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!
Final Fantasy Ultimania Archive Volume 3 ($39.99)— Let’s see how many column rules I can break in one go. This is not a comic book (though it is from a comic book publisher) and it’s well over budget. At the same time, this is something special. I’ve said it before and I’ll doubtlessly repeat it many times: Dark Horse’s art books are among the very best out there. My biggest quibble with art books is often that they feel too slight, but this has never been a problem with Dark Horse’s books. Their art books are always packed―the previous two volumes of Final Fantasy Ultimania Archive certainly felt that way, and given this remaining book has five games to cover, I can’t imagine this’ll be the exception. However, for me, Final Fantasy IX was the last great Final Fantasy game, and while the others can be good, they live very much in the shadow of their predecessors, so since this book covers X to XIV it’s the least exciting of the three volumes. That said, art behind the games has remained fantastic, so it’s still absolutely worth getting.
Total: $39.99. Over budget, probably off topic, but definitely worth it.
Rust Belt ($18.95) – After the 2016 United States election, everyone was on a search for understanding about the rural voter, often white and often located in Appalachia or the Midwest. Some attempts at this understanding were successful, others were not so much. The latest entry in this road to understanding is Sean Knickerbocker’s graphic novel. While I’m wary of yet another thinkpiece on the wants and needs of white people (when there are so many other marginalized voices that deserve time and space), I am somewhat intrigued to see what comics storytelling can bring to the table on this topic.
Evangelion Illustrations 2007-2017 SC Artbook ($34.99) – Okay, so I’m really breaking the sacred rules of Comics Should Be Cheap here, but Evangelion is hitting Netflix on June 21st and I’m feeling excited about it. Evangelion is mostly known for its unconventional themes of rejection and emotional isolation (unconventional, at least for a Japanese mech show), but don’t sell its art direction short. The design work of the anime is among the most aesthetically pleasing and consistent I’ve ever seen. I can’t wait to pour over it in this book.