In this week’s Comixology (at Amazon) sales, DC starts the holiday sale season with a Batman / Superman / Wonder Woman “Trinity” sale, Marvel discounts all things “Hellfire” (as in X-Men) and “Young Heroes” (like Young Avengers), plus… Elfquest, but not on a shelf.
Where did the New Releases and Sale pages go?
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In case you’re having troubles with the new UIX (a LOT of people have been):
- The new releases page is here.
- The “Comics Deals” page is here.
- The Kindle Deals comics page is here.
First, a little housekeeping. If you normally use the Comixology app, you’ve probably heard that Amazon is shuttering it on 12/4. If you haven’t heard that, open the app and it’ll notify you. Comics reading is moving over to the Kindle app.
We have a couple tips/warnings for you about that.
- You can force a sync by pressing the “MORE” button at the lower right hand corner of the screen of the Kindle App and selecting “Sync.” Be warned, this is a SLOW process and you might need to press the button several time before a sync really starts. We had had 4 or 5 attempts break before one finally took. A little bit of system overload? That should not surprise anyone. It took us maybe 3 hours before the “real” sync concluded.
- In the Kindle App’s library display screen, there is a “FILTER” button in the upper left corner. This is where you can change your view to comics-only, book-only, unread items-only, etc., etc. This is mentioned in Amazon’s update announcement, but we didn’t think they made it quite clear enough. Play with the filter and it will make things a little easier, particularly if you read both books and comics on Kindle. You really want to be able to view those separately.
We have not yet done a two-screen audit to compare what’s in the Kindle with what’s in the Comixology app, but we’re looking to carve out some time for that before the 4th. At first glance it looks OK, but we’ve heard people saying not everything came over (make sure Read/Unread are both off in the filters) and others saying it took multiple syncs, so we’re looking to err on the side of caution.
If you’re already using the Kindle App, this is a non-issue. And, let’s face it, we all knew this would eventually happen from the moment that Amazon acquired Comixology. Honestly, we’re a little surprised they’re still calling the comics section “Comixology” and not something like Amazon Comics.
The Holidays Start Early?
The DC Trinity Sale runs through Monday, 6/20.
Trinity means Superman / Batman / Wonder Woman, over at DC. But that’s not what we noticed.
What we noticed was all the $2.99/$3.99 collected editions, so we’re treating this like the first shot fired on Holiday Sales. (A pre-Black Friday sale? Maybe.) Will there be cheaper prices from DC in the next couple months? Maybe, but they don’t get lower than $2.99 very often, so it would a (pleasant) surprise.
If you’re looking for a “Trinity” title… basically since New 52 dropped, it’s going to be cheap. This sale is worth taking some time to browse.
Here are some mostly less recent things we saw and liked the prices:
- Adventures of Superman by George Perez – which you’re getting for his 80s run on Action.
- Superman: For All Seasons – Jeph Loeb / Tim Sale do Long Halloween for Superman. $2.99
- Superman: The Golden Age – The early years in ~400 page chunks for $2.99?!?
- Superman: The Man of Steel – The John Byrne reboot – the entire line, which also includes Marv Wolfman, Jerry Ordway (this format saves you about a buck on the set)
- Superman: Up In the Sky – Tom King/Andy Kubert (the one DC hid in the Walmart comics)
- Superman/Batman – The series that starts with Jeph Loeb / Ed McGuinness. ~300 page double volumes for $2.99
- Batman (1940-’11) -We especially like $3.99 “Caped Crusader” (the ’80s run) and $2.99 Ed Brubaker volumes if you scroll down.
- Detective Comics (1937-’11) – We especially like $3.99 “Dark Knight Detective” (the ’80s run) and “New Gotham” volumes.
- Batman: Damned – Brian Azzarello / Lee Bermejo; It will go down as infamous for the “bat pole” and the behind the scenes political upheaval it caused.
- Batman: Death and the Maidens – A Ra’s Al Ghul tale by Greg Rucka / Klaus Janson
- Batman: Gates of Gotham – Scott Snyder / Kyle Higgins / Trevor McCarthy – early Snyder Batman
- Batman Universe – Brian Bendis channeling pure fun? Believe it! This is the Bendis/Nick Derington tale that was hidden away in the Walmart comics and we want another volume!
- Wonder Woman: The Golden Age – Early Wonder Woman is strange. Lots of bondage and domination themes. Seriously. ~400 pages for $3.99. Worth getting one cheap to see how off the wall these are.
- Wonder Woman (1987 series) – Don’t ask us why, but you need to click here and here to get everything. We don’t know why the listings are split like that. Anyway, you can’t go wrong with the George Perez run or the first Greg Rucka run at the end of this series. And be away that V.6 of the Perez run and the War of the Gods collection that isn’t numbered contain the same comics.
- Wonder Woman (2011 series) – The first six issues by Brian Azzarello / Cliff Chiang / Goran Sudzuka are a top notch story. A little sacrilegious to the character? Probably. Consider it an Elseworlds take, but it’s good.
- Wonder Woman (2016 series) – You want the first two “Rebirth Deluxe Editions” as Greg Rucka / Nicola Scott / Liam Sharp reset Wonder Woman, post-Azzarello
- Wonder Woman: True Amazon – Jill Thompson’s Eisner Award winner
Arthur Brown’s Favorite Event
The Marvel Hellfire Sale runs through Monday, 11/20.
Is this a Hellfire Gala sale or a Hellfire Club sale? Perhaps it’s both?
We definitely enjoyed the Krakoa-era Marauders by Gerry Duggan, Matteo Lolli & Stefano Caselli. That had Captain Kate Pryde and her merry band of mutants patrolling the seas on behalf of the “Hellfire Trading Company” and breaking up the plotting of the original Club’s Black King.
For something something under the radar, Cable: The Hellfire Hunt by a pre-Starman James Robinson and Jose Ladronn putting Cable up against a scheme involving the Hellfire Club and Apocalypse.
Somebody Card These Heroes
The Marvel Young Heroes Sale runs through Monday, 11/20.
Technically the “young heroes” title trend at Marvel goes back to Young Allies in the 1940s, but that’s not on sale here.
What is in the sale?
Runaways by Bryan K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona might be the best title. When six friends discover their parents are super villains, they make a run for it. Vaughan was already writing Y- The Last Man when this came out, but his fame hadn’t reached a critical mass yet and this one isn’t always remembered.
Young Avengers by Allen Heinberg and Jim Cheung is a close second. Notable for introducing Hulking and Wiccan, also with Kate Bishop and Cassie Lang, this is a fun one. Doesn’t hurt that you can get the whole thing in one volume, either.
Another one that’s available in a single volume is the Kieron Gillen / Jamie McKelvie Young Avengers from ’13. Gillen & McKelvie? You already know if you’ll like it. (They add Kid Loki to the team, incidentally.)
Elves Off the Shelves
The Dark Horse 2023 Elfquest Digital Sale runs through Monday, 12/4.
This is elf season, right? These are a different sort of elves. This would be Wendy and Richard Pini’s long running epic fantasy series about a tribe of elves driven from their land by a fire and humans.
The Complete Elfquest is the omnibus series that will take you all the way from the beginning through The Final Quest. It’s a very good value. Don’t look elsewhere unless you’re only missing a couple issues of The Final Quest.
Elfquest: Stargazer’s Hunt came out after The Final Quest and isn’t in the Complete series of omnibuses. Your purchase options here require a little explanation.
Still on Sale
- The Kodansha Finding Family Sale runs through Monday, 11/27
- The Dark Horse 2023 Minecraft Digital Sale runs through Monday, 12/4
- The Zenescope Green Eggs & BLAM! Digital Sale runs through Wednesday, 12/6
- The Marvel Ms. Marvel Sale runs through Monday 11/20
- The Marvel Captain Marvels Sale runs through Monday, 11/20
- The Marvel Secret Wars sale runs through Monday, 12/4
- The Dark Horse 2023 Jeff Lemire Digital Sale runs through Monday, 11/27
- The Zenescope Return to Wonderland Digital Sale runs through Wednesday, 11/22