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This Week in Geek: 7/2

by Matt Baum (07/04/08).
Cover of Walking Dead #50 Variant
Cover of Walking Dead #50
Cover of House of Mystery #3
Cover of Station #1

Hey, it’s Wednesday again and time for some more hot picks. For those of you new to This Week in Geek, first of all, welcome aboard. Secondly; welcome to one of the only comic blogs I’ve seen (if I’m wrong somebody please call me out on it) that examines each week’s new comics from a speculative point of view. I look at sales numbers, current popularity trends and rely on 20+years of comic collecting experience to call my shot on the new comics that may increase in value very quickly.

This week sees a small break in the Marvel “Secret Invasion” summer crossover storm with only two tie-ins hitting shelves; Patsy Walker, Hellcat and Secret Invasion Frontline. Last time we saw Patsy was in issue #1 of the latest Marvel Comics Presents book and man was that weird. Think Barbie if she were a superhero and spent page after page trying on outfits. If you want a good laugh check out ”Hellcat’s wikipedia page. Her origin story has it all, teenage love, marriage, divorce, psychic abilities, remarriage and to top it off, suicide.

All seems relatively quiet on the DC front. Aside from Batman #678, part 3 of the pleasantly bizarre “RIP” storyline, and the Mike Kunkle, Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam there’s not much else leaping off the stands at me.

So what is going to be hot this week you ask? Here’s my smoking three for Wednesday July 2nd.

”Station”, Boom Studios, written by Johanna Stokes with art by Leno Caravalho
Why it’s hot: Just when you thought there were no more original murder mystery plots left Johanna Stokes (writer on Sci Fi Network’s Eureka) brings us the a tale of murder on the International Space Station. I guess ultimately all good horror movie franchises end up in space, see ”Leprechaun 4” for the best example of this theory I can think of, so why shouldn’t murder mysteries follow suit? Good art, great premise and I’m a sucker for good TV writers working on comics.
Why it’ll go fast: Boom Studios is by no means a heavy weight comic company but since Mark Waid took over as Editor-in-Chief the brand has become synonymous with high-quality,original storytelling. However, without any major comic-hits under their belt as of yet, Boom Studios seems to have the reputation of being Image Comics little brother leaving retailers ordering very low on most Boom titles. I’m not saying that Station will be Boom’s first big hit, just that it might be hard to find #1 in a few months.

House of Mystery #3, DC/Vertigo, written by Matthew Sturges and Bill Willingham with art by Luca Rossi and Sean Murphy.
Why it’s hot: Because Vertigo anthology books are awesome and Fables writer Bill Willingham is working on this one. Newcomer Luca Rossi’s pencils on HOM have been excellent and getting better with each issue. HOM has it all, good storytelling, great art, beautiful painted covers by Sam Webber and, unlike other anthology comics, an underlying narrative that brings everything together.
Why it’ll go fast: Orders for issue #1 of HOM barley broke 30,000 and it’s a safe bet that issue #2 shipped 25-28,000. Issue #3 will undoubtedly ship even less but the real kicker is that this one is fully returnable due to a solicitation change. Initially HOM #3 was supposed to feature a story penciled by Bernie Writghtson of Swamp Thing fame. However, Writghtson’s story has been replaced by a Sean Murphy story and will be featured in a later issue. Now, there’s plenty of retailers out there that don’t read the solicitations but I guarantee they all pay attention to the Diamond Returns list. You can bet that any issues of HOM #3 that don’t sell out will be going back.

”Walking Dead” #50, Image Comics, written by Robert Kirkman with art by Charlie Adlard and Cliff Rathburn
Why it’s hot: Kirkman has proven time and time again that not only is not afraid to torture his main characters but having their heads eaten off isn’t out of the question either. The best Zombie comic ever written hits #50 this week and comes with a super spiffy 1-in-25 variant cover by Erik Larsen and Ryan Otley.
Why it’ll go fast: The buzz on this book has been ridiculous since Kirkman started killing off main characters. Rumors have begun swirling about a Walking Dead movie or TV series in development and the recent announcement that plans for an Invincible movie have been shelved may mean that Kirkman is concentrating on developing his Zombie tale for the big screen. Of course this is all still rumor, but hey, rumors sell comics baby!

Well that’s it for this week kiddies. Now let’s all get fired up for next weeks Hellboy movie. I personally couldn’t be more excited. 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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