Food or Comics? | This week's comics on a budget

Welcome to Food or Comics?, where every week we talk about what comics we’d buy on Wednesday 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 what we call our “Splurge” item.

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Brigid Alverson

If I had $15,

I'd get volume 13 of 20th Century Boys. This series is fantastic, and I hear there's a big reveal in this volume.

If I had $30,

I'd add some floppies to the mix. This is a good week for a lot of the series I have been following on and off: Atomic Robo: Deadly Art of Science #4 ($3.50), Sixth Gun #9 ($3.99), Kill Shakespeare #9 ($3.99). Since I have a bit left over, I'll throw in Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #716 ($3.99), because I really have been enjoying that classic Disney.


Dark Horse's Giant Size Little Lulu, vol. 3, weighs in at over 700 pages, so for $24.99 it's a splurge that brings value for the money. If I'm feeling particularly flush, I'd throw in Boom! Studios' Muppet Sherlock Holmes ($9.99), just for laughs.

Chris Mautner

If I had $15:

It's a quiet week for me, but the arrival of a new issue of Godland ($2.99) is always a good thing, and I'm in the need for some tongue-in-cheek Kirby riffs this week.

If I had $30:

The 13th volume of Naoki Urasawa's 20th Century Boys is my first and really only pick here this week ($12.99). Perhaps I'll use the money I save to get some of the other volumes in the series I currently don't have.


If you're a fan of classic comics and have the scratch to feed your need, this is a pretty good week. Marvel has volume one of their Golden Age Mystic Comics series, featuring some nice pulp-style work by Alex Schomburg ($59.99). Meanwhile, Dark Horse has the sixth volume of their Eerie Archives out ($49.99), and the third volume of the Giant Sized Little Lulu collections ($24.99). Any of those books would offer a good day's read.

Michael May

If I had $15:

I'd start with Namor: The First Mutant #7 ($2.99). I jumped on board with issue #5 and like what Stuart Moore's up to with a new (to me) supporting cast. He also seems to have hit a nice balance between Namor's dickish and heroic natures. That's crucial to what makes the character so fascinating. I'm not totally sold on the Hell plot, but there's enough other stuff to keep me interested for now. Three other series I'm following also hit this week: Echoes #3 (3.99), Secret Avengers #10 ($3.99), and Atomic Robo and the Deadly Art of Science ($3.50).

If I had $30:

I'd trade-wait all of those and pick up a couple of larger volumes instead. Muppet Sherlock Holmes ($9.99) combines two of my favorite things, so that's an easy one. Also, I enjoyed the first volume of Outlaw Territory and want to read the second one ($19.99). There are a good number of weird westerns out lately, but as much as I enjoy those, it's also nice to be able to get western stories with cowboys shooting other cowboys instead of ghosts and witches.


I'm having a difficult time deciding between Dark Horse's collection of Marvel's John Carter of Mars: Warlord of Mars ($39.99) and Marvel Masterworks: Golden Age Mystic Comics, Volume 1 ($59.99). Thanks to a few blogs that have exposed me to them, I've grown very fond of Golden Age adventure stories and Mystic Comics includes several genres, including superheroes, space pulp, mythological fantasy, and jungle adventures. Also, as Chris mentioned: Alex Schomburg art.

That price tag is killing me though, so I'll probably hope for an eventual paperback collection and go with Warlord of Mars for now. I have fond memories of those John Carter comics from when I was a kid and I'd love to revisit them.

Graeme McMillan

It's a relatively slow week when it comes to trying out new books for me, it seems. If I had $15, I'd probably go with Action Comics #898 (DC, $2.99), because I've been really enjoying Paul Cornell's take on Lex Luthor and found the previous issue to be the best yet by far; New York Five #2 (DC/Vertigo, $2.99), the follow-up to a debut for Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly's Minx sequel that impressed the hell out've me, even though I was really looking forward to it; and Matt Fraction and Sal Larocca's Invincible Iron Man #501 (Marvel, $3.99), which again gets a chance based on a more-impressive-than-I'd-been-expecting previous issue (The .1 issue, which I found so much more engaging than the last year or so of the book). Sure, that's only $10 used, but that's because...

...If I had $30, I'd use the "spare" $15 to go add DC's Showcase Presents: Justice League of America Vol. 5 ($19.99). I've been loving this series, and have waited a long time for this collection, which includes the 100th issue of the series, complete with JSA and Seven Soldiers of Victory team-ups. I really, really love this stuff.

Splurgewise, I'd probably pick up the hardcover collection of Oni Press' Ghost Projekt Vol. 1 ($19.99); I've heard really good things about Joe Harris and Steve Rolston's supernatural thriller, and the early issues I read left me ready to read more.

Jk Parkin

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