This week’s Comixology Sales are highlighted by DC’s… unusual sense of romance, the many incarnations of Nova over at Marvel, Image’s 2020 highlights and delicate embrace of Hellboy.
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Not the Nova from Planet of the Apes
Marvel’s Nova Sale runs through Sunday (2/14).
Starting at the beginning, Nova Classic is the original Marv Wolfman series that’s probably most associated artistically with Sal Buscema and Carmine Infantino. And yes, volume 3 does include the wrap up in Fantastic Four.
Nova by Abnett & Lanning is the series that the Annihilation event series spun out of. That would be Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning with a rotating roster of artists. This one had some pretty wild concepts, like a city made out of the corpse of a Celestial, long before Avengers Mountain was a thing.
New Warriors was team book that had a definite moment in the sun in the 90s. Nova was a member, as were Namorita, Vance Astro/Marvel Boy, Speedball and their leader, Night Thrasher. This is a fun title most people associate with Fabian Nicieza and Mark Bagley.
Image celebrates 2020 so you don’t have to
The Image Best of 2020 Sale runs through Thursday (2/25).
Descender / Ascender are two titles by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen. Descender is the tale of a robot cast in the form a little boy and a robot rebellion. It is a wonderful series that earns it hype. Ascender is the sequel series that takes things in a fantasy direction.
Die by Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans is the extra dark tale of a group of gamers who thought they’d seen the last of a fantasy realm they’d entered and escaped from. They were wrong. If you wanted to look at this as a nightmare mirror of the old 1980s Saturday morning Dungeons & Dragons cartoon, that’s not a bad point of reference. Good series.
Gideon Falls is also by that Lemire guy, with time with Andrea Sorrentino for an excellent time hopping, body possessing horror tale of which we’d rather not say more for fear of spoilers.
DC has a strange take on Valentine’s Day
The DC’s Heroes in Love Sale runs through Monday (2/15). We have to say, Birth of the Demon and Longbow Hunters miiiiiiiight not be what we’d push for a romantic theme, but your mileage may vary… we’ll forge ahead with that in mind.
Aquaman: The Search for Mera is the beginning of the Steve Skeates/ Jim Aparo run on Aquaman that’s gotten a lot of love over the years. In this arc (and DC didn’t have so many arcs like this in ’68) Mera has been abducted and Aquaman goes on a quest to find her that involves some fantasy tropes, the mob, Black Manta and an insurrection. It covers a lot of ground. Since this is currently matching the print hardcover price, the sale has it at a heftier discount than most.
Mad Love is Paul Dini and Bruce Timm telling the origin story of Harley Quinn in the Batman: The Animated Series continuity. A very, very influential tale by the two best people to tell it. Worth a look and yes, Harley’s in love. Not in a healthy relationship, but in love.
Mister Miracle #18 is the wedding issue for Scott Free and Big Barda. After the Batman non-wedding, we thought maybe it was worth highlighting an actual wedding for Valentine’s Day? It’s Jack Kirby, after all!
Go straight to Hellboy
The Hellboy Sale runs through Monday (2/21).
Hellboy (proper) is the regular series you’re most familiar. Do we really have to say anything about something that’s widely considered a classic and has spawned a couple films, among other things? Didn’t think so. The Omnibus editions of this are by far your best value. We also love when Richard Corben popped in.
Hellboy and the BPRD is a companion of series of miniseries filling in the backstory. You’ll find most of these are titled by the year and they’re working their way through the 1950s. Tip – if the digital collected edition only has 5 issues in it, as is usually the case here, you can save a buck by getting the $0.99 single issues.