The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 08/11/2010

Ultimate Comics Avengers 3 #1 Foilogram variant

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 comics shipping this Wednesday Aug. 11, 2010. For a full list of comics shipping this week, click here. To find a comic shop near you, click here.

Variant Watch:


The White Lantern Variants keep coming from DC. This week Birds of Prey #4, Justice League: Generation Lost #7 and Titans #26 all ship with 1:10 variants by Ryan Sook featuring the characters that returned from the dead in the pages of Blackest Night dressed as White Lanterns. For some reason, DC is being really stingy on the preview images so I could only find the Titans #26 variant (jerks). The Brightest Day #7 White Lantern variant is still available for $5-$10 online if you’re thinking about putting together a set, and this would be a snazzy variant set. I’m guessing most of these variants will stay in the $5-$10 range for a while, but the Titans and Generation Lost variants will be become hard to find quickly due to lower orders on these titles.


Incredible Hulk #611

Incredible Hulk #611 ships this week with a 1:25 variant cover by legendary Hulk artist Dale Keown. Nobody draws the Hulk like Keown. Even though he hasn’t drawn the Hulk since 2002, Hulk: The End nerds still hold on to hope that one day Keown will return to any Hulk comic. For now they’ll just have to fight over this variant. Most retailers will be asking anywhere from $15-$25 for this variant. With sales holding well on both Hulk titles, thanks to the current World War Hulks storyline, there should be plenty of #611 variants out there so don’t feel like you have to settle for a $20-plus price tag.

Ultimate Comics Avengers 3

Ultimate Comics Avengers 3 #1 ships this week with two different variants. The first is the 1:15 “Villain” variant by Steve Dillon and the second is another one of Marvel’s Foilogram covers. Again I have to ask, what the hell does “foilogram” mean? The foilogram cover is a 1:25 variant by Lenil Francis Yu and, for as much as I make fun of them, it looks pretty cool. Expect to see $8-$15 price tags on the 1:15 and $20-$25 for the 1:25. It’s foil. That’s gotta be more expensive, right?

Speculator Picks of the Week:

These are comics that could sell out very quickly due to conservative ordering, popular demand, shipping errors, extreme heat waves, melting tires or any other set of unforeseen events. Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later . . .

Dungeons and Dragons #0: IDW

Dungeons and Dragons #0

Solicitation: Step into the world of Dungeons & Dragons! Take your first strides on a long and majestic adventure—fight to stay alive—fight for honor—fight for glory! In this special issue you’ll get two stories introducing you to the upcoming D&D worlds and exclusive behind-the-scenes content, too. All this leads up to the thrilling release of Dungeons & Dragons #1 in November and a Dark Sun limited series in January. Don’t miss this value-priced jumping-on point for the all-new wave of D&D comics!

24 pages
Written by John Rogers, Alex Irvine; Art by Andrea Di Vito, Peter Bergting; Covers by Paul Renaud, Wayne Reynolds.

Why it’ll go fast: IDW kicks more ass with their licensed properties than any comic publisher I can think of presently. Whether it’s Star Trek, Dr. Who, G.I. Joe or Transformers, IDW has handled its properties with the utmost respect to both the source material and the fans. Which is exactly why a lot of nerds are looking forward to D&D comics from IDW. There’s a rabid fan-base out there that loves them some D&D comics, especially the most recent Devil’s Due series, which seems to be getting harder and harder to find. Like the other D&D comics, they had small print-runs and weren’t ordered in huge numbers. I’d expect the same for this new series, even with a $1 price tag on the first issue. Retailers don’t care much for cult followings because they’re hard to predict, so don’t expect to see piles of these on the shelves.

Shadowland: Blood on the Streets: Marvel

Shadowland: Blood on the Streets

Solicitation: Striking from the pages of Shadowland, four cult-favorite heroes rise into the spotlight: Silver Sable, Paladin, Misty Knight, The Shroud! Is a rogue faction of Daredevil’s ninjas secretly targeting the mafia? With DD’s dark castle looming over the city, has The Man Without Fear finally lost his mind? This twisted murder mystery ensnares a quartet of vastly different operatives—but will it unite them, or place them in each other’s cross-hairs? Can this controversial crew put aside their differences before a war between The Hand and the mob sets New York ablaze? Join Antony Johnston (Daredevil) and Wellinton Alves (Thunderbolts) for a bloody tour down the mean streets of Shadowland!

40 pages
Written by Antony Johnston; art by Wellington Alves; cover by Francesco Mattina.

Why it’ll go fast: A lot of retailers glanced at this one in their Marvel Previews, saw Paladin, Silver Sable, Misty Knight and the Shroud and thought “who friggen cares?” Now keep in mind, when these retailers were looking at this solicitation two months ago, Shadowland #1 had not hit shelves yet and instantly sold out. Some may have upped their orders on all things Shadowland, but with as many tie-ins as there are, something has to fall through the cracks. I’m betting it’s this title. The $3.99 price tag will discourage heavy ordering as well. Especially on a comic with B-list characters like these. I think nerds will come looking for this one only to find out their retailer sold out after only ordering five to 10 copies. Watch for this one to sell out fast.

Titans #26: DC

Titans #26

Solicitation: Straight out of the Justice League: The Rise Of Arsenal miniseries, Arsenal signs up with Deathstroke and Cheshire when the Titans target a child-slavery ring for takedown. What they unearth will shock you to the core!

32 pages
Written by Eric Wallace; art and cover by Fabrizio Fiorentino.

Why it’ll go fast: Titans had not been selling well for the last six months but, with the new creative team and new Villains for Hire storyline, that seems to be changing. Sales numbers are up but retailers aren’t taking any chances on Titans yet. The Brightest Day tie-in will definitely help this issue sales-wise, but it probably won’t sell out until the reorders come in next week. Most retailers aren’t going to take a big chance on a title like Titans, which is only recently selling in the top 60 highest-selling comics each month. A lot of retailers will order low on this one and be happy to sell out.


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