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Comics Should Be Cheap (10/20/21)

By | October 19th, 2021
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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!

Mark’s Picks:

Tales from Harrow County: Fair Folk #4 ($3.99) – This should be on everyone’s list. I mean, for one, Hallowe’en is coming up, so it’s simply proper that one has appropriate reading material for the occasion. For another, this series is superb. I will always profess my love for “Harrow County.” And there’s more in the works too, which is always a nice thing to know when you’re sitting in the wake of an ominous cliffhanger.

Essential Guide to Comic Book Lettering ($16.99) – If you follow Nate Piekos AKA Blambot) on any of his social media channels, then you know he has a lot to say about comic book lettering. His detailed approach to the finer points on lettering is fascinating, so I absolutely recommend this book to the point that I’m breaking our “$20 or less” rule. If you have any interest in making comics at all, or even reviewing comics, then this should absolutely be on shelf.

Total: $20.98. I’ll go back to being under $20 next week, I swear, Brian.

Kate’s Picks:

Ice Cream Man #26 ($3.99) – Just in case you’re feeling like your family is just The Weirdest, here comes “Ice Cream Man” with a tale that pretty much says, “hold my soft-serve and watch this.”

Catwoman: Lonely City #1 ($6.99) – It’s nice to see a Black Label book that isn’t about Batman or the Joker. Let’s see what trouble Selina Kyle can cause in a grown up and cleaned up Gotham City.

Dune: House Atreides #11 ($4.99) – The spice will flow on Friday evening (or Thursday night if you have HBO Max as is currently rumored), so get yourself in an Arrakis state of mind.

Total: $15.97

Brian’s Picks:

Catwoman: Lonely City #1 ($6.99) – Cliff Chiang does everything – writing, drawing, coloring, and lettering – for this title. It’s so rare that we see a creator do all of that on a company-owned title. Also, it’s Cliff Chiang art, and should be gobbled up without second thought.

Nita Hawes’ Nightmare Blog #1 ($3.99) – It’s Halloween season, and this book seems like a fun horror title for this perfectly spooky time of year.

Shazam #4 ($3.99) – This book, which spun out of the equally great “Teen Titans Academy,” has done more for Billy Batson than the past ten years combined. Give me more!

Total: $14.97

Johnny’s Picks:

The Death of Doctor Strange #2 ($3.99) – I probably said this when the first issue dropped – but this is really my first exposure to artist Lee Garbett’s work. I’m digging it so far – it’s not terribly dynamic – but he has some really beautiful line work, and some terrific character designs, specifically with the new villains introduced within. Wait until you see The Crawling. Zounds!

Critical Role: The Tales of Exandria – The Bright Queen #1 (of 4) ($3.99) – It is no surprise that the multimedia juggernaut known as Critical Role can attract some eye-catching talent to helm their many projects – but it was at least a surprise to me that they nabbed Eisner winning “Little Bird” writer Darcy Van Poelgeest to tackle this mini-series. I wasn’t a huge fan of the hyper-violent, epic, and ultimately hollow “Little Bird,” but this first issue really grabbed me. Could be I’m just a mark for Critical Role, though, too!

Total: $7.98. Brubaker and Phillips drop a pulpy new Reckless hardcover yarn this week, too – and that right there is my number 1 pick – even at 25 bucks! Comics just ain’t cheap!


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