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!
Hawkeye: Kate Bishop #1 ($3.99) – We all love Kate Bishop, the second and best Avenger called Hawkeye, don’t we? One thing that’s also very cool about this new series is that writer Marieke Nijkamp is (as far as we know) the first autistic author to pen a Marvel comic; hopefully she’s paving the way for others.
Joy Operations #1 ($3.99) – When Brian Michael Bendis brings his A-game, he really brings his A-game, and I love Stephen Byrne’s glossy artwork as well as future noir, so I’ll definitely be trying chapter one of this cyberpunk series; I also think it’s really cool how the protagonist is an older woman, which is so rare in this genre.
Hulk #1 ($4.99) – “Immortal Hulk” was a great series, but I’m relishing the prospect of the Hulk starring in a schlockier book, which doesn’t fill me with dread in each issue again; Ryan Ottley’s art should be certainly be great to look at as well.
Star Wars: Life Day ($4.99) – It is the start of the holiday season, and it’s got be better than the Holiday Special.
Hawkeye Kate Bishop #1 ($3.99) – Just in time for Hawkeye on Disney+, Kate Bishop proves you can go home again. Kelly Thompson’s “Hawkeye” series was one of the first comics I read when I got back into comics as an adult, so Kate Bishop isn’t the only Kate going home again this week.
Star Wars Life Day #1 (#4.99) – It’s the galaxy’s favorite holiday!
Wild Bullets #1 ($4.99) – If you think your family’s the epitome of dysfunction, meet the Bullets, who say “hold my dinner plate and watch this.” This series also features an interesting artistic twist, with a different genre at work when a different character takes center stage in the story. It will be interesting to see how all these different art types work to provide a cohesive story.
Decorum #8 ($4.99) – The last issue is finally here. I know it’s been a bit of a wait, but it’s worth it. Mike Huddleston’s work on “Decorum” is some of the best we’ve seen this year from any artist.
Hellboy: The Silver Lantern Club #2 ($3.99) – This series continues to be a delight. For the Hellboy Universe, it’s rather light, but that ends up being its strength. This is a series of drunken pub stories and it embraces that aspect wholeheartedly.
Black Hammer: Reborn #6 ($3.99) – We’re getting deep into alternate reality stuff now. . .
Jonna and the Unpossible Monsters #8 ($3.99) – It was tough to pick a comic for this last slot, but since this is the end of an arc, I had to get the new “Jonna.” We’re doing our end-of-year lists for the site at the moment, and I keep thinking back to this series as one of my favourites for 2021.
Total: $16.99. “Decorum” #8 effectively takes up two slots, but it’s totally worth it.
The Flash #776 ($3.99) – Not to spoil anything about the issue, but “The Flash” #776 is 20 pages of pure comic book madness, and should be celebrated as such.
Star Wars: Life Day #1 ($4.99) – Because it isn’t fair to make Lumpy and Itchy celebrate the day alone.