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This Week in Geek 01/27/10

by Matt Baum (01/27/10).

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.

This week was a back-breaking huge one for new comics. In fact, the last two weeks have been gigantic and lead to some tough decisions based on what do I need to be collecting. I’ve recently been preparing for my Spring Purge, wherein I set up some folding tables in the garage and sort through the past year’s comic book acquisitions before the good stuff makes it to the master collection. Sorta separating the wheat from the comic chaff. In the past, everything made the cut. But due to storage concerns and financial realities, I’ve taken to this new form of comic collecting. It helps me gain some distance and perspective on the mania that is my comic collecting. Now, I’m trying to bring this same perspective to my weekly purchases. Do I really need all these one-shots and mini-series? Especially since I work in a shop and have the unique chance to read whatever doesn’t sell out? It takes discipline, self-control and maybe in my case, medication. If nothing else, I promise to be honest. Even in my moments of weakness.

Below you’ll find my stack of comics for the week of Wednesday, Jan. 27, 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:

The Atom & Hawkman: #46

The Atom & Hawkman: #46

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Avengers: The Initiative #32

The Atom & Hawkman: #46: I love DC’s Blackest Night event unabashedly. However, I’m not buying these January BL one-shots. Are they good reads? Some of them, sure. Do I need to own them? No. In looking at the last 10 years of my collection I’ve found it to be really unfocused. This is the year I start concentrating on my regular series/runs that are important to me. I’ll be dodging more and more one-shots and limited series unless they have some irresistible sentimental value (See the “Starman: Blackest Night” one-shot for an example). This one is going to be a great read, but I don’t need it.

Avengers: The Initiative #32: I dropped this title a while ago but am interested in reading the “Siege” tie-in stories. The news of this series being replaced with a new Avengers title in a few months further reinforces this as a read-only title. I do dig the art though.

The Stack:

Blackest Night: JSA #2 of 3
Amazing Spider-Man #619
Batman and Robin #7
Captain America: Reborn #6 of 6
Daredevil #504
Detective Comics #861
Fall of The Hulks: Red Hulk #1 of 4
Fantastic Four #575
Green Lantern #50
Guardians of the Galaxy #22
Justice League: Cry For Justice #6 of 7
Justice League of America #41
New Avengers #61
Punisher #13
Secret Warriors #12
Supergirl #49
Superman #696
Thor #606
X-Factor #201
X-Force
#23

Thoughts on the Stack:


Captain America: Reborn #6 of 6

Captain America: Reborn #6 of 6

Fall of The Hulks: Red Hulk #1 of 4

Fall of The Hulks: Red Hulk #1 of 4

Captain America: Reborn #6 of 6: Finally it’s here! This weekend I read this, “Cap: Who Will Wield the Sheild” and “Cap” #602. Now, if these comics had come out in the order they were supposed to ship, wow, would there have been some great return of Cap moments. Don’t get me wrong, the stories were great, but had Cap not been popping up in several other comics before his return had finished, his return might not have seemed so anti-climactic.

Fall of The Hulks: Red Hulk #1 of 4: OK, before the “boo’s” start, yes, I admit I had written this event off and now am picking it up. Call me powerless. Too many people I respect told me “Fall of the Hulks” was fun, so here I am again. I tried to get out but these suckers pulled me right back in. And, I have to admit, it’s been a really good read so far. Besides, it’s Jeff Parker writing and I love Jeff Parker. Does that make it better? Probably not. But at least I’m aware of my problem.

Justice League of America #41

Justice League of America #41

Supergirl #49

Supergirl #49

Thor #606

Thor #606

Justice League of America #41: JLA writer James Robinson did the best he could with the last few issues of JLA, which tied up the remnants of the Dwayne McDuffie/Len Wein story-lines, and they were fine. Not great, but fine. Well, that’s over and done with and now we get to see the JLA story Robinson wants to tell. One thing to note here: the beginning of this run hit one month before the end of Robinson’s “JLA: Cry for Justice,” which is supposed to introduce his regular JLA monthly. Could this be any more confusing?

Supergirl #49: I was an idiot for thinking I could stop buying this title. Sterling Gates run on Supergirl has been the best SG stories I’ve ever read. Full disclosure here; I haven’t read many. I recently sat down and caught up on the last three issues and immediately re-added Supergirl to my pull file. I also realized that I’m enjoying Supergirl more than the current “Action Comics” title. I’m just finding it hard to care about Nightwing and Flamebird. My apologies to Gates. Supergirl is still a great read.

Thor #606: I can’t say enough about writer Kieron Gillen’s Thor. If you’ve ever enjoyed Thor comics in the past, I would highly recommend reading this entire Thor run which is leading into a reunion of the original Avengers. Excellent art, great storytelling and Doctor Doom vivisecting Asgradians and rebuilding them as Doombot-cyborgs. What else could a Thor fan want, except for maybe a Thor/Doom knock-down-drag-out fight?

Nerdy Question of the Week?

DC is introducing yet another world/universe where superheroes don’t exist. Only hard-hitting crime fighters in a pulpy-60′s-detective-noir world. The idea is being called First Wave and #1 is coming very soon. The question is simple. Do you care? I’m not sure that I do. I was pumped to hear that DC had acquired the rights to the golden age hero Doc Savage, but not when I heard how he’d be featured. Why a separate continuity? Why is Doc Savage, a globe trotting proto-Indiana Jones fighting inner city crime? I don’t get it. How about you?

Ok, I’ve slacked off a little on Read along with Matt as of late. Gimme a break here. The last two weeks have dumped more than 35 new comics in my lap. That’s a lot of reading and I don’t exactly do this full time. I’d love to, if I could just convince WorthPoint how important the position of full-time-comic-nerd is to their online empire. This week, I swear, I’m attacking the Barry Windsor-Smith Conan Archives Volume #1. So as always, follow along, read along, or just make fun of my Twitter-feed. Threats and insults are always welcome. Just search #readwmatt on Twitter 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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