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!
Aspen Mlt Inc- No World #1 - $3.99
By Scott Lobdell and Jordan Gunderson
Aspen comics has been making huge waves with their recent reemergence onto the field of comic books, and the creators have really brought their A-game. Leading with Artists who can create the kind of beautiful art the company is known for and backing it up with Scott Lobdell's crisp writing, and this is sure to take the Aspen Universe in a new and interesting direction. Combining characters from their most popular series looks like it's going to be a lot of fun, and is sure to be a new series you don't want to miss.
Here's the solicit:
They exist in the all-new ASPEN UNIVERSE?yet belong to NO ONE! Enter a brand-new phase in Aspen's growing collection of thrilling series, as characters from our most critically-acclaimed titles unite-EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT IRIS, Soulfire's MIYA, the supernatural vigilante DELLEC, along with an exciting new cast of characters come together in this altogether different story - yet one thing is certain-their respective lives are in no less danger! A mysterious conglomerate has emerged on the scene with a sinister purpose-the incorporation of pure evil on a scale never seen before! But, will this collection of unstable personalities come together as friends to defeat this new adversary-or will they instead battle as foes?! Find out in this new Aspen Comics title ready to tip the scales on everything you thought you knew about the Aspen Universe! Written by legendary Uncanny X-Men scribe Scott Lobdell (Michael Turner's Fathom) with art by Jordan Gunderson (Aspen Universe: Revelations), this is THE NEW Aspen title you won't want to miss!
Black Mask Comics - Theres Nothing There #1 - $3.99
By Patrick Kindlon and Maria Llovet
There's Nothing there is a new horror comic about Reno, a celebrity and socialite that goes to a party expecting a masquerade ball and orgy. But what she didn't expect is the owner of the property had organized the Orgy for a more sinister purpose, to welcome an otherworldly being into the world to "embody the generation". When the party is over those that participated quickly learn that they can see the dead. Will Reno Selleti heed their warnings and run, before it's too late? Where will she run to?
Here's the solicit:
Celebrity-socialite Reno Selleti doesn't believe in very much beyond Instagram comments, hipster drugs, and the flash of paparazzi cameras, so when a friend invites her to an EYES WIDE SHUT-type party she goes along mostly for the lulz. But the joke doesn't feel as funny when she realizes it's an actual occult ritual, and suddenly she's seeing things... Horrifying apparitions trying to warn her. 'RUN.' Like Darren Aronofsky remaking DRAG ME TO HELL, There's Nothing There is a stylish & hallucinatory thriller about losing yourself in the bright lights and finding yourself at rock bottom. By your new favorite artist Maria Llovet and Patrick Kindlon (We Can Never Go Home, S.H.I.E.L.D.: Quake).
IDW Publishing - Micronauts Wrath Of Karza #1 - $3.99
By Cullen Bunn and Andrew Griffith
Up next is a thrilling book written by the legendary Cullen Bunn, that IDW hopes will help merge the Micronauts into the rest of their shared universe. This book stats with the Microspace collapsing but is sure to have it's twists and turns as Baron Karza has set his sights on a new universe to conquer. As that universe is inhabited by the likes of the Transformers, and G.I.Joe, he's sure to be in for a rough surprise if he expects it to be easily conquered.
Here's the solicit:
As one universe dies, another is invaded! Microspace--the home of the Micronauts--is collapsing. But Baron Karza has discovered a new universe in which the people of Microspace would thrive, a new universe in which he would rule! The first world to be conquered is Earth, and the first enemies to be targeted are the TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE, M.A.S.K., and ROM!
Image Comics – Underwinter #2 - $3.99
By Ray Fawkes
Underwinter is a new book from creator Ray Fawkes is the glorious Watercolor art which makes the horror seem that much more ethereal. That is a good thing too, because the surreal artwork lends itself to the story very well. Lured into playing a concert blindfolded and dressed to the precise specifications of their client, everyone thinks it's easy money. But when one of the players blindfold slips, she sees a otherworldly being in the audience. What horror awaits the quartet when all is played and done?
Here's the solicit:
'SYMPHONY,' Part Two A terrible curse takes root in the quartet, and the world.
Pick of the Week: Dark Horse Comics – Aliens Dead Orbit #1 - $3.99
By Bill Willingham and Cezar Razek
In a story that takes the Aliens comic franchise back to the basics of the original Alien film, Dark Horse attempts to revitalize what makes this series so great in the first place. Focusing on a team of colonial engineers set to recover an human ship of unfamiliar design, things quickly deviate from the plan when they attempt to recover the survivors from their cryopods. When a cryo malfunction leaves little survivors to account for where the ship has been, it's up to the team of engineers to figure that out. But from the signs of melted bulkheads, they are clearly not alone. Will any of the engineers survive their first encounter with a Xenomorph?
Here's the solicit:
After a horrific accident strikes a space station, an engineering officer must use all available tools-a timer, utility kit, and his wits-to survive an attack from the deadliest creature known to man. Orc Stain creator James Stokoe pens a thrilling and claustrophobic Aliens story: Dead Orbit!
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.