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All-New All-Different Say No to 5 Dollar Comics NOW! – Week of 05/31/2017

Written by Chad Tucker on Wednesday, May 31 2017 and posted in Features

All-New All-Different Say No to 5 Dollar Comics NOW! – Week of 05/31/2017

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. Jude's article caused DC Comics to reduce their entire line below the $5 dollar pricing point. 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 – Donald Duck #20 - $3.99

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By Jonathan Gray and Andrea Freccero

 

I try to hunt down a good book that's suitable for kids to enjoy, and where better to look for such a prize than Walt Disney's Donald Duck. This book boasts an excellent creative team built from previous children's books and beautiful art to behold. Hopefully these Walt Disney books continue to be a success so they can build this brand into a wide and successful series and branch out into more... dangerous directions later. This book is sure to bring back memories of those Disney comics you used to read.

 

Here's the solicit:

'Helmet of the Gods,' Part 1 of 2! Who says Scrooge McDuck gets all the treasure-hunting fun? Donald's out to find a Viking helmet once owned by Odin himself! Bullet points: Starting a new Donald Duck epic with top talents at the helm-artist Andrea Freccero (Donald Quest) and dialogue writer Jonathan Gray (Sonic the Hedgehog)! Continues this beloved series' legacy numbering at #387!

 


IDW Publishing - Star Trek Waypoint #5 - $3.99

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By Simon Roy, Cavan Scott and Josh Hood

 

Next up is Star Trek Waypoint a fun anthology comic of stories from past Star Trek shows that is very easy to pick up and read. Frontier medicine has Dr. Bashir practicing on a most unusual species from the gamma quadrant, and Josh Hood has a gift for capturing the likeness of the characters from television. Add a entertaining backup featuring The Original Series characters and you have the makings of a very entertaining comic book.

 

Here's the solicit:

Star Trek: Waypoint continues its celebration of Star Trek with two new tales. Simon Roy (Prophet) takes on the Prime Directive in an Original Series story, while writer Cavan Scott (Dr. Who, Sherlock Holmes) and artist Josh Hood (Star Trek: Deviations, We Can Never Go Home) focus on Doctor Bashir in a thought-provoking Deep Space Nine tale.

 

 

Titan Comics- Blood Bowl More Guts More Glory #1 - $3.99

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By Nick Kyme and Jack Jadson

 

Blood bowl is a new Titan Comics title based on the Games Workshop boardgame and turned out to be a far more interesting read than I would have thought. Focusing on a former player who's down and out makes it compelling to watch him try and struggles to the top of the most violent sport in Warhammer history. This book was a very surprising read and I look forward to reading more in the future.

 

Here's the solicit:

The most vicious and dangerous fantasy football tournament you will ever encounter! Dive into the action as a rag-tag team of humans, the Hochland Harbingers, attempt to claw their way to the top of the Blood Bowl league! Can Dreng Sturmblud, a former star player who has crashed to rock-bottom, help the Harbingers fend off the terrifying opposition?! Bone-crunching sports action in the fantasy world of Warhammer, written by Nick Kyme (Warhammer 40,000) with art by Jack Jadson (Teen Titans, Birds of Prey) brand-new edition of the board game has been a runaway success - adding to the game's global appeal and huge fanbase!

 

 

Titan Comics – Little Nightmares #1 - $3.99

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By Alex Paknadel and Aaron Alexovich

 

Little Nightmares is a very scary game about a hungry girl who is trapped in the Maw, a nightmarish structure filled with grotesque horrors that prey on children. The art was suitably dark and disturbing, and it set the tone for a very atmospheric horror series. This book is sure to last longer than the game that inspired it, and hopefully many more stories follow.

 

Here's the solicit:

Enter the terrifying and unpredictable comic series based on one of the most hotly-anticipated games of 2017! Comic written by Alex Paknadel (Arcadia, Assassin's Creed) and Dan Watters (Limbo, Assassins Creed) and illustrated by Aaron Alexovich (Invader Zim, Serenity Rose) the game follows Six, a young girl in a yellow raincoat, as she explores the horrifying world of The Maw, looking for a way out!

 

 

Pick of the Week: Image Comics - Saga #43 - $0.25!!!!!

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By Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

 

There is no doubt in my mind when I say that of all the comics I have read, Saga is probably my favorite. Brian K. Vaughn's incredible writing sets star crossed lovers against a backdrop of a racist intergalactic war that has raged for untold years. This book has been beautiful, disturbing, and shocking in all the rights places. Every issue has seemingly gotten better than the last and with this issue the beginning of the next story arc makes an excellent jumping on point. And do you know what the best part is? It's only a freaking quarter, man! Get out there and there and pick it up, you owe yourself something nice.

 

Here's the solicit:

NEW STORY ARC BEGINS FOR JUST 25 CENTS!!! SAGA returns monthly with a brave new direction, and to celebrate Image's 25th Anniversary, this full-sized issue costs just 25 cents! In a perfect jumping-on point for first-time readers, Hazel and her star-crossed parents embark on a thrilling new adventure at the westernmost edge of the universe.

 

 

Allow me a moment of silence to give special acknowledgment to Flash #23 for being the only $2.99 book released this week. Huzzah. 

And, as always 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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