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This Week in Geek 01/06/10

by Matt Baum (01/06/10).

Siege

Siege

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.

The first new comic Wednesday of 2010 and it marks the beginning of Marvel’s next big event, “Siege.” Get ready, Marvel nerds because, much like DC’s Blackest Night event, Siege will be running through damn near every Marvel title for the next four months. Which is fine by me, as long as the stories are good, and they do look good. The Marvel Previews catalog’s first five pages are all Siege tie-ins, all of which look fantastic. I’m really geeked up for this event. Of course, half the nerds on the Net are whining about event fatigue and the high price of trying to follow these massive crossovers. The funny thing is, for all the online backlash these mega-crossovers create, the titles are still top-five-selling comics every month. I guess whether you love ’em or hate ’em, a good-ol’-fashioned crossover is hard to resist.

Before I get into this week’s stack, here’s a look at some comics that I’ll be reading but not buying:

JSA All-Stars #2

JSA All-Stars #2

Red Robin #8

Red Robin #8

Siege: Embedded #1 of 4

Siege: Embedded #1 of 4

JSA All-Stars #2: I didn’t care for the first issue, mainly due to the fact that I loved the family feeling of the comic that previous writer Geoff Johns beats into or heads. The JSA was the team that all the others looked up to. Not a bunch of snarky infighting jerks. Save that crap for the Titans title that no one is reading. I’m not digging this two JSA-teams-thing because they can’t get along. That’s not my JSA.

Red Robin #8: I loved Tim Drake as Robin and was a big fan of the “Robin” monthly title he starred in. Unlike previous Robins, Drake was a detective who, like Sherlock Holmes, used his intelligence and powers of deduction to solve mysteries and get out trouble. I love writer Chis Yost’s work over at Marvel Comics (X-Force, X-Necrosha) but don’t feel he has the same hold on Drake’s character that I’ve come to love. The comic isn’t bad, but I need to see Drake trying to find Bruce Wayne. In fact, I felt Geoff Johns (yes, I’m totally in the tank for Johns) nailed Drake’s Red Robin character in the one issue of “Adventure Comics” (2009) he guest starred in, as opposed to the eight issues we’ve seen from Yost. I’m not giving up yet but I don’t love it.

Siege: Embedded #1 of 4: Nothing against writer Brian Reed, who has a legion of fans gushing over his “Ms. Marvel” title on a monthly basis (I read the first few issues but didn’t feel the need to continue and have been told how wrong I am for ditching the title more than once), but after the last couple of “Frontline” series that accompanied the “Secret Invasion,” and before that “World War Hulk,” I’ve learned my lesson. They weren’t bad, but also definitely not must-read material.

The Stack:

Below you’ll find my stack of comics for the week of Wednesday January 6th. 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.

Blackest Night: Wonder Woman #2 of 3
B.P.R.D.: King of Fear #1 of 5
Cable #22
Marvel Boy: The Uranian #1 of 3
Nation X: X-Factor
New Mutants #9
Orc Stain #1
Siege #1 of 4
Stumptown #2
Suicide Squad #67
Superman: World of New Krypton
#11 of 12

Thought’s on the Pile: Week one of 2010 turns out to be a relatively small one. Which is fine, since X-mas laid waste to my checking account (I have to buy my new wife’s love). This week also begins the Blackest Night one-shots that reanimate defunct DC series like “Suicide Squad” and “Weird Western Tales.”

Blackest Night: Wonder Woman #2 of 3

Blackest Night: Wonder Woman #2 of 3

Marvel Boy: The Uranian #1 of 3

Marvel Boy: The Uranian #1 of 3

Nation X: X-Factor

Nation X: X-Factor

Blackest Night: Wonder Woman #2 of 3: For a dude, Greg Rucka writes one helluva heroine (I’ll mention another one in this same blog later). I loved his run on Wonder Woman and was thrilled to see he was writing this three issue series. Issue #1 saw Diana confronting the corpse of both the Unknown Solider and Maxwell Lord, whose neck she broke during the events of Final Crisis. I love it when Wonder Woman is written as a bad-ass, and Rucka knows how to deliver.

Marvel Boy: The Uranian #1 of 3: It’s no secret that I love Jeff Parker, and have really enjoyed his “Agents of Atlas” title. Parker does an excellent job of capturing a Silver-age feeling of mystery and intrigue and forcing it into the modern Marvel U. Spinning out of that comic comes this three-issue series about Atlas’ resident alien. I just hope to see him teaming up with Grant Morrison’s Marvel Boy.

Nation X: X-Factor: Peter David’s X-Factor has routinely been the best-written X-title that has nothing to do with the rest of the X-Men comics month in and month out. Now David shows us what happens when X-Factor is invited to Utopia, the island off the coast of San Francisco claimed by the X-Men as a mutant haven. I have a feeling they say no . . .

Orc Stain #1

Orc Stain #1

Stumptown #2

Stumptown #2

Orc Stain #1: It’s been quite a while since I’ve bought a comic purely for the art, but after taking a peek inside this one I couldn’t help myself. Writer/artist James Stokoe’s pencils ooze style with a Jack Kirby-meet-Mobius feeling. Paul Pope was the last artist that whose style grabbed my attention with this much excitement. I’ll let you know if the writing is as impressive after reading.

Stumptown #2: Nobody writes hard-edge-detective-heroines like Greg Rucka. Before he was writing superheroes Rucka got his start writing tough, intelligent and sometimes flawed women in comics like “Whiteout” and “Queen and Country.” I can’t recommend these comics enough, and Stumptown looks to be another perfect addition to Rucka’s heroine-driven comics. If you can find #1 I highly recommend picking it up.

THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE!

I had to pick only one comic to read this week, as ludicrous as that may seem, it would be:

Siege #1 of 4: Marvel

Siege #1 of 4

Siege #1 of 4

Solicitation: Beginning with the ravaging affects of Avengers Disassembled and following the aftermaths of House of M, Civil War and Secret Invasion, culminating with the evil Reign of Norman Osborn, the Marvel Universe has been left with its greatest villains holding more power and control than ever before. On the brink of madness, Osborn, in his final bid to take total control, targets the final obstacle in his mission . . . Asgard. Events are set in motion forcing our heroes to put aside the deep rifts that have grown over the past seven years. Opposing them stand a horde of evil that has begun to take down the gods of the Golden Realm!

Siege will rock the foundations of every super hero, villain and team in the Marvel Universe. As an era ends, one word will ring above all others . . . “Siege.”

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Why this One? Norman Osborne, his Avengers and the whole of the Avengers Initiative are invading Asgard. If that isn’t enough to get you interested, you might not like comics. Siege represents the climax of the Dark Reign event that’s dominated Marvel for the past year and when all is said and done, it looks like Captain America, Iron Man and Thor will all be Avengers again, which we haven’t seen since Brian Michael Bendis took over the Avengers titles in 2004. Bendis now has two big crossover event titles under his belt each one better than the next. Number three looks to be the best yet. The thing I love about Marvel crossovers of late is they don’t seem to be shackled by editorial constraints like DC’s. Maybe it’s all in my head, after all, I’ve never had first hand experience with either editorial staff.

Nerdy Question of the Week:

While talking with a friend and fellow nerd this week the subject of the first back issue we remember spending any sizable amount of money on came up. His was X-Factor #1, which he remembered dropping a whopping $11 on back in the day. That’s a sizable amount when you’re 10 years old. Mine was a reprint of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 with green ink. I can’t remember what printing it was but I remember spending $25—all of my birthday money that year—and explaining to my father what an investment I had made. Today, of course, I have no idea where the comic ended up, but it’s certainly not in my collection. What was the first comic you remember spending any sizable amount of money on?

Well it’s a new year and you may have noticed some slight format changes recently. Let me know what you think. Do you dig the new back issue spotlight? Should it be a separate blog? Now that TWIG is a post-comic-shop-visit, is it working for you? Thanks again for sticking with me for the past two years and get ready for another one. In the mean time, you can follow me on Twitter, where I’m always piping off about nerdy subjects. I received a few e-mails asking what happened to the Read Along with Matt feature. Well, it’s moved to a Twitter format. Currently, I’m still reading Warren Ellis’ “No Hero” and tweeting about it routinely. The twitter format just seems to work better than blogging weekly about what I’ve read and it’s much more interactive. Just search #readwmatt for updates and make sure to post your replies.

See ya 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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