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This Week in Geek 8/19/09

by Matt Baum (08/19/09).

Beta Ray Bill

Beta Ray Bill

Big news this week as a successor has been named to replace J. Michael Straczynski on Thor. Kierion Gillen, writer of Phonogram for Image Comics, will take over the God of Thunder this November. Now, of course, Thor enthusiasts everywhere are curious if Gillen will continue to thrill fans and maintain Thor’s huge sales. They are in luck. Aside from Image’s Phonogram, Gillen has also recently written Marvel’s other alien thunder god—Beta Ray Bill—in the two-part God Hunter story and in the Secret Invasion Aftermanth: Green of Eden. I picked up the Green of Eden issue but of course skipped God Hunter and naturally, currently there are no auctions for God Hunter on eBay. Want more good news? God Hunter #1 shipped in June and only shipped 21,273 issues to end up as the 108th most ordered comic that month. So good luck finding it. If Gillen’s run turns out to be hot, his Beta Ray Bill issues could end up pretty pricey.

Below, you’ll find my pile of comics for this Wednesday, Aug. 19. For a full list of comics shipping this week click here. To find a comic shop near you click here.

Amazing Spider-Man #603
Batgirl #1
Batman and the Outsiders #21
Batman: Streets of Gotham #3
Blackest Night: Superman #1 of 3
Daredevil #500
Mighty Avengers #28
Punisher #8
The Red Circle: The Web
Supergirl #44
Superman Annual #14
Wolverine: Weapon X #4

Thoughts on the Pile: Although it feels like a tease, The Red Headead Stranger story in Amazing Spidey has been fun. Will it end up with Spidey and Mary Jane back together? Probably not, which is dumb. But it’s nice to know she’s not a superhero. I’m growing a little weary of Bats: Outsiders and Streets of Gotham. Not because the titles are bad, I’m just wondering if we need them. Not a whole lot going on in these titles I haven’t seen before, but maybe the best is yet to come. I love Rick Remender’s Punisher, and you should too. It’s good, violent Frank Castle stories in the mighty Marvel fashion. The Red Circle titles are starting to feel like a failed experiment and the regular series haven’t even launched yet. Who’s marketing this DC stuff anyway? Jason Aaron is doing a bang-up job with Wolvie: Wepon X and I gotta say, it’s nice to see Logan acting like a bad-ass again. And finally, Peter David’s X-Factor is probably the best and most underappreciated Marvel Comic on the stand monthly. Or it’s at least tied for the award with Agents of Atlas.

Here’s a look at my Speculator Picks of the Week. These are comics that could sell out very quickly and resurface at twice the price. Keep in mind, though educated, these are just guesses. If I knew for sure I wouldn’t be sharing the info with you nerds. Well, not for free anyway.

Batgirl #1 1 Other Edition

Batgirl #1

Batgirl #1

Solicitation: In the wake of “Batman R.I.P.” and BATTLE FOR THE COWL, a new heroine has emerged in Gotham City, and as she begins her nocturnal crusade to take back the night, she will truly learn what it means to wear the mantle of the Bat. But who is this young woman, and why has she donned the cape and cowl?

32 PGS
$2.99 US
Written by Bryan Q. Miller; Pencils by Lee Garbett; Inks by Trevor Scott; Cover by Phil Noto 1:25 Variant Cover by J.G. Jones.

Why it’ll go fast: People want to know who the new Batgirl is going to be. Or at least they are tired of guessing and want to tell all their friends that they guessed right and everyone else is stupid. Me, I was just fine with Batgirl being Cassandra Cain, but like the other nerds I’ve gotta know who is in the costume. As always, when her identity is revealed some will cheer and others will scream. Regardless, issue #1 is going to sell, whether or not Smallville writer Bryan Q. Miller can keep our attention for issue #2 is another story however. One question though. Is Batgirl’s mask stitched to her face?

Blackest Night: Superman #1 of 3: DC

Blackest Night: Superman #1 of 3

Blackest Night: Superman #1 of 3

Solicitation: Black Lantern Superman has unearthed Pa Kent’s grave! But that’s only the beginning of the horrifying things he’s about to unleash on an unsuspecting Smallville. Discover the demented evil of BLACKEST NIGHT in this three-issue miniseries from writer James Robinson (SUPERMAN, STARMAN) and artist Eddy Barrows (TEEN TITANS, ACTION COMICS)!

32 PGS
$2.99 US
Written by James Robinson; Pencils by Eddy Barrows; Inks by Ruy Jose; Cover by Shane Davis & Sandra Hope.

Why it’ll go fast: As great as Robinson’s Superman has been, and it really has been great, the title just isn’t selling very well. In June, Supes checked in at number #47 on the top 300 comics ordered list, a huge drop from the #36 spot in May and I’m guessing sales numbers like these will translate to lower orders on the Supes Blackest Night. The orders will still be higher because of the Blackest Night tie-in but nowhere near Batman: Blackest Night. Pick this one up quick and while you’re at it, check out the Robinson’s other Superman stuff. You’ll dig it.

The Red Circle: The Web: DC

The Red Circle: The Web

The Red Circle: The Web

Solicitation: Billionaire John Raymond has it all—fame, fortune, and a brilliant mind! He also has a brother with the one trait John lacks: compassion. No matter how relentlessly awe-inspiring John’s achievements get, it’s his brother who’s always seen as the hero. So John sets out to upstage his brother one more time. He’ll show the world just how much heroism money can buy as the amazing (and suspiciously well-equipped) Web. But when a dark fate arrives for his brother, John learns first-hand what a hero leaves on the line, and that there are worse losses than the ones that hit your checkbook! Featuring art by Roger Robinson (THE BRAVE & THE BOLD, BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS)!

32 PGS
$2.99 US
Written by J. Michael Straczynski: Pencils by Roger Robinson; Inks by Hilary Barta; Cover by Jesus Saiz.

Why it’ll go fast: OK, this is the last Red Circle title I’m picking, I swear. If any of these titles has legs, I’m betting it’s this one. The Web has a great creative team and a cool premise—think Peter Parker meets Tony Stark—and was the first of the Red Circle titles to get an ongoing series. Not this issue—this one is just a one-shot—the ongoing is coming in September. But like I said, if one of the Red Circle titles makes it, I think it’ll be Web.

Nerdy Question of the Week:

One title. You are allowed to buy one coimc this month and one only. Which one is it? If you had to pick one comic this month, which one would it be?

Thanks again for your continued input and keep the answers to the comic nerd 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 and post your comics in the “Ask a Worthologist” section. Remember to post the title, issue number and cover price.

This Week in Geek is a weekly blog about new comics written by WorthPoint comic book Worthologist Matt Baum. Every Wednesday, Matt takes a look at the week’s new comics from a collector’s point-of-view and discusses which books may be hard to find in the near future and why. Make sure to click on the hot links for previews and more information on the comics, characters, story-lines and creators discussed here. Also, feel free to post your comments in the new “comments” section below.

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One Response to “This Week in Geek 8/19/09”

  1. Eric says:

    Escape from Wonderland #1… Great art and an amazing storyline.

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