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!
Sheltered #14 ($2.99) – “Sheltered” has been one of my favorite Image books of the last year or so and it’s going to be sad to see it end. But that ending will be anything but quiet, if the events of the last couple issues are any indication.
Ghost Fleet #4 ($3.99) – I think “Ghost Fleet” has made it to my CSBC picks each month since it started, and it’ll probably continue to make it. It’s two of my favorite up and coming creators making a book that’s full of big rigs, explosions, and secrets dating back at least to the War of 1812. It’s over the top in the way that more comics should be.
Nameless #1 ($2.99) – A new Grant Morrison book is always something for most comic fans to get excited about, and “Nameless” looks like it’ll be something that’ll deserve all that excitement.
Birthright #5 ($2.99) – “Birthright” has been one of the best new comics of the last six months. As this first arc wraps up, I’ve got a feeling it’s going to cement it as one of the better ongoings right now.
Planet Gigantic #4 ($3.99) – After some delays, “Planet Gigantic” wraps up and it should be a good one. This title, I think, slipped under the radar for many people, but it’s a solid all-ages story full of action and adventure and definitely something more people should be checking out.
Nameless #1 ($2.99) – My early review of “Nameless” #1 made the case for it being the best first issue of the year so far. Artist Chris Burnham and colorist Nathan Fairbairn bring Grant Morrison’s haunting story to glorious life and promise terrifying things ahead for this miniseries.
Wytches #4 ($2.99) – It’s another horror book by another great writer. It’s truly a horrific week. I was just a tad sad when there was no issue of “Wytches” in January, but I’m ready for the team of Snyder, Jock, and Hollingsworth to give me nightmares for four issues in a row.
Grayson #7 ($2.99) – Although Dick will inevitably be back in his Nightwing costume, I’m immensely enjoying this spy thriller of a book. Great story and the addition of eye candy make this a perfect title.
Superman #38 ($4.99) – Extra-sized means an extra dollar and I trust Geoff Johns, John Romita, Jr., Klaus Janson, and Laura Martin to deliver on what looks like a huge status quo-altering change for the Man of Steel. New costume, powers, friends, and enemies? And Batman? I predict the revelations in this book are going to be blowing up the internet into a frenzy.
Nailbiter #10 ($2.99) – Yet another horror book on my list. The cliffhanger that Joshua Williamson and Mike Henderson left with us readers has made me eager to find out where this tale is headed in 2015.
Saga #25 ($2.99) – After making us endure a brief hiatus, Fiona Staples rewards us readers with an epic wraparound cover, which is guaranteed to be just as awesome as the inside stuff.
Nameless #1 ($2.99) – I feel like I’m the only person who hasn’t read this yet, but no matter. I will read it, and I’m sure it will be great. It’s Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham. Of course it will be.
Cluster #1 ($3.99) – This new book from Ed Brisson and Damian Couceiro is described as a “violent sci-fi epic in the vein of the Dirty Dozen”. Yes. I like this. I want to read this.
Saga #25 ($2.99) – Saga is soooo old you guys. We have all of these number ones dropping, and this comic is like…3 years old. Ugh. Against my better judgment, I still love something that’s so old, and I’m excited to see what’s next in this landmark issue. If only it had 25 covers though!Continued below
East of West #17 ($3.50) – Dragotta and Hickman kicked off year two of the apocalypse in stunning fashion, and I’m super amped to continue reading.
Velvet #9 ($3.50) – I feel like out of all of the recent Image launches, this book somehow gets forgotten the most, but it’s a shame. It’s a really incredible title, and Brubaker and Epting are doing tremendous work here.
Birthright #5 ($2.99) – After last month’s cliffhanger, I can’t wait to read this issue. This book’s greatness is surprising, but I am all up on it.<
Nameless #1 ($2.99) – Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham crafted one of the greatest runs in Batman history just a few years ago. This week, they release their first creator-owned collaboration, which promises to be as labyrinthine and unpredictable as anything Morrison writes. If you can’t get up for this duo, check your pulse.
East of West #17 ($3.50) – Hickman and Dragotta don’t seem to be letting up any time soon.
Lady Killer #2 ($3.50) – Joëlle Jones’ art is always pretty, but it has perhaps never been as suited to the setting of its script as it has been with “Lady Killer.” As delightful to read as it is to just look at.
Deadman Wonderland Vol. 7 ($9.99) – Rich in mystery and weirdness, “Deadman Wonderland” is not to be missed for those that dabble in manga.
Matt Garcia’s Picks:
Nameless #1 ($2.99) – Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham hit their collaborative stride right at the end of the first “Batman Incorporated” volume, making the post-New 52 volume all the more intense, grotesque, heartbreaking, and amazing. They’re reuniting for the “horror story to end all horror stories” and, honestly, they could collaborate on Scooby-Doo and I would still be all over it.
Feathers #2 ($3.99) – Jorge Corona introduced the characters and put them into place in the last issue, and now it’s time for the adventure to start! I liked the art and style of the first issue and am super stoked to see where this book is going.
Grayson #7 ($2.99) – No, I don’t enjoy this series simply because Dick Grayson is in a constant state of undress and posed in the most titillating positions the creative team can get away with. Okay…it’s about half the reasons, but there’s also the great characters and intriguing plotting and all around assured storytelling. This might be my current favorite DC book.
Saga #25 ($2.99) – Ha ha ha, like we’re gonna pass up on “Saga.”
Oddly Normal #5 ($2.99) – Otis Frampton’s book has been charming and fantastic to look at, with all the bright colors, out of place oddities, and strong visual gags. It’s sort of like “Shutter,” except for kids.
Star Wars #2 ($3.99) – The first issue of Marvel’s “Star Wars” helped bring a new energy to the long-running series. Now that the newness has worn off and we’ve gotten a glimpse about what kind of book this will be,j I’m interested to see how it further develops and changes, where it’s going, and ultimately, how it’ll handle its differences.
Saga #25 ($2.99) – This series is always an event for me when it comes out. It’s the first book I read and it always stays with me. The last issue ended with a pretty game changing cliffhanger and I’m anxious to see where Vaughn and Staples go with it.
Lady Killer #2 ($3.50) – I think I read “Lady Killer” #1 about 3 times the day it came out. It was everything I wanted it to be and more. Josie is such a great character and watching her balance these two parts of her life is going to be fascinating. Joelle Jones’ art is top notch in every way. Don’t pass up on this miniseries.
Star Wars #2 ($3.99) – “Star Wars” was super hyped up but in my mind it was all justified in issue one. It was like watching the classic films in both writing and art. Darth Vader makes his presence known here and I’m always curious to see how different people write him.Continued below
Nailbiter #10 ($2.99) – This series from the get-go has been awesome. It’s got a complex plot with some very good scares. Like the town, no one is what they seem. This flies under the radar every month but it deserves so much more.
Ms. Marvel #11 ($2.99) – It’s been one year this week since Kamala Khan made her debut. She’s a character that’s helped change what people are doing in the industry and as a longtime reader, I’m grateful. My biggest hope is that Wilson can keep the momentum in 2015 despite the looming mega event “Secret Wars”.
East of West #17 ($3.50) – I just finished catching up fully on this series and I am ashamed it took me so long. This book is amazing in every sense. I’m excited to get into this now monthly with all the rest of the Hickman faithful.
Total: $19.96 – Just under the limit. I read too many comics.
Lady Death Apocalypse ($4.99) – I have not looked up whatever this book is about and I have no idea what’s in it but I’m going to pay five dollars for it based solely on the title.
Stray Bullets: Sunshines & Roses #1 ($3.50) – “Stray Bullets: Killers” was my favorite new series of 2014. Okay, it wasn’t technically new, it was a continuation of one of the longest running crime comics of all times, but David Lapham’s comic excels at crafting a world of scumbags, killers, and people just trying to get by. I’d recommend it to anyone.
Saga #25 ($2.99) – Saga.
Ant-Man #2 ($3.99) – After seeing the cover for issue #4 where Ant-Man finds himself in the cover of Hotline Miami, I feel a great need to find out how he ends up there. Hopefully by saving a hooker from Russian mobsters while mournful techno plays.
Total: – $15.47
Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. #3 ($3.50) – Alex Maleev has been such an incredible addition to the Mignolaverse that it almost feels like he’s always been there. This mini has been a ton of fun, and is already connecting a lot of fun pieces from the Mignolaverse together.
King: Jungle Jim #1 ($3.99) – The first week of the King Features minis was a ton of fun, so I’m taking a chance on this character I know almost nothing of – let’s hope it is as fun as the first two books!
Birthright #5 ($2.99) – Josh Williamson is the hardest working man in comics, and this book might just be his crowning achievement.
Star Wars #2 ($3.99) – That first issue hooked me, big time – I couldn’t believe how much I enjoyed it. Now, don’t let me down boys!
Imperium #1 ($3.99) – Joshua Dysart is one of the smartest writers in all of comics, and Doug Braithwaite one of the most underrated artists. Put them on the most interesting strand of Valiant’s publishing line, and I’m all in.
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