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.
New Comics Round-Up:
G.I. Joe: Cobra II
Transformers: Last Stand of the Wreckers
Wednesday is here so it’s time for another Comic Speculator New Comics Round up. But before we get started, you may notice yet another format change. In an effort to get this blog to you in a timely fashion I’ll be splitting TCS into two different blogs; TCS: New Comics Round Up on Wednesdays and TCS: The Back Issue Report on Fridays. Let me know what you nerds think and if the new format is working for you.
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As always lets start with a quick round-up of the sell out, reprint and variant news: Only two second printings shipping this week and both are from IDW, DEC098306 “G.I. Joe: Cobra II” #1 2nd Ptg and DEC098305 “Transformers: Last Stand of the Wreckers” #1 2nd Ptg. Both are currently selling for around $5 online and may be pretty hard to find in the future due to IDW smaller print runs. IDW’s first “G.I. Joe: Cobra” series sold very well and still is commanding fairly high prices online. Keep in mind, at the time Cobra #1 was shipping, there was still a chance that the G.I. Joe movie, which had yet to be released, might be worth watching. Well see if the new series can spark as much interest post Joe movie. So far, so good.
Dark Horse comics recently announced sell-outs of “Mass Effect: Redemption” #1 and #2 (based on the popular Video Game RPG) this week, with second printings coming soon. No doubt sales were helped by last week’s release of Mass Effect 2 on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. First prints of both issues are selling very well online for $8 to $10 each. Unlike most video-game-comic-adaptations, Redemption is written by the head writer of the Mass Effect game, which is an excellent way to attract fans to the comic and is paying off for Dark Horse presently.
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.
Batman and Robin #8
Solicitation: Batman and Robin double-ships in February with part 2 and 3 of “Blackest Knigh,” guest-starring Batwoman, Knight and Squire! Only months into his new role as Batman, Dick Grayson faces perhaps the biggest threat of his life. In hopes of attaining his heart’s desire, has Dick instead unleashed a terror the likes of which the world has never seen? Meanwhile, back in Gotham City, Alfred and a recuperating Robin are at the mercy of someone both fearsome and familiar . . .
Written by Grant Morrison; Cover by Frank Quitely, Pencils and Variant Cover by Cameron Stewart.
Why it’ll go fast: If you’ve been following all the Bat-news of late then you know that this is not the return of Bruce Wayne, but it’s probably a prelude to that story. Sales on Batman and Robin are still huge, but dropping slightly with Frank Quietly’s exit from the title. Retailers may be reducing their B&R numbers slightly to make room for Blackest Night and Siege titles. I wouldn’t expect to see piles of this one on the shelves by Friday.
Choker #1 of 6
Solicitation: Issue One: Pain. Industry superstar Ben Templesmith teams up with writer Ben McCool for this deliciously skewed tale of hardboiled noir. Johnny “Choker” Jackson, once one of Shotgun City’s most promising police officers, is a bitter private detective with a terrible case of Alien Hand Syndrome. But he’s unexpectedly been offered a job back on the force: provided he can nail a twisted drug dealer selling a very exclusive product . . .
RETAILER WARNING: May not be suitable for all ages.
Written by Ben McCool: Art and Cover by Ben Templesmith.
Why it’ll go fast: The last time artist Ben Templesmith worked on a Image crime-noir-detective comic it was a series written by Warren Ellis called “Fell” in 2005. The series sold well but was a cult favorite at best until word got around how great it was. Suddenly, first prints of Fell #1 were selling for $20 and up. Now it sells for around $10 and guides for $8 in Near-Mint condition (CPG). Like Fell, Choker will be under-ordered and sell out very quickly. Unlike Fell, Choker writer Ben McCool is no Warren Ellis, who was writing several titles and had trouble getting monthly issues out on time. McCool can concentrate his efforts here and if Templesmith can hit his deadlines, Choker could be twice as hot as Fell and still be around five years later.
Solicitation: “The Legend of Hitman Monkey.” You’re digging him in this month’s issue of Deadpool, and you want to know more about him? How about his origin story? A troubled soul, set upon a path of vengeance he does not understand. An assassin without equal, trained in the most secret of killing techniques. A flesh and blood specter, haunting the killers of the world. A monkey . . . with a gun. Bear witness as the legend is born. Hitman Monkey.
Written by Daniel Way; Pencils by Dalibor Talijic and Frank Chodalibor Talijic; Inks by Array; Cover by Frank Cho.
Why it’ll go fast: This one spins out of the pages of Deadpool and stars a monkey with guns. I’m guessing it sells out before Thursday. Or maybe retailers are skittish about this one, order low initially (I use that word way too often), and then panic when their reorders are allocated. Hitman Monkey has all the makings of a cult hit. Because it’s weird. And it stars a monkey with guns. I’ll bet it’s selling for at least $10 by next Wednesday.
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