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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  • Legend Comics Omaha


    BOOOOOOOOOO-URNS to KU!! Rock chalk this!! Besides it’s baseball season and Alfonso Soriano is KILLING my fantasy team.

    So. Titans #1 by Winick and Churchill. As you know, I am FAR from a Winick-basher. I love his Green Arrow/Black Canary and I enjoyed his much-reviled Batman run.

    Having said that….

    Titans #1 was TERRIBLE!!! Churchill’s awful art didn’t help (Benitez is even worse, so no relief there-Hey Joe, all superheroes don’t need to look like they are on the juice, ya know? See John Stewart in his JLA issues for reference). I am one of the biggest Wolfman/Perez Teen Titan’s fan you’ll ever meet (second only to our friend and my employee Big Mike, who wants to marry Dick Grayson. Me, I’m a Donna Troy kinda guy) and this is a flat-out travishamockery of a comic. I did like the idea of Trigon bringing the team back together. He was arguably the greatest threat the New Teen Titans ever faced so it seemed appropriate. What didn’t I like? Everything else!

    Nova was AWESOME!!!!!
    Talk about an emotional yo-yo…I was all “aaaawwwww” and then I was all “YESSSSSSS”!!!

    Self likes!!!!

    I join Matt in threatening your nose’s well being if you aren’t reading Nova. Put down the mediocre comics and start reading this and Annihilation:Conquest.

    OK, late.

  • zogwretch

    I say nova is one of the worst books out there right now, if not the worst! I invite your fistacuffs my dear friends.
    Maybe if you have time to remove your oversized heads from one another rectums we may see who will have the bloddy noses.

    your pal always!

  • Legend Comics Omaha

    Wa chu talkin bout Willis?

  • veegee77

    The original New Teen Titans by Marv Wolfman & George Perez is one of my series of all time. Perez is my favorite artists and Nightwing is my favorite character. So, I had very high expectations for this book. Unfortunately, it appears that you can’t go home again. Let me preface that I plan to continue to read this book because one issue isn’t enough. I do have to agree that the art was horrible. It might have been fine in the mid-90’s but not now. I generally like Judd Winick’s work and would like to believe his self-reported reverence for the source material. However, I do not trust Dan Didio as far as I can throw him. If this book ultimately fails I will place responsibility on him.

    Oh and…NOVA rocks!!!!

  • Matt Baum

    First things first. Titan’s #1 was not great by any stretch of the imagination and hearing that Joe Benitez is next up to bat on art duties does not leave me hopeful. However, this is only issue #1 and I’m willing to give Winick a chance. Yes the art sucked and may be getting worse for the time being but I did like the overall feel of the book, other than Raven being a generic-black-fingernail-polish-wearing-emo-high-school student. They have three issues before I give up altogether. Then I’m all for beating the hell out of Dan DiDio. This issue felt a little forced and very light on content other than ;
    Page one, character saying something witty, Page two MONSTER.
    Page Three, character naked but with naughty bits cleverly covered, Page four Monster.

    Come on Judd Winick, I believe in you and need you to make Wally West great again after his lackluster return.


  • Matt Baum

    I stand by Nova and accept your challenge Zogwretch. You name the comic shop and I’ll meet you in the parking lot. I’ll be the shirtless guy slapping his fists and screaming like Hack-Saw Jim Dugan.



  • veegee77

    I’ve got to admit, Nova is a fantastic book. The writers, Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (affectionately known as DnA)have been around for awhile and I have usually enjoyed their work. A few examples include: Resurrection Man (DC); Legion Lost (DC); The Legion (DC); Majestic (Wildstorm)and Annhilation (Marvel)were all very solid, entertaining reads. The upcoming Annhilation/Nova spin-off Guardians of the Galaxy should be outer space storytelling at its finest. Their Legion work in particular holds a strong place in my heart. While I love Mark Waid, the shift from DnA’s Legion to Mr. Waid’s Legion felt very jarring and horribly unnecessary. I have recently purged my collection of Mark Waid’s Legion but have no intent on getting rid of DnA’s run. It is a shame DC Comics (yes, Dan Didio again) “traded” Dan and Andy to Marvel for Jim Starlin. No disrespect to Mr. Starlin but I would have been way more excited to see DnA refresh DC’s cosmic characters than the current plan by Mr. Starlin and 90’s art sensation Ron Lim.

    –Just my opinion

  • zogwretch

    Mr. baum, sounds like this LEGEND COMICS may be a nice meeting place. you bring the chairs and i’ll bring the barbwire. after that your girlfriend wont be the only one to have slapped the manhood right outta your mouth.


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