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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The GeekRex Comic Buyer's Guide (8/20/14)

We know walking into your local comic shop or browsing the new titles on Comixology can be harrowing, particularly with the rising prices of comics. The GeekRex team feels your pain, so that's why each week two members of our team will collaborate and highlight the "must-buys" of  every Wednesday, and we'll make sure we keep the tab under 20 bucks. Props to Multiversity Comics for coming up with the great idea–we hope you like our spin on it!

This Week's Team: Harper and Kyle

The Multiversity #1 - $4.99 - We've only talked about it ridiculously at length on the site for weeks, so to say that this first issue is highly anticipated is an understatement. The map analysis that this team worked up may finally see a few answers and we'll also get a team-up of President Superman with Captain Carrot, along with some of the other great super-heroes of DC Multiverse. This project is the sequel to Final Crisis that we've waited years for and it's also a series that, according to Morrison, is going to create the world's first real-life superhero. We plan to savor every single panel.


The Fade Out #1 - $3.50 - Right there with Morrison in our eyes is the team of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, whose Fatale, Criminal, Sleeper (and to a lesser extent, Incognito) have produced the best noir based comics you'll find anywhere. The Fade Out is the latest in their extraordinary output. 1948. A film starlet's suspicious death. Post War Boom Hollywood. It sounds like their answer to Satellite Sam in a way. It's a must buy and the only competition here is what will get read first between this and the previous entry.

The Wicked & The Divine #3 - $3.50 - You know it's a great week when a Kieron Gillen-Jamie McKelvie - Matt Wilson is kind of an after-thought in our weekly pull. Calling it as such though is a real disservice, as the first two issues of this series have produced some of the most exciting comic storytelling of 2014. The Wicked & The Divine is pure comic pop-craft and absolute candy for the eyes. A blend of David Bowie with World Mythology, how can it get much more exciting than that? This issue will also hopefully provide an answer to last month's tantalizing mystery end.


Sensation Comics feat. Wonder Woman #1 - $3.99 - We've been praising DC's digital first comics for quite a while now, and they're finally completing the triumvirate by adding Wonder Woman to the lineup. This anthology series is kicking off with some great creators, including Gail Simone and Ethan Van Sciver. We'll get a tale of Diana tackling some crime in Gotham City as well as meeting her biggest fan. Here's to hoping great Wonder Woman stories can continue here with the legendary Azzarello/Chiang run coming to an end!


Supreme Blue Rose #2 - $2.99 - Warren Ellis is making a major return to the stage, with his short run of Moon Knight at Marvel and Trees at Image making a big splash, but the first issue of Supreme Blue Rose that came out a few weeks ago was especially intriguing. Lotay's art is dreamlike and beautiful, and the premise of a down and out journalist being hired for an ungodly sum to research the existence of Supreme, one of the original Image superheroes, is mysterious and thrilling.

Total Price: $18.97


Pick of the Week
 Winter Soldier: The Bitter March
by Rick Remender and Roland Boschi

We reviewed the single issues of this miniseries very favorably as they were coming out, and we'd highly recommend checking out the trade that comes out this Wednesday at your local comic shop (out 9/2 on Amazon). Remender weaves a tightly knit tale of tricky moral situations in a mod cold war spy story. It's full of uber-fun set ups, intense action sequences, and a great back story for ex-S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Ran Shen. Perhaps even more exciting is Boshi's fantastic art. It's set firmly in a 60's spy style that is rarely seen, and is an absolute joy to behold. There's so much more to this story than it's lovely stylish exterior though, and its dark moral trappings will hold up to multiple readings. A great companion piece if you saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier and are looking for more!
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