The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 08/18/2010

Darkwing Duck #3 1:10 variant cover by Amy Mebberson

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, Aug. 18, 2010. For a full list of comics shipping this week, click here. To find a comic shop near you, click here.

Variant Watch:


Darkwing Duck #3 ships with a 1:10 variant cover by Amy Mebberson. According to Mebberson, the cover was inspired by the Penny Dreadful comics of the late 19th century. These variants will probably move pretty quickly in stores that order more than 10 copies of Darkwing. I’d guess most stores will order below the required 10 and not even receive one of the variants, making this one tough to find. Most retailers will be asking $8-$10 for this Darkwing variant.


Three more White Lantern variants ship this week, forming the final pieces of the puzzle. Yes, they form a puzzle with clues to what the heck is actually happening in Brightest Day. Watch for Brightest Day #8 to ship with a 1:10 variant featuring Firestorm, Green Lantern Corps #51 ships with 1:10 variant featuring Reverse Flash and JSA #42 ships with a 1:10 variant featuring Hawkman. All these variants should be selling in the $8-$10 range and should be readily available since these are well ordered titles.

Also from DC—Wildstorm to be more exact—the final issue of Ex Machina #50 ships with a 1:10 Jim Lee variant. I would guess that most nerds who stayed with this amazing series for the full run won’t think twice about ending the run with variant. Especially one by fan-favorite Jim Lee. Just because this is a landmark issue, I wouldn’t expect retailers to order extra of issue #50. Ex Machina makes its money in trade sales, not single issues. EX #49 checked in at the 141st spot in May’s most-ordered comics chart and only shipped 11,994 issues so don’t expect to see piles of #50 or the Jim Lee Variant. Look for an $8-$10 price tag.


Last Phantom variants.

This has got to be close to a record. I remember Image’s Gen 13 #1 shipping with 13 different variant covers back in the early 1990s, but to my knowledge, we haven’t seen a comic with variant covers in the double digits since. Until now. The good peeps at Dynamite Entertainment didn’t think nine variant covers was enough for the new Last Phantom series so, they gave us 10. Count them with me here and yes, I am counting the two regular covers:

Last Phantom #1 Incentive Alex Ross Issue 2 Sneak Peek Cover
Last Phantom #1 Incentive Alex Ross Issue 3 Sneak Peek Cover
Last Phantom #1 Incentive Alex Ross Negative Art Cover A
Last Phantom #1 Incentive Alex Ross Negative Art Cover B
Last Phantom #1 Incentive Alex Ross Virgin Cover A
Last Phantom #1 Incentive Alex Ross Virgin Cover B
Last Phantom #1 Regular Alex Ross Close-Up Cover
Last Phantom #1 Regular Alex Ross Jungle Cover
Last Phantom #1 Regular Fabiano Neves Cover
Last Phantom #1 Regular Joe Prado Cover

The “Sneak Peak” covers haven’t been revealed but all the other covers are variations of the four pictured here. It makes one wonder if Dynamite is trying to cash in on the first issue of a series they don’t believe in.


Amazing Spider-Man #640 variant.

Amazing Spider-Man #640 ships this week with two more variant covers by Joe Quesada. Look for a 1:25 color version and a 1:100 sketch version. Expect a $16-$25 price tag on the 1:25. The 1:100 sketch version is another story. Retailers and eBay sellers are asking anywhere from $60-$160. Will this variant sell for $160? No way. The other Quesada sketch variants are selling for $100 at the highest. If you need this one you can probably find it for closer to $60 but the longer you wait the closer you’ll end up at that $100 price tag. Those asking more than $100 are just a bunch a jerks.

Speculator Picks of the Week.

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

Image United #3: Marvel

Image United #3

Solicitation: The crossover event of the century continues! The stage has been set, the pieces are in place; the battle for the entire planet begins here. The villains of the Image Universe are united against the world, but who’s pulling their strings? You can’t miss this historic event as the original Image Founders draw all the characters they made history with. Each page is an amazing jam piece—it’s a story told in a way never before attempted in comics.

32 pages
Written by Robert Kirkman; art and covers by Erik Larsen, Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane, Whilce Portacio , Marc Silvestri , Jim Valentino.

Why it’ll go fast: In true fashion, the titans of Image Comics are late as usual. Really late. Issue #2 shipped in December of last year so, yeah, really late. You can bet that every retailer in their right mind cut their orders on this issue. And now for the sad part; issue #3 will still sell out. Some nerds are like abused spouses and just don’t know when to walk away. Hell, Todd McFarlane’s name alone will sell out a title even if he’s just drawing a splash page. We don’t learn. Because of slashed orders it wouldn’t surprise me if Image cut back their print-run to make this IU #3 look like a big seller when it does sell out.

Shadowland: Power Man #1: Marvel

Shadowland: Power Man #1

Solicitation: Exploding out of the blood-strewn streets of Shadowland: the all-new, all-different Power Man! Who is he? Why is he one of the few heroes to oppose Daredevil’s rule over Hell’s Kitchen? And what is his connection to Daniel Rand’s School of Thunder dojo . . . and the killer called Bullseye? That’s what Luke Cage and Iron Fist must discover—before the vengeful swords of The Hand find this young mystery man first! All-out martial arts action begins here as Fred Van Lente (Marvel Zombies 3-5) and Mahmud Asrar (Siege: Young Avengers) introduce a new star with a host of secrets!

40 pages
Written by Fred Van Lente; art by Mahmud Asrar; cover by Mike Perkins.

Why it’ll go fast: Shadowland is selling very well for Marvel but it’s safe to say that, like always, retailers will always order light on specials and tie-ins. This one just happens to introduce a new character with a familiar name. Power Man. Do we need a new one? That remains to be seen. But like many other nerds, I trust writer Fred Van Lente. I’m guessing even those who are opposed to the idea might pick this one up just to see how much they hate it. I don’t see it selling out this week but watch for an announcement by Wednesday of next week.

True Blood #2: IDW

True Blood #2

Solicitation: Trapped inside the mystically-sealed Merlotte’s by a soul-sucking spirit, psychic waitress and vampire girlfriend Sookie Stackhouse is forced to reveal her deepest, most shameful secret to save the lives of Bill and her friends. But will Sookie’s shame be enough to satisfy the spirit, and does her story hold a surprise clue to the true cause of her parent’s death? Our untold tale from the world of HBO’s hit vampire series TRUE BLOOD continues. Story by series creator Alan Ball and show writers Elizabeth Finch & Kate Barnow!

32 pages
Written by Alan Ball, David Tischman & Mariah Huehner; art by David Messina; cover by David Messina and J. Scott Campbell.

Why it’ll go fast: When they were ordering the first issue of this series, retailers weren’t sure what would happen. Well, issue #1 sold out pretty quickly, but it wasn’t until the reorders came in, meaning True Blood #1 was under-ordered. Watch for issue #2 to be ordered even lighter. It just makes sense; when ordering a new series it always smart to order higher on issue #1 than issue #2. The same goes for print-runs. It’s a safety play and it’s exactly what will push prices up on this comic while nerds are scrambling to find TB #2. I would guess early order increases and reorders will cause an even quicker sell out on this one.


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