This Week in Geek 6/24/09

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.

Chew #1

Chew #1

Two weeks ago Image comics put out a new limited series called Chew about a cop with the ability to divine the cause of death of a victim by eating part of them. I know, only in comic books. The idea was just weird enough to strike a chord with readers and the issue sold out from most shops before Friday. Two weeks later, Chew #1 is selling for $50 on eBay and a copy that CGC graded at 9.8 is currently sitting at $152. Now, I’m not going to brag and say I thought about picking this one as a Speculator Pick. Nobody did. But Chew is a perfect example of something I’ve been talking about in this blog since day one: The Instant Collectable. Chew #1 is two weeks old, and because of reader interest and internet buzz, it’s selling for more than the majority of silver-age comics on the internet right now. It doesn’t happen every week, but it is happening right now. As for me, I did think about it, I swear. Regardless, I’ve been so broke as of late that I passed on Chew #1. Lesson learned. Stop saving for wedding and start buying comics!

Here’s my list of comics I’ll be picking up on my birthday, that’s right I’m 30 (for the fourth time), Wednesday, June 24. For a complete list of this week’s new comics click here. To find a comic shop near you click here.

Amazing Spider-Man #598
Avengers: The Initiative #25
Daredevil #119
Dark Avengers #6
Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia
Dark Reign: Elektra #4 of 5
Dark Reign: The Hood #2 of 5
Dark Reign: Zodiac #1 of 3
Dark Wolverine #75
Detective Comics #854
Green Lantern #42
Guardians Of The Galaxy #15
Immortal Iron Fist #27
Incredible Hercules #130
Justice Society Of America #28
New Avengers #54
Nova #26
Predator #1 of 4
Secret Warriors #5
Superman #689
Thor #602
Thunderbolts #133
Uncanny X-Men #512
Viking #2
Wolverine: Weapon X #3
X-Factor #46

Thoughts on the pile: While typing this list it was pointed out to me, by my lovely fiancée, that I’m buying a ridiculous amount of comics this week. She’s right. This is a huge pile, but I honestly don’t know what I could cut. Any suggestions? I know what you’re thinking; “Cut down on the Dark Reign titles, dark dork,” and you’re right. I don’t need them all but some of them have been a lot of fun; Elektra and the Hood for example. As for Dark Wolvie, we’ll see; I’m not a huge Daniel Way fan. It kills me that this is the last issue of Iron Fist for the foreseeable future. Some how Moon Knight has a new series announced at last weekend’s Heroes-Con in N.C. but still no word on Iron Fist’s future. What kind of world is this? I thought John Arcudi’s Aliens showed a lot of promise and am looking forward to Predator #1. It feels like a year since we’ve had a new issue of Thor, but just as I begin to swear off JMS for being late he hits us with another amazing issue. I’m not sure what to think of Wolvie: Weapon X just yet. What do you guys think? Is this the title that will replace Wolverine while Dokken, sorry, Daken takes the helm on Dark Wolvie? This pile could be thinning out quite a bit in weeks to come.

Ok, here’s my Speculator Picks for the Week. As you know, if you’ve been reading weekly, I can’t call them all but these titles could be pretty hard to find in the weeks to come.

Berserker #1 (Cover a Keown) 4 Other Editions

Berserker #1

Berserker #1

Solicitation: A brutal new series produced by Heroes star Milo Ventimiglia and DiVide Pictures! The lives of Aaron and Farris, two young and completely different men, are turned upside down when they discover an animalistic and uncontrollable rage living inside them. Meanwhile, two mysterious organizations seek them out for their newfound strength and power for their own purposes. But what good is strength and power when you can’t tell friend from foe?

From Friday Night Lights screenwriter Rick Loverd and artist Jeremy Haun (Chuck, Leading Man) comes a raw, bloody series in the spirit of Wanted! Featuring variant covers by series artist Jeremy Haun and Dale Keown (The Darkness/Pitt).

32 PGS
$2.99 US
Written by Rick Loverd; Pencils by Jeremy Haun; Cover by Dale Keown; Variant Cover by Jeremy Haun.

Why it’ll go fast: Put a Dale Keown cover on any comic and it’ll sell well. Call it fan loyalty I guess. Plenty of companies have tried the “Hollywood” writer shtick and found that it doesn’t always work. Even Stephen Baldwin had a comic not to long ago. Loverd, however, is the screenwriter for the critically acclaimed Friday Night Lights (admittedly, not a show I watch but I’ve been told by trustworthy sources I should). A show with a good following, which may show up at comic shops today looking for this title; or not. It’s always a gamble folks.

Detective Comics #854: DC

Detective Comics #854

Detective Comics #854

Solicitation: “Elegy” part 1 of 4! A new era in the history of DETECTIVE COMICS begins as Batwoman is unleashed on Gotham City! Marked by the blood-red bat, Kate Kane is a soldier fighting her own private war—one that began years ago and haunts her every waking moment. With a script by Greg Rucka and breath-taking art by JH Williams III, you’ve never seen anything like this!

Featuring the debut of a new co-feature starring The Question written by Rucka! Odds against you? Alone and nowhere to turn? Willing to fight, but you don’t know how? When you’re searching everywhere for an answer, sometimes all you need to do is ask the right Question. Renee Montoya again dons the faceless mask to help those in need, all the while searching for her own answers in this new adventure with art by Cully Hamner (BLUE BEETLE).

$3.99 US
Written by Greg Rucka; Pencils by Cully Hamner and JH Williams III; Cover by JH Williams; 1:10 Variant Cover by J.G. Jones.

Why it’ll go fast: Greg Rucka writing Batwoman and the Question with art by Willams and Hamner should be enough. However, as we’ve seen of late, Rucka’s Superman hasn’t exactly been flying off the shelves. I’m guessing most retailers will look at their Action Comics sales and the fact that Batman is NOT starring in Detective for the time being and order very cautiously on this title. Which will be a mistake, Rucka has been waiting more than a year to really introduce us to Batwoman and with JH Williams penciling it should be excellent. Plus, Detective ships with another beautiful variant cover by J.G. Jones.

Predator #1 of 4: Dark Horse

Predator #1 of 4

Predator #1 of 4

Solicitation: The world’s attention is focused painfully on a brutal third world Civil War, a merciless sectarian conflict sparing neither soldier nor civilian, grandmother nor child. But amidst the terror and carnage, where great nations and powerful interests jockey for position and advantage, another blood feud rages in the shadows; one no more humane but decidedly less human. Two warring tribes from the stars have chosen Earth’s killing fields as their arena, with each clan sworn to eradicate the other … and all who stand between them. Each is the other’s prey, each the other’s Predator.

Dark Horse celebrates 20 years of Predator comics! All previously published Dark Horse Predator series are now back in print in the successful Predator Omnibus and Aliens vs. Predator Omnibus program. Hunt or be hunted!

32 PGS
$3.50 US
Written by John Arcudi; Pencils by Javier Saltares; Cover by Raymond Swanl.

Why it’ll go fast: I don’t think Predator, as a franchise, has the selling power it once did, and I’m not alone. I can’t see most retailers ordering very heavy on this title which is a shame seeing as it’s being written by the truly talented John Arcudi (Aliens, BPRD). This one is going to be under-ordered based on the fact retailers are currently bogged down in summer crossover specials. Predator still has a few fans out there but not enough to out sell the Dark Reign specials. Also, Dark Horse isn’t going to print this title even on the level of the last Aliens vs. Predator titles in 2008 which had a movie, albeit a bad one, supporting it or vice-versa.

Comic Nerd Question of the Week:

We’re all spending had earned cash on stuff that leaves us feeling empty now and again. What, if any, titles in your pull list are you beginning to think you could live without?

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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