This Week in Geek 04/07/10

So what else does a comic book nerd do with his time? Why, he has his friends over to play Dungeons & Dragons, leaving his new wife to consult the Internet to find out just what those guys are doing down there in the basement.

So what else does a comic book nerd do with his time? Why, he has his friends over to play Dungeons & Dragons, leaving his new wife to consult the Internet to find out just what those guys are doing down there in the basement.

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.

The purge was placed on hold this week while I prepared the basement for my new monthly Dungeons & Dragons group, which I explained to my wife, was like poker for nerds. See today’s final thought for more on my wife learning what it really is. Back to the subject at hand; Marvel had some pretty huge news that hit today. Basically Marvel will have different distributor for the bookstore market. Diamond will continue to distribute their comics to direct market (comic stores), so don’t panic yet, but this could be an equalizer. DC has been distributed to book stores by Random House for a while now. Interestingly enough, Marvel will not be using Disney’s distributer Harper Collins, but will be going with Hachette, which represents Little Brown and Yen Press.

Here’s a look at my stack of comics for the week of Wednesday, April 7, 2010, followed by some short reviews of stuff I’ve read and some thoughts on why I’m picking these titles up. 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.

Avengers Origin #1 of 5
Batman and Robin #11
Buffy the Vampire Slayer #34
Cable #25 or Deadpool and Cable #25
Codebreakers #1
New Avengers Luke Cage #1 of 3
S.H.I.E.L.D. #1
Supergod #3 of 5
Superman: Last Stand of New Krypton #2 of 3
Superman: Secret Origin #5 of 6
Turf #1
Uncanny X-Men #523
Vengeance of the Moon Knight #7
Wolverine: Weapon X #12

Thoughts on the Stack:

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Avengers Origin #1 of 5

Codebreakers #1

Codebreakers #1

Avengers Origin #1 of 5: I love writer Joe Casey and artist Phil Noto, so this one seemed like a slam dunk to me. After reading it, however, not so much. I didn’t get it. Apparently, this is a modern retelling of the Avengers origin, complete with Rick Jones and a team of subversive computer hackers who want to help the Hulk. The story wasn’t bad; I just don’t need another modernization of the Avengers origin. Isn’t that what the Ultimate line is for? Needless to say, I’m not picking up issue #2.

Codebreakers #1: I picked this one up on a whim and was pleasantly surprised. Mark Waid (EOC of Boom! Studios) has done a fantastic job of finding new talent and putting out an excellent product. Codebreakers, like most Boom! Comics, feels like a well-produced pitch for a TV show. Great dialogue, good art, excellent pacing and a real solid story. Codebreakers follows a group of FBI Codebreakers looking into the disappearance of one of their own. Plus, it’s got a nifty Phil Noto cover, so if you’re a fan of Noto’s art, you can buy this comic, pass on Avergers the Origin and feel good about your comic purchase. It wouldn’t surprise me to see this one picked up by a movie studio very quickly.

New Avengers Luke Cage #1 of 3

New Avengers Luke Cage #1 of 3

Uncanny X-Men #523

Uncanny X-Men #523

New Avengers Luke Cage #1 of 3: Here we go again: I love ariter John Arcudi and artist Eric Canete, but I something just wasn’t working here. The story was fine, but pretty typical of the street-level hero returns to the hood to beat on some street-level hoods (sort of). Show me Luke Cage dealing with being a new father and an Avenger. That would be interesting. Sending him to Philadelphia to deal with hoods that beat up an old acquaintance’s kid, even when it turns out to tie-in to Spidey’s current story, is boring. It didn’t work last year when DC sent Black Lightning to fight drug dealers in the pages of his mini-series that no one bought, and it probably won’t work here. It certainly won’t add to Cage’s character development. The other problem is Canete’s art. I love Eric Canete, but I think using him for a Luke Cage story is a big mistake. Canete on Superman, Green Lantern or even Guardians of the Galaxy would be awesome. Canete’s pencils work in cosmic settings because of his style (if you’ve seen his work you either love it or hate it). It just doesn’t work here, but I guess the inking might not be helping him either. I’ll pass on this one next time as well.

Uncanny X-Men #523: Second Coming is in full swing and I’m loving it. This is another gorgeous issue penciled by Terry Dodson. I just wish he could draw them all. Splitting the art duties with Greg Land every-other issue is starting to distract me. I still love what writer Matt Fraction is doing here. His character development alone has done more for the X-comics than any writer I can think of in the last 10 years. There’s a fantastic conversation between Cyclops and Nightcrawler in this one that’s been a long time in coming. It’s a great time to be reading X-comics, especially if you’re an old-timey-x-nerd like me.

There Can Be Only One!

If I had to pick one comic from the stack this week, there’s no way I’d be able to sleep at night wondering what happened when Deadpool met Moon Knight, it would be:

S.H.I.E.L.D. #1: Marvel

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S.H.I.E.L.D. #1

Solicitation: Leonardo Da Vinci was an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. So was Isaac Newton. So were Imhotep and Zhang Heng and Galileo, and many other geniuses throughout time. They were the first heroes to defeat Galactus and the Brood and to turn Celestials back. They saved the world long before Captain America or Iron Man were ever born, but what does this mean to our heroes of today? What does this mean to Nick Fury? Do not miss this Marvel Comics masterpiece that fans will be talking about for decades to come. All the insanity is courtesy of Jonathan Hickman (Fantastic Four, Secret Warriors, Nightly News) and Dustin Weaver (X-men). Rated T.

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Written by Jonathan Hickman Pencils and cover by Dustin Weaver

Why this one: The second I heard “Leonardo Da Vinci as a superhero” I was sold. After reading #1, I’m even more excited. S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 was one of the best Marvel comics I’ve read in a while. I’m not claiming to be the first to say it, because I read this statement several places but, this is what superhero comics should be. Nobody does Sci-Fi and conspiracy like Jonathan Hickman, and he’s pulling out all the stops here. There’s two panels specifically (no spoilers here, don’t worry) that laid out a conspiracy that goes all the way to the dawn of the humanity in the Marvel U. And the art, oh my god the art. Dustin Weaver’s pencils are stunning and add the perfect historical feel to the story. I can not wait for issue #2.

Nerdy Question of the Week

The iPad is finally here and with it, the reinvention of digital comics . . . or something. I remain skeptical on the subject of the evolution of comics to a digital format, but I do have to say, I’m curious. I guess it hit home this week when one of my early adopter friends started asking me questions about where he should start reading Amazing Spider-Man. This is a guy who made fun of my comic habit for years now, and now here he is reading digital Spider-Man because of the new format. So here’s the question; have you seen the new digital Marvel App and what do you think of it?

Finally…

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Comic-Con

C2E2 here I come. I’ll be in the Chicago area this weekend from Friday-Sunday for the big Comic-Con this weekend and man am I geeked. I’ll be Twittering all weekend from the con, so be sure watch for updates and let me know if any of you guys will be there. I’ll be the guy posing in various “ass-kicked” positions with people in costume. I have a great one of Vampirella kicking me where it counts. For those of you who enjoy reading about my wife trying to understand my nerd-dom, make sure to check out her latest blog entry about Dungeons & Dragons. The comictwart guys are doing Hawkman this week and it is awesome. Make sure to check it out if you get a chance. Next week I’ll be back with a new Cubs hat and plenty of Con-stories.

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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