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The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 01/18/2012

by Matt Baum (01/18/12).

Batman #5 (Andy Kubert 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. 18. 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.


Caligula #6 (of 6)(Jacen Burrows Golden Age Of Rome Variant Cover), 1:3

Crossed Psychopath #7 (of 7)(Jacen Burrows Black & White Retailer Bonus Edition). Retailers had to exceed their orders on Crossed Psychopath #6 and they could order one Black and White variant.

Crossed Psychopath #7 (of 7)(Jacen Burrows Red Crossed Cover), 1:3


Peanuts Happiness Is Warm Blanket Charlie Brown HC (SDCC 2011 Variant), $39.99. Limited to 100 copies.
Planet Of The Apes #10 (Cover C Mitch Gerads), 1:10
Steed And Mrs. Peel #1 (of 6)(Cover B Ian Gibson), 1:10


Tarot Witch Of The Black Rose #71 (Deluxe Edition), $19.99. Limited to 500 copies.


Mass Effect Invasion #4 (of 4)(Paul Renaud Variant Cover), 1:5


Animal Man #2 (Travel Foreman 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99

Batman #5 (Andy Kubert Variant Cover). Retailers could order this variant based on their lowest-ordered DCU New 52 relaunch title for this week. I’m guessing this week it’s Blue Beetle. Here’s the thing: the only Image I can find for this cover does not look like an Andy Kubert cover. It’s great but, I’m not sure this is Kubert.

Batman #5 (Greg Capullo Black & White Variant Cover)

Batman #5 (Greg Capullo Black & White Variant Cover), 1:200. Once again retailers all over the net, and possibly at your local comic shop, are trying to sell these variants for $200. But you won’t do it. Why? Because you read this blog and you know you can get this 1:200 variant for half that; because you’re smart and good looking and, dammit, you’re the king of your world. So, of course, you’ll do the right thing and wait patiently until you can snatch one of these off eBay for $100 or even less.

Batman Odyssey Volume 2 #4 (Of 7)(Neal Adams Variant Cover), 1:10
Wonder Woman #5 (Cliff Chiang Variant Cover), 1:25


Wolverine And The X-Men #1 (Dynamic Forces)(Matching Signed Set), $349.99. If ordered after Dec. 20, 2011, this set goes up to $449. Set is two copies: one signed by Stan Lee and one signed by John Romita Sr.


Kirby Genesis Dragonsbane #1 (Alex Ross Negative Art Variant Cover), 1:25
Kirby Genesis Dragonsbane #1 (Alex Ross Sketch Variant Cover), 1:15
Kirby Genesis Dragonsbane #1 (Jack Herbert Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10
Kirby Genesis Dragonsbane #1 (Jack Herbert Variant Cover), 1:10
Lord Of The Jungle #1 (Alex Ross Negative Variant Cover), 1:10
Lord Of The Jungle #1 (Alex Ross Sketch Variant Cover), 1:100
Lord Of The Jungle #1 (Lucio Parrillo Virgin Variant Cover), 1:50
Lord Of The Jungle #1 (Ryan Sook Black & White Variant Cover), 1:75
Voltron #2
(Alex Ross /bNegative Variant Cover), 1:25
Voltron #2
(Alex Ross Virgin Variant Cover), 1:10
Voltron #2
(Sean Chen Red Variant Cover), 1:15


Cobra #9 (Nick Runge Variant Cover), 1:10
Danger Girl Revolver #1 (of 4)(J. Scott Campbell Sketch Variant Cover) 1:25
Ghostbusters #5 (Jose Holder Variant Cover), 1:10
Memorial #2 (of 6)(Michael WM Kaluta Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10

Star Trek #5 (Photo Variant Cover)

Star Trek #5 (Photo Variant Cover), 1:20. The photo variants for this new Star Trek series started out a little slow, but recently seems to be gaining some steam in the back-issue market. Photo variants of #1 and #2 are both selling for $25 and up and #3 and #4 are right behind, selling at the $15-$20 price range. Watch for a $10-$12 price tag.

Star Trek #5 (Sharp Brothers Be A Redshirt Variant Cover)

Star Trek #5 (Sharp Brothers Be A Redshirt Variant Cover), 1:25. This variant was part of contest that fans could enter to have their faces on the cover as a redshirt, (the joke among Trekkies is that the no-name characters that always get killed on away missions wore redshirts). It was a fun idea; the winner gets their face rendered on a redshirt taking a phaser blast for their retailer. Three-hundred copies were printed originally, but 100 went to the winning fan and his or her retailer, and another 100 were given to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, which will sell them to keep representing retailers in legal trouble free of charge. That only leaves 100 variants out there for other retailers to fight over. This one could be worth watching. Expect a $12-$15 price tag.

Star Trek #5 (Tim Bradstreet Sketch Variant Cover),
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (Global Conquest Edition), $3.99
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2 (Global Conquest Edition), $3.99
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #3 (Global Conquest Edition), $3.99
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #4 (Global Conquest Edition), $3.99
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #5 (Global Conquest Edition), $3.99

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Micro-Series #1 (Raphael)(Global Conquest Edition), $3.99. I couldn’t get much info as to what these Global Conquest Edition reprints were other than they are reprints with very low print runs. Treat them as such, I guess.


Amazing Spider-Man #678 (Humberto Ramos Venom Variant Cover)

Amazing Spider-Man #678 (Humberto Ramos Venom Variant Cover), 1:50. I’m being told this one is by Ramos, but the cover I found sure doesn’t look like Ramos to me. It’s a fun take on the classic quote from Amazing Spidey #42, but I don’t think this is Ramos. Regardless, watch for a $30-$35 price tag and unlike, the 1:200 variants I yell about so often, expect that price to stay around there or go up slightly in months to come. A few are still selling for less than $30 but seem to be creeping up from there.

Avengers #21 (Carlo Barberi Venom Variant Cover), 1:50

Avenging Spider-Man #3 (Humberto Ramos Amazing Spider-Man 50th Ann Variant)

Avenging Spider-Man #3 (Humberto Ramos Amazing Spider-Man 50th Ann Variant), 1:50. The Amazing Spider-Man 50th Anniversary variants start here with a great one from Humberto Ramos. Watch for a $35-$40 price tag.

Daredevil #8 (Lee Bermejo Variant Cover)

Daredevil #8 (Lee Bermejo Variant Cover), 1:25. This is the second Lee Bremejo variant for the DD/Spidey crossover and I still think his Spider-Man looks weird. Maybe I’m just used to his covers being so much darker. Watch for a $12-$15 price tag.

Invincible Iron Man #512 (Larry Stroman Venom Variant Cover)

Invincible Iron Man #512 (Larry Stroman Venom Variant Cover), 1:50. Love this one! This is a great Venom variant by Stroman. I love the way the symbiote is coming out of the armor rather than making the armor look scary. Watch for a $25-$30 price tag.

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #6 (Mark Bagley Variant Cover)

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #6 (Mark Bagley Variant Cover), 1:50. This is a fantastic variant by Bagley in memory of Ultimate Peter Parker. The doves are a nice touch (*sniff, sniff*). Watch for a $25-$30 price tag.

Uncanny X-Force #20 (Paul Renaud Venom Variant Cover)

Uncanny X-Force #20 (Paul Renaud Venom Variant Cover), 1:50. This is another nice one but, is it just me, or does it look like these three are transforming into Venom outside Superman’s Fortress of Solitude? Watch for a $25-$30 price tag.

Uncanny X-Men #5 (Greg Horn Venom Variant Cover), 1:50
Venom #12 (Mike Del Mundo Venom Variant Cover), 1:50
Wolverine And The X-Men #2 (Chris Bachalo 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99

Speculator Picks of the Week

These are comics that could sell out very quickly due to conservative ordering, popular demand, shipping errors or even the Occupy Diamond Comics movement amping up its protests and forming human chains to block UPS pick-ups. Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later . . .

Prophet #21

Prophet #21


Solicitation: The distant future Earth is inhabited by alien settlers that feed off of the ape-men mankind has devolved into. John Prophet awakes from cryosleep on a mission to restart the human empire.

32 pages
Sold Out

Why it’ll go fast: There’s huge buzz on the net about this one. Prophet was originally the creation of Rob Liefeld during the early days of Image Comics and Liefeld’s Extreme Comics imprint. The original story wasn’t very good, or even very clear for that matter. Prophet was similar to Cable, also created by Liefeld but lost to Marvel when he left for Image, a time-traveling solider with huge guns and lots of bandoliers and pouches. Unlike Cable Prophet was a far more violent and had a penchant for quoting the book of revelation. Other than that there wasn’t much story to catch up on. Prophet #21 picks up the numbering where the last series left off but looks to be an entirely new take on the character with a Sci-Fi-via-1980s-Heavy Metal-comics vibe. Rich Johnston over at Bleeding (staple reading for comic fanboys) called this new take on the character “Terminator meets Twelve Monkeys” and “What Avatar could have been.” The new series finds John Prophet in the far future battling for the remnants of humanity in a strange world and it looks very cool. This one sold out before shipping so grab what you can find.

Daredevil #8

Daredevil #8

Written by MARK WAID


• Spider-Man and Daredevil Team Up part two!
• Picks up where Amazing Spider-Man #677 left off.
• The next great love triangle of the Marvel U continues here.

32 pages
Sold out

Why it’ll go fast: First of all, Marvel, the bullet-point solicitations have got to go. They make you look lazy. If you need a guy to write copy, I’m available and cheap, (just ask my WorthPoint masters) [He’s right; Matt works for a pittance. — WorthPoint Master]. Now back to our story. Mark Waid’s Daredevil was one of the most critically acclaimed comics of 2011 and for good reason. It’s some of the best DD stuff that’s ever been printed. This one sold out before shipping—which hasn’t happened to DD since its #1 relaunch issue—on the weight of the Amazing Spider-Man readers who want to see what happens next. More people read Spidey than DD so, boom! Instant sellout. Now, hopefully, that translates into even higher sales for DD, but that remains to be seen. For now, this could be a tough issue to find and really is a must-buy even if it never sells for more than cover price.


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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2 Responses to “The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 01/18/2012”

  1. Eric says:

    So Amazing Spider-Man 678 Venom variant seems like the run away winner of these variants… people on ebay are paying between $100-150 for them. Glad my store sold them for only $25.

    • Matt Baum Matt Baum says:

      Yeah, that’s part of the fun of the fickle and sometimes totally insane back issue market. Color me shocked as well. Especially with how many we’re available.

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