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 Mar 16.
Before Watchmen Omnibus Hardcover
It’s hard to keep the multiple different Watchmen sequels straight. But when it comes to prequels, this collection has them all. Find out what all the masks were doing before the events of 1985, and witness the rise of the Minutemen. But you’ll still have to stick to HBO for the Dr. Manhattan vibrator.
Aquaman by Geoff Johns Omnibus Hardcover
He’s blonder and a lot less tattooed, but now that the movies have made Aquaman cool again, rediscover the comics. And the fact that maybe, just maybe, he was always cool.
V for Vendetta 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
Before Anonymous…Before the Wachowskis…Alan Moore wrote the story of masked anarchist in a dystopian future fascist England. Even more grim than Watchmen, and not as easily congruent with modern politics as subsequent interpretations might imply.
Absolute Batman: The Killing Joke (30th Anniversary Edition)
The Alan Moore love continues with this great deal on the Batman story so controversial the writer himself has expressed his unhappiness with it. Witness the closest thing to a canonical Joker origin story in the past, and his attempt to drive Commissioner Gordon mad in the future. Trigger warning for extreme violence to Batgirl.
The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys: California Library Edition
Umbrella Academy creator Gerard Way also gave us a comic inspired by the work of his band, My Chemical Romance. Revive the fight for freedom against the fascistic corporation Better Living industries!
Neil Gaiman’s A Study in Emerald
Sherlock Holmes, meet Cthulhu. Cthulhu? Holmes.
Naturally, Neil Gaiman would be the guy to make that particular introduction.
The EC Archives: Tales from the Crypt Volume 1 Paperback
Hello, kiddies! Before the Crypt Keeper was a punning zombie on TV, he was one of three horror hosts in EC Comics’ gruesome tales of supernatural karma. Hardcover copies of this volume go for upwards of $100, so if you missed that, preorder this version for a mere fifth of that price.
Jim Lee’s X-Men Artist’s Edition (Artist Edition) Hardcover
Scanned from Lee’s original work, this collection of his art includes the entirety of the oversized X-Men #1.
Spawn Compendium, Color Edition, Volume 1 Paperback
Spawn issues 1-50 are collected in full-color for the first time, gathering the early adventures of Al Simmons and his symbiotic hellsuit, K-7 Leetha. Meet Overtkill, Angela, The Curse, and many more of the characters who helped launch McFarlane Toys and make the red-caped necro-hero a pop-culture fixture.
Garth Ennis indulges his World War II fascination with this story of a sniper on the Russian front, beating back Nazis during a brutal winter.