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

Welcome to the first Food or Comics? for 2011. 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.

Graeme McMillan

Hey, it's the first week of 2011, and time to get some awesome comics, right? Right? So for my $15, I'll pick up... Oh. Kind of a slow week, then, huh? Well, there's always Steel #1 (DC, $2.99), the sure-to-be-controversial one-shot that launches the retro "Reign of Doomsday" crossover, and my love of James Robinson's Justice League will ensure I pick up the Starman/Congorilla one-shot (DC, $2.99), if only to find out what all those interludes in the middle of the current "Omega" storyline are all about. Curiosity compels me to pick up Image's Walking Dead Weekly #1 ($2.99), if only to see if it's pretty much an exact reprint of the original first issue with a different cover, but that remaining $6 may just end up burning a hole in my pocket. Maybe I'll put it toward my $30 haul...

If I had $30, I'd take that $9's worth of singles, and add the Fraction TP (DC, $18.99). I barely remember this 2004 series from DC's short-lived "Focus" line about a group of men who steal an Iron Man-esque suit and split it between them, but what I do remember, I enjoyed. Plus, it's got art from Tim Green II, so if nothing else, it'll look nice.

Splurging, it's a much easier choice: Marvel's Mighty Thor Omnibus has a lot of early Kirby and Lee, over-sized? That's well worth $99.99 to me. Hell, ANY over-sized Kirby is worth that much, if you ask me...

Michael May

If I had $15:

I'd get Steel #1 ($2.99), partly because I've always liked Steel, partly because of Sean T. Collins. I'm still kind of fascinated with how much I liked Megamind, so I'd pick up Ape's Megamind #1 (3.95) to see if it's able to capture any of what I liked about the movie. Finally, I'd add to my On the Case with Holmes and Watson collection by getting the sixth volume, The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire ($6.95).

If I had $30:

I'd add issues of some ongoings and mini-series: Billy the Kid's Old Timey Oddities and the Ghastly Fiend of London #4 ($3.99), Doc Macabre #2 ($3.99), Edge of Doom #3 ($3.99) and John Byrne's Next Men #2 ($3.99).


I've already got Masterworks volumes with many of those Thor stories, so I'd spend my mad money on the other Marvel Omnibus coming out this week, Women of Marvel: Seven Decades ($125) featuring early stories about Hellcat, Tigra, Shanna the She-Devil, Black Widow, She-Hulk and a whole bunch of other favorites.

Chris Mautner

Wow, Graeme wasn't kidding when he said it was a slow week, was he? I guess for my $15 purchase, I'll have to go with maybe the 41st issue of the Tea Party's favorite comic, World War III Illustrated ($7), which features folks like Peter Kuper and Seth Tobocman looking at the food industry and food/health issues.

At the $30 mark, I'll also pick up the first volume of Salvatore ($14.99), a charming funny animal comic by French author Nicolas de Crecy (Glacial Period) about a little dog mechanic who steals parts from the cars he fixes in order to build the ultimate hot rod that will get him to his true love in South America. The story also involves a lost baby piglet, his nearsighted mother, a divorcee cow who dabbles in avant-garde art and a little, shy bald man who never speaks a word. Yes, it's a bit rambling and convoluted, but it all adheres together remarkably well and de Crecy's art is lovely to behold.

For my splurge item, I guess I'll go with IDW's sixth volume of Little Orphan Annie, even though I'm about five volumes behind. Still, it's not like I'm not going to buy the whole shebang some day.

Brigid Alverson

If I had $15…

Unlike some people here, I'd have no problem spending it. I'll start with the fifth volume of Twin Spica ($10.95), Kou Yaginuma's wonderful story of a girl who wants to be an astronaut in the Japanese space program. Then I'd buy the fourth and final issue of Scratch 9 ($3.95) Rob Worley and Jason Kruse's high-spirited comic about a cat who gets to meet his previous incarnations (taking that nine-lives thing literally).

If I had $30…

I like Graphic Universe's Holmes and Watson adaptations, and my nephew will love them even more, so I'll get the latest one, On the Case with Holmes and Watson: The Sussex Vampire ($6.95) to read with him. Then the first issue of Who Is Jake Ellis ($2.99); I liked Nathan Edmondson's The Light, and this series, with its psychic/spy match-up, looks like a good bet. And finally, I'll grab the Betty & Veronica Digest #187 ($3.99), because while it isn't too cerebral, it guarantees me an hour or so of solid enjoyment.


Put me down for the Complete Little Orphan Annie as well ($49.95). IDW's Library of American Comics volumes are hard to beat. The quality is great and the background materials are interesting and well researched (at least the ones I have seen), so I really can't go wrong with this.

JK Parkin

Yeah, somehow I don't think I'll have any trouble spending my limit either. I'd start by spending my $15 on the Thanos Imperative: Devastation one-shot ($4.99), which bridges the gap between the Thanos Imperative and the upcoming Annihilators miniseries. I'd also grab the first issue of DC's new miniseries, Weird Worlds ($3.99), mostly because of the Kevin Maguire story but the others look like they could be fun, too. Irredeemable #21 ($3.99), as we showed you on Sunday, looks good, and I'd round it out with the third issue of Superboy ($2.99).

If I had $30, I'd get all those titles and add in Walking Dead #80, iZombie #9 and Who Is Jake Ellis #1, all of which are $2.99. I'd also like to get Generation Hope #3. I wasn't sold on the first couple issues, but as I just read the latest Uncanny X-Men trade over the holidays, which introduces several of the new mutant characters, I'm a lot more interested and plan to reread the first two issues. That leaves me with $3, and both the books I'm looking at for my last purchase, Billy the Kid's Old Timey Oddities and the Ghastly Fiend of London #4 and Avengers Children's Crusade #4, are $3.99 ... but maybe one of my fellow bloggers will lend me a buck from their leftover cash?

For my splurge item, it's easy -- the Madame Xanadu trade ($17.99) which is how I've been buying this series anyway.

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