In this week’s Comixology (at Amazon) sales, Captain Marvel and Ms. Marvel get “Marvels” discounts… and Secret Wars, too. DC drops prices on their TV properties. Plus, the Dark Horse work of Jeff Lemire.
Where did the New Releases and Sale pages go?
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In case you’re having troubles with the new UIX (a LOT of people have been):
- The new releases page is here.
- The “Comics Deals” page is here.
- The Kindle Deals comics page is here.
We Will Control The Horizontal
The DC on TV Sale runs through Monday, 11/13.
There’s just a little bit of difference between how many DC characters had been on TV in 2000 vs. today. This would’ve been a lot smaller sale then. A few things that caught our eye… no matter how limited the screen time.
- Batman: The Adventures Continue – Alan Burnett / Paul Dini / Ty Templeton
- Batwoman by Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III – Rucka/Williams
- Doctor Fate – Paul Levitz / Sonny Liew / Brendan McCarthy
- Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters – Mike Grell
- Green Arrow (’88-’98) – Mike Grell / Ed Hannigan / Dan Jurgens
- Justice Society of America (’07-’11) – Geoff Johns / Dale Eaglesham / Alex Ross
- The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen – Alan Moore / Kevin O’Neill
- New Teen Titans – Marv Wolfman / George Perez
- Superman Adventures – Paul Dini/Scott McCloud/Mark Millar/Rick Burchett
Let’s point out some of the more unusual items, here:
Superman Adventures has a really odd pedigree. Yes, it’s the animated Superman from Batman/Superman/Justice League era of animation, but the writers? Paul Dini from the animated world. Scott McCloud… at this point, it should probably be pointed out to readers under 30 that before Understanding Comics, McCloud was the writer/artist of a much loved indie comic titled Zot!, an Astro Boy-influenced quasi-superhero adventure comic. It doesn’t get mentioned as much these days, but this was McCloud playing with Superman. This was followed by a young Mark Millar. Again, intended for all-ages, but Millar on Superman before he was a big name.
The Justice Society of America series on sale has something in it that flew under the radar at the time and is still under the radar. Alex Ross joins Johns & Eaglesham for a Kingdom Come prequel/sequel. DC never really gave it much push, but the Kingdom Come Superman shows up to battle Gog in the present. Look for the three volumes titled “Thy Kingdom Come.”
Batwoman by Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III is the full Detective Comics run that preceded the solo series (which was after Rucka exited DC). Batwoman has had… drama… on TV and the big screen, but this initial foray from Rucka and Williams III is top shelf material.
Marvel Movie Comics
The Marvel Captain Marvels Sale runs through Monday, 11/20.
Yes, there’s a moving coming out!
Yes, this is kind of a convoluted assortment of people with the same name, so give us a minute!
The first one, the Kree Captain Mar-Vell kinda gets short changed here:
The Kree/Skrull War is a classic Avengers tale, one of the first Events in a sense, and Mar-Vell figures prominently in it.
The Death of Captain Marvel is the end of the Jim Starlin era with the graphic novel of the same name and the battle with Nitro in the original series.
Then you had the Monica Rambeau Captain Marvel, sometimes called Photon. She was the next to take that name. This sale has two books with the same content, so we’ll pick Captain Marvel: Monica Rambeau. This is a collections of stories she features in.
Mar-Vell’s son, Genis, took up the name of Captain Marvel in the early aughts.
And then there’s Carol Danvers, the former/original Ms. Marvel who took up the name and is the current Captain. Also one of the most relaunched characters in all of Marveldom (which means they’re trying.)
- Ms. Marvel (’06-’10) has been rebranded as “The Ms. Marvel Years,” but is the start of the modern era.
- The cascade of relaunches from ’12-’16 are in the Captain Marvel: Earth’s Mightiest Hero double volumes. This is largely known as the Kelly Sue DeConnick era.
- The Mighty Captain Marvel (’16-’17) was the relaunch with Margaret Stohl as writer
- This was followed by the Stohl/Carlos Pacheco The Life of Captain Marvel in ’18.
- Then Kelly Thompson started a 50 issue run from ’19 to ’23.
The Carol Danvers Captain Marvel has been very writer-driven in the last decade.
The Road to Palindromes
The Marvel Ms. Marvel Sale runs through Monday 11/20.
This would be Ms. Marvel as in Kamala Khan, not the current Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers. Is there a movie coming out? Hmm… Let’s break this down by volume, since there have been relaunches.
- Ms. Marvel ’14-15 – The original run with G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona as the primary artist
- Even cheaper in Omnibus format
- Ms. Marvel ’15-’19 – How silly is this relaunch? The collected edition number doesn’t even reset! It’s still Wilson and Alphona, although the artist rotate a bit as it goes on.
- Also cheaper in Omnibus format
- Magnificent Ms. Marvel ’91-’21 – Relaunched after Wilson’s departure, this is written by Saladin Ahmed with Minkyu Jung and Joey Vazquez as the lead artists
- Ms. Marvel: Beyond the Limit – The most recent mini-series by Samira Ahmed and Andrés Genolet.
Recommendations? We thought Ms. Marvel was at its best early in the run, before it got too integrated into the Marvel universe, but that’s just us. Definitely start with Wilson’s run, though. It made quite the mainstream splash.
But Is It REALLY a Secret?
The Marvel Secret Wars sale runs through Monday, 12/4.
We all know which one this is really about, but let’s go through the other ones first.
The original Secret Wars by Jim Shooter and Mike Zeck is a big ‘ole action comic.
Secret Wars II by Jim Shooter and Al Milgrom didn’t quite work. Except for Peter Parker having to explain “going to the bathroom” to The Beyonder. That was gold.
Beyond! by Dwayne McDuffie and Scott Kolins is an under-the-radar sequel where Spidey and a handful of others (unwillingly) return to Battleworld from the original series. Is it good? It’s McDuffie and Kolins, so you should already know the answer to that.
Secret War by Brian Bendis and Gabriele Dell’Otto has NOTHING to do with the above. Somebody had a cute idea with the name. It’s really about Nick Fury running a black op and fallout afterwards. If you like Bendis, you’ll like this.
Then there’s the Secret Wars (Event) that’s the endcap to the Jonathan Hickman Avengers run (and to an extent, his Fantastic Four run as well). When the timestream collapses… well, that would be telling, wouldn’t it? The main Secret Wars mini-series by Hickman and Esad Ribic is where you want to start with this and you can move on to the myriad of tie-in titles included in the sale if a character’s side-story catches your eye.
Le Mired in Discounts
The Dark Horse 2023 Jeff Lemire Digital Sale runs through Monday, 11/27.
Why yes, Mr. Lemire has done more than just Black Hammer at Dark Horse… although he’s certainly done a lot of Black Hammer. Remember to keep an eye on prices with this one. Some of the time, $0.99 single issues will be cheaper than the collected edition.
What’s in this sale?
Black Hammer, naturally, with Dean Ormston. (Note: the Omnibus Editions are the better buy and the “regular” collected editions are a wash with single issues.) Then you’ve got your World of Black Hammer, Black Hammer / Justice League, and Black Hammer Reborn.
Then you’ve got Mazebook, which is Lemire wearing both writer and artist hats.
And, finally, Berserker Unbound with Mike Deodato, Jr. where an warrior from ancient times, hot on the trail of a wizard finds himself in the modern day. Urban fantasy ensues.
Is that… print?!?
Finally, if you need some *gasp* print comics, we were passed a link to a “Get 3 For the Price of 2” sale. Most people would call that “Buy 2, Get 1 Free,” but it’s not the first thing we couldn’t explain. We’re not sure how long that link will be good for. On the left hand rail of the page, under “Departments,” click on “Superhero Comics & Graphic Novels.” There was a manga link there yesterday, but we’re not seeing it today, so what’s on sale might be fluid?