Welcome back to our Monday review of my pop culture intake. I've been away for a couple of weeks, but I'm back.
This week I've got our feature focused on a single subject: Comixology.
I've used the app on and off for a few years and I've always toyed with their Unlimited service, but I never bit.
My biggest complaint with Comixology has always been the pricing. I have a hard time justifying cover price for a digital comic. It's even more egregious on back issues for past decades. Selling 30 year old comics that had a cover price of $0.35 for more than $1 seems less than ethical. Still, if the market will support it...
I recnetly signed up for the free trial and have been digging through the stacks to see what I could find to read. Here's what I found so far.
KARNAK - THE FLAW IN ALL THINGS:
When last I saw the high priest of the Inhumans, he was getting tossed off a building in Inhumanity. Now he's back from the dead, in charge of an order of priest and on Coulson's speed dial and on the hunt for an Inhuman with no powers. Its all shot through the prism of Warren Ellis. It's a pretty strong story with some deeper themes. Bonus? That panel up top is my favorite since Nick Fury said his god had a hammer. It's worth a read.
CRIMINAL MACABRE - OMNIBUS VOL. 1:
I've been meaning to read this one for a while now. Solid urban fantasy, Criminal Macabre tells the story of Cal McDonald, a private eye who specializes in the fantastical. His right hand man is a ghoul. While Steve Niven's protagonist owes a debt to Hellblazer, he is his own thing. Ben Templesmith's artwork is a perfect compliment to the story.
ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK
: I'm a big Snake Plissken fan. So much so that I still try to make excuses for Escape from LA. I borrowed the first volume of Boom Studios' Escape from New York series. Picking up moments after the conclusion of the cult classic film, Escape From New York follows Plissken's misadventures as he deals with the fallout of his decision in that movie. The four volumes (yes, I read them all) of the series bridge the time frame between the movies. They also flesh out a few of the (mis)adventures mentioned in the movies. The series wasn't quite as dark or sardonic as I would have liked, and the artwork didn't feel right. For true fans only.