The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 01/23/2013

Harbinger #8 (Jeff Lemire Linewide 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, back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from Comicspriceguide.com (CPG) and current online auction sales. Sales numbers and rankings are courtesy of ICV2.com. Lists of new comics are courtesy of Previewsworld.com and Comiclist.com. Make sure and click on the links to learn more about the titles and creators discussed here. If you want to hear what this nerd sounds like you can catch me on my podcast, the Two-Headed Nerd Comicast, where my friend Joe and I discuss the latest comic news, review some new comics, and answer your questions.

New Comics Roundup

It’s Wednesday already? You’ve gotta get to the comic shop! For crying out loud, put some pants on first! This week get ready for a giant pile of Green Lantern comics from DC, yet another new X-Force and Young Avengers comic from Marvel, a great jumping-on point for aspiring Buffy the Vampire Slayer readers, and a Dr. Laura bio?!? What the hell?

Below you will find all the info you could possibly need on all the hot, new comics shipping this Wednesday, Jan. 23, including variant ratios, storyline and creator notes and a little speculation on what could be hard to find in the future. The ratios listed after titles (i.e.; 1:10) represent how many issues of a regular cover retailers had to order to get the variant. Issues that are part of a crossover or storyline have an abbreviated title in parenthesis after the title comic (i.e.; AvX). Be sure to let me know what you think of the new format and remember to click on the links for previews. For a full list of comics shipping this week, click here. To find a comic shop near you, click here.

(Abbreviations: FOC – Final Order Cut Off date; GN – Graphic Novel; HC – Hardcover; SC – Soft Cover; TP – Trade Paperback; Vol – Volume).

3D TOTAL PUBLISHING

Prime The Definitive Digital Art Collection SC, $59.99

ARCANA STUDIO

Clay County GN (resolicited), $14.95

ARCHIE COMICS

Betty and Veronica Double Digest #209, $3.99
Life With Archie #26 (Fernando Ruiz Regular Cover), $3.99
Life With Archie #26 (Jamar Igle Variant Cover), $3.99
Sonic Universe #48, $2.99
Sonic Universe Volume 4 Journey to the East TP, $11.99

ASPEN COMICS

Homecoming #3 (Cover A Emilio Lasio), $3.99
Homecoming #3 (Cover B Brett Smith), $3.99

Homecoming #3 (Cover C Emilio Lasio Yearbook Incentive). Retailers could order up to three of the Lasio variants for every 16 regular cover ordered at $5 each cost before discount.

AVATAR PRESS

Dan The Unharmable #9 (Rafael Ortiz Regular Cover), $3.99
Dan The Unharmable #9 (Rafael Ortiz Wraparound Cover), $3.99
Dan The Unharmable #9 (Rafael Ortiz Retro Incentive Cover), 1:3
Dan The Unharmable Volume 1 TP, $19.99. Collects #1-6.

BIG DOG INK

Legend Of Oz The Wicked West #3 (Cover A Alisson Borges), $3.50
Legend Of Oz The Wicked West #3 (Cover B Nei Ruffino), $3.50
Ursa Minor #4 (Cover A Ian Snyder), $3.50
Ursa Minor #4 (Cover B Natalie Sanders), $3.50

BONGO COMICS

Bart Simpson Comics #79, $2.99
Simpsons Comics Supernova TP, $15.99

BOOM! STUDIOS

Clive Barker’s Hellraiser The Road Below #4 (of 4)(Cover A Tim Bradstreet), $3.99
Clive Barker’s Hellraiser The Road Below #4 (of 4)(Cover B Nick Percival), $3.99
Clive Barker’s Hellraiser The Road Below #4 (of 4)(Cover C Nick Percival), 1:15
Clive Barker’s Hellraiser The Road Below #4 (of 4)(Cover D Tim Bradstreet), 1:25
Peanuts Volume 2 #5 (Cover A Vicki Scott), $3.99

Peanuts Volume 2 #5 (Cover B Charles Schultz)

Peanuts Volume 2 #5 (Cover B Charles Schultz), 1:20, ($10-$12). First appearance of Snoopy as the Flying Ace and it’s great.

Steed and Mrs. Peel #4 (Cover A Drew Johnson), $3.99
Steed and Mrs. Peel #4 (Cover B Mike Perkins), $3.99
Steed and Mrs. Peel #4 (Cover C Ian Gibson), 1:15
Steed and Mrs. Peel #4 (Cover D Mike Perkins B&W), 1:20

BOUNDLESS COMICS

Lady Death #25 (Pow Rodrix Regular Cover), $3.99
Lady Death #25 (Pow Rodrix Wraparound Cover), $3.99
Lady Death #25 (Renato Camilo Sultry Cover), $3.99
Lady Death #25 (Michael Dipascale Art Deco Incentive Cover), 1:3
War Goddess #12 (Jason Eden Regular Cover), $3.99
War Goddess #12 (Matt Martin Sultry Cover), $3.99
War Goddess #12 (Pow Rodrix Wraparound Cover), $3.99
War Goddess #12 (Michael Dipascale Art Nouveau Incentive Cover), 1:3

COMIC SHOP NEWS

Comic Shop News #1336, Free

DARK HORSE COMICS

Answer #1 (of 4), $3.99
Buffy The Vampire Slayer Spike #5 (of 5)(Jenny Frison Regular Cover), $2.99
Buffy The Vampire Slayer Spike #5 (of 5)(Steve Morris Variant Cover), $2.99

Buffyverse Sampler (One Shot), $4.99. Following the success of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8, Dark Horse launched four separate series for the anticipated Buffy Season 9: Buffy Season 9 and Angel & Faith are direct follow-ups to Season 8, and both Spike and Willow are spinoffs from those two ongoing series. Collected here are all four #1 issues!

Dark Horse Presents #20, $7.99. New Victories story begins.
Deva Zan HC (Novel), $49.99
Eerie Archives Volume 12 HC, $49.99. Collects Eerie magazine #56-#60.
Massive #8, $3.50
Mind MGMT #7, $3.99
Number 13 #2, $3.99
Star Wars Blood Ties Volume 2 Boba Fett Is Dead TP, $14.99

DC COMICS

Batman The Dark Knight Archives Volume 8 HC, $59.99. Collecting BATMAN #32-37 from 1945-1946.
Batwoman #16 (J.H. Williams III Regular Cover), $2.99
Batwoman #16 (J.H. Williams III Black & White Variant Cover), 1:25
Before Watchmen Minutemen #6 (of 6)(Darwyn Cooke Combo Pack Cover), $4.99. Comes with digital download.
Before Watchmen Minutemen #6 (of 6)(Darwyn Cooke Regular Cover), $3.99
Before Watchmen Minutemen #6 (of 6)(Jordi Bernet Variant Cover), 1:25
Birds Of Prey #16, $2.99
Blue Beetle #16 (Final Issue), $2.99

Books Of Magic The Deluxe Edition HC, $24.99. First time in hardcover and well worth a read.

Catwoman #16, $2.99
Culling Rise Of The Ravagers TP, $16.99. Collects LEGION LOST #8-9, SUPERBOY #8-9, TEEN TITANS #8-9 and TEEN TITANS ANNUAL #1
DC Universe Presents #16, $2.99
Fables #125, $2.99
Green Arrow Volume 2 Triple Threat TP, $14.99. Collects GREEN ARROW #7-13.
Green Lantern #16 (Rise of 3rd Army) (Doug Mahnke Combo Pack Cover), $3.99. Comes with digital download.
Green Lantern #16 (Rise of 3rd Army) (Doug Mahnke Regular Cover), $2.99
Green Lantern #16 (Rise of 3rd Army) (Doug Mahnke Black & White Variant Cover), 1:25
Green Lantern Corps #16 (Rise of 3rd Army) (Cafu Regular Cover), $2.99
Green Lantern Corps #16 (Rise of 3rd Army) (Cafu Black & White Variant Cover), 1:25
Green Lantern New Guardians #16 (Rise of 3rd Army) (Aaron Kuder Cover), $2.99
Green Lantern New Guardians #16 (Rise of 3rd Army) (Aaron Kuder B&W Variant), 1:25
Hellblazer #299, $2.99
JSA The Liberty Files The Whistling Skull #2 (of 6), $2.99
Justice League #16 (Throne of Atlantis) (Ivan Reis & Joe Prado Combo Pack), $4.99. Comes with digital download.
Justice League #16 (ToA) (Ivan Reis & Joe Prado Regular Cover), $3.99
Justice League #16 (ToA) (Ivan Reis & Joe Prado B&W Variant), 1:25
Justice League #16 (ToA) (Ivan Reis & Joe Prado Regular Cover), $3.99

Justice League #16 (ToA) (Langdon Foss Variant Cover)

Justice League #16 (ToA) (Langdon Foss Variant Cover), ($4-$5). Retailers could order this variant based on their lowest-ordered new DCU title with the same FOC.

Justice League #16 (ToA) (We Can Be Heroes Blank Variant), $3.99
Legion of Super-Heroes #16, $2.99
Nightwing #16 (DOTF), $2.99
Red Hood and the Outlaws (DOTF) #16, $2.99. Ties into Teen Titans #16.
Saucer Country #11, $2.99
Superboy Annual #1(HOE), $4.99
Supergirl #16 (HOE), $2.99
Sword of Sorcery #4 (Walter Simonson Regular Cover), $3.99
Sword of Sorcery #4 (Walter Simonson Black & White Variant Cover), 1:25
Wonder Woman #16 (Cliff Chiang Regular Cover), $2.99
Wonder Woman #16 (Cliff Chiang Black & White Variant Cover), 1:25
Young Justice #24, $2.99

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

Army of Darkness #9 (Daniel Leister Regular Cover), $3.99
Bionic Woman #7 (Paul Renaud Regular Cover), $3.99
Garth Ennis’ Battlefields #3 (of 6)(The Green Fields Beyond Part 3), $3.99
Jennifer Blood First Blood #3 (of 6)(Mike Mayhew Regular Cover), $3.99
Lone Ranger #12 (Francesco Francavilla Regular Cover), $3.99
Lord of the Jungle #12 (Lucio Parillo Regular Cover), $3.99
Masks #3 (of 8)(Alex Ross Regular Cover), $3.99
Masks #3 (of 8)(Ardian Syaf Regular Cover), $3.99
Masks #3 (of 8)(Jae Lee Regular Cover), $3.99
Masks #3 (of 8)(Stephen Segovia Regular Cover), $3.99
Masks #3 (of 8)(Alex Ross Virgin Variant Cover), 1:35
Masks #3 (of 8)(Ardian Syaf Pencil Art Variant Cover), 1:50
Masks #3 (of 8)(Chris Eliopoulos Variant Cover), 1:25
Prophecy #6 (of 7)(Paul Renaud Regular Cover), $3.99
Prophecy #6 (of 7)(Paul Renaud Black & White Variant Cover), 1:15
Spider #8 (Francesco Francavilla Regular Cover), $3.99
Spider Volume 1 Terror of the Zombie Queen TP, $19.99
Warlord of Mars Dejah Thoris #20 (Dynamic Forces Risque Red Cover), $14.99

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS

DC Batman Automobilia Figurine Collection Magazine #1 (1989 Batman Movie), $20

FILMLAND CLASSICS

Freaky Monsters Magazine #14, $9.95

HEAVY METAL MAGAZINE

Heavy Metal The Movie Expanded Edition SC, $24.95

HOMEWORLD PRESS

Horrorhound #39, $6.99

IDW PUBLISHING

Borderlands Origins #1 (of 4)(Augustin Padilla 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Borderlands Origins #3 (of 4)(Cover A Agustin Padilla), $3.99. Sold out.
Borderlands Origins #3 (of 4)(Cover RI Jose Holder), 1:10
Cobra #21 (Cover A Antonio Fuso), $3.99
Cobra #21 (Cover RI Joe Eisma & Juan Castro), 1:10
Crow Midnight Legends Volume 3 Wild Justice TP, $17.99
Godzilla #9 (Cover A Bob Eggleton), $3.99
Godzilla #9 (Cover RI Matt Frank), 1:10
Judge Dredd #3 (Cover A Zach Howard), $3.99
Judge Dredd #3 (Cover B Nelson Daniel), $3.99
Judge Dredd #3 (Cover RI Nick Percival), 1:10
MAD Artist’s Edition HC, $112
Mars Attacks Transformers (One Shot)(Cover A Ray Dillon), $3.99
Mars Attacks Transformers (One Shot)(Cover RI-A Franco Urru), 1:10

Mars Attacks Transformers (One Shot)(Cover RI-B Terry Moore)

Mars Attacks Transformers (One Shot)(Cover RI-B Terry Moore). Retailers who order 20 copies of all the Mars Attacks one-shots will receive one copy of all five variants free. And of course, this one features Mars Attacks Moore’s own Strangers in Paradise.

My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #1 (Cover A Andy Price 3rd Printing), $3.99
My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #1 (Cover B Andy Price 3rd Printing), $3.99
My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #1 (Cover C Andy Price 3rd Printing), $3.99
My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #1 (Cover D Andy Price 3rd Printing), $3.99
My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #1 (Cover E Andy Price 3rd Printing), $3.99

My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #1 (Cover F Andy Price 3rd Printing), $3.99. All covers sold out. Prices on first-prints of #1 have finally settled back into the $4-$5 range.

My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #1 Complete 3rd Printing Box Set, $24.99. Sold out.

Star Trek Countdown To Darkness #1 (Cover A David Messina), $3.99

Star Trek Countdown To Darkness #1 (Cover B Photo), $3.99. Sold out. This is the comic prequel to the upcoming second Star Trek film. If it’s anywhere near as hot as the last prequel IDW printed, this comic will be very hard to find.

Star Trek Countdown To Darkness #1 (Cover RI CGC-Graded), 1:250. I think this one is going to be hot, but 250 is a lot of Trek comics for any retailer. Also, in the details for this one, Diamond says that retailers are guaranteed a CGC grading of 9.6 or above. Quick math here says retailers at the highest discount level are paying $2 each for this issue making this a $500 investment for a CGC graded variant that might never sell for that much, even at a 9.8 grade. Which doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Secret History Of The Foot Clan #2 (of 4)(Cover A Mateus Santolouco), $3.99
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Secret History Of The Foot Clan #2 (of 4)(Cover RI Charles Paul Wilson III), 1:10
Transformers Regeneration Volume 1 TP, $19.99

IMAGE COMICS

Bedlam #3, $3.50
Chew #31, $2.99
Frank Cho Women Volume 2 HC, $24.99
Hell Yeah #6 (resolicited), $3.50
It Girl and the Atomics #6, $2.99
Prophet #33, $3.99
Revival #5 (2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Revival #6, $2.99
Spawn Origins Volume 17 TP, $14.99. Collects SPAWN #99-104

Think Tank #1 (Bagus Hutomo SDCC Variant Cover signed by Matt Hawkins & Rahsan Ekedal), $20. This was a really fun series but auctions for all four issues signed by both creators aren’t selling for $20. The price is a little too high here.

Witch Doctor Mal Practice #3 (of 6), $2.99
Witchblade #163 (Cover A John Tyler Christopher), $2.99
Witchblade #163 (Cover B Diego Bernard & Fred Benes), $2.99

KENZER AND COMPANY

Knights of the Dinner Table #194, $5.99

LOCUS MAGAZINE

Locus #624 (January 2013), $6.95

MARINER BOOKS

Calling Dr. Laura A Graphic Memoir GN, $16.95. Who demanded this one?

MARVEL COMICS

A+X #4 (Pasqual Ferry Regular Cover), $3.99
A+X #4 (Mark Brooks Artist Variant Cover), 1:20
A+X #4 (Ed McGuinness Variant Cover), 1:25
A+X #4 (Ed McGuinness Sketch Variant Cover), 1:50
Astonishing X-Men #58, $3.99
Avengers #3 (Dustin Weaver Regular Cover), $3.99

Avengers #3 (Daniel Acuna Avengers 50th Anniversary Variant Cover)

Avengers #3 (Daniel Acuna Avengers 50th Anniversary Variant Cover), ($8-$10). Retailers had to exceed their order of Avengers #2 with this issue before they could order this variant as needed. I squealed when I saw this one. That said, I’m not sure what Stingray and the Swordsman are doing there, but I like it.

Avengers #3 (Adi Granov Variant Cover)

Avengers #3 (Mark Brooks Variant Cover)

Avengers #3 (Adi Granov Variant Cover), 1:50, ($13-$15). Granov seems to have hit his stride of late, not that he was ever bad. But what is that lizard thing Cap is grabbing?

Avengers #3 (Mark Brooks Variant Cover), 1:50, ($13-$15). Brooks is definitely one to watch.

Castle A Calm Before The Storm #2 (of 5), $3.99
Deadpool #4 (Geof Darrow Regular Cover), $2.99

Deadpool #4 (Tradd Moore Variant Cover)

Deadpool #4 (Tradd Moore Variant Cover), 1:50, ($15-$17). Moore, who pencils Luthor Strode for Image, couldn’t have done a better job here. I love this one and expect it to be fairly easy to come by.

Deadpool Killustrated #1 (of 4), $2.99. It’s Deadpool versus characters of classic literature. File this one under “Do we need this?”

FF #3 (Michael Allred Regular Cover), $2.99
FF #3 (Michael Allred Variant Cover), 1:25
Gambit #8 (Clay Mann Regular Cover), $2.99
Gambit Classic Volume 2 TP, $29.99. Collecting ROGUE (1995) #1-4 and GAMBIT (1997) #1-4.
Marvel Masterworks Doctor Strange Volume 2 TP, $24.99
Marvel Masterworks Doctor Strange Volume 2 TP (Direct Market Variant Vol 49), $24.99. Collecting STRANGE TALES (1951) #143-168.
Marvel Universe Ultimate Spider-Man #10, $2.99
Phineas and Ferb Magazine #15 (Disney Publishing Worldwide), $4.99
Punisher Nightmare #4 (of 5), $3.99
Secret Avengers By Rick Remender Volume 1 TP, $19.99. Collecting SECRET AVENGERS #21.1 & #22-25.
Ultimate Comics The Ultimates #20, $3.99
Ultimate Comics The Ultimates By Jonathan Hickman Volume 2 TP, $19.99. Collecting ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES #7-12.
Ultimate Comics X-Men By Nick Spencer Volume 2 TP, $19.99. Collecting ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN #7-12.
Uncanny Avengers #3 (John Cassaday Regular Cover), $3.99

Uncanny Avengers #3 (Simone Bianchi Variant Cover)

Uncanny X-Force #1 (Skottie Young Baby Variant Cover)

Uncanny Avengers #3 (Simone Bianchi Variant Cover), 1:100, ($30-$35). Bianchi is looking a little like Mike Texiara here, who, come to think of it, we haven’t seen in a while.

Uncanny X-Force #1 (Olivier Coipel Regular Cover), $3.99. X-Force is back with an all lady and Puck from Alpha Flight line-up. Oh, and Bishop, but I think he’s still a bad guy. Written by Sam Humphries, this one looks weird, fun and will probably go fast.

Uncanny X-Force #1 (Blank Variant Cover)

Uncanny X-Force #1 (Skottie Young Baby Variant Cover). Retailers had to exceed their orders of AVX Vs #3 with this issue before they could order these variants as needed.

Uncanny X-Force #1 (Kris Anka Design Variant Cover), 1:50
Uncanny X-Force #1 (Ron Garney Variant Cover), 1:50
Winter Soldier #14, $2.99
Wolverine and the X-Men #24, $3.99
Wolverine and the X-Men Alpha And Omega TP, $19.99
Wolverine Sabretooth Reborn HC (Premiere Edition), $24.99

Young Avengers #1 (Jamie McKelvie Regular Cover), $2.99. Sold out. I’m guessing this one was printed much lower than the other Now titles and could be pretty hard to find in a few weeks. Looks like a ton of fun, though.

Young Avengers #1 (Skottie Young Baby Variant Cover),

Young Avengers #1 (Bryan Lee O’Malley Variant Cover)

Young Avengers #1 (Bryan Lee O’Malley Variant Cover). Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O’Malley, that is!

Young Avengers #1 (Blank Variant Cover). Retailers had to exceed their order of AVX Vs #6 with this issue before they could order these variants as needed.

MCFARLAND

Horror Comics In Black And White A History And Catalog 1964-2004 SC, $55

MOONSTONE

Kolchak Papers Grave Secrets Novel SC, $14

NON-SPORT UPDATE

Non-Sport Update Volume 24 #1, $5.99

ONI PRESS

Stumptown Volume 2 #5, $3.99

PANINI PUBLISHING

Doctor Who Special #33, $11.99

QUIRK BOOKS

Tales From Lovecraft Middle School Volume 2 The Slither Sisters HC, $13.99

TASCHEN AMERICA

Golden Age Of DC Comics 1935 – 1956 HC, $59.95

TITAN PUBLISHING

Star Trek Magazine #43 (Newsstand Edition), $9.99
Star Trek Magazine #43 (Previews Exclusive Edition), $9.99
Walking Dead The Official Magazine #1 (NYCC 2012 Exclusive Cover), $9.99

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

Harbinger #8 (Jeff Lemire Linewide Variant Cover). Retailers that ordered a total of 125 copies of all Valiant titles for November of 2012 can order one of these variants. Which is probably going to make them expensive. I don’t see many retailers qualifying for this one. And of course, it’s awesome. These are already pre-selling for $100 and I would expect that to continue.

Harbinger #8 (Khari Evans Variant Cover), 1:20
Harbinger #8 (Mico Suayan Regular Cover), $3.99
X-O Manowar #9 (Cary Nord Pullbox Variant Cover), $3.99
X-O Manowar #9 (Trevor Hairsine Regular Cover), $3.99

X-O Manowar #9 (Clayton Crain Variant Cover)

X-O Manowar #9 (Clayton Crain Variant Cover), ($5-$7). Retailers had to exceed their orders of XO #5 with this issue before they could order this variant as needed.

VERTICAL

Flowers Of Evil Volume 4 GN, $10.95

YEN PRESS

Black Butler Volume 12 TP, $11.99
Black God Volume 18 TP, $12.99
Book Girl And The Undine Who Bore A Moonflower Novel Volume 6 SC, $11.99
Bride’s Story Volume 4 HC, $16.99
Disappearance Of Nagato Yuki-Chan Volume 3 GN, $11.99
Soul Eater Volume 12 TP, $11.99

ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT

Grimm Fairy Tales Animated Series (One Shot)(Briana Evigan Photo Variant Cover), AR
Grimm Fairy Tales Animated Series (One Shot)(Jon Schnepp Regular Cover), $3.99
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Wonderland #7 (Cover A Sean Chen), $2.99
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Wonderland #7 (Cover B Alfredo Reyes), $2.99

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