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I received an e-mail last week asking me what’s the deal with the absence of Wednesday Comics from my pull list? Especially after I talked it up so much. It’s a fair question. In short, it’s the newsprint. I can’t deal with it. My little collector brain just can’t wrap it’s self around newsprint comics. Maybe it’s just been too long since we’ve seen them. Maybe it’s because I’m terrible at refolding maps or the environmentalist inside me feels guilty. Regardless, there is no place in my collection for DC’s Wednesday Comics. That is not to say that I’m not reading Wednesday Comics and enjoying it. My Monday morning begins with coffee and Wednesday Comics. I still think the format is fresh and exciting and when reprinted in oversized hard-cover format I’ll be more than happy to add it to my collection. Until then, I’ll be reading Wednesday Comics at my comic shop every Monday morning. Feel free to drop in and say hi.
Now let’s talk new comics shall we? Below you’ll find my list of comics I’ll be picking up this Wednesday, July 29. This week is looks to be a lot more manageable than the past… 50 I guess. For a complete list of this week’s new comics click here. To find a comic shop near you click here.
Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps #3 of 3
The Complete Dracula #2 of 5
Dark Reign: Young Avengers #3 of 5
Dark X-Men: The Beginning #2 of 3
Detective Comics #855
Fantastic Four #569
Justice Society Of America #29
The Lone Ranger #17
New Avengers #55
Secret Warriors #6
Superman #690: The Setup
Thoughts on the pile: DC has me right where it wants me as I will be buying anything with Blackest Night written on the cover from here on out. The only Dark Reign title I’m paying for this week is Paul Cornell’s Young Avengers because the guy writes good comics. If you guys would’ve listened to me his Captain Britain and MI:13 title wouldn’t be cancelled (no, I’m not letting this one go). Detective Comics is the best read on the stands presently. If you’re not reading Greg Rucka’s Detective you’re not just missing out on excellent comic fiction, you’re probably a jerk. I’m not sure why I’m finishing Mark Millar’s Fantastic Four story when he couldn’t seem to be bothered to do it himself. The last issue was confusing at best. It’s Bill Willingham and Matt Sturges’ first issue of Justic Society of America (see below for more) and I’m in for at least $3. I still love Brett Matthews The Lone Ranger, although it’s been quite some time since we’ve seen an issue, and want to give Dyanamite Comics more money on a monthly basis. Although not a big week for new comics, it’s a good one.
Now for my Speculator Picks of the Week. These are comics that, for reasons discussed below, could sell out very fast. Buy them now for cover price or pay jacked-up internet prices later. You’ve been warned!
Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps
Solicitation: In this three-issue miniseries, writers Geoff Johns and Peter J. Tomasi (GREEN LANTERN CORPS) reveal the secrets behind the Lanterns of BLACKEST NIGHT! Bear witness to Blue Lantern Saint Walker’s pilgrimage of hope, Star Sapphire Carol Ferris’ sacrifice for love, Green Lantern Kilowog’s courageous beginnings, Red Lantern Vice’s source of rage, Orange Lantern Blume’s bizarre creation, and the first appearance of the mysterious Indigo, leader of the Indigo Tribe!
Written by Geoff Johns and Peter Tomasi; Art by Doug Mahnke, Chris Sprouse and Ivan Reis.
Why it’ll go fast: Blackest Night is here and it’s huge! Huge, I tells ya. Expect to see all the Blackest Night tie-ins selling out every week. The Tales of the Corps series looked like it would be filler and background stories but issue #1 quickly changed those predictions. Now retailers find themselves reordering this weekly title before it even hits the stands. Pick up all three if you’re lucky enough to find them.
Detective Comics #855: Misterioso
Solicitation: “Elegy” part 2 of 4 by Greg Rucka and JH Williams III! Batwoman captures her enemy, a madwoman known only as Alice who sees her life as a fairy tale and everyone around her as expendable extras—including Kate! But when the tables are turned, Batwoman finds herself in a hallucination slamming the present into a collision with the past, and the hints of a threat that will claim the lives of every man, woman and child in Gotham City.
And in the all-new co-feature starring the Question, Montoya’s quest to find a missing young girl turns deadl ; co-feature art by Cully Hamner.
Written by Greg Rucka; Pencils by Cully Hamner and JH Williams III; Cover by Dave Stewart and Laura Martin.
Why it’ll go fast: The buzz on Rucka’s Detective is huge and for good reason, it might be one of the best reviewed comics in years. Personally, I agree with the masses and loved both stories in the first issue. J.H. Willams art could sell any comic but when added to the controversy of the first lesbian-driven super-heroine comic, this title becomes an instant sell-out every month. Let the morality and equality of super-hero alternate lifestyles debate begin! Truly a sentence made for a fiery comic discussion if I’ve ever heard one.
Justice Society Of America
Solicitation: A new era begins for the Justice Society of America as writers Bill Willingham (FABLES) and Matthew Sturges (BLUE BEETLE) take over the series with new artist Jesus Merino (SUPERMAN ANNUAL) just as two new recruits make their debut with the team! Strange happenings at the JSA Mansion are weird precursors to an all-out attack on all members of the team—all but one! And what is the strange connection that new members King Chimera and All-American Kid might have with the turmoil?
Written by Bill Willingham and Matthew Sturges; Pencils by Jesus Merino.
Why it’ll go fast: Following Geoff Johns on a title has got to be similar to taking the stage after The Who, circa 1970. I haven’t been a big fan of Willingham’s superhero-work in the past but love his Vertigo stuff. Here’s to hoping his JSA is better than his Shadowpact. As a retailer it would seem to make sense to order high on this one with it being the start of a new story arc and new creative team and all. However, sales have been plummeting on the title since Johns left (JSA #26, Johns’ last issue, shipped 81,200 issues in April. JSA #28, a fill-in issue by Jerry Ordway, shipped only 52,673 in June). Even if retailers up their orders it still won’t be to the levels the title was selling just two months ago which could create a shortage if all the Johns JSA fans decide to give issue #29 a chance.
Nerdy Question of the Week:
Without inviting a firestorm of rhetoric I’m going to just go ahead and put this one out there. Now, I’m leaving it to you guys to act like big kids and keep this one civil. Though Batwoman is not the first gay character in comics, she is the first to take the headlining role in a major DC title? Does Batwoman’s sexuality affect whether or not you’ll be buying Detective Comics? Remember, keep it civil.
Thanks again for your continued input and keep the answers to the nerdy questions coming. 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 below in the “Leave a Reply” section below. Want to know what your comics are worth? Join WorthPoint for free and post your comics in the “Ask a Question” section. Remember to post the title, issue number and cover price.
Matt Baum is a Worthologist who specializes in comic books.
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