The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 03/23/2011

Deadpool #34 (Ed McGuinness Captain America 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 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.


Neonomicon #4 (of 4)(Jacen Burrows Book Of The Dead Incentive Cover) 1:3


Hellraiser #1 (Cover C Clive Barker)(Signed by Clive Barker) 1:50


Mass Effect Evolution #3 (of 4)(Joe Quinones Variant Cover), $3.50?1:5


Batman Incorporated #4 (Yanick Paquette Variant Cover) 1:25
Batman The Dark Knight #2 (Andy Clarke Variant Cover) 1:25
Green Lantern #64 (Tyler Kirkham & Batt Variant Cover) 1:10
Green Lantern Corps #58 (Patrick Gleason Variant Cover) 1:10
Justice League Generation Lost #22 (Kevin Maguire Variant Cover) 1:10
Justice League Of America #55 (David Mack Variant Cover) 1:10


Green Hornet #14 (Phil Hester Variant Cover) 1:10
Green Hornet #14 (Alex Ross Virgin Variant Cover) 1:15:
Green Hornet #14 (Jonathan Lau Variant Cover) 1:15
Red Sonja Deluge (One Shot)(Dan Brereton Virgin Variant Cover) 1:10


Angel #43 (of 44)(Elena Casagrande Variant Cover) 1:10
G.I. JOE A Real American Hero #164 (Larry Hama Sketch Variant Cover) 1:10
Ghostbusters Infestation #2 (of 2)(Zombiefied Logo Variant Cover) 1:10
Transformers Heart Of Darkness #1 (Ulises Farinas Sketch Variant Cover) 1:10
Transformers Heart Of Darkness #1 (Dan Khanna Sketch Variant Cover) 1:25


Velocity #2 (of 4)(Kenneth Rocafort Project Comic-Con Variant Cover), $10

These are “limited” but I can’t get any hard numbers on the print run. Retailers could order as many as they needed.


Amazing Spider-Man #654 (Paulo Siquera 2nd Printing Variant Cover)
Captain America Comics #1 (70th Anniversary Edition)(Joe Simon/Jack Kirby/Kai Spannuth Variant Cover),

This cover wasn’t listed as a 50/50 split and retailers could order as many as they needed. Not sure how limited it is either.

Deadpool #34 (Ed McGuinness Captain America 70th Anniversary Variant Cover) 1:15

Another Cap variant, and this time by Ed McGuinness. These have been selling well online so you might need to snap this cover up of you want it. Watch for a $12-$15 price tag here.

FF #1 (Daniel Acuna Variant Cover)

FF #1 (Gerald Parel Fantastic Four 50th Anniversary Variant Cover) 1:20

FF #1 (Stan Goldberg Variant Cover) 1:10

FF #1 (Gerald Parel Fantastic Four 50th Anniversary Variant Cover) 1:20
FF #1 (Daniel Acuna Variant Cover)

Retailers needed to exceed their orders of Fantastic Four #583 and they could order all they needed of the Acuna variant.

FF #1 (Blank Variant Cover)

Same as the Acuna Variant.

FF #1 (Marko Djurdjevic Character Variant Cover) 1:25

Couldn’t find a pic of this one . . . sorry.

FF #1 (Stan Goldberg Variant Cover) 1:10
FF #1 Limited Edition Gatefold Variant Cover Print (Promotional Item)

These were limited to a bundle of 25 per retailer.

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #156 (Kaare Andrews Variant Cover)
Uncanny X-Men #534 (Janet Lee Variant Cover) 1:20
X-Men #9 (Chris Bachalo Variant Cover) 1:15
X-Men #9 (John Tyler Christopher Captain America 70th Anniversary Variant Cover) 1:15

The second Cap variant shipping this week is by John Tyler Christopher, who I’ve never heard of, but it’s a great looking cover. Both this over and the Deadpool Cap variant should be pretty easy to find, seeing as both comics are well ordered. Watch for a $10-$12 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 . . .

Hellraiser #1

Hellraiser #1


Solicitation: One of the greatest horror franchises of all time returns, now under the control of its original creator! Clive Barker has touched Hellraiser only twice: once to write The Hellbound Heart, and once more to write and direct the original Hellraiser film. Now, witness Barker’s long-awaited return to tell a new chapter in the series’ official continuity, a trajectory that will forever change the Cenobites, the final Pinhead story! Prepare your soul for an epic journey into horror from one of the medium’s greatest voices, and starring one of the medium’s greatest characters, in an unforgettable new chapter of the Hellraiser.

40 pages

Why it’ll go fast: It’s been quite a while since anyone cared about Hellraiser comics. So long, in fact, the only thing I could think of to reinvigorate the franchise would be to bring back Clive Barker, superstar horror writer and Hellraiser creator, and have him write the comic. It seems that’s just what IDW did and this one looks great. Anyone who loved the Hellraiser films, or, if you’re a nerd like me, the Marvel/Eclipse Hellraiser comics should pick this comic up. Artist Leonardo Manco is an excellent choice for the art duties and this looks like another high-quality winner from Boom Studios. I’m guessing retailers were cautious here not knowing what to expect in the way of Hellraiser sales and ordered lightly. Watch for a sell-out notice next week when the re-orders come flooding in for this one.

Transformers: Heart of Darkness #1

Transformers: Heart of Darkness #1


Solicitation: Galvatron. Last seen, he was leading a team of Decepticons through space. Clearly, he has a purpose, an agenda and a vendetta. But how it will play out and to what end has been shrouded in mystery. That mystery is about to be revealed . . .


Why it’ll go fast: I don’t normally read Transformers comics, but this week’s Transformers: Hearts of Darkness #1 from IDW has peaked my interest. Why? Because it’s written by two of my favorite writers, Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning (Heros for Hire, Guardians of the Galaxy), and it stars Galvatron. Remember when Megatron got all messed up in the original Transformers movie and Unicron, as voiced by the amazing Orson Welles, transformed him into the big-bad-space-cannon Galvatron? I do, and it was awesome, so I’ll be checking this issue out. And so will a lot of other nerds when, or maybe if, word of Abnett and Lanning writing this title gets out.

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #156

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #156

Pencils & Cover by MARK BAGLEY

Solicitation: Death Of Spider-Man, Chapter One: The wait is over! The most shocking Spider-Man story you will ever read! Young Peter Parker has led a heroic life and tried to live by the simple and powerful philosophy that with great power comes great responsibility, but will that philosophy be enough to save him from the horror that awaits him here? This is easily the most important story in Ultimate Spider-Man history and maybe the most important story in the Ultimate Universe. Who better to illustrate it than Ultimate Spider-Man legend Mark Bagley, making his mighty Marvel return! Bendis and Bagley back together again and just-in-time!

32 PGS./Rated T+

Why it’ll go fast: Wanna sell some comics? Just kill your main character! It always works and it’s going to work here as well. The Death of Spidey story is going to be huge. So huge that I’ve decided to catch up on Ultimate Spidey, just so I can jump on board. But I digress. This story is huge for two reasons, it sounds like Spidey is going to die and the original series artist Mark Bagley is returning to the title. A lot of nerds are excited about this one, so expect it to sell out very quickly. In fact, this just might be the bump that Ultimate Spidey needs to make it a Top-10 selling comic again.


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