This Week in Geek 10/14/09

Wolvie Zombie

Wolvie Zombie

It must be October because the Marvel Zombie Variants are back. All month Marvel will be releasing Zombified variants of several of their regular monthly titles. Most of the Variants seem to be shipping 1:10 so expect to see prices in the $7 to $10 range. The Marvel Zombies aren’t the only monsters on the stands this Wednesday. It’s a great week for comic horror. Between 28 Days Later, The Anchor (BOOM Studios), BPRD, Hellboy (Dark Horse), Blackest Night Batman, House of Mystery Halloween Annual (DC), Angel, Clive Barker’s Seduth, Life Undead (IDW), Astounding Wolf Man, Perhapanauts Halloween Spooktacular, Walking Dead (Image), The Marvel Zombies 4 and the Mephisto VS Hardcovers (Marvel) and We Kill Monsters (Red Five). As I said, a few horror titles this week. One would think it was almost Halloween.

My Stack: Here’s a list of the comics I’ll be picking up this Wednesday, Oct. 14. For a full list of comics shipping this week click here. To find a comic shop near you click here.

Action Comics #882
Adventure Comics #3
The Anchor #1
The Astounding Wolf-Man #19
Batman #691
Blackest Night: Batman #3 of 3
B.P.R.D.: 1947 #4 of 5
Detective Comics Annual #11
DMZ #46
Godland #29
Green Lantern Corps #41
Hellboy: The Wild Hunt #7 of 8
House of Mystery Halloween Annual #1
Incredible Hercules #136
The Marvels Project #3 of 8
Red Robin #5
Secret Six #14
Star Trek Spock Reflections #4
Uncanny X-Men #516
The Unwritten

Thoughts on the stack: I’m not going to lie to you here, Nomad #2 and Web of Spidey #1 may very well end up on my pile. I’m just not sure yet, and I’m buying a crap-load of comics as it is. Twenty comics in one week? That’s ridiculous. And I ain’t no mommy blogger getting my reviewed items for free. No sir, Mr. Federal Trade Commission Officer. I’m paying for every issue. True, I get a discount for working at a comic shop, but it’s that or prostitution. I wonder what Sean McKeever, writer of Nomad, thinks of me considering selling my body to afford his comic. I should Twitter him . . . Anyway; it’s been a while since we’ve seen an issue of Godland and I’m just thrilled it’s not cancelled. Just in time for Halloween comes the House of Mystery Halloween Special, and I’m a fool for holiday specials. Even the crappy Christmas ones. Oh, and Magneto is back this week, too.

Speculator Picks of the Week:

This is the part where the comic swami calls his shot and picks out three titles that could sell out very quickly. Buy them now at cover price or pay twice as much later.

The Anchor #1: Boom Studios

The Anchor

The Anchor

Solicitation: Holy warrior, unholy war. Freak of nature, beast of burden, hulking outcast, medieval prize fighter, Viking raider . . . God’s own leg-breaker. One thousand years ago a hulking outcast sought refuge in the crumbling ruins of an ancient monastery and offered in return the one thing he had to give—his fists. Transformed into an immortal warrior monk standing at the gates of Hell itself to keep our world free from its invading armies, The Anchor is mysteriously tricked into centuries of slumber. But today, this holy warrior rises to battle all the unholy monsters unleashed during his slumber.

Cataclysmic action, quirky humor, and profound pathos for fans of Hellboy and The Goon. A new Boom! ongoing series, brought to you by Eisner Award-nominated writer/artist Phil Hester (Green Arrow, Swamp Thing, The Coffin, Firebreather, The Darkness) and fan-favorite artist Brian Churilla (Rex Mundi, The Engineer, Creepy).

• $3.99 US
• AUG090716
Written by Phil Hester; Art and Cover by Brian Churilla.

Why it’ll go fast: Three reasons; great writer, great story and great artist. Oh, and it’s another well-hyped release from Boom Studios that, like the others before it, will be under-ordered and hard to find as soon as nerds start screaming about this title on the net. Boom has a series of hits on their hands with Irredeemable, The Unknown and next, The Anchor. It’s the Goon meets Hellboy with Hulk-like action. What more could a nerd ask for.

Deadpool: #900: Marvel Comics



Solicitation: Special super-sized, action-packed 104-page special to commemorate Deadpool‘s historic 900th issue! . . . Wait, has it really been 900 issues . . . ? Who cares! If this collection of octane-infused stories by some of comics’ hottest talent doesn’t make you want to genuflect at the Altar of Wade, nothing will. Thrill as the Merc with a Mouth squares off against probe-happy aliens, trigger-happy mimes and one seriously unhappy fanman—and that’s just half the book! Wince as Wade bares his soul (and lots more) to a shrink who’s got major squirrels in his own attic. Thrill as he travels around the globe and then some to settle a childhood bet. And chill as C.S.I. investigators at a blood-splattered crime scene attempt to piece together why this particular “unsub” needed battery cables, Crisco oil, three stacks of adult magazines and a live chicken to pull off the hit.

• 104 PGS
• $4.99 US
• AUG090527
Written by Charlie Huston, Duane Swierczynski, Fred Van Lente, Jason Aaron, Joe Kelly and Victor Gischler; Penciled by Chris Staggs, Dalibor Talijic, Damion Scott, Kyle Baker, Rob Liefeld, Sanford Greeen and Shawn Crystal.

Why it’ll go fast: All things Deadpool seem to flying off the comic shelves. For now. I’m calling my shot here; there’s no way DP can support three titles a month. Come on, even Wolvie only has two. Well not counting Wolvie First Class, which will be cancelled soon. Here’s the deal; $4.99 for a title partially penciled by Rob Liefeild, who created this character, is going to seem like a lot of money so I don’t see retailers ordering as heavily on this as they have been the regular Deadpool series. Five-dollar comics are scary to order, so the thinking will be order light, sell out and re-order. Which will cause the initial sell out followed by the panic for reorders and ultimately higher prices.

Uncanny X-Men #516: Marvel Comics


Uncanny X-Men

Solicitation: Nation X, Part 1 (of 7). He returns.

• 32 PGS
• $2.99 US
• AUG090513
Written by Matt Fraction; Pencils and inks by Greg Land; Cover byJustin Ponsor.

Why it’ll go fast: Magneto is back, Matt Fraction is the hottest writer in comics right now, the Nation X storyline begins here and, Magneto is back. Uncanny X-Men has no trouble selling but this issue, specifically, is going to sell like mad. Because, like I said, Magneto is back. Okay, I admit, this is the “gimme” of the week. You try writing a comic speculation blog every week.

Nerdy Question of the Week

Okay, I read the e-mails, and yes, I forgot a Nerdy Question of the Week for the last couple blogs. Sorry. I blame the booze and procrastination. But without further ado…

This January DC is bringing back eight different series for one more issue as part of the Blackest Night bi-month. I freaked out when I saw James Robinson was doing one more issue of Starman. If you could have any cancelled or ended DC series back, same creative team, same numbering what would it be? This may be a shocking answer to those who know me, but I think I’d pick Aztek.


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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