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!
Matt Lune’s Picks:
Abbott #2 ($3.99) – The first issue of Saladin Ahmed and Sami Kivela’s supernatural noir was riveting, and Abbott is a truly fascinating central character. I’m excited to see where this series goes.
Doctor Star & the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows ($3.99) – The “Black Hammer “ universe continues to expand, and while the title is a mouthful, this new series looks like it does what these books do so well. By delving deep into the life of a golden age hero who’s trying to connect with his son, it looks like Lemire is once again mixing the human and the superhuman in a way only he can.
Hungry Ghosts #2 ($3.99) – One the best debut issues of the year, the horror-anthology “Hungry Ghosts” continues its food-based creepfest about guests at a dinner party taking it in turns to tell spooky stories.
Doom Patrol JLA Special #1 ($4.99) – Can I honestly say that I’ve followed along with everything that’s been going on in this event? Hell no. Have I enjoyed every page of it so far? Absolutely. It’s bonkers, bold and brilliantly inventive, and I can’t wait to see how it ends.
The Terrifics #1 ($2.99) – Ever since it was announced, I’ve been looking forward to see this ‘fantastic’ new adventure book hit the stands. With such a cheekily familiar premise, I can’t wait for DC to pick up what Marvel dropped and run with it.
Total: $19.95 – Under budget with some amazing comics. A good week.
Justin Beeson’s Picks:
Abbott #2 ($3.99) – This book feels like a supernatural The Wire and I’m here for it.
Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Coronation #1 ($3.99) – This is honestly one of my most anticipated books of the year. The one-shots and specials have all been really great, but it’s nice to get an actual series. Si Spurrier’s world-building skills are some of the best in the industry so he’s the perfect writer to tackle Jareth’s origins.
Lockjaw #1 ($3.99) – I’m surprised this hasn’t happened sooner with all the love that Lockjaw has been getting in “Blackbolt and “Inhumas: Once and Future Kings.”
Saga #49 ($2.99) – The solicit says this arc is about “a spacefaring adventure about fake news and genuine terror,” so I’m curious to see how Vaughan and Staples tackle the current political climate through the lens of “Saga.”
The Terrifics #1 ($3.99) – I think this is the only book from ‘The New Age of DC Heroes’ that I’m actually excited about, and the fact that they’re actively trolling Marvel with a riff on the Fantastic Four makes it even more interesting.
Gwenpool #25 ($3.99) – It’s the end of Gwenpool as we know her right now, and needless to stay I’m still not feeling fine about this. There’s few things I binge, but this series was one of them, thanks to Marvel Unlimited and a massive traffic delay on a road trip. She wasn’t always the greatest role model (stay in school, kids) but she was independent, loyal to her friends, and owned her decisions (both good and bad). You can’t have enough of that in the world, and while I will miss Gwen Poole (and “Gwenpool”), our comics are just a little bit better (and funnier) because she was in it.
Crosswind Vol. 1 ($8.99) – If you missed this Gail Simone body switching series, here’s a great chance to catch up.
Glitterbomb: The Fame Game Vol. 2 ($14.99) – The follow up to last year’s “Glitterbomb” series doesn’t have as many supernatural elements as its predecessor, but the story doesn’t need it – – the theme of “what price fame?” makes it compelling and rather relevant to our times.Continued below
Total: $27.97. Over budget this week, but these two trades are worth it.