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?
4/8/15 C.C.P. Reviews:
Convergence #1 – $4.99
Convergence Superman #1 – $4.99
Ultimate Spider-Man #12 – $2.99
Writers: Scott Lobdell, Jeff King | Artists: Carlo Pagulayan, Jason Paz
Convergence is upon us. DC’s big summer event involving the crossover between “the heroes of Crisis, Zero Hour, Elseworlds, and more”. If you know/remember any of those heroes, then Convergence will be a trip down memory lane. If you’re a new reader, BEWARE! DC may not be the current place for you. Convergence opens up with the Injustice heroes after the events of the video game. I would have LOVED for these characters to be fleshed out, but it’s more of a cameo than anything. This issue is mainly about the surviving Earth 2 heroes. The appearance of the Earth 2 heroes set off the new villain, Telos, to create first annual DC COMICS HUNGER GAMES!!!! That’s the best way I can describe this because the various DC Universes have to fight each other for survival (typical comic fashion). Carlo Pagulayan, with inker Jason Paz, provides great art that makes this comic easily transition from both the Injustice web comic and the Earth 2 comic. It’s a very pleasant comic to look at but, like most first issue comics, this comic doesn’t really provide much for a $4.99 price. You’re better off looking to what other comics have come out this week. (Unless, of course, you want the incredibly sick Tony Daniel Variant)
Convergence Superman #1
Writer: Dan Jurgens | Artist: Lee Weeks
The Convergence event is all about finding the stories with the characters you miss and buying those comics. DC Comics is banking on the nostalgia factor for this event. And nothing makes me happier than seeing Clark with Lois. The Superman in this story is Pre-New 52 Superman (the classic). Dan Jurgens and Lee Weeks work wonderfully together. I had no doubt that this was the Superman and Lois we always knew and loved. However, I wish that the Convergence side stories were more like the Flashpoint side stories, where readers were invited into their world. Instead we have a brief return of classic Superman stories, only to be interrupted by the Flashpoint world “converging” with the Pre-New 52. Confused? Basically this comic is Superman vs Flashpoint Justice League #1. Like I said, DC Comics is not the place for new readers right now. If you’re a Pre-New 52 Superman fan, this is a fun comic worth picking up.
Ultimate Spider-Man #12
Writer: Brian Bendis | Artist: David Marquez
Ultimate Spider-Man was the first comic that truly got me into comics. I’ve been with this series ever since Bendis re-told the origin of Peter Parker. Miles Morales’s Ultimate Spider-Man #12 is the last Ultimate Spider-Man comic we may ever get from Marvel. Out of all the other titles coming out, I couldn’t resist this one. Unfortunately, beside the sentimental value, this comic doesn’t scream “buy”. Make no mistake that Bendis and Marquez are perfect together. Marquez draws a great Miles and always has. There is no complaint about the art. In fact, this issue is full of 2-page spreads that are grand in scale. But story-wise, this was not the ending I wanted. Bendis had to, unfortunately, cater to Marvel’s Secret Wars schedule so that’s how Ultimate Spider-Man ends. It wasn’t emotional and it wasn’t heartfelt. It was the last episode of the beloved Batman Beyond TV series all over again. Granted, the ending I’m looking for will probably be in Secret Wars: Ultimate End, but I wanted an end for solely Spider-Man. The real heartfelt ending is in the letters column of this issue and reading what all the fans have to say. To Bendis, Marquez, the editors, and everyone who works to make a comic, thanks for 15 amazing, spectacular, and astonishing years of Ultimate Spider-Man.
Panel of the Week: Deadpool #45
Deadpool was $10. That would have blown the whole budget! Deadpool fans will LOVE this issue and maybe new readers too. It’s funny. It’s Deadpool. Instead of a review, how about a nice panel:
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.