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!
Extremity #7 ($3.99) – Extremity is back… Extremity is back… Extremity is back… Brace yourself – this lived-in sci-fi epic packs such a salty, wind-swept punch that you’ll be spitting sand and barely able to lift your arms when you’re done.
Eleanor and the Egret #4 ($3.99) – It’s Eleanor minus the Egret this time around. I know it’s been awhile since the last issue dropped, but I’d gladly wait twice as long to get another dose of Sam Keith’s off-beat, intricate, and ornate dynamism.
Kim & Kim: Love is a Battlefield #3 ($3.99) – It’s a genuine thrill when the follow-up to a critically acclaimed run is every bit as energetic and ecstatic as the predecessor.
Deathstroke #24 ($3.99) – Then again, it might be even more thrilling when a run cracks the two-dozen mark with only the faintest of wobbles along the way. Priest handled Slade’s about-face with aplomb, and the ‘Defiance’ arc has felt every bit as vital as the rest of the series. Somebody really should hand this guy the keys to a bigger ride…
Punisher: The Platoon #1 ($3.99) – Some words go together so well that they really shouldn’t ever be apart. Words like: Garth Ennis and Goran Parlov and Vietnam-era Frank Castle. Welcome back, Frank? No. It’s welcome back, Goran. And party on, Garth. We’ll see you two in the shit.
Total: $19.95 – This is one of those bank breakers of a week. And outside of the usual haul, why not get prepped for Halloween nice and early by checking out “Doc Macabre Treasury Edition”($9.99) from the Steve Niles/Bernie Wrightson team-up. Who says no to black-and-white Wrightson art when it’s roughly the size of a pizza box.
Matt Lune’s Picks:
The Archies #1 ($3.99) – I really enjoyed the one-shot that came out earlier this year, and while I’m not a major Archie fan I have been keeping up with the rebooted Nu-Riverdale, so I’ll check this out.
Eugenic #1 ($5.99) – This feels like Children of Men but with more horror influences, and the solicit references Black Mirror, which are all things that interest me. Plus it’s created by James Tynion IV and Eryk Donovan which is a great team.
Batman White Knight #1 ($3.99) – There’s something infinitely fascinating about the Batman and Joker dynamic, but you have to wonder what more there is to say after nearly eight decades. Somehow, Sean Murphy has managed to find a new take, and from the premise and the art I’m already hooked.
Slots #1 ($3.99) – A washed-up boxer going after that one last shot of glory in front of a Vegas backdrop isn’t something I thought I wanted until I got a look at the previews for this issue, now I’m all in.
Punisher Platoon #1 ($3.99) – I may be one of those rare people that have yet to read Garth Ennis’ ruin on “Punisher” so this may not be the best place to start, but Goran Parlov is a buy-on-sight artist for me, so I’ll be picking this up.
Total: $21.95 – I went over slightly due to the higher price of “Eugenic”, apologies!
All-Star Batman #14 ($4.99) – Sad to see this series go, but I can’t wait to see how it’s resurrected.
Batman #32 ($2.99) – I’ve checked out of this series, but the Catwoman issues have been high points, so I’ll see how this arc is wrapping up.
Batman: The Dawnbreaker #1 ($3.99) – The Dark Batman origins have been better than expected so far. But I’m all-in for this event, so I would have picked it up anyways.Continued below
Batman: White Knight #1 ($3.99) – It doesn’t matter what this story was going to be about, Sean Murphy is always a must-buy creator. I am curious to see what he does with Batman and Joker’s role reversals though.
Green Arrow #32 ($2.99) – The ‘Gotham Resistance’ crossover has been a little uneven, but I’m hoping they can close out strong.
Total: $18.95. An all Batman week! (I’m counting “Green Arrow” since it’s a ‘Dark Nights: Metal’ tie-in.
Eleanor and the Egret #4 ($3.99) – This Aftershock series has been seriously delayed, but I’m really enjoying the ride. Plus, how can you say no to Sam Kieth art?
Deathstroke #24 ($3.99) – The best DC series by a country mile keeps getting better and better.
The Shadow/Batman #1 ($3.99) – The crossover continues with a move to Dynamite and a new artist – can the quality keep up? I guess we’ll see.
Nightwing #30 ($2.99) – Before Tim Seeley departs, soak up all his Nightwing goodness.