In this week’s Comixology (at Amazon) sales, it’s Marvel on parade with X-Men, Deadpool and Ms. Marvel getting the discount treatment.
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):
Note: Looks like our projections from last week were off. The DC sale was extended a week — so we’re not sure if DC’s sales are now going to be bi-weekly or not. The Dark Horse sale was also not updated, so… maybe they’re just not going to display the rest of the alphabet? It’s bad form. As far as we know, everything is on sale, not just what’s displayed.
The Marvel X-Men: Epic Collections & Milestones Sale runs through Monday, 7/24.
Our appreciate for an Epic Collection sale is well documented, and we like the value of 400-500 pages for $4.99, as some of these are priced. But let’s do some cherry picking for the more interesting things.
For Excalibur, you’re better off when Alan Davis is attached, be it with Chris Claremont writing or Davis as writer/artist (and we might even put Davis higher while doing the full cartoonist).
- The Sword is Drawn – w/Claremont
- Cross-Time Caper – w/Claremont
- Curiouser and Curiouser – Davis solo
For New Mutants, we’ve always thought The Demon Bear Saga‘s period, which paired Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, as the high point of the whole series.
For X-Factor, two titles stand out:
- Angel of Death – a big chunk of the Louise & Walt Simonson run, notable for Apocalypse, Cameron Hodge and Angel’s transformation into Death.
- All-New, All-Different X-Factor – this collects the bulk of Peter David’s first run with art by Larry Stroman, Joe Quesada and Dale Keown
For X-Men… you can pick your poison.
We’d say the highlight of the original run would be Roy Thomas/Neal Adams (as well as Jim Steranko) sequences in The Sentinels Live.
For the “New” X-Men, we’d say the golden period starts somewhere around issue 100 and runs through 200, although you’ll hear a lot of opinions about the golden period of X-books. That would be:
- Second Genesis – Len Wein/Chris Claremont/Dave Cockrum/John Byrne
- Proteus – Claremont/Byrne
- Fate of the Phoenix – Claremont/Byrne (Dark Phoenix / Days of Future Past)
- I, Magneto – Claremont / Cockrum, Michael Golden
- The Gift – Claremont / John Romita, Jr. / Paul Smith
No, they don’t have that full period complete in the Epic format yet. There are some as-yet uncollected volumes between I, Magneto and The Gift, and The Gift stops just short of 200, but that’s what we’d call the best period.
No-Prize Winning Sale Title
The Marvel Ms. Marvel Sale runs through Monday 7/17.
This would be Ms. Marvel as in Kamala Khan, not the current Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers. Is there a movie coming out in a few months? Hmm… Let’s break this down by volume, since there have been relaunches.
- Ms. Marvel ’14-15 – The original run with G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona as the primary artist
- Ms. Marvel ’15-’19 – How silly is this relaunch? The collected edition number doesn’t even reset! It’s still Wilson and Alphona, although the artist rotate a bit as it goes on.
- Note: The better buy is the Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson omnibus set, which also collects both series.
- Magnificent Ms. Marvel ’91-’21 – Relaunched after Wilson’s departure, this is written by Saladin Ahmed with Minkyu Jung and Joey Vazquez as the lead artists
- Ms. Marvel: Beyond the Limit – The most recent mini-series (only single issues are on sale) by Samira Ahmed and Andrés Genolet.
There’s a selection of Champions, where Ms. Marvel was a member, also on sale.
Recommendations? We thought Ms. Marvel was at its best early in the run, before it got too integrated into the Marvel universe, but that’s just us. Definitely start with Wilson’s run, though. It made quite the mainstream splash.
Not the Dirty Harry Movie
The Marvel Deadpool Legacy Sale runs through Monday, 7/17
Deadpool is… oddly collected. There have been a lot of titles and lot of relaunches. Most of these are absorbed into the Deadpool Classics line of collected editions. Some, but not all, of the series, have omnibus editions and those are the cheaper way to collect those runs… which means, if you’re a completist and you’re cheap, you’re going to want to be wanting to fill in the Classics volumes around the omnibuses. And Deadpool Classics V. 1 collects the various miniseries that kicked things off.
Hey, when was getting Marvel collected editions in the proper order ever easy?
So let’s run down the main titles:
- Deadpool Classics (’93 – as far as they’ve gotten)
- Deadpool (’97-’02) – Known as the Joe Kelly era (at least what’s collected here)
- Cable & Deadpool (’04-’08) – Fabian Nicieza / Patrick Zircher / Mark Brooks (among others)
- Deadpool (’08-’12) – The Daniel Way Era
- Deadpool (’12-15) – The Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan Era
- Deadpool (’15-’17) – Gerry Duggan and many, many artists
- Despicable Deadpool (’17-’18) – Duggan/Mike Hawthorne
- Deadpool (’18-’19) – Skottie Young / Nic Klein
- King Deadpool (’19-’21) – Kelly Thompson / Chris Bachalo
Still On Sale
- Kodansha Manga Summer School History Sale runs through Monday, 7/17
- The DC Summer Vacation Sale runs through Monday, 7/17
- The Dark Horse Everything Digital Sale runs through Monday, 7/31
- The Zenescope $5 Graphic Novel Sale runs through Sunday, 7/23
- The Media Do Romance and Fantasy Sale runs through Sunday, 7/23