The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 08/10/2011

Amazing Spider-Man #667 (Stephanie Hans FF Anniversary 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. 10. 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.


Executive Assistant Iris Volume 2 #2 (Cover C Randy Green Sketch Variant). Retailers can order three sketch variants for every 12 regular covers ordered.


Stan Lee’s Starborn #9 (Cover B Jonboy Meyers), 1:10


Lady Death #8 (Michael Dipascale Art Deco Variant Cover), 1:3
War Goddess #0 (Michael Dipascale Art Nouveau Variant Cover), 1:3

Hellboy The Fury #3 (of 3)(Mike Mignola Variant Cover)


Baltimore The Curse Bells #1 (Francesco Francavilla Variant Cover), 1:5
Dollhouse Epitaphs #2 (of 5)(Massimo Carnevale Variant Cover), 1:5

Hellboy The Fury #3 (of 3)(Mike Mignola Variant Cover). Retailers had to order at least 20 copies of issue #1 and then match or exceed orders on issues #2 and #3 to get this one of these variants.


Batman And Robin #26 (J.G. Jones Variant Cover), 1:10
War Of The Green Lanterns Aftermath #2 (of 2)(Dave Johnson Variant Cover), 1:10


Green Hornet Year One #11 (Francesco Francavilla Variant Cover), 1:10
Green Hornet Year One #11 (Matt Wagner Black & White Variant Cover), 1:15
Last Phantom #8 (Alex Ross Negative Art Variant Cover), 1:20
Last Phantom #8 (Fabiano Neves Variant Cover), 1:15
Last Phantom #8 (Stephen Sadowski Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10
Last Phantom #8 (Stephen Sadowski Variant Cover), 1:15
Living Corpse Exhumed #1 (of 6)(Jeff Zornow Virgin Variant Cover), 1:10
Living Corpse Exhumed #1 (of 6)(Movie Exclusive Cover), 1:3


Godzilla Gangsters And Goliaths #3 (of 5)(Alberto Ponticelli Sketch Variant Cover), 1:10
Transformers #23 (Alex Milne Wraparound Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10


Artifacts #9 (of 13)(Eric Canete Sketch Variant Cover), 1:50
Artifacts #9 (of 13)(Foil Symbol Variant Cover), 1:100

Artifacts Playing Card Set #9 (of 13)(Retailer Incentive). Retailers could order one playing card set for every five copies ordered.


Alpha Flight #3 (of 8)(Dale Eaglesham Variant Cover), 1:10

Amazing Spider-Man #667 (Gabrielle Dell’Otto Variant Cover), 1:100. I love this cover so much that it’s been my wallpaper on my phone for more than a week now. But should you drop big money on this 1:100 variant? Don’t go nuts. If you can find this cover for under $50, I’d say go for it. Unlike most of the sketch covers we see as 1:100 variants, this is really a gorgeous wrap cover for a fantastic story.

Amazing Spider-Man #667 (Stephanie Hans FF Anniversary Variant Cover). Retailers had to exceed their order of Amazing Spidey #658 with this issue and they could order as many Anniversary variants as they needed.

Fear Itself #5 (of 7)(Stuart Immonen Variant Cover), 1:25
Fear Itself #5 (of 7)(Billy Tan Variant Cover), 1:75
Ultimate Comics Fallout #5 (of 6)(Marko Djurdjevic Variant Cover), 1:25


Fly #3 (Eric Basaldua Naughty Variant Cover), 1:20

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 Standard & Poor’s going on a mad power-kick and downgrading Diamond’s shipping department to “crappy” for the amount of damaged product received by retailers everywhere on any given Wednesday. Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later . . .

Hellboy the Fury #3

Hellboy the Fury #3

Written and Cover by Mike Mignola
Art by Duncan Fegredo
Colors by Dave Stewart

Solicitation: With her tower in ruin and her body a vessel for the Ogdru Jahad, the Queen of Blood shows no mercy to Hellboy as their final battle meets a stunning conclusion! The conclusion of the epic story that began in 2007’s Darkness Calls. “Everything in Hellboy for the last 10 years or so has been building to something big—and this could be it. I can’t wait,” says Comic Book Revolution.

32 pages

Why it’ll go fast: It’s the oldest trick in the book. Want to sell more comics? Either restart the series with a new #1 or kill the main character. Only this time, I don’t think it’s a trick. Mike Mignola and Hellboy editor Scott Allie have both said this is it. Hellboy is dead. Dead. Dead. Not returning in Hellboy Reborn or Zombie Hellboy. They are killing their bread-and-butter character and Hellboy nerds are freaked out. Count me as one of them. The Fury #3 has already sold out before shipping, so make sure to call your shop and reserve a copy if you don’t have it on your pull-file already.

Detective Comics #818

Detective Comics #818

Cover by JOCK

Solicitation: This is it; the finale so twisted, so shocking we can’t even begin to give away details here! Be there for the extra-sized conclusion of the acclaimed run by Scott Snyder, Jock and Francesco Francavilla. Detective Comics #881 is the issue everyone will be talking about. Believe it.

40 paesg,

Why it’ll go fast: Scott Snyder first got noticed working with Stephen King on the DC/Vertigo American Vampire. It wasn’t long before nerds agreed, Snyder was blowing King away. Now Snyder is finishing his first run on Detective Comics and it has been frightening to say the least. This issue promises a big reveal that will make fans never forget James Gordon, the son of Commissioner Gordon. This is another one that sold out before it shipped so watch for prices to jump as soon as shops run out of stock. And don’t expect a happy ending here.

Spider Island Cloak and Dagger #1

Spider Island Cloak and Dagger #1

Penciled by EMMA RIOS
Cover by MIKE CHOI

Solicitation: The fan-favorite, critically acclaimed team of Nick Spencer?(Iron Man 2.0) and Emma Rios (Osborn) answers the overwhelming demands of readers, and puts the beloved heroes Cloak & Dagger back in action in Spider-Island! Everyday citizens fall prey to a mysterious infestation, and Manhattan is quarantined! Cloak & Dagger are at the front line, in the streets. Thousands of people are gifted with great power . . . and it’s a disaster!

32 pages

Why it’ll go fast: Morning Glories writer Nick Spencer is still a new name to Marvel but already he’s gaining in popularity. I’ve never been a big Cloak and Dagger guy myself but there are nerds out there who lose their minds over these two. I’m betting most retailers don’t order too heavily on this Spider-Island crossover, mainly because they’re too busy trying to keep up with the other two major events at Marvel and DC. Watch for this one to sell out next week when the re-orders come in.


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