Ten or Less: June 20, 2018

Ten or Less: June 20, 2018

Wednesday's coming, and your bank account's looking pretty thin. You check your balance, and it mocks you. Wouldn't it be nice if you could slice your balance, just a little—not enough to kill, but just enough to show it who's boss? And what if you could take that little slice—let's say ten bucks—and put it to good use? Well, now you can.

Every week, we're bringing you our top picks for you, the budget-conscious reader. Give us a few minutes of your time, and we'll give you a few books that are sure to delight you, all for ten dollars or less. That sounds like a pretty good deal to us. On to this week's books!

Batman #49 ($2.99)

Credit: Mikel Janín

Credit: Mikel Janín

I'll warn you right up front—the end of Batman #49 is a bit of a head-scratcher, and it might even make you a little upset. But if you have any familiarity with Catwoman and Joker, the rest of this one will surely entertain you—a lot. Janín's storytelling is quite good, pairing well with King's trademark halting dialogue; and his realistic character aesthetics—colored expertly by June Chung—serve as an interesting artistic foil to the theatricality of the narrative. Most importantly for you, o Budget-Beater, it's just $2.99, carries its own weight pretty well for those missing the larger context, and doesn't pressure you to keep buying Batman.

The Amazing Spider-Man #801 ($3.99)

Credit: Marcos Martin and Muntsa Vicente

Credit: Marcos Martin and Muntsa Vicente

I mistakenly thought that Dan Slott's last issue on Amazing was going to be #800—the roaring, extra-sized climax to Spidey's showdown with a Norman Osborn 'roided up on the Carnage symbiote. But Slott evidently had one more in him, and I'm glad, because it's a simple, sweet, standalone story, beautifully illustrated by Marcos Martin and Muntsa Vicente. This one reads quick and easy, but I have a feeling you'll be coming back to it again and again. As complex as Spider-Man's world has at times become over the years, he is at his core about a simple idea, and Slott and co. capture that perfectly in their swan song. Nick Spencer and Ryan Ottley have some big shoes to fill.

Total: $6.98

Maybe there's another book out there that can be had for your remaining three bucks, and maybe it's even worth the price. I'm inclined to say hold onto your change—there just might be something extra worth picking up next time. Until then, let us know how we did. You can shoot us an email at comicsnowcast@gmail.com, or hit us up on Twitter @ComicsNowCast. See you next week.

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