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This Week in Geek 03/17/10

by Matt Baum (03/17/10).

Spider-Woman

Spider-Woman

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.

I don’t feel anything for Spider-Woman. I enjoyed the recent series, very much so, but this isn’t one I need to own. In fact, had I know the latest volume was going to end up a seven-issue-mini-series, I might have waited for the trade, or even just read the issues at my shop. I don’t feel cheated here or anything; I did enjoy Bendis’ writing and Alex Maleev gorgeous art, but Spider Woman vol. ? is not going to make the master collection. That can only mean one thing: time to sell.

Part of my new collecting philosophy that I’m slowly adopting is to keep better track of what I’m collecting so as not to just acquire comics on a weekly basis, but actually build a collection. With that in mind, I’m going to have to start parting with some comics. Not a big deal. I’ve mentioned it here before, but yearly I do a collection “Spring Cleaning” where I pull out all the comics I’ve picked up in the last year and decide what stays and what goes. Usually, the stuff that goes just gets dropped off at my local comic shop with a thanks. Often, it’s not worth even fighting for trade, let alone cash for the comics. I’ll still be cleaning out the collection this year, very soon actually, but I’m going to try to make more of an effort to actually sell some stuff while it’s hot—or at least selling for something. It’s not a revolutionary idea, I know, but it’s important as a collector to keep these ideas in mind rather than hording every comic is sight. It’s one thing to have piles of unsorted comics and quite another to have a collection. I’m even thinking about taking the process one step further and using the money I make selling comics to start that Marvel Silver-Age collection I’ve been thinking about for so long. Daredevil #1, here I come.

So here’s how it works: buy a comic, read it, bag and board it, and place it in the “Recently Acquired” comic-long-box. When that box is full, I sort through it quickly, pulling out anything I know I don’t need, mark the long box with a dated Post-it note and then it goes downstairs to await the yearly sorting. The stuff that gets pulled immediately goes up for sale or trade. Now, to come up with a name for the system. Any suggestions would be welcomed.

Below, you’ll find my stack of comics for the week of Wednesday, March 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.

Amazing Spider-Man #625
American Vampire #1
Dark Avengers #15
Doomwar #2 of 5
Green Arrow #31
Green Lantern Corps #46
Guardians of the Galaxy #24
Hercules: Fall of An Avenger #1 of 2
Incredible Hulk #608
Joe the Barbarian #3 of 8
Nova #35
Realm of Kings: Imperial Guard #5 of 5
Siege #3 of 4
Spider-Woman #7
Supergirl #51
Vengeance of the Moon Knight
#6

Thoughts on the stack:

American Vampire #1

American Vampire #1

Dark Avengers #15

Dark Avengers #15

American Vampire #1: This was an excellent read. Really high-quality stuff from Vertigo. I was skeptical because Stephen King was only writing the back up story, but ended up enjoying both stories immensely. Great art, great storytelling and a great period piece to boot. It’s good to know that Vampires don’t just have to be mopey high school kids.

Dark Avengers #15: OK, by now, if you’ve been reading this title, you’ve deduced that there is definitely something going on with the Sentry. Personally, I don’t have a theory yet, but when we do find out, presumably in the pages ofSiege #4, it better be big. And by big, I mean shocking. Not just that he has a split personality and one half of it is evil. We already knew that. I’m still with writer Brian Michael Bendis here, but I need him to bring it on home. Sock it to us, Bendis. What the hell is the deal with the Sentry? That said, this was one of the most brutal Bullseye stories ever printed. Don’t expect a happy ending here.

Green Arrow #31

Green Arrow #31

Vengeance of Moon Knight #6

Vengeance of Moon Knight #6

Green Arrow #31: It was refreshing to read a good Green Arrow comic for the first time in quite a while. I love Green Arrow; Ollie Queen is one of my favorite DC characters. Thank you, DC, for bringing a new creative team to this title and making Green Arrow relevant to the DCU again. Even if it’s because he’s murdering people. The Fall of Green Arrow looks like it’s going to be a good time.

Vengeance of Moon Knight #6: It’s so great to be reading and enjoying a Moon Knight comic. I say it every time this title comes out, but holy $#@&, Jerome Opena is doing amazing work penciling this title. Writer Gregg Hurwitz has done a great job putting together the pieces of a particularly puzzling previous Moon Knight run (eat your heart out, Stan Lee), and returning the character to both sanity and a damn good story. Although, when the teaser for the next issue said “Deadpool,” I did let out a sigh . . .

There Can Be Only One!

If I had to pick one comic to take home this week, which is ridiculous I know, but if I had to it would be:

Siege #3 of 4: Marvel

Siege #3 of 4

Siege #3 of 4

Why this one? Siege has been a blast so far and is the perfect book end to the Dark Reign event that spanned most of last year. Bendis seems to have listened to the critics of his last two cross-over event comics, focused his ideas and gave readers a neat-and-tidy four-issue super-hero-comic. The action starts on page one and ends with a cliff-hanger on the last page. Is it ground-breaking comic genius? No. But Siege has been a fun read with amazing art that is coming out on a regular monthly schedule. Nicely done, Marvel. I can’t wait for issue #4.

Nerdy Question of the Week:

There’s been quite a few mini-series coming to an end as of late (Spider-Woman, The Marvel’s Project and several Blackest Night minis, just to name a few). Are there any you’re thinking of ditching, or are you just adding them to pile? And, if you are getting rid of any, how do you plan on doing it?

Signing Off . . .

With my NCAA bracket in shambles and my wife snickering at how badly she’s beating me in the pool we entered together, I’ve decided to stop paying attention to college basketball altogether and focus on happier thoughts, like this weeks comics and the upcoming disappointment that will be the 2010 Chicago Cubs season. If you’d like to read more about my marriage, you should check out my wife’s new blog “Girl Meets Nerd,” which is basically about what it’s like to be married to a nerd. Me, specifically. Leave her a note and let her know what you think and of course feel free to make fun of me and weird, nerdy relationship with my normal, well-adjusted wife.

In the meantime you can follow me on Twitter where I host Read Along with Matt which is currently nearing the end of the Barry Windsor Smith Conan Archives vol. 1 (I know, I’ve been reading this one for way too long) and make nerd-related comments on manner of nerd-related stuff.

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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