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. Make sure and click on the active links to learn more about the titles and creators discussed here.
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It’s Wednesday again, and there’s more than 150 new titles hitting the shelves. Some are great reads, others a waste of your time and money. I try not to point fingers and laugh here; that’s for my other comic blog, but concentrate on which titles are going to go fast. So let’s get to it, but before we do . . .
Click here to see a complete list of new comics shipping this Wednesday, Nov. 18.
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.
Cowboy Ninja Viking
Solicitation: Dr. Ghislain sends C.N.V and partner Sara Nix to Tokyo to track down rogue Triplet Yashitiko Ammo (P.G.O) and things go from bad to worse, starting with the fact that sticking C.N.V in economy class on a 18-hour flight to Japan is, in the history of bad ideas, right up there with Stalin, polyester, and Axe Body Spray. Plus, we finally learn who the Scarf Guy is!
Ali vs. Frazier! Tyson vs. Holyfield! Cowboy/Ninja/Viking vs. Pirate/Gladiator/Oceanographer!
Written by Aj Lieberman; Pencils by Riley Rossmo.
Why it’ll go fast: When I picked CNV #1 to sell out I had no idea that there would be huge shipping errors and allocations on the title across the country. I had heard that Another Dimension Comics in Alberta, Calgary was shorted its entire order on CNV, which is funny because the artist on the the title, Riley Rossmo, works there part time. Whoops! Initial orders on #1 were light, as usual for an Image title, Internet buzz was huge and shipping errors whipped the nerds into a fervor resulting in copies selling for $10 and up. I’m not predicting shipping errors on issue #2—although Diamond screwing up is becoming a safer bet every week—but there will be lighter orders than on number #1. There always is.
Solicitation: From the Joss Whedon-helmed webmovie “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” comes the origin story of the next greatest supervillain of all time . . . Dr. Horrible!
In this one-shot comic, Zack Whedon and artist Joelle Jones (Token) establish how a young, impressionable, but brilliant Dr. Horrible was drawn into a world of crime. Readers are reacquainted with the charming, brawny, crime-fighting superhero extraordinaire Captain Hammer when Dr. Horrible crosses paths with his greatest enemy in an all-out showdown of immeasurable proportions. Special guest appearances include Dr. Horrible’s love interest, Penny; his sidekick, Moist; and a meter man. Fans of Joss Whedon and the smash-hit musical “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” will not want to miss this!
Includes two alternate covers by artist Kristian Donaldson (DMZ, Supermarket) and a pin-up from superstar artist Gene Ha (The 49ers).
Written by Zack Whedon; Pencils by Joelle Jones; Cover by Dan Jackson; Variant Cover by Kristian Donaldson.
Why it’ll go fast: Never underestimate Joss Whedon fans. These are the same people who managed to keep “Dollhouse” on the Fox network for two seasons, and that’s saying something. Now, most of us who aren’t huge Whedon-nerds may not have heard of “Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.” Being a Whedon-nerd myself, I have, and recommend you check it out. I just don’t see any retailers ordering heavy on this issue making it an instant sell-out. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Doc Horrible selling for $20 by Friday. Now re-order and reprint sales might fill the market for this comics pretty quickly, as a lot of Whedon fans may not be concerned with owning a first printing. And keep in mind; Joss didn’t write this comic. If this one is hot, it’s only go to be for a few weeks.
Realm of Kings: Inhumans
Solicitation: A Realm Of Kings series! Now led by Queen Medusa, the battered and bruised Inhuman royal family struggles to maintain their grip on the reigns of power over the Kree Empire. Courtly intrigues and external threats are beginning to erode their rule–but the biggest threat may lurk within the family itself! War Of Kings’ Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning unite with Pablo Raimondi (X-Factor) for the next chapter in the lives of these classic Marvel characters!
Written by Andy Lanning and Dan Abnett; Pencils by Pablo Raimondi; Inks by Andrew Hennessy; Cover by Frank Martin.
Why it’ll go fast: Realm of Kings #1 is the big news this week and it’s going to be the highest-ordered of the crossover event. The RoK Inhumans comic will probably be ordered close to the same level as the one-shot but will still sell out faster. Anyone who has been around for any of Abnett and Lanning’s cosmic crossover events knows they don’t tell worthless tie-in stories. This Inhumans tie-in will probably be the main crux of the story seeing as it deals with the disappearance of Black Bolt and how Medusa will lead her people. When readers who loved the last two Cosmic Crossovers go looking for this comic it might not be there.
Now go shopping nerds! You only have six days until next Wednesday!
Next week, in honor of the latest Marvel Cosmic Crossover, “Realm of Kings,” I’ll be taking a look at some key issues starring Marvel’s Cosmic Heroes.
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