Highlights of this week’s Comixology Sales include a Star Wars sale, discounts on a wide range of Image’s crime-related comics, Hercules, Red Sonja… and you might have heard a Y: The Last Man TV show is approaching, so of course that’s on say.
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Nothing But Star Wars
The Marvel Star Wars by Aaron & Gillen Sale runs through 9/16.
In one of the most straight forward sales we’ve ever seen at Comixology, this is simply the Marvel Star Wars run that begins with Jason Aaron/John Cassady and ends with Kieron Gillen/Andrea Broccardo, with Salvador Larroca handling much of the art in the middle of the run. Let’s face it, you already know if you want this or not.
Prince of Power
The Marvel Hercules Sale runs through Sunday, 9/12.
Hercules: Price of Power by Bob Layton is pretty much where Herc starts as a solo character. It’s something of a space opera centuries in the future and has gained something of a cult following over the years.
For something a hair more recent, we thought the Dan Abnett/Luke Ross Hercules never really got a fair shake. It was fun and creative with the character.
Now speaking of cult runs, The Thing: Project Pegasus shows up in this sale. Arguably the best arc from Marvel Two-in-One, Ben Grimm finds himself embroiled in suspicious dealing at Project Pegasus, an alternate energy research facility. (Or is it something more sinister?) A classic from Gruenwald & Macchio on the writing side, with art by Sal Buscema, John Byrne and George Perez.
The Image Crime Sale runs through Thursday, 9/16 and comes in two flavors: Graphic Novels and Single Issues. The single issues are mostly $0.99 and there are a few older titles in there that don’t have their collected editions in digital, so worth a browse. We’ll be looking a bit more at the graphic novels.
To start out with a bit of an oddity, we hadn’t realized Bloody Mary had resurfaced at Image. If that sounds familiar, but you can’t place it, that’s because it’s a Garth Ennis/Carlos Ezquerra dystopian assassin comic that originally saw print at Helix. Helix? Yes, Helix – DC’s short lived attempt to create a science fiction-centric version of Vertigo.
Joshua Williamson is having a turn as the focus of attention at DC and will be taking over Batman soon. We always liked Nailbiter, a series he did with Mike Henderson about a small town that produces a highly suspicious number of serial killers and the secret behind it. [Note: it’s slightly less expensive to get the regular collections than the omnibus/deluxe editions.]
About a month back, we finally got around to cracking open Killadelphia and it would be hard to be happier about the first two volumes. This Rodney Barnes/Jason Shawn Alexander vehicle is a neo-noir detective thriller about a vampire conspiracy over-running Philly. There’s a historical twist we won’t spoil and some VERY good one-liners pop up. Very highly recommended.
It’s been just long enough since Criminal wrapped up, not everyone remembers that’s where Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips used to put their crime stories. All sorts of thoroughly enjoyable mayhem in these, but if you have to choose just one, that’s an easy choice. V. 6, “The Last of the Innocent” is a film noir pastiche of the Archie comics and it is straight up brilliant.
We’ve liked Chew for a long time and consider the first issue an absolute textbook on how to launch a series. This John Layman / Rob Guillory series concerns Tony Chu. In a world where an avian flu has outlawed the consumption of chicken, Chu is an agent of the FDA. He also has the strange ability to know the past of anything he eats. Want to know who killed that corpse? Chomp. Oh, yes… this is beyond absurd and has it all — chicken speakeasies, rogue chefs, aliens, vampires, criminal conspiracies and a death-dealing secret agent rooster named Poyo.
Recently, Chew spawned a spin-off. Chu is the story of Tony’s sister Saffron, who operates on the opposite side of the law. And their mysterious grandfather. If you like Chew, Chu basically an old friend coming back to visit. John Layman returns and Dan Boultwood handles the art.
Y: The Last Sale
The DC Spotlight: Y The Last Man Sale runs through Monday, 9/13.
You may recall that a pre-Saga Brian K. Vaughan teamed with Pia Guerra for Y: The Last Man about the sole male survivor of a mysterious plague. It’s got a TV adaptation that drops on 9/13. The first 5 items in the sale, “Book One” through “Book Five” are the omnibus editions and better deal for this classic series.
Paint the Sale Red
The Dynamite Red Sonja Sale runs through Thursday, 9/16.
When it comes to Red Sonja, come people want Gail Simone. Some people want Frank Thorne. And both are on sale, but the Mark Russell / Mirko Colak / Bob Q run is the one that really floored us. Equal parts military adventure and a satire of pretentious sword & sorcery narratives, the two sides blend together incredibly well for a unique experience.