A mid-week look at Comixology (at Amazon) Sales. Why? Because there’s a very large Wonder Woman sale that takes quite a bit of effort to break down into digestible sections. Plus, The Invaders are on sale, including a recent run that was largely ignored and is worth reading.
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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):
Golden Age Avengers
Marvel’s Invaders Sale runs through Thursday, 3/24.
This would be the WWII super team built around Captain America & Bucky, the original Human Torch & Toro and Namor, the Sub-Mariner. They invaded Europe and fought the likes of the Red Skull, Master Man, Warrior Woman, Baron Blood and U-Man.
Invaders Classics: The Complete Collection is the best pricing for the run and we’d put the first volume as slightly stronger than the second. V.1 is Roy Thomas and mostly Frank Robbins on art. Yes, Robbins on superhero comics is a divisive thing, but Invaders is where he fits best. Don Glut joins in the writing fray in V. 2 and the art rotates a bit more, notably with Alan Kupperberg. The early sequence introducing Baron Blood is particularly good.
The most recent Invaders flew under most radars, but it was a personal favorite here at the Tower of Cheap. Chip Zdarksy, Butch Guice and Carlos Magno. That book launches today, it gets a little more attention, but Zdarsky was not yet at his current profile level in ’19. This is a modern day tale of Cap, Winter Soldier and the original Torch trying to figure out what’s going on with aggressive military stances in Atlantis. Of course, there’s palace intrigue under the sea, but this also serves as a Sub-Mariner series, providing some explanations for different characterizations of Namor over the years and wrapping up some of his subplots across various titles. It’s a really solid comic and we were sad it ended. This is one extended story, so you need to get both volumes.
We also liked the Stern/Epting collection and Avengers/Invaders, but those are the top picks here.
It Makes You Wonder…
DC’s Wonder Woman and the Amazons Sale runs through Monday, 4/4.
This is another one of those extra hard to navigate, jumbled up sales. We’re going to do what we did with the Batman sale and break this down into the individual titles, so you can browse little easier.
- Sensation Comics – these are the “Golden Age” archive editions and have the early issues of Wonder Woman in them, too.
Sensation Comics (Single Issues) – If you prefer the Mr. Terrific and Wildcat backups be included, the single issues are $0.99. That might be the everyday price, too.
- Wonder Woman (’42-’86) – The early issues are filed under Sensation Comics, so this listing is “Best of” collections and the collected “12 Labors” from the 70s.
Wonder Woman (Single Issues) – The original run is not complete, but a lot of the single issues are available and most of them are $0.99. Again, looks like $0.99 is the everyday price, too.
- Wonder Woman (’87 – ’06). OK, this is odd. Amazon has TWO DIFFERENT collected edition pages for this run. That’s… not real efficient. At any rate, this is the series that starts out with George Perez, then Messner-Loebs/Deodato, John Byrne, Phil Jimenez and finally the first Greg Rucka run. (With a few creators in between those entries.)
Page #1 – this is the main page
Page #2 – click here for V. 5 and 6 of Perez and V.2 of Messner-Loebs
If I were working at DC, I’d probably ask Amazon what’s up with this link structure.
- Wonder Woman (’06-’11) – This series is probably best known as the Gail Simone run
Wonder Woman (single issues) – You know the drill. Once more, $0.99 singles.
- Wonder Woman (’11-’16) – The New 52 era. Was the Azzarello/Chiang run slightly sacrilegious for the character? Probably. Did we still like it? Yes. You weren’t expecting Brian to be reverential, were you?
Wonder Woman (single issues) – Yup, still $0.99.
- Wonder Woman (’17 – present)
OK, that was kind of exhausting. Recommendations? Sure. Go back to Sensation Comics (either version) and get a look at how strange and subversive the original comics by Moulton and Peters were. Lotsa bondage in a kids’ comic setting.
Go to the ’87 series and get some Perez. For a lot of people Wonder Woman started with Perez. The Rucka + multiple artists run at the end of that series is also excellent.
The return of Rucka with Nicola Scott and Liam Sharp is also excellent, but you can save a little money if you get that in the first two volumes here.
And a couple one-offs we can also recommend:
Wonder Woman: Dead Earth by Daniel Warren Johnson is a helluva fun ride. Diana awakens in post-apocalyptical hellscape, fighting off the monsters trying to eat the human survivors and trying to remember why and how long she was unconscious. Listen to metal while you read it!
Wonder Woman: The True Amazon is Jill Thompson’s award winning OGN and it is absolutely gorgeous to behold.