Green Lantern Corps #63 (Tyler Kirkham & Batt Variant Cover)
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New Comics Roundup
Below you will find all the info you could possibly need on the hot, new comics shipping this Wednesday, Aug. 17. For a full list of comics shipping this week, click here. To find a comic shop near you, click here.
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.
Star Wars Knight Errant Deluge #1 (of 5)(Paul Renaud Variant Cover), 1:5
Batman The Dark Knight #1 (David Finch 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Green Lantern Corps #63 (Tyler Kirkham & Batt Variant Cover), 1:10. I love the GL stuff Manapul has working on. This is another solid variant from the Flash artist that leaves me wishing I could see him work on any of the GL titles. Manapul’s work stands out from other artists because he’s working in watercolors, which gives his painted work a soft yet vibrant feel you cannot achieve with computer coloring. Watch for $5-$7 price tag.
Justice League Of America #60 (David Mack Variant Cover), 1:10
Artifacts #1 (of 13)(Michael Broussard SDCC 2010 Signed Cover)(not verified by Diamond), $19.99
FF #2 (Daniel Acuna 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
FF #3 (Daniel Acuna 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
FF #4 (Daniel Acuna 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99. These three 2nd printing variants fit together to read “Welcome to the Future,” with images of the Future Foundation in the background. Pretty cool for a second-printing variant.
Ultimate Comics Fallout #6 (of 6)(Marko Djurdjevic Variant Cover), 1:25. This variant is one segment of a miniature version of the Djurdevic Ultimate Marvel U poster that Marvel is selling as an oversized vinyl poster. And it’s gorgeous. All six fit to make the complete image and a very impressive set of variants. Watch for a $12-$15 price tag.
X-Men Schism #3 (of 5)(Frank Cho Variant Cover)
X-Men Schism #3 (of 5)(Frank Cho Variant Cover), 1:25. This is Part 3 of the five-cover-interconnected-variant from Frank Cho and I’m just hoping when Schism is over and done with Marvel will release a print of the whole work. These continue to be more gorgeous work from Cho, who is really at the top of his game. Watch for a $12-$15 price tag.
Heap #1 (Mark Maddox Sketch Variant Cover), 1:3
Omega Paradox #0 (Mark Sparacio Variant Cover), 1:3
Damaged #1 (of 6)(Leonardo Manco Sketch Variant Cover), 1:10
Speculator Picks of the Week
These are comics that could sell out very quickly due to conservative ordering, popular demand, shipping errors or even the UPS workforce taking a whole day off work to do their Fantasy Football homework before next month’s draft. Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later. . .
Creators MICHAEL SCHWARZ, JOHN SCHWARZ
Writer DAVID LAPHAM
Illustrated by LEONARDO MANCO
Cover artist ALEX MALEEV
Solicitation: After brutally massacring a criminal ring traditional lawmen have failed to stop, the lives of two policemen, brothers Frank and Henry Lincoln, are forced to diverge. Torn by conflicting reactions to the event, one brother, Frank, chooses to uphold justice through the law; the other sets out on a shady path to enforce the sort of justice the law cannot stomach. Thirty-five years later, Frank Lincoln, now a veteran of the San Francisco PD and about to retire, takes his final case, investigating a string of vigilante killings that stir memories of his long-estranged brother. Meanwhile, Henry, too, approaches retirement, as he finds himself becoming too old to continue his violent lifestyle. With the ends of both brothers’ careers approaching, each attempts to train his replacement, hoping to remake his protégé in his own image; however, the world around them has changed in ways neither could have foreseen, leaving them utterly unprepared for the true lawlessness and corruption they will soon be forced to face.
Why it’ll go fast: I’ve picked up a few Radical titles to read and review for my Podcast and have been pleasantly surprised by all of them. The blockbuster-movie-production feel to the titles is a bit ridiculos—Sam Worthington of Avatar fame is listed as the “Executive Producer” for this series—but the quality is hard to argue with. As of late, Radical seems to be steering toward the crime/action genre and its titles definitely read like storyboards for the next Hollywood-action-flick, but they’re well-written, well-drawn and worth the price of admission. Seasoned crime/noir/comics veteran David Lapham is writing Damaged and should be perfectly at home with the story. Since publishing Rick Remender and Gregg Tochinni’s the Last Days of American Crime, which has been optioned for a movie starring Sam Worthington, Radical has been getting serious and well-deserved attention from fans. I don’t expect Damaged to sell out right away but the buzz behind the title should push it into a sell-out when the re-orders come in. All of Radical’s crime titles are being scooped up by movie and TV studios very quickly and it wouldn’t surprise me to see Damaged go next. It’s hard not to picture Bruce Willis playing the main character.
Written by MARK WAID
Pencils & Cover by PAOLO RIVERA
Solicitation: Daredevil’s back . . . but not everyone’s happy! Given his recent past, Matt Murdock has a lot to answer for and Captain America is doing the cross-examining. Daredevil’s quickly learning that burned bridges with his friends and former allies aren’t easy to repair, particularly when Klaw, the Master of Sound, is on his tail!
Why it’ll go fast: Daredevil #1 sold out very fast and received amazing reviews from just about every Comic-news site on the web. Unfortunately, it shipped the same month as Captain America #1, so Daredevil was a success but one that took a back seat to the other major relaunch last month. Issue #2 will go even faster, but not right away. Typically, retailers order less of any series second issue because, typically, they don’t sell as well as first issues. DD #2 will probably sell out when the reorders come flooding in after nerds who missed the first issue read the amazing reviews of #1 and #2 send them scrambling to catch up.
Written by RICK REMENDER
Penciled by TOM FOWLER
Cover by TONY MOORE
Solicitation: Spider-Island tie-in! Flash Thompson is dropped into Ground Zero of the Infestation—but will he lose control of his emotions (and the Venom Symbiote) when his own father lies dying in the hospital? Tom Fowler (Age of Heroes) joins Rick Remender (X-Force) for part one of Venom’s foray into Spider-Manhattan!
Why it’ll go fast: Spider-Island was an instant hit for Marvel but still hasn’t quite sold-out yet. I’m guessing that announcement comes very soon. Venom is the first of the Spider-Island tie-ins to spill into a series and I’m guessing a lot of retailers aren’t ready for the popularity of the latest Spidey-Crossover. Especially when there’s a company-wide Fear Itself and an X-crossover running at the same time (Schism). My guess is this one sells out by the weekend when the reorders come in. I just wish Tony Moore could draw this whole comic. That’s not to bag on Tom Fowler; he’s just no Tony Moore.
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