Ten or Less: July 25, 2018

Ten or Less: July 25, 2018

You’ve decided that, much as you like comics, you can only spend but so much on them. The roof is leaking, the barn’s fell over, and little Susie needs a new pair of tap shoes. So how do you take care of the really important stuff and still enjoy the World’s Finest Hobby?

This is where we come in. We’ve been there before, and we know how hard it is. That’s why, each week, we bring you a few new books that we’ve already read and enjoy—books that stand pretty well on their own and won’t require a long-term commitment. You bring ten dollars to the shop, you get a few books that already have a good endorsement, and you walk out. No guess work, and (most likely) no regret. 

Cyko KO #1 ($1.50) 

Credit: Rob Feldman

Credit: Rob Feldman

If you haven’t heard of Alterna Comics, their big thing is independent, fresh stories in newsprint, sold for a buck and a half. That’s right, a buck and a half.  Now, price isn’t a good enough reason to pick up a book, and if you’ve been paying attention to this column, you’ll notice that this is the first time Alterna has come up. But Cyko KO is a completely weird, completely harmless, completely entertaining read that I would gladly pay a few more bucks for if it came down to it. So if you like crazy, weird fun, this is for you, and it won’t put much of a dent in your budget. Then listen to us talk about it on a recent episode the podcast, and look out for our interview with creator Rob Feldman, coming in the next few weeks.

Moon Knight #197 ($3.99) 

Credit: Becky Cloonan

Credit: Becky Cloonan

It’s no secret that I like Moon Knight. A lot. But that’s because the character is really interesting, and because Max Bemis writes very imaginative stories with equally interesting technique. The artwork on the title has been excellent for a while now, and this is a book that consistently feels more worth its cover price than its neighbors on the stands. #197 is the start of a new story, and while the last page makes reference to something from #194, there’s still a lot of material to enjoy apart from it.

Action Comics #1001 ($3.99) 

Credit: Francis Manapul

Credit: Francis Manapul

This is the start of a new arc—probably a long one—but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I haven’t been 100% on-board with Bendis’s Supes stuff yet, but this seems like a massive step forward to me. Pat Gleason’s art looks quite different with Alejandro Sanchez on colors, but it’s not a bad different, and there’s lots of great storytelling in here, too. There’s a great Francis Manapul variant out there, too.  

Total: $9.48

So there you have it. Three books, three publishers, three very different, very enjoyable stories. Pick them up, read them a lot, and then let us know what you thought on our Twitter, Facebook, or email. See you next week!

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