The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 08/25/2010

Action Comics #892 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:

Below you will find all the info you could possibly need on the comics shipping this Wednesday Aug. 25, 2010. For a full list of comics shipping this week, click here. To find a comic shop near you, click here.

Variant Watch:


Two more DC 75th Anniversary variants this week. Action Comics #892 ships with another 1:25 DC 75th Anniversary variant featuring Ivan Reis and Oclair Albert’s homage to Carmine Infantino’s cover to Superman #199. Watch for a $20-$25 price tag on this variant. These should be fairly easy to find, thanks to retailers upping their orders on writer Paul Cornell’s hit Lex Luthor story currently running in Action.

Teen Titans #86 variant

Teen Titans #86 also ships with a 1:25 Anniversary variant by one of my favorites—Mike Allred—featuring the Silver-Teen Titans in his homage to Showcase #59. This could be the hardest DC Anniversary variant to find yet, due to very low orders on Teen Titans. Last month’s #85 checked in at the 88th spot on the top-300-ordered comics, shipping only 24,248 copies. With orders that low, I’d be shocked if most stores order enough of the regular cover to even qualify for one of the variants.

White Lantern variants

Also from DC, watch for three more White Lantern variants to add to the puzzle they all seem to be forming. This week Green Arrow #3, Justice League: Generation Lost #8 and Justice League #48 all ship with 1:10 variants by Ryan Sook featuring (in order) Martian Manhunter, Hawkgirl and Jade, all in White Lantern duds. Once again DC is being stingy with the preview pics for whatever reason, but I was able to find this image of all the covers conjoined. Pretty cool stuff. It wouldn’t surprise me at all to see sets of these variants selling for a good amount on eBay soon. For now look for an $8-$10 on these, with the Justice League: Generation Lost being the hardest one to find due to lower orders on the title than the other two.

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. . .

Dracula Company of Monsters #1: Boom!

Dracula Company of Monsters #1

Solicitation: He’s back from the dead and starring in a new, ongoing horror series from the mind of Kurt Busiek. A powerful, predatory corporation acquires a valuable asset—Dracula! They think they own him, but no one can own the Son of the Dragon. There’s a monster in their midst that puts Hannibal Lecter to shame—and he plans to gain his freedom in blood. It’s bloodsuckers vs. bloodsucker, as Busiek brings an incredibly modern spin to the Dracula mythos. Joining Busiek is award-winning author Daryl Gregrory (Pandemonium) and rising star artist Scott Godlewski (Codebreakers). The epic journey starts here, so don’t miss the debut issue of Dracula: The Company of Monsters, the next breakout ongoing series from BOOM! Studios, featuring covers by Ron Salas and fan-favorite The Nocturnals artist Dan Brereton.

32 pages
Written by Kurt Busiek, Daryl Gregory; art by Scott Godlewski; covers by Dan Brereton, Ron Salas.

Why it’ll go fast: Dracula may be dead over at Marvel, but BOOM! Studios is digging his old bones back up for another monthly horror comic by Kurt Busiek. While vampires have been enjoying sales and popularity across the pop culture spectrum, Dracula seems to have slipped through the cracks. Which is why retailers will order sheepishly on this issue #1. This Dracula has real talent behind it and the story sounds like it could be a lot fun. If nerds pick this one up, I’m guessing they’ll dig it, and when they send their buddies to the comic shop looking for issue #1, it’ll be gone. Watch for a sell-out next week after the reorders ship. I’m guessing Dracula #1 doesn’t start to sell for much above cover until issue #3 or #4 hits the stands and the title has some good buzz behind it. Much like what happened with Irredeemable, also from BOOM!

X-Men: Curse of the Mutants: Blade One-shot

X-Men: Curse of the Mutants: Blade One-shot

Solicitation: Someone . . . something . . . is killing vampire slayers all over the world. Blade, the biggest, baddest slayer of them all, gathers an emergency assault team to blitz the bloodsucker underground and force answers out of anyone not reduced to a pile of smoking ash. But Blade’s not going to like what he hears. A new dawn is rising for the vampire nation. The rules are about to be rewritten, and Blade’s about to go to fang-to-fang with a new threat he knows he can’t fight alone.

32 pages
Written by Duane Swierczynski; art by Tim Green; cover by Dave Wilkins.

Why it’ll go fast: Blade seems to be one of those characters that every Marvel-nerd digs but cannot seem to maintain a solo-titile. The last we checked in with the Daywalker, he was running around in the pages of Captain Britain and MI13, which was an excellent series but, like Blade’s other books, ended in cancellation with issue #15. My guess is that retailers don’t trust Blade and are too busy ordering Shadowland tie-ins to worry about the Curse of the Mutants tie-ins. If there was a logical place for Blade to succeed it’s here in the pages of the X-Men vs. Vampires storyline. I’d love to read a Blade title by Swierczynski and maybe, if this comic sells out fast enough, we just might see one.

Guarding the Globe #1: Image

Guarding the Globe #1

Solicitation: As the Viltrumite War rages on within the pages of Invincible, the ranks of the Guardians of the Globe are suddenly depleted. The world is in danger, and the team is in search of new blood. It’s the biggest recruitment drive since Omni-Man slaughtered the original members. But will the new Guardians of the Globe be ready in time to stop The Order? This series is a can’t-miss action extravaganza!

32 pages
Written by Robert Kirkman, Benito Cereno; art by Ransom Getty; covers by Ryan Ottley, Ransom Getty, FCO Plascencia.

Why it’ll go fast: All things Robert Kirman sell very well for Image, but as well as the company has been doing the past few years, it still can’t afford print-runs the size of Marvel or DC’s. Which is why every Image title that sells out seems to be very hard to find in first-printing. Most recently, Image’s Morning Glories #1 was a perfect example of this phenomenon and has been selling for almost $20 on eBay. I don’t expect Guarding the Globe to be that instantly hot because it will be well-ordered due to Invincible’s role in the group, but it’s still going to sell fast. Pick this one up before Friday or fight for copies online.


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