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?
3/18/15 C.C.P. Reviews:
Batgirl 40 – $2.99
Superman 39 – $3.99
Silk 2 – $3.99
Future’s End 46 – $2.99
Writer: Cameron Stewart, Brendan Fletch | Artist: Babs Tarr
Regardless of how you feel about the now infamous Joker cover, I recommend you pick up Batgirl #40. Heck, even reading it may help you make a more informed opinion on why the cover was pulled. Batgirl is fun. Writer Cameron Stewart and Brendan Fletch know the direction they want to lead Batgirl and it’s a fantastic change of pace (for DC Comics as a whole). Babs Tarr’s art reminds me of a Saturday morning cartoon. The action scenes are great and her work is really unique, yet clean. The conclusion of this issue proves that Secret Origins #10 may not be as “key” as originally thought. However, we’re all fans, and we buy comics for the purpose of reading and not selling. Batgirl #40 is 100% worth the $2.99 cover price. It’s probably the best deal this week. Make sure it’s part of your budget, I can’t recommend it enough.
Writer: Geoff Johns | Artist: John Romita Jr., Klaus Janson
Superman #39 is a continuation of Geoff Johns and JRR’s Superman arc and this issue stands out as my favorite. Superman gets a lot of hate for being “over-powered.” Well take that hate somewhere else. Simply put, this story is about Superman being human for a day. We’ve read them all before, but I still appreciate stories that remind me why Superman is Superman. JRR’s art is a love it or hate it situation, but I think he does a great job with strong characters like Superman. There are a few awkward looking pages, but the comic is full of beautiful pages as well. I bought Superman #39 because I was curious about how the story would follow up the consequences of Superman #38 and I was pleasantly surprised. This issue is worth the purchase. “You can trust him, he’s Superman.”
Writer: Robbie Thompson | Artist: Stacey Lee
Silk is, in a lot of ways, very similar in style and nature to DC’s current Batgirl. This isn’t a bad thing at all because, while similar, Cindy is different than Barbara. And I flat out love Stacey Lee’s art. It fits the story and character extremely well. Kudos to Ms. Lee, your art is wonderful. Two issues into the series, and the comic’s best moments are when Cindy isn’t Silk. The story is nothing incredibly memorable, but still a great read. Cindy picking up the shambles of her past life is really touching and, at times, relatable. I’m looking forward to when Silk fights a major villain or her own set of villains. Until then, this comic should be more $2.99 than $3.99. Probably worth waiting for the trade paperback but definitely buy if you like Stacey Lee’s art.
Futures End #46
Writers: Keith Giffen, Dan Jurgens, Jeff Lemire, Brian Azzarello | Artists: Scott Eaten, Scott Hanna
Ever since my review of Futures End #45, I knew I was going to pick up #46 this week. Was I disappointed? No and yes. Again, I’m not the most devoted Futures End reader, so I don’t really know or care about a lot of the characters or side stories happening. The Batman Beyond moments are fun and I’m glad the story is finally reaching the part of fighting Brother Eye. I also appreciated the moments with the new Firestorm because I think she’s a great addition to the Justice League. I feel like a majority of the moments that occur in Futures End will be retconned, but I hope Firestorm manages to stay relevant. Overall, this issue isn’t as great as Futures End #45, so flip through it before you buy.
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.