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The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 01/25/2012

by Matt Baum (01/25/12).

King Conan The Phoenix On The Sword #1 (of 4)(Gerald Parel 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.25. 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.


Incorruptible #26 (Cover B Matteo Scalera), 1:10


King Conan The Phoenix On The Sword #1 (of 4)(Gerald Parel Variant Cover), 1:5. Geral Parel has been coming up through the ranks of comic painters for the last couple of years and with this new Conan variant, it might be safe to say he’s arrived. This is textbook fantasy comic painting, cheesy sunset and all. I love it. Watch for a $6-$8 price tag.


Aquaman #5 (Ivan Reis & Joe Prado Variant Cover), 1:25. Another of the 1:25 sketch variants from DC and I’m still digging on the layouts on these. Sales on the back issue market seem to have flattened out on these variants between $10-$14. Watch for a $10-$12 price tag here but they could go lower in the coming weeks.

Batman The Dark Knight #5 (David Finch & Richard Friend Variant Cover), 1:25. Same deal here as the Aquaman sketch cover, but I will say the Batman sketch covers seem to be selling for more than those of the other DC titles. Probably due to the popularity of the artists drawing them. I would guess this one will perform much like the Tony Daniel Sketch Variant of Detective Comics, which is selling for between $15-$18. Watch for a $12-$15 price tag initially.

Aquaman #5 (Ivan Reis & Joe Prado Variant Cover)

Batman The Dark Knight #5 (David Finch & Richard Friend Variant Cover)

Flash #5 (Francis Manapul Black & White Variant Cover), 1:200. You may notice that unlike the other DC New 52 1:200 sketch variants, this variant looks just like the 1:25 sketch variants. But it’s still a 1:200 variant, which could be upsetting for those collecting the 1:25 sketch variants. I’m getting dizzy just writing this. The point is, I don’t get it. Why switch now? It just don’t make no sense. Regardless, I’m sticking to my “don’t pay the suggested $200 retail price” diatribe because you can get it for at least $100 less.

Flash #5 (Gary Frank Variant Cover)

Flash #5 (Gary Frank Variant Cover). Retailers could order this cover based on their lowest-ordered DC New 52 title for this week. I’m guessing Blackhawks is this week’s big loser (it’s canceled with issue #7). Again, these variants are typically selling for cover price, so DO NOT PAY MORE THAN COVER! Just because your retailer only ordered one copy of Blackhawks #5 does not mean this variant was one per store.

Green Lantern New Guardians #5 (Tyler Kirkham & Batt Variant Cover)

Green Lantern New Guardians #5 (Tyler Kirkham & Batt Variant Cover), 1:25. Like I said, I’ve been digging these variants but is it just me or did they pick a weird part of the cover to focus on?

Justice League #5 (Eric Basaldua Variant Cover)

Justice League #5 (Eric Basaldua Variant Cover), 1:25. Nope, not a sketch variant. This is a different 1:25 variant by Eric Basluda, who is being referred to as E-Bas in some solicitations which makes him sound like a rapper. Basaluda got his start at Image Top Cow working on Witchblade back in the late 1990s. Since then, he’s continued to work with Top Cow and Zenescope and only recently has started working on covers for Marvel and DC. Watch for more from eBay in the future for a $15-$17 price tag.

Justice League #5 (Jim Lee Black & White Variant Cover), 1:200. Yep, two 1:200 sketch variants in one week. This should push the price of both down even more. Like the Flash 1:200 variant, this one has the same look as the 1:25 sketch variants and also leaves me scratching my head wondering why. Again, watch for a $90-$100 price tag.

Superman #5 (George Perez Variant Cover), 1:25
Teen Titans #5 (Brett Booth & Norm Rapmund Variant Cover), 1:25


Uncanny X-Men #544 (Dynamic Forces)(Greg Land Signed Edition) , $19.63. If ordered after FOC (final order cutoff) of Jan. 4, the price goes up to $39.95


Garth Ennis’ Jennifer Blood #8 (Ale Garza Variant Cover), 1:15
Garth Ennis’ Jennifer Blood #8 (Tim Bradstreet Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10
Garth Ennis’ Jennifer Blood #8 (Tim Bradstreet Virgin Variant Cover), 1:10
George R.R. Martin’s A Game Of Thrones #5 (Mike Miller Black & White Variant), 1:10
George R.R. Martin’s A Game Of Thrones #5 (Mike Miller Virgin Variant Cover), 1:15
Kirby Genesis #5 (Alex Ross Marvelous Acetate Variant Cover), 1:20
Kirby Genesis #5 (Alex Ross Sketch Variant Cover), 1:25
Kirby Genesis #5 (Ryan Sook Black & White Variant Cover), 1:15
Kirby Genesis #5 (Ryan Sook Variant Cover), 1:10
Last Phantom #11 (Jonathan Lau Variant Cover), 1:15
Last Phantom #11 (Stephen Sadowski Variant Cover), 1:10
Robocop Road Trip #2 (Fabiano Neves Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10
Vampirella #13 (Paul Renaud Blood Red Variant Cover), 1:15
Vampirella #13 (Wagner Reis Black & White Variant Cover), 1:25
Warlord Of Mars Fall Of Barsoom #5 (Francesco Francavilla Variant Cover), 1:10
Warlord Of Mars Fall Of Barsoom #5 (Francesco Francavilla Virgin Variant Cover), 1:20
Warlord Of Mars Fall Of Barsoom #5 (Joe Jusko Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10


Naughty And Nice The Good Girl Art Of Bruce Timm HC (Limited Signed Edition), $100. Limited to 1,000 copies.


30 Days Of Night #4 (Kieron Dwyer Variant Cover), 1:10
Dead Rising Road To Fortune #3 (of 4)(Dead Rising Game Concept Art Team Variant), 1:10
Godzilla Kingdom Of Monsters #11 (Matt Frank Titanosaurus Variant Cover),1:10
Infestation 2 #1 (of 2)(David Messina Variant Cover), 1:10
Infestation 2 #1 (of 2)(Duane Swierczynski Signed Edition), 1:25
Infestation 2 #1 (of 2)(Joe Phillips Licensed-Character Sketch Variant Cover), 1:50
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #6 (Rob Guillory Enter The Dragon Spoof Variant), 1:10
Transformers Robots In Disguise #1 (Dan Khanna Autobot Sketch Variant Cover), 1:50
Transformers Robots In Disguise #1 (Marcelo Matere Wraparound Variant Cover), 1:10


Alpha Flight #8 (Leinil Francis Yu Variant Cover)

Alpha Flight #8 (Leinil Francis Yu Variant Cover), 1:15. This one could be tough to find, seeing as Alpha Flight has been a pretty big sales disappointment for Marvel, again. And I have to say, I love Yu’s art and Sasquatch is one of my favorite Marvel characters. But I do not love Yu’s Sasquatch. Watch for a $5-$6 price tag.

Avengers Solo #4 (of 5)(Movie Variant Cover), 1:15
Fantastic Four #602 (Kalman Andrasofszky Venom Variant Cover), 1:50

FF #14 (Michael Ryan Venom Variant Cover)

FF #14 (Michael Ryan Venom Variant Cover), 1:50. Not a bad cover but, happy Venom kids? Weird, right? But I love the Venom-Dragon Man. Watch for a $30-$35 price tag.

Mighty Thor #10 (Gerald Parel Venom Variant Cover)

X-Men Legacy #261 (Mirco Pierfederici Venom Variant Cover)

Mighty Thor #10 (Gerald Parel Venom Variant Cover), 1:50. This is another painted Geral Parel variant and, just like the Conan cover he also did this week, it’s amazing. Parel is definitely going to be one to watch this year. Watch for a $30-$35 price tag.

X-Men Legacy #261 (Mirco Pierfederici Venom Variant Cover), 1:50. And one more Venom variant from another of the very talented stable of artists Marvel has been recruiting from Italy. 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 registered Republican UPS drivers staying home to try to figure out which one of the two GOP candidates is richer and lying more about the other while trying to cover their own past. Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later . . .

Grimm Fairy Tales: Alice in Wonderland #1

Grimm Fairy Tales: Alice in Wonderland #1


Solicitation: Decades ago, a girl named Alice was sacrificed into the horror-filled realm of Wonderland, but her terrifying and awe-inspiring experiences there have been shrouded in mystery. The one thing known is that her time spent in a world full of insanity left her a broken adult. However, her courageous will to survive is what ultimately saved humanity. Now, the story of Alice’s visit into Wonderland is fully revealed and the truth of the terror will be told in full! From Raven Gregory, Ralph Tedesco and Joe Brusha, the same minds behind Grimm Fairy Tales and Return To Wonderland comes the newest series that Zenescope fans have been waiting for. What every Zenescope fan has been waiting for is finally here! Follow Zenescope back down the rabbit hole and find a world of madness like you have never seen before!

Sold Out

Why it’ll go fast: I’m not a big Zenescope reader, due to the cheesecake factor (cheesecake is a term to refer to scantily-clad women in compromising positions), but I can’t deny they have a ravenous fan base that seems to push all its new titles into sellouts. As of writing this, two of the tree covers offered have already sold out and I’m sure the other is soon to go. The early Zenescope Grimm Fairy Tales first printings are starting to sell for alarming prices, with complete runs selling anywhere from $300-$2,875 (1-65 with all variants). Alice is yet another Zenescope title that will be hard to find and sought after later on.

Transformers: Robots in Disguise #1

Transformers: Robots in Disguise #1

Written by JOHN BARBER

Solicitation: The war for Cybertron is over-now the hard part begins! This first of two new ongoing Transformers series offers an excellent jumping-on point and all-new direction as Bumblebee and his fellow Autobots struggle to maintain control of a world without Optimus Prime!

32 pages
Sold Out!

Why it’ll go fast: I was as surprised as anyone after reading Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #1 for my Podcast and loving it. Who knew IDW was writing a socio-political drama starring transforming robots from my youth? And no, the storyline has nothing to do with the atrocious summer blockbuster movies. Like More Than Meets the Eye, this new series #1 also sold out before shipping and is going to be hard to find very soon. Already the other series is selling for $5 and up on eBay and I’m guessing this one will be a similar situation. Seriously, IDW’s Transformers series is great. Pick this one up if you can find it.


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5 Responses to “The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 01/25/2012”

  1. Eric says:

    I never heard of EBAs until I started seeing these amazing covers for Zenescope comics. Cheesecake aside there is an amazing talent there and it will be good seeing him get into the mainstream Marvel and DC world.
    He is like J. Scott Campbell on steroids.

  2. Matt Baum Matt Baum says:

    I’d go as far as to say I like him better than Campbell. Definitely a talented guy.

  3. Wheeler Hall says:


    Just wanted to say that your blog is outstanding. Thanks for pulling this information together with each post.



  4. Matt Baum Matt Baum says:

    Thanks Wheeler. It’s nice to be appreciated!

  5. Fane says:

    George R.R. Martin does a huge breakthrough with this greatly written, immediately engrossing, and incredibly intricate tale that keeps you hooked all the way through. Martin steps out on a limb as he writes a fantasy novel whose “good” characters are not invincible and sometimes bad things can and do happen. Most fantasy I’ve read involves the main characters in impossible situations that resolve themselves by dumb luck or the characters own super-human abilities. Martin goes above and beyond and writes a story that allows for inexperience in a characters fighting ability, both on the battle field and in the political arena. The protagonist does not always make the right decisions, and the good guy doesn’t always win.

    The lines between good & evil are blurred as Martin uses his really impressive command of characters to present situations from different points of view. “Good” isn’t always good, and “Evil” isn’t always evil. Characters are given diverse personalities and therefore open up the possibility of role-reversal. It’s like these are real people making real decisions, and as in life, anything is possible.

    If your looking for a story that follows a one-dimensional track and is easily predictable, this is not the story for you.. On the other hand, if you want a mature story that is filled with intricate characters and engrossing story lines that leave you guessing and begging for more, you’ve come to the right place. Hats off to this incredible author and the story that he has created.

    Have a lovely day,
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