This Week in Geek 7/16

Cover of Kick Ass #3
Cover of Conan the Cimmerian #1 by Joe Kubert
Cover of Conan the Cimmerian #1 by Frank Cho
Cover of Universal War One

Wednesday is upon us yet again and that means one thing! Well one thing for comic nerds anyway. New comic day! It’s mid-july, crossovers season is in full swing, comic book movies rule the box office, the Cubs are still first in their division and the new Batman movie opens this weekend. Who could ask for more? Perhaps life without America’s Got Talent and a good monthly Moon Knight book would be nice. But I digress. Here we discuss each week’s new comics, specifically the ones that will disappear from shelves the fastest. Those comics that retailers are afraid to order in higher numbers resulting in instant sellouts and ludicrous prices down the line. Remember you can click on the active links for previews of the books and more information on the topics discussed here. Here’s my hot three for Wednesday July 16th.

”Universal War One”, Marvel Comics, Written by Denis Barjam and Paul Benjamin with art by Denis Darjam.
Why it’s hot: This is the second offering from ”Marvel Comics Soleil” imprint, which prints European comics for U.S. readers and it looks to be another hit. The first offering from Marvel Soleil, ”Sky doll” sold out almost instantly and now 1st printings of issue #1 are virtually impossible to find.
Why it’ll go fast: Sky Doll #1 disappeared mainly due to the fact that most retailers looked at the solicitations for the Soleil books and thought “who cares about European comics?”. I admit to nay saying Soleil as well and yet I find myself very interested in UW1. With a $5.99 cover price and being solicited before Sky Doll’s success I expect UW1 to be grossly under-ordered and to be selling for twice the price next week.

”Conan the Cimmerian” #1, Dark Horse, Written by Tim Truman with art by Tomas Giorello and Richard Corben.
Why it’s hot Everybody’s favorite barbarian returns to comics this time closely tied to the man that created the Conan mythos, Robert E. Howard. Truman took an unexpected turn on the #o issue of Conan showing the reader the notes and office of Howard as he was creating Conan’s world and it was a nice touch. Giorello’s art is amazing and when paired with horror legend Richard Corben Conan #1 should be a comic-art juggernaut. There’s also a 50/50 Joe Kubert variant cover available.
Why it’ll go fast Not to beat a dead horse but, Conan has not sold huge numbers on the comic stand since the 1980’s. There was a brief stint in 2004, when Dark Horse first relaunched Conan, when retailers could keep Conan on the shelves but overcompensation and waining fan interest quickly led to piles of unsold issues. Issue #0 of Conan sold fast and with a Frank Cho cover on issue #1 I expect this one to sell out even faster.

”Kick Ass” #3, Marvel, Written by Mark Millar with art by John Romita JR.
Why it’s hot: On the heels of the Wanted movie and rumors of him writing the next Superman film Mark Millar could not be hotter. Everyone wants a piece of this guy and for good reason. He lives up to the hype. Millar currently has his name on no less than 4 monthly titles this summer all of which instantly go to second printings after selling out on the stands. On top of the Superman movie rumors, Kick Ass has reportedly not only been optioned for a film but has already moved into preproduction and will be directed by Matthew Vaughn (dir: Stardust, Layer Cake).
Why it’ll go fast: When you take into account the amount of hype behind this comic even without the movie news, add that issues #1 and #2 sold out instantly and pair that with the fact that the U.K. Was shorted its entire shipment of Issue #3 you end up with a genuinely rare comic. Kick Ass #3 is going to vanish and be devoured by British comic fans on line. Get it while you can.

As I mentioned earlier the new Batman movie premiers everywhere tomorrow and or those of you who didn’t know it, there are five scenes in the film shot specifically for Imax. So you know where I’ll be seeing the movie this weekend. If you don’t live near an Imax theater I recommend a road trip. 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.