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), Comicspriceguide.com (CPG) and current online auction sales. Sales numbers and rankings are courtesy of ICV2.com. 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.
New Comics Roundup:
Invincible Iron Man #21
First of all, yes, Monday was a federal holiday (I’m still nursing my President’s Day hang-over) but don’t dismay; comics are still arriving on Wednesday. So here it is everything you need to know about this week’s new comics.
As always let’s start with a quick roundup of the reprint, sell out and variant news:
Only two second printings shipping this week and both are from Marvel:
DEC098263 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #21 2ND PTG VAR (PP #904)
DEC098264 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #22 2ND PTG VAR (PP #904)
Matt Fraction’s Iron Man has been selling very well with the building excitement around the Siege crossover. First prints are selling for around $4 online, but there are a couple of clowns asking upward of $15. If you are the clown in question, I’d love to hear the logic behind this.
Not a lot of sellout news this week, but that’s probably due to the relatively light new comic weeks of this month. We might see a couple of more later this week after reorders ship from last week’s late new comic day due to several feet of snow hitting the East Coast.
Boom studios continues Mark Waid’s sellout streak with “Incorruptible” #2. A second printing is slated to ship March 10. First printings of Incorruptible #1 and #2 are selling for around $4, but there are some listed with a misspelling (“IncorruptAble”) on eBay for $3.50. Spell checking pays.
Writer Jonathan Hickman has been doing excellent work on “Fantastic Four” and garnered his first sellout with issue #575. First prints aren’t doing much online yet, but the Marko Djurdjevic Women of Marvel Variants are selling for about $6 each.
Here’s your list of Variant Comics shipping this Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010. NOTE: This is a list of incentive cover variants only.
Die Hard Year One #6 (Joe Jusko Variant Incentive Cover)
Farscape Ongoing #4 (Joe Corroney Variant Incentive Cover)
Incorruptible #3 (Jeffrey Spokes Variant Incentive Cover)
Uncle Scrooge #388 (Magic Eye Studios Variant Incentive Cover)
Blackest Night The Flash #3 (of 3)(Francis Manapul Variant Cover)
Green Lantern #51 (Greg Horn Variant Cover)
Green Lantern Corps #45 (Greg Horn Variant Cover)
Justice League Of America #42 (Adrian Melo & Mariah Benes Variant Cover)
Supergirl #50 (Joshua Middleton Variant Cover)
Astounding Wolf-Man #21 (Whilce Portacio Variant Cover)
Chase Variant One Shot Is All I Need (One Shot)(Rob Liefeld Variant Cover)
Mice Templar Destiny #7 (Victor Santos & Veronica Gandini Variant Cover)
Avengers Vs Atlas #2 (Of 4)(Paul Pelletier Variant Cover)
Captain America #603 (Deadpool Variant Cover)
Daredevil #505 (Deadpool Variant Cover)
Dark Avengers #14 (Deadpool Variant Cover)
Doomwar #1 (Of 5)(Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic Marvel Women Variant Cover)
Guardians Of The Galaxy #23 (Deadpool Variant Cover)
Hulk #20 (Ed McGuinness & Kai Spannuth Variant Cover)
Incredible Hercules #141 (Deadpool Variant Cover)
Incredible Hulk #607 (Ed McGuinness & Kai Spannuth Variant Cover)
Marvels Eye Of The Camera #6 (of 6)(Jay Anacleto Black & White Variant Cover)
Stand Soul Survivors #4 (Of 5)(Mike Perkins Variant Cover)
Uncanny X-Men #521 (Deadpool Variant Cover)
Web Of Spider-Man #5 (Deadpool Variant Cover)
Speculator Picks of the Week:
These are comics that could sellout very quickly, leaving nerds who didn’t get to the comic shop on time scouring the internet and paying ridiculous prices.
Doomwar #1 of 5
Solicitation: Wakanda has been conquered, its Vibranium reserves plundered. Storm faces execution in the next 48 hours. And Dr. Doom stands triumphant. It will take the combined forces of the X-Men, the Fantastic Four and the two Black Panthers to stand against him. A war has begun that will pit the world’s most relentless super-villain against a collection of the world’s most powerful super heroes—one that will span the globe, offering twists and turns and surprise players (hello, Deadpool!) that neither side will see coming.
Written by Jonathan Maberry:; Pencils by Scot Eaton and Will Conrad; Inks by Array; Cover by John Romita Jr.
Why it’ll go fast: This one is going to sneak up on retailers and here’s why. Doomwar is not a Siege tie-in but it does feature Dr. Doom, and right now Doom sells comics. It’s not written by a well-known or even an up-and-coming writer (although I do like his “Black Panther”), but this might just be the title that puts Maberry on the map. The reason most retailers won’t order heavy on this one: “Doomwar” spins out of a Black Panther title that is not selling well. Last month’s “Black Panther 2” #12 was number 106 on the top 300 ordered comics list for January shipping only 17,881 issues.
G.I. Joe Cobra II #2
Solicitation: General Hawk‘s new operative has found Chuckles . . . who’s in no mood to be rescued. And considering how his last handler ended up, maybe she should take his advice and leave him alone. Meanwhile, delve deeper into Cobra’s twisted inner circles as Tomax and Xamot are called before the high command.
Written by Mike Costa and Christos Gage; Pencils by Antonio Fuso; Cover by Howard Chaykin.
Why it’ll go fast: G.I. Joe Cobra II has proven to be just as big a seller as the first series. Maybe it’s because fans that missed out on the first series don’t want to hunt this one down as well. IDW has been doing a bang-up job with there licensed properties (Transformers and Star Trek as well) and has been consistently selling out first prints. Keep in mind IDW’s print-runs are less than a Marvel or a DC, but let’s not cheapen their success. Bravo IDW and keep the good stuff coming.
Solicitation: Last April, Boom! Studios showed the world that Mark Waid is evil, with the smash-hit series Irredeemable. Now Boom! shows the world that Mark Waid is . . . Incorruptible! In this new ongoing, the reformed supervillain Max Daring faces up against his oldest ally-in-crime, but this time the fate of a city is at risk! The flip side to Boom’s break-out smash hit examining the hard, difficult road to changing your ways and making a difference in the world . . .
Written by Mark Waid; Pencils by Jean Diaz; Cover by Dennis Calero and Raphael Albuquerque.
Why it’ll go fast: Waid is a nerd’s nerd. He knows what we want, and since he’s taken over as editor-in-chief of Boom! Studios, he’s proven that he doesn’t just know how to write comics, he can sell them too. Say, I heard DC is looking for a new head publisher. Anyway, Incorruptible is proving to be just as big a seller as the previous “Irredeemable” series, also written by Waid. If I didn’t know better, I’d say that these two books might have been Superman and Lex Luthor stories that DC wouldn’t print.
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