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This Week In Geek 3/19

by Matt Baum (03/22/08).
Cover to Incredible Herc 115
Cover to Thor 7
Cover to Robin 172

New Comic Wednesday came with a sunny, warm feeling this week as winter has finally melted from the prairie and spring seems to be here. Baseball spring training is in full swing (no pun intended) and the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament begins.

With March Madness comes brackets and gambling, but in the Baum household the stakes are much higher than money. This year, I put my masculinity on the table and bet my lovely girlfriend that I could pick more March Madness games correctly. We signed up for the Yahoo.com tourney challenge and almost instantly I was struck with the fear that maybe, just maybe, by shooting from the hip with the aid of her bizarre female intuition, my girlfriend might prove that I know nothing about college basketball and thereby render me effectively neutered.

While picking my teams, I thought of all times she left me humiliated after Wii bowling and the times she murdered me in Tekken just by mashing the buttons on my PS2 controller like a bloodthirsty infant. This may be the last stand of my manliness. Let me know if you would like to monitor our progress and I’ll post the daily results of our battle of the sexes.

Enough of this talk of spring and farewell to my machismo. Let’s talk new comics!

Robin #172, DC, written by Chuck Dixon and drawn by David Baldeon:
Dixon’s return to Robin has brought this troubled title back to greatness and the last page of this issue sees the return of a beloved Bat family member. That’s all you’re getting from me. I’m not here to spoil your comics. Robin has been a relatively under-ordered Bat-book for some time now, mainly due to slumping sales. So don’t be surprised when the news of a certain character’s return causes this issue to sell out.

Thor #7, Marvel, written by J. Mike Straczynski and drawn by Marko Djurdjevic:
Thor continues to sell out every month and for good reason. It’s a great read. Asgard, the Warriors Three (Baldar, Loki, Heimdall) – they’re all back and living in Kansas. Technically speaking, they are living 10 feet above Kansas where the city of Asgard is currently floating while Thor scours the planet looking for his Norse allies. The return of Odin is right around the corner and if things continue the way they’re going for the thunder god, you know it’s going to be huge.

The Incredible Hercules #115, Marvel, written by Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente and drawn by Khoi Pham:
When I first heard that the Hulk would be leaving the pages of his book to make way for Hercules I thought the idea might last six issues before being canceled and I would be the only one who loved it. (I’ve had a secret man-crush on Herc for years.) Man, was I wrong! Everybody loves this book and rightfully so because the Incredible Hercules is awesome. I love Greg Pak, and Fred Van Lente seems to be the next hot, up-and-coming writer. The Arthur Adams cover on this issue just sealed the deal for me. Nobody knew the Incredible Herc would be as hot as this series turning out to be. Pick up the back issues now because they won’t be around for much longer.

Until next time, I’ll be clutching my March Madness bracket and screaming at the TV while Kacie giggles. Meanwhile, feel free to post to the forum topics in the comic books community and tell me what you’re reading/collecting. Also check out my other blog, The Comic Speculator, where I discuss 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.

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