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This Week in Geek 3/11/09

by Matt Baum (03/11/09).

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.

Captain Britain and MI: 13

Captain Britain and MI: 13

Still overwhelmed by my Watchmen experience yesterday—a series of unfortunate events prevented me from going this weekend—I found myself squinting at my computer screen last night trying to figure out how I was only expecting to buy ten comics this Wednesday and the alphabetical list I made ends with the letter “i.” Weird right? I suppose it just gives me some more time to catch up on Jason Aaron’s Scalped from DC/Vertigo. My friend Ryan loaned me the first three collections recently and I fell in love, with the book not him. Nicely done, Ryan. Also this week, the first in the Jack Kirby war comic collections hits the stands. The Losers by Jack Kirby collects issues #151-#162 of Our Fighting Forces and features a forward by Neil Gaiman. The other DC Kirby reprints have been a great way for collectors on budget to read some of the most influential comic work in comic history in excellent hardcover reprints.

With that said, let’s take a look at the new comics coming out this Wednesday, March 11. Below you’ll find the list of new comics I’ll be purchasing. For a complete list of this week’s comics click here. To find a comic shop near you click here.

Action Comics #875
Batman: Battle For The Cowl #1 of 3
B.P.R.D.: The Black Goddess #3 of 5
Captain Britain and MI: 13 #11
DMZ #40
Green Lantern Corps #34
Guardians Of The Galaxy #11
Immortal Iron Fist #23
The Invincible Iron Man #11

Like I said earlier, a weird list, right? Not much in the way of new series this week other than the Bat-event “Battle for the Cowl” (see my picks below for more on that). Although it’s a light week, there’s some real quality on the shelves. The best comic you’re not reading is Captain Britain and MI: 13, written by Paul Cornell (writer on the Doctor Who TV series). Cap and MI:13 has brought Count Dracula back to the fore-front of villains in the Marvel U and fans love it. In all seriousness, you need to give this series a chance. Lately, its sales have dipped to dangerous levels and rumors of its cancellation are beginning to circulate. It would really be a shame to lose a comic this good just as the series is finding it’s legs.

And now, on to the Speculator Picks of the Week. These are books that, for one reason or another, may sell out quickly and become instant collectibles. If you don’t pay attention and get to your local comic shop in a timely fashion, you could be paying way too much for these comics very soon. The codes you see listed below the solicitations are for use when ordering through your local comic shop.

Batman: Battle for the Cowl #1 of 3: DC

Batman: Battle for the Cowl #1 of 3

Batman: Battle for the Cowl #1 of 3

Solicitation: “Batman: R.I.P.” and FINAL CRISIS saw the end of Batman. Now, months following the disappearance of her protector, Gotham City sits at a precipice and it may be too far gone for Nightwing, Robin, Commissioner Gordon and the rest of the city’s heroes to save the day. Amid the fires, rioting, looting and gang warfare, one question rings out from the souls of Gotham’s desperate citizens: Where is Batman?
With guest-stars galore, the destruction of a sacred Gotham City institution and an ending that will have everyone talking, this three-issue miniseries event written and drawn by Tony Daniel (The Tenth) features the battle to take on the Mantle of the Bat. Who has earned the right? Who thinks they deserve it? Robin? Nightwing? Jason Todd? Two-Face? Catwoman? Batgirl? Who will ultimately win the BATTLE FOR THE COWL?
• 40 PGS
• $3.99 US
• JAN090180
Written by: Tony Daniel. Pencils by: Tony Daniel. Inks by: Sandu Florea. Cover by: Tony Daniel.

Why it’ll go fast: Regardless of whether or not you liked RIP and Final Crisis, chances are you want to know what happens next. Once again DC is going way out on a limb and giving the job of telling this story to an unlikely candidate, an artist. Tony Daniel, who, while being an accomplished comic artist, has had very little writing experience. Who knows, maybe Daniel’s fresh perspective will make “Battle for the Cowl” a triumph. However, maybe this is where the retailers draw a line in the sand. Since RIP, numbers on both Bat-books have dropped and the announcement that the second part of the Neil Gaiman Bat-story, in the pages of Detective Comics, isn’t coming out until April certainly isn’t going to excite anyone. The chatter on the fan sites isn’t what I’d call optimistic at this point but I still think this one is going to sell. It has all the hallmarks of the 1990′s “Reign of the Supermen” storyline that followed the “death” of Superman. None of us honestly believed that Supes was dead forever but we still all went along for the ride.

Resident Evil #1: DC/Wildstorm

Resident Evil #1

Resident Evil #1

Solicitation: Capcom’s international video game sensation returns in March with Resident Evil 5 and WildStorm debuts the new prequel miniseries tying into the highly anticipated release! Find out what led Chris Redfield to Africa and learn the dark burden that haunts him! An absolute must-read for fans of the franchise and a starting point for new readers!

• 32 PGS
• $3.99 US
• JAN090264
Written by: Rick Sanchez. Pencils by: Kevin Sharpe. Inks by: Jim Clark. Cover by: Brandon Badeaux .

Why it’ll go fast: Say what you will about video-game-comic-adaptations, I personally don’t read them, but they sell. Wildstorm’s Gears of War adaptation sold only about 20,000 copies in the direct market (comic shops and book stores) and about 380,000 copies elsewhere (probably video game stores?). With the hype behind it’s video game release, this Friday, the Resident Evil 5 comic could easily out sell GOW based solely on franchise history. Gears of War: 2 games. Resident Evil: 5 games and three movies. Resident Evil wins even though the movies were terrible and I’m not excited about still having to stop and shoot zombies in the new game. Advantage Gears of War, purely on gameplay.

 

Rorschach 1:6 scale deluxe collector figure: DC Direct

Rorschach 1:6 scale deluxe collector figure

Rorschach 1:6 scale deluxe collector figure

Solicitation: This 1:6 scale deluxe collector figure of the movie’s masked vigilante features an intricate and authentically detailed fabric costume with multiple layers, including a suit, boots, a Rorschach mask and accessories. Packaged in a deluxe 4-color window box with a fifth panel, the figure also comes with a display base.
• $99

Why it’ll go fast: Again, I apologize for bringing toys into our weekly comic blog but this one is amazing. If you have read Watchmen or recently seen the movie, which you should, you undoubtedly fell in love with the character of Rorschach and thought to yourself, “man, I need to drop a hundred bucks on a figure of that guy.” Well now is your chance. At $99 each, rest assured there aren’t going to be piles of these laying around, and those of us who want them are going to buy them quickly.

The Indy Comic of the Week will return next week.

Nerdy Question of the Week:

Several fanboys and comic creators have complained about the end of the Watchmen movie being different from the original comic, while the rest of the film was a virtual word for word adaptation. With out ruining it for those who haven’t seen the film yet, did you like or dislike the changes made to the end of the Watchmen movie?

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 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.

Matt Baum is a Worthologist who specializes in comic books.

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