The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 12/22/2010

Archie #616 Obama Palin 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. 22. 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.


Archie #616 Obama Palin Variant Cover. This one seems a little late to cash in on the Obama/Palin money train but the variant and regular covers are both already sold out. I’m guessing this is a 1:10, as most sellers on-line are asking $7-$10.


Neonomicon #3 (of 4) 1:3 Jacen Burrows Book of the Dead Incentive Cover.

Neonomicon #3 (of 4) Jacen Burrows Auxiliary Edition

Neonomicon #3 (of 4) Jacen Burrows Auxiliary Edition, limited to 2,000 copies.

These seem to be available on a first-come-first-serve basis and were made available to retailers at the standard $3.99 cover price. These might be worth watching later on, but for now, prices on all the Neonomicon variants are pretty low.


Incorruptible #13 Cover C Jeffrey Spokes.

If you’ve been collecting these, this is the final Spokes variant that featured a letter of the title on each cover, forming a very cool set. Watch for a $6-$10 price tag here. I would guess sets of the 13 variants could sell very well.

Traveler #2 Cover C Scott Clark

Dark Horse:

Guild Vork (One Shot) 1:5 Gilbert Hernandez Variant Cover

Kull The Hate Witch #2 (of 4) 1:5 Fabio Cobiaco Variant Cover


Batman Incorporated #2 1:25 Yanick Paquette Variant Cover

DC Universe Legacies #8 (of 10) 1:25 Frank Quitely Variant Cover

Detective Comics #871 Jock 2nd Printing Variant Cover

Green Lantern Corps #55 1:10 Patrick Gleason Variant Cover

Green Lantern Larfleeze Christmas Special #1 (One Shot) 1:10 Brett Booth Variant Cover

Justice League Generation Lost #16 1:10 Kevin Maguire Variant Cover

Justice League of America #52 1:10 David Mack Variant Cover.

Justice League of America #52 1:10 David Mack Variant Cover.

To the best of my knowledge we haven’t seen Mack on any DC cover work since his Justice League variants in 2006. This latest one looks like it was worth the wait. Watch for a $7-$10 price tag here

Wonder Woman #605 1:10 Alex Garner Variant Cover


Green Hornet Year One #7 Francesco Francavilla 1:10 Variant Cover

Green Hornet Year One #7 Matt Wagner Black/White/Green Variant Cover

Kato #6 Carlos Rafael Black/White/Green Variant Cover

Kato #6 1:10 Carlos Rafael Variant Cover

Warlord of Mars #3 J. Scott Campbell Black & White Incentive Cover

Warlord of Mars #3 Joe Jusko Black & White Incentive Cover

Warlord of Mars #3 1:15 Lucio Parrillo Incentive Cover

Warlord of Mars #3 1:10 Patrick Berkenkotter Incentive Cover


The Cape (One Shot) Photo Variant Cover


Artifacts #3 (of 13) Kalman Andrasofszky 2nd Printing Variant Cover

Artifacts #4 (of 13) Foil Symbol Variant Cover
Artifacts #4 (of 13) Michael Broussard Sketch Variant Cover
Dynamo 5 Holiday Special 2010 #1 Rob Guillory Variant Cover
Morning Glories #4 Rodin Esquejo 2nd Printing Variant Cover
Morning Glories #5 Retailer Thank You Variant Cover
Skullkickers #3 2nd Printing Variant Cover


Invincible Iron Man #33 1:15 Brandon Peterson TRON Variant Cover

Ultimate Comics Doom #1 (of 4) 1:20 Terry Dodson Variant Cover

X-Men #6 1:25 Paco Medina 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 . . .

Archie Comics #616

Archie Comics #616

Written by Alex Simmons
Art by Dan Parent

Solicitation: “Campaign Pain,” Part 1. President Barack Obama and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin get involved as Student Government campaigns spiral out of control at Riverdale High! The race between Archie and Reggie gets hot as campaign chaos reaches to the top, forcing an impromptu visit from these big-name politicos, who get pulled into the fray!

32 pgs
$2.99 US

Why it’ll go fast: I don’t get it, I can’t explain it and I’m not sure whether or not I care, but Archie continues to sell out every month. My only guess as to why would be lower print-runs based on actual orders. I find it hard to believe that fans are walking out of comic shops with multiple copies of new Archie comics—eBay sales certainly aren’t reflecting a huge demand—but, a few years from now, these issue could be impossible to find. Will nerds care? That could be a different story. Full disclosure here; I’ve never been an Archie fan and used to be secretly upset when I received them as gifts from my Grandparents.

Green Lantern Larfleeze Christmas Special #1

Green Lantern Larfleeze Christmas Special #1

Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Cover by GENE HA

Solicitation: It’s Brightest (Christmas) Day! What do you want for Christmas? Orange Lantern Larfleeze wants everything—including Santa Claus himself! And nothing, not even the heroes of the DC Universe can to stop the Orange Lantern from getting what he wants! Plus, you won’t want to miss the strange holiday season shenanigans starring the rest of the Orange Lantern Corps! Superstar writer Geoff Johns and artist Brett Booth team up for an unbelievable sleigh ride (one-shot) adventure!

32 pages

Why it’ll go fast: X-Mas specials typically don’t sell well, but they typically aren’t written by Geoff Johns. I’m guessing a lot of retailers glanced at this one and passed it off as another loser DC Holiday Special, like the other one that shipped recently. Those who did will regret it. This one is going to sell fast and might not have a lot of legs after X-Mas. Or, DC may have printed less of this special, thinking that would make this issue even harder to find. Regardless, it’ll be a great read for your lazy holiday.

Ultimate Doom #1

Ultimate Doom #1

Variant Cover by Terry Dodson

Solicitation: The enemy has revealed itself and the Ultimate Universe has been rocked to its very core. Now, the surviving heroes must put together the most bad-ass covert ops team ever if they have any chance of catching up to the enemy before he/she strikes again. Ultimate Doom is a story you have never seen in a Marvel Comics, and we promise you—no hype—the Ultimate Universe changes forever. The dynamic duo of Brian Bendis (Mighty Avengers) and Rafa Sandoval (Avengers Initiative) bring you the concluding tale in the Ultimate Enemy trilogy . . . and it’ll shock you beyond belief!

24 PGS

Why it’ll go fast: Ultimate Comics are still selling very well even though they seem to be more and more event driven. Which, apparently, nerds on the Internet are pissed about. Regardless, Doom is an A-list villain and Ultimate-nerds are excited for this one. Why? Well, like it says in the solicitation, this one is going to change everything in the Ultimate-Marvel-U. And when Bendis says he’s going to shake things up, he does so, with a vengeance. It may not be a great jumping-on point for those of us who stopped paying attention to the Ultimate U, but it’ll probably be a great read regardless. If you can find it.


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