Ten or Less: July 18, 2018
Tomorrow’s Wednesday, and the outlook is bleak. Your bank account already read you the riot act for eating too much takeout last week. You can only spend, say, ten or less, or you’ll be pelted with ridicule by the anthropomorphic financial dictator that you’ve built in a pocket of your self-conscious.
But fear not, gentle-but-let’s-face-it-irresponsible reader! You can stroll into your local comic shop tomorrow with a tenner and walk out with some really good comics and what’s left of your dignity. Just buy the following books, and all of your wildest dreams will come true!
Batman #51 ($3.99)
Batman #51, with all of its controversy, is in the past. And here, in its place, is the best issue of Batman that DC has published in some months. The story isn’t a one-and-done, but you could treat it as one if you so wish. The artwork from Lee Weeks and Elizabeth Breitweiser is astoundingly good, and Tom King trades in his usual abstract, repetitive dialogue for something much more conventional, but nonetheless quite good. The one-offs and shorter arcs have been his biggest successes on Batman, so you don’t want to miss this one.
The Weatherman #2 ($3.99)
I looked forward to this series for months, because I know one of the creators and was coordinating a potential interview with another. And while I enjoyed the first issue, it didn’t hit me quite like I’d hoped. Issue #2, however, is excellent, and it just so happens that you can get into it even if you’ve never cracked the cover of the first one. Jody LeHeup, creator of Shirtless Bear-Fighter and possessor of the most piratey name in comics, writes excellent dialogue and plot, giving us a unique dystopian sci-fi loaded with lots of hilarity along the way. Nathan Fox, who has to be handsome with a name like that, strikes an aesthetic balance between accessible and playful, and his layouts are dynamic without getting too busy. Dave Stewart’s colors are more tame than the cover may imply, but they are nevertheless excellent. The letters from our friend Steve Wands ain’t half bad, either—I really dig the wide variance in the line weight on those balloons!
So, there you have it. Eight awesome bucks, two awesome comics. I’d say that’s a pretty awesome deal. Let us know how we did, and come back next week to find out how to get more awesome books for ten or less.