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 bullsht 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!
Aspen Mlt Inc- Soulfire #1- $3.99
By J. T. Krul and Giuseppe Cafaro
I remember reading this preview comic a long time ago when Wizard magazine was a thing, and it never strayed far from my mind. I really enjoyed the preview comic and never had a chance to pick up the series. Well good news, Aspen Comics is bringing it back and J. T. Krul is coming along to boot. The best part of all is it totally holds up to my expectations. It's on my must read list.
Here's the solicit:
Aspen's premiere action-adventure fantasy epic returns in this all new jumping-on point for new readers! Following the events of ASPEN UNIVERSE: REVELATIONS, the world of SOULFIRE has a new status quo, as magic and technology have intertwined as never before! Meanwhile, Soulfire's Grace, Malikai and friends now must also discover that things are not as they seem in the year 2211-including new-and old-dangers that seek to eliminate them! Nearly fifteen of the best-selling series created by superstar artist, the late Michael Turner, have culminated in this brand-new SOULFIRE adventure by Aspen's talented creative team! Please join writer JT Krul, artist Giuseppe Cafaro, and colorist Wes Hartman as they bring readers back to the magic, myth, and everything you loved about SOULFIRE!
IDW Publishing - G.I. Joe (2016) #3 - $3.99
By Aubrey Sitterson and Giannis Milonogiannis
I haven't really made the time to read G.I. Joe prior to the shared universe relaunch despite it being one of my most prized childhood cartoons. So far this book has been a really fun read. They put together an incredible roster of my favorite Joes, and in particular I love how they added Thunderwing through an alliance of convenience. This book has definitely been a captivating read so far, and I can't wait to follow where the storyline goes.
Here's the solicit:
Roadblock and the Joe field team set out to free Inner Mongolia from the grip of the Dreadnoks and Crystal Ball's eldritch abilities, as Lady Jaye & Gung-Ho run up against a familiar enemy in Athens. Plus, a startling revelation about one of the Joe team's oldest, most revered members-one that changes absolutely everything!
Dark Horse Comics - Neil Gaiman American Gods: Shadows #1 - $3.99
By Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell
American Gods has always been on my rainy day list, but I never found the time to read the book. I'd definitely like to give it a read before the new show airs, and the good news is Neil Gaiman adapted it to a comic! After years, YEARS, of listening to my inner circle about how awesome this book is, I finally get to read it as a comic. Here's hoping I get a "Good Omens" comic down the road.
Here's the solicit:
NEIL GAIMAN! P. CRAIG RUSSELL! SCOTT HAMPTON! Shadow Moon just got out of jail, only to discover his wife is dead. Defeated, broke, and uncertain as to where to go from here, he meets the mysterious Mr. Wednesday, who employs him to serve as his bodyguard - thrusting Shadow into a deadly world of the supernatural, where ghosts of the past come back from the dead, and a brewing war between old and new gods hits a boiling point. The Hugo, Bram Stoker, Locus, World Fantasy, and Nebula award-winning novel and upcoming Starz television series by Neil Gaiman is adapted as a comic series for the first time!
IDW Publishing – Uncle Scrooge #24 - $3.99
By Francois Corteggiani and Giorgio Cavazzano
With Ducktales right around the corner, I would imagine this book is about to have a surge in popularity and it seems like an excellent time to check this book out. I won't lie to you, I read every line of Scrooge's dialogue in David Tennant's voice. Focusing primarily on Scrooge hunting for lost treasures, as any book based on Ducktales should, this definitely seems like a fun read for children of all ages.
Here's the solicit:
'The Third Nile,' Part 2 of 2! Scrooge and the Beagle Boys have found enough Egyptian gold to cover them from head to foot-and a modern-day Pharaoh is not happy!
Pick of the Week: Dynamite Entertainment – Wonder Woman '77 Meets The Bionic Woman #3- $3.99
By Andy Mangels and Judit Tondora
I just can't get enough of these DC/classic TV crossovers, and it's clear that when DC allows another company to write their characters there's a lot of pressure. Dynamite is bringing their A-Game, and it shows in the quality of their work. The art is beautiful without a doubt, and I adore the way they draw Diana's costume change. The story is impeccable, and let's be honest here: The idea of combining Lynda Carter's Wonder Woman with The Bionic Woman would have made a hell of an interesting night of TV.
Here's the solicit:
The Original Girl Power! Catching a missile after its launch is the least of the trials facing Diana Prince (aka Wonder Woman) and Jaime Sommers (The Bionic Woman)! Now, their greatest television enemies have joined forces, and they're building an army for their master plan! Wonder Woman and the Bionic Woman prepare for a trip to South America - passing through the Bermuda Triangle as they go - but the villains have other schemes. All this, plus the return of Max, the Bionic Dog! Written by best-selling author ANDY MANGELS (Star Trek & Star Wars) and illustrated by JUDIT TONDORA (Grimm Fairy Tales), WONDER WOMAN '77 MEETS THE BIONIC WOMAN has set the mainstream and internet media on fire? and the publicity keeps running!
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.