The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 01/12/2011

Stan Lee's Starborn #2 1:10 Variant Cover C Humberto Ramos

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 hot, new comics shipping this Wednesday, Jan. 12. For a full list of comics shipping this week, click here. To find a comic shop near you, click here.

Variant Watch

Here’s a list of all the variants shipping from Diamond this week and some info on the hot ones. The variant Ratios (ie; 1:10) represent how many of the regular issues the retailer has to order to receive one of the variants. If a ratio is not included it’s because I couldn’t get the information or because the variant is a new printing.


Fevre Dream #10 (of 10) 1:3 Felipe Massafera Nightmare Variant Cover

Boom Studios!

Stan Lee’s Starborn #2 1:10 Variant Cover C Humberto Ramos.

Variants for the first issue of Starborn sold well but died down. Across the pond however, in jolly old England, they still seem to be selling pretty well. Currently, the British Pound is worth about $1.50, so savvy eBay sellers can make a little extra scratch by shipping Starborn Variants to the U.K. Who knew Stan The Man was such a hit with the limeys? Watch for a $6-$8 price tag here in the states.

B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth Gods #1 (of 3) 1:5 Guy Davis Variant cover.

Dark Horse:

B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth Gods #1 (of 3) 1:5 Guy Davis Variant cover.

No one else might care about these variants, but I’m drooling over them. I love Guy Davis’s art and am hoping each issue will have different anatomical drawings of the whole team. Watch for a $5-$6 price tag.

Let Me In Crossroads #2 (of 4) 1:5 Photo Variant Cover


Batman And Robin #19 1:10 Gene Ha Variant Cover
Green Lantern Emerald Warriors #6 1:25 Felipe Massafera Variant Cover
Justice League Generation Lost #17 1:10 Kevin Maguire Variant Cover
Superman #707 1:10 Jo Chen Variant Cover


Spawn turns 200 this week (issues not years) and is celebrating with a whole bunch of different covers; six regular covers and four variants.

Spawn #200 1:10 Greg Capullo Variant Cover
Spawn #200 1:25 Jim Lee Black & White Variant Cover
Spawn #200 1:50 Todd McFarlane Black & White Variant Cover
Spawn #200 1:100 David Finch Black & White Variant Cover

Amazing Spider-Man #651 Mark Brooks 1:15 Tron Variant Cover

There’re still nerds out there that love Spawn and are just looking for a reason to dump some cash on these variants, so be prepared to shell out some cash if you need these. Watch for pretty standard price tags on these:

1:10 – $5-$7
1:25 – $15-$17
1:50 – $25-$30
1:100 – $60-$75


Amazing Spider-Man #651 Mark Brooks 1:15 Tron Variant Cover.

Personally I think these have been pretty silly for the most part, but they are selling. It’s Spidey’s turn for a Tron variant and I have to admit, this one looks pretty cool. Watch for a $8-$10 price tag.

Heroes For Hire #2 1:15 Harvey Tolibao Variant Cover

Speculator Picks of the Week

These are comics that could sell out very quickly due to conservative ordering, popular demand, shipping errors or Cam Newton’s dad not being invited to his son’s championship game because he’s an alleged criminal and liar. Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later. . .

Infinite Vacation #1

Infinite Vacation #1


Solicitation: Welcome to the Infinite Vacation, where changing your life is always just a click away! Mark lives in a world where alternate realities are up for sale and buying and trading your way through unlimited variations of yourself is as commonplace as checking your e-mail or updating your status. But when other “hims” start dying suddenly and he meets a mysterious girl who wants nothing to do with “life-changing,” he’ll learn the truth about the universe he stumbles through, and what happens when your vacation turns on you.

32 pgs
$3.50 US

Why it’ll go fast: I’m starting to sound like a broken record here, but once again, we’ve got another #1 issue from Image that I’m picking to sell out. Not just because it’s another Image #1, but this one is written by Nick Spencer, who’s also the creative mind behind Image’s sold-out Morning Glories series and DC’s Thunder Agents. Spencer is hot as of late and people are picking up anything with his name on it. Like his other series, this one has a ton of buzz behind it and a great premise. Watch for a sellout announcement late Wednesday or early Thursday.

Heroes for Hire #2

Heroes for Hire #2

Penciled by BRAD WALKER
Variant Cover by HARVEY TOLIBAO

Solicitation: Starring Ghost Rider and Silver Sable! Hello, hero . . . are you for hire? Can you stop?the distribution of lethal combat weapons on the streets of America’s cities? What happens if the weapons are cursed? Can you fight a demonic force? Who are you going to call for help? Howzabout . . . Silver Sable, Paladin, Misty Knight, Satanna and . . . Ghost Rider? The non-stop action and the mysterious shadowplay continue in this smash new street level book from the creative team that changed the face of Marvel Cosmic!

32 pages

Why it’ll go fast: This one is a pretty easy call. Issue #1 sold out almost immediately and it looks like #2 is already sold out. Big congrats to Abnett and Lanning on their huge hit but, I have to admit, I miss their Marvel cosmic stuff terribly. Heroes for Hire #1 is still selling for cover price, but there aren’t a lot of them for sale online. I would guess this one will be even harder to find than the first issue, as retailers tend to cut their orders down on second issues and companies, in response, tend to print less. Watch for this one to be selling for at least double cover price by this weekend.

Spawn #200 Finch Variant Cover

Spawn #200


Solicitation: Spawn 200 arrives!?In June of 1992, the first issue of Todd McFarlane’s Spawn hit bookshelves in record numbers. Now, 17 years later, the new Spawn—Jim Downing—comes head to head with the biggest enemy of the Spawn universe, with his new sidekick Clown. Can this dynamite duo team up long enough to survive the return of a ruthless Spawn villain? And what happens when God gets into the action? This double-sized issue is jam-packed with more than a dozen of comic’s greatest creative talents. Spawn #200 features the long awaited return of Todd McFarlane and Greg Capullo to interior artwork!

48 pages

Why it’ll go fast: I’m calling my shot on a specific cover here; the David Finch cover to be exact. As a whole, I’m guessing Spawn #200 is over-ordered and pretty easy to find for the most part. However, if one cover is going to be the tough one, I’m guessing it’s this one. Not Jim Lee’s, not McFarlane’s and certainly not Rob Liefeld’s. The nerds love David Finch’s art, which is the only reason I can think of that his Batman: The Dark Knight title that he also writes was the top-selling comic last month, and they are going to come looking for this cover.


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