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:
Here it is, everything you need to know about the new comics shipping this Wednesday, April 14, 2010. DISCLAIMER: WorthPoint assumes no liability for the data accuracy or I provide, nor any liability of any kind for damages incurred in the use of this data. I’ve decided to start including different disclaimers just incase one of my readers decides to sue me. You never can be too careful. For a full list of comics shipping this week click here. To find a comic shop near you click here.
Before we get rolling, the Dark Horse solicitations for July hit this week, including the first title of their re-launch of the Gold Key characters, Dr. Solar. I’m pretty excited for these but no one else seems to be. Am I alone here?
As always we begin with the Sell Out, Variant and Reprint News:
X-Men Second Coming # 1 second printing variant
Marvel posted a sellout this past week with X-Men Second Coming #1 and not just because I said it was going to be good. Nerds are pretty excited about the return of Jean Grey. “Second Coming” #1 is currently selling for cover price, but the David Finch variant is blowing up with a copy selling for $63 as of Tuesday. A second printing has been announced but no shipping date as of yet.
FEB108448 X-Men Second Coming #1 Second Printing Var
All things “Second Coming” seem to be selling very well so don’t be shocked to see more X-sell-outs in the near future.
In Variant news; Marvel has some pretty hot incentive covers shipping this week. Watch for the Black Widow #1 1:10 movie variant—featuring the lovely Scarlett Johansen as the Black Widow—to sell out very quickly. Mainly because she’s so lovely. And really, who can resist a hot red head?
Also, New Mutants #12 has another “Second Coming” David Finch variant. With a 1:25 ratio, this variant could be pretty hard to find. Checking in at number 49 on the March sales chart, shipping 36,629 copies, New Mutants is second-lowest selling X-title that ties into “Second Coming,” with X-Factor coming in last at number 73. If New Mutants were to ship the same amount this month, that would mean there would only be 1,465 of the Finch variants to go around. With the Finch X-Men variants selling for $60 and up—and we’re talking about a variant that shipped well over 2,000 copies—I’m guessing this one could go for much more.
Here’s your list of Variant and Reprint comics shipping this Wednesday, April 14, 2010. The comics listed here are incentive covers and reprints only:
Black Widow variant.
Fevre Dream #1 (of 10) (Felipe Massafera Nightmare Variant Cover)
Wolfskin Hundredth Dream #1 (of 6) (Juan Jose Ryp Bronze & Blood Variant Cover)
Cold Space #1 (Variant Incentive Cover
Farscape Scorpius #0 (Variant Incentive Cover)
Irredeemable Special #1 (Jeffrey Spokes Variant Incentive Cover)
Adventure Comics #10 (Bernard Chang ‘Adventure Comics 513′ Variant Cover)
Brightest Day #0 (Ivan Reis Variant Cover)
Doc Savage #1 (John Cassaday Variant Cover)
Flash #1 (Francis Manapul Sketch Variant Cover)
Flash #1 (Tony Harris Variant Cover)
Green Arrow #31 (Mauro Cascioli Re-colored 2nd Printing Variant Cover)
Amazing Spider-Man #600 Lithograph (Dynamic Forces) (Signed by Alex Ross)
Captain America #600 Lithograph (Dynamic Forces) (Signed by Alex Ross)
Incredible Hulk #600 Lithograph (Dynamic Forces) (Signed by Alex Ross)
Buck Rogers #10 (John Watson Variant Cover)
Green Hornet Year One #2 (Francesco Francavilla Variant Cover),
Green Hornet Year One #2 (John Cassaday Black/White/Green Variant Cover)
Green Hornet Year One #2 (John Cassaday Negative Art Cover)
A-Team War Stories: Face #1 (Photo Variant Cover)
Angel Barbary Coast #1 (Franco Urru Virgin Variant Cover)
G.I. Joe Operation Hiss #3 (of 5) (Joe Corroney Variant Cover)
Kill Shakespeare #1 (Kagan McLeod Variant Cover)
Pilgrim #1 (Mike Grell Sketch Variant Cover)
Star Trek Leonard McCoy Frontier Doctor #1 (John Byrne Gag Variant Cover)
Transformers Nefarious #2 (Brian Rood Virgin Variant Cover)
We Will Bury You #2 (of 4) (Nate Powell Virgin Variant Cover)
Weekly World News #4 (of 4) (Alan Robinson Black & White Newspaper Variant Cover)
Wire Hangers #1 (Alan Robert Variant Cover)
New Mutants #12
Mice Templar Destiny #8 (Victor Santos & Veronica Gandini Variant Cover)
Black Widow #1 (Travel Foreman Variant Cover)
Black Widow #1 (Movie Variant Cover)
Black Widow #1 (Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic Women Of Marvel Variant Variant Cover)
Daredevil #506 (Mike Del Mundo Iron Man By Design Variant Cover)
Iron Man Legacy #1 (Ryan Meinerding Variant Cover)
Iron Man Legacy #1 (Movie Wraparound Variant Cover)
New Mutants #12 (David Finch Variant Cover)
New Mutants #12 (Gabriele Dell’Otto Iron Man By Design Variant Cover)
Siege Captain America #1 (Marko Djurdjevic Sketch Variant Cover)
Siege Loki #1 (Marko Djurdjevic Sketch Variant Cover)
Siege Young Avengers #1 (Marko Djurdjevic Sketch Variant Cover)
Super Heroes #1 (Todd Nauck Variant Cover)
World War Hulks Hulked-Out Heroes #1 (Ed McGuinness Variant Cover)
Domino Lady #5 (Variant Close-Up Cover)
Phantom Captain Action #1 (of 2) (Cover C Michael Gilbert)
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.
Black Widow #1
Solicitation: The deadly super-spy from Iron Man 2, Invincible Iron Man and Captain America in her own ongoing series! Natasha Romanoff is not a super hero. She’s not psychic. She doesn’t fly. And yet as the Black Widow, she manages to hold her own against a world of incredibly powerful enemies . . . and allies. But now someone has tried to kill Natasha . . . and almost succeeded. Injured gravely, almost beyond her ability to recover, Black Widow sets out to find her attacker with no suspects and no leads. Who could be deadly enough to get the drop on Natasha? And what connections do they have to some of her closest super hero friends? Plus, a backup detailing the deadly history of the Black Widow!
Item Code: FEB100448
Written by Marjorie Liu; Art and Cover by Daniel Acuña.
Why it’ll go fast: With the Iron Man movie coming up and the aforementioned Scarlett Johansen playing the Black Widow, there’s never been a better time to launch a Widow ongoing series. Writer Marjorie Liu isn’t a huge name yet but fans of her Dark Wolverine series know she’s good. Artist Daniel Acuña needs no introduction. He’s awesome and is sure to give this title a look all it’s own. Now, do retailers believe in this one? That’s the question. I’m guessing they won’t be convinced until this one sells out, and it will, quickly. Whether or not this series makes it to issue #25 is another story.
Cold Space #1
Solicitation: From legendary actor Samuel L. Jackson and Emmy-nominated writer/producer Eric Calderon—the team that brought you the Emmy-award-winning, best-selling Afro Samurai—comes their next original series: Cold Space! When an on-the-run outlaw crash-lands on a hostile planet on the brink of civil war, he finds himself caught in the crossfire between two warring factions. But in chaos lies opportunity . . . because where there’s war, there’s money to be made! A hard-boiled sci-fi action-adventure with covers by Eisner Award-winning artist Dave Johnson and Irredeemable cover artist, Jeffrey Spokes!
Item Code: FEB100744
Written by Samuel L. Jackson and Eric Calderon;
Art by Jeremy Rock.
Why it’ll go fast: I was going to hit you with a hilarious “Snakes on a Plane” reference but just couldn’t come up with anything. I’m not picking this one because of Sam Jackson; there’s plenty of comics out there with celebrity names on them that nobody cares about. Just ask Jada Pinket Smith and Tyrese Gibson. I’m picking this one because it’s the creative team behind Afro Samurai, which was awesome. Netflix it if you get a chance. You’ll love it. Will retailers know this or care? I’m guessing not, or at least they won’t be willing to take a gamble on a large order on issue #1. BOOM! puts out a good product and nerds are going to notice this one if they didn’t come looking for it in the first place. I’m guessing most shops don’t order more than four copies so get to yours early if you didn’t preorder your copy.
New Mutants #12
Solicitation: Second Coming, Part Three: Fall of a New Mutant?! The X-Men are hot on the trail of Cable and Hope and meet Bastion’s forces head-on, in the form of Bastion’s capo William Stryker and his Purifier army. Stryker’s forces score one casualty early, but who wins the battle? At the same time the New Mutants are hitting Bastion’s second-in-command, Cameron Hodge. But going up against Hodge and 100 of his soldiers is way out of their league and one of them won’t walk away from it.
Written by Zeb Wells; Pencils by Ibraim Roberson; Cover by Adi Granov.
Why it’ll go fast: I won’t go into the numbers here again (see the Variant News above) but New Mutants is the second-lowest ordered X-title that ties into the “Second Coming” event. Which means it’s going to go fast. “Second Coming” is taking cues from the previous “Messiah War” event, which also sold very well, and making each issue a vital part of the story. It seems to work much better than just having a stand alone event mini-series comic with non-essential tie-ins, for the ongoing titles anyway. Which is, in turn, better for dominating the comic market share, and Marvel has been whupping much ass in the market share department lately. Even in months where DC dominated the top 10-selling titles for the month. But I digress, New Mutants #12 will be picked up by X-nerds that normally don’t buy it because it’s a “Second Coming” tie-in. Will they stay with the title afterwards? No Idea. But picking an artist and sticking with them might help.
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