Birds of Prey #1
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 Roundup:
Below you will find all the info you could possibly need on the comics shipping this Wednesday June 23, 2010. For a full list of comics shipping this week, click here. To find a comic shop near you, click here.
Sell Out News:
This week DC finally announced a second printing of Birds of Prey #1, which sold out weeks ago. The only reason I can think of for the delayed announcement is that the re-orders weren’t up to the numbers DC wanted for a reprinting, until this week anyway.
MAY108042 Birds of Prey #1 Second Printing
Speaking of the Birds, last week’s Birds of Prey #2 did not in fact sell out yet, but if you lived on the West Coast, it may have seemed that way. For one mysterious reason or another, Diamond did not ship BOP #2 to the West Coast last week. It is shipping it this week. Surprisingly, there were no panic-induced buying sprees on eBay before the announcement from Diamond of the shipping error. The good news is the copies that were ordered are still available and should be hitting shelves this Wednesday.
Avengers Prime #1
There’s been no formal announcement as of yet, but Marvel’s Avengers Prime #1 and Avengers Academy #1 have both sold out at Diamond and have second printings announced with a new variant covers both shipping on July 7.
APR108262 Avengers Prime #1 Second Printing
APR108261 Avengers Academy #1 Second Printing
Much like all the other new Avengers titles, Prime and Academy #1 first prints aren’t going for much yet, as they were heavily ordered by most shops and are still readily available.
S.H.I.E.L.D. #2 from Marvel sold out its run before even hitting the shelves and has already had a second printing announced.
MAY108022 S.H.I.E.L.D. #2 Second Printing
There seems to be plenty of first prints available online, for now, but I’d expect them to sell pretty quickly.
Young Allies #1
Marvel also had a sell-out this week, with Young Allies #1 proving almost anything with “The Heroic Age” on the cover will sell. The second printing ships with a new variant cover on July 7.
APR108267 Young Allies #1 Second Printing, Lafuente Variant
First printings of Young Allies #1 are starting to pick up some steam online with copies selling from $4.50-$5 and going up. If there’re still copies at your comic shop, you might want to grab one now.
This Week’s Variant News:
DC’s 75th Anniversary Variant Covers continue this week with two more stunning additions to the collection.
Detective Comics #69
First, Walter Simonson gives us an updated version of the cover of Detective Comics #69 on this week’s cover of the Detective #866 1:25 variant.
Then Eduardo Risso updates the cover of Superman #233 with this week’s 1:25 variant of Superman #700.
Both are very cool and will probably sell out just as fast as the Batman #700 1:25 Mike Mignola Variant that I missed. These variants are selling in the $15-$20 range, and because of their popularity and availability, I wouldn’t expect them to be worth much more anytime soon.
X-Men Legacy #237 Finch variant
Marvel has another David Finch 1:25 Second Coming variant shipping this week, this time for X-Men Legacy #237. As with all the Finch Second Coming variants, expect this one to sell out very fast. Most retailers are asking $15-$20. While the Finch X-variants are still selling well, they have begun to cool off online. If you need this one, try to stay under the $15vprice tag.
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…
Solicitation: Brightest Day shines its light on Star City in this oversized first issue from up-and-coming writer J.T. Krul (Blackest Night: Titans, Green Arrow #30) and future superstar artist Diogenes Neves (New Mutants). “The Fall of Green Arrow” has ended. Now who carries the heavy bow of the Emerald Archer? Coming out of the devastation, what miraculous event has occurred in Star City and what mysteries await inside that bring the forces of good and evil in search of its lone protector? Aim for a whole new era starring Green Arrow in this exciting ongoing series!
Why it’ll go fast: Green Arrow has been in a pretty sad state for some time now but J.T. Krul seems to have some direction for the emerald archer. His Fall of Green Arrow was definitely the best thing to come out of James Robinson’s JLA Cry for Justice storyline. That said, the story didn’t have much time to prove itself as a big seller before the series ended. While retailers will order well on this one, I’d be shocked to see it as a top-10 seller at the end of the month. Nerds picked up the Rise and Fall stories and they will probably pick this one up too. And besides, everything with “Brightest Day” on the cover is selling out as of late. I really hope this one is great.
Jurassic Park: Redemption
Solicitation: It’s been 13 years since little Tim and Lex Murphy escaped from the island of Isla Sorna, and recent public opinion has reversed, with the world clamoring for authorities to re-open Jurassic Park! With the help of their controversial Granddad’s inheritance and their own sharp wits, a secret deal is struck to open a new park! This time they’ll get it right . . . right? Bob Schreck makes his writing debut on this all-new tale, under covers from fellow industry legends Frank Miller and Tom Yeates!
Written by Bob Shreck; Pencils by Nate Van Dyke; Cover by Tom Yeates and Frank Miller.
Why it’ll go fast: If anyone is going to care about Jurassic Park, this will be the issue that decides it. And the only thing that might give Jurassic Park #1 a boost would be a Frank Miller cover. Not a Frank Miller cover like the ones he did for the Avatar Robocop series, which looked like they were drawn with a crayon between his toes. No, Frank would actually have to try, and this time it looks like he might of. Maybe the colossal failure of the Spirit movie shocked him into realizing he might have to rely on comics for a paycheck again. Regardless, one of two things will happen here. Fans will pick up the first issue because of the Frank Miller cover causing a sell-out of that cover. Or, the story will actually be pretty good and fans won’t find out until later, at which point the issue #1 will be very hard to find, as it was very lightly ordered by retailers who didn’t think nerds would care about Jurassic Park nine years after the last film of the trilogy. If IDW was really serious about this one, it would’ve gotten Ricardo Delgado—artist of Dark Horse’s Dinosaur epic Age of Reptiles—for the penciling duties. I’d buy the hell out this one if Delgado was on the book.
Sea Bear and Grizzly Shark
Solicitation: They got mixed up! Do not go out at night: Grizzly Shark lurks in these woods. There are many dangers of the deep, but none so deadly as Sea Bear! Thrill to the adventures of these two exciting new characters told in two full-length stories written and illustrated by Ryan (Invincible) Ottley and Jason (The Astounding Wolf-Man) Howard. Also featuring a special prose origin story written by Robert Kirkman!
Written and drawn by Ryan Otley and Jason Howard.
Why it’ll go fast: There are certain comics with a premise so good they are destined to sell out and sky rocket in value. Other comics have a premise so ridiculous no nerd can resist picking it up. I’ll let you decide which category Sea Bear and Grizzly Shark falls into. Personally, I find it hard to not cuss when talking about how F#$&*%@ awesome this one-shot is going to be. SB&GS wins on camp value alone, but it wouldn’t surprise me to see more of these monsters after this one-shot sells out very quickly. Don’t expect to see big piles of issue #1 on the new stands, however, as most retailers will dismiss this one as a joke. Until they have to reorder it next week only to find it sold out.
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