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Digital Comics Update – 05.01.10

Posted by Luke Brown On May - 1 - 2010

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It’s just a tad bit late, but I was on the other side of the country for most of the week. Hopefully you’ll still have time to check out all the offerings on this week’s Digital Comic Update.

comiXology

It’s a pretty decent haul this week on the comiXology app. You’ve got three issues of Madman Atomic Comics, which would be worth downloading if there were no words, and all you had to look at was the gorgeous Mike Allred art. Fortunately, Madman comics are also well written, and quite zany. You’ve also got two more issues of Ed Brubaker’s and Sean Phillips’ Incognito, which are absolute must buys. Plus, the comic just got optioned by Fox, so you still have a chance to get in on the ground floor. Well, sort of. Perhaps the best addition to the store this week is the first five issues of the 1960-era Avengers title by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. These are the comics that helped define an entire generation. If you haven’t read them before, this is the perfect time. Radical also posted their Free Comic Book Day edition of Storm Lion, which is free, meaning there’s no reason you shouldn’t give it a try.

  • Annihilation #4-6 – $1.99 (each)
  • Archie #481-484 – $0.99 (each)
  • Avengers (1963) #1-5 – $1.99 (each)
  • BloodRayne: Tokyo Rogue #2-3 – $0.99 (each)
  • Drafted #10-12 – $0.99 (each)
  • Hunter/Killer #12 – $0.99
  • Impaler, Vol. 2 #3 – $0.99
  • Incognito #2-3 – $1.99 (each)
  • Incredible Hulk #106-108 – $1.99 (each)
  • Madman Atomic Comics #11-13 – $0.99 (each)
  • Silencers #4 – $0.99
  • Storm Lion #0 – FREE
  • The Boy Who Made Silence #3-4 – $0.99
  • The Spark #1 – $0.99
  • Tracker #2 – $0.99
  • Wolverine (2003) #38-40 – $1.99 (each)

iVerse

There’s actually quite a lot to like on iVerse’s app this week, though you wouldn’t know it from the surface. Many of this week’s new releases actually have more than the issue listed available, but for whatever reason, the “New Releases” portion of the app doesn’t list everything available. You actually have to click through to the individual series’ info to find out that there’s more than just what’s listed on the front page available. For example, IDW’s Locke and Key: Head Games mini-series is available in full, but just the first issue is listed as new. The same goes for Powers and Daredevil: Yellow. Powers and Daredevil: Yellow are two books I wholeheartedly recommend people read. Both require little to no prior knowledge of the characters, and both contain story and art that represents the best of what the medium has to offer. I don’t know much about Joe Hill’s comic series Locke and Key, other than it comes highly recommended by some other friends in the industry. I’ve wanted to check it out for a long time now, and think I finally will. There are also some Ghostbusters comics out this week, in addition to a boatload of Star Trek and Transformers titles. I’m not familiar enough with any of the books to say how good they are one way or another, but fans of any of those franchises will be pleased to see more stories featuring their favorite characters.

  • Archie #550 – $0.99
  • Army of Two #3 – $1.99
  • Betty and Veronica #159 – $0.99
  • Captain America #30 – $1.99
  • Civil War #5 – $1.99
  • Daredevil: Yellow #1-6 – $1.99 (each)
  • Dynamo 5 #14 – $0.99
  • G.I. Joe: Cobra 2 #3 – $1.99
  • G.I. Joe: Operation Hiss #2 – $1.99
  • Ghostbusters: Displaced Aggression #1-4 – $1.99 (each)
  • Locke and Key: Crown of Shadows #4 – $1.99
  • Locke and Key: Head Games #1-6 – $1.99 (each)
  • PvP #1 – $0.99
  • Sonic Universe #1-4 – $0.99 (each)
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine #4 – $1.99
  • Star Trek: Movie Adaptation #2 – $1.99
  • Star Trek: Next Generation: Ghosts #4-5 – $1.99 (each)
  • Transformers: Last Stand of the Wreckers #3 – $1.99
  • Transformers: Nefarious #1 – $1.99
  • Transformers Ongoing #5 – $1.99

Marvel

While Marvel certainly has a big selection available this week, there isn’t really much to write home about. Here you can find the first ten issues of the 1960s Avengers, including the first appearances of Kang the Conqueror and Wonder Man. You should also check out the final three issues of Annihilation if you happened to pick up the first three at any point before. It’s a pretty good mini-series, and helped bring the space opera back to Marvel in the resulting series Guardians of the Galaxy and Nova. There’s a bunch of Uncanny X-Men issues, Wolverine issues, and a few Sensational Spider-Man comics, but none of them are absolute musts, and you’d be better off checking out what’s available elsewhere before settling.

  • Annihilation #4-6 – $1.99 (each)
  • Avengers (1963)  #1-10 – $1.99
  • New X-Men (2001) #31-34 – $1.99 (each)
  • Sensational Spider-Man #37-41 – $1.99 (each)
  • Uncanny X-Men #462-471 – $1.99 (each)
  • Wolverine #38-44 – $1.99 (each)

PSP

Pretty sad showing on the PSP this week. Only two books out of the whole bunch that are worth checking out. Atomic Robo, Vol. 2 #4 continues the rip-roaring science adventures of everyone’s favorite Tesla-created robot, and Dead, She Said #2 brings even more Steve Niles and Bernie Wrightson horror-filled awesome to your handheld. It’s a shame that so little is worth your time on the PSP this week considering the strength of the offerings on the iPad/iPhone. Perhaps next week will fare better for the system.

  • 2000AD Prog # 1677 – $1.99
  • Archie # 3 – $0.99
  • Atomic Robo Vol.2 # 4 – $0.99
  • Bill Willingham’s Pantheon # 4 – $1.99
  • Dead, She Said # 2 – $1.99
  • Donald Duck and the Alternative Lives # 1 – $0.99
  • Donald Duckling and the Future Plans – $0.99
  • G.I. Joe # 15 – $1.99
  • G.I. Joe: Operation HISS # 1 – $1.99
  • The Lexian Chronicles # 3 – $0.99
  • Sonic the Hedgehog # 1 – $0.99
  • Star Trek: McCoy # 1 – $1.99
  • Star Trek: The Movie Adaptation # 3 – $1.99
  • Transformers # 5 – $1.99
  • Transformers: Nefarious # 2 – $1.99
  • The True Story of 1900 – $1.99
  • Vampire Hunter D Volume 1 # 4 – $1.99
  • Wizards of Mickey # 6 – $0.99
  • X-Mickey # 12 – $1.99
  • Zombies vs. Robots: Aventure # 2 – $1.99



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