Free Comic Book Day
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:
The wait is over nerds. This Saturday is Free Comic Book Day. Traditionally the first Saturday in May comic shops around the world give away free comic books as supplied by the major comic publishers. Most comic shops also have comic related guests like artists, writers and sometimes even movie stars. All that and usually a big sale, too. The idea is to raise awareness of youth literacy and introduce comics to people who might not normally read them. That and to sell a bunch of back issues. FCBD also unofficially marks the beginning of the summer for comic nerds. In the past FCBD usually coincided with the release comic book movie summer blockbuster. Not so this year unless you count Nightmare on Elm Street (which did have a comic adaptation). Every Comic shop does something different so make sure to hit a few if you get the chance. To find a local participating comic shop click here.
New Comics Round-Up:
Below you will find all the info you could possibly need on the comics shipping this Wednesday April 28, 2010. This information is not for use by pregnant or nursing mothers. For a full list of comics shipping this week click here. To find a comic shop near you click here.
Sell Out News:
Iron Man: Legacy #1
Black Widow #1
Marvel had two sell outs this past week. Both Iron Man: Legacy #1 and Black Widow #1 sold out at Diamond and had second printings announced.
FEB108509 BLACK WIDOW #1 2ND PTG. TRAVEL FOREMAN VARIANT
FEB108508 IRON MAN: LEGACY #1 2ND PTG. SALVADOR LARROCA VARIANT
Both ship on May 5. Currently first printings of Black Widow #1 aren’t selling for more than cover price but the 1:10 Scarlet Johansen photo variants are selling for $10 and up, while the 1:25 Variant drawn by Travel Foreman is selling for $17 and up. Iron Man: Legacy #1 first prints aren’t selling for much at all, including the variants. I would guess this is due to most retailers ordering heavily on this title in anticipation of the release of Iron Man 2 on May 7. Remember, just because Diamond announces a title has sold out at the supplier doesn’t mean there aren’t still copies available in shops.
This Week’s Variant News:
The Last Unicorn #1
X-Force #26 Finch variant
IDW has one of the best-looking variant covers I’ve seen in a while (and yes I’m aware I’ll be teased for this) with the Frank Stockton cover of The Last Unicorn #1. I’d love to tell you the ratio on this one but I can’t seem to find it. Regardless, even if it’s a 1:10 retailers, aren’t going to be ordering very high on this one, making these variants tough to find.
Also from Marvel X-Force #26 has another 1:25 David Finch Second Coming variant. All the Finch Second Coming variants are selling very well online with the big winner being the X-Men Second Coming #1 Finch variant selling for $40 and up. If you can find this X-Force Finch variant for $15 or under pick it up. These X-variants aren’t getting any easier to find.
Here’s a look at my 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. Maybe, I’m just calling my shot here . . .
Fantastic Four #578
Solicitation: Death, life and resurrection . . . Annihilus is back and hungry for revenge! Prime Elements part four: The Cult of the Negative Zone!
Written by Jonathan Hickman; Pencils byDale Eaglesham.
Why it’ll go fast: Every issue of FF Hickman writes is selling out on a monthly basis, yet it’s still not a top-50 selling comic. Last month FF# 577 missed it by one spot coming in at 51 on the top 300 ordered comics list. Hickman’s writing is perfect, and Eaglesham’s pencils are nothing short of amazing. The comic sells out every month, yet retailers still aren’t ordering higher. What’s going to take? My only guess on why FF is not selling more is because of its distance from the current Marvel Crossovers. Maybe a Siege tie-in would push FF into the top 50. With Siege ending soon, and numbers holding on FF orders, this title is going to remain tough to find in back-issue bins for the near future. If you’re not reading it you really are missing out.
Solicitation: The Viltrumite war begins! The entire series has been leading up to this! The pieces are in place, the time to strike is now! It’s all out war as the Coalition of Planets finally makes its move against the Viltrum Empire—with Invincible stuck in the middle. Things will never be the same after this—and this is Invincible, so you know we mean it.
Written by Robert Kirkman; Pencils by Ryan Ottley; Inks by Fco Plascencia.
Why it’ll go fast: Invincible has been a tough title to order, as numbers have steadily climbed from issue #62 to issue #66 and then began to fall slightly from #67-#70. It’ll be interesting to see if last month’s special Invincible “jumping-on issue” helps sales for the latest storyline. I think it will. That’s why I’m calling my shot here. Invincible is without a doubt one of Image’s highest-selling titles and has a rabid fan base but retailers have been scaling back their orders on the title probably to order more higher selling DC and Marvel Crossover titles. This storyline could be the point where that scaling back bites them in the pants and Invincible starts selling out again.
The Last Unicorn #1
Solicitation: Whimsical. Lyrical. Poignant. Adapted for the first time from the acclaimed and beloved novel by Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn is a tale for any age about the wonders of magic, the power of love and the tragedy of loss. The unicorn, alone in her enchanted wood, discovers that she may be the last of her kind. Reluctant at first, she sets out on a journey to find her fellow unicorns, even if it means facing the terrifying anger of the Red Bull and malignant evil of the king who wields his power. Adapted by Peter B. Gillis and lushly illustrated by Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon.
Written by Peter S Beagle; Art by Rene De Liz.
Why it’ll go fast: I was shocked to hear that anyone cared about a comic adaptation of the Last Unicorn novel but I assure you, they do. So far Last Unicorn #1 has been receiving some excellent press and I’ve got to say, the previews look pretty amazing. I’m guessing this one is going to take most retailers by surprise and possibly even draw in a lot of older nerds who remember the movie from their childhood. Fantasy Nerds might come looking for this title, too. Somehow, the sad-faced Unicorn modeled after Mia Farrow still has plenty of appeal. And really guys, don’t be ashamed to pick this one up. Aren’t there unicorns in the Dragon Age comic? I didn’t read it. Are there?
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