The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 04/21/2010

The Spirit #1

The Spirit #1

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:

New comic day may be moving to Tuesday! No kidding. At the recent C2E2 Diamond Comics Retailer Summit last Thursday, the distributor brought up the idea of having new comics shipping on Tuesday instead of Wednesday. Retailers would have to pay an additional $5 a week for the shift, but it’s still not clear what the fee would cover. Theories are that the fee would help fund a street team to make sure that no retailers were selling new comics on Monday. When asked to vote, Tuesday won by a narrow margin, but there has been no announcement from Diamond as to when the change will occur. As far as why, the distributor told retailers moving new comic day to Tuesday would bring new comic day in line with book and DVD releases. Not sure what good that would do though. I guess we’ll see.

Before we get started, the DC and Marvel solicitations for July hit this week. Click the links to see what the Brightest Day and the Heroic-Age have to offer. Then pick a check-cashing place with lax security, plan and execute a robbery because it’s not going to be a cheap summer. I had a friend who worked at one and, according to him, most have guns under the counters, so be warned.

New Comics Round-Up:

Below you will find all the info you could possibly need on the comics shipping this Wednesday, April 21, 2010. Use it with care and be sure not go swimming for at least an hour after reading. For a full list of comics shipping this week, click here. To find a comic shop near you, click here.

Sell Out News:

Logan's Run #2

Logan's Run #2

Bluewater Comics, the same company responsible for Puppy Power: Bo Obama and Political Power: Rush Limbaugh comics, had a sell-out with Logan’s Run #2. A new printing has been announced with a new cover, but no shipping date as of yet.

Logans Run #2 Order Code: #DEC090719

Here’s the weird part. Logan’s Run #1 Order Code #NOV090658 is still in stock at Diamond.

A fact that isn’t stopping some sellers online asking $5 anyway. Both issue #1 and #2 are selling for cover price on eBay and I don’t really see the comic adaptation of a 34-year-old film getting too much hotter. But I guess I haven’t read it and it could be great. Then again, I didn’t need to read the Martha Stewart issue of Female Force to know I wasn’t interested.

DC/Vertigo’s American Vampire #1 finally sold out at Diamond and is returning with a second printing and a new cover, scheduled to hit stores on May 12.

American Vampire #1 Second Printing Order Code #FEB108511

Turf #1

Turf #1

First Printings are still available at most shops and selling for cover price there and online. The 1:25 variant covers are selling well, for $15 and up, and seem to be rising in price. Slowly, but still rising.

In “I told ya so” news, Turf #1 from Image sold out in one day last week. As of Wednesday, Diamond was sold out of first prints. A second print has been announced and will ship on May 19, the same day as Turf #2.

Turf #1 Second Printing Order Code #MAR100405

First printings of Turf #1 are still selling for cover price on eBay, but are selling well. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Turf #1 selling for $10 and up by the time issue #2 hits the stands.

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This Week’s Variant News:

American Vampire #1

American Vampire #1

American Vampire #1 Variant

American Vampire Variant #2

DC/Vertigo’s American Vampire #2 by Stephen King has 1:25 variant by legendary horror comic artist Bernie Wrightson, and man is it creepy. A couple of these have already sold online for $20 and most retailers are asking at least $15. If you can find one for less than $15, I’d pick it up, but I’m a huge Wrightson nerd, so I’ll probably be picking one up anyway.

Also from DC, The Spirit #1 ships this week with a 1:15 variant cover by series writer Mark Schultz. Personally, I love Schultz, but I’m not sold on The Spirit, and more than a year after the box office and critical tank that was the Spirit movie, I’m guessing retailers aren’t sold on this new series either. Which is exactly why this 1:15 variant could be pretty hard to find. Prices online are anywhere from $7 to $9, which is pretty reasonable for a 1:15 variant.

Here’s a look at my 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. Maybe, I’m just calling my shot here…

Guardians of the Galaxy #25: Marvel

Guardians of the Galaxy #25

Guardians of the Galaxy #25

Solicitation: He’s back . . . Thanos! How did he return? Why is he back? And what does the appearance of the galaxy’s #1 threat mean for our rag-tag band of universal protectors? Find out in the next issue of the comic that CosmicBookNews.com calls “Awesome. Amazingly, jaw-droppingly awesome.”

$2.99 US
FEB100550
Written by Andy Lanning and Dan Abnett; Pencils by Brad Walker; Cover by Alex Garner.

Why it’ll go fast: Thanos is Marvel’s big cosmic baddie and he’s been gone for quite a while. Fans of Marvel Cosmic stories might come looking for this one only to be disappointed. Not because the comic is bad—it’s great—but it’s not a huge seller. Guardians was the 96th-highest-ordered comic in March, shipping only 21,643 copies. Maybe it’s wishful thinking, because I love the series so much, but the upcoming “Thanos Imperative” storyline could be just the thing to move some Guardians units. If it is, most retailers won’t be ready and this one could have nerds hunting.

Magdalena #1: Image/Top Cow

Magdalena #1

Magdalena #1

Solicitation: The star of the forthcoming feature film gets her own series! The Magdalena has been the official protector and warrior of the Catholic Church for more than 2000 years, sworn to defend the Faith with the Spear of Destiny against all manner of supernatural threats. However, Patience, the latest Magdalena, has seen through the hypocrisy of her masters and struck out on her own. When her old mentor comes to her with a mission to prevent Armageddon, will she be able to resist the call? From writer Ron Marz (Witchblade, Angelus) and the art team of Pilot Season: Murderer, Nelson Blake II, Sal Regla and Dave McCaig. Featuring covers by Ryan Sook (Wednesday Comics)!

32 PGS
$3.99 US
FEB100406
Written by Ron Marz; Pencils by Nelson Blake II; Cover by Ryan Sook.

Why it’ll go fast: Color me ignorant, but I didn’t know there was a Magdalena movie coming until reading this solicitation. I’m guessing the movie will be terrible, but Ron Marz has been writing good stuff over at Top Cow and Magdalena’s series has been a long-time and coming. I’m guessing Magdalena #1 will be ordered much like Witchblade, which was the 151st-most-ordered comic in March. Although Top Cow is nowhere near the powerhouse seller it used to be, I’m still betting this one sells out.

X-Factor #204: Marvel

X-Factor #204

X-Factor #204

Solicitation: A Second Coming – Revelations tie-in! You’re Bolivar Trask, the reanimated leader of the Mutant Response Division. Your mission: Kill every member of X-Factor. How to accomplish that without collateral damage? Easy: hire the team for what seems to be a routine case that will send them into a certain death trap. Problem solved.

$2.99 US
FEB100568
Written by Peter David; Pencils by Valentine De Landro; Cover by David Yardin.

Why it’ll go fast: “Second Coming” is selling very well so far. The Uncanny X-Men “Second Coming” tie-in has already sold out and it’ll probably end up a top-10-selling-comic in April. X-Factor was the 73rd-most-ordered comic of March and, even though retailers will raise their order slightly this month, it won’t be enough. Even the print run is going to be lower on this title because Marvel knows the second prints will sell just as well as the first. Why risk a big first printing? Everyone should already be reading X-Factor because it’s great to begin with, but don’t be surprised to find your copy missing if you don’t have it on your pull-file.

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