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The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 02/02/2011

by Matt Baum (02/02/11).

Witchfinder Lost and Gone Forever #1 (of 5) 1:5 John Severin Variant Cover

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And now, on to the . . .

New Comics Roundup

Below you will find all the info you could possibly need on the hot, new comics shipping this Wednesday, Feb. 2. 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.

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Crossed Family Values #7 (of 7) 1:3 Red Crossed Retailer Incentive Cover
Crossed Family Values #7 (of 7) Raulo Caceres Auxiliary Cover – limited to 1500 copies
Crossed Family Values #7 (of 7) Paul Duffield Torture Cover
Crossed Family Values #7 (of 7) Jacen Burrows Wraparound Cover

Boom Studios!

Chip N Dale Rescue Rangers #3 1:10 Cover C Amy Mebberson
Irredeemable #22 1:10 Cover C Scott Clark Virgin Variant

Dark Horse:

Witchfinder Lost and Gone Forever #1 (of 5) 1:5 John Severin Variant Cover

Here’s why this one is cool. John Severin is a living legend who’s worked on Golden-Age titles like EC’s Two Fisted Tales and then went on to ink Silver-Age titles like Marvel’s Sgt. Fury’s Howling Commandos, The Incredible Hulk and Conan the Barbarian. Severin, unlike a lot of older artists, hasn’t lost a stroke and is still producing amazing art. Older nerds will be looking for this one—and so will I (I guess, technically, I’d be considered an older nerd as well). Look for a $5-$7 price tag here.

Superboy #4 1:10 Stanley “Artgerm” Lau Variant Cover

DC:

Batman Odyssey #6 (of 13) 1:10 Neal Adams Black & White Variant Cover
Brightest Day #19 1:10 Ivan Reis Variant Cover
DC Universe Online Legends #1 1:10 Ryan Sook Variant Cover
Superboy #4 1:10 Stanley “Artgerm” Lau Variant Cover

Lau has been doing quite a few variants for DC and they’ve all been really solid. It’s nice to see a company doing a variant worth picking up rather than just black-and-white or sketch versions of their regular covers. Watch for a $7-$9 price tag.

Dynamite:

Black Terror #13 1:25 Alex Ross Negative Art Variant Cover
Black Terror #13 1:10 Wagner Reis Variant Cover
Green Hornet Strikes #6 (of 10) 1:15 Erica Awano Black & White Variant Cover
Kato Annual #1 1:15 Ale Garza Black & White Incentive Cover
Last Phantom #4 1:25 Alex Ross Negative Art Incentive Cover
Last Phantom #4 1:50 Alex Ross Virgin Incentive Cover
Last Phantom #4 1:15 Fabiano Neves Variant Cover
Last Phantom #4 1:10 Joe Prado Variant Cover

IDW:

Doc Macabre #3 (of 3) 1:10 Bernie Wrightson Sketch Variant Cover
Doctor Who #1 TARDIS 1:10 Gatefold Variant Cover
G.I. JOE #26 1:10 Tom Whalen Variant Cover
Jurassic Park The Devils In The Desert #2 (of 4) 1:10 John Byrne Sketch Variant Cover
Transformers Infestation #1 (of 2) 1:10 Dan Khanna Sketch Variant Cover
Transformers Infestation #1 (of 2) 1:25 Blank Zombie Hand Variant Cover

Fantastic Four #587 1:50 John Cassady Spoiler Variant Cover

Image:

Witchblade #138 Stjepan Sejic NYCC Variant Cover

Marvel:

Fantastic Four #587 1:50 John Cassady Spoiler Variant Cover

Big props to Marvel for shipping this spoiler variant the week after the issue came out, even though it did leak a story to the press about who was going to die. This one is going to be hot, especially because #587 first-printings are long gone. Watch for a $35-$40 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 “The King’s Speech” winning the best ensemble cast at the SAG Awards and totally screwing up the odds that “The Social Network” wins best picture in my Oscar pool, where I usually win a good amount of money. Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later . . .

Amazing Spider-Man #653

Amazing Spider-Man #653

MARVEL COMICS
Written by DAN SLOTT
Pencils & Cover by STEFANO CASELLI

Solicitation: Revenge Of The Spider-Slayer (Part 2 of 3).
“All You Love Will Die.” The Spider-Slayer’s assault escalates as his Insect Army descends on Manhattan! No one in Spidey’s life is safe—from the offices of the Daily Bugle to the Mayor’s staff at City Hall! It’s way more than our wall-crawler can handle. Good thing he’s also a member of the NEW AVENGERS! Guest-starring Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Ms. Marvel, Mockingbird, Iron Fist . . . and a few surprises.

32 pgs
$3.99 US
NOV100312

Why it’ll go fast: Amazing Spidey issues seem to be selling like mad as of late. Maybe its fans are celebrating Spidey’s return to a monthly schedule after more than a year of three issues a month. But Dan Slott’s Amazing Spidey has now sold out for six issues in a row. Not because of deaths or variant covers or any other number of comic-shticks; this is just a great Spidey comic. Quality story, and a quality back-up story every issue isn’t hurting sales either. There’s a lot of bang for your comic buck in Amazing Spidey these days and this month’s issue features the New Avengers, just to sweeten the deal. Would I prefer Peter married to Mary Jane and maybe starting a family? Yes. But until I’m editing stories for Marvel I’ll make do with these Spidey stories. They really are good.

Daomu #1

Daomu #1

IMAGE COMICS
Written by KENNEDY XU
Art by SCOTT and KEN CHOU

Solicitation: Fresh from a sold-out run in China, Daomu follows young Sean and his initiation into a secret society of tomb robbers, where he learns about his family’s legacy: protecting hidden underworlds that exist beneath our feet. Along with a ragtag band of marauders, Sean must survive the terrors of the deep, solve his father’s brutal murder and ultimately claim his birthright as leader of the Daomu. But forces are hell bent on stopping him . . .

32 pages
$2.99
DEC100427

Why it’ll go fast: It would be easy for me to just pick every Image #1 with the recent history of Image #1′s selling out. But I was really hesitant here. Until I read the preview. This comic looks really interesting and the art is excellent. I’m betting a lot of retailers brush this one off as another weird import comic but nerds who pick it up and glance at the first few pages are going to buy #1. This isn’t an issue that will sell out instantly, but next week, when the reorder’s come in, it’ll be gone. Especially if Image is printing Daomu on the same level they printed Who is Jake Ellis, Skullkickers and Morning Glories (around 5,000 copies).

Tranformers: Infestation #1

Tranformers: Infestation #1

Written by DAN ABNETT & ANDY LANNING
Art by NICK ROCHE
Covers by JOHN K. SNYDER III, NICK ROCHE with GABRIEL RODRIGUEZ

Solicitation: The biggest event in IDW Publishing’s history infects the Transformers universe with this two-part, bi-weekly series written by Infestation architects Abnett and Lanning! Boom! Bam! Smash! Buildings are falling and the dead are rising! When Big-Bad Galvatron crash-lands on Earth, something ain’t right. It’s up to our ’Bots-in-blue to run to the rescue or, well . . . everyone to fight off not just Galvatron, but the zombie horde spreading through Las Vegas!
*2 regular covers will be shipped in a 1-to-1 ratio.

32 pages
$3.99
DEC100337

Why it’ll go fast: The first issue of Infestation sold out instantly, and that was without any of the stars of the crossover. So it seems more than logical that when the stars do show up—in this case the Transformers—issue #1 of their respective crossover should go just as fast. Now, the question becomes: did retailers up their orders enough to make this one an instant sell out as well? We’ll know for sure tomorrow, but my guess is Transformers Infestation going to perform very well. It goes to show the staying power of zombies. Need a hit comic, just add animated corpses. I can’t wait to see how Archie and Jughead deal with the zombie horde.

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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 “comments” section below. Also, you can follow him on Twitter, where I’m always screaming about something nerd-related. Thanks to all Matt’s new followers and keep the comments coming!

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