The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 10/19/2011

Key of Z #1 (of 4)(Cover B Tony Moore)

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 Two-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, Oct. 19. 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.


Scourge #5 (Infected Variant Cover). Retailers could order three Infected variants for every 12 regular copies ordered.


Freakangels Volume 6 HC (Warren Ellis & Paul Duffield Signed Edition), $39.99. Limited to 1,000 copies.


Key of Z #1 (of 4)(Cover B Tony Moore), 1:10. If you’re reading the Walking Dead, then you know nobody since Bernie Wrightson is doing better zombie work in the comic book world than Tony Moore. The guy draws great-looking dead things and this cover is no exception. I think Key of Z is going to be hot (see my Speculator Picks below for more on Key) and this variant might be tough to find. Watch for $10-$12 price tag on this one but watch for that price to go up next week.


Mass Effect Invasion #1 (of 4)(Paul Renaud 25th Anniversary Variant Cover), 1:10


Action Comics #1 (Rags Morales 3rd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99

Batman #2 (Greg Capullo Black & White Variant Cover), 1:200. I don’t want to beat a dead horse, here, but DON’T PAY MORE THAN $100 FOR THIS ONE. That said, I do think this Batman variant will perform better in the market long term than some of the other #2 1:200 variants. This is by far the best-reviewed Bat-book on the stands and will be selling the most so there may be genuine interest in this variant. Still, you will be able to find it for less than $100. It might take a little while but it will happen.

Batman #2 (Jim Lee Variant Cover). Retailers could order this variant up to the amount of the lowest ordered new DCU #2 shipping this week.

Batman Odyssey Volume 2 #1 (of 7)(Neal Adams Black & White Cover), 1:10
Birds Of Prey #1 (Jesus Saiz 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Blue Beetle #1 (Tyler Kirkham & Sal Regla 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Captain Atom #1 (Stanley ‘Artgerm’ Lau 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Catwoman #1 (Guillem March 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
DC Universe Presents #1 (Ryan Sook 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Green Lantern Corps #1 (Doug Mahnke & Christian Alamy 2nd Printing Variant Cover)
Justice League #1 (Combo Pack Edition)(Jim Lee & Scott Williams 3rd Print Variant), $4.99
Justice League #1 (Ivan Reis & Joe Prado 4th Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Justice League #2 (Ivan Reis & Jo Prado Variant Cover), 1:25

Justice League #2 (Jim Lee Black & White Variant Cover), 1:200. Same deal here. Justice League will easily be the highest-ordered DC title again this month. Therefore, more 1:200 variants will be out there and they won’t be as rare as a lot of retailers want you to believe. There’s some kind of logic at work there, but I was an English major, so I can’t tell you what kind. (Side Note: I misspelled English while typing that sentence). [Other Side Note: Matt also used the wrong article, i.e. “a English major” – Editor]. The point is, if you need this one, you will be able to find it for less than $100. Just wait. Sit on your mouse-clicking hand if you have to. Go for a jog. Rake your leaves. Whatever. There’re plenty of these out there.

Legion Of Super-Heroes #1 (Karl Kerschl 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Nightwing #1 (Eddy Barrows & JP Mayer 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Red Hood And The Outlaws #1 (Kenneth Rocafort 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Supergirl #1 (Mahmud Asrar 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Wonder Woman #1 (Cliff Chiang 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99


George R.R. Martin’s A Game Of Thrones #1(Alex Ross Black & White Cover), $14.99. Approx. print run of 300.
Kevin Smith’s The Bionic Man #2 (Alex Ross Virgin Exclusive Cover), $14.99. Approx. print run of 200.


Kevin Smith’s The Bionic Man #3 (Alex Ross Negative Art Variant Cover), 1:20
Kevin Smith’s The Bionic Man #3 (Alex Ross Sketch Variant Cover), 1:50
Kevin Smith’s The Bionic Man #3 (Jonathan Lau Black & White Variant Cover), 1:25
Kevin Smith’s The Bionic Man #3 (Jonathan Lau Variant Cover), 1:10
Warlord Of Mars #11 (Ale Garza Risque Variant Cover), 1:15
Warlord Of Mars #11 (Lucio Parrillo Variant Cover), 1:15


30 Days Of Night #1 (Fiona Staples Variant Cover), 1:30
30 Days Of Night #1 Vampire Plush Doll, 1:25
Cold War #1 (John Byrne Black & White Variant Cover), 1:25
Cold War #1 (John Byrne ‘Propaganda’ Variant Cover), 1:10
Doctor Who #10 (Matthew Dow Smith Variant Cover), 1:10
Dungeons And Dragons #12 (Steve Ellis Variant Cover), 1:10
G.I. JOE A Real American Hero #171 (Larry Hama Sketch Variant Cover), 1:10
Godzilla Gangsters And Goliaths #5 (of 5)(Alberto Ponticelli Black & White Variant), 1:10
H.P. Lovecraft’s The Dunwich Horror #1 (of 4)(Prose Chapbook Volume 1 Of 3), 1:20
H.P. Lovecraft’s The Dunwich Horror #1 (of 4)(Nick Percival Necronomicon Variant), 1:10
Monocyte #1 (of 4)(Ashley Wood Variant Cover), 1:10
Snake Eyes #6 (Robert Atkins Variant Cover), 1:10
Star Trek Legion Of Super-Heroes #1 (of 6)(Gabriel Rodriguez Spock Variant), 1:10
Star Trek Legion Of Super-Heroes #1 (of 6)(Gabriel Rodriguez Brainiac 5 Variant), 1:25
Transformers #28 (Livio Ramondelli Black & White Variant Cover) 1:10


68 #4 (of 4)(Cover C Nat Jones). Canceled, no other info here.


Avengers #18 (Ryan Meinerding Marvel Comics 50th Anniversary Variant Cover)

Avengers #18 (Ryan Meinerding Marvel Comics 50th Anniversary Variant Cover), 1:50. I don’t recognize Meinerding’s name, but I’ll take more from him if his art is going to look this good. This is a nice homage to X-Men #1 (Marvel, 1963) and what I’d like to see from these 50th Anniversary variants, although I’m ready for the Green Hulk to rejoin the Avengers. But that’s a separate complaint. Watch for a $25-$30 price tag.

Daredevil #2 (Paolo Rivera 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99

Fear Itself #7 (of 7)(Billy Tan Variant Cover). Retailers had to exceed their orders of Fear Itself #6 for this issue and they could order all they need of the Tan variant. What does that mean? I wouldn’t pay more than $10 for this variant and it’s not a particularly impressive one to begin with. You can probably find this one cover price if you look around.

Fear Itself #7 (of 7)(Stuart Immonen Variant Cover), 1:25. There should be plenty of these variants around, mainly because Fear Itself #7 will probably be the highest-ordered Marvel title of the month. Watch for an $8-$12 price tag.

Fear Itself The Fearless #1 (of 12)(Frank Cho Variant Cover)
Fear Itself The Fearless
#1 (of 12)(Mike Deodato Jr. Variant Cover)
Fear Itself The Fearless
#1 (of 12)(Ryan Stegman Variant Cover)

Fear Itself #7 (of 7)(Stuart Immonen Variant Cover)

Fear Itself The Fearless #1 (of 12)(Frank Cho Variant Cover)

Fear Itself The Fearless #1 (of 12)(Mike Deodato Jr. Variant Cover)

Fear Itself The Fearless #1 (of 12)(Ryan Stegman Variant Cover)

Fear Itself The Fearless #1 (of 12)(Salvador Larroca Variant Cover)

Fear Itself The Fearless #1 (of 12)(Salvador Larroca Variant Cover). For every 100 copies of the regular cover ordered, retailers could order one set of these four variant covers. So, technically, they’re all 1:100 variants. That said, you also get four of them for every 100. So, how to price these? At this point, I’ve only seen one sell on eBay—the Stegman variant—and it sold for $30. Which doesn’t seem unreasonable to me. Watch for a $25-$30 price tag, but it wouldn’t surprise me to see the Cho variant sell for closer to $40.

New Avengers Annual #1 (Gabriele Dell’Otto 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $4.99
Thunderbolts #163 (Kev Walker 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Ultimate Comics The Ultimates #2 (Kaare Andrews 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Uncanny X-Force #15 (Jerome Opena 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
X-Men #17 (Jorge Molina 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
X-Men Schism #2 (of 5)(Frank Cho 3nd 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 UPS trucks, so full of returned Brewers and Tigers jerseys, that there’s just no room for new comics. Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later . . .

Key of Z #1

Key of Z #1

Art and cover by AARON KUDER

Solicitation: From the creators of The Amory Wars saga and Kill Audio comes a deadly, new vision of New York City! The zombie apocalypse has transformed the city into two separate, battle-hardened fiefdoms! And only one man, whose family has been ripped away from him, stands between these two warring factions. Wielding an artifact from the past that imbues him with a surprising power, find out what happens when he discovers the Key of Z. Features a special, zombiefied incentive cover by Tony Moore, co-creator of The Walking Dead!

32 pages
Sold out

Why it’ll go fast:There’s the obvious; it’s a comic about zombies, and all things horror typically sell better in October, but I’m guessing this comic sells well because it’s really well written. I read the preview last night and now I’m excited. I’ve never read Sanchez’s other comics but he’s got a rabid fan base (he’s also the lead singer of Coheed and Cambria) that are willing to pay very high prices for early issues of both the Amory Wars and Kill Audio. Key of Z is already sold out at Diamond, so any reorders would have had to been placed in advance. There’s good and building buzz on this comic as well which will help sales so don’t be surprised to find a blank spot on the shelf if you’re looking for this one.

Star Trek/Legion of Superheroes #1

Star Trek/Legion of Superheroes #1


Solicitation: The pairing you never thought could happen! IDW Publishing and DC Comics are proud to present the greatest tale of the 23rd century! Or is that the 31st century? As you’ll see here, it’s both. Eisner-nominated writer Chris Roberson and Star Trek and Legionnaires veteran artist Jeffrey Moy partner up to bring you the most bizarre partnership of any century! In this first issue, a group of Legionnaires end up lost in the 23rd century, but it’s a universe that isn’t familiar to either the Legion or the crew of the USS Enterprise!

32 pages
Sold Out

Why it’ll go fast: I haven’t read it yet, so I can’t be certain, but I think this might be the last appearance of characters from the old DCU. I could be wrong here, but my guess is that this is a project that DC and IDW has had in the works for quite a while—maybe while the relaunch was still be planned. I’m guessing DC will quietly let his one slide, thinking that sales won’t be very high in the first place. Where is this conjecture coming from? Here’s the weird part: not only is issue #1 sold out at Diamond before shipping, but it’s listed as having no back-orders available, meaning there may not be a second printing. Deals like these inter-company-crossovers don’t happen quickly, either. If it is the last appearance of the pre-relaunch DCU Legion nerds aren’t going to topple UPS trucks to get copies, but this crossover might be very hard to find. And weird . . . I didn’t see this one coming at all.

30 Days of Night #1

30 Days of Night #1

Written by STEVE NILES
Pencils & Cover SAM KIETH

Solicitation: Fright-master Steve Niles returns to the creation that launched his career for an all-new 30 Days Of Night ongoing series, with warped genius Sam Kieth (creator of The Maxx) joining in the bloodletting! A letter from Barrow, Alaska, carries a cryptic warning to a young, curious woman, which leads her down the rabbit hole and face-to-face with her desire . . . and likely her demise. Elsewhere, in Los Angeles, a vampire resurrection ignites, which could threaten the very way of life of all mankind. Features an all-new cast characters being introduced to the world of 30 Days Of Night for the first time!

32 pages

Why it’ll go fast: I’m picking this one on the weight of Sam Kieth’s popularity alone. At one point, 30 Days pulled more weight as a title, but there’s been a few bad mini-series too many for most fans to be excited about a new ongoing. But it’s Sam Kieth on the other hand. It’s been quite a while since we’ve seen Kieth on main art duties (Batman Confidential #43, DC, 2007) and fans are craving more of his bizarre style. Kieth might be just the shot in the arm 30 Days needs to bring the franchise back to the horror “A-list.”


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