This Week in Geek 02/24/10

C2E2, Chicago

C2E2 Chicago

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.

It’s almost Convention season again, and this year I’m planning on attending C2E2, Chicago’s newest comics and pop-culture convention, to be held April 16-18, 2010. Shoot me a line and let me know if any of you nerds are coming as well. I’m always down for meeting other nerds and talking comics.

It’s another massive shipment of new comics this week, with more than 200 comics coming in from Diamond. Which means another huge pile of comics to read, then bag-and-board, and then store. It’s also almost spring, and that means it’s almost time for my yearly purge. It’s about this time I start paying close attention to the size of the Wednesday pile. Every year, in early-to-mid April, I set out the folding tables in the garage, fire up a Mystery Science Theater 3000 marathon and decide what I’ve collected from the past year stays and what goes. I generally don’t even try to sell the stuff that goes. I’ll take trade from my local comic shop and donate the rest. The fact is, I buy a lot of stuff and not all of it can make it into my master collection. After a conversation with a fellow collector and friend this afternoon, I’m thinking about getting rid of a lot of the Marvel Secret Invasion miniseries I picked up. I’ll keep you posted on what else isn’t going to make the collection and expect me to be asking for your opinions as well.

Below you’ll find my stack of comics for the week of Wednesday, Feb. 24, 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. Again, no reads-only this week due to the huge pile I left the shop with.

I’ve been trying to focus on reading the comics I’m buying and not reading much else. Although I’ll probably read the Red Hulk Fall of the Hulks tie-in this week.

The Stack:

Amazing Spider-Man #622
Avengers: The Initiative #33
Batman and Robin #9
Blackest Night #7 of 8
Captain Swing and the Electrical Pirates of Cindery Island #1 of 4
Dark Wolverine #83
Fantastic Four #576
The Flash: Rebirth #6 of 6
Green Arrow/Black Canary #30: Lying to Myself
The Marvels Project #6 of 8
New Avengers #62
Realm of Kings: Inhumans #4 of 5
Secret Warriors #13
Superman #697
Thor #607
Thunderbolts #141
X-Factor #202
X-Force
#24

Thoughts on the Stack:

Avengers: Initiative #33: I’m feeling a little guilty about this one, especially since I had stopped reading the title with #25. That, and the fact that the title is ending in two more issues. When I jumped back on board the series, the announcement of the cancellation of the Avengers titles hadn’t been made yet. Writer Christos Gage has done a great job on this Taskmaster-centered story, although I do find it hard to believe the Taskmaster could take Thor out even on his best day.

Blackest Night #7 of 8

Blackest Night #7 of 8

Blackest Night #7 of 8: Spoiler Alert! Maybe. If you haven’t read issue #7 yet, skip this part. If Blackest Night is moving in the direction I think it is—the redemption of Sinestro—I couldn’t be happier. It’s no secret that I love Geoff Johns writing and the latest “White Lantern” twist is exactly why. Unlike most comic writers, Johns’ heroes and villains aren’t black-and-white (no pun intended) comic book stereotypes but characters with emotions and motives that the reader might not always be able to call heroic or villainous. Johns is rewriting the history of the Green Lantern mythos with the utmost respect for the creators that have made theses characters an integral part of the DC Universe. Green Lantern has never been this good.

Captain Swing and the Electrical Pirates of Cindery Island #1 of 4

Captain Swing and the Electrical Pirates of Cindery Island #1 of 4

Captain Swing and the Electrical Pirates of Cindery Island #1 of 4: I love Warren Ellis’ Avatat work. After reading No Hero, the first two issues of Supergod and the first half of the Freakangels TPB, I’m hooked. Truthfully, I had forgotten how much I loved Ellis as a writer. It’s really fun to see him playing in his own sandbox with no rules whatsoever. I love his creepy brand of science fiction, and Captain Swing looks like good-steampunk-style fun. I can’t wait to read this one.

Flash: Rebirth #6 of 6

Flash: Rebirth #6 of 6

Flash: Rebirth #6 of 6: Remember everything I just said about Geoff Johns’ Green Lantern? Well the same goes for his entire body of work on the Flash; except for this story. The return of Barry Allen was billed as the biggest thing that’s ever happened in the DCU, but somehow the story has been lost in the shuffle of the Blackest Night, Batman and Superman events. Not only that, but the story has been anything but compelling. I admit I’m not a Barry Allen Flash guy—I grew up with Wally West as my Flash—but I trust Johns and was willing to give Barry the benefit of a doubt. As long as Wally wasn’t pushed to the back burner, like all the other characters DC spent so much time selling us on after the originals died or disappeared (i.e. Conner Hawke, Kyle Rayner, Cassandra Kain, etc), I’d be into it. I haven’t read this issue yet, but barring this being the single best issue I’ve read in years, I don’t see myself being any more excited for Barry’s return. Although I do like Wally’s new costume.

Green Arrow Black Canary #30

Green Arrow Black Canary #30

Green Arrow Black Canary #30 or Blackest Night Green Arrow #30: The comic that was so hyped up they named it twice. Or it was unsolicited under the Blackest Night banner and with a new creative team to increase sales. It worked in my case anyway. Writer J.T. Krul has received some fan praise for his work on Titans of late and seems to be coming up through the DC ranks. This Blackest Night Green Arrow story is Krul’s first arc on the Emerald Archer before The Fall of Green Arrow story begins. I love Green Arrow but haven’t been buying the title since writer Judd Winick left. Winick was replaced by Andrew Kriesberg, fans (myself included) weren’t digging the title and sales plummeted to an all time low. Now Krul picks up where Kriesberg left off and hopefully everything will be hunky-dory. I’m in for a few issues anyway.

New Avengers #62

New Avengers #62

New Avengers #62: This comic was solicited as a Siege tie-in, has a Siege Tie-in cover and has nothing to do with Siege other than it’s the issue before the Siege tie-in. It was a great issue, no complaints, but not a Siege tie-in. Hopefully, this isn’t the beginning of a stream of misleading Siege tie-in titles.

Thor #607

Thor #607

Thor #607: I can’t say enough about writer Kieron Gillen’s Thor. It’s excellent and a perfect example of why Marvel is making DC look bad. Marvel has been fostering young talent for years now, grooming these creators to take over for the big names when they inevitably move on. Conversely, DC likes to hand off titles to established creators that can’t do the job. See the current JSA title for a perfect example. Marvel trusted Gillen to take over one of their highest-selling monthly titles after superstar J. Michael Straczynski left and the gamble seems to have paid off. Thank you for giving Gillen the chance to shine Marvel.

Nerdy Question of the Week:

On the subject of getting rid of comics; now that Blackest Night is ending, what are you planning on keeping? Did you buy it all? If so, is the whole shebang going into your collection?

It looks like Freakangles will be the next collection I’ll be reading as part of Read Along with Matt. You can follow/read along on Twitter by searching #readwmatt for updates. Speaking of Twitter, welcome aboard to all the followers I picked up this week and please send me a tweet and let me know what you’re reading and collecting.

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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