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!
Southern Bastards #8 ($3.50) – If you know me, then you know what my pick is going to be every week “Southern Bastards” comes out. As someone from an Alabama town not too much unlike Craw County, I can’t help it. It doesn’t hurt that The Jasons are making one hell of a crime comic right now and have even managed to make us care about the biggest bastard in Craw County with this last arc.
Nailbiter #11 ($2.99) – “Nailbiter” has been consistently good and consistently creepy, so I’m down for pretty much whatever they’ve got going on as they start this third arc.
Dying and the Dead #2 ($3.50) – Even though it’s over a month late already, I’m still pretty stoked for this series. Hickman and Bodenheim are already doing some interesting things and this second issue is sure to be just as good.
Black Science #13 ($3.50) – I doubt there’s much I can say that hasn’t already been said about “Black Science”, but it’s consistently an enjoyable series for me. Remender is really killing it with his creator-owned stuff, and “Black Science” is a big part of that.
Total: $13.49. Use some of this extra money on some Comixology Submit books, like “Propeller“, perhaps.
Matt Garcia’s Picks:
Adventure Time: Graybles Schmaybles ($12.99) – Danielle Corsetto returns to this series of OGNs in The Land of Ooo, joined by Bridget Underwood. It’s as fast paced, fun, and vibrant as these books have always been.
No Mercy #1 ($2.99) – Alex de Campi and Carla Speed McNeil team up for this thriller about a bunch of teenagers who get stranded in unfriendly territory. It has all the makings of classic slasher elements, and de Campi has more than held her own on “Archie vs. Predator” and a “Sensation Comics” story with Wonder Woman punching monsters. Also, it’s great to see McNeil getting some big comic work. If you haven’t checked out “Finder” yet, you’re missing out fo sure.
Feathers #4 ($3.99) – I’ve loved Jorge Corona’s series since the start and it makes its way to the top of my read pile every week it comes out.
Lumberjanes Vol. 1 ($14.99) – This book frustrates me in a lot of ways. I’ve heard nothing but good things about it. Our team loves it. Most everyone loves it. It looks like a lot of fun. Yet the comic itself is on #12 and Boom! is just releasing its first volume, and it’s the first four issues at $14.99. I’m not going to pretend like I understand the margins they’re dealing with, but Image is regularly releasing first volumes at $9.99 with 5 to 6 issues in them. Something seems off in the TPB department of Boom! That said, this comic looks like a hell of a lot of fun and I’m in on fun. The team just deserves better rep with their book than what they’ve gotten from the collections side of Boom!
The Dying and the Dead #2 ($3.50) – The first issue of this comic was probably the best new comic I’ve read in 2015. It was pretty much amazing, and everything you want from Jonathan Hickman while being the best thing Ryan Bodenheim has ever done. This is going to be another big, regular-priced issue. Yes, please.<
New 52 Futures End #48 ($2.99) – I will readily admit: this is far and away the worst comic I am regularly buying. Its art is inconsistent when I’m trying to be nice and pretty terrible overall if I’m being honest, and the story never really reaches the heights we want it to despite intermittent enormous promise. However, I’d be lying if I didn’t say I enjoyed it, and this is the last issue. Eye am excited to see how this ends.Continued below
Total: $21.48 – a trade, a slowly released book and a finale makes it okay that I went over, right?
Batman Eternal #52 ($3.99) – This weekly series has been a success, with the re-introduction of classic and sometimes obscure characters that I’ve loved over the decades making much-needed comebacks. The cliffhanger from last issue was quite appropriate and an epic conclusion is imminent for this extra- sized finale.
Convergence #0 ($4.99) – I’ve become more excited as “Convergence” has loomed ever closer and am looking forward to seeing where some of my favorite childhood versions of my heroes have been up to. Even though this event is grounded in nostalgia, I’m hoping for something both fun and moving.
Batman and Robin Annual #3 ($4.99) – The underrated Pete Tomasi caps off his “Batman and Robin” run with this annual. Knowing Tomasi’s Bat-work, I can guarantee he’ll coax Bat-tears out of me.
Southern Bastards #8 ($3.50) – Coach Boss’ origin story comes to a close in this issue. It’s been awhile since a bastard this dastardly has garnered this much sympathy.