This week in Comixology (at Amazon) sales: Star Wars gets nice and cheap for the “May the Fourth” holiday, plus Spider-Man and his friends (OK, acquaintances), Batman, Doctor Fate and The Witchfinder (but not the Witchfinder General, that’s different).
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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):
Nothing But Star Wars
The Marvel Star Wars May the Fourth Sale runs through Monday, 5/16.
Let’s break this down by key series first (since Amazon can’t be bothered to organize things this way). There are a lot more shorter runs included, too and the prices are GOOD. Lots of $0.99 first volumes and $1.99 after that. This is the time of the year to go hog wild on Star Wars.
- Darth Vader (’15-’16) – The AMAZING Kieron Gillen / Salvador Larroca run
Vader Down – the Darth Vader / Star Wars crossover sequence that is KEY to this run.
- Darth Vader (’17 – ’18) – The also great Charles Soule / Giuseppe Camuncoli run
- Doctor Aphra (’16-’19) – Sort of an evil Indiana Jones in the Star Wars universe, spinning off from Darth Vader. The first three volumes are especially entertaining
The Screaming Citadel – Star Wars/Aphra crossover with key plot points to the early sequence
- Kanan: The Last Padawan – Star Wars Rebels prequel by by Greg Weisman and Pepe Larraz
- Star Wars (’15-’19) – The Marvel flagship title amazingly went 4 years without a relaunch!
- Star Wars: The High Republic ($0.99 for Vol. 1)
Recommendations? For whatever reason, Darth Vader seems to bring out the best in Marvel. Get both series first. Is is a coincidence Lucasfilm recently hired Charles Soule as a creative consultant?
Your under the radar title is Kanan. A very solid series from one the animated show’s producers and Pepe Larraz has since been promoted to X-Men.
The Marvel Spider-Man and Friends Sale runs through Sunday, 5/1.
There have been a few Spidey team-up books over the years and the listed here include:
The OG title, however, was Marvel Team-Up. While we like the value of Masterworks editions in general, the standout sequence of this title is the too-short Chris Claremont/John Byrne run. Yes, the classic X-Men team did a Spidey run here. Masterworks V.6 catches the beginning of that, but Marvel also has Spider-Man: Marvel Team-Up by Claremont and Byrne that catches it all in one place. And yes, that business with the Soul Catcher from issues 60-62 is a follow up to a Tigra story line. (The more you know…)
Some of the Discounts Are Decent…
The DC Epic eBooks Sale runs through Monday, 5/9.
The usual DC disclaimers apply – Amazon and/or DC seem to screw up the sale prices, initially pricing many books at bizarre numbers like $9.32 or $24.87 before settling down to something like $5.99 or $7.99. So if the price doesn’t end in $*.99, be aware it might not be the final sale price. Then again, they might not get around to fixing it. We wish we were making it up, but that’s the cold, hard reality of the situation.
Anyway, some things we saw and thought the “real” sale price was active for:
WE3 is a unusual and downright disturbing self-contained story by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely about about three house pets – a dog, a cat and a rabbit – who have been converted into cybernetically enhanced weapons systems by a government agency. They make a break for it and all hell breaks loose. Seriously, this is not The Secret of N.I.H.M. This is bloody. $5.99 is a good price, here.
Brave and the Bold: Batman and Wonder Woman is Liam Sharp’s tale of Batman & Wonder Woman investigating the murder of a Celtic god. $4.99 for a proper discount.
Doctor Fate in this case is the 2015-16 revival by Paul Levitz, with the amazing Sonny Liew as the primary artist. We don’t always like updates, but Levitz and Liew nailed this one. The helmet of Fate falls into the possession of an Egyptian American medical student for a series of adventures tied into Egyptian mythology and history. An underappreciated gem that blends a sliver of classic Peter Parker into the Fate mythos.
There’s a LOT of collections to sort through here, we just wish it were easier to find a series that had ALL the volumes priced consistently.
Lost and Found
The Dark Horse Witchfinder Sale runs through Monday, 5/2.
This is another entry in the extended Mignolaverse, a staple of Dark Horse’s horror efforts. Sir Edward Grey is a witchfinder in Victorian England, who hunts things that go bump in the night while in the service of the Queen. And yes, of course Saucy Jack eventually turns up. Mike Mignola with John Arcudi and Chris Robeson. Ben Stenbeck is the primary artist, but the some of other artists popping include John Severin, Tyler Crook, D’Israeli and Christopher Mitten.
This series of mini-series is now conveniently collected in two omnibus editions on sale for $6.99 each and that’s a lot of bang for your buck.