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This Week In Geek 02/06

by Matt Baum (02/07/08).
Scud 21

Welcome back to another edition of This Week In Geek. It’s the day after Super-Fat-Tuesday, the Superbowl Champion Giants have returned home, Barrack and Hillary are both trying to figure out who won yesterday and women of questionable character everywhere are desperately searching the internet for their own topless Margi Gras photos before their bosses and boyfriends find them. How could this week possibly get any better? With a stack of new comics that’s how! That’s right nerds, it’s new comic Wednesday and Project Runway night… Wow, that just came right out hunh. Ok, I admit it, after reading my new books I’ve been known to watch Project Runway. So there it is, I watch Project Runway with my girlfriend and we love it. And sometimes we watch What Not to Wear… OK enough about my metro-sexual viewing habits, let’s talk new comics!

Abe Sapian #1, Dark Horse Comics, by Mike Mignola and Jason Shawn Alexander
Hellboy creator, and my personal favorite artist, Mike Mignola brings us the origin of everyone’s favorite merman (should merman be capitalized?) Abe Sapian. Abe has been one of Hellboy’s closest friends since he was discovered in a stasis tube stamped with the date of president Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, hence his name. Until now Abe’s origins have been a mystery but this 5 issue limited series promises to shed some light on the subject. Mike Mignola serves up horror comics at their best and with this summer’s sequel to Hellboy coming to the big screen, Abe Sapien #1 is a great place to jump into the Hellboy mythos.

JSA #12, DC Comics, by Geoff Johns, Alex Ross and Dale Eaglesham
I assure you that I am not exaggerating when I say that there is no better Super-Hero-Team comic on the stands every month than JSA. Geoff Johns is a nerd’s nerd, he knows what we want and delivers with every issue of JSA. I can’t say enough about this series and right now, with covers by Alex Ross and interior art by Dale Eaglesham, JSA has never been better. If you are looking for top-notch super-hero stories that pay homage to the DC golden-age comics of the 50’s then look no further. As the both summer and DC’s Final Crisis event grow closer these JSA issues will begin to disappear from back issue bins.

Scud The Disposable Assassin, Image Comics, By Rob Schrab
Ten years ago Rob Schrab wrote and illustrated one of the most original, funny, and twisted comics ever to land in my collection. Then he disappeared. Issue 20 came and went and Schrab went on to work in Hollywood making real paychecks writing for the Sarah Silverman Show and the screenplay for the digitally animated movie Monster House. Well ten-years-later mister-Hollywood-fancy-pants returns to his original creation, Scud the Disposable Assassin, to tell the final story-arc in the life of the psychotic-robot-hit man with a broken heart. Welcome back Rob, I forgive you for leaving us hanging but so-help-me if even one of these four issues are late you’ll be sleeping with the fishes!

So that’s it. Let’s all tip our 40’s for Mit Romney, get some ash on our fore-heads (if that’s your thing), read a bunch of new comics and watch Project Runway. I like to enjoy a nice spicy glass of Cabernet and work on my Tim Gunn impersonation while I watch.

Make it work people,

mynameismattbaum

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