This Week in Geek is a weekly blog about new comics written post-comic-shop-visit 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 the comics he’ll be purchasing 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. Make sure and post your comments below.
TWO WEEKS IN A ROW! That’s not a happy exclamation. It’s angry. Two weeks in a row I have to wait to pick up my comics. Last week was because of Thanksgiving. This week 13 inches of snow locked down the entire Midwest. It wasn’t until Friday that UPS delivered my comic shop’s shipment, by which time most of us nerds were nothing short of ravenous. Being snowed in with new comics is not a big deal. Without new comics, it can be a special kind of hell. Thankfully, Xbox live kept me sane.
So Christmas is coming, Chanuka, Kwanza and Solstice for others, and one thing is certain: I’m spending a lot of money on comics when I should be buying presents for others. Namely my new wife. The first couple of X-mases are critical, or so I’m told. You can slack off later in your gift giving after your mate’s spirit has been broken and they’ve accepted their wedded fate. It was this realization that led me to some hard choices. One of which being that I’m done with “The Incredible Hulk” for the time being. I gave up on Jeph Loeb’s “Hulk” a while ago and now it seems Greg Pak’s “Incredible Hulk” isn’t doing it for me either. I just don’t care about the current story line at all. I hate Rick Jones as the Abomination lookalike known as A-Bomb (hate the name, as well). I don’t care about Hulk’s son Skaar and could care less about the Warbound (the aliens that accompanied the Hulk back from planet Sakarr: see the “Planet Hulk” storyline). I’m not crazy about the way Bruce is being characterized and am tired of the lack of the actual Hulk in the title. And I’m poor. So, done with the Incredible Hulk . . . for now.
It’s a relatively light week for me, but could have been bigger had I not been so aware of the aforementioned upcoming holiday spending. Before I go into titles I’m buying, here’s a few that nearly made the stack, all of which I’ll read Monday morning during my shift at the comic shop:
Nation X #1
Web of Spider-Man #3
• Nation X #1: New X-book about life on Utopia (the X-Men’s new island off the coast of San Francisco) written by various new writers. Could be a fun “X-Men tryout book” for new writers.
• S.W.O.R.D. #2: The only thing I really enjoyed about issue one was the back-up story that focused on the fate of Kitty Pryde. Make that the main story and I’m in. Maybe I wasn’t prepared for the humorous tone of the title. This one could make a jump back to the stack later.
• Web of Spider-Man #3: I talked some trash when I read the solicitation of this new Spidey title but found myself digging on the first couple issues. So far it seems to be a fun Spidey-Family title and a nice home for Tom Defalco’s cult-hit Spider-Girl.
Below you’ll find my stack of comics for the week of Wednesday, Dec. 9. 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.
Action Comics #884
Amazing Spider-Man #614
The Anchor #3
B.P.R.D.: War On Frogs #4 of 4
Dark X-Men #2 of 5
Daytripper #1 of 10
Invincible Iron Man #21
New Avengers Annual #3
Realm of Kings: Imperial Guard #2 of 5
Red Robin #7
Secret Six #16
X Necrosha: The Gathering
Thoughts on the Stack:
“The Anchor” is like reading a professional wresting match between giant monsters and Hulk Hogan if he were the embodiment of the Old-Testament-vengeful-Hebrew-God’s fury. It’s good fun written by Phil Hester, who has been quietly writing and drawing quality comics for a while now. This guy needs a bigger following, so spread the word.
“Daytripper” #1 is the product of two of my favorite new artists, Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon, both of whom worked on Matt Fraction’s Casanova and went on to work on “The Umbrella Academy” which are two of my favorite series of late. I haven’t read anything they’ve written, but am really looking forward to it.
Invincible Iron Man
“Invincible Iron Man” has been priceless. Writer Matt Fraction’s run has been nothing short of amazing, and the latest storyline “Stark Disassembled” looks to be the prelude to the upcoming “Siege” event. Oh, Captain America and Thor show up too.
“Red Robin” is losing me and quickly if something doesn’t change. I like the idea that Tim is obsessed with Bruce Wayne’s death and is willing to travel the world searching for clues. I don’t buy that he’s going to shack up with Ra’s Al Ghul and the League of Assassins in an attempt to reform them instead of searching for Bruce. It just feels like the title isn’t going anywhere, but I’m starting to feel that way about most of the Bat-books these days. Last chance Red Robin.
THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE!
If I had to pick one comic this week it would be:
Realm of Kings: Imperial Guard
Solicitation: Is Black Bolt alive? The Imperial Guard’s mission into the bizarre and dangerous realm of the Fault begins! Their objective: to find any remaining evidence of the two missing kings! Patience and restraint are put to the test as the Guard is obliged to work alongside the pirate Starjammers they have spent so many years pursuing. Can they learn to get along . . . or will the Fault finish them before they get the chance?
Written by Andy Lanning and Dan Abnett; Pencils and inks by Kev Walker; Cover by Jean-francois Beaulieu.
Why this one? Abnett and Lanning’s “Realm of Kings” crossover is even better than their last one, “War of Kings.” I love these comics and this is coming from a guy that has never cared about any of the Marvel cosmic characters in the past. For one reason or another (see my other blog for more on the subject) the Realm of Kings minis aren’t being heavily ordered, so if you didn’t pre-order this one you may have trouble finding it.
Nerdy Question of the Week
Recently, DC’s “The Source” blog site announced two new series of original graphic novels “Batman: Earth One” and “Superman: Earth One.” Click here for the story. I can’t say I’m overly excited to see yet another Batman and Superman series that takes place out of continuity, but what really scares me here is the format. Is DC looking at switching to an all OGN format? It’s a formula that works in Japan. Would you be willing to switch to a Graphic Novel hobby?
See ya next time true believers.
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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