Budget for Good Books: Comics Out July 14

Another round of the budget game, considering what I’d buy with $15.

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Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour
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The book of the week is, of course, Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour (Oni Press, $12), the final volume in the series and the precursor to the movie, due out next month and eagerly anticipated. However, although Diamond is shipping the book this week, it’s not supposed to be on sale until the 20th, so that doesn’t count.

Manga-wise, the only volume I’m interested in is the 16th book of Inubaka Crazy for Dogs (Viz, $10), but thanks to Viz’s generosity, I’m reading it now. I also read Bighead Press’ Escape From Terra ($13) back at ordering time; unfortunately, I didn’t care much for it.

So that leaves me with periodical comics. Oni has the second issues of two series I’m enjoying, Frenemy of the State and The Sixth Gun, at $4 each. That leaves me with $7, which is enough to get Birds of Prey #3 (DC, $3) and Avengers Academy #2 (Marvel, $3), with $1 left over for tax.

If I was going to the comic shop, I’d flip through Bongo Comics’ Comic Book Guy The Comic Book #1 ($4), to see what kind of approach they were taking. If anyone checks it out, let me know. I’d probably also be curious about Girl Comics #3 (Marvel, $5), just to see who’s in this issue of the anthology.

8 Responses to “Budget for Good Books: Comics Out July 14”

  1. David Oakes Says:

    I think I am going to regret this exercize. Or maybe just my LCS, when I realize how much I spend a month, and how little I enjoy.

    Well, this is a more typical week, I think. In order of desire:

    Superfriends #29
    Astro City Silver Agent
    Chew #12
    CA/BP: Flags of our Fathers #4
    Girl Comics #3
    Rebels #18
    Thanos Imperative #2
    Brave and the Bold #35
    Unwritten #15

    So yeah, only half my books at $15. And there were at least five titles I had under “Look at if you can afford it” as well. Flags, Girls, and Rebels won’t be here next month, but yeah, I should probably think about B&B and Unwritten.

  2. Suzene Says:

    $15, hm?

    Chew #12. Thanks to this comic, John Lyman is on the short list of writers who can have one of my kidneys if that’s what it takes to get us to the end of this story.

    Frenemy of the State #2, since I’ve enjoyed absolutely everything I’ve read from DeFilippis and Weir.

    Age of Reptiles #4, because it’s a nature documentary about dinosaurs in comic-book form, and my inner twelve-year-old will hate me forever if I don’t see the story through.

    Bulletproof Coffin #2. I enjoyed the meta and the story-within-a-story in issue #1; I’m still not sure where the framing story is going, but I’m intrigued enough to keep reading along.


    I liked what I saw of Sixth Gun on Oni’s site, but not enough to double-dip. Tradewaiting on that one.

    X-Men: Hellbound #3. This will get a flip through on the shelf to see if I’ll eventually snag a used copy of the trade (which will probably be packaged with a reprint of the first Magik LS, and hence cost $30). I would also like to offer Marvel a tip of the hat for getting the Pixie mini-series collected so quickly.

    And I think that’s it for this week.

  3. Johanna Says:

    Aw, David, no regrets — the exercise isn’t meant to make you feel bad, but to focus on what you really enjoy. Sometimes it’s a good idea to leave something on the shelf instead of getting everything that catches your eye. It makes you appreciate what you have more.

    Thanks to you and Suzene for sharing your lists. It’s neat to hear what interests people, and I note how little overlap there is. It’s a sign of how much great stuff is out there these days.

  4. Ed Sizemore Says:

    I’m already busted out. Akira volume 3 came out this week. Even using Amazon, I’m at $16.49.

    In for a penny, in for a pound. So I’ll add Calling Cthulhu from Boom Studios to my overbudget expenses.

  5. Johanna Says:

    Oh, I didn’t realize Boom! had that new ongoing Cthulhu horror series. Sounds right up your alley!

  6. JeffG Says:

    Hmm, won’t make it to the shop until Saturday, but the following should already be set aside for me and worthy IMHO:

    Locke and Key: Crown of Shadows

    and I’ll probably check out “Richard Stark’s Parker: The Man With Getaway the Face (prelude)” having liked the trade from Cooke, but I’m a sucker for noir like this, Criminal, Bronx Kill, etc.

  7. David Oakes Says:

    “[T]he exercise isn’t meant to make you feel bad, but to focus on what you really enjoy.”

    Good, because not only did I enjoy every book I got this week – and I got every book plus one, Gorilla Man – but B&B was the best book of the week. Even better than Super Friends. (And it was one of their better issues!)

    No, seriously. Everyone go out an buy Brave and the Bold #35 right now. And then buy another one an hour later.

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