Welcome my friends to this week’s edition of our cheap digital comics, after almost a month away! (Sorry.) Let’s just jump right into it, shall we?
DC Comics preps us for Rebirth by having this week’s previous volumes on sale through Monday night! This includes Scott Snyder’s Batman, Green Lantern, Superman and Green Arrow!
Best Value: Each series has at least one annual (Batman has four and Superman has three), and with their higher page count, they’re the bang for your buck.
My Recommendation: Hooo boy, where to start.
Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s run on Batman is the modern standard for the character. I will recommend this run to anyone who listens AND I’M NOT THAT BIG A BATMAN FAN. All but the most recent five issues is here.
Superman is an uneven series, however, the Geoff Johns/John Romita Jr. issues are very good (#32-40) and I hear great things about Yang’s run (#41-on) even though I haven’t read it yet.
Green Arrow is also uneven (I think there were six or seven creative teams in 5 years), but the run by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino (#17-34) is fabulous stuff.
And Green Lantern- the series is mired in crossover after crossover, but there’s a LOT of good stuff in there, both from Johns and from Robert Venditti.
So in other words, you may end up spending a lot of money on this sale.
Marvel is featuring X-Men solo mini series featuring basically everyone from X-Men Apocalypse except, strangely, Storm. This sale is today only.
Best Value: Since these are all minis, they’re about deuces. My Recommendation: Cyclops by Rucka and Dauterman is a fantastic read, as is Mystique, especially the first 12 issues by Brian K Vaughn. Nightcrawler is a lot of fun, with great art by Todd Nauck too.
The mini series sale ended on Friday, but another great sale popped up this morning in it’s place.
Brian Michael Bendis’s All-New X-Men is on sale today!
Best Value: There’s an annual or two, and the three part “Arms of the Octopus” crossover special. Both have a little higher page count.
My Recommendation: This is a VERY solid X-Men series, even if there is some problematic (Jean Grey) elements. The first half of the series (up through #25 or so) is the better part, but if you want to check out the best X-Men series from this decade that wasn’t written by Jason Aaron, try it out. (I know that sounds like damning with faint praise, but it really is a good series. Wolverine & the X-Men is just better.)
Robert Kirkman’s Outcast is on sale through the weekend.
Best Value: Looks like bundle is a slightly better overall value- 17 issues for $14.
My Recommendation: Try the first trade today, buy the second one if you like it. I read the first volume a month ago, and it is CREEPY! Great for any horror fan, or anyone curious about the upcoming TV show.
IDW has two sales currently- the first is Transformers collections.
Best Value: Transformers Classics is over 300 pages of comics for under $6.
My Recommendation: I’ve heard great things about More than Meets the Eye and Robots in Disguise. I’ve only read the first issues of each, and they’re pretty enjoyable scifi comics. A lot better than your typical licensed comic.
The second is their long-running Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series, which actually lasts all month!
Best Value: All of these are roughly 50% off, and around 120 to 150 pages, so no real “best.”
My Recommendation: The core rebooted series is a lot of fun, even if the first volume is a little rough. I’ll also always have a soft spot of the Ninja Turtles Adventures, which collects Archie’s series and was my second ever ongoing comic series.
Dynamite’s The Shadow is next, through Sunday night! Best Value: The collections feature several over 50% off.
My Recommendation: Although I haven’t read any of these, there is an absolute killer’s row of talent involved here- Garth Ennis, Matt Wagner, Kyle Baker, Howard Chaykin... It’s almost stupid NOT to check it out!
Unfortunately this sale has retreated back into the shadows. HA!
Those are the major featured sales, but as always check out the sales page on Comixology for any I may have missed!