In this week’s Comixology Sales, we start to look at the Black History Month sales, which includes some *choice* Black Panther material, Miles Morales, N.K Jemison and John Ridley at DC, plus George Takei, Alan More, Elektra, the Fantastic Four and the Black Hammer.
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The Marvel Black Panther Sale runs through Sunday (2/28).
T’Challa has been gifted with some excellent runs and superior creators over the years. The earlier material was not as visible as the more recent adventures, so we’re going to highlight those.
The Black Panther Epic Collection: Panther’s Rage is the original Don McGregor run with art by Billy Graham, Rich Buckler and Gil Kane (among others) that really fleshes out the Black Panther cast. This is where Killmonger first turns up, along with the original rogues gallery. A classic.
Black Panther: Panther’s Quest is Don McGregor returning to Black Panther for a serial in Marvel Comics Presents. Gene Colan provides the art for this serial, which is a much more grounded take on the character as T’Challa sneaks into South Africa looking for his mother.
Black Panther by Christopher Priest: The Complete Collection is the Priest run (with a rotating cast of artists, particularly early on). Probably the wittiest Black Panther run, this one really runs the gamut from broad farce to thriller. It also builds firmly on the foundation from the original Panther’s Rage sequence.
…or you could call it a Spider-Man sale
Marvel’s Miles Morales Sale will run through Sunday (2/28).
These comics can be a little hard to keep track of because of how often Marvel’s felt compelled to give the series a new first issue. It’s best to start with Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man Ultimate Collection. This omnibus sequence starts from the beginnings in the old Ultimate Universe, where introducing Miles seemed to re-energize Bendis and set him on the path for another long character run.
A couple BIG writing names from other fields
The DC Black History Month Sale runs through Monday (2/8).
We seem to recall enjoying American Way when it first came out as a collected edition several years ago. It’s a well regarded superhero saga that came out from the Wildstorm long before author John Ridley won his Oscar for 12 Years a Slave. Georges Jeanty and Karl Story provide the art. Interestingly, there’s no collected edition in digital, so you’ll need the single issues here.
Far Sector is a Green Lantern tale by multiple Hugo award winning author N.K. Jemisin and Jamal Campbell. A rookie Green Lantern on the far side of galaxy investigates a murder in a world where emotions have been suppressed. This series hasn’t actually wrapped up yet, but you can get a chunk of it for $0.99 a pop.
Michael Cray by Bryan Hill and N. Steven Harris might be an odd one to pick up solo, but it’s a good one. A companion piece to the Warren Ellis Wildstorm revival, Cray is an assassin for International Operations and is leaving the bodies of the Wildstorm universe’s funhouse mirror versions of the Justice League in his wake.
Marvel’s Elektra Sale runs though Sunday (2/7). Elektra’s one of those characters that’s so strongly associated with her creator, we’re also going to recommend the early material as a starting point.
Elektra Assassin is probably the artistic high point. This Frank Miller/Bill Sienkiewicz series involves Elektra and a SHIELD agent named Garrett chasing and being chased by The Beast. It’s a very subversive take on Elektra and extremely influential.
You also can’t go wrong with Miller’s original run which is contained in 3 volumes of Daredevil by Frank Miller & Klaus Janson.
Dark Horse has the Black Hammer Sale running through Monday (2/8). No, we don’t think this is a Black History Month sale. This is the much celebrated superhero tale by Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston. It starts out with a group of heroes trapped for years in rural community and eventually builds out an entire universe around it. It’s probably best to start with the main series before branching out into the supporting mini-series. It’s a comic that’s earned it’s way over the years. Head up: the “regular” collections are slightly less expensive that the “library” editions.
All kinds of FF on sale
Marvel’s Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Sale runs through Thursday (2/11).
This is a challenging one to provide links for. There are tons of digital collections crammed into long running series and you’re probably better off going through the main sale link for individual items. But what do we like? The Epic Editions are nice and thick. You can get the whole Lee/Kirby run there, as well as later material. The best volume is probably The Coming of Galactus or The Name is Doom… but we’ve nothing but good things to say about the Walt Simonson run.
Past that, Fantastic Four by Mark Waid & Mike Wieringo is awfully good.
The inverse of “well” comics
The (IDW) Top Shelf Sale runs through Monday (12/15). Top Shelf being an imprint IDW pulled into its orbit a few years ago with a longer history of alternative and arts comics.
The Bojeffries Saga is one of the thinner volumes we’ll recommend, but it’s one we’ve always liked. The easiest way to describe it is Alan Moore’s British Adams Family. Yes, Alan Moore’s pretty darn funny when he has a mind to be. This is him and Steve Parkhouse telling tales of a monstrous family.
They Called Us Enemy is George Takei’s multiple award winning memoir of his childhood in a Japanese Internment Camp during World War II. It’s co-written with Steven Scott and Justin Eisinger with art by Harmony Becker.