Batman Odyssey Volume 2 #2 (of 7)(Neal Adams Black & White 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, Nov. 30. 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.
Remember, this is a fifth week so the list may look a little sparse.
Archie #627 (Francesco Francavilla Variant Cover)(Archie Meets KISS Part 1). Listed as a variant but no ratio information available. I’m guessing this was a 50/50 spilt.
Decision 2012 Sarah Palin #1 (Cover B Jeffrey Spokes Superhero Variant), 1:10
Batman Odyssey Volume 2 #2 (of 7)(Neal Adams Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10. I had to stare at this one for a few seconds before the image popped out. This story has not been very well received, but you’ve got to give Adams props for drawing the hell out it. Watch for a $5-$7 price tag.
Uncharted #1 (of 6)(Adam Hughes Variant Cover), 1:10
Flash Gordon Zeitgeist #1 (Alex Ross Negative Art Variant Cover), 1:25
Flash Gordon Zeitgeist #1 (Alex Ross Sketch Variant Cover), 1:100
Flash Gordon Zeitgeist #1 (Francesco Francavilla Retro Original Art Variant Cover), 1:50
Flash Gordon Zeitgeist #1 (Francesco Francavilla Wraparound Variant Cover), 1:10
Flash Gordon Zeitgeist #1 (Paul Renaud Black & White Variant Cover), 1:75
Flash Gordon Zeitgeist #1 (Wagner Reis Variant Cover), 1:25
George R.R. Martin’s A Game Of Thrones #3 (Mike Miller Negative Art Variant Cover), 1:25
George R.R. Martin’s A Game Of Thrones #3 (Mike Miller Virgin Variant Cover), 1:15
Warlord Of Mars #9 (Wagner Reis Risque Red Re-Order Variant Cover),
Warlord Of Mars Dejah Thoris #5 (Arthur Adams Martian Green Risque Re-Order Variant Cover)
Warlord Of Mars Dejah Thoris #6 (Ale Garza Earth Blue Risque Re-Order Variant Cover)
Warlord Of Mars Dejah Thoris #6 (Ale Garza Martian Red Risque Re-Order Variant Cover). All these “re-order variants” are basically new printings with different covers and can be ordered normally. Don’t pay any more than cover price.
Warlord Of Mars Fall Of Barsoom #4 (Francesco Francavilla Variant Cover), 1:10
Warlord Of Mars Fall Of Barsoom #4 (Francesco Francavilla Virgin Variant Cover),1:25
Warlord Of Mars Fall Of Barsoom #4 (Joe Jusko Black & White Variant Cover), 1:15
Cobra #7 (Ben Templesmith Variant Cover), 1:10
Jack Avarice Is The Courier #5 (of 5)(Chris Madden Sketch Variant Cover) 1:10
Infestation 2 Ashcan (Promotional Item),
Star Trek #3 (Photo Variant Cover), 1:20
Star Trek #3 (Tim Bradstreet Sketch Variant Cover), 1:10
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #4 (Fred Hembeck Variant Cover)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #4 (Fred Hembeck Variant Cover), 1:25. If it were up to me, Fred Hembeck would be a rich man. I loved his Peter Porker the Amazing Spider-Ham when I was a kid and I love his TMNT variants. There’s nothing flash going on here, just wacky Hembeck art. Watch for a $12-$15 price tag. And I’m not kidding; if I come into a large amount of money, Fred Hembeck will never have to work again. Unless he wants to, of course.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #4 (Kevin Eastman Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10
Complete Invincible Library Volume 3 HC (Limited Signed & Numbered Edition)
Complete Invincible Library Volume 3 HC (Limited Signed & Numbered Edition), $175. Limited to 150. It’s hard to know if these will be worth it in the long run but, when I see a print run that low, it’s hard not to get excited. Especially because these are gorgeous hardcover collections.
Brilliant #1 (Mark Bagley 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.95
FF #12 (Gabrielle Dell’Otto Variant Cover),
FF #12 (Skottie Young Fantastic Four 50th Anniversary Variant Cover)
Herc #10 (Last Issue)(Mike Oeming Variant Cover)
FF #12 (Skottie Young Fantastic Four 50th Anniversary Variant Cover). Unlike the other FF 50th anniversary covers, this one does not have a 1:50 ratio, which is weird. Why change it now? Retailers had to exceed their orders of FF#6 with this issue and they could order all they need of this variant. Why #6? Sure it was the return of Black Bolt, but it wasn’t that big of a deal. I don’t get it. Regardless, watch for a $5-$7 price tag.
Herc #10 (Last Issue)(Mike Oeming Variant Cover), 1:15. This is a great cover by Omeing and, had Marvel been thinking, he would have been a great artist for this series and it might not be cancelled. This is the final issue, by the way, and to be honest, I didn’t love this Hercules series as much as the last one. Writers Pak and Van Lente just seemed to lose steam after the Chaos War crossover. I’ll miss you, Herc. Watch for a $7-$9 price tag.
Thunderbolts #166 (Paul Renaud Marvel Comics Anniversary Variant Cover)
Ultimate Comics The Ultimates #4 (Chris Stevens Marvel 50th Anniversary Variant)
Thunderbolts #166 (Paul Renaud Marvel Comics Anniversary Variant Cover), 1:50
Ultimate Comics The Ultimates #4 (Chris Stevens Marvel 50th Anniversary Variant), 1:50. Both of these are really unimpressive. There’s something weird about Renaud’s Cap costume on the Thunderbolts cover (what’s with that neckline?) and the Stevens cover of Ultimates #4 is a fun Secret Wars homage but it’s just plain bad. I would think Marvel would’ve tried a little harder for its 50th anniversary. Thunderbolts is a low-ordered title that’s been dropping in sales (October’s #164 checked in at the 105th-spot on the top 300, which was down eight spots from September), so expect this variant to be hard to find. Watch for a $25-$30 price tag. Ultimates is a top #50 seller, so this variant should be easier to find. Watch for a $20-$25 price tag.
Uncanny X-Men #2 (Billy Tan Marvel Comics 50th Anniversary Variant Cover)
Uncanny X-Men #2 (Billy Tan Marvel Comics 50th Anniversary Variant Cover), 1:50. Help me out here, Marvel nerds: I’m having a tough time placing what cover this variant pays homage too. Nicely done by Tan, though. This is much more in the vein of what I was thinking for a 50th anniversary cover. Watch for a $20-$25 price tag.
Uncanny X-Men #544 (Greg Land 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
X-Men Legacy #259 (David Yardin Marvel Comics 50th Anniversary Variant Cover), 1:50
X-Men Legacy #259 (Nick Bradshaw Regenesis Gold Variant Cover), 1:15
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 occupying the Superdome in New Orleans in protest of an LSU vs. Alabama National Championship game and refusing to leave until the NCAA sets up a college football playoff system. It’s barely a sport at this point. The Miss America Pageant is more competitive and fair than college football. It’s laughable! Sorry I’m ranting. Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later . . .
Written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
Art by SERGIO SANDOVAL
Cover by TONY HARRIS
Solicitation: The critically acclaimed and best-selling PlayStation 3 video game jumps onto the comic page, featuring an all-new, action-packed story written by Joshua Williamson (Superman/Batman) with fantastic covers by the legendary Tony Harris. It’s just in time for the highly anticipated Uncharted #3: Drake’s Deception coming in November! A quest for the legendary “Amber Room” launches Nathan Drake on a journey to the center of the earth. As enemies from Sir Francis Drake’s past come for revenge on his descendant, Drake must use all the skills at his disposal to stay one step ahead of the game!
Why it’ll go fast: This is another video game-inspired comic that will force comic shops to fight for copies with video game retailers. Uncharted is one of Sony PlayStation’s highest-selling titles with a pretty solid storyline that should lend itself nicely to a comic adaptation. Watch for copies to go fast. Not as fast as the video game, but I’ll bet it sells out by next week. Nice covers by both Tony Harris and Adam Hughes on this one too.
The Haunt #19
The Haunt #19
Written by JOE CASEY
Art and Cover by NATHAN FOX
Solicitation: An all-new creative team kicks off with a bold new direction! Brothers Daniel and Kurt Killgore have shared an ominous power, but things begin to unravel—for both of them—when a past tragedy comes back to haunt them. All-new action! All-new enemies! The new nightmare begins . . . now!
Why it’ll go fast: The Haunt is about to get weird. The kind of weird that only Joe Casey can provide. Casey has worked on a myriad of titles for Marvel, DC, Image and just about every other publisher you can think of. His two recent works, Godland and Butcher Baker the Righteous Maker (both for Image), have been two of most bizarre and best-reviewed yet. Casey is also one of the creators behind Man of Action Studios, which created Ben 10 and Generator Rex cartoon shows for the Cartoon Network. I love Casey’s writing and Nathan Fox’s frantic art style should be perfect for the Haunt’s new direction. I’d expect this one to sell out when the reorders come in next week.
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