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!
“Pretty Deadly Rat” #1 ($3.99) – You know that famous lyric, “You don’t know what you got till its not here anymore for you to appreciate its beauty because you took it for granted.” Pretty Deadly is/was an amazing series and I am so glad its back and now realizing how long its been since we were able to enjoy Kelly and Emma’s work. Emma Rios is a true giant in comic art and should be worshiped.
“Everything” #1 ($3.99) – A new sci-fi tinged social commentary maybe horrorish comic with I. N. J. Culbard art. Sounds like a middle America gone mad story. Culbard excels at these series (well with everything) but his classic clean work with the ability to lean towards unnerving imagery is what I love the most. I am really exited about this one.
“Web of Black Widow” #1 (3.99) With the Black Widow movie hype building we are finally able to get some new Black Widow books. New Black Widow books means new spy-thriller noir books which I fucking love. Jody Houser on writing duties is a check but Stephen Mooney on art seals the deal. Dude can draw dangerous women in smokey rooms like no one’s business.
“Something is Killing the Children” #1 (3.99) Love a good horror series and one that mixes true crime styling with other-worldly elements. James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera have created a dark and engrossing story. Werther’s work really stands out in this first issue. Moody as fuck and really great page composition. I am sure that is not a selling point to most people but it fucking should be.
“House of X” #4 ($4.99) – We are crossing the halfway point of HoxPox and all of it continues to be brilliant. Hickman, Larraz, Silva, and Gracia are continuing to make this a must.
“Justice League” #31 ($3.99) – The JSA is back and Kamandi is all here as well. The first issue of the climax of Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, and Jorge Jimenez’s “Justice League” run kicked off last week with ‘Justice/Doom War.’ Just when you thought it couldn’t get bigger and better it does. Let’s go!
“DIE” #7 ($3.99) – Stephanie Hans is a genius and Kieran Gillen bringing that sweet moody fantasy (with fun commentary at the back of every issue) has made this one of my favorite new books.
“Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium ($4.99) – Color me intrigued. While I’m excited for “Legion” proper in two months, I’m starting to feel some of the Bendis at DC shine begin to tarnish. Hoping this two-issue miniseries is more than just a pretty prologue.
“Giant Days” #54 ($3.99)— Not quite the final issue, there is after all the “Giant Days: As Time Goes By” special next month, but it is the final numbered issue. It’s definitely an ending of sorts. In the past few days I’ve been doing a reread from the beginning. As I write this, I have six issues left, and I think I love the series more than ever. I’ve loved spending time with Susan, Daisy, and Esther—this is such a comfort comic for me. John Allison, Max Sarin, Whitney Cogar, and Jim Campbell have done such a fantastic job together, I really hope we’ll see another project from this team someday.
“Pretty Deadly: Rat” #1 ($3.99)— Hey, “Pretty Deadly” is back. There’s a video by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou about the visual storytelling in this series that I think captures perfectly why I love it. It’s good to see this series continuing.Continued below
Total: $7.98. Small, I know, but I’m trying to catch up on my reading. I’ve fallen a little behind and my to-read book pile is getting rather shameful. Plus, I think next week is gonna be an expensive one…
“Giant Days” #54 ($3.99) – This is it, friends. This is the last regular “Giant Days” issue (the very last one will be the one-shot special “Giant Days: As Time Goes By” that will serve as the final issue). It’s graduation day for Daisy, Susan, and Esther, which may be a bit strange to read now as many of us in the U.S. are either back in school or getting ready to go back to school. While it hurts to bid this series farewell, I must give credit to John Allison for ending his series at its most natural stopping point and not prolonging it further than it needs to go. (I’m looking at you, Beverly Hills, 90210 and The O.C.)
“Battlepug” #1 ($3.99) – I’m sold just on the title alone, for it’s use of pugs (always the best boys and girls) and the sheer ridiculousness of it all. This is going to be fun.
“DCeased A Good Day to Die” #1 ($4.99) – While I wait for the next “DCeased” issue, this one-shot takes the story from the perspective of those trying to contain the impending apocalypse on the ground. Can they save the world where the Justice League so far has been unsuccessful?
“Archie” #707 ($3.99) – The awkwardness and magic of first dates is always fun, especially when you’re seeing it secondhand. Plus there’s some good ol’ supernatural fun thrown in, just because it’s Sabrina.