This Week in Geek 5/20/09

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.

Oracle; The Cure #1

Oracle; The Cure #1

It’s time to put a bullet in the back of some comic heads. The economy sucks, times are tough, and financially irresponsible me bought a Macbook this week. So, time to trim some fat. The first title off my pull list: Hulk. I don’t need it. Yes, the art is very pretty but there is no story here. Hulk writer Jeph Loeb is responsible for some of my favorite stories but this is definitely not one of them. I no longer care about the identity of the Red Hulk nor do I think we’ll be learning who he is anytime soon. Not to mention the title seems to have any bearing on the rest of the Marvel U. Boom! Done. Thinking about selling my run, quite honestly.

In other news, Publisher’s Weekly hosts a great blog called The Beat, if you’re interested in comic sales figures than you’ll love it. In this week’s update there was some great analysis of DC sales for the month of March 09. That month I had picked Oracle; The Cure #1 as one of my Speculator Picks and as it would turn out, flash forward two months and The Cure is really hard to find. Issue #1 is currently selling for $15 and up on eBay. All I’m saying here is, sometimes I get one right. And no, my Oracle issues aren’t for sale.

It’s a bit of a light week for new comics, which is fine because the aforementioned purchase left me broke and seriously considering shoplifting some of my titles. Not from you Jason. You’re good peeps. Anyway, below you’ll find the list of comics I’ll be picking up this Wednesday, May 19. For a complete list of this week’s new comics click here. To find a comic shop near you click here.

Agents of Atlas #5
Batman and the Outsiders #18
Batman: Battle For The Cowl #3 of 3
Captain America #50
Conan The Cimmerian #11
Dark Reign: Fantastic Four #3 of 5
Fantastic Four #566
Final Crisis Aftermath: Dance #1 of 6
Olympus #1 of 4
Punisher #5
Supergirl #41
Thunderbolts #132
Uncanny X-Men #510
Wolverine: Weapon X #2

Thoughts on the pile: I’m relieved that Battle for the Cowl is over and a little disappointed. Is it just me or has nothing happened in this miniseries? Other than Jason Todd being crazy, which is already well established. Unless there’s a major revelation in issue #3, this Bat-mini is heading straight to eBay. Cap #50 is going to be great. I love Brubaker’s writing and will follow him wherever he goes. Still enjoying Millar’s FF but looking forward to Hickman’s even more so. See below for more on Hickman’s FF. Punisher is also still a lot of fun; nice going Rick Remender. As for Thunderbolts, I’m still in, but I didn’t love the Deadpool crossover. I blame Daniel Way for his overly-wacky version of Deadpool (for the best Deadpool stories ever written check out the Joe Casey/Christopher Priest stuff from the 90s, if you can find it). Congrats to Marvel on shipping Wolverine: Weapon X #2 before #3. Last weeks shipping of the regular Wolvie title’s #73 before issue #72 ruffled a lot of feathers and really just came off as plain old bush league. Store owner Brian Hibbs wrote a great piece about it in his “Tilting at Windmills” column.

Speculator Picks of the Week:

The Complete Dracula #1 of 5; Dynamite Entertainment

The Complete Dracula #1 of 5; Dynamite Entertainment

The Complete Dracula #1 of 5; Dynamite Entertainment

 

Solicitation: Dynamite presents an unprecedented comic book series that tells the complete story of the Lord of the Undead—Dracula! For the first time in 112 years, the tale that Bram Stoker intended to tell is told (including “Dracula’s Guest”!). If you thought you knew how it began or how it ends, you were wrong!

Writers John Reppion and Leah Moore are joined by painter Colton Worley for a five-issue odyssey of life, death and the blood that flows within us all! This fully painted series features a massive 32 pages of story and art per issue, each page fully-painted in a rich, moody style by Worley, all under covers by modern master John Cassaday!

Moore and Reppion also provide bonus material, such as script pages, annotations and samplings of the original text by Bram Stoker!

• $4.99 US
• FEB094190
Written by John Reppion and Leah Moore; Art by Colton Worley; Cover by John Cassiday.

Why it’ll go fast: Start with a $4.99 price tag and add in the fact that Dynamite sales have been slipping as of late and you get retailers ordering very low on this title. Even though it looks to be amazing. I’m guessing Dracula #1 sells out about as quickly as last month’s Sherlock Holmes from Dynamite (which was also great). The quality of the work coming out of Dynamite really is impressive however, out side of Garth Ennis’ The Boys, it’s not reflected in their sales.

Olympus #1 of 4: Image Comics

Olympus #1 of 4: Image Comics

Olympus #1 of 4: Image Comics

 

Solicitation: In ancient Greece, Zeus granted eternal life to two brothers, and bound them to his service. Three thousand years later, they are hunting an exiled god; only in their hunt they release onto earth one of Hades’ most dangerous prisoners. With a fresh, compelling visual style and original storytelling, OLYMPUS #1 is a rebirth of classical mythology into action and intrigue.

• 24 PGS
• $3.50 US
• MAR092402
Written by Nathan Edmondson; Pencils by Christian Ward; Cover by Tommy Lee Edwards.

Why it’ll go fast: Like all big Image hits, the buzz usually doesn’t start until about issue #4, at which point collectors are scrambling for issues #1 and #2 to no avail. Don’t wait for everyone else to freak out. Pick this issue up Wednesday. Olympus looks like the CW’s Supernatural mixed with Greek Mythology. I love the art; you will too.

Uncanny X-Men #510; Marvel Comics

Uncanny X-Men #510; Marvel Comics, Campbell variant

Uncanny X-Men #510; Marvel Comics, Campbell variant

 

Solicitation: SIEGE! The Sisterhood executes a massive raid on the Graymalkin Facility, taking their fight to the Uncanny X-Men, and you won’t believe the ferocity. No one is safe! Everybody fights! But why? How? What do they want? And how long can violence at such an insane level last? Oh, about most of the issue. Rated T.

• 32 PGS
• $2.99 US
• MAR092595
Written by Matt Fraction; Pencils by Greg Land; Cover by Justin Ponsor; Variant Cover by J Scott Campbell.

Why it’ll go fast: I’m specifically talking about the variant cover. Now, let it be known that I am not a J. Scott Campbell fan. His art just doesn’t do it for me, but, I seem to be in the minority on this subject. This 1:15 variant cover is going to disappear very quickly. All the recent Uncanny variants have been selling well and that’s without the benefit of a big name artist like Campbell. Expect to see a little more of a mark-up on this one, I wouldn’t pay more than $15 if possible. If not, no big deal. It’s just a variant cover. There’ll be more. Of course, if you’re a big Campbell fan, you may have to bite and scratch to get this one.

Indy Comic of the Week:

Achewood: Worst Song, Played On Ugliest Guitar, Dark Horse

Solicitation: Riding high on the success of The Great Outdoor Fight, Achewood and Dark Horse Comics have compiled an extensively annotated collection of the first few years’ worth of Achewood comics. This is no mere companion volume to the cult-classic online strip: the entire prehistory of Achewood is set forth for the first time, and all of the celebrated alt-texts are included. Additionally, author Chris Onstad has literally littered the book with observations and rudities. Time magazine named back-to-back Ignatz Award-winner Achewood its 2007 Graphic Novel of the Year, and legions of devoted fans consistently report that it makes them feel the way Bloom County and Calvin and Hobbes did when they were young.

* Achewood was Time magazine’s #1 Graphic Novel of 2007 when it was online only!
* Achewood won the 2007 Ignatz Award for Outstanding Online Comic.
“Achewood makes me laugh in that confused, ‘what the hell was that??’ kind of way.” – Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics)

Why You Should Care: Achewood is hands down the best Internet comic out there. I laugh, out-loud, by myself, every time I read this strip. YOU NEED ACHEWOOD IN YOUR LIFE. Trust me.

Nerdy Question of the Week:

What monthly series that you have been following are you about to give up on? We all have at least one, I mentioned Hulk earlier. So what’s on your near-death list?

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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