In this week’s Comixology (at Amazon) sales, it’s San Diego Comic-Con time. While only DC has a formal SDCC, Marvel’s got Blade and Spider-Man 2099 on sale and Amazon remembered to display the rest of the titles in Dark Horse’s massive sale.
Where did the New Releases and Sale pages go?
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You Say There’s a Convention This Weekend?!?
The DC SDCC Sale runs through Monday, 7/24.
Somebody had to have a San Diego Comicon sale and it looks like DC got elected. Let’s have a look around for some of the better prices and content.
Batman: The Adventures Continue for $2.99? Yes, please! For the uninitiated, this is Batman: The Animated Series writers/executives Alan Burnett & Paul Dini returning to continue where the cartoon left off. Ty Templeton is that artist and the whole this is pretty great. This one brings The Red Hood into the animated continuity. (Yes, think about that for a moment…)
A few more gems for $2.99 a pop
- Superman Smashes the Klan – Gene Yang and Gurihiru
- Gotham Central – Ed Brubaker, Greg Rucka, Michael Lark, Stefano Gaudiano, Jason Alexander and Kano. (Currently alternating between $2.99 volumes and $4.99 volumes.)
- Superman: Red Son – Mark Millar, Dave Johnson and Kilian Plunkett
- Superman: Man of Tomorrow: Hero of Metropolis – Robert Venditti and Paul Pelletier
Jonah Hex: Shadows West is now an oddity we don’t always see highlighted. It collects the three excellent Jonah Hex mini-series by Joe R. Lansdale and Tim Truman. These stories put the “weird” in weird western and could accurately be called western horror. 387 pages for $3.99 is a steal.
A few more books we think highly of at the $3.99 price point:
- Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen: Who Killed Jimmy Olsen – Matt Fraction / Steve Lieber
- Wonder Woman: Dead Earth – Daniel Warren Johnson
- Hellblazer: Rise and Fall – Tom Taylor and Darick Robertson
- Nightwing V.2: Get Grayson – Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo
If you’re looking for big chunks of comics, here are a couple things at the $5.99 price point:
Doom Patrol: The Silver Age V.1 – is an Arnold Drake / Bruno Premiani experience. We don’t see this one at the $5.99 level so often (check on Saturday to see if V.2 has dropped, as well… it currently has an odd price point). This is where the Doom Patrol started. Lots of similarities to early X-Men (which started independently at roughly the same time), but more pathos. 374 pages.
Legion of Super-Heroes: The Great Darkness Saga is one of the more iconic DC tales of the 80s and shows up highly on “best stories” lists to this day. Elevator pitch: The Legion vs. Darkseid. This collection starts with the runup to the tale with some Paul Levitz/Pat Broderick stories and then Keith Giffen tags in as artist and collaborator for the famous ride. It’s a good one. 414 pages of mayhem.
Because “Stake” Would Be Too on the Nose
The Marvel Blade Sale runs through Monday, 7/24.
That would be the Daywalker and vampire slayer who’s better known through the films than the comic.
We feel pretty strongly that Blade is best experienced in his original context – a supporting character in Tomb of Dracula. It’s not clear you can call Tomb of Dracula an under-the-radar 70s classic anymore, since it’s gotten a fair amount of exposure since the Essentials line (finally) collected it ~20 years ago, but now it’s in color reprints. One note, though – you need to give the series six or seven issues to get moving. There were some false starts until Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan were paired up… but after they’ve got a couple issues under their belt, this one really takes off.
Blade: Black & White is a collection of… that’s right, the black & white adventures over the years and is built around some magazine appearances in Vampire Tales and Marvel Preview. Wolfman and Chris Claremont are the primary writers for that period. Colan and Tony DeZuniga are the primary artists.
If you’re looking for something has resembles the film franchise a bit more, there’s Blade: The Complete Collection by Marc Guggenheim (with Howard Chaykin as artist).
76 Years Away
The Marvel Spider-Man 2099 Sale runs through Monday, 7/24.
Yes, 2099 was a line for Marvel in ’90s. Spider-Man 2099 was the flagship and longest lasting of the bunch. Peter David wrote it and Rick Leonardi is the artist most associated with it. Note: the omnibus is a better value.
What else was in the line (that’s been collected and is on sale?)
- Doom 2099 – This collection is the Warren Ellis run with Pat Broderick and Steve Pugh as the main illustrators
- X-Men 2099 – The beginning arc with John Francis Moore and Ron Lim
- Deadpool 2099 – What? You don’t remember this? Ha ha! Marvel is slipping in a collection of a few Gerry Duggan / Scott Koblish issues from the ’15 run of Deadpool!
- Amazing Spider-Man: 2099 – The 2099 arc from the Nick Spencer run with Patrick Gleason on art duties
No Ravage 2099 / Punisher 2099 / Ghost Rider 2099 collections to be seen, if you were wondering.
They Fixed It
The Dark Horse Everything Digital Sale runs through Monday, 7/31. And now it’s showing the old catalog. Filed under “better late than never.” So let’s look at some less trendy, yet interesting items from the back catalog that we haven’t seen in a while.
Looking for something that’s filed under “classic?” Look no further than The Complete Elfquest by Richard and Wendy Pini. Yes, Elfquest had a 40-year run with that original quest. Very few comic books hang on to their creators for that kind of a run. No two ways about that!
Another classic is Nexus by Mike Baron and Steve Rude (with notable guest artists like Paul Smith, Adam Hughes, Rick Veitch and Jose Luis Garcia Lopez). We revisited this one during lockdown and enjoyed it. This is an odd book. There are superhero trappings, but Nexus is a reluctant assassin and this is a science fiction adventure. There are cold war trappings and a bit of satire around the edges. Plenty of world building. 6 omnibuses of the original run and two more of the new material after Dark Horse liberated the rights from the defunct First Comics.
Something that was probably under your radar? Nobody seems to remember The Light Brigade when it came out from DC. This would be a Peter J. Tomasi/Peter Snejbjerg historical/urban fantasy about a WWII platoon tasked by a higher power to retrieve the Sword of God before an unkillable Nazi unit can lay hands on it. A highly entertaining adventure that’s worth a little more attention.
And a few more things that might not be at the top of the mind that we’ve enjoyed over the years: