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Comixology Sale Picks: Uncanny X-Men (Claremont/Lee)

Posted by James Hunt at 09:22 on 14 Jul 2014
Comixology Sale Picks: Uncanny X-Men (Claremont/Lee)
Over the 70s and throughout the 80s, Uncanny X-Men went from being a bi-monthly series pulled back from the brink of cancellation, to being the best-selling title in the industry, responsible for a growing number of spin-offs. This culminated in 1991 when, at the height of the book's fame, Chris Claremont and his artistic collaborator, Jim Lee, launched a second volume of the series simply titled "X-Men", which sold 8.1 million copies. Admittedly it had 5 covers, but even so. We shall not see its like again. And this period is currently Comixology's big sale. Time to buy some comics.

Comixology Sale Picks: X-Men (Vol. 3)

Posted by James Hunt at 10:51 on 11 Jul 2014
Comixology Sale Picks: X-Men (Vol. 3)
It's been a while, but there's finally another Comixology sale that requires a little guidance. This time, it's X-Men, Volume 3, the series that was eventually revealed to be an X-Men Team-Up title, though by the time people realised that it stopped being one. There are a few arcs here, and - advance warning - most of them are not great. Nothing is flatly incompetent, so if you like the premise enough to spend money you probably won't be disappointed, but at the same time it's hard to defend it against accusations that it's 41 issues of filler. Definitely not a proud era in the X-Men's history. Still, here's our guide to what worked and what didn't.

Comixology Sale Picks: 1960s Fantastic Four

Posted by James Hunt at 08:29 on 13 Jun 2014
Comixology Sale Picks: 1960s Fantastic Four
Given the rumours currently surrounding the Fantastic Four in the lead-up to a new movie, it's interesting to see these issues on sale today, but let's not let that distract us: this is a good sale. Lee and Kirby's F4 is considered one of the greatest comic runs of all time, it's definitely their best collaboration, and it's the genesis of so much of the Marvel Universe to boot. Let's see what's worth buying.

Comixology Sale Picks: 1960s X-Men

Posted by James Hunt at 09:38 on 09 Jun 2014
Comixology Sale Picks: 1960s X-Men
Today's Marvel Monday sale is once again X-Men themed, and this time it's the 1960s X-Men that's going up for grabs! Starting in 1966, this version of the X-Men ran until 1970 when it no longer sold well enough to justify new stories and began running reprints instead. Don't let that put you off, though - there's some good material in here, and we've picked out the best.

Comixology Sale Picks: X-Men: Age of Apocalypse

Posted by James Hunt at 11:26 on 30 May 2014
Comixology Sale Picks: X-Men: Age of Apocalypse
I've been trying to do a full buyer's guide for the AoA, and to be honest, between work and the complexity of the story, it's too much to do in the time I've got. This crossover is a real sprawler. So instead, here's the truncated version so you at least know what to buy. Get in quick, the sale's about to end!

Comixology Sale Picks: Marvel NOW! X-Men

Posted by James Hunt at 09:07 on 23 May 2014
Comixology Sale Picks: Marvel NOW! X-Men
There's a movie to promote, so it's all X-Men, all the time at Comixology! The latest sale covers a bunch of fairly recent releases, specifically the Marvel NOW X-titles from the end of 2012. You can get the first couple of trades of most of them in the sale. So here's our guide to which you should get.

Comixology Sale Picks: Uncanny X-Men (Claremont/Byrne)

Posted by James Hunt at 10:39 on 16 May 2014
Comixology Sale Picks: Uncanny X-Men (Claremont/Byrne)
The forthcoming release of X-Men uber-sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past provides the ideal opportunity for Comixology to throw as much X-Men as possible into their sales. And when you consider that this is a franchise that was THE superhero industry juggernaut for a decade or two, that's means there's probably a lot of good stuff about to come up. Today only: Uncanny X-Men, by Claremont and Byrne.

The Death and Return of Superman Buyer's Guide

Posted by Seb Patrick at 11:07 on 07 May 2014
The Death and Return of Superman Buyer's Guide
Comixology's latest weekly DC Comics sale is a Superman/Doomsday collection, giving readers the chance to pick up the entire 1992 Death and Return of Superman saga - plus a selection of later Doomsday-related issues - for 99c/69p each.

We've tailored this buyer's guide towards the sale - which runs until 12th May - specifically, but you can also use it as a general-purpose guide to reading the Death and Return event, whether digitally or in printed trades/single issues.

Comixology Sale Picks: Jason Aaron

Posted by James Hunt at 09:19 on 05 May 2014
Comixology Sale Picks: Jason Aaron
In anticipation (presumably) of his first big Marvel event, Original Sin, today's Marvel Monday is a Jason Aaron sale (although it sadly misses out most of his recent X-Men work, which is great). As with Slott, there's nothing here that's actively bad, so treat this list as us steering you towards the best stuff rather than warn...

Comixology Sale Picks: Amazing Spider-Man / Big Time

Posted by James Hunt at 11:17 on 02 May 2014
Comixology Sale Picks: Amazing Spider-Man / Big Time
Earlier this week, we got a sale that covered the start of Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1. Now, we get the very end of it (although for reasons best explained elsewhere, it's listed as "Vol. 2" on Comixology). On sale until Monday: Dan Slott's "Big Time" run. This is where Slott began his solo work on the character, having previously been a a permanent member of the rotating writing team during the "Brand New Day" era. These 56 issues eventually lead into Superior Spider-Man and set up multiple parts of that status quo along the way, but there are also some great issues in between. Here are our picks for what you should buy.