The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 05/25/2011

Green Lantern Corps #60 (Clayton Crain Variant Cover) 1:10

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 25. 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.


Night Of The Living Dead #5 (of 5)(Paul Duffield Black & White Incentive Cover), 1:3


Ducktales #1 (Cover C Leonel Castellani), 1:10
Hellraiser #2 (Cover C Tim Bradstreet), 1:10
Incorruptible #18 (Cover C Garry Brown), 1:10
Planet Of The Apes #2 (Cover C Karl Richardson), 1:10
Stan Lee’s Traveler #7 (Cover C Scott Clark), 1:10


Action Comics #901 (Dan Jurgens Variant Cover) 1:10
Green Arrow #12 (David Aja Variant Cover) 1:10

Green Lantern #66 (Clayton Crain Variant Cover) 1:10

Green Lantern #66 (Clayton Crain Variant Cover) 1:10
Green Lantern Corps #60 (Clayton Crain Variant Cover) 1:10

Green Lantern Emerald Warriors #10 (Clayton Crain Variant Cover) 1:10. This is a fun little set of Clayton Crain variants for the GL titles this month. Not quite as cool as the George Perez triptych set for the last three chapters of the War of the Green Lanterns, but still cool. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think this is Crain’s first DC works. Watch for a $5-$7 price tag on each of these.

Strange Adventures #1 (One Shot)(Mark Buckingham Variant Cover), 1:10


Daredevil Reborn #1 (of 4) (John Romita Sr. Signed Edition), $19.66. Here’s another head-slapper from Dynamic Forces. Just in time for DD reborn to end, a signed edition of the first issue by an artist that worked on DD years ago. The best part is, if you didn’t pre-orders this one before the cut-off date (2/14/11), the price goes up to $29.99. Who is ordering these and why?


Hack Slash Eva Monsters Ball #1 (of 4)(Tim Seeley Black & White Cover), 1:10
Hack Slash Eva Monsters Ball #1 (of 4)(Tim Seeley Negative Art Variant Cover),?1:15

Hack Slash Eva Monsters Ball #1 (of 4)(Tim Seeley Red Variant Cover). No information on ratio, $12 cover, I’m assuming it’s an order-as-you-want.

Kato Origins #9 (The Hellfire Club)(Francesco Francavilla Variant Cover), 1:10
Kirby Genesis #0 (Alex Ross Negative Art Variant Cover), 1:25

Kirby Genesis #0 (Sean Chen ‘Issue #1 Cover Sneak Peek Art’ Variant Cover), 1:50. This was solicited as Sean Chen but changed to Renaud Cover.

Kirby Genesis #0 (Ryan Sook “Issue #1 Cover Sneak Peek Art” Variant Cover), 1:100

Kirby Genesis #0 (Alex Ross “Issue #1 Cover Sneak Peek Art” Variant Cover), 1:200. Don’t get too excited about either of these. If your retailer is asking regular 1:100/1:200 prices for these, you need to find a new shop that isn’t run by criminals. This #0 issue has a $1 cover price, making the ordering of 100 copies one-third the price of ordering 100 copies of your average $2.99 cover price comic. Don’t pay more than $20-$30 for the 1:100 and $50-$60 for the 1:200.


Angel Yearbook (One Shot)(Nick Runge Variant Cover), 1:10
Cobra #1 (Antonio Fuso Wraparound Variant Cover), 1:10
Doctor Who #5 (Mark Buckingham Variant Cover), 1:10
Dungeons And Dragons #7 (Jorge Lucas Classic X-Men Homage Sketch Cover), 1:25
Dungeons And Dragons #7 (Jorge Lucas Classic X-Men Homage Cover), 1:10
Suicide Girls #2 (of 4)(Photo Variant Cover), 1:10
Transformers Heart Of Darkness #3 (of 4)(Ulises Farinas Sketch Variant Cover), 1:10
True Blood Tainted Love #4 (of 6)(J. Scott Campbell Interconnected Sketch Cover), 1:10
True Blood Tainted Love #4 (of 6)(Photo Variant Cover) 1:25


68 #2 (of 4)(Cover C Nat Jones), 1:10. I don’t get this one at all. Nothing against Nat Jones, because he’s doing great work on this title, but how did they miss the chance to give “horror titan” (their words) Tim Vigil a cover? They’re using his name and a four-page back-up story to sell the comic but they couldn’t get the dude to draw a cover? Really? I’m not demanding one mind you—I’m not a Vigil fan—but if he’s the titan Image is telling us he is, why doesn’t he have a cover?

Butcher Baker The Righteous Maker #2 (2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Skullkickers #7 (Steven Cummings & Espen Grundetjern Variant Cover), 1:10
Tattered Man (One Shot)(Amanda Conner Variant Cover), 1:10
Walking Dead #85 (Lukas Ketner Variant Cover), 1:10


Captain America #618 (Chris Stevens X-Men Evolutions Variant Cover) 1:20

Captain America #618 (Chris Stevens X-Men Evolutions Variant Cover) 1:20
Fear Itself Book Of The Skull #1 (Joe Quesada 2nd Printing Variant Cover) $3.99
FF #4 (Marko Djurdjevic Character Variant Cover) 1:25

Mighty Thor #2 (David Yardin X-Men Evolutions Variant Cover) 1:20

Mighty Thor #2 (David Yardin X-Men Evolutions Variant Cover) 1:20

Secret Avengers #13 (Lee Weeks X-Men Evolutions Variant Cover) 1:20

Secret Avengers #13 (Lee Weeks X-Men Evolutions Variant Cover) 1:20

Venom #3 (Patrick Zircher X-Men Evolutions Variant Cover) 1:20

Venom #3 (Patrick Zircher X-Men Evolutions Variant Cover) 1:20

Wolverine #9 (Michale Ryan X-Men Evolutions Variant Cover) 1:20

Wolverine #9 (Michale Ryan X-Men Evolutions Variant Cover) 1:20. More X-Evolution Variants this week. Two of which have me shaking my head. How does Wolvie not get the Evolutions treatment on the cover of his own title? This just seems like a missed opportunity. Somehow, the Wolverine X-Evolutions cover features Hope, while Wolvie is on an FF cover? What the $%*#? Beast’s Evolutions variant is on Secret Avengers, a title he stars in. Am I the only one that thinks this is weird? And the Rogue evolutions cover? Yuck. I don’t like bad-mouthing artists, but this isn’t good. Watch for an $8-$12 price tag.


Grimm Fairy Tales Dream Eater Crossover Part 1 (Cover D Tommy Patterson & Nei Ruffino).

Speculator Picks of the Week

These are comics that could sell out very quickly due to conservative ordering, popular demand, shipping errors or even a post rapture/pre-Labor Day sense of purpose that causes the whole of the UPS fleet to follow their dreams and climb that mountain, run a Marathon or go back to Vet School. Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later . . .

DuckTails #1

DuckTails #1


Solicitation: DuckTales is back! The hit Disney Afternoon TV show makes a splash this month as an all-new, original ongoing comic book series! Written by the creator of the Epic Mickey video game, Warren Spector, and illustrated by the fan-favorite Disney duck artist Miquel Pujol, this is the latest and greatest of the Disney Afternoon Revolution that “might solve a mystery,” but will definitely “rewrite history!” Existing within the same continuity as BOOM!s hit series Darkwing Duck, find out why “life is like a hurricane!” Covers by Pujol and Leonel Castellani.

32 pgs

Why it’ll go fast: I expect this one to perform much like Darkwing Duck did last year. It looks like this one is already at the sell out level—Darkwing also sold out before shipping—and again I’m guessing there’s a big nostalgia factor here. I was even thinking about picking this one for my Podcast this week. Everyone age 25-35 remembers this property fondly and will probably pick up #1, if not for themselves, then for their kids. Whether issue #1 hits $20 like Darkwing remains to be seen, but I expect Ducktails #1 to be a tough one to find by next week.

Hellraiser #2

Hellraiser #2


Solicitation: One of the greatest horror franchises of all time returns, now under the control of its original creator! Witness Barker’s long-awaited return to tell a new chapter in the series’ official continuity—a trajectory that will forever change the Cenobites and Pinhead! Kirsty Quinn is back! To fight the forces of the Cenobites she has become a Harrower and has gathered a team that, like her, is damaged and insane enough to take on what Hell has got! As Pinhead’s plan becomes clearer, what will Kirsty’s role in it be? Covers by Tim Bradstreet and Nick Percival.

32 pgs,

Why it’ll go fast: This is another one from BOOM! that sold out before it shipped. I’m guessing as of issue #4, BOOM! will have the print run levels figured out, but until then, expect Hellraiser to be tough to find. In fact, this second issue could be even harder to find as retailers tend to order fewer of a second issue than a first and, keep in mind, they placed the order for this issue two months ago. Most comic shops will be content to let this one go in favor of ordering heavier on this week’s Iron Man Fear Itself tie-in and the three Green Lantern titles coming out. Hellraiser #1 is still selling for cover price but are creeping up and there still seems to be a few out there. Pre-orders for issue #2 on the other hand are almost non-existent. This one could be very hard to find very quickly.

Planet of the Apes #2

Planet of the Apes #2


Solicitation: Get your hands on these damn dirty Apes in the second issue of the all-new series that takes place before the original 1968 Planet of the Apes movie, set in the continuity of the first five films! An assassination tears through the fabric of both Ape and Human societies. In the chaotic aftermath, Ape forces begin arming themselves. Prepare yourself for the explosive results as Ape and Human forces clash! Covers by Karl Richardson and Chad Hardin.

32 pages

Why it’ll go fast: Apparently, this is the all-BOOM! Studios edition of the Comic Speculator. Planet of the Apes was another hit for BOOM! that both it and retailers didn’t see coming. This one is going to go quick for the same reason as Hellraiser #2. This is another one that could easily slip through the cracks this summer while Flashpoint and Fear Itself rake in the big sales numbers. Apes #1 is currently selling for $7 and up and seems to be going even higher. Like a lot of other nerds, I didn’t pre-order this one. I forgot. It’s not like I a write a blog about new comics or anything. So, I’ll be sniping my copy off eBay with a lot of other nerds. So, like I was saying, nothing to see here and nothing to get excited about. No sir . . .


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