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All-New All-Different Say No to 5 Dollar Comics NOW! – Week of 04/05/2017

Written by Chad Tucker on Wednesday, April 05 2017 and posted in Features

All-New All-Different Say No to 5 Dollar Comics NOW! – Week of 04/05/2017

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


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 $.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 price 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!

 

Image Comics - Black Cloud #1 - $3.99

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By Jason Latour and Greg Hinkle

 

With such an incredible team of comic creators behind this book, I couldn't pass this one up. Black Cloud follows the tale of Zelda, a homeless girl who is secretly a refugee from a fantasy world beyond your wildest imagination. When Zelda accepts a job to make a Mayor's asshole son disappear until his upcoming election, she can only think of one place to take him. But what drove her from her dream world, and will it come back to haunt her?

 

Here's the solicit:

SERIES PREMIERE Zelda was born in a world of dreams, and hers burned bigger than anyone had ever seen. Now she's on the run in our world, the dreams broken in her hands. But the pieces are for sale, the rich and the powerful are buying, and suddenly her world isn't the only place Zelda's running from. From the creators that brought you Spider-Gwen, SOUTHERN BASTARDS, and DRIFTER, and the incredible colorist of THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, comes a place where dreams come true--and today, they go to war.

 

 

Titan Comics - Doctor Who Ghost Stories #1- $3.99

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By George Mann and Ivan Rodriguez

 

Following hot on the trail of 2016's Doctor Who Christmas episode "The Return of Doctor Mysterio" Ghost Stories picks up some time after that episode came to an end. The doctor has enlisted The Ghost's help to recover more pieces of the alien crystal that granted his wish and bestowed superpowers upon him. Traveling to a New York that has become a devastated wasteland, will they find the crystal they seek? Has that new crystal found a new host? Blending classic Sci-Fi and modern super heroics, this is sure to be a fun read.

 

Here's the solicit:

Follow the Ghost, from the stunning 2016 Doctor Who Christmas Special. 'The Return of Doctor Mysterio,' into a brand-new, galaxy-spanning adventure with the Doctor! An all-new adventure with the Ghost, Lucy Fletcher, and the Doctor. What part of the Ghost's secret origin returns to threaten the universe? And a superhero needs... A super-villain! Meet the Ghost's dark shadow...!

 

 

Dynamite Entertainment- James Bond #2 - $3.99

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By Ben Percy and Rapha Lobosco

 

Join Agent 007 in a deadly game of cat and mouse with the local Yakuza in Dynamite Entertainment's latest James Bond story. What starts as an investigative card game quickly turns into a game with stakes much higher. Does James bond have the fortitude and skill to win this game? What happens when his luck finally runs out?

 

Here's the solicit:

BLACK BOX Part Two: The Deadly Game-As part of Operation Black Box, James Bond infiltrates the Tokyo underworld and makes a deadly gamble at a Yakuza-controlled casino. All this time 007 is being tailed by a beautiful, mysterious assassin whose mission might be dangerously complicated with his own.

 

 

Titan Comics – Dark Souls Tales Of Ember #1 - $3.99

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By Tauriq Moosa and Alan Quah

 

This book came as quite the surprise as I didn't really care for the second Dark Souls game. The surprise was that something set in the  Dark Souls universe could have such an amazing story paired with such glorious art. Blending fantasy with horror this anthology comic was a fun read, and I would definitely pick it up a second time.

 

Here's the solicit:

THE SELL OUT & CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED SERIES RETURNS! BASED IN THE WORLD OF THE GLOBAL HIT VIDEO GAME SERIES, DARK SOULS! WRITTEN AND DRAWN BY THE COMIC INDUSTRY'S BRIGHTEST TALENTS! The legend continues! Steel yourself for more malignant tales from the ashen realms of Dark Souls, weaved by some of the finest creators on the comics circuit.

 

 

Pick of the Week Dynamite Entertainment– Sovereigns #1- $1.00

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By Ray Fawkes and Johnny Desjardins

 

Last but not least, I read The Sovereigns #0, a magnificent new comic that gathers four of the classic Gold Key comics' heroes under the banner of Dynamite Comics. First among them is Turok the legendary Dinosaur Hunter and sovereign of the Lost Valley who is one of my personal favorites. Second on the list is Magnus: Robot Fighter in a tale of the cyberpunk future. The third story is another Turok Tale set in his younger days. The fourth follows occult investigator Doctor Spektor and his struggles to use hims magical gifts to pay rent. While I didn't see any mention of Solar in this particular story, it looks like the threat in the first story will eventually encompass all the heroes involved which will continue in Sovereigns #1. Turok and Magnus seem to be getting their own ongoing which does not appear to crossover with this book. At the very reasonable price of $1, it is a hard book to pass up.

 

Here's the solicit:

The beginning of an epic tale that will change everything you know about some of comicdom's greatest and longest-tenured heroes! Solar, Magnus, Dr. Spektor & Turok! Apart, they've saved countless lives a hundred times over. Together, they form a team that has protected the world in the past, present and future. Now, they will be reunited one last time to face a threat that will forever change their legacy and bring them face to face with their final destiny! Plus! Three backup features introducing the all-new, all-different, never-before-seen heroes, Magnus, Turok and Dr. Spektor. Wait - what?!

 

 

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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