In this week’s Comixology (at Amazon) sales, DC & Marvel Halloween sales. An *unannounced* Dark Horse Halloween Sale. Plus, discounts on X-Men.
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.
DC’s Halloween Sale
The DC Horror and Mystery Sale runs through Monday, 10/30.
Picking up where we left off last week, let’s have a look at the back half of this most interesting sale, where the prices are uniformly good.
- Lucifer – The original Mike (M.R.) Carey/Peter Gross series
- Night Force – Marv Wolfman / Gene Colan
- Preacher – Garth Ennis / Steve Dillon
- Saga of the Swamp Thing – Alan Moore / Stephen Bissette / John Totleben/Stan Woch / Rick Veitch
- Sandman – Neil Gaiman and a LOT of artists
- Sandman: Overture – Neil Gaiman / J.H. Williams III
- Sandman Mystery Theater – Matt Wagner / Steven T. Seagle / Guy Davis
- Swamp Thing – Len Wein / Bernie Wrightson
- The Books of Magic – Neil Gaiman / John Bolton / Charles Vess
- The Nice House on the Lake – James Tynion IV / Alvaro Martinez Bueno
- The Spectre – John Ostrander / Tom Mandrake
- The Unwritten – Mike (M.R.) Carey/Peter Gross
- Y: The Last Man – Brian K. Vaughan / Pia Guerra
What’s good? Pretty much all of it, and much of it at a friendly $2.99 price. Some more off the beaten path recommendations you might be less familiar with:
Night Force is the Tomb of Dracula team of Marv Wolfman & Gene Colan getting back together at DC a few years later for a new horror comic. Marv once told us it’s his favorite of his books. Baron Winters lives in an old mansion in the Georgetown neighborhood of DC with his pet leopard. He doesn’t leave the mansion. The mansion has a door that leads to other times and places. He also has somewhat reluctant minions that look into things for him. Supernatural things. It’s a good one for Halloween that doesn’t get enough love.
The Spectre by John Ostrander & Tom Mandrake was quietly one of DC’s best books of the 90s, along with Starman and Sandman Mystery Theater. Jim Corrigan died, yet he still walks the Earth. His soul has been intertwined with The Wrath of God, an entity that manifests itself as The Spectre. The Spectre seeks vengeance and Jim Corrigan struggles to come to grips with his existence. Sound like a Vertigo book? It would have fit in, though Vertigo was mostly operating in it’s own space, away from DC continuity at that point.
Speaking of DC in the 90s, The Books of Magic is one of Neil Gaiman’s lesser known DC works and his entry in the “boy wizard” sub-genre. Timothy Hunter is child destined to be a most powerful wizard, though there is some question about how he might use his aptitude for magic. The Phantom Stranger, John Constantine, Doctor Occult and Mister E (yes, this is the introduction of the Trenchcoat Brigade) give him a tour of the magical side of the DC universe in an attempt to feel him out, as the Cult of the Cold Flame also searches for Tim. It’s not exactly Harry Potter, but it’s ballpark. Gaiman attributes it to he and Rowling drawing on the same literary sources. This one just happened to come out a few years earlier.
Marvel’s Halloween Sale
The Marvel Halloween Sale runs through Tuesday, 10/31.
That’s right, an extra day so it’s on the proper day.
Lots of titles in this one, but if we were to boil it down to three series, here’s how it would fall:
Man-Thing by Steve Gerber: The Complete Collection – three volumes get you the full run of one of Gerber’s longest running associations. He didn’t create the Man-Thing, but Gerber defined him. The final volume even catches you up on the Marvel Comics Presents serial and The Infernal Man-Thing miniseries that was published post-posthumously. There are a lot of artists tagging in and out, but prominent ones include Mike Ploog, Val Mayerick, John Buscema, Tom Sutton and Kevin Nowlan. Yes, both DC and Marvel had great swamp monster runs that kicked off at roughly the same time.
Tomb of Dracula – This one had some creative false starts, but once Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan have a couple issues to settle in and start building their supporting cast, this quickly becomes one of the most interesting books Marvel was publishing for it’s 70 issue issue run. Like Man-Thing, it’s one of the gems of the ’70s.
And for something a little more modern, there’s Marvel Zombies. The “Complete Collection” editions are extra interesting because the first one collects the Zombie dimension’s initial appearances away from the miniseries that followed. While the mini’s have occasion to float into the absurd, the initial appearances where a little more firmly in the horror world. And yes, the first two mini’s were Robert Kirkman writing zombies at Marvel.
X Marks the Spot
The Marvel Dawn of X/Reign of X/Trials of X Sale – runs through Monday, 10/30.
These are the collected editions that approximate reading the Hickman era as single issues. Roughly speaking they cycle through X-Men, Wolverine, X-Force, Marauders, etc. etc.
While this effect dissipates after time, we think this is the better way to read the Hickman X-Men titles. Story elements originally floated between books and their sum was greater than their parts. The order does something like this:
- House of X / Powers of X <initial limited series/Event, not in the sale>
- Dawn of X
- X of Swords <line wide Event, not in the sale>
- Reign of X
- Hellfire Gala <line wide Event, not in the sale>
- Trials of X
Inferno is the last arc for Hickman before leaving and it fits in roughly after The Trial of Magneto ends, so you can read it somewhere between Trials of X V.3-6. Again, not part of this sale.
We’re not as adamant about reading this issue-to-issue format after Hickman leaves… although X-Force and Wolverine are certainly intertwined at times. Through Inferno, though? Yes.
Unannounced Dark Horse Halloween Sale
No link for an overall sale, but we’re seeing a lot of Dark Horse horror titles at $6.99 or $7.99/volume. There’s a sale, we just don’t know why Amazon hasn’t posted it.
Some things to have a look at:
- The Hellboy Omnibuses
- B.P.R.D.: Plague of Frogs
- B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth
- B.P.R.D.: The Devil You Know
- Creepy Archives
- Creepy Presents
- The E.C. Archives
- Eerie Archives
- Harrow County
Still on Sale
- The Kodansha TBT: Princess Resurrection Sale runs through Wednesday, 11/1
- Zenescope’s Tales of Terror Halloween Sale runs through Sunday, 11/5
- Kodansha Killers, Thrillers & Revenge Sale runs through 10/31
- Media Do Shusuisha Yaoi Manga: Up to 50% OFF Sale runs through Saturday, 10/28
- The Caliber Comics October Sale runs through Tuesday, 10/31