In this week’s Comixology (at Amazon) sales, DC discounts some Batman and Fables (among others); Marvel serves up Adam Warlock and Squirrel Girl; Dark Horse slashes prices on The Witcher, Avatar the Last Airbender and Legend of Korra; and Caliber goes line wide.
Where did the New Releases and Sale pages go?
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Bats and Such
The DC Memorial Day Sale runs through Monday, 5/29.
This is one of DC’s thematically unlinked sales… which happens to have some good prices mixed into a 460 item list.
If you like ’80s/early ’90s Batman comics, the Caped Crusader (Batman) and Dark Knight Detective (Detective Comics) collections are $3.99 each, which is less than they’re sometimes offered. You’ll need to scroll down a little in the links, but Caped Crusader will take you from the Starlin/Aparo era through Alan Grant & Norm Breyfogle. Dark Knight Detective takes you from Mike W. Barr / Alan Davis through Peter Milligan/Jim Aparo.
Also $3.99 each, the “Deluxe” (i.e., larger) edition of Fables by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham. The classic fantasy about the characters of fables and fairy tales fleeing to our world as a despot conquers their worlds.
A more recent book, but still at a good price, that’s been getting a little cheap attention is Batman: Killing Time by Tom King and David Marquez for $3.99.
The Artist Formerly Known as Him
The Marvel Adam Warlock and the Infinity Watch Sale runs through Monday, 5/22.
A small, but interesting sale, since Warlock is a through point for much of Jim Starlin’s Marvel work. With the original “main” title, you can pretty much pick your packaging of the Starlin work. Masterworks V.1 is the pre-Starlin original solo run of the character. Everything else is basically the same material in slightly different formats.
And then Warlock returned for the Infinity series of Events
George Perez is the initial artist on these titles, with Ron Lim tagging in after a few issues. We found Infinity Gauntlet to be one of Marvel’s most enjoyable Events. War and Crusade start to dilute a bit from the original, but are a notch above most of the recent events.
It’s also worth noting the Aftermath volumes are a little more germane to the overall story arc than with some others. They’re absolutely not required reading, but Starlin and company do tend to the garden of plot developments between Events in places like the Adam Warlock titles and Silver Surfer.
The Rodent of the Trees
The Marvel Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Sale is running through Monday, 5/22.
In the inimitable Marvel Way, this is one is a little goofy because of how many different editions of the same comics there are.
- Unbeatable Squirrel Girl series “2015A” and “2015B” by Ryan North and Erica Henderson. This is where everything starts and the original Squirrel Girl appearances are in the first volume. These are omnibus editions and take you up to #31 of the “2015B” series.
- To get the rest of the series, switch over to the single volumes and V.9 – 12 will take you from issue #32 to the end. Coincidentally, this is where Derek Charm pops in as artist.
That’s the easy way. Now, if you want the absolute cheapest way, you want to sub in these two alternate packaging volumes for V.2 and V.3 of those omnibuses above (i.e. #1-21 of “2015B”).
Don’t worry, they’ll inevitably add another layer of repackaging to further confuse the situation.
Magical Bounty Hunting
The Dark Horse Witcher Sale runs through Monday, 5/29.
While it’s usually presented as a video game adaptation, since these pre-date the TV series, we usually thing of The Witch as a series of novels. We’re reasonably sure Andrzej Sapkowski would agree with that assessment.
You can partake here in three formats:
The first omnibus is pretty good deal. And the second “Library Edition” omnibus is still cheaper than single issues, though it’s a bit pricier.
Throw Another Nickel In
The Dark Horse Avatar/Korra Digital Sale runs through Monday, 5/29.
Nickelodeon comics adapting the animated features. For these comics, what Amazon refers to as “issues” is generally an 80 page comic and the omnibuses are collecting three of those, with the omnibus being more bang for your buck.
There’s a bit more to the longer-lived Avatar series, which feature Gene Yang and Faith Erin Hicks among its writers.
The Legend of Korra is a bit newer property and has fewer volumes.
But Is It 9mm or .45?
The Caliber Digital Comics Sale runs through Thursday, 6/15.
There are a few titles here that were notable in the ’80s indie boom.
- Deadworld by Stuart Kerr, Vince Locke, Gary Reed and Dan Day (among others)
- The Realm by Ralph Griffith / Stuart Kerr / Guy Davis
- Jazz Age Chronicles – Ted
And plenty of Don Lomax war comics.
But if you want something a little more recent, Ageless might be of interest. It’s written by Torunn GrØnbekk, who’s been recently been writing Thor, with art by San Espina.