Highlights from this week’s Comixology sales include Daredevil and X-Factor from Marvel, while Archie offers a line-wide sale that includes some choice horror, crime and superhero titles.
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The Marvel Daredevil Massive Man Without Fear Sale runs through Sunday, 6/6.
This is a fairly well-named sale, as there’s a ton of stuff here.
Starting out with the original 1964-1998 series there’s a lot to like here. Scroll down to “Collected Editions” and check out the whole thing. We think the Epic Collections are slightly better values than the Masterworks, but pick your poison. Everybody has their favorite run, but maybe check out the three Epic Collections of the Ann Nocenti / John Romita, Jr. run? Everything from Typhoid Mary to Mephisto, it covers a lot of disparate territory and does it well.
The Daredevil by Mark Waid and Chris Samnee Collection contains a couple different volumes of ‘ole hornhead. Waid is the constant with Marcos Martin and Paola Rivera providing some of the art early in the run. (Yes. That’s right. Martin, Rivera and Samnee on the same extended run. It’s a pretty set of books.) It’s one of the high points of the franchise.
You know what? The current Daredevil series is also pretty good. Chip Zdarsky is the writer with Marco Checchetto as the artistic throughline. A highlight of this series is a deep dive into the mind and insecurities of Wilson Fisk as he encounters a different class of political and economic clout as mayor of NYC.
Not Max Factor…
The Marvel X-Factor sale runs through Thursday, 6/3.
Let’s start out with the original X-Factor run. That first Epic Collection is as cheap as you usually see those. If you’re interested in Peter David’s first run on the title (a Larry Stroman-centric art run with a bit of Joe Quesada), the cheapest way to get the whole thing is the All-New, All-Different X-Factor Epic Collection and then V. 4 of the Visionaries series.
Peter David is a little more associated with the long-running (21 collected editions worth) X-Factor as a mutant detective agency series.
Archie has a few things in this sale that might not come to the top of the mind instantly. Like horror and crime comics. Some highlights?
Afterlife with Archie by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla. This one is Archie vs. zombies as Riverdale is overrun. Yes, it sounds goofy, but they play the concept straight and it is EXCELLENT. Get the collected edition for #1-5 and single issues for #6-10.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Occult Edition by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack is the basis for the Netflix series. It’s a 70s horror take on Sabrina and it’s also excellent.
Alas, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has been busy with the various Archie TV series and these two titles have gone by the wayside. We wish they’d return.
For a non-horror title, The Black Hood written by Duane Swierczynski with art by Michael Gaydos and Greg Scott (among others). This isn’t a superhero title, it’s pitch black crime story about a vigilante and addictions. A great crime comic, too. V. 3 is listed here for some reason.
If you flip through the single issues, particularly the second link, you’ll find things like parts of the Impact line DC ran in the 90s and the ’80s Red Circle attempt at reviving the Archie superheroes. A couple things that are worth a look if you’re of the right mind set – The Black Hood, ’80s edition with art by Gray Morrow and Alex Toth. The Fox by Mark Waid and Dean Haspiel