The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 09/28/2011

Abe Sapien The Devil Does Not Jest #1

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. If you want to hear what this nerd sounds like you can catch him on his podcast, the Tow-Headed Nerd Comicast, where he and his friend Joe discuss the latest comic news, review some new comics, and answer your questions.

New Comics Roundup

Below you will find all the info you could possibly need on the hot, new comics shipping this Wednesday, Sept. 28. 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 Violet #3 (of 3)(Cover B Pop Mhan Sketch Variant), $4. Retailers can order 3 sketch covers for every 8 regular covers ordered.


Caligula #3 Auxillary cover $3.99. Limited to 1500 copies.
Crossed Psychopath #2 (of 7)(Gianluca Pagliarani Calgary Con Cover), $5.99. Limited to 850 copies.
Night Of The Living Dead Death Valley #1 (of 5)(Phoenix Comic Con Cover), $5.99. Limited to 850 copies.


Lady Death #5 (Richard Ortiz Reflected Cover), $9.99. Limited to 1,500 copies.
Lady Death #6 (Marcelo Muller Auxiliary Cover), $3.99. Limited to 1,500 copies.
War Goddess #0 (Clint Hilinski Auxiliary Cover), $3.99. Limited to 1,500 copies.


Abe Sapien The Devil Does Not Jest #1 (of 2)(Francesco Francavilla Variant Cover), 1:5. I love this Francavilla variant. He seems to be continuing a series of variants that he started on the previous BPRD series paying homage to the Gold Key horror covers of the 1970s. Watch for a $5-$6 price tag.


Action Comics #1 (Rags Morales 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99

Flash #1 (Francis Manapul Black & White Variant Cover)

Flash #1 (Ivan Reis & Tim Townsend Variant Cover)

Flash #1 (Francis Manapul Black & White Variant Cover), 1:200. Even though the other new DCU 1:200 variants are still selling for north of $200, I’m sticking to my guns here. Prices will come down on these variants. There’s just no way any of the 1:200 variants are still selling for $200 in six months. I refuse to believe it, but I did think they’d be coming down already, so I might have to eat some crow here. But not yet. Wait on this one. There’re just too many of them out there and there can’t be as many collectors willing to drop $200-plus on all of them. It’s simple math. Right?

Flash #1 (Ivan Reis & Tim Townsend Variant Cover). This one is based on the lowest-ordered DC relaunch title for this week. For example, my shop ordered 30 copies of I Vampire, so we could order up to 30 copies of this variant.

Justice League #1 (Combo Pack Edition)(Jim Lee & Scott Williams 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $4.99.


Danger Girl And The Army Of Darkness #3 (Of 6)(Deadite Blues Variant Cover), $14.99. Limited to 110 copies.
Kirby Genesis #3
(Alex Ross Virgin Variant Cover), $10, 1:25.
Terminator Robocop Kill Human
#2 (of 4)(Walt Simonson Virgin Variant Cover), $14.99, 1:15.
Warlord Of Mars Fall Of Barsoom #2 (Joe Jusko Martian Red Variant Cover), $14.99. Limited to 110 copies.


Kato #13 (Carlos Rafael Variant Cover), 1:10
Kato #13 (Ale Garza Black/White/Green Variant Cover), 1:15
Last Phantom #9 (Fabiano Neves Variant Cover), 1:15
Last Phantom #9 (Stephen Sadowski Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10
Last Phantom #9 (Stephen Sadowski Variant Cover), 1:10
Last Phantom #9 (Fabiano Neves Variant Cover), 1:15
Warlord Of Mars
#10 (Stephen Sadowski Red Variant Cover), 1:10
Warlord Of Mars
#10 (Lucio Parrillo Variant Cover), 1:15
Warlord Of Mars
#10 (Joe Jusko Black & White Variant Cover), 1:20

Ghostbusters #1 (Alan Robinson Retailer Exclusive Variant Cover)


Crawl To Me #3 (of 4)(David Lupton Variant Cover), 1:10
Doctor Who #9 (Ben Templesmith Variant Cover), 1:10
Duke Nukem Glorious Bastard #3 (of 4)(Duke Nukem Forever Concept Art Team Variant Cover), 1:10
Dungeons And Dragons #11 (Playable Module Edition), 1:10
G.I. JOE #5 (Danny Cruz “Days Of Future Past” Variant Cover), 1:10
G.I. JOE #5 (Danny Cruz “Days Of Future Past” Sketch Variant Cover), 1:25

Ghostbusters #1 (Alan Robinson Retailer Exclusive Variant Cover). Retailers that order 500 copies of the regular covers—that’s not a misprint, 500—are eligible to receive a cover featuring the person of their choice as a Ghostbuster. I’m guessing exactly no one takes them up on this variant promo. The highest-selling Ghostbusters comics were the recent Infestation tie-ins and no one in their right mind even ordered 250 copies of those. I’ll bet it’s a fun, quality read but 500 copies? Come on . . .

Ghostbusters #1 (Dan Schoening “Who Ya Gonna Call” Variant Cover), 1:10
Ghostbusters #1 (Dan Schoening Glow-In-The-Dark Variant Cover), 1:25
Godzilla Kingdom Of Monsters #7 (Matt Frank “Battra” Variant Cover), 1:10
Snake Eyes #5 (Danny Cruz “Days Of Future Past” Sketch Variant Cover), 1:15
Snake Eyes #5 (Danny Cruz “Days Of Future Past” Variant Cover), 1:10
True Blood The French Quarter #2 (Of 6)(Joe Corroney Sketch Variant Cover), 1:10
True Blood The French Quarter #2 (Of 6)(Photo Variant Cover), 1:20


Artifacts #4 (of 13)(Whilce Portacio Top Cow Black & White Store Exclusive Variant), $10. Limited to 150 copies.
Artifacts #10 (of 13)(Stjepan Sejic Sketch Variant Cover), 1:50
Artifacts Playing Card Set #10 (of 13)(Retailer Incentive). For every 5 regular covers ordered retailers will receive 1 playing card set.
Artifacts Volume 1 TP (Ron Marz & Michael Broussard Signed Edition), $19.99. Limited to 125 copies.
Magdalena Nelson Blake II Signed & Numbered Lithograph, $29.99. Limited to 50.


Amazing Spider-Man #668 (Humberto Ramos 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99

Annihilators Earthfall #1 (of 4)(Huat Variant Cover), 1:15. Wanna sell some Annihilators comics? Put Wolvie on the cover. Well, the variant cover, anyway. Watch for a $7-$9 price tag.

Brilliant #1 (David Mack Variant Cover)

Brilliant #1 (Michael Avon Oeming Variant Cover)

Brilliant #1 (David Mack Variant Cover), 1:25

Brilliant #1 (Michael Avon Oeming Variant Cover), 1:25. I’m not particularly impressed with either of these, but I do think the title will be great. See below for more on Brilliant #1. Watch for a $12-$15 price tag on each.

Dorothy And The Wizard In Oz #1 (of 8)(Nick Bradshaw Variant Cover), 1:20
Dorothy And The Wizard In Oz #1 (of 8)(Eric Shanower Variant Cover), 1:15
Fear Itself #5 (of 7)(Steve McNiven 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99

FF #9 (Stephanie Perger FF 50th Anniversary Variant Cover)

FF #9 (Stephanie Perger FF 50th Anniversary Variant Cover). Retailers had to exceed their orders of FF #4 and they could order all they wanted of this variant. Which, of course, means no good way to call a price on this one.

Generation Hope #10 (Salva Espin 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Mighty Thor #6 (John Romita Jr. Marvel Architects Sketch Variant Cover), 1:52
Mighty Thor #6 (John Romita Jr. Marvel Architects Variant Cover), 1:26
Secret Avengers #16 (John Cassady 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Secret Avengers #17 (Mark Bagley Marvel Architects Sketch Variant Cover), 1:52
Secret Avengers #17 (Mark Bagley Marvel Architects Variant Cover), 1:26
Uncanny X-Force #13 (2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Uncanny X-Force #14 (2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Venom #5 (Tony Moore 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
X-Men #16 (Jorge Molina 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
X-Men Schism #3 (Of 5)(2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99

Speculator Picks of the Week

These are comics that could sell out very quickly due to conservative ordering, popular demand, shipping errors or even 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 . . .

Brilliant #1


Brilliant #1


Solicitation: The first creator-owned book by Ultimate Spider-Man co-creators Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley, Brilliant tells the story of a handful of college-age geniuses who challenge each other to solve the mystery of superpowers. Can the best and brightest change science fiction into science fact? And if so, how will the world at large react? Brilliant is a thriller of the highest order. It is a story of how true power can either destroy or protect the strongest of friendships. It is the story of how the world will react when our true potential is finally unlocked. This fast-talking, whip-smart new series will thrill fans of Ultimate Spider-Man, Powers and Scarlet. The first award-winning collection of Bendis and Bagley’s Ultimate Spider-Man has sold well over one million copies.

40 pages

Why it’ll go fast: I like the line in the end of the solicit where Marvel reminds you that Ultimate Spidey was a huge seller. What they should have said is that Bendis’ last creator-owned work, Takio, sold out instantly, went to three printings and was a hardcover children’s book with a $9.95 price tag. Meaning this one with a $3.95 price tag should go just as fast. The only reason it’s not sold out yet is September is DC relaunch month. When the reorders come in for Brilliant next week it’ll be gone. Watch for retailers and nerds a like to scramble for this one.

Blackhawks #1

Blackhawks #1

Written by MIKE COSTA
Art and cover by KEN LASHLEY

Solicitation: Welcome to a world waging a new kind of war that’s faster and more brutal than ever before. It’s fought by those who would make the innocent their targets, using computers, smart weapons and laser-guided missiles. The new enemy is hard to find—and closer to home than we think. Between us and them stand the Blackhawks, an elite force of military specialists equipped with the latest in cutting-edge hardware and vehicles. Their mission: Kill the bad guys before they kill us.

32 pages
Sold out!

Why it’ll go fast: In an attempt to breathe new life into its universe, DC seems to have borrowed a little of this-and-that from several other companies and titles that were enjoying a modicum of success. Take Mike Costa’s G.I. Joe: Cobra series at IDW, for example. While not being a top-20 seller, the title received rave reviews, routinely sold out and saw the first printings selling for $20 and up. DC wants a piece, so get ready for Mike Costa’s Blackhawks. Blackhawks is the code name for America’s daring, highly trained special mission force. Its purpose: to defend human freedom against . . . wait, sorry that’s G.I. Joe. My bad. But in all seriousness, the likeness is eerily similar. Regardless, I think this one is going to be good as Costa is a fantastic writer. The title is already sold out and will probably be one of the lighter-ordered new DCU comics, so watch for it to go very fast. A real American hero, the Blackhawks are there. The Blackhawks! (to the tune of the G.I. Joe theme song).

Ghostbusters #1

Ghostbusters #1


Solicitation: Are you troubled by strange noises in the middle of the night? Do you experience feelings of dread in your basement or attic? Have you or any of your family ever seen a spook, specter or ghost? If the answer is yes, call the professionals! Psychokinetic energy is on the rise again, business is booming for the boys, and Ray is troubled by what could be a prophetic dream . . . Is this an ill omen of an upcoming apocalypse, or just a little indigestion? These questions and more are raised in the first issue of the all-new, ongoing Ghostbusters!

32 pages
Sold out!

Why it’ll go fast: I’m not sure why it took IDW this long to figure out that a Ghostbusters monthly comic could be a hit, but it’s finally here. That said, the art looks a little too cartoony for my taste, but there is an appearance from a spectral Jake Blues (John Belushi’s character from the Blues Brothers, and shame on you if you didn’t know that) and the writing seems pretty solid. I’m going to pick up the first one and if you dig the Ghostbusters, you should too. IDW does fantastic work (maybe they best?) with their licensed properties and there’s no reason why Ghostbusters can’t also be great. Now, seeing as it was probably very lightly ordered by most retailers—and it’s already sold out at Diamond—#1 could be very hard to find.


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