Charismagic #5 (Nicola Hwang Variant Cover)
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New Comics Roundup
Below you will find all the info you could possibly need on the hot, new comics shipping this Wednesday, March 7. For a full list of comics shipping this week, click here. To find a comic shop near you, click here.
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.
Charismagic #5 (Nicola Hwang Variant Cover). Retailers could order three for every 12 regular copies of cover A or B, any combination. This variant has a fun, Bruce Timm feel to it and the good people at Aspen were good enough to label it a variant right on the cover. Comic shop librarians everywhere rejoice. These are going for $7 online but you can probably find them cheaper. Watch for a $5-$6 price tag but keep in mind, a lot of smaller shops might not be ordering enough to get this variant.
Dicks #2 (John McCrea Classic Black & White Variant Cover), 1:3
Ferals #3 (Gabriel Andrade Slashed Variant Cover)
Ferals #3 (Gabriel Andrade Slashed Variant Cover), 1:3. The “slashed” variants of this series might be one of the laziest variants I’ve ever seen. All these variants are sepia-toned versions of the regular cover with three slash marks through the art. Dumb idea, Avatar, and no one is buying it. If you need these, and I’m not insulting you (I swear), don’t pay more than cover price.
Stitched #3 (Movie Photo Variant Cover), 1:3
Adventure Time #1 (Chris Houghton 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Valen The Outcast #4 (Cover C Matteo Scalera), 1:10
Valen The Outcast #4 (Cover D Liam Sharp Negative Variant), 1:20
Valen The Outcast #4 (Cover E Ale Garza Sketch Variant), 1:25
Valen The Outcast #4 (Cover F Joe Jusko 9.8 CBC Variant), 1:50. There’re not a lot of these out there, but those that are selling are still going for north of $130. Not a bad price, seeing as this is a 1:50 variant. A lot of retailers have got wise to what happened with the 9.8 variants of #1 and are trying to sell these for more than $100. I get it, they’re honked off they missed the boat, but that’s not your fault. If you can find this variant for less than $80, I’d say it’s not a bad buy. So far, Valen has been a pretty solid read, too.
Lady Death #15 (Michael Dipascale Art Deco Variant Cover), 1:3
Tarot Witch Of The Black Rose #69 (Double Deluxe Edition), $21.99. Limited to 1,000 copies. For the record, I’m not picking on Broadsword here, just stating the facts: A quick eBay search reveals that none of the Tarot Deluxe editions—and there’re a bunch—are selling for more than $14 and several for less than $5. If you love Jim Balent, and you have to have the lithograph (which is tiny), buy it off eBay for almost half of MSRP. Or show this to your retailer and maybe he’ll hook you up. If he hits you in the face and kicks you out, I’ll deny ever saying this. However . . . I guess it is in print (electronic) . . . Hmmm . . .
Action Comics #7 (Chris Burnham Variant Cover)
Action Comics #7 (Rags Morales Black & White Variant Cover)
Action Comics #7 (Chris Burnham Variant Cover). This was originally solicited as a Greg Capullo variant but instead we got Chris Burnham. No complaints here. I love Burnham’s work and want more now. This variant is based on your retailer’s lowest-ordered New DCU Relaunch title for this week (my guess would be OMAC #7). Don’t pay more than cover for this one. It’s cool and I plan on grabbing one, but my shop sells these for cover price and yours should, too. Just because comic shop “X” only ordered two copies of OMAC does not mean this variant was limited to two per store.
Action Comics #7 (Rags Morales Black & White Variant Cover), 1:200. Rags Morales is amazing, and looking at his art in black and white only confirms this, but you do NOT need to spend the $175-$200 some retailers are asking for these variants. Copies of the Action Comics #6 B&W variant are selling for $90 or less, some as low as $50. Wait and pluck this one from the web and you can get it for a steal.
Batman #5 (Greg Capullo 2nd Printing Variant Cover)
Batman #5 (Greg Capullo 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99. I had a reader ask why some second prints are going up in value and, unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of rhyme nor reason behind it. Batman is one of those comics that has seen its second prints selling for more than cover. Currently, copies of Batman #4 second prints are selling for $7 and up. The art is the same, but with a red tint, so it’s not because of an art variation. The only thing I can come up with is that Batman is selling that well and hard-to-find second prints are printed in far less quantities than fist printings, making them rarer. But collectors don’t generally go this nuts for them. I’ll continue to watch these to see if I can figure out the mystery but, no promises.
Detective Comics #7 (Tony S. Daniel Black & White Variant Cover)
Detective Comics #7 (Tony S. Daniel Black & White Variant Cover), 1:25. This is a great-looking Tony Daniel sketch variant, but these sketch variants seem to be slowing down. Watch for a $10-$12 price tag.
Fairest #1 (Phil Jimenez Variant Cover), 1:10. This is Phil Jiminez showing off. I love this artist and think it’s fair to call him the new George Perez. Not that Perez has lost a step, but Jiminez is nipping at his heels. I dig the cover design as well, using the letter head to imply that this title is directly tied into Fables. Nicely done, DC. Watch for a $7-$8 price tag and watch this variant. If this series does what I think it can, that price could jump significantly.
Stormwatch #7 (Miguel Sepulveda Black & White Variant Cover), 1:25
Swamp Thing #7 (Yanick Paquette Black & White Variant Cover), 1:25
Wayne Casino Chips (Promotional Item)(per DC Comics),
April Showers 50 Book Starter Set (Dynamic Forces), $49.99. DF is billing this as “random signed comics, random DF Limited Edition comics, random non-DF limited edition comics which may include retailer incentives not previously offered, or rare retailer incentives from other retailers. While the mix is random, there will be a “Lucky 7” Limited Edition Books, plus 43 out of print comics!”
The idea sounds to me like an admission that most of their DF variants don’t sell, are overpriced and blowing them out for $1 each is the only way to get rid of them. The April Showers set is sold out, but I have to guess it’s due to retailers snatching them up to piece the issues out at $5 each. Which is probably a much more reasonable price-point for most of the DF variants. And yes DF, I’m picking on you.
Warlord Of Mars #15 (Dynamic Forces)(Joe Jusko Exclusive Risque Red Cover), $14.99. Limited to 400 copies.
Wolverine And The X-Men #1 (Dynamic Forces)(Stan Lee Signed Edition) , $299.99. Limited to 20 copies and, again, not a comic that Stan Lee had anything to do with. Maybe in spirit, but even that is pushing it. Still, all 20 sold out so 20 of you out there care.
Garth Ennis’ Jennifer Blood #10 (Ale Garza Variant Cover), 1:15
Garth Ennis’ Jennifer Blood #10 (Tim Bradstreet Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10
Garth Ennis’ Jennifer Blood #10 (Tim Bradstreet Virgin Variant Cover), 1:20
Kirby Genesis Captain Victory #4 (Alex Ross Negative Variant Cover), 1:10
Kirby Genesis Captain Victory #4 (Alex Ross Virgin Variant Cover), 1:25
Kirby Genesis Captain Victory #4 (Michael Avon Oeming Black & White Variant) 1:15
Kirby Genesis Captain Victory #4 (Michael Avon Oeming Variant Cover), 1:10
30 Days Of Night #5 (Menton J. Matthews III Wraparound Variant Cover), 1:10
G.I. JOE A Real American Hero #176 (Larry Hama Sketch Variant Cover), 1:10
G.I. JOE #11 (David Williams Vertically Inter-Connected Variant Cover), 1:10
Infestation 2 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (of 2)(Livio Ramondelli Inter-Connected Tentacle Attack Variant Cover), 1:10
John Byrne’s Next Men Aftermath #41 (John Byrne Black & White Variant Cover) 1:10
True Blood The French Quarter #6 (of 6)(Photo Variant Cover), 1:20
True Blood The French Quarter #6 (of 6)(Joe Corroney Sketch Variant Cover), 1:10
Age Of Apocalypse #1 (Blank Variant Cover). Retailers had to exceed their order of the Marvel .1 Special with this issue and they could order all they needed of the blank variant. Which, of course, makes pricing near impossible. I would watch for a $5-$6 price tag.
Age Of Apocalypse #1 (Bryan Hitch Variant Cover)
Age Of Apocalypse #1 (Bryan Hitch Variant Cover), 1:30. Maybe this variant is too dark. I’m not sure what I’m not digging here, and more often than not I’m starting to think I’ve fallen out of love with Bryan Hitch. Is it just me? Regardless, watch for a $15-$17 price tag.
Avengers X-Sanction #3 (of 4)(Ed McGuinness 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99. Here’s a perfect example of a second printing that will not be selling for more than cover, maybe ever. There seems to be plenty of first prints still out there, keeping demand for the second very low. Which is the norm.
Defenders #4 (Dale Keown Variant Cover)
Defenders #4 (I Am A Defender Variant Cover)
Defenders #4 (Dale Keown Variant Cover), 1:25. Dale Keown has been getting some serious cover work at Marvel and I’m digging on it. That said, Iron Fist’s muscles are a bit on the ridiculous side and far from anatomically correct, but I’m not apologizing for my Keown fandom. Nice variant. ’Nuff said. Watch for a $10-$12 price tag.
Defenders #4 (I Am A Defender Variant Cover). Retailers had to exceed their orders of Ultimate Spider-Man #4 with Defenders #4 and they could order all they needed of this variant. The I Am A Defender variants haven’t been too hot so—most are selling for $6 or less—so try to stay as close to cover price as possible here.
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #8 (Sara Pichelli Variant Cover), 1:25
Speculator Picks of the Week
These are comics that could sell out very quickly due to conservative ordering, popular demand, shipping errors or even UPS drivers everywhere forming an angry mob, complete with pitch forks and torches, to hunt down the guy that knocked-up Snookie and punish him. The last thing America needs now is baby Snookie. Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later . . .
Hell Yeah #1
Written by JOE KEATINGE
Art by ANDRE SZYMANOWICZ (try spelling that one from memory)
Solicitation: The Last Generation of Heroes is here! Twenty years ago, the first-ever superheroes debuted without warning and forever altered our global culture! Now, the generation born in their wake fight to claim their place in a world evolved beyond them! Written by Eisner & Harvey award-winner Joe Keatinge and illustrated by Elephantmen and Popgun’s Andre Szymanowicz, Hell Yeah combines the over-the-top excitement of the original Image Comics launch with modern, innovative storytelling. It all begins with a giant-sized first issue containing a full 32 pages of story with no ads for the regular price of just $2.99!
Why it’ll go fast:,/i> Joe Keatinge’s Glory relaunch has been a rollicking success and it looks like Hell Yeah is poised to also explode. With Ashcan editions of #1 from last week’s Image Expo already selling for $25 and issue #1 sold out at Diamond before shipping, it’s hard not to picture collectors freaking out over this one. Maybe not Chew-level freaking out (Chew #1 was selling for $70 just two weeks after hitting the stands), but I could see this one being very hot. Great premise, hot creative team, good buzz; it’s everything you need to send fanboys into a buying frenzy.
Written by GRACE RANDOLPH
Art by RUSSEL DAUTERMAN
Solicitation: What goes down when the capes come off? Meet the Real Housewives of Earth’s greatest super-team, the Meta Legion! It’s the egos, the tantrums and the betrayals of the super set. Find out what happens behind the masks as superhero families are faced with the sordid problems of everyday life—and then some! From rising star writer Grace Randolph (Marvel’s Nation X, Her-oes) and hot new artist Russell Dauterman, this series takes the familiar super-team and turns it on its head with a scandalous, TMZ-fueled look at what it’s like to live with a superhero! Let the battle for the neighborhood begin!
Why it’ll go fast: In your face! That’s for everyone who thought I’d pick Manhattan Projects #1! Sure, it’s Hickman and from Image and also already sold out, but if you look at his last Sci-Fi comic at Image—The Red Wing (which was great)—readers may have found it a little hard to latch onto. It was high-brow Sci-Fi and that’s just not for everyone. Manhattan Projects, while it sounds awesome and I can’t wait to read it, sounds similarly impenetrable for the casual Sci-Fi fan. That’s not to say that I picked Superbia because of its low-brow appeal, but it does sound trashy and fun. Not to mention, it’s sold out with no back order and BOOM’s print-runs are even smaller than Image. That, and some great early reviews should help this title into cult status pretty quickly. I’ll be reviewing this one for the show this week if I can find a copy.
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