The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 03/02/2011

Wulf #1 Nat Jones Sketch Variant Cover 1:10

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, March 2. 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.

Ardden Entertainment

Wulf #1 Nat Jones Sketch Variant Cover 1:10

This is the first of the Atlas relaunch titles (see below for more on Wulf), but I’d be shocked to see a lot of these variants around. Most retailers that do order the 10 needed for the variant will want to get their money out of it. Watch for a solid $10 price tag, but if you need this variant you can probably get it for $7-$8 if you wait a week.


Crossed Family Values #3 (of 7)(Raulo Caceres Shopping Cover), $5.99
Crossed Family Values #4 (of 7)(Jacen Burrows New York Comic Con Cover), $5.99
Neonomicon #1 (of 4)(Jacen Burrows New York Comic Con Cover), $3.99
Neonomicon #2 (of 4)(Jacen Burrows New York Comic Con Cover), $5.99
Night Of The Living Dead #1 (of 5)(Michael Dipascale Mid Ohio Comic Con Cover), $5.99

Retailers could order as many as they’d like of these but they were very limited print-runs of all these covers

BOOM Studios!

Chip N Dale Rescue Rangers #4 Cover C Amy Mebberson 1:10
Darkwing Duck Annual #1 Cover C Amy Mebberson 1:10

Darkwing Duck variants are still selling well, for $10 and up, mainly because they’re great covers. The Darkwing series has been a huge hit for Boom, but retailers still aren’t ordering huge numbers making the variants pretty hard to find. Watch for an $8-$10 price tag.

Irredeemable #23 Cover C Jeffrey Spokes is 1:10

Boundless Comics

Lady Death #0 (Paul Duffield Repose Edition Cover), $9.99

Retailers could order as many as needed of this cover but the print-run is limited to 750 copies.

Broadsword Comics

Tarot Witch of the Black Rose #63 (Signed & Numbered Edition), $10; Limited to 1,000 copies.
Tarot Witch of the Black Rose #66 (Deluxe Edition), $19.99; Limited to 500 copies.


Brightest Day #21 (Ivan Reis Variant Cover) 1:10
First Wave #6 (of 6)(Jim Lee Variant Cover) 1:10
Green Lantern #63 (Gene Ha Variant Cover) 1:10


Bring The Thunder #3 (Wilson Tortosa Variant Cover) 1:10


Angel Illyria #4 (of 4)(Elena Casagrande Variant Cover) 1:10
Doorways #4 (of 4)(Stefano Martino B&W) 1:10
Doorways #4 (of 4)(Stefano Martino Sketch Variant Cover) 1:10
G.I. JOE Infestation #1 (of 2)(Blank Zombie Hand Variant Cover) 1:10
G.I. JOE Infestation #1 (of 2)(Alejandro Germanico Cover) 1:25
Locke & Key Keys To The Kingdom #5 (of 6)(Gabriel Rodriguez Variant Cover) 1:10
Love And Capes Ever After #2 (of 5)(Tom Beland Variant Cover) 1:10
Next Men #4 (John Byrne Sketch Variant Cover) 1:10

Image Comics:

Memoir #1 (of 6)(2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.50


5 Ronin #1 (of 5)(David Aja Variant Cover)

Retailers were allowed to order as many as they needed. Don’t pay more than cover price.

Amazing Spider-Man #651 (Humberto Ramos 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Amazing Spider-Man #652 (Stefano Caselli 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Captain America And Falcon #1 (One Shot)(Greg Tocchini Gatefold Variant Cover)

Captain America And Falcon #1 One Shot, Greg Tocchini Gatefold Variant Cover

This one was another riddle from Marvel. Retailers had to order more of the Captain America one-shots from the January Previews (JAN110704-09 but not 05) than they did of Ultimate Comics Captain America #1 and then they could order as many of this gate-fold cover as they needed. Who says running a comic shop isn’t hard? This one could be hard to peg down but I’d guess most retailers will be aiming for a $5-$8 price tag. This is just a one-shot written by Rob Williams, who’s not exactly a household-name (even in nerdy homes). That said, this is an awesome cover by Tocchini.

Heroes For Hire #4 (Harvey Tolibao Variant Cover) 1:15
Marvel Zombies Supreme #1 (of 5)(Arthur Suydam Variant Cover) 1:25

Marvel Zombies Supreme #1 Arthur Suydam Variant Cover 1:25

This will be the true test of the Marvel Zombies line. Can it sell the Squadron Supreme Universe, even when populated by zombies? I’m guessing retailers rolled back their orders on this title, which could make the variant tough to find. Fans that have been collecting the Suydam Zombie variants might end up paying quite a bit for this one. For my money, no one paints zombies like Suydam. Watch for a $20-$25 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 mobs looking for some payback on Ebert, Vegas, Meta-Critic and just about every other Oscar prediction site that left them broke after screwing up their Oscar pools. Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later . . .

Wulf #1

Wulf #1

Written by STEVE NILES

Solicitation: The Atlas Resurrection starts here! Join superstars Steve Niles and Nat Jones as they bring Wulf the Barbarian into the 21st century . . . literally! A fearsome and legendary warrior, Wulf finds himself fighting a powerful enemy who has tapped into a deadly new magical energy force. Meanwhile, in present-day New York City, grizzled cop Sam Lomax is having a rough day. What he doesn’t realize is that it’s about to get a lot rougher. How are Wulf and Lomax’s fates tied together? Find out in this incredible new series!

22 pgs
$2.99 US

Why it’ll go fast: I’m not going to come out and call the Atlas relaunch a huge success just because Wulf sold out before shipping—I’m guessing it’s due to a very low print-run—but nerds who are curious about this relaunch are going to be looking for this one. Watch for Wulf #1 to be very hard to find. A lot of retailers may have missed this one altogether because Ardden is the publisher and not Atlas. If the comic is well-received it could be very hot or this could be the first and last stand of the revamped Atlas line. I’ll be reviewing Wulf #1 on my podcast this week if you want to know my opinion.

5 Ronin #1

5 Ronin #1 Cassaday variant cover

Variant cover by DAVID AJA

Solicitation: From Marvel Comics: Five books, five heroes—one unforgettable story of heroes pushed to their limits. It is 17th-century Japan, a time and place of violent upheaval, wandering Ronin and mysterious Geisha. Into this strange and dangerous world come Wolverine, Psylocke, Punisher, Hulk and Deadpool. Five of Marvel’s greatest heroes . . . as you’ve never seen them before. Each has been wronged by a powerful tyrant. Each has taken a solemn vow . . . of vengeance.

32 pages

Why it’ll go fast: The only thing that comes close to exciting nerds as much as zombies might be Samurai. This is probably due to Samurai being the closest living thing to a Jedi that we’ve seen . . . on Earth, anyway. But that’s a discussion for another day. 5 Ronin got some pretty good press and nerds seem to be buzzing about this one. Apparently, the only thing cooler than Wolverine’s claws is Wolverine with a sword. And the Hulk with a sword. I don’t get it either, but watch for this one to sell quickly. Most retailers probably underestimated this mini-series and didn’t order enough to meet demand. Nerds are always crying about too many mini-series and then turning right around and buying them. Next week, when the re-orders hit, 5 Ronin #1 will sell out at Diamond, causing retailers to up their orders on #2, which will probably cause an instant sell-out on that issue. If you want to see your favorite heroes brandishing swords, you better add 5 Ronin to your pull-file right away.

Annihilators #1

Annihilators #1

Variant cover by MIKE MIGNOLA

Solicitation: Because Keith—yes, Keith! —demanded it: Marvel’s all-star cosmic team—and cult faves Rocket Raccoon & Groot—in one massive mini! The Silver Surfer! Beta-Ray Bill! Gladiator! Quasar! Ronan! When the Dire Wraiths strike, Cosmic Masters DnA (The Thanos Imperative, Thor/Iron Man) and Tan Eng Huat (Silver Surfer, Thor: First Thunder) assemble the heaviest hitters in all the universe to save the day! And there’s more! Plus: the demented duo of Rocket Raccoon and Groot return for their own, new reader-friendly adventure! What do you do after you’ve saved the galaxy? DnA and the fabulous Timothy Green II (Star-Lord) answer that with madcap SF combat and swashbuckling, space-faring mayhem.

48 pages

Why it’ll go fast: Abnett and Lanning have been writing some of my favorite comics for years now and this week news hit that they will be taking over New Mutants after the Age of X crossover ends. This writing team penned the best—I’m saying it: the … best . . . —cosmic stories we’ve ever read at Marvel Comics. Not to mention the Heroes for Hire title, also. Fans of Guardians of the Galaxy and Nova will be all over this one, and I’m guessing the $4.99 price tag will dissuade retailers from ordering enough to meet demand. This is another one that will sell-out when the re-orders come in. I pre-ordered mine so I’m not sweating it.


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