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This Week in Geek 10/08

by Matt Baum (10/09/08).
Cover of Enders Game #1
Cover of Marvel Zombies 3 #1 Gary Suydam Variant Cover
Cover of Marvel Zombies 3 #1 Greg Land Cover
Cover of Action Comics #870

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

October is here and football and horror movies are the order of the season. As the leaves change and the air grows slightly colder, I find myself digging out old issues of The Tomb of Dracula and various Zombie-themed DVDs. Just last night I made my fiancée watch Night of the Living Dead for the first time. I know, I was shocked she hadn’t seen it either.

Halloween is coming, so expect your new comic shelves to be fully stocked with slightly more horror books than usual. This week the most notable is probably Marvel Zombies 3 #1. Yes, if you didn’t get enough of the your favorite dead-Marvel-heroes the first two times, get ready for the third installment wherein the Marvel Zombies invade the mainstream Marvel Universe. For those of you that skipped parts one and two, Marvel Zombies was set in an alternate universe.

Horror comics aren’t the only thing coming out this week. For those undecided voters out there who want to learn more about the presidential candidates with out all the heavy reading, IDW has got just what you’ve been waiting for. Presidential Material: Obama and Presidential Material: McCain are comic one-shots that promise an unbiased biographical look at the candidates to better help nerds make their decision in November. I’m sure pundits everywhere will be watching to see which issue sells out first.

Also, if you haven’t had a chance to pick up mark Millar’s controversial soon to be a big-screen sensation Kick Ass 3rd printings of issues #1-#3 and a 2nd printing of issue #4 hit the stands this Wednesday. For a complete list of this week’s comics click here.

Now, as we’ve been doing for the past few weeks here’s the list of what I’m picking up this Wednesday. As always, I’d love your feedback. Let me know what I should or shouldn’t be reading. After all, half the fun of collecting is making fun of what your friends read.

My comics for the week of 10/07:

B.P.R.D. The Warning #4
The Goon #29
Action Comics #870 – The final part of the “Brainiac” storyline.
Detective Comics #849 – By it’s self a good read but a bad RIP tie-in.
Green Lantern #35 – Lead in to the “Black Lantern” storyline. Giggle!
Green Lantern Corps #29 – Same as above. Double Giggle!
Secret Six #2
Wonder Woman #25 – Best Wonder Woman stuff since John Byrne in the 80′s.
Invincible Iron Man #6
Secret Invasion: Inhumans #3
The Twelve #8 – Some of Weston’s best art yet.
Crossed #1 – See Picks of the Week below.
Necronomicon #2

There’s my buy pile, a little light on Marvel stuff for a change but still a good stack. Now, let’s talk speculator picks:

Action Comics #870; DC Comics; Written by Geoff Johns; Art by Gary Frank; Cover by Gary Frank; $2.99

Why it’s hot: Geoff Johns is writing some of the best Superman stories I have read in my time collecting comics. The latest “Brainiac” story line is a lead in to the “New Krypton” event that will spill over into all the Superman family books. If you are not reading Superman you are missing out and this issue has a HUGE ending. No spoilers here but I’d avoid the mainstream-elitist-media if you don’t want your Superman comic ruined this month.

Why it’ll go fast: Somehow Action Comics, even though it is arguably the best Superman stuff written in years, only checked in at #47 on last months top 300 ordered comics for August. Action may be the best superhero comic that not enough people are reading. With the surprise ending in this issue being kept as quiet as it was retailers ordered issue #870 like they do every month. Now that the news is out about what happens, #870 is vanishing from shelves. Get it while you can and shame on you for not reading Action before this!

Marvel Zombies 3 #1; Marvel Comics; Written by Fred Van Lente; Art by Kev Walker; Cover by Greg Land; Variant Cover by Gary Sudyam; $3.99.

Why it’s hot: With a cover reminiscent of the fan-boy-cult-classic-film Army of Darkness and a legion of your favorite un-dead Marvel Heroes hungering for super-powered-hero-flesh this comic has everything a horror nerd could want. That is, if you’re a Marvel Comics fan and a horror nerd. Some Zombie purists may scoff at this book but I’m picking MZ3 up and guessing it’s going to be good fun.

Why it’ll go fast: Marvel Zombies 2 #5, the final issue of the last series, checked in at number 25 on the top 300 comics in actual sales for February 2008. Both MZ1 and MZ2 sold similar numbers with the second series slipping slightly toward the end. I would guess that retailers will order a fair amount of MZ3 #1 but it still sells out quickly based on the story taking place in the regular Marvel U.

Ender’s Game; Marvel Comics; Written by Christopher Yost; Pencils & Cover by Pasqual Ferry; Sketch Variant Cover by Pasqual Ferry; $3.99.

Why it’s hot: Marvel takes another page from the Dable Brothers in picking up yet another novel with a cult following to adapt to comics. Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game was a hugely successful Sci-Fi novel in 1985; it’s a wonder it hasn’t been made into a movie yet. Marvel’s gambles with reaching out to novel readers has paid off in the past with titles like Stephen King’s The Dark Tower and The Stand but Orson Scott Card may be a slightly tougher sell to new fans.

Why it’ll go fast: When Marvel announces an adaptation of a Stephen King novel retailers order high, for obvious reasons. Orson Scott Card, however, may not seem like such a sure seller. Although he has experienced huge success as a novel writer Card’s biggest comic hit was Ultimate Iron Man in 2005. Three years is a long time in the comic market but not long enough for retailers to forget the piles of Ultimate Iron Man issues that still haunt their back-issue bins. I would expect orders on Ender’s Game to be mid level putting the book in the top 30 most ordered at the end of October, closer to #30, which won’t be enough. Ender’s Game has a huge cult following and most comic shops probably won’t be ready for the rush of Sci-Fi novel readers.

Until next week, keep the questions coming, feel free to post to the forum topics in the comic books community and tell me what you’re reading/collecting. 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.

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