The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 02/23/2011

New Mutants #22 Clay Mann Variant Cover 1:50

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, Feb. 23. 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. The prices I post here are suggested, reasonable prices, based on the ratios and may be higher or lower at your comic shop.


Crossed Psychopath #1(of 6) Jacen Burrows Red Crossed Retailer Incentive Cover 1:3

Boom Studios!

Incorruptible #15 Cover C Jeffrey Spokes 1:10
Traveler #4 Cover C Paul Rivoche 1:10

Boundless Comics

Lady Death #2 Michael Dipascale Art Deco Retailer Order Incentive Cover 1:3

Dark Horse:

Kull the Hate Witch #4 (of 4) Fabio Cobiaco Variant Cover 1:5
Metalocalypse Dethklok #3 (of 3) Jon Schnepp Variant Cover 1:5


Green Arrow #9 Shane Davis & Jonathan Glapion Variant Cover 1:10
Justice League Generation Lost #20 Kevin Maguire Variant Cover 1:10


Black Terror #14 Stephen Sadowski Variant Cover 1:10
Green Hornet Blood Ties #4 (of 4) Johnny Desjardins Black & White Variant Cover 1:15
Kato #8 Ale Garza Black/White/Green Incentive Cover 1:25
Kato #8 Carlos Rafael Variant Cover 1:10


Eternal Descent #6 (of 12) Ikari Variant Cover 1:10 Variant
Fallen Angel Return of the Son #2 (of 4) Lopez 1:10 Variant
G.I. JOE #27 Tom Whalen Variant Cover 1:10
Spike #5 (of 8) Jenny Frison Variant Cover 1:10
Star Trek Infestation #2 (of 2) Zombie-Fied Star Trek Logo Variant Cover 1:10
Transformers 3 Movie Prequel Foundation #1 (of 4) Interconnected Variant Cover 1:10
Transformers Rising Storm #1 (of 4) ’10 Copy Incentive 1:10
Transformers Rising Storm #1 (of 4) ’20 Copy Incentive’ Cover artist? 1:20
True Blood Tainted Blood #1 Steve Mewlin Photo Variant Cover 1:25
True Blood Tainted Blood #1 J. Scott Campbell Sketch Cover 1:10


Artifacts #5 (of 13) Cover G Whilce Portacio & Joe Weems 2nd Printing Variant
Turf #4 (of 5) Cover B John Paul Leon


Age of X Alpha #1 Wil Conrad 2nd Printing Variant Cover
Age of X Alpha #1 Age Of X 2nd Printing Variant Cover
Astonishing X-Men #36 Michael Kaluta Variant Cover 1:15
Fantastic Four #587 Joe Quesada 2nd Printing Variant Cover
Invincible Iron Man #501 Marko Djurdevic Variant Cover 1:30

Invincible Iron Man #501 Marko Djurdevic Variant Cover 1:30

This is another gorgeous Djurdevic variant but expect to pay some bucks for this one.
Not because Iron Man isn’t highly ordered—it is—but because the Djurdevic variants sell very well. Just search eBay for proof. Currently, there’s only one available. Watch for a $25-$30 price tag.

Iron Man 2.0 #1

Iron Man 2.0 #1 Dheeraj Verma Variant Cover 1:15
Iron Man 2.0 #1 Marko Djurdjevic Variant Cover 1:30

And another Djurdevic Iron Man variant in the same week. This time, a more classic Iron Man. Not War Machine, who stars in this comic. I don’t get it either, but, it’s a damn good-looking variant and one that could be hard to find. Retailers might be hesitant to order big numbers on this one after the sales failure of the last War Machine comic. Watch for a solid $30 price tag.

New Mutants #22 Clay Mann Variant Cover 1:50

I can’t see a lot of retailers outside of the real big boy shops ordering fifty copies of this issue so don’t expect this variant to be easy to come by. See more about this issue below. Watch for a $50 price tag.

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #154 Sara Pichelli Variant Cover 1:20
X-Men #8 Chris Bachalo Variant Cover 1:15
X-Men Legacy #245 Paolo Rivera Fantastic Four Anniversary Variant Cover

If retailers exceed their order of X-Men Legacy #239 they can order as many of the FF variant as they’d like.

X-Men Legacy #245 Clay Mann Variant Cover 1:25

Speculator Picks of the Week

These are comics that could sell out very quickly due to conservative ordering, popular demand, shipping errors or even legions of rioting Justin Bieber fans calling for the head of Esperanza Spalding after she won the Grammy for Best New Artist. Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later . . .

Amazing Spider-Man #655

Amazing Spider-Man #655

Written by DAN SLOTT
Art & Cover by MARCOS MARTIN

Solicitation: This February may be the shortest month of the year, but this time it’s the biggest month for Amazing Spider-Man! “Awakening.” We can’t tell you what’s in this issue without spoiling the end of Amazing Spider-Man #654. But we can say this: Marcos Martin returns to Amazing Spider-Man in a full-length, 30-page story that will haunt you. As the fallout of recent events continues to rock Peter Parker’s world, he makes a choice—a promise—that even he might not be able to fulfill . . .

40 pgs
$3.99 US

Why it’ll go fast: I’m gonna say it. Amazing Spider-Man has never been this good. In the 30-odd years I’ve been reading this comic I’ve never enjoyed Spidey this much. Which is probably why the last six consecutive issues have sold out. Amazing Spider-Man is probably the highest-quality read on the stands for $3.99 and this current “Big Time” story-line is one that will remembered for years. First-printings, however, will be long gone. Especially after the death of [unnamed FF member] in the last issue. No spoilers here.

New Mutants #22

New Mutants #22

Marvel Comics
Written by MIKE CAREY
Penciled by STEVE KURTH
Cover by LEINIL YU

Solcitation: “Age of X” Part Two! The last surviving mutants have banded together, spending each day securing the walls of their stronghold, beating back those who would see them wiped out. But when a conspiracy is discovered within the fortress itself, could it be that mutantkind’s last bastion will crumble from the inside out?

32 pages

Why it’ll go fast: Remember last year, when was I writing about New Mutants selling out during the Second Coming storyline? Same story here. Again, retailers won’t order enough to meet the demand for the crossover and X-nerds will be forced to pay ridiculous eBay prices. Count on the madness starting on Wednesday, seeing as the comic is already sold out at Diamond as I write this. Age of X isn’t going to be as big as Necrosha, Messiah War or the other recent X-crossovers, but it will be hot for the next couple of months. Watch for this issue to disappear instantly.

The Mission #1

The Mission #1

Image Comics

Solicitation: Paul, an average working guy, finds his life upended when he’s approached by a mysterious figure who tells him he’s been chosen for a mission in the battle between good and evil; the mission is murder. Is it real or is Paul losing his mind? Written by Jon Hoeber & Erich Hoeber (Red, Battleship), produced by Alisa Tager (Serenity) and Marg Guggenheim (No Ordinary Family), with art by Werther Dell’edera (Dark Entries, Loveless) and colors by Arianna Florean.

32 pages

Why it’ll go fast: Image has been pumping out some really high-quality titles of late and The Mission looks like another great addition to their library. Like all the Image #1’s, this one will be ordered very conservatively and will sell out when the re-orders come in later this week. Very similar to what happened to Who is Jake Ellis recently. There might be a price spike if the buzz really gets whipped up like it did with other Image titles like Morning Glories or Chew, but I’m guessing this one will be more of a slow burner. Image is becoming a great spring-board for creators looking to jump to larger publishers, TV and movie deals. Just look at the Walking Dead phenomenon for proof.


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