The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 05/04/2011

Avengers Academy #13 (“Thor Goes Hollywood” 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 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, May 4. 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.


Irredeemable #25 (Cover C Dan Panosian), 1:10


Lady Death #0 (Michael Dipascale Feral Cover), $9.99. Limited to 2000.


Solomon Kane Red Shadows #2 (of 4)(Gregory Manchess Variant Cover), 1:5


Warlord of Mars Dejah Thoris #2 (Arthur Adams Exclusive Cover), $8.99


Jennifer Blood #3 (Johnny Desjardins Variant Cover), 1:20
Jennifer Blood #3 (Jonathan Lau Variant Cover), 1:10
Jennifer Blood #3 (Tim Bradstreet Negative Art Cover), 1:15
Jennifer Blood #3 (Tim Bradstreet Virgin Cover), 1:10
Vampirella #5 (Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic Virgin Variant Cover), 1:25
Vampirella #5 (Paul Renaud Blood Red Variant Cover), 1:10
Vampirella #5 (Stephen Segovia Black & White Variant Cover), 1:15


Spike #8 (of 8)(Jenny Frison Variant Cover), 1:10
Transformers Dark Of The Moon Rising Storm #4 (of 4)(Carlos Magno Variant Cover), 1:10


Artifacts #7 (of 13)(Foil Symbol Variant Cover),
Artifacts #7 (of 13)(John Paul Leon Sketch Variant Cover),
Artifacts Playing Card Set #7 (of 13)(Retailer Incentive),
Blue Estate #1 (2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Elephantmen Man And Elephantman #1 (2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Green Wake #1 (of 5)(2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.50



Annihilators #3 (of 4)(Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic Variant Cover)

Annihilators #3 (of 4)(Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic Variant Cover). This is a variant cover featuring Rocket Raccoon and Groot that was available through a different Diamond code (MAR110688D). Retailers could order as many as they needed but, now that the main cover is sold out, I would guess these should go pretty quick. Don’t pay more than the $4.99 cover price because these were not incentive covers.

Avengers Academy #13 (“Thor Goes Hollywood” Variant Cover), 1:20. This time, its Thor and the gang doing the Breakfast Club and, for some reason, it’s a 1:20, whereas the others have all been 1:15. This could be a tough one to find due to lower orders on Avengers Academy. Watch for a $12-$15 price tag.

Avengers Academy Giant-Size #1 (Chris Samnee Variant Cover),

Fear Itself #2 (of 7)(Steve McNiven Variant Cover)

Fear Itself #2 (of 7)(Stuart Immonen Variant Cover)

Fear Itself #2 (of 7)(Steve McNiven Variant Cover), 1:75. Here’s a preview of McNiven drawing Cap for those looking to spend some bucks on a variant cover. But I suppose there’s been much worse-looking 1:75 variants. I’m not trying to downplay this one at all, because it looks amazing, but not many of us can afford these high dollar variants. Watch for a $50-$60 price tag here.

Fear Itself #2 (of 7)(Stuart Immonen Variant Cover), 1:25. Here’s the more-affordable version of the Fear Itself variants and it’s certainly no slouch. I just hope powered-up-scary-Hulk smashes Red She-Hulk out of continuity altogether. She was a terrible idea from the beginning. Watch for a $15-$20 price tag and keep in mind that both of these should be pretty easy to find. Fear Itself is going to be very heavily ordered, making these fairly common. So, if your local retailer is demanding prices much higher than what you see, here I’d look elsewhere. Historically, these mega cross-over variants don’t hold up too well, so I wouldn’t count on these being big investments.

Heroes For Hire #6 (Harvey Tolibao Variant Cover)
Kick-Ass 2 #1 (of 6)(4th Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Moon Knight #1 (Bryan Hitch Variant Cover)
Moon Knight #1 (Humberto Ramos Variant Cover)
Moon Knight #1 (Mark Texeira Variant Cover)

Speculator Picks of the Week

These are comics that could sell out very quickly due to conservative ordering, popular demand, shipping errors or even UPS employee/Obama/Osama conspirators skipping work to research more hare-brained theories on the net. Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later . . .

Moon Knight #1


Moon Knight #1

Pencils & Cover by ALEX MALEEV

Solicitation: The wait is over! Moon Knight is here . . . like you’ve never seen him before! And we mean NEVER! The Eisner award-winning team of Bendis and Maleev tear into the mythos of Moon Knight with the same verve and derring-do they brought to Daredevil. A MARVELOUS reinterpretation of one of the most enigmatic characters in Marvel history starts right here!

32 pgs

Why it’ll go fast: I’m a big Moon Knight guy and no, I can’t give you any real reason as to why, other than I love all things Denny O’Neil. Yes, even Azrael. There’s been a couple of Moon Knight re-launches in the last few years, and neither were around for very long, nor where they very good. Pretty art, but a pretty confusing storyline as well. Now it’s Bendis’ and Maleev’s turn to take a shot at Marvel’s Batman, and if anyone can nail this character, it should be them. The key here seems to be balancing Moon Knight’s neurosis (multiple personality disorder; one of said personalities may have been an actual Egyptian god, which was a whole thing in and of itself) with his machismo. Even though this is Bendis, who also writes Avengers and New Avengers (two of Marvel’s highest-selling titles), I’m guessing this one is under-ordered. Retailers have busted on Moon Knight twice now in the last two years so they’ll probably be content to sell out this week and get what they need in re-orders next week. Too bad the first-printings will be gone by then.

Richie Rich #1 (of 4)


Richie Rich #1 (of 4)


Solicitation: The classic Harvey Comics character returns! After learning of a long-lost treasure buried deep beneath the waters of the south Pacific, Richie and the gang investigate, only to learn that there are other interested parties privy to the prizes, including a mysterious enemy and his band of modern-day pirates!


Why it’ll go fast: Kids comics have had a habit of spiking in price in the short term while retailers try to figure out how to order them. See my past blurbs on Darkwing Duck. Richie is an unknown quantity and not just because he’s a Golden/Silver- Age kiddie-character who hasn’t had his own title since 1986. Kids comics are weird and hard to order. Kids don’t read a lot of comics anymore because they’re too busy with their rap-and-roll videos and their pinball-video-games. Why, I oughtta . . . Retailers don’t know what to do here and I’m guessing APE Ent. is printing this title to order, so re-ordering could be near impossible. If it’s my shop, I’m content to order a few and sell out. You can’t win them all, and if Richie tanks, you’re never going to sell it for cover price again. Better to call your shot on Moon Knight this week. Call me old fashioned, but I wish they would have gone with a more classic look, here. I know, the creators are trying to sell comics to a generation of kids that have grown up watching cartoons from Japan or ones that try to look Japanese, but a stylized take on the classic Richie Rich would’ve been nice. This version looks a little too Ben 10 or Ash from Pokemon if you ask me. Grumble, grumble, grumble (? old man noises) . . .

X-Men Prelude to Schism #1 of 4


X-Men Prelude to Schism #1 of 4


Solicitation: Before Messiah Complex came Endangered Species. This is the prelude to the X-Men Event of 2011. What does it mean to be a leader? What does it do to a person? What do the choices you make mean about the person you are? This mini-series delves into these issues and will give an X-Men reader what they need to know about their favorite mutants before everything changes in July.

32 PGS

Why it’ll go fast: And as one X-Men event ends, another begins. Just as Age of X ends, we get the prelude to Schism. A four-part prelude, no less. I’m guessing retailers are thinking between Flashpoint and Fear Itself, nerds are probably going to pass on this one. But they won’t. If this one sucks, they might pass on the rest, but X-nerds will pick up the first issue to see what happens, if for nothing else. I’m looking forward to Schism but the prelude is just going to be a read for me. Paul Jenkins and I have a very on-again-off-again relationship. I just feel like we’re in different places in our lives right now. It’s too bad, because when he’s good, he’s great. But when he’s not, his work is mediocre at best. There’s too many other quality choices out there for a girl like me. Whoa, that metaphor really got away from me. Watch for this one to sell out next week when the re-orders come in.


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