In this week’s Comixology (at Amazon) sales, DC offers up a new slate of $1.99/$2.99 collected editions. We could get used to this.
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):
Isn’t this interesting? DC has another week of much better than usual discounts, so they get a solo post today and we’ll be back for the rest of the week at the usual time.
The question you might be asking yourself: “Will DC have even better discounts next week or did they wisely decide to unleash the good prices while everyone else was waiting for the week of the 20th?”
We won’t have an answer to that until next week, but we’re awfully curious.
The Hit Parade
The DC’s Greatest Hits Sale runs through Monday, 12/19.
There’s a little bit of everything here and a few items, like Far Sector and the George Perez Wonder Woman run, hanging on from previous recent sales.
First a piece of real good advice. This sale is monster to get to the end of. We lost track of how many times we had to click for more books. It you want to examine something, right click it and open it in a new window so you don’t lose your place and have to manually reload everything from the top!
So let’s break this into highlights by price points. Here’s what caught our eye in terms of story and pricing:
$2.99 “Deluxe” Editions
These are great values – they generally contain the equivalent or 2 “regular” collected editions (10-12 issue worth), so you’re paying an effective $1.50 per collected edition. That’s about as cheap as it gets with DC!
- 100 Bullets – Brian Azzarello / Eduardo Risso
- Batman: Shadow of the Bat – Alan Grant/Norm Breyfogle/Tim Sale/Bret Blevins
- DMZ – Brian Wood and Riccardo Burchielli
- Fables – Bill Willingham / Mark Buckingham
- The Flash by Geoff Johns – with Scott Kollins as the lead artist; scroll to the bottom of the page for this, but a couple Flash by Mark Waid volumes are also $2.99
- JLA – Initially by Grant Morrison and Howard Porter
- New Gods – Jack Kirby’s classic saga + the ’84 wrap-up from the reprints + The Hunger Dogs OGN
$1.99 Collected Editions
- Batman (’16-current) – All but the end of the Tom King run, then $2.99
- Detective Comics (’16-current) – The James Tynion IV & Peter J. Tomasi runs are mostly $1.99, and then $2.99
- Ex-Machina – Brian K. Vaughan and Tony Harris; “Deluxe” double volumes – usually 10 issues worth – cheap!
- Green Arrow (’88-’98) – Best known as the Mike Grell era with Ed Hannigan, Dan Jurgens and Rick Hoberg illustrating the Grell run
- Green Lantern: Sector 2814 (’60-’86) – at the bottom of the page, the Len Wein/Dave Gibbons run into the Steve Englehard/Joe Staton run
- Green Lantern (’05-’11) – The Geoff Johns run, a GL highlight
- The Nice House on the Lake – James Tynion IV / Alvaro Martinez Bueno
- Shazam!: The Monster Society of Evil – by Jeff Smith
- Superman: Emperor Joker – Joe Kelly/Jeph Loeb/Doug Mahnke/Ed McGuinness
- Superman: Phantom Zone – Steve Gerber / Gene Colan / Rick Veitch
- Superman: The Man of Steel – The John Byrne era, also with Marv Wolfman, Jerry Ordway, Ron Frenz and some Roger Stern
- Superman Vs. Mongul – Len Wein/Jim Starlin are behind the early DC Comics Presents appearances of Mongul, plus the classic Alan Moore/Dave Gibbons “For the Man Who Has Everything”
- Y- The Last Man – Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra; this version is actually the “Deluxe” double volumes for $1.99, so extra cheap!
A little pricier at $4.99, but of potential interest this week, First Issue Special is what Tom King’s Danger Street is based on. This is sort of the ’70s version of Showcase. The only “hit” to come out of it was Mike Grell’s Warlord, which one was of DC’s best sellers into the early 80s. The Martin Pasko/Walt Simonson Doctor Fate issue is a classic. Kirby’s Manhunter and Atlas issues are also worth your time. A mixed bag, but an interesting mixed bag.
What’s the pick of the litter? When all the prices are this good, it really depends on your tastes. If you emphasize page count vs. price, New Gods might just get the crown. ~420 pages of great comics whose influence is hard to overstate for a mere $2.99. For the uninitiated, this is Jack Kirby’s epic of superhero-esque gods on the planets of New Genesis and Apokolips. Orion is the lead hero, Darkseid is the big bad and Mister Miracle was actually a companion book, not the main title. This is where Darkseid comes from.
Ex-Machina is pre-Saga Brian K. Vaughan and post-Starman Tony Harris telling the tale of the mayor of NYC and his unsuccessful efforts to stay retired from superheroing. A more adult take on superheroes set against a backdrop of politics long before the Kingpin or Luke Cage was mayor. $1.99/volume for the double volumes? Yes, please.
For “traditional” DC capes hijinx, we’ll give the JLA run a slight nod over Flash. As JLA moves forward, the page counts get a little higher than Flash. Particularly the Waid/Hitch volume. The Flash also doesn’t wear a cape, so there’s that, too. And for bonus points, the first volume of JLA is $1.99. Cheap. Really, both of those are fine, iconic runs. Pun intended.
There’s a LOT to look at with this sale. 1300+ items, so if you like the DC cannon, it’s probably worthwhile to carve some time out to browse this before the weekend passes.
Still On Sale
- The Marvel Conan Sale runs through Thursday, 12/29
- The Wolverine: The Best There Is Sale runs through Thursday, 12/15
- The Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy Legacy Sale runs through Monday, 12/19
- The Marvel X-Men/Spider-Man: Crossovers and Events Sale runs through Monday, 1/2
- The Boom! James Tynion Sale! runs through Thursday, 12/15
- The Bone and RASL Sale runs through Monday, 12/19
- The Image Spawn Sale runs through Monday, 12/19
- The IDW G.I Joe & Transformers Graphic Novels Sale runs through Thursday, 12/22