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.
All Star Superman
The Eisner Award nominees were announced Tuesday and much like last year’s Oscars, most of the nominated comics were read by very few people. Dark Horse Comics racked up the most nominations with 18 for titles like The Umbrella Academy and Hellboy, both of which I routinely harp on people for not reading. Close behind Dark Horse is DC Comics with 12 nominations, followed by Marvel with 11. Aside from DC’s All Star Superman title and Marvel’s Thor and Invincible Iron Man, none of the other titles nominated were bestsellers, and only a few broke the Top 100-selling comics the month they were published. What does this say about the collectible comic market when the most acclaimed titles are the least purchased and often times have very little collectible value in the future? I find myself guilty of only reading about a quarter of the comics nominated. The truth is, much like the movie industry, the really artistic, high-quality work can be buried by the glitz and glamour pumped out by the big boys. For a perfect example, take a look at last weekend’s box office receipts which saw the fourth of the Fast and Furious films taking in $70 million while Adventureland, a film that has received very good reviews and been likened to the Teen Drama/Comedies of John Hughes, took in $5.7 million. I encourage you to take the time to at least check out some of this year’s Eisner nominees. They truly represent the best this media has to offer. For a complete list of the 2009 Eisner Nominees click here.
Now that I’ve got that out of my system, below you’ll find my list of comics that I’ll be purchasing this week. Notice, I said “purchasing.” I had to take a brief respite from my one-day-a-week comic shop job to take on a second paying gig. Stupid real life. For a complete list of this week’s new comics click here. To find a comic shop near you click here.
All-New Savage She-Hulk #1 of 4
Batman: Battle For The Cowl #2 of 3
B.P.R.D.: The Black Goddess #4 of 5
Captain Britain and MI: 13 #12
Dark Reign: Hawkeye #1 of 5
Green Lantern #39
House of Mystery #12
Marvel Zombies 4 #1 of 4
Secret Six #8
Solomon Grundy #2 of 7
Superman: World of New Krypton #2 of 12
Wolverine: Weapon X #1
Not a huge pile of comics this week, but good quality stuff to be sure. New additions to the pile include two titles by Fred Van Lente. I love Van Lente’s work on The Incredible Hercules so much that I’m willing to follow him anywhere at this point. Which is why I’m picking up the All New-Savage She Hulk and Marvel Zombies 4 #1. The guy writes great stuff and you’ll love it too. I also highly recommend Captain Britain and MI: 13. Dr Who writer Paul Cornell is writing the best Marvel comic that no one is reading. If this title gets canceled I’m coming looking for everyone of you that didn’t give it chance.
And now, on to the Speculator Picks of the Week. These are books that, for one reason or another, may sell out quickly. If you don’t pay attention and get to your local comic shop in a timely fashion, you could be paying way too much for these comics very soon. The codes you see listed below the solicitations are for use when ordering through your local comic shop.
Dark Reign: Hawkeye #1 of 5
Solicitation: From the pages of DARK AVENGERS—Bullseye cuts loose! The media knows him only as Hawkeye—but we know he’s really the psychopath named Bullseye! How does the world’s deadliest assassin fit in with Norman Osborn’s hand-picked team of public do-gooders? What’s his agenda, and how does it instantly jeopardize the entire Avengers legacy? And how long can the most ruthless killer ever to walk the Earth be kept on a leash? The one-two punch of writer Andy Diggle (THUNDERBOLTS) and Tom Raney (SECRET INVASION: INHUMANS) unite for the solo mini-series that puts the innocent right in the angry archer’s crosshairs!
• 32 PGS
• $3.99 US
Written by Andy Diggle; Pencils by Tom Raney; Cover by Clint Langley.
Why it’ll go fast: Diggle’s work on Thunderbolts seems to have reinvigorated the title, moving it up in sales steadily for the last three months; from the 69th spot in Dec 08 to the 31st spot in Feb 09 on the monthly Diamond Top 300 selling comics list. Keep in mind the Hawkeye in this comic is actually Bullseye from the Thunderbolts, not Clint Barton, Avenger, who I’ve been accused of loving too much. One thing is for certain. At the end of all this Dark Reign business Clint better be wearing the Hawkeye costume. All ranting aside, this issue is going to go quick. As Thunderbolts is gaining in popularity retailers are slowly catching up with demand for the comic and when they were ordering both Thunderbolts and this Hawkeye special two months ago, sales were not as high as they currently are. Match that with a $3.99 price tag and I’m betting most retailers ordered pretty low on this first issue. When they see how quickly this one sells out they won’t make the same mistake with issue #2.
Green Lantern #39
Solicitation: “Agent Orange” Part 1 and featuring an “Origins and Omens” backup tale! As the orange light of avarice erupts in violence within the Vega System, the secrets of the Guardians’ pact with the criminals of the universe that has kept the Vega System off limits is revealed. Hal Jordan comes face-to-face with the mysterious and immensely powerful Agent Orange in a bizarre confrontation.
• 32 PGS
• $2.99 US
Written by Geoff Johns; Pencils by Philip Tan and Jonathan Glapion Cover by Ivan Reis and Oclair Albert
Why it’ll go fast: I know I sound like a broken record when I get into this Blackest Night stuff, but it’s only because it’s fantastic. As Blackest Night approaches, every issue of both Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps have been selling out on a monthly basis. Looks like GL #39 will be no exception; it’s been a strong seller for months now sitting in or just above the top 10 selling comics monthly since the build up to Blackest Night began and is going to 2nd and 3rd printings each month. Unfortunately for DC, John’s comics, with one or two exceptions, seem to be only ones that are seeing huge sales. GL #39 was supposed to ship with a 1:25 variant cover by Rodolfo Migliari, whose painted covers of Green Lantern Corps have been gorgeous, but he was unable to finish the cover due to time constraints. However, I spoke to the artist on his blog and Migilari says he will be painting the variant cover of GL #40.
Wolverine: Weapon X #1 Garney Cover
Wolverine: Weapon X #1 Kubert Cover
Wolverine: Weapon X #1 Davis Cover
Wolverine: Weapon X #1 Coipel Cover
Wolverine: Weapon X #1 Kubert Sketch
Solicitation: “THE ADAMANTIUM MEN” Part 1 (of 5). In the jungles of Colombia, people are turning up dead; whole villages brutally slaughtered by a team of soldiers who move through the shadows like ghosts. On the streets of San Francisco, Logan learns that the files from the old Weapon X program—the blueprints for building Adamantium-laced super soldiers like himself—have fallen into the hands of the evil corporation, Roxxon. Once again, it seems, someone is looking to build the perfect killing machine. That means it’s time for Wolverine to step in, and remind them that someone already did. Plus eight pages of Director’s Cut Extras!
Written by Jason Aaron; Pencils by Ron Garney; Cover by Ron Garney and Adam Kubert; Variant cover by Alan Davis.
Why it’ll go fast: As part of celebrating Wolverine’s 35th birthday this month, Marvel is pumping out a whole slew of new Wolvie comics; so many it’s a bit ridiculous. If you can only afford one this month, make it Weapon X. Jason Aaron has moved from up-and-coming writer to comic superstar in the last year and now he’s being handed his first major title. Aaron, along with Garney, recently wrote the six-issue “Get Mystique” Wolvie storyline which sold very well and set the ground work for this new title. With a new Wolverine film opening next month, and currently leaked on the net, fans are hungry for more of their favorite furry mutant. This issue ships with five different covers (two regular covers, one variant by Alan Davis and one by Oliver Copiel, and a Sketch Variant by Adam Kubert) all of which are going to sell and fast.
Indy Comic of the Week:
Popgun Volume 3
Solicitation: By ERIK LARSEN, DAN BRERETON, PAUL GRIST, SHELDON VELLA, ED KWONG, JUAN DOE, TONCI ZONJIC, SALGOOD SAM, MIKE DAWSON, ANTHONY WU, CHRIS MORENO, MAXIMO LORENZO, DEREK MCULLOCH, CONNOR WILLUMSEN, and more! Edited by MARK ANDREW SMITH & D.J. KIRKBRIDE. The Harvey Award-winning graphic mixtape returns for a third round with a new generation of cartoonists teaming up with some of the industry’s most celebrated names to produce nearly 500 pages of all-new, full color comics! Always exciting, unpredictable, and bursting at the seams with unhindered creativity, POPGUN keeps getting better and better!
• 448 PGS
• $29.99 US
Why you should care: Attention everyone who has been complaining about $3.99 comics! Image comics has packed Popgun Volume 3 full with 448 pages worth of material for less than $30, which woks out to about six cents a page. What a deal! But wait, there’s more! You get 448 pages of work by some of the most talented and influential names in comics today. How can anyone resist?
Nerdy Question of the Week:
Late last week reports began circulating that the upcoming Wolverine Origins movie had leaked onto the net. Not that I downloaded it. No way! Stealing movies is a crime. Regardless, with the leak came the internet reviews and most of them were not good. Are you excited for the new Wolvie film, even after what was arguably the worst of the three X-Men films? For those of you who did download the film, please keep your answers spoiler free.
Thanks again for your continued input and keep the answers to the nerdy questions coming. 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 below in the “Leave a Reply” section below. Want to know what your comics are worth? Join WorthPoint for free and post your comics in the “Ask a Question” section. Remember to post the title, issue number and cover price.
Matt Baum is a Worthologist who specializes in comic books.
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