The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 08/03/2011

Batman Gates Of Gotham #4 (of 5)(Dustin Nguyen 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, Aug. 3. 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. Click here for this week’s complete shipping list.


Flash Gordon Mercy Wars #1 (Limited Variant Edition), $3.99. Limited to 400.


Caligula #3 (of 6)(Jacen Burrows Golden Variant Cover), 1:3

Night Of The Living Dead Death Valley #3 (of 5)(Dipascale Classic Black & White Variant). Retailers had to order three of any combination of the three regular covers to order one of the B&W variant.


Elric The Balance Lost #2 (Cover C Francesco Mattina), 1:10
Irredeemable #28 (Cover C Damian Couceiro), 1:10


Star Wars Dark Times Out Of The Wilderness #1 (of 5)(Mark A. Nelson Variant Cover), 1:5


Batman Gates Of Gotham #4 (of 5)(Dustin Nguyen Variant Cover), 1:25. Dustin Nugyen has now cranked out four stunning variants for this Bat mini-series, each one better looking than the last. These would make a great set when this series is over and shouldn’t be too hard to find as Gates of Gotham has been selling very well for DC. Watch for a $10-$12 price tag.

Flashpoint #4 (of 5)(Andy Kubert Sketch Variant Cover A)

Flashpoint #4 (of 5)(Ivan Reis and George Perez Variant Cover B)

Flashpoint #4 (of 5)(Andy Kubert Sketch Variant Cover A), 1:25. Not much action on the Flashpoint sketch variants. This variant should be easy to find since Flashpoint is currently the highest ordered DC title. If you need these I’d wait and snipe them off eBay. Copies of the #1-#3 sketch variants are selling for as low as $5. I don’t see these going up in price anytime soon. I’d pass unless you can find this variant for less than $10.

Flashpoint #4 (of 5)(Ivan Reis and George Perez Variant Cover B). Different story here. DC set levels on a store-by-store basis on how many regular covers had to be ordered to receive this variant. This is another case where the price will be decided as more copies hit the web. Currently, there’re a couple of these on eBay with $5 “Buy it Now” prices. Not a bad price-point for this variant if you need it.

Superman #714 1:10


Warlord Of Mars Dejah Thoris #5 (Arthur Adams Virgin Variant Cover), 1:10
Warlord Of Mars Dejah Thoris #5 (Paul Renaud Red Variant Cover), 1:20
Zorro Rides Again #1 (Matt Wagner Black & White Variant Cover), 1:15


G.I. JOE #4 (Max Brooks G.I. JOE Hearts & Minds Variant Cover), 1:10
Dungeons And Dragons #9 (Andrea Di Vito Sketch Variant Cover), 1:10
Crysis #3 (of 6)(Crysis 2 Concept Art Team Variant Cover), 1:10
30 Days Of Night Night Again #4 (of 4)(Davide Furno Variant Cover), 1:10
Hero Comics 2011 (One Shot)(J. Scott Campbell Sketch Variant Cover), 1:10
Robert Bloch’s That Hellbound Train #3 (of 3)(Mike Manomivibul Variant Cover), 1:10
Suicide Girls #4 (of 4)(Photo Variant Cover), 1:10

Infinite #1 (Rob Liefeld Variant Cover)


68 #3 (of 4)(Cover C Nat Jones), 1:10
Infinite #1 (Rob Liefeld Variant Cover), 1:25

Infinite #1 (Todd McFarlane Variant Cover), 1:50. It’s hard to say what’s going to happen with this title (see my Speculator Picks below for more on why) but one thing is for certain, McFarlane still makes nerds tingle when they see his art. If there’s one Infinite variant that they care about, it’ll be this one. Not a lot of shops will be ordering 50 copies of Infinite #1,so this variant could be tough to find. That said, there is no reason to pay more than $20-$25 for this one no matter what the lunatic that is asking $200 for it would have you believe.

Super Dinosaur #3 (2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Witch Doctor #1 (of 4)(2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99


Punisher #1 (Blank Variant Cover)

Punisher #1 (Neal Adams Variant Cover), 1:15 & Punisher #1 (Sal Buscema Variant Cover), 1:25. Both of these variants look really nice and neither should be too difficult to find. Watch for a $7-$8 price tag on the Sal Buscema cover and a $12-$15 price tag on the Adams cover. Speaking long-term, I would guess the Adams cover would be the one to own.

S.H.I.E.L.D. #2 (Dustin Weaver Historical Variant Cover), 1:20

Ultimate Comics Fallout #4 (of 6)(Marko Djurdjevic Variant Cover), 1:25. If every variant cover was this cool, nerds would never be able to resist dishing out the extra cash. This one is a giant wrap-around cover by Djurdjevic and worth every cent. Watch for a $12-$15 price tag.

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #160 (Mark Bagley 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
X-Men Schism #1 (of 5)(Carlos Pacheco 2nd Printing “Cyclops” Variant Cover), $4.99
X-Men Schism #1 (of 5)(Carlos Pacheco 2nd Printing “Wolverine” Variant Cover), $4.99

Punisher #1 (Neal Adams Variant Cover)

Punisher #1 (Sal Buscema Variant 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 shock from the Smurfs movie beating Captain America in the theaters even in its second week, sending UPS-cap-fans into a deep depression. Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later . . .

Punisher #1

Punisher #1

Written by GREG RUCKA

Solicitation: Time to get back to work. For Frank Castle death comes easy . . . life is where things gets complicated. Fully loaded with the Eisner winning writer Greg Rucka (Batwoman, Queen and Country, Wolverine) and neo-superstar artist Marco Checchetto (Amazing Spider-Man, Daredevil), the biggest gun of all returns with blood on his hands and vengeance in his eyes. As New York City’s body counts continue to rise, the city’s streets are teeming with more methodical criminals than ever and a police force doing its best to keep its head above water. The Punisher has returned to serve his own brand of justice with everything’s he’s got . . . but can he survive the darkness stored in his own arsenal? Plus, bonus pages exploring some of the new personalities in Frank’s life . . . and how closely intertwined living is with dying.

40 Pages

Why it’ll go fast: I could tell you that this comic will be hot because it’s Greg Rucka’s return to superhero comics after his sudden exit from DC in 2010. I could tell you that that this comic will be important because it’s up-and-coming artist Marco Checchetto’s first major solo work. But that’s not why this comic will go fast. The truth is, the Punisher is back and there isn’t a Marvel nerd out there that doesn’t love the Punisher. Rucka and Checchetto are an exciting new team for Frank Castle (the Punisher’s real name) and I expect this comic to be a great read. Pick it up while you still can.

Rachel Rising #1

Rachel Rising #1

Story, Art and Cover by TERRY MOORE

Solicitation: Rachel wakes up at sunrise on a shallow grave in the woods and discovers the freshly murdered body in the dirt is her own. With events of the previous night a blur, Rachel seeks out her boyfriend Phillip. But Phillip has a new girl now and Rachel is beginning to suspect she rose from the grave for a reason . . . revenge! Don’t miss the premier issue of this haunting new series by Eisner and Harvey Award-winning creator Terry Moore!

24 pages

Why it’ll go fast: This is officially the last Terry Moore series that I miss out on. I reserved my copy and plan on reading and enjoying the hell out it. Moore’s other series—Strangers in Paradise and Echo—both won several awards and critical acclaim and are very hard to find back issues for. Moore is not only the chief creative force behind his comics but he also owns Abstract Studios, the company that prints his comics. In fact, Abstract only prints Moore’s comics and its print-runs are low. It’s tough to be competitive as an independent printer in the comics market, and to stay profitable Moore’s comics are a little more expensive. Moore isn’t a huge name in the comic world but he does have a rabid cult following, and with Echo in development for the big-screen, all of his series will be getting more attention. If you can find Rachel Rising #1, pick it up. It’ll be worth the read, as is everything Moore has written. And as Echo gets closer to production, it’ll get harder to find and more expensive.

The Infinite #1

The Infinite #1


Solicitation: Freedom fighter Bowen has lost everything in the war against The Infinite. His only hope is to travel back in time to prevent their world domination before it starts! Bowen can’t do this alone; he must turn to the only ally he knows he can trust: himself. Now a man in his 40s, damaged by the horrors of war, must team up with his younger, reckless and optimistic 20-year-old self in order to save the world!

32 Pages

Why it’ll go fast: Rob Liefeld has been a punch-line in the comic world for years now but, with the his role in the upcoming DC relaunch and his work on this title with Robert Kirkman, it seems his time has come . . . again. Liefield was one of the founding members of Image comics and worked on such best-selling titles as Marvel’s New Mutants, where he created the character Cable, and Image’s Youngblood. Unfortunately for Liefeld, as the comic art continued to evolve, his style stayed firmly anchored in the early ’90s and became the butt of jokes. Well, everything old is new again and Liefield seems to be enjoying a renaissance. Working with best-selling writer Robert Kirkman certainly doesn’t hurt, either. Infinite #1 will probably sell as well as Kirkman’s other titles which have sold out almost instantly. I don’t understand it myself, nor do I count myself a Liefeld fan, but when it comes to Kirkman’s judgment, I have to trust the guy. And of course, I’ll have a review on this week’s Two Headed Nerd Comicast.


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