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The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 01/04/2012

by Matt Baum (01/04/12).

Ferals #1 (Gabriel Andrade Slashed Variant Cover)

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), (CPG) and current online auction sales. Sales numbers and rankings are courtesy of 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. If you want to hear what this nerd sounds like you can catch him on his podcast, the Two-Headed Nerd Comicast, where he and his friend Joe discuss the latest comic news, review some new comics, and answer your questions.

New Comics Roundup

Below you will find all the info you could possibly need on the hot, new comics shipping this Wednesday, Jan. 4. For a full list of comics shipping this week, click here. To find a comic shop near you, click here.

Variant Watch

Here’s a list of all the variants shipping from Diamond this week and some info on the hot ones. The variant Ratios (i.e.; 1:10) represent how many of the regular issues the retailer has to order to receive one of the variants. If a ratio is not included it’s because I couldn’t get the information or because the variant is a new printing. The prices I post here are suggested, reasonable prices based on the ratios and may be higher or lower at your comic shop. Click here for this week’s complete shipping list.


Scourge #6 (Infected Variant Cover). Retailers could order three Infected variants for every 10 regular covers ordered.


Ferals #1 (Gabriel Andrade Slashed Variant Cover). For every three of any of the regular Ferals covers retailers could order one Slashed variant. But, come on. Look at this cover. I would call this a variant in only the loosest sense of the word. It’s the regular cover with claw marks. This reminds me of the 1990’s Chaos Comics variants, where a different colored title was considered a variant cover.


Clive Barker’s Hellraiser #9 (Cover C Nick Percival), 1:10
Elric The Balance Lost #7 (Cover C Francesco Mattina), 1:10

Peanuts #1 (of 4)(Charles Schultz First Appearance Of Charlie Brown Variant Cover)

Peanuts #1 (of 4)(Charles Schultz First Appearance Of Charlie Brown Variant Cover), 1:30. This variant cover was added not long ago and will probably be fairly hard to find. The cover features Schultz’s first printed Charlie Brown image. Watch for a $25-$30 price tag.

Valen The Outcast #2 (Cover C Matteo Scalera), 1:10
Valen The Outcast #2 (Cover D Liam Sharp Negative Cover), 1:20
Valen The Outcast #2 (Cover E Ale Garza Sketch Cover), 1:25
Valen The Outcast #2 (Cover H Joe Jusko CGG 9.8 Virgin Variant Cover), 1:50


Lady Death #13 (Michael Dipascale Art Deco Variant Cover), 1:3


Goon #37 (Eric Powell Variant Cover)

Goon #37 (Eric Powell Variant Cover), 1:10. All these Dark Horse 25th Anniversary covers have been really nice-looking variants and, of course, Eric Powell’s is no exception. Love it! Watch for a $6-$8 price tag.


Action Comics #5 (Andy Kubert Black & White Variant Cover), 1:200. I’m not saying go nuts here—don’t go nuts here—but if this issue does turn out to be the new origin of Superman, it could be a hot one. That is not to say that you need this 1:200 variant but it could see a slightly higher price point than the other 1:200 New DCU variants. Watch for a $100-$130 price tag. And again, don’t go nuts here.

Action Comics #5 (Rags Morales Variant Cover)

Action Comics #5 (Rags Morales Variant Cover). I love Rags, I really do, but is it just me, or does Krypto look like a werewolf here? There’s something a little too human about his face. Maybe Rags can’t draw dogs? But I digress. Retailers can order this cover based on their lowest ordered New DCU title shipping this week. My guess is it’ll be a close one between OMAC and Static Shock. Again, don’t pay for this one like a ratioed variant. A lot of shops are selling these for cover price and that’s probably where they should be. Later on, I can see them going for more, maybe.

Detective Comics #5 (Tony S. Daniel Variant Cover)

Detective Comics #5 (Tony S. Daniel Variant Cover), 1:25. This is a great-looking Tony Daniel sketch variant but not a sketch version of the regular cover. Which is interesting and not something that we see too often. It looks like this a new series of variants featuring an artist sketch and the title in the grey and red bar. I’ve been critical of Tony Daniel’s writing on my podcast for a while now but can’t deny the guy’s art talent. He’s amazing and this is a very cool variant (I’m making a conscious effort to be nicer this year). Watch for a $15-$17 price tag.

Justice League #1 (Jim Lee & Scott Williams 5th Printing Variant Cover), $3.99

Stormwatch #5 (Miguel Sepulveda Variant Cover)

Stormwatch #5 (Miguel Sepulveda Variant Cover), 1:25. This is another in the New DCU Sketch Variants featuring a different sketch cover than the regular one. I’m digging the design on these. Watch for a $15-$17 price tag.

Swamp Thing #5 (Yanick Paquette Variant Cover), 1:25. This one looks like it might be a sketch version of some of the interior art. Which leads me to believe they all might be (no one at DC will answer my tweets, and I’m important, right?). Watch for a $15-$17 price tag.

Sweet Tooth #29 (Travel Foreman Variant Cover)

Sweet Tooth #29 (Travel Foreman Variant Cover), 1:10. And it’s official: Travel Foreman can make anything look creepy. Maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t remember a lot of Vertigo variants coming out, other than American Vampire variants. Regardless, Foreman is great and this variant could be hard to find. Sweet Tooth does well in TPB sales but is a relatively low selling comic book.


Avengers 1959 #1 (of 5)(Dynamic Forces)(Howard Chaykin Signed Edition) , $19.59. Limited to 100 copies.
Cornucopia Comics Collectors Set (Dynamic Forces), $49.99. Limited to 100 copies.
Uncanny X-Men #544 (Dynamic Forces)(Stan Lee Signed Edition) , $299.99. Limited to 50 copies.
Voltron #1 (Dynamic Forces)(Alex Ross Exclusive Virgin Cover). Limited to 150 copies.


Flash Gordon Zeitgeist #2 (Alex Ross Virgin Variant Cover), 1:10
Flash Gordon Zeitgeist #2 (Francesco Francavilla Variant Cover), 1:10
Flash Gordon Zeitgeist #2 (Francesco Francavilla Virgin Variant Cover), 1:15
Flash Gordon Zeitgeist #2 (Paul Renaud Black & White Variant Cover), 1:25
Lone Ranger #1 (Alex Ross Blue Variant Cover), 1:25
Lone Ranger #1 (Alex Ross Negative Art Variant Cover), 1:10
Lone Ranger #1 (Francesco Francavilla Virgin Variant Cover), 1:15
Robocop Road Trip #1 (Fabiano Neves Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10
Vampirella Vs Dracula #1 (of 6)(Joseph Michael Linsner Negative Variant Cover), 1:20
Vampirella Vs Dracula #1 (of 6)(Joseph Michael Linsner Sketch Variant Cover), 1:10
Warlord Of Mars Dejah Thoris #9 (Ale Garza Risque Art Variant Cover), 1:20
Warlord Of Mars Dejah Thoris #9 (Paul Renaud Martian Red Variant Cover), 1:10


Cold War #4 (John Byrne Variant Cover), 1:10
G.I. JOE #9 (Nick Runge Variant Cover), 1:10
Godzilla Legends #3 (of 5)(Arthur Adams Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10
Jurassic Park Dangerous Games #5 (of 5)(Jeff Zornow Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10
True Blood The French Quarter #5 (of 6)(Joe Corroney Sketch Variant Cover), 1:20
True Blood The French Quarter #5 (of 6)(Photo Variant Cover), 1:10


Artifacts #13 (Dale Keown Sketch Variant Cover), 1:50

Artifacts #13 (Comics Pro Variant Cover). ComicsPRO members (an association for comic book retailers) could order as many as they needed and all other retailers could order one.

Artifacts Playing Card Set #13 (of 13)(Retailer Incentive), 1:5


Avengers X-Sanction #2 (of 4)(Leinil Francis Yu Variant Cover), 1:25

Avengers X-Sanction #2 (of 4)(Stephen Platt Variant Cover)

Avengers X-Sanction #2 (of 4)(Stephen Platt Variant Cover), 1:50. Two more X-Sanction variants for the second part of this mini-series and both are great. Yu is in rare form, as always [which is not all that rare, then, is it? – Editor], watch for a $16-$18 price tag, and Stephen Platt is still insane, Watch for a $30-$35 price tag. By the way, where the hell has Platt been and why is he not drawing more? I’ll take anything at this point. He’s one of the few ’90s Image guys that still holds up.

Defenders #2 (I Am A Defender Variant Cover)

Defenders #2 (Chris Stevens Venom Variant Cover)

Defenders #2 (I Am A Defender Variant Cover). Retailers had to exceed their orders of Ultimate Spider-Man #2 and they could order all they needed of this cover. Which makes pricing difficult, at best. Watch for a $4-$6 price tag.

Defenders #2 (Mark Bagley Variant Cover), 1:25

Defenders #2 (Chris Stevens Venom Variant Cover), 1:50. Marvel’s new series of 1:50 variants features your favorite heroes wearing the Venom symbiote. I have to admit, the idea sounded stupid, but this variant is actually pretty cool. These could turn out to be a fun variant set and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Venom fans snatching up the whole set.

Uncanny X-Force #18 (Jerome Opena 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99

X-Men #23 (John Tyler Christopher Venom Variant Cover)

X-Men #23 (John Tyler Christopher Venom Variant Cover), 1:50. This is another surprisingly cool Venom variant featuring the current cast of the adjective-less (and arguably pointless) X-Men book. Watch for a $30-$35 price tag.

Speculator Picks of the Week

These are comics that could sell out very quickly due to conservative ordering, popular demand, shipping errors or even UPS . . . Sorry, I’m ranting . . . Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later . . .

Fatale #1

Fatale #1

Written by ED BRUBAKER

Solicitation: Guns! Sex! Secret cults! And monsters! Nothing the best-selling and award-winning creators of Sleeper, Criminal and Incognito have done so far will prepare you for the explosive debut of Fatale! A reporter in 2012 stumbles on a secret that leads him down the darkest path imaginable . . . to a seductive woman who’s been on the run since 1935, a mobster who may be an immortal demon monster, and the stories of all the doomed men who’ve been caught in their decades-long struggle. Fatale blends noir and horror to tell a riveting epic unlike anything you’ve seen before.

32 pages
Sold Out

Why it’ll go fast: If you don’t like what Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips do together when they collaborate, you might not like comics. These are two of the best creators in the business and when they come together, we get Eisner-winning Crime/Noir comics like Criminal and Icognito. This is a must read and it’s already sold out at Diamond so what shows up at your shop on Wednesday is all you’ll find of the first-printings of #1. GO BUY THIS! Fatale looks to be great and I expect #1 to be very hard to find very quickly.

Peanuts #1 of 4

Peanuts #1 of 4

Written by CHARLES SCHULTZ and Various
Art by VICKI SCOTT and Various

Solicitation: Happiness is a monthly comic book series, Charlie Brown! Peanuts came to KABOOM! last spring in its first graphic novel, “Happiness Is A Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown.” Now, Snoopy and the gang are back in monthly comic books with an all new #1 issue! The series kicks off with new original stories seen here for the first time along with some of your favorite classic Peanuts Sunday strips. Featuring a cover by Charles Schulz himself! Don’t miss Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of Charles Schulz’s timeless characters every month at KABOOM.

32 pages

Why it’ll go fast: You know who’s not going to buy this comic? Jerks, and that’s about it. If you read comics and you don’t like Charles Schultz’s Charlie Brown, you are a jerk! This is irresistible and maybe review proof. I’ll find out this week on my show. At first, I was hesitant when BOOM! announced new Charlie Brown comics, but after reading the Happiness is a Warm Blanket Charlie Brown TPB, I changed my tune. BOOM! looks to be handling this property with the utmost respect and reverence for the original Schultz material. Don’t be a jerk; buy this one.


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