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This Week in Geek 10/22

by Matt Baum (10/22/08).
New Avengers #46
Ghost Rider: Danny Ketch
Superman: New Krypton Special

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

Lots to be excited about this week. On the Halloween front there’s some great collected editions available this Wednesday. Dark Horse gives us the Evil Dead trade-paperback collecting issues 1-4 of their recent adaptation of the cult-horror film and Marvel comics offers the Tomb of Dracula Omnibus hardcover that collects Tomb of Dracula #1-31, Werewolf By Night #15, Giant-Size Chillers #1 and Giant Size Dracula #2-4. The original Tomb of Dracula was some of Gene Colan’s finest artwork and is widely considered Marvel’s best horror comic series.

Also this week get ready for yet another G.I.-Joe relaunch, this time from IDW when series creator Larry Hamma returns, yet again, to further the fight for freedom wherever there is trouble. If you didn’t care about the last four relaunches then… Well I’m not sure why you would care about this one either. On the subject of big returns, Danny Ketch, the guy that replaced Johnny Blaze as Ghost Rider returns as, you guessed it, the Ghost Rider in the pages of Ghost Rider: Danny Ketch. See my picks of the week for more on Danny.

On the subject of everything-old-is-new-again-and-again-etc: Top Cow’s first Pilot Season series winner is nothing new. Remember the overdrawn and underwritten Marc Sylvestri series from the early 90′s Cyberforce? Well don’t get excited yet because Cyberforce is not back and neither is Sylvestri. But Cyblade is! Yup, the busty cybernetic Psylocke rip-off (90′s ninja-Psylocke that is) Cyblade is back. Click on the links and compare if you don’t believe me. The Pilot Season contest gave fans a chance to vote on which of the Pilot Season titles should become a monthly title. Well the fans have spoken and instead of picking the intelligently written Core by up and coming comics sensation Jonathan Hickman, amongst others, they picked Cyblade… Presumably because she has great big heaving… fan appeal. Cyblade #1 comes with two covers and, in true 90′s fashion, one features her in the shower. Thanks for raising the bar Top Cow fans.

For a list of all the comics coming to your friendly neighborhood comic shop this week click here:. To find a comic shop near you click here.

And now, my big steaming pile of comics for the week of 10/22. As always I encourage your feedback or questions on what I’m reading or what you think I should be reading.

Captain America #43 – Required reading for every Cap fan.
Daredevil #112
DC Universe: Halloween ’08 – Written by Brian Reed and others. Reed’s 1st DC work?
DMZ #35
Final Crisis #4 of 7 – Things better start making sense real quick here.
Final Crisis: Submit – Written by Morrison so it might shed some light on what happened in FC #3.
Ghost Rider: Danny Ketch #1 of 5 – Honestly, not sure if I care about this or not.
Hulk #7 – Art by Frank Cho and ArthurAdams.
New Avengers #46 – See picks of the week.
Secret Invasion #7 of 8
Superman: New Krypton Special – I couldn’t be more excited for this book!
Thunderbolts #125 – Still fun after Warren Ellis left.
Unknown Soldier #1 – Love the character. High hopes for this book.
X-Factor #36 – I hate to say it but Larry Stroman’s pencils are starting to wear on me.
Y: The Last Man Deluxe Edition Book 1 – An excellent chance to read one of the best written comic series of our time.

And without further ado; my speculator picks of the week.

Superman: New Krypton Special; DC; Written by Geoff Johns, James Robinson and Sterling Gates; Art by Gary Frank and Jon Sibal, Renato Guedes and Wilson Magalháes, and Pete Woods ; Cover by Gary Frank; Variant cover by Renato Guedes and Wilson Magalháes; $3.99

Why it’s hot: The New Krypton saga begins here in an issue written and drawn by the entire Superman franchise creative team. Geoff Johns was quoted as saying that New Krypton will be one of the most important stories in Superman’s history. All his life Superman has been, for the most part, the lone survivor of Krypton until now. In the wake of the Brainiac storyline, Superman has freed 100,000 Kryptonians and now has to figure out what to do with them. If you’ve been yearning for a great Superman story your wait is over.

Why it’ll go fast: Even though Johns’ Superman has been some of the best Supes stories fans have read in years, sales are still relatively low; barley breaking the top 50 with Superman #680 at 47 and Action Comics #869 at number 44 on the top 100 ordered comics for September 2008. Retailers are cutting their orders on Action and Supes content to let the books sell out while slowly the word spreads on how good the titles actually are. I’m guessing orders on the New Krypton Special will be close to those of Action and Superman making this comic a quick sell out.

Ghost Rider: Danny Ketch; Marvel; Written by Simon Spurrier; Art by Javier Saltaries; Cover by Dan Brown; $3.99.

Why it’s hot: Back in the 1990 Marvel introduced fans to a new Ghost Rider, Danny Ketch, who’s sister had been murdered by ninja gangsters sending him on a mission of vengeance as the Ghost Rider. I know, ridiculous, but it was the 90′s and ninjas were all the rage. Even Danny’s cycle had a sleek-space-age-and arguably stupid 90′s look to it but slowly readers, yes me included, grew to accept and love Danny as our Ghost Rider. Then, in 2001, he disappeared and was replaced by Johnny Blaze for no apparent reason. Until now! Finally Danny Ketch fans can read the story of where their replacement Ghost Rider has been and why he’s back now. Click here for the complete Danny Ketch saga.

Why it’ll go fast: A lot of fans of Ghost Rider were let down by the movie, including myself who stood up and booed in the theater, and haven’t been thrilled with current Ghost Rider relaunch starring Johnny Blaze. The last great Ghost Rider comics I remember reading were toward the end of the 1990′s series starring Ketch. Ghost Rider geeks hold that series in very hard regard and many of the issues sell for surprising amounts considering the over abundance of other Marvel series of the 90′s. The moral of the story is that geeks remember this stuff and when they see Danny’s name on the cover they will buy this book. Now retailers on the other hand are going to be thinking just the opposite. Ghost Rider #26 dropped to number 96 on the top 100 ordered comics for August 2008 and retailers are not going to bank high orders on the return of the 90′s Ghost Rider when the original is barely selling.

New Avengers #46 Written by Brian Michael Bendis; Art by Billy Tan; Cover by Aleksi Briclot; $2.99.

Why it’s hot: Regardless of what DC apologists might say, Secret Invasion is currently the best company crossover event running and, though it hasn’t ended yet, I might add the best crossover event in recent memory. In this issue of New Avengers the villains enter the fray. Realizing that Earth’s mightiest heroes may not be able to hold off the invading Skrull horde, the Hood and his organized group of villains attack. It’s the beginning of the end of the Secret Invasion and the cover alone is enough to make me giggle with excitement.

Why it’ll go fast: The cover on this book alone virtually guarantees a sellout. Secret Invasion is a hit and the sellouts continue every week. Not that New Avengers needed any help with sales, it’s been in the top 10 in comic sales since issue #1 and no matter how many issues retailers up their order by it continues to sell out. Readers have been waiting for quite a while to figure out the secret behind the Hood’s new found demonic power and this issue reviles just who or what is responsible for it. Oh, and who doesn’t want to see Marvel’s most powerful villains coming to the aid of the heroes?

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.

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