Geek of the Week 10-29
By Matt Baum
Halloween is two days away and it’s almost time to pick a new president. We’re in the middle of the longest and possibly most apathetic World Series in recent memory and, of course, it’s new comic day yet again. Let me get the political stuff out of the way real quick. Since by next Wednesday, baring an extended legal battle, we will have a new president, I’m going to tell you now; VOTE THIS TUESDAY! I don’t care who you vote for just make sure you do it.
There, quick and painless. Now let’s talk about new comics.
Now, I know it’s a little early to bring it up, but Christmas is coming. I mention it because if you, like my fiancé, have a Superman-nut to buy for, DC direct has the perfect gift. Shipping this week to comic shops every where is the JLA Trophy Room Superman cape and belt replica and it is just too cool for words. Now here’s the catch; it costs $295.00. I know, that sounds like a lot of money to pay for a replica cape and belt but, trust me; this is the kind of gift that will leave your Superman-nerd speechless. I guess the real question here is, can you really put a price tag on love?
Also this week, Captain Action returns to comics after a 39-year hiatus. Captain Action was the first action figure to star in his own comic-book and opened the floodgates for further toy inspired comics. Created by Stan Weston, who also created G.I. Joe, Cap was a 12-inch action-figure that thrilled children of the late 60′s and early 70′s. DC published the original Cap comics but the series was canceled after five issues due to waning interest in the toy. Captain Action #1 from Moonstone comics ships with two different covers.
As always, here’s my list of comics I’m buying for the week of 10/29. For a full list of this week’s new comics click here. to find a comic shop near you click here. Feel free to contact me with criticism of what I am or should be reading.
Astonishing X-Men: Ghost Boxes #1 of 2
The Astounding Wolf-Man #9
Avengers: The Initiative #18
Captain America: Theater of War: Operation Zero
Final Crisis: Rage of The Red Lanterns
Hellboy: In The Chapel of Moloch One shot
Immortal Iron Fist #19
Incredible Hercules #122
Marvel 1985 #6 of 6
Savage #1 of 4
Secret Invasion: Thor #3 of 3
Secret Invasion: X-Men #3 of 4
Solomon Kane #2 of 5
Hellboy: In the Chaplel of Moloch (One Shot); Dark Horse Comics; Written by Mike Mignola; Art and cover by Mike Mignola; $2.99.
Why it’s hot: Hellboy creator Mike Mignola returns to the art duties on Hellboy for the first time since 2002 and fans couldn’t be happier. In this one-shot, Hellboy investigates a chapel in Eastern Europe where an artist driven to madness by arcane forces has secluded himself to finish his life’s work.
Why it’ll go fast: As stated above, it’s been a long time since Mignola has drawn a Hellboy book and even though this one is just a one-shot, it’s going to sell fast. Mignola’s Hellboy spin-off, BPRD, is a steady seller but by no means a huge one. BPRD; The Warning #2 checked in a number 125 of the 300 most ordered comics for August 2008. Pair the relatively low sales of BPRD with the fact that Mignola hasn’t drawn Hellboy since 2002 and I would guess that retailers aren’t sure how to order this one. With September sales down for retailers across the board—you remember the financial melt-down on Wall Street—most comic retailers have been content to let more and more titles sell out each week rather than ordering high and hoping for back issue sales. Hellboy has a good following but he’s no Wolverine when it comes to sales so don’t be surprised if you can’t find this issue by this afternoon.
Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns One-shot; DC; Written by Geoff Johns; Art and covers by Shane Davis; $3.99.
Why it’s hot: It’s been said by many a disgruntled DC fan on many a comic message board that the best parts of Final Crisis are the tie-in issues. Like these fans, I also find myself disappointed with DC’s latest crossover event but quivering with excitement for John’s Green Lantern Final Crisis tie in. Rage of the Red Lanterns kicks off events that will lead to the hugely anticipated Green Lantern: Blackest Night storyline. John’s has been introducing readers to several new ring-slinging corps representing the whole color spectrum, an idea first created by Alan Moore years ago in the pages of Tales of the Green Lantern Corps Annual #2 and #3 back in the late 80′s. Each new color has a theme like the Green Lanterns who represent justice. In the pages of the Sinestro War we met the Yellow Lanterns who represent fear and now John’s gives us the Red Lantern’s who represent rage.
Why it’ll go fast: Though many are giving up on Final Crisis, everyone that reads Green Lantern will be picking up Rage of the Red Lanterns. I don’t expect this issue to sell out quickly; there should be plenty of Rage #1 issues at every comic shop. However, as Blackest Night approaches expect to see these issues selling for increasingly higher prices out of back issue bins. If you’ve been aching for some ring-slinging adventures this is your chance to get in on the ground floor of the biggest GL event since the return of Hal Jordan.
Savage #1; Image Shadowline; Written by Steve Niles, Dan Wickline and Jeff Frank; Art and cover by Mike Mayhew; $3.50
Why it’s hot: With a premise this good I’m not sure how any self-respecting comic fan will be able to pass this one up:
“In a world where good is supposed to defeat evil, shouldn’t there be a monster on our side? Sort of, someone at the top of the food chain? Along with monsters preying on us, shouldn’t there be a monster preying on them as well?” Frank said of the idea behind Savage, an October comic from Image’s Shadowline. “So I thought of an ambiguous monster—Bigfoot—and I made him the ultimate predator of other monsters. In Savage, the Bigfoots are protecting the world from monsters.”
—Savage co-writer Jeff Frank from an interview with Newsarama.com.
Let me first say that my love for Bigfoot is unending and without measure. With that out of the way, I can’t wait to read Savage. I mean come on; Werewolves vs Bigfoot… What else could you ask for in a comic book?
Why it’ll go fast : There is pretty large sales discrepancy between Images largest selling comics (Invincible and Walking Dead) and, well, all their other titles. Keep in mind this has nothing to do with quality. Image is currently printing some of the best and most original comics on the stands today. They just don’t sell as well as big names like Batman and Spiderman. Fans are hesitant to try new comics when money is tight and initial orders on a comic like Savage will suffer for it. Just like the fans, retailers will be equally hesitant to take a big chance on a new comic no matter how cool the premise. Average orders for Savage in Omaha are about 6 copies per store and I would expect the same number to hold across nationwide. If Savage is even half as cool as its premise I’d expect it to sell out very quickly.
Until next week, keep the questions coming. Also, check out my other blog The Comic Speculator, where I discuss classic yet still affordable back-issue comics. If you have any questions about these books or anything else in the comic book world feel free to contact me or post your question in the Comic Book community forum. Want to know what your comics are worth? Join WorthPoint for free and post your titles in the “Ask a Question” section. Remember to post the title, issue number and cover price.