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.
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.
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?)