The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 11/09/2011

Green Lantern #3 (Ethan Van Sciver Variant Cover)

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

Below you will find all the info you could possibly need on the hot, new comics shipping this Wednesday, Nov. 9. 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.


Crossed Psychopath #3 (of 7)(Gianluca Pagliarani San Diego Comic Con Cover), $5.99. Limited to 850 copies.
Crossed Trading Cards Series 1 Set, $19.99
Crossed Wish You Were Here Ashcan (Jacen Burrows Gore Cover), $5.99. Limited to 850 copies.


Clive Barker’s Hellraiser #7 (Cover C Tim Bradstreet), 1:10
Decision 2012: Barack Obama #1 1:10


Lady Death #7 (Michael Dipascale Auxillary cover ) $3.99. Limited to 1500 copies.
War Goddess #1 (Clint Hilinsk Auxiliary Cover), $3.99. Limited to 1,500 copies.


Occultist #1 (of 3)(Jenny Frison 25th Anniversary Variant Cover), 1:10
PC Cast’s House Of Night #1 (of 5)(Steve Morris Variant Cover), 1:5


Green Lantern #3 (Doug Mahnke Black & White Variant Cover), 1:200

Green Lantern #3 (Ethan Van Sciver Variant Cover). Don’t pay too much for these variants. A lot of sellers and retailers are pricing them like a 1:20 variant or even higher. These variants are made available to retailers for the standard cover price with discount, the same as the regular covers, but retailers can only order up to the amount of the lowest ordered DC New 52 title for this week. Watch for a $4-$5 price tag.


Vampirella #11 (Wagner Reis Red Exclusive Cover), $8.99. The price here goes up to $14.99 if ordered after 10/4/2011. Why the price goes up after the final order cutoff date even when the item is still in stock seems to be a mystery. Limited to 200 copies.

Warlord Of Mars Dejah Thoris #7 (Ale Garza Martian Red Risque Exclusive Cover), $14.99. This one goes up to $19.99 if ordered after Sept. 14, 2011. This one has a 1:20 ratio that was based on orders of the regular cover from Dynamite. My advice here is to pluck these off Ebay if you need them. You should be able to get them for much less than $19.99 and keep in mind most of these Dynamic Forces covers don’t see much in price increase in the back issue market. These are niche variants for niche variant collectors.


Garth Ennis’ Jennifer Blood #6 (Ale Garza Variant Cover)

Garth Ennis’ Jennifer Blood #6 (Johnny Desjardins Variant Cover)

Garth Ennis’ Jennifer Blood #6 (Jonathan Lau Variant Cover)

Garth Ennis’ Jennifer Blood #6 (Tim Bradstreet Black & White Variant Cover)

Garth Ennis’ Jennifer Blood #6 (Ale Garza Variant Cover),
Garth Ennis’ Jennifer Blood #6 (Johnny Desjardins Variant Cover),
Garth Ennis’ Jennifer Blood #6 (Jonathan Lau Variant Cover),
Garth Ennis’ Jennifer Blood #6 (Tim Bradstreet Black & White Variant Cover), 1:15

Garth Ennis’ Jennifer Blood #6 (Tim Bradstreet Virgin Variant Cover)

Garth Ennis’ Jennifer Blood #6 (Tim Bradstreet Virgin Variant Cover), 1:10. Dynamite is famous for pumping out multiple variants for its titles every week and someone recently pointed out to me that I rarely discuss them. It’s true, and mainly because there isn’t a lot to discuss. Jennifer Blood is a perfect example. Dynamite has published six issues of the series with at least five variant covers per issue for a total of 30 covers (give or take). If anyone was actively snatching up all these “rare” variants, we would see prices rising on them. But prices are sitting below the $15 mark for the higher-ratio variants (1:20 and up) and right around cover price for the 1:10 ratio variants. Keep in mind those are eBay prices, which are a much better representation of what these variants are worth because that is what people are actually paying for them. Just because your local shop might have a $25 price tag on one of these variants doesn’t mean it’ll ever sell for that price again.

Kirby Genesis Silver Star #1 (Alex Ross Negative Art Variant Cover), 1:10
Kirby Genesis Silver Star #1 (Alex Ross Sketch Variant Cover), 1:25
Kirby Genesis Silver Star #1 (Jae Lee Black & White Variant Cover), 1:15
Terminator Robocop Kill Human #4 (of 4)(Jonathan Lau Black & White Variant Cover), 1:15


30 Days Of Night #2 (Bernie Wrightson Variant Cover), 1:10
Crawl To Me #4 (Of 4)(David Lupton Variant Cover), 1:10
Dungeons And Dragons The Legend Of Drizzt #3(Monster Of The Month Variant), 1:10
Godzilla Kingdom Of Monsters #1 (New Dimension Comics Exclusive Edition), $9.99. Limited to 500 copies.
H.P. Lovecraft’s The Dunwich Horror #2 (of 4)(Dunwich Horror Prose Chapbook), 1:20
H.P. Lovecraft’s The Dunwich Horror #2 (of 4)(Nick Percival Variant Cover), 1:10
Jack Avarice Is The Courier #2 (of 5)(Chris Madden Sketch Variant Cover),
Jurassic Park Dangerous Games #3 (of 5)(Jeff Zornow Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10

Spike #1 (of 8)(Franco Urru SDCC 2010 Evolution Of Spike Exclusive Edition)

Spike #1 (of 8)(Franco Urru SDCC 2010 Evolution Of Spike Exclusive Edition). No word on print run here but it’s listed as out of stock so whatever shows up at your shop is going to be it for this variant. That said, there was no order restrictions here and the price was only $4 so try to stick close to that price tag.

Star Trek Khan Ruling In Hell #1 (of 4)(SDCC 2010 Exclusive Cover)

Star Trek Khan Ruling In Hell #1 (of 4)(SDCC 2010 Exclusive Cover), $4. Same story here.

Star Trek Legion Of Super-Heroes #1 (of 6)(Keith Giffin 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Star Trek Legion Of Super-Heroes #2 (of 6)(Gabriel Rodriguez Variant Cover),
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2 (Kevin Eastman 3rd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99


Artifacts #11 (Foil Symbol Variant Cover), 1:100

Artifacts #11 (Jeremy Haun Sketch Variant Cover), 1:50. File these under “You don’t need it.” Retailers aren’t ordering enough of this crossover to get the 1:100 variant unless maybe they have customers willing to pay for the risk. Leaving them paying anywhere from $50-$100 for a variant that might sell for $20 in the future. If anyone cares. That’s not to say this series is bad, it’s just not selling very well. Artifacts #10 shipped only 9,141 copies in September coming in at 191 on the top 300 comics list.

Artifacts Playing Card Set #11 (of 13)(Retailer Incentive), 1:5


Avenging Spider-Man #1 (Joe Quesada Sketch Variant Cover)

Avenging Spider-Man #1 (Joe Quesada Variant Cover)

Avenging Spider-Man #1 (Humberto Ramos Variant Cover)

Avenging Spider-Man #1 (J. Scott Campbell Variant Cover)

Avenging Spider-Man #1 (Blank Variant Cover), $3.99
Avenging Spider-Man #1 (Humberto Ramos Variant Cover), 1:25
Avenging Spider-Man #1 (Joe Quesada Variant Cover), 1:50
Avenging Spider-Man #1 (J. Scott Campbell Variant Cover), 1:100

Avenging Spider-Man #1 (Joe Quesada Sketch Variant Cover), 1:200. The Avenging Spidey variants will no doubt be the ones collectors are looking for this week. Just don’t go nuts here. The blank variants we made available to retailers for the standard cover price with discount so don’t pay more than cover for them. There should be plenty of the Ramos 1:25 variants, and it’s not particularly impressive, so watch for a $10-$12 price tag. The Quesada variants are already pre-selling well for $40-$50 and are easily the most impressive of the variants. The Campbell variants will probably start off selling for $70 and up but slowly drop to the $30-$50 price range and the Quesada 1:200 sketch variant will probably end up just above $100 price range.

Fear Itself #7.2 (Salvador Larroca Variant Cover), 1:25

Journey Into Mystery #631 (Amanda Conners Marvel 50th Anniversary Variant)

Journey Into Mystery #631 (Amanda Conners Marvel 50th Anniversary Variant), 1:50. This is a great variant by Amanda Connors paying homage to Giant Size X-Men #1. All the Marvel 50th Anniversary variants are selling well currently, with the Hulk #42 and Deadpool #45 both selling for more than $50. On the low end are the more popular titles, like New Avengers #17 and Mighty Thor #7, selling for just under $20. Since there are more ordered of the more popular titles, there’re more variants out there and the price drops accordingly. I would guess this Journey into Mystery variant will end up somewhere in between. Watch for $20 price tag but that price might creep up to the $30 range if these are hard to find.

Point One #1 (One Shot)(Nick Bradshaw Inked Variant Cover), 1:100

Point One #1 (One Shot)(Nick Bradshaw Inked Variant Cover)

Point One #1 (One Shot)(Nick Bradshaw Variant Cover)

Point One #1 (One Shot)(Nick Bradshaw Variant Cover). Marvel is crazy for Nick Bradshaw right now, it seems, and it’s probably because if you squint your eyes when you look at his stuff, you’d swear it was Art Adams. He’s also probably way cheaper to hire than Adams. These high profile one-shots usually don’t have a lot of collectible legs, especially the high ratio variants, so I’d play it cool here. If you really need the Bradshaw Inked variant you can probably get it for $20 in the next few months. Those retailers that did order 100 copies of Point One #1 at a $5.99 cover price should be clamoring to get some money back at that point (no pun intended). The color variant had no order restrictions so don’t pay more than cover price.

Wolverine #18 (Khoi Pham Marvel Comics 50th Anniversary Variant Cover)

Wolverine #18 (Khoi Pham Marvel Comics 50th Anniversary Variant Cover), 1:50. I don’t love this one, mainly due to the color choices. Nothing goes with a yellow and blue costume like neon green? Come on Pham. I defended you on a podcast not long ago. The idea is cute, aping Todd McFarlane’s Spider-Man #1 (Marvel, 1990) but the color pallet sucks. Regardless, watch for a $24-$30 price tag here.

Speculator Picks of the Week

These are comics that could sell out very quickly due to conservative ordering, popular demand, shipping errors or even UPS drivers picketing the Kardashian residence after spending weeks delivering wedding presents for Kim’s short-lived marriage. Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later . . .

P.C. Cast’s House of Night #1 of 5

P.C. Cast’s House of Night #1 of 5


Solicitation: Until recently, Zoey Redbird was an average high-school student worrying about grades, boys and breakouts. But priorities have a way of changing when you are marked as a vampyre, enroll in the vampyre academy House of Night and have to figure out a whole new social hierarchy, affinities for elemental magic and physiological changes that make you crave blood. The magical world of New York Times best-selling authors P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast comes to comics! Five million novels sold and legions of loyal fans!

32 pages

Why it’ll go fast: I don’t know anything about P.C. Cast’s House of Night series other than what the solicitation told me. High-school vampyres (spelled with a “y” for extra spookiness?), a school for vampyres and more than five million novels sold? Sounds like Harry Potter if he were a blood-sucking girl. That could work, right? What I do know is Dark Horse does an excellent job with their licensed properties and was probably extra careful in choosing this one after the recent failures with Troublemaker and the Gold Key heroes. Also, the cover price is only $1, so retailers won’t hesitate to reorder a ton if they see these going fast.

Avenging Spider-Man #1

Avenging Spider-Man #1

Written by ZEB WELLS

Solicitation: Get mad! This is what you’ve been waiting for! The return of legendary artist Joe Madureira (X-Men, Battle Chasers) and fan-favorite Spidey writer Zeb Wells in a brand new, highly anticipated, monthly Spider-series that teams the wall-crawler up with some of the greatest heroes in the Marvel Universe. In our first issue, Spider-Man and Red Hulk take on a Moloid army during the New York Marathon! Stay safe until November, because you’ll want to be here!

32 pages

Why it’ll go fast: Let me start by saying I hate this title. The Avenging Spider-man? Really? “Avenging?” Doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue. My next gripe: the art. I am not a Madureira fan. Anymore, that is. Back in the early 1990s I loved the guy. Since then, either I grew up (unlikely) or Joe Mad’s style changed, but I’m not a fan anymore. Regardless, in an attempt to return to the days when comics were selling more than a million issues a month, Marvel has convinced Joe Mad to take another monthly job. We’ll see how long he stays on schedule. One thing is for certain, every time I bet against these ’90s favorites coming back, I’m wrong. Which makes me the grumpy old man and everyone else the cool kids, I guess. This will no doubt be the highest-selling title of the month, but I’m betting it’s still not enough. Watch for a sell out by this weekend.


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  • nilly

    I didnt pick up Avenging spiderman 1. Joe Mad art doesn’t have the allure it once had. Maybe because i’m no longer seeing it as unique or special. Secondly, he really pissed me off not finishing Battle Chasers. I remember in one 90’s interview, he admitted playing too much video games, and not being interested in comics anymore. If he was no longer interested in comics, I wasnt in his work.
    Although I agree Matt, that it’ll probably sell out, however I don’t see it as a speculator pick. There’ll be enough in the after market to not create a significant demand. This week was great for excellent reads- Batwoman, Batman & Robin etc….but no key issues for collectors imho.

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