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This Week in Geek 12/30/09

by Matt Baum (12/30/09).

Blackest Night” #6

Blackest Night” #6

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.

As you may have noticed, not only was last week bereft of new comics, with the exception of “Blackest Night” #6, but TWIG took a break as well. I spent my week taking stock of my collection, cleaning up my office/comic rumpus room and reading some back issues here and there. Most notably, “Amazing Spider-Man.” For all the crap I talked about this title after the events of “Brand New Day,” I gotta say it sure has been a great read since I sucked it up and rejoined the action. Also, still chugging away on Warren Ellis’ “No Hero” and loving it. What did you nerds read on your break?

Before we get to the stack from the last week of December, here’s a few titles I’ll be reading but not buying. Well, as of writing this, I guess I did pick up the Avengers: Initiative book because it was great.

“Avengers the Initiative” #31: I gave up on this one a while ago but now that the Taskmaster is being brought into Norman Osborne’s cabal I have to see what happens. Christos Gage is a solid writer and Rafa Sandoval an up-and-coming penciler superstar. This one could be fun.

“Criminal: The Sinners” #3: The only reason I’m not buying this comic regularly anymore is because the “Criminal Hardcover Collection” was so amazing. One of the best hardcover collections that came out this year. However, I do grab and read the issues as they come out. If you need some crime-noir drama in your life Ed Brubaker is the go-to-guy.

“Doctor Voodoo: The Origin of Jericho Drumm”: Careful here, this is a reprint of “Strange Tales” #169-#170. Props to Marvel on their creative marketing of this one:

“Experience the birth of Marvel’s new Sorcerer Supreme like never before, fully remastered with modern coloring. Plus, an all-new framing sequence by Roy Thomas and Alex Massacci.”

This is the first I’ve heard of a comic being “Remastered,” not to mention pimping a new “framing sequence.” Good luck with this one Marvel. What does that mean anyway?

The Stack:

Below you’ll find my stack of comics for the week of Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009. 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 #616
Beasts of Burden #4 of 4
Blackest Night: JSA #1 of 3
Captain America Reborn Who Will Wield The Shield
Dark Avengers: Ares #3 of 3
Detective Comics #860
Fantastic Four #574
Green Lantern #49
Guardians of the Galaxy #21
Hellboy: The Bride of Hell
Incredible Hercules #139
New Avengers #60
New Mutants #8
Powers #2
Punisher #12
Secret Warriors #11
Spider-Woman #4
Superman #695
Thor #605
Uncanny X-Men #519
Wolverine: Weapon X
#8

Thoughts on the Stack:

Beasts of Burden” #4

Beasts of Burden” #4

Blackest Night: JSA” #1

Blackest Night: JSA” #1

“Beasts of Burden” #4: Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson’s tale of talking dog sorcerers has proved to be a really hard sell to most nerds at my shop, but those who picked it up loved this comic. Think “Harry Potter” meets “Watership Down.” I’d expect to see Beasts of Burden nominated for an Eisner Award or two this year.

“Blackest Night: JSA” #1: JSA written by James Robinson pitting the new team against Zombie-fied versions of the Golden Age JSA. Yes, Please! Especially since I’ve recently kicked JSA from my pull-list (memo to myself: remember to kick JSA from your pull-list before next new comic day). This should give me my JSA fix for a couple of months at least. After that, sniff sniff, I don’t know what will happen . . .

Fantastic Four” #574

Fantastic Four” #574

Punisher” #12

Punisher” #12

Thor” #605

Thor” #605

“Fantastic Four” #574: Not long ago, had you told me that I’d be excited to read a story about Franklin Richards birthday party I’d have pointed, opened my mouth and screamed like Donald Sutherland in the 1978 remake of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.” I’ve never cared about Franklin (the eternal 8 year-old) and have never cared to read a story about him unntil now. Writer Jonathan Hickman has got a hold on me and I can’t remember the last time I loved FF comics this much. Franklin and all. Weird right?

“Punisher” #12: SPOILER ALERT: Punisher #10 saw Frank Castle dismembered by Wolverine’s son Daken, head and all. Frank is dead, way dead. But not so dead that a group of Marvel’s most famous monsters couldn’t sew him back together to become their own personal Frankencastle. I know, ridiculous, but a ton of fun at the same time. Plus it’s drawn by Tony Moore of “Walking Dead” fame. Love it or hate it, you have to see what happens next.

“Thor” #605: Kieron Gillen’s Thor is officially awesome. Two issues in and Gillen has picked up right where former writer J. Michael Straczynski left off, but possibly with even more momentum behind his writing. It could be because of the upcoming “Siege” event but Gillen’s Thor is just as good as it was and seems to be moving toward an Avengers reunion. I love it!

THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE!

If I had to pick just one issue for this week it would be:

Captain America Reborn: Who Will Wield The Shield

Captain America Reborn: Who Will Wield The Shield

Captain America Reborn: Who Will Wield The Shield

Solicitation: Steve Rogers has returned, but Bucky Barnes is the current Captain America, and has come into his own in the role. Will there be two Captain Americas? Will Bucky go back to being the Winter Soldier? What will happen? Decisions, decisions, decisions. . .

32 PGS
$3.99 US
OCT090468
Written by Ed Brubaker; Pencils by Jackson Guice & Luke Ross; Cover by Dean White; Letters by Joe Caramagna.

Why This One: Yes Cap Reborn hasn’t finished on schedule and yes, it’s killing the momentum of his return. That said, I still love it. I hate the title of the book (it’s a little too reminiscent of “Batman: Battle for the Cowl” but it rhymes) but I need to know what happens to Bucky when all is said and done. Writer Ed Brubaker has spent too much time making me care about the new cap to have him delegated to the B-list. I’m hoping Marvel can figure out a way that both Caps can coexist, unlike DC, which seems to constantly replace heroes and just as we start to care; bring the old hero back.

Nerdy Question of the Week:

As I stated earlier: it looks like the original Avengers are getting back together. So who would you like to see on the team? I remember screaming and yelling upon hearing that Wolverine and Spiderman were members of the New Avengers. Now I can’t picture the team without them.

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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