Cheap Comics Alert: More Spawn Than We Deserve
At Project-Nerd, we love comics. We also love scoring bargains. When the two intersect, it’s a beautiful thing.
Humble Bundle is one go-to website to score a large amount of digital comics for very little coin. They also offer book, audio-book, and gaming bundles. Bundles are only offered for a limited time (generally two weeks), providing a steady stream of outstanding deals, and a chunk of the proceeds support some really awesome charities. They even allow you to customize how much goes to charity, how much goes to the content publisher, and how much they keep. It’s a “win” all the way around.
Right now, the fine folks at Humble Bundle are offering a HUGE Spawn bundle. How huge?
$1 gets you volumes 1-6 of Spawn Origins, containing the first 38 issues. The math on that, by the way, breaks down to less than 3 cents per issue. That’s probably less than half-a-cent per full page splash!
$8 gets you the first 13 volumes, but why stop there?
For $15, you can score the first TWENTY VOLUMES of Spawn Origins. That’s 133 issues of Spawn doing… whatever it is he does at that point (ok, I’ll admit I’ve only read the first dozen issues, but I plan to rectify that with this bundle). PLUS it includes Spawn: The Dark Ages Complete Collection, Hell on Earth, and Satan War Saga.
Spawn, for the unfamiliar, was THE character debut of 1992. Created by legendary artist Todd McFarlane, Spawn was the cornerstone of the first wave of Image Comics. With it’s “More is More” approach to costume design and action scenes, Spawn was the pure embodiment of a certain “mature” 90’s comic aesthetic. So many chains. So many guns. So much hellfire.
The comic tells the story of CIA operative Al Simmons, who after being murdered in a double-cross, sells his soul to the devil to return to his wife. He returns from the dead (bringing with him Superman’s cape, Batman’s rooftop broodiness, Spider-Man’s cool poses, Ghost Rider’s chains, and the Punisher’s… punishing-ness) five years later to find his wife has moved on, which leads him to fighting crime, demons, and cyborgs, as one does in such situations. 90’s kids loved it.
This bundle is a great chance to find out if any of that still holds up 27 years later. Move quickly though, it’s only available until February 20th.
Bonus Round: If you’re the Manga reading sort, Humble Bundle is also offering $1000 worth of fantasy Manga from Kodansha Comics for $20. That’s not really my wheelhouse, but those four volumes of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime have me intrigued.