The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 01/19/2011

Mass Effect Evolution #1 1:5 Joe Quinones 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 hot, new comics shipping this Wednesday, Jan. 19. 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.


Lady Mechanika #1 Cover E Joe Benitez 2nd Printing Variant

Boom Studios!

Soldier Zero #4 1:10 Phil Noto Variant

Dark Horse:

Mass Effect Evolution #1 1:5 Joe Quinones Variant.

Diamond lists this one as the variant but ComicList is saying the Massimo Carnevale cover is the variant. I’m going with Diamond for now and, of course, the Dark Horse site isn’t listing which is which. Fun times, folks. Regardless, watch for a $5-$6 price tag.


Brightest Day #18 1:10 Ivan Reis & Oclair Albert Variant Cover
Green Lantern Corps #56 1:10 Patrick Gleason Variant Cover
Justice League of America #53 1:10 David Mack Variant Cover


Doctor Who #1 Kelley Yates Incentive Cover
Doctor Who #1 Mark Buckingham Incentive Cover
Doorways #3 (of 4) Stefano Martino Sketch Variant Cover
Dungeons And Dragons #3 Module Variant Cover
Dungeons And Dragons #3 1:25 Copy Incentive Cover
G.I. JOE Cobra II #12 Zach Howard Variant Cover
Jurassic Park The Devils In The Desert #1 (of 4) John Byrne Sketch Variant Cover
Locke & Key Keys To The Kingdom #4 (of 6) Justin Randall Variant Cover
Silent Hill Past Life #3 (of 4) Justin Randall Variant Cover
Transformers Sector 7 #5 (of 5) Joe Suitor Variant Cover


27 #1 (of 4) W. Scott Forbes 2nd Printing Variant Cover
Morning Glories #6 1:4 Retailer Thank-You Variant Cover


Invincible Iron Man #500 1:50 Marko Djurdjevic Variant Cover.

Invincible Iron Man #500 1:150 Joe Quesada Wraparound Sketch Variant Cover.

With some creative numbering and renumbering, Marvel has decided it’s time for the 500th issue of Invincible Iron Man and with it, wait-a-minute . . . only three variants?

Invincible Iron Man #500 1:25 John Romita Jr. Variant Cover.

Watch for a $12-$15 price tag

Invincible Iron Man #500 1:50 Marko Djurdjevic Variant Cover. Watch for a $30-$35.
Invincible Iron Man #500 1:150 Joe Quesada Wraparound Sketch Variant Cover.

OK, check this out. This is what the Diamond Retailer site says about the Joe Q sketch variant:
“Order Form Notes: You may order 1 variant for every 150 regular you purchase. Also, if you order 10 copies of the regular version, you will receive 1 free sketchvar.”

I’m guessing this means the sketch variant is 1:150 variant and when you order 10 copies of the sketch variant, meaning you also ordered 1,150 of the regular cover, you get one free additional sketch cover. Or something like that. Who writes this stuff and how much time did they really save by using the word “sketchvar?” Watch for a $90-$100 price tag. Or, if you’re insane, you can pay the $549 that one online shop is asking.

Scarlet #4 1:25 Michael Avon Oeming Variant Cover.

Scarlet #4 1:25 Michael Avon Oeming Variant Cover.

Scarlet #3 was the 70th-most ordered comic on the Top 300 list for November. Not bad for non-superhero title, but also probably not enough that you will see a lot of shops ordering 25 copies of #4. If you need this variant you’re going to end up paying for it. Watch for a $20-$24 price tag.

Scarlet #4 1:50 Alex Maleev Variant Cover. Same goes here. I’m guessing this is a sketch cover, but am not having much luck confirming that. Regardless, if you need this one you’re also paying top dollar for it, as most shops won’t be ordering fifty copies of this one. Watch for a solid $40-$50 price tag.

Superior #4 of 6 Leinil Francis Yu Triple Variant Cover
Wolverine and Jubilee #1 (of 4) 1:20 Nimit Malavia 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 a criminal and a liar. Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later…

Doctor Who Vol.2 #1

Doctor Who Vol.2 #1


Solicitation: The Eleventh Doctor era starts here! When the Tardis becomes infected with holographic spam, the Doctor, Amy and Rory are forced to land on an alien world, but it’s been targeted for invasion by intergalactic mercenaries! Don’t miss the first adventures of the new Doctor and his companions in the latest volume of this critically acclaimed series!

32 pgs
$3.99 US

Why it’ll go fast: IDW does a better job on its licensed properties than just about any other comic company I can think of. They’ve been working closely with creators of the original properties to give its comics the same feel as the TV shows that spawned them, and the fans dig it. The first Doctor Who series sold very well for IDW because of this, and this new series will, too. If you dig Doctor Who, then you need to be reading these. That said, this is definitely a cult comic with a cult following, so it can be pretty hard to find back-issues once they sell out, mainly because retailers aren’t ordering huge numbers and IDW isn’t printing piles of the Doc Who issues either. Watch for this issue to sell out pretty quickly.

Mass Effect Evolution #1

Mass Effect Evolution #1


Solicitation: Mass Effect 2 lead writer Mac Walters reveals the origin of our galaxy’s most mysterious powerbroker: The Illusive Man! With co-writer John Jackson Miller (Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic) and artist Omar Francia (Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2), Walters chronicles humanity’s first deadly days on the galactic stage and uncovers the pivotal role The Illusive Man played in it all! Available only in comics, this essential piece of Mass Effect canon offers new insights for existing fans, while the focus on humanity’s first steps into the wider Mass Effect universe provides a riveting story of action and intrigue for sci-fi readers of all stripes: The secret origin of the Illusive Man!; The world’s most acclaimed sci-fi video-game series returns to comics!; Mass Effect 2 sold two million copies in its first week and earned a 96-percent score on Metacritic, the industry-watched review aggregator.

32 pages

Why it’ll go fast: The first Mass Effect series was a huge hit for Dark Horse, partly because it was carried by a lot of video-game stores along with comic shops. It got pretty good reviews from both gamers and comic-nerds (often one in the same) as well. This series should sell just as well, considering Dark Horse is sticking with the formula of using the lead writer on the video-game along with a proven comic writer and solid art. This is high-quality Sci-Fi that takes place in the most popular Sci-Fi video-game continuity on the market today so expect it to go fast. Retailers have a lot of trouble with these video-game adaptations, mainly because they either sell out right away or pile up in back issue bins. The truth is, most of them aren’t very good, so when a good one does come along, the comic has already sold out at the printers before most retailers can re-order copies. Watch for the same to happen here.

Wolverine and Jubilee #1

Wolverine and Jubilee #1


Solicitation: Straight out of the pages of X-Men and right into the jugular! Jubilee is about as far away from the ideal X-Man as it is possible for a 17-year-old, minty-fresh vampire to be. While the X-Men try to find a way to give her as normal a life as is inhumanly feasible, her decidedly abnormal vampire cravings will not be denied. Between that and her newfound powers, she’s winning the fights but not the popularity contests among most of the other X-Kids. Most . . . but not all. And just when Jubilee starts to think that there is no place for her anywhere, a group of vampire women make her an offer she can’t refuse. It seems like the perfect solution . . . unless Wolverine has anything to say about it!

32 pages

Why it’ll go fast: I can’t take too much credit for this one because, like most retailers out there, I dismissed this comic immediately after seeing the title. Full disclosure here; I hate Jubilee. Just never cared for the character. Hated her in 1989 when she made her first appearance (Uncanny X-Men #244), hate her stupid yellow coat, and hate her today now that she’s a vampire. Nope, didn’t make that last part up. Well, it seems I’m going to have to read this one because it’s drawn by the amazing Phil Noto, and Kathryn Immonen’s writing has been getting rave reviews of late. I’m guessing, like me, most retailers didn’t even look at the creative team when ordering this one and though it might even be a kiddie comic. This one won’t sell out this week, but when the re-orders hit next week it’ll be gone. Looks like I’m going to look past my distaste for Jubilee and give this one an honest read. If I can find it.


Matt Baum is WorthPoint’s comic book Worthologist. If you have any questions about these books or anything else in the comic book world feel free to contact Matt or post your question below in the “comments” section below. Also, you can follow him on Twitter, where I’m always screaming about something nerd-related. Thanks to all Matt’s new followers and keep the comments coming! Want to know what your comics are worth? Join WorthPoint to search its database or use its “Ask A Worthologist” feature. Remember to post the title, issue number and cover price. And finally, a word to the Federal Trade Commission; all the comics discussed here are purchased solely by the writer, who receives no gifts or free merchandise from any publishers, even though he would graciously accept them.


WorthPoint—Discover Your Hidden Wealth

(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)