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!
Manifest Destiny #14 ($2.99) – I think we’ve all come to know why I like “Manifest Destiny” so much. It’s awesome alternate history that just makes for a damn good comic. It’s one of the comics I think gets most overlooked by people and that’s just a shame.
Infinite Loop #1 ($3.99) – I actually have no idea what this comic is about, but that cover looks really nice so I think I’m going to check it out anyway.
Chew #48 ($2.99) – “Chew” is, unfortunately, coming to an end sometime in 2016. As the series nears its end, Tony Chu and company are put in increasingly terrible situations, with the body count likely only getting higher. Layman and Guillory are making some of the best issues of the series right now, but you have to hate them for all the stress they put the reader through.
Inhuman Special #1 ($4.99) – Being completely honest, I have no idea what’s going on in this book or how it ties in to various other books, but I do know that it’s going to be drawn by Ryan Lee, one of the best up-and-coming talents, in my opinion. Ryan is making his Marvel debut and I have no doubt that’s it’s going to be something worth picking up just off his art alone.
Convergence: Swamp Thing #1 ($3.99) – One name makes this my most anticipated book of the week: Kelley Jones. I read and reread his and writer Doug Moench’s run of “Batman” back in the ‘90s and his art both attracted and confounded my young mind. It was gorgeous, haunting, unlike anything I’d ever seen, and addictive. Judging by the pages posted on Jones’ Facebook page during the making of this miniseries, this issue is going to be a beauty. Plus, we’ll get to see what Swamp Thing co-creator Len Wein has concocted for this “Convergence” tie-in.
Mind MGMT #32 ($3.99) – The end is nigh for Matt Kindt’s epic opus. I’m really going to miss Meru and her world, yet we mustn’t be sad. Kindt and Scott Kolins’ “Past Aways” made a splashy entrance last month and there are other Kindt creations on the horizon to keep us satiated.
Kaptara #1 ($3.50) – Like “Saga”, “Kaptara” will be attractive to a wider audience besides lovers of the title’s particular genre. The first issue by writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Kagan McLeod drew me in despite my typical aversion to hard sci-fi and fantasy. Like his “Howard the Duck” book, Zdarsky has crafted a funny, fast-paced first issue that hints at character depth and a world with an abundance of possibility.
Batman ’66 #22 ($2.99) – “Batman ‘66” is more than those gorgeous Mike Allred covers. Jeff Parker, Jonathan Case, and company have crafted some Bat-rific stories inspired by my favorite television series and even gone beyond what the show itself could possibly have done. It’s a ‘60s-filled week with Marsha, Queen of Diamonds appearing in this issue and the third hardcover collection making its groovy entrance.
Matt Garcia’s Picks:
Uncle Scrooge #1 ($3.99) – The new Disney/IDW line is back, with a 50 page(!) collection of stories featuring everyone’s favorite miser. There’s a huge shadow over Uncle Scrooge, since, you know, he’s part of some of the best comics of all time, so it’d be interesting to see how this distinguishes itself.