The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 12/21/2011

Batman #4 (Mike Choi Variant Cover)

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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. 21. 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.


Lady Mechanika #3 (Cover C Joe Benitez Sketch Variant). Retailers could order three Benitez sketch variants for every 15 regular covers ordered.

Lady Mechanika #3 (Cover D Billy Tan Sketch Variant). Retailers could order two Tan sketch variants for every 15 regular covers.


Ducktales #1 (SDCC 2011 Get-A-Sketch Variant Cover). This is a blank cover Comicon special, which is kind of amazing that they’re still trying to get rid of this stuff from last summer’s show. Stock was listed as low but is now sold out.

Planet Of The Apes #9 (Cover C Scott Keating), 1:10


Mass Effect Invasion #3 (of 4)(Paul Renaud Variant Cover), 1:5


Batman #4 (Mike Choi Variant Cover). This was initially solicited as an Andy Kubert cover but at some point became a nice-looking Mike Choi variant. Retailers could order this variant based on their lowest-ordered DC New 52 #4 title shipping this week. I’m guessing this week’s lowest ordered is Captain Atom for most shops. Remember not to pay for too much for these. A lot of shops, mine included, sell these variants for cover price.

Batman #4 (Greg Capullo Black & White Variant Cover), 1:200. I took last week off from warning you guys away from DC 1:200 variants but I’m back on duty: DON’T PAY $200 FOR THIS ONE! You can get it cheaper. I promise. Just wait and prices will tumble on all these 1:200s. Currently most of these (DC has been shipping 1:200 variants for all its core Justice League character comics) are selling for less than $100. Just wait and you can get these for a steal.

Batman Odyssey Volume 2 #3 (of 7)(Neal Adams Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10
Detective Comics #1 (Tony S. Daniel 4th Printing Variant Cover), $2.99

Justice League #4 (Jim Lee Black & White Variant Cover), 1:200. See the Batman #4 Sketch Variant above.

Justice League #4 (Andy Kubert Variant Cover)

Justice League #4 (Andy Kubert Variant Cover), 1:25. Recognize this cover? You should, because Jim Lee just did one exactly like it four months ago. I dig it when creators pay homage to others by recreating their covers, but we just saw this one. Come on, Andy. Watch for a $15-$17 price tag.


Daredevil #1 (Dynamic Forces)(John Romita Sr. Signed Edition), $69.99. Limited to 55 copies.
Daredevil #1 (Dynamic Forces)(Mark Waid Signed Edition), $19.62. Limited to 150 copies.
Incredible Hulks #635 (Dynamic Forces)(Ken Haeser Remarked Edition), $49.99. Limited to 55 copies.
Invaders Now #5 (of 5)(Dynamic Forces)(Alex Ross Exclusive Cover), $14.99. Limited to 110 copies.
Justice League International #1 (Dynamic Forces)(Dan Jurgens Signed Edition), $29.99. Limited to 100 copies.
Kirby Genesis Captain Victory #1 (Alex Ross Virgin Exclusive Cover), $10. Limited to 200 copies.
Punisher #1 (Dynamic Forces)(John Romita Sr Signed Edition), $19.74. Limited to 375 copies.
Warlord Of Mars Dejah Thoris #8 (Ale Garza Martian Red Risque Exclusive Cover), 1:10
X-Men #1 (Dynamic Forces)(Ken Haeser Sketch Edition), $49.99. Limited to 88 copies.


Dark Shadows #2 (Francavilla Francavilla Virgin Variant Cover), 1:10
Kevin Smith’s The Bionic Man #5 (Alex Ross Virgin Variant Cover), 1:15
Kevin Smith’s The Bionic Man #5 (Jonathan Lau Black & White Variant Cover), 1:25
Kevin Smith’s The Bionic Man #5 (Jonathan Lau Variant Cover), 1:10
Vampirella #12 (Alex Ross Virgin Variant Cover), 1:10
Vampirella #12 (Paul Renaud Blood Red Variant Cover), 1:25
Vampirella #12 (Wagner Reis Black & White Variant Cover), 1:15


Cobra #8 (David Williams Variant Cover), 1:10
Dungeons And Dragons The Legend Of Drizzt #4 (of 5)(‘Monster Of The Month’ Variant Cover), 1:10
G.I. JOE A Real American Hero #173 (Larry Hama Sketch Variant Cover), 1:10
Ghostbusters #4 (Erik Burnham Variant Cover), 1:10
Godzilla Kingdom Of Monsters #10 (Matt Frank ‘Hedorah’ Variant Cover), 1:10
Memorial #1 (of 6)(Chris Roberson Signed Edition), 1:10
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #5 (Kevin Eastman Variant Cover), 1:10
Transformers The Death Of Optimus Prime (One Shot)(125 IDW Transformers Covers Wrapround Variant Cover), 1:20
Transformers The Death Of Optimus Prime (One Shot)(Livio Ramondelli Variant Cover), 1:10


Avengers #20 (Paolo Rivera Fantastic Four 50th Anniversary Variant Cover)

Daredevil #7 (Alex Maleev Marvel Comics 50th Anniversary Variant Cover)

Avengers #20 (Paolo Rivera Fantastic Four 50th Anniversary Variant Cover). Retailers needed to exceed their orders for Avengers #15 with this issue and they could order all they need of this variant. #15 was a Fear Itself tie-in, so it was probably ordered higher than usual, but that doesn’t mean this variant will be impossible to find. Watch for a $5-$7 price tag.

Daredevil #7 (Alex Maleev Marvel Comics 50th Anniversary Variant Cover), 1:50. This is Alex Maleev aping the cover of Amazing Fantasy #15 (1st app Spider-Man, Marvel. 1962) and it’s fun . . . Kind of weird-looking, but this kind of stuff is not exactly in Maleev’s wheelhouse. Watch for a $30-$40 price tag.

Fantastic Four #601 (Giuseppe Camuncoli Connecting Variant Cover)

Fantastic Four #601 (Ron Garney Marvel Comics 50th Anniversary Variant Cover)

Fantastic Four #601 (Giuseppe Camuncoli Connecting Variant Cover), 1:20. This is the first of a two-part interconnecting variant cover series by Camuncoli that finishes on next month’s FF #13 and it’s unbearably cool. Camuncoli is coming up, big time; I would guess 2012 is his year to break out. Watch for a $12-$14 price tag.

Fantastic Four #601 (Ron Garney Marvel Comics 50th Anniversary Variant Cover), 1:50. Love this one! This is Garney paying homage to a classic Incredible Hulk cover, #377, and he nailed it. There should have been an editorial mandate stating that all these Marvel 50th anniversary variant artists should have to pick their favorite classic Marvel cover and recreate it. Nicely done here, Garney. Watch for a $35-$40 price tag.

New Mutants #35 (Jason Pearson Variant Cover), 1:15

Uncanny X-Force #19 (Nick Bradshaw Variant Cover)

Uncanny X-Force #19 (Nick Bradshaw Variant Cover), 1:15. This is the second to last piece in the Bradshaw X-Men Regenesis four-part interconnecting cover variant series. Watch for a $6-$8 price tag.

Uncanny X-Force #19 (Spoiler Variant Cover), 1:25
Uncanny X-Men #1 (Carlos Pacheco 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99

Speculator Picks of the Week

These are comics that could sell out very quickly due to conservative ordering, popular demand, errors or even a strike by the Diamond Comics Elves at the shipping warehouse until their masters agree to treat them with the same respect the chimps in the shipping department get. Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later . . .

The Activity #1

The Activity #1


Solicitation: The evolution of global warfare necessitates the evolution of special forces to rise and meet the call. The U.S Army has therefore looked to its last secret special operations tribe, the Intelligence Support Activity, or Gray Fox. Within Gray Fox is a team of elite men and women whose mission is flexible, whose technology is bleeding edge, and whose execution is precise and lethal. They are Team Omaha, and they serve The Activity.

32 pages

Why it’ll go fast: This is the new series from Nathan Edmondson, who wrote the surprise hit Who is Jake Ellis for Image (it was awesome) and is currently writing Grifter for DC (not so awesome). Edmondson seems to be one of those writers who operates best in his own sandbox. And, as we saw with Who is Jake Ellis, the guy can write international-spy-intrigue very well. Mitch Gerads is another name that seems to be popping up all over the place. He’s got a very realistic style that reminds me of a more refined Cully Hamner (The Sade, Red, DC). This one isn’t sold out yet but I expect it to move very quickly once the buzz gets out.

Dark Horse Presents #7

Dark Horse Presents #7

Dark Horse
Written by MIKE MIGNOLA and various
Art and Cover MIKE MIGNOLA and various

Solicitation: Mike Mignola’s Hellboy is the centerpiece for the 7th All-Star issue of Dark Horse Presents! In addition, this issue packs the beginnings of two new stories—200 People to Kill and Skultar, a brand-new Age of Reptiles story by Ricardo Delgado, a new Skeleton Key story by Andi Watson, and continuing stories by Howard Chaykin and Neal Adams!

80 pages

Why it’ll go fast: If retailers didn’t pay attention to their Previews order book they may have missed that DHP #7 features a new Hellboy story written and drawn by his creator, Mike Mignola. And it’s been a while since we’ve seen Mignola on art duties. With a $7.99 price tag, a lot of retailers may have been sheepish when ordering #7. But when it sells out, they’ll come crying for re-orders only to find it sold out.


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