The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 09/14/2011

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 9 #1 (Georges Jeanty 25th Anniversary Variant)

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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. 14. 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.


Cavewoman Snow #3 (Budd Root Special Edition). Limited to 750 copies.


Executive Assistant Orchid #3 (of 3)(Cover B Micha Gunnell Sketch Variant). For every eight copies of the regular cover retailers could order three Sketch variants.


Crossed Volume 2 Family Values HC (Limited edition signed by writer David Lapham), $34.99. Limited to 1,000 copies.
Night Of The Living Dead Death Valley #4 (of 5) (Dipascale Classic B&W Variant) 1:3


Clive Barker’s Hellraiser #5 (Cover C Tim Bradstreet),
Ducktales #4 (Cover C Leonel Castellani),
Stan Lee’s Starborn #10 (Cover B Jonboy Meyers),


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


Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 9 #1 (Georges Jeanty 25th Anniversary Variant). For every 10 copies of either or both of the regular covers retailers will receive one anniversary cover.

Dollhouse Epitaphs #3 (of 5)(Rebekah Isaacs Variant Cover), 1:5

Green Lantern #1 (Greg Capullo Variant Cover)


Green Lantern #1 (Ivan Reis Black & White Variant Cover), 1:200. I can’t say this enough: if you need one of these 1:200 variants, instead of dropping $150-$200, just wait. Currently, both the Justice League and the Action Comics 1:200 variants are selling for close to $200, but those prices are going to come down. There’re still plenty of these variants out there due to very high orders by retailers, and the same will be true for this GL variant. Just keep calm.

Green Lantern #1 (Greg Capullo Variant Cover). This variant was made available based on the lowest-ordered new DCU title this week. For example, the store I work for ordered 30 copies of Demon Knights so it can order up to 30 Capullo variants. Again, this one will be very hard to price so don’t go nuts here.


Green Hornet Year One #12 (Francesco Francavilla Variant Cover), 1:10
Green Hornet Year One #12 (Matt Wagner Black/White/Green Variant Cover), 1:15
Sherlock Holmes Year One #6 (of 6)(Daniel Lindro Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10
Sherlock Holmes Year One #6 (of 6)(Daniel Lindro Variant Cover), 1:10
Warlord Of Mars #9 (Joe Jusko Black & White Variant Cover), 1:20
Warlord Of Mars #9 (Stephen Sadowski Red Variant Cover), 1:10


Anne Rice’s Servant Of The Bones #2 (of 6)(Jenny Frison Variant Cover), 1:10
Dungeons And Dragons The Legend Of Drizzt #2 (of 5)(“Monster Of The Month” Variant), 1:10
G.I. JOE A Real American Hero #170 (Larry Hama Sketch Variant Cover), 1:10
Jurassic Park Dangerous Games #1 (of 5)(Geof Darrow Black & White Variant Edition), 1:10
Jurassic Park Dangerous Games #1 (of 5)(Greg And Erik Bear Signed Edition), 1:50

Amazing Spider-Man #669 (Dan Slott Variant Cover)


Artifacts #5 (of 13)(Whilce Portacio Top Cow Store Black & White Variant Cover), $10. Limited to 100 copies.
Breed Collection Vol. 2 The Book Of Ecclesiastes HC (Limited Signed & Numbered), $59.99. Limited to 90
Infinite #2 (Rob Liefeld Sketch Variant Cover), 1:50
Infinite #2 (Rob Liefeld Variant Cover), 1:25
Severed #1 (Attila Futaki 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99


Alpha Flight #4 (of 8)(Dale Eaglesham Variant Cover), 1:15

Amazing Spider-Man #669 (Dan Slott Variant Cover), 1:15. Not drawn by Spidey-writer Dan Slott (thankfully) but featuring him swing through the air to save the wall-crawler. Watch for an $8-$10 price tag.

Amazing Spider-Man #669 (Stuart Immonen Marvel Architects Sketch Variant Cover), 1:52
Amazing Spider-Man #669 (Stuart Immonen Marvel Architects Variant Cover), 1:26
Amazing Spider-Man #669 (You’re Spider-Man Variant Cover), $3.99
Fear Itself #2 (of 7)(Stuart Immonen 4th Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Fear Itself #3 (of 7)(Steve NcNiven 3rd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99

Fear Itself #6 (of 7)(Ed McGuinness Comics For Comics Variant Cover)

Fear Itself #6 (of 7)(Ed McGuinness Comics For Comics Variant Cover). This one is also being called the “Avengers Three” variant and was offered to retailers at one copy for every stripped cover of any of DC’s Flashpoint tie-ins. Which, I guess, makes this variant a 1:50, but watch for some retailers to try and price it well above the 1:50 mark. Already there’s one eBay seller asking for $250 for this one. Watch for a $45-$50 price tag.

Fear Itself #6 (of 7)(Humberto Ramos Marvel Architects Sketch Variant Cover), 1:26
Fear Itself #6 (of 7)(Humberto Ramos Marvel Architects Variant Cover), 1:52

Fear Itself #6 (of 7)(Mike McKone Variant Cover), 1:75. Not real impressed with this one, either. This variant is just a cropped version of the Fear Itself Spider-Man teaser ad that ran in Marvel titles a few months ago. Come on, Marvel, you can give us better than this. Watch for a $30-$40 price tag, but you don’t need this one.

Fear Itself #6 (of 7)(Stuart Immonen Variant Cover), 1:25. This one is also being called the “B” variant and, unlike the McKone variant, is brand new artwork from Immonen. Not his best stuff but still pretty cool. Watch for a $15-$18 price tag.

John Carter A Princess Of Mars #1 (of 5)(Filipe Andrade Variant Cover), 1:15
New Avengers #16 (John Romita Jr. Marvel Architects Sketch Variant Cover), 1:52

New Avengers #16 (John Romita Jr. Marvel Architects Variant Cover), 1:26. I’m not sure what Marvel is going for with these “Marvel Architects” variants, but I wouldn’t call them impressive. Also, I don’t get the 1:26 ratio-thing, either. Regardless, watch for a $12-$15 price tag on the 1:26 and a $20-$24 price tag on the 1:52.

Speculator Picks of the Week

These are comics that could sell out very quickly due to conservative ordering, popular demand, shipping errors or even widespread hangovers caused by UPS drivers everywhere enjoying too much Spaten and Paulaner seasonal brews at local Oktoberfest celebrations. Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later . . .

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #1

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #1


Solicitation: Season 8 ended with a bang when Buffy cut the world off from the hell dimensions and all supernatural influence. Great, right? Except Buffy has left her best friend, Willow, powerless and ended the long line of vampire slayers, leaving her hated by the hundreds of girls who recently stood behind her. Newly relocated to San Francisco, Buffy can count on a fresh start, and focus on what she’s good at-slaying.

40 pages

Why it’ll go fast: Again, Dark Horse proves that quality comes first for their Buffy line by smashing 40 pages of story into a comic with a $2.99 price tag (which will get you 22 pages at Marvel and DC). Buffy is back and her fans are going to come looking for this #1. Season 8 was fantastic and very well-received by both reviewers and readers. I’d expect Season 9 to do the same. Unfortunately for Buffy, this first issue is probably going to get buried by the flood of DC #1s also hitting shelves this week. I would guess this one will sell out a little faster than the recent Angel and Faith #1, which sold out a week after it hit shelves. Watch for a sellout announcement early next week.



Cover JOCK

Solicitation: Issue One: Hello, Cruel World. From writers Nate Cosby & Ben McCool (Choker, Memoir), along with hotshot newcomer artist Breno Temura, comes PIGS, a brand new ongoing series to join Image’s elite ranks. The story centers around a second-generation KGB Cuban sleeper cell, activated & assigned to overthrow the U.S. government through a series of kidnappings, assassinations and acts of terrorism. But why has the call come now, 50 years after the original cell last heard from Mother Russia?

32 pages

Why it’ll go fast: Writer Ben McCool turned heads with his Choker series and it looks like he’s poised to blow-up with this new series. Fans of 100 Bullets take note: PIGS looks like a fun conspiracy/intrigue comic that could be instantly snatched up by a cable network for TV development. Artist Breno Temura’s art is reminiscent of Eduardo Risso, furthering comparisons to DC/Vertigo’s 100 Bullets but he definitely has his own style. There’s been quite a bit of buzz for PIGS #1 from other comic creators on Twitter lately and all of it is good. I’m looking forward to this one but it could be very hard to find. Not to belabor the point, but comic shop owners everywhere are dealing with a flood of new DC #1s as part of the relaunch and are probably cutting orders on just about everything else. I’d guess this one sells out quickly, as fans come looking for copies only to find an empty space on the new shelf. They’ll probably be plenty of new DC titles though.

Deathstroke #1

Deathstroke #1


Solicitation: “Friends die, family disappoints, but a legacy . . . that lives forever.” Slade Wilson is the best mercenary in the DCU, and he’s been doing this a long time. Some might say too long. But they’ll learn: Never turn your back on Deathstroke the Terminator. He won’t quit, no matter how high the stakes. Kyle Higgins (Batman: Gates Of Gotham) and Joe Bennett (Teen Titans) team up to bring you the finest in mayhem and gore.

32 pages

Why it’ll go fast: This is the first of the new DCU titles I’m picking to have some collectible value and I’m doing it because of writer Kyle Higgins. Higgins recently worked on Batman Gates of Gotham with Batman and American Vampire writer Scott Snyder. It was excellent, and I’m hoping Higgins can return Deathstroke to his major-villain status and make the character (one of my favorite DC baddies) interesting again. If this comic is as good as I think it’s going to be, it’ll go fast. This will probably be one of the lower-ordered new DCU titles, as Deathstroke isn’t the A-list villain he used to be. But it’s already sold out before shipping, so be prepared to go hunting if your local shop is sold out. The cover by legendary painter Simon Bisley certainly won’t hurt sales either.


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