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!
Mech Cadet Yu #4 ($3.99) – I’ve never really been big on either the Mechs & Monsters or Boy and his Robot genres, but Greg Pak has written this story with such infectious, youthful exuberance that it’s hard not to get caught up in the fun. And Takeshi Miyazawa’s art is a kinetic manga-influenced dustup.
Aquaman #30 ($3.99) – ‘Underworld’ closes out this week, which means that’s all we get (for now, at least) of Stjepan Sejic’s Atlantean magic. It will be sad to see such artistry leaving the book, but Dan Abnett continues on with what feels like a seminal arc in Arthur Curry’s history
Wild Storm #9 ($3.99) – Warren Ellis and Jon Davis-Hunt continue their churning, slow-burning storm.
Curse Words #10($3.99) – The magical mystery tour continues. Charles Soule and Ryan Browne keep things crackling with irreverence, intensity, tenacity and insanity. Wizord rules.
Justin Beeson’s Picks:
The Batman Who Laughs #1 ($3.99) – Something tells me this will be the most important of the Dark Knights one-shots, since he’s made an appearance in pretty much every ‘Metal’ related book. Plus, any RIley Rossmo Batman books are must-buys.
Doctor Strange #381 ($3.99) – Loki as the Sorcerer Supreme? Sure. Donny Cates writing? Yes. There’s a lot to like about this relaunch; let’s hope it delivers.
Jim Henson’s Labyrinth 2017 Special ($7.99) – These Labyrinth anthologies from Archaia are always really enjoyable.
The Punisher #218 ($3.99) – I’m surprised that no one has done Punisher as War Machine before, but it’s a pretty intriguing concept. I’ve also enjoyed a lot of what Matthew Rosenberg has been doing recently.
Fence #1 ($3.99) – This sounds more like a sports manga than a monthly US title, and that is part of what makes it so exciting. It is a setting that is really unique and unusual, and I’m a sucker for teen drama.
Bug! The Adventures of Forager #5 ($3.99) – Mike Allred playing in Kirby’s sandbox is something that never gets old and, despite the delays, I’m still incredibly excited about this series.
Jenny Finn #1 / Rasputin: The Voice of the Dragon #1 ($3.99 each) – Two ancillary Mike Mignola works are seeing release this week – a re-release of “Jenny Finn” in color, and a new Rasputin story both hit the shelves. Lately, these have been my favorite Mignola stories; when he’s not as constrained by overarching plot, he can do some really fun stuff.
Evolution #1 ($3.99) – The list of talent on this book is almost insulting. This is a must buy, even if I knew nothing about the book itself.
Wrapped Up #2 ($3.99) – As my nephew is getting a little older now (he’s seven), I’ve been trying more and more to find comics that I can read with him or give to him and feel good knowing they’re age appropriate and also just solid comics. I found “Wrapped Up” at NYCC and it was great. The concept is perfect for a kid – a kid mummy who loves eating pizza and getting into trouble – and the art and story are both a lot of fun. My nephew loved the first issue, and I liked it too, so they’ve definitely made a couple of fans.
Invincible #142 ($3.99) – A comic that I would definitely not let my nephew read right now is “Invincible”. With just two issues (TWO!!!!) left after this one, things have only gotten bloodier and bloodier. Mark and Robot are squaring off in the aftermath of the war with Thragg and I’m sure things will never be the same. Kirkman and Ottley aren’t pulling out any of the stops are we get ever closer to end of this fantastic series.Continued below