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This Week in Geek 11/12

by Matt Baum (11/13/08).
Cover of JSA Kingdom Come Special: Superman
Cover of Batman Cacophony #1
Cover of Push #1

The Week in Geek 11/12

By Matt Baum

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

As a child I used to listen to my father talk about how much he loved the 007 movies, especially the Sean Connery films. My dad and I had very similar taste in films when I was younger. He loved the old Godzilla films, The Godfather parts 1 and 3 and he took me to see the Road Warrior when I was 6 years old. At that age I was pretty much into anything my dad said was cool, except the old Bond films. I just didn’t get it. Maybe it’s the same genetic trait that’s kept me away from Doctor Who to this day, but I just couldn’t get into the British super-spy-thing. It all seemed so cheesy. That was until the latest adaptation of Casino Royal with Daniel Craig as James Bond. Not only did it further my man-crush for Craig but the film recreated Bond as a human and a gentleman-spy/killing machine. I can’t tell you how geeked-up I am for Quantum of Solace and a new compendium of the Illustrated James Bond that hit’s comic stands this week.

Hermes Press’ James Bond: The History of the Illustrated 007 chronicles James Bond’s many comic appearances starting with his daily comic strips in the British Daily Express in 1958. Writer and Pop Historian Alan J. Porter examines 50 years of James Bond in comics in this 240 page soft-cover book available this Wednesday at a comic shop near you. Confession time: I’ve never read any James Bond comics but fully plan on checking out this book to figure out what I need to read.

In weird news, I’m not judging, just saying this piece of news is arguably weird, Walt Becker, director of Van Wilder and Wild Hogs makes his comic book debut this week. Now, you might expect the man that brought us the aforementioned cinematic gems might give comic readers a light hearted comedy comic. Well funny comics don’t sell so well but you know what does, fantasy comics. So, in the interest of sales, or perhaps throwing off the shackles of his Hollywood comedy pigeon-holing, director Walt Becker and Boom Studious bring us Last Reign: Kings of War. Kings of War takes place in a post-apocalyptic future where a new order of Knights (in armor) have risen to bring peace in a time of… Well, post-apocalyptic turmoil I guess. Knights in armor in a post-apocalyptic future from the director of Van Wilder; only in comics folks.

Now once again, here’s the list of comics I’ll be picking up this week. As always please send me your criticism or praises on what I am or am not reading. For a complete list of this weeks comics click here. For a comic-shop near you click here.

Action Comics #871 – More New Krypton!
Batman: Cacophony #1 of 3 – See “Picks of the Week”
B.P.R.D.: The Warning #5 of 5
Captain Britain and MI:13 #7 – My anti Dr. Who stance weakens with each new issue.
Eternals Annual #1
Green Lantern Corps #30
Justice Society of America – Kingdom Come Special: Superman – See “Picks of the Week”
The Lone Ranger #15
Nightwing #150
Wolverine #69 – Old man Logan continues.

Push #1 of 6; DC/Wildstorm; Written by Adam Freeman and Marc Bernardin; Art by Bruno Redondo; Cover by Jock; $3.50

Why it’s hot: Push is a comic prequel to the film of the same name starring Dakota Fanning that premiers in 2009. The premise centers around a top secret government group called “the Division” that is rounding up people with extra mental abilities to fight as psychic soldiers in an upcoming secret war. Marc Bernardin and Adam Freeman, writers of Wildstorm’sHighwaymen and Top Cow’s Genius bring readers the first look at Push.

Why it’ll go fast: Truth be told it may not go fast at all. I didn’t even know that Push was a movie tie-in until I looked into the title. Most retailers, disappointed with the low sales of Wildstorm comics may pass this one up altogether. In fact, I’m guessing no one pays much attention to Push until the opening weekend of the film. Much like the Matrix comics that no one paid any attention to until the film turned out to be a blockbuster sci-fi classic, which now guide for more than $30.00, Push could be a big comic hit long after it’s publication. That is if the movie is a hit. If it sucks then just forget I said anything.

Batman Cacophony #1; DC; Written by Kevin Smith; Art by Walt Flanagan; Covers by Adam and Andy Kubert; $3.99.

Why it’s hot: Coming off the success of Zach and Miri Make a Porno it certainly seems that Kevin Smith is back. He’s learned his lesson after trying to go mainstream and has returned to his raunchy comedy roots, but that’s not all. Smith has returned to comics to give readers a Batman story starring Onomatopoeia, a villain he created during his run on Green Arrow in 2001. Smith and his good friend and movie extra Walt Flanagan team up for this special three-issue limited series.

Why it’ll go fast: Earlier I said that Kevin Smith is back, but closer to the truth might be, “If Kevin Smith can put out all three issues of Cacophony on schedule, then I’ll say he’s back”. In the past Smith hasn’t been known for finishing his books in a timely fashion. I would hope that all three issues of his Bat-story are in the can but, you never know. His two issue limited series (was it supposed to only be two?) Daredevil: The Target began in 2003 and was never finished and his six-issue Spider-man Black Cat began in 2002 and finished in 2006. I love Smith’s writing and am a fan of most of his films but don’t trust him when it comes to deadlines. Retailers that got stuck with piles of his Daredevil and Spider-man books due to ridiculously late issues might not trust him anymore either. I would expect to see orders on Cacophony #1 much lower than Smith’s past books but probably not hard to find until issue #2 ships. If it ships on time that is.

JSA Kingdom Come Special: Superman; DC; Written and drawn Alex Ross; Covers by Alex Ross and Dale Eaglesham; $3.99

Why it’s hot: Alex Ross. I shouldn’t have to say anything else. But I will. If you’ve been reading Johns’ Superman and JSA stories than you already know how great they are. If not then you probably hate comics or yourself and are just misplacing your frustration on some of the best superhero stories ever written. I am not exaggerating here. If you love superhero comics you need to read this one. I give you my personal money back guarantee on this one. If you don’t like the JSA Supes special box it up and mail it to me and I’ll send you a check for $3.99. Someday, maybe.

That’s all for now true believers. 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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