The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 11/02/2011

Action Comics #3 (Rags Morales Black & White 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, Nov. 2. 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.


Charismagic #3 (Cover C Oliver Nome “Sudana”). For every 12 regular copies ordered retailers could order three Sudana variants.


Crossed Psychopath #5 (of 7)(Jacen Burrows Red Crossed Variant Cover), 1:3

Crossed Psychopath #5 (of 7)(Jacen Burrows Black & White Variant Cover). Limited to one per account. Retailers had to exceed their orders of Crossed Psychopath #4 by one copy and they could order one of these variants.

Night Of The Living Dead Death Valley #5 (of 5)(Michael Dipascal Black & White Variant), 1:3


Betrayal Of The Planet Of The Apes #1 (of 4)(25 Copy Incentive Cover),
Betrayal Of The Planet Of The Apes #1 (of 4)(Cover B Dr. Zaius Photo Variant Cover),
Betrayal Of The Planet Of The Apes #1 (of 4)(Cover C Mitch Gerads Variant Cover),
Betrayal Of The Planet Of The Apes #1 (of 4)(Cover D Tonci Zonjic Variant Cover),
Elric The Balance Lost #5 (10 Copy Incentive Cover),
Stan Lee’s Traveler #12 (10 Copy Incentive Cover),


Lady Death #11 (Michael Dipascale Art Deco Variant Cover), 1:3


Action Comics #3 (Mike Choi Variant Cover). This one was initially a Gene Ha variant but is now a Mile Choi variant. Retailers could order up to the amount of their lowest-ordered new DCU #3 title shipping this week.

Action Comics #3 (Rags Morales Black & White Variant Cover), 1:200. Again, play it cool. You don’t need spend $150-$200 here. There will be plenty of these out there. If you need one, just wait. I promise you’ll be able to grab one off eBay for less than $100.

Detective Comics #1 (Tony S. Daniel 3rd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Swamp Thing #1 (Yanick Paquette 3rd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99


Dark Shadows #1 (Francesco Francavilla Virgin Variant Cover), 1:10
Hack Slash Eva Monsters Ball #4 (of 4)(Tim Seeley Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10
Warlord Of Mars #12 (Ale Garza Risque Art Variant Cover), 1:15
Warlord Of Mars #12 (Lucio Parrillo Variant Cover), 1:15


Queen Sonja #21 (Dynamic Forces)(Igor Vitorino Blood Red Cover), $8.99. Limited print run of 200.


Cold War #2 (John Byrne Variant Cover), 1:10
Crysis #6 (of 6)(Crysis 2 Concept Art Team Variant Cover), 1:10
Duke Nukem Glorious Bastard #4 (of 4)(Xermanico Variant Cover), 1:10
G.I. JOE #7 (Trevor Hutchison Variant Cover), 1:10
Jack Avarice Is The Courier #1 (of 5)(Chris Madden Sketch Variant Cover), 1:10
Star Trek #1 (David Messina 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Transformers #29 (Brendan Cahill Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (Kevin Eastman 3rd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
True Blood The French Quarter #3 (of 6)(Joe Corroney Sketch Variant Cover), 1:20
True Blood The French Quarter #3 (of 6)(Photo Variant Cover), 1:10


Artifacts #8 (Whilce Portacio San Diego Exclusive Variant Cover). Limited print run of 150.

Strange Talent Of Luther Strode #1 (of 6)(2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Witchblade #144 (Stjepan Sejic Top Cow Store Exclusive Wraparound Variant Cover), $15. Limited print run of 150.


Daredevil #4 (Marcos Martin 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99

Fear Itself #7.1 (Lee Bermejo Variant Cover)

Fear Itself The Fearless #2 (of 12)(Frank Cho Variant Cover)

Fear Itself #7.1 (Lee Bermejo Variant Cover), 1:25. Nerds are already starting to call Fear Itself the never ending story, and singing the song from the movie in my case, which may have some retailers cutting their orders on these one shots. Lower orders make variants harder to find and it’s been a while since Lee Bremejo has done any covers, so this could be a tough one to find. Watch for a $10-$15 price tag.

Fear Itself The Fearless #2 (of 12)(Frank Cho Variant Cover), 1:25. This is the other half of the two-part Frank Cho cover, this time featuring the less attractive but still very busty Sin. I guess the guy knows how to sell comics. Watch for a $10-$12 price tag.

Moon Knight #7 (Terry Dodson Marvel Comics 50th Anniversary Variant Cover)

New Mutants #33 (Dale Keown Regenesis Blue Variant Cover)

Moon Knight #7 (Terry Dodson Marvel Comics 50th Anniversary Variant Cover), 1:50. I just realized it’s been a while since we’ve seen a Dodson cover. Which is too bad, because his pencils are amazing. It doesn’t matter who he’s drawing, Terry Dodson can make anyone look awesome. That said, I’m guessing there aren’t a lot of shops that order the 50 copies necessary to get this variant. Watch for a $30-$40 price tag.

New Mutants #33 (Dale Keown Regenesis Blue Variant Cover), 1:15. The Dale Keown X-Men group shot variants for the Regenesis event have been selling well. Probably because no X-Nerd can resist a mutant family photo. Marvel’s been pumping them out for years and they’re still awesome. Watch for an $8-$10 price tag here and don’t be surprised if it’s selling for $15 by next week.

Uncanny X-Men #1 (Blank Variant Cover). Retailers could order as many as they needed of this cover with the standard discount.

Uncanny X-Men #1 (Dale Keown Regenesis Blue Variant Cover)

X-Men #20 (Dale Keown Regenesis Blue Variant Cover)

Uncanny X-Men #1 (Dale Keown Regenesis Blue Variant Cover), 1:15. This is the Uncanny group shot by Keown and it’s just as cool as the others. There should be plenty of these around but they will go fast. Watch for an $8-$10.

Uncanny X-Men #1 (Frank Cho Variant Cover), 1:25

X-Men #20 (Dale Keown Regenesis Blue Variant Cover), 1:15. And finally, the X-Men piece of Keown’s group shot. And yes, it’s cool too. Watch for a $6-$8 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 female UPS drivers walking off the job until Herman Cain apologizes for all those “friendly” pats on the tuchus. Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later . . .

Seven Warriors #1
(Preview NSFW)

Seven Warriors #1

Art and cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL

Solicitation: From the fan-favorite artist of The Flash and Adventure Comics comes seven beautiful women, seven warriors! In 6th century Libya, the capitol of an ancient nation is surrounded by the Persian and Byzantine armies. Seven are chosen to save the heir to the kingdom. Seven warriors. Seven . . . sexy, gorgeous women? An exquisitely rendered tale in the vein of 300, written by Michaël Le Galli and drawn by Francis Manapul.

32 pages
Mature Readers

Why it’ll go fast: This is actually an English translation and reprint of a French Graphic novel printed in 2008 called Sept Guerrieres that received rave reviews in Europe. BOOM is handling the translation and printing here in the states and is hoping for a similar success. The story is a proven winner and I’m guessing Francis Manapul’s success on the Flash will draw readers into this one. That and the gorgeous women shouldn’t hurt either. Retailers probably won’t bite on this one, however. It wasn’t long ago that many of them were burned on Marvel’s line of Soliel comics that reprinted several very popular European comics that didn’t sell well U.S. BOOM might be a better place for a title like Seven Warriors, as it can concentrate more of its PR machine backing this title. If it does sell well, watch for it to go very fast and watch for a movie adaptation hot on its heals.

Blood Red Dragon #1

Blood Red Dragon #1

Written by JON GOFF

Solicitation: Limited print run of 5,000 copies. Conceived by legendary storyteller, Stan Lee! Developed by comic book revolutionary, Todd McFarlane! Inspired by worldwide musical icon, Yoshiki! As an overwhelming force of darkness prepares for an epic assault on reality, one man must call upon a power beyond his control to stand against the rising tide of Oblivion . . . Enter the Blood Red Dragon. With his life suddenly thrown into chaos, Yoshiki must come to grips with the devastating powers at his command. But, with time running out, he must also discern friend from foe, as new players in the war with Oblivion make themselves known, and dark assassins continue their assault on the lyrical heart of humanity.
The end of all things begins here!

24 pages
Sold Out

Why it’ll go fast: I’ve never heard of Yoshiki, but apparently he’s the androgynous Bono of Japan and he decided it was time to for him to get his own super-hero comic. It looks to be pretty run-of-the-mill Kung-Fu Sorcery stuff, but the comic is already sold out before shipping. So, someone out there younger and cooler than me knows Yoshiki. Whatevs. It is funny that the solicitation is calling this a “limited run of 5,000 copies” when 5,000 seems to be the average for any new Image title that isn’t written by Robert Kirkman. Watch for this one to sell out quick and have a brief spike in price in the net. I wouldn’t guess Blood Red Dragon has any long term selling power but it could be hard to find for the next month or so.

New Mutants #33

New Mutants #33

Pencils by DAVID LOPEZ

Solicitation: Regenesis Blue Variant by Dale Keown. In the wake of the events of X-Men: Schism, the New Mutants find themselves at a crossroads. A decision needs to be made that will change their lives forever. Featuring fan-favorite artist David Lopez (Hawkeye & Mockingbird, Mystic).

32 pages

Why it’ll go fast: Every time we see another X-Event the same thing happens. All the X-titles sell very well and for a little more than cover price on the back issue market and for some reason, the New Mutants tie-in is the least-ordered and ends up being the hardest to find. Watch for it to happen again here. Regenesis is selling very well all across the board and New Mutants won’t be an exception. Watch for a similar spike in price like we saw in the recent Age of X event, when this one sells out that is.


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