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This Week in Geek 10/21/09

by Matt Baum (10/21/09).

Puppy Power: Bo Obama

Puppy Power: Bo Obama

I don’t get Manga. Never have. I love anime but I just never got into manga. I read Lone Wolf and Cub and Akira cover-to-cover and loved both, but that’s where my manga buying ended. Well not totally true; I read and loved Osamu Tezuka’s Buddah and Phoenix. So, four manga titles all together. It could be argued that I haven’t given manga a fair shot. I’m not saying it’s not a legitimate comic medium. On the contrary; I spent some time in Japan, and while there, I almost started crying when I saw an entire population reading comics everywhere. I understand how important manga is and appreciate that kids are reading it here in the states, I just don’t get it. Which is why I’m officially starting a manga title of the week section. Not to learn more about the medium or highlight a great manga title. No, that could be informative. I’ll just be picking a funny title and laughing at it. This week’s is: Inubaka: Dog Crazy, which literally translates to “Dog Stupid.” It’s a comic about dog lovers, each issue is at least 150 pages and there’re multiple volumes and a live-action film in the works, allegedly. As I said; Manga, I just don’t get it.

Speaking of “Dog-Stupid,” Bluewater comics adds to their line of political comics with a new title about the Obama’s dog and no, I’m not kidding. Puppy Power: Bo Obama hits the stands this Wednesday and leaves me wondering: who is going to buy this? Ok, this isn’t birther or tea-bagger talk here. I’m a Democrat that voted for the guy, but a comic about the Obama’s dog? Is Bluewater actually making money off these? The Political Power: Obama issue was number 234 on the top 300 comics for September and shipped only 7,779 copies. They’re putting out a Joe Biden comic this week as well.

In other news; the Marvel Solicits for January are up and they include the upcoming “Siege” event that ends Dark Reign. Fun, fun! And check out the DC January solicits for the coolest Green Lantern cover I’ve seen in quite a while.

My Stack: Here’s a list of the comics I’ll be picking up this Wednesday, Oct. 21. For a full list of comics shipping this week click here. To find a comic shop near you click here.

The Amazing Spider-Man #609
Azrael #1
Beasts of Burden #2 of 4
Blackest Night #4 of 8
Blackest Night: Superman #3 of 3
Cowboy Ninja Viking #1
Dark Avengers #10
Dark Wolverine #79
Incredible Hulk #603
Invincible Iron Man #19
Justice League of America #38
Lone Ranger and Tonto #3
Mighty Avengers #30
Spider-Woman #2
Star Trek: Nero #3 of 4
Sugarshock
Supergirl #46
Thunderbolts #137
Underground
#2 of 4

Thoughts on the stack: The intro to the new Azrael series in the pages of the Batman and Detective Comics annuals from the previous two weeks really didn’t get me too excited. I’m still on board for at least a few issues; just not as fired up as I was after reading the latest Azrael mini. Both Dark Avengers and Dark Wolverine are still great reads and it still shocks me every time I enjoy an issue starring Wolvie’s kid. I find myself on the fence with the Incredible Hulk. I loved Greg Pak’s Planet Hulk, don’t care about Hulk’s son Skaar, and is it just me or is Banner being written like a snarky jerk? Also, I love Olivetti’s art, but I’m getting sick of the computer-generated backgrounds. It just looks weird. Mighty Avengers is another title that’s starting to lose me. I like Dan Slott’s writing and most of the characters on the team, been calling for the death of U.S. Agent for years now, but I need to know why we need this team of Avengers? And do the New Avengers even know this team exists? Maybe this title would be better served as part of the Abnett and Lanning Marvel Cosmic Universe? I wouldn’t mind seeing a Cosmic Avengers team dealing with the upcoming Realm of Kings event. Spider-Woman #1 was great and I couldn’t be happier to see Bendis and Maleev working together again. Undergrund #1 was an unexpected treat. I haven’t seen Steve Lieber’s pencils for a while now and was blown away by how far his art has come since Whiteout. Looking forward to this one being developed into a better film than Whiteout hopefully.

Speculator Picks of the Week:

This is the part where the comic swami calls his shot and picks out three titles that could sell out very quickly. Buy them now at cover price or pay twice as much later.

Justice League of America #38: DC

Justice League of America

Justice League of America

Solicitation: A new era begins for the World’s Greatest Heroes as superstars James Robinson (Starman, Superman) and Mark Bagley (Trinity, Ultimate Spider-Man) take over! It all begins as a one-time member of the JLA falls before he can warn the team of looming peril while what’s left of the JLA journeys to the heart of their past to decide if the team has any future at all.

Of course, that means this is the best time for a savage villain from the team’s past to attack the demoralized heroes! The team will have to muster enough will to win not only today, but in the harrowing months to come. It’s the start of a spanking new odyssey for the JLA that will lead in the coming months to a fresh line-up for DC’s flagship team. Get onboard now for the next epic chapter of the Justice League’s legacy!

32 PGS
$2.99 US
Written by James Robinson; Pencils by Mark Bagley; Cover by Andy Kubert.

Why it’ll go fast: Sales on JLA have been tanking for months now. Ever since Duane McDuffy was fired the title has been in free-fall, with guest writers from the days of yore writing fill-in issues about . . . well, about nothing much worth reading. So now James Robinson, of Superman fame is handed the keys to what should be DC’s highest selling title. One problem: much like Superman, which doesn’t currently star Supes, JLA under Robinson will also not have Supes, Bats or Wonder Woman on the team, and therefore, I’m guessing, retailers aren’t going to order piles of this one. And they’ll be sorry. Robinson is going to return JLA to its glory days; maybe not on the level of Morrison’s or Metzler’s sales, but it’ll make for a couple good sell-outs before most retailers catch on.

Cowboy Ninja Viking #1: Image Comics

Cowboy Ninja Viking

Cowboy Ninja Viking

Solicitation: It started with Dr. Sebastian Ghislain: rogue psychotherapist/covert op/DJ. Tasked with creating a counter-intelligence unit, he turned to those long thought useless to society . . . patients with Multiple Personality Disorder. These agents became known simply as Triplets. Misguided? Yeah. Impractical? Sure. But did it work? Absolutely not. Now someone has located each Triplet and created a band of ridiculously disturbed, but highly effective assassins. Our only hope? A Triplet known as Cowboy Ninja Viking!

Tag: From the artist of proof comes a new series presented in the golden age format!
32 PGS
$3.50 US
AUG090294
Written by Aj Lieberman; Pencils by Riley Rossmo.

Why it’ll go fast: The title alone oughta sell 100,000 copies of this book. The great premise and awesome art should help as well. Rossmo’s Proof has been garnering attention for a while now and for good reason. It’s a great read. For those of us that missed out on Proof #1 here’s a chance to jump on board his latest series. I don’t see this one selling out right away but as word spreads about CNV, by the time issue two hits the stands number one will be long gone.

Spider-Woman #2: Marvel Comics

Spider-Woman

Spider-Woman

Solicitation: The Eisner award winning team of Bendis and Maleev (Daredevil, Halo) unveil a big new chapter in the life of Jessica Drew as she heads to Madripoor to do Sword’s dirty work. Based on the ground-breaking motion comic and featuring all new material. And guest starring Spider-Man!!

32 PGS
$2.99 US
AUG090497
Written by Brian Michael Bendis; Pencils and Inks by Alex Maleev; Cover by Matt Hollingsworth.

Why it’ll go fast: Spiderwoman #1 is gone. Sold-out. Selling for at least $10 on eBay as we speak. Now guess what happens with issue #2. It’ll sell out even faster. See when retailers order new series they always order higher on first issues and cut back on the second. Historically this makes for some tough-to-find second issues. Most retailers probably placed a re-order for issue #2 as soon as issue #1 sold out. I’d expect an announcement from Marvel Wednesday afternoon. Spiderwoman is hot, so much so that back issues of the original Spiderwoman series are even starting to see higher prices. By the way, mad props to Alez Maleev and his amazing art. The layouts in issue #1 were amazing.

Nerdy Question of the Week:

When talking about Digital Comics, one of the biggest complaints I have is reading them on either a computer screen or a tiny hand-held device. Recently, with the announcement of a new generation of Tablet computers, it seems these concerns may have been addressed. I’m not saying there will ever be a day when I’ll prefer digital comics, where’s the collectability in jpegs, but the new gen Tablets sound like a real alternative to reading comics on a Kindel or iPhone. What would it take to get you interested in digital comic formats?

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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.

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One Response to “This Week in Geek 10/21/09”

  1. Eric says:

    I picked up the original 80 issue Transformers series on CD many years back. I am still trying to complete my paper version collection, but this at least let me read the series start to finish.
    I have also seen the digital comics Marvel was showing off at the Comic-Con.
    It is nice to be able to read an issue without having to worry about spilling your Diet Mr. Pibb all over it (Comic Book guy is the greatest), but it is simply a suppliment to the industry and will never replace paper issues. Too many people buy the comics to collect (whether they read them or not) and a large portion will stop fueling money into Marvel’s pockets if they had no investment opportunity in it.
    My overall problem with getting a digital comics is that I would still have to buy the paper issue… Why should I have to buy both? It also seems very impossible to get the digital copy free with purchase of the paper copy without bagging each and every single paper copy each month that includes an online code in it, so I cant see investing money into digital comics.

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