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!
Spy Seal #2 ($3.99) – If Rich Tomasso is making Kool-Aid, I’m drinking it all up. His cartooning, design sense, and color choices are the perfect match for anthropomorphic intrigue of the stiff upper lip variety. Some spy stories move with breakneck abandon from one impossible mission to another. Tomasso’s gentlemanly gait feels like a refreshing antithesis. Let’s call it Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Seal.
Mister Miracle #2 ($3.99) – Is Darkseid?
Damned #4 ($3.99) – We dip back again into a villainous hive of sleazy, speakeasies, dapper-men demons, and the Humphrey-est Bogart this side of Casablanca. Ironically, we’re blessed right now to have one or two Cullen Bunn books dropping every week. If this book is any indicator, Cullen Bunn might have sold something of his in order to get more hours in a day.
Kaijumax Season 3 #3 ($3.99) – Goj-damn has this latest season crackled. The screws are tightening around Dr. Zhang and it’s only a matter of time before the Moon Bunnies come by to crack skulls and collect. And the fact that statement can be made with tongue nowhere near cheek still amazes me.
Realm #1 ($3.99) / Retcon #1 ($3.99) – Fall must be harvest season for Image’s latest crop of #1s. September sees a whole ream of new books hitting shelves. This one’s a game time decision: Mad Max/Lord of the Rings mashup or meta, time-traveling jumpstart to a sci-fi series that never existed in the first place. You really can’t go wrong.
Total: $19.95 – Tight to the cap this week. But really, that’s a lie – we’re all picking up “Dark Nights: Metal” #2 ($4.99). And with “Survival Geeks” TP ($17.99) out as well, that serving of sweet Googe-y goodness should somehow, probably, definitely find it’s way into your pile.
Matt Lune’s Picks:
Dark Nights Metal #2 ($3.99) – Is this the best event of the last five years? It’s way too early to tell, I know that, but I can’t think of a major superhero event that’s got me this excited to pick up each issue. It’s a series that is so unpredictable, so buck wild and so right up my street that I’m eagerly picking up whatever it’s throwing down.
Mister Miracle #2 ($3.99) – Tom King’s deconstruction of depression, grief and posttraumatic stress is epic in scope, thanks in no small part to Mitch Gerads’ superbly complex artwork. This is easily among my books of the year, hands down, and it’s only on issue 2.
Dead of Winter #2 ($3.99) – Kyle Starks is trying his hand at something a little more serious, a little more nuanced than we’re used to seeing, and in a crowded genre such as zombies, he’s managed to make something unique and enjoyable. It’s still got that Starks voice to it too, which is a major win for any series, frankly.
Ninjak #0 ($3.99) – Ninjak may be my favorite Valiant character, so it’s great to see another series coming out with him in the lead. This book is exploring the idea of him being Ninja-K, and facing off against ninjas A through J, presumably, which is delightfully absurd. Can’t wait.
Retcon #1 ($3.99) – In a rare case of the solicit absolutely selling the issue, “Retcon” #1 rounds out my week, beating some stiff competition to the finish line with its wacky “All-new reboot of a comic that never existed” concept. Meta commentary on comic form in the same vein as Tom Scioli’s “Transformers vs G.I.Joe: The Movie Adaptation” is always welcome on my pull list, so I’m looking forward to seeing if this book delivers.Continued below
Total: $19.95 – Big week this week. When “Winnebago Graveyard” and a new “Runaways” series don’t make the cut, you know it’s good.
Harrow County #25 ($3.99) — Kammi is back, and that can’t mean anything good. This arc is called “Dark Times A’Coming” for a reason.
Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1955—Occult Intelligence #1 ($3.99) — Brian Churilla returns to the series, and he’s very welcome. “Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.” could benefit from the stability of a semi-regular artist now that some long-term plotlines are developing.
Spy Seal #2 ($3.99) — I’m a huge Tintin and
Invader Zim #23 ($3.99) — It’s been a while since we had a multi-issue arc in “Invader Zim.” As much fun as I have with the series, if you put too many one-shots in a row it starts to feels like the comic is in a holding pattern. Granted I don’t expect much to change now that a TV movie is on the horizon, but it is a welcome change of pace.
Redlands #2 ($3.99) — The first issue of this felt more like a prologue to me than a first chapter, but it certainly grabbed my attention at once. I’m looking forward to digging deeper into “Redlands.” I’ve got high hopes for this series…
Dark Nights: Metal #2 ($3.99) – This is your obligatory pick of the week. The first issue was bonkers. This one keeps it fun and heavy. While not altogether new reader friendly this event will be one for the books.
Teen Titans #12 ($3.99) – I’m going all in on the Metal and I love Mirka Andolfo.
Action Comics #987 ($2.99) – Finally Mr. Oz is revealed. Whether it’s satisfying or not the two-year mystery ends here.
Justice League of America ($2.99) – Damn you DC for finally answering all your big questions in the same month much less the same week. The search for Ray Palmer heats up.
Mister Miracle #2 ($3.99) – The first issue of this was very good, while perhaps not revolutionary, it’s deserved a spot on my pull list.
Ninjak #0 ($3.99) – Kindt passes the torch to Gage and I can’t wait for “Ninja-K” in November.
Total: $21.94. Went a little over this week, but when DC starts answering the Rebirth questions and getting more Metal you just gotta go with em. Plus always the Valiant.
Dark Nights: Metal #2 ($4.99) – Since the Dream reveal was spoiled, I’m looking forward to this issue even more to see how he’s involved in this crazy story.
Kill or Be Killed #12 ($3.99) – The series has handled tension and suspense so well. I can’t wait to see how Dylan’s conflict with the Russians escalates.
Mister Miracle #2 ($3.99) – King’s “Batman” run has been up and down for me, so it’s great to see him back in a limited series where he really shines.
Star Wars #36 ($3.99) – I can’t believe it; we’re finally finding out what happened to C-3PO and R2-D2.
Teen Titans #12 (Metal) ($3.99) – I usually don’t do crossovers outside of what I’m already reading, but ‘Metal’ has me so excited that I’m going to at least give these tie-ins a chance.
Total: $20.95. A little over, but “Dark Nights: Metal” #2 is worth the extra dollar.