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!
Sky Is Blue With a Single Cloud ($24.95) You may immediately notice that I have gone a bit over the $20 cap, but I have with good reason. Back in April, Drawn & Quarterly released “The Swamp,” a collection of stories by acclaimed Japanese cartoonist Yoshiharu Tsuge. This book was a fantastic surprise for me, who has longed to branch out and learn a bit more about manga, or its early canon, at least. Here again, D&Q is back with another collection, this time from Kuniko Tsurita. Making a name for herself in the heavily gendered world of early alt-manga (what we might consider “indie”), the stories collected herein span the entirety of her career, from the mid-60’s until the mid-80’s, predominantly appearing in the magazine “Garo.” With stories that defied category and often transgressed social norms, her work was overlooked in it’s time, but hopefully this collection will create a new generation of fans and further critical attention alike. Based on how much I enjoyed “The Swamp,” I’m willing to put all of this week’s eggs in “Single Cloud”‘s basket.
Seven Secrets #1 ($3.99) – Tom Taylor has been on fire lately. He’s in the middle of a soon-to-be classic run on “Suicide Squad”, just launched a “Injustice” prequel series, and keeps spinning gold out of an admittedly pretty thin premise with “DCeased.” He seemingly can’t do any wrong right now. Enter a rare creator-owned project with fun art from Daniele Di Nicuolo (recently seen doing a lot of bombastic work on “Power Rangers”). Let’s see if Taylor can keep his winning streak going – the odds appear to be in his favor.
Hawkman #26 ($3.99) – Robert Venditti’s run on “Hawkman” has been a long strange trip that took us from a near-essential opening run for the character with Bryan Hitch on art, all the way to the ‘Infected’ crossover, which the series weathered through with relative aplomb compared to the struggles most other books had with it. This issue finds Carter and Shiera somewhere shortly after the crossover and in captivity, but by the end it may actually tug on your heartstrings. Imagine that. A dang “Hawkman” book that gives you the feels. And not only that, but the final page will have longtime DC fans potentially standing up and cheering at the continuity porn. Give it a shot.
“The Daughters of Ys” ($24.99) – Aside from this preview, I’m going in blind on this one. At this point, First Second’s publishing record is so good, if I see a book that sparks my interest in one way or another, it doesn’t feel like much of a gamble to pick it up. In this case, Jo Rioux’s art combined with Breton folklore has an undeniable pull.
“The Daughters of Ys” ($24.99) – M.T. Anderson and Jo Rioux’s gorgeous First Second graphic novel uses the Breton legend of the lost city of Ys to tell the story of two dissimilar sisters, which would make it worth a look alone, but Rioux’s artwork is the star attraction here: it looks utterly sublime, like a lush film painted by Cartoon Saloon, a remarkable coincidence given the Celtic subject of the book.
Total: $24.99 – over the limit this week, but so was Rumi Hara’s similarly transcendent looking “Nori,” and I believe Rioux’s labor of love is well worth the price.
The Green Lantern Season Two #6 ($3.99) – Surprisingly I only have one title this week for my pull. Granted my wallet will be thanking me. Luckily it’s for a series I’ve really enjoyed. So I can’t really complain.