The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 02/24/2010

Avengers Initiative #31

Avengers Initiative #31

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.

New Comics Roundup:

Welcome back to the TCS New Comics Round-Up, where you can find all the info you need on the comics hitting the shelves this week. Click here for the full list of comics shipping Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010. Click here to find a comic shop near you.

Here’s a look at this week’s reprint, sell out and variant news:

It’s a big week for second-prints with eight coming from Marvel:

DEC098299 Avengers Initiative #31 2nd Ptg Var
DEC098298 Dark Avengers #13 2nd Ptg Var
DEC098300 Dark Wolverine #82 2nd Ptg Var
DEC098301 Deadpool #18 2nd Ptg Var
DEC098302 Deadpool Merc With A Mouth #7 3rd Ptg Var
DEC098295 Hulk #19 2nd Ptg Var
DEC098297 Siege Embedded #1 (Of 4) 2nd Ptg Var

Avengers Initiative #31 seems to be the big winner here, with first-prints selling for $9 and up.

One from Boom Studios:

DEC098379 Incorruptible #1 2nd Ptg

Not a lot of action on first-print #1’s yet, but the excitement is building. Still a good time to get in on this series if you’re interested.

One from Dark Horse:

DEC098436 Mass Effect: Redemption #1 Current Ptg

First prints of #1 were selling for $15 and up about a week ago, but have settled around $10 as more copies popped up online.

One from Oni Press, which hasn’t had a second printing I can recall for quite a while (’grats to Greg Rucka):

DEC098037 Stumptown #1 (OF 4) 2ND PTG

Stumptown is a great read and nerds must be talking about it as first-prints of issue one are selling for $10 to $15 eBay. There’re not a lot of first issues to find online, so this one could be going up even higher soon.

And finally, the Radical Comics title that my friend Jared told me to check out and is now, of course, gone:

DEC098036 Last Days Of American Crime #1 (Of 3) 2nd Ptg

This one isn’t seeing a lot of action in the states yet, but seems to be selling well in the U.K. Or at least I’m assuming the two copies that sold for $7, each from British sellers, were sold to Brits. Issue one isn’t selling for much more than $2 in the states.

Not a whole lot of sell outs this week, but one that I called my shot on. Marvel’s Hitman Monkey #1 did indeed sellout quickly, but is not selling for $10, as I had predicted. What can you do? Marvel also had a sellout with Siege Embedded #2. Both comics also had second-print variants announced and both which will ship in March. With the predictably of the tide, DC’s Blackest Night #5 sold out and will be returning with a re-colored second print. Not too shocking, I know.

Here’s your list of Variant Comics shipping Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010 (NOTE: This is a list of incentive cover variants only):


Soulfire Volume Two #2 (Marcus To Variant Cover)


Captain Swing #1 (of 4)(Penny Dreadful Retailer Incentive Cover)
Chronicles Of Wormwood Last Battle #3 (of 6)(Retailer Incentive Cover)


28 Days Later #7 (DNA Variant Cover)
Donald Duck And Friends #351 (Magic Eye Studios Variant Cover)
Irredeemable #11 (Jeffrey Spokes Variant Cover)


Batman And Robin #9 (Cameron Stewart Variant Cover)
Black Lantern Green Arrow #30 (Green Arrow Black Canary issue 30), (Mike Grell Variant Cover)
Blackest Night #7 (of 8), (Ivan Reis Sketch Variant Cover)
Blackest Night #7 (of 8), (Rodolfo Migliari Variant Cover)
Blackest Night JSA #3 (of 3), (Gene Ha Variant Cover)
Flash Rebirth #6 (of 6), (Ethan Van Sciver Variant Cover)

Dynamic Forces:

New Mutants #1 (Dynamic Forces)(Alex Ross Exclusive Negative Art Cover Plus One)


Black Terror #8 (Alex Ross Virgin Art Variant Cover)
Project Superpowers Chapter Two #7 (Alex Ross Virgin Cover)


G.I. Joe Operation Hiss #1 (Joe Corroney Variant Cover)
Star Trek Movie Adaptation #1 (Photo Variant Cover)
Star Trek The Next Generation Ghosts #4 (Joe Corroney Virgin Cover)
Transformers #4 (Don Figueroa Variant Sketch Cover)
We Will Bury You #1 (Ben Templesmith Virgin Cover)


Avengers Initiative #33 (Deadpool Variant Cover)
Dark Tower The Battle Of Jericho Hill #4 (of 5), (Steve Kurth Variant Cover)
Dark Wolverine #83 (Deadpool Variant Cover)
Fantastic Four #576 (Deadpool Variant Cover)
Marvels Project #6 (of 8), (Steve McNiven Variant Cover)
Marvels Project #6 (of 8), (Gerald Parel Variant Cover)
Ms Marvel #50 (Paul Renaud Variant Cover)
Secret Warriors #13 (Deadpool Variant Cover)
Tales Of The Dragon Guard #1 (of 3), (Alberto Varanda Variant Cover)
Thor #607 (Deadpool Variant Cover)
X-Factor #202 (Deadpool Variant Cover)
X-Force #24 (Clayton Crain Variant Cover)
X-Men Legacy #233 (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.

Avengers: The Initiative #33 :Marvel

Avengers: The Initiative #33

Avengers: The Initiative #33

Solicitation: Blockbuster Siege tie-in! The Initiative faces its own civil war, as Taskmaster, Constrictor and Diamondback join the Dark Avengers in the Siege of Asgard . . . and come face-to-hammer with Thor! Meanwhile, Justice, Tigra and the rest of the Avengers Resistance assault camp H.A.M.M.E.R., aiming to bring it down once and for all—but the Hood is ready for them! It’s all-out war on two fronts—and one side won’t be here when it’s over!

32 PGS
$2.99 US
Written by Christos Gage; Pencils by Jorge Molina; Inks by Array; Cover by Alitha Martinez; Letters by Vc – Joe Caramagna.

Why it’ll go fast: Siege tie-ins are selling very well, but none seem to be going faster than this title. Initiative #31 and #32 sold out almost instantly due to low initial print-runs because of low orders on the title before Siege (from 68th last November with issue 30 to 49th with issue #32 in January on the Top 300 Ordered Comics list). Retailers just either aren’t noticing how fast this title is selling or their content to let a title that is ending in two issues go.

Deadpool #20: Marvel

Deadpool #20

Deadpool #20

Solicitation: “Whatever a Spider Can,” Part 2. Deadpool and Spider-Man team up (yes, team up) to combat the unstoppable killing machine known as Hitman Monkey! Yes, Hitman Monkey.

32 PGS
$2.99 US
Written by Daniel Way; Pencils by Carlo Barberi; Inks by Array; Letters by Vc – Joe Sabino; Cover by Jason Pearson.

Why it’ll go fast: This one feels easy. Picking a Deadpool comic to sellout in a speculation blog? Next thing you know, I’ll be telling you Blackest Night is hot, too. I assure you there’s a reason here. Nothing sells comics like a monkey with guns. Hitman Monkey is Marvel’s latest short-term goldmine. I don’t see the character having huge staying power, but he should do fine feeding off the current Deadpool craze.

Green Arrow/Black Canary #30: DC

Green Arrow/Black Canary #30

Green Arrow/Black Canary #30

Solicitation: Top Secret! NOTE: Solicited as Black Lantern Green Arrow #30.

40 PGS
$3.99 US
Written by JT Krul; Pencils by Will Conrad; Cover by Greg Horn and Mike Grell.

Why it’ll go fast: No one has been reading Green Arrow and Black Canary for a while now. Well, not no one, but readers have been dropping this title in droves for months now. Last month GA/BC checked in at 117th-place on last month’s top 300 comics chart, making it the 4th-lowest selling mainstream DC superhero title of January. The Blackest Night tie-in should give GA a boost, but changing the writer might help even more. Krul has built up some fan- goodwill with his work on the directionless Titans title, so maybe he can save Ollie Queen from cancellation. Now the question becomes: will retailers increase their orders enough to meet the Blackest Night fan demand or let this one disappear?


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