This Week in Geek 03/03/10

Wolverine Vol.1  No. 2

Wolverine Vol.1 No. 2

This Week in Geek is a weekly blog about new comics written post-comic-shop-visit 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 the comics he’ll be purchasing 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. Make sure and post your comments below.

Saturday was a good day. Even though I was shrugging off a stomach virus I found the strength to go dig through some 50-cent boxes at a local comic shop that was clearing out quite a bit of back-stock. There’s something that every comic nerd can’t resist about back issue clearance sales. Whether it’s the mystery of what’s hidden in those long boxes or the excitement of the treasure hunter, armed with the secret knowledge of what these close-out comics are really worth, that makes it great, I’m not sure. I do know that I love digging through boxes of comics. There’s no better way to waste an afternoon.

I showed up a little after the shop opened and found the usual cast of scavengers and bargain hunters at work, heads down, fingers crawling across rows of unsorted comics with want-lists in tow. There’s an understood etiquette in these sales events and everyone is very polite, most of us serious collectors at least recognize each other if we don’t know the other’s name, but make no mistake; this is high-stakes, blood-in-the-water-comic-collecting. The trick is to keep moving through boxes as fast as possible while making light conversation and remaining friendly but staying focused on the task at hand; finding what you need before anyone else can steal it from you.

I didn’t find much but was shocked to come across Wolverine Vol.1 (Marvel, 1988) #2-#6 in better condition than the ones in my own collection. When coming across a find like this I like to ask one of the shop’s employees “are these supposed to be in the sale boxes?” at just enough volume so as to alert the other shoppers to the fact that I found something awesome and they did not. This may seem like gloating but, whether it’s a slight chuckle as they pull a “find” out of a box or an audible exclamation, it’s all part of the game and all the sharks do it. There really wasn’t much else I needed—of course “need” can be such a strong word when collecting anything—but several of my nerdy friends did leave with short boxes full of clearance comics. Not a bad way to start a Saturday.

Sunday was a different story. At around 9 a.m. I received a text message from nerd-friend that basically informed me that Amazon.com was having some kind of unadvertised 50-to-90-percent-off sale on Marvel Omnibus Editions and a few other hardcover collections. Then I received another text about it from a different friend. Then two e-mails from other nerds. Sure enough, after further investigation, Amazon.com was offering $99 Marvel Omnibus Editions for less than $10. I went insane and instantly my virtual shopping cart was full. After taking a couple of deep breaths, I removed some stuff I already owned in single issue, but still ordered six different silver-age collections including The Hulk, Iron Man, and The Fantastic Four. I then called Amazon to figure out why the Tomb of Dracula Omnibus I ordered was holding up the shipment and, after being told it was back ordered, canceled that one as well and bought the rest. Done-and-done. Nice haul Matt; maybe . . .

As it would turn out, the “sale” prices were part of some “glitch” on Amazon’s site. Rich Johnston of bleedingcool.com started reporting on the “glitch” Sunday afternoon and by Sunday night people were already receiving cancellation e-mails on their orders. As of now, I still haven’t received my cancelation notice (fingers crossed) and am hoping beyond hope my order slips through the cracks and shows up on my porch.

Now let’s talk about last Wednesday’s new comics. It was a light week and I actually had a chance to read some titles for a quick review. Below you’ll find my stack of comics for the week of Wednesday, March 3, 2010. Make sure and post your own weekly stack of comics below so I can make fun of what you’re reading and vice-versa. For a full list of comics shipping this week click here. To find a comic shop near you click here.

Adventure Comics #8
Amazing Spider-Man #623
Buffy the Vampire Slayer #33
Detective Comics #862
Invincible Iron Man #24
Justice League: Cry For Justice #7 of 7
Mighty Avengers #34
Wolverine: Weapon X
#11

Thoughts on the Stack:

Adventure Comics #8

Adventure Comics #8

Detective Comics #862

Detective Comics #862

Adventure Comics #8: Just as I think I’m done with this title, writer Sterling Gates pulls me back into the Legion of Superheroes’ far-flung-DC-future. I’d love to read and enjoy a monthly Legion title, and if Gates were writing it I might enjoy it. But he’s only on board for the next three issues to tell the Last Stand of New Krypton story and he’s only writing the back-up story while James Robinson writes the main story. I haven’t been in love with Robinson’s JLA of late, but am still enjoying his Superman and want to see where this is going. Do I need to be buying this title? Probably not, but I’m in for the next three issues at least. We’ll see what happens when Paul Levitz takes over with issue #12.

Detective Comics #862: Detective remains the rock-solid Bat-title it’s been since writer Greg Rucka took over. I love what he’s done with Batwoman and it’s about time she started working with Dick Grayson as Batman. If I have one complaint here it’s the art. I love the artist’s (Jock) other work but just don’t think he’s a good fit here. I highly recommend looking into The Losers series Jock penciled for an example of what he does best. Maybe it’s the shock of moving from J. H. Williams beautiful painted style to Jock’s kinetic loose, thin-lined pencils but it’s just not working for me here. Love the story though.

Invincible Iron Man #24

Invincible Iron Man #24

Justice League: Cry for Justice #7 of 7

Justice League: Cry for Justice #7 of 7

Invincible Iron Man #24: I gush about it every month, I know, but it’s only because I love Matt Fraction’s Iron Man so much. This title is near perfection, and if you love Iron Man you should reading along. Unlike other reboots and ret-cons, Fraction has stripped Tony Stark down to his very core and returned the character to a very interesting black slate. I’m not giving away too much here, am I?

Justice League: Cry for Justice #7 of 7: Perhaps the most controversial comic that came out last Wednesday, Cry for Justice has a last page that you’ll either love or hate. I was fine with it, personally. It was the rest of the story I had issue with. There were a lot of pretty pictures here but not a whole lot of story. Or maybe too much. It’s hard to tell. There were so many plot lines and guest stars that when the real story finally presented itself, the plot was too much of a mess to care about and the pay off seemed to just fizzle out. It’s hard to know if Robinson’s story changed midway through the series when he found out he would be taking over the JLA monthly or if it was meant to wander around introducing legions of guest stars and team members that aren’t on his JLA team. Now that it’s over, I’ll probably be dumping this one.

Nerdy Question of the Week:

Tom Breevort, executive editor at Marvel Comics, and Dan DiDio, co-publisher of DC Comics, have been having a polite spat lately. The two have jokingly, or maybe seriously (hard to know), been poking each other on Twitter, and most recently have suggested fans send them both postcards on what they should do to one another next. The latest question is whether Tom should personally give Dan one of the Deadpool Team-Up variants that retailers could only receive by sending Marvel torn covers of Blackest Night one-shots. The question is simple; whose doing a better job steering the ship? Tom at Marvel or Dan at DC?

OK, I’m finishing up the Barry Windsor Smith Conan this week, I swear. There’s been a lot to read lately and I admit I’ve put Read Along with Matt on hold. Well, I’m back on track and you can follow/read along on Twitter by searching #readwmatt for updates.

Until next time true believers . . .

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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. And finally a word to the Federal Trade Commission; all the comics discussed here are purchased solely by the writer, who receives no gifts or free merchandise from any publishers even though he would graciously accept them.

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