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!
Eugenic #2 ($5.99) – James Tynion IV and Eryk Donovan’s debut was horrific in the all the best. Donovan’s visuals packed a grisly, visceral punch, and I’d say the weight of Tynion IV’s ideas landed the knockout – except it was the kind of mental horror that leaves you with a sickening unease in your stomach and the inability to properly sleep for days. So I’m really looking forward to this, and really not… in equal measures.
Kid Lobotomy #2 ($3.99) – Peter Milligan delivered on all the punk rock promises and visions of Vertigo dancing in our heads.
Mister Miracle #4 ($3.99) – A bleak and darkly funny distillation of Tom King’s voice. The balance between the miraculous and the mundane is mesmerizing. But it’s Mitch Gerads art that’s simply astounding. Mitch Gerads is.
Rock Candy Mountain #5 ($3.99) – From sex castles to rock candy mountains, Kyle Starks cartooning is an exemplar of how to craft action-comedy epics with heart and fist. His jam-packed mashup of hobo theologizing and kung-fu fisticuffs has been sorely missed around these here parts. And this week’s return of the series promises an origin story for Jackson, a.k.a. Hobo Yoda.
Total: $18.96 – Playing by the rules, grudgingly… But if someone slipped me a couple extra fivers, I wouldn’t say no to “Redlands” #4 ($3.99) or “Slots” #2 ($3.99)
Matt Lune’s Picks:
Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #26 ($3.99) – It’s always a treat when Squirrel Girl plays with the format, whether it’s a choose your own adventure, or trying to teach you how to code. Here, the high concept is that the issue is handed over to the superheroes of the Marvel Universe to create their own comic, which should provide a bunch of meta jokes and commentaries on the personalities of the biggest and best heroes.
Redlands #4 ($3.99) – This series has been dripping with tension and sexuality, and covered in a dark, foreboding atmosphere. More than that, it’s entirely unpredictable, with each issue provided its own unique facet into the world the team are creating.
Scales & Scoundrels #3 ($3.99) – I firmly believe that we’ll look back on 2017 as the year that one of the best all-ages comics ever made was first released, that’s how good “Scales & Scoundrels” is.
Eugenic #2 ($5.99) – The first issue of this was genuinely terrifying, with the concept of a global biological plague, intentionally released in order to transform the human race in a disturbing, irreversible way. This issue picks up after a one hundred year time jump, and it’s overall one of the more fascinating comics on the stands.
Batman Lost #1 ($4.99) – Batman trapped in the Dark Multiverse with a beautiful Olivier Coipel cover co-written and co-illustrated by some of DC’s best? Count me in.
Royal City #7 ($3.99) – One of my favorite books of 2017. I don’t know how Jeff Lemire ever sleeps, but as we get into the heart of this second arc I never want this book to end.
Detective Comics #968 ($2.99) – The conclusion to the return of Tim Drake and there are still so many questions following the cliffhanger of last issue. Tynion has been building to this since the beginning and I can’t wait to see where this great run continues to go.
Port of Earth #1 ($3.99) – I’m not super familiar with the creators, but sometimes you just read a solicit and say that’s a great idea. Space capitalism is one of those instances for me.Continued below
Harbinger Renegade #0 ($3.99) – The beginning of the biggest thing Valiant has ever done according to them. Let Harbinger Wars Dos begin!
Justin Beeson’s Picks:
Batman Lost #1 ($4.99) – Even though it’s not part of the main “Dark Nights: Metal” series, Snyder has said that this issue is crucial to the story. He’s also been sharing art teasers from the various artists on Twitter, and it’s looking really great.
Savage Sword Of Jesus Christ TP ($8.99) – This was a series that ran in “Heavy Metal” that I know nothing about, but i’m definitely interested in seeing Grant Morrison riff on Biblical mythology.
Star Wars #38 ($3.99) – This issue is bittersweet. I’m sad to see Jason Aaron leave the flagship “Star Wars” title, but I’m really excited to see what Kieron Gillen does with it, especially with Salvadro Larroca as the main artist.
Total: $17.97. I think I’m dropping off the ‘Metal’ crossovers. The one-shots have been really good, but both ‘Gotham Resistance’ and ‘Bats Out of Hell’ have been pretty disappointing.
“Redlands” #4 ($3.99) — I want to call out the covers on this series, because they’re so awesome, and they evoke the tone of the book while remaining largely enigmatic. If you aren’t already picking this up, check it out. Jordie Bellaire and Vanesa Del Rey are doing amazing work here.
“Harrow County” #27 ($3.99) — Wow. This is a phenomenal issue. Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook are absolutely killing it on this book. If I could only pick up one book this month, this’d be it, no question. Tyler Crook’s art kinda broke my brain. It’s so damn good.
“Injection” #15 ($3.99) — This wraps up the third arc. “Injection” is a consistently strong series, one that I find myself reading once for the story, then again just to admire the craft of it. Declan Shalvey’s pacing paired with Bellaire’s colors always demands a second look.
Total: $11.97. The quality of artistry on display in these three issues makes for a very satisfying haul this week.