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    Comics Should Be Cheap! (2/1/2017)

    By | January 31st, 2017
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    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!

    Leo’s Picks:

    Planetoid: Praxis #1 ($3.99) – Do y’all remember way back in 2012 when the world wasn’t a raging dumpster fire and this unknown creator named Ken Garing burst onto the scene with “Planetoid”, a stellar scifi book in which he did every single creative thing on the book? I really liked “Planetoid” when it originally came out and have been eagerly awaiting more comics from Garing. Seeing a sequel to the original series, with Garing seemingly pulling all the duties again, gives me hope that 2017 won’t be so bad after all.

    Invincible #132 ($2.99) – After over a decade, “Invincible” is almost over. It’s a weird thing. This issue sets up the big final arc, so it’s sure to be just absolutely insane. A bloodcovered Thragg on the cover is a never a good sign for Mark.

    Flintstones #8 ($3.99) – This continues to be one of the smartest and most surprising books out there each month. I never thought I’d say that about a Flintstones comic.

    Nailbiter #29 ($2.99) – This book is almost over. I can’t wait to see how they wrap up one of the most consistently quality books of the last few years.

    Total: $13.96

    Vince’s Picks:

    Junji Itos Dissolving Classroom GN ($12.95) – Junji Ito is one of the only people in comics to ever give me nightmares. I’ll read anything he does. This is apparently a series of short stories. Seven chances to make me shit my pants.

    Kaijumax #1 ($1.00) – It looks like Oni Press is doing some dollar issues this Wednesday. Normally I skip these types of things on principal, but “Kaijumax” is so good and so worthy of recognition that I hope people that haven’t read it yet take the cheap opportunity to check out the first issue.

    Shade the Changing Girl #5 ($3.99) – Issue #4 used heavy displays of empathy to wrassle some feels out of me. Dammit, this book is good.

    Total: $17.94

    Mark’s Picks:

    Newsprints ($12.99 SC / $24.99 HC) — I must admit, I’m buying this because I’m intrigued by the concept and I liked the preview.

    Paper Girls #11 ($2.99) — The first arc was great, and the second arc was even better. I dig the art style, the characters, the plot, the humor… This is a must-get for me.

    Giant Days #23 ($3.99) — Because it’s “Giant Days.” This series is a joy to read every time.

    Baltimore: The Red Kingdom #1 ($3.99) — It’s the start of the final miniseries, so I think it’s fair to say I’m pretty excited about this one. I’ve already read this issue, and I very much like the set-up.

    Total: $23.96… Yeah, over budget, but I couldn’t miss any of these.

    Brian’s Picks:

    Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern #1 ($3.99) – Green Lantern is right up there with Batman in terms of “character most likely to be used in an inter-company crossover,” and that makes total sense. It doesn’t take too much mental jujitsu to find Lanterns on the Planet of the Apes, and the idea sounds super fun to me.

    Superman #16 ($2.99) – The conclusion of the ‘Multiplicity’ storyline – I want to see some multiversal ass-kickery!

    Vampirella #0 ($0.25) – I recently, at 34 years of age, read my first Vampirella story. I can’t say I was super in love with it, but I think I finally “get” why the character has been so popular for as long as she has. For a quarter, it is worth taking a look at.

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    Star Wars: Darth Maul #1 ($4.99) – It takes a lot for me to plunk down $4.99 for a comic. The prospect of a good Darth Maul story does that for me. Don’t let me down, Marvel.

    Kaijumax #1, The Life After #1, Letter 44 #1, and Invader Zim #1 ($1.00 each) – This is apparently Brian’s bargain corner. Three of the four series (all but “Invader Zim”) are part of my regular pull, and I can’t recommend them highly enough. To get in on the ground floor for a buck is a steal – of course, the downside is now you’re gonna be out a hundred bucks trying to catch up, but that’s on you, man.

    Total: $16.22


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