This Week in Geek 4/2

Preview art from Young X Men 1
Cover of Secret Invasion #1
Cover of Action Comics 863

If you’re headed to the comic shop, bring your wallet because this new comics day is a whopper. Everything came out this week and I mean everything! The end of the “Action Comics” Superman Legion tie-in hit today, along with new issues of both “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel”. Did I forget to mention a little Marvel Comics crossover called “Secret Invasion”?

I have been so geeked up about this crossover I’m ready to burst! Of all the days to be called into work. Curse you real life! Arggh! So I pounded out my duties and then BANG! – off to the comic shop and then straight home to discover who has been an alien impostor in the Marvel U and for how long.

So I’m going to take a quick break, read Secret Invasion and then finish this blog. For those of you who want to play along in real-time go make a sandwich and then continue reading.
Be right back…

OK, I’m back after having read “Secret Invasion” #1 and guess what my first pick of the week is?
Secret Invasion #1, Marvel Comics, Written by Brian Bendis and drawn by Leinil Yu.
I have two words to describe the feeling I had after reading this book: awesome and AWESOME! According to Marvel Editor in Chief Joe Quesada, Bendis has been setting up this story for three years now. In short, Skrulls belong to an alien shape-changing race, has infiltrated the Marvel Universe and replaced some of our favorite heroes. The fun lies in the fact that the readers have no idea how long ago the invasion took place. Everything we thought we knew about our favorite heroes could be wrong! This is the perfect comic for the new or returning Marvel comic reader to pick up because after Secret Invasion is over the Marvel U could be a very different place. Marvel also is offering this book with a blank cover so that fans at conventions can have the creators personalize the issue with a sketch or signature. I’m guessing these variants will show up on eBay selling for ridiculous prices as soon as fans can find Leinil Yu.

Action Comics #863, DC, Written by Jeff Johns and drawn by Gary Frank.
Jeff Johns is a geek’s geek. He knows what we want to read and consistently delivers. With that said, Action Comics has never been better than with Johns at the helm and issue #863 is huge! The sixth and final part of the Superman and the Legion of Superheroes lays the groundwork for Johns’ next huge Superman storyline, along with the eagerly awaited James Robinson storyline. This is Superman at his best. If you’re not into this storyline I would argue you don’t like comics…and you might be a jerk.

Young X-men #1, Marvel Comics, Written by Marc Guggenheim and drawn by Yannik Paquette.
In the aftermath of the X-Men Messiah Complex storyline Cyclops has set up a team of young mutants to train as the New X-men. Now, I’m not a huge Guggenheim fan and that’s no secret, but I have a friend who has a theory based on the events of the “Secret Invasion” storyline and, if he’s right, Young X-men #1 could be hugely important. The theory goes like this: Cyclops is a Skrull and he’s created a team of young, impressionable mutants to take out anyone who knows he’s an impostor before they can tell the X-Men. Odds are this is just another attempt at Marvel to squeeze more money out of X-fans, but maybe, just maybe…

Now get to the comic shop as fast as you can! This is it! The New Comic Week to end all New Comic Weeks! Well, at least until next week, I guess. In the meantime feel free to post to the forum topics in the comic books community and tell me what you’re reading/collecting. Also check out my other blog, The Comic Speculator, where I discuss classic yet still affordable back-issue comics. 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.

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