This Week in Geek 7/10

Cover of Captain America White #0
cover of Final Crisis Requiem
Cover of Indy and the Temple of Gods

How many of you guys walked into your comic shop on Wednesday and panicked after seeing last week’s books still sitting on the self? Be honest. Who forgot it was a Holiday weekend? As with most long weekends UPS and the USPS get the day off. What’s that mean to nerds like you and me? New Comic Thursday of course! And what a Thursday it was! The The Goon, I Kill Giants, BPRD, all kinds of great stuff came out this week! Unfortunately, neither have I the time nor am I paid enough to sit here and discuss all the comics that Came out on Thursday but that’s not what happens here at This Week in Geek. Each week I pick out three hot books that will disappear from new comic shelves only to turn up on the Internet for twice the price. This week was a tough one but here’s my picks:

”Indiana Jones and the Tomb of the Gods #1”, Dark Horse, written by Rob Williams with art by Steve Scott
Why it’s hot:The Tony Harris cover on this issue should be enough to sell any Indy fan on his latest comic adventure. Truth be told I’ve never read an Indy comic that I loved but I’m ready to. Who isn’t? Sure the last movie wasn’t great but the fandom is ready for a great Indy comic and this could be it!
Why it’ll go fast:Historically Indy comics haven’t sold well since they were being published by Marvel in the 1980’s. It’s been more than an month since Indy 4 hit theaters and though it was a huge success it left most nerds feeling hollow. I would guess retailers already had their Indy business boom and are preparing for Batman now.

Final Crisis: Requiem, DC, written by Peter Tomasi with art by Doug Mahnke.
Why it’s hot: Fans left with their jaw hanging after the death of the Martian Manhunter can stop screaming and read about how the DCU is mourning his loss. I’m a sucker for funeral issues and this one delivers! Final Crisis seems to be the book fans love to hate but there’s no denying this one-shot. It’s great!
Why it’ll go fast: Like I said, Final Crisis seems to be the book fans love to hate and you can be sure that retailers are slashing their orders on issue #3 along with this and all the other 1-shots. Piles of issue #1 and #2 sitting on the stands will tend to make retailers jump to snap conclusions thinking that the book has tanked already so it’s time to cut and run. Pick this one up before it becomes returnable.

”Captain America: White #0”, Marvel, written by Jeph Loeb with art by Tim Sale.
Why it’s hot: Loeb and Sale have never looked so good! It’s been since Batman: Dark Victory that I was excited about a Loeb/Sale book and I gotta say, I’m excited for Cap White! The previews for issue #0 look amazing and fans are buzzing about them. Cap is still red hot after his death and readers hungry for a Steve Rodgers story are going to eat this one up.
Why it’ll go fast: After the success of Loeb and Sale’s Batman: the Long Halloween and Batman: Dark Victory most retailers went buck wild when ordering their Marvel offerings like Spiderman: Blue and Daredevil: Yellow. The result being piles of blue and yellow issues taking up room in back-stocks and not selling even for cover price. Retailers have a long memory and when ordering Cap White they recalled the piles of other Loeb/Sale books and then they lowered their orders on this one.

Well I’m off to see Hellboy and I recommend you do the same this weekend. 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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