The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 09/21/2011

Batman #1 (Ethan Van Sciver 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, Sept. 21. 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.

AMRYL:

Cavewoman All Natural Special Edition (One Shot). Limited print-run of 750 and comes with a certificate of authenticity. I guess so you know it’s real.

ASPEN:

Executive Assistant Lotus #3 (of 3)(Cover B Oliver Nome Sketch Variant). For every eight copies ordered retailers can order up to three sketches.

Fathom Volume 4 #2 (Cover C Alex Konat Sketch Variant). For every 15 copies ordered retailers can order three sketch variants.

BOOM!

Planet Of The Apes #6 (Cover C Scott Keating), 1:10
Stan Lee’s Soldier Zero #12 (Last Issue)(Cover B Trevor Hairsine), 1:10

DARK HORSE:

Dark Horse Presents #4 (Michael Kaluta Ultra Variant Cover), 1:20
Guild Clara (One Shot)(Greg Aronowitz Variant Cover), 1:5

DC:

Batman #1 (Ethan Van Sciver Variant Cover). This one is based on the lowest-ordered new DCU title for this week. For example, this week the lowest-ordered new DCU title at my store was DC Presents number #1, therefore we could had ordered up to 30 of this bat variant. So, how much to charge for this one? That’s the mystery. I can tell you at Legend Comics, it’s selling for cover price.

Batman #1 (Greg Capullo Black & White Variant Cover), 1:200. And here we are again, with my weekly installment of don’t pay more than $100 for this variant. The cheapest I could find on eBay is selling for $179 (there’s four total and the rest are priced at $200 plus) and that’s still way too much. There’s going to be plenty of these variants out there. I promise. This Batman #1 is going to be right behind Justice League #1 for the most ordered comic of the month, meaning a lot of retailers ordered heavily on this one. There should be plenty of this 1:200 variant out there. Wait and watch the price come down. It will happen. Be patient.

DYNAMITE ENT:

George R.R. Martin’s A Game Of Thrones #1 (Alex Ross Negative Art Variant Cover), 1:50
George R.R. Martin’s A Game Of Thrones #1 (Alex Ross Virgin Variant Cover), 1:25
George R.R. Martin’s A Game Of Thrones #1 (Mike Miller Variant Cover), 1:10
George R.R. Martin’s A Game Of Thrones #1 (Mike Miller Virgin Variant Cover), 1:75
Green Hornet #18 (Phil Hester Black/White/Green Variant Cover), 1:15
Kevin Smith’s The Bionic Man #2 (Alex Ross Negative Art Variant Cover), 1:20
Kevin Smith’s The Bionic Man #2 (Alex Ross Sketch Variant Cover), 1:50
Kevin Smith’s The Bionic Man #2 (Jonathan Lau Black & White Variant Cover), 1:25
Kevin Smith’s The Bionic Man #2 (Jonathan Lau Variant Cover), 1:10
Vampirella And The Scarlet Legion #4 (Billy Tucci Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10
Vampirella And The Scarlet Legion #4 (Johnny Desjardins Black & White Variant), 1:20
Zorro Rides Again #3 (of 12)(Matt Wagner Black & White Variant Cover), 1:15

IDW:

Cobra #5 (Danny Cruz “Days Of Future Past” Sketch Variant Cover), 1:10
Star Trek #1 (Photo Variant Cover A), 1:40
Star Trek #1 (Photo Variant Cover B), 1:40
Star Trek #1 (Photo Variant Cover C), 1:40

Star Trek #1 (Photo Variant Cover D), 1:40. For every 40 copies ordered of the regular cover retailers will randomly receive one of the four photo covers. Does that mean that one of the photo variants could be rarer than the others? Possibly, as usual, IDW is silent on the subject of its variants. Jerks . . . I still think you treat these like a normal 1:40 and watch for a $35-$40 price tag, which is higher than usual because most retailers will probably see ordering 40 copies . . . a pretty big risk.

Star Trek #1 (Roberto Orci & Mike Johnson Signed Edition), 1:50
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2 (Fred Hembeck ‘Daredevil’ Variant Cover), 1:25
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2 (Kevin Eastman Variant Cover), 1:10
Transformers #26 (Livio Ramondelli Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10

IMAGE:

Artifacts #6 (of 13)(Michael Broussard C2E2 Exclusive Variant Cover), $10. Limited print-run of 300
Darkness #90 (Tony Shasteen ECCC Variant Cover), $10. Limited print-run of 100
Teen Wolf Bite Me #1 (of 3)(Photo Variant Cover), 1:10

MARVEL:

Avengers #17 (Stuart Immonen Marvel Architects Sketch Variant Cover), 1:52

Avengers #17 (Stuart Immonen Marvel Architects Variant Cover)

Avengers #17 (Stuart Immonen Marvel Architects Variant Cover), 1:26. This is the first of the Architects covers I’ve actually liked. Probably because I love Immonen’s work and, unlike the others, this one looks like some thought went into it. Watch for $12-$15 price tag on the 1:26 and a $25-$30 price tag on the 1:52.

Captain America #3 (Salvador Larroca Marvel Architects Sketch Variant Cover), 1:52

Captain America #3 (Salvador Larroca Marvel Architects Variant Cover)

Captain America #3 (Salvador Larroca Marvel Architects Variant Cover), 1:26. Nice job by Larroca here as well. Simple but effective. Watch for a $12-$15 price tag on the 1:26 and a $25-$30 on the 1:52.

Daredevil #4 (Bryan Hitch Variant Cover), 1:20
Invincible Iron Man #508 (Mike Deodato Marvel Architects Sketch Variant Cover), 1:52
Invincible Iron Man #508 (Mike Deodato Marvel Architects Variant Cover), 1:26
Moon Knight #1 (Alex Maleev 3rd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Moon Knight #2 (Alex Maleev 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Moon Knight #3 (Alex Maleev 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Spider-Island Cloak And Dagger #1 (of 3)(Mike Choi 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Spider-Island Deadly Foes #1 (One Shot)(Stefano Caselli 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $4.99

Ultimate Comics X-Men #1 (Mark Bagley Variant Cover)

Ultimate Comics X-Men #1 (Paco Medina Variant Cover)

Ultimate Comics X-Men #1 (Mark Bagley Variant Cover). From what I understand here, retailers could order three of these Bagley variants regardless of how many copies they ordered of the regular cover, making this a three-per store variant, which in turn makes pricing it pretty damn hard. Currently, this variant is selling for between $15 and $25 on eBay. I wouldn’t guess they go for much higher than that anytime soon.

Ultimate Comics X-Men #1 (Paco Medina Variant Cover), 1:30. Gorgeous variant here by Paco Medina and I’m guessing this issue is well-ordered enough that it shouldn’t be too hard to find. Watch for a $15-$20 price tag.

Uncanny X-Men #543 (Salvador Larroca Marvel Architects Sketch Variant Cover), 1:52
Uncanny X-Men #543 (Salvador Larroca Marvel Architects Variant Cover), 1:26
Venom By Rick Remender Volume 1 HC (Premiere Edition)(Blank Variant Cover), $19.99
X-Men #18 (Humberto Ramos Marvel Architects Sketch Variant Cover), 1:52
X-Men #18 (Humberto Ramos Marvel Architects Variant Cover), 1:26

X-Men Schism #4 (of 5)(Frank Cho Variant Cover)

X-Men Schism #4 (of 5)(Frank Cho Variant Cover), 1:25. When Marvel releases these interconnected covers as a print or giant banner/poster, I am buying one. This is just fantastic stuff from Cho and I love a good X-Men group cover. How could any X-nerd resist this? Watch for a $10-$15 price tag.

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 Standard and Poor’s going on a mad power-kick and downgrading Diamond’s shipping department to “crappy” for the amount of damaged product received by retailers everywhere on any given Wednesday. Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later . . .

Game of Thrones #1

Game of Thrones #1

DYNAMITE
Written by GEORGE R.R. MARTIN & DANIEL ABRAHAM
Art by TOMMY PATTERSON
Cover by ALEX ROSS

Solicitation: George R.R. Martin has been called the “American Tolkien” by Time Magazine, and now his landmark fantasy series is being adapted to a graphic format, starting with the first book of the series: A Game of Thrones. The premiere issue introduces readers to George’s world, adapting the prologue and first three chapters of the novel, and bringing onto the graphic stage such iconic characters as Eddard and Catelyn Stark, Jon Snow, young Bran Stark and Daenerys Targaryen. This novel has also been adapted as a major miniseries by HBO—with HBO’s highest ratings to date, since having premiered on April 17, 2011!

32 pages
$3.99
SOLD OUT!

Why it’ll go fast: Now there’s no excuse for comic readers who say they don’t have time to read novels to check out Martin’s Game of Thrones and yes, I am one of them. Which doesn’t mean that I don’t read novels. I swear. I’m cultured. This title should see some cross over from both fans of the Martin books and fans of the HBO show. Even competing with the new DCU titles, it looks like retailers ordered well on Thrones #1 which is already sold out before it shipped. Watch for this one to be selling for $6-$10 by next week.

Birds of Prey #1

Birds of Prey #1

DC
Written by DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI
Art and cover by JESUS SAIZ

Solicitation: One is wanted for a murder she didn’t commit. The other is on the run because she knows too much. They are Dinah Laurel Lance and Ev Crawford—a.k.a. Black Canary and Starling—and together, as Gotham City’s covert ops team, they’re taking down the villains other heroes can’t touch. But now they’ve attracted the attention of a grizzled newspaper reporter who wants to expose them, as well as a creepy, chameleon-like strike team that’s out to kill them. Don’t miss the start of this hard-hitting new series from mystery novelist/comics writer Duane Swierczynski (Expiration Date, Cable).

32 pages
$2.99
Sold out!

Why it’ll go fast: Birds of Prey was a much-beloved series before the DC relaunch and I’m guessing it’ll continue to be one in the new DCU. Some fans are upset that Barbra Gordon, Oracle, the team leader isn’t present (she’s running around the pages of Batgirl), but with the fantastic storytelling of Duane Swierczynski behind Birds, they should get it over it. This is another new DC series that nerds will be looking for even if it’s just to hate on it (see Batgirl sales on eBay). Nothing sells comics like controversy.

Star Trek #1

Star Trek #1

IDW
Written by MIKE JOHNSON & STEPHEN MOLNAR
Art by DAVID MESSINA

Solicitation: The adventures of the Starship Enterprise continue in this new ongoing series that picks up where the blockbuster 2009 film left off! Featuring the new cast of the film, these missions re-imagine the stories from the original series in the alternate timeline created by the film, along with new threats and characters never seen before! With creative collaboration from Star Trek writer/producer Roberto Orci, this new series begins the countdown to the much-anticipated movie sequel premiering in 2012. Join Kirk, Spock and the crew as they boldly go into a new future! Up first, a drastic new envisioning of “Where No Man Has Gone Before.”

32 pages
$3.99
SOLD OUT!

Why it’ll go fast: Here’s another smaller title that’s already sold out before shipping. IDW has had real success with their Star Trek comics and it seems to be due to the creative teams, most of which have been writers that worked with J.J. Abrams on his most recent Trek movie. I don’t know if this will be as hot as Star Trek: Countdown, the prequel to the last film that sold out instantly and saw first-printings selling for more than $20 each, but it is going to go fast. I don’t think retailers are ready for how well this Trek series will be received and, since it’s already sold out at Diamond, you can expect nerds to be hunting for #1.

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