Fraggle Rock #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.
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Sell Out News:
There was dancing in the caverns at Archaia this week when Fraggle Rock #1 sold out at the distributor level and issue #2, which hits stands tomorrow, is nearing a sellout as well. No word on a second printing as of yet. Sellers on eBay are asking $10 and up, but Fraggle Rock #1 is only selling for cover price.
Batman the Return of Bruce Wayne #1
DC’s Batman the Return of Bruce Wayne #1 sold out this week and will be returning with a re-colored cover second printing.
APR108051 Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #1 Second Printing
First printings aren’t doing much yet, probably because they’re still readily available in most shops. But surprisingly, the 1:200 Sketch variants are selling online for $100 and up. Although I think every one of the 200 sketch variants out there sold or are currently selling online right now.
DC also had another sell out this past week with Birds of Prey #1. After reorders for issue one came in, the title quickly sold out at Diamond and, as of yet, no news on a reprint but I’d expect that announcement very soon.
Image comics had a sellout with Magdelena #1, which yours truly predicted a couple of weeks ago. No announcement of a second print but one is surely in the works. First prints are still selling for cover price but there aren’t many out there. This one could get hot pretty quick.
New Avengers: Finale #1 second printing
New Avengers: Finale #1 Unmasked variant
Finally, and perhaps predictably, Marvel’s New Avengers: Finale one-shot also sold out this week. A second printing with two different covers was announced and will ship on June 16.
APR108029 New Avengers: Finale #1 Second Printing Battle Ready Wraparound Variant
APR108030 New Avengers: Finale #1 Second Printing Unmasked Wraparound Variant
Much like the Return of Bruce Wayne, New Avengers: Finale was very heavily ordered, so there won’t be any heavy demand for first printings in the near future.
This Week’s Variant News:
Marvel’s parade of Heroic Age Avengers titles continues this week with Secret Avengers #1, which ships with another excellent Marko Djurdjevic 1:25 variant cover. Look for a $20-$25 price tag on this one. The Djurdevic Variant for Avengers #1 is already selling online for $25 and up, so picking this one up for $20 or less might not be a bad idea.
Secret Avengers #1 Marko Djurdjevic variant
Also from Marvel—in what is becoming a weekly “Second Coming variant” section—X-Factor #27 ships with another 1:25 David Finch variant that will surely disappear instantly. Almost all of the Finch Second Coming variants are selling very well online, which has most retailers asking $25 and up for the latest X-Factor variant. After reading the story so far, part of me really wishes I had picked up all these Finch variants. They’ll be a really cool set when the story is all over and will probably sell for quite a bit on eBay. If you can find this one for $20 or less, I’d grab it.
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 . . .
Amory Wars: Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth 3 #1
Solicitation: Huge hit The Amory Wars comes to BOOM! this spring—right on the heels of creator Claudio Sanchez’s band Coheed and Cambria’s hot new album release, “Year of the Black Rainbow” this April! For the new The Amory Wars series, Eisner Award-winner Peter David joins this science fiction franchise, so don’t miss out! Heard about the ground-breaking The Amory Wars but never had a chance to get into it? This is a great entry point for new readers!
Written by Claudio Sanchez and Peter David; Pencils by Chris Burnham; Covers by Scott Keating and Tim Bradstreet.
Why it’ll go fast: Fans of Coheed and Cambria love only one thing as much as new-school-prog-rock and that seems to be comics written by Coheed’s front man, Claudio Sanchez. Sets of first printings of Amory Wars vol.1 are selling for more than $100, which is eerily similar to Sanchez’s first venture into comics, the Good Apollo I’m Burning Star original Graphic Novel (Evil Ink Comics, 2005), which sells for just as much. Mix under-ordering on a national scale with under-printing by Boom! Studios and a rabid fan base and you have the ingredients for an instant sell out.
Fraggle Rock #2
Solicitation: It’s time for another trip to Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock with Gobo, Red, Wembley, Mokey, Boober and the rest of the gang! In a lead story from Lulu Award-winning writer Leigh Dragoon and Undertown artist Jake Myler, a cat gets lost in Fraggle Rock and the Fraggles must overcome fear, work together and run like the wind to get it back into Outer Space! Then join everyone’s favorite workaholics as we learn how to party Doozer-style in a fun backup story written by Grace Randolph and drawn by Whitney Leith.
Written by Conor McCreery and Anthony Del Col; Art by Andy Belanger; Cover by Kagan McLeaod.
Why it’ll go fast: I was as much surprised by the sell-out of Fraggle Rock #1 as anybody. A 20-year-old kids show making it’s comic debut just seemed like a horrible idea but the nerds have spoken and Fraggle Rock is once again a hit. So much so that issue #2 was near selling out before it had even shipped. Retailers aren’t going to speculate to heavy on this one but they are going to up their orders. Without a new show, I don’t see Fraggle Rock having much staying power, but issues #1 and #2 could be hard to find in the near future.
Solicitation: The Story: The Heroic Age is here! The new era for Marvel’s always-evolving, always controversial team kicks off here! It’s a beginning, a return, a departure and an arrival of a new artist (Marvel Zombies 3 & 4’s Kev Walker) all rolled into one in a fresh, shocking status quo! The most dangerous people on Earth are now all in one hellish prison and the only way out is through rehabilitation and contribution to society via The Thunderbolts . . . under the leadership of the steel-hard-skinned Avenger named Luke Cage! So bring on the first participants: Juggernaut! Crossbones! Ghost! Moonstone! And . . . Man-Thing? Against the sordid recent history of the group as a black ops kill squad, can Power Man restore the Thunderbolts to their rightful potential? Find out as the entire series is revamped, and also discover why ComicsBulletin.com says: “Jeff Parker writes villains with his typical panache . . . This is why I read comic books.”
Written by Jeff Parker; Pencils by Kev Walker; Cover by Marko Djurdjevic.
Why it’ll go fast: Thunderbolts has been selling well (#50 on last month’s most ordered list shipping 35,656 copies), but not blowing up. If T-bolts is going to see a big jump in sales it’s here, with the introduction of Luke Cage as the new team leader and the addition of the Juggernaut to the team. Retailers probably upped their orders on all things Marvel Heroic-Age but I’m still betting it’s not enough to meet demand on this one. I do think giving Larry Stroman (who I will always have a special place in my heart for after his work on Alien Legion) the Heroic-Age variant instead of Djurdjevic is a mistake. Stroman’s art is an acquired taste—at best— that to the average comic reader could be like handing a Belgian Rodenbach Sour Ale to a Bud Light drinker.
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