On The Cheap: Two Solid Picks For Dynamite’s Line-Wide Half-Off Sale
Unless you're the kind of traditionalist who knows that today is the day to send your true love four colly birds, the post-Christmas hangover is well and truly upon us. But doesn't that just mean that it's time to do something for yourself?
Of course it does, and to help you with that, Comixology has kicked off a sale on Dynamite Entertainment's entire line, offering up over 2,500 comics to get for half off. But with that many, you might need some help narrowing it down, and if that's the case, I've picked out two of the best comics you can grab before the sale ends on Sunday, featuring two of your favorite cinematic heroes: James Bond and Shaft.
Given that Dynamite tends to do a pretty good job of putting older stuff on sale --- or putting it into a Humble Bundle or a similar online deal, like they recently did with the entirety of their Army of Darkness comics --- going after newer titles makes a whole lot of sense, and it's hard to go wrong with these.
Warren Ellis and Jason Masters' James Bond #1 was one of the most fun debuts of the year, full of cinderblock-throwing, shovel-fighting and Q critiquing Bond's choice of leather holster, which turned out to be exactly what I wanted out of a James Bond comic. The series isn't done yet, but if the first couple of issues are any indication, it's going to end up being the kind of adventure that Bond has been missing in the movies for a while, full of wry Warren Ellis twists and some really great visual storytelling.
If you're looking for something more complete, though, the six issues of David Walker and Bilquis Evely's Shaft, which serve as something of a prequel to the classic 1971 movie, are well worth checking out. Though it started in late 2014, it ended up being one of my favorite books of the year, and snagging the collection for $6.50 is a hell of a great deal.
There's other stuff in there, too --- the Bob's Burgers comic is delightfully weird, the current Spirit series is a hoot, and there are some classics in there besides --- but those two are a solid bet to get started that you can pick up for less than ten bucks. Give it a shot, and enjoy closing out 2015 with some great reads!