The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 03/16/2011

Amazing Spider-Man #656 (Joe Quesada Cap 70th Anniversary Variant Cover) 1:15

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 16. 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:


Grim Ghost #1 (Qing Ping Mui Sketch Variant Cover) 1:10
Phoenix #1 (Dean Zachary Sketch Variant Cover) 1:10


Night Of The Living Dead Death Valley #1(of 5)(Black & White Variant Cover) 1:3
Wolfskin Hundredth Dream #5 (of 6)(Juan Jose Ryp Bronze & Blood Variant Cover) 1:3


Soldier Zero #6 (Cover C Trevor Hairsine) 1:10


Guild Tink (One Shot)(Peter Bagge Variant Cover) 1:5


Brightest Day #22 (Ivan Reis Variant Cover) 1:10
DC Universe Legacies #10 (of 10)(Gary Frank Variant Cover) 1:25
Superman #709 (Adam Hughes Variant Cover) 1:10
Xombi #1 (Brendan McCarthy Variant Cover) 1:10


Kato Origins #7 (The Hellfire Club)(Francesco Francavilla Variant Cover) 1:10
Last Phantom #5 (Joe Prado Incentive Cover) 1:10
Last Phantom #5 (Alex Ross Negative Incentive Cover) 1:15
Last Phantom #5 (Fabiano Neves Incentive Cover) 1:15
Last Phantom #5 (Alex Ross Virgin Incentive Cover) 1:50
Lone Ranger Zorro The Death Of Zorro #1 (Francesco Francavilla Variant Cover) 1:6
Lone Ranger Zorro The Death Of Zorro #1 (Jerry Lawler Variant Cover) 1:6
Lone Ranger Zorro The Death Of Zorro #1 (Tom Yeates Variant Cover) 1:6
Lone Ranger Zorro The Death Of Zorro #1 (Alex Ross Virgin Variant Cover) 1:10
Lone Ranger Zorro The Death Of Zorro #1 (Alex Ross Negative Art Variant Cover) 1:15
Lone Ranger Zorro The Death Of Zorro #1 (Alex Ross Black & White Variant Cover) 1:25

This is the big one from Dynamite this week but, again, if you need any of these, wait a week. Retailers who did order for the variants on this comic will be itching to get rid of them and probably for pretty low prices.

Vampirella #4 (Jason Pearson Red Variant Cover) 1:10
Vampirella #4 (Ale Garza Black & White Variant Cover) 1:15
Vampirella #4 (Paul Renaud Virgin Variant Cover) 1:25
Warlord Of Mars #5 (Joe Jusko Black & White Variant Cover) 1:25
Warlord Of Mars #5 (Lucio Parrillo Virgin Variant Cover) 1:50
Warlord Of Mars #5 (Patrick Berkenkotter Variant Cover) 1:15
Warlord Of Mars #5 (Stephen Sadowski Red Variant Cover) 1:10
Warlord Of Mars #5 (Stephen Sadowski Variant Cover) 1:10


Doctor Who Volume 2 #2 (Ben Templesmith Variant Cover) 1:20
G.I. JOE Infestation #2 (of 2)(Zombie-Fied Logo Variant Cover) 1:10
Spike #6 (of 8)(Jenny Frison Variant Cover) 1:10
Transformers 3 Movie Prequel Foundation #2 (of 4)(Interconnected Variant Cover) 1:10


Invincible Iron Man #502 (Mike Del Mundo Cap 70th Anniversary Variant Cover) 1:15

Thunderbolts #155 (Gerald Parel Cap 70th Anniversary Variant Cover) 1:15

Amazing Spider-Man #656 (Joe Quesada Cap 70th Anniversary Variant Cover) 1:15

Here comes more Cap variants and they all look great. I love this Quesada cover and most other Marvel nerds will too. There should be plenty of these around due to Amazing Spidey selling very well.Watch for $8-$10 price tag.

Fantastic Four #583 (4th Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Fantastic Four #584 (3rd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Fantastic Four #585 (3rd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Fantastic Four #586 (3rd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Fear Itself Book Of The Skull #1 (Joe Quesada Variant Cover) 1:25
Generation Hope #5 (Greg Land Variant Cover) 1:20
Invincible Iron Man #502 (Marko Djurdjevic Variant Cover) 1:30
Invincible Iron Man #502 (Mike Del Mundo Cap 70th Anniversary Variant Cover) 1:15

Another Cap variant here. I dig that Marvel made these 1:15’s, giving variant-nerds a good chance to both find afford these variants. Watch for an $8-$10 price tag.

Iron Man 2.0 #2 (Dheeraj Verma Variant Cover) 1:30
Ruse #1 (of 4)(Mitch Breitweiser Variant Cover) 1:15
Thunderbolts #155 (Gerald Parel Cap 70th Anniversary Variant Cover) 1:15

The Final Cap Variant this week and it’s a gorgeous one. Parel really needs to get more work. Love this painted look here. This one might be a little pricier because retailers probably aren’t ordering this title on the level of Amazing Spidey or Iron Man. Watch for $10-$12 price tag here.

Ultimate Comics Avengers Vs New Ultimates #2 (of 6)(Bryan Hitch Variant Cover) 1:20


Kolchak The Night Stalker Files #2 (Dave Ulanski Variant Cover) 1:4

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 . . .

Amazing Spider-Man #656

Amazing Spider-Man #656


Written by DAN SLOTT
Art & Cover by MARCOS MARTIN

Solicitation: The debut of the new Spider-armor!?If Spider-Man hopes to find a way to defeat his new nemesis, Massacre, he’ll need the help of his all new, all-power costume! But will protecting the people of New York mean that Spider-Man finally takes the last measure—killing a bloodthirsty madman when there are no other options? (By the way, your first answer is wrong!)

40 pgs
$3.99 US

Why it’ll go fast: Amazing Spidey cannot be stopped. Every issue continues to sell out week after week and for good reason. Writer Dan Slott has been blowing up here. Back issues are getting harder to find as well, even though most retailers have figured out their order levels by now. Amazing Spidey has been better than it’s been for years and nerds have taken notice. Watch for issues to sell out a little faster each month as we get closer to the new Spidey movie as well. This is a title that every Marvel fan should have on their pull-files.

Ruse #1 (of 4)

Ruse #1 (of 4)


Written by MARK WAID

Solicitation: Renowned as the Victorian world’s greatest detective, Simon Archard is the most intelligent of men. But when he crosses paths with the mysterious and enchanting Emma Bishop, has the smartest man in the world met his equal? Brought to readers by superstar writer Mark Waid (Amazing Spider-Man) and red-hot artist Mirco Pierfederici (Tron: Original Movie Adaptation), this is the new comic series that’ll leave you breathless.

32 pages

Why it’ll go fast: I know Sigil #1, the first offering from Marvel/Crossgen, hasn’t sold out yet like I predicted, but I’m betting Ruse #1 does. Mainly because of Mark Waid. It’s been a while since we’ve seen Waid at Marvel and this is the perfect title for him to return to in more ways than one. Waid wrote the original Ruse for Crossgen back (from 2001-04) and it was a cult hit. This is one I’m betting most retailers didn’t order heavy on, so watch for the sell-out to happen next week when the reorders come in.

Spike #6

Spike #6


Written by BRIAN LYNCH

Solicitation: Why is Willow out of the Buffyverse and in Las Vegas with Spike? Why does she need to help Spike with? How are they going to deal with John and Wolfram & Hart and Drusilla? Plus, spaceships and bugs are coming!

32 pages

Why it’ll go fast:,/i> It may be due to IDW lowering the print-runs on Spike but first-printings of each issue has been selling out before the comic ships. And issue #6 is no exception. Prices on back issues haven’t picked up much yet but they are gaining steam. The Buffy spin-off comics have continued to sell well years after the TV series ended. Now that the comics are the only place for fans to get their Buffy fix and Netflix streaming the old episodes for new fans to discover, Spike and Angel comics are becoming scarce and will be even harder to find in the future.


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