This Week in Geek 4/9

Cover of Titans #1
Cover of Serenity #2
Cover of Nova #12

Happy new comics day, Y’all! It’s Wednesday and once again, guess who got called into work. That’s right,ME! Uggh! So here I am sitting in my own filth after racing from work to the comic shop and then home as fast as possible just to tell you guys what comics you can’t live without this week.

It was yet another big week for new comics with the latest issues of “Abe Sapian” and “B.P.R.D.”, “JSA”, “Scud”, “The Goon” and many other great titles hitting the stands. But before we get down to the nitty-gritty let’s talk College Basketball.

Monday night Kansas won the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship in a breathtaking overtime victory after coming back from a nine point deficit in the last two minutes of the second half. Easily one of the best college basketball championships I’ve ever watched.

I’m also happy to report that my masculinity remains intact after beating my lovely girlfriend by one point in our March Madness Bracket Challenge. It’s not a huge victory, but it counts. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, darling!

Now let’s talk comics!

Nova #12, Marvel Comics, Written By Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning and drawn by Paul Pelletier. “Nova” is currently the best Marvel space-hero title being published and, arguably, could be the best they’ve ever done. How am I qualified to make this call, you might ask? Well, I might not be, but I can say that before this series I have never given a poop about the character of Nova. After reading the first “Annihilation” storyline and the first story-arc on this latest “Nova” series, I can’t get enough of him. Not to mention last month one of my favorite New Mutants members, Warlock, popped up in the pages of Nova. It’s like writers know me or someone close to me who loves me enough to say “Hey Dan & Andy, I know this guy that would lose his mind if you brought Warlock back.” I love Nova and if for some reason it gets canceled I’ll personally be handing out bloody noses to anybody that wasn’t reading it. Nova is top-notch superhero-sci-fi that will certainly be regarded as such for years to come.

Serenity #2, Dark Horse, Written by Joss Whedon and Brett Mathews and drawn by Will Conrad. Firefly, the sci-fi-western TV series that Fox couldn’t kill, is back in the pages of “Serenity.” Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon brings us another fantastic story of the crew of the Firefly-class ship Serenity in this three-issue-series titled “Better Days”. If you loved Firefly as much as I did you will gush over this comic. If you haven’t seen Firefly, put it in your Netflix cue, buy it from a big-box store, or beat up a nerd and take their DVD
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set of the complete series. You won’t regret it. The last “Serenity” comics series, Those Left Behind (Dark Horse 2005), sold out very quickly and is nearly impossible to find today.

Titans #1, DC, Written By Judd Winick and drawn by Ian Churchill Whether you love him or hate him one thing is for certain, nobody causes more comic-message-board fights than Judd Winick. Nerds from both camps will have plenty to scream about this week as DC reunites the the 80’s Teen Titan’s team in their new series Titan’s with the controversial Winick at the comic’s helm. I personally love Winick’s storytelling and, being a huge Fan of the characters of Nightwing and Wally West as the Flash, have been looking forward to “Titans” for months now. Be warned, if you’re only in it for Churchill’s artwork you should know he’s being replaced by Joe Benitez with issue #2.

Well that’s all for now. If you need me I’ll be reading comics and digging out of the April snowstorm that’s being predicted for Friday. Curse you El Nino!

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