Welcome to Food or Comics?, where every week we talk about what comics we’d buy at our local comic shop based on certain spending limits — $15 and $30 — as well as what we’d get if we had extra money or a gift card to spend on a “Splurge” item. We’re coming a little late today due to a power outage in my neck of the woods — due to a blackout, not because I spent the money for the electric bill on Flashpoint or Fear Itself tie-ins.
Because I'm not doing San Diego this year, some kind of crazy comic karma has decided that this week will be filled with comics I want to read. For example, if I had $15, I'd run to grab Daredevil #1 (Marvel, $3.99), which I've been looking forward to for some time -- Mark Waid, Paolo Rivera *and* Marcos Martin? How can anyone refuse? -- before scooting back to the DC aisle to pick up both DC Retroactive: The Flash - The '70s #1 and DC Retroactive: Wonder Woman - The '70s #1 (Both DC, $4.99), because I am such a sucker for old-school DC that even this weird "slight return" of the same seems exciting to me.
If I had $30, I'd probably pick up both last month's #1 and this month's #2 of Image's Witch Doctor mini, after getting recommendations from friends (Both $2.99), before wandering grabbing Locke & Key: Clockworks #1 (IDW, $3.99) and then rounding it out with Batman: Gates of Gotham #3 (DC, $2.99), which is turning into an enjoyable little Batfamily series.
To splurge or not to splurge? Well, there *is* that Thor: The Black Galaxy Saga trade (Marvel, $19.99), and I really *do* like my Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz Thor, so that might have to be coming home with me...
If I had $15:
Unlike Graeme, this is another quiet week for me, with my initial purchase being the first issue of The Boys: Butcher Baker, Candlestickmaker, the latest (and, I believe, final) spin-off of the Boys franchise, this time delving into the origins of the group's leader Billy Butcher. I've been a bit down on the comic lately, disappointed with the heavy info dumps and not really digging John McCrea's art, but this issue features the return of co-creator Darick Robertson, so I'm hopeful.
If I had $30:
I'd either grab Neptune, a charming all-ages book by Aron Nels Steinke about a girl and her dog, courtesy of Sparkplug Books, or I'd nab La Quinta Camera: The Fifth Room, a new manga series from Natsume Ono. I haven't been exactly wow'd by Ono's work, but this book seems to adopt a cartoonier style and, like I said, it's a slow week.
The sixth volume of Fumi Yoshinaga's Ooku is out this week. I've only read the first volume so far, so for my splurge I'd get Vol. 6 and the other four books to catch up.
If I had $15, I'd start with a couple of Weird Western comics: Deadlands: Massacre at Red Wing ($2.99) and Zeke Deadwood: Zombie Lawman #2 ($3.50). The Deadlands one-shot is by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, who know a thing or two about the genre and Zeke just looks and sounds fun. Next I'd add Criminal Macabre/The Goon: When Freaks Collide ($3.99) because Cal McDonald and the Goon are a match made somewhere very far away from heaven. Finally, I'd add Daredevil #1 ($3.99), not just because Mark Waid fills me with confidence about every Marvel or DC series he writes, but I'm just happy to see a superhero smiling again on that cover.
If I had $30, I'd add a few more single issues. The top of this part of the list is Marineman #6 ($4.99), the double-sized wrap-up to the first story in Ian Churchill's excellent underwater superhero series. Besides the price, the only thing keeping this out of my $15 list is knowing that the collected version is coming out next month and I'm going to want that anyway. After that I'd add the redundantly titled Sergio Aragones Funnies #1 ($3.50) and Rocketeer Adventures #3 ($3.99).
My splurge item for the week is Ray Fawkes' One Soul graphic novel ($24.99) that Brigid's written about a few times. I saw a preview of it at C2E2 and was so impressed that this really isn't a splurge item. I'd find money for it regardless of my budget.
If I had $15, I'd dial into DMZ #67 (DC/Vertigo, $2.99) by Wood and Burchielli; although this book has entered the marketing doldrums the way 100 Bullets and Preacher did during it’s last year of release, the book’s reaching a high point quality-wise. After that I’d pick up Rocketeer Adventures #3 (IDW, $3.99), which has been non-stop hit and thanks in no small part to editor Scott Dunbier. After those two, I’d settle in for the next Walking Dead #87 (Image, $2.99) and then try the new Daredevil #1. For the latter, I’ll borrow a phrase from Tom Spurgeon and feel like I’ve read all I need to read on Daredevil… but the creative team on this has given me second thoughts enough to try this out.
And since this is Food or Comics, with my $1 left over I’d get an Icee from Burger King.
If I had $30, I’d drink my Icee and put my money all in at Marvel with Uncanny X-Men #541 ($3.99), Invincible Iron Man #506 ($3.99), Avengers #15 ($3.99) and Generation Hope #9 ($2.99).
For my splurge this week, I’d write a check to Misters Ross and Edwards for the Turf hardcover (Image, $39.99). Tommy’s art here is more than worth the cover price even though I bought the single issues, especially for the extra features promised.