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The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 01/11/2012

by Matt Baum (01/11/12).

Lobster Johnson The Burning Hand #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), (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. 11. 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.


Stan Lee’s Soldier Zero #1/The Traveler #1/Starborn #1 Signed Variant Set, $399.99. This was a set of three CGC-graded and signed comics. Diamond only had nine sets and they sold out, which at $400, a shot is pretty shocking.


Lobster Johnson The Burning Hand #1 (Mike Mignola Variant Cover), $3.50 1:5. Another creepy variant from Mignola, and I love it, but it does seem like the last few covers we’ve seen from him have a lot of negative space. Like, maybe he didn’t finish the bottom third of the cover. Just sayin’. Watch for a $4-$5 price tag.


Batwoman #5 (J.H. Williams III Variant Cover), 1:25

Batwoman #5 (J.H. Williams III Variant Cover), 1:25. More 1:25 sketch variants from DC this week. This one really shows how talented Williams is. Even stripped of color, his art looks organic and soft. I’m really digging these sketch variants and they seem to be selling well online , the same as copies of the Stormwatch, Swamp Thing and Detective sketch variants, which are selling for $15 and up. Watch for a $10-$12 price tag.

Green Lantern #5 (Doug Mahnke Black & White Variant Cover)

Green Lantern #5 (Mike Choi Variant Cover)

Green Lantern #5 (Doug Mahnke Black & White Variant Cover), 1:200. Is this warning getting as old for you as it is for me? DON’T pay more than $100 for this variant. Yes, several retailers are asking $200 and yes, you will find a couple that sell for $200, but the vast majority of these variants will sell for just under $100 and probably won’t be selling for much more than that anytime soon. The weird thing here is that the 1:200 variant is not just a sketch version of the regular cover, but looks like the 1:25 sketch variants, which is much cooler but still not worth $200.

Green Lantern #5 (Mike Choi Variant Cover). Retailers could order this variant based on their lowest-ordered DC #5 issue shipping this week. I’m guessing at most shops that will be Resurrection Man #5. A lot of shops are selling these variants for cover price and that’s probably what you should be paying if you need this variant.

Shade #4 (of 12)(Darwyn Cooke Variant Cover)

Shade #4 (of 12)(Darwyn Cooke Variant Cover), 1:10. Darwyn Cooke is the guest artist on this issue and he supplied a sexy, Art Deco variant cover as well. Cooke is one of the best in the business and people will be snatching up this variant on Wednesday. Watch for a $6-$8 price tag and expect this one to go up in the weeks ahead.


Avenging Spider-Man #1 (Dynamic Forces)(Ken Haeser Remarked Edition), $49.99. Limited to 115.
Flash Gordon Zeitgeist #1 (Dynamic Forces)(Alex Ross Exclusive Virgin Cover), $12.99. Limited to 250.
Vampirella #12 (Dynamic Forces)(Paul Renaud Virgin Exclusive Cover), $7.99 1:25. Retailers had to order 25 of the regular Vampirella #12 and they could order one of the DF variants.
Vampirella Annual #1 (Dynamic Forces)(Lucio Parrillo Exclusive Red Cover), $14.99. Limited to 200.
Wolverine And The X-Men #1 (Dynamic Forces)(John Romita Sr. Signed Edition) , $50. Limited to 65, but why it’s signed by JR SR is a mystery?


Vampirella #1 (1969 Commemorative Gold Foil Edition), $39.99. Limited to 115.


Cobra Annual 2012 The Origin Of Cobra Commander (Cover B Robert Atkins), 1:10
Cobra Annual 2012 The Origin Of Cobra Commander (Robert Atkins Model Sheet Turnaround Variant Cover), 1:50
Doctor Who #13 (Matthew Dow Smith Variant Cover), 1:10
G.I. JOE A Real American Hero #174 (Cover A Herb Trimpe), 1:10
G.I. JOE A Real American Hero #174 (Larry Hama Sketch Variant Cover), 1:10
H.P. Lovecraft’s The Dunwich Horror #4 (of 4)(Nick Percival Variant Cover), 1:10
H.P. Lovecraft’s The Dunwich Horror #4 (of 4)(The Hound Prose Chapbook), 1:20
Snake Eyes #9 (Nick Runge Variant Cover), 1:10
Transformers More Than Meets Eye #1 (Alex Milne Wraparound Variant Cover), 1:10
Transformers More Than Meets Eye #1 (Josh Burcham Decepticon Sketch Variant), 1:50


Epoch #1 (of 5)(Paolo Pantalena SDCC 2011 Exclusive Variant Cover), $10. Limited to 100
Witchblade #146 (Kalman Andrasofszky SDCC 2011 Exclusive Variant Cover), $10. Limited to 500


Amazing Spider-Man #677 (Lee Bermejo Variant Cover)

Amazing Spider-Man #677 (Lee Bermejo Variant Cover), 1:25. Bemejo does an amazing job drawing characters like Daredevil and Batman, but his Spider-Man . . . a little wonky, right? Watch for a $13-$15 price tag.

Brilliant #2 (David Mack Variant Cover)

Brilliant #2 (Michael Avon Oeming Variant Cover)

Brilliant #2 (David Mack Variant Cover), 1:25. Nice David Mack variant here, but it’d be even nicer if the guy would start drawing comics again. Regardless, watch for a $15-$17 price tag.

Brilliant #2 (Michael Avon Oeming Variant Cover), 1:15. Always love Oeming’s work. Guy is solid and, if you’re not reading his Powers title, you’re missing out. Watch for a $7-$9 price tag.

Captain America #7 (Mike Perkins Venom Variant Cover)

Captain America #7 (Mike Perkins Venom Variant Cover), 1:50. Another great Venom variant here. Mike Perkins has been doing a great job on the Marvel 1:50 variants and this one is guaranteed to scare the kiddies. Nicely done, sir. Watch for a $25-$30 price tag.

Incredible Hulk #4 (Mike Del Mundo Venom Variant Cover), 1:50. This one is a little wacky but still cool. I dig Del Mundo’s color palate here. Watch for a $30-$35 price tag.

Journey Into Mystery #633 (TBA Venom Variant Cover)

Journey Into Mystery #633 (TBA Venom Variant Cover), 1:50. All of these have been really great. But this could be the first hard-to-find Venom variant. Journey Into Mystery is an excellent comic but isn’t being ordered as highly as the other titles with Venom variants this week. Watch for a $40-$45 price tag and start reading this title. It’s excellent!

New Avengers #20 (TBA Venom Variant Cover), 1:50. Marvel is normally really good about crediting the artists on their variants, but not this week. This one looks like Camuncoli to me but I can’t be certain. Regardless, it’s great and shouldn’t be too tough to find. Watch for a $25-$30 price tag.

Scarlet Spider #1 (Blank Variant Cover),

Scarlet Spider #1 (Mark Bagley Variant Cover)

Scarlet Spider #1 (Ryan Stegman Variant Cover)

Scarlet Spider #1 (Mark Bagley Variant Cover), 1:25. This is a very solid Bagley variant. It’s funny; I had to hunt this cover image down and had written a scathing critique of what I thought was this variant cover (an image of the old Scarlet Spider hooded sweatshirt burning). So, great effort here, Mark. Sorry I doubted ya. Watch for a $15-$18 price tag.

Scarlet Spider #1 (Ryan Stegman Variant Cover), 1:15. Turns out the Stegman variant was the weak one, which is too bad, because this guy is great. I get it. The Scarlet Spider used to wear a sleeveless hooded sweatshirt (hey, it was the ’90s) but this is weak. On the “Do I Need It?” scale, this one ranks as a “no.” If you do, watch for a $7-$9 price tag, but if you wait you can definitely get it cheaper.

Scarlet Spider #1 (TBA Venom Variant Cover)

Scarlet Spider #1 (TBA Venom Variant Cover), 1:50. This is another great Venom variant that could be tough to find. Time will tell how well-ordered this title was but I don’t see a lot of shops ordering the 50 necessary to get the Venom variant. Also, like the Journey Into Mystery and New Avengers Venom variants, has no artist credited. Thanks Marvel, trying to write a blog here. Watch for $35-$40 price tag.

Secret Avengers #21 (Khoi Pham Venom Variant Cover), 1:50. This is one is by Khoi Pham and I only know that from reading his signature on the cover. Again, thanks a lot, Marvel. I dug Pham’s work on the Age of X crossover and am glad to see him getting more work. Watch for a $30-$35 price tag here.

Wolverine #300 (Blank Variant Cover),

Wolverine #300 (Geof Darrow Wraparound Variant Cover)

Wolverine #300 (Geof Darrow Wraparound Variant Cover), 1:25. Geoff Darrow is so amazing at what he does. I don’t have the words. This guy needs to be more famous because he’s one of the best out there. Watch for a $15-$17 price tag and watch for it to go up from there.

Wolverine #300 (Jim Cheung Variant Cover)

Wolverine #300 (Jim Cheung Variant Cover), 1:50. Jimmy Cheung is another master, and even thought it’s just a head shot, this is a great-looking variant. Watch for a $30-$35 price tag.

Wolverine And The X-Men #4 (Mark Brooks Venom Variant Cover)

Wolverine And The X-Men #4 (Mark Brooks Venom Variant Cover), 1:50. Nice Venom variant by Mark Brooks and again, had to hunt for the artist info. This one should be pretty easy to find with the high sales on this new X-series. Watch for a $30-$35 price tag.

X-Factor #230 (Nick Bradshaw Variant Cover)

X-Factor #230 (Nick Bradshaw Variant Cover), 1:15. This is the final variant in the Bradshaw Regenesis triptych and the final of the Regenesis team variants. And it’s pretty nifty, too. I like this Bradshaw kid, although it still seems like he’s directly channeling Arthur Adams. Watch for an $8-$10 price tag and, for the love of Pete, if you’re not already, start reading Peter David’s X-Factor. It’s so darn good!


Phazer #1 (Jim Steranko Signed Incentive Cover), 1:10

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 drivers heading to various Spring Break locales early, tricked by the unusually warm winter weather we’re having. Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later . . .

Transformers More than Meets the Eye #1

Transformers More than Meets the Eye #1


Solicitation: The ultimate Transformers saga begins here! This second, all-new ongoing Transformers title reunites the fan-favorite creative team behind Last Stand of the Wreckers and sends the Transformers on an epic quest to the farthest reaches of the Transformers Universe and beyond! The adventure starts here!

32 pages
Sold Out

Why it’ll go fast: I don’t read IDW’s Transformers but have it on good authority (from serious Transformer geeks) that they have been doing amazing work on this property. There was a recent shake up within the ranks—Optimus Prime died—and there’re no Autobots or Decepticons any longer. Just Transformers, looking for their mysterious origins. Sales online of the IDW regular Transformers ongoing have been solid and the most recent story seemed to whip fans into a frenzy. Watch for this issue to go quick and don’t expect any more first printings anytime soon. More than Meets the Eye sold out before shipping so grab yours quick.

Scarlet Spider #1

Scarlet Spider #1

Written by CHRIS YOST

Solicitation: Spinning out of Spider-Island, the secrets of the brand new Scarlet Spider stand revealed in 40 pages! Who is the new webbed-wonder? And why has he come to face corruption in Houston, Texas?

32 pages
Sold Out!

Why it’ll go fast: Call this one the Spidey spin-off least likely to succeed but is, somehow, still great. I got to read a preview for this issue and was shocked how much I liked it. Especially Stegman’s art. He’s not flashy but very solid and perfect for a Spidey-title (and yes I’m aware this is a different character, but they both swing on webs). Yost is a solid writer but Scarlet Spider could be a challenge for him down the line. Like I said, this is a very strong first issue but I want to see how they keep me coming back without making this another Spider-Man story. Marvel had to have been shocked when #1 sold out before shipping but. If it was smart here, I’m guessing the print-run was relatively low. Watch for the buzz on #1 to be very good and push prices high in the first week.


Matt Baum is WorthPoint’s comic book Worthologist. If you have any questions about these books or anything else in the comic book world feel free to contact Matt or post your question below in the Comic Book Forum in the WorthPoint Forums, located in the Community tab. You can also reply to this article in the “leave a reply box below. If you need more comic-nerd in your life, you can follow Matt on Twitter, where he’s always screaming about something nerd-related. Thanks to all Matt’s new followers and keep the comments coming!

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4 Responses to “The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 01/11/2012”

  1. Eric says:

    Spider-Man isnt popular because he swings on webs… history has shown that Pete and his wacky cast of characters is the reason for the popularity of the title. I ordered this issue but hold out little hope that i will be seing a #25 coming out for it.

    btw that Wolverine wrap around cover will have me heading out to a store now and spending money on a title I rarely buy.

  2. Matt Baum Matt Baum says:

    I bought the Wolvie Wrap cover as well. Couldn’t help myself.

  3. Andi says:

    What happened to last week’s Blog? I look forward to reading this every week. It’s almost Wednesday!

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