In this week’s Comixology (at Amazon) sales, it’s a Captain America sale for Memorial Day Weekend, plus a look at some of the more recently discounted DC titles.
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):
Super Soldier Sale
The Marvel Captain America Legacy Sale runs through Monday, 5/30.
A Captain America Sale for Memorial Day? Can’t argue with that.
There’s a lot of material to cover here, so we’ll go with the usual format and start by breaking out the major series involved
- Captain America Comics ’40-’50 – The original Golden Age series
- Tales of Suspense ’59-’68 – Cap’s Silver Age solo stories were in a title shared with Iron Man
- Captain America ’68-’96 – The original Silver/Bronze Age solo series.
- Captain America ’98-’02 – The second Mark Waid / Ron Garney run with some Andy Kubert and Lee Weeks art, too. Smaller volumes here, plus the underrated Dan Jurgens run that followed.
- Captain America ’02-’04 – The Marvel Knights era
- Captain America ’04-’11 – The main Winter Soldier/Death of Captain America Ed Brubaker run with Steve Epting, Michael Lark, Mike Perkins and Butch Guice in the artistic rotation. Note: you can pick up chunks of it cheaper in these omnibuses
- Captain America: Reborn – The actual end to the “Death of Captain America” sequence by Ed Brubaker, Bryan Hitch and Butch Guice
- Captain America ’11-’12 – Brubaker sticks around for a relaunch, post-Death/Reborn
- Captain America ’12-’14 is the Rick Remender run with John Romita, Jr, Carlos Pacheco, Pascal Alixe and Nic Klein in the artistic rotation.
- All-New Captain America ’14-’15 – Sam Wilson picks up the shield by Rick Remender and Stuart Immonen
- Captain America: Sam Wilson ’15-17 – Nick Spencer with Daniel Acuna as the primary artist. The seeds of “Secret Empire,” which was a long game, start here. Note: There’s a Complete Collection omnibus set of the Sam Wilson material that’s a bit cheaper.
- Captain America: Steve Rogers ’16-’17 – The main runup to Secret Empire by Nick Spencer with Jesus Saiz and Javier Pina as the primary artists.
- While not on sale, you can’t talk about the Spencer era without mentioning Secret Empire, the controversial “Hydra Cap” arc that Spencer’s entire run builds towards.
- Captain America ’17-’18 – AKA Captain America by Mark Waid and Chris Samnee (and Leonardo Romero)
- Captain America ‘18-’21 – The Ta-Nehisi Coates run with art by Leinil Francis Yu, Adam Kubert, Jason Masters and Leonard Kirk. Save a couple bucks with the 2 omnibuses.
- Captain America: Symbol of Truth ’22-present – Tochi Onyebuchi and R. B. Silva on the Sam Wilson Captain America
- Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty ’22-present – Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing and Carmen Carnero on the Steve Rogers Captain America
So… do you think Captain America gets relaunched enough? Don’t worry, they’ll relaunch him again.
First the usual general advice: The Masterworks and Epic Collections tend to be the best buys, but keep an eye on price points. Some of the newer Epic Collections are pricier and make the Masterworks more appealing.
Some recommendations? Absolutely. Just the way the collections are currently rolled out, the highlights seem to flow more with the Masterworks than the Epics.
For Silver/Bronze Age adventures, Captain America Masterworks V. 3 gets you some late Stan Lee/Jack Kirby and the influential Jim Steranko Sequence. You then jump forward to Masterworks V. 7 for the beginning of the Steve Englehart/Sal Buscema era and stay on through Masterworks V.10, which is the return of Jack Kirby and his entirely too timely “Madbomb” arc. (There’s more Kirby in V.11, but Madbomb is a hard act to follow.) There’s also much to recommend with the Mark Gruenwald era which probably peaked with “The Captain” Epic Collection. In general, earlier Gruenwald is better and the art takes a nose dive before his run is over.
Aside from that, your best of the best is anything written by Mark Waid or Ed Brubaker, and know that Brubaker, first run is basically one long and epic story – and be sure to get Reborn or you’re missing a piece.
We’ve also been enjoying the current set of Captain America books. Set? Yes, Symbol of Truth (Sam) and Sentinel of Liberty (Steve) start out on separate paths, but eventually converge. Symbol of Truth comes out of the gate hot. Sentinel of Liberty is slowly unspooling a conspiracy retcon and takes a little longer to get moving, but it gets there. We’ve heard some references to these titles being underappreciated, so now’s a decent time to sample.
Bats and Such
The DC Memorial Day Sale runs through Monday, 5/29.
Yes, this is the same sale as last week. If you scroll down to the “Still on Sale” section, you’ll find that most of what was on last week is still on sale this week… with a couple new manga editions.
But since this is a larger sale and it’s a slow week, we’re going to highlight the more recent releases, several of which haven’t been on sale that many times previously. Most of these collections came out between December and February, so browse the newer material:
- Batman / Catwoman – Tom King / Clay Mann / Liam Sharp
- Batman: Killing Time – Tom King / David Marquez
- Batman: Shadows of the Bat: House of Gotham – Matthew Rosenberg / Fernando Blanco
- Batman: Shadows of the Bat: The Tower – Mariko Tamaki / Ivan Reis
- Batman: Urban Legends, V. 4 – Lots o’ creators
- Catwoman: Lonely City – Cliff Chiang
- Justice League vs. The Legion of Super-Heroes – Brian Bendis / Scott Godlewski
- Rogues – Josh Williamson / LEOMACS
- Suicide Squad: Blaze – Si Spurier / Aaron Campbell
- The Flash, V. 17: Eclipse – Jeremy Adams / Will Conrad
- Swamp Thing, V. 3: The Parliament of Gears – Ram V / Mike Perkins
Still On Sale
- The Kodansha What’s Next, Kodansha My Home Hero Sale runs through Monday, 5/29
- The Kodansha – Throwback Thursday — Drops of God Sale runs through Wednesday, 5/31
- The Dark Horse Witcher Sale runs through Monday, 5/29
- The Dark Horse Avatar/Korra Digital Sale runs through Monday, 5/29
- The Grimm Universe Line Wide Digital Sale runs through Sunday, June 4th
- The Caliber Digital Comics Sale runs through Thursday, 6/15