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All-New All-Different Say No to 5 Dollar Comics NOW! - Week of 11/23/2016

Written by Chad Tucker on Thursday, November 24 2016 and posted in Features

All-New All-Different Say No to 5 Dollar Comics NOW! - Week of 11/23/2016

The face of comics for less that $5 will never be the same again!


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!


Oni Press - Nights Dominion- $3.99


By Ted Naifeh


My first pick this week is a fun little sword and sorcery book called Night's Dominion. The series follows a thief, determined to save her brother, who joins a gang of thieves to undertake a dangerous mission: To steal from the tithes of a deadly cult worshiping the King of Oblivion. While the themes seem reminiscent to Conan the Barbarian, Ted did a masterful job of crafting characters and a world that feels very unique. All in all this was a fun read, that made me want more. 

Here's the Solicit:

Emerane and her companions narrowly escape the Cult of Uhlume and the relentless Furie, exhausted but no richer for their efforts. Going their separate ways into in the pitiless streets of Umber, they each find a dead end waiting. Now penniless, Emerane's quest to free her younger brother from debtor's prison seems more hopeless than ever. Until a possible solution comes from the most unlikely ally imaginable-the Furie himself. But his help comes with a dangerous price.


IDW Publishing - Donald Quest #1 - $3.99


By Stefano Ambrosio and Andrea Freccero


Most people have grown up reading comics, but we should never let ourselves forget that comic books began as entertainment for children. That being said, why not include them in our fun from time to time? Donald Quest is a fun and entertaining book following the adventures of Donald Duck and friends defending their medieval world from extra-terrestrial invaders. The art is great, the story is fun, and there are a lot of familiar faces in this book. It's sure to get a smile out of a child. 

Here's the solicit:

'Hammer of Magic!' A wild new Disney miniseries starts here! In the steampunk warrior world of Feudarnia, only the Magnus Malleus can save humanity from marauding Meteorbeasts! It's an epic weapon for an epic hero... so why is it up to Donald Duck to grab it before Magica De Spell, the Beagle Boys, and the Phantom Blot get there first?


Action Lab Entertainment - Athena Voltaire And The Volcano Goddess #1 - $3.99


By Steve Bryant

Pulp fiction seems to be a popular genre these days, and pulp heroines in particular are becoming more popular. Delving into ruins and the supernatural is where Athena sets herself apart, giving the whole book a very cool pulp occultist feel. From the successfully completed Kickstarter to the recent Action Labs release, this is sure to be a comic worth keeping an eye on. Don't hesitate to check out this awesome preview

Here's the Solicit: 

The fan-favorite pulp heroine returns in an all-new miniseries written and drawn by Eisner and Manning Award-nominated creator Steve Bryant. When her father gains possession of a legendary necklace, Athena Voltaire must save him from both strange assassins and the Nazis, who want the power the artifact could unlock! Variant cover by comics legend Michael (MADMAN) Allred!


Titan Comics - Masked #1 - $3.99


 By Serge Lehman and Stephane Crety

Here's an interesting new comic coming off the production line at Titan Comics. Masked takes place in the not-so-distant future on an earth still plagued with many of the problems you see today. On the verge of globalization a new problem has emerged in the form of Anomalies, unknown entity's that are staging attacks on political figures. Can one traumatized veteran stop these attacks from claiming more lives? 

Here's the Solicit:

Frank Braffort has returned from war suffering from PTSD, but he is thrown headfirst into a terrifying new reality where phenomena, called Anomalies, appear out of nowhere. Facing this mysterious and lethal enemy, Braffort is called on to go into battle once again for the safety of the city!



Dark Horse Comics: Elfquest Final Quest #19 - $3.99


By Wendy Pini


Where do I even begin to describe a comic I have read consistently for three decades? You would be hard-pressed to find a comic that has influenced my tastes and the fantasy genre more than Elfquest. Created in 1978 by Paul and Wendy Dini, the volumes have weaved a magnificent story throughout the years that have not diminished a bit with age. This book is a must-read in my mind, and the only thing I dread about it is that it will eventually draw to a close. And if you're worried at all about tackling a series that has been around so long, don't be! You can simply click here to read all the volumes that were released prior to 2014 for free with the creator's blessing.


Here's the Solicit: 

The word goes out: the human invaders must not reach the Father Tree, sacred home of the Good Spirits. Yet the elves' most potent weapon, the Palace of the High Ones, which could turn the tide in the blink of an eye, will not-cannot-be used, even in self-defense. And just as he is needed most to unite and lead his people, Cutter, chief of the Wolfriders, suddenly sets off on a new quest-to seek the one being on the World of Two Moons who can right an ancient wrong. o A New York Times best-selling series! o Brand-new ElfQuest adventures!

Well, it looks like this week is certainly shaping up to be an exciting week for inexpensive comics. Don't forget to join me below in the comments! Suggestions for future picks are always welcome. 


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About the Author - Chad Tucker

Also known as NoctourneM, Chad is from down south in the magical land of Texas where the cattle roam free, the barbecue is delicious, and everything is bigger. After failing to be bitten by a radioactive spider after numerous attempts, he settled for his secondary choice of powers: Being a complete smart ass much to the chagrin of both open-carry nuts and the local police. Chad possesses a profound love of comics, art, history, violent cartoons, movies, video games and the horror genre. After the violent murder of his two favorite superheroes, he took up the task of vigilante reviewing, swearing to do all that he could to make sure no comic fan would have to live through Superior Spider-man or Final Crisis again. Never Again.
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