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Comics as an investment: 'Outcast' #1

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Every week, consumers are flanked with batches and batches of new comic books that compete for a spot on their pull list. Those can range between well established superhero books to graphic content independent comics from smaller publishers. As a booming industry, many comics can be purchased with a profit margin in mind. It takes patience, research and plenty of luck to make it big, but it is possible to make money as a fan of comic books.

For example, Image Comics' "Saga," "Thief of Thieves," "Peter Panzerfaust," and of course "The Walking Dead" have all seen significant spikes in their first few issues of their respective series. Newer books like "Sex Criminals" and "Pretty Deadly" also hold potential increases. These articles will take a look at what is a must buy for their potential in profit margin. It's better to catch on early than later as falling behind a week can make all the difference between a $3 comic and a $15 comic.

Week of June 25, 2014.
Image Comics
"Outcast" Issue #1
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Art: Paul Azaceta

The highly anticipated new comic from "The Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman is a must buy for this week purely for name brand. Based on track record, Kirkman's post Walking Dead project "Thief of Thieves" has seen a significant increase in sale prices for issue one. As a future AMC show, "Thief of Thieves" banked on having Kirkman's name attached to it and saw spikes in prices of issue one as high as $50 USD. That alone should be enough to convince buyers to take a shot on "Outcast."

If you can believe it, Kirkman has pitched to the world that "Outcast" is more exciting and real to him than "The Walking Dead" and he has promised readers that this series will be epic. Could this be a passion project for Kirkman? Those usually posses a higher level of storytelling when a writer pours his heart and soul into it.

Issue one is also a very solid introduction issue. Part mystery, part horror, Kirkman weaves an exorcism story rather smoothly. It wasn't difficult to follow, nor were there too many religious factors to deter readers from understanding the plot. It was actually just a plain simple read. That may be good or bad depending on the type of comic reader you are.

The art by Azaceta was terrific. The style fit the dark tone of this type of genre, but still gave it a comic feeling. Whereas "The Walking Dead" doesn't really give off a fearsome vibe with Aldard's art style, certain panels in "Outcast" really work well in relaying a sense of darkness and fear.

As far as potential for the series goes, it's a no-brainer to jump on anything Kirkman related. Comic dealers are already selling issue one at $4.99, a mark up of the cover price due to the issue selling out to distributors. Hollywood has already jumped on the series even before issue one's release. As a developing television show, this could propel big money that can even exceed "Thief of Thieves."

Jump on this book right now and buy a couple copies to stash. In a few months, you may very well be able to sell a copy for $40. The worst that can come out of it is losing a $10 investment. It would also be wise to CGC a copy.

Investment potential: 5/5 "Anything Kirkman related automatically gives the series a solid profit margin."

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