Comixology (at Amazon) Sales: Batman, Civil War and… No, Not West Coast Avengers?

In this week’s Comixology (at Amazon) Sales, we attempt to sort through the mis-priced DC Starter sale, Marvel offers up a Civil War Sale and… say, that’s not a West Coast Avengers sale, is it? Oh, Amazon…

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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):

Maybe They Should Start With the Right Prices?

The DC Start Here Sale runs through Monday, 4/11.

The usual “some of the prices are off” warning still applies. $12.43 for Batman: The Golden Age does not seem like the right price and most of those weird prices have changed to something that ends in .99.  Much of it being $5.99/$6.99/$7.99. So if you see a weird and kind of high price, move on.

That out of the way, this is effective a first volume sale and they’re hoping you’ll get the rest at full price. (Don’t they know how cheap you are?) In the spirit of not overspending, we’ll also look at things that are a bit more self contained, like…

Swamp Thing: The Bronze Age, Vol. 1 by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson with a bit of Nestor Redondo and Mike Kaluta. Len Wein doesn’t always get listed high on the pantheon of 70s writers and we think that’s a combination of his not have particularly long runs on many comics and some of his very best work being on smaller titles like Swamp Thing and Phantom Stranger. Well, here’s what just might be Wein’s best work – the original Swamp Thing run (the House of Secrets debut and then 1-13 of the regular series). Does anything need to be said about Wrightson’s art?  You already know it’s great.

Batman: The Adventures Continue Season One is a continuation of Batman: The Animated Series by Alan Burnett and Paul Dini (you, know… from the show) writing and Ty Templeton on art.  And it is wonderful. Like and old friend dropping by out of the blue. In this case it involves a giant robot causing trouble in Gotham right around when Lex Luther shows up.  Surely, that couldn’t be a coincidence.

And for a change of pace, it’s hard to go wrong with with The Flintstones as re-imagined by Mark Russell and Steve Pugh. It’s just a great comic. Funny, oddly bittersweet and sometimes dark… yet still the Flintstones.

Have a browse, but beware of the flaky, non-final sale prices. Things that end in .99 only.  The “Golden Age” / “Silver Age” / “Bronze Age” editions (like Swamp Thing) that have been properly marked down to $6.99 are a good chunk of pages for the price.

Swamp Thing   Batman: The Adventures Continue  The Flintstones

Incivility

The Marvel Civil War: The Complete Collection Sale runs through Thursday, 4/14.

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.

Civil War   Civil War: Front Line V. 1   Civil War: Wolverine

What West Coast?

So you may have seen this on the Deals Page:

And you may have thought to yourself, “That sure doesn’t look like West Coast Avengers?”

That’s because if you click through, you’ll find it’s really the Marvel Ironheart Sale and it runs through Sunday, 4/10.

We’re not going to be good guides for this series… but know what you’re really looking at. (Amazon’s not having a good week, are they?)

Spider-Sale

The big sale of the week continues to be the Amazing Spider-Man sale.  We broke it down by title in our last column.

Spider-Man Brand New Day

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Comixology Sales: Civil War, Doctor Doom, Shang-Chi and 50% off BOOM! (and better for Power Rangers)

Highlights from this week’s Comixology Sales include Marvel revisiting Civil War (and including Front Line for a change), Doctor Doom and Shang-Chi; plus CU subscribers get 50% off the BOOM! line which stacks on top of a Power Rangers sale.

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50% off BOOM! for Subscribers

In what seems to be a fairly regular thing, we have another half-off sale for Comixology Unlimited subscribers.  This time it’s 50% off BOOM! – log in and the discount appears. The sale runs through 11PM ET on Monday 5/17.  You know the drill by now: go to the release date view to get this week’s new comics half off or move forward to pre-order at the same discount. A couple series you might have heard of that we’re happy to vouch for are Once & Future (Kieron Gillen & Dan Mara) and Something Is Killing the Children (James Tynion IV & Werther Dell’Edera).

And since the discount stacks, that means you’re looking at 75% discounts for the Power Rangers Sale.

Power Rangers

Civil War

The Marvel Civil War Complete Event Sale runs through Sunday, 5/16.

Which is to say, all the copious tie-in volumes are also on sale. We’ve been saying this for YEARS – Marvel has done a lousy job packaging the Civil War reprints. There are two titles you need to read Civil War properly. The titular Civil War mini-series is sort of the action movie version of the story. This is the more famous series by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven.  Civil War: Front Line Vol.1  and Vol. 2 written by Paul Jenkins and drawn by lots of folks, including Ramon Bachs, Steve Lieber and Lee Weeks, is the actual plot of the story as reporters (notably Ben Urich) try to track down who caused the conflict and why.  We firmly maintain you should not read Civil War without also reading Front Line.

You can expand to the rest of the line after these two series.  Maybe start with the Wolverine volume as that has Logan going after the people responsible for the inciting incident.

Civil War   Civil War: Front Line V. 1   Civil War: Front Line V. 2

The Face of Doom

The Marvel Doctor Doom Sale runs through Sunday, 5/16.

The recent Doctor Doom series by Christopher Cantwell and Salvador Larroca is an instant classic well worth your time. (There’s a second volume not on sale.)

Avengers: The Private War of Doctor Doom has a lot of creators with Gerry Conway, Steve Englehart and Jim Shooter as the primary writers and George Perez as the primary artist. This is a sort of off-shoot of the Doctor Doom vs. Sub-Mariner Super Villain Team-Up title and a fun enough sequence.

Fantastic Four Epic Collection: The Name is Doom by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby is one of two Fantastic Four Epic Collections in the sale and we just like this volume slightly better for having a particularly iconic Doom story.

Doctor Doom   Avengers - The Private War of Doctor Doom   Fantastic Four Epic Collection: The Name is Doom

Master of Kung Fu

The Marvel Shang-Chi Sale runs through Thursday, 5/20.

As you may have heard, Marvel has a movie coming out with their 70s Kung Fu hero, Shang-Chi. There’s a bit of controversy around the character, as it was originally a licensed feature spinning out of the Fu Manchu franchise. Marvel’s currently re-inventing Shang-Chi without Fu Manchu as more of a fantasy-tinged Kung Fu strip.  We’d suggest checking out the original version, which was much more of an espionage comic. Sort of Shaw Brothers crossed with Ian Fleming.  There are two Epic Editions on sale: Master of Kung Fu Epic Edition: Weapon of the Soul and Master of Kung Fu Epic Edition: Fight Without Pity. Steve Englehart and Jim Starlin launch it, then Doug Moench takes over as writer with several artists rotating through including Jim Craig, Keith Pollard and (most famously) Paul Gulacy. Potential trigger warning on ’70s tropes and color palettes, but a lot of people place MOKF at the top of Marvel’s 70s titles alongside Tomb of Dracula and Man-Thing.

Master of Kung Fu   Master of Kung Fu

Still on Sale