The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 04/07/2010

Vengeance of Moon Knight

Vengeance of Moon Knight

he 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.

A word of warning before we get started; last night I was kept awake by spring thunderstorms and a crying Pug ,so today’s blog is fueled by way too much coffee. Sorry if things get a little punchy.

New Comics Round-Up:

Gathered here before you, in this very blog, lay all the information you could possibly want on the new comics shipping this Wednesday, April 7, 2010. Please, readers; I ask that you only use this information for good. For a full list of comics shipping this week, click here. To find a comic shop near you, click here.

As always we begin with the Sell Out, Variant and Reprint News:

No sell outs to mention from this past week, but in Variant news, Marvel’s Iron Man by Design variant covers begin shipping this week with Uncanny X-Men and Vengeance of Moon Knight. I’m not a variant collector myself but I have to admit, these are pretty cool.

Here’s your list of Variant and reprint comics shipping this Wednesday April 7th. The comics listed here are incentive covers and reprints only:

Uncanny X-Men

Uncanny X-Men


Absolution #5 (of 6) (Juan Jose Ryp Auxiliary Edition Cover)
Anna Mercury 2 #3 (of 5) (Michael Dipascale Auxiliary Edition Cover)
Crossed #7 (of 9) (Matt Martin Tasty Cover)
Crossed #8 (of 9) (Michael Dipascale Sizzling Cover)
Supergod #3 (of 5) (Garrie Gastonny Auxiliary Edition)


Batman and Robin #11 (Andy Clarke Variant Cover)
Superman Last Stand of New Krypton #2 (of 3) (Marcos Marz Variant Cover)
Superman Secret Origin #5 (of 6) (Gary Frank & Jon Sibal Variant Cover)

Dynamic Forces:

Sword #1 (John Cassaday Signed Edition)
World War Hulks Alpha (Jeff Parker Signed Edition)
X-Factor #200 (Peter David Signed Edition)
X-Force New Mutants Necrosha (Clayton Crain Signed Edition)


Green Hornet #2 (Shared Retailer Exclusive Variant Cover)
Project Superpowers Chapter Two #8 (Alex Ross Virgin Art Variant Cover)


G.I. Joe Origins #14 (Tom Feister Virgin Variant Cover)
Starstruck #8 (Michael William Kaluta Virgin Variant Cover)
Zombies vs. Robots Adventure #3 (Ashley Wood Variant Cover)


Invincible Returns #1 (Cover B Erik Larsen & Ryan Ottley Variant)
Invincible Returns #1 (Cover C Darwin Cook Variant)
Invincible Returns #1 (Cover D David Finch Sketch Variant)
Turf #1 (Cover B Duncan Fegredo Variant)
Turf #1 (Cover C Jim Steranko Variant)
Turf #1 (Cover D Tommy Lee Edwards Sketch Variant)


Deadpool and Cable #25 (Rob Liefeld Variant Cover)
Deadpool Corps #1 (Rob Liefeld 2nd Printing Variant Cover)
Deadpool Corps #1 (Ed McGuinness Sketch Variant Cover)
Electric Ant #1 (of 5) (David Mack Variant Cover)
S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 (Black & White Issue Variant Cover)
S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 (Dustin Weaver Historical Variant Cover)
Uncanny X-Men #523 (David Finch Variant Cover) (X-Men Second Coming Tie-In)
Uncanny X-Men #523 (Mike Perkins Iron Man by Design Variant Cover) (X-Men Second Coming Tie-In
Vengeance of The Moon Knight #7 (Adi Granov Iron Man By Design Variant Cover)

Now, it’s on to the Speculator Picks of the Week . These are comics that could sell out very quickly due to conservative ordering, popular demand, shipping errors, voodoo curses or any other set of unforeseen events. Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later.

Invincible Returns #1: Image

Invincible Returns #1

Invincible Returns #1

Solicitation: at long last, Invincible returns to his original costume! After the shocking events of the Invincible War and the cataclysmic battle with Conquest, Invincible is ready to turn the page to a bold new era: just in time for the Viltrumite War, starting in next month’s Invincible #71! This special, self-contained issue will bring readers new and old up to speed on everyone’s favorite superhero comic. If you’ve never read Invincible, now is the time to dive in. And if you’ve been reading since the beginning: You know it’s all been leading up to this moment! Either way, hold onto your hats!

40 PGS
$3.99 US
Written by Robert Kirkman; Pencils by Cory Walker and Ryan Ottley; Inks by Fco Plascencia; Covers by David Finch, Darwyn Cooke; Variants by Ryan Ott & Erik Larsen.

Why it’ll go fast: Just as the solicitation says, this is the perfect jumping-on point for everyone who missed out the first time. Everyone, including me. Being a one-shot, I’m guessing retailers order much lower on this issue than the regular series. People are going to pick this one up and then retailers are going to desperately re-order. Then the re-orders will be allocated because of all the other re-orders. Then the nerds scurry to the Internet looking for copies and the circle of life continues. And there’s a quick anatomy of a sell-out.

S.H.I.E.L.D. #1: Marvel

S.H.I.E.L.D. #1

S.H.I.E.L.D. #1

Solicitation: Leonardo Da Vinci was an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. So was Isaac Newton. So were Imhotep and Zhang Heng and Galileo and many other geniuses throughout time. They were the first heroes to defeat Galactus and the Brood and to turn Celestials back. They saved the world long before Captain America or Iron Man were ever born, but what does this mean to our heroes of today? What does this mean to Nick Fury? Do not miss this Marvel Comics masterpiece that fans will be talking about for decades to come. All the insanity is courtesy of Jonathan Hickman (Fantastic Four, Secret Warriors, Nightly News) and Dustin Weaver (X-men). Rated T.

US FEB100539
Written by Jonathan Hickman; Pencils by Dustin Weaver.

Why it’ll go fast: Jonathan Hickman has been blowing up on Fantastic Four and Secret Warriors for a while now but is only just now starting to get real fan recognition. His FF has been selling out on a monthly basis but still isn’t selling in the top 20 comics. In February FF was number 41 on the top 300 comics ordered list shipping 37,526 copies. My guess is retailers will order about the same level of Secret Warriors or slightly less. SW was number 53 on last month’s sales chart. The main reason being, no major characters in this one other than Leonardo Da Vinci. S.H.I.E.L.D.#1 might not sell out initially, but as the buzz builds around the comic, it’ll become harder to find, mainly due to low orders. It was certainly nice of DC to cancel their Shield series just in time for this one to begin. Hey, don’t they currently have a Nemesis series as well.

Turf #1: Image

Turf #1

Turf #1

Solcitation: A four- issue hard-boiled noir crime thriller with girls, guns, fangs and aliens. New York, 1929. The height of prohibition. The cops turn a blind eye while the mobs run the city, dealing in guns, girls and illegal liquor. But the arrival of the mysterious Dragonmir Family from Eastern Europe with more of a taste for blood than booze coincides with a series of brutal attacks on the gangsters themselves. As the gangs fall before the fangs, only handful of mobsters survive. But an unlikely alliance formed between tough guy Eddie Falco and a character from a long way from New York City—a long way from Earth, in fact—offers the humans a glimmer of hope. As the strong-willed young reporter Susie Dale from the Gotham Herald tries to survive in the middle of the maelstrom, and an ancient prophecy unfolds, no one can guess who’s going to win the battle for this particular slice of Turf.

Written by Jonathan Ross; Penciled by Tommy Lee Edwards; Covers by Duncan Fegredo, Jim Steranko and Tommy Lee Edwards.

Why it’ll go fast: The name Jonathan Ross might not mean much to you and I, but the Brits know him pretty well. According to his bio:

“Jonathan Ross is one of the highest profile broadcasters in the UK. His weekly talk show, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross is entering its 11th year on BBC1, and is the UK’s most successful comedy talk show. It is now broadcast via the BBC in the USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and in assorted other weirdly arbitrary territories. He also hosts an award winning weekly radio show, the BBC’s flagship Film review program and the Bafta Film Awards, which is shown in numerous countries around the world.”

I guess this would be comparable to John Tesh writing a comic book. Basically, this means the bulk of the Turf #1 shipment is probably going to British comic shops. Most American retailers will probably order a couple of these and be content to let Turf #1 sell out. It might not be a bad idea to pick a couple up just incase they start to really sell across the pond. There certainly won’t be any re-orders available.


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