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, the wallet can only take so much. Comic Cover Price is a weekly comic review with the set budget of $15. We mostly pick our choices based on cover, price, and hype. Which company suckered us into buying their issues this week? Were the issues we picked up worth the $15 cut? Were the issues you picked up worth your money?
3/11/15 C.C.P. Reviews:
Howard the Duck 1 – $3.99
Thor 6 – $3.99
Star Wars 3 – $3.99
Future’s End 45 – $2.99
Howard the Duck #1
Writer: Chip Zdarsky | Artist: Joe Quinones
Ever since the appearance of Howard the Duck in a recent summer blockbuster, fans have been asking for more of the Duck. I, personally, have never read any of Howard the Duck’s previous comics so this new series is right up my alley. It’s a fun and clever read that had me chuckling a couple times. While no Squirrel Girl level of humor, Howard’s comedic approach is much more subtle. It’s definitely worth checking out this week. I would recommend flipping through it before you buy. $3.99 is a normal #1 price point, but it’s not a series I would put on my pull list.
Writer: Jason Aaron | Artist: Russel Dauterman
This book has been awesome (I won’t lie. I’m a complete fan of the new female Thor). Russel Dauterman shines in this series. His art has been fantastic and is a pleasure just to look at. Matthew Wilson’s colors are so vivid and lively, that they complement Dauterman’s pencils extremely well. Jason Aaron’s new Thor arc is much lighter tone than this God of Thunder series, but it’s equally as fun. This issue is full of emotion and action as the Odinson tries to discover the mystery behind the new Thor. The new Thor is not Jane Foster, but could Thor: God of Thunder #12 become a key issue? What is certain is this issue of Thor is well worth the price of admission.
Star Wars #3
Writer: Jason Aaron | Artist: John Cassaday
When picking these comics for the week, it’s always a tough decision because many super-cool and hype issues come out. For two of Jason Aaron’s comics to make this week’s picks is just bad luck for my wallet. Star Wars is so much fun and I’m a complete sucker for Darth Vader. Darth Vader is the highlight of this series (maybe more so than his own). This issue is action-packed, fun, and a great call-back to the original magic of the Star Wars movies. If you love Darth Vader and need to be reminded why he’s the greatest badass in the galaxy, pick up this issue.
Futures End #45
Writers: Keith Giffen, Dan Jurgens, Jeff Lemire, Brian Azzarello | Artist:
Rounding off the budget this week is DC’s weekly series, Futures End. Usually I avoid these weekly series in my budget, but I couldn’t stay away from this one. This is a great jumping point for new readers because Superman is back and Brother Eye is finally active. All the action and story has built up to this arc, so I decided it was time to add this issue to the budget. Again, this is a really good jumping point if you want to read how this series will conclude. This issue may not be as important as next week’s issue. Futures End 46 is might be really interesting for Batman Beyond fans. I’m sensing a plot build-up for Batman Beyond that will finally result in those nice teasers DC has been releasing. Was Futures End worth the purchase? I would say flip through, but definitely put Futures End 46 on your watch-list.
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!
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