This Week in Geek 9/4

Cover of Necronomicon #1
Cover of Fringe #1
Cover of Secret Six #1

This Week in Geek is a weekly blog about new comics written by Worthpoint Comicbook 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

If you charge into your comic shop this Wednesday with fists full of cash and a hankering for new comics prepare to be disappointed. Normally new comics arive every Wednesday to the joy of comic nerds everywhere. It’s like nerd Christmas every week, but sadly, not this week. It is my sullen duty to report there will be no new comics this Wednesday. But don’t fret comic junkies. Your weekly schwag is coming, it’s just a day late. Labor day gave the boys at UPS a day off leaving us nerds biting our lips and sweating it out for one more day. But rest assured this week’s pile of fun is worth the wait and new comic Thursday is going to be huge.

On the Batman: RIP front Detective Comics #848 and Nightwing #148 hit this week along with DC’ Manhunter #34 Green Lantern #34 and Verigo’s Fables #75. Marvel is countering with Invincible Iron Man #5, Eternals #4 The Haunt of Horror #3 and the next big X-crossover event begins with X-Men: Manifest Destiny#1. I’m also picking up Buffy the Vampire Slayer #18 (it’s time for Dark Horse to reacquire the rights to Angel at any cost!) and the new Boom Studios undersea-thriller Challenger Deep #1. A drug habit might be cheaper than my weekly comics.

Now do I expect you to buy all these titles? No of course not. That’s why each week I pick three must buy comics for you, the frugal collector, who, unlike myself, has a modicum of self control when visiting the comic shop. Of course if you are buying all these titles or completely different ones, I want to hear about them. What are you reading/collecting? Get on the comic collecting forums and start talking!

Now let’s get to it. Here’s my picks of the week for Thursday 9/04/2008:

”Secret Six #1”; DC, Written by Gail Simone; Art by Nicola Scott; $2.99

Why it’s hot: The first modern Secret Six incarnation appeared in pages of the Villains United mini-series that led up to 2005’s Infinite Crisis. There were three other mini’s that loosely led up to Infinite Crisis but Simone’s ”Villians United” was, in my opinion, the best of the four. Issue #1 of VI still sells for $8.00 – $10.00. The Story centered around 6 villains that refused to join Lex Luthor’s Secret Society of Super Villains at the time and have stuck together as a loose team since The Secret Six reappeared in 2006 in another mini-series written by Simone, while still great, didn’t sell quite as well as Villains United. Now in their own ongoing series, the Secret Six find themselves seeking two new members while exploring the darker side of the DC universe.

Why it’ll go fast: Gail Simone is currently one of my favorite DC writers and only seems to get better with each new project (her ”Wonder Woman” is a must read). Nicola Scott is one of my favorite new artists of the past five years and has attracted the eye of several readers and not just with her art (cute nerd girl alert). Secret Six is going to be hot but not right away. I predict issue #1 selling out slowly over the next couple of weeks but by issue #3 the buzz on Secret Six will make back-issues next to impossible to find. I don’t expect orders on Secret Six #1 to be too high after the disappointing sales on the 2006 mini-series at the retailer so pick it up now before you have to pay $30.00 for it on Ebay.

”Fringe #1” DC/Wildstorm; Written by Zack Whedon, Julia Cho, Alex Katsnelson, and Denielle Dispaltro; Art by Tom Mandrake and Simon Coleby; Photo Cover; $2.99.

Why it’s hot: The plot of JJ Abrams latest TV series, Fringe, has been a complete mystery up until the Pilot episode popped up on the internet this past month. You just can’t trust those critics to keep anything a secret I tell ya. Fringe is being touted as the new X-Files which sounds good unless of course those saying it are including anything that happened post X-Files season 6 and the latest box-office flop. Regardless, the hype on the show is huge and the comic, written by Zack Whedon (who will be perpetually known as Joss Whedon’s little brother) and others, is the first glimpse of what Abrams new show is all about.

Why it’ll go fast: Everyone who already hasn’t downloaded the pilot episode of Fringe (which is a crime and is NOT condoned by this blog) will be looking for this comic to get a peek at what to expect from the show. Retailers can’t order enough of this comic and, if I’m correct, they won’t. TV spin-off comics rarely sell well as they usually aren’t written by the series writers and don’t have the same quality stories. The Fringe comic however is a prelude to the much anticipated show and is written by the series writers. This issue is going to sellout before close of buisness Wednesday and will be selling for at least $10.00 on ebay by Friday. GO GET IT NOW OR PAY TO MUCH FOR IT LATER!

”Necronomicon #1”; Boom Studios; Written by William Messner-Loebs; Art by Andrew Ritchie; Cover by J.K. Woodward; $3.99.

Why it’s hot: This week’s little-book-that-could comes from Boom Studios and is about the mythical Necronomicon, a book written by the Mad Arab Abdul-Alhazred that detail the history of the ancient gods that wait on the edge of reality to devour mankind and sink the earth back into the nightmarish chaos where once resided. Sounds uplifting right? The Necronomicon was actually a creation of pulp-horror writer H.P. Lovecraft who would influence just about every modern horror writer and filmmaker. Necronomicon is a four issue mini-series that will examine the history of the unholy books and expose the horrors that lie within. What more could a horror nerd want?

Why it’ll go fast: The Boom horror comics sell but they don’t exactly sell huge numbers. Although I expect that to change as Editor-in-Chief Mark Waid builds his Boom “Horrorverse” which will bring all the Boom Horror titles into one Lovecraftian universe. The only thing that horror nerds dig more than squid-headed demons is continuity in there horror comics. I would expect that based on the orders of the the other Boom horror comics initial orders on Necronomicon #1 will be extremely low. My local shop only ordered two copies, until I told them how cool Necronomicon is going to be. Then they upped their order to three copies. That’s me… A man of power and influence.

Until next week, keep the questions coming, feel free to post to the forum topics in the comic books community and tell me what you’re reading/collecting. Also, chek out my other blog The Comic Speculator, where I discuss classic yet still affordable back-issue comics. 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 in the Comic Book community forum. Want to know what your comics are worth? Join Worthpoint for free and post your titles in the “Ask A Question” section.

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