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!
“Powers of X” #2 ($4.99) – Putting out a new Hickman X-book every single week just isn’t fair. At the rate he and Pepe Larraz/RB Silva are hitting ’em out of the park, these are going to be pick of the week nearly every single week.
“Usagi Yojimbo” #3 ($3.99) – The Master keeps it coming. This is the end of the first IDW arc of “Usagi” (I love that Sakai never lets his story arcs overstay their welcome), so this is a good time to remind you to either catch up or hop on with the next story. The other great thing about the way Sakai structures “Usagi Yojimbo” is that it’s super easy to jump on with new arcs.
“Unnatural” #12 ($3.99) – Mirka Andolfo’s erotic opus comes to an end (for now?) and while the final issue doesn’t really showcase the eroticism, it really does go to some satisfying, touching places. This was a good little series, for readers who are open to its message and its mature content.
Matt Lune’s Picks:
“Once & Future” #1 ($3.99) – A new Kieron Gillen joint is always cause for celebration, but joined by the excellent Dan Mora? Just take my money.
“Usagi Yojimbo” #3 ($3.99) – The conclusion to the first new story at his new home at IDW, and Sakai is every bit as good as he’s ever been. Hard to know what else to say when there’s never been a bad issue.
“The White Trees” #1 ($4.99) – An oversized two-part mini-series sounds like an intriguing proof-of-concept more than anything else, a tester for something larger down the road maybe? Either way the creative team – Chip Zdarsky, Kris Ank, Matt Wilson – is super strong so well worth checking out.
“Powers of X” #2 ($4.99) – This needs no explanation. This is the biggest thing happening in superhero comics right now, and it demands your attention.
Total: $17.96 – Marvel is coming in hot this week, with a lot of “Absolute Carnage” stuff and a new “Gwenpool” series from the excellent Leah Williams, but what can I say? I’m all in on HicXman.
“The White Trees” #1 ($4.99) – Kris Anka is an artistic powerhouse, and re-teaming with Chip Zdarsky for a fun two-issue queer fantasy comic just seems like a perfect project for this group.
“Powers of X” #2 ($4.99) – Like I said permanent edition. I started my first ever readthrough of older “X-Men” comics this weekend because of how excited I am about these books. Probably shouldn’t admit that I haven’t read X-Men books here but oh well.
“Silver Surfer: Black” #3 ($3.99) – One of the most mind-bending and absolutely gorgeous books that Marvel is publishing at the moment. Count me in.
“Once & Future” #1″ ($3.99) – Nationalists, King Arthur, and exploring the horrors of history and myth and why they’re important. Plus Gillen and Mora. Yeah…here we go.
Total: $17.96. Also “Event Leviathan” #3, “Gwenpool Strikes Back” #1, “Second Coming” #2, and so much more!
“Gideon Falls” #16 ($3.99)— Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino wrap up the latest arc with a gut punch. This arc, ‘The Pentoculus,’ has been an interesting ride. It reminds me quite a bit of Lost‘s fifth season, for so many, many reasons… but don’t worry, they’re all good ones.
“Rumble” #15 ($3.99)— The last time “Rumble” hit 15 issues, it wrapped up the story so far in dramatic fashion and then went on a break for almost a year before returning for a relaunch. As we hit the 15th issue for the second time, there’s a similar air of finality. I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a short break coming. But we’re not quite down with this… cycle (Is that what we’re calling it? I dunno.) yet. Issues #16 and #17 are going to be anthologies from a whole bunch of artists, which sounds like a whole lot of fun.Continued below
“Black Hammer / Justice League: Hammer of Justice!” #2 ($3.99)— It’s nice to see Colonel Weird’s perspective on all this, but the MVP is still Golden Gail.
“Joe Golem: Occult Detective—The Conjurors” #4 ($3.99)— I’m still waiting for issue #5 before reading this, but I gotta say David Palumbo’s cover for this one is fantastic.
Marvel 80th Anniversary Poster Book ($24.99) – Unless you’ve been under a rock, this year marks 80 years of the House of Ideas, and Marvel has been celebrating all summer long. While I have a 75 years of Marvel Covers art book already, this one is published directly by Marvel, so there’s probably some covers in there that may not have seen the light of day in previous installments. My biggest question will be: where is such an oversized book going to live in my house?
Total: $24.99. Over budget this week, but careful saving from previous weeks, and the trip through Marvel history, makes this worth every penny.