The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 07/27/2011

Green Lantern Corps #62 (Francis Manapul 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 Wednesday July 27th. and some info on the hot ones. The variant Ratios (ie; 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. Click here for this week’s complete shipping list.


Executive Assistant Violet #1 (of 3)(Cover C Pop Mhan Sketch Variant). Retailers could order three sketch variants for every 10 regular copies ordered.

Fathom Volume 4 #1 (Cover C Alex Konat Sketch Variant). Retailers could order three Sketch variants for every 15 regular copies ordered.

Fathom Volume 4 #1 (Cover D Michael Turner Variant). Retailers could order three Turner variants for every 25 copies ordered.

Soulfire Volume 3 #2 (Cover C Jason Fabok Sketch Variant). Retailers could order three sketch variants for every 15 regular copies ordered.


Crossed Psychopath #4 (of 7)(Jacen Burrows Red Crossed Variant Cover) 1:3


Ducktales #3 (Cover C James Silvani), 1:10
Incorruptible #20 (Cover C Garry Brown), 1:10
Planet Of The Apes #4 (Cover C Scott Keating), 1:10


Tarot Witch Of The Black Rose Volume 9 TP (Previews Exclusive Limited Edition), $34.99

Green Lantern Emerald Warriors #12 (Alex Garner Variant Cover)


Action Comics #903 (Denys Cowan Variant Cover), 1:10
Batman The Dark Knight #4 (resolicited)(Andy Clarke Variant Cover), 1:25
Brightest Day Aftermath The Search For Swamp Thing #2 (Reis &Prado Variant), 1:10
Flashpoint Abin Sur The Green Lantern #1 (of 3)(Felipe Massafera 2nd Printing), $2.99

Green Lantern Corps #62 (Francis Manapul Variant Cover), 1:10. Both of this week’s GL Variants were supposed to be by Rag Morales but, surprise, it’s a Francis Manapul variant. And not a bad one at that. Watch for a $5-$7 price tag.

Green Lantern Emerald Warriors #12 (Alex Garner Variant Cover), 1:10. Alex Garner has been doing a lot of Wonder Woman variants for the last year and now that he’s branching out to GL, I want to see a lot more. Watch for a $5-$7 price tag.

Wonder Woman #613 (Alex Garner Variant Cover), 1:10


Fantastic Four #588 (Dynamic Forces)(Jonathan Hickman Signed Edition), $15.88. Limited to 300.

Fear Itself #1 (of 7)(Dynamic Forces)(Matt Fraction Signed Edition 2 Pack), $36.99

Fear Itself #1 (of 7)(Dynamic Forces)(Matt Fraction Signed Edition), $16.99. Goes up to $29.99 if ordered after, 06/28/11.

Uncanny X-Force #1 (Dynamic Forces)(Midtown Limited Plus Edition Cover), $14.99. Limited to 200.

Vampirella #1 (Dynamic Forces)(Fabiano Neves Midtown Exclusive Cover), $29.99. Limited to 150

Joe Hill’s The Cape #1(Zach Howard Variant Cover)



Green Hornet #17 (Phil Hester Black/White/Green Variant Cover), 1:15
Kato #11 (Ale Garza Black & White Variant Cover), 1:15
Kato #11 (Carlos Rafael Variant Cover), 1:10
Kirby Genesis #2 (Alex Ross Black & White Variant Cover), 1:25
Kirby Genesis #2 (Alex Ross “Marvelous Acetate” Variant Cover), 1:20
Kirby Genesis #2 (Ryan Sook Black & White Variant Cover), 1:15
Kirby Genesis #2 (Ryan Sook Variant Cover), 1:10
Terminator Robocop Kill Human #1 (Walt Simonson Black & White Variant Cover), 1:15
Vampirella And The Scarlet Legion #3 (Billy Tucci Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10
Vampirella And The Scarlet Legion #3 (Johnny Desjardins Black & White Variant Cover), 1:20
Warlord Of Mars Fall Of Barsoom #1 (Francesco Francavilla Variant Cover), 1:25
Warlord Of Mars Fall Of Barsoom #1 (Francesco Francavilla Virgin Variant Cover), 1:10
Warlord Of Mars Fall Of Barsoom #1 (Joe Jusko Black & White Variant Cover), 1:15


Cobra #3 (Jonboy Meyer Triptych Variant Cover). This is the third part of the G.I. Joe Triptych cover by Jonboy Meyer. Retailers could order one variant for every 25 copies total of G.I. Joe #3, Cobra #3 and Snake Eyes #3 ordered.

Cobra #3 (Zach Howard Sketch Variant Cover), 1:10
Doctor Who #7 (Matthew Dow Smith Variant Cover), 1:10
Godzilla Kingdom Of Monsters #5 (Matt Frank “Ghidorah” Variant Cover), 1:10
Joe Hill’s The Cape #1(Zach Howard Variant Joe Hill & Jason Ciaramella Signed Edition), 1:25
Joe Hill’s The Cape #1(Zach Howard Variant Cover) 1:10
John Byrne’s Next Men #8 (John Byrne Sketch Variant Cover), 1:10
True Blood Tainted Love #1 (of 6)(Legacy Edition)(Photo Variant Cover), 1:10

Captain America And Bucky #620 (Mark Bagley Variant Cover)


Amazing Spider-Man #666 (Humberto Ramos Comic Shop Battle Variant Cover),
Amazing Spider-Man #666 (Ryan Stegman Comic Shop Bugle Variant Cover),
Astonishing X-Men #40 (Ed McGuinness “I Am Captain America” Variant Cover), 1:20

Captain America And Bucky #620 (Mark Bagley Variant Cover), 1:20. Bagley is branching out from Ultimate Spidey and so far I’m diggin’ it. That said, it’s hard to compete with a regular cover by Ed McGuinness. Watch for a $10-$12 price tag.

Secret Warriors #28 (John Tyler Christopher “I Am Captain America” Variant Cover), 1:20
Ultimate Comics Fallout #3 (of 6)(Marko Djurdjevic Variant Cover), 1:25
Uncanny X-Force #12 (Adam Kubert Variant Cover), 1:15
Uncanny X-Force #12 (Chris Stevens “I Am Captain America” Variant Cover), 1:20
Venom #2 (Tony Moore 2nd Printing Variant Cover), 2.99
X-Men Schism #2 (of 5)(Frank Cho Variant Cover), 1:25

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 . . .

Captain America and Bucky #520

Captain America and Bucky #520


Penciled by CHRIS SAMNEE

Solicitation: Think you know the story of Cap and Bucky’s origins? Well, think again. The secret story of the early days of Captain America, told from Bucky Barnes’ point of view. From co-writers Ed Brubaker and Marc Andreyko with artist Chris Samnee (Thor: The Mighty Avenger).

32 pages

Why it’ll go fast: Cap just got a new first issue two weeks ago and a lot of fans and retailers may not have remembered that the original Cap series was continuing under this new Cap and Bucky title. I’m guessing retailers lower their orders on this series to increase their orders on the new Cap series. Which is too bad, because Brubaker seems to be grooming Marc Andreyko (writer of Manhunter from DC) to take over this series. Andreyko had a strong cult following at DC but never seemed to get a proper showcase. I’m guessing Cap and Bucky #520 sells out next week when the re-orders come in.

Amazing Spider-Man #666


Amazing Spider-Man #666


Written by DAN SLOTT

Solicitation: The Spider-Man story of the decade begins with this “Spider-Island: Prelude.” Super-star writer Dan Slott and fan-favorite Spidey artist Stefano Caselli are back! New York has been infested and the web grows as it gets ready to explode into Spider-Island! Normal people are getting spider-powers! But not all of them realize that with great power must also come . . . you know the rest. OK, sure, we often say Peter Parker’s life will never be the same. But listen, pal, we’ve never been more serious. Heroes and villains are crawling all over Manhattan and no one knows why. This will change everything for Pete, for Spidey . . . and possibly for you! Look at it this way . . . if everyone’s a Spider-Man . . . then no one is.

40 pages

Why it’ll go fast: Normally, when a comic hits it’s 666th issue, we get a story starring, you guessed it, the devil. Number of the beast and all that. But writer Dan Slott proves that he’s anything but predictable and instead launches the new Spidey-event, Spider-Island. Like the other Slott Spidey-event stories before this one, you can bet it’s going to sell out very quickly. I’m a little shocked it’s not sold out already.

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 it seems 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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