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The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 02/08/2012

by Matt Baum (02/07/12).

Adventure Time #1 (Cover D)

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, Feb. 8. 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.


Cavewoman Feeding Grounds #1 (Budd Root Special Edition). Limited to 750 copies.
Cavewoman Feeding Grounds #1 (Budd Root Special Nude Edition). Limited to 750 copies and yep, she’s nekid.


Dicks #1 (John McCrea Classic Black & White Variant Cover), 1:3
Ferals #2 (Gabriel Andrade Slashed Variant Cover), 1:3


Adventure Time #1 (Covers B Jeffrey Brown)

Adventure Time #1 (Covers C Jeffrey Brown)

Adventure Time #1 (Covers B & C Jeffrey Brown), 1:10. These two fit together to make one awesome image. Watch for a $5-$6 cover price.

Adventure Time #1 (Cover D Chris Houghton), 1:25. Great cover here from Chris Houghton, creator of Reed Gunther for Image comics. Watch for a $17-$20 price tag and expect this one to be hot.

Elric The Balance Lost #8 (Cover C Francesco Mattina), 1:10
Peanuts #2 (of 4)(Charles Schultz First Appearance Of Lucy Variant Cover), 1:15


Lady Death #14 (Michael Dipascale Art Deco Variant Cover), 1:3
War Goddess #5 (Michael Dipascale Art Deco Variant Cover), 1:3


Conan The Barbarian #1 (Becky Cloonan Variant Cover)

Conan The Barbarian #1 (Becky Cloonan Variant Cover), 1:5. Nice variant from Cloonan here. I’m really looking forward to her work on this title. Watch for a $6-$7 price tag.


Batwoman #6 (Amy Reeder Wraparound Variant Cover)

Batwoman #6 (Amy Reeder Wraparound Variant Cover), 1:25. Again, this one is not a wraparound but a sketch cover. Come on, DC! My copywriting offer stands. I’ll work for free comics even! Watch for an $8-$10 price tag and don’t pay much more because theses sketch variants aren’t selling for much more than that on the back issue market.

Green Lantern #6 (Doug Mahnke Black & White Variant Cover)

Green Lantern #6 (Ivan Reis Variant Cover)

Green Lantern #6 (Doug Mahnke Black & White Variant Cover), 1:200. DC has got to make up its mind with these. Are they going to look like the 1:25 sketch variants that zoom in on part of the cover art or are they going to be straight sketch covers? Which is it going to be, guys? Regardless of their constantly switching design choices, retailers are asking anywhere from $150-$200 for this cover and, like I say every week, it’s way too much. If you need this one you will be able to find it for $100 or less. Copies of the GL #5 1:200 sketch variant are selling for $50-$60 on eBay as I write this. Play it smart and you can get this one for a steal.

Green Lantern #6 (Ivan Reis Variant Cover). Retailers could order this variant based on the lowest-ordered DC New 52 #6 relaunch title for this week. I’m guessing Mr. Terrific is the lowest-ordered at most shops. Stay as close to cover price as possible here. It’s possible that DC printed one of these variants for every issue of Mr. Terrific. Probably not, but the point is these aren’t ratioed variants and most of them are selling for cover price online.


Fall Into Fun Collector’s Set, $50. Limited to 75 copies, but I have no idea what’s in this set. All the solicitation says is “three signed comics (each with DF Certificate of Authenticity), one DF Exclusive edition comic book and mix of 48 great comic books!” So, what’s in it?

Warlord Of Mars #14 (Ale Garza Exclusive Risque Red Cover), $14.99
Warlord Of Mars Dejah Thoris #9(Ale Garza Exclusive Risque Red Cover), $14.99. Limited to 300 copies.


Garth Ennis’ Ninjettes> #1 (Admira Wijaya Virgin Variant Cover), 1:10
Garth Ennis’ Ninjettes #1 (Johnny Desjardins Black & White Variant Cover), 1:15
Kevin Smith’s The Bionic Man #6 (Alex Ross Virgin Variant Cover), 1:15
Kevin Smith’s The Bionic Man #6 (Jonathan Lau Black & White Variant Cover), 1:25
Kevin Smith’s The Bionic Man #6 (Jonathan Lau Variant Cover), 1:10
Kirby Genesis Silver Star #3 (Alex Ross Virgin Variant Cover), 1:10
Kirby Genesis Silver Star #3 (Jae Lee Black & White Variant Cover), 1:15
Kirby Genesis Silver Star #3 (Mark Buckingham Virgin Variant Cover), 1:25
Warlord Of Mars #15 (Ale Garza Risque Art Variant Cover), 1:10
Warlord Of Mars #15 (Stephen Sadowski Mars Red Variant Cover), 1:20


Doctor Who Classics Series 4 #1 (of 6)(John Ridgway Variant Cover), 1:10
Dungeons And Dragons #15 (Steve Ellis Variant Cover), 1:10
John Byrne’s Next Men Aftermath #40 (John Byrne Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10
Memorial #3 (of 6)(Michael Wm. Kaluta Variant Cover), 1:10
Snake Eyes #10 (Tom Whalen Vertically Inter-Connected Variant Cover), 1:10


Darkness #90-#95 Signed Set (Issue 90 signed By Phil Hester), $19.99. Limited to 35 sets.
Echoes Complete Signed Set, $9.99. Limited to 125 sets.


Deadpool #50 (Blank Variant Cover). Retailers had to exceed their orders of Fear Itself X-Force #1 before they could order as many blank variants as needed at the standard cover price, plus discount. That means don’t pay more than cover for these. Then, go to one of the summer’s many comic book conventions and seek out your favorite Deadpool artist and have them do a sketch on the cover. Then turn around and sell it on eBay for a boat-load of cash. Just make sure someone cool does your sketch.

Deadpool #50 (Nick Bradshaw Variant Cover), 1:50

Deadpool #50 (Nick Bradshaw Variant Cover), 1:50. Bradshaw seems to be taking over Marvel Comics of late with a flood of both variant and regular covers. Watch for this one to go up. Dead seems like it’s going to be pretty huge for Deadpool fans and I’d expect all the covers, regular and variant, to be hot. Watch for a $30-$35 price tag.

Secret Avengers #22 (Gabriel Hardman Variant Cover)

Secret Avengers #22 (Gabriel Hardman Variant Cover), 1:30. Outta nowhere, Marvel hits us with a 1:30 ratio. What the hell? I don’t remember the last time I saw a 1:30 from Marvel. Regardless, Gabriel Hardman is coming up and it’s well deserved. His work on Boom’s Planet of the Apes has been stunning and I’m looking forward to more. I couldn’t help but notice Venom on the cover here, but not the regular cover. Coincidence? Watch for a $15-$17 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 a robot uprising at the new completely automated Diamond Comics shipping hub. Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later. . .

Adventure Time #1

Adventure Time #1

Written by RYAN NORTH

Solicitation: It’s Adventure Time! Join Finn the Human, Jake the Dog and Princess Bubblegum for all-new adventures through The Land of Ooo. The top-rated Cartoon Network show now has its own comic book! With the show exploding in the ratings, garnering rave online reviews, major cosplay at the San Diego Comic-Con, and huge displays dominating the New York Comic Con, it’s clear fandom is obsessed and 2012 is the Year of Adventure Time! Don’t miss out on this new phenomenon—this first issue is sure to get snapped up!

32 pages
Sold Out

Why it’ll go fast: If you haven’t had a chance to catch Adventure Time on the Cartoon Network, do yourself a favor, set your DVRs to record and get ready to laugh. Adventure Time is fun, hilarious, creative, suitable for all-ages and won’t insult you or your little guy’s intelligence. It’s like Dungeons and Dragons for kids staring a kid and his talking, shape-changing dog. I absolutely love it. Because of the buzz behind the show, there’s huge demand for the comic and Adventure Time #1 sold out last week. Already a second printing is being rushed to press and pre-sales on the first-prints are going nuts. We had 10 people at my shop add this comic to their pull-files yesterday alone. Watch for Adventure Time #1 to disappear from shelves very quickly.

Deadpool #50

Deadpool #50

Written by DANIEL WAY

Solicitation: Could this be it? Has everyone’s favorite Merc With A Mouth finally made an appointment with Lady Death? This February, witness the biggest change in Deadpool’s life as “DEAD” kicks off in Deadpool #50! From the creative team of Daniel Way & Carlo Barberi, Deadpool’s lease on life is about to expire and those around him are going to feel the consequences, including X-Force! Following the epic battle with his former body parts gone rogue, Wade Wilson makes a monumental decision that will forever change who he is. See how it all goes down this February, in Deadpool #50!

40 pages

Why it’ll go fast: This is the beginning of the “Dead” story-line, a four-part story in which Daniel Way is going to kill Deadpool, who we previously thought couldn’t die. See, like Wolverine, he’s got a healing factor that keeps him from dying. Unlike Wolverine, Deadpool’s healing factor is based on a mutated cancer gene, which makes him all bumpy and gross under his mask. Fans are pumped for this one, and so am I, but for a different reason: I haven’t been a fan of Way’s Deadpool and I’m hoping this storyline begins his exit from the title. Admittedly, I’m in the minority here because Way’s Deadpool sells very well for Marvel and there is a ton of buzz behind this storyline. Watch for this one to move quickly, but I don’t see it going for much over $10 for too long after the second printings hit.


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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3 Responses to “The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 02/08/2012”

  1. Andi says:

    No thoughts on the Thief of Thieves?

  2. Andi says:

    Is the newest Comic Speculator entry looking cut off at Wonder Woman for other folks? I also couldn’t comment on it since Comments are closed.

  3. Matt Baum Matt Baum says:

    Thanks Andi, we’re on it. And, sorry it took so long, but yeah I did have some Thief of Thieves thoughts. Joe and I reviewed it on last week’s Two-Headed Nerd comicast and said very nice things. Also I saw that it sold out this week.


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