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

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

If it’s Tuesday, it must be time for Food or Comics?, where every week some of the Robot 6 crew talk about what comics we’d buy if we were subject to certain spending limits — $15 and $30. We also talk about what we’d buy if we had extra money to spend on what we call our “Splurge” item. Check out Diamond’s release list to see what arrives in comic shops this week,then play along in our comments section.

Michael May

If I had $15:

I’d start with the Beasts of Burden/Hellboy one-shot ($3.50). I’m not sure how this mash-up of my favorite monster hunters is going to work – the tones are so completely different – but I’m dying to find out. After that, I’d add Billy the Kid’s Old Time Oddities and the Ghastly Fiend of London #2 ($3.99). In real life, I’m waiting for the collection, but I loved the first Old Time Oddities mini-series so much that I’m certain to enjoy this one too. I’d follow that up with a couple of series I’m curious about featuring favorite heroes of mine: Wonder Woman #604 ($2.99) and Zatanna #6 ($2.99). Total: $13.47.

If I had $30:

I’d drop Wonder Woman (being very unsure about the current direction of the series) and add Graphic Classics, Volume 19: Christmas Classics ($17.95), for a grand total of $28.43. I’ve got most of the Graphic Classics line and they’ve never failed to please. Besides, I love Christmas stories and most of the authors in this collection and can’t wait to see how GC has adapted them.

Splurge:

I don’t know anything about Sky Pirates of Valendor ($15.00), but I’ve been meaning to check out the webcomic for the name alone. It’s not expensive, but it would be a splurge to check it out in print when I could just read it for free online.

Chris Mautner

If I had $15:

I’m a sucker for all things Dungeon-related. The ongoing, epic fantasy series started by Lewis Trondheim and Joann Sfar hits just about every sweet spot I’ve got. Heartbreaker ($12.99), the new, third volume in the Dungeon Monsters series, which focuses on various supporting cast members, should fill that itch quite nicely, especially since it features art by Carlos Nine and Patrice Killoffer. It’s Killoffer’s work in particular I’m interested in seeing, as I’m curious as to how his inky, dark and deadpan style translates to the fantasy genre.

If I had $30:

I’d put aside Heartbreaker (at least for now) and pick up a copy of Duncan the Wonder Dog ($24.95), Adam Hine’s debut graphic novel. I’ve heard great things about the book — which apparently is set in a world where animals can communicate intelligently with people — and a quick flip through at SPX definitely left me intrigued enough to add it to my “want” list.

Splurge:

I’m always interested in anything Renee French does, so I’d definitely want to at least look at a copy of her newest book, H Day ($30). I’m doubly interested though as it apparently deals with her problems with migraines, a subject of some interest to me as I have a family member who suffers from a similar problem. To learn more about the book, I recommend checking out our own Tim O’Shea’s interview with French.

JK Parkin

If I had $15:

Beasts of Burden/Hellboy ($3.50)
Action Comics #894 ($3.99)
Incognito: Bad Influences #1 ($3.50)
Captain America #611 ($3.99)

Like Michael, I’m curious and excited to see the mash-up of Hellboy and Beasts of Burden, to see how well they mesh together. Action has become one of my favorite titles under Paul Cornell’s direction, and the appearance by Death is icing on the cake. And lastly, a double dose of Ed Brubaker, as the trial of Bucky kicks off in Captain America #611 and Zack Overkill returns in Incognito: Bad Influences #1.

If I had $30:

Fantastic Four #584 ($2.99)
Billy the Kid’s Old Time Oddities and the Ghastly Fiend of London #2 ($3.99)
Justice League Generation Lost #12 ($2.99)
Usagi Yojimbo #132 ($3.50)

I’ve covered most of these titles in previous columns, but it’s worth noting that Usagi Yojimbo #132 kicks off a new storyline that has the rabbit samurai defending a giant drum from a gang of thugs called the Red Scorpion Gang. I don’t know how much more awesome it could sound.

Splurge:

There’s a lot to choose from in the “splurge” category this week. Tomorrow brings the release of Superman: Earth One ($19.99) by J. Michael Straczynski and Shane Davis, while Vertigo collects Brian Wood and Leandro Fernandez’s awesome Northlanders story, The Plague Widow. If you missed the big Black Panther story Doomwar ($24.99), you can pick up a hardcover this week. And as Chris mentioned above, Renee French’s awesome H Day also arrives in stores.

But my official splurge item would be Duncan the Wonder Dog ($24.95), which I splurged on at the Alternative Press Expo last week. And oh man was it worth it.

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