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This Week in Geek 11/25/09

by Matt Baum (11/25/09).

No Hero

No Hero

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 trends—good and bad—in the world of comic books from a collector’s point-of-view. Make sure to click on the hot links for previews and more information on the comics, characters, story-lines and creators discussed here and he encourages fellow comic nerds to post your comments below.

I’m adding another new section to TWIG called “Read Along with Matt” wherein you, the TWIG reader, can join me in reading back issues and trade-paper-backs that you may have missed. I recently enjoyed Warren Ellis’ “Supergod” issue #1 so much I’ve decided to check out some of his other Avatar work starting with “No Hero.” I’ll post updates each week on my progress and whether or not I’m enjoying the ride. Think of this as a way to get to all those old comics you’ve meant to read and make sure to add your suggestions as to what we should be reading below.

This week was gigantic as most pre-holiday weeks are. It also happened to be the last Wednesday of the month which is usually a big comic shipping day as it is. But that’s fine, if there’s a better week to read a pile of new comics I can’t think of it. This Thursday I plan on gorging myself on turkey and duck (I’m roasting three with clementine oranges and serving with a port wine gravy) and then reading comics by the fire while watching football. I can’t think of a better holiday tradition.

Remember, new comics ship on Thursday next week due to the holiday.

The Stack: Below you’ll find my stack of comics for the week of Wednesday, Nov. 25. Make sure and post your own weekly stack of comics below so I can make fun of what you’re reading and vice-versa. For a full list of comics shipping this week click here. To find a comic shop near you click here.

Amazing Spider-Man #613
Beasts of Burden #3 of 4
Blackest Night #5 of 8
Captain America: Reborn #5 of 6
Dark Avengers: Ares #2 of 3
Dark Wolverine #80
Detective Comics #859
Fantastic Four #573
The Goon #33
Green Lantern #48
Guardians of the Galaxy #20
Immortal Weapons #5 of 5
Incredible Hercules #138
Invincible Iron Man #20
Justice League: Cry For Justice #5 of 7
Justice League Of America #39
Justice Society Of America #33
The Marvels Project #4 of 8
New Avengers #59
New Mutants #7
Powers #1
Secret Warriors #10
Star Trek: Nero #4 of 4
Superman: Secret Origin #3 of 6
Superman #694
Thor: Giant Size Finale
Uncanny X-Men
#517

Thoughts on the pile:

Beasts of Burden

Beasts of Burden

Dark Avengers: Ares #1

Dark Avengers: Ares #1

Fantastic Four

Fantastic Four

Beasts of Burden” is like “Harry Potter” meets “Milo and Otis.” It sounds ridiculous, I know. But “Milk and Cheese” creator Evan Dorkin and “Scary Godmother” creator Jill Thompson have managed to give readers an engaging and even sad comic about talking dog-magicians. Only in comics, folks.

Dark Avengers: Ares” #1 was good read and made me feel better about Kieron Gillen taking over “Thor” next month. Between this title and his previous “Beta Ray Bill” work, Gillen seems to have a good feel for the Marvel gods.

Fantastic Four” hasn’t been this good in years. Writer Jonathan Hickman and Penciler Dale Eaglesham gave readers the best Reed Richards characterization we’ve had since Mark Waid left the title. I can’t recommend this title enough.

The Goon

The Goon

Invincible Iron Man

Invincible Iron Man

Justice League: Cry for Justice

Justice League: Cry for Justice

The Goon” #33 has one of those rare covers that no comic-loving nerd can pass up. Eric Powell; you had me at “Poop Potato.”

Invincible Iron Man” #19 was excellent. Writer Matt Fraction has an amazing handle on Tony Stark’s character. So much so that Fraction has been able to make Stark intriguing even while reducing him to a vegetable. And the last page! I don’t want to spoil anything here but Holy Crap it was a good one! “Stark Disassembled” (the latest storyline) is going to be a must read.

Justice League: Cry for Justice” has been a great preview of what writer James Robinson will be bringing to the monthly JLA series. I love his notes on the characters in the back of each issue. They certainly help to pad the $3.99 price tag.

Justice Society of America

Justice Society of America

New Avengers

New Avengers

Justice Society of America”; I’m starting to worry about this title. I love Bill Willingham and Matt Sturges’ work on “Fables” and “House of Mystery” but I just can’t get in to the way they write a superhero title. Am I alone here?

New Avengers” #59 wins my Cover of the Week award. Nicely done, Dave McCaig. Oh, and the story has been excellent, too.

Star Trek: Nero

Star Trek: Nero

Thor: Giant Size Finale

Thor: Giant Size Finale

Star Trek: Nero” has been a great prequel to the latest Star Trek film from the same team that created the New York Times best-selling graphic novel and film prequel “Star Trek: Countdown.” It’s a great companion to the Star Trek DVD that his stores last Tuesday.

Thor: Giant Size Finale” marks the end writer J. Michael Strczynski’s multiple award winning run on the title. It’s a great looking comic but not a real long final story. I know JMS wasn’t planning on leaving the title but it’s still a shame to leave such a great Thor story unresolved.

THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE:

If I had to pick only one this week it would be?

Powers #1: Marvel Comics/Icon

Powers #1

Powers #1

Solicitation: Because you asked for it, you got it . . . Powers is back! Monthly! From the writer of your favorite blockbuster Marvel comics (Dark Avengers, New Avengers, Secret Invasion, Ultimate Spider-Man) Brian Michael Bendis and award-winning artist Michael Oeming (Mice Templar) comes a brand new chapter in one of the most successful creator-owned comics of the decade!

Homicide Detectives Christian Walker and Enki Sunrise investigate murders specific to super hero cases . . . powers. Where super hero and crime comics explode into each other! This new number one is the perfect jumping on point for new readers and a glorious return to form for long time fans. And yes, this book will be shipping monthly. And yes, our horrible letter column is back!

40 PGS
$3.95 US
SEP090495
Written by Brian Michael Bendis; Pencils and cover by Michael Avon Oeming.

Why this one: “Powers” returns to the new shelves with yet another #1 issue. This was the first title by writer Brian Michael Bendis that grabbed me. It’s like “The Wire” with superheroes and man, is it violent. Powers seems to be Bendis dumping ground for his darker stories that just wouldn’t work in the Marvel U. I highly recommend picking up any of the collected Powers trades starting with volume 1 “Who Killed Retro Girl.”

Nerdy Question of the Week:

What’s on your nerdy X-mas list? Every year my wife braves the local comic shops in a quest to find toys for her adult husband. This year is no exception. I need the first two waves of the DC Direct Green Lantern Blackest night figures. How about you nerds? What is Santa bringing you?

See ya next time true believers.

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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. And finally a word to the Federal Trade Commission; all the comics discussed here are purchased solely by the writer, who receives no gifts or free merchandise from any publishers even though he would graciously accept them.

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