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!
Postal #14 ($3.99) – Last issue started an arc centered on a former Aryan Brotherhood member and it was really good. Seeing how Hill handles the delicate task of tackling racism, and making a man who redeemable after doing evil because of racism, should be a very interesting thing to see. There’s also a “Postal”/”Tithe”/”Think Tank” crossover this week as all three books have Matt Hawkins as a common connection, but I’m going to have to pass on that.
Cryptocracy #3 ($3.99) – Honestly, I think the concept of the book might be more interesting than the actual book so far for me. That said, I’m willing to give it another issue or two to really get me.
Future Quest #4 ($3.99) – This has been the standout Hanna-Barbera title so far, being both an actually good story and a joy to love at, thanks to Doc Shaner. This issue looks like it’s about to introduce Mightor into all the big crossover that is the story so far, so this issue already sounds like it’s going to be great.
Blubber #3 ($3.99) – Any Gilbert Hernandez book is automatically worth some attention. This series has found him at his most crazy and wild. Though it’s gross, it’s so absurd you cannot help but laughing.
Reincarnate #1 ($3.50) – Nate McCoy can interact with past incarnations of his self, and he uses their knowledge and information to help him solve crimes. One part “Five Ghosts” (man, I miss that series) and one part your basic network detective show, this series from Michael Moreci and Keith Burns and published through Heavy Metal does honestly sound like it could be a lot of fun.
Skip to the End #1 ($3.50) – Here’s another book from Heavy Metal Magazine, this one from Jeremy Holt and Alex Diotto. Remember that old VH1 series where they were trying to do rock-themed Twilight Zone episodes? This kinda has that vibe.
Saga #37 ($2.99) – “Saga”‘s back everyone!
Gotham Academy Annual #1 ($4.99): I have to be perfectly honest, I have only been finding the “Lumbjanes/Gotham Academy” crossover to be just okay. It feels more Lumberjanes than it does Gotham Academy. And that’s fine, you do you. But combine that with the seemingly shuffling of feet that was “Yearbook” it feels like quite a while since we’re seen this book. Now, we have Becky Cloonan back co-writing with Fletcher again and having Serge Lapointe and Msassyk doing the colors instead of Adam Archer made the preview for this feel a lot more like “Gotham Academy”. I can’t wait!
East of West #29 (3.99): March that drum beat all the way to the end of the world.
Baccano! vol. 2: The Grand Punk Railroad Local ($20.99): That world of immortals, gangsters, bootleggers and madman returns with a new volume which begins what is perhaps the most iconic story in “Baccano”, the tale of the trans-continental train, the Flying Pussyfoot and all the factions and strange occurrences on it’s haunted rails.
Total: $7.98 or $20.99. Slow 5th Wednesday week so take the opportunity to expand those horizons.
The Longest Day of the Future ($24.99) – Lucas Varela has drawn some of the most evocative and bizarrely magnetic images I’ve ever seen. Check out his covers for the Argentinian comics magazine Fierro to see what I mean. Wordlessly, his covers meld the bizarre with the mundane in a modern, strangely zeitgeisty fashion. For “The Longest Day of the Future”, Varela has talked about how comics of the early twentieth century inspired the form he uses to tell this particular story. I’m really excited to see how his ideas on the state of man and the potential future of the developed world apply to sequential, longform storytelling inspired by comics of the past.Continued below
Total: $24.99 – Okay, I cheated. The MSRP is $24.99, but I’ve seen it for $19.99 depending on where you buy it. But really, why put a price on true artists doing singular work like this?