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The Comic Speculator 11/25/2009

by Matt Baum (11/25/09).

Happy Thanksgiving comic nerds!

Happy Thanksgiving comic nerds!

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.

The holidays are upon us, yet again. And that means it’s time for wacky holiday comic shipping scheduling. This week is fine, as Thanksgiving is on Thursday, so comics will arrive on Wednesday as usual. Next week, because of the holiday, comics will hit stores on Thursday Dec. 3. Got that? Thursday, not Wednesday. Your shop owner will make fun if you if you show up on Wednesday. Stay tuned for more holiday shipping updates as the come down the pipe.

Be prepared to drop some cash this week, too, because everything you read is hitting the shelves. But were not here to talk about piles of comics. Were here to talk about three of them. The three that may disappear from shelves faster than the rest.

Click here to see a complete list of new comics shipping this Wed, November 25, 2009.

Speculator Picks of the Week:

Dark Avengers: Ares #2 of 3: Marvel Comics

Dark Avengers: Ares #2 of 3

Dark Avengers: Ares #2 of 3

Solicitation: The mission becomes personal—and the stakes get real! Ares gets the opportunity to right one of the great wrongs of his past . . . and he takes his hand-picked squad of elite troops along for a training exercise. But can even the hardest and sharpest of Norman Osborn’s crack H.A.M.M.E.R. troops handle themselves in a battle among gods? Watch a pack of grunts dropped into a clash of the titans, in the explosive new mini-series by Kieron Gillen (Beta Ray Bill: Godhunter) and Manuel Garcia (Spider-Man: Breakout)!

32 PGS
$3.99 US
SEP090420
Written by Kieron Gillen; Pencils by Manuel Garcia; Inks by Stefano Gaudiano; Cover by Billy Tan.

Why it’ll go fast: I’m going to be repeating myself real quick here but: just try and find the first issue of this series. It’s not selling for much more than cover price yet, but it’s also not out there. Given the general rule that retailers order high on issue one and cut back on issue two, this is going to be the issue to find. It’s a rule, trust me. We just need a name. You know what? We need a scientific name for the rule that defines the drop off in orders from issue #1 to issue #2 of a series. E-mail me with suggestions.

Image United #1 of 6: Image Comics

Image United #1 of 6

Image United #1 of 6

Solicitation: The crossover event of the century is here! The heroes of the Image Universe are united in order to fight the greatest threat the world as ever faced! You can’t miss this historic event as the original Image Founders draw all the characters they made history with. Each page is an amazing jam piece—it’s a story told in a way never before attempted in comics!

32 PGS
$3.99 US
AUG098141
Written by Robert Kirkman; Pencils by Rob Liefeld; Covers by Rob Liefeld; Jim Valentino; Todd McFarlane.

Why it’ll go fast: Is this the crossover event of the century? Probably not. It’s not even the crossover event of the fall, but nerds who remember these characters from the early 90s may come looking for this one. Personally, I could care less, but back in the day I would have punched my mother to get my hands on this comic. Youngblood, Spawn and the Savage Dragon were characters that could easily sell upwards of 500,000 issues. That was the 90s, though. Last month Spawn shipped 18,475 copies and Savage Dragon only shipped 6,571. with numbers like these, and Rob Liefeld’s name being used as a punchline for most bad-comic-art jokes, I can’t see retailers taking a big chance on Image United, nor do see Image printing huge numbers. Which is just what it takes to cause a quick sellout.

New Mutants #7: Marvel Comics

New Mutants #7

New Mutants #7

Solicitation: “Necrosha.” The massive event tying X-Force, X-Men Legacy and New Mutants together continues! Doug Ramsey isn’t the only one back from the grave as the New Mutants’ old enemies the Hellions come calling. Old grudges (and enemies, for that matter) don’t die easy. Part 2 (of 3).

32 PGS
$2.99 US
SEP090473

Written by Zeb Wells; Pencils by Diogenes Neves; Inks by Edgar Tadeo; Cover by John Rauch; Letters by Vc – Joe Caramagna.

Why it’ll go fast: New Mutants #6 is gone. It’s not on eBay. Not on Heritage. Forget Amazon. New Mutants #6 is gone. It shipped a mere 34,967 issues and disappeared. Mark one up for Marvel’s zombie tie-in, Necrosha. #7 is going to go just as fast, mainly because no one knows how well issue #6 actually sold because of shipping problems. Check eBay, the book is gone. It’s just a matter of time before nerds are paying $20 and up for this one.

I’ll try and get a back-issue blog up this Friday, but bear with me: it is a holiday week and there is a ton of football to watch.

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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 he’s 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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