Like me, you may be a comic book fan on a limited budget. So, shelling out 3 or 4 bucks a pop for books every week really begins to add up. Recently, I’ve decided to limit my comic book buying to $20 a month and thought it’d be fun to show off what I’ll be buying this month. Obviously, tastes differ, so this is by no means the “best” stuff coming out next month. Merely, the stuff that I intend on buying. I encourage everyone to share their lists as well in the comments!
This’ll hopefully become a monthly feature on the last Friday of each month, so if you would like to contribute for the September list (publishing August 31st), feel free to e-mail me your list at email@example.com.
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #692 – $5.99
Release Date: August 15th
By far the most expensive item on the list, it should be well worth it. Issue #692 celebrates the 50th anniversary of everyone’s favorite wall-crawler. The book will consist of multiple stories written by the likes of current Spidey scribe Dan Slott, Dean Haspiel, Joshua Hale, and more.
As the Spidey geek that I am, I’ve kind of dropped-out of the series since the start of Spider Island. As the current arc, featuring (funny enough) The Lizard, is set to end with Issue #691, this issue will serve as an appetizer for the next big story arc which will, for the first time, introduce a… GULP… sidekick for our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
DAREDEVIL #17 – $2.99
Release Date – August 15th
While I’ve never been much of a Daredevil fan, I have been digging it since Mark Waid picked up the title early last year. The issue promises a new villain, the Coyote, and the return of a name from Daredevil’s past.
Can only imagine who this long-lost character may be…? Hmm… But, we’ll see. I mean, Waid recently won several Eisner Awards for writing, including for his work on Daredevil. So, even if the story is going in the cliché manner I think it is, I’m sure Waid will make it awesome.
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #12 – $2.99
Release Date – August 22nd
Yes, I love Zatanna. However, I haven’t been loving her since she lost her own book last year and was moved to Justice League Dark with the launch of the New 52.
After a less than stellar opening arc (which I gave up on after the first issue), writer Jeff Lemire – who’s also working on DC’s Animal Man – has taken on the duties. While his first issue, which came out in May, happened to end with a tesseract (very similar to The Avengers “cosmic cube”, coincidence?), the storyline he developed for the book has been really good and I’m interested in seeing where the team heads next. But, just note… The fishnets belong on Zatanna’s legs, not her arms. DUH!
SCALPED #60 – $2.99
Release Date – August 15th
Picking this one up will be weird… I traditionally pick up Scalped in trades, and even in those I’m still three or four volumes behind. But, picking up Issue #60 is going to be a must as it marks the finale of the Jason Aaron series, which started back in 2007.
So, as the story of Dashiell Bad Horse comes to a close, I would just like to take a moment to thank Aaron and his artist R.M. Guera for giving someone who’s half-Native American like me someone to cosplay as that’s NOT Apache Chief.
SPIDER-MEN #4 – $3.99
Release Date: August 8th
So, I bought the first issue of Spider-Men very reluctantly. I am always the one who, whenever someone tries to bring up the Marvel Ultimate universe to me, will often repeat the line “Ultimates doesn’t count.” So surprised myself with how much I liked Spider-Men.
With just a couple of issues left, I’ll probably ride Spider-Men out, though I wish it’d take a turn to having Peter (the “real” Spider-Man) explore a universe where he died a hero and where Gwen Stacey is still alive (NOTE: I still haven’t read Issue #3, though I have it, so maybe they’ve started to do that.)
SALES TAX: $1.13
GRAND TOTAL: $20.08
So, first month down and just barely went over my budget. Upset that, because of the mega-issue of ASM, I had to drop Saga and Saucer Country. Both great titles and worth checking out.