Ten or Less: May 2, 2018
Anything is possible in comics—too bad paying for them happens on the outside. Comics ain’t cheap, and it can be tough to keep up. And while reading trades is great, there’s nothing quite like going into your local shop and leaving with a bag full of stories. But what should you buy on a budget? Here’s what:
Coda #1 ($3.99)
Boom! has been killing it lately, with one excellent new series after another. Simon Spurrier and Matías Bergara’s Coda is an instant classic, and the first issue is oversized and packed with plenty of heart and humor. Be warned: if you pick this up, you may just decided to pick it up every month—although that’s not really a bad thing.
Robocop: Citizens Arrest #1 ($3.99)
Another title from Boom!, Robocop: Citizens Arrest takes the ideas behind the classic film and goes in some surprisingly relevant directions. From the team of writer Brian Wood, artist Jorge Coelho, letterer Ed Dukeshire, and colorist Doug Garbark, Citizens Arrest explores the potentially real (and decidedly dangerous) idea of crowd-sourcing the police force. See somebody doing something wrong? For a small fee you can report the situation, and if it results in an arrest then you could earn back your deposit... and then some. It's a smart, prescient idea and good use of the Robocop property, ideal for both fans and new readers alike.
DC Nation #0 (25¢)
Yup. Twenty-five cents. This could be decorative toilet paper, and you’d still have a hard time convincing me that you aren’t getting a bargain. But keep this one away from your smellies, because it’s actually really good! With three stories spread fairly evenly across twenty-nine pages, high-profile creative teams, and compelling setups for upcoming stories, this would have been a great deal at $3.99. For twenty-five cents, you could buy one for each bathroom in your house and still not break budget. Unless you have a lot of bathrooms, in which case why are you only spending ten bucks a week on comics???
If you’ve been following our advice for the past few weeks, you’ve got some leftover bucks in your budget. Before you blow it all on coffee, find an extra twenty cents and pick up an extra comic. Dynamite is launching Sherlock Homes: The Vanishing Man this week, and it’s a great start. Come back next week for more picks, and let us know how we did on Twitter @ComicsNowCast, Facebook, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.