This Week in Geek 6/11/09

Dark Avengers second printing

Dark Avengers second printing

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.

Can I get a figure on how many comics Marvel has sent to a second printing this summer? This week alone Marvel has four hitting the stands. Even though DC had the two top-selling titles in April (Detective #853 and Flash Rebirth #1) Marvel still outsold DC for the month by a good margin. The numbers for May should be available soon and I’m guessing Marvel will be on top yet again. I had a reader react pretty passionately to my variant cover question last week, saying they were killing the industry, but the truth of the matter is the top-selling titles each month consistently have variant covers. Does this mean the retailers are ordering more just to get the variants and artificially inflating the sales numbers? Possibly. But these variants seem to be selling. Even though the incentive covers don’t represent huge spikes in sales, they do seem to increase orders. And at the end of the day, a 1:10 variant is 10 times more rare than the regular issue.

New Comic time! Below is the list of comics I’ll be purchasing this Wednesday, June 10. For a complete list of this week’s new comics click here. To find a comic shop near you click here.

Action Comics #878
Amazing Spider-Man #597
Batman #687
Beta Ray Bill: Godhunter #1 of 3
B.P.R.D.: War On Frogs #3 of 4
DMZ #42
Fantastic Four #567
The Flash: Rebirth #3 of 5
Green Lantern Corps #37
JSA vs. Kobra: Engines of Faith #1 of 6
Red Robin #1
The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft #2 of 4
Uncanny X-Men #511

Thoughts on the pile: Greg Rucka and James Robinson are doing fantastic work on the Superman titles right now. I can’t recommend them enough. Too bad my recommendations don’t translate to better sales, which are at their lowest in years. I’m quite happy to be enjoying Amazing Spider-Man again and now wish Joe Casey was the principal writer on the series. Beta Ray Bill is a guilty pleasure at best. I admit to squealing when I heard the Stormbreaker replica on sale for 90-percent off on a Diamond close-out list. I liked Truatman’s issues of Checkmate so I’m giving JSA vs. Kobra a shot. I can’t tell you how excited I am for Chris Yost’s Red Robin. I love the nod to Kingdom Come, as I love all things Mark Waid, and have been a huge fan of Yost’s Marvel work for a while now. Image’s Strange Adv of Lovecraft #1 was a hoot. Great art, good storytelling and it kicks the pants off any of the Cthulu titles being printed at Boom presently; which is ironic because Waid is the editor-in-chief at Boom and I just professed my love for him. Sorry Mark.

And now for my Speculator Picks of the Week. These are comics that that will sell out fast and leave the uninformed collector hunting and paying top-dollar. Get them while you can.

Batman #687: DC

Batman #687

Batman #687


Solicitation: In this special epilogue to BATTLE FOR THE COWL, new BATMAN writer Judd Winick rejoins the Bat Family! This 40-page issue explores the final moments of the Battle for the Cowl as the new Batman learns that winning the cowl comes at a high price! Witness the new Batman taking to the streets of Gotham City for the first time! Putting a new man inside the Bat-suit was the easy part—now the fun begins! Guest-starring Superman and Wonder Woman, this issue is a must-read for any Batman fan.

40 PGS
Written by Judd Winick; Pencils by Ed Benes; Cover by Tony Daniel; 1:10 Variant Cover by J.G. Jones.

Why it’ll go fast: Judd Winick returns to Batman and whether you love him or hate him every one is going to pick this issue up to see if they love it … or hate it. Winick is an extremely polarizing writer in the comic world. Google his name and you’ll see. I’ve read and enjoyed most of Winick’s work, however, his most recent Titan’s run has me worried. I’m willing to give Winick another chance but if this one bombs I’m done defending him. This issue also ships with a 1:10 variant cover by J.G. Jones and it looks excellent.

Deadpool #11: Marvel Comics

Deadpool #11

Deadpool #11


Solicitation: DARK REIGN TIE-IN “BULLSEYE,” Part 2. Okay, that was… unexpected. Bullseye has learned some new tricks since the last time they met! But now it’s Deadpool’s turn to go on the offensive…and there’s nobody more offensive than Deadpool!

32 PGS
Written by Daniel Way; Pencils by Paco Medina; Cover by Marte Gracia.

Why it’ll go fast: Marvel cannot seem to print Deadpool comics fast enough as evidenced by this week’s second printing of Deadpool #10. With rumors of the upcoming Deadpool movie circulating, Fox has got to be kicking themselves for screwing the character up so badly in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Nobody could have liked that ending… But I digress; Deadpool and Dark Reign (or at least Deadpool fighting Bullseye) seem to be a winning combination for Marvel and first printings are getting tough to find.

Uncanny X-Men #511

Uncanny X-Men #511

Uncanny X-Men #511


Solicitation: “Sisterhood” Part 4 (of 4). We will let this image speak for itself!

32 PGS
Written by Matt Fraction: Pencils by Greg Land; Cover by Justin Ponsor.

Why it’ll go fast: OK, be warned: I’m going to go all “Soap Opera” for a minute here. Is it just me or are we just starting to get used to seeing Scott with Emma? Yes, I hated it too for a while there but Scott had to move on. What was he supposed to do; wait for a character named “Phoenix” to return from the dead again? Really, I read comics for the action, I swear. Even if Jean Grey doesn’t return in this issue just putting her on the cover will be enough to make this issue sell out instantly. Although Fraction’s X-Men has been great and selling very well. If Marvel was going to bring Jean back I can’t think of a better writer to do it.

Nerdy Question of the Week:

Dick Grayson is Batman; for the time being of course. Nobody stays dead in comics for long. My question is not about Dick, however, but his new sidekick, Damian, the son of Bruce Wayne. There’s been a lot of stink on the web about the new boy wonder. What do you think? Damian Wayne; love him or hate him?

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 below in the “Leave a Reply” section below. Want to know what your comics are worth? Join WorthPoint for free and post your comics 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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