Yes, the spirit of Black Friday is alive and well in the world of Comixology Sales. DC’s discounts are up and we take a look at a batch of independent publishers offering $0.99 / $1.99 collected editions. It’s a thing!
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I See a Friday and I Want It Painted Black
The DC Black Friday Sale runs through Monday, 11/29.
(Amazon link if you prefer that)
Glancing through this sale, which is a smaller set of books than others, we’re seeing a discount range of 69%-75%, which is definitely on the high side for DC. A lot of the usual suspects are on sale, but for some suggestions:
We always through Sinestro Corps War was the peak of the Geoff Johns era of Green Lantern.
Longtime readers know that we appreciate Tom Taylor around these parts. One of the first times he made us raise an eyebrow and say “this shouldn’t work as well it does — how did he do that?!?” was the video game adaption of Injustice: Gods Among Us. We especially like his Green Arrow. Mike S. Miller & Jheremy Raapack provide the art and later Bruno Redondo… yes, the same fellow on Nightwing with Taylor. Comics work like that sometimes.
And finally, we’re a bit after that holiday, be Batman: The Long Halloween is still our favorite of the Jeph Loeb/Tim Sale collaborations. For those new to the series, it has Batman chasing a serial killer who strikes each month on a holiday, as DA Harvey Dent starts to spiral…
Meanwhile, on the East Coast
We looked at the first round of Marvel’s Black Friday offerings yesterday and between the $3.99 Epic Collections and the $0.99-$1.99 Hawkeye collections, those still might be the deals to beat.
Lowest Prices for Indie Comics ($0.99 Collected Editions)
Yes, comics reader – we know you love the race to the bottom when it comes to sale prices and there are some publishers that are catering to that love for $0.99 digital trade paperback collections.
Hasbro and Friends
The IDW Best of Sale (Amazon version) runs through Monday, 11/29 and features some of the usual suspects (Dungeons & Dragons, GI Joe, Transformers, My Little Pony, Sonic the Hedgehog and Star Wars) at $0.99 for the first Volume and $1.99 for subsequent volumes.
Spies & Monsters
The Best of Oni & Lion Forge Sale follows the same pricing formula and runs through 12/3. Among the handful of feature titles are some that we hold in very high regard at The Tower of Cheap. (Amazon link)
Queen & Country by Greg Rucka and a new artist every storyline is probably the best American spy comic… even if it’s set in the UK and is an homage of sorts to an old UK TV show called “The Sandbaggers.” Highly Recommended
Kaijumax by Zander Cannon is a tale about a supermax prison for giant monsters. Think Godzilla and his foes. Does this sound cute and campy? It’s actually quite the opposite. It’s gritty with prison gangs, smuggled drugs and assassination attempts… with giant monsters. A unique comic that’s also Highly Recommended.
We wouldn’t sleep on Stumptown or Letter 44 either.
The Best of Valiant Sale runs through Thursday, 12/2 and – that’s right – $0.99 for V.1 and $1.99 for the rest. (Amazon link)
This is also a bit of a starter sale as the early years are highlighted here. Lucky you, these are all solid SF/F adventure comics with superhero trappings. Harbinger is very similar to X-Men with a teens on the run twist… but much darker. We’d probably call it the center of the Valiant Universe’s beginnings. X-O Manowar‘s elevator pitch is “what if Conan was abducted by aliens, stole Iron Man’s armor and then returned to Earth in modern times?” It’s the flagship book and fun.
The Rest of the Rock Bottom Pricing Club
The Dynamite Artbook Sale runs through Thursday, 12/2 and is $0.99/per book. These usually go for $25 or so. (Amazon link)
The Best of Mad Cave Studios sale runs through Monday, 12/29. We really aren’t familiar with Mad Cave, but $0.99 collected editions is a great way to get our attention. We can’t recommend anything specifically, though.