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The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 05/09/2012

by Matt Baum (05/08/12).

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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), Comicspriceguide.com (CPG) and current online auction sales. Sales numbers and rankings are courtesy of ICV2.com. 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

The Night of the Owls crossover hits in earnest this week at DC with issues of Batgirl, Batman and Batman and Robin #9s showing up on the new shelves. Which is perfect timing seeing as Marvel isn’t shipping any A vs. X tie-in titles this Wednesday. Also watch for the build-up to #100 with the Something to Fear storyline beginning in this week’s Walking Dead #97 issue from Image. And keep an eye on The Tick #100, there’s a very special guest star. See below for more on that one. I’m not giving everything away in the intro.

Below you will find all the info you could possibly need on all the hot, new comics shipping this Wednesday, May 9, 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 (i.e., 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 (i.e., A vs. X). 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.

ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT

Fracture Volume 1 TP, $9.99

ANTARCTIC PRESS

Conquest Of The Planet Of The Living Dead (One Shot), $3.50

ARCHIE COMICS

Betty And Veronica Double Digest #201, $3.99
Mega Man #13 (Patrick Spaziante Regular Cover), $2.99
Mega Man #13 (Patrick Spaziante Villain Sketch Variant Cover), $2.99. Part one of “Spiritus Ex Machina” storyline.
World Of Archie Double Digest #17, $3.99

AVATAR PRESS

Crossed Badlands #5 (Jacen Burrows Regular Cover), $3.99
Crossed Badlands #5 (Jacen Burrows Red Crossed Incentive Cover), 1:3.
Crossed Badlands #5 (Jacen Burrows Torture Cover), $3.99
Crossed Badlands #5 (Jacen Burrows Wraparound Cover), $3.99
Dan The Unharmable #1 (Rafael Ortiz Regular Cover), $3.99
Dan The Unharmable #1 (Rafael Ortiz Wraparound Cover), $3.99

Dan The Unharmable #1 (Rafael Ortiz Retro Incentive Cover), 1:3. New series by writer David Lapham about an indestructible Bohemian who suddenly inherits a family. I think this one could be fun and closer to Lapham’s Stray Bullets in tone, which was far and away the best thing he’s written and worth a read if you missed it. I like the faux-aged look of this retro cover but I don’t see it doing much in back-issue world.

Dicks #4 (John McCrea Regular Cover), $4.99
Dicks #4 (John McCrea Offensive Cover), $4.99
Dicks #4 (John McCrea Classic Black & White Incentive Cover), 1:3
Ferals #5 (Gabriel Andrade Regular Cover), $3.99
Ferals #5 (Gabriel Andrade Gore Cover), $3.99
Ferals #5 (Gabriel Andrade Wraparound Cover), $3.99
Ferals #5 (Gabriel Andrade Slashed Incentive Cover), 1:3

BOOM! STUDIOS

Higher Earth #1 (Cover A Joe Benitez), 1/3 $1
Higher Earth #1 (Cover B Phil Noto), 1/3 $1
Higher Earth #1 (Cover C Frazier Irving), 1/3 $1

Higher Earth #1 (Cover B Phil Noto)

Higher Earth #1 (Cover C Frazier Irving)

Higher Earth #1 (Cover D Ben Oliver), 1/10 $1. There’s a ton of buzz behind this comic and it’s all very good. This is the follow-up to last year’s Our Love is Real by writer Sam Humphries. Our Love is Real was a self-printed one-shot that got some attention after receiving rave reviews (I read it and really liked it, too). At one point, first printings of Our Love were selling for more than $100, but Image later reprinted the one-shot and prices came down considerably (currently selling for $15-$20). That price could go up again if Higher Earth is a hit, but I wouldn’t expect to see anything like that happen to this #1 issue. Pricing #1 at $1 is a good way to get the comic into readers’ hands, but it’s also a good way to get retailers to order more than enough to meet demand. Not enough to make the first-printing sell out yet, though although BOOM! has ordered a second printing and some comic news sites were reporting the title sold out.

Higher Earth #1 (Cover D Ben Oliver)

Higher Earth #1 (Cover E David Aja)

Higher Earth #1 (Cover E David Aja), 1:15. As always, David Aja is on his game with this stripped down Bauhaus style. This would make a great print. Watch for a $7-$8 price tag.

Higher Earth #1 (Cover F You Are Illegal On This Earth), 1:25. I don’t get this one. BOOM! rounded up seven very talented artists for seven great-looking covers and then they use this for the 1:25 variant? Really? Watch for a $10-$12 price tag but really, who wants this one?

Higher Earth #1 (Cover F You Are Illegal On This Earth)

Higher Earth #1 (Cover H Michael Golden CGC 9.8)

Higher Earth #1 (Cover G Joe Benitez Sketch), 1:50. Watch for a $25-$30 price tag.

Higher Earth #1 (Cover H Michael Golden CGC 9.8), 1:100. The CGC Census isn’t listing any of these yet which means not only are they not shipping this Wednesday, they’re not shipping anytime real soon. Normally, you might not see a lot of these BOOM! CGC variants, but with a $1 price tag, there might be more than usual. I’ll keep you posted as soon as these do ship.

Incorruptible #29 (Cover A Garry Brown), $3.99
Incorruptible #29 (Cover B Matteo Scalera), $3.99
Space Ducks An Infinite Comic Book Of Musical Greatness HC, $19.99

BOUNDLESS COMICS

Lady Death #17 (Rafael Ortiz Regular Cover), $3.99
Lady Death #17 (Michael Dipascale Art Deco Incentive Cover), 1:3
Lady Death #17 (Juan Jose Ryp Sultry Cover), $3.99
Lady Death #17 (Michael Dipascale Wraparound Cover), $3.99

BUYMETOYS.COM

Oz Wonderland Chronicles Volume 2 TP, $19.99

CENTIPEDE PRESS

Best Horror Stories Of Karl Edward Wagner Vol 1 Where The Summer Ends HC, $45

COMIC SHOP NEWS

Comic Shop News #1299

DARK HORSE COMICS

Alabaster Wolves #2 (of 5), $3.50
Blood Blockade Battlefront Volume 2 TP, $10.99
Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 9 #9 (Georges Jeanty Variant Cover), $2.99
Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 9 #9 (Phil Noto Regular Cover), $2.99
FLCL Omnibus TP, $19.99
Lobster Johnson The Burning Hand #5 (of 5), $3.50
Savage Sword Of Conan Volume 11 TP, $19.99
Star Wars Knights Of The Old Republic War #5 (Of 5), $3.50

DC COMICS

Batgirl #9 (Night Of The Owls), $2.99

Batman #9 (Night Of The Owls)(Greg Capullo Regular Cover)

Batman #9 (Night Of The Owls)(Dale Keown Variant Cover)

Batman #9 (Night Of The Owls)(Greg Capullo Regular Cover), $3.99. Watch for all the Night of the Owls tie-ins to start selling out. That said, I don’t see Batman going up in price too much because it’s so highly ordered.

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

Batman #9 (Night Of The Owls)(Dale Keown Variant Cover), $3.99. Retailers could order this variant based on the numbers for their lowest ordered relaunch #9 title shipping this week (my guess is Resurrection Man). Don’t pay more than cover.

Batman #9 (Night Of The Owls)(Greg Capullo Black & White Variant Cover), 1:200. The Night of the Owls 1:200 variants are starting to see higher prices but still not the $150 and up some retailers are asking. Watch for a $120-$140 price tag.

Batman And Robin #9 (Night Of The Owls), $2.99
Batman Arkham Unhinged #2, $2.99
Batman Volume 1 The Court Of Owls HC, $24.99

DC Bible HC

Bible HC, $29.99. Reprinting the 1975 comic adaptation of the early books of the Bible with art by Joe Kubert. I have to own this!

Brightest Day Volume 2 TP, $19.99
DC Universe Legacies TP, $24.99
Deathstroke #9, $2.99. Rob Liefeld takes over the writing and art duties.
Demon Knights #9, $2.99. Murder of Merlin Part 1.
Fairest #3, $2.99
Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #9, $2.99. Animal Man tie-in.
Green Lantern #9 (Doug Mahnke Regular Cover), $2.99
Green Lantern #9 (Combo Pack Edition), $3.99. Comes with free digital download code.

Green Lantern #9 (Doug Mahnke Black & White Cover), 1:200. GL 1:200 variants are still sitting at just under $100 and don’t seem to be moving much. Watch for a $90-$100 price tag tops.

Green Lantern #9 (Gary Frank Variant Cover), Retailers could order this variant based on their lowest ordered Relaunch title #9. Like the Batman variant don’t pay more than cover price.

Grifter #9, $2.99. New creative team of writers Rob Liefeld and Frank Tieri and artist Scott Clark take over.

I Zombie #25, $2.99
Justice League International Volume 1 The Signal Masters TP, $14.99
Legion Lost #9 (The Culling), $2.99
Legion Of Super-Heroes Archives Volume 13 HC, $59.99
Mystery In Space #1 (One Shot)(Ryan Sook Regular Cover), $7.99. Vertigo Sci/Fi anthology.
Mystery In Space #1 (One Shot)(Michael Allred Variant Cover), 1:10
Night Force #3 (of 6), $2.99
Resurrection Man #9, $2.99
Scooby-Doo Where Are You #21, $2.99
Suicide Squad #9, $2.99
Superboy #9 (The Culling), $2.99
Superman Grounded Volume 1 TP, $17.99

DIGITAL MANGA PUBLISHING

Good Morning GN, $12.95

DK PUBLISHING

Spider-Man Inside The World Of Your Friendly Neighborhood Hero HC, $24.99
Star Wars The Ultimate Visual Guide Updated And Expanded HC, $24.99

DRAWN AND QUARTERLY

Nonnonba GN, $26.95

DYNAMIC FORCES

Dejah Thoris And The White Apes Of Mars #1 (Dynamic Forces)(Ale Garza Exclusive Cover), $14.99

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

Dark Shadows #5 (Francesco Francavilla Regular Cover), $3.99
Dejah Thoris And The White Apes Of Mars #2 (Brandon Peterson Regular Cover), $3.99
Dejah Thoris And The White Apes Of Mars #2 (Ale Garza Variant Cover), 1:10
Dejah Thoris And The White Apes Of Mars #2 (Brandon Peterson B&W Variant), 1:20
Dejah Thoris And The White Apes Of Mars #2 (Ale Garza Risque Variant Cover), 1:35
Lord Of The Jungle #4 (Lucio Parillo Regular Cover), $3.99
Lord Of The Jungle #4 (Paul Renaud Regular Cover), $3.99
Lord Of The Jungle #4 (Francesco Francavilla Variant Cover), 1:10
Lord Of The Jungle #4 (Lucio Parillo Virgin Variant Cover), 1:10
Lord Of The Jungle #4 (Paul Renaud Green Variant Cover), 1:15
Lord Of The Jungle #4 (Francesco Francavilla Virgin Variant Cover), 1:25
Patricia Briggs’ Alpha And Omega Cry Wolf Volume 1 #7, $3.99
Robert Jordan’s The Wheel Of Time The Eye Of The World #24, $3.99

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS

DC Superhero Chess Figure Collection Magazine #4 (The Penguin Black Knight), $16
DC Superhero Chess Figure Collection Magazine #5 (Catwoman White Queen), $16

EVA INK

Joe Jusko Maelstrom Sketchbook HC (Signed Edition), $39.99
Joe Jusko Maelstrom Sketchbook HC (Sketch Edition), $125.00

FIRST SECOND

Baby’s In Black Astrid Kirchherr Stuart Sutcliffe And The Beatles in Hamburg HC, $24.99
Mastering Comics Drawing Words And Writing Pictures Continued SC, $34.99

FUTURE PUBLISHING

SFX #221, $10.99

HUMANOIDS PUBLISHING

Megalex Complete Story HC, $29.95

IDW PUBLISHING

Anne Rice’s Servant Of The Bones HC, $24.99
Archie’s Sunday Finest HC, $49.99
Dead Rising Road To Fortune TP, $17.99
Doctor Who Classics Series 4 #4 (of 6), $3.99
Dungeons And Dragons Forgotten Realms #1 (Cover A Tyler Walpole), $3.99

Dungeons And Dragons Forgotten Realms #1 (Cover B Steve Ellis), $3.99. New D&D series written by Forgotten Realms creator Ed Greenwood.

Dungeons And Dragons Forgotten Realms #1 (Character Design Variant Cover), 1:10
Dungeons And Dragons Forgotten Realms #1 (Bonus Edition), 1:25. Contains script and annotations.

Frankenstein Alive Alive #1 (Bernie Wrightson Regular Cover)

Frankenstein Alive Alive #1 (Bernie Wrightson Regular Cover), $3.99. Continues artist Bernie Wrightson’s 1983 Frankenstein adaptation with script by Steve Niles. This issue was fully returnable for retailers that order more than 25 issues, so initial orders could be high but these could disappear from shelves next month when, or if, they get returned. As a Wrightson fan, I’m pumped for this one.

Frankenstein Alive Alive #1 (Bernie Wrightson Sketch Variant Cover), 1:10
G.I. JOE #13 (Cover A Will Rosado), $3.99
G.I. JOE #13 (Cover B Will Rosado), $3.99
G.I. JOE #13 (Tommy Lee Edwards Variant Cover), 1:10
G.I. JOE #13 (Tommy Lee Edwards Black & White Variant Cover), 1:25
Memorial #5 (of 6)(Michael WM Kaluta Regular Cover), $3.99
Memorial #5 (of 6)(Michael WM Kaluta Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10
Night Of 1000 Wolves #1 (of 3)(Dave Wachter Regular Cover), $3.99
Night Of 1000 Wolves #1 (of 3)(Michael Manomivibul Variant Cover), 1:10
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Color Classics #1, $3.99
Transformers The IDW Collection Volume 6 HC, $49.99
Trio #1 (John Byrne Regular Cover), $3.99
Trio #1 (John Byrne & Joe Sinnott Variant Cover), 1:10

IMAGE COMICS

America’s Got Powers #1 (of 6)(2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Artifacts #17, $3.99
Choker Volume 1 TP, $16.99
Fatale #5, $3.50
Forgetless Live To See Last Call TP (New Edition), $14.99
Green Wake Volume 2 Lost Children TP, $14.99
Invincible #91, $2.99

Manhattan Projects #2 (2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.50. Prices continue to go nuts here with first-printings of #2 selling for $10 and going up. Watch that black cover if you have a copy. It fingerprints badly.

Morning Glories #18, $2.99
Pro TP (New Printing), $7.99

Saga #2 (Fiona Staples 3rd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99. Saga #2 first-printings are selling for $6-$7, but they’re going up from there as this series just seems to get hotter with each issue.

Secret #1 (2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.50. Secret isn’t blowing up like Hickman’s other new Image series, The Manhattan Projects, but first printings are selling for $6-$7. My guess is Secret #1 will be a slow burner but will be hot in the future.

Skullkickers #14, $3.50

Thief Of Thieves #3 (2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99. Last week news of AMC optioning Thief of Thieves for TV development and collectors went insane. First-printings of #1 are selling for $40 plus and rising while #2 and #3 are selling for $8-$10. Watch for that price to go up also.

Walking Dead #97

Walking Dead #97, $2.99. This is the beginning of the Something to Fear storyline and you can bet it’s going to sell out fast.

Witchblade #149 (Diego Bernard Virginia Comic-Con Exclusive Variant Cover) , $10. Listed as sold out.

KODANSHA COMICS

Gon Volume 5 GN (Kodansha Edition), $10.99

KRAUSE PUBLICATIONS

Comics Buyers Guide #1690 (June 2012), $5.99

MARVEL COMICS

Amazing Spider-Man Parallel Lives #1, $4.99
Astonishing X-Men Volume 7 Monstrous TP, $16.99
Avengers Academy Second Semester HC (Premiere Edition), $24.99
Avengers Assemble #3, $3.99
Avengers By Brian Michael Bendis Volume 3 HC (Premiere Edition), $29.99
Avengers The Crossing Omnibus HC (Mike Deodato Direct Market Cover), $99.99
Avengers The Crossing Omnibus HC (Patrick Scherberger Cover), $99.99
Avengers The Private War Of Dr Doom HC (Premiere Edition), $29.99
Avengers The Private War Of Dr Doom HC (Premiere Edition)(Direct Market Variant Edition Volume 89), $29.99
Avenging Spider-Man #7, $3.99
Captain America #11, $3.99. Part one of System Failure with art by Patrick Zircher.
Captain America And Hawkeye #630, $2.99
Captain America By Ed Brubaker Volume 2 HC (Premiere Edition), $19.99
Deadpool #51 (Dave Johnson 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Deadpool #52 (Dave Johnson 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99

Deadpool #54, $2.99. Finale of the Dead storyline. This could be the issue Deadpool dies, and if it is, expect it to sell out with the quickness.

Essential Black Panther Volume 1 TP, $19.99
Halo Fall Of Reach Covenant TP, $16.99
Hulk #51, $2.99
Hulk Smash Avengers #2 (of 5), $2.99
Journey Into Mystery #637 (Exiled), $2.99
Magneto Not A Hero TP, $14.99
Marvel Masterworks The Avengers Volume 12 HC, $59.99
Marvel Masterworks The Avengers Volume 12 HC (Direct Market Variant Edition Volume 179), $59.99
Marvel Universe The Avengers Earth’s Mightiest Heroes #2, $2.99
Marvel Zombies Destroy #1 (of 5), $3.99
New Avengers #26, $3.99
Oz Ozma Of Oz TP, $19.99
Powers Volume 6 The Sellouts HC (Premiere Edition), $24.99
Punisher #11, $2.99
Scarlet Spider #5, $2.99
Silver Surfer Parable HC (Premiere Edition), $24.99
Silver Surfer Parable HC (Premiere Edition)(Direct Market Variant Edition Volume 91), $24.99
Spider-Man Identity Crisis TP (New Printing), $24.99
Spider-Man Season One HC (Premiere Edition), $24.99

Takio #1

Takio #1, $3.95. Last year, when Takio premiered as a graphic novel, it sold out almost instantly. Currently, it’s listed in stock but I’m betting when reviews and buzz catch up to this new all-ages series, it sells out very fast. In reorders, of course, because retailers aren’t sure how to order this one.

Thing; The Serpent Crown Affair HC (Premiere Edition), $24.99
Thing; The Serpent Crown Affair HC (Premiere Edition)(Direct Market Variant Edition Volume 92), $24.99
Ultimate Comics The Ultimates #10, $3.99
Ultimate Comics X-Men #11, $3.99
Ultimate Spider-Man Volume 12 HC, $39.99
Uncanny X-Force #25 (Jerome Opena Regular Cover), $4.99. Part one of the Final Execution storyline.

Uncanny X-Force #25 (Stephen Platt Variant Cover)

Uncanny X-Force #25 (Stephen Platt Variant Cover), 1:50. I love Stephen Platt but I do not love this variant. Watch for a $25-$30 price tag.

Wolverine #306, $3.99
Wolverine And The X-Men #10, $3.99
X-Men Legacy #266, $2.99
X-Men Mutant Genesis 2.0 HC, $49.99

MOONSTONE

Kolchak The Night Stalker And The Lost World SC, $4.99

NEW ENGLAND COMICS

The Tick #100

The Tick #100 (The Tick Meets Invincible), $6.99. This one sold out a while ago and could be very hot. New England certainly isn’t printing as high as Image’s Invincible print-runs, and a lot of Invincible fans will be looking for this issue. The $7 price tag didn’t seem to stop retailers from ordering this one but it could stop shoppers from picking this one up. Watch this issue but don’t be surprised if not much happens here.

ONI PRESS

Courtney Crumrin #2, $3.99
Wasteland #37, $3.99

RED 5 COMICS

Atomic Robo Volume 6 Atomic Robo And The Ghost Of Station X TP, $18.95

SCREEN POWER PUBLISHING

Scream Magazine #10, $8.99

SEVEN SEAS ENTERTAINMENT

Avalon Web Of Magic Omnibus Volume 1 TP, $14.95
Certain Scientific Railgun Volume 4 GN, $11.99

SHH PRODUCTIONS

Disturbingly Perverted Diary Of Doktormentor Jail Babe Surgeon #6, $9.95

TITAN PUBLISHING

Joss Whedon The Complete Companion SC, $18.95
Star Trek Magazine #40 (Newsstand Edition), $9.99
Star Trek Magazine #40 (Previews Exclusive Edition), $9.99

TOR BOOKS

Weird A Compendium Of Strange And Dark Stories HC, $39.99
Weird A Compendium Of Strange And Dark Stories SC, $29.99

VIZ MEDIA

AI ORE Volume 5 GN, $9.99
Fluffy Fluffy Cinnamoroll Volume 3 GN, $7.99
Hana-Kimi 3-In-1 Edition Volume 2 TP, $14.99
Haruka Beyond The Stream Of Time Volume 16 GN, $9.99
Inu Yasha Volume 11 GN (VIZBIG Edition), $17.99
Naruto Volume 56 TP, $9.99
One Piece Volume 62 GN, $9.99
Oresama Teacher Volume 8 GN, $9.99
Pokemon Black And White Volume 7 GN, $4.99
Psyren Volume 4 GN, $9.99
Skip-Beat 3-In-1 Edition Volume 2 TP, $14.99
Story Of Saiunkoku Volume 7 GN, $9.99
Tegami Bachi Volume 9 GN, $9.99

ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT

Charmed #21, $3.50
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents The Library TP, $15.99
Jurassic Strike Force 5 #4 (Cover A Caio Cacau), $2.99
Jurassic Strike Force 5 #4 (Cover B Pasquale Qualano), $2.99

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2 Responses to “The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 05/09/2012”

  1. Phil says:

    All of the Manhattan Projects covers so far have been extremely easy to damage with fingerprints. I bet in the future, it’ll be very hard to find copies in NM condition. You basically can’t touch the cover- it’s brutal!

    • Matt Baum says:

      Image has been using the same paper stock on the cover that’s used on the interiors and it makes for a really beat up looking cover. I don’t think the paper stock can accept the amount of ink being used on the Manhattan Projects. It’s a wonderful comic but I might just hold out for a sexy hard cover version.

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