In this week’s Comixology (at Amazon) sales, Marvel has TWO flavors of X-books on sale, plus Greg Pak. DC’s prepping for the Lazarus Planet and Top Shelf is tossing some discounts around.
Where did the New Releases and Sale pages go?
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Let’s Put the X in Sale
The Marvel Dawn of X/Reign of X Sale runs through Monday, 1/16.
What is this sale? Following House of X/Power of X, the X-Men line of comics has a suggested reading order in the back of the books. If you read from issue to issue, particularly during the Dawn of X era, you really did get an additive experience and more of a view of the X-universe. These two runs collect the individual issues of ALL the X-titles in a reading order for the line.
Dawn of X picks up after HoX/PoX and runs up to X of Swords (which isn’t on sale). Reign of X picks up after X of Swords and ends just before Trial of Magneto and Inferno.
An Extra X Sale
The Marvel X-Force Legacy Sale runs through Monday, 1/16
Uncanny X-Force by Rick Remender with art by Jerome Opeña, Phil Noto, Esad Ribic and a whole bunch of others would be our top choice. A particularly dark take on X-Force as black ops, much of it weaving in and out of the labyrinthian plans of Apocolypse.
The original X-Force has come Epic Collections available and we always like the value of those. You can pick your era here.
The X-Force portion of Peter Milligan & Mike Allred’s run that would soon become X-Statix is conveniently available as a single volume.
Send Them Pak-ing
The Marvel Greg Pak Sale runs through Monday, 1/16.
Pak’s been over in the Star Wars universe lately, and that’s on sale, but we always associate him very strongly with Hulk.
Planet Hulk, written by Pak with art by Carlo Pagulayan, Aaron Lopresti and Gary Frank was where Pak really broke wide. This one has Hulk exiled to a planet where he effectively becomes that world’s Conan. It’s now a classic.
For unknown reasons, World War Hulk is not in the sale. (Yes, that seems boneheaded to us, too.)
But Pak was on Hulk for the ’09-’11 series with Paul Pelletier as the lead artist.
A bit less remembered, Pak returned to Hulk in ’17 with Greg Land and Carlo Barberi to revisit the Planet Hulk and World War Hulk storylines.
Resurrecting A Sale From the Dead
The DC Journey to Lazarus Planet Sale runs through Monday, 1/16.
That’s a mouthful of a sale title, but DC’s got an event in the offing that will raise some things from the dead like Lazarus… or a Lazarus Pit.
Scroll down a bit here and you’ll find the James Tynion 4.0/Jorge Jiménez and first volume of the Josh Williamson (and so many different artists) run of Batman on sale. Here’s a quirk for you. The collected editions started a new Volume 1 for Tynion’s run, but because the single issues didn’t renumber, the collected editions are on the same page as the Tom King run. And they wonder why it confuses the bookstore managers?
Nightwing looks to have a big role in DC’s next wave, so the current volume is mostly on sale. (A couple volumes in the middle aren’t for whatever reason.) The current Tom Taylor/Bruno Redondo run being one of DC’s most celebrated offerings.
And for something off the beaten path, that’s also interesting to see in the runup to an Event, there’s Zatana by Paul Dini. Yes, after marrying a magician, you’d think Dini would have a feel for the material, wouldn’t you? The artists on this include Stephanie Roux, Jamal Igle and Cliff Chiang.
Also of potential interest, $0.99/$1.99 single issues. Highlights include:
- Batman vs. Robin
- Monkey Prince
- New Champion of Shazam
- Nightwing (scroll down for current issues)
- Poison Ivy
- Power Girl (the 1988 version is a bit of an oddity here)
- Superman: Son of Kal-El
The Top Shelf Sale runs through Monday, 1/23.
Top Shelf is an imprint of IDW and much of it is on sale right now.
They Called Us Enemy is probably the de facto flagship title for Top Shelf and it’s won a lot of Awards. That would be the graphic novel adaption of George Takei’s memoir and play of growing up in an internment camp by Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott and Harmony Becker.
For something a little more out of left field, The Bojeffries Saga is Alan Moore and Steve Parkhouse from the early 80s doing a darker, more horror-forward riff on The Adams Family/Munsters spliced with Monty Python. The originals mostly ran in Warrior and A1. It’s a entertaining series from a different side of more than you usually see. (The March of the Sinister Ducks side.)
Still on Sale:
- The Marvel Spotlight on 2022 Sale runs through Monday, 1/30
- The DC Best of 2022 sale runs through Monday, 1/30
- The Dark Horse Superhero Sale runs through Monday, 1/30
- The IDW Best of 2022 Sale runs through Monday, 1/30
- The Valiant Best of 2022 Sale runs through Monday, 1/30