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This Week in Geek 6/18

by Matt Baum (06/18/08).
cover to Incredible William Katt presents: Sparks #1
cover to Incredible Hercules #118
cover to Charlatan Ball #1

Wednesday is here again but unfortunately it’s not new comic day for everyone. The flooding in the midwest has screwed up shipping schedules, pushed books back, and in some extreme cases has wiped out whole comic shops altogether. If your head is above water then count yourself lucky. I’ll be keeping tabs on the flooding and relief efforts for comic shop owners that have suffered from the rising waters. Keep your eyes on this space for info on how you can help. In other news, the DC editorial offices have taken a beating this past week from some of their top writers and, according to Diamond comics estimated sales for May, have lost even more of the comic market share to Marvel. If heads aren’t rolling out of that office soon we’re going to have to form a mob and do this ourselves. Good old fashioned vigilante justice folks, that’s what we need. We’ll get us a riled-up group of surly nerds with pitch forks and torches and march on the DC offices. Who’s with me…

OK, we’ll try this again next week.

Lets look at some new comics you’ve gotta pick up before they disappear and remember you can click on the links for previews and other information.

”Charlatan Ball”, Image Comics, Written by Joe Casey with art by Andy Suriano
If you haven’t been reading Joe Casey’s other Image book,Godland, you should be. It’s excellent and all the other kids are making fun of you behind your back. With Godland and his latest offering Charlatan Ball Casey has established himself as the “wildman” of modern comics. These are stories that couldn’t be told at Marvel or DC. Casey’s psychedelic science fiction hearkens back to the genius of creators like Jack Kirby while keeping a decided modern and twisted sense of humor. I can’t recommend his Image books enough. Charlatan Ball has been referred to as graphic fiction on shrooms and nothing could be closer to the truth. Paired with the amazingly original art of Andy Suriano, who has worked on The Powerpuff Girls, Samurai Jack, and the animated Star Wars Clone Wars, Casey weaves a magically weird tale that you don’t want to miss. However, don’t be surprised to see retailers turn up their nose and order this one at lower numbers than Casey’s Godland which checked in at #295 on the 300 most ordered comics list for April shipping a whopping 3072 copies nationwide.

”The Incredible Hercules”Written by Fred Van Lente and Greg Pak with art by Rafa Sandoval
Again I find myself screaming. WHY AREN’T YOU READING THIS BOOK? Last Thursday I threatened to beat a guy over the head with an Issue of The Incredible Hercules, thereby destroying it’s condition, unless he read it. Sure enough the guy loved it and bought the entire run. This is just an example of one of the lives that I have touched with my geek knowledge but that’s not the point. The point is Herc continues to sell out every month and is not going to reprints. These issues are going to be hot and I don’t mean until the Secret Invasion storyline ends. I’m talking about hot for the foreseeable future. It certainly doesn’t hurt that this issue is a Secret Invasion tie-in, a fact that will make this issue sell out even quicker. If you haven’t been reading the Incredible Herc and can’t find the issues you’re in luck. This week Marvel Comics released a Hardcover edition titled ”The Incredible Hercules: Against the World” that collects Herc’s saga so far. Issue #118 pits Herc and a rag tag group of earthly gods against the Skrull’s pantheon of gods. If there’s a better superhero comic on the new self this week I’ll eat it.

”Willaim Katt’s Sparks #1”, Catastrophic Comics, Written by Christopher Folino with art by J.M. Ringuet
Now if you are like me then right now your saying “who is William Katt”. I’m ashamed to admit I forgot him but William Katt was the guy with the curly-blond-afro that starred in The Greatest American Hero. A show that I more than loved as a child in 1981… I just dated the heck outta myself didn’t I. Anyway, William can sleep well tonight knowing that putting his name on a comic book (not writing mind you, Will just came up with the idea) is enough to make Matt Baum subjugate his own morals and pick said comic to be hot that week. That and the fact that I’m betting 90% of the comic retailers out there either had no idea who William Katt was or didn’t take the time to dig through the independent section of their Diamond Comics catalog long enough to even look at the modest Catastrophic Comics section. I’m not saying this one is going to be worth millions someday, just that it’ll be hard to find this week. By the way, my retailer not only knew who Katt was but also ordered his book. Nice job Jase.

So that’s it for now kiddies. Get out there and get your funny books. I’m sending good vibes to all you nerds underwater at the moment. Like I said as soon as I hear of a relief effort for flooded comic shops you can count me in. If any of you guys are above water but cut off from your local comic shop drop me a line and I’ll hook you up with some quality retailers that will get you your issues by mail. 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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