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The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 12/26/2012

by Matt Baum (12/26/12).

Amazing Spider-Man #700 (Humberto Ramos Wraparound Variant)

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, back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from (CPG) and current online auction sales. Sales numbers and rankings are courtesy of Lists of new comics are courtesy of and Make sure and click on the links to learn more about the titles and creators discussed here. If you want to hear what this nerd sounds like you can catch me on my podcast, the Two-Headed Nerd Comicast, where my friend Joe and I discuss the latest comic news, review some new comics, and answer your questions.

New Comics Roundup

Merry Christmas/Chaunuka/Kwanzaa/Solstice everyone! Hope your holiday is great but after your done gorging yourself and kicking the in-laws out, you don’t want to skip a trip to your local comic shop this week. I know it’s a holiday week, but, comics will be at your shop this Wednesday. You’ve been warned! This week watch for a new Paul Jenkins series from BOOM! starring heroes fighting to the death, the beginning of the Atlantis Rising crossover at DC and quite possibly the most shocking Spider-Man issue you’ve ever read.

Below you will find all the info you could possibly need on all the hot, new comics shipping this Wednesday, Dec. 26, including variant ratios, storyline and creator notes and a little speculation on what could be hard to find in the future. The ratios listed after titles (i.e.; 1:10) represent how many issues of a regular cover retailers had to order to get the variant. Issues that are part of a crossover or storyline have an abbreviated title in parenthesis after the title comic (i.e.; AvX). Be sure to let me know what you think of the new format and remember to click on the links for previews. For a full list of comics shipping this week, click here. To find a comic shop near you, click here.

(Abbreviations: FOC – Final Order Cut Off date; GN – Graphic Novel; HC – Hardcover; SC – Soft Cover; TP – Trade Paperback; Vol – Volume).


Crossed Badlands #20 (Raulo Caceres Regular Cover), $3.99
Crossed Badlands #20 (Raulo Caceres End of the World Cover), $3.99
Crossed Badlands #20 (Raulo Caceres Torture Cover), $3.99
Crossed Badlands #20 (Raulo Caceres Wraparound Cover), $3.99
Crossed Badlands #20 (Raulo Caceres Red Crossed Incentive Cover), 1:3


Deathmatch #1 (Cover A Whilce Portacio), $1

Deathmatch #1 (Cover B Carlos Magno), $1. New series by Paul Jenkins about a forced super-hero death-match. 32 pages for $1. Only jerks will pass on this one.

Deathmatch #1 (Cover C Carlos Magno)

Deathmatch #1 (Cover C Carlos Magno), 1:25 ($7-$10). This is a triple-gatefold cover that you should be able to get into fairly cheap. Keep in mind the cover price on the regular cover is only $1 so don’t pay for this one like a normal 1:25.

Deathmatch #1 (Cover D Whilce Portacio), 1:75 ($20-$25)

Deathmatch #1 (Cover E Morgue Pre-Order Variant). Retailers had to match or exceed their orders on Fanboys Vs. Zombies #1 with this issue before they could order the Morgue variant, which features the character killed in that issue, as needed. There’s also 1 CGC graded “Gravestone” cover per store for retailers that order the Death Draft Promo kit, which allows customers to try and predict who dies next. There’s not much other info on either of these covers at present.


Eerie Presents El Cid HC, $15.99. Collects the complete El Cid adventure that ran in Warren Publishing’s Eerie magazine in the mid-1970s and looks very cool.

Star Wars Omnibus The Clone Wars Volume 3 The Republic Falls TP, $24.99. Collects Star Wars: Republic #70-#77 and #81-#83, Star Wars: Obsession #1-#5, and Free Comic Book Day 2005.


Aquaman #15 (Eddie Barrows & Eber Ferreira Regular Cover), $2.99. Part two of the “Throne of Atlantis” crossover.

Aquaman #15 (We Can Be Heroes Blank Variant Cover), $2.99
Aquaman #15 (Eddie Barrows & Eber Ferreira Black & White Variant), 1:25

Aquaman #15 (Jim Lee & Scott Williams Throne Of Atlantis Variant)

Aquaman #15 (Jim Lee & Scott Williams Throne Of Atlantis Variant), 1:25 ($10-$12). Great looking variant from Lee here and I’d expect it to be pretty hot.

Before Watchmen Nite Owl #4 (of 4)(Andy Kubert & Bill Sienkiewicz Regular Cover)(resolicited), $3.99
Before Watchmen Nite Owl #4 (of 4)(Combo Pack Edition)(resolicited), $4.99. Comes with digital download code.

Before Watchmen Nite Owl #4 (of 4)(Combo Pack Edition)

Before Watchmen Nite Owl #4 (of 4)(Ethan Van Sciver Variant)(resolicited), 1:25. All these BW variants are selling for nothing. It’s a bummer for retailers but you can get most of these online for around $5.

Justice League #15 (Combo Pack Edition)

Justice League #15 (Jim Lee, Scott Williams Throne Of Atlantis Variant)

Justice League #15 (Ivan Reis & Joe Prado Regular Cover), $3.99. Part one of the “Throne of Atlantis” crossover.

Justice League #15 (Combo Pack Edition) , $4.99. Comes with digital download code.

Justice League #15 (Billy Tucci Variant Cover), ($5-$7). Retailers could order this variant based on their lowest-ordered New DCU with the same FOC as JL #15. And it’s pretty cool—nicely done Billy—but don’t pay too much for this one.

Justice League #15 (Ivan Reis & Joe Prado Black & White Variant Cover) , 1:25
Justice League #15 (Jim Lee, Scott Williams Throne Of Atlantis Variant), 1:25 ($10-$12)


Shadow Special #1 (Alex Ross Regular Cover), $4.99. One-shot by writer Scott Beatty.


Hip Flask Ourborous, $4.99 . Artist Jose Ladronn (he’s amazing) returns for this issue.

Mara #1 (of 6), $2.99. New mini-series by writer Brian Wood and awesome new artist Ming Doyle. According to the solicit, Mara “Integrates themes of superpowers, celebrity worship, corporate power, feminism and political brinksmanship, MARA takes a classic genre to new places.” Sounds heady. Count me in.


Amazing Spider-Man #700 (Mr. Garcin Regular Cover)(Last Issue), $7.99. This is it. The big, shocking end to Amazing Spider-Man and you have to see how it ends (I already read it and it was awesome!). Fans have been sending writer Dan Slott death threats for what they think is going to happen here . . . which is ridiculous, but it illustrates how big this is. ASM #700 is already sold out at Diamond and a second printing is on the way but that doesn’t mean it’ll be hard to find. If anything there will be piles of these at most shops for a while. In fact, the 2nd prints could be harder to find. So, the real question becomes: which variant to buy?

Amazing Spider-Man #700 (Oliver Coipel Variant Cover)(Last Issue)

Amazing Spider-Man #700 (Oliver Coipel Variant Cover)(Last Issue), ($5)
Amazing Spider-Man #700 (Humberto Ramos Wraparound Variant), ($5)

Amazing Spider-Man #700 (Marcos Martin Amazing Spider-Man 50th Ann Variant), ($5). I love this Martin variant and, seeing as retailers that exceeded their orders on ASM #691 with this issue (which is probably all of them) could order these variants as needed, there should be plenty around. Sorry about the run-on sentence, Greg (my editor). [Forgiven, considering how excited you are, Matt – Editor]

Amazing Spider-Man #700 (Marcos Martin Variant Cover), ($8-$10). Retailers had to exceed their orders of ASM #691 by 175 percent before they could order this variant as needed. So, it’ll be harder to find then the others but not impossible and certainly not for more than $10.

Amazing Spider-Man #700 (Joe Quesada Variant Cover)

Amazing Spider-Man #700 (Joe Quesada Variant Cover), 1:100, ($50-$60). These are pre-selling for more than $100 but I’m guessing that by Wednesday you should be able to find them for almost half that price. The print-run sold out so everyone ordered higher than usual here.

Amazing Spider-Man #700 (Joe Quesada Sketch Variant Cover), 1:150, ($65-$70). These are also pre-selling too high ($120-$130), and again I’m guessing you should be able to find these for almost half the pre-sale prices.

Amazing Spider-Man #700 (Steve Ditko Variant Cover)

Amazing Spider-Man #700 (Steve Ditko Variant Cover), 1:200, ($80-$100). I’ve seen a couple of these pre-sell for more than $300, which is insane (no offense to collectors who paid that much, but really guys?). Two hundred is not a lot to order here; it’s the final issue of ASM with a huge surprise ending and a lot of shops will have these and when they see these pre-sale prices you can bet these covers end up on eBay.

Avenging Spider-Man #15.1, $2.99. WARNING!!! READ ASM #700 FIRST! Otherwise you’re going to spoil the ending. Turns out this issue is not the flashback story it was solicited as but it’s a prologue to Superior Spider-Man #1. I’m actually betting this issue is the hard one to find. It sold out as soon as retailers figured out what it was and there’s no second printing coming until January 30. Watch for this to go fast and it’ll be selling for at least $10 in no time.


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