The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 11/10/2010

Thunder Agents #1 1:10 Cooke 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. 10, 2010. For a full list of comics shipping this week, click here. To find a comic shop near you, click here.

Variant Watch:

I’m switching up the Variant Watch a little and adding info on all the variants shipping from the Diamond Premiere publishers. I’ll be highlighting the variants I think might be hot and listing the ratios on the other variants. There’s homework involved here so feel free to thank me.


Batman The Return Of Bruce Wayne #6 (Of 6) 1:25 Lee Garbett variant cover.

Justice League Generation Lost #13 1:10 Kevin Maguire variant cover.

Green Lantern Emerald Warriors #4 1:25 Felipe Massafera variant cover.

Thunder Agents #1 ships this week with a 1:10 variant by one of my favorite comic artists working today, Darwyn Cooke. I’m not sure how well-ordered this title will be, which could make the variant pretty hard to find. I just got news that my shop didn’t order enough to get one so I might be hunting for one online as well. Watch for an $8-$10 on this one, but good luck finding it.


Angel Illyria #1 (Of 4) 1:25 Elena Casagrande variant cover.

G.I. JOE A Real American Hero #160 1:10 Larry Hama Sketch variant cover.

G.I. JOE Origins #21 1:10 Werther Dell Edera variant cover.

Jurassic Park Redemption #5 (Of 6) 1:10 William Stout Sketch variant cover.

Spike #2 (Of 8) 1:10 Jenny Frison variant cover.

Star Trek Khan Ruling in Hell #2 (Of 4) 1:10 Khan photo incentive cover.

Transformers #13 (Ongoing) 1:10 Don Figueroa sketch design variant cover.

Witch & Wizard #6 (Operation Zero) 1:10 Victor Santos sketch variant cover.


Skullkickers #2 2nd printing variant cover.

Witchblade #139 Michael Gaydos variant cover. I think this is a 1:10 but am still waiting for confirmation.


Amazing Spider-Man #648 1:25 J. Scott Campbell Spider-Girl variant cover.

Amazing Spider-Man #648 1:100 J. Scott Campbell sketch variant cover.

Amazing Spider-Man #648 1:25 Marcos Martin wraparound variant cover.

Amazing Spider-Man #648 1:15 Stefano Caselli variant cover.

Amazing Spider-Man #648 blank-cover “you may order all that you want for this variant.” That’s seriously what it says on the Diamond site.

Avengers The Childrens Crusade #3 1:15 Adams variant

Avengers The Childrens Crusade #3 ships with 1:15 Arthur Adams variant cover featuring a rather busty Scarlet Witch. This is just the latest of a whole slew of Adams variant covers, all of which I’m starting to wish I owned, and all of which are selling very well online. Watch for an $8-$10 price tag here, but keep in mind, this should be a heavily ordered title and there should be plenty of the variants to go around. So try and stick closer to the $8 price tag.

Invaders Now #3 (Of 5) 1:25 Ramona Fradon variant cover.

Thor #617 1:15 Peterson Tron variant

Thor #617 1:15 Brandon Peterson Tron variant cover. This is exactly what it sounds like. A cover featuring Thor as if he were a character in Tron. I don’t get it either, but there it, is and I have to admit, it looks kind of cool. There should be no shortage of these, seeing as Thor is top-10-ordered comic every month. Watch for an $8-$10 price tag here and expect to see a lot more Tron variants.

Speculator Picks of the Week

These are comics that could sell out very quickly due to conservative ordering, popular demand, shipping errors, Conan returning to the late night line-up, albeit to basic cable, or any other set of unforeseen events. Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later . . .

Amazing Spider-Man #648 Marvel

Amazing Spider-Man #648

Solicitation: Big time begins! Big changes are happening for the Amazing Spider-Man: Bigger threats, bigger guest-stars and a big opportunity that could turn Peter Parker’s life around! Which cast members are staying and who’s saying good-bye? Find out as we’re introduced to new characters and reintroduced to a number of Spidey villains as they make the triumphant return to the book! Plus: New developments for Mayor J. Jonah Jameson, the staff at Front Line, and the Sinister Six! The next chapter in Spider-Man history starts here! Guest starring The Avengers and The Fantastic Four in a giant-sized, 39-page lead feature! Plus, an all-new adventure featuring the all-new Spider-Girl! Paul Tobin & Clayton Henry bring a tale of action & intrigue, and make a strong argument for why you can sometimes send a Spider-Girl to do a Spider-Man’s job . . .

64 pgs.
$3.99 US
Written by Dan Slott; pencils and Cover by Humberto Ramos.

Why it’ll go fast: Sixty-four pages for $3.99 is a hell of deal. Even if the extra pages are reprints. This is a huge jumping-on/turning point for Spidey, and nerds are excited to see where the story goes post “Brand New Day.” Plus, Spider-Girl. The last Spider-Girl series seemed to be the series that wouldn’t die. Every time Marvel threatened to canceled the series, fans threatened to fire-bomb the Marvel offices. So Marvel took notice and decided to give the fans what they want. Spider-Girl. But this time she’s not in the future and, presumably, not Peter Parker’s daughter, so they make have some explaining to do. Regardless, Spidey fans and Spider-Girl fans are both going to pick this one up just to see what happens next and by the way, Spider-Man has never been a better read.

Halcyon #1 Image Comics

Halcyon #1

Solicitation: What happens when the never-ending battle for truth and justice ends??From Collider Entertainment comes the next quantum leap forward in superheroes: Halcyon. The groundbreaking new series dares to ask: What happens when the superheroes win? What happens once there is no crime, no war? The heroes of Halcyon achieve their final victory, only to face their greatest challenge ever. An all-star collaboration courtesy of Tara Butters (TV’s Reaper), Marc Guggenheim (Amazing Spider-Man, Resurrection), Ryan Bodenheim (Red Mass for Mars), and Alisa Tager (Serenity).

32 Pages
Written by Marc Guggenheim & Tara Butters; art and cover by Ryan Bodenheim & Mark Englert.

Why it’ll go fast: Given what’s happened to the last few new titles (Morning Glories, Skullkickers), logic says this title ought to be a guaranteed sell out. The fact that this title is written by a proven writer and has a great premise shouldn’t hurt its chances either. What could hurt it is that the title changed from Utopian to Halcyon, since the first time it was offered two months ago. This could shake up some orders but the fans that know about this one are going to come looking for it regardless of the name. Halcyon looks like fun and has a good amount of buzz behind it. This one probably won’t sell out this week but by early next week expect an announcement and it wouldn’t surprise me if #1 is pretty hard to find by then.

Thunder Agents #1 DC Comics

Thunder Agents #1

Solicitation: Would you rather burn out or fade away? That’s the question at the heart of this bold new series about a group of people who, for one reason or another, are at their wit’s end until they’re offered a chance to become superheroes. The catch? Their powers will kill them. Writer Nick Spencer (Morning Glories) and artist Cafu (War of the Supermen) present a fresh take on the classic comics property, starring a new batch of recruits brought in to take over the original agents’ mantles and make some difficult choices of their own—all while dealing with global threats the rest of the DCU doesn’t even know exist!

32 pages
Written by Nick Spencer; art by Cafu & Bit; cover by Frank Quitely;?1:10 Variant cover by Darwyn Cooke.

Why it’ll go fast: Thunder Agents is going to be hot although not for the right reasons. In a perfect world, nerds everywhere would be excited for a re-imagining of Wally Wood’s heroes. Unfortunately, not all of us even know who Wally Wood is. The reason Agents will sell fast is writer Nick Spencer. His Morning Glories title at Image is hot as hell right now and DC is looking to cash in on his new found fame. I don’t think a lot of retailers know how to treat this one though. Most might not even be aware that Spencer is writing the title. With new titles hitting the stands every week it’s easy to miss one. I would guess the initial orders will be fairly low and a sellout announcement comes next week after the re-orders come in.


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