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!
Avatar: Adapt or Die #2 ($3.99): A light week for me as we continue our journey into Pandora’s past, where the Na’vi deal with that issue the indigenous peoples of North America also faced: disease they have no possible way of adapting against in time. A heavy parallel, yes, but one James Cameron’s world was designed to remind us of.
Super Freaks One-Shot ($4.99): What better way to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of a Savage Dragon podcast than to have a bunch of Savage Dragon fans collaborate on a tribute comic to Ol Finhead himself? You won’t see this for just any license character. Creator of The Dragon, Erik Larsen, also chips in with a cover, and a whole host of fans are on board to commemorate the character. This promises to be all kinds of absurd, so count me in!
Knights of X #2 ($3.99): Tini Howard has fully committed to her corner of the X-verse being a full-on fantasy comic, and it’s one of the things I appreciate most about the post-Hickman era – a willingness to be bold and not constrained by the demands of the Krakoan status quo. Betsy Braddock and her knights seem truly disconnected from the X-Men of the regular world, and there is a very real sense of danger for these characters.
Total: $8.98 – but my eye is also on the beautiful new Regis Loisel Mickey Mouse book out this week from Fantagraphics, coming in at well over the $20 mark.
Super Freaks One-Shot ($4.99): If you’ve got some 90s comics nostalgia feels, this will fill that need nicely.
History Comics National Parks ($12.99): Memorial Day weekend in the United States also signals the unofficial start of summer, and this graphic novel may provide some inspiration for summer plans closer to home.
The Pass ($21.95) – Following on from Espé’s “The Parakeet” (first published in English in 2021), “The Pass” follows Bastien into parenthood as he and Camille have their second child, Louis. However, Louis is born with severe heart defects. As I understand it, this story is inspired by real events, as Bastien and Camille face the possibility of losing their child. However, the element of the story that really caught my interest is between Louis and his grandfather, who acts as emotional support for the whole family.
Total: $21.95. Yes, yes, I went slightly over. . . but this is worth it.