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:
Killer Groove #1 ($3.99) – This has been a long time coming for me since its first announcement, as it looks like a blood-soaked period noir with a rock and roll twist and honestly: what’s not to love about that?!
She Said Destroy #1 ($3.99) – A goddess of the sun in conflict with the only remaining worshippers of death in the solar system sounds like the perfect mix of sci-fi high concept and grand cosmic battle that – if done right – could rival Aaron’s current Realm-spanning war.
Batman Last Knight on Earth #1 ($5.99) – I’m a big Snyder/Capullo “Batman” fan, so it’s exciting to see that they get to explore a theoretical ‘end’ for their version of the Dark Knight.
Immortal Hulk #18 ($3.99) – It’s a week where the best book Marvel is currently putting out is on the stands, so obviously it’s on my pull.
Doomsday Clock #10 ($4.99) – “Doomsday Clock” is actually good. I can’t believe it. Somehow Geoff Johns figured out a way to make Doctor Manhattan mucking around in the DCU feel credible. Obviously, “Watchmen” purists still won’t be satisfied, and I admit that there’s a part of me that still feels that way, but DC Comics Boy that I am, I can’t help but marvel over the way Johns has distilled down the publishing trials and tribulations of the last 10 years and explained them in a way that only a DC comic book can. Gary Frank continues to do career work, as every panel of this comic continues to look stunning and steadily march us toward epic conclusions about the very nature of DC Comics’ publishing history. It’s stunning, crowd-pleasing work.
Superman: Leviathan Rising Special #1 ($9.99) – Not a cheap comic by any means, but Bendis & co. have so much fun in this comic, and the art is so beautiful, that it’s hard to say no. Matt Fraction’s Jimmy Olsen bit is wild and Greg Rucka’s Lois Lane stuff feels like work he’s been waiting forever to do.
X-Men Grand Design: X-Tinction ($5.99) – Okay, so I’m cheating just a smidge on the purposes of this column, but Ed Piskor’s tight distillation of lots of complicated X-Men continuity is next level comic booking. This is not to be missed.
Batman: Last Knight on Earth #1 ($5.99) – Ok so all the original (not the the reprint) Black Label titles released so far have been Bat-books, and this is no different. While those first two have had…phallic and political problems…I know I have to read this one. I got into comics reading New 52 trades, and Snyder and Capullo’s “Batman” was my favorite. I’m exciting to see how this spiritual successor and coda wraps the whole thing up.
Thanos #2 ($3.99) – I really enjoyed the first issue of Tini Howard and Ariel Olivetti’s go at “Thanos” and I am excited for more, and for more Howard at Marvel!
Superman: Leviathan Rising Special #1 ($9.99) – Now, this comic is a lot of money. But you got Matt Fraction’s first go at DC, the lead in to “Event Leviathan,” “Lois Lane,” and “Jimmy Olsen,” and the explosion of what Bendis has been doing in the Superman realm onto the rest of the universe. I have really, really enjoyed Bendis’ DC work overall and I am pumped for “Event Leviathan” and the story its telling. In the age of every event comic being universe/multiverse/omniverse-ending/changing, it’s nice to get a story that feels “big” but seems much more intimate, contained and cool. Let’s go.Continued below
Dog Days of Summer #1 ($9.99) – Break out the SPF 50 and the shorts and take your comics to the beach, it’s full on summertime now, and I need something to get me in the mood.
Life is Strange #5 ($3.99) – I sang the praises of this series last week, and I will sing them again. If you’re a fan of the video game source material, you’ll love seeing how this series blossoms one of the game’s endings as canon. If you’re not a fan of the game – – well, first go ahead and play it. I’ll wait. Then come back and read this series. But even if you don’t play the game, there’s a heartfelt story that mixes elements of science fiction with philosophical questions on the butterfly effect. It’s also a female-centric story with a teenage girl at its core and diversity throughout its canon, all done in a gentle, subtle way (much like its source game). You can’t ask for much more than that.
Sham #1 ($3.99) – I did not know about this until our latest Robots From Tomorrow pull list episode (so thanks Mike!), and I’m a big fan of whatever Source Point Press does. Time for some fun and games with public domain comics! It’s not the first take on this idea (Dark Horse does have a Mystery Science Theater 3000 series) but a smaller, more independent publisher means that boundaries can be pushed just a bit farther, especially when there’s no link to a licensed property.
Batman Last Knight on Earth #1 (5.99) -I try my best to throw in as many different picks as I can each week but sometimes you have to pick the big names because they are the big names. Scott Snyder and Mr. Greg Capullo are a great team and for many one of the great Batman creative teams. I fell off the new 52 run right before year zero. I was pulling a lot of books at the time and after “Death of the Family” I figured it was probably as good as they were going to get. However, late last year I went and read through their complete run and I was wrong. It was all pretty fucking great. Oh and they gave up baby Darkseid so they are elite status in my book. This sounds like another heady Snyder Bruce deconstruction story so it will either be ground breaking or at the very least better than 80 percent of the books out there.
X-Men Grand Design X-Tinction #1($5.99) – Like Snyder and Capullo, Ed Piskor is a comic home run. I don’t know I can sell you on X-Men Grand Design if you are not already sold on it. Ed’s distinct style and love of comics used as a retell the history of the X-Men in a very succinct fashion. It is so much fun seeing Ed get to draw all the X-Men in their different costumes. At the bare minimum it is a great way to learn about the ridiculous and long history of the X-Men in case you every wanted to know or jump in.
Killer Groove #1(3.99) Ollie Masters is back in a 70s crime setting following up what he did with “The Kitchen” and you know I am in. Not to mention art from Eoin Marron, colors by Jordie Bellaire and lettering from Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou. Theme of the week is teams I trust.
Total: $ 15.97
Saga: Book Three ($49.99)— This volume wraps up the first half of the “Saga” … uh, saga. If you’ve picked up the previous two books, you know what to expect. Book One was full behind the scenes material, walking readers through the process of the book from the early planning stages through to corrections and printing, while Book Two was full of pin-ups by various artists, with a promise of more for Book Three. Most importantly, it features an oversized presentation of chapters thirty-seven to fifty-two. And for me, it means finally reading “that ending”—Yeah, I’ve patiently waited for this and remained unspoiled. I’ve got a good weekend ahead of me!Continued below
Total: $49.99. Yeah, I know, I know. I blew the budget…