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The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 04/11/2012

by Matt Baum (04/11/12).

Avengers Assemble #2 (Stephanie Hans Avengers Art Appreciation 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, April 11. 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 Mutation #1 (Budd Root Special Edition), $6.95. Limited to 750 copies and comes bagged and boarded with certificate of authenticity.

Cavewoman Mutation #1 (Devon Massey Special Edition), $6.85. Limited to 750 copies and comes bagged and boarded with certificate of authenticity. Unlike the Lady Death, Cavewoman special editions and variants seem to sell well on the back issue market. Seven bucks seems to be the standard price for most and I couldn’t find any that were selling for less than $10 (the nudie ones for much more). If I had to guess why, I would say it’s because Cavewoman has been published pretty regularly since 1994 and Lady Death has taken a few long breaks in publishing. Lady Death also has a higher print run and a lot more variants per issue. Again, I don’t mean to single Lady Death out, I’m just comparing two \busty comic ladies with solo titles from smaller publishers.


Lady Mechanika #1 (Cover G 3rd Printing), $3.99. This title was a slow starter but first printings of #1 are now starting to see prices of $12 and up. I would expect that price to continue to climb as long as artist Joe Benitez continues the series.


Adventure Time #3 (Cover C Mike DeForge)

Adventure Time #3 (Cover D Stephanie Buscema)

Adventure Time #3 (Cover C Mike DeForge), 1:15

Adventure Time #3 (Cover D Stephanie Buscema), 1:20. Adventure Time continues to sell out before shipping sending prices on regular and variant editions through the roof. Both of these are great but the Stephanie Buscema cover (Granddaughter of Marvel legend John Buscema) is a must-have. Watch for an $8-$10 price tag on the 1:15 and a $13-$15 price tag on the 1:20. Both of which will go up from there.

Clive Barker's Hellraiser Annual #1 (Cover C Tim Bradstreet)

Clive Barker’s Hellraiser Annual #1 (Cover C Tim Bradstreet), 1:15. There aren’t many of the Tim Bradstreet variants from the first few issues of Hellraiser out there and those that are have gone up in price considerably. This one could be tough to find but shouldn’t be too expensive, initially. Watch for a $10-$12 price tag.

Rich Johnston’s Iron Muslim #1 (Fred Hembeck Variant Cover), 1:15


Alabaster Wolves #1 (of 5)(Michael Avon Oeming Variant Cover), 1:5
Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 9 #8 (Georges Jeanty Variant Cover). Retailers could order this cover separately as needed.
Conan The Barbarian #3 (John Paul Leon Variant Cover), 1:5

Lobster Johnson The Burning Hand #4 (of 5)(Mike Mignola Variant Cover)

Lobster Johnson The Burning Hand #4 (of 5)(Mike Mignola Variant Cover), 1:5. This is the third cover in Mignola’s “Year of Monsters” variant series, this time featuring a werewolf. These are still selling for nothing. Which is fine with me because I want them all. Watch for $4 price tag, but you might be able to get it for cover.


Batwoman #8 (Amy Reeder Black & White Variant Cover), 1:25

Green Lantern #8 (Dale Keown Variant Cover)

Green Lantern #8 (Dale Keown Variant Cover). Retailers could order this Keown variant based on the amount of their lowest-ordered DC Relaunch #8 title this week. For example, if your store ordered five copies of Mister Terrific #8, they would be eligible to order five copies of the GL Keown variant. Don’t pay more than cover price here or I’ll make fun of you.

Green Lantern #8 (Doug Mahnke Black & White Variant Cover), 1:200. Pay no more than $100. Anymore and you’re getting taken. That’s all I’ll say about that this week.

Shade #7 (of 12)(Javier Pulido Variant Cover)

Shade #7 (of 12)(Javier Pulido Variant Cover), 1:10. First of all, you should all be reading this title because it’s amazing. Second, go get the Pulido 1:10 variants because they are also amazing and selling for nothing. Pulido is probably going to win at least one Eisner this year and will probably be held in regard with artists like Darwyn Cooke very soon. The guy is incredible. You have been warned.


Kirby Genesis #1 (Dynamic Forces)(Alex Ross Signed Marvelous Acetate Cover), $50. No print run specified.
True Blood Exclusive Six Book Connecting Set, $19.99. Limited to 1,000 copies and sold out.


Bionic Woman #1 (Paul Renaud Black & White Variant Cover), 1:15
Bionic Woman #1 (Paul Renaud Virgin Variant Cover), 1:25
Kevin Smith’s The Bionic Man #8 (Alex Ross Virgin Variant Cover), 1:15
Kevin Smith’s The Bionic Man #8 (Jonathan Lau Variant Cover), 1:10
Lord Of The Jungle #3 (Francesco Francavilla Variant Cover), 1:10. No order code, ships with regular covers.
Lord Of The Jungle #3 (Francesco Francavilla Virgin Variant Cover), 1:25
Lord Of The Jungle #3 (Lucio Parillo Virgin Variant Cover), 1:10
Lord Of The Jungle #3 (Paul Renaud Green Variant Cover), 1:15


Extinction Seed #2 (of 6)(Giuseppe Cafaro Variant Cover) 1:10


Cobra #12 (Antonio Fuso Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10
Danger Girl Revolver #3 (of 4)(J. Scott Campbell Sketch Variant Cover), 1:25
Infestation 2 #2 (of 2)(Livio Ramondelli Inter-Connected Tentacle Attack Variant),
Smoke And Mirrors #2 (of 5)(Ryan Browne Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10
Dungeons And Dragons Forgotten Realms 100-Page Spectacular (Cover B Rags Morales), $7.99


68 Scars #1 (of 4)(Cover C Nat Jones Incentive Cover), $3.99

Glory #24 (2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99. First-printings of Glory #24 are have leveled off at $8 but they could easily go up from there if the series continues to get the amount of positive buzz it has been receiving.

Peter Panzerfaust #2 (2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.50
Peter Panzerfaust #3, $3.50

Saga #1 (Fiona Staples 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99. At one point in the last two weeks, first-printings of Saga #1 were selling for $20 and up. That price has come down to near $12, but will probably climb slowly from there.

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


Avengers Assemble #2 (Stephanie Hans Avengers Art Appreciation Variant Cover), 1:25. This is another in the Art Appreciation series (you might remember the previous Wolvie Art Appreciation covers). A reader pointed out that last week’s Amazing Spidey art variant was inspired by Saul Bass. Any ideas on this one? Watch for a $14-$16 price tag.

Avenging Spider-Man #6 (Adi Granov Variant Cover)

Avenging Spider-Man #6 (Marco Checchetto Variant Cover)

Avenging Spider-Man #6 (Adi Granov Variant Cover), 1:20. This is part of the Adi Granov triptych image used as part of the Omega Effect promotional material. And it’s gorgeous. I’m buying all three of these. Watch for $12-$15 price tag and there should be plenty of these around.

Avenging Spider-Man #6 (Marco Checchetto Variant Cover), 1:15. I love Checchetto’s work on The Punisher, but this variant does nothing for me. Are you guys into this? Maybe I’m the jerk. Who knows . . . Watch for a $7-$9 price tag.

Fantastic Four #605 (Michael Kaluta Avengers Art Appreciation Variant Cover), 1:25. I love Kaluta and this cover is amazing. That said, what the hell is going on here and what artist is this in homage too? Anyone? Watch for a $12-$15 price tag.

New Avengers #24 (Mike Del Mundo Avengers Art Appreciation Variant Cover), 1:25
Scarlet Spider #4 (Mike Del Mundo Avengers Art Appreciation Variant Cover),

Secret Service #1 (of 7)(Bryan Hitch Variant Cover), 1:25. I’m pretty sure this is actually a Lenil Francis Yu cover but am having trouble getting confirmation and finding an image. How’s that for comic-journalism? [Comedic journalism? – Editor]

Winter Soldier #4 (John Tyler Christopher Avengers Art Appreciation Variant Cover), 1:25

Wolverine #304 (Gurihiru Avengers Art Appreciation Variant Cover)

Wolverine #304 (Gurihiru Avengers Art Appreciation Variant Cover), 1:25. I don’t get the theme here at all. The Wolvie Art covers made sense; plugging Wolvie into Munch’s “The Scream” or Grant Wood’s “American Gothic,” I get that. These Avengers Art covers lost me. Any thoughts are welcome.

Speculator Picks of the Week

These are comics that could sell out very quickly due to conservative ordering, popular demand, shipping errors or a mixture of Spring Fever and unseasonably warm temperatures sending both UPS and Diamond staff to the nearest Major League Baseball afternoon game like a heard of lemmings. Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later . . .

Secret Service #1

Secret Service #1


Written by MARK MILLAR

Solicitation: From the writer of Kick-Ass and the artist of Watchmen comes a collaboration decades in the making. Says Millar: “Secret Service is the ramifications of [how] America is struggling on the world stage, funding is being seriously undercut to balance the books and some people are trying their best to take advantage of the fragile global situation. The hero and sidekick guys who lead the book are, i think, the best characters I’ve written.”

32 pages

Why it’ll go fast: This week is the battle of the spy comics. Our first contender, Mark Millar’s Secret Service #1. This one has a lot going for it, Millar writing, comics legend Dave Gibbons on art, and a great premise to boot, but it hasn’t sold out yet. I’m guessing it does when the re-orders come in this weekend. Retailers may have lowered their orders slightly upon hearing that Secret Service was no longer an ongoing series but a five-issue mini. It’ll certainly be printed more than our next spy comic, but I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing in the long run.

Secret #1

Secret #1


Solicitation: “Teeth, with which to eat.” A man gets shot in London, a law firm gets broken into in Washington, an accountant gives away the password to his computer, and something put to sleep 20 years ago awakens. What is the unsavory relationship all these things share, and how could it bring down two of the largest governments in the history of the world? It’s Secret, a brand new, ongoing, monthly comic from the creators of A Red Mass For Mars. Brought to you by award-winning writer Jonathan Hickman and break-out talent, Ryan Bodenheim, Secret is an espionage thriller that takes a deep look into the shadow world existing between the government and private security firms.

32 pages
Sold Out!

Why it’ll go fast: And our second contender, Secret #1 from Jonathan Hickman. There’s a catch here. Diamond made this issue completely returnable by retailers that exceed 100-percent of their orders of Manhattan Projects (the other recent Hickman series). Now, certainly not all of the retailers out there will bite on the promotion but enough did too push #1 into back-order before it shipped. That could mean a lot of copies on the stand for a while but I’m still guessing this series turns out to be a cult hit. I don’t expect prices to do much for a while but of the two titles I picked today I think Secret will be the long term winner.


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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2 Responses to “The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 04/11/2012”

  1. j says:

    Kincade, or maybe Bob Ross?

  2. nilly says:

    I have two others to mention, ‘Americas Got Powers’ and ‘Saga 2′. Both sold out before I got into the shop at 4pm! I managed to get a copy of Secret Service and Secret. Wonder if Secret Service has something to do with ‘Millar saturation’ (comic snobs, are trending away from a lot of his books…claiming he’s the Jerry Bruckhemier of comics). I find his stories (except Nemesis <>) quite entertaining, really liked Super Crooks. As for the ‘Secret’, not the most gorgeous cover (people turned away from it?)…but as they say, ‘can’t judge a book by its cover’!
    Hope you had a great week Matt, and thanks for your pics.

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