I wasn’t halfway through this month’s Previews before I realized I had a problem. Way too many book I’m interested in. My budget is only so big, and my desire is even bigger. What to do? Simple: I will call out to comics fans far and wee to help me decide.
Here are the items I have already picked out that exceed my budget by 58.17%:
- Concrete Vol 1: Depths (Dark Horse)
- Astro City: The Dark Age #1 (DC)
- Tom Strong #33 (DC)
- Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere #1 (DC)
- Sandman: Endless Nights TPB (DC)
- Neotopia Pocket Manga v4 (Antarctic)
- Shaolin Cowboy #4 (Burlyman)
- Action Philosophers All Sex Special #1 (Evil Twin)
- Heartbreakers Meet Boilerplate (IDW)
- Knights of the Dinner Table #104 (Kenzer)
- Ice Haven GN (Pantheon)
- Beck vol 1 (Tokyopop)
- The Plot (W. W. Norton)
- Fortean Times #198 (FT)
- Fortean Times #199 (FT)
- d20 Apocalypse (WOTC)
In addition to those items, there are a few others that call to me:
Valerian Volume 1: the solicitation for this says it was the inspiration for the cult sci-fi film The Fifth Element. Now, I absolutely hated the cult sci-fi film The Fifth Element. But I can’t deny that the look of the movie was cool, and I can’t deny that most movies inspired by a comic are usually far worse than the actual comic. They make it sound like this comic too is a classic. If you’ve read it, is it worth getting? Is it typical European Sci-Fi Heavy Metal/Humanoids fare?
The Ballad of Sleeping Beauty: I got the first issue of this, the Free Comic Books Day issue, and thought it was fine, but didn’t continue to pick it up. Now it’s collected. But jeez, 22 bucks? For that money it better make my face implode. Will it?
So comment me a comment. What should stay and what should go? What have I callously or mistakenly overlooked? (Note that Hellboy, Albion, and Otherworld are things I’m planning on buying in trades.) The $18 Sandman book is sitting there with a big target on it for culling, but who knows, I like Sandman. Is it, as they say, All That? Heartbreakers Meet Boilerplate is there for my love of the steampunk; should it not be? To you, comics readers, I open my mind and, indirectly, my wallet. Help me decide what deserves my dollars. I’m counting on you!