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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The GeekRex Comic Buyer's Guide (9/10/14)

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 and Kyle

Hawkeye #20 - $3.99 - It only took months and months, but seeming Matt Fraction's Hawkeye is back on a semi-regular schedule. This month returns us to what looks to be the final chapter of Kate's big sojourn to LA with a show-down with Madame Masque that's been building since the series' only ever two-parter way back in Issues 4 and 5. Hawkeye continues to be something special, and more Annie Wu Kate-face is worth the price of admission itself.

Lazarus #11 - $3.50 - For the beginning of its run, I was a little hot and cold on Greg Rucka and Michael Lark's Lazarus. But once the "Lift" arc kicked-off, I slowly but surely got hooked. With last issue putting many of the big pieces into place, its become a "top of the pile" read for me. "The Conclave" begins in this issue, which is the culmination of all of the various Family descriptors and conflicts that have informed the background of the series since Lazarus began. I'm looking forward to meeting the other Families that have yet to make an appearance, and they all start to gather right here.

Ms. Marvel #8 - $2.99 - Series regular artist Adrian Alphona returns as Ms. Marvel enters its third arc. Its first two were both incredibly strong, so readers wondering what the hype is all about should find a nice jumping-on point here as Kamala begins to learn about where her powers came from and what her new place in the world will be.

Velvet #7 - $3.50 - Velvet really digs into the meat of its second arc with its seventh issue. I'm really not sure what to say here except to ask why you aren't all reading this? Captain America partners Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting putting all their formidable powers towards crafting a twisty spy thriller borrowing equally from James Bond and John La Carré? Jump on this one fast.

Annihilator #1 - 3.99 - Grant Morrison. Frazier Irving. Shut up and take my money! A story of a screen-writer who is dying and is visited by one of his own creations? A creation who then tells him that he must write a screenplay that will keep the universe from imploding? Sounds like a Morrison piece of meta-fiction alright! One I'll be reading before anything else this week.

Total Price: $17.97


Pick of the Week
Everything you possibly can over at Top Shelf.

Every year, Top Shelf hosts a massive sale that spans huge chunks of their catalog - and what a catalog it is! We've finally reached that time of the year, and I've already dropped 70$ picking up some essentials that had slipped by me these last couple years. If I had to bring one or two to your attention, however - and I am literally required to do so - Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell's iconic From Hell and its elaborate, well-made Companion are required reading for any comics fan.  The From Hell hardcover is currently a measly 25$ (at 50% off), but the real bargain comes in The From Hell Companion, currently sitting at just 1$, a discount of $28.95. With all the attention Jack the Ripper has been getting lately in the news, now is definitely the time to go revisit one of Moore's densest works.

But, realistically, you should look through their whole offering, because deals like The Underwater Welder for just 3$ cannot be missed. Click here for a complete list of Top Shelf sales items.
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