What are the good cheap reads right now? While we remain stuck inside, it’s a good time to catch up on some good books. In this ongoing series, Superhero Hype takes a look at some of the better deals Amazon.com has running as of publication time. Please note that all deals are subject to change or sell out at any time based on supply and demand. But as of now, these are the deals for Feb 2.
Secret Wars Paperback
In this classic ’80s crossover event, designed in art to help sell toys, many of Marvel’s mightiest are drawn to Battleworld at the behest of the Beyonder. The winner would receive an ultimate prize…and Spider-Man got the alien symbiote that would one day become Venom. Many action figures with “Secret Shields” made it into playrooms.
Transformers vs. The Terminator
Will the war between the Autobots and the Decepticons lead to the creation of Skynet? One Terminator sent back through time thinks so, and vows to stop it from happening. But can he take on both sides of a Cybertronian war by himself?
Star Trek: Year Five – Odyssey’s End (Book 1)
Never mind the origin stories that are so in vogue right now. What happened during the last year of the original Kirk-commanded mission for the Enterprise? This comic suggests that at least one of the big events was a possible war with the Tholians that the classic crew had to prevent.
Godzilla: Complete Rulers of Earth Volume 1
The tension between the military Counter-Kaiju reaction forces and the more scientific Kaiju watchers is palpable as Godzilla and other giant monsters return to cause destruction. Who will be the first to discover why they’re attacking?
Usagi Yojimbo: Bunraku and Other Stories
Stan Sakai’s katana-wielding rabbit and friend to Ninja Turtles becomes caught up in a supernatural puppet drama, in this collection of early tales in color for the first time.
Invisible Men: The Trailblazing Black Artists of Comic Books
Celebrate black history month with a deep dive into the unsung artists of the early comics era. From E.C. Stoner, descendant of one of George Washington’s slaves and the first black man to draw comics, to ex-convict Owen Middleton, who got into comics after being freed from a life sentence. These are the names you probably don’t know, but should.
DC Through the 80s: The End of Eras (DC Through the Decades)
The ’80s saw the end of the Silver Age, the beginning of what we now call “grimdark,” and the Crisis on Infinite Earths. Collecting milestones, rarities, and all new essays from those who were there, this compilation chronicles the end of the old era, and the beginning of the current one.
The Sword of Surtur: A Marvel Legends of Asgard Novel
That giant fire demon in Thor: Ragnarok? This time around he has to face off against Thor’s older brother Tyr, god of war. Tyr’s looking to steal Surtur’s sword, but first he must defeat…his own insecurities. Even a conflict deity worries about being adequate sometimes.
Star Wars: Target Vader (Star Wars: Target Vader (2019) Book 1)
As Darth Vader attempts to track down a criminal syndicate, he must take on two bounty hunters hired to stop him: Dengar and the Terminator-like Beilert Valance. Our money’s on Vader.
Rick and Morty Character Guide
Do you know your Mr. Poppybutthole from your Ants In My Eyes Johnson? For a laugh-out-loud cartoon, Rick and Morty has an insanely rich depth of characters across the multiverse. Try memorizing them all, and maybe you won’t have time to think about how Disney remade Mulan and didn’t bring back Szechuan sauce for it.