In this week’s Comixology (at Amazon) sales, Superman Family gets the discount spotlight from DC; Marvel asks “What If” and the cuts prices on the Scarlet Witch and America Chavez
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 DC – Spotlight: Superman Family Sale runs through Monday, 5/1.
No, there aren’t any $0.99 issues of the old Superman Family comic. Yes, that’s the first thing we thought of, too. What we have here are a selection of Superman-adjacent comics. Plenty of Supergirl titles here, if that’s your thing.
Of possible interest:
Superboy and the Legion of Super-heroes. These are on the expensive side for a sale (at least they’re large). It’s two volumes towards the end of the 70s revival and the end of the Superboy era of the team. Both volumes are dominated by the first Paul Levitz run, with a little Gerry Conway and Len Wein sprinkled in. Vol. 1 is mostly drawn by Jim Sherman and Mike Grell and anchored by the wedding of Lightning Lad and Saturn Girl, which originally ran in an annoying-to-track-down tabloid sized special. Vol. 2 is mostly drawn by Jim Sherman and Joe Staton, with a little Jim Starlin. It starts out with the first Levitz epic “Earthwar,” a much longer arc than you typically see in ’78. Then it begins the Conway run with a Wein interlude.
Jump forward a bit and the Mark Waid / Barry Kitson volumes of Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes are on sale. Waid and Kitson have been a frequent pairing over the years.
And also of interest, the New 52’s version of Worlds’ Finest. Note the placement of that apostrophe. This is Paul Levitz, initially with George Perez & Kevin Maguire, then later with R.B. Silva telling the tale of Power Girl and The Huntress landing on the wrong Earth (as opposed to Earth-2).
The Marvel Scarlet Witch Sale runs through Monday, 5/1.
The value buy here is Vision & The Scarlet Witch: The Saga of Wanda and Vision. It’s a sort of faux-Epic Edition, clocking in at 467 pages and including the wedding of Wanda and Vision from Giant-Size Avengers #4, the ’82 Bill Mantlo/Rick Leonardi mini-series and the ’85 Steve Englehart/Richard Howell 12-parter.
There’s a lot of West Coast Avengers in this sale, largely for Wanda’s heel-turn in the John Byrne Vision Quest/Darker than Scarlet era — the Epic Collections are the better buys here.
House of M by Brian Bendis and Olivier Coipel might be a little over-hyped at this point, but it’s the tent-pole “Wanda rewrites reality” story that’s central to the TV adaptation.
And for something a little tangential, but fun, Avengers: Four by Mark Waid and Barry Kitson (where have we heard those names before?) is a retro adventure looking at the first Avengers line-up change when former villains Hawkeye, Quicksilver and The Scarlet Witch joined up with Cap.
What a Country
The Marvel America Chavez Sale runs through Monday, 5/1.
The first thing we’d be inclined to look at here is Ultimates by Al Ewing: The Complete Collection, which features both Ultimates series by Ewing with an artist lineup including Kenneth Rocafort, Christian Ward and Travel Foreman. This is some of Ewing’s earlier cosmic work at Marvel.
And the next thing we’d look at is Young Avengers by Gillen & McKelvie: The Complete Collection. Yes, that would be Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie, shortly before they did The Wicked + The Divine.
If Not, Why Not?
The Marvel What If? Sale runs through Monday, 5/1.
We have a preference for the original What If, here, but we’d like to point something out to you first. When you go to the series link for the original, toward the top of the page, you’ll see a new navigation feature that’s a little more relevant here. Under the series graphic on the left hand side is a pulldown menu where you can select “Volumes” or “Omnibus.” Volumes being the “normal” sized collections. We’ll have to have a longer look at how that’s implemented. It might be useful… IF it works. In this case it only shows the omnibus on sale. Yes, that’s right, there are actually four omnibuses containing ~12 issues each of What If. Only one of them is on sale and that’s the only one that shows up on the Omnibuses page, ergo the Omnibuses page appears to be broken. (Why are you acting surprised?)
So, here’s the link for the “regular” volumes. Here’s the link for the lone omnibus on sale (which is issues #1-12). And we’ll look at some of the more interesting stuff in the individual volumes, since What If is all over the map. Some of these are going to sound awfully darn familiar, too. What If seems like a gold mine for pitching your editor!
- #1 – What If Spider-Man Joined the Fantastic Four? (V. 1 / Omnibus)
- #2 – What If The Hulk Had the Brain of Bruce Banner? (V. 1 / Omnibus)
- #10 – What If Jane Foster Had Found the Hammer of Thor? (V. 2 / Omnibus)
- #12 – What If Rick Jones Had Become The Hulk? (V. 2 / Omnibus)
- #13 – What If Conan the Barbarian Walked the Earth Today? (NOPE, no longer collected)
- #23 – What If The Hulk Had Become a Barbarian? (V. 4)
- #30 – What If Spider-Man’s Clone Had Lived? (V. 5)
- #35 – What If Elektra Had Lived? (V.6)
- #37 – What If The Beast and The Thing Continued to Mutate? (V.6)
- #43 – What If Conan Were Stranded in the 20th Century? (No longer collected).
Gosh, we’re sure NOBODY ever picked up those topics a decade or four later…
Still On Sale
- The Kodansha – Creator Spotlight – CLAMP Sale runs through Monday, 5/1
- The DC Superman Legacy Sale runs through Monday, 5/1
- The Dark Horse 2023 Black Hammer Sale runs through Monday, 5/1
- The Dark Horse – Art Books Digital Sale runs through Monday, 5/1.
- The Archie and Jughead Digest Sale runs through Sunday, 4/30