The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 02/09/2011

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.

DC Universe Legacies #9 (of 10) 1:25 Bill Sienkiewicz Variant Cover

New Comics Roundup

Below you will find all the info you could possibly need on the hot, new comics shipping this Wednesday, Feb. 9. 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.


Charismagic #0 1:10 Sana Takeda ‘Sudana’ Variant Cover
Fathom: Blue Descent #2 1:10 Cover C Michael Turner Variant

Boom Studios!

Starborn #3 1:10 Cover C Humberto Ramos


Batman And Robin #20 1:10 Gene Ha Variant Cover
DC Universe Legacies #9 (of 10) 1:25 Bill Sienkiewicz Variant Cover

This is a fantastic Sienkiewicz variant but it’s probably not going to be easy to find. Most comic shops won’t be ordering 25 copies of a reprint comic. Watch for $20-$25 price tag.

Flash #9 1:10 Scott Kolins Variant Cover
Green Lantern Emerald Warriors #7 1:10 Felipe Massafera Variant Cover
Justice League Generation Lost #19 1:10 Kevin Maguire Variant Cover
Superman #708 1:10 Trevor Hairsine Variant Cover


Buck Rogers Annual #1 1:15 Carlos Rafael Black & White Variant Cover
Green Hornet #13 1:15 Alex Ross Virgin Variant Cover
Green Hornet #13 1:15 Jonathan Lau Variant Cover
Green Hornet #13 1:25 Phil Hester Black & White Variant Cover
Green Hornet #13 1:10 Phil Hester Variant Cover
Raise The Dead II #3 Guiu Vilanova Variant Cover
Sherlock Holmes Year One #1 1:15 (of 6) Aaron Campbell Black & White Variant Cover
Sherlock Holmes Year One #1 1:10 (of 6) Daniel Lindro Variant Cover
Sherlock Holmes Year One #1 1:25 (of 6) Francesco Francavilla Virgin Variant Cover
Warlord of Mars #4 1:25 J. Scott Campbell Black & White Variant Cover
Warlord of Mars #4 1:10 J. Scott Campbell Blood Red Variant Cover
Warlord of Mars #4 1:50 J. Scott Campbell Negative Art Variant Cover
Warlord of Mars #4 1:15 Lucio Parrillo Variant Cover
Warlord of Mars #4 1:10 Patrick Berkenkotter Variant Cover

Heroes For Hire #3 1:15 Harvey Tolibao Variant Cover


Dungeons & Dragons Dark Sun #2 (of 5) Andy Brase Sketch Variant Cover 1:20
Dungeons & Dragons Dark Sun #2 (of 5) Incentive Art Gallery Book 1:10
G.I. JOE A Real American Hero #163 Larry Hama Sketch Variant Cover 1:10
Jericho Redux Photo Variant Cover 1:5
Love And Capes Ever After #1 Thom Zahler Valentine Variant Cover 1:10
Next Men #3 John Byrne Sketch Variant Cover 1:10
Star Trek Infestation #1 (of 2) Blank Zombie Hand Variant Cover 1:10
Star Trek Infestation #1 (of 2) Gordon Purcell Variant Cover 1:25
Transformers #16 Marcelo Matere Character Sketch Design Variant Cover 1:10


Tyrannosaurus Rex (One Shot) Cover B 1:10 Jeff Zornow Sketch Variant Cover


Heroes For Hire #3 1:15 Harvey Tolibao Variant Cover

Tolibao is quickly becoming an A-list penciller and this variant is a perfect example of why. Heroes For Hire is selling well so there should probably be at least a couple of these variants at most comic shops. Look for $10-$13 price tag.

Speculator Picks of the Week

These are comics that could sell out very quickly due to conservative ordering, popular demand, shipping errors or even “The King’s Speech” winning the best ensemble cast at the SAG Awards and totally screwing up the odds that “The Social Network” wins best picture in my Oscar pool where I usually win a good amount of money. Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later . . .

Assassin’s Creed: The Fall #3

Assassin's Creed: The Fall #3


Solicitation: The exciting comic book companion to the acclaimed video game series reaches its final issue! The streets of Petrograd are filled with the color and noise of revolution—the Bolsheviks have taken control of the country, but there’s still conflict within the ranks. Assassin Nikolai Orelov confronts the abdicated Tsar Nicholas II to learn the final location of the Staff. And in the present, Daniel Cross completes his pilgrimage to find the elusive Mentor of the Assassins, a quest that changes the Order forever . . .

32 pgs
$3.99 US

Why it’ll go fast: Each issue of Assassin’s Creed: The Fall has quietly sold out at Diamond. Issues #1 and #2 are selling for $5 and up on eBay currently and #3 has already sold out before it shipped so I’d expect the same here. The early sell outs are probably due to comic shops splitting their orders with video-game retailers. Game Stop and other video-game retailers have been ordering comics based off popular game titles for a while now and, because there’re more game stores than comic shops, they gobble up print runs very quickly.

Carnage #3

Carnage #3

Written by ZEB WELLS
Art & Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN

Solicitation: Spider-Man and Iron Man face defeat and death at the hands of the blood-thirsty Symbiote and its lethal new host! Bet Spider-Man never thought he’d actually miss the psychotic serial killer Cletus Kasady inside the murderous alien suit . . .

32 pages

Why it’ll go fast: For some reason nerds just can’t seem to get enough of the red-knock-off version of Venom. Of course I’m talking about the other Symbiote costume, Carnage. They’re both crazy, they both eat people, they’re both aliens, but Carnage is red. And I guess that makes him special or faster or something. Pardon the sarcastic rambling but, I just don’t see the appeal. Regardless, as I write this Carnage #3 is already sold out at Diamond and I’d expect a 2nd printing announcement very soon. Hope you pre-ordered this one if you care that is. I should say that the writer Zeb Wells is very talented and is doing a great job on his New Mutants title. For all I know this one is worth a read as well, but I’m writing about speculation here, not quality storytelling.

Amazing Spider-Man #654

Amazing Spider-Man #654

Written by DAN SLOTT

Solicitation: Revenge Of The Spider-Slayer Part 3 (of 3):”Self-Inflicted Wounds.” One of the most pivotal moments of the Spider-Man “Big Time” era happens here. Other comics promise you their issues will “Change Everything” or that “Nothing Will Ever Be The Same.” No carnival barker-like pitch this time. Just the plain, simple truth: This issue of Amazing Spider-Man will have repercussions for Peter Parker and this title’s cast for years and years to come. Guest-starring The New Avengers. Also in this issue: We finally reveal what has become of the alien Symbiote. And a dramatic change to Spider-Man’s powers. Do NOT miss this issue!

40 pages

Why it’ll go fast: It would be easy for me to call my shot on Amazing Spidey each month because it’s been selling out with every issue but this one sold out before it even shipped, the reason being, the first appearance of the new Venom. For all that smack I talked about Carnage earlier, it may seem bizarre, but I’m very interested in what Rick Remender will be doing with the new Venom. Judging by the pre-orders, I’m not alone. Also, the main story is probably some of the best Spidey-stuff nerds have read in a long time. This is a very high quality read, packed with story and great art. Watch for #654 to be selling for twice the cover price very quickly.


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