The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 05/05/2010
Iron Man 2
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:
It’s “Iron Man 2” week and all other news can wait. I have Friday afternoon marked off for this one, and then an additional two hours after that for discussion with a panel of nerds. Then D&D night. I can’t think of a more perfectly nerdy Friday, unless, of course, it happened to be New Comic Day. Speaking of which, strangely, no big Iron Man comic releases this week other than reprints. Let’s get to it!
Below you will find all the info you could possibly need on the comics shipping this Wednesday, May 5, 2010. This information is not for use by pregnant or nursing mothers. For a full list of comics shipping this week, click here. To find a comic shop near you, click here.
Sell Out News:
God of War #1
Back in April, DC/Wildstorm scored an instant sellout with another video game adaptation, God of War #1. A second-printing on #1 with a new cover ships this week, just in time for first printings to begin to cool off. Shortly after selling out, God of War #1 was selling for $10 to $15 online, but as of this week, is selling for $5 to $7. For more on video game comic adaptations, see my upcoming Back-issue Report blog.
This Week’s Variant News:
DC’s Brightest Day #1 ships this week with a smokin’ Aquaman Variant (1:50) by Ivan Reiss and Oclair Albert. Because it’s a 1:50 ratio, some retailers will be asking $50, but I would guess most will be closer to the $20 range. If you can find one cheaper than that I wouldn’t pass it up.
Also from DC, the new Vertigo series iZombie, ships with a 1:10 variant by superstar artist Darwin Cooke. Even though this issue has a $1 cover price, a lot of retailers probably still won’t order 10 copies of iZombie. Which is too bad, because it looks great. But Vertigo titles make their money in trade-paper-back editions, not single issues. Last month’s highest-selling Vertigo title was American Vampire #1, a comic with a back-up story by Stephen King, which was the 55th-highest selling comic that month. The next closest was Fables #93, which checked in at the 105th spot on the chart. When new Fables collections hit the stands, they are routinely in the top-five bestseller’s list. Don’t spend more than $10 on this one but do buy it if you can find it cheaper.
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 . . .
Grimm Fairy Tales: Inferno #1: Zenescope
Grimm Fairy Tales
Solicitation: Grace is lost and restless in a big city where her nightmares seem all too real. Suffering from a form of amnesia, she only feels empty and confused. Her therapist overmedicates, her boss sexually harasses her and her boyfriend beats her. The world is quickly closing in around Grace, but when she learns the truth of her past she might just find the power within to redeem her life and battle her demons, no matter how real.
Written by Ralph Tedesco, Art by Erik Jones, Covers by Joe Benitez and Erik Jones.
Why it’ll go fast: Zenezcope’s GFT has quietly developed a cult following that pays ridiculous prices for early issues, which are hard to find. Zenescope is a smaller comic company that can’t afford Marvel-, DC- or even Image-sized print-runs, which makes their popular Grimm Fairy Tales title hard to find once it sells out. Last month’s GFT #45 only shipped 8,916 and checked in at the 187th-most ordered comic for the month. It’s a cult book but it sells well and its fans are rabid for it. If you care about this one, I’d pre-order GFT Inferno #1 or you’ll miss it.
I Zombie #1
I Zombie #1 variant
Solicitation: Told from a female zombie’s perspective, the new monthly comic book series I Zombie is a smart, witty detective series with a mix of urban fantasy and romantic dramedy. Gwendolyn “Gwen” Dylan is a 20-something gravedigger in an eco-friendly cemetery. Once a month she must eat a human brain to keep from losing her memories, but in the process she becomes consumed with the thoughts and personality of the dead person until she eats the next brain. She sets out to fulfill the dead person’s last request, solve a crime or right a wrong.
Written by Chris Roberson, Art and Cover by Mike Allred.
Why it’ll go fast: Vertigo has figured out the best way possible to get fans to try a new series; sell the first issue for a dollar. Nerds will buy just about anything for a dollar. Now, when the comic looks great, as in the case here, and is drawn by the legendary Mike Allred (of Madman fame) and it stars a zombie detective. I don’t know what else could possibly be done to make this a bigger hit for Vertigo. Even though it’s priced at a dollar, retailers probably won’t go nuts on anything the week after Free Comic Book day. And yes, I’m excited for this book.
Solicitation: Todd Carey is recovering from a nasty divorce, his daughter is flunking out of college and he’s just learned that his father has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Unable to really take care of himself, Todd has allowed his father to move in with him. What Todd doesn’t know, is that his father is the masked vigilante Stealth . . . and has been his entire life. Stealth has many enemies and his erratic behavior could easily get him killed—and all this trouble falls squarely in Todd’s lap.
Written by Robert Kirkman; Art and Cover by Marc Silvestri
Why it’ll go fast: Robert Kirkman, writer of Invincible and Walking Dead, is Image’s big shot. He’s a hot a writer and every nerd that missed out on Invincible and Walking Dead (and those who sold theirs for reasons they can’t remember at this time) picks up every Robert Kirkman #1. Most recently, Haunt, his last new series with famous artist Todd McFarlane, who is doing something on the comic but not drawing it (maybe inking?), sold out and went to a third printing. Marc Silvestri was a huge name in the ’90s and seems to be making a comeback. Most recently, he’s been doing a lot of cover work for Marvel and drew a recent issue of Uncanny X-Men, the title that made him famous in the ’90s, and will be returning to the book in the future. Is Silvestri still hot? Maybe not as hot Kirkman, but the two names will be more than enough to send Stealth to a second printing.
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