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Welcome to Food or Comics?, where every week we talk about what comics we’d buy on Wednesday based on certain spending limits — $15 and $30 — as well as what we’d get if we had extra money or a gift card to spend on what we call our “Splurge” item.
There comes a time when curiosity overwhelms common sense, which is why if I had $15 this week, I’d pick up Fear Itself #1 (Marvel Comics, $3.99). I’m not sold on the series, as much as I love crossovers – Immonen on art is a big draw, but Fraction has been very uneven recently for me – and, despite some of the reviews I’ve read, I’m hearing word that it’s more of a case of “You’ll like this if this is the kind of thing you like” book than a home run. We’ll see. I’m much more excited about Nate Simpson’s Nonplayer #1 (Image Comics, $2.99); the previews look amazing, and everyone I know who’s read a preview copy has only had glowing praise for it. I’ll also be picking up the second (and final) issue of IDW’s crossover event Infestation ($3.99), as I want to know how the whole thing ends up, and the spoilers for Brightest Day #23 (DC Comics, $2.99) make that a must-have, too, even if it’s more for “They’re doing WHAT?” reasons than genuine excitement.
If I had $30, I’d use that leftover dollar from my $15 and grab the latest Fables trade, Vol. 15: Rose Red (DC/Vertigo, $15.99). It doesn’t feel that long since the last collection, but I am not complaining: I love me some Fables.
Splurgewise, it’s a week of many choices for me. If I hadn’t received a preview copy of Vertigo’s Aaron and Ahmed HC ($24.99), I would’ve been sorely tempted, and IDW’s new edition of Kurt Busiek and Stuart Immonen’s Superstar: As Seen on TV ($14.99) is calling out to me, as well. But ultimately, the lure of the Perry Bible Fellowship Almanack HC (Dark Horse Comics, $24.99) is too strong. I love love love Nicholas Gurewitch’s funny, unsettling and occasionally beautiful strip, but never bought any of the previous print editions. Somehow, an almanack sounds like just the right thing to remedy that oversight, don’t you think?
If I had $15:
I’d join Graeme in picking up the gorgeously fantastic Nonplayer #1 ($2.99) and add to it Skaar: King of the Savage Land #1 ($2.99), ’cause I love the Savage Land. I’d top off my pile with Graphic Universe’s Chicagoland Detective Agency, Vol. 2: The Maltese Mummy ($6.95), partly because I like the creators – Trina Robbins and Tyler Page (Stylish Vittles, Nothing Better) – but mostly because it combines four things I also like: teen sleuths, a talking dog, film noir and of course mummies.
If I had $30:
I’d add My Boyfriend is a Monster, Volume 2: Made for Each Other ($9.95), part of Graphic Universe’s attempt to get their fair share of that sweet Twilight action by combining young romance and horror, only in a way that looks much more palatable than the thing it’s cashing in on. This volume combines teen love with the story of Frankenstein, and I’m always interested in a new take on Frankenstein.
Since I still have $7 in my pocket, I’ll also get Image’s noirish (or as noirish as a book with ninjas and hippies can be) Blue Estate #1 ($2.99). I’d also come to Solomon Kane: Red Shadows #1 ($3.50) for the Guy Davis cover, but plan on staying for the story. I haven’t checked out the Solomon Kane books yet and am eager to find out what I’ve been missing.
The Chaos War collection ($19.99) is a true splurge, because I really only want it for issue #5, the return of Alpha Flight, and don’t want to buy just that single issue to stuff in a box in the closet. If I’m going to have it, I want it sitting on the bookshelf next to the eventual collection of the upcoming AF mini-series that it leads into.
If I had $15:
There are several new series competing for my cash this week. First up is Nonplayer #1 ($2.99), “the next Image Comics classic,” according to Andy Khouri at ComicsAlliance. This book came up at the panel I was on at WonderCon this weekend (which I will hopefully find time to talk about before next year’s WonderCon) and Simpson was at the Image table selling advanced copies and signing and all that good stuff. It looks pretty amazing. Next would be another new Image title, Blue Estate #1, which I haven’t seen as much about, but I like the premise and it looks like fun. The new Herc ($3.99) series has Fred Van Lente, and a depowered Hercules, and … yeah, I’m sold. And finally, Fear Itself #1 ($3.99), as I like Fraction’s work on Iron Man and Thor and hopefully on this as well.
If I had $30:
Then I’d add Chew #18 ($2.99), one of the best books around. Jonah Hex #66 ($2.99) features some stellar artwork by Fiona Staples. I’m digging Annihilators, both in terms of the main story and back-up, so issue #2 goes in the cart for $4.99, and I’d round it out with Love & Capes: Ever After #3 ($3.99), a perpetual favorite.
There are a few good things worth highlighting this week, one being Aaron and Ahmed ($24.99), the new graphic novel from Vertigo. Reunion ($19.95) is something I already picked up at WonderCon, and finally, Happiness is A Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown ($19.99) is exactly the kind of book I’d buy for my Peanuts-loving relatives (of which I have many).