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Welcome to Food or Comics?, where every week we talk about what comics we’d buy at our local comic shop 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 a splurge item.
It’s an odd one for me this week; if I had $15, I’d probably just grab two of DC’s Zero Month books (Batman Incorporated and Flash, both $2.99) and then skip straight to the $30 portion of the week so that I could pick up the Showcase Presents Amethyst, Vol. 1 collection (DC, $19.99), if only to reassure me that the original series was good after last week’s revival.
If I were to splurge, I’d step outside of DC’s purview and go for IDW’s Joe Kubert Tarzan Artist Edition. I was one of the many people who didn’t really “get” Kubert as a kid, but his linework won me over as I got older, and the chance to see some of his best-looking art in “real size” is something that I’d love to be able to embrace.
If I had $15, I’d get Batman Incorporated #0, probably the only DC zero book I’ll get, and Vol. 11 of Yotsuba&!, because I could use some irrepressibly cute manga about an adorable green-haired girl right about now.
If I had $30, I’d put away Yotsuba&! and get Barbara, Osamu Tezuka’s manga about a would-be artist who takes in a lovely but strange homeless woman, only to become convinced that she is his personal muse. I know there was a bit of grumbling that DMP went the Kickstarter route in getting this published, but honestly, I’m just happy to have more Tezuka in print.
What constitutes a splurge purchase? How about six, hardcover, slipcased volumes of Robert Crumb’s sketchbook work, priced at about $1,600, courtesy of the fine folks at Taschen? Yeah, I think buying that would be a “splurge purchase.” It would also constitute sheer madness and a one-way trip to the poorhouse, but at least you’d have all those nice Crumb books to keep you company. I’m sure they’d make a fine pillow.
If I had $15, I’d give in to my curiosity about what Mark Waid will do with Steed and Mrs. Peel #1 ($3.99). He starts off by setting all of London ablaze, which sets the bar pretty high. Next on the list is Popeye #5 ($3.99), because now that Snarked! is done, that’s where I’ll get my Roger Langridge fix. Then it’s Skullkickers #18 ($3.99), which is a standalone anthology with short stories by some cool folks (they had me at “J. Torres”). I’ve got three bucks left, and that will be well spent on Super Dinosaur #14 ($2.99).
If I had $30, I’d get the third volume of Avatar: The Last Airbender ($10.99), which winds up this trilogy written by Gene Luen Yang, and then get The Sixth Gun #25 ($3.99), just because.
IDW’s Archie: The Best of Harry Lucey ($24.99) tops my splurge list. Lucey gave the Archie folks their distinctive look and I’d love to see more of his work. And as long as I’m throwing money IDW’s way, I might as well go all in and get the first volume of their Gasoline Alley collection ($49.99), which starts not at the beginning of the strip but at the beginning of the Dick Moores era. And not only will I be joining Chris in picking up vol. 11 of Yotsuba&!, I’ll grab vol. 4 of GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class ($12.99), a gag manga about cute girls in art school that has just a bit more to it than your average 4-panel gag manga.
If I had $15, I’d start with a couple of series I’m loving: The New Deadwardians #7 ($2.99) and The Spider #5 ($3.99). On top of those would go Captain Marvel #4 ($2.99) and Phantom Lady #2 ($2.99). I’m stockpiling Phantom Lady for a future Women of Action column, but Captain Marvel is up next in that series and I’m looking forward to reading the first four issues back-to-back.
With $30, I’d throw a few more single issues on the pile beginning with Steed and Mrs. Peel #1 ($3.99) and Super Dinosaur #14 ($2.99). Honestly, I could have just let Brigid do my shopping for me this week and had a satisfying stack of comics to read. Next, I’d get X-Men Legacy #274 ($2.99). I’m a little less thrilled by that series now that I’ve caught up with it, but it’s still basically all about Rogue, so I’m sticking with it even though I miss Mike Carey. After that, I’d give Hit-Girl #3 ($2.99) a look just for the fun of it, and finish up with National Comics: Rose and Thorn #1. I’ve never liked Rose and Thorn, but maybe the New 52 versions will be more my thing.
For my splurge, I’m really tempted by that Joe Kubert’s Tarzan of the Apes: Artist Edition, but also by Dave Stevens: Covers and Stories ($49.99). Looks like IDW gets all of my mad money this week.