Budget for Good Books: Comics Out July 28

Let’s open with a plug: out this week is Hogan’s Alley issue 17 ($6.95). I’m their Comic Book Columnist, and for this issue, I wrote an overview of the DC and Marvel business changes that began last year. Given the print time, it’s not up-to-the-minute, but I think I hit all the high points, and I’d love to know if readers thought I succeeded.

Hogan Alley 17 cover

Now, on to what I’d like to buy this week if I only had $15.

Top of my list is always Boom!’s Muppet Show comic. So issue #8 takes the first $3.

My next spend is going to be a Viz manga volume, but at $10 each, which one? There are new installments of several series I’ve enjoyed — Hikaru No Go Volume 20 and Otomen Volume 7 — plus two debuts I’m curious about: Bakuman Volume 1 and Seiho Boys High School Volume 1. But I think my choice will be the second (and final) volume of Flower in a Storm, which I thought was a funny action/romantic comedy.

Thankfully, I’ve already read the $11 Sayonara, Zetsubo-Sensei Volume 7, out from Del Rey.

So that leaves $2, and the new Previews catalog is $4.50. I’ll hope my retailer gives me a price break, since putting all those comics in front of me will hopefully increase sales for him.

At the store, I’d probably flip through Wonder Woman #601, just to see how the new/revamped history continues from issue #600. But in looking at DC and Marvel titles for this week, what’s with all the alternate covers and variant printings? It makes it very difficult to tell when a new comic is available and hard to avoid rebuying something I already have. Wait, I think I answered my own question.

What looks good to you this week?


8 Responses to “Budget for Good Books: Comics Out July 28”

  1. David Oakes Says:

    It’s a moderate week for me, but one where making choices is easy, since the Johnny DC books are out:

    Batman Brave and the Bold #19
    Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam #18
    (Typed “Milly” at first. That’s a Fruedian slip…)
    Fantastic Four #581
    Madame Xanadu #25

    Almost a no brainer week, except that I still have cash left over. (Curse you, non-fungibility!) “Abe Sapien: Abyssal Plane” #1 was back to the intense characterization I prefer from Mignola, so I can recommend #2. And “First Wave” #3 should be as good as the first two. (Anyone else find it impossible not to think of a DC/Marvel crossover with “Nextwave”? Good, it’s not just me.) And of course the new “Torchwood” ongoing starts as well.

    But I have to say that the book I am most looking forward to seeing on the shelf this week is “Avatar of the Futurians”, a return to the characters created by the late Dave Cockrum. So let’s get that, and claim the extra $1 as well spent.

  2. Johanna Says:

    … There’s a Torchwood comic? Wow, I missed that completely. My one all ages comic this week I overlooked would be the Roger Langridge-written Thor book.

  3. Anthony Says:

    “Billy Batson” and “Batman:TBATB” for me, as well. Maybe also some Archie comics, if I go to my comic shop’s main branch (assuming they sell them there; their branch near my house basically doesn’t carry them).

  4. Russell Says:

    If I’m not mistaken, the latest WALKING DEAD trade comes out today. This was the first series I started reading trade-only, because the single issues are just too darned short!

  5. Johanna Says:

    For a second, I thought you said “last Walking Dead trade”, and bad me, I thought “good” for a minute. :) I just can’t get into the violence and nihilism of that series, but it’s certainly doing well, and I’m glad you’re enjoying it. I’m curious to see how the TV show does.

  6. Suzene Says:

    Easy week for me:

    Usagi Yojumbo #130
    Four Eyes TPB v. 1 – Forged in Flames

    “Four Eyes” is actually a book that I’d love to be buying as a monthly — pit-fighting dragon rings during the Great Depression is one heck of concept to run with. However, issue #1 came out in October 2008, and I believe the series is currently up to four issues. So here, the tradewaiting is less about money and more about being extremely wary of getting caught in the middle of an unfinished arc.

  7. Lynn Says:

    The final mushishi volume is out in english this week. Even if it wasn’t on your radar for this week, I’d be super curious about your thoughts on it.

  8. Johanna Says:

    Ed is working on a review of Mushishi 8/9/10, Lynn. He’s a big fan of the series, so I passed it on to him.

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