In this week’s Comixology (at Amazon) sales, The Avengers (almost the entire catalog) gets discounts, plus Civil War and DC’s “Spring Break,” featuring the under-appreciated One-Star Squadron.
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):
The Marvel Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Sale runs through Tuesday, 4/1o.
And this as pretty much everything except the Masterworks editions. (Hey, don’t look at us… we think that’s a strange omission, too.)
Let’s start about by breaking down the major series/titles on sale
- Avengers (’63 – ’96) – The original!
- Acts of Vengeance: Avengers (’89) – The crossover Event
- Avengers (’98 – ’04) – Starts with Kurt Busiek/George Perez, then Geoff Johns
- New Avengers (’04-’10) – The Bendis era starts in earnest
- Avengers Forever (’98 – ’99) – Kurt Busiek / Roger Stern / Carlos Pacheco
- Avengers Infinity (’00) – Roger Stern / Sean Chen
- Avengers/Invaders (’08-’09) – Alex Ross / Jim Krueger / Steve Sadowski
- Avengers Prime (’10) – Brian Bendis / Alan Davis
- Avengers (’10-’12) – Brian Bendis / John Romita, Jr. / Bryan Hitch
- Avengers Assemble (’12 – ’14)
- All-New, All-Different Avengers (’15 -’16) – Mark Waid / Adam Kubert / Mahmud Asrar
- Avengers (’16-18) – Mark Waid / Mike del Mundo
- Avengers & Champions (’17)
- Avengers K (’16-’17) – Korean manhwa adaptions
The Jonathan Hickman era
The Hickman era is a little complicated, because his Avengers and New Avengers titles run together, but getting the “regular” volumes of those are cheaper, but the Avengers by Jonathan Hickman collections are what we’d recommend for a more natural reading experience. Those collect both titles, plus tie-ins… and this is something were reading order counts.
But, this being Marvel collections, it get more complicated. The Avengers/New Avengers material (whichever format you read it in) is just one segment of Hickman’s tale. The story is continued in Avengers: Time Runs Out, which is the real last arc of Avengers and New Avengers.
And all this funnels into Secret Wars, the true endgame of Hickman’s Avengers run… which, of course, is not included in the sale. (Silly Marvel.)
The Hickman era really is it’s own beast. A lot of comics talk about having an “epic scale.” This one’s scope is staggering and it sheer size of the scope means it gets better and better as things progress in a way few comics really do. So just know that the entire era is effectively one extended story and it’s a real “in for a penny, in for a pound” thing.
The Jason Aaron era
While not necessarily as complex as the Hickman era, there are a few different ways to read it:
- “Regular” collected editions
- Doubled-volumes… of course, on the first one is on sale, but it’s a hair less expensive than getting the regular V. 1 & 2
- $0.99 single issues
What’s at the top of the list?
As a self-contained unit, it’s hard to beat Avengers Forever. It’s one of the best Kang stories and it’s not spilling into anything else. Busiek + Stern + Pacheco = Excellence.
For the classic series, there are a lot of good runs. The first Roy Thomas/John Buscema run, particularly around the introduction of The Vision. The Kree-Skrull War. Steve Englehart’s Run. Jim Shooter’s run. Roger Stern’s run, particularly when the team of John Buscema and Tom Palmer return. There is a ton of good stuff to look at. When we factor in price point and page count (some of the newer Epic Collections are a little more expensive), we keep coming back to The Final Threat. Steve Englehart/ Gerry Conway / Jim Shooter / George Perez / John Byrne / John Buscema / Sal Buscema. You get the return of Wonder Man, “The Private War of Doctor Doom,” and “Bride of Ultron” for the major arcs. It’s a nice cross-section of creators and stories for $5.99.
We’re also major fans of the Kurt Busiek / George Perez run that begins here. A second golden age that stands up with the best runs. Also, $5.99 (mostly) for some page counts that sometimes approach Epic Collection length, so a little extra value from that end.
Let’s face it, there have been a lot of good Avengers run.
Spring Breaking and Entering
The DC Spring Break Sale runs through Monday, 4/10.
Another random-ish drop of title from DC. What’s good?
We read One-Star Squadron by Mark Russell and Steve Leiber a couple weeks back and loved it, which is not surprising with that pairing. We also think this is the first time the book’s been discounted. Definitely in the “bittersweet humor” category, this is a satire of the gig economy and venture capital as Red Tornado runs company whose app sends out third string heroes for appearances and gig work. His gig workers are not necessarily happy in life, nor his office workers. Recommended, especially if you’ve interacted with the gig world.
The Human Target (V.1) by Tom King and Greg Smallwood is an excellent ride. Christopher Chance has been poisoned and has twelve days to figure out who did the deed. And the Bwa Ha Ha era Justice League International are at the top of the suspect list. One part noir, one part deconstruction of the JLI. A very strong first collection. (The full series wrapped in Feb, but the second collected edition isn’t out yet.)
Two classic Flash runs are on sale at the same link. First, there’s The Flash by Mark Waid with Greg Larocque, Mike Wieringo and Oscar Jimenez among the primary artists. This was Waid’s breakout series with “The Return of Barry Allen” probably being the most famous arc. The you’ve got The Flash by Geoff Johns with Scott Kolins and Howard Porter as the primary artists. Early (and very entertaining) work from Johns.
And then we have a few things we think are getting discounted for the first time. (And heads up, some of those discounts are based on the HC price, so be aware of that.)
Of interest, due to the movie trailer: Blue Beetle: Jaime Reyes, Book 1. The first 12 issues of the Keith Giffen / John Rogers / Cully Hamner series that’s being adapted.
And a few more things we think are on sale for the first time:
- Batman: Shadows of the Bat – The Tower – Mariko Tamaki / Ivan Reis
- Batman: Shadows of the Bat – House of Gotham – Matthew Rosenberg / Fernando Blanco
- Batman: Killing Time – Tom King / David Marquez
- Batman/Catwoman – Tom King / Clay Mann / Liam Sharp
- Batman/Spawn – The Classic Collection (we preferred the Moench/Dixon/Grant/Janson version)
- Catwoman – Lonely City – Cliff Chiang
The War Between the… Sales Managers
The Marvel Civil War: Complete Events Sale runs through Tuesday, 4/10.
Yes, Civil War is one of those Events we really believe Marvel needs to rethink its collection strategy for. All these various and sprawling collections need to be integrated. Or at least SOME of them need to be integrated.
So here’s our take on it:
Civil War the main mini-series by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven – is the action movie version of the story.
Civil War: Front Line – written by Paul Jenkins with art by Ramon Bachs, Steve Lieber and Lee Weeks – is about WHY the Civil War is happening as Ben Urich tries to get to the bottom of things. This title is much more of the Event’s actual plot and motivations than the more famous flagship series and Marvel really need to have a collection that integrates the two.
There are obviously a lot of tie-in books here. You can dip in where you feel like, but Civil War: Wolverine by Marc Guggenheim and Humberto Ramos is a little more relevant than most and has Logan (hellbent on vengeance) tracking down the people responsible for the Stamford incident.
Yes, there is a lot more to the story than the main Millar/McNiven book, it’s just not really emphasized.