This Week in Geek 9/02/09

Disney has purchased Marvel Comics for $4 billion.

Disney has purchased Marvel Comics for $4 billion.

For those of you who didn’t hear the bomb go off Monday morning, Disney has purchased Marvel Comics for $4 billion. Needless to say the Internet is abuzz with nerds on both sides of the fence. As usual, the initial news is a carefully crafted PR event that really doesn’t give the fans any substantial information outside of how happy both parties are and what the merger means to the stock holders. And so the speculation begins. Will Goofy be making an appearance in Wolverine? Will the Little Mermaid marry Prince Namor? Will we be seeing a Pixar Fantastic Four movie? All these questions will be answered soon. For now, try not to panic. The initial deal sounds very similar to the Disney/Pixar deal which allows Pixar to make cargo ships full of money for Disney as long as they are left to their own devices. The only difference I can possibly foresee is more cartoon series, more Marvel movies with larger budgets, and possibly, Marvel moving into TV. Disney has strong connections with ABC and Marvel has been shopping TV ideas since Smallville took off at the WB network years ago. Disney’s aid may be the push Marvel needs to invade prime-time. Let’s just hope it’s better than NBC’c Heroes. As of today, DC and Warner don’t seem to have too much to say about the merger. Although, with the continued success of Marvel movies and now the weight of Disney and Pixar behind them, I’d be a little nervous.

Below you’ll find my pile of comics for this Wednesday, Sept. 2. For a full list of comics shipping this week click here. To find a comic shop near you click here.

Agents of Atlas #10
Batman #690
Buffy the Vampire Slayer #28
Cable #18
The Invincible Iron Man #17
Justice League: Cry For Justice #3 of 7
Magog #1
Red Tornado
#1 of 6
Supergirl Annual #1
Sweet Tooth #1
Witchfinder: In The Service of Angels
#3 of 5

Thoughts on the pile: It’s a light week for new comics but definitely a good week for the discerning comic reader. If Agents of Atlas was the only title coming out this week I’d be happy. Luckily, there’s more. I’m still having fun with Winick’s Batman, and it seems to silenced most of his detractors, so far. Cable is starting to make me wonder, however. How long is this time-jumping into the future storyline going to last? Is this all writer Duane Swierczynski had planned? Did he think the title would be canceled by now? Don’t get me wrong, I like the comic, but I’m ready for Cable to come back to the present. I’m buying Magog issue #1 for Howard Porter’s art only. I used to swear by Kieth Giffen’s writing but I’m about 50/50 with him these days. Magog gets one issue to grab me. The same goes for Red Tornado #1. I liked, not loved, writer Kevin VanHook’s Oracle miniseries so I’m willing to give him another chance. I love Vertigo’s $1 first issue program and will try everything they throw at me. Why not? It’s only a dollar. With a tagline like “A little boy with antlers, a big man with guns, a world without hope,” who can resist?

Irredeemable #6



Solicitation: The Plutonian’s rampage continues as the Paradigm’s dwindling members regroup and prepare to go on the offensive. Even with new information about the Plutonian’s past, will it be enough to tip the scales against a mad god? A “twilight of the superheroes”-style story that examines super-villains from Mark Waid, writer of Kingdom Come and Empire!

$3.99 US
Written by Mark Waid; Pencils by Peter Krause; Cover by Gene Ha.

Why it’ll go fast: Irredeemable keeps selling out. And I mean selling out Wednesday afternoon; the no-copies-left-at-the-warehouse-kind of selling out. Remember a few months ago when Image’s Chew #1 sold out instantly and ended up selling for $80 and up on eBay? The story got a lot of press and, subsequently, caused retailers to raise their orders on all the following issues, thereby ending Chew’s scarcity (I’m looking at a stack of Chew #3 right now). Well, just the opposite has been happening with Irredeemable as it quietly sells out each month making all the back issues very difficult to find. Which is OK because there’s a reasonably priced TPB available at respectable comic shops everywhere to get you caught up on the action.

Red Tornado #1 of 6: DC

Red Tornado

Red Tornado

Solicitation: Think you know everything there is to know about the mighty Red Tornado? Well think again! This miniseries shines a new light on the true origin of Red Tornado, the Justice League of America’s resident android Super Hero! You’ll not only discover a crew of characters new to the DC Universe, if Red Tornado has his way, you’ll also uncover the hero’s true android family! But will it cost him the love of his adopted human one? Get caught in the whirlwind of this exciting new series from writer Kevin VanHook and artist Jose Luisí.

32 PGS
$2.99 US
Written by Kevin VanHook; Pencils by Jose Luisí; Inks by J.P. Mayer; Cover by Ed Benes.

Why it’ll go fast: VanHook’s previous miniseries, Oracle, sold very well and got fairly pricey on the Internet for a while there. While I don’t see Red Tornado having the same following as Oracle, I do see this title selling out very quickly. Retailers are not going to order heavy on this one as Red Tornado is a B-list hero at best. However, if anyone can make Tornado compelling it might be VanHook. I think his star is on the rise.

Magog #1: DC



Solicitation: Introducing the latest member of the Justice Society of America to break out into his own monthly series! Tired of chafing at the restraints that being a member of the JSA put upon him, Magog decides to take justice into his own hands and track down who’s behind the dealing of high-tech arms to lowlife scum around the DC Universe! Be here as the hunt starts Magog on the path to discovering his own unavoidable destiny thanks to writer Keith Giffen (Justice League International, Doom Patrol) and artists Howard Porter and John Dell, the acclaimed team behind JLA!

32 PGS
$2.99 US
Written by Keith Giffen; Pencils by Howard Porter; Inks by John Dell; Cover by Glenn Fabry 1:10 Variant Cover by Howard Porter & John Dell.

Why it’ll go fast: To be real honest, I’m not sure if I care about this title at all. Whether or not fans need a monthly Magog title remains to be seen. One thing is for certain, no comic shop owner in their right mind is going to order a stack of Magog #1s. If this title takes off it won’t be until about issue #4 at which time #1 will be long gone. I’m not calling this one a sure thing, remember, this is speculation here. It never hurts to pick up a first issue, just in case.

Indy Comic of the Week:

Achewood: Worst Song, Played On Ugliest Guitar: Dark Horse

Achewood: Worst Song, Played On Ugliest Guitar

Achewood: Worst Song, Played On Ugliest Guitar

Solicitation: Riding high on the success of The Great Outdoor Fight, Achewood and Dark Horse Comics have compiled an extensively annotated collection of the first few years’ worth of Achewood comics. This is no mere companion volume to the cult-classic online strip: the entire prehistory of Achewood is set forth for the first time, and all of the celebrated alt-texts are included. Additionally, author Chris Onstad has literally littered the book with observations and rudities. Time magazine named back-to-back Ignatz Award-winner “Achewood” its 2007 Graphic Novel of the Year, and legions of devoted fans consistently report that it makes them feel the way Bloom County and Calvin and Hobbes did when they were young.

— Achewood was Time magazine’s #1 Graphic Novel of 2007 when it was online only!
— Achewood won the 2007 Ignatz Award for Outstanding Online Comic.
— “Achewood makes me laugh—in that confused, ‘what the hell was that??’ kind of way,” Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics)

ISBN-13: 9781595822390
136 PGS
$14.95 US
Note: Hard Cover, 9 1/2″ x 7 3/4″

Why you should care: If there is a better web-comic-strip then Achewood I don’t want to hear about it. Onstead’s work is irreverent, timely, sometimes offensive, and the funniest stuff I read every week. If you like cats talking dirty you’ll love Achewood.

Nerdy Question of the Week:

What is your worst fear that you see coming to fruition now that Disney owns Marvel Comics? You had to have seen this one coming.

Thanks again for your continued input and keep the answers to the comic nerd questions coming.

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, or you can follow Matt on Twitter, where he is always screaming about something nerd-related. Want to know what your comics are worth? Join WorthPoint for free and post your comics in the “Ask A Worthologist” section. Remember to post the title, issue number and cover price.

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