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The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 02/29/2012

by Matt Baum (02/29/12).

Darkness #100 (Cover F Emerald Knights Exclusive 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. 29. 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.


Cliver Barker’s Hellraiser #11 (Cover C Tim Bradstreet), 1:10
Steed And Mrs Peel #2 (of 6)(Cover B Ian Gibson), 1:10


Lady Death #10 (Marcello Mueller Virgina Comicon Cover), $9.99. Limited to 750 copies.
Lady Death #11 (Rafa Lopez Auxiliary Cover), $3.99. Limited to 1,250 copies.

Lady Death #8 (Gabriel Andrade Brickhouse Cover), $9.99. Limited to 750 copies.
Just for clarification; I received a couple of tweets last week accusing me of “picking on” Boundless and Broadsword comics in last week’s blog when pointing out the number of variants they ship weekly. To be fair, I have no problem with anyone who chooses to collect these titles. If busty babes in horror stories is your thing, more power to you. At the end of the day, I’m just glad you’re buying comics. The only point I was trying to make, and I’ll reset it briefly here, both these publishers put out so many variant editions that, in my opinion, it’s hard for collectors to get excited about any of them. This week, Boundless is shipping three separate variant editions of comics that already had at least three other variant covers. And keep in mind, #14 is the latest issue. These are comics that shipped months ago and we’re still getting new covers. I don’t know how it could be argued that this doesn’t seem like overkill.


Batman Odyssey Volume 2 #5 (of 7)(Neal Adams Black & White Variant Cover)

Batman Odyssey Volume 2 #5 (of 7)(Neal Adams Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10. These sketch variants continue to sell at about the $10 mark. Watch for a $6-$8 piece tag here. My guess is these are selling because a lot of smaller shops aren’t ordering the required 10 copies needed to get the variant. This second volume of the Odyssey has not been a huge seller, nor has it been well critically received. Still, you can’t argue that Neal Adams still makes a mean cover.

Justice League #6 (Ivan Reis Variant Cover)

Justice League #6 (Jim Lee Black & White Variant Cover)

Justice League #6 (Ivan Reis Variant Cover), 1:25. I don’t know if DC is ditching the variant based on the lowest-ordered title for each week, but this is the first straight up ratioed Justice League variant, which means it’ll probably sell for more than cover price. That said, at 1:25, this variant shouldn’t be too rare, seeing as Justice League has been the highest-ordered title for months now. Watch for a $12-$15 price tag. I wonder if Adam Hughes was bummed when he had to do a cover featuring a dude?

Justice League #6 (Jim Lee Black & White Variant Cover), 1:200. Here’s another chance to spend way too much on a variant that you can probably get for almost half-off what some retailers are asking. These black and white variants are routinely selling for less than $100 online and, if you’re smart—or you have a cool, forward thinking retailer—you can get it for that price. Anything more than $100 is too much for these variants.

Justice League #4 (Jim Lee & Scott Williams 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99

Shade #5 (of 12)(Javier Pulido Variant Cover)

Shade #5 (of 12)(Javier Pulido Variant Cover), 1:10. This is another fantastic Shade variant, but I have to wonder, does this mark Javier Pulido’s return to DC? Last time we saw Pulido at DC was 2005, when he was working on the vastly ignored and underrated Breach and Human Target series. Watch for a $5-$7 price tag.


Avengers X-Sanction #1 (Dynamic Forces)(Jeph Loeb Signed Edition), $19.86. Limited to 200 copies.
Defenders #1 (Dynamic Forces)(Terry Dodson Signed Edition), $19.71. Limited to 100 copies.
Uncanny X-Men #1 (Dynamic Forces)(Stan Lee Signed Edition), $299.99. Limited to 50 copies.
Voltron #1 (Dynamic Forces)(Alex Ross Signed Cover Set), $39.99. Limited to 115 sets.


George R.R. Martin’s A Game Of Thrones #6 (Mike Miller Black & White Variant), 1:25
George R.R. Martin’s A Game Of Thrones #6 (Mike Miller Virgin Variant), 1:15
Kevin Smith’s The Bionic Man #7 (Alex Ross Virgin Variant Cover), 1:15
Kevin Smith’s The Bionic Man #7 (Jonathan Lau Variant Cover), 1:15
Kirby Genesis Dragonsbane #2 (Alex Ross Virgin Variant Cover), 1:10
Last Phantom #12 (Jonathan Lau Variant Cover), 1:15
Last Phantom #12 (Stephen Sadowski Variant Cover), 1:10
Lord Of The Jungle #2 (Francesco Francavilla Variant Cover), 1:50
Lord Of The Jungle #2 (Lucio Parrillo Virgin Variant Cover), 1:10
Lord Of The Jungle #2 (Paul Renaud Jungle Green Variant Cover), 1:15
Lord Of The Jungle #2 (Paul Renaud Virgin Variant Cover), 1:25
Voltron #3 (Alex Ross Virgin Variant Cover), 1:10
Voltron #3 (Sean Chen Red Variant Cover), 1:10


G.I. JOE A Real American Hero Annual #1 (Ron Frenz & Sal Buscema B&W Variant), 1:4
G.I. JOE Retaliation Official Movie Prequel #2 (Salvador Navarro B&W Variant), 1:10
Infestation 2 Team-Up #1 (One Shot)(Alan Robinson Black & White Variant Cover signed by Chris Ryall), 1:25
Infestation 2 Team-Up #1 (One Shot)(Alan Robinson Inter-Connected Tentacle Attack Variant Cover), 1:10
Joe Hill’s The Cape #4 (of 4)(Zach Howard Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10
Magic The Gathering #2 (of 4)(Martin Coccolo Variant Cover), 1:10
Star Trek #6 (Photo Variant Cover), 1:20
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Micro-Series #3 (Donatello)(David Petersen Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Micro-Series #3 (Donatello)(Kevin Eastman Re-Mastered Original Donatello Micro-Series Retro Variant Cover), 1:25
Transformers More Than Meets The Eye #1 (Nick Roche 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Transformers Robots In Disguise #1 (Nick Roche 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99


Darkness #100 (Cover E Marc Silvestri & Stjepan Sejic), 1:25
Darkness #100 (Cover F Emerald Knights Exclusive Cover). This was a retailer custom incentive. Not sure how many printed.


FF #15 (June Brigman Variant Cover)

Ultimate Comics The Ultimates #7 (Oliver Coipel Variant Cover)

FF #15 (June Brigman Variant Cover), 1:10. Yep, that’s the Power Pack alright. Watch for a $5-$7 price tag.

Ultimate Comics The Ultimates #7 (Oliver Coipel Variant Cover), 1:25. I love Oliver Coipel’s work and still mispronounce his name every time I say it aloud. It comes out like “ko-pee-el” and I host a podcast about comics, so his name comes up a lot and it’s embarrassing. Regardless of my mispronunciation issues, Coipel is one of the best comic artist working today and this variant is further evidence. Watch for a $12-$15. 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 massive sit in protest by Diamond warehouse employees until DC swears to bring Darkside’s stone kilt back. Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later…

Invincible #89

Invincible #89


Solicitation: Everything is different now! There’s someone new in the Invincible costume, but why—and for how long? Answers to all these questions and more in this monumental status-quo-altering issue!

32 pages

Why it’ll go fast: When writer Robert Kirkman promises big-status-quo-altering changes, he is never bluffing. I’ve almost quit reading The Walking Dead several times after he’s murdered the hell out of one of my favorite main characters. And I’m not just talking about Black-dude-wearing-suit-type changes. This will be something big and Invincible-nerds are going to freak out. This issue isn’t sold out yet, but if what I think is going to happen does, the buzz will sweep #89 off the shelves and into sell-out status in no time.


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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