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 Round-Up:
Welcome back to the TCS New Comics Round-Up, where I have gathered all the info you you could possibly need on the comics hitting the shelves this week. Click here for the full list of comics shipping this Wednesday, March 24, 2010. Click here to find a comic shop near you. As always we start with this week’s reprint, sell-out and variant news.
No second prints to report this week, which is shocking. I can’t remember a week without second prints.
In sell-out news; DC finally changed the creative team on Green Arrow and changed the title back from Green Arrow and Black Canary, and suddenly the title is selling out again. Not to sound snarky, but; go figure. A second print has been announced but no shipping date yet. First prints are still selling for cover price but as the Rise and Fall story goes on I would expect that price to go up.
Image’s Choker #2 sold out as well, and had a second printing announced. First prints of Choker #1 are selling for $5 and up, but #2 is still selling for cover price, for now. There aren’t many first prints out there. Choker is heating up so pick them up while you can still afford them.
Here’s your variant List for this week:
Supergod #3 (of 5) (Church Of Supergod Edition)
Green Lantern #52 (Shane Davis & Sandra Hope Variant Cover)
Justice League The Rise Of Arsenal #1 (of 4) (Mike Mayhew Variant Cover)
Black Terror #9 (Alex Ross Virgin Variant Art Cover)
Queen Sonja #5 (Mel Rubi Black & White Incentive Cover)
Robert Jordan Wheel Of Time #1 (Chase Conley Black & White Incentive Cover)
Angel Special: Lorne (One Shot) (John Byrne Black & White Cover)
G.I. Joe #16 (David Williams Virgin Cover)
Star Trek Deep Space Nine Fools Gold #4 (David Messina Virgin Cover)
Transformers Last Stand Of The Wreckers #3 (of 5) (Trevor Hutchison Virgin Cover)
Marvels Project #7 (of 8 ) (Gerald Parel Variant Cover)
Marvels Project #7 (of 8 ) (Steve Epting Variant Cover)
Nemesis #1 (of 4) (Leinil Francis Yu Variant Cover)
Stand Soul Survivors #5 (of 5) (Mike Perkins Variant Cover)
Uncanny X-Men #522 (Kitty Pryde Returns Variant Cover)
FVZA Federal Vampire And Zombie Agency #3 (of 3) (Cover A Clint Langley)
Now it’s on to the Speculator Picks of the Week . These are comics that could sell out very quickly due to conservative ordering, popular demand, shipping errors, voodoo curses or any other set of unforeseen events. Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later.
Justice League: The Rise of Arsenal #1 of 4
Solicitation: In Justice League: Cry For Justice, Roy Harper lost everything at the hands of Prometheus, barely surviving the brutal severing of his arm. But when he finally awakens from his coma, Roy will find that his dangerous journey into despair is just beginning.
Written by J.T. Krul; Pencils by Geraldo Borges; Inks by Marlo Alquiza; Cover by Greg Horn.
Why it’ll go fast: The Fall of Green Arrow has been a hit so far and this comic is the other side of the story. Namely, what’s going to happen to Arsenal now that he’s had his arm ripped off and his daughter murdered. Sorry if I just ruined the end of Cry for Justice for you. Keep in mind, retailers had to order this title two months ago when Green Arrow was still a stinker on the sales chart every month. That changed with GA #31, which sold out very quickly. Writer J.T. Krul has brought GA back to the top 20 in sales and he’s writing this issue too. And it’s going to be good. And it’s going to sell out. Two sentences starting with “and”. That’s bush league writing, Mr. Baum. (Agreed – editor.)
The Guild #1 of 3
Solicitation: Internet phenomenon The Guild comes to comics, courtesy of series creator, writer, and star Felicia Day (Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog)!
Chronicling the hilarious on- and offline lives of a group of Internet role-playing gamers, the Knights of Good, The Guild has become a cult hit and is the winner of numerous awards from SXSW, YouTube, Yahoo, and the Streamys. Now, Day brings the wit and heart of the show to this three-issue miniseries. In this origin tale of the Knights of Good, we learn about Cyd’s life before joining The Guild, how she became Codex, and how she began to meet the other players who would eventually become her teammates. This storyline fills in details never before revealed on the Web show, making it a delightful new chapter for existing fans as well as a perfect jumping-on point for new fans!
• The Guild is “perhaps the smartest (and definitely the funniest) webisodic series of the year.” – The Los Angeles Times
• The Web series is the winner of three 2009 Streamy Awards: Best Comedy Web Series, Best Ensemble, and Best Actress for Felicia Day.
• See the web series at watchtheguild.com.
Note: cary nord cover
Written by Felicia Day; Pencils by Jim Rugg; Cover by Cary Nord and Georges Jeanty.
Why it’ll go fast: This one is tough. There’s just no way for a comic retailer to predict how a popular Web-series-turned-comic will sell. Could be a hit or there’s an equal chance that no one will care. Fans are already getting The Guild for free, so why pay for this? It’s thoughts like these that will make most retailers order very low on The Guild. Which, regardless of a huge amount of interest or not, will cause a sell out. Maybe not at first, because fans of the Web series may not understand the urgency involved in finding a first print before it disappears. I predict this one sells out quickly but doesn’t start selling for much until issue #2 hits the stands.
Millar & McNiven's Nemesis #1
Solicitation: Civil War? Nothing. KICK-ASS? A warmup. What if the smartest, toughest costumed bad ass in the world was totally evil? Meet Nemesis. He’s systematically been destroying the lives of every police chief in Asia, and he’s now set his sights on Washington, DC. Between you and me, the police don’t have a chance. Do not miss the book that everyone will be talking about by the creative team that made Civil War the biggest book of the decade.
Written by Mark Millar; Pencils by Steve McNiven; Inks by Array; Cover by Steve McNiven.
Why it’ll go fast: Everything Mark Millar touches turns to gold. Or at least gets optioned for a movie. With Kick Ass hitting theaters this month, fans who didn’t find first printings of Kick Ass comics, or paid way too much for them, will be sure to pick up this series. Even though most retailers will order more of this title than they did of Kick Ass it won’t be enough. Millar has developed a rabid fan base and those fans will be screaming about Nemesis #1 after Wednesday, but it’ll already be gone. Millar strikes again.
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