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The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 02/15/2012

by Gregory Watkins (02/15/12).

B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth The Long Death #1 (of 3)(Mike Mignola 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, Feb. 15. 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 2010 Heroes Con Sketchbook (signed by Budd Root). Limited to 450 copies.


Planet Of The Apes #11 (Cover C Damian Couceiro)

Planet Of The Apes #11 (Cover C Damian Couceiro), 1:10. Counceiro has been on variant duty since Planet of the Apes #7 and his covers have been great. This is another really nice one. His style and color palette remind me of John Cassiday. Watch for a $5-$7 price tag.


B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth The Long Death #1 (of 3)(Mike Mignola Variant Cover), $3.50 1:5. This is the second of the Mignola Year of Monsters variants and it’s just as amazing as the first one. Surprisingly, these aren’t selling for much. You can still get the Lobster Johnson hand variant for less than $6 on eBay. These are going to be a really cool set when all is said and done. Watch for a $5-$6 price tag.

Star Wars Dawn Of The Jedi Force Storm #1 (of 5)(Gonzalo Flores Variant Cover)

Star Wars Dawn Of The Jedi Force Storm #1 (of 5)(Gonzalo Flores Variant Cover), 1:5. Flores is a newcomer to comics but has been working for Lucasfilm, Hasbro, Wizards of the Coast and Heavy Metal for 10 years now. In other words, he’s been making real money. Check out his site for more of his Star Wars stuff. His recent covers for Dungeons and Dragons: The Legend of Drizzt: Neverwinter Tales for IDW were his first comic book work and I’m hoping to see a lot more. Check out his website for more of his amazing Star Wars paintings. Watch for a $5-$6 price tag.


Batman #6 (Gary Frank Variant Cover)

Batman #6 (Greg Capullo Black & White Variant Cover)

Batman #6 (Gary Frank Variant Cover). Retailers could order this variant based on their lowest-ordered DC New 52 Relaunch title for this week, which is probably Blue Beetle #6. Stay close to cover price here. I love Gary Frank and this is an awesome variant but these aren’t selling for much more than cover price. A lot of shops, mine included, sell these for cover price. Later on, these might be hard to find, but for now they’re still fairly common.

Batman #6 (Greg Capullo Black & White Variant Cover), 1:200. This is another perfect example of what a great artist can do with nothing but a pencil. You’re amazing, Greg, but you don’t have to pay the $200 some retailers are asking for this sketch cover. Copies of the Batman #5 sketch variant are selling for as low as $81 and $105 at the highest. These variants are being priced right out of the hands of most collectors and outside of the first three issues, aren’t going up in value. Maybe down the line they will be $200 comics, but not right now. Wait and bid wisely and you can get these for much closer to $100.

Detective Comics #1 (Tony S. Daniel 5th Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Justice League #1 (Jim Lee & Scott Williams 6th Printing Variant Cover), $3.99

Wonder Woman #6 (Cliff Chiang Wraparound Variant Cover)

Wonder Woman #6 (Cliff Chiang Wraparound Variant Cover), 1:25. Again, this is a sketch cover, not a wraparound. And not a very impressive sketch cover, at that. I’m not sure why this part of Cliff Chiang’s fantastic cover was chosen, but the ways of DC are a complete mystery to a lowly Internet-comic-journalists like myself. I can’t even get those jerks to respond to a tweet. Watch for a $12-$15 price tag.


Vampirella Vs. Dracula #1 (Dynamic Forces)(Joseph Michael Linsner Exclusive Virgin Cover) , $14.99. Listed as “Low” in Diamond’s stick level. Sorry, I couldn’t get more info here.


Army Of Darkness #1 (Marat Mychaels Variant Cover), 1:15
Army Of Darkness #1 (Tim Seeley Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10
Flash Gordon Zeitgeist #3 (Alex Ross Virgin Variant Cover), 1:10
Flash Gordon Zeitgeist #3 (Francesco Francavilla Variant Cover), 1:10
Flash Gordon Zeitgeist #3 (Francesco Francavilla Virgin Variant Cover), 1:15
Flash Gordon Zeitgeist #3 (Paul Renaud Black & White Variant Cover), 1:25
Vampirella #14 (Fabiano Neves Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10
Vampirella #14 (Paul Renaud Blood Red Variant Cover), 1:15
Warlord Of Mars Dejah Thoris #10 (Ale Garza Risque Art Variant Cover), 1:20
Warlord Of Mars Dejah Thoris #10 (Paul Renaud Mars Red Variant Cover), 1:10


Dungeons And Dragons The Legend Of Drizzt #5 (of 5)(Todd Lockwood Monster Of The Month Variant Cover), 1:10
G.I. JOE 2 Official Movie Prequel #1 (Salvador Navarro Black & White Variant Cover)
Ghostbusters #6 (Tristan Jones Variant Cover), 1:10
Godzilla Kingdom Of Monsters #12 (Matt Frank Space Godzilla Variant Cover), 1:10
Infestation 2 Dungeons And Dragons Eberron #1 (of 2)(Livio Ramondelli Inter-Connected Tentacle Attack Variant Cover), 1:10
Infestation 2 Transformers #2 (of 2)(Livio Ramondelli Inter-Connected Tentacle Attack Variant Cover), 1:10
Star Trek Legion Of Super-Heroes #5 (of 6)(Mario Alberti Variant Cover), 1:10
Stephen King And Joe Hill’s Road Rage #1 (of 4)(Nelson Daniel Variant Cover), 1:10
Stephen King And Joe Hill’s Road Rage #1 (of 4)(Tony Harris ‘Stephen King & Joe Hill Motorcycle Road Trip’ Variant Cover), 1:25
Transformers More Than Meets The Eye #2 (Nick Roche Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10


Glory #23 (Jimmy Jay Exclusive Cover)

Glory #23 (Jimmy Jay Exclusive Cover). This was an exclusive cover for Jimmy Jay of Amazing Arizona Con and Image Expo. Limited to 1,000 copies. Think this is also being called the CBLDF variant.

Mudman #1 (Paul Grist 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.50
Mudman #2 (Paul Grist 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.50
Netherworld #1 (of 5)(Tony Shasteen Signed Edition), $14.99
Prophet #21 (Simon Roy 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Witchblade #151 (Foil Stamped & Signed Collector’s Edition), $14.99


Avengers Annual #1 (One Shot)(Gabriele Dell’Otto 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $4.99
Avengers X-Sanction #2 (of 4)(Ed McGuinness 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99

Avenging Spider-Man #4 (Dale Keown Variant Cover)

Avenging Spider-Man #4 (Dale Keown Variant Cover), 1:25. It’s funny, and I admit I’m a Keown fan, but when he’s not drawing giant, hulking characters, his normal-sized muscled humans just don’t look right. I don’t love this one and I really don’t love Marvel making the switch to Hawkeye’s movie costume. It’s dumb, and Ultimate Hawkeye already looks just like this. Whatever. . . Watch for a $10-$12 price tag.

Carnage U.S.A. #2 (of 5)(Clayton Crain 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Defenders #2 (Stuart Immonen 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Incredible Hulk #3 (Marc Silvestri 2nd Printing Cover), $3.99
New Avengers #21 (Movie Variant Cover),
Scarlet Spider #1 (Ryan Stegman 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99

Ultimate Comics X-Men #7 (Marc Silvestri Variant Cover)

Ultimate Comics X-Men #7 (Marc Silvestri Variant Cover), 1:25. Silvestri has been really hit or miss with me of late. This is a definitely a hit, but his Incredible Hulk has not been doing it for me at all. Is it just me or has his line work become so spastic that it’s hard to look at, let alone follow? Incredible Hulk looks like he’s penciling on meth. This cover, in contrast, looks relaxed, soft even. And soft has never been a word I would use to describe Silvestri’s penciling. Watch for a $12-$15 price tag.

Uncanny X-Force #19 (Robbi Rodriguez 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99

Winter Soldier #2 (John Tyler Christopher Amazing Spider-Man 50th Anniversary Variant)

Winter Soldier #2 (John Tyler Christopher Amazing Spider-Man 50th Anniversary Variant). Retailers had to exceed their orders of Captain America #4 with this issue and they could order all the Amazing Spidey variants they needed. Which, of course, makes for wacky pricing! I’ve seen a couple pre-sell for $10 and that doesn’t seem unreasonable, but watch this one; it could go bonkers. And it is a fun Spidey variant. I like the angry Jameson heart.

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 . . .

Glory #23

Glory #23


Solicitation: “Once and Future,” Part One. Extreme’s original warrior goddess returns! After missing for almost a decade, Glory’s whereabouts are uncovered by a lone reporter, but the globe-spanning conspiracy keeping her hidden from humanity could make her return more dangerous than anyone ever anticipated! This first issue of an brand-new saga written by Eisner & Harvey-award winner Joe Keatinge and illustrated by Wet Moon and Shadoweyes creator Ross Campbell sets up Glory’s future by expanding on her past in a way promising to shock long-time fans and excite all-new readers!

32 pages
Sold Out

Why it’ll go fast: This is the second title in the relaunch of Rob Liefeld’s Extreme studios and just like Prophet, the first one, it looks completely whack-a-doo. When I first heard about the Extreme Relaunch, I think I choked beer through my nose. But I have to say, after reading Prophet and seeing the preview art for Glory, I’m in. So are a lot of other nerds apparently because, just like Prophet, this one sold out before shipping and I’m guessing it’ll be very hard to find very quickly. Watch for Glory to be selling for more than $10 by the weekend.

Stephen King and Joe Hill’s Road Rage #1 

Stephen King and Joe Hill's Road Rage #1


Solicitation: Acclaimed novelist/Eisner-winning graphic novelist Joe Hill collaborated with his father, Stephen King, for the first time on a tale that paid tribute to Richard Matheson’s classic tale, Duel. Now, IDW is proud to present comic-book tellings of both stories in Road Rage. First up, is the Hill/King adventure tale, Throttle! Adapted by Chris Ryall alongside Hill & King and featuring art by Nelson Daniel (Joe Hill’s The Cape), Throttle tells the tale of a motorcycle gang pursued by an unseen assailant in a big rig!

40 pages
Sold Out!

Why it’ll go fast: I’m not clear on what this comic is. I get the idea: Stephen King and his son Joe Hill really liked Richard Metheson’s Duel. I’m embarrassed to admit I’ve never seen the Spielberg movie version and it’s not on Netflix Instant Watch, so I won’t be screening it today (jerks), and wrote an homage together. My question is what did they write it for? If it was for this comic, why does Chris Ryall need to adapt it? Was this a late-night conference call between the three of them? Is this story published somewhere else? I don’t get it. Regardless, it sold out before shipping and IDW is rushing a second printing. Get in and get out on this one quick. I see a spike in price this week and then as the second printings hit prices coming down.


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