Highlights from this week’s Comixology sales include just about all the Black Panther material, What If, Marvel Max selections including The Punisher and Miracleman, Captain Britain, Astro City and Cullen Bunn’s Dark Horse work.
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T’Challa Gets Cheap
The Marvel Black Panther Sale runs through Sunday, 8/8.
The Don McGregor material is now in “print” and on sale. It’s also a little goofy to follow, the way it’s arranged. The Epic Collections and Masterworks are not all on the same page outside the sale, so let’s give you the (cheap) cheat sheet.
You can pick up the Jungle Action run for four bucks less in the Black Panther Masterworks V. 1. That McGregor with Billy Graham, Rich Buckler and Gil Kane. While there’s nothing wrong with the Kirby run, which is the next volume for both the Masterworks and Epic Collections, we’d probably have you skip ahead to the Panther’s Prey Epic Collection. This one collects McGregor’s return to the character with the much more grounded Marvel Comics Presents serial drawn by Gene Colan and the Panther’s Prey mini-series (prestige format, back in the day) painted by Dwayne Turner.
You can then proceed to Black Panther by Christoper Priest: The Complete Collection, the Marvel Knight era series that’s truly excellent and builds directly on that original Jungle Action run.
If Not, Why Not?
The Marvel What If Sale runs through Thursday, 8/12.
Gosh, it’s like there’s a new TV show coming out or something…
Anyway, here’s the deal – there’s no significant price difference between the larger “Complete Collection” versions and the What If Classic volumes. 2 Classics = 1 volume of Complete. Since it’s an anthology, we’re going to list some notable issues of the original series and let you figure out what you’re most interested in and which format to go for. Some of these are going to sound awfully darn familiar, too. What If seems like a gold mine for pitching your editor!
- #1 – What If Spider-Man Joined the Fantastic Four?
- #2 – What If The Hulk Had the Brain of Bruce Banner?
- #10 – What If Jane Foster Had Found the Hammer of Thor?
- #12 – What If Rick Jones Had Become The Hulk?
- #13 – What If Conan the Barbarian Walked the Earth Today?
- #23 – What If The Hulk Had Become a Barbarian?
- #30 – What If Spider-Man’s Clone Had Lived?
- #35 – What If Elektra Had Lived?
- #37 – What If The Beast and The Thing Continued to Mutate?
- #43 – What If Conan Were Stranded in the 20th Century?
Gosh, we’re sure NOBODY ever picked up those topics a decade or four later…
Marvel For the Mature
The Marvel Max Sale runs through Thursday, 8/12. This would be Marvel’s mature reader line.
The flagship title here is probably The Punisher: The Complete Collection, which is Garth Ennis returning to write non-satirical tales of Frank Castle with artists like Darick Robertson, Leandro Fernandez, Doug Braithwaite and Goran Parlov. (The Ennis run goes through V. 4.)
And yes, tucked in amongst a pretty eclectic set of comics is Miracleman. Don’t let the credits fool you, this is Alan Moore’s run, along with Garry Leach, Alan Davis, Rick Veitch and John Totleben (among others). A man remembers his magic word and transforms into a superhero, only to start unravelling the conspiracy that created it him, which was certainly not magical. A landmark tale that’s lost some of its place in history because of the lawsuits and being buried for so long.
UK Officer Material
The Marvel Captain Britain Sale runs through Sunday, 8/8.
And a strange tale this is. The best Captain Britain is still the Alan Moore/Alan Davis serial through Alan Davis’ solo run on the Captain Britain magazine. There’s a sampler collection here, but not the full run. As such, we’re going to have to fall back to Excalibur.What you want here are the Alan Davis issues, we like it a bit better when he returned to writing and drawing the series, but the initial run with Chris Claremont is also quite good. The Epic Editions are the best buys, but you need to finish up the second run with the Visionary editions.
Astro City Returns to Image
The Image Astro City Sale runs through Tuesday, 8/17.
As you may recall, Astro City said farewell to DC awhile back and the title disappeared from digital. It’s now gone full circle. Astro City started out at the Homage imprint under Wildstorm at Image and moved over to DC when Jim Lee sold Wildstorm to them. Astro City is back at Image and the whole lot is on sale. Amazingly, Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson and Alex Ross have been in this one for the long haul and we look forward to new material soon-ish.
While Astro City is written such than you can drop in just about anywhere in the run (with the exception of The Dark Ages spanning 2 volumes), we’d still recommend starting at the beginning a letting the scope of the worldbuilding grow as you read along. Astro City is the perfect antidote for when your favorite DC or Marvel title gets into a rut. It’s everything that’s good about the super hero format.
Horse on a Bunn
The Dark Horse Cullen Bunn Sale runs through Monday, 8/9.
Prolific dark fantasy/horror writer Cullen Bunn’s major Dark Horse work is Harrow County. This Tyler Crook (yes, we were talking about his Petrograd last week) drawn series about witches and demons with a long and contentious history is starting to be available in multiple formats. As of right now, the cheapest method of consumption would be to grab the Omnibus Editions. V. 1 is half off and V.2 is the same price as getting the 2 Library Editions it collects on sale (which is still cheaper than getting the regular collected editions).