The Comic Speculator – New Comics Watch: Guardians of the Galaxy #5

Guardians of the Galaxy #5 Angela variant.

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New Comics Watch for July 31, 2013:

It’s been a couple of weeks, but rest assured: there’s plenty of new stuff to talk about burning up the back issue market. This week, the big story is Angela making her first appearance in the pages of Guardians of the Galaxy #5.

Guardians of the Galaxy #5
Written by Brian Michael Bendis and Neil Gaiman
Art by Sara Pichelli
Shipped: 7/10

The Buzz: Angela’s firsst Marvel appearance in Age of Ultron #10 is still pretty easy to find and not selling for much, but this issue sold out before shipping. Having Gaiman’s name on the writing credit certainly didn’t hurt. Whether or not nerds latch on to Gaiman’s angel remains to be seen, but her appearance in the upcoming Guardians movie should spark some excitement.

The Verdict: I don’t see this one shooting up in value right away, due to high orders and plenty of stock on the shelves. But in the near future, as the movie gets closer, that could change. You should be reading this title, anyway, so don’t feel guilty picking it up.

What to Watch:

Red Sonja #1 main cover by Nicola Scott.

Red Sonja #1 Stephanie Buscema Subscription variant.

Red Sonja #1 main cover by Nicola Scott.

Red Sonja #1 (2013), shipped on July 17. Dynamite recently launched yet another Sonja series, this time with fan-favorite writer Gail Simone giving nerds a lady’s take on the ginger barbarian. First prints sold out very quickly and are starting to get hard to find. Currently, the regular covers are selling for just under $5 and going up, while the Stephanie Buscema subscription variant is selling for just under $10.

Mysterious Strangers #1 regular edition.

Mysterious Strangers #1-#2 San Diego ComicCon set.

Mysterious Strangers #1 also shipped on July 17. Chris Roberson is writing a groovy group of ’60s-inspired heroes with powers hidden under their gloves and, wow, is it a fun read. First prints of #1 went quickly and are tough to come by anywhere. Both issues #1 and #2 shipped in the same week and both were in the top-five advance reorders before shipping. Currently, there are no first-prints on eBay, but when I last I saw them they were selling for $5-$7. There was also a two-part variant of #1 and #2 by Mike and Laura Allred only available at SDCC. Originally, the set sold for $30. Now it’s selling for just under $60 and very hard to find.

Six Gun Gorilla #1 (of 6) 1:25 incentive James Harren variant.

Six Gun Gorilla #1 San Diego ComicCon variant.

Six Gun Gorilla #1 shipped on June 12. Simon Spurrier is having a ton of fun with this dystopic-space-western starring a gorilla with a gun. First-prints took a little while to sell out but now they’re selling for $7 and going up. The 1:25 James Harren variant is selling for $20-$25 and there’s a SDCC exclusive variant selling for $15-$20.

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