This week’s Comixology sales include Marvel throwing the mutant gate open for Wolverine and Excalibur, plus New Avengers. DC puts the spotlight on The Joker. Dark Horse drops a discount on Hellboy and Viz has a My Hero Academia sale.
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The Best at What He Does
The Marvel Wolverine Legacy Sale runs through Sunday, 11/14.
We’re not entire sure when Logan became “Legacy” Wolverine, instead of just “Wolverine,” but this is a sale on the original material. Some highlights:
Here’s the original ’88-’03 series. Yes, it’s probably best known for the Larry Hama/Marc Silvestri run, but we’d draw your attention to the “Basic to Basics” Epic Collection, which has a nice arc by Archie Goodwin & John Byrne AND includes Wolverine: The Jungle Adventure by Walt Simonson & Mike Mignola.
From the reboot that followed, we’ll offer two more recommendations: Wolverine by Greg Rucka is a low-key, ditch the costume, anti-hero run by Rucka, Leandro Fernandez and Darick Robertson that doesn’t get talked about as much. Wolverine: Enemy of the State is much better known. Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr. drag Logan through the wringer with a brainwashing by The Hand and Hydra, it also features the debut of Gorgon. The polar opposite of the Rucka run, this is the high octane action movie version.
I’ve Got To See a Man About a Sword
The Marvel Excalibur Sale runs through Sunday, 11/7.
We’ve said it before, but when it comes to Excalibur (and Captain Britain, for that matter), you want to look for the stories where Alan Davis is involved – artist or writer, it doesn’t matter. He’s there for the best. If you pop over to the original series, the Epic Collections of The Sword is Drawn and The Cross-Time Caper cover the Chris Claremont/Alan Davis collaboration. Skip ahead to Curiouser and Curiouser to start the Alan Davis writer/artist run and then finish that run with V. of Excalibur Visionaries: Alan Davis. All that Davis goodness will keep you out of trouble.
The Marvel New Avengers Sale runs through Sunday, 11/7.
Brian Bendis revamped Avengers as New Avengers as stayed on it longer than some people realize. Nearly 100 issues worth across two volumes of the title… and that’s before the specials, aligned miniseries and so forth. That’s a pretty long run. As you might expect, lots of artists passed through the run. Steve McNiven and David Finch early on. Frank Cho, Mike Deodato, Jr., Leinil Francis Yu – all sorts of A-listers.
The simplest way to read this is with New Avengers by Brian Michael Bendis: The Complete Collection, which pulls in some of the spin-off material, specials and minis. Otherwise, it can all get a little complicated to keep track of.
The Joke’s on You
The DC The Joker’s Greatest Joke’s Sale runs through Monday, 11/8.
And no, The Joker doesn’t appear to be in EVERY comic that’s on sale here. We don’t get it, either. But what we will tell you is if you want a single volume Joker anthology, The Joker: 80 Years of the Clown Prince of Crime – Deluxe Edition is a bit under 1/2 the price of the 75 year collection at the top of the sale and has ~40 more pages. And Mad Love is included! Listed at 441 pages, this is a good bang for your buck.
For something recent, there’s The Joker War Saga. This would be the James Tynion IV Batman saga, but with the tie-in issues included. Alas, the discount is based on HC pricing, but that’s how it goes with DC’s system.
And for something a little more off-beat, there’s Superman: Emperor Joker by Joe Kelly, Jeph Loeb, Doug Mahnke and Ed McGuinness. This is essentially House of M, five years BEFORE House of M. Superman awakens trapped in Arkham Asylum as the Joker has somehow gained the ability to remake the world in his own image and rule over it as Emperor. It’s a slapstick world of dark humor and Superman has to figure out how it has happened before he can do much about it. An odd and influential story arc we’ve always liked.
Go Straight to Hellboy
The Dark Horse Hellboy Sale runs through Monday, 11/8.
The centerpiece of the Mignola-verse and occasional film franchise, the core of Hellboy is collected in 2 places: The Hellboy Omnibus collections and Hellboy: The Complete Short Stories. (scroll down to the Omnibus section for both)
There’s plenty of material filling in around the edges, but you should read the core first. It’s great fun.
School for Super Heroes
The Viz My Hero Academia sales runs through Sunday, 11/7.
This Kohei Horikoshi manga is the tale of a high school for superheroes in a world where 80% of the population manifests super powers. Yes, it’s one of the those weak Viz 29% discounts, but if you want to get a look at one of the most popular comics out there (it really performs outside the Direct Market), it’s on sale right now.
Still on Sale
- The Marvel Eternals Sale runs through Sunday, 11/14.