This Week in Geek 7/02/09

Captain America Reborn #1

Captain America Reborn #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. Also, feel free to post your comments in the new “comments” section below.

As you may have heard, although the news was nowhere near as big as Marvel would’ve hoped, Steve Rogers—the original Captain America—is returning to the Marvel Universe. Just in time for the Fourth of July. Captain America Reborn #1 ships this Wednesday and like most heroes’ returns, the fans are split on the issue. One camp says that Steve is better off as a legend and his old partner, Bucky Barnes, has been doing just fine as Cap in his absence. Coincidentally, Bucky also returned from the dead two years ago. The other camp has been waiting for Steve’s return since he was shot dead in Captain America #25 (2007). One thing is for certain, controversy translates to sales and members of both camps will be picking up this storyline. As for me, I’m still not sure where I stand on Rogers’ return. I trust Cap-writer Ed Brubaker and am sure the story will be great, but I have to admit, I was just really starting to like Bucky as Cap. Welcome back Steve.

Below you’ll find my list of comics I’ll be picking up this Wednesday, July 1. Thankfully, this week is a relatively light one compared to last week’s new comic avalanche. For a complete list of this week’s new comics click here. To find a comic shop near you click here.

Agents of Atlas #7
The Astounding Wolf-Man #17
Batman and Robin #2
Buffy the Vampire Slayer #26
Cable #16
Captain America Reborn #1 of 5
Fantastic Four #568
Greek Street #1
Green Lantern Corps #38
The Invincible Iron Man #15
Justice League: Cry For Justice #1 of 6
Secret Six #11
Uncanny X-Men #513
War of Kings #5 of 6
Witchfinder: In The Service of Angels
#1 of 5

Thought’s on the Pile: I have a confession to make. I have every issue of the latest Buffy series and have not read one of them yet. Embarrassing, I know. I still haven’t finished Buffy Season 7 so I can’t start season 8. Makes sense right? Cap Reborn is a must have. I trust Ed Brubaker implicitly and, this may start a fight, maybe it’s time for Steve to come back. Also congrats to Ed on his Harvey Nomination for best writer for his work on Cap. Greek Street is a new Vertigo title by Peter Milligan, who I used to love but hasn’t impressed me for quite a while. I’m always willing to give him a chance. James Robinson was named the new writer on JLA last recently and now we get to see what he can do with Cry for Justice. Too bad it seems to spin out of Final Crisis which I had more than enough of a year ago. I’m excited for Witchfinder. Mike Mignola writes the adventures of Hellboy’s Victorian predecessor. Count me in.

Now let’s talk speculation.

Here are my Speculator picks of the Week. These are comics that could sell out very quickly sending collector’s scurrying to the internet to pay ridiculous prices. Pay attention nerds!

Captain America Reborn #1 of 5: Marvel Comics

Captain America Reborn #1 Ross cover

Captain America Reborn #1 Ross cover

Captain America Reborn #1 Cassaday variant

Capt. America Reborn #1 Cassaday variant

Solicitation: Following the events of Captain America #600, Steve Rogers’ closest friends and allies may have found a way to bring back the original Captain America. Or is what they found something more sinister? The Red Skull’s greatest plan to destroy Captain America has been in motion and its completion is almost at hand. Will Captain America be lost forever or will he be REBORN?

40 PGS
$3.99 US
Written by Ed Brubaker; Pencils by Bryan Hitch; Cover by Alex Ross and Bryan Hitch; Variant covers by John Cassaday and Joe Quesada.

Why it’ll go fast: Specifically, the 1:25 John Cassiday variant. It’s amazing and I’m not just saying that because I have a deep and unhealthy love of Cassiday’s art. The 1:50 and 1:70 variants will be priced right out of most collectors’ reach. But the 1:25 will be affordable and irresistible. I need this one.

Chew #2: Image Comics

Chew #2

Chew #2

Solicitation: It’s Tony Chu’s first day on the job as a federal agent for the FDA, the most powerful law-enforcement agency on the planet. He’s got a new partner who thinks he knows everything, a boss who hates his guts for no good reason, and his first order of business is to eat a decomposing finger found in a fast food cheeseburger. By the end of the day, Tony will ingest rancid sushi, face Yakuza assassins and meet the girl of his dreams. It’s all in a day’s work for Tony Chu, in the latest chapter of “Chew,” a deliciously unsettling new comic about cops, crooks, cooks, cannibals and clairvoyants.

RETAILER WARNING: May not be suitable for all ages.
32 PGS
$2.99 US
Written by John Layman; Pencils and cover by Rob Guillory.

Why it’ll go fast: Chew #1 was a freak occurrence. The comic sold out instantly and was selling for more than $50 online in less than a week. SO what happens when Chew #2 hits the stands? Even if retailers ordered twice as heavy on Chew #2 it’s still going to sell out. Most retailers might not have even noticed the ruckus on the net caused by Chew. Is Chew #2 going to hit $50-plus, probably not. But I’d expect it to fetch at least $20 in upcoming weeks.

Greek Street #1: DC Vertigo

Greek Street

Greek Street

Solicitation: You’re a boy from the hood. You’re brought up rough in a children’s home, trying to stay out of trouble but usually failing. Then at 18 you decide to track down your mother. Within hours of finding her, she’s lying naked and dead at your feet. So you run to Greek Street.

And that’s when your troubles really begin…

Boasting a cast of sexy strippers, murderous gangsters, body-snatching mad women and a disturbed young girl who can see the future, Greek Street is Peter Milligan’s reimagining of those brutal and visceral tragedies that graced the Theater of Dionysus in Ancient Greece—bloody tales about incest, homicide, beautiful oracles, all-knowing choruses, kings, monsters and gods—played out on the mean streets of modern-day Red-Light London.

Milligan—best known for his super-smart Vertigo work like Shade The Changing Man, Human Target and now Hellblazer—joins forces with illustrator Davide Gianfelice (Northlanders) to create an epic ongoing series that’s both familiar yet completely new and always with the bloody, visceral edge that makes it a Vertigo book. Take a trip to Greek Street where the old stories are not through with us yet.

40 PGS
$1.00 US
Written by Peter Milligan; Pencils by Davide Gianfelice; Cover by Kako.

Why it’ll go fast: Even with a $1 cover price, Unwritten #1, the last new series from Vertigo, still sold out very quickly. I love the $1 cover price on issue #1 idea. Greek Street is a title I might have passed on otherwise. Most comic readers will be more than happy to try a comic for $1 and, if the story delivers, will come back for more. In a time of regular issues selling for $3.99 the $1 price tag is a welcome sight. Regardless of the price, retailers may not order very high on this one. The aforementioned Unwritten #1 checked in at #72 on May’s top 300 ordered comics and I would expect Greek Street to be ordered on the same level.

Nerdy Question of the Week:

To Steve or not to Steve? Captain America is coming back, or so it seems, and like I said the fans seem to be split straight down the middle on the subject. So where do you stand and why? Let’s have a good old fashioned comic donnybrook!

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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