In this week’s Comixology (at Amazon) sales, DC discounts Aquaman ahead of the film, while Marvel drops prices on Old Man Logan and Alpha Flight.
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.
Wolverine… and the Sea?
The Marvel Old Logan and the Wasteland Sale runs through Monday, 12/18.
Yes, the Old Man Logan storyline has spawn a series of miniseries set in “The Wasteland” setting from the original.
- Wolverine: Old Man Logan by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven is what started the line.
- Old Man Logan V.0 : Warzones! by Brian Bendis and Andrea Sorrentino is the Secret Wars / Battleworld version.
- Old Man Logan is the ongoing series, initially by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino.
That’s what the real spread is here with the rest of the sale being side attractions you may or may not be into. The original storyline of a cranky, aged (“Old Man”) version of Wolverine living in a dystopic future came off as a sort of Elseworlds tale and is fairly well regarded as a standalone tale.
It was popular enough that the “Old Man Logan” version of the character was contrived to appear in the present (his past… before the disaster that spawned a dystopia) in the period when Wolverine was supposed to be “dead.” It even lasted 50 issues. We’d say give the Jeff Lemire issues a look if it sounds interesting, particularly the Lemire/Sorrentino issues. This was one of their pre-Image collaborations and it’s much more entertaining than the editorial premise sounds.
The Great White North
The Marvel Alpha Flight Sale runs through Monday, 12/18.
We know what you’re thinking: “If Spider-Man could team up with the Not Ready for Prime Time Players, why couldn’t Alpha Flight team up with Bob and Doug McKenzie?” The way we heard it, this was proposed, but Guy Caballero nixed it.
The main item of note here is Alpha Flight Classic, 3 volumes that comprise the John Byrne run on the original series and a Bill Mantlo/Mike Mignola issue and Byrne essentially traded Alpha Flight for The Incredible Hulk. (We recall the Mantlo run being better than advertised, but there doesn’t currently seem to be interest in collecting it.)
Of possible related interest is X-Men / Alpha Flight, which features some early Uncanny X-Men appearances and two crossover mini-series. The 1985 mini by Chris Claremont and Paul Smith is particularly good and the first half of the “Asgardian Wars” story arc.
And for something out of left field, there’s the more recent Gamma Flight, which is an Alpha Flight adjacent spin-off of Immortal Hulk by Al Ewing, Crystal Frazier and Len Medina.
The Deep Blue Sea
The DC Aquaman Sale runs through Monday, 12/18.
You’d think there was a movie coming out?
We’ve heard a few versions of what the new film is supposed to be about. Inspired by Silver Age Aquaman stories with Black Manta as the villain is one story we’ve heard. That it’s incorporating elements from the abandoned “The Trench” spin-off film in another.
We always associated Black Manta a little more with the 70s and the Death of a Prince storyline, but he debuted in ’67 and made some more appearances as the first Aquaman run was ending. And, really, the Steve Skeates/Jim Aparo run was one of the better Silver Age runs, so there you go. That’s collected in a couple books that are a little more expensive than things we’ve seen in recent weeks. Manta pops up in The Search for Mera, but we think what the filmmakers are referring to are the Deadly Waters stories, where Manta tries to usurp Atlantis.
All this business about “The Trench” is from the first two volumes of the Geoff Johns / Ivan Reis (New 52) run, where Aquaman encounters a scary race of creatures from the deepest depths of an undersea trench. The second volume, “The Others,” is particularly good.
Another take was the Peter David / Martin Egeland ’90s Aquaman run, which featured an angrier, more violent Aquaman who’d lost a hand and replaced it with a hook. Popular, but controversial.
But if you want an unusual (and quite enjoyable) run, you’re looking for Aquman: Sword of Atlantis. Kurt Busiek and Jackson Guice added an undersea Conan feel to the feature with plenty of sorcery and a bit of mystery around who various characters really were. We wished this version had a longer run.
Still on Sale
- The Titan Ms. Tree Sale runs through Sunday, 12/31
- The Zenescope Tis the Saeaon, Zenescope’s Holiday Fear Sale runs through Wed, 12/27
- The Kodansha Season’s Savings Sale runs through Monday, 12/18
- The Titan The Tenth Doctor Sale runs through 1/15
- The Titan Dark Souls Sale runs through Sunday, 12/31
- The Titan Life is Strange Sale runs through Sunday, 12/31
- The Titan Robotech Sale runs through Sunday, 12/31
- The Dark Horse 2023 Star Wars Digital Sale runs through Monday, 12/25
- The Dark Horse 2023 The Orville-Space Job Digital Sale runs through Monday, 12/18