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This Week in Geek 10/15

by Matt Baum (10/17/08).
Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen Special #1
The Chronicles of Dr Herbert West
Amazing Spider-Man #573, Stephen Colbert Variant cover

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

Halloween is only two weeks away and once again the zombie comics are the reason for the season. Marvel Zombies 3 #1 hit the stands last week and with it comes a horde of new Marvel Zombie incentive covers. This week sees three more Zombie variants in edition to last week’s Cable and Eternals zombie variants. Keep your eyes peeled for zombie variants of Amazing Spider-man #573, Captain Britain and MI 13 #6 and Young X-Men #7. The only new zombie variant to see much action on-line is the Sudyam variant of Marvel Zombies 3 #1 which is currently selling for $10-$15.00. Like other collectors on a small budget, I do my best not to get sucked into variant collecting but I have to admit, these latest Marvel Zombie variants are pretty cool.

For fans of classic horror and Batman and Superman (this is not a run-on sentence it’s a set-up for a joke), get ready for Batman and Superman vs Werewolves and Vampires #1. DC waited until October to release their candidate for the year’s longest comic book title but I think they’re safe bet to win it with this one. The title pretty much says it all; (this next part is funnier if you picture Bill Cosby saying it) you see, you’ve got your Batman and your Superman and then you have your Werewolves and your Vampires and they don’t like each other. So of course they have a big Batman, Superman, Werewolf and Vampire fight. Sigh… It’s comics like this that make it extremely hard for me to justify why adults shouldn’t be ashamed of their comic habits.

Also this week from Image comics comes Dear Dracula, a story suitable for all ages that details a young boy who writes to Dracula to ask if he can become a real vampire for Halloween. I’m picking this one up for my niece who, with a gentle nudge from her uncle, is quickly becoming a comic-nerd much to my younger brother’s chagrin. Dear Dracula is 48 page one-shot hard cover that sells for $7.99.

Now let’s take a peek at my very own pile of comics for the week of 10/15. Subsequently, I did pick up Marvel Zombies 3 #1 last week and was pleasantly surprised. As always your feedback will be either appreciated or promptly ignored based on whether or not I agree with you.

My Comics for the week of 10/15:

Conan the Cimmerian #4 – I love this book more every month.
Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds #2 – It’s about time.
Final Crisis: Rogues Revenge #2 – In my opinion the best parts of FC are taking place in these minis.
JSA #19
Robin #179 – New series writer Fabian Nicezia is at the top of his game here.
Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen Special #1 – James Robinson writes the return of a hero long thought dead. I’m calling my shot here, it’s the original OMAC.
Madman #11
Astonishing X-Men #27
Captain Britain and MI 13 #6 – You need to read this book!
Guardians of the Galaxy #6 – This one too!
Iron Man Director of Shield #35 – Continuing the War Machine storyline.
Mighty Avengers #19 – More Secret Invasion fun.

For a complete list of this week’s new comics click here.

And now, for those planning on putting their kids through college by selling their comics years from now, I give you my speculator picks for this week:

Amazing Spider-Man #573 Stephen Colbert Variant cover; Marvel Comics; Written by Dan Slott; Art by John Romita JR; Variant cover art by Joe Quesada; $5.00-$10.00.

Why it’s hot: Stephen Colbert has been hosting a fictional presidential bid in the Marvel Universe and will be joining Spider-Man for an 8 page story in this issue of Amazing Spidey. As of this time I’ve been having a heck of a time trying to figure out how limited the cover actually is. One thing is for certain, this variant is going to go fast.

Why it’ll go fast: Now that McCain has chilled out on calling Obama a terrorist there isn’t a whole lot to talk about on the presidential race which makes this the perfect time to start talking about Colbert’s fictional presidential race. Right? Well maybe it won’t be front page news but I’ll bet USA today features Amazing Spidey #573 in their living section tomorrow and you can bet the Colbert Report will be all over this story.

Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen Special #1; DC Coimcs; Written by James Robinson; Art by Jesus Merino; Cover by Ryan Sook and Kevin Nowlan; $3.99.

Why it’s hot: There’s been some controversy on the net about whether or not James Robinson’s return to comics has lived up to the hype. In my opinion it has but don’t take my word for it, check out his monthly Superman for yourself. It’s great stuff. In this issue Jimmy Olsen looks into the Mysterious Atlas character that recently nearly fought the man of steel to a standstill and in the process rediscovers a hero long thought dead. When ever hero long thought dead is slated to return some geek buddies and I all start betting on the identity like 1930′s boxing enthusiasts on a bare knuckled hobo brawl. I’ve personally got $2.00 on the original OMAC returning in this issue.

Why it’s hot: Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen hasn’t been hot since Don Rickles made a guest appearance in the 70′s and no I’m not making that up. Retailers are going to thumb their nose at this one after being disappointed by sales of Robinson’s Superman, #46 on the top 300 comic sales for August. Depending on who returns in this issue, the Supes Pal Jimmy book could sell out very quickly.

The Chronicles of Dr Herbert West; Zenescope; Written by Joe Brusha; Art by Ralph Tedesco; $2.99.

Why it’ll go fast: Fans of H.P. Lovecraft have no shortage of comics to choose from every week. One of Lovecraft’s most beloved characters was Herbert West, a diminutive yet brilliant scientist that figures out how to bring the dead back to life with disastrous results. Lovecraft’s short story was adapted for a 1985 cult horror film, Reanimator followed by a few unwatchable sequels. Since Reanimator Herbert West has seen a few comic appearances, most recently on the controversial Hack Slash #15 cover which has now been recalled due to image rights violations, but none have looked as slick as this latest incarnation.

Why it’ll go fast: Even though horror nerds everywhere can give you a scene for scene narration of Reanimator it is still just a cult horror film. Retailers know that other cult horror films like Army of Darkness and Evil Dead have had good success as comic franchises but not huge successes by any standards. Zenescope is still a new company, a fact that might not instill a lot of confidence when ordering as opposed to a companies like Dark Horse or IDW who handle other large selling horror titles. If you’re a horror-nerd like me you pre-ordered your copy of Herbert West #1. If not, happy hunting.

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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