The Black Friday Comixology sales are heating up. Joining Marvel in the fray is a $4.99 graphic novel sale at DC and deep rosters of half-off books from Dark Horse and Image.
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DC’s Got a $4.99 Sale
DC’s got multiple sales going on… they even have their own special Black Friday Sale page. At the top of that page is the $4.99 section we’re going to pay a little more attention to, as DC doesn’t go down to $4.99 every week. You’ve got until Monday (11/30) to browse this one.
The Unwritten is a long-running Vertigo title by Mike Carey (perhaps better known these days as M.R. Carey, author of The Girl With All the Gifts) and Peter Gross. Tom Taylor’s father wrote books about a boy wizard named Tom Taylor. Is Tom his father’s son, the actual character from the books or something else? Magic, conspiracies and unwanted celebrity collide in this one. Save a couple bucks – Unwritten Deluxe Book One collects the first two tpbs for less.
Prez may not have seen it’s natural end, but it’s so timely right now. This Mark Russell/Ben Caldwell/Mark Morales book tells the tale of the Corndog Girl when a series of coincidences involving social media and a contested election sent to Congress for a vote land her in the Oval Office. Worth it just for the “how to pick a Vice President” sequence.
Batman: Gothic is one of Grant Morrison’s early Batman tales. Drawn by Klaus Jansen, it finds Batman drawn into a conflict between Gotham’s mobsters and killer who won’t stay dead. It’s called “Gothic” because Morrison was heavily influenced by gothic horror when writing it.
Dark Horse discounts for Black Friday
Dark Horse has just about everything except the original run of Dark Horse Comics Presents on sale. Today, we’ll have a look at Part 1 of their Graphic Novel sale. (We’ll hit Part 2 on Friday, but feel free to skip ahead if you’re itching for Lone Wolf and Cub.) As is our custom, we’ll try and highlight things that haven’t been part of recent sales, but rest assured that the usual suspect are also 50% off.
Have you tried Blacksad yet? Blacksad is a Raymond Chandler-esque detective series that happens to be done in anthropomorphic style. The characters are animals, but it’s absolutely not a funny animal comic, it’s hard boiled detective stories. Old school. It’s by Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido. It’s one of the best illustrated comics out there, too.
Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan: The Complete Joe Kubert Years is just what it says it is: Kubert’s complete early 70s Tarzan run for DC. A labor of love from one of the most influential artists… and that complete edition is a lot more convenient than when I had to go tracking down the archive editions in print!
Finder is Carla Speed McNeil’s long running science fiction series. It’s heavy on world building and especially culture building. Finder racks up awards: Igantz, Eisner and even an LA Times Book Prize. It’s criminal that its not better known. Also, the first two “Finder Library” volumes are over 600 pages each, so an excellent value on top of the quality work.
Image goes Black Friday, too
Image also has pretty much the entire catalog on sale for Black Friday. 1,463 items for you to browse between now and Cyber Monday (11/30). This is a 50% off sale, so if you were meaning to pick up a digital collection, dig around for it and the odds are good it’ll be there. A few items of possible interest?
Die (as in “dice”) is a fantasy adventure by Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans about a middle-aged group of friends discovering an otherworldly incident involving a role-playing game in their teen years isn’t over after all. If you wanted to do the Hollywood cliche elevator pitch on this one, “The Dungeons & Dragon cartoon meets It” would not be unreasonable. It’s very good, but be aware it’s as darkly-themed a comic as there is on the market.
Kane is Paul Grist’s cult harboiled detective series about a cop in corrupt department. He might be a little better known in the U.S. for Jack Staff or his Doctor Who work, but this is where he made his name.
Kick-Ass has been over at Image for a spell. This comes in two flavors: the better known “Dave” years are by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr. After the opening arc for “The New Girl,” they tag out for Steve Niles and Marcelo Frusin.