In this week’s Comixology (at Amazon) sales, holiday sales from DC (it’s a doozy), IDW, Archie and BOOM!.
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A clerical note before we jump into things. Comics.Cheap will probably be on a strange holiday schedule, like everyone else. We’re not sure if we’ll be putting out the usual Friday round-up this week. That will be determined largely by whether any more notable sales dropping between now and then. (There’s an Image sale listed, but as we’re typing this, it sure doesn’t look like the sale prices are appearing yet… but if it’s not more than 50% off, we’ll wait for next week.) Next week, we’ll have a closer look at the BEST of the Marvel Masterworks sale and catch up on any interesting sales dropping between now and then.
DC’s Insane Holiday Sale
The DC Holiday Sale runs through Monday, 1/2.
WOW. This is like the last few DC sales, only more of it. And with over 3K items this is approaching a line-wide sale. Not quite, but getting there. If you scroll back to the last few $1.99/$2.99 sales between Black Friday and now, we think most of that material is back on sale, so we’ll focus on things that caught our eye this time around that maybe weren’t previously on sale. Yes, some of these items are giving the Marvel Masterpieces sale a run for your money.
This is 3600+ items, so remember – when browsing the main sale link, right click on comics and open them in a new window or you’ll lose your place and have to start over at the top!
Here’s an extended list of what caught our eye:
$1.99 Collected Editions
- DC Meets Looney Tunes – Which you get for the astounding (no, really – it’s excellent) Batman / Elmer Fudd by Tom King and Lee Weeks
- Deadman – The original run by Neal Adams and follow-ups by Paul Levitz / Len Wein / Jim Aparo / Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez
- The Demon (’87) – Matt Wagner
- Doctor Fate – Paul Levitz / Sonny Liew
- Doom Patrol – The classic Grant Morrison/Richard Case run
- The Flintstones –Mark Russell / Steve Pugh
- Gotham Central – Ed Brubaker/Greg Rucka/Michael Lark/Stefano Gaudiano/Kano – double volumes
- Hellblazer – original series
- Invasion – Keith Giffen / Bill Mantlo / Todd McFarlane / Bart Sears
- John Constantine, Hellblazer – Si Spurrier / Aaron Campbell / Matias Bergara
- Justice League International – Bwa ha ha! Keith Giffen / J.M. DeMatteis/Kevin Maguire
- The Road to Perdition – The film was based on the Max Allan Collins / Richard Piers Rayner
- Ronin – by Frank Miller
- Saga of The Swamp Thing – Alan Moore / John Totleben / Stephen Bissette / Rick Veitch / Stan Woch
- Sandman – Neil Gaiman’s best known work, as seen on Netflix
- Suicide Squad (’87) – John Ostrander / Kim Yale / Luke McDonnell / Geoff Isherwood
- Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow – Tom King / Bilquis Evely
- The Unwritten – Mike (M.R.) Carey / Peter Gross
$2.99 Collected Editions
- Dark Knights of Steel – Tom Taylor / Yasmine Putri
- The Demon – Jack Kirby
- The Forever People – Jack Kirby
- I… Vampire – J.M. DeMatteis / Tom Sutton
- Mister Miracle – Jack Kirby
- Scalped –Jason Aaron / R. M. Guera
- Sheriff of Babylon – Tom King / Mitch Gerads
- Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen – Jack Kirby
- Wonder Woman: Dead Earth – Daniel Warren Johnson
- Bizarro Comics – Matt Groening / Kyle Baker / Harvey Pekar and bunch more
- Marshal Law – Pat Mills / Kevin O’Neill
- Mister Miracle – The second series with Steve Englehart / Marshall Rogers and then Steve Gerber / Michael Golden / Russ Heath – that’s right, Heath inking Golden!
- Night Force – The first Marv Wolfman / Gene Colan run (Marv’s favorite series)
What’s the cream of the crop? More so than most weeks, it depends on your individual tastes. We will definitely say that the double volume editions of Gotham Central for $1.99 seems like an absolute steal. We might slightly favor Jimmy Olsen (essentially, Kirby’s Superman title), but all of those 70’s Jack Kirby books for $2.99 are great deals. And we’re leaning toward Justice League International for the third slot because it’s just never this cheap.
What’s that? You say you’d rather have single issues? Preferably for $0.99? It seems DC would like to placate your tastes. Note: these are fairly recent issues being discounted, so on longer running titles, you’ll need to scroll down a bit to see the 99 cent issues. There’s a lot more than list here, but you’ll need to get below the collected editions on the main page.
- Action Comics
- Aquaman: Andromeda
- Batman: Killing Time
- Batman: The Knight
- Batman/Superman: World’s Finest
- Black Adam
- Catwoman: Lonely City
- Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths
- Dark Knights of Steel
- DC Vs. Vampires
- DCeased: War of the Undead Gods
- Deathstroke, Inc.
- Detective Comics
- I am Batman
- One-Star Squadron
- Superman: Son of Kal-El
- Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen’s Boss Perry White
- The Joker
- The Nice House on the Lake
Holidays go BOOM!
The BOOM! Holidays Graphic Novel Sale runs through Monday, 1/2.
This looks to be a line-wide 50% off sale, so let’s look at some things might be slightly below the radar.
Steed & Mrs. Peel is an adaption of the British TV Avengers, the often absurdist spy-fi show. This is a relatively early Grant Morrison script and drawn by Ian Gibson, who’s best known for his 2000 AD work on Robo-Hunter and Judge Dredd.
Is this the first time BRZRKR has been discounted? This one made a big splash on Kickstarter and variant covers, but you know what? Despite all the hype that wasn’t about the interior pages, this is actually a very enjoyable action/SF/dark fantasy comic. It’s written by Keanu Reeves and Matt Kindt with art by Ron Garney and concerns a seemingly immortal warrior from centuries past who’s ready to leave immortality behind. It’s bloody as all get out, but alternates the violence with character work.
And for something completely different: Jeremy Bastian’s Cursed Pirate Girl. You need to see the art in this fantasy tale for yourself. A delightfully unique experience.
A Different Side of Riverdale
The Archie Holiday Graphic Novel Sale runs through Monday, 1/2.
Since this looks line wide, we’ll draw your attention to something well off the beaten path:
The Black Hood by Duane Swierczynski / Michael Gaydos / Howard Chaykin / Greg Scott is more a crime book than a superhero caper. Vigilante if you must. In the wake of a shooting, involving a vigilante called The Black Hood, an injured cop develops a pain killer addiction, dons the Black Hood’s mask for less than puritanical reasons and finds himself in over his head in a world of vendettas. Very dark, very good. For some reason V. 3 is listed separately.
IDW Does the Holidays
The IDW Holidays Sale runs through Monday, 1/2.
Much like with BOOM!, this looks to be a near line wide sales at 50%-ish off, so we’ll highlight some under the radar books. If you’ve had your eye on something specific, have a browse and you’ll likely find it.
Popeye by Roger Langridge and Bruce Ozella is just straight up fun. A satisfying and amusing entry in the Popeye library.
The One by Rick Veitch is very dark superhero satire steeped in cold war politics. It’s effectively the younger sibling of Brat Pack and one of the earlier deconstructionist superhero comics (After Marvelman/Miracleman’s run in Warrior, but before Watchmen).
Sachs and Violens by Peter David and George Perez was originally a mini-series for Marvel’s Epic imprint, near the end of Epic’s original run. It’s a lighthearted adventure contrasted with heavy material (snuff films) as a model and photographer mete out street justice. Oddly, David later included the characters in his Fallen Angel series.
Still On Sale
- The Marvel Masterworks Sale runs through Monday, 1/2
- The Marvel Secret Wars Sale runs through Monday, 1/2
- The Marvel X-Men/Spider-Man: Crossovers and Events Sale runs through Monday, 1/2
- The IDW G.I Joe & Transformers Graphic Novels Sale runs through Thursday, 12/22