The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 11/16/2011

Batman #3 (Ivan Reis & Joe Prado 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. 16. 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.


Ninjas Vs Zombies #4 (Photo Variant Cover), $3.99 1:10


Decision 2012 Michele Bachmann #1 (Cover B Jeffrey Spokes Superhero Variant), 1:10
Planet Of The Apes #8 (Cover C Scott Keatin), 1:10
Stan Lee’s Starborn #12 (Cover B Jonboy Meyers), 1:10


Lady Death Origins Volume 2 HC (Signed Edition), $34.99, “limited” to 2,500 copies, which is not very limited at all. If they sell through all of these I’d guess there’ll be an office pizza party.

War Goddess #3 (Michael Dipascale Art Deco Variant Cover), 1:3


Mass Effect Invasion #2 (of 4)(Paul Renaud Variant Cover), 1:5


Batman #3 (Francis Manapul Black & White Variant Cover), 1:200. It finally happened. I’ve been saying for weeks to wait if you want these 1:200 variants because the price is going to come down. And down it came. The 1:200 variant of Batman #2 is currently selling for just under $100. Even the Justice League 1:200 is down to around $130. So I’ll yell it out one more time (who am I kidding, you’ll hear this from me ad nauseum)” DO NOT PAY THE $200 OR MORE THAT A LOT OF RETAILERS ARE ASKING FOR THESE VARIANTS! Unless you’re a member of the cadre of billionaires that artificially inflates the prices of collectibles on eBay that I can’t prove exists . . . yet. If so, then please feel free to bid on some of the fine auctions I’m running at the moment. Everyone else, don’t do it. These variants may never be worth that much simply due to their price-point pushing them out of the hands of most collectors. Watch for an $80-$100 price tag.

Batman #3 (Ivan Reis & Joe Prado Variant Cover). Retailers could order an amount of this variant up to the lowest ordered DCU New 52 #3 title shipping this week. Which is probably Blue Beetle this week, although if End of Nations #1 counted, I’m sure it would be the lowest (based on what sounds like a Libertarian conspiracy-themed video game). So, that means this one should not be treated like a ratioed variant. Do not pay more than $5 for this one. Is it rarer than regular cover, sure, but not on the order of one for every 10 regular covers like your typical variant. I love this variant, though. Ivan Reis can do no wrong.

Justice League #3 (Jim Lee Black & White Variant Cover), 1:200. Same story here as with the Batman #3 1:200 variant (see rant above). Watch for an $80-$100 price tag.

Justice League #3 (Greg Capullo Variant Cover)

Justice League #3 (Greg Capullo Variant Cover). And, same story here as with the Batman #3 Ivan Reis variant, but, I don’t love this one as much. Watch for a $5 price tag.


Green Arrow #1 (J. T. Krul Signed Edition), $29.99. Sold out. Then again, there were only 75, but I guess someone is buying these.

X-Men #1 (Ken Haeser Remarked Cover), $49.99. Limited to 75.


Kevin Smith’s The Bionic Man #4 (Alex Ross Virgin Variant Cover), 1:20
Kevin Smith’s The Bionic Man #4 (Jonathan Lau Black & White Variant Cover), 1:25
Kevin Smith’s The Bionic Man #4 (Jonathan Lau Variant Cover), 1:10
Kirby Genesis Captain Victory #1 (Alex Ross Negative Art Variant Cover), 1:25
Kirby Genesis Captain Victory #1 (Alex Ross Red Variant Cover), 1:50
Kirby Genesis Captain Victory #1 (Michael Avon Oeming Variant Cover), 1:10
Kirby Genesis Captain Victory #1 (Michael Avon Oeming Virgin Variant Cover), 1:10
Kirby Genesis Captain Victory #1 (Sean Chen Negative Art Variant Cover), 1:15
Kirby Genesis Captain Victory #1 (Sean Chen Variant Cover), 1:15
Kirby Genesis Captain Victory #1 (Wagner Reis Variant Cover), 1:25
Living Corpse Exhumed #4 (of 6)(Movie Cover), 1:25


Anne Rice’s Servant Of The Bones #4 (of 6)(Jenny Frison Variant Cover), 1:10
G.I. JOE A Real American Hero #172 (Larry Hama Variant Sketch Cover), 1:10
Ghostbusters #3 (Tristan Jones Variant Cover), 1:10
Godzilla Legends #1 (of 5)(Matt Frank Sketch Variant Cover), 1:50
Hawken #1 (of 6)(Tim Truman Wanted Poster Variant Cover), 1:25
Jack Avarice Is The Courier #3 (of 5)(Chris Madden Sketch Variant Cover), 1:10
Snake Eyes #7 (Trevor Hutchison Variant Cover), 1:10
Transformers #30 (Livio Ramondelli Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10


Ultra Seven Days Deluxe HC (Signed & Numbered Limited Edition), $99.99. Limited to initial orders (100 copies) and, according to Image, will never be printed again.


Amazing Spider-Man #674 (Pasqual Ferry Marvel Comics 50th Anniversary Variant)

Captain America #4 (Marko Djurdjevic Fantastic Four 50th Anniversary Variant Cover)

Amazing Spider-Man #674 (Pasqual Ferry Marvel Comics 50th Anniversary Variant), 1:50. I love Pasqual Ferry and love this variant. Maybe not $50 love it, but I could love it for closer to $25. Which is probably not realistic. I’ve seen three of these sell on eBay already for at or just below the $50 mark. All these Marvel 50th Anniversary variants have been selling well and I’d expect this one, featuring Spidey and his arch-nemesis the Green Goblin, to do the same. Watch for a $40-$45 price tag.

Captain America #4 (Marko Djurdjevic Fantastic Four 50th Anniversary Variant Cover). Not to be confused with the Marvel 50th Anniversary variants, this is the Fantastic Four 50th Anniversary variant. This Djurdjevic variant features some of the lesser-known former members of the FF: Power Man, Crystal, Ant-Man and Sharon Ventura the She-Thing. Watch for a $25-$30 price tag.

Fear Itself #7.3 (Ariel Olivetti Variant Cover), 1:25

Generation Hope #13 (Dale Keown Regenesis Blue Variant Cover)

Generation Hope #13 (Dale Keown Regenesis Blue Variant Cover), 1:15. For those looking to complete the Dale Keown X-Men Regenesis four-part cover series, this one will be the toughest. Of the X-titles, Generation Hope is the lowest-ordered, which means there will be fewer of these variants out there. That said, the ones that are out there shouldn’t be too expensive. Watch for a $8-$12 price tag, but as soon as they disappear, that number will go up.

Incredible Hulk #2 (Marc Silvestri Sketch Variant Cover)

Incredible Hulk #2 (Mike Deodato Marvel Comics 50th Anniversary Variant Cover)

Incredible Hulk #2 (Marc Silvestri Sketch Variant Cover), 1:200. This is another one that I don’t see going for much more than $100 while it’s hot. Later on, you can probably grab it for less than $75.

Incredible Hulk #2 (Mike Deodato Marvel Comics 50th Anniversary Variant Cover), 1:50. I don’t love this one. In fact, I don’t think I love Mike Deodato’s art any more, period. Maybe it was me who changed. Not important. Anyway, meh to this cover and there should be plenty of them out there as this title, or at least #1, was very well-ordered. Watch for a $25-$30 price tag.

Punisher #5 (Mike Perkins Marvel Comics 50th Anniversary Variant Cover)

Venom #9 (Michael Lark Marvel Comics 50th Anniversary Variant Cover)

Punisher #5 (Mike Perkins Marvel Comics 50th Anniversary Variant Cover), 1:50. Weird job, Mike Perkins. You made Frank Castle look like Bela Legosi as Dracula. I don’t love it—or even really like it—and I don’t see collectors killing for this one. Watch for a $20-$25 price tag.

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #3 (Kaare Andrews 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Ultimate Comics X-Men #2 (Kaare Andrews 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99

Venom #9 (Michael Lark Marvel Comics 50th Anniversary Variant Cover), 1:50. I love Michael Lark but this cover is just weak. Come on, Lark. When in doubt, just redraw a famous Venom pose in your style. It works every time. This is just uninspired. Watch for a $20-$25 price tag.

X-Men Regenesis #1 (One Shot)(Cyclops 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
X-Men Regenesis #1 (One Shot)(Wolverine 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99

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 trucks overloaded with returned Penn State memorabilia and Rick Perry for President lawn signs. Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later . . .

Mudman #1

Mudman #1

Written and drawn by PAUL GRIST

A brand-new superhero comic by Paul Grist! It’s the first day back at school for Owen Craig, and it’s not going too well. He’s been run over, got detention and his police officer father has been taken prisoner by armed bank robbers. And now his body seems to be turning into mud . . .

32 pages

Why it’ll go fast: First of all, Paul Grist is just awesome and it’s a shame that he’s not more of a comics-household-name. If you haven’t read it already, check out his Jack Staff, Vols. 1-4 available in TPD now at cool comic shops everywhere. You’ll love it. Here’s to hoping that Mudman #1 is the comic that makes Grist his first million dollars. It certainly helps that Image #1’s get as much attention as they do. That said, (think I’ve said “that said” four times already in this blog alone), Mudman #1 has not sold out before shipping, as of the time of me writing this. I’m guessing that positive reviews and good buzz on the net should help remedy that though. Pick this one up if you can find it. Grist does not disappoint.

Key of Z #2

Key of Z #2


Solicitation: From the creators of The Amory Wars and Kill Audio comes a deadly new vision of New York City! The zombie apocalypse has transformed the city into two separate battle-hardened fiefdoms! And only one man stands between these two warring factions. Who is Ewing, the man at the center of it all? His life has been torn apart by the zombie apocalypse and the raging war that erupted in its aftermath. How will he fight back? Find out in the second issue of the series that is redefining the zombie apocalypse genre!

32 pages
Sold Out

Why it’ll go fast: Key of Z #1 isn’t doing as well as some of the earlier Claudio Sanchez titles, but it is getting harder to find and I think this series still has some legs. The same retailers that may have raised their orders on issue one after seeing copies of the Amory Wars #1 first printings sell for more than $40 probably cut back on their orders of issue #2. Regardless, the issue has already sold out before shipping so what you see on the stands is what you get. Undoubtedly, BOOM! had a smaller print-run for issue #2, which means it could be harder to find than #1.


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