In this week’s Comixology (at Amazon) sales, Marvel drops some discounts on Darth Vader and X-23; DC has a top 100 sale and DH cuts prices on Usagi Yojimbo.
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 new releases page is here.
- The “Comics Deals” page is here.
- The Kindle Deals comics page is here.
Is That Like a 100 Countdown?
The DC Top 100 Sale runs through Monday, 10/2.
Lots of things with decent pricing this week. Let’s start with a highlights list and then underline a few:
- Catwoman: Lonely City – Cliff Chiang
- Fables – Bill Willingham / Mark Buckingham (first 8 volumes)
- Far Sector – N.K. Jemisin / Jamal Campbell
- Kamandi by Jack Kirby -Jack Kirby
- Legion of Super-Heroes V. 1 : Before the Darkness –Gerry Conway / J.M. Dematties / Steve Ditko / Jim Sherman
- Legion of Super-Heroes V. 2: Before the Darkness – Gerry Conway / Roy Thomas / Paul Levitz / Jim Janes / Steve Ditko
- Manhunter by Archie Goodwin and Walter Simonson – Archie & Walt
- O.M.A.C. – One Man Army Corps by Jack Kirby – Jack Kirby
- One-Star Squadron – Mark Russell / Steve Lieber
- Rorschach – Tom King / Jorge Fornés
- Secret Society of Super-Villains V.1 – Gerry Conway / David Anthony Kraft / Bob Rozakis / Pablo Marcos / Ernie Chan / Richard J. Buckler / Dick Ayers
- Strange Adventures – Tom King / Mitch Gerads / Doc Shaner
- Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow – Tom King / Bilquis Evely
The Legion and SSOSV volumes are there for fans of those franchises because the prices are significantly lower than we’ve seen them lately.
Best of the best here? Hmmm…
Far Sector was a bit of a revelation. N.K. Jemisin has won just about every SF/F prose award out there, but you do NOT always see a prose author jump to comics so smoothly. Great worldbuilding and character work in this one. Great art, too. Just a really nice series and we wish they’d have a sequel.
Manhunter probably falls in the “legendary runs” category. Archie Goodwin and a very young Walt Simonson collaborate on one of, if not the, best adventure strips of the ’70s. An espionage-ish tale that ends in Batman team-up. If you like adventure strips, this is a must.
We’ll give Rorschach a slight edge over One-Star Squadron because we aren’t predisposed to Watchmen sequels. Quite the opposite. That said, Tom King and Jorge Fornés manage to pull off a very engaging mystery/conspiracy in the Watchmen universe without trampling on any toes. Which is quite an accomplishment. And it has a few things to say about conspiracies and identity.
The Marvel Darth Vader Sale runs through Monday, 10/2.
Yes, this means Marvel is back on the old sale schedule, if you were keeping score on that.
First, let’s count down what all’s here, since it includes some of the old Dark Horse material.
- Vader’s Quest (1999) – Darko Macan/Dave Gibbons
- Darth Vader and the Lost Command (2011) -W. Haden Blackman / Rick Leonardi
- Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison (2012) -W. Haden Blackman / Agustin Alessio
- Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin (2013)-Tim Siedell / Stephen Thompson
- Darth Vader (2015-16) – Kieron Gillen / Salvador Larroca
- Darth Vader (2017-18) – Charles Soule / Giuseppe Camuncoli
- Star Wars: Target Vader (2019) – Robbie Thompson / Stefano Landini
- Star Wars: Vader – Dark Visions (2019) – Dennis Hopeless / Paolo Villanelli
- Darth Vader (2020-) – Greg Pak / Raffaele Ienco
We still haven’t read a Darth Vader comic that tops the Kieron Gillen / Salvador Larroca run. It’s slow clap territory, especially the scene at the end of the opening arc when Vader figures out he’s been lied to. This series picks up right after A New Hope and follows Vader as he goes rogue, looking for that rebel pilot who blew up the Death Star. Note: The larger volumes we link to include a couple issues of Star Wars and Vader Down that make for a complete read.
The second best Vader series we’ve read is the Charles Soule / Giuseppe Camuncoli run. It might be the favorite series at the Lucasfilm offices, seeing as how they gave Soule a promotion. This run really hits second gear in arc #2 when the librarian of the Jedi Temple turns up.
The Marvel X-23 Sale runs through Monday, 10/2.
Laura Kinney is X-23. She’s also the clone daughter of Wolverine. Eventually, she’ll take up the mantle of Wolverine, but these are the adventures prior to that. This can all be grouped into three titles to simplify your browsing.
- X-23: The Complete Collection – These two volumes contain everything through the 2010 series.
- New X-Men – The “Childhood’s End” Complete collection gets you issues #16-32; then skip ahead to V.4 & 5 to actually complete the run.
- X-23 (2018-19) – Mariko Tamaki / Juann Cabal / Diego Olortegui
Have Rabbit, Will Travel
The Dark Horse 2023 Usagi Yojimbo Digital Sale runs through Monday, 10/16.
This is Stan Sakai’s long-running (it started in 1984) saga of a samurai/ronin rabbit. It’s got a pretty nice collection of awards, too.
And this is one where there’s a CLEAR winner in format: $6.99 Omnibus Editions that are usually over 600 pages.
Watch for the Image sale to flip to Part 4 Friday night/Saturday morning.