The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 08/24/2011

Dark Horse Presents #3 (Jim Steranko Ultra 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. 24. 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 Lotus #2 (of 3)(Cover B Oliver Nome Sketch Variant). Retailers could order up to three sketch covers for every eight regular covers ordered.


Incorruptible #21 (Cover C Garry Brown), 1:10


Lady Death #4 (Juan Jose Ryp Sunk Cover), $9.99. Print-run limited to 750 copies.


Dark Horse Presents #3 (Paul Chadwick Variant Cover), 1:5

Dark Horse Presents #3 (Jim Steranko Ultra Variant Cover), $19.99. Retailers had to order 20 copies total of the two regular covers and they could order one signed Steranko variant.

Teen Titans #100 (Phil Jimenez Variant Cover)


Action Comics #904 (Jerry Ordway Variant Cover), 1:10
Batman Gates Of Gotham #5 (of 5)(Dustin Nguyen Variant Cover), 1:25
Batman Incorporated #8 (Scott Clark Variant Cover), 1:25
Batman The Dark Knight #1 (David Finch 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Batman The Dark Knight #5 (resolicited)(Andy Clarke Variant Cover), 1:25
Brightest Day Aftermath The Search For Swamp Thing #3 (of 3)(David Mack), 1:10
Green Lantern Emerald Warriors #13 (Pete Woods Variant Cover), 1:10
Superman Beyond #0 (One Shot)(Ron Frenz & Sal Buscema Variant Cover), 1:10

Teen Titans #100 (Phil Jimenez Variant Cover), 1:10. Nobody can do a group cover like Phil Jiminez. Well, maybe nobody but him and his main influence, George Perez. This is a fantastic cover to mark the passing of the Teen Titans as we knew them in the DCU, showing almost every incarnation of the characters since the Wolfman, Perez run and friends. Watch for a $6-$8 price tag.

Wonder Woman #614 (Alex Garner Variant Cover), 1:10


Terminator Robocop Kill Human #1 (Walt Simonson Exclusive Virgin Cover), $14.99. Limited print run of 100 copies.

Vampirella #8 (Fabiano Neves Exclusive ‘Blood Red’ Cover), $7.99. Limited print run of 500 copies.


Hack Slash Eva Monster’s Ball #3 (of 4)(Tim Seeley Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10
Kevin Smith’s The Bionic Man #1 (Alex Ross Negative Art Variant Cover), 1:100
Kevin Smith’s The Bionic Man #1 (Alex Ross Sketch Variant Cover), 1:20
Kevin Smith’s The Bionic Man #1 (Jonathan Lau Variant Cover), 1:20
Kevin Smith’s The Bionic Man #1 (Paul Renaud “Bionic Blue” Variant Cover), 1:25
Kevin Smith’s The Bionic Man #1 (Paul Renaud Variant Cover), 1:10
Kevin Smith’s The Bionic Man #1 (Stephen Sadowski Variant Cover), 1:50
Kevin Smith’s The Bionic Man #1 (Steven Segovia Black & White Variant Cover), 1:15


Anne Rice’s Servant Of The Bones #1 (of 6)(Anne Rice Signed Edition), 1:50
Anne Rice’s Servant Of The Bones #1 (of 6)(Jenny Frison Variant Cover), 1:10
Crawl To Me #2 (of 4)(David Lupton Variant Cover), 1:10
Doctor Who #8 (Matthew Dow Smith Variant Cover), 1:10
Doctor Who Annual 2011 (Photo Variant Cover), 1:10
Duke Nukem Glorious Bastard #2 (of 4)(2K Games Game Concept Art Variant Cover), 1:10
Dungeons And Dragons #10 (Menton J. Matthews III Variant Cover), 1:10
Dungeons And Dragons The Legend Of Drizzt #1 (of 5)(Playable Module Edition Signed By R.A. Salvatore), 1:50
Dungeons And Dragons The Legend Of Drizzt #1 (of 5)(Playable Module Edition), 1:10
G.I. JOE A Real American Hero #169 (Larry Hama Sketch Variant Cover), 1:10
Godzilla Kingdom Of Monsters #6 (Matt Frank “Kumonga” Variant Cover), 1:10

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (Dan Duncan Double Gatefold Wraparound Variant Cover)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (Dan Duncan Double Gatefold Wraparound Variant Cover). Retailers had to order 20 of any of the four regular covers to receive onr gatefold variant. If you’re looking for the right variant to mark the return of the Turtles, I’m saying this is it. Watch for a $10-$12 price tag.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (Kevin Eastman Sketch Cover), 1:10

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (Sam Kieth Variant Cover), 1:25. Not an impressive Kieth variant. I was hoping for more here. Watch for a $10-$12 price tag.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (Kevin Eastman Sketch Variant Cover), 1:50. This is a hand-drawn Eastman sketch variant. Not bad for 1:50. If the sketches are cool, I’d expect to see these going for $50 and up.

Transformers #24 (Livio Ramondelli Sketch Variant Cover), 1:10

Ultimate Comics Ultimates #1 (Esad Ribic Variant Cover)


Ultimate Comics Ultimates #1 (Esad Ribic Variant Cover), 1:15. The regular cover of this comic ships poly-bagged but I couldn’t get word on the variant. Which could make it difficult to sell if you fans can’t see how cool this variant is. Watch for a $7-$9 price tag.

Uncanny X-Force #13 (Chris Bachalo Variant Cover), 1:15

X-Men #16 (Joe Quiones FF Anniversary Variant Cover). Retailers had to exceed their orders of X-Men #9 with this issue and could then order as many Quiones FF variants as they need. I love the nod to the John Byrne She-Hulk FF team, but what is going on with Sue Storm’s face here?

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 and 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 . . .

Ultimate Comics: The Ultimates #1

Ultimate Comics: The Ultimates #1

Variant Cover by ESAD RIBIC

Solicitation: The Republic Is Burning. The next era has begun. As our heroes struggle to find their place in the world, the The Ultimates face game-changing threats even they can’t handle. And with the heart of the team missing in action, the country’s last stand of defense may be on its last legs. Critically acclaimed writer Jonathan Hickman (Fantastic Four, FF, Secret Warriors) and superstar artist Esad Ribic?(Uncanny X-Force) drive the Ultimates into new and deadly territory! The series we’ve all been waiting for!

32 pages

Why it’ll go fast: Every time Mark Millar writes a new Ultimates or Ultimate Avengers title it sells out almost instantly. Millar’s name has become with gritty, real-world superhero action and the Marvel Ultimate U has become a favorite stomping ground for him and his fans. Once again, it’s time for another Ultimates series but this time without Millar. Jonathan Hickman recent wrote the Ultimate Thor mini-series and it was great, but this is a huge promotion for the up-and-coming writer. After reading and enjoying everything Hickman has done at Marvel (FF, Secret Warriors, SHIELD), I’m not too worried. I’m guessing retailers won’t worry either. Watch for this one to go very fast.

Anne Rice: The Servant of Bones #1

Anne Rice: The Servant of Bones #1


Solicitation: Anne Rice, among the most iconic creators in horror, brings one of her richest stories to IDW in this six-part tale of murder, demonic revenge and the redemptive power of faith. When a beautiful young woman is brutally slain in the streets of New York City, the demon Azriel sets out to discover who killed her, only to find a far more sinister plot that could end the world. Once a human in ancient Babylon, Azriel is a spirit of rage and terror that gradually rediscovers his humanity through holy vengeance and spiritual love. Ornately illustrated by the New York Times best-selling team of Renae DeLiz and Ray Dillon.

32 pages

Why it’ll go fast: IDW has been killing it with its licensed titles for a while now and the addition of Anne Rice to its line-up is going to be another winner. Fans of Rice’s work devoured the comic adaptations that were printed by Innovation and Millennium back in the early 1990s, though the art was passable at best. IDW has recently had huge success with Joe Hill’s Locke and Key series and can no doubt bring that same high-quality storytelling to its Anne Rice titles. Rice, like Stephen King and a short-list of other authors, can create crossover appeal to book readers that tends to make these adaptations sell out very quickly and her fans will come looking for the Servan of Bones. They might not buy anything else, but it’s money comic shops don’t normally see.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1

Written by Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz
Art by Dan Duncan

Solicitation: They’re back! This summer, the original heroes in a half-shell make a triumphant return to comics! Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael reunite to bring their ninja aptitude and teenage attitude to IDW Publishing in this all-new, action-packed series. Featuring a cast of familiar characters—Master Splinter, April O’Neill, Casey Jones and more—and true to the spirit of the original comics created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are bigger and badder than ever, and ready to rock old and new fans alike!

32 pages

Why it’ll go fast: TMNT is one of those properties that will always be successful. I can’t explain it but whether you’re like me and remember the gritty, violent black-and-white Tutrles comics from Mirage studios in the mid-’80s or you grew up watching the kid-friendly, pizza-eating-party-dudes in the TMNT cartoon of the ’90s, everyone recognizes the Ninja turtles and most can still sing the theme song. This incarnation is a return to the original TMNT comics that we’re darker and more violent and, what most comic fans want to see in their Ninja Turtle comics, me included. This looks like a lot of fun and bring back Kevin Eastman to help with the writing can’t hurt sales at all. Seeing as the title is sold out before shipping it certainly didn’t hurt.


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