In this week’s Comixology (at Amazon) sales, DC goes wide and deep with some better prices, Marvel offers up Avengers and Deadpool and Image slashes crime comics.
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):
Before we get to the sales, a message for the folks at Comixology: you really need to get some pagination in this new format. Yes, sorting and alphabetizing books is important and a step in the right direction, but there really needs to be some pagination or bookmarks. A sale like the current DC sale requires a person to click the “See more” button around 90 times to get to the end. If that person wants to read the details on any item before getting to the end, they get thrown back to the beginning of the sale when they click the back button to return. That’s a pretty awful UIX experience and puts a significant burden on the user who wants to browse something at the end of the alphabet, like Wonder Woman. Fix this.
(We recommend right-clicking and opening a new tab or window if you want to examine an item in one of these monster-sized sales. It will save you some headaches.)
DC Forget To Put the Kitchen Sink On Sale
The DC Ultimate eBook Sale runs through Monday, 10/3.
As we were saying, this is a REALLY large sale, around 2700 items – all collected editions. And here’s the thing, items that are a few years old (and a couple more recent releases) are frequently $3.99/volume with some of the “Deluxe” editions – i.e., print HCs that contain two TPBs worth of material – for $5.99. Good deals and as cheap as we’ve seen some of this in some time. It’s well worth a browse.
Here’s a list of some things that caught our eye as cheaper than usual and/or not always on sale:
- Challengers of the Unknown – This is the original Jack Kirby run and if you haven’t read it before, you may be shocked how much it feels like early Fantastic Four. $5.99
- (Original) Doom Patrol – $5.99 for the first omnibus? Yes, please.
- Fables – The Bill Willingham/Mark Buckingham fantasy epic in $5.99 double-volumes
- Far Sector – $5.99 for all 12 issues of the N.K. Jemisen/Jamal Campbell instant classic that introduces a new Green Lantern
- First Issue Special – Are you confused about the new Tom King / Jorge Fornés Black Label series? It spins out of this ’70s anthology series. A serious weird mix, but with some real gems like Doctor Fate by Martin Pasko & Walt Simonson, a few Jack Kirby one-shots and the debut of Mike Grell’s Warlord feature. $7.99 and it hasn’t been discounted until recently.
- Gotham Central – $3.99 for double volumes of the Ed Brubaker/Greg Rucka/Michael Lark/Stefano Gaudiano/Kano classic? That’s crazy cheap for the material.
- Green Lantern (’60-’86) – There’s a lot here for $3.99 a pop, but here’s a good sequence that’s not always properly discounted V.1 = Len Wein/Dave Gibbons, V.2 = Wein/Gibbons and transitions to Steve Englehart/Joe Staton; V.3 = Englehart/Staton; V.4 of the sequence is inexplicably packaged as Tales of the Green Lantern Corps V.3, but is the next Englehart/Staton volume. The series then changes to Green Lantern Corps, but that volume is $7.99.
- Green Lantern (’18-’20) – i.e., the Grant Morrison/Liam Sharp run. It’s all one extended story and it’s _all_ on sale now. Season 1 – $3.99. Season 2 – $3.99/$4.99
- Hardware: The Man in the Machine – $3.99 for the great intro arc by Dwayne McDuffie and Denys Cowan
- Lois Lane: Enemy of the People – The 12-part Greg Rucka/Mike Perkins serial. – $5.99
- New Teen Titans (’80-’88) – The original Marv Wolfman/George Perez classic at $3.99/volume
- Orion – Walt Simonson’s criminally under-rated New Gods series. $5.99/$6.99
- Rorschach – Tom King and Jorge Fornés do an excellent, if tangential, follow-up to Watchmen with a surprisingly meta meditation on identity and modern mythology.
- Saga of the Swamp Thing – The Alan Moore era for $3.99/volume.
- Suicide Squad (87-’92) – The John Ostrander/Luke McDonnell run that defined the concept for $3.99/volume? Ayup!
- Superman: Phantom Zone – The wonderfully bizarre and creepy Steve Gerber/Gene Colan mini-series that takes more of a horror angle on Superman, plus the DC Comics Presents follow-up. $3.99
- Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen: Who Killed Jimmy Olsen – Extremely funny take on Jimmy by Matt Fraction and Steve Leiber. HIGHLY recommended.
There’s a ton of stuff here and it’s worth your time to have an extended browse.
The Marvel Avengers/Mighty Avengers Sale runs through Monday, 10/3.
This would be the Bendis “New Avengers” era. There are multiple formats in play with this sale, but omnibus seems to be the way to go here:
- New Avengers by Brian Michael Bendis: The Complete Collection
- Mighty Avengers by Brian Michael Bendis: The Complete Collection
- Avengers by Brian Michael Bendis: The Complete Collection –(The ’10-’12 Avengers, that is.)
That said, there a couple things in this sale we prefer from this era: the lesser known Mighty Avengers run by Dan Slott with Koi Pham as the lead artist. It’s not the classic Avengers lineup, but it has more of a classic Avengers feel.
You’ve also got the Ed Brubaker and Rick Remender eras of Secret Avengers. This is the Avengers “covert” ops team, so more of a spy flavor.
No, Not the Dirty Harry Film
The Marvel Deadpool Vs. the Marvel Universe Sale runs through Monday, 10/3.
Deadpool has always had a lot of fairly short run titles swapping around at any given time, this is a collection of those secondary titles.
The longest running of the set is Deadpool & Cable, Fabian Nicieza and Patrick Zircher being the team most associated with it. Amusingly, the monthly comic was called Cable & Deadpool, but the character popularity has flipped since then.
Deadpool Corps maybe of heightened interest with Rob Liefeld joining writing Victor Gischler for it.
The Image Crime Sale runs through Monday, 10/17.
We’d probably call a LOT of these comics more SF/F than Crime, but we always did like a genre-bender.
If you want a straight up crime comic, The Good Asian by Pornsak Pichetshote and Alexandre Tefenkgi should trip your trigger. It lives up to the considerable hype (especially the first half). This is a noir mystery about a Hawaiian detective of Chinese descent, summoned to San Francisco to investigate a disappearance related to his wealthy guardians family… and then things sideways. Conspiracies mingle with politics and racial identity. And it’s well researched, too.
While Criminal was originally published at Icon/Marvel, it’s kind of the old school flagship for crime work at Image, since that’s where Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips started doing crime tales (non-superpowered crime tales, at least, since they’d previously worked together on Sleeper).
Now, if you want something a lot further out there, but still with a criminal element, we’ve always been big fans of Chew. This John Layman / Rob Guillory classic is the right kind of weird. It’s also frequently hilarious. In world recovering from a nasty bird flu, after which poultry is outlawed, FDA agent Tony Chu chases a conspiracy, aided by ability to experience the memories of anything he eats. Awesomely strange, one might say. (The sequel series, Chu is also top notch.) Oh, yes… there’s also a death-dealing rooster named Poyo.
The rest of the sale is definitely worth a browse. It’s a nice selection, especially if you like Brubaker/Phillips.
Still On Sale
- The Marvel Monthly Sale – X-Men: Grand Design & Other Stories Sale runs through Monday, 10/3
- The Sandman Universe DC Black Label Sale runs through Monday, 10/17
- The Best of Top Shelf Sale runs through Thursday, 10/6
- The Umbrella Academy Sale runs through Monday, 10/17