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This Week in Geek 9/24

by Matt Baum (09/25/08).
Cover of Samurai: Legend #1
Cover of Black Panther #41
Cover of Solomon Kane #1

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

It’s Wednesday again and there is seven hundred billion reasons why you should check out this week’s comics. I’m just going to list a few. This week was a back-breaker for Marvel fans, as you will see by my stack of books, with almost 30 new comics on the stand. Of course you don’t need to buy them all; that’s why you’re here.

Who reads “This Week in Geek” you ask? The “This Week in Geek” reader is a discerning nerd with keen eye for comic talent and sense of financial responsibility only matched by his/her good looks. When they aren’t downloading Battlestar Galactica webisodes (man I hate that term) the TWIG reader is content relax with a blended scotch (I’m a Jameson 12-year Reserve man) and loyal dog by their side to enjoy the latest company wide crossover tie-in or zombie-horror-survival comic. Yeah, life just isn’t interesting enough for a geek of your caliber. No sir, no one’s going to tell this adult they shouldn’t be reading comics. Maybe if your approached by an alien and asked to join an interstellar commando force tomorrow, things would be different. But for now, its movies, video games, nerdy TV, and all the comics you can afford. That’s the TWIG reader.

That was supposed to read like one of those “What kind of man reads Playboy?” adds but really just ended up kind of depressing. Anyway, here’s a look at the comics I’m buying this week with my “golden parachute” incentive package after my firing from a major Wall Street investment firm that will, for now, remain nameless.

Hellboy: the Crooked Man #3 – Mignola and Corben, is there a better horror team out there?
Solomon Kane
#1 – Conan creator Robert E. Howard’s Puritan demon hunter makes his comics debut.
Superman #680 – Starman writer James Robinson’s Superman run is awesome so far.
Dead Ahead #1 – Zombies have overtaken the mainland making the sea the only safe place for humanity.
Avengers: Initiative #17 – Secret Invasion tie-in.
Black Panther #41 – Secret Invasion tie-in.
Captain America #42 – The best Cap story I’ve read so far.
Daredevil #111 – Meet Lady Bullseye.
Fantastic Four #560 – It just gets weirder and weirder but you’ve gotta love it.
Hulk #6 – The identity of the Red Hulk FINALLY revealed.
Marvel 1985 #5 – More fun from Mark Millar.
New Avengers #45 – Secret Invasion tie-in.
Nova #17 – Darkhawk? Seriously?
Thunderbolts #124 – Secret Invasion tie-in.

As you can see;a new comic stack dominated by Marvel titles, although, I find myself mostly excited for the Dark Horse books I picked up. Which brings me to my:

SPECULATOR PICKS OF THE WEEK!

”Solomon Kane #1”; Dark Horse; Written by Scott Allie; Art by Mario Guevara and Dave Stewart ;Covers by John Cassaday and Joe Kubert; $2.99

Why it’s hot: If you’re a Conan fan then you too should be excited for this book. Kane is a puritanical witch hunter created by Robert E. Howard and brought to comics by Dark Horse Conan editor Scott Allie along with the amazing art talents of Mario Guevara and Dave Stewert. If you like your heroes dark, imposing and driven by maniacal religious zealotry then this is the book for you. Also, the art looks georgeous.

Why it’ll go fast: Not many Conan fans know that Howard created any other characters unless they were a fan of his fiction. I had a book of short stories about Kane pushed on me by a rabid Howard fan years ago and have loved the character since. Most retailers are going to order very low on this one based on the fact that no one knows who Solomon Kane is. If you didn’t pre-order issue #1, you can expect to be hunting for it. Solomon Kane looks like another high quality addition to the Dark Horse line that very few readers will actually have the chance to buy before this issue sells out.

Black Panther #41; Marvel Comics; Written by Jason Aaron; Art and cover by Jefte Palo; $2.99

Why it’s hot: Not to sound like a broken record here but, it’s a Secret Invasion tie-in. That said, Aaron’s Black Panther has been some of the best I’ve read since Christopher Priest left the book. This is the third part of the “See Wakanda and Die” storyline and I can’t believe I haven’t hyped it yet. Aaron is the acclaimed writer of DC/Vertigo’s Scalped and currently writing Marvel’s Ghost Rider. While I’m not crazy about his Ghost Rider, his Black Panther has been excellent.

Why it’ll go fast: The whole “See Wakanda and Die” storyline has been quietly selling out at shops and just recently has started to gain attention with fans that wrote the book off long ago. I don’t expect Black Panther to be the most expensive Secret Invasion back issue but it wouldn’t surprise me to see this storyline selling for $10-$15.00 an issue in a few months. Retailers have been happy to watch this book sell out for a change and then scratching their heads when re-orders requested from customers can’t be filled. Guess what? It’s because Black Panther is great again. Pick up issues #39-#41 if you can find them. You won’t regret it.

Samurai Legend #1; Marvel Comics/Soliel; Written by Jean-Francois Di Giorgio; Art and cover by Frédéric Genêt;
$2.99.

Why it’s hot: Samurai Legend is the latest from the Marvel/Soliel imprint and looks like another excellent addition. Like Sky Doll and Universal War One, Samurai is another European comic translated and marketed to American audiences by Marvel. If Samurai is anything like the first two Soliel series than Marvel has another instant hit on their hands. The premise: “A samurai seeks to discover the answers to his mysterious past, as one of Japan’s most important figures seeks to betray the Emperor—but just how are both connected to the 13th prophet? And what does it mean for the future of Japan?”. Sounds cool enough. I’m in.

Why it’ll go fast: There are a few things that will guarantee sales for a new comic; Wolverine or Superman on the cover, ninjas, zombies, and of course, samurai. Nerds love samurai and this comic has samurai right in the title. Also the art is gorgeous and the writing looks to be top-notch. Marvel’s Soliel imprint seemed like a bad idea to me when they first introduced Skydoll but the quality of the comics speaks for themselves. I was wrong, Marvel was right, and Samurai Legend is going to sell like hot-cakes.

Until next week, keep the questions coming, 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. Remember to post the title, issue number and cover price.

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