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The Comic Speculator 11/11/2009

by Matt Baum (11/11/09).

Batman and Robin #6

Batman and Robin #6

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), (CPG) and current online auction sales. Make sure and click on the active links to learn more about the titles and creators discussed here.

There’s more than 180 comics hitting the new shelves this week at your local comic shop, so be prepared. It’s a huge week for new comics, with the highest-selling title this week probably being “Batman and Robin” #6. Which brings up the question: Why am I not picking the highest-selling titles as my speculator picks of the week? It’s simple, Everyone knows that a title like “Batman and Robin” or “New Avengers” is going to sell upwards of a hundred thousand issues, so these titles get ordered very heavily. Do they sell out at the printers? Sure. However, just because a title sells out at the printers doesn’t mean there aren’t piles of them at comic shops across the U.S. The highest selling comics, for the most part, are the most prevalent comics because everyone buys them. Because everyone is buying them, retailers make sure they have plenty on the stands, so a book like “Batman and Robin” #6 tends to be pretty easy to find. It’s the unexpected sellouts that tend to command the highest prices. Hence, I’m not picking the top selling titles here.

Click here to see a complete list of new comics shipping this Wednesday, Nov. 4.

Speculator Picks of the Week:

This is the part where I use my comic swami powers to peer into the future and pick out three titles that could sell out very quickly. Buy them now at cover price or pay twice as much later.

The Anchor #2: BOOM

The Anchor #2

The Anchor #2

Solicitation: Heaven’s hulking enforcer is on the hunt for both demon blood and the truth about his origin. His never-ending battle takes him to a wild horse preserve in England, where he must destroy or be destroyed by a hellish, bestial huntsman who feasts on unwitting campers. On a scale of 1 to 10, this comic goes to eleven. Hint to Retailers: Clear racks on either side of The Anchor for the safety of lesser books.

$3.99 US
Written by Phil Hester; Art and Cover by Brian Churilla.

Why it’ll go fast: “The Anchor” #1 was well reviewed and sold out pretty fast, as most popular Boom comics do. A smaller company like Boom tends to print a lot less than the big boys on their titles relying more on sales of second and third-prints. It’s a practice that works for Boom and makes their first-printings harder to find while getting the company some much needed scratch before going to a second printing. Watch for this issue to disappear just as fast as issue #1.

Realm of Kings: Imperial Guard #1 of 5

Realm of Kings: Imperial Guard #1 of 5

Realm of Kings: Imperial Guard #1 of 5

Solicitation: A Realm Of Kings series! Gladiator is emperor of the Shi’Ar! His squadron, the Imperial Guard, is the ultimate law! But what is it like to live and work in this infamous legion as they attempt to keep their empire from disintegrating into the chaos of civil war. One hazardous mission may be the solution that everyone is praying for, but are the opinionated and fractured Guard tough enough—and united enough—to accomplish it? You saw them at the death of Phoenix . . . you’ve seen them battle the Inhumans . . . now it’s time for Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning and Kev Walker (Marvel Zombies 3 & 4) to take you inside this fearsome force!

32 PGS
$3.99 US
Written by Andy Lanning, Dan Abnett; Pencils by Avalon Studios, Kev Walker; Inks by Kev Walker.

Why it’ll go fast: We are now seeing the fourth cosmic crossover by Abnett and Lanning, all of which have been great, and a pattern has become more than evident. Here’s how it goes; the initial prologue issues are totally under-ordered and re-ordered until they sell out. The first issue of the actual crossover is over-ordered and in the end, only a couple of the tie-in issues are worth anything. I’m not saying this prologue will be the high-dollar issue when all is said and done. It could be. But it will be under-ordered and demand higher prices in the short term. Maybe . . . This is a “speculation” blog, after all.

S.W.O.R.D. #1: Marvel Comics

S.W.O.R.D. #1

S.W.O.R.D. #1

Solicitation: Spinning out of Astonishing X-Men comes a series that will take you places you’ve never been! After Secret Invasion, Agent Brand is no longer the top dog at S.W.O.R.D. Forced to share her leadership post with former Avengers-liaison Henry Gyrich, Brand is less than pleased. Will the arrival of her boyfriend, X-Man Beast, help her out? Not when she discovers Gyrich’s plan for fixing S.W.O.R.D. is to rid Earth of all aliens! Brought to you by Kieron Gillen (Dark Avengers: Ares), Steven Sanders (Five Fists of Science) and topped off with covers by Astonishing X-Men artist John Cassaday! Rated A …

$3.99 US
Written by Kieron Gillen: Pencils by Steven Sanders; Inks by Serge Lapointe; Cover by John Cassaday.

Why it’ll go fast: Buzz is everything in the Internet age of comics and S.W.O.R.D. has plenty of it. The story spins out of Joss Whedon’s “Astonishing X-Men,” which hasn’t been hot since Whedon left the title. I guess “hot” is a relative term. Warren Ellis’ Astonishing sold well until it became bogged down in shipping delays and spin-off two-part miniseries. Regardless, I find it hard to believe that many retailers will order heavily on a comic starring the Beast and the green-haired agent from Whedon’s run.

That’s all for this week but stay tuned for part two of the TCS dynamic duo, Back Issue Market Watch, where I’ll be discussing Marc Spector: Moon Knight. Yes I’ve split the format yet again. I blame my ADHD.


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 me on Twitter, where I’m always screaming about something nerd-related. Thanks to all my 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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