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The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 05/02/2012

by Matt Baum (05/01/12).

Garfield #1 (Cover A Gary Barker)

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

Welcome back to another annotated shipping list! Hope you guys are digging the new format. From now on I’m going to do my durndest to get this blog updated on Tuesdays to give you some lead time to prepare for your New Comic Day shopping on Wednesday.

The big stories this week are the New DC #1′s especially their new Earth 2 titles that return the JSA to action. Also, don’t miss out on Dynamite’s The Spider #1 and the return of Valiant with X-O Manowar #1

Below you will find all the info you could possibly need on all the hot, new comics shipping this Wednesday May 2nd including variant ratios, storyline and creator notes and a little speculation on what could be hard to find in the future. The ratios listed after titles (ie. 1:10) represent how many issues of a regular cover retailers had to order to get the variant. Crossover issues also have codes next to them in parenthesis with the title of the crossover (ie. AvX) Be sure to let me know what you think of the new format and remember to click on the links for previews. For a full list of comics shipping this week, click here. To find a comic shop near you, click here.


I.C.E. #4 (of 4), $3.99


Kung Fu Panda Digest Volume 2 It’s Elemental And Other Stories TP, $6.95
Richie Rich Volume 1 Welcome To Rich Rescue TP, $14.99


Howard Lovecraft And The Undersea Kingdom GN, $12.95
Marlow GN, $14.95
Nether World GN, $19.95
Network GN, $14.95
Red Light GN, $14.95


Betty And Veronica Friends Double Digest #224, $3.99
Life With Archie #19, $3.99
Sonic The Hedgehog #236, $2.99


Ray Harryhausen’s Fantasy Scrapbook HC, $55.00
Robert Wells Trilogy Volume 1 Sacrifice GN, $24.95


Rex Zombie Killer (One Shot), $3.50


Bart Simpson’s Pal Milhouse (One Shot), $2.99
Simpsons Illustrated #2, $3.99


Fanboys vs. Zombies #2 (Cover A Humberto Ramos), $3.99
Fanboys vs. Zombies #2 (Cover B Khary Randolph), $3.99
Fanboys vs. Zombies #2 (Cover C Khary Randolph), 1:15
Fanboys vs. Zombies #2 (Cover D Ale Garza Sketch), 1:25
Fanboys vs. Zombies #2 (Cover E Humberto Ramos Sketch), 1:30

Fanboys Vs. Zombies #2 (Cover G Arthur Suydam CGC 9.8), 1:50. Unlike the Valen the Outcast CGC editions, the Fanboys vs. Zombies CGC 9.8 variants aren’t selling for much more than the $50-$60 most retailers are asking. Coincidentally, FBvsZ wasn’t as well-reviewed or ordered as Valen either. Watch for a $50-$55 price tag but I wouldn’t expect to see a lot of these out there.

Garfield #1 (Cover A Gary Barker), $3.99. This is, in fact, a brand new monthly Garfield comic written by Mark Evanier (who has worked on an amazing number of Hanna Barbara comics and TV shows and wrote for “Welcome Back Kotter”) and Garfield creator Jim Davis’s personal assistant, Gary Barker. I’m not sure how much love there is for Garfield in the comic community and it wouldn’t surprise me to see very low orders on #1.

Garfield #1 (Cover B Gary Barker Superhero Variant), 1:15

Garfield #1 (Cover C Jim Davis 1st Appearance of Garfield)

Garfield #1 (Cover C Jim Davis 1st Appearance of Garfield), 1:30. If one of these is hot, it’ll be the 1:30 first appearance variant (I had no idea that’s what he originally looked like) but I wouldn’t expect to see a lot of shops ordering the 30 necessary to get it. Watch for a $25-$30 price tag.

Incorruptible Volume 6 TP, $16.99
Planet Of The Apes Volume 2 TP, $14.99
Rich Johnston’s The Avengefuls #1 (Fred Hembeck Variant Cover), 1:15
Rich Johnston’s The Avengefuls #1 (Mark Stafford Regular Cover), $3.99
Roger Langridge’s Snarked Volume 1 TP, $14.99
Stan Lee’s Starborn Volume 3 TP, $14.99
Supurbia #3, $3.99
Tanpopo Collection Volume 1 HC, $24.99


Best Horror Stories of Karl Edward Wagner Volume 2 Walk On The Wild Side HC, $45.00


Star Wars Darth Vader And Son HC, $14.95


Teen Boat GN, $14.99


Comic Shop News #1298


Skeleton Key Color Special (One Shot), $3.50


Action Comics #9 (Combo Pack Edition), $4.99. Comes with digital download code.
Action Comics #9 (Gene Ha Regular Cover), $3.99

Action Comics #9 (Gene Ha Black & White Variant Cover), 1:200. Stay under the $100 price range here. Even though the Action #8 1:200 is currently selling in the $100-$125 range, keep in mind Rags Morales was the artist. Gene Ha supplies the cover art here and, as much as I love his work, his name doesn’t command as high of a price.

Action Comics #9 (Rags Morales Variant Cover)

Action Comics #9 (Rags Morales Variant Cover). Retailers could order this variant based on the number of their lowest-ordered DC Relaunch #9 issue shipping this week. My guess is Stormwatch. Regardless, you can find these for cover price. Do not pay more than cover. There’re retailers out there marking these variants at $10. Don’t fall for it. This is not a ratioed variant and they are readily available. Final warning… Well, until next week, anyway.

American Vampire Volume 2 TP, $17.99
Animal Man #9, $2.99. “Extinction Forever” Part 1 guest starring John Constantine from Hellblazer.
Animal Man Volume 1 The Hunt TP, $14.99
Batman And Robin Volume 3 Batman And Robin Must Die TP, $17.99

Batwing #9 (Night Of The Owls)

Batwing #9 (Night Of The Owls), $2.99. All the Night of the Owls crossover issues are going to sell fast, but I’m guessing this Batwing issue will be one of the lowest-ordered and hardest to find. As of Monday night, this issue was still in stock but I’m guessing when the reorders come in it sells out before Friday.

Detective Comics #9 (Night Of The Owls)(Tony S. Daniel Regular Cover), $3.99. Another Owls issue, but this one should be readily available due to high advance reorders.

Detective Comics #9 (Night Of The Owls)(Combo Pack Edition), $4.99. Comes with digital download code.

Detective Comics #9 (Night Of The Owls)(Jason Fabok Variant Cover)

Detective Comics #9 (Night Of The Owls)(Jason Fabok Variant Cover), 1:25. Another great-looking variant by newcomer Fabok who, until recently, had been working on Soulfire from Aspen. Watch for this guy to have a penciling gig on a major DC title soon and watch for a $10-$12 price tag.

Detective Comics #9 (Night Of The Owls)(Tony S. Daniel Black & White Variant), 1:200. Stay below $100 here as well. With the Owls storyline pushing sales on Detective even higher than usual, there should be no shortage of these variants.

Dial H #1 (Brian Bolland Regular Cover)

Dial H #1 (Brian Bolland Regular Cover), $2.99. This is one of the new DC Second Wave relaunch titles and I’m guessing, even though it saw some action in advance reorders, Dial H will be the lowest-order of the four #1 shipping this week. While writer China Meiville may have proved himself as a bestselling novelist, he’s yet to do squat in the comic world. Which really means he’s just shifting gears from a high-paying gig writing novels to a comic-hobby with small benefits. Regardless, this title looks like fun but I don’t issue #1 doing much.

Dial H #1 (David Finch & Richard Friend Variant Cover), 1:25

Earth 2 #1 (Ivan Reis & Joe Prado Regular Cover)

Earth 2 #1 (Bryan Hitch Variant Cover)

Earth 2 #1 (Ivan Reis & Joe Prado Regular Cover), $3.99. Earth 2 is the big story this week for two reasons; it’s the return of the JSA; and everyone wants to see how DC is going to pull this off. Mainly because it’s an entirely different world in an entirely different dimension. Weird, right? But here’s to hoping it’s great. I’m guessing this one sells out at Diamond but orders were very high so there should be plenty first-printings to go around.

Earth 2 #1 (Bryan Hitch Variant Cover), 1:25. This is a very nice looking Hitch variant and the first DC cover I remember seeing from him in quite some time. Watch for a $12-$15 price tag and I would expect these to go fast.

G.I. Combat #1 (Brett Booth Regular Cover), $3.99. This is DC’s second try at a monthly war comic after the cancelation of Men of War and this time they’re trying a more fantastic angle. The first issue features the return of the War that Time Forgot story about soldiers fighting dinosaurs by J.T. Krul and the return of the Unknown Soilder by Jonah Hex writers Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray.

G.I. Combat #1 (Ariel Olivetti Variant Cover)

G.I. Combat #1 (Ariel Olivetti Variant Cover), 1:25. I love this variant. Want to sell me on a comic? Dinosaurs biting helicopters on the cover is a pretty damn good start. This cover is coming home with me. This could be the challenger to Dial H for the lowest-ordered, as war comics just don’t sell like they used to. Which also could make this variant hard to find. Watch for a $15-$17 price tag.

Green Arrow #9, $2.99
Justice League #6 (Jim Lee & Scott Williams 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Justice League International #9, $2.99
Justice League Volume 1 Origin HC, $24.99
Red Lanterns #9, $2.99
Sandman Volume 9 The Kindly Ones TP (New Edition), $19.99
Smallville Season 11 #1, $3.99
Spirit World HC, $39.99

Stormwatch #9 (Miguel Sepulveda Regular Cover), $2.99. New writer Peter Milligan takes over. Please take the dumb spike off the Midnighter’s chin. Please!

Stormwatch #9 (Miguel Sepulveda Black & White Variant Cover), 1:25

Superman #1 (George Perez 3rd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99. First-printings of Superman #1 are finally starting to see some higher prices with copies recently selling for $10. Unfortunately, the new creative team doesn’t seem to be bringing much new excitement to the title, so I don’t see that price going up much more soon.

Swamp Thing #9 (Yanick Paquette Regular Cover), $2.99
Swamp Thing #9 (Yanick Paquette Variant Cover), 1:25
Sweet Tooth #33, $2.99

Teen Titans Annual #1 (The Culling), $4.99. Part 1 of The Culling storyline that pits the Teen Titans against the members of the Legion of Super-Heroes from the Legion Lost title.

Worlds’ Finest #1 (George Perez Regular Cover), $2.99. This is the last of this week’s new DC series and it stars Power Girl and the Huntress as refugees from Earth 2 stuck on Earth 1. I guess the Multiverse is truly back.

Worlds’ Finest #1 (Kevin Maguire Variant Cover)

Worlds’ Finest #1 (Kevin Maguire Variant Cover), 1:25


Fallen Words GN, $19.95


Avengers Assemble #1 (Dynamic Forces)(Ken Haeser Remarked Edition), $49.99. If ordered after final cutoff date (4/10/12) the price goes up to $89.99. Which is insane, especially considering that the fully inked sketch is by Ken Haeser, artist of The Living Corpse. Nothing against Ken, I’m sure he’s a great guy, but he had nothing to do with issue. You could probably get the series artist Mark Bagley to draw a sketch on the cover for $90.

Warlord Of Mars Dejah Thoris #11 (Dynamic Forces)(Ale Garza Exclusive Risque Red Cover), $14.99


Boys #66, $3.99
Kirby Genesis Silver Star #5 (Alex Ross Regular Cover), $3.99, 1:2
Kirby Genesis Silver Star #5 (Alex Ross Virgin Variant Cover), 1:10
Kirby Genesis Silver Star #5 (Jae Lee Regular Cover), $3.99, 1:4
Kirby Genesis Silver Star #5 (Mark Buckingham Regular Cover), 3.99, 1:4
Lone Ranger #5 (Francesco Francavilla Regular Cover), $3.99
Red Sonja #66 (John Watson Regular Cover), $3.99
Red Sonja #66 (Walter Geovani Regular Cover), $3.99
Spider #1 (Alex Ross Regular Cover), $3.99
Spider #1 (Ron Lesser Regular Cover), $3.99
Spider #1 (Francesco Francavilla Regular Cover), $3.99

Spider #1 (John Cassaday Regular Cover), $3.99. The Spider returns to comics as part of Dynamite’s parade of Pulp and Golden-Age characters, but this one has a great writer attached. David Liss, who wrote the most recent volume of Black Panther and Mystery Men for Marvel—both were great and no one read them—is handling the creative duties here and the previews look solid. I’ll be reviewing this one on the podcast this week and trying to figure out what sets this character apart from the Shadow. All regular covers 1:4.

Spider #1 (Cassaday Black and White Variant)

Spider #1 (Francesco Francavilla Virgin Variant Cover)

Spider #1 (Cassaday Black and White Variant) 1:15. Awsome Cassaday variant here and probably the easiest one to find. Watch for a $7-$10 price tag.

Spider #1 (Francesco Francavilla Virgin Variant Cover), 1:25. Nobody makes me want to buy a comic solely based on the cover image like Francavilla. He’s too damn good at this. I love this variant and you should too! Watch for a $12-$15 price tag.

Spider #1 (Alex Ross Sketch Variant Cover)

Spider #1 (Alex Ross Sketch Variant Cover), 1:35. As always, a real nice sketch variant by Alex Ross, but I thought this was a painted cover. Whatever, still very cool and at 1:35 there should be some out there. Watch for a $15-$17 price tag.

Voltron Year One #2 (Admira Wijaya Regular Cover), $3.99
Voltron Year One #2 (Admira Wijaya Negative Variant Cover), 1:20
Voltron Year One #2 (Admira Wijaya Virgin Variant Cover), 1:10
Witchblade Red Sonja #3 (Ale Garza Regular Cover), $3.99


One Volume 1 TP, $18.99

Lou Volume 2 Summertime Blues GN, $8.95
Summer Camp Science Mysteries Volume 2 The Nighttime Cabin Thief GN, $6.95
Summer Camp Science Mysteries Volume 3 A Hunt For Hidden Treasure GN, $6.95


Heavy Metal Volume 36 #3 (May 2012), $7.95


30 Days Of Night #7 (Davide Furno Regular Cover), $3.99
30 Days Of Night #7 (Jason Shawn Alexander Variant Cover), 1:10
Doctor Who Classics Series 4 #3 (of 6), $3.99
Dorothy Of Oz Prequel #2 (of 4)(Eric Shanower Regular Cover), $3.99
Dorothy Of Oz Prequel #2 (of 4)(CGI Character Art Variant Cover), 1:10
Dungeons And Dragons Forgotten Realms Classics Volume 3 TP, $19.99
G.I. JOE A Real American Hero #178 (Cover A S. L. Gallant), $3.99 1:2
G.I. JOE A Real American Hero #178 (Cover B Herb Trimpe), $3.99 1:2
G.I. JOE A Real American Hero #178 (Larry Hama Sketch Variant Cover), 1:10
G.I. JOE Retaliation Official Movie Prequel TP, $17.99
Godzilla Kingdom Of Monsters Volume 3 TP, $17.99
Locke And Key Volume 4 Keys To The Kingdom TP, $19.99
Star Trek #8 (Tim Bradstreet Regular Cover), $3.99
Star Trek #8 (Tim Bradstreet Sketch Variant Cover), 1:10
Star Trek #8 (Photo Variant Cover), 1:20
Star Trek Classics Volume 3 Encounters With The Unknown TP, $21.99


Avengelyne #8 (Cover A Rob Liefeld), $2.99
Blue Estate #11, $2.99
Bulletproof Coffin Disinterred #4 (of 6), $2.99
D.O.G.S. Of Mars TP, $15.99

Danger Club #1 (2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99. First-printings of Danger Club #1 are still selling for $10 and look to be slowly going up from there. If you can find one for less, buy it!

Epic Kill #1

Epic Kill #1, $2.99. This one, like most Image #1’s, sold out before shipping, but that seems to have become standard practice anymore. It’s hard to know if there’s genuine buzz here or just retailers speculating because they’re sick of missing the boat on these. The premise sounds fun but the art leaves a little to be desired. This could be one to watch.

Hack Slash #15 (Cover A Tim Seeley & Rachelle Rosenberg), $3.50
Hack Slash #15 (Cover B Anders Eid), $3.50
Hell Yeah #2 (2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Marksmen Volume 1 TP, $15.99

Mind The Gap #1 (Cover A Rodin Esquejo & Sonia Oback)

Mind The Gap #1 (Cover B Rodin Esquejo & Sonia Oback)

Mind The Gap #1 (Cover A Rodin Esquejo & Sonia Oback), $2.99

Mind The Gap #1 (Cover B Rodin Esquejo & Sonia Oback), $2.99. Mind the Gap #1 has also sold out before shipping but it could be due to the ordering incentives that made the comic 100-percent returnable for retailers that order 150 percent more of this issue than Morning Glories #15. There’s no risk involved, so why not? I still think this one is going to be hot! Eisner award-winner Jim McCann (Return of the Dappermen) is writing this one and there’s a ton of good buzz behind it. Watch for prices to go up fast, maybe not Saga #1 fast but fast.

Pigs #7, $2.99
Spawn #219, $2.99
Supreme #63 (2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Supreme #64, $2.99
Vescell #7, $2.99
Witchblade #150 (Stjepan Sejic Top Cow Store Exclusive Variant Cover), $20.00


Zombies A-Z SC, $12.95


Young Lovecraft Volume 1 GN (New Printing), $19.95
Young Lovecraft Volume 2 GN, $19.95


Love Hina Omnibus Volume 3 TP (Kodansha Edition), $19.99
Negima Volume 34 GN, $10.99
Tokyo Mew Mew Omnibus Volume 3 TP, $19.99


Hi Fructose Collected Edition Volume 2 HC, $39.95


Little Shoppe Of Horrors #28, $9.95


Star Wars Scourge MMPB, $7.99


Comics Revue Presents April 2012, $19.95


Age Of Apocalypse #3, $2.99
Amazing Spider-Man #685 (Stefano Caselli Regular Cover), $3.99

Amazing Spider-Man #685 (Gabriele Dell’Otto Variant Cover)

Amazing Spider-Man #685 (Gabriele Dell’Otto Variant Cover), 1:15. These Ends of the Earth variants are still selling well but the big winner appears to be the Amazing Spidey #682 (part one of Ends of the Earth) 1:25 Doc Ock variant, which is selling for $50. I expect these others will continue to creep up in price but not that high. Not sure why they dropped to 1:15 ratios either. Watch for $7-$9 price tag.

Amazing Spider-Man Secret Origins TP, $14.99
Avengers Academy #29, $2.99 (AvX tie-in)
Avengers Assemble Volume 3 TP, $34.99
Avengers Black Widow Strikes #1 (of 3), $2.99. Takes place in the Avengers movie continuity after Iron Man 2 and before Avengers.
Avengers Kree Skrull War HC, $34.99
Avengers The Art Of Marvel’s The Avengers HC (with slipcase), $49.99
Avengers vs. X-Men #3 (of 12)(Jim Cheung Regular Cover), $3.99. Sold out before shipping but I don’t see there being shortage of #3’s on the stands.
Avengers vs. X-Men #3 (of 12)(J. Scott Campbell Avengers Team Variant Cover),

Avengers vs. X-Men #3 (of 12)(J. Scott Campbell X-Men Team Variant Cover). Retailers had to exceed their orders of Avengers vs. X-Men #1 (which is insane) and they could order all they needed of these variants. Most of the Team variants aren’t selling for much more than cover price so don’t go nuts here.

Avengers vs. X-Men #3 (of 12)(J. Scott Campbell Variant Cover)

Avengers vs. X-Men #3 (of 12)(Sara Pichelli Variant Cover)

Avengers vs. X-Men #3 (of 12)(J. Scott Campbell Variant Cover), 1:25. With the high orders on this title, I’d expect there to be plenty of Campbell variants out there but competitive pricing on the variants could make fans snatch them up quickly. Watch for a $7-$9 price tag.

Avengers vs. X-Men #3 (of 12)(Sara Pichelli Variant Cover), 1:100

Avengers vs. X-Men #3 (of 12)(Sara Pichelli Sketch Variant Cover), 1:200. Congrats are due to Pichelli for such a high-profile variant. She’s been doing amazing work on a little title called Ultimate Spider-Man and it’s about time she got some work in the regular Marvel U. That said, the A vs. X 1:100 variants are only selling for around $50 and the 1:200’s for just over $130. A couple pre-sales for the Pichelli variant on eBay hit $150, but I don’t see prices staying there. Even at 1:200, there should be plenty of these to meet demand.

Avengers X-Sanction HC (Premiere Edition), $24.99
Daredevil #12, $2.99
Defenders #6, $3.99
Dorothy And The Wizard In Oz #6 (of 8), $3.99

Exiled #1, $2.99. This one-shot kicks off the five-issue Journey Into Mystery/New Mutants Crossover and it’s going to be a ton of fun. Read this!

Fury MAX Cold Warrior #1

Fury MAX Cold Warrior #1, $3.99. Garth Ennis tells the mature readers the story of young Nick Fury just after WWII. This one sold out before shipping and could be tough to find.

Hulk Return Of The Monster HC (Premiere Edition), $29.99
Hulk Return Of The Monster HC (Premiere Edition)(Direct Market Variant Edition Volume 90), $29.99

Hulk Smash Avengers #1 (of 5), $2.99. Part one of a weekly series that explores the history of the Hulk and the Avengers.

Invincible Iron Man #516, $3.99
Marvel Super Heroes #1, $4.99
Marvel’s The Avengers Prelude Fury’s Big Week TP, $14.99
Marvel’s The Avengers The Avengers Initiative, $2.99. All-ages prequel to Avengers movie.
Supercrooks #1 (of 4)(Leinil Francis Yu 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Toy Story #3 (of 4), $2.99
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #10, $3.99
Venom #17 (Mike Del Mundo Regular Cover), $2.99
Venom #17 (Kev Walker Variant Cover), 1:20
Wolverine And The X-Men Alpha And Omega #5 (of 5), $3.99
X-Factor #235 (David Yardin Regular Cover), $2.99
X-Men #28, $3.99


Monsters From The Vault #30, $9.98


Bela Lugosi Tales From Grave #2 (resolicited), $4.99


Green Hornet A History Of Radio Motion Pictures Comics And Television SC, $44.95
Shadow The History And Mystery Of The Radio Program 1930-1954 SC, $44.95
Twilight Zone Unlocking The Door To A Television Classic SC, $44.95


Connie Volume 3 Unseen Avenger TP (resolicited), $14.95


Doctor Who Magazine #446, $8.99


Three Stooges Volume 1 Bed Bugged GN, $6.99
Three Stooges Volume 1 Bed Bugged HC, $10.99


Man Of God #1 (of 6)(Dan Brereton Cover)

Man Of God #1 (of 6)(Dan Brereton Cover), $3.50

Man Of God #1 (of 6)(Yvel Guichet Cover), $3.50. I met these guys at C2E2 in Chicago a couple of weeks ago and bought a copy of #1. Good stuff for horror fans. Reminded me of Sam Rami’s Dark Man. Pick this up if you can find it. I’m sure the print-run was tiny but it did sell out before shipping so good luck finding a first-printing if this series takes off. Mine is signed by the whole creative team!


Doc Savage Double Novel Volume 58, $14.95
Shadow Double Novel Volume 60,


Kiki de Montparnasse GN, $24.95


Tangles A Story About Alzheimer’s My Mother And Me GN, $14.95


Art Of James Hottinger SC, $14.95


Much The Miller’s Son Volume 3 Robin’s Seven HC, $20.00


Star Wars Insider #133 (Special)(Newsstand Edition), $6.99
Star Wars Insider #133 (Special)(Previews Exclusive Edition), $6.99


Valkyria Chronicles Volume 2 World Artworks SC, $49.99


X-O Manowar #1 (Esad Ribic Regular Cover)

X-O Manowar #1 (Aja Variant Cover Edition)

X-O Manowar #1 (Esad Ribic Regular Cover), $3.99. It’s the return of the Valiant U with the new X-O title. I’m not sure what the print-run was like on #1 but it hasn’t sold out yet, which leads me to believe retailers aren’t sure what to expect here, sales-wise. I’m guessing copies go fast and reorders push #1 into sellout status by the weekend. But we’ll have to watch this one to see what happens. Valiant is a relative unknown for now. I know at least I’m excited.

X-O Manowar #1 (Aja Variant Cover Edition), 1:20. Very cool Aja variant here. If I didn’t love Esad Ribic as much as I do, I’d probably go for this one. Watch for a $10-$12 price tag.

X-O Manowar #1 (Cary Nord Pullbox Variant Cover)

X-O Manowar #1 (Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic QR Voice Variant Cover)

X-O Manowar #1 (Cary Nord Pullbox Variant Cover). Retailers could order this variant as needed, but it’s supposed to be an incentive for customers who preordered the comic. Unfortunately, there’s no way to enforce the idea, so I’d treat this like another regular cover.

X-O Manowar #1 (Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic QR Voice Variant Cover), 1:50. I love the idea here. The cover has a box with a QR code. First you scan the code with your phone, then set the phone in the box over the mouth on the cover and a moving mouth appears on your phone telling you the history of the main character. It’s a gimmick, sure, but a very creative one. Watch for a $35-$40 price tag.


Influencing Machine SC, $16.95


Grimm Fairy Tales Myths And Legends #16 (Cover A Stjepan Sejic), $2.99
Grimm Fairy Tales Myths And Legends #16 (Cover B Robert Atkins), $2.99
Grimm Fairy Tales Volume 11 TP, $15.99


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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8 Responses to “The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 05/02/2012”

  1. Matt Baum Matt Baum says:

    There’s some rumors circulating that X-O Manowar #1 is sold out but I just checked the Diamond code and it’s still listed as “in stock”.

    • Matt Baum Matt Baum says:

      Hey Michael; I’d be happy to help you at least figure out what you have. If you’d be willing to post the titles of the comics and cover prices I can probably help you get an idea of what kind of price you should be asking. As for cards, the market is just not what it used to be I’m afraid. If you would go to the comic book forum, under the “Community” you’ll find forums and under the “Books and Magazine’s” Forum you’ll see a tag for the “Comic books” forum. here’s a link:
      Just start a new thread with the info and I’ll see what I kind of info I can get for you.

  2. Michael says:

    HI…I don’t know if this is the forum for something like this, but I’m trying to sell 250 comic books as well as over 100 cards, all from the late ’80s through the ’90s for the most part. Want to sell the whole lot and not asking much. Just want to sell them. Thanks

  3. Cayo Hern says:

    Did Mind the Gap actually ship? My store said NO…..?

  4. Allen says:


    Is there an easier way to get to these posts? They’re great, but hard to find in chronological order…


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