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This Week in Geek 10/07/09

by Matt Baum (10/07/09).

Bloom County

Bloom County

I have to take a moment here to eat some crow. Not too long ago I was responsible for a lot of yelling and screaming about the state of Spiderman in the Marvel U. This would have been before, during and after the “One More Day” storyline which saw Peter Parker making a deal with the Devil (well Mephisto anyway) to save his Aunt May (whose got to be at least 140 years-old by now) from a near-fatal bullet wound in exchange for his love for Mary Jane and loss of memory for all things therein (no marriage, etc). Though I still find the story line ridiculous and borderline repulsive, I have to admit that the current Amazing Spiderman title is fantastic. I returned to Amazing about three months ago, at the behest of my good friend Joe, and haven’t regretted a single issue. Do I need Spidey to be single and swinging, absolutely not, but good storytelling cannot be denied. Between writers Dan Slott, Mark Waid and Joe Kelley, Spidey hasn’t been in better hands for a long time. So there; I was wrong.

In other news, one of my favorite comic strips from the 1980s (revealing my age here) returns to print this week. IDW, which has been doing a fantastic job in the reprint department (check out its Dick Tracy reprints if you haven’t had a chance), is reprinting Berkeley Breathed’s Bloom County 30 years later in a hardcover library format. Volume one collects 1980-1982 and will be available at comic shops everywhere this Wednesday. As a part of Bloom County’s 30th birthday, USA Today.com will be hosting several of the original strips with commentary from Breathed on their comics section. Bloom County was a favorite strip of mine when it was reprinted in the late 80s; long before I was old enough to appreciate the socio-political humor. There was plenty of absurdist humor for the angry punk-rock-teen as I recall. Revisiting Bloom County as a responsible and learned adult (chuckle) who lived through the cold war should be even more enjoyable.

My Stack: Here’s a list of the comics I’ll be picking up this Wednesday, Oct. 7. For a full list of comics shipping this week click here. To find a comic shop near you click here.

The Amazing Spider-Man #608
Astonishing X-Men #31
Batman and Robin #5
Batman Annual #27
Bloom County: The Complete Library Volume 1 of 5: 1980-1982
Cable #19
Criminal: The Sinners #1
Daredevil #501
Dark Reign: The List: Secret Warriors
Doctor Voodoo: Avenger of the Supernatural #1
Doom Patrol #3
House of Mystery #18
Justice League: Cry For Justice #4 of 7
Magog #2
Planetary #27
Superman: World of New Krypton #8 of 12
Vengeance of the Moon Knight #2
War Heroes #3 of 6
Witchfinder: In The Service of Angels #4 of 5
X-Men vs. Agents of Atlas
#1 of 2

Thoughts on the Stack: It’s time to ask yourself, after the debacle that was Ghost Boxes (in both scheduling and storytelling) do we still care about Astonishing X-Men and just when in the name of continuity is does this title take place? Well, for artist Phil Jiminez’s (I’ve never typed an apostrophe after a Z, and man does it look weird) sake, I do care. For this issue at least. Everyone should read Ed Brubaker’s Criminal, but don’t expect to find back issues. All four volumes were criminally under-printed (I know, comic genius right; pun intended), however, collected versions of the first four volumes should be available in most comic shops and it’s some of the best crime-noir comics ever printed. The first two issues of Doom Patrol have been interesting; I’m on board until at least issue #6. Keith Giffen’s other title, Magog, was a pleasant surprise. One that I went into this title with zero expectations but finished excited about this character for the first time since reading Kingdom Come. Remember Planetary? Story of the explorers of the secret history of the world? No? Could be because issue #26 hit the stands in December . . . of 2006! Yeah, it’s been a little while. But now, with no explanation for its amazing tardiness, we can finally read the finale of an amazing series the plot of which most of us have completely forgotten. Do all hobbies make hobbyists feel like beaten spouses? Moon Knight #1 was good. Not great but good; which is a marked improvement from the last Moon Knight series. And topping off the stack is the “PLEASE, PLEASE buy this issue” of Agents of Atlas starring the X-Men.” I love Agents and you should, too (if it gets cancelled I’ll be handing out bloody noses at your local comic shop soon), but do I need them to . . . “Versus” my X-Men? I guess I’ll find out.

Speculator Picks of the Week:

These are three comics that could sell out very quickly and end up demanding premium prices on the back issue market. Some will be hot for the next two weeks while others will sell at ridiculous prices for the foreseeable future.

Doctor Voodoo: Avenger of the Supernatural #1: Marvel Comics

Doctor Voodoo: Avenger of the Supernatural #1

Doctor Voodoo: Avenger of the Supernatural #1

Solicitation: Launching from the pages of New Avengers, Jericho Drumm assumes the role of Marvel’s new Sorcerer Supreme as Doctor Voodoo! Having foreseen an unimaginable evil that will soon envelop the Marvel Universe, the Eye of Agamotto has passed the mantle of Sorcerer Supreme on to the one man who has the unique gifts to stave off the coming darkness—but is Doctor Voodoo ready for the momentous duty as avenger of the supernatural? As Jericho begins to grapple with his colossal new position, malevolent beings of vast power see his arrival as an opportunity to strike.

Rising stars Rick Remender (Punisher) and Jefte Palo crack open a new chapter in the Book of Vishanti to tell the ongoing adventures of the new Sorcerer Supreme in the Mighty Marvel fashion!

32 PGS
$3.99 US
AUG090463
Written by Rick Remender; Pencils and inks by Jefte Palo; Cover by Marko Djurdjevic.

Why it’ll go fast: Brother Voodoo is the new Sorcerer Supreme, and if there is anything cooler happening in comics I sure as hell can’t think of it. Let’s be honest here; we’d all love to see a badass ongoing Doctor Strange title, but in lieu of that, we’ll have to make do with a Brother Voodoo comic guest starring Doc Strange, written by Rick Remender, who has been doing stellar work on The Punisher. This one is going to sell. I’m not sure that retailers are sold on Remender, whose Punisher is only shipping about 33,000 monthly (#65 in August on the monthly top 300 comics list), or Brother Voodoo who has recently popped up in New Avengers but is hardly an A-list hero. This one is going to be underestimated and a fun read.

Haunt #1: Image Comics

Haunt #1

Haunt #1

Solicitation: McFarlane & Kirkman’s Haunt has arrived! Daniel Kilgore is dragged into his estranged brother Kurt’s secret life of murder and espionage . . . by his ghost. With no training whatsoever, guided by the spirit of his secret-agent brother, Daniel must now solve his brother’s murder and save the world—or die trying! It all starts here, people: Witness the birth of Haunt!

$2.99 US
AUG090285
Written by Robert Kirkman; Pencils by Ryan Ottley; Cover by Todd McFarlane; 1:10 Variant Cover by Ryan Ottley; 1:25 Variant Cover by Greg Capullo.

Why it’ll go fast: Is this another version of Spawn? Maybe. The good news is McFarlane isn’t writing the book and Kirkman is. Do I care? Not sure yet but I’ll give issue one a shot based on my love of Kirkman’s Walking Dead and Invincible. Are people going to freak out for this one? Most definitely. I don’t know what it is about Todd McFarlane but nerds seem to still love him. He’s like the polar opposite of Rob Liefield, who we thought we loved but are now embarrassed to own any of his comics. McFarlane on the other hand, whose Spawn comics are just as bad as any issue of Youngblood, seems to have a permanent seat in Nerd Valhalla. I loved his Spiderman; we all did. But Todd lost me with Spawn. Obviously, I’m the problem because all four covers of Haunt are going to sell like the chromium-gatefold-glow-in-the-dark Spawn covers of yesterday. The best part; McFarlane is only inking the book and his name will still sell issues. I can’t explain it folks. I just call them as I see them.

War Heroes #3 of 6: Image Comics

War Heroes #3 of 6

War Heroes #3 of 6

Solicitation: After weeks of training, the recruits finally get to try out their super-powers on real-life targets, as Project Olympus marches en masse across the Middle East, much to the horror of the world at large. But things are not as simple as they seem, and Calvin’s poster-boy brother is up to something.

WARNING: May not be suitable for all ages. Note: Originally solicited 2008-05-15 for shipment 2008-08-27—resolicited 2009-06-12 for shipment 2009-09-16

32 PGS
$2.99 US
JUL090409
Written by Mark Millar; Pencils and cover by Tony Harris; Inks by Cliff Rathburn; Variant Cover by Frank Cho.

Why it’ll go fast: Mark Millar continues his streak of late comics with War Heroes #3 just in time to kill the buzz created by the announcement of War Heroes being green lit for the big screen. All year-old movie buzz aside, fans are going to come looking for this one because, say what you will about his problem with deadlines, Mark Millar writes good comics. When we last saw War Heroes (Spoiler Alert!!!!) super-powered American soldiers were going to sell the medication that gave them super-powers to Al Queda. I’m telling you here: Glen Beck, Bill O’Reilley or Rush Limbaugh; one of these guys is going to get a hold of this comic, denounce it as “un-American” and one of two things will happen. 1. Piles of War Heroes will be burned by neo-cons everywhere in a desperate bid to distract America from further talk of health care reform, thereby making copies next to impossible to find. 2. The initial denouncement of the comic will give it a bunch of free publicity which will counter act the stand that retailers took against Millar by ordering low on issue #3 in the face of his blatant lateness while choosing their statement carefully by cutting back on War Heroes rather than a title like Wolverine that makes them fistfuls of cash. That has gotta be the run-on sentence of the year!

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This Week in Geek is a weekly blog about new comics written by WorthPoint comic book Worthologist Matt Baum. Every Wednesday, Matt takes a look at the week’s new comics from a collector’s point-of-view and discusses which books may be hard to find in the near future and why. Make sure to click on the hot links for previews and more information on the comics, characters, story-lines and creators discussed here. Also, feel free to post your comments in the new “comments” section below, or you can follow him on Twitter, where he is always screaming about something nerd-related. Want to know what your comics are worth? Join WorthPoint for free and post your comics in the “Ask A Worthologist” section. Remember to post the title, issue number and cover price.

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