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This Week in Geek 2/26

by Matt Baum (02/28/08).
Fred, Jase, and Ash, sigh...
Rasl #1 incentive cover
Xmen legacy 208

Hey hey, it’s new comic Wednesday… Well actually it’s Thursday and I’m a little late. I was busy ok! Please don’t tell my Worthpoint bosses, the beatings… Oh the beatings, and my wrists are so sore from the chains that hold me at my desk. Please send help…

Any way, lets get right to it! This week was another huge one and yet again no one at the editorial offices of any of the comic companies I’ve contacted will send me free comics. Come on guys, I’m dying here! Every week I say such nice things about your books! What’s a brother got to do to get some free schwag!
If you’re not a higher up at DC, Marvel, Image, Dark Horse, Dynamite, Oni, or any other comic company then please excuse my begging. If you are someone of any importance to any comic publishing company then I say to you sir or madam; send me something to review!

Enough pandering for free comics, lets talk about this weeks new issues. Remember Wednesday’s new comics are tomorrow’s collectibles. Get them while they’re still cover price!

X-Men Legacy #206, Marvel Comics, Written by Mike Carey, Art by Scott Eaton, and John Romita JR
The book formerly known as the adjective-less “X-men” is now X-Men Legacy and the Divided We Stand storyline rolls on. Fan-favorite-comics-legend John Romita JR helps pencil this X-story that explains what really happened after the supposed “death” of Professor X. The X universe is in a great place for new readers to jump in with all the titles beginning new storylines and new titles written and illustrated by top notch talent.

Freddy vs. Jason. Vs. Ash #5, Wildstorm Comics, Written by James Kuhoric; Art by Jason Craig
After disappointing sales on the Army of Darkness comics from Devils Due and Dynamite Entertainment retailers found themselves sheepishly ordering issue 1 of this series. As the book sold steadily reorders came pouring in and now the first issue of Freddy, Jason, Ash is long sold out and selling for $10.00 and up. Newsarama.com is reporting that this trend is continuing as issue 4 sold out at the printers last week. If you can find 1st printings of these comics count yourself lucky, they’re disappearing quick . As for the story, not my cup of tea, but the fans have spoken and this series is hot.

Rasl, #1, Cartoon Books, Written and Art by Jeff Smith
The creator of one of my favorite series, Bone, is back with a story of a dimension hopping art thief. If you haven’t read Bone don’t bother looking for a 1st print of issue #1, they are nearly impossible to find and sell for upwards of $100.00. However, in 2004 Cartoon Books reprinted the entire series in one 3.8 pound 1300 page volume that is still available at most comic book stores. I can’t recommend Bone enough! This issue of Rasl ships with 1:24 variant cover (an incentive cover that ships free to retailers for every 24 issues they order) by Jeff Smith and judging by the relatively low ordering of the book it could be a high dollar item if Rasl is as big a hit with fans as Bone was.

Here’s a brief list of other books that have sold out at the printers recently and are sure to raise in value in coming weeks:

Hulk #2, Marvel Comics; USA Today and CNN coverage of the new red Hulk have certainly helped sales.

Ultimates 3 #1, Marvel Comics; The return of 90’s penciling-phenom Joe Maduriea.

Lock and Key #1, IDW; Stephen King’s son Joe Hill launched this new horror series last week and issue #1 sold out in one day. 2nd printings coming soon.

Well that’s all for now, as always 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.

Make sure to check out this week’s edition of The Comic Speculator where I’ll be talking about classic zombie and vampire comics.

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