This Week in Geek 7/22/09

san-diego-comic-conThis 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.

New comic day is upon us again, but this one comes with at a very special time of year. Convention season kicks into high gear this weekend in San Diego. That’s right. Once again its time for the both dreaded and wonderful San Diego Comic-Con. And once again, I’ll be watching the updates and reading the news from home . . . Sigh . . . Not all of us can afford to attend Nerd Prom, as a friend of mine referred to it. But as Hollywood seems to eat up more and more of the Comic-Con buzz, a lot of nerds, me included, find themselves asking: “Isn’t this convention supposed to be about comics?” The fact is San Diego is within throwing distance of LA. And Hollywood makes serious money when it comes to comic book movies and TV. What better place to get nerds talking about next summer’s blockbuster movies? Unfortunately for the real comic nerds, our big announcements don’t get quite the same media attention. Don’t get me wrong. Without comics, there is no Comic-Con. Comic-Con loves comics. However, when all is said and done, movies just happen to make a little more money.

Below you’ll find my list of comics I’ll be picking up this Wednesday, July 22. It’s not a gigantic week but nothing to scoff at either. For a complete list of this week’s new comics click here. To find a comic shop near you click here.

Aliens #2 of 4
Amazing Spider-Man #600
Batman and the Outsiders #20
Black Panther #6
Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps #2 of 3
Captain Britain and MI:13 #15
Dark Reign: Fantastic Four #5 of 5
Dark Wolverine #76
Dethklok vs. The Goon
Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds #5 of 5
Green Lantern #44
Guardians Of The Galaxy #16
Immortal Weapons #1 of 5: Fat Cobra
Incredible Hercules #131
Incredible Hulk #600
Nova #27
Star Trek Spock Reflections #1
Supergirl #43
Wednesday Comics #3 of 12

Thoughts on the pile: Two very special #600 issues from Marvel makes for and expensive week (and if my math is correct, Incredible Hulk should only be at issue #598 but who’s counting). I’m excited for Immortal Weapons: Fat Cobra, but it’s no substitute for Iron Fist. If we don’t get an Iron Fist announcement this weekend I’m going to start e-mailing threats to Marvel. I’m still digging Wednesday Comics but am starting to wonder if I need to own them. Maybe it’s just the collector in me talking but trying to preserve newsprint is going to be a real pain. Is anyone else struggling with Wednesday Comics?

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.

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 kids 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: Why am I picking this one two weeks in a row? Quite simply, because it comes out this Wednesday, not last week, as I had thought. 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 is 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 a Goon comic. Makes sense, right?

Green Lantern #44: DC

Green Lantern #44

Green Lantern #44

Solicitation: “Blackest Night” continues! As Hal Jordan and Barry Allen investigate a bizarre crime in Gotham City, they come face to face with one of their oldest allies—J’onn J’onzz, the Martian Manhunter! But their old friend is not there for reunions; he’s come for much more. Meanwhile, Sinestro seeks to rebuild his army and take his revenge on the being who would usurp it—Mongul!

32 PGS
Written by Geoff Johns; Pencils and cover by Doug Mahnke; Inks by Christian Alamy.

Why it’ll go fast: While editing the pull lists this week at the comic shop where I now work to support my habit, I noticed everyone was adding Blackest Night to their file. Everyone who didn’t already have it already, anyway. Green Lantern has been selling out every month in anticipation of the Blackest Night storyline and now that it’s here it’ll probably sell out even faster. This looks to be the crossover of the summer.

Star Trek Spock Reflections #1: IDW

Star Trek Spock Reflections #1

Star Trek Spock Reflections #1

Solicitation: What could drive a man to abandon all he knows and go to live with the Federation’s sworn enemy? In the follow-up series to the smash hit “Star Trek: Countdown” movie prequel, we see for the first time the real motivations behind Spock’s decision to live on Romulus, and follow as he looks back on what brought him to this place in his life. From the team that brought you Star Trek: Mirror Images!

$3.99 US
Written by Scott and David Tipton; Art by David Messina

Why it’ll go fast: Some of you may recall me apologizing for not informing you on how cool and hard-to-find the recent Star Trek: Countdown series would be. You may also recall that I didn’t buy it either, later regretted it and still am watching auctions on Countdown 1-4 selling for $30 and up. Well I won’t be making the same mistake here and neither should you. Spock Reflections is also a tie-in to the latest Star Trek movie and looks to be as hot and under-ordered as Countdown. If you left the theatre wanting more after watching the latest Star Trek then this comic is for you.

Indy Comic of the Week!

You Shall Die By Your Own Evil Creation: Fantagraphics

You Shall Die By Your Own Evil Creation

You Shall Die By Your Own Evil Creation

Solicitation: The first volume of Fletcher Hanks stories, “I Shall Destroy All Civilized Planets!” (now in its fourth printing) was an Eisner Award-winning smash hit and a staple on “Best of the Year” lists. Edited by cartoonist Paul Karasik, this second volume, “You Shall Die By Your Own Evil Creation,” collects all of the rest of Hanks’ comic book work. The 31 tales in this book, when combined with the first volume, will comprise “The Complete Fletcher Hanks!” Fletcher Hanks was the first great comic book auteur: that is, he wrote, penciled, inked and lettered all of his own stories, many of which feature the cold space wizard superhero Stardust or the jungle protectress Fantomah. Today’s mature readers—both comics fans and non-comics fans who learned about the book from magazines such as “The Believer” and other journals—are stunned by these comics’ pop surrealism and outright violent mayhem.

ISBN-13: 9781606991602
Written and Drawn by Fletcher Hanks

Why you should care: Many things have been said about Hanks over the years. One thing is for certain: The man was insane. Hanks comics are window into the mind of a lunatic and I cannot get enough of his work. These reprints are the only place you’ll find Fletcher’s work and his tattoo-flash-for-the-criminally-insane-style is well worth the price of admission.

Nerdy Question of the Week

Comic-Con: Yay or Nay? Who’s excited and who is not? As I was discussing earlier, Hollywood seems to have moved comics to the side stage in San Diego, leaving some fans upset while others see it as a natural progression and good for the medium. Where do you stand?

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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