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!
“Niourk” ($29.99)— Based on the original prose novel by Stefan Wul, this volume combines all three books of the comic book adaptation by Olivier Vatine. This is the first time the book has been published in English, and I’m not familiar with either Olivier Vatine or Stefan Wul’s prior works, however there’s a substantial preview on Amazon and it looks stunning. I’d pick this up for Vatine’s art alone. (I mean, just check out his Deviant Art page.)
It seems like Dark Horse has put together a beautiful book too. “Niourk” isn’t the standard 7″ x 10″ US format, but rather the larger 9” x 12” bandes dessinée format (I approve), plus it’s a hardcover volume too. Given Brandon Kander and Diana Schutz’s previous work on “The World of Edena,” I have high expectations for the quality of the translation. As for whether there are any special features in the book, I don’t know. I hope so. Given this is adapted from a 1957 novel that’s never been translated to English, it’d be nice if there was at least an afterword offering some historical and cultural context. I’ve got my fingers crossed.
Total: $29.99. Yeah, I know, I’m over budget. If you want the under budget version then “Giant Days” #35, “The Damned” #8, “Koshchei the Deathless” #2, and “Rasputin: The Voice of the Dragon” #4… Y’know, exactly what you’d expect from me.
Batman: White Knight #5 ($3.99) – This series probably should have only been five issues. It’s kind of starting to drag, but the art is so good that it makes up for it.
Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #2 ($3.99) – I’m not quite as sold on this book as “The Flintstones,” but it’s weird (in a good way), and intriguing enough to keep reading.
Nightwing #38 ($3.99) – One of the most sympathetic characters in DC right now is a shark man with bad facial hair, and that’s only one part of this promising “Nightwing” run from Sam Humphries and Bernard Chang. It feels very different than Tim Seeley’s Dick Grayson of the last few years, and that’s a good thing, for me, at least.
Swamp Thing Winter Special #1 ($7.99) – At this point, any one-shot by Tom King is a must-read, and the early artwork from Jason Fabok looks amazing. I just wish the Len Wein content hadn’t doubled the price.
Total: $19.96. I guess I’m a DC fanboy this week.
Young Monsters in Love #1 ($8.99) – Love is in the air, even for monsters.
Rock Candy Mountain #8 ($3.99) – I ended up enjoying this series more than I expected, partially because it was a really well researched look into hobo culture, and partially for some of the supernatural aspect. You don’t think of hobos as having connections to the paranormal, but the lore of the hobo makes it all the more fascinating. I’m sad to see this go.
Twisted Romance #1 ($3.99) – Clearly I’m in a Valentine’s Day mood with this, my second romance themed pick for the week, even though the first story is about heartbreak. The 70s-era cover also looks great, and I hope that’s a preview of the art within.
The Willows #2 ($4.99) – I have a friend who got me hooked on pretty much anything Lovecraftian, including this comic. The art within – all black and white, reminiscent of a linocut print or an engraving, adds to the sense of Victorian horror. Fans of the TV show and comic Penny Dreadful would do wise to pick up this two issue series.Continued below
Total: $21.96. Just a little over this week.
Swamp Thing Winter Special #1 ($7.99) – Tom King delivered a fantastic team-up with Batman last year, so to see him return to ol’ swampy for an oversized one-shot so soon is awesome. This also contains Len Wein’s final Swamp Thing story. A package like that makes it a whole lot easier to handle a layoff for “Mister Miracle” this month.
Mother Panic Batman Special #1 ($4.99) – ‘Milk Wars’ continues with the full crossover we’ve been waiting for since we all learned that “Mother Panic” would take place in Gotham City proper.
Young Monsters in Love #1 ($9.99) – These seasonal anthologies from DC have been hit or miss from story to story. But when they’ve hit, they’ve crushed it. And that’s worth at least a look.
Total: $23.97 – A little bit over this week, but it’s worth it for a very special week from DC Comics.
Matt Lune’s Picks:
The Prince & The Dressmaker OGN ($16.99) – I’ve been eager for the next Jen Wang work since In Real Life came out a few years back, and this book looks absolutely delightful. A dashing Parisian Prince with a double life as the mysterious Lady Crystallia, his dressmaker Frances is his only confidante. This is the modern fairytale I’ve been looking for.
Twisted Romance #1 ($3.99) – A new weekly romance comic from Alex De Campi and a host of talented creators is exactly the book I didn’t know I wanted, and when the main story is about a reverse dating agency called Heartbreak Incorporated, dedicated to tearing couples apart, I’m already hooked.
Total: $20.98 – Little bit over, but worth it for the books I’m getting. This is a big week though, lots of great books out there!