When I was a younger man things were a lot different than they are now. Not all of it was for the better. As depressing as the internet can be it does make it easier for everyone's dirty little secrets to come to light. I don't miss that part, so much. But what I do miss is the way comics used to be priced. Back in the day, I could scrounge some change out of my Gran's couch cushions and take it to a local recycled bookstore that was renovated out of an opera house my family used to own. I would swagger through the front entrance tipping a derby at the doorman, and flashing a glint of silver between my fingers. The cashier nodded, and pressed a button under the register. A bookcase slid across the floor revealing an iron wrought staircase, and I descended it into what I always imagined was what used to be the orchestra pit under the theater. That is where I found what I desired: Rows and rows of white boxes filled with every comic book imaginable, illuminated by soft white light that somehow filled the entire room. A subtle series of bells sounded from an unseen source, and a single poster board said the words I would never forget "All comics $.25." It was a magical time, but unfortunately one that would not last.
Then quickly things changed, and comics were no longer $1.25. Suddenly they were $2.50 and came with a bullshit trading card I already had. Put a crappy Wolverine Hologram on the cover, and now they are $3.00. Make that cover two pages and it's $3.25. Make the Hologram 3D, and now the book is $3.50. The whole pricing point just kept getting worse and worse. At one point a comic book fan and affluent banker looked at me condescendingly through a monocle and said "Outrageous prices, you say? Perhaps if you would stop being so lazy and get a second job you could afford comics". Then he cackled like the Penguin and drove off in a Ford Escort trailing exhaust and laughter in his wake. Comic book fans all over cried out for a Champion. We needed a man so large in stature and girth that the truth could not escape the pull of the gravity of his conclusions.
We needed Jude Terror. For a time, things were good. Jude's Legendary "5 Comics for Under $5 Dollars" articles were a big hit. At the height of their power, they did something that no one thought was possible. Jude's article caused DC Comics to reduce their entire line below the $5 dollar pricing point. Maybe it had to do with something else, maybe not. But something inescapable changed in Jude. Someone offered him money, and suddenly he could afford $5 comics. The internet cried out for help again.
I answered that desperate call. Rising from the ashes of the success of Judas Terror, I give you the phoenix reborn! Welcome to ALL-NEW ALL-DIFFERENT SAY NO TO $5 COMICS NOW!
Image Comics - Horizon #8 - $2.99
By Brandon Thomas and Juan Gedeon
Horizon is a cci-fi comic that flips the traditional alien invasion on its head. The story revolves around Zhia Malen an alien soldier that has come to Earth, not to invade it, but to prevent Earth from invading her homeworld. With her people captured by the earth military, she is desperate to find her love and show the Earthers that their world is not so easily conquered. Truly an epic story told through colorful art and exciting action scenes, this book is highly recommended for fans of the science fiction genre.
Here's the solicit:
'WEATHER ALERT STATUS: ORANGE'-Chicago braces for a superstorm as Zhia Malen kicks off the next phase of her invasion. But the connection between her world and Earth runs deeper than she imagined, making this planet hostile to EVERY species in the galaxy.
Dynamite Entertainment – Deepak Chopras Beyond #1 - $3.99
By Deepak Chopra and Edison George
From New Age author and alternative medicine advocate Deepak Chopra comes a surprising entrance in the horror genre. Beyond follows the tale of family man Michael Morton who searches for his missing wife after she disappears from a crowded street during a business trip in India. Hearing her voice crying from the walls of the dress shopped she vanished from, Michael must travel to another Earth to rescue her, braving both mundane and supernatural horrors to bring her back home.
Here's the solicit:
From bestselling author Deepak Chopra and superstar comic book writer Ron Marz comes a four-part supernatural thriller, re-released in its original issue format! Michael Morton arrives in India with his wife, Anna and son, Ty on a vacation. While Michael is distracted on a phone call with an overseas colleague, Anna and Ty wander through a typically teeming Indian shopping bazaar. Then the inexplicable happens - Ty watches as his mother wanders into a small store but never comes out. She's vanished without a trace. Things then turn even stranger and desperate when Michael hears his wife's whispering, crying for his help from the walls. Tracking the sounds, Michael and Ty are led on adventure of both physical and supernatural danger as they stop at nothing to reunite their family.
IDW Comics - Star Trek Boldly Go #5 - $3.99
By Mike Johnson and Tony Shasteen
Following on the heels of Star Trek Beyond and billed as a part of Star Trek's 50th anniversary, Star Trek Boldly Go follows the adventures of enigmatic alien Jaylah most people will remember fondly from the film. This particular issue focuses on Jaylah who has joined Starfleet. This book isn't afraid to take the film's characters in a new direction, and it looks like an exciting read that should not be easily passed up.
Here's the solicit:
The hit new ongoing series continues with this special story focusing on Jaylah, the breakout alien heroine from STAR TREK BEYOND! Learn the secrets of Jaylah's past as she prepares for a bold new future at Starfleet Academy!
Image Comics – Invincible #133 - $0.25
By Robert Kirkman and Ryan Ottley
Invincible is an unusual superhero comic from my perspective, because in many ways I was never able to get into it. It had a ton of issues and I had trouble jumping in. Invincible follows Mark Grayson the son of an alien "superman" who takes over his father's role as greatest superhero alive. Of course, a lot of stuff has happened over the course of its 130+ issues and it can be daunting to read... but who cares! The price is only a quarter. I guess I'll scrounge some change out of my car and get it anyways.
Here's the solicit:
NEW STORY ARC! 'THE END OF ALL THINGS': Part One-RYAN OTTLEY returns as 'THE END OF ALL THINGS' begins. This twelve-part mega-story will touch every corner of the INVINCIBLE Universe, and when it's over... IT'S OVER. Every single story for the past thirteen years has been leading up to this. ALSO: THIS ISSUE IS .25 CENTS TO CELEBRATE THE 25th ANNIVERSARY OF IMAGE COMICS!
Pick of the Week: Valiant Entertainment - Savage #4 - $3.99
By B. Clay Moore and Clayton Henry
Valiant Comics has something of a reputation for having unnecessary crossovers, so I'm always excited to find a comic that doesn't appear to be a part of their main line of books. Savage is a book that rings of Land of the Lost and follows the adventures of a soccer player traveling by a plane that crash lands on a desert island. Not only does he have to survive on an island and keep his family alive, he also has to contend with carnivorous dinosaurs. Moore and Henry work together well, and have created a fun adventure that looks like a wild ride.
Here's the solicit:
Out of the jungle, into the fight? When all hope seems lost, the final threads tethering the Sauvage family to their humanity will finally be severed. Just as the beasts within begin to take hold, the final revelation about the prehistoric island that has claimed them will finally stand revealed. But will this twist of fate offer a last chance at rescue?or forever seal their doom? The past and present collide as Valiant's next great hero rises in a baptism of bloodshed! Be there as acclaimed writer B. Clay Moore (Hawaiian Dick) and explosive artists Clayton Henry (HARBINGER WARS) and Lewis LaRosa (BLOODSHOT REBORN) bring their primal origin story to a close!
Remain ever vigilant in the face of certain unnecessary costs, True Believers! Did I miss something you think deserves to be mentioned? As always, let me know in the comments below.