The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 11/03/2010

Batman and Robin #16 1:25 Van Sciver 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, Nov. 3, 2010. For a full list of comics shipping this week, click here. To find a comic shop near you, click here.

Variant Watch:


Batman and Robin #16 ships with a 1:25 variant by Ethan Van Sciver featuring the dynamic duo on a rooftop. It’s been a while since we’ve seen a DC Van Sciver cover and the nerds do tend to dig ’em. This variant shouldn’t be too tough to find due to the high orders on B&R. Watch for a $12-$15 price tag on this one.

Superboy #1 1:10 Cassady variant

Superboy #1 ships with, er, um . . . how do I put this? . . . a hideous John Cassady 1:10 variant cover. It’s bad, and I say that as Cassaday fan. I don’t know what happened, but it started with his strange Shadowland covers and now we get this; a really bad Superboy cover. If you’re interested, then I hope you’re not insulted by what I said about Mr. Cassaday (and please don’t tell him). You can probably find this one for $5-$8.


Silent Hill Past Life #1 1:10 Randall variant

Silent Hill Past Life #1 ships with a 1:10 by Justin Randall, who has done work on 30 Days of Night and is also a design lecturer for Curtin University (go figure). The last time we saw a Silent Hill comic was the Sinner’s Reward mini-series back in 2008 and it only shipped 3,545 copies, so finding this variant could be tough. Watch for an $8-$10 price tag on this variant.


Invincible #75 1:50 Ottley & Plascencia retailer appreciation variant

Invincible #75 ships this week with a 1:50 retailer appreciation cover by Ryan Ottley & Fco Plascencia. Retailers are all over the place on this one. Prices on eBay are anywhere from $20 to $50, so get ready to fight for this one. Unlike The Walking Dead retailer appreciation cover that was one per Diamond account, this one is a 1:50 so don’t go nuts here and try to stick close to the $20 price range.


Generation Hope #1 1:15 Land variant

Generation Hope #1 ships with two different variant covers: one a 1:15 variant by Greg Land and the other a 1:75 cover by Marko Djurdjevic. The Land cover should be pretty easy to come by but the Djurdjevic cover is going to be tough. Even though it’s an X-Men spinoff, most shops aren’t going to order 75 copies, leaving most collectors to fight for this one on eBay. Look for an $8-$10 price on the 1:15 cover and $40-$50 price tag on the 1:75.

Speculator Picks of the Week

These are comics that could sell out very quickly due to conservative ordering, popular demand, shipping errors, a new Speaker of the House with a hilarious last name that there’s just no way he’s pronouncing right, or any other set of unforeseen events. Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later . . .

Batman and Robin #16: DC

Batman and Robin #16

Solicitation: Don’t miss this fantastic finale as Batman and Robin’s storyline connects with the return of Bruce Wayne! The climactic showdown between Batman and the Black Glove is finally here. It’s payback time for the Dark Knight as Batman and Robin face the ultimate evil. Will Damian betray his father’s legacy? Will Bruce Wayne return just in time to see Dick Grayson die? Plus, the Joker and Professor Pyg! This is only the beginning of a startling new status quo for the Batman . . .

40 pg
$3.99 US
Written by Grant Morrison; art by Cameron Stewart; cover by Frank Quitely; 1:25 variant cover by Ethan Van Sciver.

Why it’ll go fast: I’m not going to ruin the end of this comic the way the Washington Post did for me this morning, but I will tell you that something big happens and it’s getting some press. Things are going to be very different for the Bat-family after this one and speculators are probably going to scoop up multiple copies for eBay sales. Whether that’s a good idea remains to be seen. B&R is a heavily ordered title (#14 was the fifth-highest selling title of September) so there should be plenty of these in comic shops everywhere. This one will sell out quickly and could turn out to be a landmark issue in the future, but I don’t see any immediate action here.

Generation Hope #1: Marvel

Generation Hope #1

Solicitation: Spinning directly out of Uncanny X-Men comes the most important new X-Book in years: Generation Hope! When Hope Summers returned from the future, she triggered the rebirth of the mutant gene. Five lights appeared on Cerebra and five mutants’ powers came to life, but their activations have been chaotic and dangerous, nearly killing each of them. It was only the touch of Hope that saved their lives. With Rogue and the four new mutants who were gathered in Uncanny X-Men, Hope heads to Japan to join Cyclops, Wolverine and the fifth light. But will this new light be a hero or a villain? Only Kierongillen (Thor) and Salva Espin (Savage She-Hulk) know!

40 Pages
Written by Kieron Gillen; art by Salva Espin; cover by Olivier Coipel; variant cover by Greg Land; variant cover by Marko Djurdjevic.

Why it’ll go fast: My guess is that retailers underestimate this title, even with it being an Uncanny X-Men spinoff. Kieron Gillen had a fantastic stint on Thor, but not he’s not a household name yet. Watch for this one to sellout next week when the reorders come in. And they will. Gillen is a great writer and there will be some really good buzz behind this title. Will Generation Hope is still be around a year from now? No idea, but this first issue will be hot.

Superboy #1: DC

Superboy #1

Solicitation: Superboy is back in a brand-new ongoing series! Join Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth) and amazing up-and-coming artist Pier Gallo as they take Superboy on a journey to a side of Smallville not even Superman knows about! What mysteries lurk beneath the surface of this all-American town, and what are their direct ties to Superboy? The start of the next great DC Universe epic begins right here!

32 pages
Written by Jeff Lemire; art by Pier Gallo; cover by Rafael Albuquerque; 1:10 variant cover by John Cassaday.

Why it’ll go fast: I don’t think retailers or DC comics believe in this one. Jeff Lemire is a newcomer to superhero comics and there is no way DC printed 100,000 copies of Superboy #1. Not to mention the $2.99 price tag. If DC thought this one was going to move, it would have made it $3.99. True, DC plans on rolling back to $2.99 in January, but why start now. And speaking of cover price, why not make it $1, like it did for the first issue of Lemire’s Vertigo title? I don’t see retailers taking a chance on this one either, seeing as we haven’t had a Superboy title since 2002 and the only other title Connor Kent has been in, Teen Titans, is selling in the upper 80s on the most-ordered comics chart. So that’s why it won’t be heavily ordered. Now, why will it sell? Lemire has fresh voice and no one in the DCU needs a new take and an iIdentity like Superboy. I think this one is going to be a lot of fun and nerds will be talking about it.


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