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:
Eternal GN ($7.99) – Eric Zawadzki was one of my favorite artists from last year thanks to his excellent work on Black Mask’s “The Dregs.” He’s an artist that you can feel challenging himself and pushing the boundaries on every page, so I’m very excited for this new graphic novel from him and “Beautiful Canvas” writer Ryan K Lindsay.
JLA Doom Patrol Special #1 ($4.99) – This is not an issue that should work, but it absolutely does. There are multiple moments in this issue that are genuinely heartwarming, life-affirming and extremely quotable, especially for these dark times. My comprehension is hanging on by a thread, but otherwise an excellent crossover. Looks gorgeous too.
Maxwell’s Demons #2 ($3.99) – One of the most impressive debuts from last year, this much anticipated second issue looks to take the standalone format set by the previous chapter but jump forward in time to see Max as an older, more experienced adventurer.
Hungry Ghosts #1 ($3.99) – The first book from Karen Berger’s imprint with Dark Horse, and I genuinely don’t know what to expect, except I’m very intrigued. Written by author and chef Anthony Bourdain and novelist Joel Rose, with artists Alberto Ponticelli and Vanesa Del Ray, there’s a lot of talent on this, and it’s a story about ghost stories, Japanese Edo games and food. You’re intrigued now too aren’t you?
Total: $20.96 – This is a great week for comics. I could have blown my budget on the new Andy Kaufman biography “Is This Guy For Real?” by Box Brown. There’s also a new issue of “Dark Knights Metal,” “Black Crown Quarterly,” and the final ever issue of “Elephantmen.” Phew.
Mystik U #2 ($5.99) – Zatanna’s brief appearance in the “Harley & Ivy Meet Betty & Veronica” series made me a fan, so I’m happy she has a new miniseries.
Jessica Jones #16 ($3.99) – We’re getting to the end of Brian Michael Bendis’ run on these books (it’s reported issue #18 will be his last) so savor his storytelling while you can.
Riverdale #10 ($3.99) – I haven’t had a chance to watch much of the Riverdale TV series, but the comics have proven a nice substitute – good introduction to the characters, with self-contained stories so if you miss an issue, it’s not the end of the world.
The Beautiful Death #5 ($3.99) – The detail in this book, set in a post-apocalyptic Earth, never ceases to amaze me. This is one comic that if you can get it on a tablet, go that route – so that you can zoom in and spend time looking at this intricate line work.
Deathstroke Annual #1 ($4.99) – ‘Defiance’ has been nothing but another victory lap for Christopher Priest’s reclamation project of Slade Wilson. This annual promises to close out the arc with a flourish.
JLA Doom Patrol #1 ($4.99) – The long awaited ‘Milk Wars’ crossover event is finally upon us. Gerard Way teaming up with Steve Orlando and ACO… Yes, please.
Kaijumax Season Three #6 ($3.99) – Zander Canon’s third season of mega-monstrosities has been every bit as subversive, compelling, heart-rending and prescient as the previous two. This finale will be a riot.