The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 09/01/2010

Fathom: Blue Descent #1 ships Turner 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 Sept. 1, 2010. For a full list of comics shipping this week, click here. To find a comic shop near you, click here.

Variant Watch:


Fathom: Blue Descent #1 ships with a 1:10 Michael Turner cover this week and Turner nerds will be looking for this one. With rumors of an upcoming Fathom movie starring Megan Fox churning, Turner fans are foaming at the mouth for this variant. Don’t be surprised to see the $15 price tag, but with a little searching you should be able to find it for $8-$10.



Avengers: The Children's Crusade #2 Charest variant

Avengers: The Children’s Crusade #2 ships with a 1:25 variant by a guy we haven’t heard from for years. Anyone remember Travis Charest? He was by far the most talented name to come out Wildstorm in the ’90s only to vanish. I love this guy and hope to see more work from him anywhere and soon. Expect to see a $20-$25 price tag here, but there are a few retailers online selling this variant for $15-$17.

Also from Marvel, Wolverine #1 volume (6?) ships this week with six variant covers. Here’s your official Wolvie #1 variant list.

Wolverine #1 (Blank Variant Cover)

Wolverine #1 (Jae Lee Sketch Variant Cover) 1:10

Wolverine #1 (Marko Djurdjevic Variant Cover) 1:15

Wolverine #1 (Arthur Adams Variant Cover) 1:25

Wolverine #1 (Steve McNiven Variant Cover) 1:50

Wolverine #1 (Blank Variant Cover)
Wolverine #1 (Jae Lee Sketch Variant Cover) 1:10
Wolverine #1 (Marko Djurdjevic Variant Cover) 1:15
Wolverine #1 (Arthur Adams Variant Cover) 1:25
Wolverine #1 (Steve McNiven Variant Cover) 1:50

Wolvie #1 Deadpool variant by J Scott Campbell

But that’s not all, there’s also an ultra-rare Wolvie #1 Deadpool variant by J Scott Campbell that was only available when retailers stripped 50 covers of New Mutants #12, Uncanny X-Men #523, X-Force #26, X-Men Legacy #235, Avengers: The Initiative #34, Dark Avengers #15, Dark Wolverine #84, Mighty Avengers #36, New Avengers #64, Thor #609 or Thunderbolts #143. Retailers could send in any combination of the stripped covers but would only receive 1 Wolvie variant per 50 covers. Expect at least a $200 price tag for this variant. Already there’s been some pre-sales on eBay that have hit $400.

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 . . .

Freedom Fighters #1: DC

Freedom Fighters #1

Solicitation: A new call to arms begins as Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters return in an all-new action packed ongoing series helmed by the writing team of Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti with art by Travis Moore and Trevor Scott. A national mystery unfolds when the government learns of the existence of a Confederate super weapon intended to insure the South won the Civil War. Who built it and why wasn’t it used? Find out when Uncle Sam leads the team on a quest through the hidden history of the United States. With new challenges and old threats returning to plague them, the stakes are higher than ever. Can even these stalwart heroes stand by their duty when their country calls?

32 pages
Written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray; art by Travis Moore; Inks by Trevor Scott; Covers by Dave Johnson; 1:10 Variant Cover by Shane Davis.

Why it’ll go fast: Palmiotti and Gray write good comics and they’ve been doing it for some time now. I first noticed the writing team’s work during their amazing run on Hawkman and then followed them to Jonah Hex (read the comic and skip the movie). Nerds dig these guys and will pick this comic up to see what they’ll do with the Freedom Fighters. Retailers, on the other hand, probably don’t have the same love of these two. Palmiotti and Gray were the team that took over Hawkman after Geoff Johns, which resulted in reduced sales and ultimately cancelation. Jonah Hex has never been a big seller but has been a critical success from day one. Much like the writers, the Freedom Fighters have a similar cult following that will pick this comic up. I don’t see an instant sellout, but by the time issue #2 hits stands, I’d say #1 will be pretty hard to find.

Veronica #202: Archie Comics

Veronica #202

Solicitation: “Isn’t It Bromantic?” There’s a new hunk in town and Veronica has her sights set on him. She latches on to Kevin, but despite her increasingly persistent attempts to get his attention, he’s just not interested! Jughead takes advantage of the situation and uses them both in his quest to play Veronica for a fool. In the end, will Jughead turn out to be the real dunce?

32 pages
Written and drawn by Dan Parent.

Why it’ll go fast: Archie comics is introducing their first gay character and—big let down because it would’ve brought all kinds of new meaning to years of Archie stories—it’s not Jughead. Kevin, the new hot blonde guy in . . . wherever the hell Archie lives, is gay! Scandal! Oh, and welcome to the rest of the comic world, which has been inhabited by gay characters since the 1960s. Regardless, you can bet this issue will get some press and will sell out pretty quickly.

Taskmaster #1: Marvel

Taskmaster #1

Solicitation: The fan-favorite anti-hero from Avengers: Initiative explodes into his own mini-series! Taskmaster has trained hench-thugs for every terrorist organization and criminal cartel in the Marvel Universe. So when the rumor starts that he’s turned traitor and now works for Steve Rogers, a billion-dollar bounty is put on his head, and every cadre of costumed fanatics—A.I.M., Hydra, Ultimatum, the Sons of the Serpent, everyone—looks to collect. Now, Taskmaster has to fight hordes upon hordes of his psychopathic students while at the same time figuring out who framed him—which requires him figuring out who he really is! That’s right, the man with the photographic reflexes has no memory of his true identity—and you’ll learn the unexpected truth along with him! The action-packed Secret Origin of Taskmaster begins here, courtesy of New York Times bestselling writer Fred Van Lente (Amazing Spider-Man, Incredible Hercules, Marvel Zombies) and acclaimed artist Jefte Paolo (Doctor Voodoo)!

40 pages
Written by Fred Van Lente: art by Jefte Paolo; cover by Alex Garner.

Why it’ll go fast: Thought I was going to pick Wolvie #1, didn’t ya? Too easy! No sir, I’m going out on a limb here. Fred Van Lente writes good comics and the Taskmaster was easily one of the most interesting characters to come out of Marvel’s Dark Reign event. I’m guessing this one sells out pretty fast and no one is ready for it. Look for retailers to order light on a mini-series about a B-list villain but when the reorders come in next week Taskmaster #1 will be gone. Maybe it’s the red wine talking, or my deep love of Jefte Paolo’s art and desire to punch everyone that didn’t pick up his Doctor Voodoo series in the nose, but I think this mini is going to be great.


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