The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 12/15/2010

Conan The Road Of Kings #1 (of 6) 1:5 Dale Keown Variant Cover.

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 hot, new comics shipping this Wednesday, Dec. 15. 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 new printing.


Soldier Zero #3 1:10 Trevor Hairsine Virgin Variant Cover

Dark Horse:

Conan The Road Of Kings #1 (of 6) 1:5 Dale Keown Variant Cover.

Nerds love Dale Keown, whether he’s drawing the Hulk or his own creation Pitt, and they’re going to love his Conan as well. Keown doesn’t do covers too often, so I’d expect this one to sell-out pretty quickly. Even at a 1:5 ratio, it might be tough to find this variant seeing as Conan is a relatively low-ordered title. I wouldn’t expect most shops to have more than one or two of these variants. A set of all six Keown variants would be a nice addition to any Conan collection. Watch for a $5-$7 price tag here.

Metalocalypse Dethklok #2 (of 3) 1:5 Eric Powell Variant Cover.

Metalocalypse Dethklok #2 (of 3) 1:5 Eric Powell Variant Cover.

Fans of The Goon know why Eric Powell is great and loved his Goon/Deathklok one-shot (selling for $10 online) and now they’re scooping up his variants of this series. Like Conan, this title won’t be heavily ordered and I wouldn’t expect to see more than one of these variants in most shops. I also wouldn’t be surprised to see these variants selling for premium prices in the future. Watch for a $5-$7 price here and grab this one if you can find it.

Mighty Samson #1 1:5 Patrick Olliffe Variant Cover
Occultist #1 (One Shot) 1:5 Guy Davis Variant Cover


Brightest Day #16 1:10 Ivan Reis Variant Cover
Green Lantern #60 1:10 Frank Quitely DC 75th Anniversary Variant Cover.

Green Lantern #60 1:10 Frank Quitely DC 75th Anniversary Variant Cover

Green Lantern #52 by Gil Kane

This one is an homage to Green Lantern #52 by Gil Kane and the Quietly update is amazing. There should be plenty of these out there with it being a 1:10 variant for one of the top five highest-ordered comics each month, but I would still expect it to sell well. Nerds love Frank Quietly and these DC Anniversary covers so when the two come together, it should be like chocolate and peanut butter. Watch for a $7-$10 price tag here.


Black Terror #12 1:25 Alex Ross Negative Art Variant Cover
Black Terror #12 1:10 Wagner Reis Variant Cover
Green Hornet #11 1:10 Phil Hester Incentive Cover
Green Hornet #11 Phil Hester Black & White Incentive Cover
Green Hornet #11 1:15 Jonathan Lau Incentive Cover
Green Hornet #11 Alex Ross Negative Incentive Cover
Green Hornet #11 Alex Ross Virgin Incentive Cover
Mercy Thompson Moon Called #3 Amelia Woo Variant Cover


Angel #40 Nick Runge Variant Cover
Doc Macabre #1 (of 3) Bernie Wrightson Sketch Variant Cover
Doc Macabre #1 (of 3) Bernie Wrightson Variant Cover
Dungeons And Dragons #2 Incentive Module Edition
Dungeons And Dragons #2 Andrea Di Vito Variant Cover
Famous Monsters of Filmland #253 William Stout Variant Cover
G.I. JOE Cobra II #11 (Zach Howard Variant Cover
Next Men #1 John Byrne Variant Cover
Next Men #1 John Byrne Sketch Variant Cover
Next Men #1 Next Men 16 Page Cover Gallery
Suicide Forest #1 (of 4) Variant Cover


Avengers Academy #7 1:10 Brandon Peterson TRON Variant Cover
Black Panther The Man Without Fear #513 Francesco Francavilla Variant Cover)
Uncanny X-Force #3 1:50 Marko Djurdjevic Variant Cover
Wolverine #4 1:50Marko Djurdjevic Variant Cover
Wolverine #4 1:10 Brandon Peterson TRON Variant Cover


Kolchak The Night Stalker Files #1 Dave Ulanski Variant Cover
Northern Guard #1 David Cutler Oh Canada 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 the Yankees getting told where to stick it by Cliff Lee (hilarious). Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later . . .

Black Panther: Man Without Fear #513

Black Panther: Man Without Fear #513

Written by DAVID LISS

Solicitation: In the wake of Shadowland, there’s a new protector of Hell’s Kitchen! He has no kingdom, no vibranium, and no high-tech safety net—just bloody knuckles and the will to prove himself in a foreign land where the fiercest of jungle predators stalks the most dangerous urban prey! His name is T’Challa, and in the aftermath of Shadowland, he will create a new life, a new identity, and learn what it is to be a different kind of hero. But with Daredevil gone, the bad guys are coming out to play, and a new nemesis—Vlad the Impaler—plots his bloody rise to power. Be there as national best-selling author and Edgar Award Winner David Liss and the pulp master Francesco Fracavilla (Zorro, Green Hornet) begin a shocking new chapter for the world’s most dangerous man.

32 pgs
$2.99 US

Why it’ll go fast: The only thing that sucks worse than renumbering is retitling and continuing with a books numbering. Most recently, it was Punisher becoming Frankencastle and now Daredevil: The Man Without Fear becomes Black Panther: Man w/out Fear. It’s a nightmare for comic shop owners trying to sort their back-stock and for nerds with OCD everywhere. That said, this one is going to be great. The preview looks hot and nerds are all a-buzz on the net. Will comic retailers bite on Black Panther? Probably not, due to low sales on the last series, which will cause some headaches next week when the reorders push the comic into backorder. Marvel has been pretty clever retooling titles and characters to spur higher sales and Black Panther could be their next success story.

Occultist #1

Occultist #1

Written by Tim Seeley
Art by Victor Drujiniu
Inks by Jason Gorder
Covers by Steve Morris and Guy Davis

Solcitation: When a mysterious book of powerful spells binds itself to him, the fact that Rob’s life has been falling apart doesn’t seem like such a big deal. What do his girlfriend leaving him or his mountain of debt matter when mystics and demons are overrunning the town in search of the book—and him? To survive, Rob must learn to control the book’s unpredictable magic, while his life slips even further out of control. Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash) brings his rare mix of humor, horror and heroes to the latest creation from company founder Mike Richardson. Character design by Guy Davis!

32 pages

Why it’ll go fast: Tim Seeley has built a solid following with his Hack Slash comic that started over at Devils Due and recently moved to Image (early issues sell for $15 and up) and Dark Horse is looking to cash in on his fans. Occultist is perfect for Seeley’s talents and may draw fans that found Hack Slash to be a little too . . . Raunchy, I guess would be the word. Occultist seems to be more male driven and might be less reliant on hot pants and cleavage as plot points. Most retailers will order lightly on this one with it being a one-shot ,but if it does get green-lit for a series this issue will be very hard to find.

Mouse Guard: The Black Axe #1

Mouse Guard: The Black Axe #1

Written and Drawn by David Petersen

Solicitation: The Eisner Award-winning Mouse Guard returns with The Black Axe, a third volume to be told in six bi-monthly issues. Set in 1115, this prequel to Mouse Guard: Fall 1152 fulfills the promise the wise oldfur Celanawe made to Lieam the day his paw first touched the Black Axe: to tell the young warrior about the mouse who first wielded the deadly weapon. The arrival of distant kin takes Celanawe on an adventure that will carry him across the sea to uncharted waters and lands, all while unraveling the legend of Farrer, the blacksmith who forged the mythic Black Axe.

24 PGS

Why it’ll go fast: I’ve taken a lot of crap for not reading Mouse Guard, even some from an Archaia employee at the C2E2 convention last year. And not without reason, Mouse Guard is a multi-award winning, critically acclaimed and loved by nerds everywhere. I have a really stupid reason for not reading it. The size. Mouse Guard is not shaped like a typical comic and it freaks me straight out. I’ll buy the hard-cover collection, because for some reason my size problems don’t reach to collected editions, and love it like all the other nerds. Archaia can’t afford huge print runs, so the first-printings tend to go pretty quickly. And to the Archaia employee that cornered me, I swear, if I don’t receive the collections for X-mas I’ll buy them myself and read them right away (gift hint).


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