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This Week in Geek 02/03/10

by Matt Baum (02/03/10).

Ultimate Comics X

Ultimate Comics X

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.

Monday morning, while working my weekly shift at the comic shop (I have three other jobs counting this one), I was asked why I don’t read Marvel’s line of Ultimate comics? It seemed like a good time to bring this up with Marvel’s “Ultimate Comics X” #1 reinventing the X-Men and hitting comic shops this week. It’s not because they’re bad; I loved Bendis’ Ultimate Spiderman and Millar’s Ultimates 1 and 2. So why did I quit? When asked, I give the same answer: “I only have time to pay attention to one Marvel Universe.” I grew up reading comics that took place in the mainstream Marvel U and that’s where I like them. I’m trying to stay focused here. Nothing against the Marvel’s Ultimate line, it is what it is, but it’s not for me. Do I need another young incarnation of Wolverine from an alternate continuity? Does anyone?

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

The Question #37: One More Question

The Question #37: One More Question

Realm of Kings: Son of Hulk #1 of 4

Realm of Kings: Son of Hulk #1 of 4

Red Robin #9

Red Robin #9

The Question #37: One More Question: I loved the Dennis O’Neil-Cowan/Sienkieicz “The Question” series from the late ’80s. It wasn’t something I was picking up back in the day, but I picked up an entire run while working at a comic shop years ago. Great stuff and yes, further evidence that I love all things written by O’Neil. I’ve also recently been really digging Rucka’s Question back-up stories in “Detective Comics” and am starting to accept Rene Montoya as the new Question. Regardless of all the Question-gushing, I’m only planning on reading this one. I love me some Vic Sage, but don’t need to buy his adventures as a zombie. All-in-all, I’m going to call the Blackest Night one-shots a disappointment.

Realm of Kings: Son of Hulk #1 of 4: So let me get this straight: This is not Skaar: Son of Hulk, but Hiro-Kala: of Hulk that was born on Planet Hulk right before the place got blowed up in the end of the “World War Hulk” story line. Or something. I have paid no attention to this other “Son of Hulk,” but will give this one a read just because of the “Realm of Kings” tie-in. And it takes place on Jarella’s, Hulk’s old girlfriend from the Microverse, home world. In the Microverse, right? I need confirmation here.

Red Robin #9: I gave up on Red Robin recently because the title wasn’t going anywhere. It wasn’t poorly written but grossly uneventful. I didn’t care about the League of Assassins story line and it didn’t lead us any closer to the return of Bruce Wayne. Now that’s over, Tim is back in Gotham and I’m giving it a second chance.

The Stack:

Blackest Night: Wonder Woman #3 of 3
Buffy the Vampire Slayer #32
Cable #23
Invincible Iron Man #23
Nova #34
Siege #2 of 4
Superman: World of New Krypton #12 of 12
Wolverine: Weapon X
#10

Thoughts on the Stack:

Finally, a light week. I have stacks of stuff to read from the last month. Piles, even. Which makes this a good week to catch up.

Cable #23

Cable #23

Invincible Iron Man #23

Invincible Iron Man #23

Cable #23: Cable is cancelled, or ending with issue #25. It’s hard to know which. The good—or bad—news is that it’s becoming “Cable and Deadpool” again. If Swierczynski is still writing, I’m in. As long as the new title doesn’t delve into the Wacky-World-of Deadpool. It’s a shtick that just isn’t working for me. But that’s coming down the pipe. Let’s talk about Cable #23. Writer Swierczynski has constructed a time-traveling-epic that leads right into the X-Men’s “Second Coming” event. I’ve loved it. Please Marvel, let Swierczynski keep writing the new Cable title and tone down the Deadpooly-ness.

Invincible Iron Man #23: Nobody writes Tony Stark better than Matt Fraction. We’ve seen Tony as an alcoholic, a hero and the leader of free world, but we’ve never really seen him as just plain Tony. Fraction’s storyline “Stark Disassembled” has stripped Tony down to his very core and allowed us to examine what makes Tony tick. Iron Man has never been so personal and human. And the last two issues have guest-starred Dr. Strange trying to pull Tony out of his subconscious while the Siege on Asgard is kicking into gear. Iron Man has never been a better read.

Siege #2 of 4

Siege #2 of 4

Superman: World of New Krypton #12 of 12

Superman: World of New Krypton #12 of 12

Siege #2 of 4: We’ve all heard an Avenger dies in this one, and I’m not going to spoil who it is, but I will confirm there is an Avenger death. And whoa, is it messy. I’ve never seen a death like this in the pages of a Marvel comic. This one is gory. I’m talking Warren-Ellis-Avatar-gory. I should mention the comic was also excellent. Unlike writer Brian Michael Bendis’ last two mini-series events, Siege has jumped straight to the action with page one. It’s been a joy so far and my favorite part; Siege is only four issues long.

Superman: World of New Krypton #12 of 12: No one has done more to build on the character of Superman than James Robinson and Greg Rucka with this series. World of New Krypton has been start-to-finish great. Not to mention brave. We haven’t seen Superman in his red and blues since issue one. Nor have we seen him acting like Superman. This is the story of Kal-El, a Kryptonian who grew up on Earth, trying to fit in with his people and gently guide them to peaceful existence with Earth. Which, judging by the title of the “War of the Supermen” event, doesn’t seem likely. This will be an excellent hardcover collection to add to the shelf.

Nerdy Question of the Week:

We all know an Avenger died this week in the pages of Siege #2 and it was awesome. With that said, which Avenger would you have picked to get the axe? If you had to pick one. Who would you have killed?

Read along with Matt has been chugging away on the Barry Windsor-Smith Conan archives. Thanks to those who have been following along and feel free to join in. Just search #readwmatt on Twitter for updates. While your there feel free to follow me on Twitter, where I’m always popping off about nerdy topics. Next week’s new comics list looks huge so be prepared.

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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