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Written by Chad Tucker on Tuesday, March 28 2017 and posted in Features


Because if you're going to spend $10 in a comic shop, you might as well get more than one comic!


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!



IDW Publishing- Cosmic Scoundrels #2 - $3.99


By Andy Suriano


Cosmic Scoundrels is a new book from IDW that follows a pair of galactic ne'er-do-wells at large and on the run from law enforcement to mercenaries. After their last heist turns south, they look inside the package and find out the object they stole is a baby, and what are two space thieves to do? The art of this book is rough around the edges, but make up for it by feeling like it is dipped in LSD. It was a fun book to read, but it is definitely not for kids.


Here's the solicit:

After discovering last issue that their big score was actually a baby, the Scoundrels are faced with a choice: keep the kid and start calling themselves Cosmic Scoundrels & Son... or sell him to the highest bidder at The Fence, an intergalactic black market space mall, home of chromosomal bath houses, discount hadron colliders, and dudes named 'Hairbath.'


Dark Horse Comics – Lobster Johnson Pirate's Ghost #1 - $3.99


By John Arcudi and Tonci Zonjic


It looks like the last Lobster Johnson one shot did pretty wel,l to no surprise of mine, and they're bringing up a new mini with a slightly different creative team. It seems as if John Arcudi has an excellent grasp of Lobster's character, and the art is stunning and colorful. This looks like another exciting chapter in Lobster Johnson's Career, and I for one can't wait to dig into this Lobster.


Here's the solicit:

The New York Harbor Patrol are in over their heads when a ghostly pirate ship appears on the Hudson River, and the Lobster's hunt for a major mob boss may have something to do with it.



Image Comics - Moonshine #6 - $2.99


By Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso


Moonshine is a fun book that is written by the legendary comic writer of 100 bullets for Vertigo and Master Beard sculptor Brian Azzarello. Set in the era of Prohibition, mixed with tales of the supernatural, Moonshine follows the trials and tribulations of bootlegging under an attack from a werewolf. As this comic is a hell of a read, it will be exciting to see how this chapter ends and what happens next.


Here's the solicit:

'MOONSHINE,' Part Six-END OF STORY ARC! In the final chapter of the opening story arc, old scores are settled and much blood is shed as gangster Lou Pirlo finally comes face to face with the monstrous werewolf that's been hunting him for months!



Aftershock Comics – Animosity #6 - $3.99


By Marguerite Bennett and Rafael de Latorre


Animosity has been an incredible read thus far, and Marguerite writes an unusual tale of an Earth where all the animals have suddenly developed intelligence for reasons unknown. With sudden awareness of their lot in life, many of the animals turn violent and attack the humans. Jesse and her family are lucky to have loyal bloodhound Sandor, but will it be enough to help them escape the city? Either way, this epic tale is sure to tug at your heartstrings.


Here's the solicit:

When Jesse is abducted by humans, Sandor, her faithful and protective Bloodhound, will cut a swath of blood and bone through everything that stands in his path to find and rescue his beloved friend From the writer of INSEXTS, BOMBSHELLS, and A-FORCE and artist of SUPERZERO.



Pick of the Week: Image Comics - Old Guard #2 - $3.99


By Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernandez


Talk about an amazing book. Greg Rucka's latest creation grabbed me by the balls from page one. Focusing on the tragic tale of warriors that discover they have immortality and it is both a blessing, and a curse. The Old Guard stars, Andromache of Scythi,a a thousand year old immortal that has been waiting for her final breath, when a new immortal is discovered in a modern warzone, the few immortals that exist rush to her side to acclimate her to her new situation. But can they keep their secret in an age of smart phones and selfie sticks? Everything about this book is top notch, and it has been an amazing read from cover to cover. If you're a fan of this book, don't let it pass you by.


Here's the solicit:

PART TWO-The Old Guard is revealed. A new immortal is discovered. Things go sideways, fast.



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.


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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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