The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 10/12/2011

Orchid #1 (Shephard Fairey 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. 12. 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.


Haunted City #1 (Cover C Beastly Variant). For every 12 copies of the regular covers ordered retailers can order three copies of the Beastly variant.


Clive Barker’s Hellraiser #6 (Cover C Tim Bradstreet), 1:10
Elric The Balance Lost #4 (Cover C Erik Jones), 1:10
Stan Lee’s Starborn #11 (Cover B Jonboy Meyers), 1:10


Dollhouse Epitaphs #4 (of 5)(Stephanie Hans Variant Cover), 1:5
Kull The Cat And The Skull #1 (of 4)(Stephanie Hans Variant Cover), 1:5

Orchid #1 (Shephard Fairey Variant Cover), 1:5. Shephard Fairey is one of the most important pop artists of our time and, as far as I know, this is his first comic book work. Probably because he’s buddies with Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine front man and Orchid writer). Fairey is the creator of the iconic Obey series that initially featured the face of Andre the Giant and later created the stylized Obama “Hope” piece that garnered a ton of media attention. I expect this variant to be pretty hot. Diamond is listing the stock status on this one as “Low” so expect it to go fast. Watch for a $5-$6 price tag.


Batgirl #1 (Adam Hughes 3rd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Batman And Robin #1 (Patrick Gleason & Mick Gray 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Batwoman #1 (J.H. Williams III 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Deathstroke #1 (Simon Bisley 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Demon Knights #1 (Tony S. Daniel 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #1 (J.G. Jones 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Green Lantern #1 (Ivan Reis & Joe Prado 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99

Green Lantern #2 (David Finch Variant Cover)

Green Lantern #2 (David Finch Variant Cover). Retailers can order an amount of this variant equivalent to their lowest-ordered DC New 52 #2 issue of this week. Watch out for these. A lot of retailers have been pricing them like 1:10 variants. If you need one you can probably find it for cover price somewhere else.

Green Lantern #2 (Doug Mahnke Black & White Variant Cover), 1:200. Remember when I said these 1:200 variants would be coming down in price? Finally, it seems to be happening. Copies of last week’s Action Comics #2 1:200 variant are selling for less than $100 and seem to be sliding down in price slowly from there. Just wait and you should be able to score this variant for $50-$70. Told ya!

Grifter #1 (Cafu & Bit 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Legion Lost #1 (Pete Woods 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Mister Terrific #1 (J.G. Jones 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Resurrection Man #1 (Ivan Reis & Joe Prado 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Shade #1 (of 12)(Cully Hamner Variant Cover),
Suicide Squad #1 (Ryan Benjamin 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Superboy #1 (Eric Canete 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99

Unexpected #1 (Michael Wm. Kaluta Variant Cover)

Unexpected #1 (Michael Wm. Kaluta Variant Cover), 1:10. I’m not sure why anyone would want this cover when the main cover features the bizarre and amazing art of Rafael Grampa. That’s not to take anything away from Kaluta; the guy has concreted his legendary status in the halls of the comic elders. This just isn’t one of the covers he’ll be remembered for. Watch for $10-$12 price tag and don’t pay more just because the regular cover price is $7.99. Vertigo variants are seldom hot items, mainly because Vertigo sells most of its big numbers in collected editions, not single issues.


Garth Ennis’ Jennifer Blood #5 (Ale Garza Variant Cover), 1:15
Garth Ennis’ Jennifer Blood #5 (Johnny Desjardins Variant Cover), 1:20
Garth Ennis’ Jennifer Blood #5 (Jonathan Lau Variant Cover), 1:10
Garth Ennis’ Jennifer Blood #5 (Tim Bradstreet Negative Art Variant Cover), 1:15
Garth Ennis’ Jennifer Blood #5 (Tim Bradstreet Virgin Variant Cover), 1:10
Vampirella #10 (Fabiano Neves Black & White Variant Cover), 1:15
Vampirella #10 (Paul Renaud Blood Red Variant Cover), 1:25
Warlord Of Mars #8 (Joe Jusko Blue Reorder Cover),
Warlord Of Mars Fall Of Barsoom #3 (Francesco Francavilla Variant Cover), 1:10
Warlord Of Mars Fall Of Barsoom #3 (Francesco Francavilla Virgin Variant), 1:25
Warlord Of Mars Fall Of Barsoom #3 (Joe Jusko Black & White Variant), 1:15


Dead Rising Road To Fortune #1 (of 4)(Dead Rising Concept Art Team Variant), 1:10
Ghostbusters #2 (Dan Schoening “We’re Ready to Believe You” Variant Cover), 1:10
Infestation Outbreak #4 (of 4)(David Messina “Character” Variant Cover), 1:10
Joe Hill’s The Cape #2 (of 4)(Nelson Daniel Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10
Jurassic Park Dangerous Games #2 (of 5)(Jeff Zornow Black & White Variant), 1:10
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (Kevin Eastman 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2 (Kevin Eastman 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99


CBLDF Liberty Annual 2011 (Frank Quietly Black & White Variant Cover), 1:50
CBLDF Liberty Annual 2011 (Frank Quietly Variant Cover), 1:25


New Avengers #17 (John Tyler Christopher Marvel Comics 50th Anniversary Variant)

S.H.I.E.L.D. #3 (Dustin Weaver Historical Variant Cover)

New Avengers #17 (John Tyler Christopher Marvel Comics 50th Anniversary Variant), 1:50. I’m not talking smack here—lord knows I’m not an artist—but nothing about this cover says “Marvel 50th anniversary” to me. It’s fine, but not the 1:50 I was expecting. Watch for a $20-$25 price tag. Or you can wait and probably get this one for $10 later on.

S.H.I.E.L.D. #3 (Dustin Weaver Historical Variant Cover), 1:20. Shield variants seemed to have moved from the historical characters to the supernatural. Still, a very cool variant. Watch for a $10-$12 price tag.

Uncanny X-Force #16 (Mike Del Mundo Marvel Comics 50th Anniversary Variant), 1:50
X-Men Regenesis #1 (One Shot)(Morry Hollowell Variant Cover), 1:30

Speculator Picks of the Week

These are comics that could sell out very quickly due to conservative ordering, popular demand, shipping errors or even UPS trucks being jam packed full of new iPhone 4S’s (one of which better be mine) leaving no room for comics. Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later . . .

Batgirl #2

Batgirl #2

Written by GAIL SIMONE

Solicitation: The nightmare-inducing brute known as Mirror is destroying the lives of Gotham City citizens, seemingly at random, and an explosive confrontation between Batgirl and Mirror leads Babs to question wearing the cape and cowl at all! The riveting adventures of Batgirl continue in stunning fashion, with script by fan-favorite Gail Simone and stellar art by superstar Ardian Syaf!

32 pages

Why it’ll go fast: Unlike the DC New 52 #1’s, second issues are not selling out before they ship. Probably because retailers are still trying to catch their collective breath and figure out just what the hell sold last month and what they can return. I’m guessing Batgirl is the first #2 to sell out when nerds come looking for it. This will be another reorder sellout after retailers come looking for round two. No one has figured out the exact numbers they need on any of the New 52 titles so watch for prices on #2’s to be all over the board this weekend. Still, I’m betting Batgirl is #2 is hard to find when the dust settles.

Orchid #1

Orchid #1

Dark Horse
Written by Tom Morello
Art and cover by Scott Hepburn

Solicitation: From the mind of musician Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, The Nightwatchman) with art by Scott Hepburn (Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic), Orchid is the tale of a teenage prostitute who learns that she is more than the role society has imposed upon her. When the seas rose, genetic codes were smashed. Human settlements are ringed by a dense wilderness from which ferocious new animal species prey on the helpless. The high ground belongs to the rich and powerful that overlook swampland shantytowns from their fortress-like cities. Iron-fisted rule ensures order and allows the wealthy to harvest the poor as slaves. Welcome to the world of Orchid.

32 pages

Why it’ll go fast: It always seems like a joke when celebrities, particularly actors, put their names on comics as creators. They rarely write them and the companies that print them seem to put the least amount of paid work possible into the final product hoping that said famous person’s name will sell a few issues. Not the case here. Tom Morello is writing Orchid by himself and promoting each issue with a new song (although I seem to be having trouble finding the song for #1). Regardless, Tom is playing a show at this weekend’s new York Comic-Con (he might be saving the first song for the show?) to celebrate the Orchid’s release so the comic is getting quite a bit of crossover press into the music world. I’m guessing this one sells out pretty quickly, thanks to the $1 price tag. If the story is solid Orchid could have similar success as Claudio Sanchez’s (lead singer of Coheed and Cambria) Amory Wars. The first-printings of early issues of which are all but impossible to find and stupid-expensive.

Uncanny X-Force #16

Uncanny X-Force #16

Penciled by JEROME OPEÑA

Solicitation: The fate of the entire world rests on the shoulders of Deadpool! A new Death is born! Refugee mutants from the Age of Apocalypse descend on our world! Can the merc with a mouth hold off long enough for X-Force to regroup? Is there any hope of staving off the Age of Archangel? Not if Iceman and The Blob have their say. Monsters of doom and glory, Rick Remender (Venom, Punisher), Jerome Opeña (Punisher, Moon Knight) and legendary colorist Dean White (Avengers) reunite to serve up another boss bowl of breakneck action in the hottest book on the stands!

32 pages

Why it’ll go fast: This one is a bit of a sticky wicket. Did I use that right? The “sticky wicket” thing? It’s a cricket reference. Long story short: went back to school, Indian kid in my Philosophy class, dude loves cricket. Anyway, Nightcrawler is back. Sort of. Hence the sticky wicket. See back, in the 1990s there was this X-Men crossover that took place in a different reality known as the “Age of Apocalypse.” A bad guy named Apocalypse ruled the world, Magneto and Sabretooth were good guys, Wolvie had one hand. It was a whole thing and I was young and I loved it. In retrospect, well, it’s still awesome. Regardless, recently Nightcrawler—Wolverine’s best friend and fellow X-Man—died during another X-Men crossover event called Second Coming. It was moving and I was sad to see him go. Even more recently, Wolverine and his X-Force team revisited the Age of Apocalypse reality where Nightcrawler is still alive and kicking. So, another long story short: Age of Apocalypse Nightcrawler came to the regular Marvel U and, BAM! Nightcrawler is back . . . Sort of. Nerds like me are excited because, full disclosure, Nightcrawler is my favorite X-Man. And lot of other people as well. Which brings us back to why this one sells out. The return of Nightcrawler. This is like reading a snake eating its own tail.


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