The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 09/07/2011

Action Comics #1 (Jim Lee & Scott Williams 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, Sept. 7. 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 #3 (Cover C Joe Benitez Sketch Variant Cover), $4. For every 12 regular covers ordered retailers could order up to three sketch variants. Which of course makes the pricing difficult at best. I’ve been asked about these recently due to the weird ratios. Right now I’d say don’t pay more than $5 for any of the Executive Assistant variants as they’re currently not selling for much more than that.


Crossed Psychopath #1 (of 7)(Raulo Caceres Wondercon Cover), $5.99. Limited to 1,000 copies.


Elric The Balance Lost #3 (Francesco Biagini Variant Cover), 1:10


Lady Death #9 (Michael Dipascale Art Deco Variant Cover), 1:3


Action Comics #1 (Jim Lee & Scott Williams Variant Cover). Retailers were allowed to order an equal amount of Jim Lee variants to the amount of the lowest ordered new DCU title for this week. For example, the shop I work at ordered 25 copies of Static Shock making it the lowest ordered new DCU title for this week so we could order up to 25 copies of the Jim Lee Action variant. As far as pricing goes, it’s anyone’s game and we won’t have a real idea where they end up until this weekend at least.

Action Comics #1 (Rags Morales Black & White Variant Cover), 1:200. This is another big one that will have some retailers asking $150 or more. Don’t do it. Wait on this one if you need it. Believe it or not they’ll be plenty of this 1:200 variant out there. Everyone ordered huge on this title so most shops that never get the big ratio variants might have one of these. Watch for a $40-$50 price tag and don’t pay more. This variant might even be cheaper than that in a month or so.


Danger Girl And The Army Of Darkness #3 (of 6)(Nick Bradshaw Black & White Variant), 1:10
Danger Girl And The Army Of Darkness #3 (of 6)(Paul Renaud Black & White Variant), 1:15
Garth Ennis’ Jennifer Blood #4 (Ale Garza Variant Cover), 1:15
Garth Ennis’ Jennifer Blood #4 (Johnny Desjardins Variant Cover), 1:20
Garth Ennis’ Jennifer Blood #4 (Jonathan Lau Variant Cover), 1:10
Garth Ennis’ Jennifer Blood #4 (Tim Bradstreet Negative Art Variant Cover), 1:15
Garth Ennis’ Jennifer Blood #4 (Tim Bradstreet Virgin Variant Cover), 1:10
Kato #12 (Carlos Rafael Black & White Variant Cover), 1:15
KatoKato #12 (Carlos Rafael Variant Cover) 1:10
Kirby Genesis #3 (Alex Ross “Marvelous Acetate” Variant Cover), 1:20
Kirby Genesis #3 (Alex Ross Sketch Variant Cover), 1:25
Kirby Genesis #3 (Ryan Sook Black & White Variant Cover), 1:15
Kirby Genesis #3 (Ryan Sook Variant Cover), 1:10
Terminator Robocop Kill Human #2 (of 4)(Walt Simonson Black & White Variant Cover), 1:15
Warlord Of Mars Dejah Thoris #6 (Ale Garza Risque Variant Cover), 1:20
Warlord Of Mars Dejah Thoris #6 (Paul Renaud “Martian Red” Variant Cover), 1:10


Crysis #4 (of 6)(Crysis 2 Concept Art Team Variant Cover), 1:10
Godzilla Gangsters And Goliaths #4 (Alberto Ponticelli Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10
Infestation Outbreak #3 (of 4)(David Messina Character Variant Cover), 1:10
Transformers #25 (Brendan Cahill Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10
True Blood The French Quarter #1 (of 6)(Joe Corroney Original Sketch Variant Cover), 1:50
True Blood The French Quarter #1 (of 6)(Joe Corroney Sketch Variant Cover), 1:10
True Blood The French Quarter #1 (of 6) (Photo Variant Cover), 1:20
Zombies Vs Robots Undercity #4 (of 4)(Fabio Listrani Variant Cover), 1:10


Artifacts #1 (of 13)(Michael Broussard SDCC 2010 Signed Cover), $19.99. Limited to 100 copies.
Infinite #1 (2nd Printing Variant Cover K), $2.99


Kick-Ass 2 #1 (of 7)(John Romita Jr. 5th Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Kick-Ass 2 #2 (of 7)(John Romita Jr. 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99

New Avengers Annual #1 (Mark Bagley Marvel Architects Sketch Variant Cover)

New Avengers Annual #1 (Mark Bagley Marvel Architects Variant Cover)

New Avengers Annual #1 (Mark Bagley Marvel Architects Sketch Variant Cover), 1:52

New Avengers Annual #1 (Mark Bagley Marvel Architects Variant Cover), 1:26. Really weird ratios for a really weak variant by Mark Bagely. I don’t see anyone caring about this cover but if you do; watch for a $15-$17 price tag on the 1:26 and a $20-$25 price tag on the 1:52. You can d better than this Bagley.

X-Men #17 (Marko Djurdjevic FF 50th Anniversary Variant Cover), $3.99. Retailers had to exceed their orders of X-Men #10 and they could order all they need of this variant. And it’s another fantastic one by Marko Djurdjevic.

X-Men Schism #1 (of 5)(Frank Cho 3rd Printing Variant Cover), $4.99

Speculator Picks of the Week

These are comics that could sell out very quickly due to conservative ordering, popular demand, shipping errors or even UPS drivers going on strike to protest Eddie Murphy hosting the Oscars because not only is he not funny anymore, he may have been replaced by an un-funny alien pretending to be Eddie Murphy (much like Adam Sandler and Kevin Smith). Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later . . .

Big Lie #1

Big Lie #1


Solicitation: A lab tech travels back in time on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001 to try to get her husband out of the World Trade Center before it falls, but will the facts convince him before it’s too late? A riveting tale of 9/11 by award winning master storyteller Rick Veitch that exposes “The Big Lie!”

32 pages

Why it’ll go fast: I’m banking on someone at a cable news network (cough-Fox-News-cough) getting a hold of this comic and finding it just offensive enough to give Big Lie a bunch of free PR. Remember what happened when Superman renounced his citizenship, or when Cap criticized the Tea Party. Fox got its audience whipped into a frenzy and boom, issues are selling for $20 and up. Now, Big Lie also debuts the week that Superman gets relaunched in the pages of Action Comics #1, so this story might not make the news at all. We’ll have to wait and see.

New Avengers Annual #1

New Avengers Annual #1

Pencils & Cover by GABRIELE DELL’OTTO

Solicitation: From the creative team of Secret War! Simon Williams doesn’t think the Avengers are helping the world and is willing to do whatever is needed to stop them. Including bringing in his own NEW team…The Revengers! One of the biggest throwdowns in Avengers’ history starts here.

48 pages

Why it’ll go fast: You may have noticed that I haven’t picked any new DCU #1s as speculator picks. And for good reason. Retailers ordered the hell out of all the new DC first issues, they all sold out, and probably cut back on just about everything else. Including this New Avengers Annual. Something big is going to happen here. Bendis loves Wonderman and Gabriele Dell’Otto only works on huge special event titles. Marvel knows this comic is coming out the same week as the first wave of DCU #1s and Bendis is going to pull out all the stops to get Marvel its share of attention. This annual might not sell out this week because of all the DC hubbub, but when the reorders come in next week this annual will be gone.

True Blood: French Quarter #1

True Blood: French Quarter #1

Written by Mariah Huehner, David Tischman
Art by David Messina, Claudia Balboni
Covers by David Messina, Joe Corroney

Solicitation: In this sequel to the first NYT best-selling True Blood miniseries, “All Together Now,” mind-reading waitress Sookie Stackhouse is in New Orleans, helping Vampire Sherriff Eric Northman track down an insane killer named Guerra. Eric and Godric killed Guerra in Paris more than 200 years ago. Or did they? Bill Compton’s in town, too, making sure Eric doesn’t get fresh with Sookie, and investigating a local Hep-D outbreak that may be connected to Guerra’s latest victims. Meanwhile, back in Bon Temps, why is Pam hanging out at Merlotte’s—and what does she want with Lafayette? A sticky and sexy original adventure, based on the HBO mega-hit created by Alan Ball.

32 pages

Why it’ll go fast: In a week where DC is going to dominate sales you can bet that titles like True Blood will be even more under-ordered than usual. This is probably one that will sell out when the reorders come in but, like the True Blood series before, it will go and go fast. True Blood has proven to be a solid seller for IDW with a rabid fan base. And no, that’s not a werewolf joke. Are there werewolves on the show?


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