This week’s Comixology (at Amazon) sales include, the wonder that is Immortal Hulk, X-Men Legacy, Captain Marvel (so many relaunches to keep track of) and a possible late addition to the Image Omnibus sale.
But first, we should probably talk about Amazon’s inability to get their sale prices right on the first iteration of a sale. This seems like it’s mostly a DC thing, but sale prices are dropping TWICE on some comics. The first time when the sale first appears and the second time a day or two after the sales are posted. It’s strange and the best advice we can give is that if the price doesn’t end in .99 or .49, it’s likely there’s an update that hasn’t happened yet.
We can’t tell if this is deliberate or a technical error, and if it’s a technical error, whether the problem is on the Amazon side or the DC side. Regardless of why, this is really inconvenient. While Amazon (and even Comixology) have always had the odd title that lagged behind the rest of the sale, this has gotten ridiculous.
On a related note, we can’t really tell if all of the Dark Horse titles on the Deals page are really on sale. You don’t sill the digital list price vs. sale price listed on those, just
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Price set by seller.
That’s not the most helpful thing in the world.
Now, if you go into the sale listings, *some* of the comics will have the “best price in 30 days” banner. Those are probably one sale. The rest? We’re just not sure. We like things like Hellboy and Joe Kubert’s Tarzan, but we’re not sure those are great sale prices for everything listed.
Speaking of digital list price vs. sale price, if an individual book is enrolled in Comixology Unlimited, you need to be logged out of Unlimited to be able to see the original list price. Yes, this is yet another inconvenience after Amazon’s attempted absorption of the Comixology site.
We’re so old, we remember when Amazon actually cared about the customer experience. It’s just not clear how much the care about their comics customers, since we keep having all sorts of new hiccups.
Anyway, back to the Cheap.
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Where did the New Releases and Sale pages go?
In case you’re having troubles with the new UIX (a LOT of people have been):
The End of the Immortal
Marvel’s Immortal Hulk Sale runs through Thursday, 3/31.
Easily the sale of the week.
This is Al Ewing’s horror-tinged opus. The Hulk and other gamma-afflicted characters gather. It seems those dosed with gamma might not be able to die and it all seems tied to a mysterious green door that might lead to Hell. And there’s someone behind the door.
Now, there are two parallels sets of reprints here: the “regular” volumes (1-11) and the deluxe volumes (Book 1-4). The deluxe ones reprint 2 of the regular volumes, so you’d be waiting on V. 5. Otherwise, there’s not an appreciable price difference between formats.
Note: V. 11 collects various one-shots and is optional. V.1-10 gets you the full story.
Other than that, just enjoy one of the best comics of the last decade.
Marvel’s X-Men Legacy Sale runs through Sunday, 3/27.
This would be the (largely) Mike Carey era of the X-Men: Legacy comic. You might know him from Lucifer and My Faith in Frankie or in his secret identity as M.R. Carey with The Girl With All the Gifts. Yes, he gets around a little.
It’s the X-Men, so there’s quite a few artists passing through – Scot Eaton, Khoi Pham and Clay Mann all figure prominently.
This picks up after Messiah Complex and runs into Avengers Vs. X-Men with Christos Gage penning the last couple volumes.
(The actual series page might be easier to navigate.)
Not A Big Red Cheese?
The Captain Marvel: Earth’s Mightiest Hero Sale runs through Sunday, 3/27.
Hmmm… was somebody bending over backwards to riff on the original Captain Marvel being “The World’s Mightiest Mortal?” It does seem that way, doesn’t it?
OK… brace yourselves… this one has a ton of relaunches:
- Ms. Marvel (’77-’79) – The Epic editions have a couple more issues for an extra buck
- Ms. Marvel (’06-’10) – The Brian Reed era with a lot of rotating artists.
- Captain Marvel: The World’s Mightiest Hero (’12-’14; ’16) – The Kelly Sue DeConnick era – and the larger collections of this material.
- The Mighty Captain Marvel (’16-’17) – Margaret Stohl era
- And the last volume of Mighty Captain Marvel, not on the series page.
- Life of Captain Marvel (’18) – Stohl era continues
- Captain Marvel (’19-present) – The current Kelly Thompson run
We think that’s the overly complicated chronology, anyway. For recommendations, we’re not really Captain Marvel experts, but we’re inclined to say go with the current Thompson run. Kelly Sue DeConnick has a very dedicated fanbase, so maybe browse the sample pages there and see if that catches your fancy, too?
Speaking of Complex Relaunches
The Wonder Woman sale was broken down in the last installment.
A Late Addition
That Image Omnibus sale running through 3/31?
We’re not sure if this was a late addition to the sale or our eye skipped over it, but there’s an omnibus of the Robert Kirkman / Paul Azaceta series Outcast available. 48 issues for $27 is fractionally a lesser deal than the Spawn Omnibuses, but that’s about $3.38 per “normal” collection/ ~56 cents/issue.
We need to read the last volume, but this story that’s twist and subversion of demonic possession has been holding our interest.
Still on Sale
- The Stream DC: DMZ Sale runs through Monday, 3/28