The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 01/30/2013

Invincible #100 (Cover G Ryan Ottley Wraparound)

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, back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from (CPG) and current online auction sales. Sales numbers and rankings are courtesy of Lists of new comics are courtesy of and Make sure and click on the links to learn more about the titles and creators discussed here. If you want to hear what this nerd sounds like you can catch me on my podcast, the Two-Headed Nerd Comicast, where my friend Joe and I discuss the latest comic news, review some new comics, and answer your questions.

New Comics Roundup

We find ourselves officially in the dog-days of winter (are there winter dog-days?) with spring nowhere in site, unfortunately. But don’t fret, new comic day is just two days away and there’s all kinds of fun for you to read by the fire. Watch for a must have Legend of Zelda HC from Dark Horse, more annuals from DC, a new Doctor Who mini featuring some old freinds, The Death of Everyone in Invincible #100 and more Doc Ock and Mary Jane smooching in Avenging Spidey from Marvel. Oh, and don’t forget to pick up your previews catalog so you can pre-order your comics.

Below you will find all the info you could possibly need on all the hot, new comics shipping this Wednesday, Jan. 30, including variant ratios, storyline and creator notes and a little speculation on what could be hard to find in the future. The ratios listed after titles (i.e.; 1:10) represent how many issues of a regular cover retailers had to order to get the variant. Issues that are part of a crossover or storyline have an abbreviated title in parenthesis after the title comic (i.e.; AvX). Be sure to let me know what you think of the new format and remember to click on the links for previews. For a full list of comics shipping this week, click here. To find a comic shop near you, click here.

(Abbreviations: FOC – Final Order Cut Off date; GN – Graphic Novel; HC – Hardcover; SC – Soft Cover; TP – Trade Paperback; Vol – Volume).


FUBAR Winter Special (One Shot), $2.99


Cavewoman Gangster #3 (of 3)(Budd Root Special Edition), $8. Limited to 750 copies and ships with a certificate of authenticity.


Calvin and Hobbes Attack of Snow Goons TP (New Printing), $12.99


Gold Digger #146, $3.99


Richie Rich Gems #48, $3.99


James Bond FAQ All That’s Left To Know About Everyone’s Favorite Superspy SC, $22.99


Archie Double Digest #237, $3.99
Archie The Married Life Volume 3 TP, $19.99


Executive Assistant Iris Volume 3 #2 (Cover A Alex Konat), $3.99
Executive Assistant Iris Volume 3
#2 (Cover B Emilio Laiso), $3.99

Executive Assistant Iris Volume 3 #2 (Cover C Elizabeth Torque), 1:12. Retailers had the option to order up to three of the Torque variant for every 12 regular covers ordered.


Crossed Badlands #18 (Raulo Caceres Auxiliary Edition), $3.99
Crossed Badlands #22 (Gianluca Pagliarani Wraparound Cover), $3.99
Crossed Badlands #22 (Raulo Caceres Regular Cover), $3.99
Crossed Badlands #22 (Raulo Caceres Torture Cover), $3.99
Crossed Badlands #22 (Raulo Caceres Red Crossed Incentive Cover), 1:3

Night Of The Living Dead Aftermath #1 (Raulo Caceres Tasty Cover), $5.99. Limited to 850 copies.


Golden Goddesses 25 Legendary Women of Classic Erotic Cinema 1968-1985 SC, $49.95


Futurama Comics #65, $2.99
Simpsons Illustrated #5, $3.99


Conan of Cimmeria Volume 3 Limited Deluxe HC, $112. Limited to 1,000 copies. Sold out.


Adventure Time #12 (Cover A Chris Houghton), $3.99
Adventure Time #12 (Cover B Zack Sterling), $3.99
Adventure Time #12 (Cover C Lilli Carre), 1:15, ($7-$9)

Adventure Time #12 (Cover C Lilli Carre)

Adventure Time #12 (Cover D David King)

Adventure Time #12 (Cover D David King), 1:20, ($10-$12). Two more awesome variants for adventure time. Watch for both to sell quickly.

Deathmatch #2 (Cover A Whilce Portacio), $3.99
Deathmatch #2 (Cover B Trevor Hairsine), $3.99

Deathmatch #2 (Cover E Morgue Pre-Order Variant). Retailers who qualified could order the Morgue variant equivalent to their order of the regular cover.

Deathmatch #2 (Cover C Trevor Hairsine),

Deathmatch #2 (Cover C Trevor Hairsine), 1:20, ($12-$15)
Deathmatch #2 (Cover D Whilce Portacio, CGC 9.8), 1:50, ($35-$40)

Extermination Volume 1 TP, $14.99

Planet of the Apes Volume 4 TP, $19.99. Collecting issues #13-16, this volume also collects the PLANET OF THE APES ANNUAL.
Roger Langridge’s Snarked Volume 3 TP, $14.99. Collecting issues 9-12.


Lady Death #21 (Juan Jose Ryp Viking Queen Cover), $9.99. Limited to 850 copies. Sold out. I’ve never cared much for Lady Death, but Ryp certainly makes her look cool here.

Lady Death #22 (Juan Jose Ryp Auxiliary Cover)

Lady Death #22 (Juan Jose Ryp Auxiliary Cover), $3.99. Limited to 1250 copies. Sold out. Another great looking Ryp cover.

Lady Death #23 (Pow Rodrix Messy Cover), $9.99. Sold out. Limited to 850 copies.


Tarot Witch of the Black Rose #78, $2.95


Comic Shop News #1337, Free


Blade of the North Wind GN, $9.99


CrossStar #7 (of 7), $3.99. Sold out.


Angel and Faith #18 (Rebekah Isaacs Variant Cover), $2.99
Angel and Faith #18 (Steve Morris Regular Cover), $2.99
Creepy Archives Volume 15 HC, $49.99. Collects issues #69-#72.
Criminal Macabre Final Night The 30 Days Of Night Crossover #2 (of 4), $3.99
Dragon Age Volume 2 Those Who Speak HC, $14.99

Emily And The Strangers #1 (of 3)(Buzz Parker Regular Cover), $3.99. Emily is back in a new mini and this time with friends in tow.

Emily And The Strangers #1 (of 3)(R. Black Variant Cover)

Emily And The Strangers #1 (of 3)(R. Black Variant Cover), 1:5, ($5-$7). I love this variant. Never heard of R. Black but hoping to see more work soon.

Hellboy In Hell #1 (Mike Mignola 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99. First-prints here seem to be gone with prices hitting $12-$14. It seems a lot of retailers missed the mark on this one.

Legend of Zelda Hyrule Historia HC, $34.99. Sold out, and it looks amazing. The complete history of Hyrule, a chronology of the games and bios of all the creatures and characters as designed by the game creators. This one beat 50 Shades of Gray last week for the #1 ordered book title on Watch for it to be very hot.

Legend of Zelda Hyrule Historia HC (Limited Collector’s Edition), $69.99
Orchid #12, $3.50
R.I.P.D. City of the Damned #3 (of 4), $3.50
Star Wars Agent of the Empire Hard Targets #4 (of 5), $2.99

Star Wars Omnibus Infinities TP, $24.99. Collects Star Wars: Infinities-A New Hope; The Empire Strikes Back; and Return of the Jedi.


All-Star Western #16, $3.99
Aquaman #16, (TOA) (Eddy Barrows & Eber Ferreira Cover), $2.99
Aquaman #16 (Eddy Barrows & Eber Ferreira Black & White Variant Cover), 1:25
Arrow #3, $3.99

Batman and Robin Annual #1, $4.99. Kind of a weird solict here that suggests more tinkering with Batman’s continuity. Get ready for serious flaming from the Internet trolls if it happens.

Batman Beyond Unlimited #12, $3.99
Batman Incorporated #7 (Chris Burnham Regular Cover) , $2.99
Batman Incorporated #7 (Chris Burnham Combo Pack Cover), $3.99. WIth digital download code.
Batman Incorporated #7 (Chris Burnham Black & White Variant Cover), 1:25

Batman Incorporated #7 (Tony S. Daniel Variant Cover

Batman Incorporated #7 (Tony S. Daniel Variant Cover), ($3.99). Retailers could order this awesome Daniel variant based on their lowest-ordered New DCU title with the same FOC.

Batman The Dark Knight #16 (Ethan Van Sciver Regular Cover) , $2.99
Batman The Dark Knight #16 (Ethan Van Sciver Black & White Variant Cover), 1:25

Batman The Dark Knight Golden Dawn TP, $14.99. Collects BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #1-5, plus a story from SUPERMAN/BATMAN #75 and BATMAN: THE RETURN #1 all from before the relaunch.

Before Watchmen Dollar Bill #1 (One Shot)(Steve Rude Regular Cover), $3.99
Before Watchmen Dollar Bill #1 (One Shot)(Steve Rude Combo Pack Cover), $4.99. With digital download code.
Before Watchmen Dollar Bill #1 (One Shot)(Darwyn Cooke Variant Cover), 1:25

Before Watchmen Dollar Bill #1 (One Shot)(Jim Lee Variant Cover), 1:200, ($80-$90). These are pre-selling for around $100 but I’m betting, if you can wait a little while, you can find it for less than $80.

Before Watchmen Ozymandias #5 (of 6)(Jae Lee Combo Pack Cover), $4.99. With digital download code.
Before Watchmen Ozymandias #5 (of 6)(Jae Lee Regular Cover), $3.99
Before Watchmen Ozymandias #5 (of 6)(Jill Thompson Variant Cover), 1:25
DC Comics Super-Heroes Booster Gold Bust, $69.95
Flash #16 (Francis Manapul Regular Cover), $2.99
Flash #16 (Francis Manapul B&W wrap Variant), 1:25
Fury of Firestorm The Nuclear Men #16, $2.99

Global Frequency TP, $19.99. This is the first time Global Frequency has been collected in one edition. If you’ve been meaning to read this one now is the time.

Green Lantern Corps Annual #1, (RISE) $4.99
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe #6 (of 6), $2.99
I Vampire #16, $2.99

Injustice Gods Among Us #1 (Jheremy Raapack Regular Cover), $3.99. Originally released in digitally. Tells the story behind the Injustice video game where, I think, Batman kidnaps Superman’s girlfriend Wonder Woman. Or maybe Lex Luthor is behind it. We’ll just have to play and find out.

Injustice Gods Among Us #1 (Jheremy Raapack Variant Cover), 1:25
Joe Kubert Presents #4 (of 6), $4.99
Justice League Dark #16, $2.99
Justice League Volume 1 Origin TP, $16.99. Collects JUSTICE LEAGUE (2011) #1-6.
Justice League Volume 2 The Villain’s Journey HC, $24.99. Collects JUSTICE LEAGUE (2011) #7-12.
Lot 13 #4 (of 5), $2.99

Masters of the Universe The Origin of He-Man #1 (One Shot), $2.99. Written by I VAMPIRE creator Joshua Hale Fialkov with art by Ben Oliver. The Skeletor origin was great and I’m guessing this one will also.

Red Lanterns #16, (RISE) (Miguel Sepulveda Regular Cover) , $2.99
Red Lanterns #16 (Miguel Sepulveda Black & White Variant Cover), 1:25
Savage Hawkman #16, $2.99
Superman #16, (HOE) (Kenneth Rocafort Regular Cover) , $2.99
Superman #16 (Kenneth Rocafort Black & White Variant Cover), 1:25
Superman Family Adventures #9, $2.99
Talon #4 (Guillem March Regular Cover) , $2.99
Talon #4 (Guillem March Black & White Variant Cover), 1:25

Talon #4 (Mike Choi Variant Cover)

Talon #4 (Mike Choi Variant Cover), 1:25, ($8-$10). Great variant by Choi here. It seems like these full-color variants sell much better than the 1:25 B&W variants.

Teen Titans #16 (Brett Booth Regular Cover), $2.99
Teen Titans #16 (Brett Booth Black & White Variant Cover), 1:25
Unwritten #45, $2.99


Game Trade Magazine #156, $3.99
Previews #293 (February 2013), $4.50. PRE-ORDER YOUR COMICS! Your retailer will thank you for it.


Cave-In GN, $14.95
Freddie Stories HC, $19.95


Damsels #5 (Joseph Michael Linsner Regular Cover), $3.99
Damsels #5 (Joseph Michael Linsner Virgin Variant Cover), 1:15
Damsels #5 (Joseph Michael Linsner Black & White Variant Cover), 1:25
Dark Shadows #13 (Francesco Francavilla Regular Cover), $3.99
Flash Gordon Zeitgeist #9 (Alex Ross Regular Cover), $3.99
Green Hornet #33 (Phil Hester Regular Cover), $3.99
Green Hornet #33 (Stephen Sadowski Regular Cover), $3.99
Pantha #6 (Mark Texeira Regular Cover), $3.99
Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time The Eye of the World #32, $3.99
Shadow #9 (Alex Ross Regular Cover), $3.99
Shadow #9 (Francesco Francavilla Regular Cover), $3.99
Shadow #9 (Michael Golden Regular Cover), $3.99
Shadow #9 (Tim Bradstreet Regular Cover), $3.99
Shadow #9 (Alex Ross Virgin Variant Cover), 1:15
Shadow #9 (Alex Ross Sketch Variant Cover), 1:25


Complete Crumb Comics Volume 3 Starring Fritz the Cat TP, $19.99
Prince Valiant Volume 6 1947-1948 HC, $35


White Dwarf #396 (January 2013), $6.50


Marbles Mania Depression Michelangelo and Me A Graphic Memoir SC, $20


Jihad HC, $29.95


Angora Napkin Volume 2 Harvest of Revenge HC, $29.99
Cape 1969 HC, $21.99

Doctor Who Prisoners of Time #1 (of 12)(Cover RI-A Simon Fraser)

Doctor Who Prisoners of Time #1 (of 12)(Cover RI-B Photo)

Doctor Who Prisoners of Time #1 (of 12)(Cover A Francesco Francavilla), $3.99. New mini-series featuring all 11 doctors. I see this one being hotter than expected.

Doctor Who Prisoners of Time #1 (of 12)(Cover RI-A Simon Fraser), 1:10

Doctor Who Prisoners of Time #1 (of 12)(Cover RI-B Photo), 1:25. Featuring the first Doctor, William Hartnell (I had to look that one up).

Frank R. Paul The Dean of Science Fiction Illustration HC, $29.99
Mars Attacks Zombies Vs. Robots (One Shot)(Cover A Ray Dillon), $3.99
Mars Attacks Zombies Vs. Robots (One Shot)(Cover RI-A John Byrne), 1:10

Mars Attacks Zombies Vs. Robots (One Shot)(Cover RI-B Dave Sim)

Mars Attacks Zombies Vs. Robots (One Shot)(Cover RI-B Dave Sim). Retailers who ordered 20 of all the Mars Attack Vs. one-shots will receive one of these variants. I saw one of these pre-sell for $7. All of these variants have been really cool and might be worth watching.

My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #1 (Dynamic Forces Exclusive Cover), $19.83. Right now you can find signed first-prints and variants of #1 for cheaper than this cover. I’d stay away (not that I normally read My Little Pony).

Transformers Complete Drift HC, $24.99
X-9 Secret Agent Corrigan Volume 5 HC, $49.99


Activity #11, $3.50
Darkness #110, $2.99
Glory #32, $3.99
Hack Slash #23 (Cover A Elizabeth Torque), $3.50
Hack Slash #23 (Cover B Tim Seeley & Jordie Bellaire), $3.50
Happy #3 (of 4)(2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99

Invincible #100 (Cover A Ryan Ottley)

Invincible #100 (Cover B Cory Walker)

Invincible #100 (Cover C Marc Silvestri)

Invincible #100 (Cover A Ryan Ottley), $3.99
Invincible #100 (Cover B Cory Walker), $3.99
Invincible #100 (Cover C Marc Silvestri), $3.99

Invincible #100 (Cover D Bryan Hitch)

Invincible #100 (Cover E Arthur Adams)

Invincible #100 (Cover D Bryan Hitch), $3.99
Invincible #100 (Cover E Arthur Adams), $3.99
Invincible #100 (Cover F Charlie Adlard), $3.99

Invincible #100 (Cover G Ryan Ottley Wraparound), $3.99. All covers sold out. The last time writer Robert Kirkman hit 100 with a series (Walking Dead) characters died. So it’s a safe bet he’s killing someone here in a story titled “The Death of Everyone”. I don’t see this being Walking Dead #100 hot but it will go fast.

Invincible #100 (Ryan Ottley Chromium Edition Cover), $9.99
Invincible #100 (Cover H Ryan Ottley Black & White Wraparound), 1:100
MacGyver Fugitive Gauntlet #4 (of 5), $2.99
Mara #2 (of 6), $2.99

Nowhere Men #2 (2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99. Due to a lower than normal print-run, first-prints are selling for $12-$15 and going up.

Nowhere Men #3, $2.99. Sold out. Grab this one while you can.
Spawn #227 (Cover A Todd McFarlane), $2.99
Spawn #227 (Cover B Todd McFarlane), 1:25


Beginning (One Shot), $3.99
Jonah (One Shot), $3.99
King David (One Shot), $3.99
Revelation (One Shot), $3.99
Samson (One Shot), $3.99. All sold out.


Bloody Monday Volume 9 GN, $10.99
Wallflower Volume 29 GN, $10.99


Adventures of Tintin Red Rackham’s Treasure HC (Collectors Giant Facsimile Edition), $60
Adventures of Tintin The Secret of the Unicorn HC (Collectors Giant Facsimile Edition), $60


All-New X-Men #3 (Stuart Immonen 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99

All-New X-Men #4 (Stuart Immonen 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99. Either retailers cut their orders, starting with issue #3, or Marvel reduced the print-run. Either way, first-prints are getting hard to find and both issues are selling for $6 and up.

Amazing Spider-Man #698 (Paola Rivera 3rd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99. First-prints continue to sell for $8-$12.

Amazing Spider-Man #699.1 (Stefano Caselli 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99 Avengers #2 (Dustin Weaver 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99

Avengers #4 (Dustin Weaver Regular Cover), $3.99. Features the origin of Hyperion.

Avengers #4 (Dale Keown Variant Cover)

Avengers #4 (Dale Keown Variant Cover), 1:50. It’s no secret, I love Keown’s work and this is another very sharp variant. Isn’t about time for a Falcon re-design, though?

Avengers Vs. X-Men Consequences TP, $17.99

Avenging Spider-Man #15.1 (Paola Rivera 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99. First-prints have started to settle around the $6-$10 mark. Hope you sold yours early.

Daredevil #21 (Paola Rivera 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99. First appearance of Superior Spidey. First-prints are still selling for $12 and up.

Dark Avengers #186, $2.99

Dark Avengers End Is Beginning TP, $19.99. Was ‘Dark Avengers Justice Like Lightning’. Collecting DARK AVENGERS (2012) #175-182.

Deadpool #3 (Geof Darrow 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99

Fantastic Four Reunited They Stand TP, $24.99. Collecting FANTASTIC FOUR (1961) #201-203 and ANNUAL #12-14.

Hawkeye #5 (David Aja 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99

Hawkeye #7, $2.99. All profits go to hurricane Sandy relief. Congress may not be helping but writer Matt Fraction is doing his part.

Iron Man #1 (Greg Land 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Iron Man by Joe Quesada TP, $24.99. Collecting IRON MAN (1998) #1/2 and #26-32, and IRON MAN ANNUAL 2000.

Journey Into Mystery #648 (Jeff Dekal Regular Cover), $2.99

Journey Into Mystery #648 (Nic Klein Variant Cover)

Journey Into Mystery #648 (Nic Klein Variant Cover), 1:50, ($18-$20). I love this Klien variant but don’t expect to see too many out there.

Marvel Previews #114 (February 2013 For Products On-Sale April 2013), $1.25
Punisher Nightmare #5 (of 5), $3.99
Punisher War Zone #4 (of 5), $2.99

Silver Surfer by Stan Lee And Moebius #1 (One Shot), $7.99. Quintessential Surfer reading. A must read for any Marvel Sci-Fi fan.

Superior Spider-Man #2 (Ryan Stegman Regular Cover), $3.99. Sold out. Look for this one to go fast.

Superior Spider-Man #2 (Ed McGuinness Variant Cover), 1:50, ($12-$15). McGuinness looks great, as usual, here and this one shouldn’t be hard to come by.

Thor God of Thunder #3 (Esad Ribic 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Thunderbolts #1 (Steve Dillon 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Thunderbolts #2 (Steve Dillon 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99

Ultimate Comics Divided We Fall United We Stand HC, $39.99. Collecting ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN #13-18, ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES #13-18, ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN (2011) #13-17.

X-Men By Brian Wood Volume 1 Blank Generation TP, $19.99. Collecting X-MEN (2010) #30-35.

X-Men Legacy #5 (Mike Del Mundo Regular Cover), $2.99

X-Men Legacy #5 (Jorge Molina Variant Cover)

X-Men Legacy #5 (Jorge Molina Variant Cover), 1:50, ($25-$30). Nice to see Molina back and doing beautiful work. I’d expect this one to be a tough find and probably fairly expensive if your retailer took the risk of ordering 50 copies.

X-Men Mutant Massacre TP (New Printing), $34.99. Collecting UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #210-214, X-FACTOR (1986) #9-11, NEW MUTANTS (1983) #46, THOR (1966) #373-374, POWER PACK (1984) #27 and DAREDEVIL (1964) #238. Easily my favorite X-crossover story of the ’80s.

X-Treme X-Men #9 (Kalman Andrasofszky Regular Cover), $2.99

X-Women TP, $24.99. Collecting X-WOMEN #1, and WOMEN OF MARVEL: X-23, CLOAK & DAGGER and DAZZLER.


Captain America Joins The Mighty Avengers HC (2nd Edition), $8.99


Feminism In The Worlds of Neil Gaiman SC, $35


Treasury of Victorian Murder Compendium Volume 1 HC, $24.99


Bad Medicine Volume 1 TP, $19.99
Courtney Crumrin #9, $3.99
Sixth Gun #28, $3.99


Asterix Sticker Book SC, $12.95


Art of Punk the Illustrated History of Punk Rock Designs HC, $40
Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals SC, $24.99


Nick Carter Double Novel Volume 1 SC, $14.95
Shadow Double Novel Volume 69 SC, $14.95


Hellraisers A Graphic Biography GN, $22.95


Girls on Top Volume 2 More Pin-Up Art Of Matt Dixon SC, $14.95


Geek Magazine #4, $6.99


Hobby Japan #109 (January 2013), $16.60


Dear Beloved Stranger GN, $19.95


Robert Jordan’s Eye of the World Volume 3 HC, $24.99


Draw #24, $7.95
Jack Kirby Collector #60, $10.95


Super Street Fighter Volume 1 New Generation GN, $34.95


Limit Volume 3 GN, $10.95


Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Sleepy Hollow #4 (Cover A Eric J), $2.99
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Sleepy Hollow #4 (Cover B Marat Mychaels), $2.99
Irresistible TP, $15.99


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