This Week in Geek 8/05/09

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.

Wizard World Chicago

Chicago Comic-Con

As always, it’s Wednesday again and time to head to the shop for a stack of new comics. My buys the past couple of weeks have been mercifully smaller but don’t get your hopes up. The fact that no Avengers titles came out this week—which is worth mentioning because I think there’s five of them currently—just means they all hit next week. In convention news, Wizard World Chicago is this weekend and, because I’m a loving fiancé, I won’t be going. Oh, and neither will Wizard or Marvel or DC. Me, I’ll be in Washington D.C. for a wedding. Wizard and the other big names, well that’s a different story. As the beleaguered Wizard Magazine seems to slip closer to the grave, its branding has disappeared from the once great Chicago-con and along with it the big four comic companies (Marvel, DC, Image and Dark Horse), all of which have announced that they will be a major presence at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) in April 2010. Come hell or high water, I’ll be there. So, as one convention passes another is born. Which is not to say that the old summer con is dead. Ticket sales are way down, and from what I’ve heard there’s no shortage of ex-wrestlers. One thing is for certain, you won’t have deal with mobs of Twilight fans while waiting to meet Mark Millar.

Here’s a look at the comics I’ll be picking up this Wednesday, Aug. 5. For a complete list of this week’s new comics click here. To find a comic shop near you click here.

Agents of Atlas #9
Amazing Spider-Man #601
Black Panther #7
Buffy the Vampire Slayer #27
Captain America: Reborn #2 of 5
Doom Patrol #1
House of Mystery #16
The Invincible Iron Man #16
Justice League: Cry For Justice #2 of 6
Secret Six #12
Superman: World of New Krypton #6 of 12
War of Kings #6 of 6
War of Kings: Warriors #2 of 2
Witchfinder: In The Service of Angels
#2 of 5

Thoughts on the pile: Joe Casey’s American Son storyline pulled me back into Amazing Spiderman and I gotta say, I’m glad to be buying a Spidey title again. I’m willing to give Johnathan Mayberry a chance on Black Panther mainly because Marvel has been kicking the pants off DC in the finding-new-talent department. Mayberry is a novelist, winner of multiple Brahm Stoker Awards (an annual prize for achievements in horror fiction) and is a martial arts expert who has been inducted into the international Martial Arts Hall of Fame for both mastering several disciplines and writing about them. Who better to write Black Panther? I don’t know if I’ve ever been simultaneously excited and uninterested in a comic but that’s where I’m at with Doom Patrol #1. I haven’t really cared about Doom Patrol since Grant Morrison’s run in the early 1990s. The team has gone through at least three incarnations since then, making its continuity hard to follow and its characterization schizophrenic at best. If J.M. DeMatteis can make me care about them again, great. If not, no big loss. I really enjoyed Robinson’s JLA: Cry for Justice #1 and am glad to hear it will be leading in to his run on the regular title. Had you told me Congorilla was going to be on his JLA team a year ago I would have called you insane, but that’s part of Robinson’s charm, I guess. I’m still having fun with Secret Six but, maybe it’s just me, I can’t stand Scandal Savage. Even her name is ridiculous. And even though no one else seems to be reading it, Superman: World of Krypton is still excellent.

Speculator Picks of the Week: These are comics that, for reasons discussed below, could sell out very fast. Buy them now for cover price or pay jacked-up internet prices later. You’ve been warned! The codes that follow the prices are used for ordering through your local comic shop.

Captain America: Reborn #2 of 5: 1:25 John Cassiday Variant

Captain America: Reborn

Captain America: Reborn

Solicitation: The race for Steve Rogers is on! On one side—BUCKY and the BLACK WIDOW and members of the AVENGERS and FANTASTIC FOUR! On the other—NORMAN OSBORN and HAMMER, THE RED SKULL and his evil hordes, with DR. DOOM waiting in the wings! And where… oh where, is the real CAPTAIN AMERICA? Ed Brubaker, Bryan Hitch and Butch Guice bring you the biggest Marvel comic of the year!

32 PGS
Written by Ed Brubaker; Pencils by Bryan Hitch Inks by Jackson Guice; Cover by Brian Hitch; 1:25 Variant cover by John Cassaday Bryan Hitch.

Why it’ll go fast: This may sound eerily similar to the last Cap Reborn Variant I wrote about, but it still applies. Yes, there is a 1:70 variant for this book, but I’m picking the 1:25 cover for one reason: Price point. Retailers will be ordering huge numbers on this title for obvious reasons. Because of the high ordering, the regular cover will not be worth more than cover-price for the foreseeable future. However, the Cassiday variants, which will be more affordable and available than the 1:70 variants, could spark some interest. If for no other reason than they wont have a $50-plus price tag anytime soon, thereby pricing themselves right out of most collectors’ means. If you can find this variant for $15 less, I would pick it up.

Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth #2 of 6: Marvel Comics

Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth

Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth

Solicitation: “HEAD TRIP,” PART 2—It’s the Merc with two mouths! It’s the Dawn of the Living Deadpool! It’s… oh, you get the point. Crash-landing in the Savage Land, Deadpool finds himself face-to-face with the last thing on Earth he ever expected to see: his own Zombiefied head! To make matters worse, the nasty little critter went ahead and bit a few of the locals, so Deadpool has to put the smackdown on some zombie cavemen if he’s going to have any chance at escaping and completing his mission. Did we mention that a crack team of Hydra mercenaries are waiting in the wings?

32 PGS
Written by Victor Gischler; Pencils by Bong Dazo Inks by Jose Pimentel:Cover by Arthur Suydam; 1:10 Variant Cover by Tony Moore.

Why it’ll go fast: Issue number one of Merc w/ a Mouth sold out very quickly and for one reason: Deadpool is hot. Maybe because of the recent Wolvie film (which was terrible) or maybe because the character has always had a loyal following. Regardless, crime novelist and Punisher MAX writer Victor Gishler has been given the comic book equivalent of the L.A. Lakers coaching job with this new Deadpool title. People love Deadpool whether his book is good or bad. The character sells issues. Issue #1 is starting to see higher prices on eBay and it would surprise me to see it in the top 10 in sales for last month when the numbers come out.

The Red Circle: The Hangman: DC

The Red Circle: The Hangman

The Red Circle: The Hangman

Solicitation: The Civil War claimed many lives… but one of those lives still hasn’t ended! Union doctor Robert Dickering found himself on the wrong side of the battle lines, and despite his heroic treatment of a fallen enemy soldier, he also found himself on the wrong end of a noose! But a shadowy power stepped forth in the twilit moments between life and death and offered him a deal he couldn’t refuse: to forever roam the Earth, saving the lives of innocents condemned like himself, or hastening the deaths of the guilty! But in taking the seemingly righteous mission of the Hangman, has he accepted God’s work? Or has he become the vengeful fist of the Devil himself? Featuring art by Tom Derenick and Bill Sienkiewicz, the acclaimed team behind REIGN IN HELL!

32 PGS
Written by J. Michael Straczynski; Pencils by Tom Derenick; Inks by Bill Sienkiewicz; Cover by Jesus Saiz.

Why it’ll go fast: When given his own sandbox to go crazy in, JMS writes some pretty great comics. Those of you who read his “Rising Stars” and the presently unfinished “The Twelve” already know and are probably excited for the Red Circle titles. Basically, DC has handed JMS the Red Circle characters and allowed him to bring them back into DC continuity. Unfortunately, outside of Thor, JMS’s other titles don’t sell as well, so I’d be surprised to see piles of these Red Circle comics in most shops. However, the buzz on these titles will start circulating as we begin to see more of the Red Circle characters popping up in other DCU books.

Nerdy Question of the Week:

Last week was the first issue of Bill Willingham and Matthew Sturgis’ JSA run and I want to know what you thought. Coming off the wake of any Geoff Johns title can be disastrous (see Teen Titans for a perfect example). Did the new creative team live up to your JSA expectations?

Thanks again for your continued input and keep the answers to the comic nerd 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 and post your comics in the “Ask A Worthologist” 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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