The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 10/05/2011

Action Comics #2 (Ethan Van Sciver 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, Oct. 5. 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 #4 (Cover C Ryan Odagawa Sketch Variant). Retailers can order three sketch covers for every eight regular covers ordered.


Caligula #4 (of 6)(Jacen Burrows Golden Variant Cover), 1:3


Roger Langridge’s Snarked #1 (Chris Samnee Variant Cover), 1:10
Stan Lee’s Traveler #11 (Paul Rivoche Variant Cover), 1:10


Lady Death #10 (Michael Dipascale Art Deco Variant Cover), 1:3
War Goddess #2 (Michael Dipascale Art Nouveau Variant Cover), 1:3


Action Comics #2 (Ethan Van Sciver Variant Cover). This one is based on the lowest-ordered new 52 DC title for this week. Retailers can order up to the same amount of their lowest ordered #2 for this week. Is it just me or is there something creepy about this one?

Action Comics #2 (Rags Morales Black & White Variant Cover), 1:200. DC is looking to keep the sales magic going with issue #2 of Action and hoping offering a 1:200 variant will do the trick. Well, as of 5:36 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct, 4—the day before the comic ships—Action #2 has yet to sell out at Diamond. Maybe there won’t be quite as many of these variants floating around as the 1:200 for #1? We’ll see. Watch for a $150-$175 price tag here but that number will come down in the months to come.

Animal Man #1 (Travel Foreman 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Batwing #1 (Ben Oliver 2nd Printing Variant Cover) , $2.99
Detective Comics #1 (Tony S. Daniel 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Green Arrow #1 (Brett Booth & Rob Hunter 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Hawk And Dove #1 (Rob Liefeld 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Justice League International #1 (Aaron Lopresti 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Men Of War #1 (Viktor Kalvachev 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
O.M.A.C. #1 (Keith Giffen & Scott Koblish 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Red Lanterns #1 (Ed Benes & Rob Hunter 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Static Shock #1 (Scott McDaniel & Jonathan Glapion 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Stormwatch #1 (Miguel Sepulveda 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Swamp Thing #1 (Yanick Paquette 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99


Warlord Of Mars Dejah Thoris #7 (Paul Renaud “Martian Red” Variant Cover), 1:10
Warlord Of Mars Dejah Thoris #7 (Ale Garza “Risque Art” Variant Cover), 1:20. Because the other Deja Thoris covers have been so tasteful until this one (sarcasm).


Crysis #5 (of 6)(Crysis 2 Concept Art Team Variant Cover), 1:10
G.I. JOE #6 (Danny Cruz “Crisis On Infinite Earths” Variant Cover), 1:10
Transformers #27 (Brendan Cahill Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10


Infinite #3 (Cover C Rob Liefeld Variant), 1:25
Infinite #3 (Cover D J. Scott Campbell Sketch Variant), 1:50


Hulk #42 (Ariel Olivetti Marvel Comics 50th Anniversary Variant Cover)

Hulk #42 (Ariel Olivetti Marvel Comics 50th Anniversary Variant Cover), 1:50. Love this variant by Ariel Olivetti but not sure why this is an FF anniversary cover. I’m pretty sure this was a pose Walter Simonson had Beta Ray Bill in on the cover of (one of my all time favorite single issues). Correct me if I’m wrong here please. Thor #337. Regardless, watch for a $25-$30 price tag.

X-23 #15 (Patrick Zircher Marvel Comics 50th Anniversary Variant Cover), 1:50

X-Men #19 (Leinil Yu Marvel Comics 50th Anniversary Variant Cover)

X-Men Schism #5 (of 5)(Frank Cho Variant Cover)

X-Men #19 (Leinil Yu Marvel Comics 50th Anniversary Variant Cover), 1:50. This is another great variant by Leinil Francis Yu paying homage to Jack Kirby’s cover of Fantastic Four #1. Watch for a $25-$30 price tag here.

X-Men Schism #5 (of 5)(Frank Cho Variant Cover), 1:25. This is the final in Cho’ s . . . what do you call a five-piece-series of art work? I know; three is triptych . . . Hunh . . . Pentaptych? Thank you, wikipedia. So, this is the fifth piece in Cho’s pentaptych featuring the entire X-family and, like the others, it’s completely amazing. I love Cho’s work and can’t resist group X-pictures. That sounds perverted . . . Regardless, watch for a $12-$15 price tag.

Speculator Picks of the Week

These are comics that could sell out very quickly due to conservative ordering, popular demand, shipping errors or even sprint customers everywhere revolting and burning Verizon and AT&T cell phone retail locations to celebrate the new iPhone 4S while screaming “CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW!!!” Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later . . .

Animal Man #2

Animal Man #2

Written by JEFF LEMIRE

Solicitation: Maxine’s new abilities continue to terrify Ellen and Buddy Baker, and things take a turn for the worse as Buddy begins a startling transformation of his own that will lead him on a journey into the heart of The Red. Meanwhile, The Hunters Three arrive on Earth and set their sights on the Baker family. The Hunt is on as DC’s most surprising new series continues to take Animal Man in shocking new directions.

32 pages

Why it’ll go fast: When Animal Man #1 sold-out, which happened before it hit the shelves, copies were immediately selling for $20 and up online. That price has come down since then but copies are still very hard to find, which is why shipping the 2nd prints of #1 the same day as #2 is a fantastic way to draw in readers that missed the first-printing and don’t want to shell out the cash. #2 isn’t sold out yet, but I’m betting it’s gone by tomorrow. Watch for speculators snatching these up to make a quick eBay buck. Maybe not $20 an issue like #1 for the first week, but if they disappear quickly they could hit $10-$15 for a little while.

Swamp Thing #2

Swamp Thing #2

Art and cover by YANICK PAQUETTE

Solicitation: Alec Holland thought he knew the history of the Swamp Thing—but he was wrong. The creature’s roots run deeper than he knows, and the Parliament of Trees intends to make him understand the responsibility he wants so desperately to avoid! With this issue, the mythology of the Swamp Thing branches out in ways you never saw coming—don’t miss it!

32 pages

Why it’ll go fast: Swamp Thing #1 was another surprise hit for DC and for retailers. My guess is most retailers ordered heavy on #1 because it was returnable, not because Alec Holland (Swamp Thing’s alter ego) was a proven seller. Issue #2, however, is still in-stock but I’m guessing those retailers that cut back on issue #2 are going to regret slashing their orders and desperately reorder this one when it flies off their shelves. Watch for a sell-out announcement by Friday and if you didn’t pick up #1 you should. It was awesome.

The Strange Talent of Luther Strode #1

The Strange Talent of Luther Strode #1


Solicitation: Luther Strode is just your average nerd until he sends away for a bodybuilding course from an old comic book, one that works a whole lot better than he ever imagined. His newfound strength and strange talents make school a lot easier, but they’ve also caused some very, very bad people to take a very, very keen interest in him. Things will never be the same for Luther Strode . . . if he survives.

32 pages

Why it’ll go fast: Everyone on the Internet got a preview of Luther Strode but me. And yeah, I’m sweating it. Mainly because creators and reviewers alike loved this comic. So, whatever, I’ll pick up my copy with the unwashed masses, like Henry Hill in the end of Goodfellas. No big deal. Anyway . . . Luther Strode is getting huge buzz and, like most Image titles that get this kind of buzz, is going to sell out very quickly. Although it’s strangely not sold out yet. I’m guessing that’ll change by this weekend.


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