The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 09/23/2010

Flash #5 White Lantern variant

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. 22, 2010. For a full list of comics shipping this week, click here. To find a comic shop near you, click here.

Variant Watch:


Remember when I claimed the final White Lantern variant had shipped? I was wrong. There’re more. Flash #5 ships this week with what has got to be the final 1:10 White Lantern Variant featuring Captain Boomerang in his White Lantren gear. Look for an $8-$10 price tag.

Green Lantern Corps #52 variant

Green Lantern Corps #52 ships with a 1:10 variant by former artist Patrick Gleason featuring Hannu (the GLC’s version of the Thing) whuppin’ much ass on the cover. I loved Gleason’s work on this title as did many other GL-nerds and will probably have to pick this one up. Look for an $8-$10 price tag

Legion of Super Heroes #5 variant

Legion of Super Heroes #5 ships with a 1:10 variant by Jim Lee featuring Timberwolf (the Legion’s version of Wolvie). Legion sales have dipped in the past few months, which saw the comic falling out of the top 50 ordered comics for the first time last month, which could mean this variant could be kind hard to find. Look for an $8-$10 price tag but don’t be shocked to see retailers asking a little more for this one due to Lee’s popularity.


Black Widow

Black Widow is one of the best comics that no one is reading; last month it only shipped 17,568 issues and dropped out of the top 100 ordered comics list, so in an attempt to get you nerds to drop your X-comics and notice, issue six is shipping with a 1:15 variant by J. Scott Campbell. If retailers do order 15 copies of issue 6, you can be sure they’ll be looking to make up for it with this variant. Look for a $12-$15 price tag.

Fantastic Four #583 variant

Fantastic Four #583 ships with a couple of variants this week. Arthur Adams gives nerds a stunning 1:15 variant featuring Doctor Doom and there’s also another 1:15 Super Hero Squad variant that will be doomed to over-pricing and locked away forever in back-issue bins around the world. Look for an $8-$10 price tag on both of these. The third is a Marvel Retailer Resource Center exclusive featuring a number 3 in a Fantastic Four logo with a starry background. I’ve seen two up for pre-sale for $150 but no information on how the variants were made available to the Resource Center members. It’s a mystery for now.

Thor #615 variant

Thor #615 ships with another Joe Quesda Variant that’s sure to drive nerds wild. Thor is a high selling title so I’d expect to see plenty of these variants around. Expect to see a lot of $19-$22 price tags but you should be able to find this one for $12-$15.

Speculator Picks of the Week

These are comics that could sell out very quickly due to conservative ordering, popular demand, shipping errors, unexpected Tea Party primary wins or any other set of unforeseen events. Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later…

Hulk #25; Marvel

Hulk #25

Solicitation: Take cover, here comes a rampaging engine of awesome force- and we’re talking about our new creative team of Jeff Parker and Gabriel Hardman bringing Red Hulk into a new age of sci-fi adventure! The score has been settled, Red Hulk has been beaten by the Incredible Hulk decisively. The war is over and Steve Rogers is on tap to give these explosive characters a sense of direction! Red Hulk heads out to deal with a deadly contingency plan left behind by Leader and Modok, for once on the side of the angels. But Iron Man didn’t get the message . . . Plus, an extra eight-page backup featuring Rick Jones, the A-Bomb, by Jeff Parker and Mark Robinson.

40 pages
Written by Jeff Parker; art by Gabriel Hardman; cover by Ed Mcguinness.

Why it’ll go fast: Hulk has been a huge seller for Marvel under the writing duties of Jeph Loeb and its hoping fans will follow this new creative team just as loyally. I’m guessing retailers cut back on their orders slightly because of Loeb leaving the title, but nerds who give Parker a chance should see he’s a great writer and Hulk could be a comic we love instead of a comic we love to hate. Say what you will about Jeph Loeb’s stories, they sell comics. Even if it’s to those who just want to scream about them on the Internet. Hopefully, Parker can continue this titles success without the controversy.

Skull Kickers #1: Image

Skull Kickers #1

Solicitation: No one knows where these two warriors came from. The only thing that’s clear is that they’re two of most ornery, trouble-making $%@# that have ever lived. Skull Kickers is a fantasy action-comedy: Two mercenaries are entangled in a high-class assassination plot and nothing—werewolves, skeletons or black magic—will stop them from getting paid. If you love tabletop fantasy RPGs or movies like “Army of Darkness,” Skull Kickers is waiting for you!

32 pages
Written by Jim Zubkavich; art by Chris Stevens, Edwin Huan, Misty Coates; cover by Chris Stevens.

Why it’ll go fast: Some blame Rich Johnston of for the unexplained interest in this relatively unknown title. Others think it’s the result of retailers being taken surprise by Morning Glories and over-ordering on the next new Image title to be safe. The only thing for certain is that Skull Kickers #1 sold out before it even shipped. What happens next is also a mystery. Will we see $40 sales on first-printings of #1 soon or will they hype be too much for this title? I just hope I can find a copy to read.

Nemesis #3: Marvel

Nemesis #3

Solicitation: Don’t worry, everyone. Nemesis has been captured and put in the highest security prison that America has to offer. Problem solved. Series over. What’s that? It’s only issue three? Uh-oh! More shocking twists and turns from the masters of modern comic-book awesomeness Mark Millar (Kickass, Civil War) and Steve McNiven (Wolverine: Old Man Logan, Civil War).

32 Pages
Written by Mark Millar; art and cover by Steve McNiven.

Why it’ll go fast: Everything Mark Millar sells out. Always. I don’t like speaking in absolutes, and was taught never to do so in Journalism school, but it’s true. Millar is hot and Nemesis is a lot of fun. Rumors of a movie in the works starring Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp won’t hurt sales either. I wouldn’t expect to see this series selling for any real money until that movie is close to hitting theaters but expect to see this issue sell out very quickly.


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