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

Welcome once again to Food or Comics? Every week the Robot 6 crew lists what comics we'd buy if we had $15 to spend, if we had $30 to spend and if we had extra money to spend on what we're calling a "Splurge" item.

So join Brigid Alverson, Chris Mautner and me as we run down what we'd buy this week, and check out Diamond's release list to play along in our comments section.

Chris Mautner

If I had $15 ...

The obvious choice seems to be the newest and final volume in Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour (none of my local comic stores are getting the book until Wednesday, the stinkers). I've been a fan of the series for awhile (http://www.comicsreporter.com/index.php/cr_holiday_interview_101/) and am anxious to see how it concludes. (Unfortunately, I don't actually have $15 of real world money to spend this week, so I'll have to wait another week or two.)

If I had $30

Rick Geary's latest entry in his wonderfully gruesome Treasury of 20th Century Murder series arrives this week, so that would be the next entry on my shopping list. Titled The Terrible Ax Man of New Orleans, it's the grisly and for some reason little known tale of ugly doings that transpired in the Big Easy immediately after World War I. To add to the mystery (cue the ominous music) ... the killer was never found! Probably not to be read just before bed but definitely worth reading nevertheless.


My daughter and I have been enjoying the heck out of Tove Jansson's Moomin comic strips so I shall beg, borrow or steal to ensure that I get a copy of Vol. 5, which comes out this week. It's the final volume of strips that Jansson drew. Her brother, Lars, who was already handling the writing chores at this point, took over the art as well as Tove apparently felt increasingly trapped and stifled by her creation. Still, any Moomin is good Moomin and I'll be picking this up as soon as the gods of finance smile upon me.

Brigid Alverson

If I had $15 to spend…

I was thinking it was going to be all trades this weekend, but then I saw that the first issue of BOOM!'s CBGB ($3.99) is coming out, and that is too awesome to pass up. It's an anthology of stories about musicians and others hanging out in and around the legendary New York nightclub of the 70s. I'm in!

And then I'll follow that up with an Super Pro K.O. ($11.99), Oni's wrestling comedy that looks like America's answer to Shonen Jump. I used to watch a lot of professional "wrestling" back in the 80s, and this looks like it brings back the verve and goofiness of those days, with plucky Joe Somiano taking on a motley crew of costumed rivals with names like Tomahawk Slamson, Yoko No-No, and Mr. Awesomeness 2.

That puts me just a hair over the line, at $15.98, but maybe I can get a discount if I buy some more…

If I had $30, I'd spring for some more floppies, mostly light-hearted as it's been a tough week. Archie #611 ($2.99) is the second issue of Tom DeFalco's Man from. R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E. arc, so I'd go for that. I have never read the kids' comic PS238 but Johanna recommends it, so maybe I'll pick up issue #45. (2.99) And then just for fun, the latest Futurama ($2.99) and Scooby Doo ($2.99)—I see that Edgar Allen Poe features into the plot of the latter. Good times!


My splurge item takes me back to another of my bad habits from the 80s, reading the Weekly World News every week. I wasn't so much a fan of Bat-Boy as the space aliens who made presidential endorsements, the talking carp, the man who could fry eggs on his bald head, and, of course, Ed Anger, America's angriest columnist, who makes Rush Limbaugh look like a hippie. Ed started every column with a phrase like "I'm madder than a canary in a blender" and spiraled downward from there into sheer insanity. Of course, the newspaper format, with its thin veneer of believability, is what made the whole thing work. IDW's Weekly World News comic ($17.99) takes the characters from the pages of the WWN and mashes them together into a single story, so they're walking a different line here, but it's a great cast of characters—you have to hand it to these guys, they had imagination. So sign me up for that one. And since I'm over-spending on unhealthy literature anyway, I'll make a day of it and get Rick Geary's The Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans ($15.99), because who doesn't like a good bloody murder story?

JK Parkin

If I had $15 ...

True Blood #1 ($3.99)

IDW adapts HBO's hit vampire show into comics form, as Sookie and several other characters from the show are trapped in Merlotte's during a storm. Although I enjoy the show, this is more for my wife than me, as she's a huge fan of both the show and the books that inspired it. (IDW)

Avengers #3 ($3.99)

Brian Michael Bendis and John Romita Jr. take the Avengers on a ride through time, as they try to fix the broken time stream, meet their children and no doubt get into it with the Hulk: Future Imperfect's Maestro. (Marvel)

Walking Dead #75 ($3.99)

After a few months of living in a happy, sheltered community, away from the "walkers," Rick and co.'s peaceful existence seems to be coming to an end, as the solicitation promises that "the peace and tranquility of the community is shattered." This issue also features a color back-up tale drawn by Ryan Ottley. (Image)

Atlas #3 ($2.99)

It's unfortunate that this series will end in a couple of issues, but I look forward to seeing if and how Jeff Parker and co. end it with a bang. (Marvel)

That's $14.96. Sweet.

If I had $30, I'd also get ...

Legion of Super Heroes #3 ($3.99)

I've been enjoying the relaunch of Legion of Super-Heroes by writer Paul Levitz, esp. the addition of Earth-man to the team. I'm curious to see what happens with his new ring ... (DC Comics)

New Avengers #2 ($3.99)

Two Avengers titles in the same week; while the adjectiveless team tackles time, the New Avengers team tackles magic. (Marvel)

Thunderbolts #146 ($2.99)

I guess if we can't have Atlas anymore, at least we have Parker's writing on this. This issue sees the team investigating a batch of "impure Terrigen crystals," which generate the Terrigen mists the Inhumans use to make themselves ... inhuman. (Marvel)

Welcome to Tranquility: One Foot in the Grave #1 ($3.99)

I really dug this series the first time around, and while I'll miss Neil Googe doing the interiors, the new book looks like fun. This series focuses on Mayor Fury's return to Tranquility after his murder trial. (WildStorm)

Another $14.96, bringing my total to $29.92.


I'm gonna cheat here and say that my "splurge item" is all the great releases that publishers are no doubt releasing just in time for San Diego. Brigid and Chris already covered two books I'm really excited about, the last Scott Pilgrim volume and Super Pro K.O., but as long as I'm splurging, I'd also throw in Mondo Urbano by Rafael Albuquerque, Mateus Santolouco and Eduardo Medeiros; The Troll King by Kolbeinn Karlsson; and the pocket edition of the RASL collection by Jeff Smith. No doubt all of these will provide some nice reading material while I'm waiting in line for the True Blood panel at Comic-Con.

What do you plan to get this week? Let us know in the comments section below.

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