In this week’s Comixology (at Amazon) sales, Marvel has discounts on New Mutants, DC has a potpourri of titles with lots of Batman mixed in, Dark Horse discounts Hellboy-adjacent comics and then there’s the new mystery category.
Where did the New Releases and Sale pages go?
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DC Grab Bag
The DC Essential Books Sale runs through Monday, 4/3
This is another one of those particularly eclectic DC sales. Let’s start with the obligatory Batman breakout, because most of Batman & Detective from New 52 on are on sale.
- Batman (’11-’16) – The Scott Snyder / Greg Capullo era
- Batman (’16 – current) – Tom King, James Tynion IV, Josh Williamson -Zdarksy’s run isn’t on sale yet.
- Detective Comics (’11-’16) – Tony Daniels, John Layman, Francis Manapul
- Detective Comics (’16 -current) – James Tynion IV, Peter Tomasi, Mariko Tamaki
A couple things we think are on sale for the first time:
- DC vs. Vampires by James Tynion IV, Matthew Rosenberg and Otto Schmidt
- Detective Comics Vol. 3 : Arkham Rising by Mariko Tamaki, Stephanie Phillips, Matthew Rosenberg, David Lapham and Dan Mora
And a couple things we’d recommend that aren’t new:
Wonder Woman: Dead Earth by Daniel Warren Johnson is a comic that can accurately be described as “metal.” Loud, fun and full of action. This Black Label tale has Wonder Woman waking from a coma in a dystopian, apocalyptical future. She’s having trouble remembering what happened and there are a lot of monsters to slay if things are to be put right. Good stuff!
Multiversity is one of our favorite Grant Morrison Events and this one stands out because, while there is a through-plot, much of it is just Grant Morrison building new Earths, that is do say alternate dimensions – a pulp character Earth, a variation on the old Earth-S (Shazam) and, of course, President Superman. Along for the ride are a ridiculous set of artists, including Frank Quitely, Doug Mahnke, Chris Sprouse and Ivan Reis.
The Marvel New Mutants Legacy Sale runs through Tuesday, 4/4
Let’s break this one down by the series highlights first:
- New Mutants (’83 – ’91) – The original run
- New Mutants (’09 – ’11) – Zeb Wells / Diogenes Neves; DnA / Leandro Fernandez & David Lopez
- Bigger volumes of the DnA run
- New Mutants (’03 – ’04) – Nunzio DeFilippis / Christina Weir / Keron Grant / Khary Randolph
- New Mutants: Dead Souls (’18) – Matthew Rosenberg / Adam Gorham
- New Mutants (’19-’22) – The HoX/PoX (Hickman) era with rotating creators
What’s the best run of New Mutants? That’s a question that runs to personal preference more than most series. We’d say, #18-31 is the core with Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz that stands above the rest. Demon Bear. The introduction of Warlock. A good Legion arc. And it’s conveniently packaged in an Epic Collection. It’s still an interesting run after Sienkiewicz moves on, but he’s so good at setting mood and tone.
Another thing we’d throw out as particularly interesting is specifically the Jonathan Hickman installments of the most recent series. These are also conveniently collected in a single volume… and his issues didn’t always run sequentially.
Past that, this is one where you browse and see if something strikes your fancy.
Friends in Warm Places
The Dark Horse – World of Hellboy Sale runs through Monday, 4/10.
Not a Hellboy sale, but rather the related titles. But that’s fine, since B.P.R.D is actually even more of a saga than Hellboy proper. There are two big arcs in omnibus format, mostly written by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi with art by the inimitable Guy Davis.
The first sequence is The Plague of Frogs, wherein the Bureau – i.e., the scientists and soldiers (and Abe Sapien & Liz Sherman) Hellboy works with – go down a rabbit hole, trying to figure out what’s up with all these frog creatures that keep turning up. Hint: BAD things are up. Important note: with that link, skip the ones marked “omnibus” and scroll down to Plague of Frogs V. 1-4. Same material at a lower price.
The second sequence is Hell on Earth. And that title is no joke. Things take a turn for the worst.
We revisited these sequences during lockdown and it’s an extremely well done epic. There are some false starts early on as Mignola settles on a creative team, but once Arcudi and Davis arrive, buckle up… things start moving fast and you’ll be flipping pages.
For a very different side of the Hellboy verse, there’s Lobster Johnson. The Lobster is a pulp vigilante from the Shadow/Spider school, operating in the 1930s. The tone is all over the place from a straight pulp thriller to farce to over-the-top adventure with some Spy-Fi and occult touches. Very fun series. Mike Mignola and John Arcudi are your writers. There’s quite a rotation of artists here, but Tonci Zonjic is the most frequent contributor. You can get the first the volumes in an omnibus and then there are three more “single” collections.
The “Maybe” Sale
It has come to our attention that Amazon now has a sort of $5 and under section for comics. We’re not quite sure what to make of it or how permanent it is. Some of the listings are this week’s sales. Some of the listings are things that aren’t discounted… like single issues that are normally under $5. And a few things might be unannounced sales?
Arrowsmith V.1 by Kurt Busiek and Carlos Pacheco for $1.99. The high concept here is World War I being fought with mages and dragons. This would be the original run. Six issues for $1.99? For Busiek & Pacheco? That just might be the bargain of the week.
Queen & Country is on the shortlist for the best espionage comic of all time. An homage, of sorts, to the old UK TV show “The Sandbaggers,” it’s a spy comic that also shows the politics that the spies’ handler must suffer through. Greg Rucka writes and the artists rotate by arc, but you’ll recognize a few of the names: Chris Samnee, Jason Shawn Alexander, Carla Speed McNeil and Mike Norton. Great series. Volumes run from $3.99 to $5.99. We think this is an unannounced sale, but we’re not positive about that.
And we have no idea what kind of time frame any unannounced sales in this section will stick around. It is, as they say, a mystery.