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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The GeekRex Comic Buyer's Guide (8/6/14)


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 & Harper






Grayson #2 - $2.99 - Last month's Grayson #1 was an interesting idea - Dick Grayson, Nightwing identity exposed in Forever Evil, is now working undercover as a super-spy for the bad guys - married to solid execution. The DC Universe is finally getting a little more colorful, and Tim Seeley and Mikel Janin seem to be having a lot of fun here.





Lazarus #10 - $3.50 - We're huge fans of this unique sci-fi drama series, and this is a great place to jump on if you aren't reading. This stand-alone issue leads into the next arc, and finally shows us more of what happened to Jonah Carlyle after his betrayal. For tightly plotted and gorgeously drawn action, look no further!




Moon Knight #6 - $3.99 - Warren Ellis got a nod as one of 2014's best writers here just a few weeks back, and his work on Moon Knight is a huge part of the reason why.  He, artist Declan Shalvey, and colorist Jordie Bellaire are doing phenomenal work with the character, and Moon Knight #6, the final issue of the Ellis/Shalvey/Bellaire days should be a fitting farewell to one of the year's most pleasant surprises.





Nailbiter #4 - $2.99 - We've been pretty big fans of this one here at GeekRex, and with good reason: Joshua Williamson's oddball crime series has been spooky, enjoyable, and fantastically illustrated by Mike Henderson.  With an eerie hook (a single small town has, over the decades, produced an abnormally large number of serial killers) and strong pacing, Nailbiter looks like it's here to stay.





She-Hulk #7 - $2.99 - Beyond it's awesome cover, this one sounds like a winner: Soule hasn't really missed a step here yet, and this issue marks the return of Javier Pulido and a team-up with Hank Pym. The wacky legal world of She-Hulk is one we never miss!








Swamp Thing #35 - $2.99 - Soule has created some really interesting new characters in the Green mythos, and this issue focuses on the two scheming ex-members of the parliament of trees, now mortal and working subtly to take down Swamp Thing and take over the avatar mantle. These continue to be mostly one- and two-shot stories, which make it easy to pick up anytime!



Total Price: $19.46

 

Pick of the Week

Murder Me Dead, by David Lapham

David Lapham has had his fingers in a wide variety of books in the last few years, from Age of Apocalypse to The Strain, but his real strong suit lies in his unique brand of crime fiction. This is best exemplified in his masterwork series, Stray Bullets, which was recently resurrected by Image to much acclaim. He's got a wonderfully suburban perspective on noir that is as much familiar and funny as it is incredibly dark and nihilistic. It's extremely pessimistic view isn't for everybody, but for those with the stomach for the dramatic and tragic, his plots and stark black and white art work are unbeatable. 

So why all this talk of Stray Bullets? Back in 2000, during the original run of Stray Bullets, Lapham put out this series, Murder Me Dead, which is essentially a stand-alone story done in the style and tone of Stray Bullets. You don't need to know any of the characters or long history of the series, and you get a great nine issue story. It's got all the suburban charm and tragedy of his best works, and it's a perfect entry point if you're interested in Stray Bullets but aren't ready to commit to 50 issues of delightfully depressing noir!

Looking for something interesting to pick up that isn't quite brand new? Love finding a surprising treat on the trade paperback shelf at your local comic book shop? Here's our recommendation for this week's graphic novel selection: - See more at: http://www.geekrex.com/2014/07/the-geekrex-comic-buyers-guide-72314.html#sthash.3Asbd9oL.dpuf
Looking for something interesting to pick up that isn't quite brand new? Love finding a surprising treat on the trade paperback shelf at your local comic book shop? Here's our recommendation for this week's graphic novel selection: - See more at: http://www.geekrex.com/2014/07/the-geekrex-comic-buyers-guide-72314.html#sthash.3Asbd9oL.dpu
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