This Week in Geek 9/30/09



Maybe it was the iTunes motion comic, or writer Brian Michael Bendis’ undying love for her, but one thing is for certain: me naming Spiderwoman #1 as a speculator spick of the week did not make the title sell out last week. However, it did sell out. Marvel issued a press release earlier this week detailing the sell out of Spiderwoman #1 at the printer and a second printing variant is on the way. So, after reading the press release, I did what most comic-collecting nerds would do and went straight to eBay, where I found one auction for Spiderwoman #1. One auction. I’m guessing Spiderwoman #1 is going to be a very hot title in the very near future. If there’re any copies left at your comic shop, I’d pick them up now.

My Stack:

Here’s a list of the comics I’ll be picking up this Wednesday, Sept. 30. For a full list of comics shipping this week click here. To find a comic shop near you click here.

Amazing Spider-Man #607
Green Lantern #46
Justice Society Of America #31
New Mutants #5
Punisher Annual #1
Secret Warriors #8
Superman #692
Thor #603
Thunderbolts #136
Wolverine: Weapon X #5
X-Factor #49

Thoughts on the Pile: No new editions to the pile this week but a strong new comic showing nonetheless. I’m not a big J. Scott Campbell fan but have to give him the “Sexiest Cover of the Week” award for Amazing Spidey #607. All things Green Lantern seem to be sailing smooth waters as the Blackest Night event continues. I haven’t been this happy with a DC event, maybe ever. Justice Society of America; I’m not saying I don’t like it but perhaps I’m still adjusting to the change in writers. It’s been quite some time since we’ve seen Warlock return to the X-books, and I love it, but I wish New Mutants would tie-in to current X-Nation story. It just seems a little silly that these characters are oblivious to the happenings off the coast of San Francisco and the return of Magneto. I’ll be picking up the Punisher Annual, but have a suggestion for Marvel: Maybe instead of giving us several Dark Reign: The List one-shots at $3.99 each, you could kill two-birds with one stone and make them Annuals. Remember back in the day when all the Marvel annuals were events like Atlantis Attacks and the Evolutionary War? It was fun right? Secret Warriors, Thor, Thunderbolts, Wolverine: Weapon X, and the two X-books are great every month. I’m not going to harp on the subject because, if you’ve been reading this blog, you already know how much I love them. I’ll miss JMS on Thor when he leaves but maybe the title will hit the stands more regularly. I am going to harp on Superman, again, because Robinson and Rucka’s super-books have been fantastic and hit all time sales lows. Come one America! You used to love Superman. Now that his title is better than ever, give it a chance.

Speculator Picks of the Week:

These are three comics that could sell out very quickly and end up demanding premium prices on the back issue market. Some will be hot for the next two weeks while others will sell at ridiculous prices for the foreseeable future.

G.I. Joe: Cobra Special #1: IDW

G.I. Joe: Cobra Special

G.I. Joe: Cobra Special

Solicitation: Spinning out of the red-hot thriller G.I. Joe: Cobra, this one-shot follows up on issue #4’s surprise reveal and focuses on our big bad guy (or is it multiple bad guys?). By the same creative team as the original mini, don’t miss out. This is the perfect end cap to the series!

$3.99 US
Written by Mike Costa; Pencils and Cover by Antonio Fuso.

Why it’ll go fast: The first G.I. Joe: Cobra series sold very well, mainly due to low printing and under-ordering on the part of retailers. These back issues are impossible to find out side of those ridiculously priced for the lunatic eBay buyer. Like the previous series, this special will be under-ordered, sell out quickly, and re-emerge at premium prices. Even if retailers do raise their orders on the Cobra Special, it still won’t be enough to meet the demand that was created by the Internet buzz that surrounded the initial series. If you don’t feel like paying the high back issue prices there is a TPB of G.I. Joe: Cobra coming this November and it’s definitely worth a read.

Trick ‘r Treat: Wildstorm

Trick 'r Treat

Trick 'r Treat

Solicitation: The adaptation of the upcoming Halloween scarefest is here! Written by critically acclaimed scribe Marc Andreyko (Manhunter, Torso) and illustrated by a cavalcade of terrifying talents including Mike Huddleston (Man-Bat, Gen 13), Grant Bond, Christopher Gugliotti (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and Fiona Staples (North 40), this graphic novel will keep you quivering with fear! Halloween has always been a night of tricks and treats, but this year, it’s nothing but a cornucopia of tricks as werewolves, demons, killers and zombies celebrate the festival of Samhain!

Featuring a cover from the film’s concept designer Breehn Burns and based on the Warner Bros. film from writer/director Michael Dougherty (X2, Superman Returns) starring Anna Paquin, Dylan Baker, and Brian Cox!

96 PGS
$19.99 US
Written by Marc Andreyko; Pencils by Christopher Gugliotti, Fiona Staples, Grant Bond and Mike Huddleston.

Why it’ll go fast: Trick r Treat is one of the most eagerly awaited direct-to-DVD horror movies I’ve ever heard of. No joke. The anthology-Horror-flick had a screening at this summer’s Comic-Con and horror nerds have been screaming about it ever since. Check out the latest twitter feed on Trick r Treat and see. lists the DVD as the #6 sales rank in Horror and #71 in all movies. Not bad for horror movie that never showed in theaters. My point is that this title has a following; they know this comic is coming a week before the DVD hits the stores and they’re excited about it. I wouldn’t expect most retailers to have much faith in this one however. I wouldn’t be surprised to see less than five copies of Trick r Treat on most shelves making it a very quick sell out.

The Unknown: The Devil Made Flesh #1 of 4: Boom

The Unknown: The Devil Made Flesh

The Unknown: The Devil Made Flesh

Solicitation: Mark Waid brings another installment of the world’s greatest detective! With only six months to live, Catherine Allingham’s condition is terminal. But nothing will stop her from trying to solve even more mysteries. It’s international suspense and hair-raising macabre as time runs out for our detective. Interior art by superstar Minck Oosterveer.

$3.99 US
Written by Mark Waid; Pencils by Minck Oosterveer.

Why it’ll go fast: Mark Waid has been writing excellent comics for more than 20 years and his latest work at Boom Studios is no exception. Along with his Irredeemable, which has been getting the bulk of the press, the Unknown has been quietly building a following and selling out each month. I haven’t read the Unknown, mainly because I can’t find the back issues, but have heard nothing but great reviews. This is one I’ll have to read in trade because the back issues are gone.

Nerdy Question of the Week:

Time to call your shot nerds! DC Editor in Chief Dan Didio is going to be writing a one-shot and possibly a series starting in January. At least that’s what he said in Monday’s edition of 10 questions and an answer with Dan Didio at So here’s your chance to call your shot. What’s he going to be writing?


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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  • Eric

    Two questions (which probably fit better for last weeks column).
    1. Does anyone know when the contract with Boom and Disney is for?
    2. If Disney drops the price of Marvel comics to $1.99 (please, please, please) how does the comic shop lose half their profits? Didnt the rumors say Disney would be taking the hit here? A comic drops from either $3.99 or $2.99 down to $1.99, shops should not lose but instead gain from more sales.

    Jeff Cambell is an amazing artist… any chance Marvel will get him on a regular series? Perhaps Marvel Divas would have been a good art opportunity for him. Frank Cho, Eric Basaldua and Adam Warren roud out my top 4 artists.

  • 1. Haven’t heard much on the Boom/Disney front but that is an interesting question. If I had to guess I would say that Disney will wait until the end of the initial contract and then take the rights back. Just guessing here.

    2. The thinking here is that: Say you own a comic shop and I am one of your customers that strictly buys Marvel Comics. I’m a nut for them and buy anything Marvel publishes. the day Marvel changes it’s cover price to $1.99 you, the shop owner are only making half as much profit on my sales. Here’s another thought; If Marvel were to drop to $1.99 DC would surely follow suit. The two control more than 80% of the comic market leaving shop owners making 50% less on 80% or more of their sales. That could be a giant loss. Now, if the new lower price brings in twice as many customers then you are back to where you were however, thinking the comic reading market would double even if the price were .99 is probably wishful thinking.


  • Drew

    Just wanted to say I appreciate the articles each week. I use them to help me gauge what to buy (specifically the Indies) so I don’t miss something on Wednesdays that will cost a fortune later. If it wasn’t for your article on Chew, I never would have picked it up, now it’s one of my favorite books!

    Regarding Spider-woman, I only bought the Ross cover last Wednesday, but after reading your article I decided to call around to the local comic shops. I live in Louisville, Ky and there are roughly 7 comic shops in the area. All but one shop had sold out, and the one that didn’t carries comics, but isn’t known for comics (they are a used-CD/DVD store). They had 2 left, 1 of each cover so I picked them up.

    I think you are right on here, Spider-woman is going to skyrocket in the coming weeks (probably not to Chew levels though IMO).


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