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All-New All-Different Say No to 5 Dollar Comics NOW! - Week of 01/11/2017

Written by Chadwick Tucker on Tuesday, January 10 2017 and posted in Features

All-New All-Different Say No to 5 Dollar Comics NOW! - Week of 01/11/2017

Anything's a better alternative to clones!


Source: Comiclist.com

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 $0.25." 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!

 

Boom! Studios – Deep #1 - $3.99

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By Tom Taylor and James Brouwer

 

Every now and then I try to find a fun comic that's perfect for kids, and Deep #1 looks like a like a lot of fun. Focusing on a family of Aquanauts battling monsters in the high seas, this book will no doubt be very steeped in adventure. With great writing and art to tell the story of this family of nautical explorers, it should be loads of fun!

 

Here's the solicit:

 

 

Image Comics – God Country #1 - $3.99

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By Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw

 

From Donny Cates comes a thrilling new modern fantasy about a redneck slaying extra-dimensional entities. One part Game of Thrones, one part Duck Dynasty makes this a very clever story. This book is highly recommended for someone looking for a good urban fantasy to read.

 

Here's the solicit:

SERIES PREMIERE Emmet Quinlan, an old widower rattled by dementia, isn't just a problem for his children-his violent outbursts are more than the local cops can handle. When a tornado levels his home-as well as the surrounding West Texas town-a restored Quinlan rises from the wreckage. The enchanted sword at the eye of the storm gives him more than a sound mind and body, however. He's now the only man who can face the otherworldly creatures the sword has drawn down to the Lone Star State... 'So much fun to watch creators find that next level. Go, Cates, go!' -Brian Michael Bendis

 

 

Titan Comics – Khaal #1 - $3.99

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By Louis and Valentin Secher

 

And now for a sweet, sweet taste of epic sci-fi. Khaal is the aspiring conqueror of a prison ship called the Empyrean that has been adrift in space so long it has developed its own societies. Three races battle each other and themselves for control of the derelict prison shit. Brutal and visceral, these competing cultures and Khaal's unique gifts make for a very interesting story.

 

Here's the solicit:

In the cold silence of a galaxy ripped apart by war, a prison ship drifts alone in the void. Aboard, three races are preparing for a battle that will determine the ruler of their eternal home. Khaal, the embattled, bloodthirsty, and unhinged, leader of the human faction will stop at nothing to triumph...

 

 

Dark Horse Comics – Strain Mr Quinlan Vampire Hunter #5 - $3.99

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By David Lapham and Edgar Salazar

 

It's no dark secret I love The Strain comics, and it looks like I just caught on to the end of another excellent prequel comic. This miniseries focuses on the Master's wayward child, Mr. Quinlan, and the origin of their blood feud in ancient Rome. I am very excited to learn about the chain of events that led Mr. Quinlan to hunt the vampire that sired him throughout the centuries.

 

Here's the solicit:

Quinlan returns to Rome, attempting to live a quiet life despite the chaos around him, but the Master has other plans. Violence and betrayal abound, changing the course of the vampire hunter's life as his Roman origin story comes to its thrilling conclusion.

 

 

Pick of the Week: Dark Horse Comics - Lobster Johnson Garden Of Bones One Shot - $3.99

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By Mike Mignola and Stephen Green

 

From the pages of Hellboy and BPRD comes this thrilling crime noir about pulp 1930's hero Lobster Johnson. Hellboy already has a pretty rich universe, and this one-shot is a book that can stand on it's own. Lobster Johnson is always one of my favorites, and no one blends the supernatural, and pulp detective stories quite like Mike Mignola.

 

Here's the solicit:

When an undead hit man goes after the NYPD, the Lobster steps in to figure out if it's a zombie-or something worse. 'In a world currently obsessed with Capes and Cowls, it's refreshing to have a pulp sci-fi book where the hero isn't perfect, and doesn't always win.'-Big Comic Page

 

Remain ever vigilant in the face of certain unnecessary costs. Did I miss something you think deserves to be mentioned? As always, let me know in the comments!





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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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