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This Week in Geek 9/09/09

by Matt Baum (09/09/09).

levitzHot on the heels of Disney’s acquisition of Marvel Comics comes equally huge news from DC. Well, maybe not equally huge, but pretty big. Publisher and president of DC Comics Paul Levitiz is stepping down after seven years. The announcement came with the news that DC would be reorganizing and will now be known as DC Entertainment. The new DCE will focus on strategically exploiting the DC brand across all media, such as video games and feature film.

DCE will be piloted by new incoming president Diane Nelson, who had recently served as president of Warner Premiere, the company responsible for direct-to-DVD releases like Green Lantern First Flight and the Harry Potter franchise. Is this big news? I guess. Is it good news? That remains to be seen. Unlike the Disney/Marvel merger, which sees Marvel operating just as they were before the merger, DC has a new president in charge, albeit one who admittedly doesn’t know much about comics. Now, don’t panic yet, as DC is looking for a new publisher, too. I would nominate either Mark Waid or Jimmy Palmioti, and hopefully DC will find one well-versed in the comic world. I would guess that Nelson’s duties will focus on movies and games, but until a new publisher is announced, I’ll remain nervous. A good friend of mine called me shortly after this story hit the Internet asking me if I had heard the news and was I excited to hear Levitiz was stepping down? I’ve been very critical of DC comics in the past but I don’t know if Paul Levitiz has been the problem. In all the criticism I read from creators who have left DC, or who had been fired, I don’t see Levitz’s name coming up as much as someone else’s. I guess we’ll see where DC goes from here but I can only hope the changing of the guard doesn’t end with its president.

Here’s a list of the comics I’ll be picking up this Thursday, Sept. 10. For a full list of comics shipping this week click here. To find a comic shop near you click here.

Adventure Comics #2
Amazing Spider-Man #604
B.P.R.D.: 1947 #3 of 5
Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Exodus
Dark Reign: The List: Avengers
DMZ #45
Doom Patrol #2
Hellboy: The Wild Hunt #6 of 8
House of Mystery #17
Incredible Hercules #134
Nomad: Girl Without a World #1 of 4
Red Robin #4
Secret Six #13
Star Trek: Nero #2 of 4
Thunderbolts #135
The Unwritten
#5

Thoughts on the pile: Needless to say, it’s a huge week. Each week I type this list and then leave the shop with at least three more titles. It’s killing my wallet. As usual, I’m still very happy with the Dark Reign stuff and am looking forward to both the conclusion of the Dark Avengers/X-men book and the New Avengers: The List. Doom Patrol #1 was a pleasant surprise, so I’m in for at least six issues. When Kieth Giffen is “on” he’s one of the best writers in the business. I’m giving Rob Lefelid’s Bucky (Nomad) one issue to wow me. Sean McKeever is hit-and-miss with me, but I’m always willing to give him a shot due to my love of his Sentinel series (Marvel 2003). Red Robin is a title that I was initially very excited for, but as of issue #3 I’m waiting for the story to kick in. I’m not quitting yet, mainly due to my love of the Tim Drake character, but I need more if I’m going to stick around past issue #6. I can’t stress how much I’m enjoying the IDW Star Trek stuff that ties into the latest film. If you loved the movie you will love the comics. And finally, The Unwritten is the best new Vertigo series I’ve read in years. I was a big fan of Mike Carey’s Lucifer series and am happy to be reading another great Carey Vertigo series.

Here’s a look at my Speculator Picks of the Week. These are comics that could sell out very quickly and re-emerge at twice the price on the back-issue market.

Dark Reign: The List: Avengers: Marvel

Dark Reign: The List

Dark Reign: The List

Solicitation: In this first-in-a-series of spectacular one-shots, the finest writers working at Marvel are teamed up with the most sensational artists to unveil the darkest chapters in the Dark Reign! Norman Osborn, fresh from the shocking finale of Utopia, sets his sights on the rest of the Marvel Universe. He sits down and makes a list. A list of things that are wrong with the world. Things that he needs to take care of. And the list includes almost every major player in the Marvel Universe. These specials are exciting game changers for all of Marvel Comics and represent the finest talents. This first chapter has a startling confrontation between members of the New Avengers and Dark Avengers. Clint Barton fans… you are not going to want to miss this one! Plus, a preview of the upcoming Dark Reign: The List titles! One-Shot/Rated T.

$3.99 US
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Written by Brian Michael Bendis; Pencils by Marko Djurdjevic; Inks by Mark Morales; Cover by Marte Gracia.

Why it’ll go fast: Word on the street is something big is going to happen in this issue. Something so big that it’ll have the nerds talking and presumably buying the other Dark Reign the list titles. Marvel has had a recent history of starting off these events with a bang and it wouldn’t even surprise me to see someone die unexpectedly in this issue. Most retailers have been seeing a bit of what could be called event exhaustion with the Dark Reign titles, mainly due to the glut of DR titles. I’m sure orders will still be high on this one but not as high as on the initial Dark Reign titles. Even if it’s this month’s highest selling title, which it won’t be, I’m betting it still sells out.

Star Trek: Nero #2 of 4: IDW

Star Trek: Nero

Star Trek: Nero

Solicitation: From Star Trek writer/producers Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman and the creative team behind the best-selling Star Trek: Countdown. The story of the villainous Nero continues as we learn how Nero spent the years between his battle with the Kelvin and his reunion with Spock! You don’t want to miss this essential chapter in the rebirth of Star Trek!

$3.99 US
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Written by Mike Johnson and Tim Jones; Pencils and cover by David Messina.

Why it’ll go fast: I’ve only been reading the IDW Star Trek stuff that ties into the recent movie but I’ve heard that it’s all been great. Retailers, however, are still not sold on Star Trek comics. Star Trek: Spock Reflections was the highest selling Star Trek comic last month and it only shipped 10,256 copies and checked in at #189 on the top 300 most ordered comics list. I would guess that Nero will ship even less. Lets face it, Eric Bana is good looking but he’s no Leonard Nimoy.

Vampirella Second Coming #1: Harris Comics

Vampirella Second Coming

Vampirella Second Coming

Solicitation: Like Marilyn Monroe and Betty Page, Vampirella is a cultural phenomenon now woven into society’s DNA, a symbol of sensuality and power. So thinks a group of women who become increasingly and inexplicably fascinated with her, getting Vampi tattoos, researching her story and seeking each other out to celebrate her. But as a virus ravages Washington, possessing any man it comes across and liberating their darkest desires, these women feel a call from something—or someone—to battle this new threat. Is Vampirella real after all?

Features four covers by Arthur Suydam, Joe Jusko, Ryan Stegman, and Jose Gonzalez.
$1.99 US
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Written by Phil Hester; Pencils by Daniel Sampere; Cover by Arthur Suydam.

Why it’ll go fast: The only reason I knew this comic was coming was because I follow writer Phil Hester on Twitter. To be honest, I didn’t even know Harris Comics was still around. Well they are, and so is the (bikini clad?) Vampirella, only this time she’s being written by a truly talented comic writer. It’s probably been since the mid-90s anyone paid more than cover price for a Vamiprella comic, but I feel like this one could be hot. Not just because I like the writer or because I want to see if anyone is still reading this blog. No, it’s got a great cover and an even better premise. If anyone can make Vampi readable I’m guessing it’s Phil Hester.

Nerdy question of the week:

Let’s here your vote for the new publisher of DC comics. Mine is with Mark Waid and it’s not just because he’ll immediately fire Dan Didio as the editor-in-chief. The guy has been around and he knows what we want. Agree? Disagree? Lets here your candidates.

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, or you can follow him on twitter, where he is always screaming about something nerd-related. Want to know what your comics are worth? Join WorthPoint for free and post your comics in the “Ask A Worthologist” section. Remember to post the title, issue number and cover price.

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