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!
Far Sector #7 ($3.99) – Honestly, I knew nothing going into “Far Sector” but after the first issue I fell in love. Everything about the series has been fantastic and one of the things I look forward to monthly.
Alien: The Original Screenplay #1 ($3.99) – “Alien” is one of my favorite movies, so much so that I own it in multiple formats. Last year’s “William Gibson’s Alien 3” was great and I love these original script comics, granted this and “Predator” will probably be the last ones due to Marvel now owning the properties. Nonetheless, I have eagerly been awaiting this since its announcement.
Vampire: The Masquerade #1 ($3.99) – “Vampire: The Masquerade” has always been a franchise I’ve wanted to delve into. I have multiple playbooks but have no friends to do it with. Then I heard my favorite comic company (Vault Comics) planned on releasing a comic and I knew this would be a great time to hop in.
Sex Criminals #30 ($3.99) – It’s the climax of Jon and Suze’s story, and it’s been a long time coming. But will everyone leave satisfied?
Horizon Zero Dawn #1 ($3.99) – I’m not a big video game person (the entire reason I own a Nintendo Switch is Animal Crossing: New Horizons) but this artwork just looks so stunning I can’t resist.
Heartstopper ($14.99) – It puts me over budget, but I’m a sucker for a sweet coming of age story to comfort me in the waning days of summer.
Ragnarok: The Breaking Of Helheim #6 ($4.99) – The latest arc in Walter Simonson’s new-Nordic Fantasy saga arrives here, and if you have any passing interest in Marvel’s “Thor” or high-fantasy in general, you needed to check this out years ago. Even if you aren’t caught up, jump on board now just to admire how much of a master Simonson is at action comic booking.
Empyre #4 ($4.99) – Honestly, I haven’t jumped on this event, but I’ve only heard solid things so far and it’s been a while since I indulged in some classic Marvel Comics event nonsense. What better book to choose to dive back in with than one penned by the inimitable Al Ewing? All the other collaborators here are rock solid too!
All Together Now GN ($12.99) Hope Larson’s follow up to her insanely good YA story “All Summer Long” is coming this week! I enjoyed the heck out of the original story as it was a great infusion of halcyon pre-teen years and getting really into music, and I have no doubts this will be just as fun to check out.
Total: $22.97 – A little over, but can you blame me when we’ve got that sweet sweet new Hope Larson book?
Horizon Zero Dawn #1 ($3.99) – In February 2018, I wrote that Horizon Zero Dawn could become a whole line of comics, and that Ann Maulina would be a great choice of artist for its ornate world. Well, it’s finally here, and I’ll be happily making this one of my exceptions to the trade waiting I usually do while I wait for the sequel, Forbidden West.
Marvel’s Avengers: Road to A-Day TPB ($15.99) – I’m getting the game digitally, so it’ll be nice to have something physical to mark its release. On a less materialistic note, I’m sure the solo stories collected here will eventually make a good gift to the library, charity shop or younger family member, who can’t play the game or isn’t allowed to watch the movies, but could find an accessible way into the MU here.Continued below
Far Sector #7 ($3.99) Writer N.K. Jemisin and artist Jamal Campbell are proving a remarkable duo, with style and sensibilities in sync to bring us an absolutely fascinating look into a new corner of the DCU (or whatever part of the DCU the “Young Animal” imprint inhabits). New Green Lantern Jo Mullein is proving to be a fast favorite of mine, and Campbell’s dynamic visuals and interesting character/alien designs are always fresh. This issue has a Green Lantern Mech…and I’m not sure what I can say that will sell the book better than that right there!
Now #9 New Comics Anthology ($12.99) – Each issue of this Fantagraphics anthology has surprised me with a great story from a creator I was unaware of, or given me another story from a creator I already love. If you enjoy shorter works of comics I can’t recommend this series highly enough. I’ll let the superb list of creators involved in this issue do the talking, though: Emil Ferris, Hartley Lin, Noah Van Sciver, Raquelle Jac and Keren Katz. Sold yet?
All Together Now ($12.99) – I staunchly consider any new Hope Larson project to be a must-read. Whether it’s adapting something like “A Wrinkle in Time” or taking the reins on “Batgirl” in the DC Rebirth era, she simply doesn’t miss. But she’s never better than when she’s doing her own thing, and here we have the sequel to her wonderful (and very recent) “All Summer Long.” Check that out and then check this out.
Usagi Yojimbo #11 ($3.99) – You know me. I am a huge “Usagi Yojimbo” stan. You know that gif of Antonio Banderas looking at his computer? If you don’t, type in “Antonio Banderas Assassins gif” in your search engine of choice. Now imagine that’s me when I read “Part 1 of 43” in the solicitation for this issue. Stan Sakai, the master, does it again.