In this week’s Comixology (at Amazon) sales, we’ve got discounts on Chip Zdarsky Marvel run – think Daredevil and Spidey, Squirrel Girl, Grendel and Milestone Media from the DC files.
Where did the New Releases and Sale pages go?
In case you’re having troubles with the new UIX (a LOT of people have been):
The Once and Future Mayor of Toronto
The Marvel Chip Zdarsky Sale runs through Monday, 6/20.
You did know that long before the Kingpin was mayor of NYC, Chip Zdarsky ran for mayor of Toronto, right? We love that guy.
So, as you probably have heard, Zdarsky’s taking over Batman shortly and has been enjoying a very productive run at Marvel. Let’s break down the main offerings.
- Daredevil with Marco Checcetto as the primary artist (regular collections are just a hair cheaper than the omnibuses, which is unusual for Marvel)
- Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man with Adam Kubert as the lead artist
- Marvel Two-In-One with a rotating cast of artists, including Jim Cheung, Ramon Perez and Declan Shalvey
- Howard the Duck with Joe Quinones (and a V. 0 that’s technically the first mini-series)
- Spider-Man: The Spider’s Shadow with Pasqual Ferry
- Invaders with Carlos Magno and Butch Guice
- Spider-Man: Life Story with Mark Bagley
So what’s good? We wouldn’t say “no” to any of it, with the caveat that we tend to look the other way when Steve Gerber isn’t the one writing Howard.
Daredevil is the title that’s probably gotten the most attention and it’s a very good one, well worth your time. Mayor Fisk, a bizarre game of chess with billionaires and ‘ole Hornhead in jail… we have nothing but love.
You’ll hear big proponents for the Spidey work, particularly the mini’s.
However, the one that we’re the most in the bag for is actually Invaders. The original superteam of WWII reunites in the present day to try and figure out what’s going on with Namor’s erratic behavior. It’s sort of/ kind of a Sub-Mariner title, addressing several sub-plots from other titles over the years and attempting to streamline his timeline a bit. Conspiracies, global politics, Captain America. We miss this one coming out.
But Does She Know Bullwinkle?
The Marvel Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Sale runs through Monday, 6/20.
OK… this one is a little bit of a maze of multiple packagings of the same comics. Here’s how we’d probably approach this:
- Unbeatable Squirrel Girl series “2015A” and “2015B” by Ryan North and Erica Henderson. This is where everything starts and the original Squirrel Girl appearances are in the first volume. These are omnibus editions and take you up to #31 of the “2015B” series.
- To get the rest of the series, switch over to the single volumes and V.9 – 12 will take you from issue #32 to the end. Coincidentally, this is where Derek Charm pops in as artist.
That’s the easy way. Now, if you want the absolute cheapest way, you want to sub in these two alternate packaging volumes for V.2 and V.3 of those omnibuses above (i.e. #1-21 of “2015B”).
Yes… this is way more complicated than it should be.
The McDuffie Legacy
The DC Spotlight: Milestone Sale runs through Monday 6/20.
As you may recall, Milestone was relaunched not too long ago, so what we have here is a mix of the original run and the new run. Let’s try and organize this a bit, since this is a real mess to try and navigate on Amazon.
Original (with $0.99 single issues)
- Blood Syndicate – Single Issues
- Hardware – TPB / Single Issues
- Icon – TPBs / Single Issues
- Static – TPB / Single Issues
Rebirth of Cool TPB
Static Shock – New 52 revival
New (with $1.99 single issues)
- Milestone Returns – a sort of re-introduction/preview special
- Blood Syndicate (not actually on sale right now, but included for completion’s sake)
- Rocket & Icon
So, what is Milestone? It was originally an imprint set up at (but not owned by) DC by Dwayne McDuffie, Denys Cowan, Derek Dingle and Michael Davis. It last around 4 years, initially making quite a splash and then fading a bit amidst strong rumors of backdoor politics at DC. You remember the Static Shock cartoon? That’s Static from Milestone.
Creators that emerged through Milestone? A bunch. Including Mark Bright, JH Williams III, John Paul Leon, Tommy Lee Edwards and Jamal Igle.
Recently, it reformed with Cowan and Dingle joined by Reginald Hudlin, who’s show-running the revived titles.
We’re going from distant memory on this, since we mostly switched over to collected editions a few years back, the original Milestone material has been mostly out of circulation and the collected editions mostly haven’t dropped on the new material.
Our favorite Milestone book is actually the ’12 run of Xombi by John Rozum and Frazier Irving. Great book, but only the first issue is available, so we’re not bothering with a link… and we’re waiting for the original Xombi to get reissued.
We do remember, and think very highly of, the first Hardware arc by Dwayne McDuffie and Denys Cowan. Think Tony Stark inventing his armor while in a sort of indentured servitude to Lex Luthor. It’s a meditation on control and a pretty spot-on commentary about exclusive contracts and non-compete agreements. If you’ve seen some of the legalese from the tech industry around the time this was written, you might even say it had a certain basis in reality.
Past that, McDuffy didn’t write everything and Cowan didn’t draw everything… but their fingerprints are all over the place and those originals are worth a peek while they’re on sale.
The Dark Horse Grendel Sale runs through Monday 6/27.
We wonder if there’s a TV debut approaching? Hmmm…
Anyway, this is Matt Wagner’s long running (since 1982) series of the malevolent spirit of Grendel and it’s manifestations. Originally more a crime/noir with a bit o’ fantasy around the edges, it grew into horror and science fiction with some serious evolution along the way. This one’s a little easier to parse than most:
Start with the Omnibus editions. V.1 will be what Netflix is initially adapting. V. 1-4 are the core, with Grendel Tales being side anthologies. Disregard the expensive, not yet released, new Netflix edition of V.1.
Grendel: Devil’s Odyssey (with Matt Wagner doing art, as well as writing) is the latest continuation and takes place after Omnibus V.4
And for a side-excursion, Grendel Vs. The Shadow has the Hunter Rose version of Grendel (see: V.1) squaring off against the pulp detective.
Still On Sale
- The Dynamite “The Boys Sale Up to 75% off” runs through Monday, 7/11
- The Marvel Ms. Marvel Sale runs through Monday 6/20.
- The Fantagraphics Disney Masters and Mickey Mouse Sale runs through Wednesday, 6/22.