The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 11/17/2010

Batman Incorporated #1 Kubert 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. 17, 2010. 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.


Mindfield #4 1:8 Psychedelic variant


Soldier Zero #2 1:10 Phil Noto cover


Batman Incorporated #1 ships with two variants this week and both are going to be pretty hot. The first is a 1:25 Andy Kubert variant that should be pretty easy to come by, seeing as this will probably be the highest ordered comic this month. Watch for a $10-$15 price tag. Also, if you feel like dropping some serious cash, there’s a 1:200 Yanick Paquette sketch variant cover, as well. Not many retailers will be ordering 200 copies of issue #1, so be prepared to pay this variant. Watch for a $150-$175 price tag here.

Batman The Return #1 (One Shot) 1:25 Gene Ha variant

Batman The Return #1 (One Shot) 1:25 Gene Ha variant cover. Again, this one should be pretty easy to come by due to the high orders on the comic. Watch for a $10-$15 price tag here as well. There’s also a 1:200 sketch variant, a sketch version of the regular cover by David Finch, that, again, will be harder to find and much more expensive. Forgive me for all the “agains” but, again look for a $150-$175 price tag here.

Brightest Day #14 1:10 Ivan Reiss cover.

DC Universe Legacies #7 (Of 10) 1:25 Brian Bolland variant cover.


Angel #39 1:10 David Messina variant cover.

G.I. JOE Cobra II #10 1:10 Zach Howard variant cover.

G.I. JOE Future Noir Special #1 (Of 2) 1:10 Giacomo Bevilacqua variant cover.

Last Unicorn #6 (Of 6) 1:10 Frank Stockton virgin cover.

MGMs Midnite Movies Motel Hell #2 (Of 3) 1:10 Tim Bradstreet virgin cover.

Phoenix Without Ashes #4 (Of 4) 1:10 Incentive Phoenix Without Ashes Prose Chapbook .


Artifacts #3 (Of 13) foil symbol variant cover.

Artifacts #3 (Of 13) Kalman Andrasofszky sketch variant cover.

Morning Glories #3 2nd printing variant cover.


Marvel has gone nuts with their Avengers variants as of late. This week’s issue #7 ships with four:

Avengers #7 Blank variant cover (retailers can order as many as they’d like).

Avengers #7 1:15 Brandon Peterson TRON variant cover.

Avengers #7 1:25 Ed McGuinness variant cover.

Avengers #7 1:50 Marko Djurdjevic Gatefold variant cover.

Watch for a $7-$10 price tag on the Tron variant, a $10-$15 price tag on the McGuinness variant and a $30-$40 price tag on the Djurdjevic variant. Don’t pay anymore than cover price on the blank variants, as they don’t cost retailers anymore than the regular cover.

Osborne #1 (Of 4) 1:25 John Romita Sr. Goblin variant cover.

Amazing Spider-Girl #1 Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic Women of Marvel variant cover

Amazing Spider-Girl #1 Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic Women of Marvel variant cover. This one is a little wacky. For retailers to qualify to order this variant they have to exceed their order on Amazing Spider-Man #636. Meaning, if they ordered 75 copies of ASM #636 they need to order 76 copies of Amazing Spider-Girl #1 to qualify to order as many of the Women of Marvel variants as their little heart desires. Which sucks for those of you collecting the Women of Marvel variants, because I don’t predict a lot of retailers ordering heavy on this issue.

Spider-Girl #1 1:15 Mike Del Mundo variant cover (Notice this is not the Jae Lee cover that Marvel solicited earlier).

Superior #2 (Of 6) 1:20 Steve McNiven variant cover.

Uncanny X-Force #1 Jerome Opena 2nd printing variant cover.

Wolverine #2 Renato Guedes 2nd printing variant cover.

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 Bruce Springsteen reissue album that actually makes me think about buying a CD for the first time in years. Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later . . .

Morning Glories #4 Image Comics

Morning Glories #4

Story by Nick Spencer
Art by Joe Eisma
Cover by Rodin Esquejo

Solicitation: With one of their own in danger, the rest of the Glories come together secretly and hatch a plan to rescue her and escape from the sinister clutches of the Academy together! The teacher versus student showdown starts here!

48 pgs
$3.50 US

Why it’ll go fast: This one is almost too easy to call, I know, but I’m tired this week. I just started a new work-out regimen and it’s killing me so, yeah, I’m picking an easy one. Morning Glories is as hot as it can be, and for good reason. It’s really well written. Coincidentally, so is Spencer’s new DC title, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents. This issue will sell out just like all the others and probably end up in at least a 3rd printing, so pick it up while you can. The good news here is that Spencer is a talented guy and the success of this title probably guarantees more from him in the future.

Osborn #1 Big (of 4) Marvel Comics

Osborn #1 Big (of 4)

Written by Kelley Sue Deconneck
Backup Feature Written by Warren Ellis
Art by Emma Rios
Cover by Ben Oliver
Goblin Variant by John Romita Sr.

Solicitation: Big time hits Spider-Man’s greatest enemy! The world’s most dangerous felon is in the world’s top super-max security prison—an institution so secret even the vice president doesn’t know it exists. But can any cell contain Norman Osborn? After the events of SIEGE, the former Green Goblin, Iron Patriot and power-mad director of worldwide security isn’t allowed to have a toothbrush . . . and he’s surrounded by the deadliest criminals in the world. Lucky for Osborn, they’re fans. Rising stars Kelly Sue DeConnick (SIF) and Emma Rios (Amazing Spider-Man) throw Osborn in the darkest hole the public’s never seen! Featuring an all-new bonus story written by Warren Ellis (Thunderbolts).

40 Pages

Why it’ll go fast: A lot of fans were honked off that Norman Osborne didn’t die in the end of the Siege storyline. I was not one of them. Osborne has never been more dangerous or more interesting and I’m banking on the fact that Marvel kept him around for a reason. This story needs to be great, and if it is, nerds will be looking for it. Which might make it a little hard to find this week. With a relatively new writer and story that features a villain, most retailers won’t order a lot of these. I’m guessing it wasn’t printed to heavily either. Watch for a sell-out announcement next week when the re-orders come in.

Stan Lee Soldier Zero #2 BOOM! Entertainment

Stan Lee Soldier Zero #2

Written by Paul Cornell
Art by Javier Pina
Covers by Trevor Hairsine and Phil Noto

Solicitation: Stan’s back! The publishing event of the year continues! Stan Lee, the most colossal force in the history of comics, teams up with BOOM! Studios to deliver a brand new line of superhero comics! The great innovator of our industry brings his inimitable talents back to the direct market in an explosive line of comics for which nobody is prepared! His epic superhero series with Paul Cornell (Action Comics, Doctor Who) and Javier Pina (Superman, Batman) continues in Soldier Zero! Half-man, half-alien . . . all weapon! Stewart Travers struggles to understand his newfound power as he battles against an enemy alien force that has turned Earth into a battlefield!

32 pages

Why it’ll go fast: Soldier Zero #1 was the highest selling comic in the history of BOOM! Studios. Which might only mean that it only printed 10,000, but it’s still worth mentioning. As with all #2 issues, retailers will order less of #2 than of #1. Or in this case, they initially ordered less and then upped their order when #1 sold out. Either way issue #2 will go quickly. First-printings of #1 are still selling for cover price at present but they’ll probably start getting hard to find soon. Quite honestly, I’m not sure where this one goes from here. The “Stan Lee” thing feels like a gimmick and if the quality isn’t there, like it hasn’t been in the past on other “Stan Lee Presents” titles, fans might not care about this series in the long run.


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