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This Week in Geek 5/14

by Matt Baum (05/15/08).
Cover of Captain Britain and MI13 #1
Cover of Guardians of the Galaxy #1
Cover of Batman #676

It’s Wednesday again and that means it’s time to get a swift kick in my wallet. No I’m not talking about $3.69 a-gallon-gas, I’m talking about yet another mammoth new comic day. Don’t get me wrong the price of gas is insane. I’ve been thinking about buying a Vespa mainly because I’m not nerdy-enough and would like to draw even more attention to myself by, not only wearing superhero t-shirts and not being 14-years-old, but riding a scooter while wearing superhero t-shirts. That and getting 90 miles to the gallon. Seriously, 90 M.P.G.! I’m gonna start a gas efficient scooter gang and raise me some heck! Who’s with me! I guess I need to actually have a scooter in order to start the gang. I’ll keep you posted. Now where was I…

Batman #676, DC Comics, written By Grant Morrison and drawn by Tony Daniel.
Part 1 of Batman R.I.P. Is here and it’s guaranteed to one wild ride! This issue also shipped with a 1:25 Variant cover by Tony Daniel. However, why anyone would want the variant over the stunning regular cover by Alex Ross is beyond me. Rumors abound on the net as to whether or not Bats will actually kick the bucket, I’m predicting he fakes his death, but fans are all ready speculating as to what happens next. One rumor went as far as to say that Bruce Wayne will die and become a New God, which is not only unlikely but patently ridiculous. If he does die I’d lay my money on Bruce coming back as one of the Forever People, Big Bear specifically. Any takers?

Guardians of the Galaxy #1, Marvel Comics, written by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning and drawn by Paul Pelletier.
I can’t tell you how geeked up I am for this book. One problem though. After falling back in love with Bug of the Micronauts while he guest starred in the previous “Starlord” series, I was a little bummed to see that he’s not on the team. Back in the day all the Boba Fett nerds liked Acroyear (another Micronaut), me, I was a Bug fan (I was a Greedo fan too but that’s a story for another time). Even without Bug, Guardians is going to be good fun. The writing team that brought us both Annihilation books has united Marvel’s unsung space heroes into a loose nit cosmic-super-team that promises to protect the universe in a story called “Somebody’s got to do it”. Now, you got me Marvel. I’m in for the foreseeable future. All I ask is that you please, PLEASE find away to bring ROM the Spaceknight back to the Marvel Universe in this book. PLEASE!

Captain Britain and MI13, Marvel Comics, written by Paul Cornell and drawn by Leonard Kirk.
Say hello to the first of the under-ordered Secret Invasion Tie-ins. It’s been a while since Captain Britain has been able to carry his own book, probably since Alan Moore was writing him, but he’s back to deal with the Skrull invasion of England. Cap B along with his other Britt buddies Spitfire, Pete Wisdom and The Black Friggin Knight (who in my opinion has never been written well but I love the character just the same) are whuppin Skrull butts in mighty marvel fashion and you know it’s only a matter of time before Union Jack shows up. I’ve loved Captain Britain since I read Alan Moore’s limited series in the early 90′s and am happy to see him back in the Marvel U. If I had to call my shot right now I’d say this book is the least ordered of the Secret Invasion storyline and is selling for the most money after all is said and done.

I’m telling you guys, if somebody doesn’t start flooding the market with crappy comics real soon I’m going to have to take a job washing dishes at my local comic shop. That or start begging for new comics in the back alley. “Hey man, can you spare a JSA #15”.
Until next week 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.

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