The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 05/11/2011

Batman Arkham City #1 (of 5)(Video Game Art 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 11. 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.


Richie Rich #1 (of 4)(24K Gold Variant Cover), 1:10


Mega Man #1 (Chad Thomas Sketch Variant Cover), $2.99


Crossed Psychopath #2 (of 6)(Jacen Burrows Red Crossed Retailer Incentive Cover), 1:3
Wolfskin Hundredth Dream #6 (of 6)(Bronze & Blood Retailer Incentive Cover), 1:3


Stan Lee’s Starborn #6 (Cover C Dimitri Armand), 1:10


Batman Arkham City #1 (of 5)(Video Game Art Variant Cover), 1:10. No idea as to the name of the person responsible for this cover, thanks to the variant’s title, but this is a great-looking cover. Not sure how ordering will go on a video-game tie-in, but these shouldn’t be too hard to find. See my Speculator Picks below for more on this one. Watch for a $5-$7 price tag.

Batman Incorporated #6 (Frazer Irving Variant Cover), 1:25
Flash #12 (George Perez Variant Cover), 1:10
Flashpoint #1 (of 6)(Andy Kubert Variant Cover A, Sketch), 1:25

Flashpoint #1 (of 6)(Ivan Reis And George Perez Variant Cover B). This one was really weird. DC set a threshold on a retailer-by-retailer basis at what level regular covers needed to be ordered for retailers to order this variant. I think my shop’s magic number was 45. After retailers hit their number, they could order as many of the “B” variant as they needed. This is new territory for variant ordering and I’m curious as to how it’ll affect pricing on this variant. Since it’s effectively a 1:45 at my shop, that would put it at a $5-$10 price tag because retailers can order as many as they need. Pre-sales on eBay are sitting in that $5-$10 window, but this could be an interesting one to watch.

Superman #711 (Dave Johnson Variant Cover), 1:10


Danger Girl And The Army Of Darkness #1 (of 6) (J. Scott Campbell Exclusive Got The Deadite Blues Cover), $8.99

Danger Girl And The Army Of Darkness #1 (of 6)(J. Scott Campbell Exclusive Got The Deadite Blues Cover 2 Pack), $16.99. Both are listed as “limited,” but no real print-run numbers available. As always, if you need these, I’d wait and grab them off the net for half these prices.


Dean Koontz’s Nevermore #3 (of 6)(Darick Robertson Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10
Lone Ranger #25 (John Cassady Montage Variant Cover), 1:10
Lone Ranger & Zorro The Death Of Zorro #3 ( Francavilla Negative Art Cover), 1:10
Total Recall #1 (of 4)(Cezar Razek Variant Cover), 1:5
Total Recall #1 (of 4)(Darick Robertson Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10
Total Recall #1 (of 4)(Darick Robertson Negative Art Variant Cover), 1:20
Warlord Of Mars Dejah Thoris #3 (Arthur Adams Virgin Variant Cover), 1:10
Warlord Of Mars Dejah Thoris #3 (Paul Renaud Red Variant Cover), 1:20


30 Days Of Night Night Again #1 (of 4)(David Furno Variant Cover), 1:10
Fallen Angel Return Of The Son #4 (of 4)(David Lopez Variant Cover), 1:10
G.I. JOE Volume 2 #1 (Javier Saltares Wraparound Variant Cover), 1:10
Godzilla Kingdom Of Monsters #1 (Alex Ross Foil Logo 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
John Byrne’s Next Men #6 (John Byrne Sketch Variant Cover), 1:10
Love And Capes Ever After #4 (of 5)(Chris Bailey Variant Cover), 1:10


Elephantmen #31 (J. Scott Campbell Variant Cover), 1:15
Infinite Vacation #1 (3rd Printing Variant Cover), $3.50
Netherworld #1 (of 5)(‘We Are All Lost’ Variant Cover),
Nonplayer #1 (of 6)(2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Undying Love #1 (2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99


Journey Into Mystery #623 (Larry Stroman X-Men Evolutions Variant Cover)

New Avengers #12 (Khoi Pham X-Men Evolutions Variant Cover)

FF #3 (Marko Djurdjevic Character Variant Cover), 1:25
FF #3 (Patrick Zircher X-Men Evolutions Variant Cover), 1:20
Journey Into Mystery #623 (Larry Stroman X-Men Evolutions Variant Cover), 1:20
New Avengers #12 (Khoi Pham X-Men Evolutions Variant Cover), 1:20
New Mutants #23 (Steve Kurth 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
New Mutants #25 (Arthur Adams Variant Cover), 1:25
New Mutants #25 (Jorge Malina ‘X-Man’ Variant Cover), 1:15
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #153 (2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #154 (2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #155 (2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #156 (2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
X-Men #11 (David Lopez X-Men Evolutions Variant Cover), 1:20

X-Men #11 (David Lopez X-Men Evolutions Variant Cover)

X-Men Legacy #246 (Clay Mann 2nd Printing Variant Cover)

X-Men Legacy #246 (Clay Mann 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99. It looks like X-Men Evolutions is the latest variant series running through the Marvel U and I love these covers. Each one features all the different looks a specific X character has had over the years. This week we get Wolverine on the cover of FF, Havok on the cover of Journey into Mystery, Magneto on the cover of New Avengers (I loved the no-helmet-“M”-on-the-chest-look), and Kitty Pryde on the cover of X-Men. All of them are 1:20 variants and all are shipping on the cover of highly ordered titles this week so they should be fairly easy to come by. Watch for a $10-$14 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 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 . . .

Batman Arkham City #1


Batman Arkham City #1

Written by PAUL DINI
Art and cover by CARLOS D’ANDA

Solicitation: It’s been a year since The Joker took over Arkham, and Gotham is still trying to get back to normal in this all-new, five-issue miniseries bridging the gap between the hit video game “Batman: Arkham Asylum” and the exciting, upcoming sequel, Batman: Arkham City! And now, an attack by a pair of super-powered twins increases the threat level and triggers Gotham City’s new mayor to call for drastic measures. Retailers, please note: Issue #1 will ship with two covers. Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.


Why it’ll go fast: This is one of those strange times where Comic shops will probably have to compete with big name video-game chains like Gamestop for copies of a comic. This Bat-book is a tie-in to the upcoming sequel to the blockbuster video-game Batman: Arkham Asylum, which was near perfect, I might add, and it’s written by Paul Dini. Both factors will make this a tough title to re-order when issue #1 sells out before the weekend.

Mega Man #1


Mega Man #1

Written by IAN FLYNN

Solicitation: “Let the Games Begin!” Part One. The future looks bright when brilliant and benevolent Dr. Light unveils his latest creations: the Robot Masters! But when the nefarious Dr. Wily steals them for his own sinister purposes, there is no one left to stop him. No one—except Mega Man! Don’t miss the first issue of this brand new ongoing series based on Capcom’s long-running and best-selling video game sensation! Available with a regular cover by Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante or a sketch cover by Chad Thomas.


Why it’ll go fast: Years ago, had you stepped from a time-traveling DeLorian and told me that not only will Sonic the Hedgehog still be a published comic book in 2011 but issue #1 of the series will be selling for more than $40 un-graded, I would have shoot you down like an angry Libyan terrorist. Color me stupefied, but here we are and Sonic is still around and early issues continue to rise in value. Mega Man may not be as well known, but he’s definitely beloved, and Archie, who publishes Sonic, has proven it know how to handle a video-game property. Case in point: Mega Man #1 is already sold out before shipping, so watch for prices of issue #1 to get stupid real fast.

New Mutants #25


New Mutants #25

Wraparound Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC

Solicitation: new creative team! New direction! Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning (Annihilators, Heroes For Hire) are joined by Leandro Fernandez (Hulk, 5 Ronin) at the helm of New Mutants. Cyclops is sick of unfinished business coming back to haunt the X-Men, so he’s tasking the New Mutants to finish it. Their first mission: Find X-Man. Nate Grey returned in Dark X-Men, but ended up in the hands of Norman Osborn and H.A.M.M.E.R. But with the Dark Reign at an end, where is X-Man? Find out here!


Why it’ll go fast: A lot of retailers are going to cut their order on New Mutants now that Age of X is over and they’ll be completely wrong to do so. Abnett and Lanning are hot. They’ve been blowing up in the pages of Heroes for Hire and they’re going to bring the same level of excitement to New Mutants. I don’t see this one selling out this week but when the re-orders hit next week, it’ll be gone.


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