The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 12/29/2010

Batman The Dark Knight #1 1:200 David Finch Sketch 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. 29. 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.

Dark Horse:

Hellboy The Sleeping And The Dead #1 (of 2) 1:5 Scott Hampton Variant Cover (Diamond is listing this as the variant so I’m going with that info. Sorry Comiclist.)


Batman The Dark Knight #1 1:25 Andy Clarke Variant Cover
Batman The Dark Knight #1 1:200 David Finch Sketch Variant Cover

It’s time, once again, for retailers and nerds alike to freak out over a 1:200 variant cover. Prices are going anywhere from $150 to $450 for this one, so get ready to shell out some bucks if you need it. That said, the savvy collector can pick one of these up for less than $100 on eBay. For now, anyway. I’ll be writing more about 1:200 variants and their collectability in my next Back Issue Report if you’re interested.

Flash #8 Stanley “Artgerm” Lau 1:10 Variant Cover

Flash #8 Stanley “Artgerm” Lau 1:10 Variant Cover.

I’ve really been digging this guy’s covers, and his latest Flash variant is no exception. I’m betting nerds start paying more attention to Lau’s work in the near future here. Click Here to see his other covers. Watch for a $6-$8 price-tag.

Green Lantern #61 1:10 Alex Garner Variant Cover
Teen Titans #90 1:10 Karl Kerschl Variant Cover


G.I. JOE #25 Trevor Hutchison Variant Cover
Transformers Sector 7 #4 (of 5) Joe Suitor Variant Cover
True Blood #6 (of 6) Photo Variant Cover
True Blood #6 (of 6) 1:10 Joe Corroney Sketch Variant Cover


Carnage #2 (of 5) 1:25 Arthur Adams Variant Cover
Daken Dark Wolverine #4 1:75 Marko Djurdjevic Variant Cover
Nemesis #4 (of 4) 1:10 Leinil Francis Yu Triple Variant Cover
Nemesis #4 (of 4) 1:25 Mark Millar Variant Cover
S.H.I.E.L.D. #5 1:15 Dustin Weaver Historical Variant Cover
Widowmaker #2 (of 4) 1:15 Paul Renaud Variant Cover
X-23 #4 1:50 Marko Djurdjevic 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 longest College Football Bowl season ever (I plan on watching maybe two). Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later . . .

Captain America #613

Captain America #613

Written by ED BRUBAKER
Penciled by BUTCH GUICE

Solicitation: It’s the penultimate issue of the Trial of Captain America, and Bucky Barnes’ future hangs in the balance, as evidence of the Winter Soldier’s crimes comes to light. Brought to you by the hit creative team of Ed Brubaker & Butch Guice!

40 pgs
$3.99 US

Why it’ll go fast: Brubaker is about to shake up Bucky’s life in a major way, and when shake-ups come in the pages of his Cap title, there’s no telling what will happen. Cap’s sales numbers have leveled off in the past couple months with the title selling just inside the top 25, which means most retailers are comfortable with their orders on the title. So, when nerds who don’t normally pick up this title come looking for this issue, it might not be around. I’m also guessing Marvel isn’t printing more than usual of this issue. Watch for a pretty quick sellout here.

Batman The Dark Knight #1

Batman The Dark Knight #1

Written by DAVID FINCH
1:25 Variant cover by ANDY CLARKE
1:200 Sketch variant cover by DAVID FINCH

Solicitation: Comics superstar David Finch takes full creative control (both writing and illustrating!) on this brand-new Batman monthly series! Joined by the best of the best—Scott Williams—on inks, this new series is sure to be on everyone’s must-read pile! Delving into the more supernatural and esoteric areas of Gotham City, the six-part storyline explores the horrific murder of one of Bruce Wayne’s childhood friends . . . and the terrible ramifications the brutal crime has on Batman’s life!

32 pages

Why it’ll go fast: Like all the other Batman INC titles, this one is also going to sellout fast and not just because one of the hottest artists working in comics today is drawing it. He’s writing it, too. Is it going to be any good? DC thinks so. And heck, I hope so, too, but historically there just aren’t a lot of superstar artists turned celebrated writers out there. Finch might be the man for the job, and even if he isn’t, nerds might buy this one for the art alone. But you’ve got to wonder how long he’ll stay with the title and what’s the Dark Night’s future as a series without Finch. I guess we’ll find out together. Regardless, watch for this one to sell quick but probably not jump in price right away. Retailers are going to order piles of DK #1.

Echoes #1

Echoes #1

Written by Joshua Hale Fialkov
Art by Rahsan Ekedal

Solicitation: The First Shocking Suspense Series from Minotaur!?Brian Cohn is a diagnosed schizophrenic leading a simple, uncomplicated life in Monroeville, Pennsylvania. He’s expecting his first child with his wife. When he goes to visit his estranged Alzheimer’s afflicted father on his deathbed, the dying old man confesses to being a serial killer. Now Brian is faced with discovering a horrifying new side to his father and left wondering if we ever really escape familial legacies. ?From acclaimed author Joshua Hale Fialkov (Tumor, Pilot Season: Alibi) and rising artist Rahsan Ekedal (Creepy) a disturbing story of murder and mystery wrapped in questions of sanity.

32 pages

Why it’ll go fast: First issues from Image have been selling out very quickly due to some over ordering and smaller print-runs. Pair that with what sounds like a really interesting (and creepy) premise and I would guess Echoes sells out pretty quickly. Also, Top Cow has done a great job promoting Echoes on both its Web site and Facebook with previews and giveaways. I think Nerds are going to dig this one. Retailers will probably order slightly higher on issue #1 so as not to miss out on another Skullkickers or Morning Glories #1 and push this first issue to a sellout. Whether or not it will be selling for $20 or more in the next week remains to be seen.

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. And, apparently, nerds on the Internet are pissed about it. 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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