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The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 05/19/2010

by Matt Baum (05/19/10).

Uncanny X-Men #524

Uncanny X-Men #524

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 kids, all the info you could possibly need on the comics shipping this Wednesday, May 19, 2010. For a full list of comics shipping this week, click here. To find a comic shop near you, click here.

Sell Out News:

Marvel’s X-Men Second Coming tie-ins continue to sell out very quickly. This past week both Uncanny X-Men #524 and X-Men Hellbound #1 sold out and both will be retuning with second printings.

MAR108109 Uncanny X-Men #524 Second Printing Variant
MAR108108 X-Men: Hellbound #1 Second Printing Variant

Both will ship on June 2.

X-Men_HellBound_01_SecondPrintingVariant

X-Men Hellbound #1

X-Factor #204

X-Factor #204

X-Men Legacy #235

X-Men Legacy #235

Speaking of Second Coming second printings. X-Factor #204 and X-Men Legacy #235 second prints both hit shops this Wednesday and both have new covers.

Turf #1

Turf #1

MAR108018 X-Factor #204 2ND PTG DE LANDRO VAR
MAR108019 X-Men Legacy #235 2ND PTG LAND VAR

Second Coming 1st prints are selling well online, most notably the David Finch incentive variants, but even more surprising is New Mutants #12. NM #12 featured the death of a major X-character (no spoilers here) and as soon as the news got out the comic sold out instantly. First printings are selling for $30 and up and don’t seem to be settling down anytime soon.

Image’s Turf #1 also returns this week with a second-printing variant. If you missed this one, I’d pick it up. Turf, so far, seems to be a Gangsters vs. Vampires vs. Aliens story set in 1940s New York. There really is nothing like it on the stands.

FEB108489 TURF #1 2ND PTG

This Week’s Variant News:

American Vampire #3

American Vampire #3

Brightest Day #2

Brightest Day #2 Ivan Reiss variant

DC/Vertigo’s American Vampire #3 ships this week with another sexy variant cover, this time by Andy Kubert. With a 1:25 ratio, most retailers will be asking $20-$25. The pervious AM Vam variants aren’t doing much online yet, and seem to still be readily available, so if you’re looking for this one, don’t pay more than $15. (pic – ratio and price – eBay info on previous variants).

Also from DC, Brightest Day #2 ships with another 1:25 Ivan Reiss variant, this time featuring Firestorm and the Atom, which leads me to a serious question. Do I want to pick up a complete variant run of Brightest Day and how much am I willing to spend to do it? Insanity, right? Please don’t tell my wife I’m even considering this. If I can find each of them for $15 or less, I’ll consider it, however, most retailers will probably be asking closer to $20.

Legion of Superheroes Jim Lee variant

Legion of Superheroes Jim Lee variant

 X-Men Legacy #236

X-Men Legacy #236

Legion of Superheroes ships with a 1:10 Jim Lee variant that might be his first published Legion work? Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t ever recall seeing Saturn Girl look this sexy. Retailers will be asking around $10 for this one.

Over at Marvel, there’s a whole slew of Avengers #1 variants shipping this week, but with retailers everywhere ordering stacks of this title, I don’t see any of the variants being hard to find for a while. If you need one, just be patient and you should be able to score any of the variants on eBay for cheap.

The 1:25 David Finch variant of X-Men Legacy #236 is a different story, however. These Finch Second Coming variants just don’t seem to quit selling. While this one probably won’t be one of the more expensive variants, due to the high orders on Legacy, as opposed to the lower ordered New Mutants tie-ins (lower order numbers = less variants), but it will sell out quickly.

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 . . .

Atlas #1: Marvel

Atlas #1

Atlas #1

Solicitation: The heroic age is here! It’s the Agents you love, in an all-new ongoing series! Someone has come to Atlas looking for answers to some very strange questions, and on his trail is a danger of a new level. Marvel’s Rat Pack are back to solve the mystery behind the 3-D Man. The star team of Jeff Parker and Gabriel Hardman return to take Jimmy Woo’s agents to the weirdest and most fantastic heights yet

32 pages
$2.99
MAR100522
Written by Jeff Parker; Pencils by Gabriel Hardman and Ramon Rosanas; Cover by Terry Dodson.

Why it’ll go fast: Agents of Atlas has a fierce cult following that was enraged when it looked like the series was cancelled and then overjoyed when this new series was announced. Sales on the previous series weren’t great but Marvel insisted Atlas was being reworked and relaunched to better fit in with the Heroic-Age titles. Which makes sense from a sales stand point, I guess. A lot of Marvel nerds will be buying everything with “Heroic Age” on the cover, which could be a much needed sales boost for Atlas. Marvel seems to be betting that if they can put this title in nerdy hands the readers will love it and come back for more. Here’s to hoping it works, because Agents of Atlas really was great. Retailers probably don’t believe in Atlas yet after being stuck with issues of the last series after the cancellation announcement, which usually signals a huge drop-off in sales, and will be content to order light on this new series and then fight for re-orders if necessary. And fight they will. I’m saying the “Heroic Age” tie-in will work and Atlas #1 is going to sell out very quickly.

Kill Shakespeare #2: IDW

Kill Shakespeare #2

Kill Shakespeare #2

Solicitation: In this exciting second issue of the saga that combines Fables and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Hamlet begins his epic quest to find the reclusive wizard William Shakespeare. Joined in arms by the imposing Richard III and his lieutenant Iago, Hamlet is attacked and has his life threatened by multiple forces—a violent rebel group known as the Prodigals, a mysterious fool, and someone he least expects . . .

40 pages
$3.99
MAR101032
Written by Conor McCreery and Anthony Del Col; Art by Andy Belanger; Cover by Kagan McLeaod.

Why it’ll go fast: Nerds seemed to both love and hate Kill Shakespeare #1, and the ensuing web-board arguments caused it to sell out pretty quickly. As retailers tend to order lighter on second issues than first, that should be all Kill Shakespeare #2 needs to hit at least double the cover price online by this weekend. Well, that and the fact that IDW’s print-runs are much lower than Marvel and DC’s. Who knew there were so many English Majors reading comics out there?

Zatanna #1: DC

Zatanna #1

Zatanna #1

Solicitation: At last: the Mistress of Magic in her own ongoing series! Zatara has long made her home in San Francisco, but right under her nose, a sinister threat has developed—a crime boss who dominates the criminal underworld with the dark powers of the magical underworld! The terrifying Brother Night is making his play for San Fran, and the police force—including hunky detective Dale Colton—turn to Zee for help. But Brother Night is a whole new kind of criminal and if Zatanna thinks she can backwards-talk him down, then she’s in over her top-hatted head!

32 Pages
$2.99
MAR100234
Written by Paul Dini; Art and cover by Stephanie Roux.

Why it’ll go fast: In a week where Avengers #1, Brightest Day #2 and Legion #1 all hit at the same time, this will be the title that slips through the cracks. Nerds love a magician in fishnets and Zatanna looks great in them, as always. DC did a good job of putting a short black-and-white preview of issue one in all their main-stream DCU titles last month and I’m betting it’ll drum up some interest. At least for issue one anyway. I don’t see retailers ordering heavy on Zatanna, however, especially this month with so many other big selling crossovers and first issues shipping. Zatanna #1 one could be hard to find by this weekend. I still think her power is stupid and she’s a Scarlet Witch rip off, but that’s just my opinion.

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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 I’m 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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