Will the Secret Warriors Preface the MCU’s Secret Invasion?

by Matt Tuck

Mighty-Avengers-13-second-print-192x300 Will the Secret Warriors Preface the MCU's Secret Invasion?Virus or not, Marvel Studios and Disney are full steam ahead on their projects, and the latest news will have you scrambling for Mighty Avengers #13, but there are implications of a bigger picture here.

 

 

 

Mighty-Avengers-13-last-page-300x227 Will the Secret Warriors Preface the MCU's Secret Invasion?Earlier this month, the GWW reported that a Secret Warriors production was underway. It’s in early development, and at this point, we don’t know if it will be a feature film or a Disney+ series. I lean toward the latter, considering that Disney has been more focused on its streaming service than theatrical releases for the past few months.

By no means is this Earth-shattering information. After all, the Secret Warriors are already part of the Marvel Rising cartoon series. Still, bringing them to live-action could light a fire under a couple of key issues.

SECRET INVASION IS COMING

Secret Warriors may not seem like major news at this point, but there is a bigger picture that’s being hinted at. In the comics, the Secret Warriors were formed during the Skrull’s Secret Invasion, and it’s long been rumored this is coming to the MCU. We’ve already got live-action Skrulls, they’ve been posing as Nick Fury and Maria Hill for some time, and S.W.O.R.D. will be connected to Disney+’s WandaVision. With the Secret Warriors, the pieces are in place for a Skrull invasion.

THE KEYS YOU NEED

Mighty-Avengers-13-195x300 Will the Secret Warriors Preface the MCU's Secret Invasion?MIGHTY AVENGERS #13

Nick Fury’s Secret Warriors first appeared in this 2008 issue. There hasn’t been much sales activity for this issue, but that’s good for buyers. According to CGC’s census data, there are only 32 CGC-graded copies. For the past two years, from the 9.8 down to the 8.5, the first print of Mighty Avengers #13 has only sold a total of eight times.

A 9.8 hasn’t sold for the past year, and it last went for $50. Before that, it swapped owners only once in 2018 for just $10. Two years ago, the 9.6 sold for only $2 – and that was for a graded copy. Only one traded hands online in 2019, but it did bump up to $25. It’s more than doubled recently, selling for $53 on May 6. Of course, that’s the only sale this year so far.

Mighty-Avengers-13-second-print-192x300 Will the Secret Warriors Preface the MCU's Secret Invasion?MIGHTY AVENGERS #13 (SECOND PRINT)

When it comes to the Secret Warriors, this is the comic to have. Again, there’s been very few sales for this issue, but with the recent live-action news, it will get more popular in the coming weeks. Since 2008, there have only been five recorded sales for the second print. Of course, when CGC lists just 12 total copies having been graded, it is not surprising that the numbers are low.

Still, prices for the second print are outperforming its counterpart. After two years without a sale, two traded hands last year for $80 and $90, respectively. There hasn’t been a sale of any grade in 2020, but I expect that to soon change.

 

Secret-Invasion-3-196x300 Will the Secret Warriors Preface the MCU's Secret Invasion?SECRET INVASION #3

If you’re going to collect the Secret Warriors keys, you can’t ignore this issue. It was in these pages that we first saw the group formally introduced.

Sales have been marginally better for Secret Invasion #3. By my count, there are four variants for this issue, but the standard cover is the only one with a 2020 sale. Last year, a single graded 9.8 sold online, and it was for $57. Back in March, another copy traded hands, this time for $68.

 

 

 

 

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6 comments

rmagnum8 May 14, 2020 - 10:11 pm

Nice write up , Mr. Tuck.. As always!!

I feel like a key book we are not talking about is Secret War #2 – 2004 (Bendis/Dellotto and BOLO Secret War #2 2nd print Dell’Otto Sketch Variant) which is Quake, Daisy Johnsons first Appearance (in cameo IMHO).. CGC has it marked as Daisy Johnson’s first app, but it is a cameo appearance easily. Secret War #5 is her 2nd appearance and she is ACUALLY shown in FULL, name said, and an intricate part of the story line in many panels through out story..

I feel Quake (Daisy Johnson) is going to be a key member going forward as she is the leader of multiple/both teams with Nick Fury. Chances are (just speculating here) and with Ms. Marvel, khan, Moon Girl (Lafayette), Devil Dinosaur coming to the MCU, confirmed (and now heavy rumors of Quake coming – Credit to Gary DeSPECtive YouTube channel), I feel like the Secret Warriors 1 2009 (dark reign tie in) could be the book to had..

Back to the Mighty Avengers #13, I picked up 2 newsstand copies of this issue.. So BOLO, Secret War #2 2004, Secret War #2 Second Print Dell’Otto B/W – Sketch Variant, Secret War #5 (First time Quake is shown in Full), Mighty Avengers #13 second print variant, Mighty Avengers #13 First print, MA #13 Newsstand Edition, and Secret Warriors #1 2009 All Prints and Variants..

Good Time, Mr. Tuck!

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RJ Taylor May 15, 2020 - 3:22 am

Nice write up , Mr. Tuck.. As always!!

I feel like a key book we should be scooping up is ,”Secret War #2″ – 2004 (Bendis/Dellotto **BOLO Secret War #2 2nd print Dell’Otto Sketch Variant**) which is,” Quake, Daisy Johnsons “, first Appearance (in cameo IMHO).. CGC has it marked as Daisy Johnson’s first app, but it is a cameo appearance easily, IMHO, but that’s neither here nor there.. So I grab both. Secret War #2 & Secret War #5 as her 1st and 2nd appearance.. ” Quake” is ACUALLY shown in FULL, name said, and an intricate part of the story line in many panels through out story in #5 (of 5, check it out!)..

I feel like, “Quake” (Daisy Johnson) is going to be a key member going forward as she is the leader of multiple/both teams. Chances are (just speculating here) and with Ms. Marvel, khan, Moon Girl (Lafayette), Devil Dinosaur coming to the MCU, confirmed (and now heavy rumors of Quake coming – Credit to Gary here), I feel like the Secret Warriors 1 2009 (dark reign tie in) could be the book to had..

Back to the Mighty Avengers #13, I picked up 2 newsstand copies of this issue.. So BOLO, Secret War #2 2004, Secret War #2 Second Print Dell’Otto B/W – Sketch Variant, Secret War #5 (First time Quake is shown in Full), Mighty Avengers #13 second print variant, Mighty Avengers #13 First print, Mighty Avengers#13 Newsstand Edition, and Secret Warriors #1 2009 All Prints and Variants..

Good Time, Mr. Tuck!

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Matt Tuck May 15, 2020 - 8:20 am

Thank you for the kind words. As far as Secret War #2, that is being included in a follow-up post that should soon go live.

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Brett The Comic Guy May 15, 2020 - 9:19 pm

Again a very strange point was made. Why is the 2nd print worth more than a 1st print? Yes it has a great cover but it is still a reprint.

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RJ Taylor May 24, 2020 - 10:05 am

Brett..

As you probably already know, today’s comic book market and the equity within, is make or break by the buyer(s) choice.. First Appearance’s with the character(s) on the cover are heavily sought after (key issue comics).. Another big component to a particular book’s equity (or lack there of) is, “Supply and demand”.

For example;

The second print copy of MA #13 has an estimated print run of around 5,400. Compared to 92k – 96.5K copies (ordered by retailers from Diamond) of the First Print (Mighty Avengers #13)that is currently in circulation (there is a Newsstand edition of the first print).
The second print (copy of MA #13) has new cover art with the actual, “Secret Warriors” team on the cover (led by Nick Fury, dude with the patch and the big a$$ Gun and Quake, Daisy Johnson, among others) rather than Captain America on the cover..

Really, There is no definition or right answer to your question, except that the buyers market seems to dictate peaks & valley’s of a particular key issue comic book, especially on the secondary market.. As of now, thus market likes the second print more than the first .. Yes, it is a reprint, but the second print is a heavily sought after book, and I do not think that will change, for a while at least..

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RJ Taylor May 16, 2020 - 9:41 pm

**Secret Warriors #1 (Secret Empire Tie-In)- 2017 (Credit to The Comic DeSPECtive) is the book to get with the First Team App of Quake, Ms. Marvel , Moon Girl, DD, Inferno, Karnak.. ** to Add the also logical pick and price point to invest in. Just swooped on to NM raw copies with 9.8 potential for $5 a pop shipped.

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