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    Comics Should Be Cheap! (10/18/2017)

    By | October 17th, 2017
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    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!

    Kyle’s Picks

    Cable #150 (3.99): When trying a new book it is a pretty easy sell if I trust the creative team attached so my picks this week go along those lines. Cable can and should always be a cool character. Writer Ed Brisson has been doing a steady amount of Marvel work of late. He is a writer for me I will always try what he has going on. I have not felt his Marvel work has reflected what I enjoy most about his writing but he has more than enough credit with me. Oh and Jon Malin is perfect for a Cable book. That art is 90’s as fuck.

    Deadpool Vs Old Man Logan #1(3.99): This is 100 percent a book I am buying based on the creative team. Honestly very few things could interest me less than a “Deadpool Vs. Old Man Logan” book but in the hands of these two I have to know what they do. Declan Shalvey knows how to make good comics whether it is as a writer or artist. I have been dying for Mike Henderson to do more art since “Nailbiter”. If there are two people who can do something with “Deadpool vs Old Man Logan” these two creators are certainly qualified for the job.

    Sherlock Frankenstein And The Legion Of Evil #1 (3.99): Jeff Lemire, David Rubin, Black Hammer Universe stories. That is all……but seriously have you read a David Rubin book. As Guy Fieri so eloquently says “put that on a flip flop.”

    Total: $11.97 Oh ok I have some extra cash to spend. Let me check what else is out this week quick then.

    Grayson The Superspy Omnibus HC (99.99): You heard of Tom King and Tim Seeley right? Two big Rebirth guys writing books like “Batman”, “Mister Miracle” and “Nightwing”. Turns out they wrote this awesome run of Grayson together for this DC New 52 thing they did. Turns out it was also really great and Grayson was cool and super sexy and shit. This is a must buy for sure, sure my budget can handle adding this in.

    Total: $111.96 God dammit!

    Kent’s Picks

    Aquaman #29 ($3.99) – The ‘Undertow’ arc rounds the bend into it’s final act, and it’s lost none of that initial momentum. It’s going to be sad to see Stjepan Sejic leave the book (but we still get one more issue after this). What a wonderful, waterworld it is!

    Wild Storm #8 ($3.99) – Warren Ellis and Jon Davis-Hunt’s work is easily the most consistent DC title not named “Deathstroke”. This week Ellis peels back Jacob Marlowe’s past, meaning this storm is about to get cosmic.

    Swordquest #4 ($3.99) – I’d like to say this comic is an absolute blast. But there’s a wistful, melancholy at it’s core that’s should resonate with anyone who’s tried to chase down the dragons of their youth. Scratch that – even with those pangs, this comic is an absolute blast.

    Shirtless Bear-Fighter #5 ($3.99) – Oh Shirtless wonder… we hardly knew ye.

    Kid Lobotomy #1 ($3.99) – The Black Crown era begins now. While his overall execution might be a bit hit-or-miss, Peter Milligan has never suffered from a lack of originality. It’s far too early to reminisce about Vertigo’s halcyon days. But we can always dream.

    Total: $19.95 – Back under budget!

    Kevin’s Picks:

    Sherlock Frankenstein and the Legion of Evil #1 ($3.99) – “Black Hammer” is something of beauty, and I’m ready for this world to keep building and getting bigger and bigger. I’d read any “Lemireverse” book any day.

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    The Mighty Thor #700 ($5.99) – “The Mighty Thor” was one of Marvel’s best books before Legacy started, perhaps debatably because Jason Aaron is telling his own big story in spite of everything else happening in the Marvel Universe. This is how you do solo books. And with Russell Dauterman back after a few months along with a slew of great artists, this seems a must.

    Aquaman #29 ($3.99) – Best Rebirth book at the moment and all it took was an art change and more magic fun time.

    Batman #33 (2.99) – Maybe Joelle Jones can fix this book?

    Invincible Iron Man #593 ($3.99) – I may be a bit of a Bendis apologist sometimes. I happen to love the overly wordy dialogue and monologuing. “Jessica Jones” is a great book. All of the Iron Man stuff has been a little hit or miss, but Riri has so much potential as a character, and her and Doom in the same book with both Caselli and Maleev on art, well I’m intrigued and this could be something special.

    Total: $20.95. Went a little over, but every week it’s so easy to.

    Justin’s Picks:

    Aquaman #29 ($3.99) – Stjepan Šejić continues his assault on the DC universe and I’m here for it.

    Astro City #48 ($3.99) – Guest artist Mike Norton is killing it on this G-Dog story. Although Busiek better make him immortal, because I don’t think I can handle it if that cliffhanger from last issue plays out.

    Invincible #141 ($2.99) – The best superhero story in comics is almost at an end, and it’s so bittersweet. The huge conflict of this last arc is done, so I’m excited that there are a few issues to address the fallout.

    Kill or Be Killed #13 ($3.99) – This book is getting into “Saga” territory, where there’s no explanation needed to just pick it up.

    Sherlock Frankenstein & The Legion of Evil: From the World of Black Hammer #1 ($3.99) – I see that Lemire and company are taking a page from the Mignolaverse with that huge title. But even that can’t put a damper on my excitement for this book. The “Black Hammer” universe is ripe for expansion, so I’m excited to see another side of it.

    Gotham City Garage #7 ($0.99) – I’m using my extra dollar to pick up the latest issue in this surprisingly great DC digital-first series. The DC women-as-biker-gang concept sounds gimmicky at first, but Lanzing & Kelly are telling a really compelling story.

    Total: $19.94.

    Brian’s Picks:

    Mr. Higgins Comes Home ($14.99) – A new graphic novella from Mike Mignola and Warwick Johnson-Cadwell that is heavily influenced by Hammer Horror films of the 1960s is essentially the stuff I dream about at night. This book is a super enjoyable ride, full of unexpected turns and some truly gorgeous art.

    Aquaman #29 ($3.99) – Abnett and Sejic are in the midst of one of the all-time great Aquaman runs. Do not miss out on this.

    Total: $18.98


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    • Mark Tweedale

      And my own:

      “Mr. Higgins Comes Home” ($14.99) — I had high hopes for this book. After Warwick Johnson-Cadwell’s fantastic work on “Helena Crash,” I was eager to see what he’d cook up with Mike Mignola. I was not disappointed. Mignola’s writing and Johnson-Cadwell’s art clicks together beautifully. The book is certainly very Mignola, but Johnson-Cadwell adds an extra spark to the work, bringing an atmosphere I wasn’t expecting and absolutely loved. I laughed out loud multiple times reading this and I look forward to reading it again in print.

      “Sherlock Frankenstein and the Legion of Evil” #1 ($3.99) — I’ve been enjoying “Black Hammer” more and more recently, which is somewhat surprising to me because I’m not really a superhero comic kinda guy. The hook of the series—the references to various classic superhero comics—is in my opinion the least interesting part of it, but I’ve come to admire the way Jeff Lemire uses these references to tell stories economically. He doesn’t need to waste pages on superhero origins and prior battles, because Lemire can use just a few panels to go ‘He’s kinda like Captain America, but not… you fill in the blanks,’ and then we’re back to the story again.

      It means the story leans heavily on its artists too. I feel like both Dean Ormston and David Rubín have to be very mindful of their design choices so that our brains extrapolate the history of this world from the right influences. With “Sherlock Frankenstein” I’m eager to see this approach to story applied to supervillains and I know Rubín will impress.

      Total: $18.99 – Honestly, October is going to kill me. It’s been over a year since I’ve had a month this packed with books I’m interested in. There are so many more titles I want to add to this list.

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