The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 06/08/2011

Annihilators #4 (of 4)(Skottie Young 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, June 8. 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.


Scourge #4 (Cover C)
Scourge #4 (Cover D)
Scourge #4 (Infected Variant Cover); for every 12 regular covers retailers can order up to three infected variants.

Soulfire Volume 3 #1 (Cover C Jason Fabok Sketch Incentive). Same here; three for every 12.


Caligula #2 (of 6)(Jacen Burrows Golden Retailer Incentive Cover), 1:3


Ninjas vs. Zombies #1 (Movie Photo Variant Cover), 1:10


Stan Lee’s Starborn #7 (Cover C Dimitri Armand), 1:10


American Vampire Survival Of The Fittest #1 (of 5)(Cliff Chiang Variant Cover), 1:10
Batman And Robin #24 (J.G. Jones Variant Cover), 1:10
Flashpoint Citizen Cold Pin
Flashpoint Deathstroke And The Curse Of The Ravager Pin
Flashpoint Emperor Aquaman Pin

Flashpoint Frankenstein And The Creatures Of The Unknown Pin. No rings this week, but plenty of pins. Once again, for every 25 copies ordered of each Flashpoint mini, retailers could order up to three bags of 25 pins each.


Fantastic Four #587 (Stan Lee Signed Edition), $299.99. Another ridiculously priced autographed edition with no info as to how many Stan actually signed. This is another one that you might not ever see a return on at this price.

Vampirella #5 (Stephen Segovia Blood Red Variant Cover), $4.99
Warlord Of Mars Dejah Thoris #3 (Arthur Adams Exclusive Risque Cover), $14.99


Dean Koontz’s Nevermore #3 (of 6)(Darick Robertson Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10
Total Recall #2 (of 4)(Cezar Razek Variant Cover), 1:5
Total Recall #2 (of 4)(Darick Robertson Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10
Vampirella #6 (Ale Garza Black & White Cover), 1:15
Vampirella #6 (Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic Virgin Variant Cover), 1:25
Vampirella #6 (Paul Renaud Red Variant Cover), 1:10
Warlord Of Mars #7 (Joe Jusko Black & White Variant Cover), 1:20
Warlord Of Mars #7 (Patrick Berkenkotter Variant Cover), 1:10
Warlord Of Mars #7 (Stephen Sadowski Red Variant Cover), 1:10
Warlord Of Mars #7 (Stephen Sadowski Variant Cover), 1:15


Crysis # 1 (of 6)(Marek Okon Crysis 2 Concept Art Team Variant Cover), 1:10
Doctor Who A Fairytale Life #3 (of 4)(Amy Mebberson Variant Cover), 1:10
Doctor Who A Fairytale Life #3 (of 4)(Mark Buckingham Black & White Variant Cover), 1:25
G.I. JOE A Real American Hero #167 (Larry Hama Sketch Variant Cover), 1:10
Jericho Season 3 #6 (of 6)(Photo Variant Cover),1:10
Love And Capes Ever After #5 (of 5)(Stan Goldberg Variant Cover), 1:10


Annihilators #4 (of 4)(Skottie Young Variant Cover). Retailers could order this variant separately with no minimum order. Apparently, the other cover was the hot one, or retailers didn’t look past the first order code, because it’s sold out. The Skottie Young cover is still available.


Iron Age Alpha #1 (Stephen Segovia Variant Cover)

Iron Age Alpha #1 (Stephen Segovia Variant Cover), 1:20. This was originally solicited as an Ed McGuinness variant. The Segovia version looks pretty good to me though, however, 20 could seem like a high number for a lot of smaller comic shops. Especially with two other major crossovers going on. Watch for a $10-$12 price tag.

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #159 (Frank Cho Variant Cover), 1:20. This is a gorgeous cover by Cho. I’d expect the variant to be pretty easy to find with this title being ordered so heavily but, with a variant this good looking, they could go fast. Watch for a $10-$12 price tag.



Fly #1 (Cover D Tyler Kirkham)

Fly #1 (Cover D Tyler Kirkham), $9.99. Retailers had to order 20 copies of the regular covers (any combination of the three) to be able to order one of the Kirkham cover, which still costs $9.99. Don’t pay more than the $10 price tag because this technically isn’t an incentive 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 panic caused by Paul Revere racing to warn us that the English are coming to steal our comics (that’s what he was doing, right?). Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later…

Booster Gold #45

Booster Gold #45

Written by DAN JURGENS
Art and cover by DAN JURGENS and NORM RAPMUND

Solicitation: Booster knows that the Flashpoint world isn’t his own. But how does he get back? How does he make things right?

32 pages

Why it’ll go fast: It’s been since . . . Honestly, I don’t know if we’ve ever seen a sold-out issue of Booster Gold. But Flashpoint seems to be doing its job and pushing Dan Jugens’ Booster title into sellouts. #44 is currently selling for $5 on eBay and rising. I’d expect this issue to do the same. has Booster Gold #43 shipping only 16,018 issues and checking in at the 111th spot on the top 300 for May 2011. I’d be shocked if DC was printing more than 18k Booster first-prints. Watch for this one to go very fast as a lot of comic shops will be happy to sell out of #45 and move on to the next tie-in. Well, I just checked the Diamond site and . . . This one is already gone. Happy hunting, nerds.

Mega Man #2

Mega Man #2

Written by IAN FLYNN

Solicitation: “Let the Games Begin!” Part Two. Rock was just a simple helper-robot. Now he’s the world-saving Mega Man! Armed with only his Mega Buster, can Mega Man face down the Robot Masters? More importantly, can he face his own reservations about fighting his own kind?

32 pages

Why it’ll go fast: The Mega Man games were actually quite difficult and are still very highly regarded amongst console gamers. And there were a bunch of them. The character himself is treated like a Greek hero in the annals of nerd-video-game mythology but has only had one other comic series—a four issue mini-series from Dreamwave Comics in 2003. Issue #1 sold out very quickly and #2 looks to already be sold out before it shipped. Currently, #1 is still selling for cover price but as of writing this blog, there is only one issue up on eBay. I’d expect Mega Man to start gaining in price very quick here. Especially when collectors can’t find issue #2.

Star Wars: Old Republic, Lost Suns #1

Star Wars: Old Republic, Lost Suns #1


Solicitation: The biggest Star Wars event of 2011—LucasArts and BioWare’s “Star Wars: The Old Republic” online game—gets a fresh, new story set concurrent with the game, written by one of its senior writers! The Lost Suns stands alone as an accessible Star Wars adventure, introducing a new hero with a new mission! It also intertwines with the narrative of the game, revealing secrets players will find nowhere else! Theron Shan-descendant of the legendary bloodline that includes Jedi Bastila Shan and Satele Shan-is no Jedi, he’s a Republic spy! His mission: to discover the blackest secret at the heart of the evil Sith Empire!

40 pages

Why it’ll go fast: Bioware was the programming house responsible for “Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic,” which was released in 2003 and is still regarded by the video game illuminati as the best of the Star Wars games. For one reason or another, the good folks at Lucasfilm dropped Bioware for several other programmers and it’s been uninspired, un-fun Star Wars video games ever since. Meanwhile Bioware was killing it with titles like Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2, which were very similar in tone to “Knights of the Old Republic,” but took place in a slightly different galaxy that was also far, far away. Well, Lucasfilm and Bioware are dating again and the new “Star Wars: Old Republic” MMORPG (that’s nerd for “Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game”) has a ton of buzz behind it and, if there’s some secret to the game that gives players to a special blaster or a uniquely colored Tauntaun, you can bet this comic will sell out so fast it’ll make R5D4’s head spin. Know your Star Wars, people, and pre-order this issue or it’ll be gone. This is another issue that comic retailers will have to compete with video game retailers for and the video game shops have the comic shops outnumbered by at least 3:1.


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