There are other highlights at the lowest level – Jordie Bellaire is one of the best colorists around, and Redlands proves she can write, too. And the first package gives you a way in on Robert Kirkman and Ryan Ottley’s Invincible, a mash up of Superman and Spider-Man tropes that turned out to be a monstrous epic story.
$8 – My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies
Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips collaborations have always been special, going all the way back to Wildstorm’s Sleeper, but one of the best has to be their Criminal book from 2018, My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies. It’s melancholy all the way through, beautifully illustrated and colored to enhance that wistful sadness. And the twists are, as always, worth all of your emotional investment.
God Country, from Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw, will have you wracking your brain by the end, wondering why Shaw isn’t a superstar artist. This level also finishes off Copra‘s pre-Image days; gives you the first two volumes of Kirkman’s secret best horror book, Outcast; and has Plutona, a Jeff Lemire special about some kids that see a dead body. Emi Lenox’s art is the perfect mood for that story.
$15 – Pretty Deadly
There is nobody working in comics right now quite like Emma Rios. Her layouts are extraordinary, her linework impeccable, and her characters all expressive and stylish. You will absolutely disappear into the entire first story from Pretty Deadly, a weird, beautiful, magical western comic from Rios, writer Kelly Sue DeConnick, and colorist Bellaire.
You’ll also probably have a good time reading the first 20 issues of Sex Criminals from artist and pervert Chip Zdarsky, and DeConnick’s husband Matt Fraction. Low has some beautiful underwater art and colors from Greg Tocchini and some interesting high concept from writer Rick Remender. And both Nailbiter by Joshua Williamson and Mike Henderson and Ice Cream Man from W. Maxwell Prince are supposed to be excellent (and are two of the three main reasons I’m buying this when I already own half of what’s in this bundle).