Ursa Minor #1 (Ian Snyder Regular Cover)
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New Comics Roundup
It’s a relatively quiet week for new series this Wednesday, but there are quite a few sellouts to talk about. Most notably at Image, check out Hardcore #1, if you can find a copy, and Marvel, where Avengers vs. X-Men tie-ins are getting particularly hot.
Below you will find all the info you could possibly need on all the hot, new comics shipping this Wednesday, May 16, 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. Issues that are part of a crossover or storyline have an abbreviated title in parenthesis after the title comic (i.e.: 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.
Boondock Saints Volume 1 In Nomine Patris HC (Limited Edition), $34.99: Limited to 1,000 copies.
ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT
Princeless Volume 1 Save Yourself TP, $14.95
Cavewoman Mutation #2 (Devon Massey Special Edition), $6.85: Limited to 750 copies and comes bagged and boarded with certificate of authenticity. Sold out.
Gold Digger #138, $3.99
Richie Rich Digest Volume 2 Pursuit Of Pesos And Other Stories TP, $6.99
Scouts Drafted GN, $6.99
Archie Double Digest #229, $3.99
Jughead #213, $2.99
Sonic Universe #40, $2.99
Doctor Who The Lost TV Episodes Collection Four 1967 Audio CD, $124.95
Torchwood Fallout An Audio-Exclusive Adventure Audio CD, $24.95
Ninjas Vs. Zombies Bundle (contains #1-4 and signed bonus issue), $14.99
BIG DOG INK
Ursa Minor #1 (Ian Snyder Regular Cover), $3.50
Ursa Minor #1 (Natalie Sanders Variant Cover), $3.50. This is a new series from Big Dog about werewolves from the creator of their cult hit Penny For Your Soul. Big Dog is still a relatively unknown publisher but is developing quite a following. First-printings of Penny routinely sell for $15 and up with variant editions of early issues selling for as high as $50. This one has been sold out for a while so retailers might be catching on to the Big Dog buzz. Watch for Penny fans to snatch these up fast.
Void Stalker MMPB (Night Lords)(Warhammer 40K), $8.99
Female Force #36 (Carrie Fisher), $3.99
John Saul’s The God Project #2, $3.99
Mis-Adventures Of Adam West #3, $3.99
Quatermain #4, $3.99
Simpsons Comics #190, $2.99
Adventure Time #4 (Cover A Kassandra Heller), $3.99
Adventure Time #4 (Cover B Chris Houghton), $3.99. This is the first issue of Adventure Time that hasn’t sold out before shipping. Which could mean the craze is over, but that doesn’t seem likely as third-printings of #1 are still selling for $10. My guess is that BOOM! finally upped its print-run. I’m still guessing this one sells out as well. It’s just too good.
Adventure Time #4 (Cover C Scott C)
Adventure Time #4 (Cover D Bettie Ward)
Adventure Time #4 (Cover C Scott C), 1:15. Scott C is a painter, video-game designer, author of several children’s books and just all around amazing creator. I highly recommend spending some time and money at his website. BOOM! has done an amazing job finding artists for the Adventure Time variants (all of which continue to sell very well) and Scott’s cover is no exception. Watch for a $10-$12 price tag and expect this one to go fast.
Adventure Time #4 (Cover D Bettie Ward), 1:20. And of course, Adventure Time creator Pendelton Ward’s mother, Bettie, gets a variant for this issue as well. I love it. Watch for a $14-$16 price tag.
Planet Of The Apes #14 (Cover A Carlos Magno), $3.99
Planet Of The Apes #14 (Cover B Damian Couceiro), $3.99
Planet Of The Apes #14 (Cover C Carlos Magno), 1:10
Steed And Mrs. Peel #5 (of 6)(Cover A Ian Gibson), $3.99
Steed And Mrs. Peel #5 (of 6)(Cover B Ian Gibson), 1:10
Supurbia #1 (Josh Covey 3rd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99. First-prints of #1 continue to sell for $7 and up. Even second-prints are selling for $5 and seem to be going up. Good news for a good title.
Valen The Outcast #6 (Cover A Khary Randolph), $3.99
Valen The Outcast #6 (Cover B Eduardo Nunez), $3.99:
Valen The Outcast #6 (Cover C Matteo Scalera), 1:15
Valen The Outcast #6 (Cover D Eduardo Nunez Sketch), 1:20
Valen The Outcast #6 (Cover E Khary Randolph Sketch), 1:25
WordGirl Volume 4 Fashion Disaster GN, $7.99
Lady Death Origins Cursed #2 (of 3)(Jason Eden Regular Cover), $3.99
Lady Death Origins Cursed #2 (of 3)(Michael Dipascale Art Deco Incentive Cover), 1:3
Lady Death Origins Cursed #2 (of 3)(Michael Dipascale Sultry Cover), $3.99
Lady Death Origins Cursed #2 (of 3)(Michael Dipascale Wrap Cover), $3.99
COMIC SHOP NEWS
Comic Shop News #1,300.
Monster Bash #15, $8.99
CUTTING EDGE PRESS
100 Months HC, $29.95
DARK HORSE COMICS
B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth The Devil’s Engine #1 (of 3), $3.50
Bride Of The Water God Volume 11 TP, $9.99
Conan The Barbarian #4, $3.50
Eerie Archives Volume 10 HC, $49.99
Hellboy Volume 2 Wake The Devil TP (6th Printing), $17.99
Paradox Entertainment Presents Kult TP, $12.99
Reset #1 (of 4)(Matt Kindt Variant Cover), 1:3. This ratio is based on orders for Reset #1, which shipped last month. Why it’s shipping this week seems to be a mystery.
Reset #2 (of 4), $3.50
Star Wars Dawn Of The Jedi Force Storm #4 (of 5), $3.50
Batman Bruce Wayne The Road Home TP, $17.99
Batwoman #9 (Ben Oliver Regular Cover), $2.99
Batwoman #9 (Ben Oliver Black & White Variant Cover), 1:25
Birds Of Prey #9 (Night of The Owls)
Birds Of Prey #9 (Night of The Owls), $2.99. Night of the Owls tie-ins are selling well but not selling out yet. I still think they’re going to be hot and hard to find, especially Birds of Prey, with it being the lowest-selling Bat-family title (loosely) but maybe not quite yet.
Blue Beetle #9, $2.99
Captain Atom #9, $2.99
Catwoman #9 (Night Of The Owls), $2.99
Catwoman Volume 1 The Game TP, $14.99
DC Universe Presents #9, $2.99
Deadenders TP, $29.99
Fables Volume 1 Legends In Exile TP (New Edition), $12.99
Green Lantern Brightest Day TP, $19.99
Green Lantern Corps #9, $2.99
Green Lantern The Animated Series #2, $2.99
Green Lantern Volume 1 Sinestro HC, $22.99
Hellblazer #291, $2.99
Justice League #4 (Jim Lee & Scott Williams 3rd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Justice League #9
Justice League #9 (Villain’s Journey part 1)(Jim Lee & Scott Williams Regular Cover), $3.99.
Justice League #9 (Combo Pack Edition), $4.99. Comes with free digital download code.
Justice League #9 (Carlos D’Anda Variant Cover), 1:25
Justice League #9 (Jim Lee Black & White Variant Cover), 1:200. These continue to slip lower in price with copies of #8 1:200 variant selling as low as $60. If you need this one wait a week and snipe it for $60-$70.
Legion Of Super-Heroes #9, $2.99
Nightwing #9 (Night Of The Owls), $2.99
Red Hood And The Outlaws #9 (Night of The Owls), $2.99
Saucer Country #3, $2.99
Scalped #58, $2.99
Secret Society Of Super-Villains Volume 2 HC, $39.99
Shade #8 (of 12)(Tony Harris Regular Cover), $2.99
Shade #8 (of 12)(Jill Thompson Variant Cover), 1:10
Supergirl #9, $2.99
Wonder Woman #9 (Cliff Chiang Regular Cover), $2.99
Wonder Woman #9 (Cliff Chiang Black & White Variant Cover), 1:25
DIGITAL MANGA PUBLISHING
Castle Mango Volume 1 GN, $12.95
Private Teacher Volume 3 GN, $12.95
Samejima-Kun And Sasahara Kun GN, $12.95
Starry Sky Volume 1 GN, $12.95
Tyrant Falls In Love Volume 6 GN, $12.95
Shadow #1 (Dynamic Forces)(Francesco Francavilla Exclusive Cover), $14.99
Army Of Darkness #4 (Tim Seeley Regular Cover), $3.99
Ninjettes #4 (Admira Wijaya Regular Cover), $3.99
Ninjettes #4 (Admira Wijaya Virgin Variant Cover), 1:15
Ninjettes #4 (Eman Casallos Risque Variant Cover), 1:25
Nowhere Man #3 (Of 4)(Jeevan J. Kang Regular Cover), $3.99
Shadow #2 (Alex Ross Regular Cover), $3.99
Shadow #2 (Howard Chaykin Regular Cover), $3.99
Shadow #2 (Jae Lee Regular Cover), $3.99
Shadow #2 (John Cassady Regular Cover), $3.99
Shadow #2 (Ryan Sook Regular Cover), $3.99
Shadow #2 (Alex Ross Virgin Variant Cover), 1:75
Shadow #2 (Howard Chaykin Red Variant Cover), 1:25
Shadow #2 (Jae Lee Negative Variant Cover), 1:50
Shadow #2 (John Cassady Black & White Variant Cover), 1:100
Vampirella Vs. Dracula #4 (of 6)(Joseph Michael Linsner Regular Cover), $3.99
Voltron #5 (Alex Ross Regular Cover), $3.99
Voltron #5 (Sean Chen Regular Cover), $3.99
Voltron #5 (Alex Ross Virgin Variant Cover), 1:10
Voltron #5 (Sean Chen Red Variant Cover), 1:20
DC Superhero Chess Figure Collection Magazine #2 Robin White Bishop, $16
Filmfax #130 , $9.95
GEN MANGA ENTERTAINMENT
Kamen GN, $9.95
Walt Kelly The Life And Art Of The Creator Of Pogo HC (resolicited), $49.99
HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOURT
Are You My Mother A Comic Drama HC, $22
30 Days Of Night 10 Bloody Years Treasury Edition TP, $9.99
Complete Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy Volume 13 1950-1951 HC, $39.99
Jurassic Park Dangerous Games HC, $24.99
Last Unicorn The Deluxe Edition HC, $50
Locke And Key Clockworks #6 (of 6)(Gabriel Rodriguez Regular Cover), $3.99
Locke And Key Clockworks #6 (of 6)(Gabriel Rodriguez Variant Cover), 1:10
Activity #6, $3.50
Artifacts #1-13 Complete 1-In-100 Foil Variant Cover Set (Signed By Marc Silvestri), $500. This was limited to 50 sets and it absolutely blows my mind to report to you that it’s sold out. If you break it down, it comes out to about $40 a book, which isn’t a bad price for a 1:100 variant but still, $500 in one shot? I guess 50 of you guys out there friggin’ love Artifacts.
Dancer #1, $3.50. This is the first of the Image sell-outs for the week and it looks pretty interesting. Nathan Edmondson, who wrote Who is Jake Ellis? (which I loved) teams up with Viking artist Nic Klien (who I also love) for the story of a retired assassin and his ballerina girl-friend. The preview looks great and retailers were treated to an extra 10-percent discount if they exceeded their order of Edmondson’s other Image title The Activity #1 by 150 percent. Like I said, the story looks solid here, but I don’t think it ends up as hot as Saga or Thief of Thieves. Edmondson is still coming up and when he does finally arrive, this issue will be long gone.
Danger Club #2, $2.99. First-printings of DC #1 have settled in price a bit, around $6 down from $10, but the second issue still sold out before shipping. Watch for #2 to go just as fast and probably help #1 crawl back up in price also. Great read, by the way.
Darkness #103, $2.99
Fatale #1 (5th Printing Variant Cover), $3.50. First-printings of Fatale are finally starting to settle down and are selling for less than $20 for the first time since it disappeared from shelves.
Glory #26, $2.99. Destroyer part 1.
Hardcore #1, $2.99. This is going to be the one to watch this week. Hardcore was initially offered two years ago and only recently re-offered through Diamond’s Final Order Cutoff system, which many stores out there don’t even use. This means there’s a new comic from the guy behind Walking Dead and Thief of Thieves, Robert Kirkman, and comics legend Marc Silvestri hitting the shelves this week and a lot of retailers don’t know it. I wouldn’t expect this to be a long-running series, seeing as it took two years to finish one issue, but there will be a huge spike in price starting Wednesday.
Hardcore #1 (Marc Silvestri Top Cow Store Sketch Variant Cover), $10. Also sold out.
Hell Yeah #3, $2.99
Manhattan Projects #3, $3.50. Hickman’s revisionist sci-fi history comic continues to sell out before shipping and is already selling for $6. Watch for it to go up from there and shame on you if you skipped out on #1. I tried to warn you.
Mondo #2 (of 3), $4.99
Saga #3, $2.99. Saga also continues to sell out before shipping and continues to sell well above cover price online. Shame on you if you missed this one, too.
Thief Of Thieves #1
Thief Of Thieves #1 (3rd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99. With AMC’s announcement that Thief is being developed for TV, prices on first-printings went from dumb to down-right stupid. Currently #1 is going for a little more than $30 and going up. As the show comes closer to its debut, you can bet that price will continue to climb. It looks like Robert Kirkman is worth his weight in gold, and he’s a pretty heavy-set guy.
Thief Of Thieves #4, $2.99. #1 isn’t the only issue going nuts here. #4 is already selling for $10 and will probably go up from there. Nutso!
Sailor Moon Volume 5 TP (Kodansha Edition), $10.99
Miss Annie Volume 2 Rooftop Cat GN, $6.95
Locus #616, $6.95
Amazing Spider-Man #682 (Gabriele Dell’Otto 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Amazing Spider-Man #683 (Gabriele Dell’Otto 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99. In the wake of missing out on Spider-Island sales, retailers seemed to prepare well for this latest Spidey event and ordered heavily. Every issue of the Ends of the Earth storyline has been in the top 20 and Marvel’s second or third best-selling title behind Avengers vs. X-Men. Which is good for Spidey, but collectors that were banking on this one are hemming and hawing while there’s still plenty of first-printings to go around.
Amazing Spider-Man Ends Of Earth #1
Amazing Spider-Man Ends Of Earth #1, $3.99. If there’s going to be an Ends tie-in that’s tough to find, it’s this one. Brian Clevenger of Atomic Robo fame (MUST READ!) writes this two-part story alongside Rob Williams, featuring Union Jack and Big Hero Six. This one sold out before shipping and I’m guessing it’s due to Marvel cutting back the print-run here. If it’s a good read, this one could be very hot.
Avengers #26 (A vs. X), $3.99
Avengers Academy #30 (A vs. X), $2.99. Another A vs X-feuled sell-out here.
Avengers The Contest TP, $16.99
Avengers Vs. X-Men #0 (of 12)(Frank Cho 3rd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Avengers Vs. X-Men #4 (of 12)(Jim Cheung Regular Cover), $3.99
Avengers Vs. X-Men #4 (of 12)(Mark Bagley Variant Cover), 1:25
Avengers Vs. X-Men #4 (of 12)(Jerome Opena Variant Cover), 1:100. This is a stunning variant by Opena, but I’m saying don’t pay more than $70 here. Orders on A vs. X have been high enough that there’re plenty of these variants to go around.
Avengers Vs. X-Men #4 (of 12)(Jerome Opena Sketch Variant Cover), 1:200. Same story here. Stay under $100.
Avengers Vs. X-Men #4 (of 12)(Mark Bagley Avengers Team Variant Cover)
Avengers Vs. X-Men #4 (of 12)(Mark Bagley X-Men Team Variant Cover). Retailers had to exceed their orders of A vs. X #1 by 90 percent and they could order all they needed of these team variants. I’m just not sure why they’d want to.
AvX Vs #2 (A vs. X) (of 6)(Salvador Larroca Regular Cover), $3.99
AvX Vs #2 (A vs. X) (of 6)(Steve McNiven Fight Poster Variant Cover), 1:20
Daredevil #13, $2.99
Deadpool MAX Second Cut HC (Premiere Edition), $24.99
Fantastic Four #605.1, $2.99
Fury MAX #2, $3.99
Generation Hope The End Of A Generation TP, $15.99
Hulk Smash Avengers #3 (of 5), $2.99
Incredible Hulk #7.1, $2.99
Invincible Iron Man #517, $3.99
John Carter The Gods Of Mars #3 (of 5), $2.99
Marvel Universe Vs. Wolverine TP, $14.99
Marvel’s The Avengers Black Widow Strikes #2 (of 3), $2.99
Moon Knight By Brian Michael Bendis And Alex Maleev Volume 2 HC (Premiere Edition), $24.99
New Avengers #24 (A vs. X)(Mike Deodato 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99. Even with the boost in orders, first-printings of #24 are starting to creep up to the $5-$6 range and seem to be going up from there.
New Avengers By Brian Michael Bendis Volume 3 HC (Premiere Edition), $29.99
New Mutants #42 (Exiled), $2.99
New Mutants Classic Volume 7 TP, $29.99
Secret Service #2 (of 7)(Dave Gibbons Regular Cover), $2.99
Secret Service #2 (of 7)(Leinil Francis Yu Variant Cover), 1:25
Thunderbolts #174, $2.99. Sold out, but I can’t figure out why. This is the finale of the Clash of the Bolts storyline but I don’t see that causing the early sell out. Maybe Marvel is slashing print-runs?
Uncanny X-Men #12 (A vs. X), $3.99
Venom #18, $2.99
Winter Soldier #5, $2.99
Wolverine And Black Cat Claws 2 TP, $14.99
X-Factor #236, $2.99
Lone Ranger Chronicles SC, $19.95
Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde Volume 1 The Selfish Giant And The Star Child HC (New Printing), $17.99
Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde Volume 1 The Selfish Giant And The Star Child SC (New Printing), $9.99
Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde Volume 5 The Happy Prince HC, $16.99
Coldest City HC, $19.99
Crogans Loyalty HC, $14.99
Secret History Of DB Cooper #3, $3.99
Sixth Gun #22, $3.99
Amazing Spider-Man 8 Button Play-A-Sound HC, $12.95
Leviathan GN (Simon & Schuster Edition), $16.99
RED 5 COMICS
Atomic Robo Real Science Adventures #2, $2.75
Dead Or Alive #4 (of 4), $3.50
Phazer War Of The Independents Crossover #2, $3.99
Shadow 80th Anniversary Commemorative Collection 4 Pack, $39.95
Best Of Enemies A History Of U.S. And Middle East Relations Volume 1 1783-1953 HC, $24.95
But I Really Wanted To Be An Anthropologist GN, $24.95
Megami March 2012, $16
Newtype March 2012, $16
Alter Ego #108, $8.95
Alter Ego #109, $8.95
Back Issue #56, $8.95
Flowers Of Evil Volume 1 GN, $10.95
Future Is Japanese SC, $14.99
Saturn Apartments Volume 4 TP, $12.99
Saturn Apartments Volume 5 TP, $12.99
Grimm Fairy Tales #73 (Cover A Stjepan Sejic), $2.99
Grimm Fairy Tales #73 (Cover B Pasquale Qualano), $2.99
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