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This Week in Geek 01/13/10

by Matt Baum (01/13/10).

SWORD: Canceled

SWORD: Canceled

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.

Bad news for fans of Marvel’s new “SWORD” series broke this week when the titled was canceled with issue #5. The cancellation comes in the wake of very low shipping numbers for the first two issues (#1 appeared on the Top 300 ordered comics list for November at the 95th spot and shipped 21,770 copies, #2 dropped drastically in December to 141st and shipped only 15,113 copies). Low sales, bad economy, it adds up to quick cancellations of titles that aren’t selling. However, there could be hope. Probably not but, maybe. Greg Hyatt of the Nerdery blog has launched a petition to save SWORD from cancellation. Stunts like these by fans have worked in the past in the case of titles like Deadpool, Black Panther and Spider-Girl, however all those titles were selling more copies at the time. Also, “SWORD” writer Kieron Gillen is a busy guy at Marvel as of late writing Thor and the >b>Ares miniseries amongst other titles; he might appreciate the lighter work load. In short, it looks like this one is going away.

It seems to me SWORD could have attracted more readers had it been handled differently. The best thing about the first issue (IMHO) was the back-up story dealing with Kitty Pryde rocketing through space from the aftermath of Joss Whedon’s Astonishing X-Men story. Now that’s compelling. That’s a story X-nerds will read. Agent Brand’s wise-crackin’ alien brother being chased by Death’s Head (Marvel’s knock-off version of Lobo)? Not so much. I’m fine with her Brand dating Hank McCoy (the X-Men’s Beast) and I really like the character that Whedon created but SWORD seemed too quirky and cute to me. Am I wrong? I like Gillen’s writing, dig Agent Brand and generally love to read any comic that features Lockheed. Unfortunately, it just didn’t work here.

Below you’ll find my stack of comics for the week of Wednesday, Jan. 13, 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. Before I get into this week’s stack, here’s a look at some comics that I’ll be reading but not buying:

Catwoman #83

Catwoman #83

Conan The Cimmerian: The Weight of The Crown One-shot

Conan The Cimmerian: The Weight of The Crown One-shot

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Nation X #1 of 4

Catwoman #83: It’s part of the Blackest Night reanimated series so I’ll give it a read. Now had it been written by Catwoman writer Ed Brubaker or even his replacement Will Pfeifer I’d be buying this one. Brubaker’s Catwoman was excellent superhero-crime-noir and was drawn by the amazing Darwyn Cooke. It was and still is the only Catwoman run I own and I highly recommend.

Conan The Cimmerian: The Weight of The Crown One-shot: I love the idea of Conan comics a lot more than the actual execution. They just seem to lose my interest after a while. Maybe I need to try reading them in trade-format but that’s a subject for a different blog. Here we have Derrick Robertson both writing and penciling everyone’s favorite barbarian. I like Robertson’s work, his style reminds me of a rougher Richard Corben, and am curious to see what he can do as a writer. Plus a Conan one-shot may be just enough to keep me interested.

Nation X #1 of 4: “Nation X” #1 was a great read, for an anthology. Anthologies can be a lot of fun but they live and die with the guest writers. Sometimes they’re great, other times; meh . . . Issue #2 could be fun but to be honest, having Jubilee on the cover doesn’t fill me with confidence.

The Stack:

Action Comics #885
Adventure Comics #6
Amazing Spider-Man #617
The Anchor #4
Buffy the Vampire Slayer #31
Daytripper #2 of 10
DMZ #49
Invincible Iron Man #22
The Marvels Project #5 of 8
Realm of Kings: Imperial Guard #3 of 5
Secret Six #17
Star Trek: Captain’s Log: Sulu

Thoughts on the Stack:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #31

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #31

Daytripper #2 of 10

Daytripper #2 of 10

Star Trek: Captain's Log: Sulu

Star Trek: Captain's Log: Sulu

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #31: All it took was a little controversy to bring me back to Buffy. Of course I’m talking about the return of Angel to the Buffy universe and the controversy caused by fans and IDW “Angel: After the Fall” writer Bill Willingham when Buffy creator Joss Whedon allowed Dark Horse to use the character without informing IDW. It was a hot-button issue (no pun intended) that had Buffy nerds drawing lines in the sand and shouting on message boards in ALL CAPS. It left me wondering if I should be checking out the IDW Angel series.

Daytripper #2 of 10: If asked, I’ll tell you that Gabrial Ba and Fabio Moon are my two favorite comic artists working today. Their style is loose and minimal but expressive and kinetic. Turns out they can write, as well. Daytripper is an amazing title destined to win multiple Eisners this year. I highly recommend it as a break from all the superhero hub-bub.

Star Trek: Captain’s Log: Sulu: My first introduction to Star Trek comics was this past year with IDW’s “Star Trek: Countdown,” which was the prequel to last summer’s Star Trek film reboot. I loved it. So much so that I’ve found myself tracking down the other IDW Star Trek titles and devouring them. I recently finished “Spock: Reflections” and really enjoyed the cinematic feel that the writing team of Scott and David Tipton and artist David Messina bring to their titles. This is great stuff that any classic Trekkie or casual fan of the newest film will really enjoy.

That’s all for now, nerds, but keep your eyes peeled on my Twitter-feed this week as Read Along With Matt returns (search #readwmatt on Twitter for updates). The “No Hero” Trade-paperback finally hit stores this week so I can end my search for issue #2 and finish reading the story. Mental note; make sure you have the whole story before beginning another Read Along with Matt.

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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