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!
Manhattan Projects: The Sun Beyond The Stars #1 ($3.50) – I will admit that I wasn’t as excited for “Manhattan Projects” in its later issues as I was in its beginning, but I still really liked the book. Now, with it relaunching with a new format and direction, I’m fairly excited again. The mix of historical figures, science fiction, and general weirdness has always made it a solid read for me, but I’m hoping this new direction can take it somewhere else and still keep me interested.
Spread #6 ($3.50) – Even with its lateness, “Spread” has been a book that I’ve looked forward to with each issue. Post-apocalyptic comics are almost always my jam, but “Spread” has defied expectations in a lot of ways. It also doesn’t hurt that Kyle Strahm has produced some fantastic art in the previous five issues, making this all that much more of a must-read.
Invisible Republic #1 ($2.99) – Honestly, I don’t know a whole lot about this book, but go look at that cover. That’s really all I need to buy it.
Burning Fields #3 ($3.99) – I’m all for books that use actual history and politics in their story, and it only helps that “Burning Fields” is turning out to be a pretty solid horror book as well.
Total: $13.98. If you somehow have an extra $15 in your pocket, definitely pick up “Sexcastle”. You will not regret it.
Superman #39 ($3.99) – Geoff Johns’ run on this book comes to an end in this issue. Along with John Romita, Jr. (who’s remaining on penciling duties post-Johns), inker Klaus Janson, and colorist Laura Martin, this creative team has had the best run on the New 52 “Superman” book. They took the second best hero ever and gave him a feel that is simultaneously classic and fresh. The relationship between Clark and Jimmy is definitely going to change since the jaw-dropping reveal in the previous issue and I can’t wait to see what happens here and in the book’s promising future.
Batgirl #40 ($2.99) – This title deserves the acclaim it’s getting for both its story and art. After the Oracle cliffhanger from last issue, I have been fiending for an explanation to that bombshell.
Batgirl: Endgame #1 ($2.99) – There’s no such thing as too much Batgirl. Last week’s “Detective Comics: Endgame” one-shot was a lot of fun and I’m glad they’re allowing these tie-ins to happen outside of the main books. If you don’t read “Batman”, then you’re more than happy to skip these books (although you SHOULD be reading “Batman”). Smart move. Yet the Batgirl one-shot also sounds like a ton of fun and it has one of the book’s writers (Cameron Stewart) writing it, with art by Bengal (the pages I’ve seen look really pretty).
The Manhattan Projects: The Sun Beyond the Stars #1 ($3.50) – It’s nice to see one of the best series around make a pretty quick comeback. I’m intrigued to find out why it was necessary to begin the series with a new first issue and a change to its title. Whatever the reasons, I’m sure it will be impeccably written and illustrated.
Chrononauts #1 ($3.50) – Sean Murphy’s art is the motivating factor for me picking this new series written by Mark Millar. It’s a pretty solid first issue but that Murphy art is pure gorgeousness.
Invisible Republic #1 ($2.99) – The solicit for this sci-fi is pretty vague but any book that describes itself as part “Breaking Bad” can’t be bad.
Matt Garcia’s Picks:
Tuki Save the Humans #3 ($3.99) – People, it’s JEFF SMITH. How are you not all about this?Continued below
MIND MGMT #31 ($3.99) – We’re launching into the final arc of one of the craziest and trippy and altogether fantastic comics being published right now. I can’t wait to see how this unfolds.
Little Nemo Return to Slumberland #4 ($3.99) – Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez bring their tribute to Slumberland to a close. There have been some gorgeous visuals over here, and I think that makes it well worth checking out.
Lumberjanes #12 ($3.99) – Our last jaunt with Carolyn Nowak for now. She’s done a great job keeping up with the series, and I hope she comes back. Also, this features the bear woman and that lady is awesome.
Princess Ugg #8 ($3.99) – Another finale. Ted Naifeh’s series has been charming, captivating, and engrossing. I’ve liked how it’s been an overall quiet book, not afraid of goofy gags or silly humor. I haven’t finished “Courtney Crumrin” yet so I have no idea if Naifeh can stick the landing, but I’m hoping for a satisfying conclusion.
Strange Sports Stories #1 ($4.99) – I love sports. I love comics. It stands to reason that I love comics about sports. Especially when they’re “strange.” Fans of both should definitely check this out, and while you’re at it, go back and grab “Down. Set. Fight!” by our buddies Chad Bowers, Chris Sims, and Scott Kowalchuk.
Frankenstein Underground #1 ($3.50) – Mike Mignola. That is all.
Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #3 ($3.99) – Some constipated comic readers might be upset that this comic doesn’t feature a sultry, scantily-clad boner-inducing heroine – the rest of us will continue to enjoy the ridiculously fun and irreverent take on one of Marvel’s most unlikely characters.
Zero #15 ($2.99) – A top 5 series in comics keeps on burning slowly, setting you up to blow your mind with this issue.