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Food or Comics? | This week’s comics on a budget

Baltimore: The Plague Ships

Baltimore: The Plague Ships

If it’s Tuesday, it’s time for Food or Comics? Every week we talk about what comics we’d buy if we only had $15 to spend, if we only had $30 to spend and if we had extra money to spend on what we’re calling a “Splurge” item.

So join Brigid Alverson, Chris Mautner and me as we run down what we’d buy this week, and check out Diamond’s release list to play along in our comments section.

Brigid Alverson

If I had $15…

I’d start with the first issue of Baltimore: The Plague Ships ($3.50), because it’s written by Mike Mignola and it has Europe flooded with vampires. Looks like fun. And then, because I can’t get enough Mignola, I’ll take issue 2 of Hellboy: The Storm ($2.99).

Dark Horse is launching its updated Magnus: Robot Fighter series, written by Jim Shooter, this week. Issue #1 looks pretty sweet, and it’s 56 pages for $3.50 (including the original Magnus story from 1963), so I’ll give that a try.

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Grumpy Old Fan | Being good at being bad

Secret Society of Super-Villains #10

Secret Society of Super-Villains #10

The cover of October 1977′s Secret Society of Super-Villains cries

Who gave the secret order to kill Captain Comet?

Was it Star Sapphire? The Wizard? Gorilla Grodd?

– Or someone else?

We who know the fate of SSoSV might nod knowingly at the surely-unintentional connection between that breathless blurb and the “publishorial” at the end of the issue.

First, though, some history.

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What Are You Reading?

Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne

Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne

Welcome once again to What Are You Reading? Today’s special guest is writer and artist Dean Trippe, creator of Butterfly and co-founder of the Project: Rooftop blog, among other credits. He posts regularly on his Tumblr site Bearsharktopus-Man, where he is currently selling this nifty Doctor Who/Batman crossover print. He also has some art in the Webcomics Auction for the Gulf.

To see what Dean and the rest of the Robot 6 crew have been reading, click below …

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What Are You Reading?

Fantastic Four

Fantastic Four

Welcome once again to What Are You Reading? This week our special guest is Justin Aclin, editor of ToyFare magazine and writer of Hero House and S.H.O.O.T. First, which you can read on MySpace Dark Horse Presents. To see what Justin and the Robot 6 crew have been reading lately, click below …

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What are you reading?

Nana Vol. 1

Nana Vol. 1

Welcome once again to What Are You Reading?, our weekly look at the comics, graphic novels, books and whatever else the Robot 6 is reading. This week our special guest is Laura Hudson, editor of the Eisner-nominated site ComicsAlliance and former editor of the Eisner-nominated magazine Comics Foundry.

To see what Laura and the rest of the Robot 6 folks are reading, click the link below.

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Six in one hand…

Grumpy Old Fan

Grumpy Old Fan

Last week Secret Six #7 wrapped up the ongoing series’ first story arc with a big fight scene on a Gotham City bridge. (Charmingly quaint highway sign: “Welcome to GOTHAM CITY/Come as a stranger/Leave as a Friend!”) Amidst all the carnage, two characters met their fates in a shared blaze of glory, old alliances were re-forged, and old enmities were renewed. In short, it was a rockin’ good time.

I really can’t say enough positive things about Secret Six, which is one of DC’s best superhero titles. (Of course, I use the term “superhero” advisedly.) Therefore, if you’re not reading it already, for what are you waiting? Gail Simone, Nicola Scott, Doug Hazlewood, Jason Wright, Rob Clark Jr., and Sean Ryan are at the top of their game!

Well, that’s it for me. See you next Tues–

– what? 1100-odd words to go?

And no more vamping with this one-sided fake-dialogue?

Okay….

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