The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 03/09/2011

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.

Warlord of Mars Dejah Thoris #1 Arthur Adams Variant Cover

New Comics Roundup

Below you will find all the info you could possibly need on the hot, new comics shipping this Wednesday, March 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. The prices I post here are suggested, reasonable prices, based on the ratios and may be higher or lower at your comic shop.

New Comics Round-Up


Soulfire Volume 3 #0 Ensemble Variant Cover

Retailers could order three of these variants for every 12 regular covers ordered.


Captain Swing #3 (of 4) Raulo Caceres Penny Dreadful Retailer Incentive Cover 1:3

Boom Studios!

Starborn #4 Cover C Humberto Ramos 1:10

Boundless Comics:

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


Batman And Robin #21 Gene Ha Variant Cover 1:10
Batman Incorporated #3 J.H. Williams III Variant Cover 1:25
Justice League Generation Lost #21 Kevin Maguire Variant Cover 1:10
Superboy #5 Francis Manapul Variant Cover 1:10
Wonder Woman #608 Alex Garner Variant Cover 1:10


Jennifer Blood #2 Jonathan Lau Variant Cover, 1:10
Jennifer Blood #2 Tim Bradstreet Virgin Variant Cover, 1:10
Jennifer Blood #2 Ale Garza Variant Cover, 1:15
Jennifer Blood #2 Tim Bradstreet Negative Art Variant Cover, 1:15
Jennifer Blood #2 Eric Basaldua Variant Cover, 1:20

Once again, there’s a veritable mess of Jennifer Blood variants. If you need any of these I’d wait and snipe them online. If Jen variants were going to be hot, it would’ve started with the first issue but all of those seem to be selling very cheap. Wait a week and you should be able to find these for a steal.

Red Sonja Revenge of the Gods #1 (of 5)(Lucio Parillo Red Variant Cover) 1:10
Red Sonja Revenge of the Gods #1 (of 5)(Lucio Parillo Negative Art Variant Cover) 1:15
Red Sonja Revenge of the Gods #1 (of 5)(Lucio Parillo Virgin Variant Cover) 1:25
Sherlock Holmes Year One #2 (of 6)(Daniel Lindro Negative Art Variant Cover) 1:10
Sherlock Holmes Year One #2 (of 6)(Daniel Lindro Variant Cover) 1:10
Sherlock Holmes Year One #2 (of 6)(Aaron Campbell Black & White Variant Cover) 1:15
Sherlock Holmes Year One #2 (of 6)(Francesco Francavilla Virgin Variant Cover) 1:25
Warlord of Mars Dejah Thoris #1 (David Finch Black & White Variant Cover) 1:10
Warlord of Mars Dejah Thoris #1 (Greg Land Black & White Variant Cover) 1:25
Warlord of Mars Dejah Thoris #1 (Arthur Adams Nude Variant Cover) 1:50

This one could be tough to find and not just because, you know, she’s naked on the cover. Well topless anyway. Pervy nerds might be looking for this one because Art Adams draws some sexy ladies, but most shops won’t be ordering the 50 needed to get this variant and those that do will be looking to get their money out of it. Watch for a solid $50 price tag here.


Dungeons & Dragons Dark Sun #3 (of 5)(John Watson Black & White Variant Cover) 1:25
Dungeons & Dragons Dark Sun #3 (of 5)(Peter Bergting Sketch Design Variant Cover) 1:10
Ghostbusters Infestation #1 (of 2)(Blank Zombie Hand Variant Cover)?1:10
Ghostbusters Infestation #1 (of 2)(“25 Copy Incentive” Cover) 1:25
Jurassic Park The Devils In The Desert #3 (of 4)(John Byrne Sketch Variant Cover) 1:10
Transformers #17 (Marcelo Matere Sketch Design Variant Cover) 1:10


Incredible Hulks #624 Dale Keown Captain America 70th Anniversary Variant Cover

Venom #1 Paulo Siqueira Variant Cover

Incredible Hulks #624 (Dale Keown Captain America 70th Anniversary Variant Cover) 1:15

I’m not sure why Dale Keown can’t get it together and start drawing a Hulk title again. The guy is an amazing penciling talent and this cover should be a pretty sought after variant. Watch for a $10-$12 price tag here.

Sigil #1 (of 4)(Ed McGuinness Variant Cover) 1:15
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #155 (Sara Pichelli Variant Cover) 1:20
Venom #1 (Paulo Siqueira Variant Cover) 1:15
Venom #1 (Joe Quesada Sketch Variant Cover) 1:50

These variants will probably go pretty fast, especially because the normal cover is going to disappear as well. More on this one later. Watch for a $9-$10 price tag on the 1:15 and a $30-$35 price tag on the 1:50.


Honey West #3 (Color Photo Cover) 1:5
Honey West #3 (Black & White Photo Cover) 1:10

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 . . .

Ghostbusters: Infestation #1

Ghostbusters: Infestation #1

Art and cover by KYLE HOTZ

Solicitation: IDW’s Infestation event continues here in this bi-weekly, two-part Ghostbusters tale! Thanks to a plague of poltergeists that resist long-term storage in the containment grid, the Ghostbusters are dealing with a surplus of work . . . and their job is only going to get harder when Britt’s zombies try to take a nibble out of the Big Apple! Written by Erik Burnham (The A-Team: War Stories) and illustrated by Kyle Hotz (Marvel Zombies).

32 pgs
$3.99 US

Why it’ll go fast: Infestation sales slowed down a little with the second issues of the G.I. Joe and Star Trek crossovers, but I’m betting they pick up again here. If there was one IDW property where fighting zombies fits with the tone of the comic, it’s Ghostbusters. Art by Kyle Hotz should help the title sell as well. This might not be an instant sellout, but I’m guessing it goes fast. It’ll be interesting to see the actual numbers IDW printed on these later this month.

Sigil #1 (of 4)

Sigil #1 (of 4)

Written by MIKE CAREY
Penciled by LEONARD KIRK

Solicitation: In the war for forever, time is only an obstacle. Warriors jump from century to century and their battlefields span all of history, but this has led them to a stalemate. But now, a 16-year-old girl from present-day South Carolina will turn the tide. The symbol on her chest makes her part of this war, but will she save us or damn all of creation? New York Times best-selling scribe Mike Carey (Age of X, The Unwritten) and Leonard Kirk (New Mutants) begin the next great comic epic.

32 pages

Why it’ll go fast: It’s been more than 6 years since we’ve seen CrossGen comic, but the nerds will come out of the woodwork looking for this one. CrossGen developed a rabid fan base but didn’t have the support of a major publisher, like Marvel, to survive the ballooning production costs. I’m guessing retailers go easy on this one but when it sells out before Friday, they’ll re-order heavily and push this one to a sellout. Now bring on Scion! I loved that title back in the day. Speaking of which, where’s our old-skool CrossGen reprints, Marvel?

Venom #1

Venom #1

Penciled by TONY MOORE
Variant Cover by PAULO SIQUEIRA
Sketch Variant Cover by?JOE QUESADA

Solicitation: America . . . meet your newest hero! The lethal alien symbiote known as Venom is in the custody of the U.S. military . . . and with a familiar face from Spider-Man’s world inside the suit, the government’s own personal Spidey is going into action as one of the nation’s top covert agents in hostile territory!

48 pages

Why it’ll go fast: Dan Slott has been pushing the new Venom in the pages of the recent sold out Amazing Spidey issues and nerds took notice. Retailers will probably order heavy on this one due to the huge Amazing Spidey sales. This one is going to be very hot and I’m guessing it’ll be selling for $10 by next week. Venom has been a hot Spidey villain for years and now that the alien is being forced to work for the U.S. military and being worn by Peter Parker’s friend Flash Thompson, it just got a lot more interesting.


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