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All-New All-Different Say No to 5 Dollar Comics NOW! – Week of 07/05/2017

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

All-New All-Different Say No to 5 Dollar Comics NOW! – Week of 07/05/2017

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!



Image Comics – Samaritan #2 - $3.99


By Matt Hawkins and Atilio Rojo


Samaritan is an interesting story that focuses on a elite hacker on the run for the government after religious zealots stage a terrorist attack to fire up public opinion against the Muslim population. When the architect of that attack gets elected the president of the United States, Sam must go off the grid and plot her revenge to bring the man who killed her lover down. This book is a hell of a suspenseful read, and a great choice if you like thrillers.


Here's the solicit:

Sam kidnaps the CEO of Northlock Industries, a massive military industrial complex company that's linked to the president, and begins her plan to take him down. She comes to terms with the fact that it may very well be a suicide mission.


Boom! Studios - Unsound #2 - $3.99


By Cullen Bunn and Jack Cole


From superstar writer Cullen Bunn comes a new horror tale set in Cascia Psychiatric Hospital, an asylum that seems normal from the outside. Unfortunately that asylum has a long and storied history of the occult, bizarre scientific experiments and tragedies. Ashii is at her first day working as a nurse at the asylum, when a riot breaks looks forcing her to flee into a world of nightmares and insanity. There is always a risk in these kind of books that everyone's just crazy, but so far Cullen has penned a very unsettling tale of madness and the supernatural.


Here's the solicit:

Ashli uncovers a horrifying secret in the deeper levels of the asylum, and not everyone in her group will make it out alive.



Dynamite Entertainment- Justice Inc Faces Of Justice #1 - $3.99


By Kyle Higgins and Alex Shibao


Based on a pulp magazine story that was published in 1939, Justice Inc was latter picked up by DC and made into a comic famously worked on by Jack Kirby. Well it looks like licensing master Dynamite Entertainment has updated this book into a modern setting and wrote and entertaining tale about The Avenger being accused of a crime he did, and would not, commit. The creative team combo of Higgins and Shibao do a masterful job of updating this book for the times without stripping it of what made it great. It's definitely worth a look if you like spy thrillers.

Here's the solicit:

No man is above the law! When the FBI discovers evidence that incriminates Richard Benson in a brutal murder, the Avenger finds himself arrested and subjected to an intense investigation by the Bureau's best agents! Now the Justice, Inc. team must spring into action to save their leader, and discover if there's a sinister plot at play... ...or could the Avenger actually be guilty of such a heinous crime?



IDW Publishing – Diablo House #1- $3.99


By Ted Adams and Santiperez


Diablo House is a throwback to horror anthology comics of the past and a welcome relief from some of the more contemporary horror comics we have today. The titular house has long been an ominous tourist attraction, but little do the tourist know but the house will grant wishes in exchange for your soul. Each issue tells a self contained story and if you liked older horror comics like Tales From the Crypt this is right up your alley.


Here's the solicit:

Located along the sleepy coastal town of La Jolla, California, Diablo House lets you make your dreams come true - if you dare. Surf-bum and Diablo House host, Riley, takes us into his home and shares the stories of the people who let their desire come at the cost of all else. Inspired by the classic horror comics of the past!



Pick of the Week: Dark Horse Comics – Visitor How And Why He Stayed #5 - $3.99


By Mike Mignola and Paul Grist


From Hellboy creator Mike Mignola comes a thrilling side story focusing on a minor character in the series, the enigmatic alien Visitor. Sent on a mission from the stars to kill Anung Un Rama and unwilling to kill a child, he has been stranded on earth for decades. The Visitor has been a book that tugs on your heartstrings and shown us a side of Hellboy we have never seen before. I can't wait to read the final chapter and see how the story ends.


Here's the solicit:

After decades of living as a man the Visitor has a chance to return to his people in space, but must deliver a message to Hellboy first.



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