The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 07/23/2010

Turf #2 second printing

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:

Below you will find all the info you could possibly need on the comics shipping this Thursday July 21, 2010. For a full list of comics shipping this week, click here. To find a comic shop near you, click here.

Sell Out News:

The sell-outs discussed here are at the distributor level and there may be copies of all these titles at your local comic shop.


The critically acclaimed Turf #2 sold out almost as quickly as issue #1 this past week. Image is rushing this one back to the presses, which will ship with a new cover on July 28.

MAY108162 TURF #2 2ND PTG (PP #928)

Turf #1 is still selling strong online at $8-$10, but first printings of #2 are still selling for cover price. For now anyway. Turf has been very well-received by fans and critics alike, so it wouldn’t surprise me to see this issue selling for considerably more very soon.


Scarlet #1 second printing

Fans of Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev’s most recent Spider-Woman run were pretty honked off when the two suddenly canceled the series with issue #8. However, the rage on the net seemed to cool pretty quickly, resulting with an almost instant sellout of their latest title, Scarlet #1. If you missed it, don’t freak out. Marvel will be shipping a Second Printing with a variant cover on August 25.


Scarlet isn’t blowing up on the net yet but it wouldn’t surprise me at all to see prices on #1 first printings selling for $5 and up by the time #2 ships.

Secret Avengers #2 second print

Marvel also had a sellout with Secret Avengers #2. Marvel has already solicited a Second Printing with a variant cover to ship on August 11.


No real action online with this one yet, either, probably due to the fact that the title was so heavily ordered.

This Week’s Variant News:


JSA #41 Perez variant

JSA #41 ships with another in the series of DC 75th anniversary covers, this time by the legendary George Perez. This 1:25 variant is paying homage to All Star Comics #16 with this one, and it is a beauty. Most retailers will be asking $20-$25. I found a few in the $10-$15 range, which is much more reasonable.


True Blood photo cover

This week the comic adaptation of HBO’s True Blood #1 ships with a 1:25 photo variant featuring the cast of the show. This could be a pretty tough cover to come by as most retailers probably won’t be ordering enough of the regular covers to receive a variant. There aren’t even very many of these for sale on the web right now. Most retailers will be asking $25 and up for this cover to pad the risk they took on ordering at least 25 of the regular covers. If you can find one for any less, I’d grab it.


Walking Dead #75 retailer appreciation cover

To say thanks for supporting his series, and perhaps to whip up a nerdy riot on eBay, Robert Kirkman and Image Comics are sending one free “Retailer Appreciation” cover of Walking Dead #75 to each Diamond Comics customer with a retailer account. As usual, several retailers already have their copies for sale on eBay even before receiving them (which makes you wonder how they can judge the books condition) and are asking $50 and up. Truthfully, $50 might not be a bad price for a cover this scarce.


New Mutants #15 variant

New Mutants #15 ships with a 1:20 variant by Arthur Adams and it is my “Variant Lock of the Week.” This one is going to be tough. Currently there are only four of these on eBay, which can only mean one thing: retailers slashed their orders on this issue because it’s not a Second Coming tie-in. Look for a $15-$20 price tag on this variant and just forget about the $8-one on eBay because I’m buying it.

Speculator Picks of the Week:

These are comics that could sell out very quickly due to conservative ordering, popular demand, shipping errors, oil-drenched hurricanes or any other set of unforeseen events. Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later . . .

Amazing Spider-Man #638: Marvel

Amazing Spider-Man #638

Solicitation: “One Moment In Time” Part 1 & 2. The questions have been haunting readers throughout Spider-Man’s Brand New Day and now the answers are here in four double-sized issues! What really happened at the wedding of Spider-Man and Mary Jane? What does Mary Jane know about Spider-Man today? How did One More Day affect the Marvel U? Joe Quesada and Paolo Rivera are here to pull back the curtain and fill in every blank . . . but the answers may come at a cost to all that Peter Parker loves. This four-part arc will hold answers, resolutions, and set up the course of Spider-Man’s life for years to come . . . and all will be revealed with a whisper. And in Part 2, it’s Mary Jane’s turn to come clean. What secrets has she been keeping? And who really saved Aunt May? You may think you know the answer, but you’re about to find out the truth!

48 pages
Written by Joe Quesada and Stan Lee; art by Marcos Martin; cover by Paolo Manuel Rivera.

Why it’ll go fast: If you hated the One More Day story line or you still aren’t clear on what exactly happened, then this is the two-part story for you. The rumors are that the Brand New Day story line is coming to an end. Does that mean Peter will wake up a married man again? Aunt May will be dead? Mephisto does not, in fact, trade in relationships rather than souls? We can only hope. The only thing you can bank on is that this issue will go fast. Even if it’s just so the haters can scream about what happened.

Neonomicon #1: Avatar

Neonomicon #1

Solicitation: The all-new, all-Alan Moore horror series spoken of only in hushed whispers for years is finally here! From the award-winning master of comics, Alan Moore, comes a brand-new tale of Lovecraftian horror that will leave you too afraid to close your eyes, but more afraid to open them! Neonomicon, the sequel to The Courtyard graphic novel, is slithering its way onto shelves to take its place as a Great Old One of comic terror! Illustrated by Moore’s favorite demented artist, Jacen Burrows, Neonomicon pulls no punches as every full-colored page is covered in nightmares brought to gruesome life!

The story begins some years after the chilling events of The Courtyard, in a world where two young and cocky FBI agents are investigating strange—and familiar murders. They think they’ve seen the worst monsters in America, but as they pull up to the maximum security asylum where one Aldo Sax speaks in strange tongues, Agents Brears and Lamper may be beginning to suspect that they’re about to see something so much worse. But they cannot begin to imagine the creeping insanity that has already begun to pull them under . . .

Alan Moore’s Neonomicon #1 is available with regular and Wraparound covers by Jacen Burrows.

32 pages
Written by Alan Moore; art and covers by Jacen Burrows.

Why it’ll go fast: The most celebrated and most critical author in comics is back with a new horror title. Yes, it’s going to sell very well. Whether you love him or hate him, nerds everywhere stop to see what Alan Moore is doing. Because it’s an Avatar title, most retailers will order very lightly on this one, especially after the luke-warm reception of the last two League of Extraordinary Gentlemen offerings. I see this one as a slow burner. It’ll sit on stand for a couple of weeks while the word gets out and then, just before issue #2 ships, #1 will be gone. As suddenly and mysteriously as a white ape peering up at a hapless witness from an underground tunnel. It’s creepy stuff for nerds who love H.P. Lovecraft.

True Blood #1: IDW

True Blood #1

Solicitation: Alan Ball’s hit HBO series, the sensually sizzling story of the lives and loves of vampires, mind readers and all manner of creature, comes to IDW! Blood and sex mix on a hot rainy night at Merlotte’s, when Sookie and her friends are trapped by a vengeful spirit who feeds on shame. People die and dirty secrets are revealed as Sookie, Bill, Eric, Sam, Tara, Jason and Lafayette are all coerced to dig deep and tell painful memories from their past—those things we all have locked within us that we never tell another living soul! Bon Temps, Louisiana has never been stranger, or more twisted, in a story co-plotted by True Blood series creator Alan Ball, with a script by David Tischman (Bite Club) and Mariah Huehner, and lush art by David Messina (Star Trek: Countdown). Bonus inside every issue: an exclusive pullout gatefold poster by David Messina! This issue features 4 different regular covers which will be shipped randomly.

32 pages
Written by Alan Ball, David Tischman & Mariah Huehner; art by David Messina; covers by J. Scott Campbell, Joe Corroney, Andrew Currie, David Messina.

Why it’ll go fast: While True Blood fans aren’t quite as annoying as Twilight fans, they are just as voracious. It wouldn’t surprise me at all to see people that have never read a comic come into my shop looking for this issue. Especially ladies. There just aren’t a lot of comics out there for girls, but True Blood looks like it could be one of them. I don’t have any hard numbers on the female comic buying population but there seems to be a surprising amount of interest in Vampire comics. From my experience anyway. Ann Rice comics, Buffy comics; the ladies buy them like they’re going out of style. I’m guessing True Blood won’t be an exception to the rule. Well, the rule I made up, anyway.


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