The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 03/13/2013

Fearless Defenders #2 (Marcos Martin Variant Cover)

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

It’s not quite spring yet here in the frozen mid-west so there’s no excuse to not stay in and read some comics. And it just so happens this Wednesday see’s some pretty great new releases. Robin is dead and the bat-books are feeling it as “Requiem” begins. Mike Mignola introduces a new super-hero at Dark Horse in Sledgehammer ’44. Wolverine gets yet another regular series at Marvel and it’s St Patty’s day at Zenescope.

Below you will find all the info you could possibly need on all the hot, new comics shipping this Wednesday, March 13, 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).

Storylines: DOTF – Death of the Family, (ROT) Rotworld, ToA – Throne of Atlantis, H’El on Earth – HOE) (XT) – X-Termination


Femforce #162 (30th Anniversary Special), $9.95


Bad Kids Go To Hell Volume 2 #1 (of 3), $5.99
Gearhearts Steampunk Glamor Revue #6, $3.99


Archie and Friends Double Digest #25, $3.99
Jugheads Double Digest #190, $3.99
Mega Man #23, $2.99
Sabrina the Teenage Witch Magic The Within Volume 1 TP, $10.99


Executive Assistant Iris Volume 3 #3 (Cover A Alex Lei), $3.99
Executive Assistant Iris Volume 3 #3 (Cover B Pasquale Qualano), $3.99

Executive Assistant Iris Volume 3 #3 (Cover C Elizabeth Torque), 1:10. Retailers also had the option to order up to 3 more variants for every 10 ordered.

Shrugged Volume 2 #1 (of 6)(Jonathan Marks Reserved Cover), $1

Shrugged Volume 2 #1 (of 6)(Micah Gunnell Direct Market Cover), $1. Shrugged is back and for a dollar everyone should pick it up.


Crossed Badlands #25 (Jacen Burrows Burn Baby Burn Cover), $3.99
Crossed Badlands #25 (Jacen Burrows Chopper Cover), $3.99
Crossed Badlands #25 (Jacen Burrows Die Cut Cover), $3.99
Crossed Badlands #25 (Jacen Burrows Foxy Cover), $3.99
Crossed Badlands #25 (Jacen Burrows Lip Snip Cover), $3.99
Crossed Badlands #25 (Raulo Caceres Regular Cover), $3.99
Crossed Badlands #25 (Raulo Caceres Torture Cover), $3.99
Crossed Badlands #25 (Raulo Caceres Wraparound Cover), $3.99
Crossed Badlands #25 (Raulo Caceres Red Crossed Incentive Cover), 1:3
Crossed Badlands #25 (Raulo Caceres Retailer Bonus Incentive Cover), 1:15
Night Of The Living Dead Aftermath #5 (Matt Martin Regular Cover), $3.99
Night Of The Living Dead Aftermath #5 (Raulo Caceres Gore Cover), $3.99
Night Of The Living Dead Aftermath #5 (Raulo Caceres Wraparound Cover), $3.99
Night Of The Living Dead Aftermath #5 (Raulo Caceres Terror Incentive Cover), 1:3


Mylo Xyloto #2, $3.99. Sold out.


Adventure Time #12 (Dynamic Forces Exclusive Cover), $19.99
Adventure Time Volume 1 HC (Mathematical Edition), $34.99

Aliens Vs. Parker #1 (of 4)(Cover A Felipe Smith), $3.99. New mini form the Paul Scheer star of FX’s The League and the How did this get made podcast, and it doesn’t star the Ridley Scott aliens. Scheer is a very funny guy and this could be a lot of fun.

Aliens Vs. Parker #1 (of 4)(Cover B Joshua Covey)

Aliens Vs. Parker #1 (of 4)(Cover B Joshua Covey), 1:15
Bravest Warriors #6 (of 6)(Cover A Tyson Hesse), $3.99
Bravest Warriors #6 (of 6)(Cover B Nick Edwards), $3.99
Bravest Warriors #6 (of 6)(Cover C Kate Leth), 1:15
Bravest Warriors #6 (of 6)(Cover D Aaron Whitaker), 1:20
Garfield #11 (Cover A Gary Barker), $3.99

Garfield #11 (Cover B Fred Hembeck)

Garfield #11 (Cover B Fred Hembeck), 1:20. I’m not a religious man, but I like to think there’s a special place in heaven for Fred Hembeck.

Grace Randolph’s Supurbia #5 (Cover A Stephane Roux), $3.99
Grace Randolph’s Supurbia #5 (Cover B Russell Dauterman), 1:15


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Black Beetle No Way Out #1 (of 4)(Francesco Francavilla 2nd Printing Variant), $3.99. First-prints are selling for $11-$13 and going up.

Blade Of The Immortal Volume 26 Blizzard TP, $19.99
Buddy Cops (One Shot), $2.99
Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 8 Library Edition Volume 4 HC, $29.99
Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 9 #19 (Georges Jeanty Variant Cover), $2.99
Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 9 #19 (Phil Noto Regular Cover), $2.99
Chronicles Of Conan Volume 23 Well Of Souls And Other Stories TP, $18.99
Crime Does Not Pay Archives Volume 4 HC, $49.99
Emily And The Strangers #2 (of 3)(Buzz Parker Regular Cover), $3.99

Emily And The Strangers #2 (of 3)(Winston Smith Variant Cover), 1:5, ($5-$7). I don’t recognize Smith’s name but I like this variant.

Ghost #4, $2.99
R.I.P.D. City Of The Damned #4 (of 4), $3.50

Sledgehammer 44 #1, $3.50. Mike Mignola and John Arcudi introduce their new superhero who looks like a cross between Iron Man and Captain America.

Star Wars #3, $2.99
Star Wars The Clone Wars Defenders Of The Lost Temple TP, $7.99
Tokyo Babylon Volume 1 TP, $19.99


All-New Batman The Brave And The Bold Small Miracles TP, $12.99. Collects BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #15, 17 and THE ALL NEW BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #13-16.

Batgirl #18, $2.99. First of a two-part story featuring James Gordon Jr., written by Ray Fawkes

Batman #18 (Greg Capullo Regular Cover), $3.99. Sold out. Andy Kubert steps up as guest-artist for death of Damian aftermath.

Batman #18 (Greg Capullo Combo Pack Cover), $4.99. With digital download code.

Batman #18 (Andy Kubert Variant Cover)

Batman #18 (Andy Kubert Variant Cover), ($5-$7). Retailers could order this variant based on their lowest ordered New DCU title with the same FOC, 2/18/2013.

Batman #18 (Greg Capullo Black & White Variant Cover), 1:100, ($35-$45). DC brought back the 1:100 B&W variants recently but they’re still not selling for much more than $50.

Batman And Robin #18, $2.99. Sold out. This one is supposed to be an amazing read.

Batman Arkham Unhinged #12, $3.99

Before Watchmen Ozymandias #6 (of 6)(Jae Lee Combo Pack Edition), $4.99. With free digital download code.

Before Watchmen Ozymandias #6 (of 6)(Jae Lee Regular Cover), $3.99

Before Watchmen Ozymandias #6 (of 6)(Ryan Sook Variant Cover)

Before Watchmen Ozymandias #6 (of 6)(Ryan Sook Variant Cover), 1:25, ($5-$7). Ryan Sook is sooo good. I love this one but the BW variants still aren’t selling well.

Deathstroke #18 , $2.99
Demon Knights #18, $2.99
Earth 2 Volume 1 The Gathering TP, $22.99
Green Lantern Corps #18 (WRATH) (Juan Jose Ryp Regular Cover), $2.99
Green Lantern Corps #18 (Juan Jose Ryp Black & White Variant Cover), 1:25
Green Lantern The Animated Series #12, $2.99

I Vampire Volume 2 Rise Of The Vampires TP, $16.99. Collects I, VAMPIRE #7-12 and JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #7-8.

Injustice Gods Among Us #1 (Jheremy Raapack 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Katana #2 (David Finch Regular Cover), $2.99
Katana #2 (David Finch Black & White Variant Cover), 1:25
Ravagers #10, $2.99
Saucer Country #13, $2.99
Suicide Squad #18, $2.99
Superboy #18, $2.99
Team 7 #6, $2.99
Threshold #3 (Howard Porter Regular Cover), $3.99
Threshold #3 (Howard Porter Black & White Variant Cover), 1:25


Dejah Thoris And The Green Men Of Mars #1 (of 8)(Dynamic Forces Jay Anacleto Risque Red Variant Cover), $19.99. Sold out.

Dejah Thoris And The Green Men Of Mars #2 (of 8)(Jay Anacleto Regular Cover), $3.99

Dejah Thoris And The Green Men Of Mars #2 (of 8)(Jay Anacleto Sub Variant), $3.99 Retailers could order this variant as needed.

Dejah Thoris And The Green Men Of Mars #2 (of 8)(Lui Antonio Risque Variant), 1:15
Dejah Thoris And The Green Men Of Mars #2 (of 8)(Mel Rubi Risque Variant), 1:25
Dejah Thoris And The Green Men Of Mars #2 (of 8)(Ale Garza Risque Variant), 1:35
Garth Ennis’ Jennifer Blood Volume 3 Neither Tarnished Nor Afraid TP, $19.99
George R.R. Martin’s A Game Of Thrones #13 (Michael Komarck Regular Cover), $3.99
George R.R. Martin’s A Game Of Thrones #13 (Mike S. Miller Regular Cover), $3.99
Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files Ghoul Goblin #3 (of 6), $3.99
Kevin Smith’s The Bionic Man Annual #1 (Mike Mayhew Regular Cover), $4.99
Peter Cannon Thunderbolt #7 (Alex Ross Regular Cover), $3.99
Peter Cannon Thunderbolt #7 (Stephen Segovia Regular Cover), $3.99
Peter Cannon Thunderbolt #7 (Alex Ross Sketch Variant Cover), 1:10
Robert Jordan’s The Wheel Of Time The Eye Of The World #33, $3.99
Shadow #10 (Alex Ross Regular Cover), $3.99
Shadow #10 (Francesco Francavilla Regular Cover), $3.99
Shadow #10 (Jack Herbert Regular Cover), $3.99
Shadow #10 (Tim Bradstreet Regular Cover), $3.99
Shadow #10 (Alex Ross Virgin Variant Cover), 1:10
Shadow #10 (Alex Ross Sketch Variant Cover), 1:25

Shadow Year One #1 (Dynamic Forces Chris Samnee Black & White Variant)

Shadow Year One #1 (Dynamic Forces Chris Samnee Black & White Variant), $50. Sold out. I love Samnee, but $50? Really?

Voltron Year One Volume 1 TP, $19.99
Warlord Of Mars #23 (Dynamic Forces Red Risque Cover), $14.99


Graphic Classics Volume 24 Native American Classics GN, $17.95


Illustrators The Annual Of American Illustration Volume 54 TP, $45


Mickey Spillane From Files Of Mike Hammer The Complete Dailies And Sundays Volume 1 HC, $49.99


Crow Death And Rebirth HC, $24.99

Doctor Who Classics #1 (Cover A Matthew Dow Smith), $3.99. Sold out. Reprinting classic Doc Who stories in color for the first time.

Fever Ridge A Tale Of MacArthur’s Jungle War #2 (of 8)(Cover A Nick Runge), $3.99
Fever Ridge A Tale Of MacArthur’s Jungle War #2 (of 8)(Cover RI Nick Runge), 1:10
G.I. JOE Disavowed Volume 7 TP, $19.99
Ghostbusters #2 (Cover A Dan Schoening), $3.99
Ghostbusters #2 (Cover RI Dan Schoening), 1:10
Ghostbusters Volume 4 Who Ya Gonna Call TP, $17.99
High Ways #3 (of 4)(Cover A John Byrne), $3.99
High Ways #3 (of 4)(Cover RI John Byrne), 1:10
Mars Attacks #8 (Cover A John McCrea), $3.99
Mars Attacks #8 (Cover RI Miran Kim), 1:10
My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #2 (Dynamic Forces Exclusive Cover), $19.83
My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #3 (Dynamic Forces Exclusive Cover), $19.83
Pound Volume 2 Ghoul’s Night Out TP, $19.99
Rocketeer Hollywood Horror #2 (of 4)(Cover A Walter Simonson), $3.99
Rocketeer Hollywood Horror #2 (of 4)(Cover RI Walter Simonson), 1:10
Star Trek Volume 4 TP, $17.99
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Color Classics Micro-Series (Donatello)(One Shot), $3.99
Transformers Regeneration One #89 (Cover A Andrew Wildman), $3.99
Transformers Regeneration One #89 (Cover B Guido Guidi), $3.99
Transformers Regeneration One #89 (Cover RI Geoff Senior), 1:10


Illustration Magazine #40, $15


Change #4 (of 4), $3.50

Chew Omnivore Edition Volume 3 HC, $34.99. Collects CHEW 21-30 plus CHEW: SECRET AGENT POYO

Darkness #111, $2.99
End Times Of Bram And Ben #3 (of 4), $2.99
Hoax Hunters #8, $2.99
Manhattan Projects #10, $3.50
Mind The Gap #8 (Cover A Rodin Esquejo), $2.99
Mind The Gap #8 (Cover B Sonia Oback), $2.99
Nowhere Men #2 (3rd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99

Nowhere Men #4, $2.99. Sold out.

Peter Panzerfaust #10, $3.50. Sold out.

Peter Panzerfaust #9 (2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.50
Snapshot #1 (of 4)(2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Spawn #229 (Cover A Todd McFarlane), $2.99
Spawn #229 (Cover B Todd McFarlane), 1:25
Todd The Ugliest Kid On Earth #3 (of 4), $2.99

Triggergirl 6 #1, $5.99. Collected from Creator Owned Comics.

Walking Dead #108, $2.99. Sold out.

Where Is Jake Ellis #3 (of 5), $3.50
Witchblade #161 (John Tyler Christopher Top Cow Store Exclusive Variant Cover), $10


Rue Morgue Magazine #131, $9.95


Age Of Ultron #2 (of 10)(Bryan Hitch Regular Cover), $3.99

Age Of Ultron #2 (of 10)(Rock-He Kim Variant Cover)

Age Of Ultron #2 (of 10)(Rock-He Kim Variant Cover), 1:25
Age Of Ultron #2 (of 10)(Jung-Geun Yoon Variant Cover), 1:50
All-New X-Men #2 (Stuart Immonen 3rd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
All-New X-Men #3 (Stuart Immonen 3rd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
All-New X-Men #4 (Stuart Immonen 3rd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
All-New X-Men #5 (Stuart Immonen 3rd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
All-New X-Men #7 (David Marquez 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Alpha Big Time #2 (of 5), $2.99
Avengers #4 (Adam Kubert 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Avengers Arena #6 (Michael Del Mundo Regular Cover), $2.99
Avengers Arena #6 (Jorge Molina Variant Cover), 1:50
Avengers Assemble #13 (Nic Klein Regular Cover), $3.99

Avengers Assemble #13 (In-Hyuk Lee Variant Cover)

Avengers Assemble #13 (In-Hyuk Lee Variant Cover), 1:50, ($20-$25). Marvel seems to have tapped some new Asian talent recently. I’d expect to see more form Lee soon.

Avengers Season One HC (Premiere Edition), $24.99

Avengers Vs X-Men Avengers Academy TP, $24.99. Collecting AVENGERS ACADEMY #29-33.

Avenging Spider-Man #18, $3.99

Cable And X-Force #5 (Leinil Francis Yu Variant Cover)

Cable And X-Force #5 (Leinil Francis Yu Variant Cover), 1:50, ($20-$25). I’m not sure why this variant is shipping a week late but it’s beautiful.

Essential Captain Marvel Volume 2 TP, $19.99. Collecting CAPTAIN MARVEL (1968) #22-35 and #37-46, IRON MAN (1968) #55, and MARVEL FEATURE #12.

Fantastic Four #5 (Mark Bagley Regular Cover), $2.99
Fearless Defenders #2 (Mark Brooks Regular Cover), $2.99

Fearless Defenders #2 (Marcos Martin Variant Cover), 1:50, ($25-$30). Martin is unstoppable. I love this one.

Guardians Of The Galaxy Volume 2 Tomorrow’s Avengers TP, $39.99. Collecting THOR ANNUAL #6; AVENGERS (1963) #167-168, #170-177 and #181; MS. MARVEL (1977) #23; MARVEL TEAM-UP (1972) #86; and MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE (1974) #61-63 and #69.

Hawkeye Volume 1 My Life As A Weapon TP, $16.99. Collecting HAWKEYE (2012) #1-5 and YOUNG AVENGERS PRESENTS #6.

Marvel Universe The Avengers Earth’s Mightiest Heroes #12, $2.99
New Avengers #2 (Jock 2nd Prining Variant Cover), $3.99
New Avengers #3 (Jock 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Phineas And Ferb Magazine #16 (Disney Publishing Worldwide), $4.99
Secret Avengers #2 (Tomm Coker Regular Cover), $3.99
Secret Avengers #2 (Mike Deodato Variant Cover), 1:50
Superior Spider-Man #1 (Ryan Stegman 3rd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99

Thor God Of Thunder #6, $3.99. Sold out and arguably the best Marvel Comic on the stands every month.

Thunderbolts #6, $2.99

Ultimate Comics Wolverine #1 (of 4)(Art Adams Regular Cover), $3.99. Ultimate Wolvie is on a quest to learn his history, which should be just ever so slightly different than the regular Wolvie’s.

Ultimate Comics Wolverine #1 (of 4)(Axel Torvenius Variant Cover)

Ultimate Comics Wolverine #1 (of 4)(Axel Torvenius Variant Cover), (1:50)
Ultimate Comics X-Men #24, $3.99
Uncanny Avengers #3 (John Cassaday 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Uncanny X-Men #3 (Chris Bachalo Regular Cover), $3.99

Uncanny X-Men #3 (Phil Noto Variant Cover)

Uncanny X-Men #3 (Phil Noto Variant Cover), 1:50, ($18-$22). Noto is predictably awesome here on a variant that shouldn’t be too hard to find.

Wolverine #1 (Alan Davis Regular Cover), $3.99. One Wolvie series is just never enough. Writer Paul Cornell and artist Alan Davis are sailing the ship on this new monthly.

Wolverine #1 (Blank Variant Cover)

Wolverine #1 (Skottie Young Variant Cover)

Wolverine #1 (Olivier Coipel Variant Cover)

Wolverine #1 (Skottie Young Variant Cover), ($5-$7). Retailers had to exceed their order of AVX vs #3 with this issue before they could order these variants as needed.

Wolverine #1 (Olivier Coipel Variant Cover), 1:50, ($20-$25). Love Coipel but I don’t love this.

Wolverine #1 (Alan Davis Sketch Variant Cover), 1:100
Wolverine And The X-Men #26, $3.99

Wolverine Rot TP, $19.99. Collecting WOLVERINE (1988) #305-309.

X-Factor Volume 19 Short Stories TP, $15.99. Collecting X-FACTOR (1986) #246-249.

X-Men Legacy #7, $2.99
X-Treme X-Men #12, $2.99


Monsters From The Vault #31, $9.98


Hand-Drying In America HC, $29.95


Flying Henry HC, $12.95


Swissted Vintage Rock Posters Remixed And Reimagined SC, $40


Moon Girl TP, $14.95


Doc Savage Double Novel Volume 65 SC, $14.95
Shadow Double Novel Volume 70 SC, $14.95


Hairshirt GN, $24.95


His Favorite Volume 3 GN, $12.99


Grimm Magazine Collectors Special #1 (One Shot), $14.99
Star Wars Insider #140 (Newsstand Edition), $7.99
Star Wars Insider #140 (Previews Exclusive Edition), $7.99
Supernatural Magazine #36 (March 2013)(Newsstand Edition), $6.99
Supernatural Magazine #36 (March 2013)(Previews Exclusive Edition), $6.99


Megami January 2013, $16.60
Newtype January 2013, $16.00


SpongeBob Comics #18, $2.99


Archer And Armstrong #8 (Emanuela Lupacchino Regular Cover), $3.99
Archer And Armstrong #8 (Tom Fowler Variant Cover), 1:20
Bloodshot #9 (Clayton Henry Variant Cover), $3.99
Bloodshot #9 (Kalman Andrasofzsky Variant Cover), 1:20

Harbinger #1 (Arturo Lozzi Gold Edition Variant Cover)

Harbinger #1 (Arturo Lozzi Gold Edition Variant Cover). Retailers that ordered a combined 150 copies of all the December 2012 Valiant titles could order one of these. I’m still watching this one go up but I’m guessing it doesn’t end much higher than $80-$90.


Frazetta Sketchbook SC, $24.95


Paradise Kiss Volume 3 TP, $19.95


07-GHOST Volume 3 GN, $9.99
Arata The Legend Volume 13 TP, $9.99
Fullmetal Alchemist 3-In-1 Edition Volume 4 TP, $14.99
Naoki Urasawa’s 21st Century Boys Volume 2 GN, $12.99
Neon Genesis Evangelion 3-In-1 Edition Volume 2 TP, $19.99
RIN-NE Volume 11 GN, $9.99


Grimm Fairy Tales Myths And Legends Volume 5 TP, $19.99
Grimm Fairy Tales St Patrick’s Day Special (Cover A Giuseppe Cafaro), $5.99
Grimm Fairy Tales St Patrick’s Day Special (Cover B Stjepan Sejic), $5.99
Grimm Universe Dark One #4 (Cover A Anthony Spay), $3.99
Grimm Universe Dark One #4 (Cover B Marat Mychaels), $3.99
Grimm Universe Dark One #4 (Cover C Nei Ruffino), $3.99

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