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This Week in Geek 3/25/09

by Matt Baum (03/25/09).

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.

Immortal Iron Fist #27

Immortal Iron Fist #27

Sad news this week from Marvel Comics, maybe. Newsarama.com posted a sneak peak at Marvel’s summer solicits that included one for the Immortal Iron Fist #27. Here’s how the solicitation looked:

IMMORTAL IRON FIST #27
Written by DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI
Penciled by TRAVEL FOREMAN
Cover by KAARE ANDREWS
70th Anniversary Variant Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC
Danny Rand is the Immortal Iron Fist. He has thwarted Hydra assassins… foiled a vicious plot to destroy his mystical city of K’un-Lun… fought in an interdimensional kung fu tournament… escaped the unstoppable beast that killed all other Iron Fists before him… and survived a trip into Hell itself. But will he make it through the fall of the House of Rand? Don’t miss this landmark FINAL ISSUE of the critically acclaimed, fan-beloved IMMORTAL IRON FIST (emphasis added).

With the news of the comic’s cancellation, fans lit up the comic web-boards with curses directed at Marvel; mine were particularly nasty. On Iron Fist writer Duane Swierczynski’s Twitter page, he dismissed the rumor as false Tuesday saying” “Nope, ’tis a lie! Iron Fist isn’t going anywhere.” Tuesday morning Newsarama.com posted a new solicitation for issue #27. See if you notice the subtle difference:

Danny Rand is the Immortal Iron Fist. He has thwarted Hydra assassins… foiled a vicious plot to destroy his mystical city of K’un-Lun… fought in an interdimensional kung fu tournament… escaped the unstoppable beast that killed all other Iron Fists before him… and survived a trip into Hell itself. But will he make it through the fall of the House of Rand?

No mention of a final issue there. As of yet I haven’t seen any confirmation as to what is going on with the series other than the writer’s Twitter message. (Yes, I follow my favorite writers on Twitter, and no, I don’t think it’s stalker behavior.) I’ll keep you guys posted as soon as I hear anything. In the meantime, you should all encourage 10 people you know to pick up the series just to help the sales a little bit.

This week is huge! I was amazed/slightly embarrassed at how many comics I’ll be buying this Wednesday, March 25. Below, you’ll find my giant pile of comics for this week. For a complete list of this week’s comics click here. To find a comic shop near you click here.

The Astounding Wolf-Man #14
Batman: Battle For The Cowl: Commissioner Gordon
Captain America
#48
Conan The Cimmerian #9
Daredevil #117
Dark Reign: Elektra #1 of 5
Fantastic Four #565
Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds #5 of 5
Firebreather #7
Guardians Of The Galaxy #12
Immortal Iron Fist #24
Incredible Hercules #127
Mighty Avengers #23
New Avengers #51
Nova #23
Oracle #1 of 3
Superman #686
The Umbrella Academy: Dallas #5 of 6
War Machine #4
War of Kings: Darkhawk #2 of 2
Wonder Woman #30
X-Force/Cable Messiah War: Prologue
X-Infernus
#4 of 4

Again, only a few new items to the list. The two new offerings from the Batman Battle for the Cowl event, Batman: Battle For The Cowl: Commissioner Gordon and Oracle #1 look like they could be fun. As stated above, everyone needs to be reading Iron Fist #24, available this week. I’m also pretty excited for Marvel’s X-Force/Cable Messiah War: Prologue (see Picks of the Week for more). Two great miniseries end this week issue #5 of Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds #5 of 5 (which turned out to have nothing to do with the Final Crisis event) and X-Infernus #4 of 4 (which sees the return of beloved New Mutants character Magik to the Marvel U). Both minis have been well worth the cover price and are probably still readily available at most comic shops.

And now, on to the Speculator Picks of the Week. These are books that, for one reason or another, may sell out quickly. If you don’t pay attention and get to your local comic shop in a timely fashion, you could be paying way too much for these comics very soon. The codes you see listed below the solicitations are for use when ordering through your local comic shop.

Daredevil #117: Marvel Comics

Daredevil

Daredevil

Solicitation: RETURN OF THE KING continues! Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin of Crime, comes back to Hell’s Kitchen to forge a pact with Daredevil! Their target? Lady Bullseye and the Hand! By the award-winning team of Brubaker and Lark!

• 32 PGS
• $2.99 US
• JAN092503
Written by: Ed Brubaker; Pencils by: Michael Lark; Inks by: Stefano Gaudiano; Cover by: Matt Hollingsworth; Letters by: Chris Eliopoulos

Why it’ll go fast: The Kingpin, Daredevil’s arch-nemesis and one of my favorite villains, returns to what is one of the best-written superhero titles on the stands today. Daredevil has slid in sales, slightly, to the mid-thirties on the monthly top 300 comic sales list, shipping just over 40,000 issues for the past few months. This sales trend probably means that retailers are content with their DD numbers and won’t change them much, even when a major character returns to the comic. Which will probably lead to a very quick sell out of the latest issue. As retailers are feeling the squeeze of the flailing economy, they are becoming more and more content to sell out of issues rather than taking chances on the back-issue market. Thus, it’s getting harder and harder to find older issues of comics like DD that aren’t top 20 selling titles.

Oracle #1: DC Comics

Oracle

Oracle

Solicitation: Part 1 of 3-part story that will change the life of Oracle forever! Barbara Gordon, after disbanding the Birds of Prey, returns to Gotham City as a recluse only to lose herself to her Oracle identity entirely. But when the evil Calculator seeks the remnants of the Anti-Life Equation to save the life of his daughter, Oracle will be caught in the crossfire, and Barbara Gordon will pay the ultimate price!

• 32 PGS
• $2.99 US
• JAN090185
Written by: Kevin VanHook; Pencils by: Don Kramer; Cover by: Guillem March

Why it’ll go fast: Assigning the writer of Bloodshot (Valiant Comics) and Superman and Batman Versus Vampires and Werewolves (DC and possibly the second longest comic book title ever… bonus points to whoever comes up with the longest title) to the Oracle Miniseries is not a move that filled a lot of fans or retailers with hope for the series. That’s not to say it won’t be good. If you dug VanHook’s original Sci-Fi Network films such as “Slayer” and “Death-Row” (which is also called “Haunted Prison” apparently), then maybe you’re excited. I missed his films (I swore off Sci Fi original movies after “Mansquito”) and never read Bloodshot, but I will be picking up Oracle #1. Barbra Gordon (Oracle) is a beloved DC character and fans are going to pick this story up; that is if retailers give them the option. Of the Battle for the Cowl tie-ins, I’m guessing this one will be the least ordered, even with a paraplegic shower scene on page two. How does Babs keep those legs looking so good?

X Force/Cable: Messiah War Prerlude: Marvel Comics

X Force/Cable

X Force/Cable

Solicitation: The birth of a single mutant child forever changed the landscape of the X-Universe. Some see the baby as the last hope for mutankind’s survival; others see it as the harbinger of the Apocalypse… No one knows which side is right because Cyclops handed the newborn over to Cable, believing his son could save both the child and mutantkind. But Cable never came back. Now, months later, Cyclops has found his son hiding in the FUTURE… and he’s sending in the one team that will do what needs to be done in order to ensure the survival of their species… X-FORCE. The X-Men event of the decade, “MESSIAH COMPLEX,” continues here as the past, present and future converge in the pages of X-FORCE and CABLE. Continues next month in the pages of CABLE #13 and X-FORCE #14!

One-Shot/Rated T+ …$3.99
• 48 PGS
• $3.99 US
• JAN092540
Written by: Christopher Yost and Craig Kyle; Pencils by: Mike Choi Inks: Sonia Oback; Cover by: Sonia Oback

Why it’ll go fast: While sales on X-force are holding pretty steady just above the top 20 in monthly sales Cable continues to fall from the 49th spot in Jan 09, ending up at the number 55 spot in Feb 09. While the book is high quality, fans are leaving the title, saying the current storyline has drug on too long. Well all that changes this week when the X-Force writing team launched the first part of the Messiah War. Now the question becomes, with a $3.99 price tag, are fans going to bite? I would guess retailers will order less of this one-shot than of the regular X-Force tie-in but still more than Cable. If Messiah War does sell out, it will happen in reorders as retailers scramble for more copies. The event looks great and Kyle and Yost’s writing has been top-notch.

Indy Comic of the Week:

Cecil and Jordan in New York: Drawn and Quarterly

Solicitation: A new graphic novel by Gabrielle Bell, featuring a story adapted to film by Michel Gondry. This new collection by Lucky cartoonist Gabrielle Bell presents her short comics work from various anthologies over the past five years, including Kramer’s Ergot, Mome, and Drawn & Quarterly Showcase. The surrealist title story, in which a young woman turns herself into a chair so as not to be too much of a bother to those around her, is being adapted into a short film, “Interior Design,” by director Michel Gondry (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”) as part of the forthcoming Tôkyô! trilogy set for a December 2009 release.

• $19.95 US
• OCT084116
Written and drawn by: Gabrielle Bell

Why you should care: First of all, if Michel Gondry is into it, I’m into it. Gondry is one of my favorite filmmakers and this sounds like the perfect surrealist story for one of his projects. I’ve also read and enjoyed some of Bell’s work from Drawn and Quarterly. So should you.

Nerdy Question of the Week!

Sales on comic miniseries have declined in the past few years to alarmingly low numbers in some cases (see sales numbers on Terror Titans and Sandman Dream Hunters for recent examples). Why do you think this is? Has the miniseries lost its mojo? Is it event fatigue, price, or lack of good short stories? Discuss!

Thanks again for your continued input and keep the answers to the nerdy questions coming. If you have any questions about these books or anything else in the comic book world feel free to contact me or post your question below in the “Leave a Reply” section below. Want to know what your comics are worth? Join WorthPoint for free and post your comics in the “Ask a Question” section. Remember to post the title, issue number and cover price.

Matt Baum is a Worthologist who specializes in comic books.

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2 Responses to “This Week in Geek 3/25/09”

  1. On the mini-series front, I’d suggest it as a lot to do with trades and delays. How often are issues of the mini delay so much that any initial hype the book had is long gone. People just wait for the trade so they can read it in one sitting.

  2. Matt Baum Matt Baum says:

    Couldn’t agree more Chris! I think the recent Reign in Hell 6 issue mini took almost a year to finish. Not that it was worth waiting for.

    Also, a correction. The shower scene is on page 3 of Oracle, not page 2. Looks like I have to apologize to Oracle writer Van Hook. Issue one was a pretty good read. Sorry I doubted you sir.

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