The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 01/26/2011

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.

Star Wars Darth Vader and the Lost Command #1 of 5 1:10 Douglas Wheatley Variant Cover

New Comics Roundup

Below you will find all the info you could possibly need on the hot, new comics shipping this Wednesday, Jan. 26. 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 (i.e.; 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.


Every comic shipping from Avatar this week is a reprint with a limited-edition reprinted cover in some cases. Does that make them variants? Technically, yes even though they were offered as Con-exclusives. I’m still trying to figure out what an “Auxiliary” cover is.

Crossed Family Values #3 (of 7) Matt Martin Chicago Comic Con Cover: Limited to 850
Crossed Family Values #3 (of 7) Raulo Caceres Slam Dunk Cover (Limited to 850)
Crossed Family Values #4 (of 7) Michael Dipascale Long Beach Comic Con Cover (Limited to 850)
Crossed Family Values #6 (of 7) Raulo Caceres Auxiliary Cover (Limited to 1,500)
Neonomicon #1 (of 4) Jacen Burrows Project Comic Con Cover (Limited 1,000)
Night of the Living Dead #1 (of 5) Paul Duffield Long Beach Comic Con Cover (Limited to 850)
Night of the Living Dead #2 (of 5) Matt Martin Auxiliary Cover (Limited to 1,500)

Boom Studios!

Incorruptible #14 Cover C Garry Brown 1:10
Traveler #3 Cover C Scott Clark 1:10

Dark Horse:

Kull The Hate Witch #3 (of 4) 1:5 Fabio Cobiaco Variant Cover
Star Wars Darth Vader and the Lost Command #1 of 5 1:10 Douglas Wheatley Variant Cover

This is the first of 12 Dark Horse 25th Anniversary variant covers and it kind of makes me wish I read Star Wars comics. This would be a really cool set of variants to add to anyone’s collection. Watch for a $7-$10 price tag.


Green Arrow #8 1:10 Mauro Cascioli Regular Cover
Justice League Generation Lost #18 1:10 Kevin Maguire Variant Cover
Teen Titans #91 1:10 Ivan Reis & Oclair Albert Variant Cover
Wonder Woman #606 1:10 Alex Garner Variant Cover


Kato Origins #6 1:10 Francesco Francavilla Variant Cover
Kato #7 Ale Garza Black/White/Green Variant Cover
Kato #7 1:10 Carlos Rafael Variant Cover


Angel #41 (of 44) (Nick Runge Variant Cove
Angel Illyria #3 (of 4) 1:10 Copy Incentive Cover
G.I. JOE A Real American Hero #162 Larry Hama Sketch Variant Cover
Infestation #1 (of 2) Ashley Wood Painted Incentive Cover
Infestation #1 (of 2) Incentive Character Sketchbook


Artifacts #5 (of 13) Nic Klein Sketch Variant Cover
Artifacts #5 (of 13) 1:100 Copy Incentive Cover
Darkness #89 Sheldon Mitchell Variant Cover
Darkness Four Horsemen #3 (of 4) Jeff Wamester Sketch Variant Cover
Echoes #1 (of 5)(Cover B 2nd Printing Variant
Guarding the Globe #3 (of 6) Variant Cover


Age of X Alpha #1 1:20 Olivier Coipel Wraparound Variant Cover
Amazing Spider-Man #648 Humberto Ramos 2nd Printing Variant Cover
Amazing Spider-Man #649 Humberto Ramos 2nd Printing Variant Cover
Amazing Spider-Man #650 Humberto Ramos 2nd Printing Variant Cover
Fantastic Four #583 Steve Epting 3rd Printing Variant Cover
Fantastic Four #584 Steve Epting 2nd Printing Variant Cover
Fantastic Four #585 Steve Epting 2nd Printing Variant Cover
Fantastic Four #586 Steve Epting 2nd Printing Variant Cover
Invincible Iron Man #500 1:100 Joe Quesada Wraparound Variant Cover

X-Men #7 Marko Djurdjevic Gatefold Variant Cover

Marvel went nuts, variant-wise, this week on X-Men #7. True, it’s the start of a new storyline, but six variants? And if you’re going to do six, why not seven?

X-Men #7 Chris Bachalo 1:15 Variant Cover

X-Men #7 Paolo Rivera Fantastic Four Anniversary Variant Cover

X-Men #7 Terry Dodson 1:25 Variant Cover

X-Men #7 Blank Variant – $3.99
X-Men #7 Chris Bachalo 1:15 Variant Cover ($7-$10)
X-Men #7 Marko Djurdjevic Gatefold Variant Cover (one per Diamond Account ($40 and up)
X-Men #7 Paolo Rivera Fantastic Four Anniversary Variant Cover (exceed orders on X-Men #2 and order all you need)
X-Men #7 Terry Dodson 1:25 Variant Cover ($15-$20)
X-Men #7 Terry Dodson Retailer Premiere Edition Cover (one per Diamond Account; these seem to start at $85 and go up from there)

Speculator Picks of the Week

These are comics that could sell out very quickly due to conservative ordering, popular demand, shipping errors or Rham Emmanuel looking for a job in your town. Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later . . .

Infestation #1

Infestation #1

Cover by J.K. SNYDER III

Solicitation: It begins here! The first-ever IDW event, which affects the Transformers, G.I. Joe, Ghostbusters and Star Trek universes! This dimensions-spanning storyline begins with a specially priced 40-page story by Abnett & Lanning (The Thanos Imperative) and David Messina (True Blood). Something goes horribly awry in the Zombies vs. Robots universe, threatening to tear many of IDW’s biggest realities asunder! Don’t miss the IDW event ten years in the making!

32 pgs
$3.99 US

Why it’ll go fast: This one is just weird enough, in the sense that it’s a loose crossover between G.I. Joe, Star Trek, Transformers and Ghostbusters, that most retailers aren’t going to know how to order Infestation #1. I’m excited for this one because it’s written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, (Guardians of the Galaxy, Nova, Heros for Hire) and David Messina (Star Trek); all of whom write comics I’ve loved in the past. Infestation is going to be quirky, scary, violent and fun. Nerds are going to come looking for issue #1 once the buzz hits the net and, judging by the good early reviews I’ve seen, it already has. I wouldn’t count on seeing piles of these on the shelves so if you didn’t pre-order Infestation you might have to hunt it down. For a more in-depth review on this book, check out my podcast The Two-Headed Nerd Comicast Episode 3, which will be up this coming Sunday, Jan. 30.

Fantastic Four #587

Fantastic Four #587

Penciled by STEVE EPTING
Spoiler Variant Cover by TBD

40 pages

Why it’ll go fast: I didn’t forget something here, there is no solicitation. FF #587 is a wonderfully kept secret and one that’s gonna start many a nerd-fight. Someone in the family is going to die in this one and everyone is trying to guess who. For my full theory click here. Marvel announced there would be a limited over-print on this issue but it wasn’t enough. As of Monday, #587 was already sold out at Diamond. Death sells comics, especially when we don’t know who’s going to die. Plus, the comic has an early street date. It comes out on Tuesday, so add pomp and circumstance to the hubbub. This one is going to be huge. Even the naysayers are going to have to pick #587 up to find out why they’re mad. If you don’t want the surprise , would stay away from all media. The media has ruined more past comic surprises than I can count. You might not want to check your texts either.

Star Wars Darth Vader & Lost Command #1 (of 5) #1

Star Wars Darth Vader & Lost Command #1 (of 5)


Solcitation: Still haunted by the events in Revenge of the Sith, Darth Vader must set aside his past and put his future on hold for a mission to the mysterious Ghost Nebula to locate—and, if possible, rescue—a missing Imperial expeditionary force. But what seems a perfect opportunity to lose himself in his duty is complicated by two factors: he is paired with a willful, yet highly competent co-commander, and the officer they are being sent to locate is the son of Vader’s rising nemesis, Moff Tarkin.

32 pages

Why it’ll go fast: Darth Vader isn’t just on the cover of this one. His name is on it, too. If one thing sells Star Wars comics, it’s Darth Vader. Last month’s Star Wars Dark Times was the highest selling SW comic, checking in at #93 on the most-ordered comics list, didn’t star Vader and didn’t sell out at the printer. All facts that will cause most retailers to order light on this one. The fact that this is a limited series might not help either. At 40-pages with $3.50 price tag, this is a great value. Leonardi is a fantastic penciler and the preview art looks good. I can’t say much about Blackman, as I’ve never read his stuff, but I’m guessing Vader is the major draw here anyway. Dark Horse has kept the Star Wars alive and breathing, putting out a high quality comic every month, even in the wake of three movies that fractured it’s cult following badly. I was one of those detractors and have sworn off Star Wars ever since. Trust me, you don’t want me to go into it.


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