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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The GeekRex Comic Buyer's Guide (9/3/2014)

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: Shane and Harper

Southern Bastards #4 - $3.50

It has been well over a month since the last issue of Southern Bastards hit the stands...far too long for some of us.  Jason Aaron and Jason Latour's Southern noir comic is finally back this week and you damn well better have it on your pull list already.  Not since perhaps Saga have I felt so confidently that a comic was destined to be a must read classic so early on in its run.

Nailbiter #5 - $2.99

Writer Joshua Williamson is almost becoming the new Charles Soule when it comes to the number of comics he is writing each month.  While Ghosted has improved, Nailbiter is quickly becoming the runaway hit of Williamson's work.  This horror book continues to hit all the right creepy notes while also telling a riveting character-based story.

Captain America #24 - $3.99

Remender and Pacheco's Cap has been pretty consistently interesting for the duration of the run, and here we have a lot of the plot points of the entire run coming to a head. This issue promises to be pretty action packed, and also claims to be the beginning roots of the next event, Axis. Hopefully we'll see the beginnings of Falcon becoming Captain America as well!

Original Sin #8 - $4.99

It's finally time for Marvel's summer event of the year, Original Sin, to come to an end.  This is typically when most Marvel events drop the ball (if they have not already), but something about this book has me confident that writer Jason Aaron can stick the landing.  While it is not going to be long between the end of this story and the beginning of Axis, I hope that Aaron and Deodato can at least deliver a solid story with a satisfactory ending.  Although a few aftershocks in continuity wouldn't be so bad either.

She-Hulk #8 - $2.99

Who doesn't love this book? It's fun and funny, and Soule's writing style, which tends to favor short 1-2 issue stories that add to a character rather than long drawn-out arcs, is always a big positive for me. This particular issue should be fun as it brings the aged Captain America into the mix, but perhaps most interestingly, it continues the mysterious 'Blue File' storyline in the periphery.

Total Price: $18.46


Pick of the Week
The Wrenchies
by Farel Dalrymple
We've already covered this book at length, both in review and interview form, but seeing as it's coming out in comic shops this week I figured I'd give it just one more plug. The Wrenchies is a fantastical post-apocalyptic time-traveling tale, but that's only part of it; there's a whole slew of wonderfully unique characters and wildly imaginative ideas. It's hard to believe that all the threads, from the shy kid who pretends to be a superhero in the present, to the fictional superhero team The Wrenchies, to the post-apocalyptic wasteland ruled by children, could actually come together in a coherent way, but Dalrymple manages to weave them into something unlike anything else on the shelf. Its weirdness might turn some off, but if you're open to something a little bit–okay, a lot–strange, I can't recommend it highly enough! 

Check The Wrenchies out at your local comic shop this Wednesday, or order on Amazon now! 
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