The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 06/30/2010

Superman Batman Annual #4

Superman Batman Annual #4

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 30, 2010. For a full list of comics shipping this week, click here. To find a comic shop near you, click here.

Sell Out News:

In “I Didn’t See This One Coming” news, DC announced that Superman Batman Annual #4, which starred Batman Beyond and a futuristic Superman counterpart, has sold out at Diamond. A second printing is scheduled to ship on July 21.

MAY108079 Superman Batman Annual #4 Second Printing

First-printings are selling online for $15 and up and are already becoming tough to find. This is definitely one to watch.

Batman: the Return of Bruce Wayne #1 third printing

Batman: the Return of Bruce Wayne #1 third printing

In other DC news; Batman: the Return of Bruce Wayne #1 second printing has sold out at Diamond and is going to a third printing, scheduled to ship on July 21.

MAY108056 Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #1 Third Printing

DC is also making the first-printing variant editions available again when ordering 25 and 200 copies of the third printing. Which is confusing. Shouldn’t DC be out of the variants if they sold out of the first prints? There still seems to be enough first printings of issue #1 out there to keep the comic selling for cover price online, but unless Diamond loosens their grip on the variant covers, there could be a jump in price coming for the 1:25 covers.

American Vampire #2 Second Printing

American Vampire #2 Second Printing

And finally, from DC/Vertigo: American Vampire #2 has sold out and gone to a second printing scheduled to ship on July 21.

MAY108061 American Vampire #2 Second Printing

Again, DC is making the first printing variants available when retailers order 25 of the second printings. There’re still plenty of first prints of AmVamp #2 in stores, as this one is selling slower than most retailers had expected.

This Week’s Variant News:

Action Comics #890 Finch variant

Action Comics #890 Finch variant

DC tries to jump on the Marvel X-Men David Finch variant bandwagon this week with a David Finch 1:10 variant of Action Comics #890. Retailers will be asking $8-$10 on this variant, which could be fairly hard to find due to the recent low orders on Action. Especially since Superman still isn’t returning to the title.

Batman Beyond #1 J.H. Williams variant

Batman Beyond #1 J.H. Williams variant

Also from DC; the hottest variant of the week goes to the J.H. Williams 1:25 variant of Batman Beyond #1. Retailers are asking $20-$25 for this one, knowing that it’s going to sell fast. Look for these to hit $40 on eBay in no time. I wasn’t even going to pick this series up but, man, that’s a cool variant.

Wonder Woman #600 Hughes variant

Wonder Woman #600 Hughes variant

DC also continues its 75th anniversary variants this week with a 1:25 variant cover of Wonder Woman #600 by Adam Hughes. And it’s very sexy. Hughes updated the cover of Sensation Comics #1, which was the first appearance of Wonder Woman in 1942. Retailers are asking $20-$25 for this variant, which could be pretty difficult to find, considering what could be low ordering on an expensive issue of Wonder Woman.

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 . . .

Batman Beyond #1: DC

Batman Beyond #1

Batman Beyond #1

Solicitation: Terry McGinnis—the Batman of the future—and an elderly Bruce Wayne—the original Batman—are the sworn protectors of Neo-Gotham. But when someone targets The Dark Knight’s old foes, the new Batman must begin a case that reaches back into Bruce Wayne’s past and puts Terry’s future directly in danger! Don’t miss the long-awaited return of the popular Batman Beyond franchise in this six-issue adventure from Emmy Award-nominated animation writer Adam Beechen (Batman: The Brave and the Bold) and artist Ryan Benjamin (Batman & The Outsiders). And be sure to check out the Superman/Batman Annual #4 from writer Paul Levitz and artist Renato Guedes, starring the Batman Beyond characters!

32 pages
$2.99
APR100163
Written by Adam Beechan; art by Ryan Benjamin; cover by Dustin Nguyen.

Why it’ll go fast: The first appearance of Terry McGinnis in the regular DCU in the pages of Superman Batman Annual #4 sold out so fast that copies are already selling for $15 and up. This issue is going to disappear even faster. There’s just no way retailers saw this one coming. I’m betting DC didn’t either or the cover price on this comic would have been $3.99. It wouldn’t surprise me to see this issue sold out by Friday. Nerds loved the Batman Beyond animated series and they will be clamoring for this new series.

Death of Dracula #1: Marvel

Death of Dracula #1

Death of Dracula #1

Solicitation: He is the legendary Lord of the Vampires. Dracula. Who would dare attempt to overthrow him? Only Dracula’s son Xarus, a ruthless and clever upstart with the bold ambition to unite all the world’s vampire sects under one flag. But Xarus’s older brother Janus isn’t sure he likes the idea of a new regime and seeks allies to oppose Xarus. The ultimate battle to control Earth’s Creatures of the Night unfolds, with the future of the vampire race—and possibly the Marvel Universe—at stake.

48 pages
$3.99
MAY100586
Written by Victor Gischler; art by Giuseppe Camuncoli; cover by Marko DjurDjevic.

Why it’ll go fast: Unless retailers were paying very close attention to their Marvel previews two months ago, they might have missed that this comic was a tie-in to the new X-Men #1, also written by Gischler. Unlike Second Coming, which seems to be printed on every X-cover of late, there seems to be no mention that this comic sets off the war between Mutants and Vampires. Death of Dracula #1 might not sell out right away, but as soon as the new X-Men #1 hits, X-nerds will be looking for this issue and by that time it’ll probably be long gone. I’ll pick this one up for the art and to see if I need to read a Gischler X-title, but it wouldn’t surprise me at all if there aren’t any on the shelf by the time I get to my shop.

Velocity #1: Image

Velocity #1

Velocity #1

Solicitation: The Pilot Season winner is Back! Carin Taylor is the fastest woman in the world. At least, she’d better be if she wants to save her own life and the lives of her Cyberforce teammates. When a former Cyberdata scientist—and test subject—seeks revenge against the members of Cyberforce, only Velocity can save her friends before the clock literally runs out. Bringing together writer Ron Marz (Witchblade, Angelus) and artist Kenneth Rocafort (Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer) for the first time. Featuring two covers by Rocafort and Chriscross (Captain Marvel).

32 pages
$3.99
MAR100452 Cover A by Rocafort
MAR100453 Cover B by Chriscross

Written by Ron Marz; art and cover by Kenneth Rocafort; variant cover by Chrisscross.

Why it’ll go fast: I don’t know what it is about Velocity, but she proved to be the only member of the ’90s Image hit Cyberforce. There was even a guy with knives for fingers named Ripclaw and somehow the skinny fast chick with a lightning bolt tattooed on her white face (also tattooed?) is the only one nerds want to read about. The numbers don’t lie, though. Velocity’s Pilot Season one-shot was the only one of the group to sell out at the distributor and this issue probably will as well. Like I said, I don’t get it.

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