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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The GeekRex Comic Buyer's Guide (9/24/14)

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 Harper

Aliens: Fire and Stone #1 - $3.50 - If you read our review of this issue last week, you know we loved it. It's a really interesting piece of the Prometheus/Alien timeline that hasn't yet been explored, and it's intensely scary. If you're looking for a comic set in the Alien universe but more on the horror side of things than the Prometheus comic that came out a couple weeks back, this first issue is a can't-miss!

Low #3 - $3.50 - Rick Remender appears to be in love with Image these days. Low joins his fantastic Deadly Class and his divisive Black Science as his third currently running Image title, this time working with Greg Tocchini. The first two issues were pretty scattered, but also absolutely gorgeous (thanks Greg!) and pleasantly ambitious. If Remender can make his twists feel a bit more organic, Low could end up being a blast, but even if he doesn't, it's worth trying for Tocchini's weird worlds.

Roche Limit #1 - $3.50 - Even just a few years ago, futuristic classic science fiction barely even existed in mainstream comics; Image has, however, brought it back into the mainstream. Roche Limit, a new Image title from Michael Moreci and Vic Malhotra, looks to keep pushing that forward, though (as with Low above) he's combining it with a more popular genre, crime, to help make it a bit more palatable. Still, crime and sci-fi tend to blend well together, and the basic concept allows for a lot of interesting world-building. And, let's be honest, these days almost any new Image debut is worth at least checking out.

Letter 44 #10 - $3.99 - The story of the new president dealing with unknown alien weaponry floating in outer space while a military/scientific crew try to discover it's purpose is one I can't put down. After last month's heartbreaking last page, this will be at the top of my stack to see where this world is going next!

Saga #23 - $2.99 - Saga continues to be the best $2.99 I spend every month. It's a different story than when it started, now more focused on the family drama than intergalactic outlaws, but Vaughan's tight, clever scripting and great dialogue plus Staples' consistently smooth and expressive art continue to make this one of the most engaging stories in comics today.

Total Price: $17.48


Pick of the Week
Astro City: Victory, by Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson, and Alex Ross

Kurt Busiek's long-running Astro City is one of my favorite comics - I still hold one of its earliest issues, "The Nearness of You," up as an example of some of the finest work the genre is capable of producing. After the dissolution of Wildstorm, I was worried that Busiek's influential series would be gone forever, but it was brought back last year as a Vertigo series, and it has run there ever since. Astro City: Victory is an interesting diversion from the typical Astro City formula - which deals heavily with man-on-the-street viewpoints on epic superhero struggles - delving for the first time into the life of Astro City's premiere heroine, Winged Victory. The story could not be more timely, with sexual predators targeting women like Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Watson for daring to, uh, exist at all really, as it follows a series of attacks on the reputation of the Wonder Woman-esque heroine in an attempt to permanently shut down her mission to spread feminism across the globe. As ever, the adventure story is well constructed, and Busiek does a great job at getting to the core emotions behind the familiar superhero tropes we all know and presumably love. It doesn't quite hit the highs of many past collections, but I'm glad to see Busiek still fleshing out comics' most well-realized setting.

Jump in with Astro City: Victory today, or check out some of his older collections, like hardboiled epic The Tarnished Angel or Batman-esque mystery Confessions

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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