This Week in Geek 2/11/09

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.

Speculator Picks of the Week: Batman #686

Speculator Picks of the Week: Batman #686

Spring is almost upon us and with it comes convention season. Last weekend was the New York Comic-con, and already convention exclusive variant figures and covers, along with sketches and signed comics from guest artists, are selling on eBay. Personally, I’d love to grab one of the Dark Avengers NYCC exclusives. I love convention season, and if all goes as planned, I’ll be attending Chicago-con this year. If not, then I’ll play along at home watching the comic news-sites as they update with news from each discussion panel and scoop up the exclusives I want on-line. For a complete list of the upcoming comic conventions, click here and start planning your nerdy weekend getaway now.

All convention news aside; let’s not forget that it’s Wednesday and time to take a look at this week’s new comics. Below is my list of comics I’ll be purchasing this Wednesday, Feb. 11. As always, I’d love to hear your feedback on what am or should be collecting. For a complete list of this week’s comics click here. To find a comic shop near you click here.

Action Comics #874
Batman #686
Batman and The Outsiders: Special
B.P.R.D.: The Black Goddess
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Captain Britain and MI:13 #10
DMZ #39
Green Lantern Corps #33
Hellboy: The Wild Hunt #3 of 8
Incognito #2
Nightwing #153
Thor #600
X-Infernus #3 of 4

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.


Batman #686; DC; Written by Neil Gaiman; Art by Andy Kubert; Covers by Andy Kubert (1:50 sketch Variant) and Alex Ross (50/50 variant); 48 pages; $3.99.

“Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?” part 1 of 2!

Solicitation: Best-selling author Neil Gaiman (THE SANDMAN) and superstar artist Andy Kubert (BATMAN, Marvel 1602) join forces for a special 2-part BATMAN event! “Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader” is a captivating and mysterious tale the likes of which Batman and friends have never experienced before. Delving into the realms of life, death and the afterlife, Gaiman leaves no stone unturned as he explores every facet and era of Bruce Wayne’s life.

Why it’ll go fast: Put Neil Gaiman’s name on any comic and it’s an instant sell out. Put Neil Gaiman’s name on a Batman comic that will redefine the Bat-titles in the wake of Bruce Wayne’s death and I’m not sure what will happen. I would guess that this will be one of the highest selling comics of the year. Whether your a fan of Gaiman, Batman, Andy Kubert or all of the above, this will be must read comic-material. By the way, I saw Gaiman’s “Coraline” this weekend and loved it. You will too.


Batman and The Outsiders: Special; DC; Written by Peter J. Tomasi; Art and cover by Adam Kubert; 40 pages; $3.99

Solicitation: Spinning out of “Batman R.I.P.” and DC UNIVERSE: LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT, this special features the birth of a new era for the Outsiders and is a perfect entry point for past and present readers alike. FINAL CRISIS has changed the universe forever, and though Batman may be gone, his legacy must endure. Forces are set in motion that give rise to a new team ready to combat the secret evil that the Outsiders were truly formed for all those years ago. Is Geo-Force the best leader? Or will Black Lightning prove to be a challenger? Plus, the introduction of a never-before-seen character important to the Batman mythos!

Writer Peter J. Tomasi (GREEN LANTERN CORPS, NIGHTWING) is joined by Adam Kubert (DCU: LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT) for this extra-length one-shot spectacular, which is the opening chapter of an epic storyline that will continue within the pages of February’s THE OUTSIDERS #15!

Why it’ll go fast: No one has been reading Batman and the Outsiders since the soap-opera-esque exit of writer Chuck Dixon with issue 10. The title fell from the 41st spot in November to 80th in December on the top 300 selling comics list. Fans are bailing out on this book and for good reason; it’s been fill-in story after directionless fill-in story written by “Mr. Fill-In” himself, Frank Tieri. Until now. Peter Tomasi, one of my favorite new DC writers, reinvigorates the Outsiders with a new direction in the wake of Batman’s death. Don’t expect to see piles of this issue as most store owners aren’t sold on Tomasi’s name to cause a sell-out yet. However, Adam Kubert’s art might just do the trick.

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Thor #600; Marvel Comics; Written by Chris Giarrusso, J. Michael Straczynski and Stan Lee; Art by Chris Giarrusso and Olivier Coipel; Covers By Olivier Coipel, Marko Djurdjevic (50/50 wraparound variant) and Gabriele Dell’Otto (1:20 variant); 104 pages; $4.99

Solicitation: The mighty God of Thunder hits a major milestone! THOR goes back to its classic numbering for this issue 600 mega-event, and even Stan “The Man” Lee joins the party with an all-new story! J. Michael Straczynski and Olivier Coipel bring their widely acclaimed run to a major culmination! And Chris Giarrusso lays down an epic Mini Marvels Thor adventure!

PLUS jaw- dropping wraparound covers by Olivier Coipel and Marko Djurdjevic! Miss this issue?! We say thee NAY!

Why it’ll go fast: Every issue of J.M.S’s Thor has sold out at the printers and fans of the Thunder god agree that these are some of the best Thor stories ever printed. Thor #600 is a big anniversary issue that will bring fans, both old and new, out to the shops. The $4.99 cover price may scare some retailers from ordering big on this issue so get it while you can. Also, the Dell Otto variant looks amazing but could be pretty pricey.

The Indy Book of the Week will return next week.

Nerdy Question of the week:

As a comic collector, have you begun to feel the burn of $3.99 comics, or do you feel the quality and increased page count has made up for the increase in price?

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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