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!
DC’s Year of the Villain #1 ($0.25) – Go to you local shop and slap down 5 bees to get a peek at what’s happening in the near future at DC Comics. Now out of the shadow of the tremendously good Rebirth relaunch, DC Comics’ recent output has been…mixed, to say the least. But there are real signs that what’s coming might be a little more fun and exciting, and the Year of the Villain one-shot gives you a nice preview of that. Best of all, the backmatter made me feel like it was the mid-2000’s again, as there are editors blurbs and previews of art from upcoming DC projects. If nothing else, this is a cheap little curio you could own as a snapshot for what DC looked like at this particular point in time.
Smashed: Junji Ito Story Collection HC ($22.99) – I’m cheating a little by sneaking this on here and going over budget, but I can’t resist a new collection of Junji Ito stories. One of the few artists in comics who can actually make me recoil in fear or disgust at a mere drawing, Ito is simply a master of the genre. This collection apparently features 13 different stories of varying lengths, but promises the same sorts of chilling explorations of societal psychology that Ito is known and celebrated for.
Beasts of Burden: The Presence of Others #1 ($3.99)— Jill Thompson has won thirteen Eisner Awards, eight of which were for “Beasts of Burden” stories, so any time she’s doing “Beasts of Burden” it’s something you should be picking up. This is her first issue in three years, and I don’t know how long it’ll be till we see her on the book again. For now, Benjamin Dewey will be taking over as artist, so this arc is passing the torch when he takes over for ‘The Presence of Others’ #2. This also a game-changing arc as the human and animal worlds collide in a big way. There are a LOT of reasons to get this issue.
Black Hammer ’45 #3 ($3.99)— Jeff Lemire’s been nominated for 2019 Best Writer for his World of Black Hammer titles, so I guess the theme of this week’s picks is clearly Eisner winners and nominees.
Paper Girls #28 ($3.99)— Nominated for 2019’s Best Colors (by Matt Wilson) and Best Lettering (Jared K. Fletcher).
Giant Days #50 ($3.99)— I do not have fond memories of cricket, but even I have to admit there’s a lot of material to mine for comedy there. I’m sure this 2019 Best Humor Publication nominee is up to the task. (It’s also nominated for Best Continuing Series and Best Lettering (Jim Campbell).)
Matt Lune’s Picks:
Nobody Is in Control #1 ($3.99) – This new debut from Patrick Kindlon, Paul Tucker and Black Mask comics looks like the kind of conspiracy horror that threatens to get deep into your bones and leave you afraid of going into the woods alone…
Giant Days #50 ($4.99) – “Giant Days” hits a mammoth milestone in the only way it can: with an epic homage to sports manga! Celebrate a half-century by watching the gang (hopefully) score a half-century of their own as they pick up the slack when McGraw’s cricket team falls ill.
Gogor #1 ($3.99) – “Wonderfully weird high fantasy” is how the solicit describes “Gogor” #1, and I don’t know about you, but we could always do with more of those.
DCeased #1 ($3.99) – Zombies invade the DC Universe, and while it’s baffling why this wasn’t done years ago (you know, during the zombie craze that hit every corner of pop culture) it’s sure to be a fun, undead romp.Continued below
War of the Realms #3 ($4.99) – If you’re looking for your next big Marvel Universe fix after watching Avengers Endgame then “War of the Realms” has you covered.
Young Justice #5 ($3.99) – Kris. Anka. At. DC. Buy this comic.
War of the Realms #3 ($4.99) – This is the prettiest war I have ever seen.
Justice League #23 ($3.99) – Look spring/summer event season is starting if you haven’t already gathered. This book is dope, I LOVED last issue and this arc has been great. There always seems to be a page I get to every issue and gasp or laugh to myself and say all you want but I think that’s what Snyder, Jimenez, Tynion, Cheung, Manapul, all of them, are going for and I’m here for it.
DC’s Year of the Villain #1 ($0.25) – Free Comic Book Day is this weekend, so some stores may be giving this book away for free, but as the DC line begins to come back together and be close knit again like it was at the start of Rebirth I’m guessing this one will be essential.
Female Furies #4 ($3.99) – And, if events aren’t your thing, do yourself a favor and pick up Cecil Castellucci, Adriana Melo, and Hi-Fi’s wonderfully relevant and imaginative “Female Furies” book.
Total: $17.21. Event heavy this week, and there are more books I could have added.
Gogor #1($3.99) -I was exited to see Ken Garing return to “Planetoid.” I think I am even more excited to see what he does with “Gogor.” It will be interesting to see his take on fantasy versus the dystopian sci-fi world of “Planetoid.”
DCEASED #1($3.99) – I am a sucker for elseworld/what-if nonsense and Taylor proved he could do that with the “Injustice” comic. The name is so dumb, it’s fucking brilliant. It seems like it could be a little “Marvel Zombies”-esque but we shall see. All that said, James Harren draws 8 pages of this book, and having seen those 8 pages, I can tell you this book is worth it on those alone. He draws Darkseid and it’s everything I ever wanted.
Spawn: Origins, Vol. 1 ($9.99) – For 10 bucks you get the first six issues of “Spawn”. Why not? Love it or hate it or know nothing about it, “Spawn” is a huge part of comic history. If you always wondered what the big deal was this is a cheap and easy way to take a quick look.