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.

Check out Diamond’s release list for this week if you’d like to play along in our comments section.

Chris Arrant

With $15 worth of dingy bills and loose quarters, I’d go my local comic shop and start with Thor: The Mighty Avenger #8 ($2.99). Probably the pick of the week in some circles (even for a square like me), it’s a celebration of what Langridge and Samnee accomplished – and although it’s the last issue, there’s that FCBD issue on the horizon. I’d also pick up two number ones -– Casanova: Gula #1 ($3.99) and Daredevil: Reborn #1 ($3.99). With my last $4, I’d be hard-pressed to pick between Thunder Agents #3 ($2.99) and Infinite Vacation #1 ($3.50), but would probably pick the latter –- Nick Spencer’s on both, but Christian Ward’s art makes Infinite Vacation #1 worth the buy.

If I ended up in a comic store with $30 in my hand, I’d probably throw back Daredevil: Reborn and Infinite Vacation #1 until reviews or money next week, and pick up Oni’s Sixth Gun Vol. 1 ($19.99). I’ve been meaning to try this series for awhile, and the guys over at the iFanboy podcast have been talking it up for some time now.

As for the splurge, it would definitely be the New Avengers Premiere Vol. 1 hardcover. At $24.99, this six-issue collection is a great buy—especially when you consider it's a hardcover. I’d love to find out it had some extras in it, but even without it I love Marvel’s Premiere printing quality.

Graeme McMillan

It feels like another slow week this week, but my $15 will end up going towards the first issue of Nick Spencer's Infinite Vacation (Image Comics, $3.50), the first Chris Roberson issue of Superman (#707, DC Comics, $2.99) and Marvel's "Ha, bet you feel silly for buying it first time around for $3.99 per issue" three-issue collection of Wolverine: Wolverine Goes To Hell Must-Have (Marvel Comics, $4.99), which I've heard enough good things about to make me risk $1.33 an issue for second time around. If only I had 50 cents extra, I'd throw in Casanova: Gula #1 (Marvel/Icon, $3.99), but it's not like I didn't read these stories the first time around (But, oh! That coloring! That lettering! It just looks new again in these reprints).

If I had $30, I'd probably look at adding the similarly complimented Avengers Academy: Meet The New Class Must-Have (Marvel Comics, $4.99), the final issue of Paul Cornell's Batman & Robin run (DC Comics, $2.99) which has been good enough to make me wish that Cornell was sticking around for a bit, the first issue of Andy Diggle's Daredevil: Reborn (Marvel Comics, $3.99) to see whether it's all been worth it, and then probably go for a little Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #6 (DC, $2.99) to see how the first storyline ends.

Splurge-wise, its all about Marvel's Avengers: The Coming Of The Beast hardcover ($19.99), collecting the storyline that brought Hank McCoy to the team that appreciated him the most. Steve Englehart and Tony Isabella awesomeness for (just) under $20? Yes, please.

Chris Mautner

If I had $15:

Everything Graeme said about Casanova goes double for me, especially as I think this particular story arc is arguably the best thing Fraction has written. It's definitely on my pull list for this week.

After that, if I'm not feeling too wounded that Alan Moore refuses to join my online Scalped fan club, I'll pick up the seventh issue of Dodgem Logic, Moore's ongoing magazine about various and sundry non-comics related things.

Beyond that, it's a pretty short week, filled with plenty of nothing I'm that interested in. Certainly if you haven't read the first Casanova collection yet, there's a new $15 trade out that I heartily recommend.

Brigid Alverson

If I had $15:

I would pick up the second volume of Cross Game ($14.99), Viz's coming-of-age manga about a boy whose family runs the local batting center and his relationship with the girls who live down the street. I haven't read the whole first volume, but the first chapter struck me as really sweet, in the way manga can be sometimes. And baseball will get me thinking about spring. Viz is publishing this in omnibus editions that combine two of the original Japanese volumes, so that's a lot of reading for the money.

If I had $30:

I would add in Uncle Scrooge: Like a Hurricane ($9.99), because BOOM! does a nice job with these trades and I haven't read one in a while. And then B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: Gods #1, as it's starting a totally new storyline.


It's a splurge because I already have it in single issues, but I would really like to have the trade of The Sixth Gun ($19.99). It's a great story, well done, and the sort of thing I'm likely to re-read, so add that to my list.

Michael May

If I had $15:

Like Graeme and Chris, I'd buy Casanova ($3.99) again to see the new printing. And like Brigid, I'd check out the launch of the new BPRD mini-series ($3.50).

If I had $30:

I'd put back Casanova (trade-waiter) and grab The Sixth Gun ($19.99) instead. I've been wanting the collection of Oni's supernatural Western since the series was first announced. Glad to hear from Brigid that it's worth the wait.


The definition of "splurge" to me is "something expensive that I don't really need." That describes the Doom Patrol: Brotherhood collection ($17.99). I like the Doom Patrol concept, but have never read Keith Giffen's take on it and have no idea if it's really my thing. I'm also guessing that the second collection in the series isn't the best place to start, but curiosity gets the best of me and if had some unspent Christmas money burning a hole in my pocket, I'd check it out.

JK Parkin

If I had $15:

I'd start off with Secret Six #29 ($2.99), which concludes the story that was started in Action Comics, pitting the team against Vandal Savage and Lex Luthor. I'd also grab the second issue of Heroes for Hire, which had a fun start, and the latest Justice League: Generation Lost. That leaves me room for two more $3 titles, so let's add the last issue of Thor: The Mighty Avenger and Thunder Agents #3 ... although if I had just 50 more cents I probably would have gone with the other Nick Spencer title this week, Infinite Vacation.

If I had $30:

...which seems like a good place to start. Let's add in Infinite Vacation #1 ($3.50), as well as the new Daredevil miniseries, Daredevil: Reborn #1 ($3.99). I also like the idea of these cheaper "Must Have" editions that Graeme pointed out, so I'd add in the Wolverine one as well ($4.99). That doesn't leave me much room, but I'll throw in the Unwritten #21 ($2.99) and borrow 50 cents from Chris Mautner this week.

Splurge: Although I already have the singles and don't need the trade myself, I would also recommend the Sixth Gun trade paperback for anyone who hasn't check it out yet.

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