The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 07/13/2011

Ghost Rider #1 (Arturo Lozzi Wraparound Variant Cover)

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New Comics Roundup

Below you will find all the info you could possibly need on the hot, new comics shipping this Wednesday, July 13. 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.


Cavewoman Snow #2 (Budd Root Special Edition),


Charismagic #2 (Cover C “Sudana” Retailer Incentive),
Executive Assistant Orchid #1 (of 3)(Cover C Micah Gunnell Sketch Incentive),

Lady Mechanika #2 (Cover C Joe Benitez Sketch Incentive).
For every 15 copies ordered retailers could order up to 3 cover C variants. Retailers should price this one at a 1:4 ratio but don’t be surprised to some treating it like a 1:15. Don’t pay more than $5-$6 for this variant.

Lady Mechanika #2 (Cover D Ale Garza Sketch Incentive). For every 35 copies ordered retailers could order up to two Cover D variants. So, again, you’ll have to pay attention here. This is not a 1:35 variant but rather more of a 1:17.5. Watch for a $10-$12 price tag.


Ninjas vs. Zombies #2 (Photo Variant Cover), 1:10


Hellraiser #3 (Cover C Tim Bradstreet), 1:10
Stan Lee Emerald City Comic Con Variant Set, $39.99
Stan Lee’s Starborn #8 (Cover B Matteo Scalera), 1:10


Lady Death #7 (Michael Dipascale Art Deco Retailer Incentive Cover), 1:3


B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth Monsters #1 (of 2)(Francesco Francavilla Variant Cover), 1:5
Star Wars Invasion Revelations #1 (of 5)(Dave Dorman 25th Anniversary Variant Cover), 1:10

Superman #713 (Jeff Smith Variant Cover)


Batman The Dark Knight #3 (Andy Clarke Variant Cover), 1:25
Booster Gold #45 (Dan Jurgens & Norm Rapmund 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Flashpoint Batman Knight Of Vengeance #1 (of 3)(Dave Johnson 2nd Printing Variant), $2.99
Green Lantern #67 (Scott Clark & David Beaty Variant Cover), 1:10
Green Lantern Corps #61 (Scott Clark & David Beaty Variant Cover), 1:10

Superman #713 (Jeff Smith Variant Cover), 1:10. Love this one. Jeff Smith, artist of Rasl and Bone, gives us his take on an iconic Golden Age Superman scene. Watch for a $6 $8price tag.


Warlord Of Mars Dejah Thoris #4 (Dynamic Forces)(Arthur Adams Exclusive Cover), $14.99. Very limited print-run of 600.


Sherlock Holmes Year One #5 (of 6)(Daniel Indro Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10
Sherlock Holmes Year One #5 (of 6)(Daniel Indro Variant Cover), 1:10
Total Recall #3 (of 4)(Cezar Rezak Variant Cover), 1:5
Total Recall #3 (of 4)(Darick Robertson Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10
Vampirella #8 (Fabiano Neves Black & White Variant Cover), 1:15
Vampirella #8 (Paul Renaud Red Variant Cover), 1:25


30 Days Of Night Night Again #3 (of 4)(Davide Furno Variant Cover), 1:10
Crawl To Me #1 (of 4)(David Lupton Variant Cover) 1:10
Crysis #2 (of 6)(Dennis Chan Crysis 2 Concept Art Team Variant Cover),1:10
Doctor Who A Fairytale Life #4 (of 4)(Amy Mebberson Fairytale Variant Cover), 1:10
Doctor Who A Fairytale Life #4 (of 4)(Mark Buckingham Sketch Variant Cover), 1:25
Godzilla Gangsters And Goliaths #2 (of 5)(James Stokoe Sketch Variant Cover), 1:10


Graveyard Of Empires #1 (of 4)(2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Guarding The Globe #5 (of 6)(Ryan Ottley/Ransom Getty/FCO Plascencia Cover), 1:10

Witchblade #139 (Randy Queen Long Beach Comic-Con Variant Cover), $10. Print-run of approx 500.

Captain America #1 (Movie Variant Cover)


Amazing Spider-Man #665 (Michael Lark ‘I Am Captain America’ Variant Cover), 1:20
Captain America #1 (John Romita Sr. Variant Cover), 1:25

Captain America #1 (Movie Variant Cover). Retailers had to exceed their orders of Cap #618 by 150 percent with orders of Cap #1 and then could order as many movie variants as needed. Which, of course, makes pricing on these variants very difficult. We’ll just have to watch the net and see.

Captain America #1 (Neal Adams Variant Cover), 1:25
Captain America #1 (Olivier Coipel Variant Cover), 1:30
Ghost Rider #1 (Blank Variant Cover), $3.99

Ghost Rider #1 (Arturo Lozzi Wraparound Variant Cover), 1:25. This is a really impressive wrap-around variant by Lozzi, who is a newcomer to Marvel from Italy and it’s already listed as sold out before shipping. Watch for a $12-$15 price tag here.

Ghost Rider #1 (Neal Adams Variant Cover), 1:50. Adams has been getting a lot of Marvel work lately and I haven’t been crazy about most of it. This is a good-looking variant though and I’m betting Adams fans will bite here. Although, at a 1:50 ratio, this one could be tough to find at most shops. Watch for a $25-$30 price tag.

Incredible Hulks #632 (Bobby Rubio “I Am Captain America” Variant Cover), 1:20
Mighty Thor #2 (Olivier Coipel 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
New Mutants #27 (Austin Madison “I Am Captain America” Variant Cover), 1:20
Ultimate Comics Avengers vs. New Ultimates #6 (of 6)(Bryan Hitch Variant Cover), 1:20
Ultimate Comics Fallout #1 (of 6)(Marko Djurdjevic Variant Cover), 1:25
Wolverine #12 (Joe Quesada “I Am Captain America” Variant Cover), 1:20
X-Men Schism #1 (of 5)(Blank Variant Cover), $4.99

Ghost Rider #1 (Neal Adams Variant Cover)

X-Men Schism #1 (of 5)(Frank Cho Variant Cover)

X-Men Schism #1 (of 5)(Frank Cho Variant Cover), 1:25. This is part of a two-cover interconnected variant set that continues next month in Schism #2. Very clean work from Cho as usual and maybe a little understated even. Watch for a $15-$18 price tag here.

X-Men Schism #1 (of 5)(Nick Bradshaw Variant Cover), 1:30

Speculator Picks of the Week

These are comics that could sell out very quickly due to conservative ordering, popular demand, shipping errors or even the U.S. declaring bankruptcy, causing a complete economic meltdown the likes of which even Greece would be able to point and laugh at just so one political party can make a point. Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later . . .

Red Wing #1


Red Wing #1


Solicitation: “Learning To Fly.” To stay alive in the future, the best fighter pilots in the world not only have to perfect their skills and master their aircraft, they also have to know how to travel through time. Brought to you by award winning writer Jonathan Hickman and possibly the best new talent of the year, Nick Pitarra, the Red Wing is the story of the greatest battle in the history of the history of three worlds.

32 pages

Why it’ll go fast: Writer Jonathan Hickman has been on a roll as of late. His three Marvel series (FF, Secret Warriors and S.H.I.E.L.D.) are all selling out on a monthly basis and receiving all kinds of critical acclaim. He’s quickly becoming a comic’s super-star, or at least go-to guy for high-concept-comic-sci-fi. Which is exactly how I would describe the premise for Red Wing, the story of future fighter pilots that travel through time. Sounds awesome right? Paired with the art of Nick Pitarra, who recently had a story in the pages of S.H.I.E.L.D. Infinity, this mini-series is set to disappear off new comic shelves very quickly. The initial print-run is already sold out before shipping so if you didn’t pre-order a copy you might have trouble finding one. I highly recommend this series.

Booster Gold #46

Booster Gold #46

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

Solicitation: Flash question: Will he be able to find The Flash in time?

32 pages

Why it’ll go fast: I suppose you could call this title the Flashpoint tie-in that DC forgot as this seems to be the only tie-in that doesn’t have “Flashpoint” in the title. The time/reality jumping story that Jugens picked up from Jeff Johns lends itself perfectly to Booster in the Flashpoint U. While Booster isn’t a huge seller for DC, it has maintained a solid readership and now that the title is crossing over with Flashpoint it’s selling out every month. As sales declined on Booster DC gradually reduced the print-run to the point that the demand for the Flashpoint issues pushed the title into instant sell out status. Booster #44, the first Flashpoint tie-in is currently selling for $8 and looks to be going up from there. #45 is selling for just above cover price but also looks to be getting hot. These could end up being scarce DC issues from just before the big relaunch very soon.

Ghost Rider #1


Ghost Rider #1


Solicitation: Fear Itself tie-in: In the wake of “Fear Itself,” the spirit of vengeance gets a new lease on death! The hottest, most rocking thing on two wheels returns! Start pumping your fists and banging your head for Ghost Rider # 1, by writer Rob Williams (Dark Wolverine) and featuring the long-awaited return of superstar artist, Matt Clark (Outsiders, Superman, Inhumans). Witness the violent birth of the all-new Ghost Rider . . . come to cleanse the earth in a firestorm of blood, oil and vengeance! Johnny Blaze has been chained to Hell long enough. With the world thrown into chaos in the events of Fear Itself, he is given a chance to rid himself of the Spirit of Vengeance forever . . . and he takes it. The curse is passed onto a new host but Blaze has no idea what nightmares his action has wrought upon the world. Will the new Spirit of Vengeance bring us salvation . . . or send this world of sinners to a flaming death?

40 pages

Why it’ll go fast:There’s another big relaunch from Marvel this week, Captain America #1, and my guess is that it completely overshadows Ghost Rider’s return. Even with this being a Fear Itself tie-in, I’m guessing retailers don’t order huge on Flame Head’s return, initially. When the issue #1 flies off the shelves, you can bet they’ll be re-ordering as many copies as possible. Watch for a sell-out announcement early next week on Ghost Rider. Personally, I haven’t been “wowed” by writer Rob Williams’ work at Marvel, but they seem to believe in him and maybe this is the title where he finds his footing. I’d love to read a good Ghost Rider title monthly, I’m just tired of Johnny Blaze sounding like Nicholas Cage channeling Elvis.


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