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The Comic Speculator Back Issue Report – ‘Polarity’ and ‘East of West’

by Matt Baum (04/05/13).

Polarity #1. From the mind of Say Anything frontman Max Bemis.

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. Lists of new comics are courtesy of Previews World and Comics List. Make sure and click on the links to learn more about the titles and creators discussed here. 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. If you want to hear what this nerd sounds like you can catch him on his podcast, the Two-Headed Nerd Comicast, where he and his friend Joe discuss the latest comic news, review some new comics, and answer your questions.

The Back Issue Report

Welcome back true believers. Today I’ll be your guide as we venture into the mountainous woods of the comic book marketplace, where we’ll follow the unusually large footprints of forest giants to secluded caverns filled with comic treasure. (Today’s writing soundtrack: “Change Becomes Us” by Wire.)

There’s a couple of new titles that either you picked up and your bragging about it or you missed it and now you’re watching eBay sales go through the roof. Let’s start with BOOM!

Polarity #1, BOOM! Studios,
Written by Max Bemis
Art by Jorge Coelho
Shipped on April 3, 2013

Solicit: From the mind of Say Anything frontman Max Bemis comes Polarity, a manic-depressive trip you’ll never forget. Timothy Woods is a bipolar artist stuck in the world of hipsters, meaningless sex and vain art—better known as Brooklyn. But after he survives a near fatal car accident, Timothy discovers that his mental instability is more than just a disorder, and that his bipolar medication hasn’t just been subduing depression and uncontrollable mania … it’s been suppressing his super powers! Now it’s time for Timothy to stand up to his disease alongside an onslaught of wretched human villainy as he finally finds his place in the world.

Each issue comes with a free download for a new original song written and performed by Max Bemis!

Why it’s hot: Two reasons. It helps that this comic is written by the frontman of a very successful band, Say Anything (strangely there isn’t anything on the band’s webpage about Polarity), but also, each comic comes with a free download code for an original song written by Bemis. I haven’t read this one yet but will be reviewing it for this week’s show and the art by Coelho (remind me to tweet at him to learn how to pronounce that name) looks pretty good.

Polarity #1 (of 4) 1:10 copy incentive variant by Scott Forbes.

Polarity #1 (of 4) 1:25 copy incentive variant by Frazier Irving.

Polarity #1 Hastings variant limited to 500 copies by Tradd Moore.

How much? Currently, Polarity #1 is selling for $7 to $10 on eBay, with one selling as high as $13. There’s also a few variants (1:10 by Scott Forbes, 1:25 by Frazier Irving and a Hastings exclusive cover limited to 500 copies by Tradd Moore), all of which are selling well. I would guess the Hastings variant will be the winner due to the low print run. Currently, it’s selling for $7 to $13 and is probably worth picking up at that price. Watch this title, it could have some legs.


East of West #1, Image Comics
Written by Jonathan Hickman
Art by Nick Dragotta
Shipped on March 27, 2013

Solicit: “Out of the Wasteland.” The things that divide us are stronger than the things that unite us. A Sci-Fi Western set in a dystopian America where all hope for the future rests in the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse… who just happen to be trying to kill the President of the United States. One of the most exciting new books of the year from the award-winning team of Marvel’s FF, Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta.

Why it’s hot: Well, there’s the obvious reasons, it’s an Image #1, Hickman is writing it, #1 sold out before shipping, etc. But there’s also the fact that this is an ongoing series. I’m guessing retailers ordered heavier here because it’s not a mini-series and the last time they went conservative on a new Image Hickman series (Manhattan Projects #1; now selling for $25 to $30 and the Image firsts reprint is even going for $6), they got burned.

East of West #1 written by Jonathan Hickman, art by Nick Dragotta.

East of West #1 Ghost Variant by Nick Dragotta.

How much? Currently, #1 is selling for $10 to $12 and a I’m guessing East of West performs similar to Manhattan Projects and continues to climb to $30 in the next few weeks. If Hickman can keep the title on schedule, it could continue to go up from there. There’s also a very cool Ghost Variant by Dragotta that was only available at a handful of stores in Canada and the U.S. that’s selling for $20 and looks to be going up. Ghost Variants are only distributed to shops through Ghostvariant.com by invitation only and, so far, they’ve been very cool.


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