The Comic Speculator is a blog written by WorthPoint Comic Book “Worthologist” Matt Baum that takes a look at each week’s hot new comics and back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from the Overstreet Guide to Comics (OVST), Comicspriceguide.com (CPG) and current online auction sales. Sales numbers and rankings are courtesy of ICV2.com. The codes under the prices of new titles discussed are Diamond Comics order codes that can be used to help your local comic retailer in ordering the issues discussed.
Back Issue Watch:
Pedigreecomics.com‘s Grand Auction for January ended last week, leaving nerds like myself kicking the dirt because we’ll never be able to afford key issues of comics that we love. Case in point; the Daredevil #1 CGC Graded in 9.6 condition that sold for $62,000. Holy $%&#, right? True, this is the highest-graded copy of DD #1 on the planet, but $60k? In Near Mint condition DD#1 guides for $6,200. Or at least it did before this auction. If you’ve got some time to kill, make sure to check out this truly impressive auction.
New Comics Watch:
For a complete list of comics shipping this week click here.
No second printings shipping this week but plenty Marvel reprints announced for the near future. Big surprise, all of them are either Fall of the Hulks or Siege tie-ins. Stay tuned to this spot for shipping details.
Speculator Picks of the Week:
These are comics that could sellout very quickly leaving nerds who didn’t get to the comic shop on time scouring the internet and paying ridiculous prices.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer #32
Solicitation: Faster than a speeding—you know. More powerful than a—yeah, one of those. Able to leap tall . . . castles in a single bound. Still working on that X-ray-vision thing. In the aftermath of battle with Twilight’s army, Buffy has developed a host of new powers, but when will the other shoe drop, and will it be a cute shoe, or an ugly one? Still reeling from the losses of war, Willow goes looking for missing allies and discovers a horrifying truth about several of the Slayer army’s recent ordeals.
Series artist Georges Jeanty, acclaimed novelist and comics writer Brad Meltzer (The Book of Lies, Identity Crisis), and executive producer Joss Whedon begin the buildup to Season Eight’s climax in the storyline that finally reveals the identity of Twilight!
Written by Brad Meltzer; Inks by Andy Owens; Colors by Michelle Madsen; Cover by Jo Chen.
Why it’ll go fast: Spoiler Alert! Twilight is actually Angel! Ok, I’m not giving anything away here, because if you read any comic news online whatsoever there’s no way you missed the stink that was whipped up by Dark Horse announcing they would be using Angel in this story, even though there is a completely different, continuity removed series currently running over at IDW. It was a whole “thing.” So if this one isn’t on your pull-file, be prepared to go hunting for Buffy #32. It’s going to go fast. And for those who haven’t been paying attention, yes, Buffy can fly now.
Solicitation: Prelude to “X-Men: Second Coming” event! “Homecoming, Part Three” The penultimate chapter in the X-Men saga that began with “Messiah CompleX” continues here. As Cable and Hope fight their way back to the present, Bishop closes in on their trail, determined to stop them using the deadliest weapons at hand, be it a Prohibition-style tommy gun or heat-seeking brain needles of the near future. Meanwhile, a few decades from now, Cable and Hope meet an old ally who could either save them—or jeopardize everything. This is it . . . the penultimate issue of the time-hopping action thriller born in the pages of “Messiah CompleX.”
Written by Duane Swierczynski; Pencils by Gabriel Guzman; Inks by Array; Cover by Marko Djurdjevic.
Why it’ll go fast: Cable seems to be Marvel’s little-comic-that-could as of late, but retailers still aren’t sold on it. So, it’s canceled with issue #25. Or maybe it’s just ending with #25. Cable #21 checked in at number 75 on December’s 300 most ordered comics list and, though it hasn’t sold out at Diamond yet, is going to get harder to find as the “Second Coming” event gets closer. Let’s just call this what it is; The Return of Jean Grey. It’s gotta be Jean right? When Jean does return, fans of Marvel Girl will be looking for these Cable issues but low initial orders may make the back issues tough to find. Especially since they probably won’t be reprinted for the same reason.
Siege #2 of 4
Solicitation: The blockbuster Marvel event of the year goes full-blown carnage and madness as the biggest and most brutal battle in Marvel’s history brings together heroes from all sides. Lines have been drawn, and an unlikely hero will save one Avenger, but they can’t save them all. The Siege has begun and it claims its first victim as an Avenger will die!
Written by Brian Michael Bendis; Pencils and cover by Oliver Coipel; Inks by Array; Colors by Laura Martin.
Why it’ll go fast: An Avenger will die!?! And nothing sells comics like death. Now, depending on who it is, this could be a really big deal. Obviously it’s not going to be Cap or Thor or Iron Man or any of the other Avengers that have appeared in the “I am an Avenger” teaser images. But, it might be the Sentry. He is on the cover. Anyway, I really have no clue as to who will be a super-corpse by the end of this one, but it could cause a very quick sell out.
Matt Baum is WorthPoint’s comic book Worthologist. If you have any questions about these books or anything else in the comic book world feel free to contact me or post your question below in the “comments” section below. Also, you can follow him on Twitter, where I’m always screaming about something nerd-related. Thanks to all Matt’s new followers and keep the comments coming! Want to know what your comics are worth? Join WorthPoint to search its database or use its “Ask A Worthologist” feature. Remember to post the title, issue number and cover price. And finally, a word to the Federal Trade Commission; all the comics discussed here are purchased solely by the writer, who receives no gifts or free merchandise from any publishers, even though he would graciously accept them.
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