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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The GeekRex Comic Buyer's Guide (8/27/14)

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 MultiversityComics for coming up with the great idea–we hope you like our spin on it!

This Week's Team: Cal & Shane

All-Star Western #34 - $3.99 - Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti found success in the most unlikely of places with Jonah Hex, a long-running DC title rebooted with the New 52 into All-Star Western, which similarly outlasted a good number of more typically commercial books.  But with All-Star Western #34, their series finally comes to an end.  So say your good-byes while you can... and, in the meantime, enjoy the fact that it comes with Darwyn Cooke on art.

Silver Surfer #5 - $3.99 - Enjoy our discussion of Doctor Who here on GeekRex this week?   Wishing there were more of the series to enjoy?  A lot of people use the fact that Dan Slott and Mike Allred's Silver Surfer is riffing on the same themes and styles that has defined Doctor Who for the last decade, but when a book is this much fun, who cares if it isn't what the character normally does?

Wayward #1 - $3.50 - Jim Zub's Skullkickers may have gotten off to a bit of a rough start, but it figured itself out eventually, and Zub's career began to take off just as it did.  Now, Zub adds a second book to the Image library with Wayward #1.  And, hey, it may be ad copy, but billing itself as a series trying to combine Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Hellboy is a great way to pique my interest.

Saga #22 - $2.99 - What's there to say about this comic that hasn't been said by one of us here time and again?  Saga continues to amaze in its ability to find new places to take what could have been a very simple story and develop its characters in ways that feel natural as well as unexpected.  The recent time jump also helped things out quite a bit.  Oh yeah, and Fiona Staples' art continues to be some of the best on the market.

Original Sin Thor & Loki: The Tenth Realm #4 - $3.99 - Original Sin wraps up next week, and, though it has not been the continuity mixer-upper that Axis promises to be, it has certainly made for some of the best tie-ins for a summer event Marvel has possibly ever had.  This week sees the continuation of Loki and Thor's exploration of The Tenth Realm, which continues to throw both expected and unexpected twists our way.

Total Price: $18.46

Pick of the Week

by Jim Starlin

Curious about Marvel's big Cinematic Universe baddie, Thanos?  Warlock: The Complete Collection features the work of Jim Starlin, the man who defined Thanos for decades (and who continues to do so in Marvel's recent OGN, Thanos: The Infinity Revelation) and includes some of the character's biggest early stories.  But it isn't about Thanos; the series follows the grand cosmic adventures of Adam Warlock, one of Marvel's oddest cosmic characters.  While it's a bit clunky in the offset, once he gets going, Starlin's take on cosmic comics was to be exceeded only by Jack Kirby's legendary Fourth World cycle.  Big, weird, and deeply personal, the Warlock stories are a blast, particularly for readers unaccustomed to the more sanded down brands these characters would come to represent.

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