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!
We Stand On Guard #1 ($2.99) – I’m down for most anything BKV does at this point, but “Canadians defending themselves from an invasion by giant USA robots”sounds extra dope. That BKV is teaming up with Steve Skroce only helps to sweeten the whole deal.
Midnighter #2 ($2.99) – The first issue of “Midnighter” was really, really good. I’m not much of a big DC reader anymore, but “Midnighter” is almost definitely a book that I’ll be checking out each and every month.
Broken World #2 ($3.99) – The first issue had one of my favorite twists of recent comics, so I have high hopes for how Barbiere and Peterson keep that momentum going in this second issue and beyond.
Spire #1 ($3.99) – I honestly know very little about this book other than that it presumably involves some sort of spire, but that cover looks really great and I think that’s going to be enough for me to check out this first issue.
Chew #50 ($3.50) – “Chew” is one of the best books of the last decade. It’s so bittersweet to see it getting ever nearer to the end. On one hand, we’ll finally get to see the end of all the madness that Layman and Guillory have been creating for years. On the other hand, “Chew” is ending.
Midnighter #2 ($2.99) – The first issue of “Midnighter” by Steve Orlando and Aco was one of my favorite first issues of 2015. It ended with a tease of Midnighter on a search to discover his origin. He is definitely a multifaceted character who is comfortable with himself and I can’t wait to see where Orlando and Aco take him.
Omega Men #2 ($2.99) – Tom King (co-writer of the superb “Grayson”) impressed me with “Omega Men” #1 and its aura of mystery. It asked more questions than it answered and left me intrigued to discover more about this intergalactic team. Barnaby Bagenda is an artist who deserves heaps of accolades. I’ve never seen his art before this series’ first issue, yet he’s bound to build a reputation off this title.
Action Comics #42 ($3.99) – Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder continue to reveal the ramifications behind the unveiling of Superman’s “Truth” in this new issue of “Action Comics”. There is currently a Superman renaissance occurring in his family of books and this creative team is just one reason why the Man of Steel is so compelling.
We Stand On Guard #1 ($2.99) – The premise of a war one hundred years from now between the United States and Canada is sure to have twists and turns since it’s coming from the mind of “Saga” writer Brian K. Vaughn. I’ve never read a book containing art by Steve Skroce, so I’m looking forward to possibly discovering a new favorite artist.
The Wicked + The Divine #12 ($3.50) – It’s been awhile since this book has been on my list. However, it is never forgotten.
Grant Morrison’s 18 Days #1 ($1.00) – A book about a “war that concludes the age of the gods and begins the age of man” sounds very vague and very intriguing. A book by my favorite writer is a must buy and the price of “Grant Morrison’s 18 Days” #1 sounds like a steal.
Matt Garcia’s Picks:
8House: Arclight #1 ($2.99) – Brandon Graham and Marian Churchland kick off their epic, multi-dimensional fantasy series with a queen trapped inside the mind of a creature or something. Expect it to be complicated, thought-provoking, exciting, and interesting.
The Spire #1 ($3.99) – Giant metal structures jutting out of a desert. A serial killer running around just as a visiting dignitary’s arriving, who happens to be crazy racist. Simon Spurrier and Jeff Stokely follow-up “Six Gun Gorilla” with this new, intriguing series.Continued below
Will Eisner’s The Spirit #1 ($3.99) – Matt Wagner and Dan Schkade try their hand at revamping Will Eisner’s classic fighter for justice, The Spirit. Dynamite has had some great success with Flash Gordon, Red Sonja, and others, so it’ll be an interesting experiment at the very least.
We Stand on Guard #1 ($2.99) – A new Brian K. Vaughan book is almost always worth taking note of, and paired with artist Steve Skroce, who worked on The Matrix, I’m sure we’re in for something interesting and elaborate. I honestly don’t even care what the book’s about: the creative talent is top notch.
Help Us Great Warrior #5 ($3.99) – The penultimate issue of this funny and touching and wild series. Madeline Flores has delivered some of the best monsters in comics at the moment.
The Omega Men #2 ($2.99) – One of my favorite debut issues of recent memory, “The Omega Men” cast a tone that was both unexpected and unparalleled in modern comics. Tom King is a rising star, and I am buying just about everything he writes.
Midnighter #2 ($2.99) – Another DCYou title that excelled at being itself, which is a harder task than you may realize.
Airboy #2 ($2.99) I know I just called “The Omega Men” one of my favorite debuts of recent memory, but “Airboy” is the absolute winner of that contest. This is a confessional, drug fueled, fantasy story – enjoy the ride.
We Stand on Guard #1 ($2.99) – Brian K. Vaughn #1s get bought – no questions asked.
The Bunker #12 ($3.99) – The best comic that isn’t getting talked about right now is “The Bunker.” Catch up before the inevitable adaptation takes over your TV.