Cheap Comics Alert: Jeff Lemire Comixology Sale
Jeff Lemire is not human.
He can’t be. The sheer volume of comics he has produced as a writer and artist over the last few years is not humanly possible. And here’s the real kicker: they’re all outstanding.
In the time it takes to read this sentence, Lemire has probably written and drawn a new series, and it’s already been nominated for an Eisner Award.
If you’re not familiar with this sensational Canadian creator’s work, now is the perfect time to check out some of the best comics being written today, with ComiXology running a great sale on Lemire’s creator owned books from Image Comics.
Much of Lemire’s work wades in the shallows of science fiction. With Descender, he dives into the deep end of the Sci-Fi pool. The book is an Issac Asimov inspired exploration of robotics, sentience, and humanity. The story revolves around a small boy, who happens to be an android, in a world where his kind have been outlawed.
It’s a deeply human adventure, set against a backdrop of danger, rebellion, and war. Lemire excels at capturing the depths of humanity, both at its best and worst. None of his characters are one-note, and they all embody the complexity of the human experience.
Dustin Nguyen is a perfect artist to lend a painted, dreamlike quality to the Sci-Fi setting. Simply put, his art on this series is stunning.
If you only want a small taste you can pick up the first volume for only $3.99. The most cost effective way to buy the whole series, however, is in single issue format, all 32 issues at .99 cents each.
A.D. After Death
Another Science Fiction entry, A.D. After Death asks the question, “What if we solved death?”
Ambitiously blurring the line between comics and illustrated prose, A.D. explores a post-death humanity. What does life mean in a world where death no longer exists? The book is equal parts mind-bending, haunting, and beautiful.
Written by Scott Snyder (that guy who wrote probably the best Batman run of all time) with staggering ink & watercolor art by Lemire, A.D. After Death is unlike anything you’ve ever read.
At full price each issue would cost $5.99, but on this sale the entire 3 issue series will set you back $5.97. Admit it, you’ve blown 6 bucks on far worse things.
Lemire won an Eisner for creating Black Hammer, but Gideon Falls might be the best thing he’s ever written. It’s no surprise that it was picked up for a TV series after only 4 issues.
Gideon Falls is a horror comic about sanity, dark secrets, and legends only spoken about in whispers. It’s a gnawing, psychological flavor of horror that drives a brilliant story. The thing that haunts Lemire’s work isn’t a monster, it’s a building. A black barn that appears, and disappears, taking people and secrets with it.
Drawn by Andrea Sorrentino (Old Man Logan) and colored by Dave Stewart (Hellboy), Gideon Falls is spellbindingly gritty.
The best way to maximize your dollar on the sale is to buy the volume 1 graphic novel (collecting issues 1-6) for $3.99, and picking up single issues 7-11 for .99 cents.
“Haunting” is an adjective that could describe nearly all of Lemire’s best work, but in the case of Royal City the haunting is literal. It’s a story about ghosts, but not a horror comic. Instead, it’s a comic about family, about pain and loss, and about returning in adulthood to the town you grew up in.
Written, drawn, and colored by Lemire, Royal City is his most down-to-earth comic since his earliest days writing (the phenomenal) Essex County. It’s deeply human and character driven, exploring grief and sadness, without wallowing in it.
Again, single issues are the way to go for this particular sale, with 14 issues at .99 cents each.