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The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 04/18/2012

by Matt Baum (04/19/12).

Batman #6 (Greg Capullo Black & White 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 18. 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 #1 (Cover C Michael Turner Classic). For every 16 Fathom Kiani Vol 2 #1 ordered [(any combination), retailers may purchase up to three Michael Turner “classic” Kiani variant covers.


Stitched #4 (Mike Wolfer Gore Cover), $3.99
Stitched #4 (Movie Photo Incentive Cover). Retailers could order 1 movie variant for every 3 regular covers ordered in any combination.
Stitched #4 (Mike Wolfer Wraparound Cover), $3.99


Peanuts #4 (of 4)(Charles Schultz First Appearance Of Snoopy Variant Cover),
Planet Of The Apes #13 (Cover C Damian Couceiro),
Steed And Mrs. Peel #4 (of 6)(Ian Gibson Variant Cover),


Dark Horse Presents #11 (Francesco Francavilla Variant Cover)

Reset #1 (of 4)(Matt Kindt Variant Cover), 1:3. Matt Kindt is finally getting his due respect and has some high-profile jobs in the near future, which is good, because he’s very talented and has a very unique style. I love this variant, although it’s hard to say no to the regular Peter Bagge cover. Watch for a $5-$6.00 price tag.

Star Wars Dawn Of The Jedi Force Storm #0 (of 5)(3rd Printing Variant Cover), $3.50

Star Wars Dawn Of The Jedi Force Storm #1 (of 5)(3rd Printing Variant Cover), $3.50. Both of these are extremely hard to find at the moment. First-printings of #0 are selling for $20 and going up, while first-printings of #1 are selling for $13 and also going up. A third printing suggests that demand is still high, so I’d watch for prices on first-printings to continue to climb.


Batman #6 (Greg Capullo 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99. While first printings of this issue aren’t seeing much action yet, collections of #1 through #6 are selling for up to $50. I’d watch for all these issues in the “Court of Owls” storyline to go up as soon as the Night of the Owls cross-over begins. Advance reorders for Detective Comics #9 are already coming in and it looks like they might push the issue to sell out status before shipping.

Batman #8 (Greg Capullo Black & White Variant Cover), 1:200. I’m not changing my tune on these DC 1:200 variants, but I will say that as the Night of Owls cross-over approaches, I wouldn’t be surprised to see these black-and-white variants going up in price... a little, anyway. That does not mean you should hurry to spend the $150-$200 some are asking for these. My guess is the Batman 1:200 variants start selling at just above the $100 mark I’ve been advising to try to stay under. Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe they rocket back up to $200. I doubt it, but I guess we’ll see.

Batman #8 (Jay Fabok Variant Cover)

Batman #8 (Jay Fabok Variant Cover). This one was solicited as an Ian Churchill variant but switched to Fabok. I don’t know much of Fabok’s work but this is a really nice-looking variant and one that is orderable, based on each retailer’s lowest-ordered New DCU Relaunch title #8 shipping this week. Maybe Captain Atom (which is too bad, because it’s an excellent read). Don’t pay more than cover for these. It’s not a variant with a ratio and is basically orderable, like any other version. Still, bravo Jay Fabok. Hope to see more soon.

Batman Odyssey Volume 2 #7 (Of 7)(Neal Adams Black & White Variant), 1:10
Batman The Dark Knight #5 (David Finch & Richard Friend 2nd Printing Variant), $2.99

Justice League #8 (Jim Lee Black & White Variant Cover), 1:200. These Justice League variants occasionally pop above the $100 mark, but most are going for somewhere between $60-$80, which is probably a great price to aim for, for now. Even CGC-graded 9.8 versions of the more recent covers are just barely breaking the $100 mark.

Justice League #8 (Mike Choi Variant Cover), 1:25.I wouldn’t call this some of Choi’s best work, but I get what he’s going for and it looks pretty good. None of the other 1:25 variants are selling for much above the $10 mark, which is a good price for this variant also.

Suicide Squad #7 (Ivan Reis & Eber Ferreira 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Wonder Woman #8 (Cliff Chiang Black & White Variant Cover), 1:25


Warlord Of Mars #16 (Dynamic Forces)(Ale Garza Exclusive Risque Red Cover), $14.99


Danger Girl And The Army Of Darkness #5 (of 6)(Nick Bradshaw B&W Variant), 1:10
Kirby Genesis #0 (Re-Order Sketch Variant Cover)

Shadow #1 (Authentix Cover), $12. No ordering restrictions, but orders were allocated due to low stock. This is the blank version of the sketched variants.
Shadow #1 (Alex Ross Virgin Variant Cover), 1:25

Shadow #1 (Howard Chaykin Bloody Violent Variant Cover)

Shadow #1 (Howard Chaykin Bloody Violent Variant Cover), 1:50. Not as bloody or violent as I thought it would be but this is a good-looking Chaykin variant. Watch for a $20-$25 price tag.

Shadow #1 (John Cassaday Black & White Variant Cover), 1:100

Shadow #1 (Jae Lee Sketch Variant Cover)

Shadow #1 (Alex Ross Sketch Variant Cover)

Shadow #1 (Jae Lee Sketch Variant Cover), 1:200. These are part of a series of 218 numbered and hand-sketched variants. Each comes with a stamped certificate of authenticity. Very cool idea, Dynamite, but probably not worth the $300 some retailers are asking. Watch for a $200 price tag and expect these to be very hard to find.

Shadow #1 (Alex Ross Sketch Variant Cover), 1:250. And then there’s the Alex Ross sketch variant. Some retailers are asking up to $600 for these variants, which is nothing short of insane. Like the Jae Lee variant, these come with a signed and numbered certificate, but the Ross sketch cover was limited to 200. So, limited? Yes. But why should that push the price so high? It shouldn’t. It’s greed in action. This morning, a copy on eBay sold for $400 and I’m guessing the price goes down from there. Don’t be pulled in by the “Ale Ross” hype and watch for a $300 price tag.

Vampirella #16 (Fabiano Neves Black & White Variant Cover), 1:25
Vampirella #16 (Paul Renaud Blood Red Variant Cover), 1:5


Dungeons And Dragons Eberron Annual 2012 (Valerio Schiti Wraparound Variant), 1:10
Doctor Who #16 (Matthew Dow Smith Variant Cover), 1:10
G.I. JOE A Real American Hero #177 (Larry Hama Sketch Variant Cover), 1:10
Ghostbusters #8 (Gabe Eltaeb Variant Cover), 1:10
John Byrne’s Next Men Aftermath #42 (John Byrne Black & White Variant Cover) 1:10
Rocketeer Adventures 2 #2 (of 4)(Darwyn Cooke Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Micro-Series #4 (Leonardo)(David Petersen Black & White Variant), 1:10
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Micro-Series #4 (Leonardo)(Peter Laird Remastered Original Leonardo Micro-Series Retro Variant Cover), 1:25


Amazing Spider-Man #684 (Gabriele Dell'Otto Variant Cover)

Avengers #25 (Gabriele Dell'Otto Avengers Art Appreciation Variant Cover)

Amazing Spider-Man #684 (Gabriele Dell’Otto Variant Cover), 1:15. The other Dell’Otto variants are starting to go up in price selling anywhere from $13-$20 and slowly going up from there. Watch for a $10-$13 cover price.

Avengers #25 (Gabriele Dell’Otto Avengers Art Appreciation Variant Cover), 1:25. Speaking of Dell’Otto, here he is doing a take on Emanuel Luetze’s George Washington crossing the Delaware featuring the Avengers. It’s a nice-looking variant; unfortunately the “Art Appreciation” variants aren’t selling for much more than $8. If you need this one, try to stick at that $8 price point.

Avengers Vs. X-Men #0 (of 12)(Frank Cho 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99. Did this title sell out? Yes, but only because of all the incentives Marvel gave retailers to order high on this one in order to take back their market share from the DC Relaunch. There’s still plenty of first-printings out there so don’t pay more than cover price.

Avengers Vs. X-Men #2 (of 12)(Carlo Pagulayan Avengers Team Variant Cover)

Avengers Vs. X-Men #2 (of 12)(Carlo Pagulayan X-Men Team Variant Cover)

Avengers Vs. X-Men #2 (of 12)(Carlo Pagulayan Avengers Team Variant Cover)

Avengers Vs. X-Men #2 (of 12)(Carlo Pagulayan X-Men Team Variant Cover). Retailers had to exceed their order of A vs. X #1 by 90 percent and they could order all they needed of this variant. I guess these are fine and they have the name of the team you’re rooting for on the cover, but exceeding 90 percent on issue #1 might be ridiculous. Retailers ordered very high on #1 because the incentives were there. Not so much the case with #2. These could be fairly difficult to come by. I would guess anyone that is exceeding their order of A vs. X #1 by 90 percent is going to be looking to recoup as much money as possible and would be foolish to sell these variants for more than cover price. Not to mention, these are just slight variants of the Carlo Pagulayan variant.

Avengers Vs. X-Men #2 (of 12)(Carlo Pagulayan Variant Cover), 1:25

Avengers Vs. X-Men #2 (Of 12)(DCD Summit 2012 Inked Variant Cover)

Avengers Vs. X-Men #2 (Of 12)(DCD Summit 2012 Inked Variant Cover). Retailers that attended this year’s Retailer Summit were given first chance at these but any retailer could order them and there was no ratio restriction. Don’t pay more than cover for these. They’re not very cool or rare.

Avengers Vs. X-Men #2 (of 12)(Nick Bradshaw Variant Cover)

Avengers Vs. X-Men #2 (of 12)(Nick Bradshaw Sketch Variant Cover)

Avengers Vs. X-Men #2 (of 12)(Nick Bradshaw Variant Cover), 1:100. Bradshaw is Marvel’s rock star right now and for good reason. His style is very similar to Art Adams, but he probably does the work for half of Adams fee. This is a bad-ass Bradshaw variant and I want it! But, I’m not paying $100 or more like some retailers are asking. No sir! If you need this one, watch for a $60-$70 price tag.

Avengers Vs. X-Men #2 (of 12)(Nick Bradshaw Sketch Variant Cover), 1:200. Again here, don’t go nuts. Thanks to Marvel offering all kinds of incentives to retailers, the orders on A vs. X #2 are huge. Which means there ought to be plenty of 1:200 variants out there. Watch for a $90-$100 price tag. My shop sold this one for $90. Just sayin’.

Defenders #5 (I Am A Defender Variant Cover), 1:20

Defenders #5 (Walt Simonson Variant Cover)

Defenders #5 (Walt Simonson Variant Cover), 1:25. Walt Simonson is back at Marvel drawing the Avengers and just about every variant cover this month. This one grew on me. I’m a huge Simonson guy and just glad to see he hasn’t lost a stroke. Watch for a $10-$12 price tag.

Incredible Hulk #7 (Charles Paul Wilson III Avengers Art Appreciation Variant Cover), 1:25
Invincible Iron Man #515 (Greg Horn Avengers Art Appreciation Variant Cover), 1:25

Punisher #10 (Adi Granov Variant Cover)

Punisher #10 (Adi Granov Variant Cover), 1:20. This is the second part of the Adi Granov Omega effect triptych. Last week’s Avenging Spider-Man #6 variant is doing pretty well, selling for just over $22. Not bad if you got it for $10. Watch for a $10-$12 price tag here but I’d also expect there to be a lot less of these out there than the Spidey variant or next week’s Daredevil variant. This could be the tough one to find.

Uncanny X-Force #24 (Gerald Parel Avengers Art Appreciation Variant Cover), 1:25
Wolverine And The X-Men #9 (Alex Maleev Avengers Art Appreciation Variant), 1:25
X-Men #27 (Khoi Pham Avengers Art Appreciation 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 a sudden rush of ball gags being shipped to Ted Nugent. Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later . . .

Punisher #10

Punisher #10

Written by GREG RUCKA

Solicitation: The Omega Effect part two! Guest-starring Spidey and Daredevil! A perfect time to try this highly acclaimed new series as Frank Castle joins in with the meanest team up you’ve ever seen. Forced to work with two garishly dressed Avengers, the Punisher makes one promise, “trust no one . . . hurt everyone”.

32 pages
Sold Out

Why it’ll go fast: This one is all about simple math. Last month’s Avenging Spidey #5 was the 35th-best-selling comic and Daredevil #10 was 39th, while Puniser #9 was in the 83rd spot. The Omega Effect was hyped, but at the same time, retailers are dealing with Avengers vs. X-Men. Which is probably why Punisher #10 sold out before shipping. Just like the variant I wrote about earlier, this issue will be the tough one to find when the Omega Effect is over.

Manhattan Projects #2

Manhattan Projects #2


Solicitation: “Rocket Man.” In this issue, we learn about the secret role that the super-scientists of The Manhattan Projects played in the fall of Germany during WWII. It’s the hidden history of Werner Von Braun, the rocket god of Deutschland and the only guy before 1950 to have a super-cool robot arm.

32 pages
Sold Out!

Why it’ll go fast: Hickman’s Manhattan Projects #1 was a huge hit for Image and is currently selling for around $10. Just like the first issue, this one also sold out before shipping and is already seeing prices above cover for preorders on eBay. This is just an amazing comic and one that I would recommend to any sci-fi fan. Watch for #2 to go even faster than #1.


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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3 Responses to “The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 04/18/2012”

  1. guy says:

    do you ever post these new comic roundup’s the day of or is it just the day after?

    • Gregory Watkins Gregory Watkins says:

      Hey Guy,

      Beginning next Tuesday, Matt will be publishing on Tuesdays to give you a little lead time to decide what to buy the next day.

    • Matt Baum Matt Baum says:

      Yeah, sorry about that Guy. New format took longer than I thought but I’m going to do my derndest to get it up Tuesdays. Thanks for reading homie!


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