This Week in Geek 1/21/09

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. Also, feel free to post your comments in the new “comments” section below.

Before we get started here I want to just take a moment to say “welcome to office” President Obama. It seems I was so geeked up for the Inauguration that while writing last week’s blog, which focused on the Obama/Spidey cover, I overlooked the newest G.I. Joe #1 as a pick of the week. I received a few e-mails from both Joe-fans and Chuck Dixon loyalists, to all of which I’d like to say, I’m sorry and you’re right. IDW’s G.I. Joe #1 should have been one of last week’s picks and it was a good read. Sorry Joe-nerds. However, I’m staying on the record with my prediction that the upcoming Joe movie will be terrible. There’s just no way Hollywood gets this one right (see Transfomers for further evidence of this theory).

spideyobama2With the instant sellout of last week’s Obama appearance in the pages of Amazing Spiderman #583, eBay prices on the comic have shot up to $40-60 for a first-printing. Never one to have an original idea, infamous Youngblood creator Rob Liefield announced his own Obama cover for Youngblood #8, expected to hit stores in February. Whether or not anyone will care remains to be seen. When Obama appears with Spidey it’s news. When he appears with Shaft and Badrock, I’m not sure I could care less. I’ll be tracking the other appearances of the new president in comics in a future installment of “The Nerdy Speculator” (my other blog that discusses back issues).

So, let’s talk Inauguration week comics for this Wednesday, Jan. 21. Below you’ll find my pile of comics I’ll be purchasing this Wednesday (I have as of yet to convince WorthPoint that this should be a billable expense, but I’m working on it). As always, I’d love to hear your input on what I am or should be reading (for the record I read The Walking Dead and Fables in Trade-paper-back, so stop yelling at me for not including them in my buy pile every month). For a complete list of this week’s comics click here. To find a comic shop near you click here.

Astonishing X-Men #28
The Astounding Wolf-Man #12
Captain America #46
Conan The Cimmerian #7
Dark Avengers #1
Faces of Evil: Deathstroke
Final Crisis: Superman Beyond #2 of 2
Godland #28
Green Lantern #37
Guardians Of The Galaxy #9
Justice League Of America #29
Mighty Avengers #21
Robin #182
Supergirl #37
Thunderbolts #128
Uncanny X-Men Annual #2
War Machine #2
X-Factor #39
X-Men: Kingbreaker #2 of 4

Now let’s talk speculation. As you may or may not know, the purpose of this blog is to arm the comic nerd with the information he or she needs to make an informed and quality new comic purchase every week. While they might not be worth piles of money, these issues may be pretty hard to find in the near future.

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Dark Avengers #1; Marvel Comics; Written by Brian Michael Bendis; Art by Mike Deodato; Cover by Ranier Beredo; Variant Covers by Marko Djurdjevic(1:20), Adi Granov(1:50) and Blank Variant; $48 pages $3.99

Solicitation: THE DARK REIGN IS HERE! The start of an explosive new era in the Avengers mythos! Who are the Dark Avengers? Who is the Iron Patriot? The answers will shock you! Brought to you by Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Deodato Jr.

Why it’ll go fast: Speculation on the internet as to the identities of the new Dark Avengers team has reached a fever pitch. I may not know who is wearing the Iron Patriot armor (I’m guessing it’s Osborne) but I am confident this comic is going to sell-out very quickly. The “Dark Reign” storyline is off to a great start and Dark Avengers looks like it’s going to be the crown jewel of Bendis’ latest Avengers tale. Also, look for the blank cover variants with various sketches and signatures to start popping up on eBay as the spring convention season begins in February.

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Mighty Avengers #21; Marvel Comics; Written by Dan Slott; Art by Khoi Pham; Cover by Dean White; 40 pages; $3.99

“Earth’s Mightiest Part 1 of 3″
“The Smartest Man in the Room”
Solicitation: IT ALL STARTS HERE! A new roster! One of the team’s most powerful foes! And one of the most popular and requested Avengers returns to the fold! When darkness reigns and chaos falls, there’s no room for compromise, no time to run and hide. The world needs EARTH’S MIGHTIEST HEROES! But after the events of Secret Invasion, is HANK PYM ready to rejoin their ranks? And what is the secret that haunts him, a secret dating back to the earliest days of the original team? Join Dan Slott and Khoi Pham for a new age of ALL OUT AVENGERS ACTION! Special giant-sized issue! 36 pages of all-new story and art! Guest starring: NEW AVENGERS, DARK AVENGERS, YOUNG AVENGERS, and CLASSIC AVENGERS!

Why it’ll go fast: Yes, it’s officially Avengers week and I’m totally in-the-tank for the “Dark Reign” event. With that out of the way, the new Mighty Avengers team seems to hearken back to the Avengers teams of the 80’s many of us grew up with. While fans, for the most part, have made the Bendis Avengers Marvel’s highest selling titles there has been criticism, mainly from the older guys, that adding heroes like Power Man, Wolverine and Spider-man to the team just doesn’t feel like the Avengers. Well, complain no more cry-babies. Writer Dan Slott brings you a team of classic Avengers plucked from Avengers history and one new guy. I’m calling my shot here, but my guess is Bendis leaving the book coupled with a new team of arguably “B-list” heroes equals lower orders from retailers. Dark Avengers may be the big sell-out this week but Mighty Avengers is going to be the quickest one. Look for orders to adjust over the next couple of months as Dan Slott’s Avengers team becomes more popular and important to “Dark Reign” story line.

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Supergirl #37; DC; Written by Sterling Gates; Art by Jamal Igle; Cover by Joshua Middleton; 32 pages $2.99

Solicitation: “Who is Superwoman?” part 1 of 5 and a “Faces of Evil” issue! After her encounter with the mysterious Superwoman, Supergirl is left with two burning questions: who is Superwoman, and what gives her the right to wear the symbol of the House of El? The answers lead Supergirl into the darkest depths of New Krypton and drastically alter the Superman Family forever!

Why it’ll go fast: Let’s take a break from the Marvel-fan train to talk about the best DC comic you’re not reading. Last week’s conclusion of the “New Krypton” storyline showed us (SPOILER ALERT) the new Superwoman murdering the new Guardian. Supergirl has been moved to the top of my read pile every month thanks in part to Sterling Gates writing. Even though Supergirl has seen a rise in sales (#34 on the top 300 comic sales for November 2008) it’s still not being ordered on the level of the other Superman titles and is still selling out at most stores every month.

Indy Comic of the Week:

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The Perry Bible Fellowship Almanack HC; Dark Horse; Written and drawn by Nicholas Gurewitch; 272 pages $24.95

Solicitation: The second (and likely final) collection of strips from the award-winning comic series The Perry Bible Fellowship. Spans the entirety of the strip’s print run. Bonus features include lost strips, sketches, and a behind-the-scenes interview by Wondermark’s David Malki. Also includes an introduction by Diablo Cody.

Praise for The Perry Bible Fellowship:

“A work of sheer brilliance.” —Jim Woodring (Frank)

“PBF is hilarious and f’ed-up in a very sublime way.” —Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics)

“Nick Gurewitch’s strip is one of the few strips that makes me laugh out loud. It’s really funny and if newspapers still cared about funny strips, he’d be in more papers, as he should. Except if they bump mine for him.” —Tony Millionaire (Maakies, Sock Monkey)

Nerdy Question of the Week:

In less than 10 words, how did you feel after reading Batman’s death in the pages of Final Crisis #6?

Last week I had a great response to the question of the week. Keep them coming and thanks again nerds! Until next week, keep the questions coming. Also, check out my other blog The Comic Speculator, where I discuss new and 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.