In this week’s Comixology (at Amazon) sales, it’s a Spider-Verse and Fear Itself Discounts from Marvel. DC has a Pride sale. Dark Horse offers up Usagi Yojimbo and Plants Vs. Zombies.
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):
A Half-Month Sale
The DC Pride Sale runs through Thursday, 6/15.
No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you, a 17-day sale from DC. Been a while since we’ve seen one of those
For this sale, our favorite volume is Batwoman by Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III. That would be the full collection of the Detective Comics run. Strong collection and the introduction of Alice. To say more would be spoilers.
The Grant Morrison / (primarily) Richard Case run on Doom Patrol is a classic journey into the offbeat. Mr. Nobody and The Brotherhood of Dada, Danny the Street, Crazy Jane… strange is the operative word here, in a good way.
You can’t really have a Pride Sale without Wonder Woman, can you? And there’s a LOT of Wonder Woman at the bottom of the sale. You can’t really go wrong with either of the Greg Rucka runs, the second of which (with Nicola Scott and Liam Sharp) can be found in the first two volumes here. And you can’t go wrong with George Perez, either.
Invasion of the Spider-Riffs
Gosh, you’d think there was a movie coming out or something…
So, the Spider-Verse is basically a celebration of the Spider-Man cast expanding with a lot of Spidey-related characters and then throwing in some Spidey-equivalents from different dimensions. Miles Morales being the most important one, important enough to be ported into the main “616” universe when the Ultimate line was shuttered.
Spider-Verse was the original Spider-Man family event in the comics that formalized much of this. You’re best off getting the omnibus edition that has the entire thing and all the crossovers, else it gets complicated figuring out reading order between the various series-specific collections. There are a ton of creators working on this, as you might expect, but this is effectively a Dan Slott as show-runner affair. (Which means, yes, Christos Gage is not far behind.)
If you’re looking for Miles Morales, Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man Ultimate Collection is the best place to start (and also a bit of a tongue twister). That’s the original Brian Bendis / Chris Samnee / David Marquez / Sara Pichelli Ultimate Universe material that set the table and we’ve enjoyed this take.
Of course, we all know who the real star of the Spider-Verse is: Spider-Ham!
If You Needed Something To Fear…
The Marvel Fear Itself Sale runs through Monday, 6/5.
Fear Itself was a Marvel crossover Event we always thought should have just been a Thor/Iron Man crossover.
Fear Itself is the main series and on the Thor-centric side as the Asgardian god of fear escapes and marches Midgard towards an apocalypse. Matt Fraction and Stuart Immonen are your creators.
The tie-in we liked for this was Invincible Iron Man: Fear Itself from the excellent Matt Fraction / Salvador Larocca Iron Man run. Tony Stark doesn’t think he’s surviving this one, so he joins the dwarves in boozing while making weapons. One of the better “drinking with dwarves” sequences in literature.
Gardening For The Dead
The Dark Horse Plants Vs. Zombies Sale runs through Monday, 6/19.
Yes, this would be the comics adaptation of the Plants vs. Zombies video games by Paul Tobin and several artists (Ron Chan being the most frequent). And these sell better in the bookstore market than you might realize.
The omnibus editions are the best deal.
Have Rabbit, Will Travel
The Dark Horse 2023 Usagi Yojimbo Digital Sale runs through Monday, 6/19.
This is Stan Sakai’s long-running (it started in 1984) saga of a samurai/ronin rabbit. It’s got a pretty nice collection of awards, too.
And this is one where there’s a CLEAR winner in format: $6.99 Omnibus Editions that are usually over 600 pages.