The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 09/09/2010

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 Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010. Remember, there was holiday on Monday so comics are a day late. For a full list of comics shipping this week, click here. To find a comic shop near you, click here.

Variant Watch:


Batman #703

Batman #112 (DC, 1957)

Batman #703 ships this week with another in the series of DC 75th Anniversary variant covers. This 1:25 variant by Kevin Nowlan is an homage to Sheldon Moldof’s cover of Batman #112 (DC, 1957). Watch for this one to go a little cheaper than the other Anniversary Variants due to high orders on Batman right now. Look for a $6-$8 price tag but don’t pay more. There should be plenty of these out there.

Green Lantern #57 variant

Green Lantern #57 ships with the final White Lantern Variant by Ryan Sook. This 1:10 variant features Deadman in his White Lantern duds and completes the weird prophetic image that gives hints to the future of the DCU when combined with the other White Lantern Variants. Watch for a $7-$10 price tag on this one. The White Lantern Variants have been selling well on eBay in the $10-$14 range and I would guess they’ll continue to climb in price. The real action will be with sets of these variants, which I haven’t seen any of as yet.


Amazing Spider-Man #641 Quesada color variant

Amazing Spider-Man #641 Quesada sketch variant

Amazing Spider-Man #641 wraps up the One Moment in Time storyline and ships with the final of the four Joe Quesada variant covers. Again, you have your choice of the 1:25 color version or a 1:100 sketch version and again retailers are asking ludicrous prices. Watch for $15-$20 price tag on the color version and anywhere from $60-$140 for the sketch version. These variants have sold well but still aren’t hitting the high prices that some retailers are asking. There’re plenty of copies out of these variants out there due to the very high ordering on this Spidey storyline, so if you need one of these variants, don’t be afraid to wait. You can probably pick these up on eBay for half off in the near future.

Daken: Dark Wolverine #1 Dell Otto variant

Daken: Dark Wolverine #1 Djurdevic variant

Daken: Dark Wolverine #1 ships this week but the son of Wolvie didn’t get quite as many variant covers as dad did. Sorry kid. Watch for two variants of Daken #1; a 1:25 variant by Gabriele Dell Otto and a 1:75 variant by Marko Djurdevic. The previous Daken sold well—the last two issues were top 40 selling comics—but I wouldn’t expect to see a lot of these variants on the shelves. Especially the 1:75 variant. Watch for a $20-$25 price tag on the 1:25 and a $60-$70 price tag on the 1:75. Which bums me straight out, seeing as I have all the other Djurdevic variants and they were all 1:25, making them much more affordable. Curse you Joe Quesada!

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 . . .

Amazing Spider-Man #641: Marvel

Solicitation: This is it! The startling conclusion to One Moment In Time! How did the world really forget Peter Parker was Spider-Man? And what does the future hold for Peter & Mary Jane? Every question is answered, the past laid to rest, and Spider-Man swings into a new direction for the future!

40 pages
Written by Joe Quesada; art by Paolo Manuel Rivera; covers by Joe Quesada.

Why it’ll go fast: Marvel either fixes it here or Spidey stays broken. And by broken, I of course mean Peter Parker is single because of a deal he made with the devil to forget about his marriage in order to save his 200-year-old Aunt May. Dumb! So this is where Joe Quesada—the architect behind the Spidey-breaking—puts it all back together. Maybe. We’ll find out together and you can bet we’re all going to buy this one.

Daken: Dark Wolverine #1

Solicitation: For decades, Daken, the son of Wolverine, remained hidden in the shadows of the Marvel Universe, methodically plotting how he would one day dominate the world around him. And now, with his father’s soul hanging in the balance, that day has come. This is the beginning.

40 pages
Written by Marjorie Liu and Daniel Way; art and cover by Giusepe Camuncoli and Onofrio Catacchio.

Why it’ll go fast: When Wolverine initially left his own title and Wolvie Jr. took over, retailers slashed their orders and made fun of the title (I called it “Dork Wolverine”) but we were both wrong to doubt the comic. Dark Wolverine consistently sold in the top 40 comics every month, which earned Wolvie Jr. his own title; Daken: Dark Wolverine. The creative team on the title is the same which is good because they are the reason Daken was a hit. The Wolvie nerds who passed on Dark Wolverine will have to pick this one up because of the #1 issue and the fact that it’s not interfering with their precious Wolverine-run anymore.

Grimm Fairy Tales #50: Zenescope

Solicitation: Grimm Fairy Tales turns 50! The smash-hit independent comic reaches the incredible milestone this month. In this special double-sized issue, Sela and the forces of good prepare for battle with the Darkhorde while Belinda and Baba Yaga carry out their own sinister plans. The outcome of both events spins the Grimm Fairy Tales universe in a new and unexpected direction that will leave you on the edge of your seat. You can’t afford to miss this landmark issue in one of the most popular independent comics to ever hit stands. Features four covers, including a special collectors gatefold.

56 pages
Written by Joe Brusha; art by Ralph Tedesco; covers by Angel Medina and Steve Firchow, Franchesco and Nei Ruffino, and Al Rio.

Why it’ll go fast: For as much as I make fun of this comic with my snarky little comments about the artists choice of bust-size and costume for the heroines, I have to admit that #50 issues is truly a landmark for any independent comic. Well done, Grimm Fairy Tales, and here’s to another 50 issues. Grimm fans love this comic and they are the only reason it’s still being published. Watch for this issue to sell-out a little faster than most Grimm issues because of the 50th issue.


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