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!
Southern Bastards Vol. 1 HC ($29.99) – It should come as no surprise to those that regularly read this that I’m all about some “Southern Bastards”. The Jasons are making a Southern story that rings true, even as it tells a work of fiction. It’s been nominated for Eisners, won a Harvey or two, sold pretty well, and just been consistently a stellar book, even if it isn’t always on time. This will be the first series that I own some single issues, trades, and a hardcover for, which is even more impressive considering I’m 99.9% digital. I just really love “Southern Bastards”, guys. Enough to go over my $20 by 50%.
Total: $29.99. If buying this hardcover isn’t your thing, I humbly suggest “From Under Mountains”, “Postal”, and “Kaijumax” also. All great looking books.
Batman Annual #4 ($4.99) – This annual is going to explore Bruce Wayne’s current life without his memory or the mantle of the bat. I love stories that focus on the man behind the mask and writer James Tynion IV has already proven he can write exceptional Bat-stories.
Grayson Annual #2 ($4.99) – Dick and Superman teaming up? It’s truly a world’s finest event!
Green Lantern Annual #4 ($4.99) – We get an explanation for Hal Jordan’s new status quo in this annual. I’ve been enjoying the stripped down adventures of Hal and his new buddies and look forward to seeing how the GL Corps finally gets back together.
Justice League #44 ($3.99) – Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok have been giving us an astonishing epic that is both action-packed and personal. With fights galore, this issue also promises “an ending that will change the League forever!” I can’t wait!
Total: $18.96 – Another week that is an example of why I love comics.
Book of Death: The Fall of Harbinger #1 ($3.99)– As much as I do like “Book of Death”, despite my expectations for the main book not quite as aligned with the reality, this was the tie-in that I was desperate to get my claws on. While Valiant’s overall catalog has been high quality, “Harbinger”, with the steady hand of Joshua Dysart, stood head above the rest. His skilled writing made some of the most intriguing young adult characters in comics and crafted a world within the Valiant world that has been so ripe with potential stories. And while Peter Stanchek and the Renegades fell to the background for a bit while Harada and his Imperium took center stage, we get to see Peter return and how Dysart would end it all.
Plus, looking at letterless preview pages, there is some subtext there that Dysart and the fantastic artist Kano are going to address something that would’ve been discovered in the original Valiant Unvierse if the times had been better to them.
Archie #3 ($3.99)– Okay, Archie! Well done, I’m actually saying a good thing about an Archie book, you win!
Self-Obsessed ($9.99)– For my money, Sina Grace is one of the top artists in comics right now. You may not know his name, you might not know his work, but rest assured once you read anything he has done you will not disappointed. Easily one of my most anticipated books of the year.
Archie #3 ($3.99)– Hard to believe that “Archie” was re-launched only a few short months ago to much acclaim. Sadly this will be the end of Fiona Staples’ artwork but Mark Waid will still be handling the writing duties for the foreseeable future. While “Archie” certainly is not for everyone, the modern edge to this incarnation is worth a look.Continued below
The Disciples #4 ($3.99)– I have made my love for Black Mask Studios and their output very clear numerous times. The stories being told are excellent and the DIY approach is very appealing to a lot of folks like me. “The Disciples” is something a little out of the company’s wheelhouse but it has settled in very nicely to the array of books. This is the closing of the first arc and if it goes where I think it is, we are all in for a treat!
Kaijumax #6 ($3.99)– The season finale to one of my favorite surprises of the year. Considering I knew next to nothing about kaiju related media, this was a great introduction to it. Zander Cannon has a lot of balls in the air for this issue and I look forward to the end result. I highly recommend seeking out the previous issues and catch up before issue #7’s release.
From Under The Mountains ($3.99)– Here is a book I know nothing about. The solicit text is very vague, the cover art is intriguing and I know none of the creators. Could this be a recipe for disaster? Sure, it certainly could. On the other hand this is a new Image #1 that has a lot of mystery to it. Even to stratify curiosity would be a great reason to pick this one up. My hope is that it is another excellent addition to a vast Image library.
Total: $25.95 – Spending $5 is worth it considering the talent involved this week. If anything, take a chance on “From Under The Mountains” and “Self-Obsessed” if you don’t read the others.
Matt Garcia’s Picks:
Palefire ($11.95) – MK Reed and Farel Dalrymple team up to present us with a coming of age story. Both creators are immensely talented, so this should be smacking you in all the feels.
Sandman Overture #6 ($3.99) – It took about two years to come out, but this gorgeous prequel to Gaiman’s magnum opus has finally reached its end. You probably want to read the previous five issues before this one, which isn’t so bad because did you even see the work JH Williams III had been turning in?
From Under Mountains #1 ($2.99) – Marian Churchland and Claire Gibson, with Sloane Leong, introduce a new fantasy series. It looks super interesting and their work over on “8House” has been intriguing. Plus monster fighting.
Mad’s Original Idiots: Jack Davis/Wally Wood/Will Elder ($14.99/$44.99) – Playing things a little differently this week, but opportunities like this don’t pop up too often. DC is putting out artist-focused collections of three different artists from the original days of “Mad”, back when it was a comic rather than a magazine. And we’re not talking just any old artists; they’re picking geniuses like Will Elder, Wally Wood, and Jack Davis. Called “The Usual Gang of Idiots” in a manner of self-deprecation, these and the other Mad artists were among the best that ever held a pencil. Each of these volumes collects that artist’s entire output for the fi
rst 23 issues of the series. The three are available separately or together in a 3-volume slipcase edition (that’s the $45 dollar one). If you need more convincing, you can list to Mike Romeo and I talk about them in this week’s Robots From Tomorrow Pull List episode.
Total: $14.99 (or $44.99)