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?

8/05/15 C.C.P. Reviews:

Ms. Marvel #17 – $2.99

The Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #3 – $3.99

Ultimate End #4 – $3.99

Ms. Marvel #17

Writer: G. Willow Wilson | Artist: Adrian Alphona

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Ms. Marvel #17 is the culmination of all the love, success, and hard-work that’s been put into the creation of this character. Kamala Khan meets her idol, Carol Danvers, and it’s the most Marvel-ous team-up of the month. G. Willow Wilson continues to write Kamala Khan as this generation’s Peter Parker. She’s very relatable and fun to read. She’s trying to show off to her idol and praise her. Kamala is clearly nervous because all she wants is Captain Marvel’s admiration. It’s very human for someone so inhuman. Together, Kamala Khan and Carol Danvers try to make sense of the end of the world, as this story takes place before Secret Wars #1. Carol imparts lasting advice to her young protégé and really makes this a memorable issue. Adrian Alphona returns for this fateful meeting and it’s great to have him back. His art always worked perfectly for Ms. Marvel. The exaggerated expressions and odd cartoon-like style perfectly emulate Kamala’s powers. If you’ve left Ms. Marvel, it’s time to come back. If you’ve been a fan, this issue is what you’ve been dying for. Ms. Marvel #17 is beautiful. It’s fun to watch a modern iconic character grow and develop. This comic is a buy.

The Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #3

Writer: Dan Slott | Artist: Adam Kubert

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Secret Wars has led to so many interesting spin-offs. Some have been more successful than others and, with this issue, The Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows is finally finding its legs. There was a split that fractured the Spider-Man fan base when One More Day occurred and Peter’s marriage to Mary Jane was erased. I’m happy to report that the Peter we’ve all missed has finally returned. In the beginning of Renew Your Vows, I was a little worried with this Peter because of his lack of responsibility, but Dan Slott has shamed my lack of faith. Peter has more responsibility than ever before. He wants to protect his family, but at the same time, wants to set a good example for his daughter. This is the Spider-Man fans of the MJ and Peter relationship have been waiting for. Peter is finally a dad and has a new set of responsibilities yet to be explored. Adam Kubert’s art is exactly what you want in a Spider-Man comic. The faces can be a little odd with an apparent lack of neck drawn, but this doesn’t detract from the enjoyment at all. It’s dramatic, fast-paced, and acrobatic. The fight scenes with the Sinister Six bring about nostalgic feelings and it feels real good to have a more grounded Spider-Man back (not the dimension-travelling CEO Peter). Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #3 is definitely a buy for any Spider-Man fan.

Ultimate End #4

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis | Artist: Mark Bagley

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For every good Secret Wars spin-off, there is an Ultimate End. I’m really disappointed in Ultimate End because we are four issues into the series and it’s still feels and reads like a mess. I really wanted the Ultimate Universe to end on its own terms, but it feels like it’s become this odd 616 (main universe) story. Random Ultimate Universe characters are alive and they’re fighting a random assortment of 616 characters. It made no sense then and continues to make no sense now. Ignoring all these conflicts, there isn’t enough to really cause these characters to fight each other or make the Punisher go completely nuts. Instead of feeling like a love project, this feels like a rushed side project. Instead of being better than Cataclysm, this comic is moving towards worse than Ultimatum. There are still a LOT of plot holes and loose ends in the Ultimate Universe. Will The Creator (Reed Richards) visit his old home? What happened to Peter and MJ? Was the new Peter ever a clone? What happened to Thor trapped with Galactus? What will happen to the amazing supporting characters of the Ultimate Universe? Am I too invested in the Ultimate Universe? (The answer to that last question is: YES). This is why Ultimate End continues to disappoint me so much. Bendis and Bagley are a great team and are capable of so much more. Actually, the art in this issue is great. Bagley can clearly handle big action moments and his faces are finely detailed. But there just isn’t enough happening. I’ve been re-reading the Ultimate Spider-Man series and it’s one of the best Spider-Man series released in recent memory. It’s absolutely fantastic and completely relatable. But Ultimate End makes it seem like there can’t be any interesting Ultimate Universe story without the need to include the mainstream 616 heroes. The only saving grace for this book is that Miles Morales is coming back on the last page. But one page can’t save a whole series. Avoid Ultimate End. Just let the universe end in peace.

Panel of the Week:

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Can we please get a movie with a female protagonist?

There are 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.

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