The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 07/28/2010

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 Wednesday July 28, 2010. For a full list of comics shipping this week, click here. To find a comic shop near you, click here.

Variant Watch:


Wonder Woman #601 variant

Wonder Woman #601 ships with a 1:10 variant cover by Alex Garner that features Diana in her new costume and it looks fantastic. I would guess that most retailers cut their order down from the numbers they ordered on #600, making this 1:10 variant fairly hard to find. Most retailers will be asking $8-$10 for this one, which seems like a fair price.


I don’t know what it is about Top Cow variant covers, but they sell. Their fans are rabid for sketch variants, which seems to be Top Cow’s main go-to variant. This week Top Cow’s Artifacts #1 ships with a 1:50 variant sketch cover that’ll be sure to leave fans of the Darkness and Witchblade foaming at the mouth. Expect to pay at least $49.99 for this one, as retailers that did order 50 copies of Artifacts #1, and I’m guessing not many did, will want to cover that cost with this variant.

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 . . .

Action Comics #891 DC

Action Comics #891

Solicitation: When Lex Luthor finally regained control of LexCorp, he thought he had everything he wanted. But in Blackest Night, he briefly became an Orange Lantern and got a taste of true power. Now he’ll do anything—anything—to get that power back. Buckle in for a greatest-hits tour of the DCU’s most-wanted as Lex Luthor begins an epic quest for power, all brought to you by new ongoing writer Paul Cornell (Dr. Who, Captain Britain and MI-13) and artist Pete Woods (World Of New Krypton), with covers by David Finch (Brightest Day, Ultimatum)!

40 pages
Written by Paul Cornell; Art Pete Woods; Cover by David Finch.

Why it’ll go fast: The first issue of Paul Cornell’s Action run (#890) sold out ridiculously fast. Like gone-by-Friday-fast, which can only mean that retailers and DC alike were not prepared. Before this story, Action’s sales numbers were terrible, which was probably due to the lack of Superman in the title. So when Paul Cornell jumps on the book and it still doesn’t feature Supes, no one will care, right? Wrong. It’s an instant hit starring Lex Luthor that receives critical and sales success. So retailers learned their lesson with the last issue and upped their order on this issue considerably right? Probably not. I’d expect #891 to sell out just as fast due to the buzz around the book and the lower print run that DC undoubtedly ordered on Action while the numbers were down.

Artifacts #1: Top Cow

Artifacts #1

Solicitation: The event five years in the making! Thirteen mystical Artifacts, including the Witchblade, the Darkness and others, guide the fate of the Top Cow Universe. For centuries, it’s been whispered that bringing together all 13 Artifacts would herald mankind’s destruction. But a mysterious figure has been manipulating events, laying plans to put Armageddon into motion. The final phase begins here, with the abduction of Hope, the daughter of Sara Pezzini and Jackie Estacado. What ensues will remake the entirety of the Top Cow Universe, from the Witchblade and the Darkness, to the Angelus, Magdalena, and even Cyberforce. Artifacts #1 is the perfect place for faithful readers to see their loyalty pay off, and for new readers to experience the Top Cow universe. From Top Cow Universe architect Ron Marz (Witchblade, Angelus) and Top Cow superstar artist Michael Broussard (The Darkness) comes an event series, which will literally shake the Top Cow Universe to its foundation. Featuring a jam-piece cover by Broussard, Marc Silvestri, Stjepan Sejic, Sheldon Mitchell and Nelson Blake II, as well as a variant cover series featuring each of the 13 Artifact bearers by John Tyler Christopher (Witchblade), and a special first-issue cover by Dale Keown (The Darkness/Pitt). Also kicking off with issue #1 is the Top Cow Origins series of backups written by Marz and drawn by a superstar collection of artists. This issue: Witchblade, by Marc Silvestri.

32 pages
Written by Ron Marz; Art by Michael Broussard; Covers by John Tyler Christopher, Dale Keown and Marc Sylvestri.

Why it’ll go fast: Having a main character named Hope seemed to work for the X-Men’s Second Coming storyline, so why not try it at Top Cow? All kidding aside, Top Cow has been building to this one for a long time and it’s written by the very capable Ron Marz, who has been steering the Darkness and Witchblade Universe for as long as I can remember. If you’re a fan of any of the Top Cow properties, then Artifacts is a big deal and I’m guessing most retailers will not be ready this one. Especially due to the fact that there is no “Darkness,” “Witchblade” or any other Top Cow character in the title. Sometimes that’s all it takes to get overlooked when retailers are ordering hundreds of comics at a time two months in advance. In true Top Cow fashion Artifacts #1 ships with four different covers.

Secret Avengers #3: Marvel

Secret Avengers #3

Solicitation: What hides in the depths of the red planet? How does it link to the Shadow Empire lurking behind the scenes in America for nearly 150 years? And will our heroes be able to save one of their own? The Secret Avengers duo Ed Brubaker and Mike Deodato bring the action.

32 pages
Written by Ed Brubaker; Art by Mike Deodato; Cover by Marko Djurdjevic.

Why it’ll go fast: Secret Avengers has sold out with every issue and this one will not be an exception. It might be more interesting to guess what the first issue to not sell out might be. In terms of the old “DC vs. Marvel” argument, if you want to talk sellouts, Marvel’s Heroic Age is kicking the crap out of DC’s Brightest Day. True, last month’s Top 10 selling comics was split five and five, but each of those Marvel titles sold out and went to second prints, while of the top-selling DC titles for June only two went to second printing. Meaning that Marvel comics are selling and retailers are over-ordering on their DC titles. But back to Secret Avengers; this team seemed a little rag-tag at first. Upon closer inspection, though, I think I’ve figured it out from a sales standpoint: Fans of Brubaker’s Captain America will pick up the title to see Steve Rogers in action. Fans of the Beast and Nova have to read this title just to see their heroes in action, as they aren’t appearing anywhere else. It’s almost a case of nerd entrapment.


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