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The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 02/01/2012

by Matt Baum (02/01/12).

Stitched #1 (Mike Wolfer New York Comic Con Exclusive Edition)

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, Feb. 2. 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.


Fathom Volume 4 #4 (Cover C Alex Konat Sketch Incentive). Retailers could order three sketch covers for every 12 regular covers ordered.

Haunted City #2 (Cover C Beastly Incentive). Retailers could order three sketch covers for every 12 regular covers ordered.


Crossed Psychopath #5 (of 7)(Matt Martin Wizard Austin Con Shark Attack Cover), $5.99. Limited to 850 copies and pretty ridiculous.

Crossed Psychopath #7 (of 7)(Gianluca Pagliarani Auxiliary Edition), $3.99. Limited to 1,500 copies and laughably violent.

Stitched #1 (Mike Wolfer New York Comic Con Exclusive Edition), $3.99. Limited to 1,000 copies and I can’t tell what the hell is going on with this one. What am I looking at and where is that hand coming from?


Cliver Barker’s Hellraiser #10 (Cover C Tim Bradstreet), 1:10
Valen The Outcast #3 (Cover C Matteo Scalera), 1:10
Valen The Outcast #3 (Cover D Liam Sharp Negative Variant), 1:20
Valen The Outcast #3 (Cover E Ale Garza Sketch Variant), 1:25

Valen The Outcast #3 (Cover F Joe Jusko 9.8 CBC Variant)

Valen The Outcast #3 (Cover F Joe Jusko 9.8 CBC Variant), 1:50. The CGC Census isn’t listing how many of these were graded, but if we look at the last two issues, that number should be 75 copies. The 9.8 CGC graded issues of #1 and #2 are both selling for at least $200 and don’t look to be slowing down. I couldn’t get numbers on issue #2, but only 26 stores in the U.S. qualified for the graded Jusko variant of #1 and I would expect that number to continue to drop with each issue. That will make each of these 1:50 variants harder to find going forward. Watch these, but also, keep in mind that paying $200 upfront on this variant might not get you any kind of return in the future. Don’t go nuts here. Watch for a $100 price tag, but that could be very hard to find.


Lady Death #10 (Rafa Lopez Auxiliary Cover), $3.99. Limited to 1,250 copies.
Lady Death #7 (Gabriel Andrade Baltimore Comic Con Cover), $9.99. Limited to 750 copies.
Lady Death #9 (Matt Martin Detroit Comic Con Fanfare Cover), $9.99. Limited to 750 copies. All three of these are not incentive variants; these are extra covers and covers left over from last year’s various comic conventions, so don’t pay more than MSRP if you need any of these covers.


Action Comics #6 (Andy Kubert Black & White Variant Cover)

Action Comics #6 (Andy Kubert Black & White Variant Cover) 1:200. And we’re back to the original look for the DC 1:200 sketch variants. Because, you know, these weren’t confusing enough when it made the switch to look like the 1:25 variants. Regardless, like every week, I’m going to warn you not to go nuts here. Copies of the 1:200 variant of Action #5 are selling as low as $50. So once again, if you can, watch for a $50-$60 price tag or just wait a couple of weeks and snag one off eBay for that price.

Action Comics #6 (Rags Morales Variant Cover)

Action Comics #6 (Rags Morales Variant Cover). Retailers could order this issue based on the number of the lowest-ordered DC New 52 #6 issue shipping this week (my guess is Men of War). These are not incentive variants so don’t pay much over cover price for this variant; you will be able to find it for cover or close to it somewhere. Side note: Do we know if Superman spent time with the Legion of Superheroes in post relaunch continuity?

Detective Comics #6 (Tony S. Daniel Wraparound Variant Cover)

Detective Comics #6 (Tony S. Daniel Wraparound Variant Cover), 1:25. This one is actually a sketch variant. Watch for a $7-$9 price tag and when your retailer tells you, “That’s insane. Where the heck did you get that price?” You tell them that according to Matt at the Comic Speculator™—a well respected comic book blog brought to you by the good people at WorthPoint—sketch variants of Detective #5 are now selling for less than $10 and haven’t hit the $20 mark since the beginning of January. Then you do a bicep-slap-flip-off gesture for added effect. Unless, that is, you plan on shopping with said retailer again.

Stormwatch #6 (Miguel Sepulveda Wraparound Variant Cover)

Stormwatch #6 (Miguel Sepulveda Wraparound Variant Cover), 1:25. DC just announced a creator shift on Stormwatch this week and it’s not because the title is a rollicking success. This one could be hard to find on the basis that most shops aren’t ordering the 25 copies needed to qualify for this variant, but that doesn’t mean you need to drop the $25 some retailers are asking. Wait and you can probably get this one for less than $10.

Swamp Thing #6 (Yanick Paquette Wraparound Variant Cover)

Swamp Thing #6 (Yanick Paquette Wraparound Variant Cover), 1:25. Again, this one is a sketch variant, not a wraparound. I’m just throwing this out there, but if DC needs a copywriter/editor/fact-checker-whateva, I’m available [suppressed laughter – Editor]. This is the third error I’ve seen this week. Just sayin’. Yanick Paquette is an amazing artist and I would guess prices on this cover will be a little higher than the other sketch variants shipping this week. Watch for a $12-$15 price tag.


George R.R. Martin’s A Game Of Thrones #1(Alex Ross Signed Exclusive Cover), $29.99. Limited to 150 copies.


Kirby Genesis Captain Victory #3 (Alex Ross Negative Variant Cover), 1:10
Kirby Genesis Captain Victory #3 (Alex Ross Virgin Variant Cover), 1:25
Kirby Genesis Captain Victory #3 (Michael Avon Oeming Sketch Variant Cover), 1:15
Kirby Genesis Captain Victory #3 (Michael Avon Oeming Variant Cover), approx 1:10
Warriors Of Mars #1 (Joe Jusko Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10
Warriors Of Mars #1 (Joe Jusko Negative Variant Cover), 1:15


Anne Rice’s Servant Of The Bones #6 (of 6)(Jenny Frison Variant Cover), 1:10
Doctor Who #14 (Matthew Dow Smith Variant Cover), 1:10
G.I. JOE #10 (Tom Whalen Vertically Inter-Connected Variant Cover), 1:10
G.I. JOE A Real American Hero #175 (Larry Hama Sketch Variant Cover),
Infestation 2 Transformers #1 (of 2)(Livio Ramondelli Inter-Connected Tentacle Attack), 1:10
Locke And Key Clockworks #4 (of 6)(Gabriel Rodriguez Variant Cover), 1:10
Locke And Key The Guide To The Known Keys (One Shot)(Gabriel Rodriguez 2nd Printing Variant), $3.99

Locke And Key Volume 1 Welcome To Lovecraft HC (Special Edition), $100.
Limited to approximately 500 copies. Apparently this one is mysterious.

Magic The Gathering #1 (of 4)(Christopher Moeller Variant Cover), 1:20

Magic The Gathering #1 (of 4)(Eric Deschamps Variant Cover), 1:10. It’s funny, and I’ll have more about this in my Speculator Picks below, but the big draw here for most Magic fans is the free, exclusive card that only comes with the regular cover of the comic. Not the variants. Weird, right?


Fatale #1 (Sean Phillips 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.50


Avengers X-Sanction #3 (of 4)(Ian Churchill Variant Cover)

Avengers X-Sanction #3 (of 4)(Ian Churchill Variant Cover), 1:50. I always hate it when the Hulk has a gun. Even the Red Hulk. It’s just dumb. Hulk is strongest there is. He doesn’t need a gun. Even if it is a big one. Regardless of Hulks with guns, this is a nice cover and for some reason, it seems a little restrained for Churchill. I could get into this Churchill. I also don’t buy that Cable can just stick a knife into his arm, but that’s a different nerd-rant altogether. We now have two previous X-Sanction 1:50 variants and both are selling for under $25 so watch for a $20-$25 price tag.

Avengers X-Sanction #3 (of 4)(Leinil Francis Yu Variant Cover)

Avengers X-Sanction #3 (of 4)(Leinil Francis Yu Variant Cover), 1:25. The X-Sanction 1:25 variants are part of a four-piece, inter-connected variant that will make a really cool set when the series is complete. That said, people aren’t scrambling to buy these. Copies of the #1 and #2 variant are selling for $10 and sometimes a little less. Watch for a $10-$12 price tag and don’t be afraid to pluck these off eBay if you need them.

Defenders #3 (Adam Kubert Variant Cover)

Defenders #3 (Adam Kubert Variant Cover), 1:25. I love this one. I’m a big Kubert guy (all three of them) and have a serious soft spot for the Silver Surfer, so this one is probably coming home in the new pile. Watch for a $10-$12 price tag.

Defenders #3 (I Am A Defender Variant Cover)

Defenders #3 (I Am A Defender Variant Cover). Retailers had to exceed their orders of Ultimate Spider-Man #3 on this issue and they could order as many I Am A Defender variants as needed. Which, of course, always ends up in mystery pricing. None of these variants are selling for more than $5 online, so try to stick close to that. You might even be able to grab this one for cover price.

Carnage U.S.A. #1 (of 5)(Clayton Crain 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99

Venom #13 (Walt Simonson Variant Cover), 1:50. I know this says Walt Simonson, but I’m not seeing it. I love the guy, but this is unrecognizable. Not bad; just not the Simonson I love. Watch for a $25-$30 price tag and be prepared to pay for this one. All these characters have either seen their sales numbers dropping or, in the case of X-23 and Ghost Rider, their titles canceled. Retailers might be hesitant to order the 50 needed to get this variant, let alone the 100 for the sketch variant.

Venom #13 (Walt Simonson Variant Cover)

Venom #13 (Walt Simonson Sketch Variant Cover), 1:100

Winter Soldier #1 (Gabriele Dell'Otto Variant Cover)

Winter Soldier #1 (Gabriele Dell’Otto Variant Cover), 1:50. Watch for a $20-$25 price tag

Winter Soldier #1 (Joe Kubert Classic Artist Variant Cover)

Winter Soldier #1 (Joe Kubert Classic Artist Variant Cover), 1:25. Nicely executed Silver-Age-war-comic-feel for this one by Kubert senior. Watch for a $10-$12 price tag.

Winter Soldier #1 (Lee Bermejo Sketch Variant Cover)

Winter Soldier #1 (Lee Bermejo Sketch Variant Cover), 1:100. All you need to do to know how amazing Bremejo is at his job is to look at one of his sketch covers. The guy can do this with a pencil. Amazing. Watch for a $45-$50 price tag.

Wolverine And The X-Men #3 (Chris Bachalo 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 a complete shutdown of the Eastern Seaboard as New England and New York fans square off in a pre-Super Bowl smack talk-off the likes of which this world has never seen. Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later . . .

Magic the Gathering #1

Magic the Gathering #1


Solicitation: Get ready, Magic: The Gathering fans, there’s a new Planeswalker in town! In search of greater magical knowledge and on the hunt for the people who destroyed his town, Dack Fayden is the greatest thief in the Multiverse. When he gets his hands on his latest prize, though, he has no idea where it will lead him—or to who!

32 pages
Sold Out

Why it’ll go fast: Back in the 1990s, you couldn’t wave a light saber in a comic shop without hitting a poly-bagged comic with a collectible card inside. It’s a tried and true practice by publishers and it’s never been more effective than with the new Magic series from IDW. Magic is a playable card game that’s been around for as long as I can remember and continues to be very popular. Whether the fans want to read a comic about their favorite game remains to be seen, but I’m betting the exclusive card drives sales here. #1 is already sold out and the true test will be what ends up on eBay—unopened bagged comics or just the card. IDW has done a fantastic job with their Dungeons and Dragons comics and Magic looks to be of the same quality, so maybe this is another hit. Or maybe it’s a good way for Wizards and IDW to make $3.99 on one card.

Fatale #2

Fatale #2

Written by ED BRUBAKER

Solicitation: The second issue of the hottest new series of 2012 is here! In modern times, Nicholas Lash searches for answers about the mysterious woman who ruined his life, while in the mid-1950s, reporter Dominic Raines is drawn down that same murderous path . . . The award-winning team of Brubaker and Phillips keeps the heat on high in this epic horror noir.

32 pages
Sold Out!

Why it’ll go fast: Everyone has finally figured out that when Brubaker and Phillips work together, amazing things happen. That means you better have this series on your pull file or you’re not going to find a copy. #1 also sold out before shipping and is already selling for $15 and up for first-printings. Watch for the same to happen here. If you missed #1 and don’t want to shell out 15 bucks, there’s a second printing also shipping this week and it’s definitely worth a read.


Matt Baum is WorthPoint’s comic book Worthologist. If you have any questions about these books or anything else in the comic book world feel free to contact Matt or post your question below in the Comic Book Forum in the WorthPoint Forums, located in the Community tab. You can also reply to this article in the “leave a reply box below. If you need more comic-nerd in your life, you can follow Matt on Twitter, where he’s always screaming about something nerd-related. Thanks to all Matt’s new followers and keep the comments coming!

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