This Week in Geek 5/13/09

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.

startrekcountdown1Apparently, admitting you’ve never read a Star Trek comic after claiming to be a Trekkie is a no-no. Shortly after publishing last week’s blog I suffered e-mail attacks on everything from “Nerd-Status” to my manhood. They were all in good fun of course, except for the tricorder that was thrown through my front window; that was a borderline Trekkie-terrorist action. As it would turn out, my call for good Star Trek comics was answered almost universally. Back in January, when I was screaming about the death of Batman, among other things, IDW launched Star Trek: Countdown, an official prequel to the latest Star Trek film. The title quietly came and went, issue #4 hit the stands in April, and now #1 is selling for $15 and up. So, yeah … I missed that one. The good news is the collected trade-paperback hit shops in April and sold really well, hitting the #9 spot on the Bookscan Top 20 Selling Graphic novels. The bad news is I collect comics, not trade-paperbacks, so it looks like I’m going to be paying upwards of $40 for this series. Oh well, half of collecting is the thrill of the hunt right?

It looks to be another gigantic week for new comics with more than 165 titles on sale. If things keep up like this, I’ll be forced to switch comic shops just so I don’t feel guilty shoplifting. Below is the list of comics I’ll be picking up this Wednesday, May 13. For a complete list of this week’s new comics click here. To find a comic shop near you click here.

Action Comics #877
Azrael: Death’s Dark Knight #3 of 3
Black Panther #4
B.P.R.D.: The Black Goddess #5 of 5
Captain Britain and MI:13 #13
Dark Reign: Hawkeye #2 of 5
Dark Reign: Young Avengers #1 of 5
Green Lantern Corps #36
Guerillas #4 of 8
House of Mystery #13
Oracle #3 of 3
Secret Six #9
Secret Warriors #4
The Umbrella Academy: Dallas #6 of 6
The Unwritten #1
Wolverine #73
X-Factor #43

I’m particularly interested in the new DC/Vertigo offering, The Unwritten. Writer Mike Carey and artist Peter Gross, the same creative team behind Vertigo’s Lucifer (a must read for Vertigo fans), bring us the story of fiction intersecting with history. Click here for more. Also, when you pick up your copy of Wolverine this week, don’t freak out; you didn’t miss an issue. For reasons listed as “personal,” both Millar and artist Steve Mcniven were unable to finish Wolvie #72 on time. So, not wanting to miss an issue of Wolvie, the same month as the “X-Men Origins:Wolvie” movie hit theaters, Marvel is shipping issue #73 two weeks before #72. Apparently, the Marvel Illuminati feel that Wolvie #73 is a better jumping on point for fans of the movie than Millar’s story of Wolvie 50 years from now. Who’s counting, anyway, right? Don’t even ask me about July’s Hulk #600. I’ll get to that next month.

Now let’s take a look at my Speculator Picks of the Week. These are comics that, much like the Star Trek: Countdown series that I didn’t pick and am now searching for, are going to vanish from comic shops only to resurface on the web for prices that rise with the click of a mouse button.

Dark Reign: Young Avengers #1 of 5: Marvel Comics


Solicitation: The Melter; The Executioner; The Enchantress; Egghead; Big Zero and Coat of Arms: they call themselves the Young Avengers, teenage rebels, on the run from the authorities, hated and feared by a world they’ve sworn to protect. Their interests include interspecies romance, modern art and bloody murder. Everything is permitted, and so are they. Until they meet the original Young Avengers. And then their grey areas will come home to roost.

• 32 PGS
• $3.99 US
• MAR092541
Written By Paul Cornell; Pencils by Mark Brooks

Why it’ll go fast: It’s been a while since OC writer Alan Heinberg debuted the Young Avengers and then, sadly, left Marvel comics to make truck-loads of money in Hollywood. But don’t fret, Paul Cornell, writer of the Sci-Fi network’s Doctor Who series and Marvel’s Captain Britain and MI:13, brings us a new story of the your favorite next generation Avengers. Cornell has been doing fantastic work in the Marvel U, as readers of his Cap Britain title will attest. However, as good as he is, Cornell’s comics are not flying off the shelves. Cap Britain sits in the upper 90’s on the top 100 selling comics list each month. I’m guessing this Young Avengers mini could be a big break for Cornell as retailers desperately re-order the comic after low initial orders.

G.I. Joe: Cobra #3: IDW

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Solicitation: “If you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” After months as a mole inside Cobra, Chuckles discovers the truth of these words—and may well pass the point of no return—as he commits what is probably the most shocking act you have ever seen from a Joe.

$3.99 US
Written by Christos Gage and Mike Costa; Pencils by Antonio Fuso; Cover by Howard Chaykin; Variant Cover by Antonio Fuso.

Why it’ll go fast: Welcome back to the “Comics Matt should’ve picked as previous ‘Picks of the Week’ but didn’t.” I can’t say I’m excited for the upcoming G.I. Joe movie, in fact my dismay seems to grow with each new trailer, and this very same dismay seems to have caused me to all but ignore the latest IDW G.I. Joe comics. It seems that despite my close-minded judgments of the movie previews the new Joe comics are pretty good, specifically G.I. Joe: Cobra, the tale of Chuckles and his infiltration of Cobra. That’s right, Chuckles, the guy in the Hawaiian shirt that picked up a missile and threw it in the animated G.I. Joe movie of yore. This title has been slowly gathering steam and selling out very quickly each month. If you haven’t been picking it up, like me, then be prepared to pay top dollar for the back issues.

War of Kings: Ascension #2 of 4


Solicitation: Who are the Raptors? What have they done to Darkhawk? What is their connection to the Shi’Ar and the larger Marvel cosmos? The acclaimed creative team behind NOVA unveils more secrets and revelations about characters that will play key roles in WAR OF KINGS!

• 32 PGS
• $3.99 US
• MAR092592
Written by Andy Lanning and Dan Abnett; Pencils and cover by Wellinton Alves.

Why it’ll go fast: Never in my wildest dreams did I think there would be a time when Darkhawk would be a hot character. I remember pulling Darkhawk and New Warriors comics from the regular back stock and transferring them to the quarter-books at the comic shop where I used to work on a regular basis. Yet, some how, here I am writing about a Darkhawk comic as a hot pick. If you need any more evidence that Abnett and Lanning are comic writing geniuses I don’t know what it could possibly be. Ascension #1 is way out of print and already selling for $6 and up. I expect issue #2 to sell out even faster.

Nerdy Question of the Week:

While looking through my to-read box this week I realized that I had picked up every issue of the latest Buffy the Vampire Slayer series but have yet to read a single one. Ridiculous, I know, but I haven’t finished season seven of Buffy on DVD so how can I start reading season eight? My question is this. Everyone has a pile of something they’ve purchased and haven’t read yet. So, what’s in yours?

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 below in the “Leave a Reply” section below. Want to know what your comics are worth? Join WorthPoint for free and post your comics 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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