Comics Should Be Cheap! (2/6/2013)

Buying comics can be an expensive hobby. A lot of fans simply can’t afford everything they’re interested in, due to rising prices and the over-saturation of the market with superhero titles.

That’s why we’re here. Every week, the Multiversity staff is asked “What would you buy this week if you couldn’t go over $20?” and shares their reasons why, in order to help others who might have similar tastes make their own decisions in buying comics on a budget. Be sure to leave your own picks in the comments!

Walt’s Picks:

Scarlet #6 ($3.95) – I still won’t believe this is actually coming out until I actually hold it in my hands, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to be putting it on my CSBC list. I loved the first five issues of this series, and have been anxiously awaiting its return since I first closed my copy of issue #5. This is Bendis in top form, with his finest collaborator, making one hell of a comic. I honestly cannot wait.

Daredevil: End of Days #4 ($3.99) – Speaking of Bendis being in top form! I’ll let you in on a secret — I read and loved the first issue of this mini, and I’ve been buying every issue, but I am now waiting for it to be finished so I can read it all in one fell swoop. That’s how sure I am that I’m not wasting my money on this book.

Hellboy in Hell #3 ($2.99) – Same as last week: Hellboy illustrated by Mignola for only $3 a pop. Oh, and it’s great, too.

Snapshot #1 ($2.99) – The Andy Diggle/Jock combo has yet to fail, in my opinion. Don’t see why it would choke on a creator-owned mini, either. I am very interested in this.

Green Arrow #17 ($2.99) – Because if Jeff Lemire can’t make the New 52 “Green Arrow” ongoing bearable, then no one can.

Total: $16.91

Brandon’s Picks:

All New X-Men #7 ($3.99) – Easily one of my favorite titles on the market at this point. The journey thus far has been fun and bringing in Mystique should only heighten the enjoyability of this series as an outcast young Cyclops may move to the “dark side” even sooner than the current age Cyke due to his friends turning their backs on him. Oh and where Mystique is Sabertooth tends to be as of late and I love me some Sabertooth.

Fearless Defenders #1 ($2.99) – This book is going to be awesome! I can just feel it! Plus, Dani Moonstar! Yes please!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #18 ($3.99) – This was my title of the year last year. I love this book quite a bit. Last issue brought in the Neutrinos in all their awesome glory. I’m really excited to see more of them and hopefully some of their sweet flying cars like in the cartoon series of my childhood.

X-Factor #251 ($2.99) – Peter David and “X-Factor” are about as sure a thing as it gets as far as quality. Add in that this is a storyline that has been percolating in the background of his books for some time and you get an unbeatable boo. All for $2.99 nonetheless!

Animal Man #17 ($2.99) and Swamp Thing #17 ($2.99) – The end of ‘Rotworld’ as well as Snyder’s run on “Swamp Thing.” Both ‘Rotworld’ and Snyder’s “Swamp Thing” have been fantastic and a very bright spot for the New 52. I’m excited to see how it all wraps up as well as where Snyder leaves Swampy for the next creative team.

Total: $19.94

Brian’s Picks:

Green Arrow #17 ($2.99) – After languishing in creative hell (read: JT Krul/Ann Nocenti) for the past year and a half, “Green Arrow” is finally getting a creative team worthy of the character’s legacy. Andrea Sorrentino is an incredible talent, and Jeff Lemire has proven himself more than capable at working in DC’s sandbox.

Earth 2 #9 ($2.99) – DC’s best comic starts to bring in some more JSA-ers. This month: Dr. Fate.

Mudman #6 ($3.50) – It’s been said before: this is the best Spider-Man comic being published today.

Avengers #5 ($3.99)/New Avengers #3 ($3.99) – Damn these books for being so expensive. Seriously. “New Avengers” has been exactly what was anticipated so far, but “Avengers” has stumbled a little bit of late. It doesn’t help that “Avengers” seems to come out every week, either.

Hellboy in Hell #3 – This book is shaping up to be a totally unique reading experience, with some of the most stunning art I’ve seen in years. Why oh why must I continue to sell you on this?

Total: $20.45 – These books are worth the extra 45 cents, trust me. What a week!

Matt’s Picks:

Scarlet #6 ($3.95) – It’s back!!

Mudman #6 ($3.50) – It’s also back!!

Snapshot #1 ($2.99) – “New” Diggle/Jock is not something to miss, as the record will clearly show.

Hellboy in Hell #3 ($2.99) – This is the penultimate issue of one of the biggest Hellboy stories we’ve ever had, with Mignola back behind the pencil. I see no reason to not be picking this up, unless you particularly hate comics (in which case you might be at the wrong website).

Multiple Warheads: From Alphabet to Infinity #4 ($2.99) – It was a bit delayed, but the last issue of Brandon Graham’s current uber-fun comic is here and ready for your preferred method of consumption. I prefer mine toasted with a sprinkle of oregano.

Red She-Hulk #62 ($2.99) – Just barely squeezing in at the end as the only “company” book I want you to support this week, the latest issue of Jeff Parker’s continued adventures in the Hulk world is definitely not one to miss. Should be a rather “big” issue, all things considered.

Total: 19.41

About The AuthorWalt RichardsonWalt had a blast writing for Multiversity Comics on a weekly basis for a few years (on good weeks, at least). He has moved on to daytime employment and nighttime education, but you might still see his words pop up on Multiversity Comics every now and then.

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  • SpearFishing

    Snyder leaves Swamp Thing next issue, 18, not 17.

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