The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 07/14/2010
Green Arrow #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 July 14, 2010. For a full list of comics shipping this week, click here. To find a comic shop near you, click here.
Sell Out News:
The sell-outs discussed here are at the distributor level and there may be copies of all these titles at your local comic shop.
It didn’t happen fast, but Green Arrow #1 sold out this week at Diamond and had a second printing announced that will ship on August 4.
JUN108004 Green Arrow #1 Second Printing
First printings on issue #1 aren’t doing much better than cover price online yet, presumably because there’s still plenty on the shelves in shops everywhere.
Shadowland #1 sold out very quickly this week. So quickly, in fact, that it was sold out before it hit the stands. Marvel has already announced two new variant covers for the second printing. One features Bullseye and has something to do with the surprise ending (which I haven’t read yet so, no spoilers please) and a cover that features Daredevil’s new costume. Both covers are by artist Billy Tan and ship on July 28.
MAY108147 Shadowland #1 2nd Printing Bullseye Assault Cover
MAY108148 Shadowland #1 2nd Printing Daredevil New Costume Variant
EBay sales on issue #1 are also doing well but it’s hard to figure out a steady price as of yet. This could be a pretty interesting issue to watch for a while here.
This Week’s Variant News:
Superman #701 variant
Superman #701 ships with a 1:25 75th anniversary variant cover, this time with artist John Cassaday giving fans an updated version of Superman #1. I love this cover and retailers will too, when it sells out. Most retailers will be asking $20 to $25 for this cover but a few are going as high as $30. If you need this one try to stick to the $20-price tag. The other 75th Anniversary variants are still selling for around $20, with the exception of Wonder Woman #600 which is selling for $30 to $40.
This week represents the last of the David Finch X-Men Second Coming variants with the 1:25 variant of X-Men Second Coming #2. Look for a solid $20-and-up price tag at most shops. However, retailers have had plenty of time to raise their orders on this comic after the first issue sold out very quickly. If you’re willing to wait a couple of weeks, you might be able to find one of these variants for a reduced price. Or maybe a lot more. We’ll find out soon enough.
Speculator Picks of the Week
These are comics that could sell out very quickly due to conservative ordering, popular demand, shipping errors, oil drenched hurricanes or any other set of unforeseen events. Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later . . .
Solicitation: “Shadowland” tie-in. Matt Murdock has long played judge and jury to criminals as Daredevil, but has he now become executioner as well?! Shadowland takes over Daredevil and his friends aren’t about to stand by and lose him on the path he seems destined for. A major player joins the battle as Hell’s Kitchen is about to live up to its name once more.
Written by Andy Diggle; art by Roberto De La Torre; cover by John Cassaday.
,b>Why it’ll go fast: Shadowland #1 sold out before it even hit the stands, so I think it’s safe to say the second part of the story—this issue of Daredevil—will probably sell out just about as fast. Sitting in the low 50s on the Top 300 ordered comics list each month, Daredevil is a solid seller for Marvel but I’m guessing no retailer out there upped their order enough on the latest issue, Shadowland tie-in or not. No one guessed that Shadowland #1 would sell out as fast as it did, and even if retailers preemptively upped their orders on DD #508, we could be looking at another instant sellout.
Doctor Solar: Man of the Atom #1
Solicitation: Empowered by a thermonuclear catastrophe, Doctor Solar discovers that he can control energy. Immeasurable strength is his at a whim. Power beyond imagination courses through his body. But he knows that the same kind of science run amok that created him can also empower the wicked. In the aftershock of the cataclysm that created Doctor Solar, ripples throughout space time imbue one Whitmore Pickerel with the power to create life—which he uses to serve his selfish desires and reckless ambitions. His newly created being, Leviathan, invulnerable and immeasurably strong, clashes with the Man of the Atom in a fierce battle that ravages the city. Meanwhile, for his personal amusement, Pickerel creates Glow, a living fantasy of unearthly charms . . . and deadly possibilities!
• Jim Shooter (former Valiant Comics editor in chief) returns to the character he redefined in the 1990s!
• Special bonus for this supersized issue: the very first Doctor Solar story from 1962!
• Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom #1 is but the first act in an explosive program that will also see Shooter re-imagine Magnus, Robot Fighter and Turok, Son of Stone for the 21st century!
Written by Jim Shooter; art by Denis Calero; covers by Denis Calero and Michael Komark.
Why it’ll go fast: I was hesitant in picking this one because I might be the only one that cares at all about these old Valiant characters but hey, it’s a speculation blog. And, if you look at the prices that some of the 90s Valiant titles go for, someone obviously cares considerably more than I do. Retailers might have different, not so fond memories of Valiant comics. Mainly due to the stacks of titles they got stuck with after the comic bubble burst in the mid 1990s. Since Valiant went under, its characters have popped up here and there with different comic companies but none that had a reputation for respecting classic properties and characters like Dark Horse. If there’s a place that the Valiant characters can thrive, it’s with Dark Horse. That is if an old-timer like Jim Shooter still has his writing chops. If Doc Solar and the other Valiant characters can’t sell comics with Dark Horse, this is probably the last we’ll see of them.
Sixth Gun #1: Oni Press
Sixth Gun #1
Solicitation: During the darkest days of the Civil War, wicked cutthroats came into possession of six pistols of otherworldly power. The Sixth Gun—the most dangerous of the weapons—vanished. When the gun surfaces in the hands of an innocent girl, dark forces reawaken. Villains thought long dead set their sights on retrieving the gun and killing anyone in their path. Only Drake Sinclair, a gunslinger with a shadowy past, stands in their way.
Written by Cullen Bunn; art and cover by Brian Hurtt.
Why it’ll go fast: I don’t see this one selling out instantly but as news spreads about how good this comic is Sixth Gun #1 will become very hard to find. Mainly because retailers are not going to order high on this one seeing as they already gave it away free on Free Comic Book Day last May. Issue #2 is also hitting stands on the same day and will also be under-ordered but not like this new edition of issue #1. So why won’t retailers take a chance on Sixth Gun? Mainly because it’s an independent western title and the only thing that sells worse than a mainstream western comic is an independent one. However, if you read the Free Comic Book Day edition then you know why this western comic has a leg up on the others. It’s a really well-written-high-concept-supernatural-western. Think B.P.R.D in the old west. I’m really excited for this series and I’m guessing nerds will come looking for it when they hear how good it is.
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