In this week’s Comixology (at Amazon) sales, DC’s attempting to make summer sizzle, Image is touting its Eisner nods and Dark Horse… has everything on sale.
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):
Interestingly, there are no new Marvel sales this week. Check the Still On Sale section for the links to the Thor / GoG / “July” sales which we also looked at in more detail last week.
For those keeping score at home, and we know a lot of you are, the 4th of July was a Marvel BOGO week last year. We are long overdue for one and the evidence is starting to point to those having gone away when the Comixology site did. We continue to hope, but until we see the next one…
And By Sizzle, They Mean the Weather
The DC Summer Sizzle eBook Sale runs through Monday, 7/11.
A similar 1K book graphic novel drop to what we’ve been seeing here recently. There’s a smattering of $4.99 titles, but you’re mostly going to find a floor of $5.99 here. Nothing particularly recent on sale here, but with 1000 books, there are always some highlights. Some things that we’ve enjoyed in the past.
Ex Machina originally came out under the Wildstorm banner (will it be rebranded as Black Label or will Vertigo stick around as a legacy label?), Ex Machina is what happens when a world’s first superhero attempts to retire from superheroics and is elected mayor of NYC. Of course… superhero retirements rarely go as planned. Politics against a background of costumes and power… and vice versa, too. It’s a good one and a bit earlier to the “super mayor” party. Written by a pre-Saga Brian K. Vaughan and drawn by Tony Harris, with a bit of Chris Sprouse and Jon Paul Leon. It’s a very solid series.
Superman: Red Son is possibly Mark Millar’s best reviewed work. With art by Dave Johnson and Killian Plunkett (we’re going to go ahead and say – we need more Dave Johnson interior art in life), this is an Elseworlds tale of Kal-El’s rocket landing in the Soviet Union, instead of Kansas, and Superman being raised as Stalin’s weapon.
James Tynion IV recently wrapped up a Batman run, but we honestly preferred his “Batman Family” flavored run from Detective Comics a few years earlier. Eddy Barrows and Alvaro Martinez Beuno are the lead artists and the Tynion run is V. 1-7.
The Image Eisners Sale runs through Monday, 7/25.
Which is to say, running until Comic-Con. And there are some interesting things here.
We’re fans of Department of Truth, the X-Files-ish horror/conspiracy theory about imagination and beliefs made real by James Tynion IV (that guy again) and Martin Simmonds. We would like to specifically point out that V.1 is down to $3.99, so the first collection for the price of a single issue. Also some $0.99 single issues, should you prefer that format… and single issues will be cheaper that $6.99 for 6 issues in a collected edition.
With that in mind, here’s a list of the titles being offered in $0.99 single issues. Monstress has a $3.99 V. 1, otherwise you need to compare price vs. # of issues in the collection:
- Radiant Black
- The Silver Coin
- Undiscovered Country
- The Good Asian
- The Scumbag
And They Mean Everything.
The Dark Horse Everything 2022 Sale runs through Monday, 7/25.
If it’s not the full catalog, it would seem to be awfully close.
For a lot of folks, Dark Horse starts with Hellboy. (At least in the absence of Aliens and Boris the Bear.) They’re a little pricier than some things, but since they’re basically 4-in-1 volumes, we like the Omnibus editions as a starting point here. And if you browse there is plenty more of the Hellboy universe available. It’s a classic for a reason.
Speaking of classics, there’s also Nexus, Mike Baron’s and (mostly) Steve Rude’s science fiction series with superhero trappings of a man imbued with fusion power by a sinister alien who enlists him as an assassin. Nexus is haunted by dreams of mass murderers and the only way to make them stop is to kill the murders. Also something of a cold war satire around the edges. We’ve gone through the omnibus edition in the last ~3 years and had a good time of it.
Carla Speed McNeil’s Finder has always been one of those “if you know, you know” books. Under the indie radar for a loooooong time, it’s sprawling, world building science fiction series centered around Jaeger, who’s both a sin-eater and a Finder: a sort of tracker/bounty hunter with mysterious abilities related travel, healing and locating things. You aren’t going to find very many comics with such well-developed alien cultures as Finder, either. Steve Leiber put us onto this long before Dark Horse acquired the rights and if you can’t trust Steve Leiber, who can you trust? Those two Finder Library omnibus volumes are over 600 pages each. Bang for your buck!
Bonus cheap: you can find volumes of Groo by Sergio Aragones & Mark Evanier for as low as $2.99. Not a dumb price for such a dumb barbarian.
If you’re looking for $0.99 single issues, there are a bunch and you can work your way through them starting here.
Honestly, while Amazon makes browsing painful, there’s a lot of worthwhile material here if you have the time to flip through.