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!
Matt Lune’s Picks:
Ninjak vs the Valiant Universe #1 ($3.99) – I’m super looking forward to this next Valiant event but I’m not going to lie – I’m deeply curious about the live action “digital promotion” that accompanies it. Valiant are leaning into the nutty gimmicks lately so I’m looking forward to seeing how a cross-media story is going to work.
Paradiso #2 ($3.99) – The first issue of this was a mind-bending, world-building tour de force, and I’m extremely down for more.
Mech Cadet Yu #5 ($3.99) – I’m still just psyched that this is now an ongoing. If Pacific Rim was a Shonen Manga it would be this, and if that has you convinced to check it out, the first trade is out this week too.
Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #28 ($3.99) – When would I not buy USG? I should rephrase: when would I not buy the greatest single comic Marvel is currently putting out? This arc has space squirrels, Loki, Dormammu and cosmic grifters, just get on board already!
Darth Vader #10 ($3.99) – I had serious doubts that anything would live up Kieron Gillen’s previous series, but so far this has been great. Charles Soule is tackling a different era of Vader’s life, a more vicious era and less refined than the coldly manipulative Sith Lord we saw in the last run.
Avengers #675 ($4.99) – Alright finally we’re getting into the meat of Legacy after three months of almost zero follow-up to the one-shot. Sure this is probably the beginning of a four month cash grab to cash in on getting this series closer to #700 (which will be in April 2019 if it goes monthly after “No Surrender” to coincide with Avengers 4), but I’m at least going to show up for part one. I at least trust Waid, Ewing, and Zub to craft a good superhero story with off the wall zaniness and little depth. The slew of artists on this book are also a trio of rising stars at Marvel. This’ll be fun. How complex and meaningful I don’t know. I’m still expecting Legacy to be the stop gap to whatever happens this summer or late next year. But hey who doesn’t like fun comics?
Royal City #9 ($3.99) – The best from the best. You all should be reading Jeff Lemire’s best series.
Detective Comics #972 ($2.99) – The best of Rebirth still as Tynion continues to build this story and world he’s been tackling for 18 months.
Superwoman #18 ($3.99) – The end of an era. While this title never quite recovered from the departure of Phil Jimenez, K. Perkins and her team of artists continued to tell a fun Superman-adjacent story. It’s titles like this that really fill in the depth of these universes and DC and Marvel should take note and continue to put out fun side stories like these. Plus, this is the beginning of the first wave of Rebirth cancellations. It’s amazing that DC let some of these books get a full 18 issues as that seems unheard of in the present age of “stealth cancellations.” Makes you wander though as DC starts to trim the line a little bit, what will rise in its place?
Archie #27 ($3.99) – I just still love this book and I am unashamed.
Stabbity Bunny #1 ($3.99) – I saw this on a poster at a comic shop in the Tampa Bay area (shoutout to Yancy Street Comics in Port Richey, Florida!). Growing up in the 80s where creepy dolls were a source for many a horror movie, I’m immediately intrigued.Continued below
Doctor Who 12th Doctor Year Three #11 ($3.99) – I have a love/hate relationship with the Doctor Who comics – love Who, but never could get into the comics, possibly because I was jumping on at the wrong time, or the series was spread out over multiple doctors. (Looking at you, “Lost Dimension”.) Somehow I found a good jumping on point with a story about angels on a spaceship, and so far, I’m doing okay.
Hard Case Crime: Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest #2 ($5.99) – I wasn’t happy with the first issue in this series, particularly because the source material has so many plot threads integral to each other it’s hard to edit down to a serialized comic. But I am a completist, so I have to get and read this final issue. Who knows, maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised?
Ms. Marvel #26 ($3.99) – Marvel broke my heart at the start of the new year with cancellation notices for several of my favorite titles – “Hawkeye”, “Iceman”, “Gwenpool” – and rumors that another favorite of mine, “America”, was on the chopping block. But they kept my Jersey homegirl Kamala Khan, and that broken heart is just a little bit healed. I’ve enjoyed the overall stories and touches that make this Garden State native smile, such as references to our “Summer of Hell” with rail service and shoutouts to towns that a New Jersey native only knows. I’m happy this was saved from cancellation.
“Sleepless” #2 ($3.99)— The first issue of this series caught me by surprise. It wasn’t really on my radar, but I enjoyed it and I’m eager to see how it develops.
“The Damned” #7 ($3.99)— I missed this series the first time around back in 2008. No way I’m missing it again.
“Unbeatable Squirrel Girl” #28 ($3.99)— Remember back in issue #4 when Squirrel Girl had to stop Galactus from devouring Earth? Well, it’s that again, except this time the planet is Chitt-crrrt, and Squirrel Girl has a fancy new outfit designed by a genderfluid demigod.
“Royal City” #9 ($3.99)— We didn’t name Jeff Lemire our favourite writer for 2017 for nothing.
Royal City #9 ($3.99) – This second arc from Jeff Lemire fits right up there with the best comics he’s ever produced.
Mech Cadet Yu #5 ($3.99) – Extending this Greg Pak-Takeshi Miyazawa joint to an ongoing was one of the best decisions Boom made last year.
Mister Miracle #6 ($3.99) – And we’re still only hitting the halfway mark of Tom King and Mitch Gerads’s epic. The mix of Fourth World grandeur and banal domesticity has been simply unreal.
Total: $11.97 – Keeping it to the essentials this week, while putting the spare change towards the Riley Rossmo kaleidoscope of awesome that is “Cowboy Ninja Viking Deluxe Edition TP” ($19.99).