This Week in Geek 7/15/09

Blackest Night #1

Blackest Night #1

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.

This Wednesday the planets seemed to have aligned to bring us a near perfect “Nerd-Trifecta.” With the premiere of the new Harry Potter, Marky Ramone’s birthday and Blackest Night #1 shipping today, I can’t think of a more perfect Wednesday. Oh, and NCAA 2010 for X-box 360 hit the shelves yesterday! Now if I could just quit two of my four jobs I might find some time to enjoy one of these events.

It’s a fantastic new comic week. Namely because of Blackest Night #1. Green Lantern fans have been drooling just thinking about this crossover for well over a year. Of course it’s not just GL nerds. DC fans will be clamoring for this title, and not just because it’ll be featuring zombiefied versions of our favorite dead DC heroes (although that certainly doesn’t hurt). Writer Geoff Johns is a master of the crossover event and this one looks to be his piece-de-resistance. If you love superheroes or zombies, or crossovers stories of calamitous proportions or all of the above, then do not miss Blackest Night #1.

Below you’ll find my list of comics I’ll be picking up this Wednesday, July 15. A week that finds me once again working in a comic shop for trade, albeit one day a week. I find myself overwhelmed by my weekly comic bill and with no choice but to accept job number four. Although I do love the comic shop environment and have to say, it’s good to be back. Thanks Jase and Wendy. For a complete list of this week’s new comics click here. To find a comic shop near you click here.

Action Comics #879
Agents of Atlas #8
Amazing Spider-Man #599
Batman: Streets of Gotham #2
Blackest Night #1 of 8
Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps #1 of 3
Captain America #601
Creepy #1
Dark Avengers #7
DMZ #43
Godland #29
Incognito #5
Mighty Avengers #27
New Mutants #3
Punisher #7
Wednesday Comics #2 of 12

Thoughts on the pile: If there’s a monthly comic I’m enjoying more than Agent’s of Atlas, I can’t think of it presently. Now if it could just get some real sales numbers behind it I wouldn’t be so worried about Agents getting cancelled. Paul Dini’s Streets of Gotham #1 was a good read but I’m bailing out of Sirens. I just don’t need a monthly title about Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn. Could this be better suited as a back-up story? I really want to love the Creepy relaunch. Horror anthologies are a blast and it’s been quite a while since we’ve seen a good one. Glad to see Godland shipping after a long hiatus. I love Casey and Scioli’s work on Godland so much I’ve been considering buying an original page. All-in-all, a light comic week but a great one.

Now it’s on to Speculator Picks of the Week:

Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps #1 of 3: DC

Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps #1 of 3

Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps #1 of 3

Solicitation: In this three-issue miniseries, writers Geoff Johns and Peter J. Tomasi (GREEN LANTERN CORPS) reveal the secrets behind the Lanterns of BLACKEST NIGHT! Bear witness to Blue Lantern Saint Walker’s pilgrimage of hope, Star Sapphire Carol Ferris’ sacrifice for love, Green Lantern Kilowog’s courageous beginnings, Red Lantern Vice’s source of rage, Orange Lantern Blume’s bizarre creation, and the first appearance of the mysterious Indigo, leader of the Indigo Tribe!

32 PGS
$3.99 US
Written by Geoff Johns and Peter J. Tomasi; Pencils by Chris Sprouse, Doug Mahnke and Ivan Reis.

Why it’ll go fast: Blackest Night is going to be huge. It’s probably safe to say it’ll be the highest selling title of July. In the fury of Blackest Night sales I’m predicting the tie-ins will also sell out pretty quickly, but unlike the main title, I don’t see comics like Tales of the Corps going to a third or fourth printing. Retailers will order plenty of Tales of the Corps, but not on the level of Blackest Night or even the regular Green Lantern Corps monthly. If you need another reason to pick this one up, three of the most talented pencilers currently working supply the art, and it’s been a while since we’ve seen Chris Sprouse.

Dethklok vs. The Goon: Dark Horse

Dethklok vs. The Goon

Dethklok vs. The Goon

Solicitation: “In the histories of fictions there is many historious meetings . . . Frankenmasteins meets the Wolfmans . . . Scooby-Doos meets the Globetrobbers . . . and of course the Godzilla meets the little fat black kid from Diff’rent Strokes. But those are all for the douches. Now . . . we have come to make crossovers metal. Be prepared for the most brutal meetings of alls times! Dethklok versus The Goon!”

From Eric Powell and the creators of Adult Swim’s Metalocalypse: since 2006, Metalocalypse has been bringing its special brand of dark comedy to the masses through the American/Scandinavian death-metal band Dethklok. And, since 1999, The Goon has contributed the best in bucktoothed zombie brawls to the world of comics. Now, the twain shall meet . . .

* Coming in late 2009 from Dark Horse—Metalocalypse the comics series!
Variant cover by Dethklok band designer and series director, Jon Schnepp!
32 PGS
$3.50 US
Written by Brendon Small and Eric Powell; Pencils and cover by Eric Powell.

Why it’ll go fast: If you’ve never read the Goon but love Metalocalypse or vice-versa then this is a perfect time to get acquainted with the other. Or both if you have no idea what I’m talking about. The one thing this title has going for it that no other comic shipping this week does it free advertising on the Cartoon Network. If you’re a fan of Adult Swim on the Cartoon Network then you’ve seen the snarky “bumper” ads pumping up their shows. Expect to see shameless plugs of the Goon/Metalocalypse crossover all week. The math here is simple. There are obviously more Metalocalypse fans than Goon fans out there, they probably like comics (or once did because they’re obviously nerds if they are still watching cartoons as an adult; I do it too) so theoretically that translates to bigger sales than usual on

Titans #15

Titans #15

Titans #15

Solicitation: Prelude to BLACKEST NIGHT: TITANS! Tempest returns! And how will his arrival affect the Titans? The last page not only answers this question, but will have fans buzzing.

32 PGS
$2.99 US
Written by JT Krul; Pencils by Ed Benes; Inks by Rob Hunter; Cover by Angel Unzueta.

Why it’ll go fast: It’s been quite a while since I’ve pumped up a Titans comic, and for good reason. Dan Didio, EIC of DC comics and self appointed Titans editor, seems to have done everything in his power to remove Teen Titans from its former glory and high sales during the Geoff Johns run by saddling the title with little known (or in this case virtually unknown) writers. No offense to J.T. Krull, who has done a lot of work for Aspen Comics and was a production assistant on Seinfeld, but his is not a name that sells comics … yet. So why is it a Speculator Pick? It’s a Blackest Night tie-in. Retailers will up their order slightly higher knowing this, sure, but it won’t be enough. Teen Titans checked in at #63 on June’s top 300 ordered comics list, which isn’t bad for a title with as much negative buzz as it’s getting, so I wouldn’t expect retailers to take a huge chance on this issue. This will be one of the hardest Blackest Night tie-ins to find when all is said and done.

Nerdy Question of the Week

What formerly dead DC character would you like to see not just make a return in Blackest Night but return to the DCU permanently. Don’t say Bruce Wayne. We all know he’ll be back soon enough.

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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