The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 03/10/2010


Fantastic Four #575 2nd Printing Variant

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 this Wednesday, March 10, 2010. Click here to find a comic shop near you.

As always we start with this week’s Reprint, Sell Out and Variant news:

Two second prints from Marvel this week:

DEC098446 Fantastic Four #575 2nd Printing Variant
DEC098445 Ultimate Comics X #1 2nd Ptg. Var

No action online for FF #575 1st prints just yet, but the title was well-ordered, so you can probably still find it in most shops. Ultimate X variants are selling well although maybe not for as much as retailers would like. First prints for this one also still seem to be readily available.

One from BOOM!

DEC098479 Incorruptible #2 2nd Ptg

First prints are selling for $3 to $5 and are getting hard to find. Not as much action for Incorruptible as there was for Irredeemable with issue #2, but the comics are still selling well and are probably going to continue to heat up.

Just three sellouts this week, but I did call two of ’em. Hit it, Meatloaf (’cause he sang “Two out of Three Ain’t Bad.” Get it? Never mind):

BOOM! Studios seems to have another hit with Choker #1. Issue one took two weeks to sell out, but it did and first prints are starting to disappear. Currently 1st prints of issue #1 are still selling for cover price but there aren’t many left online right now. It wouldn’t surprise me to see issue #2 sell out instantly due to the slow burn on #1 and lower orders on the second issue.

Top Cow’s Angelus #1 and #2 sold out, but as of yet no second prints announced. Not many of these online, but not high prices for those that are, either. Angelus could be one to watch though, if they could get an issue out every month.

Marvel’s Doomwar #1 was another slow burner but sold out. Whether its sales will save the Black Panther monthly remains to be seen, but it was a pretty good read. There seems to be no shortage of first prints out there, which leads me to wonder if retailers mistook this for a Siege tie-in rather than a Black Panther event.

Here’s your list of Variant Comics shipping this week:


Walt Disneys Comics & Stories #704 (DWITT Variant Incentive Cover)


Batman And Robin #10 (Andy Clarke Variant Cover)
Batman Widening Gyre #5 (of 6) (Gene Ha Variant Cover)
Justice League The Rise And Fall Special #1 (Mike Mayhew Variant Cover)
Superman Last Stand Of New Krypton #1 (of 3) (Marcos Marz Variant Cover)


Angel #30 (Jenny Frison Virgin Cover)
Ghoul #3 (Bernie Wrightson Black & White Virgin Cover)
G.I. Joe Origins #13 (Tom Feister Virgin Cover)
Transformers Bumblebee #4 (Chee Black & White Cover)
Weekly World News #3 (Black & White Newspaper Variant Cover)
Zombies Vs Robots Adventure #2 (Ashley Wood Variant Cover)


Cyberforce Hunter Killer #5 (of 5)(Kenneth Rocafort Sketch Cover)


Amazing Spider-Man #624 (Pasqual Ferry ‘You’re Fired’ Variant Cover)
Lockjaw And The Pet Avengers Unleashed #1 (of 4) (Roger Langridge Variant Cover)

In Variant News this week:

Media Release – Get a look at Iron Man like you’ve never seen him before! Marvel is proud to unveil the stunning Iron Man By Design variant covers by some of the top artists of today! “We’re excited to show fans a whole new side of Iron Man” said David Gabriel, Senior Vice-President of Sales & Circulation. “Taking our inspiration from some of the most exciting eras, art styles, inventions—you name it!—in history, the Iron Man By Design variant covers are just the beginning of the exciting Iron Man product hitting stores throughout the year!” Marvel urges retailers to check their orders on these hotly-anticipated variant covers, as Iron Man continues to garner mainstream media buzz! No Marvel fan can miss April’s Iron Man By Design variant covers!

Vengeance Of The Moon Knight #7

Vengeance Of The Moon Knight #7

Uncanny X-Men

Uncanny X-Men

Amazing Spider-Man #628

Amazing Spider-Man #628

Daredevil #506

Daredevil #506

Deadpool Team-Up #894

Deadpool Team-Up #894

Here’s a look at the 1st round of solicited Iron Man by design variants:

Vengeance Of The Moon Knight #7 Iron Man By Design Variant (FEB100543)
Uncanny X-Men #523 Iron Man By Design Variant (FEB100543
Amazing Spider-Man #628 Iron Man By Design Variant (FEB100479)
Daredevil #506 Iron Man By Design Variant (FEB100502)
Deadpool Team-Up #894 Iron Man By Design Variant (FEB100469)
New Mutants #12 Iron Man By Design Variant (FEB100560)

No Image available for this one yet but I’ll keep digging.

Speculator Picks of the Week

Enough lists already! Let’s get to the Speculator Picks of the Week! These are comics that could sell out very quickly and end up selling for ridiculous prices online and in back-issue bins everywhere.

A-Team: Shotgun Wedding #1: IDW

A-Team: Shotgun Wedding #1

A-Team: Shotgun Wedding #1

Solicitation: The A-Team is back! Before you see their return on the big-screen, thrill to this special mission told in comic-book form only! After a successful-but-harrowing completion to a mission in icy Alaska, Hannibal and the team are up for some much-needed leave in sunny San Diego to attend the wedding of a high-ranking U.S. official’s daughter. But when threats are made against the event, the A-Team is forced to quit their vacation and go undercover to foil what might be a terrorist plot.

$3.99 US
32 pages
Written by Tom Waltz; Pencils by Stephen Mooney; Cover by John K. Snyder III.

Why it’ll go fast: Remember last summer when I tried to warn everyone about how cool the Star Trek prequel comics from IDW were going to be. Okay, I admit I didn’t know at the time either. But I did after the fact, and ended up spending way too much to get the first printings and they were awesome. IDW is doing a fantastic job with their licensed properties and the A-Team is probably going to be great as well. Just like Star Trek: Countdown, the A-Team will also be under-ordered, hard to find by Friday and selling for way too much money by next week.

Cable #24: Marvel

Cable #24

Cable #24

Solicitation: “Homecoming,” Conclusion. This is it. The conclusion of the time-hopping action thriller launched in the pages of “Messiah CompleX.” After hopping around New York City in the past and near future, Cable and Hope are closer than ever to the present . . . which means that Bishop is more desperate than ever to stop them. No more hiding. No more plots. No more weapons. It’s coming down to mutant vs. mutant in the subterranean tunnels of New York, and only one of them will make it back to Westchester alive. You will not want to miss this issue, which leads directly into the X-Men: Second Coming crossover.

40 PGS
$3.99 US
Written by Duane Swierczynski; Pencils by Alejandro Garza, Denys Cowan, Giancarlo Caracuzzo and Paul Gulacy; Cover by Marko Djurdjevic.

Why it’ll go fast: Final issues aren’t always collectible gold and I’m not saying this one will be—we’re speculating here—but there’s a good chance this one could be hot. Cable #24 is the beginning of the Second Coming storyline that brings Jean Grey back to the X-Men. It’s going to be huge, but a lot of retailers won’t order big on the final issue of series that was never a big seller to begin with. Which is too bad, because Cable has been great from the first issue.

Superman: Last Stand of New Krypton #1 of 3: DC

Superman: Last Stand of New Krypton #1 of 3

Superman: Last Stand of New Krypton #1 of 3

Solicitation: The new Superman crossover event, “Brainiac & The Legion of Super-Heroes” begins here, in this first issue of a three-part miniseries. It’s New Krypton’s worst nightmare as Brainiac attacks the planet, determined to recapture the city of Kandor! But General Zod has been waiting for this moment ever since Brainiac first attacked Old Krypton—he has a plan to save his people, but at the cost of Earth and the future as we know it! So it’s up to Superman, Supergirl, Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes to stop the two madmen before they destroy everything!

32 PGS
$3.99 US
Written by James Robinson and Sterling Gates; Pencils by Pete Woods; Cover by Andy Kubert.

Why it’ll go fast: Since Superman left both his monthly titles for New Krypton, sales on the Superman titles have plummeted. Even though the story has been good, the nerds, for the most part, weren’t having it. This three-part story should shut them up, as it’s bringing Supes back to Earth and his titles, but are retailers, who have slashed their orders on the Super-titles, ready for fans to come back? We’ll see tomorrow.


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