This Week in Geek 02/10/10

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.

Let’s talk about shelves for a minute. Over at comicbookresources.com, Robot6, which is a blog within the site (I think), people have been posting pictures of what they call “Shelf Porn”. Relax, this is still a PG-13 blog. “Shelf Porn” is basically pictures of people’s book shelves overflowing with nerdy goodness. I’ve been watching this blog for quite a while and glancing at my own shelves with each new entry. I’ve never had the guts to send in images of my own shelves, but today that changes. I present to you my shelves.

Matt's shevling will be organized soon, he says.

Matt's shevling will be organized soon, he says.

Not exactly chocked full, but definitely a mess. A mess that will be organized soon (It’s a spring-cleaning project). Now, here’s the real shame; half of these hardcovers and trade-paperbacks on my shelves are unread. I got all excited about them, held them up in the air like a proud father while saying the title aloud, took the books home, threw them on the shelf and left them there, unread, neglected and collecting dust. It’s shameful. And it ends now. Part of my Read Along with Matt program is to get me to read these damn collections. Don’t tell my friend Big Mike, but I still haven’t read the “Crisis on Infinite Earths” Absolute edition. The idea is simple; if I’m going to collect this stuff, then I have to read it. So it’s come down to rules. Well, not rules so much, but a reading schedule. The idea is simple; comics are for day-time reading and collections are read before bedtime. So far, it’s working. I’ve burned through two hardcover collections, including Vol. 1 of the “DC Starman Archives,” Vol. 1 of “Y the Last Man” from DC Vertigo, and am working my way through “The Barry Windsor Smith Conan Archives,” Vol. 1. The schedule it working with a little help from my new Sleephones.

I recently purchased some Sleephones from Sleephones.com and they’re great. Perfect for night-time reading while drifting off to sleep. Sleephones are basically a soft headband with earphones in them and I love them. Thanks to Grammar Girl from the “Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing Podcast” for introducing me to them.

Below, you’ll find my stack of comics for the week of Wednesday, Feb. 10, 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. I’m passing on reading extra titles this week to attack the massive pile of new stuff I’ve gathered over the last month so lets get straight to the stack:

The Stack:

Action Comics #886
Amazing Spider-Man #620
Batman and Robin #8
B.P.R.D.: King of Fear #2 of 5
Daytripper #3 of 10
DMZ #50
Mesmo Delivery
New Mutants #10
Realm of Kings: Imperial Guard #4 of 5
Secret Six #18
Vengeance of the Moon Knight
#5

Thoughts on the Stack:

Batman and Robin #8

Batman and Robin #8

Daytripper #3 of 10

Daytripper #3 of 10

Batman and Robin #8: I love the idea of this story but am getting a little lost in the details. A problem I’ve seemed to have with most of writer Grant Morrison’s work of late. I dig the Knight and Squire characters (the British Batman and Robin) he introduced to us in the “Batman: Black Glove” storyline, but heaping the entirety of their world and mythology, including a whole new British rogues gallery in two issues was a bit much. I love the BBC and British movies but just never got into their comics. This latest story is feeling a little too much like a 2000 AD comic to me. I still dig it. I just wish Morrison would focus his ideas a little.

Daytripper #3 of 10: I love this series and have been gushing about it since issue one. I know you guys get sick of me saying it, but Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba are the most talented team working in comics today. Do yourselves a favor and pick up anything you can find by either of them (Cassanova, the Umbrella Academy). Can anyone tell me if they’re twins? Their bio on their blog lists them both as being born on the same day in 1976.

Mesmo Delivery TPB

Mesmo Delivery TPB

New Mutants #10

New Mutants #10

Secret Six #18

Secret Six #18

Mesmo Delivery TPB: I remember ordering this book in early 2009 after reading a review of creator Rafael Granpa’s work shortly after the Museum of Cartoon and Comic Art convention of 2008. I never received the original printing published by Adhouse Books, which is now selling for more than $100. Thanks Diamond Comics. The good news is Dark Horse Comics picked up the rights to this graphic novel and finally I get to read it and marvel at his amazing art. Granpa’s was also part of a multi-creator project called “5” along with Gabriel Ba, Fabio Moon, Vasilis Lolos and Becky Cloonan produced for the San Diego Comic-Con 2008 but I’m not expecting to ever find a copy.

New Mutants #10: I’d almost given up on this title twice now but have immediately been pulled back in. Issue #10 was one of those stories that will keep me around for another six issues. I have loved these characters for years and it’s about time the next generation of X-Men started to get some respect. There’s a great conversation between Scott Summers and Emma Frost that anyone who’s a Cannonball fan needs to read. I love Sam Guthrie as an X-Man and can’t wait to see more from him. Isn’t it about time the “New” Mutants graduated to the main team rather than bringing back marginal X-Men like Psylocke? Well ninja-Psylocke anyway. I preferred prim-and-proper-British Betsy Braddock with the puffy-blue sleeves.

Secret Six #18: Gail Simone’s “Secret Six” has consistently been one of the best reads DC puts out monthly. Outside of the Green Lantern titles, this is the first DC comic I read every month and by far the best Blackest Night tie-in story (again outside of the GL titles) so far. The “Suicide Squad” Blackest Night one-shot led into this two-part story about the Squad coming to collect their AWOL member Deadshot with a host of zombie super villains causing problems for everyone. Fun stuff here for fans of the old Ostrander “Suicide Squad” series.

Nerdy Question of the Week:

What must-read comic story are you most embarrassed for not having yet read? Mine has to be “Crisis on Infinite Earths.” It’s just so overwhelming.

Read Along with Matt is still chugging away on Twitter if you’d like to follow along or comment on the Barry Windsor Smith Conan Archives. I think I chose this one subconsciously in memory of Conan O’Brien’s short lived tenure on the Tonight Show. Keep the comments coming and welcome aboard to my super-nerdy Twitter-feed to all my new followers. Oh, and the updates on my Xbox Achievements are an automatic thing. My younger brother called me this week to see why I was so excited about Tekken 6?

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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