This Week in Geek 6/17/09

Captain America #600

Captain America #600

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.

Ooh, Marvel Comics; it seems you really blew it this week. Not too long ago, Marvel sent out special ordering instructions for Captain America #600, which was going to be such a big event that it would even ship early. The catch was there was no info on the comic made available; just a promise of a media announcement so big that it would send collectors into a fit scrambling for the issue. So the retailers ordered, trusting Marvel to launch a media blitz. There was speculation that the actor playing Steve Rogers in the upcoming Cap movie might be announced.

Well the day came and went. Oh, you mean you didn’t hear the news? Cap #600 shipped this past Monday and the big news, Steve Rogers is coming back from the dead. And who was the national news outlet that broke the story that no one heard? The “New York Daily News” ran the story… Not CNN, not “USA Today.” Heck, Fox News didn’t even try to put a spin on this one. Not to take anything away from the “Daily News”—it’s a fine paper and website—just not the major media source most retailers were hoping for. When all was said and done, piles of Cap #600 showed up at shops on Monday and, for the most part, nobody knew. It was announced that Steve Rogers was coming back from the dead and, for the most part, nobody heard. In reaction to Marvel’s media debacle, writer Robert Kirkman sent out a very humorous press release for the upcoming issue of his comic Invincible. Maybe next time Marvel…

Like most people, I didn’t pick up my Cap #600 on Monday so you’ll be noticing it on my list of comics I’ll be purchasing this Wednesday, June 17, which you will find below. For a complete list of this week’s new comics click here. To find a comic shop near you click here.

Action Comics Annual #12
Batman and the Outsiders #19
Batman: Streets of Gotham #1
Cable #15
Captain America #600
Captain Britain and MI:13 #14
Dark Reign: Fantastic Four #4 of 5
Dark Reign: Hawkeye #3 of 5
Dark Reign: Mister Negative #1 of 3
Dark Reign: Young Avengers #2 of 5
Hellblazer #256
Incognito #4
The Invincible Iron Man #14
Mighty Avengers #26
Punisher #6

Thoughts on the pile: A huge pile indeed! This week is wallet-crushing but I just can’t pass on any of it. Action Comics continues to deliver and the one-two-punch of Rucka and Robinson is exactly what Supes needed. I admit I’ve never read Marc Andreyko’s Manhunter but am looking forward to him and Paul Dini’s Batman: Streets of Gotham (although the title is a bit of a mouthful). Four Dark Reign titles in one week? Yes, I’m a total Marvel slut. They’ve got me. But the writing is excellent; on all of them. Peter Milligan takes over Hellblazer this month and Simon Bisley supplies the cover art; sold! If you’re not reading Remender’s Punisher you are missing out. So yeah, I read a lot of comics. What of it?

Now let’s have a look at my Speculator Picks of the Week. These are titles that could sell out pretty quickly leaving unlucky collectors paying top dollar. Pay attention nerds.

Batman: Streets of Gotham #1: DC

Batman: Streets of Gotham #1

Batman: Streets of Gotham #1

Solicitation: An all-new Batman series by the DETECTIVE COMICS creative team of Paul Dini and Dustin Nguyen!

As a new Batman rises on the streets of Gotham City, the heroes, villains and citizens take notice. How will the police feel about this new Batman, and can he control the crime in Gotham the way the old Batman did?

This new series also features a regular ongoing co-feature starring Manhunter, written by Marc Andreyko and illustrated by Georges Jeanty (Buffy Season 8)! Kate Spencer lost a friend during the chaos of BATTLE FOR THE COWL, and now she wants payback. As usual, she’ll use any means necessary to get it!

40 PGS
$3.99 US
Written by Paul Dini and Marc Andreyko; Pencils by Dustin Nguyen and Georges Jeanty.

Why it’ll go fast: I’m pumped for this one. Paul Dini’s Batman is always fun but add a Manhunter back-up by Marc Andreyko and this comic irresistible. I’m predicting Street’s of Gotham #1 outsells Dini’s Detective Comics by a solid margin. I mention Detective Comics because most retailers will be using their numbers on Detective to gauge how to order this title. The $3.99 price tag could make retailers a bit squeamish when ordering as well. Especially with all the special-event comics coming from Marvel this summer eating up DC sales.

G.I. Joe: Cobra #4: IDW

G.I. Joe: Cobra #4

G.I. Joe: Cobra #4

Solicitation: The shattering conclusion!

Chuckles has sacrificed everything to get into a position where he can bring Cobra down from within. Now that he’s finally there, will he succeed in destroying Cobra… or himself?

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

Why it’ll go fast: G.I. Joe: Cobra is being called the best Joe comic ever written by guys who have read G.I. Joe Comics from day one. This series was underestimated since issue one and has been selling out every month. EBay is finally starting to see back issues, but they are not selling cheap. I’m even kicking myself for not reading this series and, to be honest, I can’t remember the last time I read a G.I. Joe comic.

War of Kings: Ascension #3 of 4

War of Kings: Ascension #3 of 4

War of Kings: Ascension #3 of 4

Solicitation: A WAR OF KINGS TIE-IN! The true purpose of Darkhawk… finally revealed! But is this sinister secret more than Chris Powell—or the entire galaxy—can take? Can he rise to greatness, or will this crushing weight pull Darkhawk down into the abyss? It’s shocks aplenty from the storyline. calls it “…an angst-filled adventure that will have repercussions for months to come”! Rated T.

32 PGS
$3.99 US
Written by Andy Lanning and Dan Abnett; Pencils by Wellinton Alves; Cover by Guru-efx.

Why it’ll go fast: I can’t tell you how much it blows my mind that I’m talking about the popularity of comic that stars Darkhawk, which just goes to show how good Abnett and Lanning really are. War of Kings is another cosmic hit for Marvel, and Ascension seems to be the most under-ordered of the tie-ins. Most retailers have given up on Ascension after not being able to re-order sold out issues of #1 and #2, so don’t expect to see piles of issue #3.

Nerdy Question of the Week:

Who made a special trip to their comic shop this past Monday to pick up Cap #600? If you did make the trip, how did you find out the comic was shipping early?

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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