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:
Below you will find all the info you could possibly need on the comics shipping this Wednesday June 3, 2010. Remember, it’s a holiday week so comics ship a day late. For a full list of comics shipping this week, click here. To find a comic shop near you, click here.
Sell Out News:
Haunt #7 from Image was the first issue drawn by Greg Capullo, making Haunt even more reminiscent of Spawn, and apparently that was all it took to make this issue sellout. Image has already announced a second printing that will ship on June 16.
APR108137 Haunt #7 Second Printing
First printings aren’t selling for even cover price online yet, but this one could be a sleeper. Greg Capullo has proven to be a fan favorite for years now and his run as artist—mixed with Robert Kirkman writing—and the fact that issues #1-#7 aren’t so hard to find yet could have fans hunting downs all the runs of this series available.
Mystery Society #1
IDW’s Mystery Society #1, written by fan favorite horror scribe Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), sold out and has already had a second printing announced shipping on June 16.
APR108136 Mystery Society #1 Second Printing
Whatever Happened to Baron Shock?
Mystery Society #1 received good reviews from most bloggers and is already selling for slightly higher than cover price online. After reading the reviews, I may have to pick this one up, if I can find it.
Image comics latest offering from “Entertainment Impresario” (a term used in Image’s Press Release) Rob Zombie—Whatever Happened to Baron Shock? #1—sold out very quickly last week and has had a second printing announced scheduled to ship on June 30.
Whatever Happened to Baron Shock? #2 Second Printing (APR100476)
- Thanos Imperative: Ignition
Baron Shock, the story of the rise and fall of a minor celebrity, is written by Zombie, who has a voracious cult of fans who leap at just about everything he creates. Be it music, movies or comics—all of which feature topless women, psychotropic drugs, maniacs and gore. I’ll say one thing for Rob Zombie, he knows what his fans want. First-printings of Baron Shock are selling for anywhere from cover price to upwards of $10 on eBay and there are currently very few copies for sale. This could be an interesting one to watch.
Marvel Comics’ Thanos Imperative: Ignition one-shot sold out after reorders came in this past week. A second printing with a variant cover will ship on June 30.
APR108130 Thanos Imperative: Ignition one shot second printing
First-printings are still selling for cover price online but there aren’t many for sale. I would guess this one will be getting expensive soon.
This Week’s Variant News:
Detective Comics 168 #75 variant
Detective Comics #168
DC’s 75th anniversary variant covers begin shipping this week with Mike Mignola’s 1:25 variant of Batman #700, which pays homage to Lew Sayre Schwartz’s cover of Detective Comics #168. This issue also ships with a 1:75 sketch variant of Mignola’s cover. Most retailers are asking $20-$25 for the 1:25 cover and $50-$60 for 1:75 sketch cover. It’s been a while since we’ve seen Mignola do any work for DC, so these covers could go quickly. Twenty bucks is a pretty good price for the 1:25 cover and don’t pay more than $30 for the 1:75. Most of these sketch covers end up as afterthoughts to the more popular and accessible color variants with lower incentive rates. This is great looking set of variants that fans will be looking for. All of the DC 75th Anniversary variants are updated versions of famous DC covers by some of today’s hottest artists. Click here for a look at the others.
Avengers Academy #1
Marvel has a couple of variants worth mentioning this week. Avengers Academy #1 ships with a another in the series of Marko Djurdjevic 1:25 Avengers variants. The other Avengers variants still aren’t too hard to find, as the titles were very heavily ordered, but this one could be pretty tough to find. Already, pre-ordered copies of this variant are selling for $20 and up on eBay. Most retailers will be asking $20-$25 for this cover. I would suggest not paying more than $15 unless you’ve just got to complete your set.
Uncanny X-Men #525
Also from Marvel, Uncanny X-Men #525 ships with another 1:25 David Finch Second Coming variant cover. All the Finch Second Coming variants are still selling very well but prices are beginning to level out at around $10 for the most recent chapters. Earlier Second Coming variants seem to have disappeared. It’ll be interesting to see what variant sets of this story sell for when all is said and done. Retailers are asking anywhere from $15-$25 for this variant. If buying this one try to stick closer to the $15 range.
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 . . .
Avengers Academy #1 Djurdjevic variant
Solicitation: A brand new ongoing Avengers title begins here! Determined to keep the tradition alive, founding Avenger Hank Pym leads a core team of veteran heroes in creating a place where the next generation of Earth’s Mightiest can be trained by the greatest of those who preceded them. An institution where everyone who has ever been an Avenger can share their skill, knowledge and experience. The future is in their hands . . . and in the hands of the six young superhumans chosen to make up the inaugural class. But who are they? And what dark secret will turn their world—and potentially the entire Marvel Universe—upside down by the end of the issue? If you think this is just another teen hero book…the last page shocker will prove you wrong! Writer Christos Gage (Avengers: The Initiative) and superstar artist Mike McKone (Amazing Spider-Man) unite to bring you a bold new era of greatness!
Written by Christos Gage; art and cover by Mike McKone.
Why it’ll go fast: This will be the lowest-ordered of the new Avengers titles and it’ll be for obvious reasons. Just as Avengers Initiative featured new characters surrounded by some B-list Avengers, Academy features a new team of super youngsters that are training to be the next generation of Avengers. Retailers are still going to order this one, but at nowhere near the level of Avengers or New Avengers. I would guess this one sells out next week after the re-orders come in. Fans are still pretty high on the Heroic-Age right now and all the Avengers titles seem to be selling very well. Academy #1, however, could be the tough comic to find when the dust settles.
Solicitation: A team of Navy Seals is in the midst of a firefight when it suddenly goes dark. They awake to find themselves in a new and more deadly environment, stalked by a strange enemy. One by one these special-ops officers are killed by an unseen threat, until only one man remains. All alone in a strange world, he must do what he knows best-survive against all odds. Robert Rodriguez teams with Dark Horse for an action-packed weekly prequel to his forthcoming Predators film!
Written by Marc Andreyko and David Lapham; Art by Guilherme Balbi and Gabriel Guzman; Cover by Paul Lee.
Why it’ll go fast: Comic book movie adaptations haven’t sold well for years now. Prequels, however, seem to be doing very well. Just look at sales of Star Trek: Countdown, which spent weeks on the New York Times Bestsellers list before and after “Star Trek” opened in theaters. “Predators” has a great trailer, an even better cast, one of the coolest and most instantly recognizable aliens in the Sci-Fi business and a long history of quality comics at Dark Horse. “Predators” may not be the sleeper hit of the summer, but nerds everywhere are ready for this one and they are going to be looking for this comic.
Solicitation: Why don’t we know about the first super heroes of the Marvel Universe? Leonardo da Vinci, Imhotep, Sir Issac Newton, Nostradamus and Galileo are among the members of the Brotherhood of the Shield and have saved us all countless times. What events did they set in motion that still affect the Marvel U today? Do not miss the book that will be talked about for the next 10 years.
Written by Jonathan Hickman; Art by Dustin Weaver; Cover by Gerald Parel.
Why it’ll go fast: Shield #1 sold out so fast it’s already going to a third printing. Mainly because it was one of the best single reads from Marvel Comics in years. Shield is weird, historic fun in the vein of The Da Vinci Code of the Marvel Universe. Writer Jonathan Hickman is a lunatic on the level of of Grant Morrison and Warren Ellis. Unlike Morrison and Ellis, Hickman is relatively new to the game and may not be on as many substances as the aforementioned lunatic Brits. I would guess this one is sold out at the distributor level by Thursday.
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