The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 12/07/2011

Irredeemable #32 (Cover C Dan Panosian Plutonian Vs Max Damage)

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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, Dec. 7. 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.


Clive Barker’s Hellraiser #8 (Cover C Tim Bradstreet), 1:10
Elric The Balance Lost #6 (Cover C Francesco Mattina), 1:10

Irredeemable #32 (Cover C Dan Panosian Plutonian Vs Max Damage), 1:10. These are listed as a Rare Fight Poster Cover and have their own Diamond code but they are a 1:10 variant. Every publisher does it a little different, I guess. Watch for a $6-$8 price tag.

Planet Of The Apes #4 (SDCC 2011 Photo Variant Cover), $9.99. Limited to 250 copies.

Valen the Outcast #1 (Cover E Chad Hardin)

Valen the Outcast #1 (Cover D Trevor Hairsine Sketch Cover)

Valen the Outcast #1 (Cover F Ale Garza Sketch Cover)

Valen the Outcast #1 (Cover E Chad Hardin), 1:25
Valen the Outcast #1 (Cover D Trevor Hairsine Sketch Cover), 1:50
Valen the Outcast #1 (Cover F Ale Garza Sketch Cover), 1:75

Valen the Outcast #1 (Cover G Joe Jusko CGG 9.8 Virgin Variant Cover), 1:200. BOOM traditionally hits collectors with a ton of covers for their new series, and Valen is no exception. If you ask me, it might be aiming a little high on the 1:200 variant, but 9.8 CGC variant certainly does sweeten the deal. Will it sell for more than the $200 retailers will be asking for it? It’s possible, but I doubt it. And if you do want this one you’ll be paying every bit of that $200, as most retailers in their right minds aren’t going to take the risk on ordering 200 copies of Valen without getting their money’s worth out of this variant. All of these variants will be pricey, due to Valen being an unknown title. So if you need any of these, be prepared to pay top dollar for them.


Lady Death #12 (Michael Dipascale Art Deco Cover), 1:3

Action Comics #4 (Mike Choi Variant Cover)


Action Comics #4 (Mike Choi Variant Cover). Retailers could order this variant based on the lowest-ordered DC New 52 #4 title shipping this week. I’m guessing it’s Static Shock this time around. Make sure to pay premium prices for this one; this is not a ratio-ed variant, meaning don’t pay more than $5. Just because your retailer only ordered two copies of Static Shock doesn’t mean this is a two-per-store variant.

Action Comics #4 (Rags Morales Black & White Variant Cover), 1:200. DC’s 1:200 variants have taken a nose dive in price, which is strange because order numbers are definitely going down since the first issues, making them harder to find. Regardless, prices are way down. 1:200 variants of Batman #2 and #3 are selling for $100 or less, all three Flash 1:200 variants recently sold for $255, and even the highest-selling #1 issues are only selling for $150—still expensive but not the $200 price point a lot of retailers are asking. If you need this one, watch for a $100 price tag but you can probably get it for less.


FF #1 (Dynamic Forces)(Ken Haeser Remarked Cover), $89.99. Limited to 45 copies and remarked by a creator that had nothing to do with the title. Haeser is currently the writer and artist of the Living Corpse Exhumed for Dynamite. I don’t get it, either.

Kirby Genesis Silver Star #1 (Dynamic Forces)(Alex Ross Exclusive Virgin Cover), $5. No order restrictions.

X-Men #1 (Dynamic Forces)(Ken Haeser Remarked Cover CGC Graded), $129.99. Limited to 25 copies. Again with the Ken Haeser and again on a title he has nothing to do with but this time for $129.99. What the hell?


Garth Ennis’ Jennifer Blood #7 (Ale Garza Risque Variant Cover), 1:15
Garth Ennis’ Jennifer Blood #7 (Ale Garza Variant Cover), 1:15
Garth Ennis’ Jennifer Blood #7 (Jonathan Lau Variant Cover), 1:10
Garth Ennis’ Jennifer Blood #7 (Tim Bradstreet Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10
Garth Ennis’ Jennifer Blood #7 (Tim Bradstreet Virgin Variant Cover), 1:20
Total Recall #4 (of 4)(Cezar Razek Variant Cover), 1:5
Voltron #1 (Alex Ross Negative Variant Cover), 1:35
Voltron #1 (Alex Ross Virgin Variant Cover), 1:10
Voltron #1 (Sean Chen Fiery Red Variant Cover), 1:25
Voltron #1 (Wagner Reis Black & White Variant Cover), 1:15


Cold War #3 (John Byrne Variant Cover), 1:10
Eternal Descent Volume 2 #2 (of 6)(Gus Photo Variant Cover), 1:10
G.I. JOE #8 (Tom Feister Cobra Commander Revealed Variant Cover), 1:10
H.P. Lovecraft’s The Dunwich Horror #3 (Prose Chapbook Volume 3 Of 3), 1:20
H.P. Lovecraft’s The Dunwich Horror #3 (of 4)(Nick Percival Variant Cover), 1:10
Jurassic Park Dangerous Games #4 (of 5)(Jeff Zornow Black & White Variant), 1:10
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Micro-Series #1 (Raphael)(David Peterson Black & White Variant), 1:10
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Micro-Series #1 (Raphael)(Kevin Eastman Re-Mastered Original Raphael Micro-Series Cover), 1:25
Transformers #31 (Trevor Hutchison Variant Cover), 1:10
True Blood The French Quarter #4 (of 6)(Joe Corroney Sketch Variant Cover), 1:10
True Blood The French Quarter #4 (of 6)(Photo Variant Cover), 1:20


Avenging Spider-Man #2 (Ed McGuinness Variant Cover), 1:25. Most collectors will probably be perfectly happy with the Joe Mad cover of this one, but hardcore McGuinness collectors will want to watch for a $12-$15 price tag.

Defenders #1 (I Am A Defender Variant Cover)

Defenders #1 (Neal Adams Variant Cover)

Defenders #1 (Stuart Immonen Variant Cover)

Defenders #1 (Neal Adams Inked Variant Cover)

Defenders #1 (Blank Variant Cover), $3.99

Defenders #1 (I Am A Defender Variant Cover). Retailers had to exceed their orders on Ultimate Spider-Man #1 with this issue and they could order all they need of this variant. There might not be many out there but try not to pay more than cover price.

Defenders #1 (Neal Adams Variant Cover), 1:25. Watch for a $13-$15 price tag.

Defenders #1 (Stuart Immonen Variant Cover), 1:50. I love this variant. Mainly because I’m a huge Doc Strange fan but Immonen did a great job here. Watch for a $25-$30 price tag.

Defenders #1 (Neal Adams Inked Variant Cover), 1:200. And this is the big one. Retailers are asking $200 and up, as usual, for this one but don’t do it. You can probably find this variant for closer to $100 if you need it and I don’t see this one selling for much more than that any time soon.

Speculator Picks of the Week

These are comics that could sell out very quickly due to conservative ordering, popular demand, shipping errors or even UPS drivers taking Tuesday off to wait for the Skyrim download that will fix last week’s patch that ruined everything. Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later . . .

Voltron #1

Voltron #1

Dynamite Entertainment:
Cover by ALEX ROSS and others

Solicitation: Ultimate victory has never been closer for the Voltron Force. King Zarkon’s brutal regime has been pushed to the edges of the galaxy, left to wage a series of desperate and losing battles to claim innocent victims while they still can. But Zarkon knows something—a secret about Voltron more than a hundred years old that could change everything for the Galaxy Alliance. This isn’t the Voltron we all know, but one redefined and re-imagined by those he and his adventures have inspired over the years. This is Generation Voltron . . .

32 pages

Why it’ll go fast: For a lot of children of the 1980s, Voltron was their first exposure to the Giant Robot mang genre, also known as Super Robot Mecha. Not me. I’m ancient, so I remember Mazinger Z and the Shogun Warriors of the late 1970s. [How about Ultraman? – Even-Ancienter Ed.] Don’t get me wrong, I loved Voltron, too, and would love to read a good Voltron comic. Voltron is a timeless property and seems to sell well every time a new incarnation pops up. This time it’s back to the basics with the original Voltron and I’m betting the first printing sells pretty fast. Especially due to the fact that Dynamite doesn’t print huge runs. Voltron might need some good buzz online before it sells out but I still expect it to be out of print by next week.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Micro-series #1 Raphael

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Micro-series #1 Raphael

Written by BRIAN LYNCH
Covers by DAVID PETERSON and FRANCO URRU (4:1 Peterson to Franco)

Solicitation: Following in the tradition of the original TMNT microseries comes the first of four stand-alone tales centering on each Turtle. Raphael’s place in the world is uncertain and he can’t shake the feeling that he’ll always be an outsider. That changes when he finds another mutant, the arctic fox Alopex, who may have a new clue pertaining to the Turtles origin. Unfortunately, she’s too busy being hunted alive to share the info! Will Raphael and his new friend survive the night? The Angel: After the Fall team of Brian Lynch and Franco Urru reveal all! Well, some, anyway!

32 pages

Why it’ll go fast: TMNT has been a fantastic seller for IDW with issues #1 through #3, selling out their first-printings almost instantly. I’m guessing the print-run on this issue will be even lower than the regular series and will sell out even faster. Watch for the variant covers on this issue to also sell quickly. Ninja Turtles seems to be a winner for IDW and will probably continue to do well in the back issue market for the foreseeable future. Low print runs plus popular characters and quality story has been the formula for most of IDW’s successes.


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