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!
Matt Lune’s Picks:
Detective Comics #965 ($2.99) – DC’s most consistently great book of the entire Rebirth line, and each arc is building on the last in a way that’s tightening the core group dynamic and generally making this the Batman book well worth your time and money.
Marvel Legacy #1 ($5.99) – Despite the biggest spoiler of this issue being out in the wild, I’m still remaining cautiously optimistic – if not for this issue then for the initiative as a whole. Marvel feels like it needs a win after the mess of “Secret Empire,”and I hope this is it.
Ducktales #1 ($3.99) – For Someone as big a fan of Ducktales as me, you’d think I’d be overly critical of a reimagining of the franchise. Instead, I’ve embraced it warmly – everyone seems to be firing on all cylinders, and what can I say? It feels good to be back in Duckberg.
The Beautiful Death #1 ($5.99) – An apocalyptic sci-fi tale with gorgeous art and what feels like an edge of humor, I’m looking forward to seeing what Mathieu Bablet and Brandon Graham produce.
Marvel Legacy #1 ($5.99) – Because we have to. Minus the cover price. Hopefully you go to a store where they’re discounting this. I can’t say I’m super excited for this whole relaunch, but I have a lot of in Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic to give me a fun ride.
Detective Comics #965 ($2.99) – With the reveal of Mr. Oz what becomes of Tim Drake? It all begins here and boy is this issue amazing and is way more connected in Rebirth than you were already expecting.
Wonder Woman #31 ($2.99) – James Robinson is back at DC and we’re getting more big picture Rebirth questions answered and I can’t wait for some Wonder Woman/Baby Darkseid moments.
Black Monday Murders ($3.99) – All hail Mammon.
X-O Manowar #7 ($3.99) – A new arc if you haven’t been reading “Manowar”. The second trade also drops Wednesday too so you can catch up. This book has been amazing since it’s relaunch and is just continuing the stream of high-quality content Valiant is producing.
Total: $19.95. But it could’ve been so much more with “Batgirl”, “Action Comics”, “Justice League of America”, “Faith and the Future Force”, and the list goes on and on…
Victor Lavalle’s Destroyer #5 ($3.99) – Victor Lavalle’s ideas take their toll, and Dietrich Smith’s crisp futurism and visceral violence take what’s left. One of the most satisfying mini-series of the year keeps rumbling along to its penultimate issue.
Batman/The Shadow #6 ($3.99) – Hate to see this go, but I’m going to love watching it finish. Scott Snyder and Steve Orlando are telling a story vital enough that it almost feels like it could fit into canon (under the right sort of light). But really, this is and always will be the Riley Rossmo show.
Wonder Woman #31 ($3.99) – James Robinson comes back to the fold. An arc about Diana’s brother doesn’t really blow the bloody doors off for me. But if anyone can light the fuse, it’s Robinson.
Annual ($9.99) – A comix mixtape of Joe Casey deep cuts. And he’s bringing along galactic rangers Nathan Fox and Jim Rugg for a couple jams. Sounds like my kind of music.
Total: $21.96 – Over the line by a couple toenails. But a Joe Casey anthology makes it all worthwhile.
Batgirl #15 ($3.99) – Hope Larson and Chris Wildgoose are doing such an incredible job with this book, but it keeps flying under the radar in the ‘truly great Rebirth books’ discussion. This issue has more of the Barbara/Dick flashbacks we saw last month, so count me in.Continued below
Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter #1 ($3.99) – I’m a sucker for anything Hammer Horror, and with Dan Abnett and Tom Madrake as the creative team, this is a no-brainer for me.
Southern Bastards #18 ($3.99) – With Jason Aaron getting the month off, we Jason Latour scripts this issue, with Chris Brunner on art. While I will miss that magic combination that the Jasons cook up together, I’m sure this issue will satisfy. And hey! This is coming out more or less on schedule behind #17!
Batman/The Shadow #6 and Justice League/Power Rangers #6 ($3.99 each) – These crossovers, of which I expected nothing, have both been absolutely fantastic. I’ve never read or seen any Power Rangers in my life, and my Shadow experience is mostly limited to the 1994 Alec Baldwin vehicle. Yet, both of these crossovers did their DC characters better than their titular titles are doing right now, and both feature absolutely stunning artwork by Riley Rossmo and Stephen Byrne, respectively.
Redneck #6 ($3.99) – This issue wraps up Cates and Estherren’s first arc of the title. In the previous five issues, the reader has been given a lot to think about as we’re introduced to the Bowman’s, given a bit of their history, witness to quite a few killings, and a lot more. Hopefully this issue can wrap things up pretty nicely and also set up the next arc, and the rest of the series, pretty well.
Southern Bastards #18 ($3.99) – This series has had numerous lengthy delays, but has always maintained a high level of quality. This issue is one of the issues with Latour writing and Chris Brunner on art. Brunner’s style is enough like Latour’s to not be jarring, but also unique enough to let his issues stand on their own in the world that Jasons have created. Here’s hoping this issue can give Latour a little time to catch up and make the wait for issue 19 not quite so long.
Total: $7.98. Light week, but two Southern comics by Southern creators makes this Southerner happy.
Detective Comics #965 ($2.99): “A Lonely Place of Living” sees Tim Drake making his return after extended absence and, after getting a gander, I can safely say James Tynion has been the best thing for Tim in quiet a while.
Dishonored: The Peeress and the Prince #1 ($3.99): The last “Dishonored” mini from Titan turned out to be a surprise treat and this one has Michael Moreci on writing. I’m up for more visits to the Empire of the Isles.
WWE #9 ($3.99): Hey after all the applause Roman Reigns got this Sunday, I’m sure your up for a comic dedicated to him? Right? Right. In seriousness, this series continues to be a light and fun treat.