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Fire Five: May 2024

The saying "Where there's smoke, there's fire" applies to many hobbies. Whether it's sports cards, trading card games, or comic books, following trends in a niche market can reveal investment opportunities. To capitalize on these opportunities, you need to act quickly while the trend is at its peak. With that in mind, here are my picks for the May Fire Five.

#1 Uncanny X-Men #130 (Last Month N/A)

Get ready for an exciting ride, because this comic book could be one of the hottest in the market. Marvel unveiled Uncanny X-Men #130 in February 1980, led by Chris Claremont and John Bryne. The issue is significant as it marks the second appearance of Kitty Pryde and Emma Frost and continues The Dark Phoenix Saga with Jean Grey's role in the Hellfire Club as the Black Queen. However, what truly stands out is that this comic also introduces Dazzler.

At first glance, the debut of a supporting character might not seem momentous, but the rumor swirling around is that Taylor Swift could portray this character in the upcoming Deadpool 3 movie. This revelation has sent Swift's fans into a frenzy, speculating about her potential entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If this hearsay materializes, it may be an unforgettable moment for both comic and music enthusiasts.

#2 Uncanny X-Men #266 (Last Month N/A)

We don't have to look far from the first book on the list to discover the second, Uncanny X-Men #266. In August 1990, Chris Claremont and the Marvel team introduced Gambit on the cover for the first time, captivating collectors. Although Gambit's initial cameo was in X-Men Annual #14, his second appearance was in this issue, where he rescues a young Storm from Shadow King. Gambit, later becoming a beloved character, solidified his place in X-Men history.

Similar to the aforementioned book, rumors are swirling. Channing Tatum, a long-standing contender for the role, is rumored to play a significant part in Deadpool 3 later this summer. It's important to note that this is currently speculation, but if proven true, it would be a momentous occasion.

#3 - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #1 (Last Month N/A)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird revisited a plot from 1987 that featured the sole surviving turtle, projected three decades into the future. This narrative introduced new characters like Casey Marie Jones, the daughter of Casey and April, and Oroku Hiroto, the grandson of the Shredder. The debut of Last Ronin #1 saw a notable print run of 130,000 copies, a remarkable feat by current independent standards. In April 2024, Paramount announced intentions to adapt this story into a dark and gritty TMNT project for the screen.

#4 - DC One Million #1 (Last Month N/A)

We haven't heard many updates from the DC collecting community, but a 1998 release is beginning to gain attention. Grant Morrison's DC One Million introduces readers to the oppressive sun, Solaris. Recent speculation suggests that Solaris might appear in the new Superman project currently being produced.


#5 - Wolverine #1 (Last Month #1)

The final book featured in this month's Fire Five list is Wolverine #1, which continues to be popular for the same reasons as the previous two months. Similar to the first two books on the list, its appeal is tied to the upcoming release of Deadpool 3 in July. Just a friendly reminder, the release date coincides with The National. If you're in Cleveland and want to escape the overwhelming smell on the show floor, consider watching the movie instead. It offers a refreshing break from the card show odor and spares you from dealing with individuals trying to purchase your collection at 30% of its value.


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