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!
No One Else GN ($16.99) – As evidenced by his acclaimed work “The Night Fisher,” cartoonist and illustrator R. Kikuo Johnson has a brilliant eye for depicting life in Maui – a short distance from the tourist traps, but lives that could be a world away. His vibrant and expressive linework that he exhibited in his early work has since become more contemplative, purposeful, and restrained, but no less skillful, bringing to mind artists like Darwyn Cooke or Jaime Hernandez (and certainly his peer in the illustrator trade, Adrian Tomine, has a similar line). His new book, “No One Else,” again dives into familial/class turmoil, and I cannot wait to be enveloped into this surely gripping tale.
What’s the Furthest Place Frome Here? #1 ($4.99) – Tyler Boss and Matthew Rosenberg, the pair behind the wonderful (and wonderfully affecting) “4 Kids Walk Into A Bank” are back again for another series. This time, they’re tossing out huge chunks of Johnny catnip, with a postapocalyptic story that (if you’re lucky enough to snag one) comes with a 7″ vinyl record featuring some new music inspired by and informing the series. It’s a very specific kind of world-building you don’t often see, but one I can still very much appreciate.
Total: $21.98 – Blew the cap with just two books! And don’t get me started on Momoko-fest happening over at Marvel this week!
Lore Olympus – Volume 1 (Softcover, $19.99) – I have seen so little of Rachel Smythe’s “Lore Olympus,” but what I’ve seen of it, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed. So why haven’t I read more of it? Well, because it’s a Webtoon comic, and I find it very difficult to read comics for pleasure on a screen. It just feels like work. For someone like me, this physical edition is a godsend. I suspect Smythe’s colors will look especially wonderful on the page. Plus, you know, it’ll be nice to properly get swept up in the “Lore Olympus” romance.
Total: $19.99. (Actually $26.99, because I’m picking up the hardcover edition.) And of course I’ll also be picking up all the usual things you’d expect from me, like “Mazebook” #3, “The Unbelievable Unteens” #4, “6 Sidekicks of Trigger Keaton” #6, and “Junji Ito’s Cat Diary: Yon And Mu” (Collector’s Edition), and utterly breaking the budget in the process.
Eternals #7 ($3.99) – One of the most astute aspects of Kieron Gillen and Esad Ribic’s series has been recognizing that Thanos is the most interesting Eternal, despite not having been conceived as one. This new jumping on point sees Thanos become the new Prime Eternal: it’s good to be the king.
Horizon Zero Dawn: Liberation #3 ($3.99) – Blimey, the last issue of this came out in August; glad we’re getting out of that cliffhanger at least.
Life is Strange: Settling Dust #2 ($3.99) – It’s reunion time for this comic’s version of Max and her Chloe; I’ll be fetching the tissues.
Action Comics #1036 ($3.99) – It seems like the road to the ‘Warworld Saga’ has taken forever, but we are finally here. The Superman status quo is as interesting as it has been in many years, and a big part of that is giving Clark a team to hang with while he attempts to end Mongul’s reign of terror.
The Thing #1 ($4.99) – I’ve tried, and failed, to get into Dan Slott’s “Fantastic Four” run a few times, but it just hasn’t been for me. Let’s hope that this new Ben Grimm series can give me the fix I’m looking for.Continued below
Life is Strange Settling Dust #2 ($3.99) – It’s been a long time coming, but the plans are in motion to give Max and Chloe their happy ending.
Deadpool: Black White and Blood #4 ($4.99) – Another finale, and this one has a story from the “Deadpool: Samurai” creative team, a manga I hope gets an English translation soon.
What’s The Furthest Place From Here? #1 ($4.99) – I love a good post-apocalyptic story, and Matthew Rosenberg knows how to write smart kids without making them sound ridiculously precocious.