This Week in Geek 7/08/09

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.

Wednesday Comics

Wednesday Comics

I’ve been a fierce critic of DC’s weekly comics since Countdown began two years ago. Say what you will of 52, I quite enjoyed it, but the two weekly series that followed, Countdown and Trinity, have been throw-away issues at best. “Throw-away,” meaning the comics are a waste of time to read and will probably never sell for their cover price anytime in the next 10 years. With that said I’m optimistic for DC’s newest weekly series Wednesday Comics. Like the funny papers of yore, Wednesday Comics is a fold out featuring comic strips created by several different artists and writers. Wednesday Comics #1 hits the stands this week—Wednesday to be precise—and though I don’t see it being a huge seller, I do think it’ll be worth a read. USA Today will be featuring the Wednesday Comics Superman Stories each Wednesday in both their print and online editions.

In other news, Detective Comics #854 was a huge hit and sold out very quickly. If you missed out on the issue, DC will be rushing a second printing to the printers that should be available 7/29. Reviews for the issue have been stellar with several reviewers calling Detective #854 the best issue of the year so far. Click here to read the tweets on Batwoman.

Below you’ll find my list of comics I’ll be picking up this Wednesday, July 8. Another light week for new comics, thankfully. I’ve been trying to negotiate some work-for-trade hours at my shop just to maintain this addiction. The fiancée is not happy, or at least mute on the subject. I want to tell her how much I would be saving monthly by working once a week but would in turn reveal how much I’ve been spending. Oh, the webs we weave… For a complete list of this week’s new comics click here. To find a comic shop near you click here.

Batman #688
B.P.R.D.: 1947 #1 of 5
Dark X-Men: The Beginning #1 of 3
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly #1
Green Lantern #43
House of Mystery #15
Red Robin #2
The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft #4 of 4
Superman: World of New Krypton #5 of 12
The Unwritten #3
War of Kings: Warriors #1 of 2
Wednesday Comics
#1 of 12

Thoughts on the pile: After trudging the Battle for the Cowl mini and it’s one-shots (all of which I’m listing on eBay this week), the Batman Reborn story has turned out to be well worth the wait. I loved B.P.R.D 1946 and am pumped for ’47. Dark X-Men is going to be a hoot! I can’t get enough of Fraction’s writing, but would like to see another Cassanova issue in the near future. If I get anymore excited for the Blackest Night storyline in Green Lantern I risk pushing my non-comic-loving-friends away forever. Red Robin #1 was fun and I love the idea that Tim Drake is honked off after Dick took Damian as Robin. It makes sense and I look forward to Tim finding himself as Red Robin. The Unwitten is officially a Vertigo must-read for me. I read the first two issues this weekend and loved it. If you’re looking for a smart-literary-pop-culture-romp with a metaphysical twist, you’ll love The Unwritten.

Speculator Picks of the Week:
In this section I take a look at the comics coming out this week and call my shot on which ones may sell out very quickly only to pop up in back issue bins and internet auction sites for premium prices.

Batman #688: DC

Batman #688

Batman #688

Solicitation: There may be a new Batman in Gotham City, but that doesn’t mean the city wants him. As Two-Face and Penguin take measures to keep the new Dark Knight at bay, one of the arch villains makes a startling discovery about the new Caped Crusader. Plus, Batman trains the new Robin, and Mark Bagley starts a four-issue stint as guest artist!

32 PGS
$2.99 US
Written by Judd Winick; Pencils by Mark Bagley; Iinks by Art Thibert; Cover by Tony Daniel and Sandu Florea.

Why it’ll go fast: This one may seem like a “gimmie” because all the Bat-titles are red-hot presently, thanks to the Batman Reborn storyline. Agreed. But there’s another reason. Two weeks ago on the official DCU blog site “the Source,” it was announced that Bagley will be taking over JLA with writer James Robinson. As always, some fans cheered and booed. One thing is for certain; they will all be picking up Batman #688 to see what to expect from Bagley’s JLA.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly #1: Dynamite Entertainment

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Solicitation: From the classic movie, “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly”! The Man with No Name rides again, this time under the veteran hand of writer Chuck (G.I. Joe) Dixon in a brand-new Dynamite #1! Featuring incredible art by Esteve Polls, and iconic covers by Lone Ranger artist Sergio Cariello, Zorro artist Francesco Francavilla and Wolverine Noir artist Dennis Calero, Dixon tells the tale of “DEAD MAN’S HAND” in a five-part arc that continues the strong direction Dynamite’s westerns are known for!

32 PGS
$3.50 US

Why it’ll go fast: Dynamite’s Man with No Name series is a great read but just isn’t selling well; at all. Issue #1 of the Man with No Name sold 16,191 copies in May of 2008 and hit 123 on the top 300 comics ordered that month. By May 2009 the title had dropped to 223 shipping only 5,571 copies. Could it be that most comic readers may not have even been born when Clint Eastwood was playing the unnamed cowboy? So what’s a company to do? Rename the title to the most popular of the Eastwood spaghetti westerns and re-launch with #1. Will it work? That remains to be seen. One thing you can bet on, retailers aren’t going to take a big risk this first issue even with veteran writer Chuck Dixon at the helm. Which is too bad because it’s going to be a great read.

Green Lantern #43: DC

Green Lantern #43

Green Lantern #43

Green Lantern #43 Variant

Green Lantern #43 Variant

Solicitation: The official prologue to BLACKEST NIGHT starts here as the first Black Lantern is born! Black Hand has been an enemy of Hal Jordan since Hal’s early days as a Green Lantern. But even Black Hand is unaware of the true power he holds that will connect him to the Blackest Night! Discover this villain’s connection to death and the Black Lantern Corps!

$2.99 US
Written by Geoff Johns; Pencils by Doug Mahnke; Inks by Christian Alamy; Cover by Doug Mahnke.

Why it’ll go fast: Green Lantern has been selling out on a regular basis since talk of the Blackest Night storyline began. Now it’s almost here and the sellouts are coming faster and faster. This is the penultimate issue before Blackest Night #1 and it is going to sellout very quickly. Also this issue ships with another gorgeous painted variant by Rodolfo Migliari.

Nerdy Question of the Week:

On the subject of DC’s Wednesday comics, upon finding out it would be published on newsprint I was turned off. As a collector, I like the idea of nice neat little packages to place my Near-Mint comics in after gently reading. Now picture trying to store a newspaper and maintain its condition. It’s maddening. Will newsprint be the downfall of Wednesday Comics collectability?

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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