This Week in Geek 9/23/09

 Blackest Night

Blackest Night

The DC December solicitations are up and, as always, they give away just enough plot to keep us salivating. The most shocking of which seems to deal with the fate of one of my favorite members of the Green Lantern Corps. I’m not going into it because this is not a spoiler blog but I will say, it freaked me straight out.

In sad news, the body of Yoshito Usui, creator of the hilarious manga Crayon Shin Chan, was discovered at the base of a cliff on Arafune Mountatin in Gunma Prefecture, Japan. I fell in love with the anime-version of Shin while it was airing on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim a couple of years ago. The American manga version was published by the DC CMX Imprint. One of the more bizarre animes I’ve seen, Crayon Shin Chan is basically a Japanese Dennis the Menace with much more irreverent toilet humor. It’s not high-brow comedy by any terms, but it was fun and the show had one of the best theme songs ever written. Shin Chan will continue to be printed until November but the future of the Manga after that is not clear.

My Stack: Here’s a list of the comics I’ll be picking up this Wednesday, Sept. 23. For a full list of comics shipping this week click here. To find a comic shop near you click here.

Amazing Spider-Man #606
Blackest Night: Superman #2 of 3
Dark Reign: The List: X-Men
Dark X-Men: The Confession
Detective Comics #857
Fantastic Four #571
Guardians of the Galaxy #18
Immortal Weapons #3 of 5
Incredible Hercules #135
Incredible Hulk #602
New Avengers #57
Spider-Woman #1
Star Trek Spock Reflections #3
Supergirl #45
Superman: Secret Origin #1 of 6
Uncanny X-Men #515
Underground #1 of 4
Wolverine: Old Man Logan Giant-size

Thoughts on the pile: It’s an awesome week for new comics starting with, in alphabetical order of course, Blackest Night: Superman. Like most DC nerds, I’m loving Blackest Night and the Zombie Earth 2 Superman is more than enough to sell me a comic. Two Dark Reign X-books this week and they both look great. Fraction’s writing on Uncanny X-Men has been wonderful and the X-Men “The List” book looks to be as good, if not better, than the others before it. Yost’s on the Utopia story was perfect, and Yost’s “The Confession” will tie up some loose plot lines dealing with his X-Force title, which has been equally great. Jonathan Hickman’s first issue of Fantastic Four ended with one of the best last pages I’ve seen in quite a while (I giggled audibly upon reading) and I can’t wait for this issue. Immortal Weapons has been fun but I would much rather a monthly Iron Fist title with an Immortal Weapons back-up story. I keep meaning to check out the Spider Woman motion comics over at iTunes. In all honesty, I don’t know how I feel about motion comics. I am, however, very excited about the new Spider Woman title. I loved Bendis and Maleev on Daredevil and expect to love Spider Woman just as much. I love the Spock: Reflections book and all the other IDW Star Trek movie tie-ins. So much so I started eyeing some of the other IDW Star Trek titles. That John Byrne Klingons trilogy is calling my name. If I had to pick one title to buy this week it would be Superman: Secret Origin. After all the shake-ups, reboots and cosmic-time-bending crossovers we need a new definitive origin for Supes and the team of Geoff Johns and Gary Frank couldn’t be more perfect for the job. Lastly, and right on time, is the Giant Size Wolverine: Old Man Logan finale. Remember the epic “Wolvie-in-the-future” story Mark Millar started but never finished about five months ago? Well, without any explanation as to why it’s so late, the final issue is here . . . Finally. It’s not so much that I want to finish this story but more that I have to. Damn it Mark Millar! Why can’t I quit you?

Speculator Picks of the Week:

Spider-Woman #1 1 Other Edition



Solicitation: THE WAIT IS OVER! The explosive Eisner award-winning team of Bendis and Maleev reunite for their first ongoing series since Daredevil! Ripped from the pages of New Avengers and Secret Invasion, watch as the gorgeous and mysterious Jessica Drew reenters a society she did not make . . . as an AGENT OF S.W.O.R.D. This brand new series is a perfect companion to the dazzling Spider-Woman motion comic. Containing new story and artwork not available in any other format. This is the start of a major chapter in one of the most high profile characters in all of Marvel Comics.

$3.99 US
Written by Brian Michael Bendis; Pencils and Inks by Alex Maleev; Cover by Matt Hollingsworth.

Why it’ll go fast: Bendis can sell the hell out of an Avengers title but can he sell fans on Spider Woman? Bendis and Maleev last partnered on Dardevil in 2006, and while their DD sold well, it was never a top-10 seller. Spider Woman is pretty far from an A-list hero, like Daredevil, so I can’t see retailers ordering too high on this book which is why it’ll sell out very quickly. Fans have been waiting for this one and maybe the iTunes motion comic will even help sales. I doubt it but maybe. Watch for the 50:50 Alex Ross variant as well.

Star Trek Spock Reflections #3: IDW

Star Trek Spock Reflections

Star Trek Spock Reflections

Solicitation: Ambassador Spock’s mysterious journey continues! As Spock makes his way toward Earth, he thinks back on another previously untold tale from his past, this time featuring James T. Kirk, Leonard McCoy and the crew of the original U.S.S. Enterprise! From the team that brought you Star Trek: Mirror Images, and the artist of Star Trek: Countdown!

32 pages
$3.99 US
Written by Scott and David Tipton; Pencils by David Messina and Federica Manfredi; Cover by David Messina.

Why it’ll go fast: I’ve been pimping these Star Trek movie spin-off comics for months now and have taken some criticism for it recently. Not because the comics aren’t great; even the guy that criticized my speculator choice admitted to loving the comics. The back issues of both the Spock and Nero comics haven’t taken off as fast as the Star Trek: Reflections issues did. True . . . But they are starting to pick up some steam and will only get harder to find as the next movie approaches. I’d bet my replica tricorder on it.

Superman: Secret Origin #1 of 6: The Boy of Steel

Superman: Secret Origin

Superman: Secret Origin

Solicitation: Hot on the heels of their acclaimed run on Action Comics, superstars Geoff Johns and Gary Frank reunite to present a six-issue event that spells out the definitive origin of Superman for the 21st century—and it all starts with a gigantic 48-page issue! Chronicling Clark Kent’s journey from the cornfields of Smallville to the skyscrapers of Metropolis, you’ll witness a whole new look at the beginnings of Lex Luthor, the Legion of Super-Heroes, Lois Lane, Metallo, Jimmy Olsen, the Parasite and more! It’s a look at the mythic past of the Man of Steel with an eye toward the future!

48 PGS
$3.99 US
Written by Geoff Johns; Pencils by Gary Frank; Inks by Jon Sibal; Cover by Brad Anderson.

Why it’ll go fast: Superman nerds both young and old will be keeping an eye on this book and with good reason. Nothing could be more controversial than an updated version of the first, and arguably most important, superhero. I trust Geoff Johns implicitly and adore Gary Frank’s art, as do most super-nerds. I’m guessing a lot of retailers underestimate the selling potential on this title due to the low sales on the regular Supes-titles as of late. Which is too bad, because all the regular continuity Superman books are better than they’ve been in years. It’s Superman history in the making nerds. If you miss out I won’t be the only one making fun of you.

Nerdy Question of the Week:

With the recent rumor of Marvel lowering prices on their regular comics to $1.99 retailers have been in a panic fearing their profits being cut in half. What would the lower price tag do for you as collector? Would you buy more? Try different titles? Or just save some cash?


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 him 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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