The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 10/27/2010

Action Comics #894 1:10 Russell variant

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.

New Comics Roundup:

Below you will find all the info you could possibly need on the comics shipping this Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010. For a full list of comics shipping this week, click here. To find a comic shop near you, click here.

Variant Watch:


Action Comics #894 ships with a 1:10 variant by legendary comic artist P. Craig Russell featuring Lex Luthor being ushered into the next life by Neil Gaimen’s own Death from his critically acclaimed Sandman series (more on that later). Watch for an $8-$10 price tag here and if you can find it, grab it. I expect this variant to sell out quickly.

Teen Titans #88 Hughes variant

Teen Titans #88, the first issue by new writer J.T. Krul ships this week with a really nice-looking 1:10 variant by Adam Hughes (he even made Wonder Girl look cool and that’s saying something). Retailers probably aren’t going to order heavily on this one due to years of poor sales, thanks to sub-par writing and B-list characters so this variant could be very hard to find. Watch for and $10-$12 price tag on this one.


G.I. Joe Cobra II #9 ships with a 1:10 variant cover by Ben Templesmith. Templesmith has been painting variants of each of the Cobra II issues and when he’s done they’ll make a great set for any variant collector. Currently, the previous Cobra II variants are selling for $8-$10 on eBay but are becoming hard to find. Watch for an $8-$10 price tag here as well, but this one could be hard to find at smaller shops that tend not to order 10 copies of any G.I. Joe title.


Amazing Spider-Man #646 Mayhew vampire variant

Black Widow #7 Perger vampire variant

Captain America #611 Parel vampire variatn

Fantastic Four #584 Yardin vampire variant

Secret Avengers #6 Conner vampire variant

Uncanny X-Men #529 Mayhew vampire variant

X-Men Legacy #241 Mayhew vampire variant

The Vampire variants from Marvel just won’t quit coming. Look for seven more this week: Amazing Spider-Man #646 by Mike Mayhew, Black Widow #7 by Stephane Perger, Captain America #611 by Gerald Parel, Fantastic Four #584 by David Yardin, Secret Avengers #6 by Amanda Conner, Uncanny X-Men #529 by Mike Mayhew and X-Men Legacy #241 by Mike Mayhew. Once again, these are all 1:15 variants. Watch for a $10-$12 price tag on these with Black Widow being the hardest to find due to low orders.

Speculator Picks of the Week

These are comics that could sell out very quickly due to conservative ordering, popular demand, shipping errors, the lowest viewership of a World Series ever or any other set of unforeseen events. Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later . . .

Action Comics #894: DC

Action Comics #894

Solicitation: Guest-starring Death from Sandman! Yes, you read that right! Death! From Sandman! In Action Comics! Lex Luthor finds himself literally at Death’s door, which leads to a fascinating look not only into the mind of one of the all-time greatest villains, but also at what Death means in the DC Universe . . .? And in the Jimmy Olsen co-feature, an alien race has chosen Metropolis to be the host of its millennial celebration! And who better to show them around town than James Bartholomew Olsen? But when the alien princess gets wasted and her brother starts picking bar fights, it’s up to Jimmy to get things under control before all of Metropolis is destroyed!

40 Pages
$3.99 US
Written by Paul Cornell; second feature by Nick Spencer; art by Pete Woods; cover by David Finch.

Why it’ll go fast: Whenever DC muddies the waters of their continuity by bringing characters from the Vertigo U into the DCU, nerds tend to both love and hate it. Count me in the “love it” column (still waiting for the Swamp Thing to come back). It’s been quite a while since we’ve seen Neil Gaimen’s character Death, but what better place for a Sandman guest-star than Action Comics? Paul Cornell seems to have come to DC with some big-name friends if Gaimen is letting him use his characters, although there are reports on the net that Gaimen wrote most of Death’s dialogue. Watch for this issue to sell very quickly and bring some old-school Sandman fans out to the comic shop.

Beasts of Burden / Hellboy #1: Dark Horse

Beasts of Burden / Hellboy #1

Solicitation: The paranormal activity in the outwardly charming town of Burden Hill has gone from bad to worse, as seen in Dorkin and Thompson’s hardcover graphic novel Beasts of Burden: Animal Rites. Now the occult-investigating team of dogs (and one cat) need some serious help. Contact with the Wise Dog Society has broken off, leaving the team on its own, as a series of unexplained animal slayings have begun to occur. But magic can work in surprising ways, and help is brought to the team with the unexpected arrival of the World’s Greatest Paranormal Detective. Evan Dorkin (Milk and Cheese, Bizarro World) and Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother, Magic Trixie) join forces with Mike Mignola (Hellboy, B.P.R.D., Witchfinder, Baltimore) in an amazing one—shot bringing their supernatural worlds together! Mike Mignola’s Hellboy joins the animals of Burden Hill!

32 Pages
Written by Mike Mignola and Evan Dorkin; art and cover by and Jill Thompson; variant cover by Mike Mignola.

Why it’ll go fast: Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson’s first Beasts of Burden won several different comic awards and critical acclaim beyond the nerdy comic world. Now, the Supernatural-dog-sentinels of Burden Hill are teaming up with the world’s greatest Supernatural Detective, Hellboy, and the writing team of Mike Mignola and Evan Dorkin has got a lot of horror-comic-nerds foaming at the mouth for this one. Dark Horse is well known for high quality comics but not for huge print-runs, so watch for this one to sell out quickly. I would guess the Mignola cover sells out first and, ultimately, sell for more than the Thompson cover, but both will be hard to find before the second issue ships.

Fantastic Four #584: Marvel

Fantastic Four #584

Solicitation: It’s the return of Galactus, a trip to Nu-World, the Old Kings of Atlantis and Namor, the all-new Yancy Street Gang, and the day the Thing becomes human again. Join Jonathan Hickman and superstar artist Steve Epting in Three part 2: “Congratulations, Mr. Grimm . . . You’re Human Again.”

32 pages
Written by Jonathan Hickman; art by Steve Epting; cover by Alan Davis.

Why it’ll go fast: The first issue of the “Three” story-line sold out instantly and part two looks like it’ll go just as fast. Ben Grimm fans everywhere are waiting to see if the Thing is truly cured. Is this how the FF loses a member? Writer Jonathan Hickman’s FF has been a near perfect blend of Sci-Fi and Superhero action and entire print-runs are selling out with each issue the same day that they ship. Whether these issues hold their value in the long run remains to be seen but watch for them to sell for $5-$10 in the short term.


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