The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 06/03/2010
Legion of Super-Heroes #1
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), Comicspriceguide.com (CPG) and current online auction sales. Sales numbers and rankings are courtesy of ICV2.com. 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 Round-Up:
Below you will find all the info you could possibly need on the comics shipping this Wednesday June 3, 2010. Remember, it’s a holiday week so comics ship a day late. For a full list of comics shipping this week, click here. To find a comic shop near you, click here.
Sell Out News:
I was a little surprised to read about DC’s sellout of Legion of Super-Heroes #1. Especially after lower-than-expected sales on the Superman Last Stand of New Krypton mini-series, which tied directly into the relaunch. It seemed like a gamble giving the new Legion title to Paul Levitz, who wrote the Legion in the mid to late ’80s, but it seems to have paid off here. Legion #1 returns with a second printing and a new variant cover featuring the sketched version of Jim Lee’s Saturn Girl from the 1:10 variant of the first printing. First printings of #1 are still selling for cover price for now but they could go up by the time issue #2 hits stands.
X-Men Second Coming Revelations Hellbound #1
Uncanny X-Men #524
Marvel’s X-Men Second Coming Revelations Hellbound #1 2nd printing ships this week with a variant cover. Hellbound isn’t a direct tie-in to the Second Coming event so I don’t think retailers expected it to sell as well as it did.
MAR108108 X-MEN HELLBOUND #1 (OF 3) 2ND PTG TOLIBAO VAR
Currently first printings are selling for $4 to $5, but there aren’t many for sale and they’re going fast.
An Uncanny X-Men #524 second printing ships this week with a variant cover by Terry Dodson that pretty much lets the cat out of the bag. If you haven’t heard, Nightcrawler is dead. As always, when a major character dies, the comic sells out instantly. The weird part is there are very few copies of the regular first-printing cover for sale online but a never-ending supply of the David Finch 1:25 cover, making this Second Coming Finch Variant the most affordable so far.
This Week’s Variant News:
Avengers Prime #1 variant
Avengers variants keep on coming, this week with Avengers Prime #1, which ships with a 1:25 Marko Djurdjevic cover as part of the series of Djurdjevic-painted covers. The Avengers Djurdjevic variants are selling well ($12 to $15) but aren’t blowing up yet. The Avengers Prime #1 1:25 variant will be a little tougher to find than the Avengers #1 variant because it won’t be ordered on the same level as, well, probably any of the new Avengers series. Retailers will be asking $15-$25 for this one. Anything $15 or less is a good price and probably worth picking up.
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. . . Maybe, I’m just calling my shot here . . .
Avengers Prime #1
Solicitation: They were friends, brothers and teammates through all of Marvel’s greatest adventures, but recent events turned them into the bitterest of enemies. In the wake of the Siege of Asgard Thor, Iron Man and Steve Rogers are brought together on the same side once more, but these great heroes can’t truly trust each other yet. They better start soon, because something only the Big Three can handle is tearing their world apart. This all-new, grand and dangerous adventure will catapult our heroes into the explosive Heroic Age and will unite comics legend Alan Davis with Avengers scribe Brian Bendis for the very first time.
Why it’ll go fast: With Avengers and Secret Avengers both selling out and going to second printings, it’s no doubt that Avengers Prime is going to sell out. How fast is perhaps the better question. I’m guessing it’s not right away, as retailers might order cautiously here. It’s another $4 price tag and it’s a limited series. Both are good reasons that Prime could sell less than the other Avengers titles, but it won’t. Prime won’t sell out this week, but when the reorders come in next week it’ll be gone. And it’s probably going to be a pretty good read too.
The Thanos Imperative #1 of 6
Solicitation: The next huge Marvel Cosmic event is here! The dangerous and mysterious fissure known as The Fault has opened and the dark forces of a rival universe, where there is no death, are pouring through to claim ours! Nova, the Silver Surfer, Quasar, Gladiator and more of the greatest cosmic champions of the Marvel Universe line up to stop them, but it could be more than even they can handle. Luckily, Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon and some of the galaxy’s underdog, never-say-die heroes have a plan. It’s a crazy plan. It’s called . . . Thanos! Welcome to the end of everything, brought to you by acclaimed writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning and superstar artist Miguel Sepulveda (Thunderbolts)! So grab your blaster and find out why critics like Ain’t It Cool News raves “(Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning) succeed in producing the most entertaining super hero comic books on the stands today.”
Written by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning; Art by Miguel Sepulveda; Cover by Aleksi Briclot.
Why it’ll go fast: With both Nova and Guardians of the Galaxy on hiatus, this is the only place fans of the Abnett and Lanning’s Marvel-Cosmic-characters have left to read of their adventures. Both Nova and Guardians may have suffered in sales due to the numerous crossover titles and events that tied-in to the monthly titles. Now Marvel seems to be trying the opposite and keeping the entire Thanos Imperative event in one title. After the low sales on the previous cosmic titles, watch for retailers to order low on this latest one, especially when they’re busy concentrating on Second Coming, Heroic-Age and Brightest Day titles. This is another title that will sell out in reorders; I’d guess by the middle of next week.
Serenity: Float Out One Shot
Solicitation: Acclaimed writer/actor/comedian Patton Oswalt (“The Goon,” “Batman,” “JLA,” “Dollhouse,” “Ratatouille”) brings back one of Firefly’s most beloved characters in this special spotlight issue! Always ready with a brilliant aerial maneuver and a terrible one-liner, Wash was pilot of the Firefly-class ship Serenity in Joss Whedon’s cult-classic TV series before being killed in the movie. Float Out includes three brand-new stories of Wash in a series of exciting smuggling raids, each providing a hair-raising escape or daring last-minute rescue! Featuring a cameo that will leave Serenity fans reeling, this special one-shot presents new tales of the Serenity universe’s past and tantalizing hints about its future!
Written by Patton Oswalt; Art by Patric Reynolds; Colors by Dave Stewart; Covers by Frank Stockton and Jo Chen.
Why it’ll go fast: I pity those who don’t know how great Joss Whedon’s Serenity was and curse the Fox network for screwing it up (you know what you did). Serenity fans are rabid to say the least, and the only thing that will make them buy this comic faster is the fact that it’s written by every nerd’s favorite comedian, Patton Oswalt. This a Sci-Fi geek’s dream. The only problem being it might be pretty tough to find. Retailers are not going to order huge on a one-shot for a long-cancelled Sci-Fi show. Because it’s a one-shot, Dark Horse probably won’t be reprinting this one in trade format anytime soon. This will be the only place to read this one-shot and when it sells out, it’s gone.
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