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The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 02/22/2012

by Matt Baum (02/22/12).

Key of Z #1 NYCC Variant

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. 22. 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.


Crossed Get Infected C-Day Edition (Michael Dipascale Regular Cover),

Crossed Get Infected C-Day Edition (Tim Vigil Variant Cover), Retailers who order 40 or more of these will receive them for 25¢ each. The idea is to give these away to potential readers as sales incentives as a part of what Avatar is calling C-Day, which is March 14th, the same day the new Crossed: Badlands #1 hits the new shelves.


Key of Z #1 NYCC Variant, $9.99. Print run of 325 copies and it’s sold out. Snappy looking variant too.


Lady Death Volume 1 HC (Signed Edition), $39.99. Limited to 1,000 copies.


Tarot Witch Of The Black Rose #72 (Deluxe Edition), $19.99. This deluxe litho plate edition includes a copy of Tarot #72 and a 6 ½-inch by 10-inch, black-and-white litho of Tarot titled “Midnight Reading.” This limited collector’s item comes bagged and boarded and is signed by creator Jim Balent. Limited to 500 copies. Here’s the thing with these Broadsword deluxe and special editions: there’s another one every week. The same can be said for the Boundless specials, also. With so many of these higher priced “Special” and “Deluxe” editions out there, it’s almost impossible for any of them to gain in value. Especially when they’re all reprints. It’s a great way for a publisher to squeeze more money out of collectors but that’s about it. If you love Tarot or Lady Death, that’s fine, just know most of these are doomed to gather dust sitting overpriced in a back issue bin in comic shops everywhere.


Aquaman #6 (Ivan Reis & Joe Prado Wraparound Variant)

Batman The Dark Knight #6 (David Finch & Richard Friend Wraparound Variant)

Aquaman #6 (Ivan Reis & Joe Prado Wraparound Variant), 1:25. IT’S A SKETCH COVER! Come on, DC! You’ve been labeling these as “Wraparound” covers for weeks now… You know what just occurred to me? This could be Diamond’s fault. I checked a few other online retailers and they all have this titled correctly. Maybe I’ve been yelling at the wrong company for weeks now… Oh well, it still doesn’t excuse DC from not answering a single tweet. But I digress. These sketch covers have been slipping in popularity of late, with the vast majority selling for $10-$12 and some going as low as regular cover price. Watch for an $8-$10 price tag.

Batman #4 (Mike Choi 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99

Batman The Dark Knight #6 (David Finch & Richard Friend Wraparound Variant), 1:25. Again, this is a sketch cover, not a wrap. And again, try to stick to the $8-$10, although these Finch sketch covers have been selling for slightly more than most of the sketch variants.

Flash #6 (Francis Manapul Black & White Variant Cover)

Green Lantern New Guardians #6 (Tyler Kirkham & Batt Wraparound Variant Cover)

Flash #6 (Francis Manapul Black & White Variant Cover), 1:200. I know I sound like a broken record week in and week out when discussing these 1:200 variants, but I’m right, I swear! Even major online retailers are lowering their price on these from $175 to $150 but that’s still probably too high. If you need this one, try to stick to $100 mark and, like I say every week, if you can’t find it that cheap, just wait and pluck one off eBay.

Flash #6 (Mike Choi Variant Cover). This is another great variant by Mike Choi, who has been doing nothing but great work of late. That said, this is another variant that retailers could order based on their lowest ordered DCU Relaunch #6 issue for this week. Most shops are selling these variants for cover price and if they’re not, they should be. Don’t pay more than cover price here. It’s not your fault your retailer isn’t ordering more copies of Blackhawks, and frankly, I don’t blame them. But it doesn’t make these variants any rarer.

Green Lantern New Guardians #6 (Tyler Kirkham & Batt Wraparound Variant Cover), 1:25. Groan… Sketch cover. I’d steer clear here altogether, and if you do need this one, try to find it for cover price. That’s right, cover price. Currently copies of GL New Guardians #5 sketch cover are selling for $2.99 on eBay, which might be your best bet unless your retailer is unbearably cool.

Superman #6 (George Perez Wraparound Variant Cover), 1:25. You guessed it, this one is also a sketch cover. These, like the Finch covers, have been selling a little better than others and it’s due to the artist. George Perez is a legend and the guy has still got it. That said, I’d still try to stick as close to the $10 mark as possible here.

Teen Titans #6 (Brett Booth & Norm Rapmund Wraparound Variant Cover)

Teen Titans #6 (Brett Booth & Norm Rapmund Wraparound Variant Cover), 1:25. I don’t get the juxtaposition of this sketch cover at all, and I’m betting it hurts it’s price. Most of the Brett Booth Titans sketch variants are selling for $9-$10 but this one is really weird. Maybe it’s just me, but I’d stick to close to the $8 mark.


Lord Of The Jungle #1 (Dynamic Forces)(Alex Ross Exclusive Virgin Cover), $5. Retailers could order as many as they needed of this variant, but after final order cutoff date (Dec. 20, 2011) the price goes up to $19.12. Where they came up with that price we may never know.

Wolverine #300 (Dynamic Forces)(John Romita Sr. Signed Edition), $69.99. Limited to 90 copies and keep in mind, John Romita Sr. had nothing to do with this comic and has never worked on Wolvie’s solo title, or even the Uncanny X-Men. So, why is he signing these?

Mark Millar Anniversary Kick Ass Trading Card Box (Dynamic Forces). Limited to 100. You know, to hold your Kick Ass trading cards. Lord knows I could use one, as my Kick Ass cards are all over the place. Sorry, no price info.


Garth Ennis’ Jennifer Blood #9 (Ale Garza Variant) approx 1:15
Garth Ennis’ Jennifer Blood #9 (Tim Bradstreet Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10
Garth Ennis’ Jennifer Blood #9 (Tim Bradstreet Virgin Variant Cover), 1:20
Witchblade Red Sonja #1 (Ale Garza Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10


Cobra #10 (Tom Whalen Vertically Inter-Connected Variant), 1:10
Danger Girl Revolver #2 (of 4)(J. Scott Campbell Sketch Variant), 1:25
Danger Girl Revolver #2 (of 4)(J. Scott Campbell Variant), 1:10
Dead Rising Road To Fortune #4 (of 4)(Dead Rising Game Concept Art Team Variant), 1:10
Godzilla Legends #4 (of 5)(Arthur Adams Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10
Infestation 2 Dungeons And Dragons Eberron #2 (of 2)(Livio Ramondelli Inter-Connected Tentacle Attack Variant Cover), 1:10
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #7 (Mark Torres Variant Cover), 1:10
Transformers Robots In Disguise #2 (Andrew Griffith Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10


Avengers Solo #5 (of 5)(Movie Variant Cover)

Avengers Solo #5 (of 5)(Movie Variant Cover), 1:15. Of the Avengers Solo Movie Variants, the Iron Man cover of issue #4 seems to be the big winner, selling for $20-$25. I’m just not sure why. All the rest seem to be sitting at the $8-$10 mark, even the sexy Chris Hemsworth Thor Variant (*blush*) for #2. I would guess this one will be similar to the rest so watch for an $8-$10 price tag.

Wolverine #300 (Adam Kubert 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $4.99
Wolverine And The X-Men #4 (Nick Bradshaw 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Wolverine And The X-Men Alpha And Omega #1 (of 5)(Mark Brooks 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99

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 sudden and massive walk off by UPS drivers so confident in their Oscar picks and wagers they’re ready to start a new life right away. Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later . . .

Prophet #22

Prophet #22


Solicitation: John Prophet, on a mission to restart the God satellite, has to join an alien caravan in order to cross a deadly desert of defunct giant robots.

32 pages
Sold Out

Why it’ll go fast: The buzz on Prophet is still running strong and first-printings of #1 are getting hard to find. Currently, you can still pick one up for less than $10, but that price is creeping up. Watch for this one to spike in price, much like the first issue did and then settle a bit. Issue #2 might be a different story however. My guess is Image printed a smaller amount that #1 because when the title was sent to the printers, there’s no way they could’ve guessed it’d be a hit. Better to hedge their bets and make money off a rushed second-printing, considering publishers make nothing off the back issue market. Like the first issue, this one has sold out before shipping.

Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2

Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2

Written by JOHN BARBER

Solicitation: The Decepticons make their move, as the Transformers relaunch really amps up! As Bumblebee’s provisional government struggles to maintain control, Ratbat stages a deadly attack that only Prowl can stop! Meanwhile, Starscream tries something he’s never done before: telling the truth to an Autobot. Well, most of the truth, anyway.

32 pages
Sold Out!

Why it’ll go fast: IDW seems to have yet another licensed property hit on its hands with both the new Transformers series. And, if you’ve read it or heard the reviews (I gave the first issue a glowing review on THNCC), then you know why. IDW’s Transformers titles are excellent and people are starting to take notice. I can’t believe I’m hyping a Transformers comic, either, and rest assured, this story has nothing to do with movie franchise (thankfully). Issue #1 of Transformers RID is selling for a little more than $6 and going up from there, as first-printings become harder to find. Watch for this issue to sell even faster as second issues are always ordered and printed less than firsts.


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5 Responses to “The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 02/22/2012”

  1. Spider34 says:

    What do you think of 2nd print variants? I see some on Ebay in the $20 dollar range. I would be curious to hear what you have to say.

  2. Matt Baum Matt Baum says:

    Good question Spider. 2nd prints are odd in the sense that almost %100 of them are printed less than first prints but very few them become collectible. In some cases 2nd printings with alternate covers by popular artists can be sought after and other times, like in the case of the recent Our Love is Real comic that Image put out, the 2nd printing was the first at a major publisher and the first that was available to wide audience. There’s no hard and fast rule as to which 2nd printings will go up in value and there’s also no rule that says they’re not real collectibles. I personally own a few 2nd printings and bought them because the first printings were next to impossible to find.

  3. Nilly says:

    I agree with Matt. While there is no hard and fast rule, if a cover is beautiful or its done by a hot artist MAYBE it may go up depending on demand for it and scarcity of print. I have an uncanny x-force 1 (2nd print) and its well above the 1st printing. I bought it because I sorta liked the cover of it. Its a crap shoot at the end of the day. My advice is, if you like a cover of a 2nd print then buy it. Maybe you can frame it up some day. If you’re gonna buy it for monetary value then forget it. There’s so many ’2nd print variants’ out there that its next to impossible to keep track of them and demand seems to be less because of the chaos of it all. IMHO anyway.

  4. Spider34 says:

    Thanks guys, I agree it’s a crap shoot. Why Justice League 1 6th print is selling for well over cover price is beyond me.

  5. Matt Baum Matt Baum says:

    Especially when all the Justice League reprints are slight variations of the sketch cover. I don’t get it either.

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