This Week in Geek 4/30

Cover of DC U #0
Cover of Glamourpuss #1
Preview art from Thor Ages of Thunder #1

Happy DC Universe day true believers! Geoff Johns brings us DC Universe #0 today and I can’t be more excited. DC U #0 is going to set the stage for Final Crisis, Trinity, and and beyond. With a .50 cent cover price I don’t foresee it being under-ordered by any comic shop worth its salt, I’ve even heard of several that are giving DC U #0 away. This is the perfect time for any new or ex-DC hero fan to pick up a comic and reacquaint themselves with the DC heroes. Me, I’ll be at work this morning wondering how cool DC U #0 will be. It seems I am just expected to work Wednesday mornings anymore. Damn the man and his capitalist society! I have to work more so I can make more money, so I can buy more comics, which means I have to work more so I can make more money so I can buy more comics… But I digress.

We comic collectors and speculators are moving into a difficult time of year. Just as Hollywood is preparing to bombard us with a torrent of summer blockbusters the major comics companies will be following suit with a horde of crossover events and prestige issues. DC U #0 is the tip of the iceberg that will be followed by “Final Crisis”, “Trinity”, “Reign in Hell” and many others. Marvel has already launched it’s summer Secret War event and it seems another tie-in issue is announced almost every day. How is a collector to keep up? Take a deep cleansing breath, sit with your legs crossed, palms open on your knees to achieve the meditative lotus yoga position and focus. If you’re not a comic-junkie like my self, who has Trainspoting-esque withdrawal symptoms when deprived, decide what characters are important to you and follow them through the crossover event. Otherwise it’s a long, dark and expensive road to crossover complete-ism that sometimes pays off and other times leaves you feeling betrayed or even dirty. Your best bet is to ask your comic store owner “do I need this?” If you’re a weekly visitor than your store owner should know what you collect and if they’re honest they’ll be able to guide you. If not, you should start looking for another store or you can ask me. Feel free to post your Marvel/DC crossover questions in the “Comic Books” forum and I’ll be more than happy to give you my two-cents as I’ll be reading it all. Mainly because I’m pathetic, unhappy and feel the need to escape my station in life. Sigh…

Let’s talk about new comics!

Thor: Ages of Thunder, Marvel Comics, Written by Matt Fratction with art by Patrick Zircher
“Cassanova” and “Iron Fist” writer Matt Fraction takes a critical look at Marvel’s Thunder God this week in the pages of “Thor; Ages of Thunder”. Fraction is one of the hottest up-and-coming writers in the comics business and will soon be held at the level of comic darlings like Brian Bendis and Geoff Johns. I love Fraction’s work, he has yet to do me wrong and I highly suggest checking out his Cassanova series from Image Comics if you are not already doing so. I’m curious to see how Fraction balances the Norse Mythology along with the Marvel’s Superhero myhtos. Either way with Fraction and top-notch penciling talent like Zircher on the book you, the reader, cannot go wrong with “Ages of Thunder”. This comic could disappear quickly much like the under-ordered 2004 “Loki” series about Thor’s villainous brother. Loki #1 sells for $10.00 in Near Mint but at one time was going for well over $20.00. Frugal comic shop owners may have again misjudged a Thor mini-series making “Ages of Thunder” an instant sell-out.

Glamourpuss #1, Ardvark Vanaheim, Written and drawn by Dave Sim
Let’s see… How should I say this without making it sound insulting? How about; Dave Sim is one of the most respected creators in independent comics and his creation “Cerebus” is without a doubt the most successful indy-comic series to date. Sim’s latest book, “Glamourpuss” seems to follow the adventures of a Super-model Super-heroine and seems to be, well, at best over my head. At worst it’s the rantings of a very talented lunatic. I don’t get it. That is the nicest thing I can say about this comic. Glamourpuss is beautifully illustrated, wordy and bizarre. One thing is for certain, Glamourpuss #1 will be extremely under-ordered by comic shops and hard to find for the die-hard Sim fan. I can only imagine that “Cerebus” #1 hit the stands to a very similar reception; something along the lines of “A talking barbarian aardvark? What the hell is this?”. “Cerebus” #1 is currently guiding for $900 so Sim obviously know how to write a series. I guess for now we just have to trust him and pick up “Glamourouss” #1. Only time will tell if Sim is a sexist lunatic or comic book genius.

DC Universe #O, DC, Written by Geoff Johns and Grant Morrison and drawn by various artists.
I managed to dodge all the media coverage of what happened on the last page of this book today only to have my good friend Meatloaf ruin it for me. At 10:30 pm I pulled up to my house and ran inside with the full intention of reading DC U #0 before the New York Times or USA Today could ruin the ending only to receive a phone call. “I heard their bringing _____ _____ back.” (No spoilers here). Sigh, I hadn’t heard that Meat, but thanks for your call. I then read DC U #0, it was excellent and indeed it looks like _____ _____ is coming back. Everyone that has ever read DC comics needs to pick up this book. DC U #0 has reinvigorated my love for DC comics and I look forward to the future of the original superhero comics company. Thank you Geoff Johns and Grant Morrison and I can’t wait for this summer’s DC comics.

So there it is, another Wednesday and another new comics day gone. If you need me you can find me in line for the Iron Man movie this weekend. I’ll be the nerd with the tear in his eye the first time I see Tony Stark don his red and gold armor. Here’s to hoping Iron Man is everything we want it to be.

In the meantime 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. Want to know what your comics are worth? Join Worthpoint for free and post your titles in the “Ask A Question” section.

  • marcbenton

    LOL…”Happy DC Universe day true believers!”…Aren’t you mixing publishers? True believers is a Stan Lee quote isn’t it?

    I have resisted buying any new comics for about 4 years but based on your writeup I’m going to look for a copy of DC U #0. I can only guess who they are bringing back but I have a good idea, probably the same hero that has had rumors of his return for a few years. BA?


  • Matt Baum

    Right you are on the mixing of publishers reference. I try to supply highbrow geek humor to my readers each week.

    Diamond Comics is reporting that DC U #0 has already sold out at the printers and a second print is on the way. If you’re going to check it out I’d get to your local comic shop quick.

    As for rumored returns. It does indeed look like Barry is coming back to which I have to ask; didn’t Wally West just come back from the dead? Am I the only one who cares? Not to take anything away from Barry but I grew up with Wally and was really disappointed with his anti-climactic return and pathetic new series.
    If DC is bringing Barry back all I ask is to do it right. Give me a Flash I can care about again. Please!


  • veegee77

    Not going to read Glamourpuss. Sorry. Not going to do it. And you can’t make me. DC Universe #0 however…… my friend Joe Patrick would say “EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!”

    Grant Morrison and Geoff Johns have delivered an excellent intro to the DC Universe.

    While I have been horribly confused by Grant Morrison’s Batman run there appears to be a clearing of my brain fog as Batman: R.I.P. begins and I am now looking forward to it.

    I have been a Gail Simone fan for quite awhile. Her Birds of Prey, Villains United/Secret Six and Welcome to Tranquility were GREAT reads. So I am confident that her new storyline is going to be great! The gods have apparently decided that the Amazons are no longer worthy and that only men can fulfil the goals of the gods. With Aaron Lopresti on art I can’t wait to read about these new “manazons.” No…I”m not gay. Not that there is anything wrong with that.

    While both of these are going to be fun NOTHING will compare to Legion of three Worlds. Geoff Johns. George Perez. Legion of Superheroes. ’nuff said.

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