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The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 03/14/2012

by Matt Baum (03/14/12).

Fathom Kiani Volume 2 #0 (Cover B Michael Turner Classic 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, March 14. 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.


Fathom Kiani Volume 2 #0 (Cover B Michael Turner Classic Variant Cover). Retailers can order up to three variants for every 16 Fathom Kiani Vol. 2 #0 ordered. Again with the bizarre order ratios. I’m not even sure of the math equation needed to figure out the ratio on this one. Of course, I was a Journalism major and now I write about comics on the Internet . . . Anyway, this is a nice treat for Michael Turner fans. Turner, who died of complications of bone cancer in 2008, was the creator of both Aspen the company and Fathom title, and Aspen has been slowly releasing these sketches as variants for a while now. Watch for a $10-$12 price tag.


Crossed Badlands #1 (Jacen Burrows Red Crossed Variant Cover), 1:3
Crossed Badlands #1 (Jacen Burrows Retailer Bonus Variant Cover), 1:10
Crossed Get Infected C-Day Sampler (Michael Dipascale Regular Cover),

Crossed Get Infected C-Day Sampler (Tim Vigil Variant Cover). These were sold to retailers who ordered 40 copies or more of the regular covers at 30¢ each to be given away.

Crossed Volume 3 Psychopath HC (Signed Edition), $34.99. Limited to 1,000 copies and, as of today, there were just 160 copies left.


Adventure Time #1 (Chris Houghton 3rd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99

Adventure Time #2 (Incentive Emily Carroll Virgin Variant Cover)

Adventure Time #2 (Cover D Frank Gibson and Becky Dreistadt)

Adventure Time #2 (Incentive Emily Carroll Virgin Variant Cover), 1:10. This is a fun variant featuring Marceline the Vampire and, like the other Adventure Time variants, it’ll be selling for ridiculous prices very soon. Already, I’ve seen people pre-ordering these on eBay for $31. Watch for an $8-$10 price tag, but don’t be surprised to see retailers jacking these up to $15.

Adventure Time #2 (Cover D Frank Gibson and Becky Dreistadt), 1:15. Same story here. Well, different cover image anyway, but still very cool. Watch for a $10-$12 price tag and these too are already spiking in price.

Elric The Balance Lost #9 (Cover C Francesco Mattina), 1:10

Exile On The Planet Of The Apes #1 (of 4)(Cover C Gabriel Hardman)

Exile On The Planet Of The Apes #1 (of 4)(Cover C Gabriel Hardman), 1:15. Want to see why people are buzzing about Gabriel Hardman’s art? Check out his sketch cover here. There’s no hiding behind black and white and Hardman isn’t hiding anything. I love this guy and I’m hoping to see him get some real critical notice this year. Watch for a $12-$15 price tag here. Planet of the Apes is a great read, but a cult title at best, meaning most retailers might not be ordering the 15 copies necessary to get the variant. Those that are will want to see their costs covered with the price of this one.


War Goddess #6 (Michael Dipascale Art Deco Variant Cover), 1:3


Conan The Barbarian #2 (LeAndro Fernandez Variant Cover), 1:5


Batwoman #7 (Amy Reeder Black & White Variant Cover)

Batwoman #7 (Amy Reeder Black & White Variant Cover), 1:25. All these 1:25 sketch variants have bottomed out in price. If you need any of these, treat them like a 1:10 variant and watch for an $8.-$10 price tag. Side note, I know this isn’t the first comic with the new DC logo, but it really stands out on the black-and-white background here, making me realize how much I hate it.

Green Lantern #7 (Doug Mahnke Black & White Variant Cover)

Green Lantern #7 (Ian Churchill Variant Cover)

Green Lantern #7 (Doug Mahnke Black & White Variant Cover), 1:200. Prices continue to drop on the 1:200 variants but most the online retailers I’ve seen asking $130 are still too high. If you need this variant you will be able to find it for less than $90, but keep in mind, it’s not going to be selling for more than that any time soon. My advice is to steer clear.

Green Lantern #7 (Ian Churchill Variant Cover). Retailers could order this variant at the same amount of their lowest ordered New DCU relaunch title for this week. I’m going to guess this week it’s Grifter. Keep in mind, this is not a ratioed variant, so don’t pay more than cover price.

Saucer Country #1 (Sean Murphy Variant Cover)

Shade #6 (of 12)(Javier Pulido Variant Cover)

Saucer Country #1 (Sean Murphy Variant Cover), 1:10. Vertigo variants are weird in the sense that there is no way to predict what’s going to happen to them on the back-issue market. It may be that most Vertigo readers prefer to read the titles in collections, Vertigo certainly sells better in trade, or possibly that most Vertigo readers just don’t care about variants. Maybe they’re all just smarter and more mature than me. Regardless, this is a fantastic Sean Murphy cover. Watch for a $6-$8 price tag here.

Shade #6 (of 12)(Javier Pulido Variant Cover), 1:10. Javier Pulido is amazing, but not necessarily because of his cover work. Don’t get me wrong, this one is cool, but not his best. Pulido does his best work on the interior art, where he blows me away every time. Unfortunately, the Shade seems to be a cult book at best, which is too bad, because it’s easily one of the best DC is publishing, and the variants aren’t doing much. Watch for a $5-$6 price tag and go find these back issues. Everyone should be reading the Shade.


Dawn 20th Anniversary Ultra-Limited Edition Blue Sketch Trading Card (Drawn by Ken Haeser), $29.99. Limited to 20.

Fathom Trading Card (Signed by Michael Turner ), $150. Limited to 12. Trading cards haven’t been hot items since the mid -1990s, but that’s not going to stop DF from squeezing money out of collectors for them. The really shocking part here is that both of these are sold out. Good luck looking for a return here collectors.

Garth Ennis’ The Ninjettes #1 (Johnny Desjardins Exclusive Red Cover), $5.
Limited print run of 300 and price jumps to $14.99 if ordered after initial order deadline (Jan. 17). Well, the $5 introductory price didn’t sell all 300 copies, which should tell you something. So, if you’d like to spend $14.99, these are still available.

Warlord Of Mars #15 (Joe Jusko Exclusive Risque Red Cover), 1:35, $19.99. Not sure if retailers had to order 35 copies to order one of these, and then pay $19.99 for the variant. If that is the case, DON’T DO IT! Warlord of Mars variants are selling for as low as cover price, but I guess they could become a rare item if the Burroughs estate succeeds in ordering Dynamite to stop publishing this title. There’s a whole legal thing going on. Still, don’t do it.

Warlord Of Mars Dejah Thoris #10 (Joe Jusko Exclusive Risque Cover), $14.99
Warlord Of Mars Dejah Thoris #10 (Joe Jusko Exclusive Risque Cover), $19.99

Zombie Invasion Ken Haeser Set, $69.99. This sounds like a bunch of random comics that The Living Corpse artist Ken Haeser drew zombies on. I’m going to guess the bulk of which he had nothing to do with. Sound like it’s worth $69.99 to you? If so, then how about $89.99? Because that’s what you’ll be paying if you ordered this after the final order cutoff date (Feb. 21). The set was limited to 20 and, shockingly, it’s sold out.


Garth Ennis’ The Ninjettes #2 (Admira Wijaya Virgin Variant Cover), 1:10
Warlord Of Mars
#16 (Ale Garza Risque Variant Cover), 1:10
Warlord Of Mars
#16 (Stephen Sadowski Martian Red Variant Cover), 1:15


Doctor Who #15 (Matthew Dow Smith Variant Cover), 1:10
Godzilla Legends #5 (of 5)(Arthur Adams Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10
Infestation 2 G.I. JOE #1 (of 2)(Livio Ramondelli Inter-Connected Tentacle Attack), 1:10
Locke And Key Clockworks #5 (of 6)(Gabriel Rodriguez Variant Cover), 1:10
Transformers More Than Meets The Eye #3 (Alex Milne Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10


Thief Of Thieves #1 (Shawn Martinbrough 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99


Avengers Assemble #1 (Arthur Adams Variant Cover)

Avengers Assemble #1 (Arthur Adams Variant Cover), 1:50. I love this Adams variant, mainly because I love all things Arthur Adams, but I have to wonder how old the image is. Most of these Avengers haven’t been on the team for more than a decade. Watch for a $20-$25 price tag.

Avengers Assemble #1 (Blank Variant Cover). Retailers had to exceed their order of Avengers X-Sanction #1 with this issue before they could order all they needed of the blank variant.

Avengers Assemble #1 (Mirco Pierfederici Comic Shop Variant Cover), the Midtown version.

Avengers Assemble #1 (Marc Silvestri Variant Cover)

Avengers Assemble #1 (Mirco Pierfederici Comic Shop Variant Cover). Retailers had to first place an order under a specific code before Jan. 9 and were then contacted by Marvel with info on how to upload their store logo. Then they had to exceed their order of Fear Itself #7 with the regular cover of Assemble #1 (think maybe Marvel is pulling out all the stops to regain their market share from DC?). At that point, they could order a minimum of 500 copies of the comic store variant. I’ve included an image of the Midtown Comics variant to give you an idea. Will these be rare or hot? Probably not. At a minimum order of 500 copies, along with those retailers who did qualify by exceeding their order of Fear Itself #7, there should be plenty of these out there. That, and the fact that fans might not be very interested in a variant cover that features a comic shop they don’t frequent. Midtown is selling its copies for cover price and any other retailer with any sense will do the same.

Avengers Assemble #1 (Marc Silvestri Variant Cover), 1:100. This is a nice-looking Silvestri variant. Quite restrained for his style, actually. But, Silvestri is not the guy I think of as an Avengers artist. Adams? Sure. Romita Jr.? You betcha. But Silvestri? Not so much. Watch for $55-$65 price tag and maybe you can score one cheaper from a retailer that was ordering for the comic shop variant whose desperately looking to recoup some loss.

Deadpool #50 (Dave Johnson 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99


Buckaroo Banzai #1 (Paul Gulacy Black & White Virgin Variant Cover)(resolicited), 1:8


Secret History Of DB Cooper #1 (JH Williams III Variant Cover)

Secret History Of DB Cooper #1 (JH Williams III Variant Cover), 1:10. Brian Churilla, writer and artist on DB Cooper, had to have been ecstatic when he heard J.H. Williams would be supplying a variant for his new series. And as usual, Williams delivered. I can see this one being pretty hot and hard to find. Not a lot of retailers will be ordering the 10 copies necessary to get this variant and come reorder time, I bet they’re gone. Watch for an $8-$10 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 New York Knicks fans threatening to sink the island of Manhattan when it’s announced that Isaiah Thomas will get his job back now that coach Mike Dantoni is stepping down. Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later . . .

Adventure Time #2

Adventure Time #2

Written by RYAN NORTH

Solicitation: Join Finn, Jake and all of their friends in this second issue of the ongoing comic book series showcasing all-new adventures through the magical Land of Ooo. The boys have embarked on another crazy-cool adventure, and this one will be their longest, most exciting yet! The top-rated Cartoon Network show now has its own comic book! The Adventure is just beginning, so don’t miss out on this exploding phenomenon

32 pages
Sold out

Why it’ll go fast: Adventure Time can’t seem to be stopped. Issue one was tone perfect and sold out two weeks before shipping. After the buzz hit, issue two sold out just as fast and saw collectors paying higher-than-cover price just to pre-order. Currently, all the covers of issue #1 are selling for at least $8 and going up, with lots including the variants selling for almost $200. Insanity? Yes, but honestly I don’t see those prices coming down any time soon. It’s been a while since a cartoon property hit it big with kids and adults, and I’m not talking about the adult-Winnie-the-Pooh-clothing-wearing-population. I mean normal, intelligent, functioning members of society with good senses of humor. Adventure Time #2 will likely be long gone by the time you get to your comic shop unless you had the wherewithal to add it to your pull-file.

Saga #1

Saga #1


Written by BRIAN K. VAUGHN

Solicitation: Y the Last Man writer Brian K. Vaughan returns to comics with red-hot artist Fiona Staples for an all-new ongoing series! Star Wars-style action collides with Game of Thrones-esque drama in this original sci-fi/fantasy epic for mature readers, as new parents Marko and Alana risk everything to raise their child amidst a never-ending galactic war. The adventure begins in a spectacular double-sized first issue, with 44 pages of story with no ads for the regular price of just $2.99!

32 pages
Sold out

Why it’ll go fast: This new series had too much going for it not to sell out. Its an Image #1, the art looks gorgeous, the premise sounds awesome, oh, and Brian K. Freaking Vaughn is writing this one. It’s been a while since we’ve seen a Vaughn series which has left Y the Last Man fans salivating. Go find this comic and pick it up. I’m giving Saga my personal money-back guarantee and betting #1 is going to be a very hard back issue to find in the next few weeks.


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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