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This Week in Geek 5/29

by Matt Baum (05/29/08).

Welcome to a rare new comic’s Thursday edition of This Week in Geek. Since Monday was Memorial Day the boys at the post office and UPS got the day off and new comics day moves from Wednesday to Thursday. This can be traumatizing for serious comic junkies but those of us who have been collecting for a while plan ahead. This weekend I caught up on my back-issue reading with Jack Kirby’s Third World Omnibus and my Absolute Edition of Crisis on Infinite Earth’s (which was worth every penny). Having an extra day to prepare for this week’ s DC Final Crisis ordered and gave me the time to reacquaint myself with the original Crisis storyline and to see the Indiana Jones movie. I liked it. Not loved it, just liked it. Indy 4 is going to be the seed of a lot of nerd discussion for the foreseeable future but I don’t see it becoming a retro-active disappointment like the last three Star Wars movies.
Now on to the comics!

Final Crisis #1, DC, Written by Grant Morrison with art by J.G. Jones.
This is the event DC swears we’ve been waiting for. It’s been called the final chapter in Dan Didio’s Crisis trilogy, which seems funny since he’s just the editor in chief, and I’m hoping it’s his parting gift to the DC Universe. Rumors are swirling around the net as to DiDio’s future at DC and the success or failure of Final Crisis could be the deciding factor. But we don’t read comics because we love the politics behind their creation; we read them because of the larger than life heroes and menacing villains. Final Crisis is going to be fun, it may not live up to the hype but one thing is certain. Every DC reader out their will be picking up a copy of issue #1 so expect to see it go fast!

Firbreather #1, Image Comics, Written by Phil Hester with art by Andy Kuhn
Back in 2003 Hester introduced readers to the the character of Firebreather, a young dragon-human hybrid who’s father was an evil shape-shifting dragon that seduced his human mother. Years later Firebreather is a confused teen with orange scales and wings that just wants to fit in. According to Hester this story was originally pitched to Marvel Comics as the Son of Iron Man villain Fin Fang Foom but the House of Ideas passed. Now Image comics brings us a new story of the firebreathing-teen and I guarantee you’re going to love it… If you can find it. Orders on Image superhero comics have always been low in the past resulting in comics like Robert Kirman’s Invincible, Image comics 2003, selling for upwards of $30.00. The formula is simple, retailers are afraid to take a risk on new comics until they are proven sellers. Because of this it’s easy to understand why early issues of Invincible sell for as mush as they do.

Giant Size Astonishing X-men #1, Marvel Comics, written by Joss Whedon with art by John Cassiday
Whedon and Cassiday end their critically acclaimed run on Astonishing X-men this week in giant fashion with this double sized issue. Early on in their run Whedon stated that he was killing an X-man before he left the book. If his history as the creative force behind “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” holds true then fans know Whedon is not afraid of a body count, even when it includes his main characters. Flash forward months later after several delay’s on Astonishing and it seems pretty apparent that Kitty Pride is getting the axe. Or is she? I’m on my way to the comic shop as soon as I’m done writing this to find out.

Lots of great stuff to read this week while we patiently await the upcoming Incredible Hulk movie. I’m a little nervous about Hulk and nothing I’ve seen in the trailers has me shaking in my seat. That’s not to say I’m not excited, I am, but my hopes aren’t as high as they were for Iron Man. So what did you guys think of Iron Man, Indy or any of the other Summer-nerd movies? Get on the Worthpoint.com comic book message board and let me know. 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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