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All-New All-Different Say No to 5 Dollar Comics NOW! - Week of 01/25/2017

Written by Chad Tucker on Wednesday, January 25 2017 and posted in Features

All-New All-Different Say No to 5 Dollar Comics NOW! - Week of 01/25/2017

A fan-beloved hero lives long enough to become the villain!

Source: Comic List

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!



Boom! Studios – Ladycastle #1- $3.99


By Delilah Dawson and Ashley A. Woods


I'm starting things off this week with a fun adventure story that had me laughing all morning. Ladycastle takes place in a world reminiscent of classic fantasy, where women are princess and men do all the fighting. When King Mancastle gets his men killed and castle cursed, it's up to the women to claim the throne and drive off the hordes of monsters that come. It was hilarious, and I hope to see many more issues to come.


Here's the solicit:


When King Mancastle and his mighty vassals ride off on crusade, the women left behind are not at all put out-that's a lot less armor polishing for them to do. Of course, when the men get themselves eaten by a dragon and leave a curse that attracts monsters to the castle...well, the women take umbrage with that. Now the blacksmith's wife Merinor is King, Princess Aeve is the Captain, and the only remaining (and least capable) knight Sir Riddick is tasked with teaching the ladies of the castle how to fight, defend, build, and do all manner of noisy things the men had been doing while the women assumed they were just drunk. Novelist Delilah S. Dawson (Star Wars: The Perfect Weapon, As Wicked as She Wants, Wake of Vultures) brings her first original series to comics, and is joined by breakthrough illustrator Ashley A. Woods (Niobe: She Is Life) for a rollicking fantasy adventure featuring women reclaiming their lives on their terms.



Titan Comics – World War X #2 - $3.99


By Jerry Frissen and Peter Snejbjerg


World War X is a serious sci-fi book about an alien invasion that was an interesting read. This book follows the tale of an Immortal guardian that must face a foe once vanquished, but it returns with Mind Control powers beyond anything they had before. While I was a little lost it was an action packed ride, and certainly piqued my curiosity enough to hunt down some back issues and finish reading it. 


Here's the solicit:


The monstrous aliens have awoken, and they plan to wipe out humanity! Can the immortal Helius stop them, as he once did before? This time, the enemy has had centuries to plan their attack... and they can influence the minds of their prey! Could this truly be the end of days?



Dark Horse Comics - Harrow County #20 - $3.99


By Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook


From superstar writer and Master of Horror Cullen Bunn comes this macabre tale that has recently been optioned as a SYFY Series. Set in the backwoods of Harrow County, this tale is brought to life by Tyler Cook's Art. Even on issue 20, this book was easily approachable to a new reader and I've been captivated by this tale of a young Emmy fighting against supernatural forces.


Here's the solicit:


Hunters have come to Harrow County, seeking to take down its most powerful haints. They have no idea what they're up against. Emmy tries to save them from their foolish mission, but she will have to sacrifice her last hope of a normal life in order to protect these strangers.



Oni Press – Letter 44 #29 - $3.99


By Charles Soule and Alise Gluskova


Letter 44 was a very interesting read, and #29 was as good of a place to begin reading as any. In contrast to the normal Sci-fi comic books I read, this book had a very old school Lynch/Kubrick feel. I can't tell you how welcome of a read that was. Faced with an inescapable alien apocalypse looming on the horizon, what choice does humanity have but to fight?


Here's the solicit:


No one has ever set foot on Mars soil-until now. After the crew of the Clarke crash-land into the red planet, they'll need to figure out a way to survive-especially when the Builders come looking for them. On Earth, Blades gets some disturbing news about the 666 meant to survive the end of the world, as well as the contents of a recently blown-up mountain in Nevada.



Pick of the Week: IDW Publishing– Micronauts #9 - $3.99


By Cullen Bunn and Max Dunbar


In any conversation about a book that I should have picked up a long time ago, Micronauts should be the first name on that list. The second book from Cullen Bunn I thought was worth mentioning this week, this was a fantastic read. I have never seen a creative team so skillfully update a classic property like this, and I doubt I ever will again. This book was the literary equivalent of an expensive meal served with a fine wine, and I for one cannot wait to eat here again.


Here's the solicit:


The Micronauts are stranded on a world full of giants, but they may not be as far from home as they thought. Relics from Microspace are all around, and allies--and enemies--from the microscopic universe have found their way to Earth! The Micronauts adventures on Earth continue! Introducing all-new characters into the Micronauts mythos! Part of IDW's Artist's Edition Cover Month!

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!


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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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