In this week’s Comixology (at Amazon) sales, DC launches its Halloween sale. Marvel drops a discount on Venom, Miles Morales and She-Hulk.
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.
We’re not sure why this isn’t being called a Halloween sale. If looks like a duck and it quacks like a duck and it’s October, it’s probably a vampire duck.
That said, this a quality sale with lots of $2.99 collected editions to satisfy your thrifty needs. It’s worth a browse. Since there’s so much good stuff and it’s a two week sale, we’ll go over the highlights of A-Hellblazer this week and hit the back half of the alphabet next week.
Things that caught our eye as interesting:
- American Vampire – Scott Snyder / Rafael Albuquerque (and a bit of Stephen King at the beginning)
- American Vampire 1976 – the series finale
- Batman: Arkham Asylum – Grant Morrison / Dave McKean
- Batman: Gotham by Gaslight – Brian Augustyn / Mike Mignola (yes, a follow up was announced at NYCC)
- Batman: Haunted Knight – Jeph Loeb / Tim Sale (The Halloween specials that preceded The Long Halloween)
- Batman: The Long Halloween – Jeph Loeb / Tim Sale
- DCeased – Tom Taylor / Trevor Hairsine
- DCeased: Unkillables – Tom Taylor / Karl Mostert
- DCeased: Hope at the Worlds’ End – Tom Taylor / Marco Failla
- DCeased: Dead Planet – Tom Taylor / Trevor Hairsine
- Death: The High Cost of Living – Neil Gaiman / Chris Bachalo / Mark Buckingham
- Death: The Time of Your Life – Neil Gaiman / Chris Bachalo / Mark Buckingham
- Hellblazer – The original run
- Hellblazer: Rise and Fall – Tom Taylor / Darick Robertson
- John Constantine, Hellblazer – Si Spurrier / Aaron Campbell / Matias Bergara
What’s good here? All of the above.
A bit of recent news you might not have heard of yet. Regular readers will know the high esteem we hold the Spurrier/Campbell Hellblazer run in. It seems DC has come to their senses (or the collected edition sales finally got high enough to get their attention) and Spurrier & Campbell will get another 8 issues of Hellblazer in ’24. (And the original run for $2.99/$3.99 per volume is a good deal, too.)
We’d highlight Batman: Haunted Knight, which are what really established the Loeb/Sale creative pairing before Long Halloween blew up and raised their collective profile.
If you’ve never tried DCeased, this is a good time of the year to try it. Leave it to Tom Taylor to take a potentially silly high concept like “superheroes vs. zombies,” tie it in with the Anti-Life Equation & Darkseid, then add in enough character work to make it a must-read.
The Marvel Venom Sale runs through Monday, 10/23.
This is a fairly scattered sale, with multiple formats and a lot of random early miniseries floating around. Browse for a better accounting of the listings.
For the early stuff, the better values are the somewhat scattered Epic Collections.
The early (mostly) Spider-Man appearances can be found in Venom Epic Collection: Symbiosis. That’s largely the David Michelinie / Todd McFarlane / Erik Larsen material. That’s followed by Venom Epic Collection: Lethal Protector which has a few more villainous appearances and the original Lethal Protector mini. And then Venom Epic Collection: Carnage Unleashed continues the 90s appearances.
Eventually Venom gets his own series:
- Venom (2003-4) – The Daniel Way era
- Venom (2011-3) – Rick Remender/Tony Moore, then Cullen Bunn/Declan Shalvey
- Venom (2016-8) – Mike Costa / Tradd Moore / Mark Bagley
- Venom (2018-21) – Donny Cates / Ryan Stegman
- Venom (2021-present) – Al Ewing / Ram V / Bryan Hitch
Let’s talk about the last 12 years or so. The ’11-’13 series is more interesting than you might think. That’s when Flash Thompson has the symbiote and uses it (among other things) to replace the legs his lost in the war. There are some interesting pathos floating around, particularly in the Remender/Moore run.
The Cates/Stegman run is probably the most famous right now. That’s where Venom gets Cosmic and leads into the King In Black Event.
The current Ewing / V / Hitch run, Ewing is wrapping up and Ram V has moved on from… but it’s something else. Al Ewing drives the Cosmic elements, which are the most interesting part. Eddie Brock is dead. But he isn’t. He’s separated from his body and he’s bouncing around in time as his son becomes Venom in the present. It’s a much, much stranger take on Venom than most others and really dives into the King in Black mythos and timeline.
Miles To Go Before I Sleep
The Marvel Miles Morales Sale runs through Monday, 10/23
Way too many editions of the same content for this one. Here’s our cheat sheet:
For the first Brian Bendis/David Marquez/Sara Pichelli run, you’re probably best off with the Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man Ultimate Collection set.
Then jump to the Miles Morales: Spider-Man, Vol. 2 collection for the ’16 Bendis/Pichelli/Nico Leaon run. (Do not ask us why the first omnibus isn’t on sale…)
And after that wraps, it’s time for Miles Morales by Saladin Ahmed and Javier Garron.
You Have the Right to Remain Green
The Marvel She-Hulk Sale runs through Monday, 10/23.
Why yes, Jennifer Walters is a lawyer. Let’s first run down the series involved here.
- The Savage She-Hulk (’80-’82) – mostly by David Anthony Kraft and Mike Vosburg
- Sensational She-Hulk (’89-’94) – John Byrne, then the unlikely team of Steve Gerber & Bryan Hitch
- She-Hulk (’04-’05) – Dan Slott / Juan Bobillo
- She-Hulk (’05 – ’09) – Initially Dan Slott / Juan Bobillo, then Peter David takes over.
- She-Hulk (’14-’15) – Charles Soule & Javier Pulido in one omnibus
- She-Hulk (’16-’18) – Mariko Tamaki / Nico Leon
- She-Hulk (’22-’23) – Rainbow Rowell / Roge Antonio / Luca Maresca
If you’re coming into She-Hulk through the TV show, the legal angle for the character really started getting emphasized with the Dan Slott era and then was followed up on by Charles Soule (who just might be a lawyer in his secret identity). Rainbow Rowell’s also picking up a pretty dedicated following with her current runs.
Zenescope’s Halloween Sale
Zenescope’s Tales of Terror Halloween Sale runs through Sunday, 11/5.
This is essentially the Zenescope version of Tales from the Crypt and it comes in three formats:
- Grimm Tales of Terror 99-cent single issues
- Grimm Tales of Terror collected editions – 13 issues for $9.99 is more bang for your buck
- Grimm Tales of Terror Quarterly– ~72 page giant-sized issues for $1.99
Still on Sale
- Kodansha Killers, Thrillers & Revenge Sale runs through 10/31
- Media Do Shusuisha Yaoi Manga: Up to 50% OFF Sale runs through Saturday, 10/28
- Zenescope’s Bring Terror to your Lives with this Halloween Sale runs through Sunday, 10/22
- The Caliber Comics October Sale runs through Tuesday, 10/31