By: Derek Ng
Let’s not beat around the bush, comics are getting expensive. With so many new issues, epic sagas, and never-ending disasters, my wallet can only take so much. Cover Price is a weekly comic review with the set budget of $15. I mostly pick my choices based on cover, price, and hype. Which company suckered me into buying their issues this week? Were the issues I picked up worth the $15 cut? Were the issues you picked up worth your money?
4/1/15 C.C.P. Reviews:
Convergence #0 – $4.99
Uncanny Inhumans #0 – $4.99
Futures End #48 – $2.99
Dodger: A Western Saga of Mechs and Mayhem – $0.99
Writer: Dan Jurgens, Jeff King | Artist: Ethan Van Sciver
Filling in the lost days of Superman after last year’s DOOMED event, Convergence is a meaty comic full of Brainiac. Ethan Van Sciver draws a powerful and creepy Brainaic leading to a beautiful book. The story is a little convoluted, as Superman tries to solve everything by punching. The main point I took away was that Brainiac is the villain and Superman escapes (all things we already know). This issue is probably not too important for the Convergence storyline but it does mark the first appearance of the new villain, Telos. For $4.99, unless you really want the zero issue of Convergence, I’d recommend passing. Save that money for the main story or for the multiple Convergence tie-ins coming out.
Uncanny Inhumans #0
Writer: Charles Soule | Artist: Steve McNiven
Black Bolt is the man. This comic is all about Black Bolt and takes place after the events of Inhumans. Steve McNiven is one of my favorite artists and, paired with a good colorists like Justin Ponsor, the art in this comic is amazing. Steve McNiven always draws fantastic moments of deep emotion without Soule having to add any unnecessary dialogue. Black Bolt is portrayed as powerful, feared, and yet in complete control. The main story of this comic is about Black Bolt still dealing with what happened after Infinity. There is a brief backup story, but it isn’t all that memorable. This comic is made for Black Bolt fans. I’m hoping Uncanny Inhumans continues to be centered around Black Bolt because I would buy every issue. It probably won’t, which is also good because I’d like to get to know some new characters. $4.99 may be expensive, but this is definitely a fun comic and my comic of the week.
Futures End #48
Writers: Keith Giffen, Dan Jurgens, Jeff Lemire, Brian Azzarello | Artist: Patrick Zircher
For a conclusion to this 48-issue epic, Futures End was pretty disappointing. Maybe I’m a sucker for happy endings or maybe I just wanted a definitive conclusion, but this issue was not my cup of tea. And I was all aboard the Futures End hype train. Patrick Zircher returns to pencil the finale as he penciled the beginning. His art is enjoyable and a nice reminder of how far we’ve come. But again, the ending to Futures End leaves you wondering what the point was? Flip through and leave the comic on the stands, it’s not worth the pain. Pick up Batman Eternal #52 or Earths End #26 instead!
Dodger: A Western Saga of Mechs and Mayhem
Writer: Tres Dean | Artist: Jamie Jones
We’ve got two expensive $4.99 books this week which means there’s no money in the budget left for traditional comics. However, April 1st also marks the release an indie digital comic “Dodger.” At only $.99 for 13 pages, I decided to give it a super quick review. Jamie Jones provides amazing pencils for this comic. His style is a mix between Skottie Young and Todd Nauck. At times, the action can be a lot to digest without any color, but overall, the art is definitely the highlight of the comic. His style is fun…familiar yet different. It manages to be unique. The same can be said for Tres Dean’s Sci-Fi story. The story is fun, familiar but different, and unique. Tres Dean does a great job of establishing characters without any backstory. Anyone can start reading here and understand what’s happening. Think of it as a short animation in the style of Samurai Jack. At $.99, this comic and talent is worth checking out. Given its indie roots, we’ll give you the links to the comic and the artist on Facebook.
There are many, many more books released by DC and Marvel this week. I wish I could read them all but my wallet can only take so much. What did you read this week? Which issues would you put on your $15 budget this week? Remember to read and buy what you want and support your favorite writers and artists!
Derek is comic book fan like none other. You can follow him on Twitter.