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All-New All-Different Say No to 5 Dollar Comics NOW! – Week of 06/14/2017

Written by Chad Tucker on Wednesday, June 14 2017 and posted in Features

All-New All-Different Say No to 5 Dollar Comics NOW! – Week of 06/14/2017

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 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 – Dungeons and Dragons Frost Giants Fury #3 - $3.99

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By Jim Zub and Netho Diaz

 

Writer Jim Zub has a good handle on the fantasy genre, and so far his Dungeons and Dragons comics have been a joy to read, His followup to last year's Ravenloft story seems to be a worthy followup to the stories that have come before. This books art is incredible to behold, and the action flies fast and furious in the frozen north.

 

Here's the solicit:

To discover the Frost Giants' evil plans, our heroes must ascend the treacherous ice-covered mountain known as 'Cold Crag' and confront its guardian, a short-tempered white dragon eager to destroy any who dare invade her sanctuary. We don't call it 'Dungeons & Dragons' for nothing, y'know! Dungeons & Dragons is seeing a renaissance with the release of the fifth edition rules in late 2014. Hundreds of thousands of players are returning to D&D or embarking on their first adventures and they're hungry for extra content. This new D&D story ties into the Storm King's Thunder event that runs across multiple RPG products, novels, and video games. This series continues with the cast from the hit Legends of Baldur's Gate and Shadows of the Vampire stories, but is also built as a perfect jumping on point for new readers, bringing them into D&D's classic blend of sword & sorcery

 

 

Dark Horse Comics - Briggs Land Lone Wolves - $3.99

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By Brian Wood and by Mack Chater

 

This book turned out to be more of an interesting read than I gave it credit for being and follows the tale of a war veteran who is helping his family defend their land against the Federal government. The latest chapters are poised to be an excellent followup from the first series.

 

Here's the solicit:

 

Isaac Briggs, fresh off a tour in Afghanistan and struggling to reintegrate, finds solace hiking the old forest trails. When two random backpackers wander onto the Land, an innocent situation quickly turns dangerous and Isaac's military training takes a turn down a dark path. Welcome to Briggs Land, nearly a hundred square miles of rural wilderness, representing the largest antigovernment secessionist movement in the United States. o Brian Wood's critically acclaimed series returns for the next chapter in an even more relevant postelection America.

 

 

Titan Comics - Normandy Gold #1 - $3.99

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By Alison Gaylin, Megan Abbot and Steve Scott

 

If you've been looking for a dark and gritty detective story to sink your teeth into, well, I think I've just found the book your looking for. This book follows the tale of Normandy Gold, a tough detective on a hunt for her sister's killer and it's already dark as hell. Harkening to a proud legacy of 70's exploitation stories, this book is sure to continue to be an exciting, brutal and visceral read.

 

Here's the solicit:

WHEN HER YOUNGER SISTER IS FOUND AT THE CENTER OF A BRUTAL MURDER CASE, TOUGH-AS-NAILS SHERIFF NORMANDY GOLD IS FORCED TO DIVE HEADFIRST INTO THE SEEDY WORLD OF 1970S PROSTITUTION.

 

 

Dynamite Entertainment – Dresden Files Dog Men #1 - $3.99

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By Jim Butcher, Mark Powers and Diego Galindo

 

I certainly cannot get enough of The Dresden Files, so I can't wait to sink my teeth into this comic even with the Faux paus of showing dresden's face on his own cover. Cameos from the novel abound in this larest Dresden comic from Dynamite but be forwarned it seems to follow the book Ghost Story, and has numerous spoilers you may want to avoid as well. When Dresden accompanies Listens-to-Wind on a mission to solve a grisly set of murders in missisippi you know it's going to be a wild ride.

 

Here's the solicit:

 

Jim Butcher's worldwide bestselling Dresden Files saga continues in this original limited series! Harry Dresden is a man on the edge - and that is something that can be dangerous to friend and foe alike. He's been drafted by a senior member of the White Council of Wizards to investigate a series of murders in rural Mississippi. As always, there's more afoot than is immediately apparent. The question is, will Harry's state of mind keep him from seeing it, and will his actions lead him into direct conflict with the wizard who's depending on his help?

 

 

Pick of the Week: Image Comics – Kill the Minotaur #1- $3.99

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By Chris Pasetto, Christian Cantamessa, Lukas Ketner

 

Last but not least is the new comic everyone will be talking about this week Kill the Minotaur. This book is a excellent blend of fantasy and history and it is interesting to see a book based on Greek Mythology. In particular the collective creators efforts do a heck of a job of bringing the history and culture of the ancient Greeks to life. If you enjoy historical fiction as much as I do you're sure to find this a fantastic read.

 

Here's the solicit:

Athens lost the war to Crete. Now, they pay tribute to King Minos by sacrificing their best citizens to his unearthly labyrinth. Conspirators believe Theseus can be the hero they need to end the mad king's bloody reign...but no one on this world has ever encountered anything like the savage minotaur. CHRIS PASETTO, CHRISTIAN CANTAMESSA (Red Dead Redemption) and LUKAS KETNER (WITCH DOCTOR) reinvent the most fearsome beast of all with this horrific tale of heroism. Each issue features 30 pages of story!

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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