Comixology Sales – Batman, Avengers, Spawn, Thanos and Blacksad

This week in Comixology (at Amazon) Sales, we break down that big Batman sale by titles and maybe that makes it easier to parse. Marvel has deals on (almost) all things Avengers and their Cosmic wing of the universe, while we keep an eye on the Image Omnibuses.

We’re just wondering if, by the time you read this, whether the Defenders sale is still listed on the Deals page. As we type this, the sale is over, the listing is still up and the link doesn’t really go anywhere.  Amazon is trying to keep you on your toes!

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Where did the New Releases and Sale pages go?

In case you’re having troubles with the new UIX (a LOT of people have been):

The Sale That Flaps in the Knight

So let’s revisit the big Batman Sale that’s still running through Monday (3/14). We’ve been hearing a LOT about how hard it is to navigate… and that’s no lie. We also heard one of our old habits is a little more helpful with the new Amazon consumer unfriendly layout, so we’re just going to give you a list of the various Batman series out there. Pretty much everything older is on sale, including $0.99 cent singles, so maybe this would be a little easier to parse?

Browse around those links and they might be easier to sift through and digest than the formal sale listings.

Now to throw out a suggestion that’s deeper cut, we were always a fan of the Greg Rucka / Shawn Martinbrough / Rick Burkett run that’s been collected under the banner of “New Gotham.  Great run, and $4.99 for 300+ page volumes is good bang for your buck, too. Volume 1 and Volume 2.

Batman: New Gotham   Batman: New Gotham

Bargains Assemble

Marvel has an Avengers sale running through St. Paddy’s Day (3/17).

No single issues on this sale, but let’s take the same approach… although we apologize for how unorganized the series pages on Amazon are presented. It’s poor craftsmanship.

What we’d recommend overall is to head to the original Avengers run and pick off some of the Epic Editions for $6.99.

Another excellent option is to head over to the ’98-’04 Avengers run and look at the Avengers Assemble volumes by Kurt Busiek and George Perez, which is a wonderful thing.

You might be thinking about the Hickman era, but we’re going to throw up a caution light here. Because of how that run bounced between various titles, you’re much better off reading it in the Avengers by Jonathan Hickman: The Complete Collection format and that one’s not on sale right now.

However, if you’re looking to get your Jason Aaron/Ed McGuinness on, their Avengers is most definitely in the sale.

Oh, you’re going to make us pick and choose?  Fine.

Since the best chunk of Englehart’s Avengers isn’t in Epic format, we’ll go with The Final Threat for the original run Epic Collection. For $6.99, you get the very end of Englehart, a skirmish with Doctor Doom and Namor, the return of Wonder Man and the Bride of Ultron arc. Plus the finale of the original Thanos/Warlock saga. So your parade of creators also includes Gerry Conway, Jim Shooter, George Perez, John Byrne and Jim Starlin. That ain’t shabby.

Then maybe Avengers Forever, a truly epic Kang story by Kurt Busiek, Roger Stern and Carlos Pacheco. That was it’s own maxi-series and sometimes get overlooked for not being in the main title.  But it’s GOOD.

(Honorable mention to Under Seige – the Epic Collection version, from the delightful Roger Stern / John Buscema / Tom Palmer era.)

Avengers   Avengers Forever

Image Lays It On THICK

Image’s Omnibus Sale runs through Thursday, 3/31. Now, you need to keep an eye on these Image omnibus sales because a lot of the pricing is for HC deluxe editions and such things don’t matter in digital.  That said,  things that caught our eye:

Paper Girls The Complete Story by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang, i.e. 30 issues for $19.99? That’s a good deal on the time travel caper and you get the whole story in one piece.

Would you like to read the first 100 issues of Spawn for less than $0.50/issue? Because now there are TWO volumes of Spawn Compendium for $23.99 each. 50 issues per volume. Get your Todd McFarlane on, your Greg Capullo on and yes… your Neil Gaiman and Alan Moore, too (in the first volume).  That’s about as good a per issue price as you see outside of the holidays.

If you were wondering, the Saga omnibus that was on sale a few weeks back is not currently on sale.

Paper Girls   Spawn Compendium

No… Cosmic Boy is a DC Character…

The Marvel Cosmic Heroes Sale runs through Sunday, 3/13.

So what’s Cosmic at Marvel?  Strangely, Jim Starlin-inspired material, but not Starlin, himself. No Captain Marvel or Infinity Gems.

Thanos Wins was the introduction of Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw to the Marvel universe. It was never clear to us just how cannon this arc was (then again, we never thought Old Man Logan would turn up in the current timeline), but it’s also an entertaining, disturbing and sometimes funny jaunt that finds Thanos confronting his victorious future at the end of time. And Cosmic Ghost Rider.

The real old school option here is Star-Lord: Guardian of the Galaxy, which collects the early Star-Lord tales. And when we say early, we mean starting with the old b&w Marvel magazines. We’ve got most of those and we like them. It’s a different Star-Lord than you see post-GoG movie, too… although Al Ewing has definitely been going back to basics. (Good on you, Al.) Who was working on these originals? Steve Englehart, Chris Claremont, Doug Moench, Timothy Zahn, Carmine Infantino, John Byrne… there was talent working on the character.

Thanos Wins   Star-Lord

And finally… you like hardboiled mysteries? If so, check out Blacksad. It’s anthropomorphic, but is is NOT funny animals. This PI comic is firmly in the Hammett/Chandler school and it is EXCELLENT.

Blacksad

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Comixology Sales: DC has Better Discounts, Secret Warriors, Brian K. Vaughan’s Mystique, Locke and Key, Beasts of Burden

Notable in this week’s Comixology Sales: DC’s discounts are back in the normal range after some stingy weeks, Marvel highlights their women, Beasts of Burden and Locke & Key both take the Cheap Agenda.

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DC Has Better Discounts Again

The DC Classics Sale runs through Monday, 4/19. It’s divided up into Graphic Novels, Single Issues I, Single Issues II, Single Issues III and  Single Issues IV.

Good news! DC’s stopped being so stingy with the discounts! We didn’t see anything under 50% this time and plenty at 60+% off. As always, keep an eye on how many issues are in a collection and that you’re not paying over $0.99/issue if the singles are on sale.  This is a two-week sale, so this week we’ll look at some of the better material in graphic novel format and next week we’ll dive into some single issues that haven’t been collected yet.

Legends of the Dark Knight: Norm Breyfogle Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 are large slices of the Alan Grant/Norm Breyfogle era of Batman (with John Wagner co-writing the early issues). This is a very popular run we happen to be in the middle of reading right now, here at The Tower of Cheap.  (And we think a huge opportunity was missed when Grant & Breyfogle didn’t do a Demon spin-off.  We’ll have to live with what’s here.)

Legion of Super Heroes by Paul Levitz and (primarily) Keith Giffen is one of the high water marks of that franchise’s considerable history. You should be looking at two excellent values: “The Great Darkness Saga” which starts effectively when Levitz returns to the title and goes through the return of Darkseid.  Then you’ve got the extra length “The Curse” which deals with all manner of hijinx in the aftermath of Great Darkness. Top notch super heroes and science fiction.

Suicide Squad, and we mean the ’80s Suicide Squad. Technically not the original, this run is where the Dirty Dozen concept of criminals pressed into government service entered comics in a big way. John Ostrander is the scribe in one of his signature series, Luke McDonnell and later Geoff Isherwood are the main artists. If you like the movie… well, this is better than the movie and its where they got the Enchantress bits.

Legends of the Dark Knight Norm Breyfogle   Legends of the Dark Knight Norm Breyfogle 2   Legion of Super Heroes The Great Darkness Saga   Suicide Squad

Ladies Take the Spotlight at Marvel

The Women of Marvel Sale runs through Sunday, 4/11. It’s all about comics about comics starring the women of the Marvel universe, but you could probably guess that from the title. A couple good ones that aren’t necessarily on the radar?

All-New Wolverine is the Tom Taylor written series with a rotating cast of artists that took place while Logan was dead. (Oh, Marvel…) X-23 takes over the costume. This is just a well done series that flows from light to borderline horror, depending on the arc.

Mystique by Brian K. Vaughan Ultimate Collection is by Vaughan (duh) with Michael Ryan, Manuel Garcia and Jorge Lucas on the art. This is a spy book with Mystique backed into a corner and coerced into running black ops for Charles Xavier.

All-New Wolverine   Mystique

Nick Fury at the End of the Aughts

The Marvel Secret Warriors Sale also runs through Sunday, 4/11.

The centerpiece here is the Dark Reign era Secret Warriors series. This is an early Jonathan Hickman Marvel title with Bendis co-plotting the early issues. Stefano Caselli and Alessandro Vitti are the primary artists. This is essentially a Nick Fury series with a team of underground super agents investigating a Hydra infiltration of SHIELD.

Secret Warriors

Dogs and Demons

The Dark Horse Beasts of Burden Sale runs through Monday, 4/12. This series about five dogs and a cat protecting their community from paranormal activity is written by Evan Dorkin with art by Jill Thompson and later Benjamin Dewey. Which is to say high quality creators and multiple Eisner Awards. While it’s not particularly well labelled on Comixology, Animal Rites is the first volume.

Beasts of Burden

If the Key Fits

The IDW Locke and Key Sale runs through Thursday, 4/29. It’s not exactly a haunted house tale, so much as a house that contains enchantments. At any rate this horror tale by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez is one of those comics you kinda want to call a classic… except it might not quite be old enough for that. Old enough for Netflix to have pounced on it, at any rate. There are some follow on stories on sale, but you need to read the original series – in order – first.

Locke and Key

Still on Sale