This week in Comixology Sales, there’s pretty complete run of Thor on sale and DC’s still over 70% off on many of their graphic novels. Plus Deadpool and Image’s horror line is on sale for Halloween.
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Bringing the Thunder
The Marvel Thor: Massive God of Thunder Sale runs through Sunday, 10/17.
This is pretty much Thor on sale up and down all the various titles for ~60-67% off per volume and some $0.99 single issues. The sale page is incredibly poorly organized, so we’ll walk you through the titles and point to some better stuff. Our rule of thumb is that Epic Collections and Marvel Masterwork editions are the best values. We like Epic’s a little better, but the Masterworks are published in the right order, so pick your poison.
Thor starts in Journey into Mystery. Fair warning, the earliest issues can be a little rough as they figure out the format. As Lee and Kirby lock in, it improves greatly, but the first Masterworks’ worth is for completists.
As we all know, Journey into Mystery changed the title to Thor, and just as things were getting interesting. You’re good with the initial Stan Lee / Jack Kirby (the Mangog and Galactus sequences are particularly good circa #154 – 169). Fine when John Buscema tags in for Kirby, but then opinions vary quite a bit when Stan exits. What everyone agrees on is then when Walt Simonson shows up, it’s the best Thor since Lee/Kirby. The “Thor Visionaries: Walter Simonson” set of books is more complete than Thor by Walter Simonson, FYI. Visionaries has the end of the run.
We’ll ignore Heroes Reborn, and then the new Thor series is an extended run written by Dan Jurgen with John Romita, Jr. as the initial artist.
The next volume starts out with a good run by J. Michael Straczynski and Olivier Copiel, then has Keiron Gillen popping up around a Siege tie-in and then starts the Matt Fraction / Pasqual Ferry run. It’s a pretty good volume.
As we enter the Relaunch Era of Marvel, Fraction/Copiel gets a new #1 as it relaunches as The Mighty Thor. Note: Comixology (and Marvel) have some weird housekeeping at the final act of the Fraction run, Everything Burns, is collected all by itself.
This is when Jason Aaron popped on board. First with Thor confronting The God Butcher and then Jane Foster’s time as Thor. This is a funky one to keep track of by individual titles, but Marvel has a Thor by Jason Aaron: The Complete Collection that simplifies things quite a bit.
Which leaves us with the current Donny Cates/ Nic Klein run. And that’s the nickel tour of Thor. That sale page is pretty jumbled up. This is where you’ll find your $0.99 single issues.
Rare “Good” Discounts at DC
The DC Fandome Sale marches on through Monday, 10/18. It’s in two links: Part 1 and Part 2. It’s a disorganized batch of titles, but very good discounts for DC in the ~69%- 75% off range. Very good discounts for DC. Last time we looked at oddities and value buys. This time we’re going to look at some the stuff with higher list prices where you’re saving more actual dollars.
One of the very best Batman runs was the Steve Englehart/Marshall Rogers era. Tales of the Batman: Steve Englehart contains that Detective run, the much later Dark Detective miniseries and basically all the Batman Englehart wrote. 452 pages, 74% off.
All-Star Comics: Only Legends Live Forever is the 70s Justice Society run (All Star Comics and Adventure Comics) in one large volume. Gerry Conway and Paul Levitz are your writers. The art line up is most associated with Joe Staton, but Keith Giffen and Wally Wood are notable here. 449 pages, 74% off.
Marv Wolfman once told us his favorite work was Night Force. You may not have heard of it, but that’s why we’re here. It’s time travel horror caper of a comic about a mansion in Washington D.C. that’s a portal into time and the mysterious Baron who lives there. Gene Colan does the art. Yes, it’s the Tomb of Dracula crew back in the saddle at a different publisher. Really good stuff and this edition collects the original 14-issue run.
The Image Horror Sale runs through Monday, 11/1.
And Image has a lot of horror. It was one of the beneficiaries when DC made the questionable decision to throw Vertigo to the curb. A few things that bubble to the top of our list:
We’re in the bag for Killadelphia. Rodney Barnes and Jason Shawn Alexander serve up a neo-noir horror thriller (with great punchlines sprinkled in here and there) about father and son detectives trying to head off a vampire takeover of Philly. That’s the non-spoiler version. It’s much darker and intricate than a spoiler-free description can describe. Highly recommended for Halloween.
Dracula, Motherf**cker! by Alex de Campi and Erica Henderson is… an experience. And we mean that in the best possible way. Think a ’70s exploitation era crime film with vampires. Dracula is in LA and not everyone is happy about it. An absolute tour de force for Erica Henderson, too. She really catches that early 70s vibe and sets a unique tone you should see for yourself.
Kill or Be Killed is Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips spinning a tale of a young man at war with the Russian mob who’s either possessed by a demon or insane. Which is it? That would telling, but a superior and creepy entry in the Brubaker & Phillips library.
Deadpool or Treat
The “Marvel Deadpool World’s Greatest Sale” runs through Sunday, 10/17.
Let’s translate that for you – it’s the 2015-2017 Deadpool series that’s on sale. It’s called Deadpool: World’s Greatest on Comixology, but the actual covers just say “Deadpool” with the Fantastic Four’s “World’s Greatest Comics Magazine” tagline above the logo in sardonic fashion. Were you go to the actual series page for the comic and scroll down to the Omnibuses section, you can save a small amount by getting it in that format. As it the case with most of the sales this week, the sale page is a jumbled up mess.