Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Waiting for Wednesday, Volume 2, Issue 13

I'd like to start off this lucky numbered edition of Waiting for with some ridiculous comic book news. Another copy of Action Comics, issue one, featuring the first appearance of Superman, has sold at auction.

And it went for super silly money, too.

Shattering a record that's already been broken twice this year, this copy brought in $1.5 million. Check out the article over at Comic Book Resources, and then try wrapping your head around that kind of money.
It's been a crazy year so far in terms of the vintage comics market, and I suspect that the economy has a lot to do with the insane numbers we've seen thus far. People with big-ticket items in their collections always put certain things aside for "rainy days," and it's been pouring these last couple of years.

So it's no surprise, really, that people are letting go of big books. It also helps that the prices of these blue chip books have reached levels that no one could ever have dreamed of, even as recently as five years ago.

And when it comes to people buying these books. Well, let's just say, if you have $1.5 million to spend on a comic book, then it's a safe bet that you're recession proof.

Speaking of stupid money, it looks like this week's list of new product will be healthy, and costly. It's the last Wednesday in a month with five of them, so publishers are going to get as much product out as possible before the month-end cut-off date of April 1.

So, naturally, there are a lot of books shipping today.

Out of the hundreds of new issues, though, there's one book especially that has been on fans' radars for the past several months. From DC Comics, writer Geoff Johns' epic event, Blackest Night, comes to a conclusion this week with issue eight.
This is the big one, folks. This issue will wrap up what has become arguably comics' best event book of the last decade, and it will lay the foundation for DC's next year-plus of stories in the "Brightest Day" landscape.

Personally, Blackest Night has probably been my favorite mainstream comic of 2009/2010, and that's saying a lot, since I tend to skew towards Marvel's line of books.

But Johns' writing and the incredible (and uninterrupted--as opposed to, say, the legions of artists on Final Crisis) art of Ivan Reis have made for a new classic DCU story.

Here's the solicitation information for DC's biggest release of the past five years:

The extra-sized conclusion to the most talked-about event in comics is here, and the results will change the course of the DC Universe for years to come.

Earth has become the final battleground for life versus death, but how will our heroes fight back against the darkness of sentient space itself? And what does the future hold for Green Lantern, The Flash and the rest of the world's greatest heroes and villains? Find out here as the stage is set for the next epic era of DC Comics!

I'm looking forward to this book--though I'm not looking forward to the series ending, since I've enjoyed it as much as I have--and this one is definitely on my pull list for today.

Across the street, Marvel has a a few interesting offerings today, but there's one book that stands out for me. And, while it might seem like it's out of left field, if you've followed the blog for a bit, you know I'm a big Peter David fan.
Add Peter David to the 30th anniversary issue of She-Hulk, a character he's written with great success, and you have a book I'm looking forward to.

It's flown a bit under the radar, but here's the solicit info for She-Hulk: Sensational, a one-shot anniversary offering:

You NEVER ask a woman her age...especially when she can bench press tractor trailers! But She-Hulk’s big secret is out, because Marvel’s celebrating 30 years of the jade giantess and you’re invited to the party!

Join acclaimed Shulkie scribe Peter David for an anniversary tale unlike any other! And if you’re still feeling savage, writer Brian Reed (MS. MARVEL) and artist Iban Coello are hosting an after party in honor of the buff bombshell and her most fabulous friends!

With a classic John Byrne She-Hulk reprint as the nightcap, you’re guaranteed to have a gamma-gamma good time! One-Shot/Rated T

The price tag is a bit steep, though, so I'd suggest flipping through the book on the stands before committing to purchase.

And that's where I'll wrap things up for this morning. Enjoy New Comics Day, everyone, but first--what are you Waiting for?

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