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.
Wednesday came without incident for a change and, I’m happy to say, I’ve got my comics. More tough choices this week, though. Most notably, for the first time in a long time, Batman has been demoted to read. Tony Daniel is a penciler of the first order. It’s his storytelling that needs work. Daniel’s Batman just feels like filler and I don’t have room for filler in my budget at present. At times we collectors can feel like were doing something wrong by not buying every issue every month. Even when we’re not enjoying a story arc. Well, I’m here to tell you it’s OK. Batman will still be around when you come back. You’re not married to your monthly titles. It’s OK to try a different one every once and a while. Besides, you can always pick up the trade later if you need to know what happened.
Here’s a look at a couple of other titles that didn’t quite make the stack this week:
“Hulk” #18: I haven’t been a fan of Loeb’s wacky Hulk series but have to know what this “Fall of the Hulks” business is all about. If Doc Samson is the bad guy behind it all I’m going to punch Loeb in his face.
“Incorruptible” #1: I dug Mark Waid’s “Irredeemable” but didn’t buy any of them. Mainly because I missed issue #1 and could only find second prints. Where as Irredeemable was the story of a good guy gone really bad, Incorruptible is just the opposite. This could very easily become a purchase upon reading.
The Stack: Below you’ll find my stack of comics for the week of Wednesday December 16th. 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 #615
Astonishing X-Men #33
Captain America: Reborn #5 of 6
Dark Avengers #12
Dark Wolverine #81
Doctor Voodoo: Avenger of the Supernatural #3
Green Lantern Corps #43
Justice League Of America #40
Mighty Avengers #32
Realm of Kings: Inhumans #2 of 5
Vengeance of the Moon Knight #4
Thoughts on the stack:
Captain America: Reborn
Dark Wolverine #81
Doctor Voodoo: Avenger of the Supernatural
“Captain America: Reborn”: I love everything that writer Ed Brubaker has done with his run on Cap. That said; with Steve Rogers popping up in two other comics already, before his “rebirth” has even finished in this title, I’m finding the end of the story a little anti-climactic without even reading it yet. Not Brubaker’s fault, I know. But come-on, Marvel.
“Dark Wolverine” #81: I actually read this one before writing this blog and loved it. Not much happening here other than a conversation in a tea-house between Daken and Moonstone but I was riveted. Writers Daniel Way and Marjorie Liu have done an amazing job making me care about a character that I hated from day one. I love this comic.
“Doctor Voodoo: Avenger of the Supernatural”: This one is fantastic and get’s writer Rick Remender my vote for Best New Marvel Writer of the Year. The amazing art of Jetfe Palo gives this title a perfectly dark and mystic feel. I only wish there was a Doctor Strange title that was this good.
Realm of Kings: Inhumans #2
Vengeance of Moon Knight
“Realm of Kings: Inhumans” #2: I’ve been saying that the Avengers need a cosmic team for years and Dan Slot’s Mighty Avengers are perfect. Maybe minus U.S. Agent (I just never cared about him). Someone at Marvel heard my cries and here they are, the Mighty Avengers vs. the Inhumans. ’Bout time.
“Vengeance of Moon Knight”: Jerome Opena’s art on this title is nothing short of perfect. The style he has perfected lends it’s self wonderfully to Moon Knight. I like the story and it seems to be going somewhere but I do need some distance from the previous Moon Knight series to call this title great.
Now let’s reduce this comic sauce to it most basic and flavorful component, beginning with gently sweated garlic and shallots of course, in a section I call:
THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE!
Solicitation: “The Invisible Girl has vanished.” X-Factor has relocated back to New York, and their first client is a keeper: Franklin Richards, whose mom has disappeared and who figures that the premiere detective agency in the Marvel Universe has the best chance of finding her. Except Reed Richards doesn’t seem especially cooperative in helping them locate his missing wife. What is he hiding, and does it have anything to do with the coming Darkness?
Meanwhile, Val Cooper has some bad news for Monet: Her ambassador father has been taken prisoner by terrorists, and she has less than 24 hours to find him before he winds up getting his head cut off on video.
Note: New & Reprint
Written by Peter David; Pencils by Bing Cansino & Marco Santucci; Cover by Esad Ribic.
Why this one: No one does comic book dialogue better than Peter David. Don’t get me wrong; I love me some Brian Michael Bendis, but Peter David has been doing the job a lot longer and doing it very well. The characters in X-Force are mainly “B-list” X-Men from the 1990s, but that’s all it takes to get an ol’-timey X-fan like myself interested. If you liked Joss Whedon’s “Buffy,” “Angel” or “Firefly,” you’ll love the dialogue here. I’m just so damn glad this title hasn’t been canceled yet.
Nerdy Question of the Week:
Holiday specials; love ’em or hate ’em? I used to love holiday special comics, specifically the JSA Thanksgiving issues where they had dinner with the JLA every year. It was a perfect read after a Turkey induced coma. Any you remember digging? I can’t say there have been any holiday issues that have done it for me recently.
Comics will be shipping on Wednesday the 23rd next week so nothing exciting there. The week after is a different story. It’s a dead week. What’s that mean? No comics shipping on the week of Wednesday the 30th, but we’ll get into that next week. Thanks again for your continued input and keep the answers to the nerdy questions coming.
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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