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:
It’s Wednesday again and time for the New Comics Round-up, where I have smashed everything you need to know about the comics available at your local comic shop into one place. Let’s dig in with the Sell-out, Reprint and Variant news.
In Sell-Out news:
DC posted a predictable sell-out with Green Lantern #29 (a Blackest Night tie-in, so not a big surprise), and announced a second printing:
FEB100201 Green Lantern #29 New Printing: ships 4/28/2010
Still, not a lot of secondary market action on “Blackest Night” mainstream titles like GL, but that is to be expected when the comics are the highest-ordered titles every month.
Incredible Hulk #608
Marvel’s “Fall of the Hulks” stuff is still selling out routinely, with 1st printings of Hulk #20, #21 and Incredible Hulk #608 all sold out this week. All three also had second printings announced:
FEB108076 Hulk #20 — 2nd Ptg. McGuinness Variant: ships 4/28/2010
FEB108077 Hulk #21 — 2nd Ptg. McGuinness Variant: ships 4/28/2010
FEB108075 Incredible Hulk #608 – 2nd Ptg. Pelletier Variant: ships 4/28/2010
These are all still selling for cover price online, but sets of “Fall of the Hulks” stuff is starting to see some action.
Nemesis #1 (which might actually be titled Millar and McNiven’s Nemesis, which is reminiscent of ”Precious,” based on the novel “Push” by Sapphire) sold out pretty quickly and has already had a new printing announced:
FEB108073 Millar & McNiven’s Nemesis #1 – 2nd Ptg. McNiven Variant ships 4/28/2010
First prints of Nemesis #1 are still selling for cover price but that won’t last for long. If you haven’t picked it up I’d grab a copy now.
I’m switching things up a little and incorporating the reprints with the variants on the weekly reprint and variant list. Let me know if it’s working for you. The comics listed here are reprints and incentive variants not comics that ship with a two regular covers. Here’s your reprint and variant list for March 31, 2010:
Incorruptible #4 (Jeffrey Spokes Variant Cover)
Adventure Comics #9 (Rafael Albuquerque ‘Adventure Comics 512′ Variant Cover)
Blackest Night #8 (of 8 ) (Rodolfo Migliari Variant Cover)
Blackest Night #8 (of 8 ) (Ivan Reis Sketch Variant Cover)
Justice League of America #43 (Mike Mayhew Variant Cover)
Green Hornet #2 (Alex Ross Black/White/Green Variant Cover)
Green Hornet #2 (Joe Benitez Black/White/Green Variant Cover)
Green Hornet #2 (John Cassaday Black/White/Green Variant Cover)
Green Hornet #2 (Shared Retailer Exclusive Variant Cover)
A-Team War Stories BA #1 (Photo Variant Cover)
G.I. Joe Cobra II #3 (Howard Chaykin Variant Cover)
Star Trek The Next Generation Ghosts #5 (Joe Corroney Virgin Cover)
Transformers #5 (Ongoing) (Don Figueroa Sketch Variant Cover)
Doomwar #1 (of 6) (John Romita Jr. 2nd Printing Variant Cover)
Incredible Hulk #607 (Paul Pelletier 2nd Printing Variant Cover)
Thunderbolts #141 (2nd Printing Variant Cover
X-Force #25 (Clayton Crain Variant Cover)
X-Men Second Coming #1 (David Finch Variant Cover) (Second Coming Tie-In)
Waking #2 (of 4) (J. Scott Campbell Sketch Variant Cover)
Now, it’s on to the Speculator Picks of the Week . These are comics that could sell out very quickly due to conservative ordering, popular demand, shipping errors, voodoo curses or any other set of unforeseen events. Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later.
Dragon Age #1
Solicitation: Hailed as “the RPG of the Decade” by PC Gamer magazine, Dragon Age: Origins has redefined the modern fantasy role-playing game. Now, the innovative game from BioWare becomes the latest hit comic from EA Comics!
In a time lost to history, a war ravaged the land. Mages, incredibly powerful wielders of magic, ruled the world through mastery of dark arts and forbidden spells. Their lust for power almost destroyed all existence, and unleashed an unholy pestilence, the Darkspawn, to plague mankind, trolls, faeries, and all the inhabitants of the realm. Now magic is carefully controlled, taught behind the sacred walls of the Circle of Magi, and monitored by the ever-vigilant Templars.
It is in this arena that a new generation of Mages in training will arise: warriors of sorcery who will defy the rules of the Templars and change the course of the world forever.
Written by Orson Scott Card; Pencils by Aaron Johnston; Cover by Humberto Ramos
Why it’ll go fast: First off I just want to say: I believe in IDW comics and congrats on your new Diamond Comics premiere status. It puts out a great product. Just pick up any IDW comic and compare it to any Marvel or DC comic and you’ll notice a difference in quality instantly. OK, no more pandering. This one has quite a bit going for it, which you can read in the solicit above. Here’s the thing; for the most part, and I don’t mean to make a sweeping generalization here but, I don’t think comic shop owners are big video game players. It just seems that most of the very successful video-game-comic-adaptations do the bulk of their sales outside of comic shops. Wildstorm’s Resident Evil was a perfect example of a comic that sold fine in the direct market but shipped more than 100,000 copies to book and video game stores. Dragon Age might not be the same success at Barnes and Noble and Gamestop, but it is going to sell out at your comic shop. Too many nerds, me included, are playing this game.
The Terminator #1 of 3
Solicitation: The year is 2029. It’s the year that John Connor, leader of the Resistance, sends Kyle Reese to 1984 to save Sarah Connor from a T-800 with a grudge. But before all of that happened, Reese was just another man fighting to survive in a world overrun by a technology that had taken on a life of its own and annihilated civilization. Who was Kyle before he met John Connor and was thrust through time to face off with a T-800 and fall for a waitress with a destiny? And who were his comrades in arms? In this three-issue series, we’ll meet Kyle Reese and his closest allies as they take on T-600s, T-800s and HKs in a world where there is little in the way of food, water or hope. Written by Zack Whedon!
Written by Zack Whedon; Pencils by Andy Macdonald; Colors by Dan Jackson; Cover by Massimo Carnevale.
Why it’ll go fast: It’s been quite a while since we’ve seen a Terminator comic, let alone one with a good writer and artist. No offense to the previous Terminator creative teams, but I’ve personally never thought about picking up a Terminator comic until now. It does seem like the Terminator bandwagon may have passed with the latest movie coming out almost a year ago. Which is why I don’t see retailers ordering huge numbers on this one. It’s Zack Whedon that’ll sell this one. Aside from being Buffy/Firefly creator Joss Whedon’s brother (which he’s got to be sick of being called at this point), Zack wrote the Web-series Dr Horrible’s Sing Along Blog, the Dark Horse comic adaptation and has also been writing for J.J. Abrams Fringe. Whedon is coming up, and this could be his breakthrough comic series. Which is kind of ridiculous, because the guy is already writing a hit TV show.
X-Men: Second Coming: Marvel Comics
X-Men: Second Coming
Solicitation: Many will be wounded. Several will die. The climax of four years of X-Men stories is the X-Event of 2010! What started in House of M with the Decimation of mutantkind, and erupted with the first new mutant birth in Messiah Complex, finishes here. In the epic crossover Second Coming, Cyclops’ faith pays off when Cable returns to the present with Hope, the girl he believes to be the mutant messiah. But will she be the savior or destroyer of mutantkind? We may never know, as she is the target of an initiative for mutant eradication unlike anything they X-Men have ever experienced. Many will be wounded. Several will die. Is Hope worth it?
Written by Chris Yost and Craig Kyle; Pencils and cover by David Finch.
Why it’ll go fast: I don’t remember the last time a comic was marketed with “mass wounding” as a selling point. But honestly, dismemberment seems to be a fate worse than death based on the rate heroes keep returning from the death. Remember all that hootin’ and hollerin’ I did about the recent Cable series? Well, it all pays off here with the Second Coming event, which is the return of Jean Grey, Marvel Girl. If those Cable issues are going to be worth anything, it all hinges on the success of this cross-over. I can’t tell you how it’s all going to turn out, but I can tell you that this first issue is going to sell out. If for no other reason than David Finch hasn’t drawn an entire comic since Moon Knight in 2007. And the art in this one is nothing short of gorgeous.
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