In this week’s Comixology (at Amazon) sales, Marvel cuts prices on their MAX line, Image has more first volumes, Dark Horse’s new Star Wars line and a couple sales might not have the correct discounts.
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.
First, Some Housekeeping
This is the strangest set of Labor Day sales we’ve seen. Apparently, DC and Marvel don’t check up to see if the right prices have been posted? Here’s what we know:
1) The Daredevil Legacy Sale does not appear to have normal discounts. Or any discounts in a few cases. We type this at 6pm ET on the Friday of a holiday weekend, so we’re not hopeful it gets fixed before the sale ends (but maybe check anyway). It’s a shame, because it’s been a couple years since there was a Daredevil Legacy sale and ‘ole Hornhead has had some excellent runs over the years.
2) DC’s Labor Day Sale? More of those odd and almost certainly broken $7.76 and $6.21 price points and very few prices have corrected to normal sale pricing… which has been the case for most of the month. Something’s wrong and it doesn’t look like anyone with the ability to fix it is paying much attention. Again, maybe this gets fixed after this post goes live, so have a look… just be aware of the situation. At least there are _some_ discounts here. Books that have normalized at $2.99 that we’d recommend:
- Aquaman: The Legend of Aquaman – Curt Swan doing something other than Superman gives you a new appreciation of him.
- Jonah Hex V.6: Bullets Don’t Lie – This version of Hex is a lot of fun and had a RIDICULOUS cast of artists tagging in and out. This volume’s artists include Darwyn Cooke and J.H Williams III.
We hate to say “proceed with caution” on what should be the two flagship sales over Labor Day, but… it is what it is. No point in sugar coating it. A lot of people (DC/Marvel/Amazon) should’ve caught this and didn’t.
3) We’ve made an addition to the standard navigation links at the top of the column. There is a Kindle Deals page for comics that has sales you don’t see on the Comixology deals page. The current sale lineup is heavy with TokyoPop and this is worth keeping an eye on.
Extra Bloody Marvel
The Marvel Max Sale runs through Monday 9/4.
In this case, “Marvel Max” refers to Marvel’s mature readers line. (Yes, that does mean a lot of Garth Ennis material.) This sale generally only pops up once or twice year, so let’s have a look.
First up is the Alan Moore / Gary Leach / Alan Davis / John Totleben run. Originally started WAY pre-Watchmen, this is an early and influential post-modern superhero reconstruction with Moore resurrecting a 50s era UK superhero that’s a bit a of Captain Marvel (Shazam) clone and taking things to their logical conclusion with a mad scientist foe, a conspiracy and a sidekick gone wrong. It’s been half-forgotten after being out of print for a long time and Marvel botched the initial rollout of the reprints. (Don’t ask about the pricing on their original reprints.)
Alias, which made it to Netflix as “Jessica Jones” is the Brian Bendis/Michael Gaydos hard drinking superpowered private eye series, now conveniently in 2 volumes. Definitely an influential series, not just for inspiring a show, either.
Here’s a brand new edition to the Max section: Aliens Epic Collection: The Original Years, Vol. 1. That’s a bit of a mouthful, isn’t it? Let’s translate that – it’s an Epic Collection of the Dark Horse adaptions of Aliens going back to the 80s. They were pretty influential, too. It contains the first two “Aliens” miniseries, Aliens: Earth War some Dark Horse Presents stories. Ah, Mark Nelson drawing Aliens…
Oh, you want Garth Ennis Punisher? Well, browse the main link for some of his one-offs (there are several), but here’s an overview:
Yes, he’s done a little Punisher. Good Punisher, too.
The Image… Countdown?
The Image Comics Discovery Sale Part 2 runs through Friday, 9/15
Remember when the last Image sale dropped and we were wondering where the rest of it was? Well, come to find out, that was actually “Part 3” of a sale. Part 2 is now up. The betting pool is now open for whether Part 1 or Part 4 will be the next installment.
This selection is the first volume of titles beginning with E through M.
[Warning: we’re seeing more “Nega-Bands” action on this link. If you click on it and see “Mage” at the beginning, you’re seeing the previous sale. Hit reload a couple times and Part 2 will come up. We don’t understand why they do it this way, but it’s a thing.]
Highlights? Glad you asked.
Geiger, V. 1 by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank wasn’t really what we were expecting from the description. And we weren’t offended that this post-apocalyptic tale had some fun to it and gave off Kamandi vibes. Warring tribes with theme park motifs, a mysterious and tragic radioactive figure, and a soldier robot? Yes, a good start and worth a look.
Ghosted by Joshua Williamson and Goran Sudzuka is one of our favorite Skybound offerings. It gets much stranger as it progresses, but the initial concept in V. 1 is “What if the Ocean’s 11 crew was sent to rob a haunted house?” Good stuff!
Gideon Falls by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino is a little hard to describe without spoilers, since it starts bending genres and genre conventions when you get a little further along. In the beginning, it’s more of a straight horror tale. The “Black Barn” appears and disappears. It’s been doing that for a very long time. Likewise, people have disappeared around it in town that is keeping secrets about it as a new appearance of the Barn starts wheels in motion.
Killadelphia by Rodney Barnes and Jason Shawn Alexander is right up there at the top of Image’s current lineup. We’d say “change our minds,” but there’s not really a point. A former Philly beat cop returns home to bury his murdered father, who happened to be a detective on the force. What he finds is a vampire uprising. What unfolds is a bizarre conspiracy across 250 years with some recognizable name popping up in the strangest contexts and some wicked one-liners. Highly recommended.
Lazarus by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark qualifies as a long running Image title, since it’s been around 10 years. It comes out in arcs these days. 15 minutes into the future, the world is divided into vast fiefdoms ruled by families. Think corporations with serfs. Each family has a genetically engineered super-soldier leading their troops, called a Lazarus. The Lazarus of the Carlyle family is starting to realize she’s being lied to…
Love Everlasting by Tom King and Elsa Charretier is one of the newer volumes in this sale. It’s a pastiche of 70s romance comics viewed through more of a Rod Serling lens as a woman lives through a series of lives and romances, scatter across the timeline.
Nothing But Star Wars… Take 2
The Dark Horse 2023 Star Wars Digital Sale runs through Monday, 9/18.
Yes, Dark Horse has Star Wars again. We believe this to be the YA license that was most recently at IDW. We’re heard some stories that this isn’t available in every country, so the links might not go anywhere, depending where you’re at. What’s on sale?
- Star Wars: Rebels
- Star Wars: Tales from the Rancor Pit (think Halloween special)
- Star Wars: Hyperspace Stories
- Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures – $0.99/$1.99 single issues
The Dark Horse 2023 YouNeek Digital Sale runs through Monday, 9/18
This is the Roye Okupe imprint.