This Week in Geek 5/21

Cover of Mighty Avengers #14
Cover of Casey Blue #1
Cover of Dresden Files #2

OK, I don’t want to brag here folks but it seems as if Matt has been on a roll lately. Last week I went three-for-three with all of my picks of the week selling out. According to Batman #676, Guardians #1 and Cap Britain #1 all sold out before the weekend hit and Cap #1 is already selling for upwards of $5.00 online. Not bad if I do say so myself. I feel like one of those annoying AM radio sports bookie commercials already. Can bets be placed on comic sales? Anyway, enough tooting of my own horn. Lets talk new comics.

Dresden Files #2, Dable Brothers, Written by Jim Butcher and drawn by Adrian Syaif
While fans are mourning the Sci-Fi Networks cancellation of the Dresden Files (apparently there was a letter writing campaign and a virtual sit-in planned, I don’t even know what that means but Man does it sound nerdy) the comics starring the magick detective have been selling out at the stands. Dresden Files #1 was vastly under-ordered by retailers and is already selling for more than $20 online. What’s the only comic that will be less ordered than Dresden Files #1, why issue #2 of course. I told you guys to check it out but you didn’t listen and now it’s going to cost ya! If you can find Dresden #1 for less than $20.00 pick it up along with issue #2, you won’t regret it.

Casey Blue: Beyond Tomorrow #1, Wildstorm, Written by B. Clay Moore and drawn by Carlo Barberi and Drew Geraci
Even a broken watch is correct twice a day and Wildstorm proves it this week with Casey Blue. Why should you care after the disaster that was the last year’s failed Wildstorm relaunch followed by the no-name replacement writers that lowered the storytelling bar back down to the level of the pathetic mid 90’s “Stormwatch” run before Warren Ellis pulled the companies collective fat out of the fryer? Mainly because Casey Blue has nothing to do with the other crap Wildstorm is publishing. Indy comics phenom B. Clay Moore of “Hawaiian Dick” fame bring us this new series about a high-school student that finds out she may be the savior of humanity after murdering someone with her bare hands. If you can get past the typical Wildstorm-school-of-J. Scott Campbell-penciling by Barberi and Geraci there is actually a pretty good story here. With Wildstorm’s sales in the toilet right now you can bet that Casey Blue saw very low initial orders by retailers. Pick it up while you can find it yo!

Mighty Avengers #14, Marvel Comics, Written by Brian Bendis and drawn by Koi Pham
Secret Invasion is a hit and it seems all Marvel has to do to insure a comic sell-out is print Secret Invasion on the cover. So far every S.I. Tie-in has sold out at the presses and for good reason. Every issue has as of yet been great. I love it. I’m in. Marvel, you got me right where you want me and I’m not alone. According to Comic Book Resources April report on estimated Comic Sales Marvel swallowed a whopping 49% percent of sales mainly fuled by Secret Invasion and it’s tie-ins. This crossover is for real folks and will be selling out of back issue bins for ridiculous prices for years to come.

DC is going to have to bring some serious storytelling firepower to the table with their upcoming Final Crisis event and recent news of a fill in artist by issue #4 certainly isn’t going to help their sales. Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited for Final Crisis but after their last major Crisis crossover I find this myself going into the current one cautiously and with a noticeably empty wallet after picking up all the Secret Invasion tie-ins. It’s time for DC Editor-In-Chief Dan DiDio to put his money where his mouth is or leave the world’s greatest heroes to someone more capable. This is your last chance Dan and make no mistake if Final Crisis doesn’t live up to the hype we’re blaming you. Grant Morrison and J.G. Jones have proven themselves to be talent of the first-order time and time again. What have you done lately?

Until next week 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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