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All-New All-Different Say No to 5 Dollar Comics NOW! - Week of 02/01/2017

Written by Chad Tucker on Tuesday, January 31 2017 and posted in Columns

All-New All-Different Say No to 5 Dollar Comics NOW! - Week of 02/01/2017

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 bullsht 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!

 

Dynamite Entertainment – Flash Gordon Kings Cross #4 - $3.99

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By Jeff Parker and Jesse Hamm

Dynamite offers us a plethora of pulp heroes in Flash Gordon King's Cross. With Ming setting his sights on earth again, Flash Gordon must team up with The Phantoms, and Mandrake the magician to overcome the new threat, and this comic was exciting from page one. Stuffed full of communist plots, invading beast men and alien warlords this book has kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. This is a highly fun read, and I recommend it to anyone who loves pulp comics.

Here's the solicit:

Superstar JEFF PARKER (Future Quest) returns to FLASH GORDON, alongside the astounding team of JESSE HAMM & GRACE ALLISON! It's going bad. REAL bad. Quantum breaches, shifting continents, hordes of Beast-Men on the loose. But whenever all hope seems lost, MANDRAKE THE MAGICIAN always has an ace up his sleeve?

 

 

Titan Comics – Rivers Of London Black Mould #4 - $3.99

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By Ben Aaronovitch and Lee Sullivan

This was my first time reading this particular book, and I was not disappointed. I consider myself a longtime fane of H.P Lovecraft's writing, so it came as little surprise I enjoyed this so much. Brillant writing and crisp moody art told a story that I enjoyed immensely without even having read the previous issues to this miniseries. You had me at "A dark-robed figure enters the room clutching a knife." Now I just need to hunt down those previous volumes. 

 

Here's the solicit:

The book store hit returns for more dark and dangerous urban fantasy! The third series in the best-selling original comic series, based on the award-wining novels by Ben Aaronovitch!

 

 

Image Comics - Paper Girls #11 - $2.99

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By Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chang

I'm not normally one to claim a comic book creator poops gold, but this is Brain K. Vaughn we are talking about. It looks like he's created a another winner, although I would not be true to myself if I claimed this was better than Saga. It wasn't better, but it was still damn good. The story follows a small group of papergirls that realize that Cleveland is being victimized from time travelers who have come from the future to fight their class war. It was a fascinating read, and Brian has a gift for making the characters seem real, despite whatever absurd situation they find themselves in. Cliff Chiang's stunning art really helped the relatability of this comic.

Here's the solicit:

A BOLD NEW STORYLINE STARTS HERE! The Eisner and Harvey Award-winning 'Best New Series' from BRIAN K. VAUGHAN and CLIFF CHIANG returns, as Erin, Mac, and Tiffany finally reunite with their long-lost friend KJ? only to encounter some horrifying new threats in an unexpected era.

 

 

IDW Publishing – Transformers Lost Light #2 - $3.99

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By James Roberts and Jack Lawrence

IDW Publishing has made Transformers comics a household name, and it's no mystery why. They have absolutely mastered taking a childhood cartoon and adapting it to an audience. It's been one rollercoaster followed by another , and I am just excited to try the new comic as I was the old. It has tough shoes to fill following on the heels of Transformers: More than Eats the Eye. While it has yet to hit that level of excellence I have come to expect from IDW, it is only a matter of time.

Here's the solicit:

Rodimus and Co. find themselves in a dangerous place. Even more dangerous than on a planet that exploded from the inside. That's already pretty dangerous. But where they are now? Oh boy. Part of IDW's Artist's Edition Cover Month!

 

 

Pick of the Week: Image Comics – Walking Dead #163 $0.25

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By Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard

Against all odds, Walking Dead brings back the $0.25 comic and it is a glorious sight to see. While not the only comic to have that price, what really pushed me over top was its popularity. It's not one of my personal favorites but I can't deny the popularity it commands. I can't pass up the opportunity to tip my glass to a creator that is such a driving force in comics, lowering his price to make his book more approachable to newcomers. If you haven't tried it before, you might as well start now. It's only a quarter buy in, after all.

Here's the solicit:

NEW STORY ARC! 'CONQUERED'-In the aftermath of The Whisperer War: ALL IS LOST. ALSO: HOLY CRAP! THIS ISSUE IS .25 CENTS TO CELEBRATE THE 25th ANNIVERSARY OF IMAGE COMICS!

 

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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