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:
Jughead the Hunger vs Vampironica #1 ($3.99) – What an absolutely bonkers concept. It’s by far not the most ridiculous thing to come out of this publisher (hi “Archie vs Predator!”), but the fact that these separate concepts exist at all makes me laugh, but now they’re crossing over and I’m sure it’s going to be a lot of fun.
Star Trek Year Five #1 ($3.99) – I’m pretty sure that this concept has already been thoroughly explored in the ‘probably not canon anymore’ novels that have been coming out steadily since Star Trek first existed, but I’m looking forward to seeing a new ‘Trek ongoing.
Dial H For Hero #2 ($3.99) – If you need a better example of ‘ignore the haters’ it’s this series. I read so many people online hating on “Dial H” at worst and shrugging at best and could not understand a single one of them. This is so much fun. So bright, fresh and engaging that you really need to check it out for yourself.
Thanos #1 ($4.99) – Aside from the fact that this is yet another debut issue from Marvel that really doesn’t need to be $4.99, this is a new Tini Howard series, and one about the Mad Titan Thanos to boot, so I’m happy.
Runaways #20 ($3.99) – “Runaways” is out this week, which means it tops my list. This book is still good and I hope it continues to be published forever.
Invisible Kingdom #2 ($3.99) – With a great debut last month, “Invisible Kingdom” is rising to the top of the list of books I’m most excited about every month. Christian Ward’s art is gorgeous and G. Willow Wilson is a treasure.
Fearscape #5 ($3.99) – All the White Noise Studios writers knocked it out of the park with their books at Vault, and another one takes a final bow this week with Ryan O’Sullivan and Andrea Mutti’s “Fearscape.” This book has been absolutely insane, fun, fourth-wall breaking, fantasy.
Action Comics #1010 – “Event Leviathan” inches ever closer as the ‘Leviathan Rising’ arc of “Action Comics” reaches it’s penultimate issue. Bendis at DC has overall been a great move, but “Action Comics” is absolutely the best thing he’s working on, which makes “Event Leviathan” all the more exciting to look forward to. One more issue of this arc, a $.25 cent issue next week and that oversized special at the end of the month, then the espionage event of the era begins.
Avengers #18 ($3.99) – “War of the Realms” is 2 issues in and Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman, and Matt Wilson are crafting one of the most beautiful apocalyptic adventures on the stands. I’ve been catching up on Aaron’s “Avengers” run as it has acted as a prequel of sorts to the war, and after being so-so on the launch of it way back last year, I’m happy to report this book has gotten really good. Aaron is weaving all sorts of ideas together and looking to stay for the long haul. As we head into “War of the Realms” it looks like America’s superteam, the Squadron Supreme, are making their move. It’s a great time to be a Marvel fan at the moment.
Total: $20.95. A little over but it’s a packed week as spring gets into full swing.
Mighty Thor 3D #1 ($7.99) – If there is anything that pairs well with comics it’s gimmicks. No idea why this is a thing but fuck it I am in. I enjoyed the Jane Thor run so if buying this makes them realize I need an Aaron “Thor” Omnibus then I will buy it. If this provides me with a cool and/or more awkward way for me to view the greatness of Russell Dauterman’s art then yeah, sounds good. $7.99? Oh what the..Continued below
TMNT Shredder In Hell DIRECTORS CUT ($4.99) – Lets keep this gimmick train a rollin’. I think I have recommended “Shredder in Hell” already so this is just an excuse to recommend it again. Mateus Santolouco could draw “Turtles” forever and I would be happy. To have him writing it as well has been really cool and its a fun story. For any extra insight into his work/process is worth that extra dollar added to the price.
Rad Erwank and Conspiracy Dog ($5.99) – I am all for fun comics about fun shit. Lukasz Kowalczuk and Jack Teagle now how to do that and make it look cool.
I Think Our Friend Dan Might Be a Dolphin ($5.00) -I have no idea what this about but with a title like that who the fuck cares. The solicitation also states “All I’ve ever wanted is a life with a porpoise… ” James Stanton does great work with “Gnartoons” and he did work with Boom! and “Adventure Time”, but, man, this, this is next level.
Total: $23.97. Damn you, 3D Glasses. Damn you!!!
Dial H for Hero #2 ($3.99) – The Sam Humphries/Joe Quinones iteration of “Dial H for Hero” is a surprising love letter to the distinct art styles of comics. Issue #2 features some incredible homages that I dare not spoil in this column. All I’ll say is that when the reveals happened, I nearly hit the ceiling. This comic whips hard.