling this book. I thought the heat was only temporary but looks like Spider Gwen will be with us for quite some time. This variant is 1:10 so it puts the total supply at around 3k, which is not a lot.
Currently, it is hard to find any being listed on Ebay. The only copy I found as of this writing is CGC 9.6 SS that is priced at USD800+. This is already near the BA #12 pricing. What will cement it is an actual movie starring our favourite female spider. There are some rumors going around but I suspect that it is still way off the movie schedule.
If, and when it happens, look out for this book to blow up literally.
These are my picks to be the next Batman Adventures #12. What do you think?