Highlights of this week’s Comixology Sales include Hulk smashing prices, Secret Invasion, a James Tynion IV spotlight and Image’s OGN line.
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Hulk Smash Prices
The Marvel Hulk: Incredible Legacy Sale runs through Sunday, 6/20.
Here are the Tower of Cheap, we’re huge fans of the Al Ewing / (mostly) Joe Bennett Immortal Hulk run. It’s a horror-flavored Hulk that takes the multiple personality disorder version of the character to new depths and it really works. The first 8 collected editions are on sale for $2.99. Highly recommended.
There’s a lot on sale for the original Incredible Hulk series (Comixology lumps the real original series with the second series). Pick your poison between Masterworks editions or Epic Collections (Epic is a better value, but those jump around a little). If you’re interested in the Peter David run, this is how it works right now. There’s an Epic Collection that collects the Byrne run and the Al Milgrom run that leads up to PAD’s run. There are 8 volumes of the Peter David “Visionaries” series and then it switches over to Epic Collections for #397 on. No overlap, they just haven’t converted the Visionaries to Epic Collections yet. (One presumes this will eventually happen, but it is what it is.) The 3 volumes of Bill Mantlo Hulk are in between Masterworks and Epic, in terms of page count.
Plenty to browse for this one.
Not So Secret Now…
The Marvel Secret Invasion Sale runs through Thursday, 6/24.
Secret Invasion is a challenging story to read in collected editions. Parts of it are told in flashbacks. It jumps from title to title. Marvel hasn’t always been consistent about a recommended reading order, either. The Secret Invasion mini-series is the spine. If you want the full story, pretty much anything with Avengers in the title, especially written by Bendis, will be key. The Captain Marvel collection is also relevant in ways that are not immediate apparent.
And By “Something,” We Mean Monsters…
The BOOM! Creator Spotlight: James Tynion IV sale runs through Thursday, 7/1.
Yes, Tynion seems to be having himself a moment. His BOOM! backlist is on sale here. We can happily recommend Something Is Killing the Children by Tynion and Werther Dell’Edera, an urban fantasy monster hunter tale. It’s getting to be a bit of a bandwagon with the speculators jumping on the print issues, but everyone once in a while, the bandwagon is for a good title.
So Much For Serialization
The Image Original Graphic Novel Sale runs through Thursday, 7/1.
Yes, Image has been doing more OGNs in recent years and this is well worth a browse. Highlights? Not a problem.
Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips are a pretty darn reliable pairing, but Pulp is a high water mark for them. A writer of pulp westerns in ’30s NYC finds himself with declining prospects, a nest of Nazi spies and the ghosts of the past. Oh, it’s a crime thriller, but it’s a very philosophical one where the meditations only serve to enhance the mayhem.
Dracula, Motherf**ker! by Alex de Campi and Erica Henderson is an absolute delight. It’s a 70s exploitation style take on the Dracula mythos. It’s 1974 Los Angeles and Dracula’s brides are out for revenge, following the tropes of that sort of film. Henderson shows us a KILLER new side and it’s a true showcase for her. We just wish there was more of it, the pace accelerates a quick read. A really fun book for horror fans who crossover with 70s cinema and/or Tarantino.
And for something clear out of left field, Last of the Independents has returned. This Matt Fraction/Kieron Dwyer crime story actually predates Criminal and we were pleasantly surprised that it returned to print (or digital in this case). Keeping in the theme here, this is also a love letter to 70s cinema, but more crime flicks than the exploitation/revenge genres. A bank heist goes terribly wrong and our antiheroes find that someone’s come looking for them. It’s all in the execution.
Another Generic DC Sale
You know how DC keeps running the same sale with the same copious sub-50% discounts? It’s back. This time they’re calling it the “DC June Start of Summer Sale.” It runs through Monday, 6/28 in Part 1 and Part 2.
There are much better discounts to be found in DC’s Pride Sale.