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This Week in Geek 6/4

by Matt Baum (06/06/08).
Cover of Scream Queen #1
Preview art from Secret invasion 3
Preview art from Secret invasion 3
Cover of Secret Invasion #3
Cover of HOM #2

I know I know. I’m late. New comic day was yesterday and I was coming home from a short vacation. I beg your collective forgiveness and promise it won’t happen again, mainly because I’m not paid enough to vacation more than once every five years or so. Plenty of news this week. DC launched it’s latest weekly series Trinity much to the chagrin of many disillusioned fans. Personally I plan on checking out issue 1 because I like the idea of the book. You can click on the link for review and possibly a warning. I’m not sure what’s going on at the DC editorial office but one thing is for certain, summer is here and they still seem to be playing ball like its spring.

Enough all ready let’s talk speculator picks!

House of Mystery #2, DC Vertigo, Written by Matthew Sturges and Bill Willingham with art by Luca Rossi
I really enjoyed issue one of HOM and yes, picked it to sell out as well in a previous column. Little did I know how under-ordered HOM #1 would be. Comicbookresources.com reported that initial sales on issue #1 were lower than DC expected. How low? We’ll have to wait until DC releases it’s May sales numbers to know for sure. One thing is for certain, the orders for issue #2 will be even lower. Which is too bad because HOM is certainly interesting so far. Plenty of other Vertigo books have had trouble finding their legs, Fables and Exterminators are perfect examples, I’m guessing HOM will follow suit. Two years from now we’ll be making fun of everyone that has to pay $20.00 for issue #1 and $100.00 for #2.

Secret Invasion #3, Marvel, Written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Lenil Yu
Secret Invasion continues to deliver excellent storytelling paired with top-notch art talent. Not to mention that the last page of this issue was the single best comic page I’ve seen in years. SI #3 is a landmark issue. I can’t tell you why, because I don’t do spoilers here, but trust me the last page is worth the price of admission. Normally I don’t espouse the value of variant covers because they are really hard to speculate on, but I will say that the variant for SI #3 is hard to resist. Issues #1 and #2 have already sold out and, though they are still readily available at most comic shops, because of the popularity and brilliant execution of this crossover event SI is going to be a hot back issue seller for years to come. Yes I’m gushing, but it’s for good reason, this might be the best crossover event I’ve ever read. I suggest you do the same.

Scream Queen #1, Boom Studios, Written by Brendan Hay with art by Nate Watson
Correct me if I’m wrong but I think this is my first pick from Boom Studios. I like the direction Boom is moving in and bringing a guy like Mark Waid in as the editor-in-chief lends them some serious geek credit. I’m picking up Scream Queen because it’s written by Daily Show and ,b>Frank TV writer Brendan Hay and when comic companies bring in established writers good stories tend to follow. I’m picking this book as a potential sell out because retailers aren’t yet convinced of Boom’s selling abilities so you can bet that orders are low. The average around town seems to be 4 copies per store.

For a preview of Scream Queen #1 click ”here”

Well there’s plenty of comics to drop your cash on this week and this is, of course, just a couple of them. I’m also real exited about the current Night Wing issue and the Robin Spoiler Special. What about you guys? Get on the Worthpoint.com comic books forum and tell me what you’re reading. 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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