The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 10/26/2011

Star Wars Crimson Empire III Empire Lost #1 (of 6)(Paul Gulacy Variant Cover)

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. 26. 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.


Cavewoman; Snow #4 (Budd Root Special Edition), $6.85. Limited to 750 sexy copies and comes with certificate of authenticity.


Helldorado #1 (of 3)(Martin Coccolo Zombie Variant Cover), 1:10


Archie #626 (Dan Parent Sketch Variant Cover). Listed as a variant but retailers could order this one normally.


Captain Swing #4 (of 4)(Raulo Caceres Penny Dreadful Variant Cover) 1:3
Captain Swing #4 (of 4) Auxiliary Edition. Limited to 1,500 copies
Courtyard GN (Jacen Burrows Signed Variant), 1:2
Stitched #1 (Movie Photo Variant Cover), 1:3


Planet Of The Apes #7 (Cover C Scott Keating), 1:10


Star Wars Crimson Empire III Empire Lost #1 (of 6)(Paul Gulacy Variant Cover), 1:5. This is a really nice-looking Gulacy variant featuring two things Star Wars nerds can’t seem to get enough of; Crimson Guards and Boba Fett. Watch for a $5-$6 price tag.


All-Star Western #1 (Moritat 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Aquaman #1 (Ivan Reis & Joe Prado 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Batman The Dark Knight #1 (David Finch 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Blackhawks #1 (Ken Lashley 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Flash #1 (Francis Manapul 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99

Flash #2 (Francis Manapul Black & White Variant Edition), 1:200. OK, not to belabor the point here, but I’m just going to assume that cooler heads will prevail and no one is going to drop more than $100 on these 1:200 variants any more. You guys are smart. I trust you. If you need this variant, just wait. I’ll leave it at that.

Flash #2 (Greg Capullo Variant Cover)

Flash #2 (Greg Capullo Variant Cover). Retailers were able to order this variant in equal amount to the lowest ordered DC New 52 title of this week. I think this is the seventh time I’ve written this sentence and the first time it seems to make sense. Am I being clear here? Regardless, this is a fantastic Capullo variant. Watch the pricing here, though. A lot of online sellers and retailers are treating these like a 1:10 variant, and they’re not. Retailers get a standard discount when ordering this variant, same as the regular cover, and are only limited by the amount of their lowest ordered #2 for this week. I wouldn’t spend more than $5 on this one.

Fury Of Firestorm The Nuclear Men #1 (Ethan Van Sciver 2nd Printing Variant), $2.99
Green Lantern New Guardians #1 (Tyler Kirkham & Batt 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
I Vampire #1 (Jenny Frison 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Justice League Dark #1 (Ryan Sook 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Savage Hawkman #1 (Philip Tan 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Superman #1 (George Perez 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Teen Titans #1 (Brett Booth & Norm Rapmund 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Voodoo #1 (Sami Basri 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99

Is it weird that there’s no 1:200 variant for Superman #2? Is it a coincidence that right after #1 shipped DC announce that writer George Perez was off the title with issue #7? I’ll save the conspiratorial BS for my podcast. But it is weird right?


George R.R. Martin’s A Game Of Thrones #2 (Alex Ross Negative Art Variant Cover), 1:50
George R.R. Martin’s A Game Of Thrones #2 (Alex Ross Virgin Variant Cover), 1:25
George R.R. Martin’s A Game Of Thrones #2 (Mike Miller Variant Cover), 1:10
Kato #14 (Ale Garza Black & White Variant Cover), 1:15
Kirby Genesis #3 (Alex Ross Marvelous Acetate Variant Cover), 1:20
Kirby Genesis #4 (Alex Ross Marvelous Acetate Variant Cover), 1:20
Vampirella #11 (Paul Renaud Blood Red Variant Cover), 1:25
Vampirella #11 (Wagner Reis Black & White Variant Cover), 1:15
Vampirella And The Scarlet Legion #5 (Billy Tucci Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10


Anne Rice’s Servant Of The Bones #3 (of 6)(Jenny Frison Variant Cover), 1:10
Cobra #6 (Danny Cruz Crisis On Infinite Earths Variant Cover), 1:10
Eternal Descent Volume 2 #1 (of 6)(Santi Casas Ikari Studio Variant Cover), 1:10
Godzilla Kingdom Of Monsters #8 (Matt Frank MechaGodzilla Variant Cover), 1:10
Star Trek #2 (Photo Variant Cover), 1:20
Star Trek #2 (Tim Bradstreet Sketch Variant Cover), 1:10
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #3 (Fred Hembeck Spoof Variant Cover), 1:25
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #3 (Kevin Eastman Sketch Variant Cover), 1:10


Witchblade #144 (Signed Edition), $10. Limited to 100 copies.
Witchblade #145 (Erik Jones HeroesCon Exclusive Variant Cover), $10. Limited to 300 copies.


Avengers Solo #1 (of 5)(Captain America Movie Variant Cover), 1:15
Daredevil #3 (Paolo Rivera 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99

Deadpool #45 (Greg Horn Marvel Comics 50th Anniversary Variant Cover)

Incredible Hulk #1 (Whilce Portacio Variant Cover)

Mighty Thor #7 (Alan Davis Marvel Comics 50th Anniversary Variant Cover)

Deadpool #45 (Greg Horn Marvel Comics 50th Anniversary Variant Cover), 1:50. Another fun Marvel 50th Anniversary variant, this time featuring Deadpool aping the cover of Ultimate Spider-Man #1 by Greg Horn, whose work has drastically improved from his photo-realistic stuff of the past. Watch for a $25-$30 price tag.

Incredible Hulk #1 (Blank Variant Cover), $3.99. Retailers could order this cover normally with standard discount. Don’t pay more than cover here.

Incredible Hulk #1 (Dale Keown Variant Cover), 1:50
Incredible Hulk #1 (Jose Ladronn Variant Cover), 1:15
Incredible Hulk #1 (Marc Silvestri Sketch Variant Cover), 1:100
Incredible Hulk #1 (Neal Adams Variant Cover), 1:25

Incredible Hulk #1 (Whilce Portacio Variant Cover). Retailers could order a maximum of three of these variants. Pricing is going to be weird on these. Right now, sellers on eBay are asking $20-$25 and that doesn’t seem unreasonable. This is going to be a rare variant but not on the scale of the “1 per diamond retailer” variants of the past that sold for more than $500.

Mighty Thor #7 (Alan Davis Marvel Comics 50th Anniversary Variant Cover), 1:50. This isn’t one of Alan Davis’ more impressive covers but it’s passable. Maybe not for the $25-$30 price tag but, then again, I’ve been accused of being a Davis-hater. I’m not, I just don’t love him. He’s good. I just feel like all his work looks fresh out the late ’80s.

Secret Avengers #18 (David Aja Variant Cover)

Wolverine And The X-Men #1 (Frank Cho Variant Cover)

Wolverine And The X-Men #1 (Nick Bradshaw Regenesis Gold Variant Cover)

Secret Avengers #18 (David Aja Variant Cover), 1:20. Let’s face it; the character of Shang-Chi, Marvel’s master of Kung Fu, is a complete rip-off of Bruce Lee. I’m fine with it. In fact, it’s why I love the character. So, when artist David Aja, who was responsible for the last Iron Fist series (another Marvel Kung Fu character I love) creates a cover this awesome . . . well, I can’t fight it. I need this one. Watch for a $10-$12 price tag.

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #2 (Kaare Andrews 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99

Wolverine And The X-Men #1 (Blank Variant Cover). Retailers could order as many of these as they needed for the standard cover price with their discounted rate. Do not pay more than cover price for this one.

Wolverine And The X-Men #1 (Frank Cho Variant Cover), 1:25. I had to look at this Cho variant for a while before I decided it was him. It’s gorgeous, but it just doesn’t look like Cho’s style. If this is where he’s going however, I’ll take more. Watch for a $10-$12 price tag. This will be a very highly ordered title so there should be plenty of these variants out there.

Wolverine And The X-Men #1 (Nick Bradshaw Regenesis Gold Variant Cover), 1:15. Is it just me or does Nick Bradshaw’s work look a little more than influenced by Arthur Adams? I like it, but wow does it look similar to Adams. I’m not sure what the “Gold” in the description means unless this is stamped on gold foil. In which case, that makes it 1993 all over again, when everything was “embossed” and variants were so plentiful it was embarrassing.

Speculator Picks of the Week

These are comics that could sell out very quickly due to conservative ordering, popular demand, shipping errors or even a rash of UPS driver heart attacks linked directly to McDonalds reintroducing the McRib. Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later . . .

Helldorado #1

Helldorado #1

Written by C. MICHAEL HALL
Art and cover by MARTIN COCCOLO

Solicitation: Gunfights! Kung fu! Monsters! If Hammer Films had hired a band of Hong Kong filmmakers to create a Spaghetti Western, they’d have created Helldorado! An unspeakable act of violence has altered reality itself, and a supernatural evil looms over the town of El Dorado. The most horrific myths of the Far East threaten to engulf the American West in darkness, and the only thing standing between a vengeful Chinese vampire, its army of undead minions, and the end of humankind is an unlikely band of erstwhile heroes: an heiress, a gambler, an aging sheriff, his deputy, and a warrior priest. Horror, fantasy, kung fu, and Western action combine in this bizarre genre mash-up.

24 pages

Why it’ll go fast: I don’t know much about this title or its creators but the solicitation sucked me in. Nice art in the preview too. Reminded me of Gulacy’s work at Marvel in the 1970s. Ape isn’t known for adult comics, I think their highest selling title is Richie Rich but they did also publish the recent Black Dynamite comic that spun out of the campy B-movie hit and is selling for well over cover price. If shops take a chance on this one, nerds will buy it. Cowboys, Zombies, Chinese witches . . . what more do you need? I’m guessing Ape’s print-run on this one is very low so if your shop has a copy, pick it up.

Stiched #1


Stiched #1

Written by GARTH ENNIS

Solicitation: Garth Ennis and Mike Wolfer unleash the biggest horror series of the year! From the mind of Garth Ennis comes the modern chapter of an ancient horror. Ripped straight from the debut of his first-ever writing/directing effort comes the ongoing comic book continuation of the acclaimed short film, Stitched! The three survivors of an American military helicopter crash discover that there is something even more deadly than the Taliban-controlled countryside they find themselves trapped in. Garth Ennis weaves a tale that combines today’s headlines with his trademark vision of the supernatural into a modern horror masterpiece. Supported by the largest promotional campaign Avatar has ever done, this new on-going series is certain to appeal to Ennis’ legions of fans as it pushes the envelope of horror beyond the boundaries of sanity and into fresh nightmares. Stitched #1 is available with a regular cover, wraparound cover and Gore cover by series artist Mike Wolfer, and a special Stitched Movie Photo cover retailer incentive cover.

32 pages

Why it’ll go fast: Apparently, Avatar is really pushing this one, and it does sound interesting. Truthfully, I’m more interested in seeing if Ennis can direct than I am in this series but I’m going to give it a read. Ennis is a solid horror writer, if you haven’t read his Crossed series, it’s about as disturbing as comics get, and this one sounds interesting. Zombie Taliban vs. trapped U.S. soldiers and, if you watch the trailer, it looks like there’s a twist. There’s quite a bit of buzz behind Stiched—we’ve seen six people add the title to their pull-file in the last two days—and I’m betting before next Wednesday it’s sold-out.

Star Trek #2

Star Trek #2


Solicitation: The lead-up to 2012’s eagerly awaited Star Trek movie sequel continues here! Kirk and Spock face off against one of their own when crewman Gary Mitchell is possessed by an entity of unfathomable power. Don’t miss this next chapter in the adventures of the Starship Enterprise, a creative collaboration with star trek writer/producer Roberto Orci!

32 pages
Sold Out!

Why it’ll go fast: Once again, Star Trek looks to be a hit for IDW. Prices aren’t quite as nuts as they were the last time there was a comic prequel to a Trek film, but already copies of the sold out first issue are selling for $7-$10. I’d expect this series to continue to do well as movie buzz continues to build and IDW has done a fantastic job making all their Star Trek titles very accessible to Trekkies and casual fans alike. I highly recommend this comic you enjoy a good Star Trek story.


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