Loot Crate’s “Combat” themed mystery box for November has begun to arrive. With this box, the company has achieved a significant milestone. It includes, for the first time, a completely original full length comic book.
In cooperation with Capcom and Udon Entertainment, Loot Crate presents “Street Fighter: Hyper Looting” #1. Loot Crate has included many exclusive comic books in their mystery boxes over the years, but the “exclusivity” has, generally, been limited to a variant cover on an otherwise regularly available comic book. Earlier this year, the Loot Crate exclusive “Bravest Warriors: Tales from the Holo John” #1 did contain an original short story in addition to the variant cover. However, the “Combat” crate marks the first time the entire contents of the comic are exclusive to Loot Crate subscribers.
With nearly 500,000 subscribers, it was only a matter of time before Loot Crate was able to expand upon their comic book offerings with original content. Afterall, in the comic book direct market the top selling comics are generally just above 100,000. At times, the best seller can reach as much as 300,000, but a comic without a Loot Crate exclusive rarely tops 500,000 copies since the comic book industry bust of the early ’90s. And, by “rarely,” that means 3 times in the last decade. Two of those comics were issues of “Amazing Spider-Man.” The third, “Star Wars” #1, technically, had an exclusive Loot Crate cover, but since it sold over 1 million comics, it would have reached half a million on its own. Therefore, with its subscriber base, Loot Crate can provide a tremendous boost to small publishers like Valiant, Boom!, IDW, etc., as well as the top two publishers, Marvel and DC Comics.
“Hyper Looting” is written by Matt Moylan with main story art by Jeffrey “Chamba” Cruz and double spread art by Hanzo Steinbach, Edwin Huang, Gonzalo Ordonez Arias “Genzoman” and Long Vo. While the issue is a bit cheesy for setting the story in the Loot Crate warehouse and featuring cameos of several actual Loot Crate employees, it does showcase the central conflict against Shadaloo. The comic also features the return of a character, representing a potential third party to the conflict. It also comes with a Comixology code for a free digital copy of “Street Fighter Unlimited” #0, the prelude to the new monthly comic book series.
If one missed out on November’s “Combat” Loot Crate, the subscription mystery box service does periodically hold Past Crate sales, so there will be another chance at this crate. The theme for December’s Loot Crate is “Galaxy” and features items from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Halo 5: Guardians” and “Galaxy Quest,” including five exclusive items, such as a t-shirt and a Funko POP! figure. To order the “Galaxy” Loot Crate, simply go to their website.