This Week in Geek 5/7/09

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.


Star Trek: Gold Key

Like all the other nerds I had to go see “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” last weekend and paid my part of the $87-million it pulled in at the box office. I can’t say I was thrilled with what I saw but, to my delight, most of the kids that were leaving the theater loved it. While it wasn’t the origin of Wolvie I would’ve liked to see, if the film brings kids to comics to learn more about their favorite clawed X-Man then it was a success. Not a good movie by any stretch of the imagination, but probably good for comics. Now “Star Trek,” on the other hand, is currently at 100% fresh on the review scale and I couldn’t be more excited. Which got me to thinking. Actually, a conversation at a bar with a friend got me to thinking. Why is it that I have loved Wolverine and X-Men comics for as long as I remember but am disappointed with the movies, whereas just the opposite is true with Star Trek (I even liked “Star Trek 5”). Quite honestly, I don’t know that I’ve ever read a Star Trek comic. There’s a ton of them out there and I have friends that enjoy Star Trek comics; I’ve just never had the urge to pick one up. Am I missing anything? Let me know Trekkie-comic fans. As a Star Trek comic novice, where should I start? Post your responses below.

It looks like another light week for new comics, thankfully. With summer here get ready for crossover madness because it’s coming. Dark Reign is already in full swing over at Marvel, but don’t forget about DC’s Blackest Night Green Lantern event starting in July. That’s right wallet, get ready for the old one-two punch of simultaneous company crossovers. Time to get a fourth job I guess. Below is a list of comics I’ll be picking up this Wednesday, May 5. For a complete list of this week’s new comics click here. To find a comic shop near you click here.

Agents of Atlas #4
Batman: Battle For The Cowl: The Network
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Cable #14
The Flash: Rebirth #2 of 5
The Invincible Iron Man #13
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century #1 of 3: 1910
Marvel Zombies 4 #2 of 4
New Mutants #1
Power Girl #1
War of Kings #3 of 6

Not a heavy week, but a good one. The Battle for the Cowl stuff has been fun, however, I would argue the best parts of the story have been in the one-shots. This weeks, The Network, is written by Fabian Nicezia, who has found his stride with this latest Bat-event. Check out his Azreal if you haven’t already. While I love the character of Power Girl, I’m giving her title exactly one issue to wow me. With the same creative team as the Terra miniseries, that went nowhere, sold very little and only kept my attention for an issue and-a-half, I can’t say I have high hopes for Power Girl. Marvel’s War of Kings, on the other hand, has been everything I had hoped. If you’ve got a hankerin’ for good cosmic fun this title is for you. Also, if you missed Viking #1 from Image two weeks ago, a second printing is shipping this week. I can’t recommend Viking enough; pick up a copy and you’ll see why.

Now here’s a look at my Speculator Picks of the Week. These are comics that are going to sell-out quick and send the uninformed hunting and paying too much for them very soon:

Cable #14: Marvel

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Solicitation: “X-FORCE/CABLE: MESSIAH WAR,” PART 4. The sequel to 2007’s MESSIAH COMPLEX continues here! “Messiah War,” the much-anticipated sequel to “Messiah CompleX,” continues here! For the first time, Cable’s been separated from the girl he’s sworn to raise and protect — Hope, the so-called “Mutant Messiah”—and now she’s in the hands of his greatest enemy! Meanwhile, X-Force, sent by Cyclops on a desperate rescue mission to the deep future, scrambles to find their way out of a trap that will kill them in matter of hours. And if that’s not enough, an old—some might say ancient—enemy of the X-Men has reared his ugly head one last time… Rated T+ …$2.99

32 PGS
$2.99 US
Written by Duane Swierczynski; Art and Cover by Airel Olivetti; 50/50 Variant Cover by Karre Andrews.

Why it’ll go fast: After months of disappointing sales, Cable is flying off the shelves faster than retailers and re-order the title due to the huge success of the Messiah War crossover. A second printing of Cable 13 also ships this week if you’re looking to catch up on the story but if your a collector, get ready to shell out at least $5 for a first print. Cable #14 should sell out just as fast due to the fact that retailers haven’t had a chance to readjust their orders yet. If you’re not reading the Messiah War crossover and you love a good X-story, then you’re missing out. Watch for the Cable tie-ins to be the hard to find issues when Messiah War concludes.

Deadpool #10: Marvel


Solicitation: “BULLSEYE,” PART 1 OF 3. Norman Osborn is through playing around with Deadpool—it’s time to send in the big guns. The big, crazy guns that never, ever miss. He may be wearing a new costume, but he’s still the same ol’ psychopath…

• 32 PGS
• $2.99 US
• MAR092549
Written By Daniel Way; Pencils by Paco Medina; Cover by Jason Pearson

Why it’ll go fast: Since the “Magnum Opus” crossover with the Thunderbolts began, Deadpool has made huge jumps in sales (from the 34th spot in Feb to the 26th in March) and when the April sales figures settle I wouldn’t be surprised to see this title in the top 20. Retailers can’t order enough of the comic and now that the crossover is done some will cut their orders on DP back, which will be a mistake. In this issue its Deadpool vs Bullseye, truly a mighty-Marvel-slugfest if ever there’s been one. Like the past few issues I wouldn’t be shocked to see DP #10 sent to second printing very quickly.

New Mutants #1: Marvel

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new-mutants-1-coverSolicitation: They’re back together again! Cannonball, Dani Moonstar, Karma, Sunspot, Magma and Magik have been gathered once more, but can they stand against one of the most powerful X-Villains of all time? Legion is back, and the villain that thrust us into the Age of Apocalypse is scarier than ever. But what does he want with the New Mutants? Zeb Wells (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN) and Diogenes Neves (X-MEN: WORLDS APART) bring your favorite teen heroes into adulthood. Don’t miss it!

Written by Zeb Wells; Pencils by Diogenes Neves; Covers by Adam Kubert, Alex Ross, Bob Mcleod, and Benjamin (apparently he’s like Sting and only needs one name).

Why it’ll go fast: Maybe I’m revealing my age here but I unabashedly love the New Mutants and have been screaming for a title to bring them back into the Marvel U for years now. Zeb Wells has been doing great work on the current Dark Reign: Elektra mini-series and I’m excited to see what he does with the first group of young X-Men since the original team. I can’t see retailers ordering huge on this title however. Maybe I’m wrong, and for the sake of the title itself I hope I am, but I’d be shocked to see piles of issue #1 of the latest New Mutants title. After all, the last issue of New Mutants volume 1 was published in 1991 and starred none of the original characters. Forget the variant covers; I’m guessing all the copies of this title are going to be tough to find a month from now. That is, if everyone still loves the New Mutants as much as I still do.

Indy Comic of the Week:

Monologues For Calculating The Density of Black Holes: Fantagraphics, Anders Nilsen

Solicitation: Monologues for Calculating the Density of Black Holes takes up where the artist’s first volume, “Monologues for the Coming Plague,” left off. Like Coming Plague, Density of Black Holes is a creatively experimental laboratory, comprising a collection of free flowing stream-of-consciousness gags, strips, and drawings that slowly coalesce into an unexpectedly compelling and complex narrative. The hints of story that came together in Coming Plague are extrapolated and expanded upon and grow to incorporate some of Nilsen’s other outré strips from the anthology MOME, two of which are reprinted here in expanded form. The book is an audacious investigation into the rhythms of storytelling, the blurring of media, and an exercise in reconciling contrasts. It is playful, provocative and serious all at once—another tour de force by Anders Nilsen, impeccably and uniquely designed, in monochrome and full color.

• $22.99 US
• OCT084162

Why you should care:

“The only famous artworks that fascinate like Nilsen’s stream-of- consciousness, existential farces are Samuel Beckett’s absurdist comedies.” — Booklist

“… [Nilsen’s] name [is] one that readers can rely on for work that is not only good but also meaningful. His latest book from Fantagraphics, Monologues for Calculating the Density of Black Holes, proves that the artist’s reputation is well deserved… Monologues for Calculating the Density of Black Holes is definitely one of the more rewarding reading experiences of this very young year.” — Anthem

Stream of consciousness existential farces! Sounds like great drunk reading to me. Count me in!

Nerdy Question of the Week:

Earlier I wrote about how I had never read a Star Trek comic but loved the franchise. What nerd franchise do you love but have never felt the need to read a comic version thereof? Don’t waste your time on Robocop. Trust me.

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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