Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A Trip to Half Price Books #2

We have three Half Price Books in the Milwaukee area and today while out and running around, we stopped at the Brookfield location so my wife could search through books and I could rip through the comic boxes looking for deals or just stuff that interests me. Plus, they were having a Memorial Day sale so everything in the store was an additional 20% off! Click below for my findings:

There wasn’t much that I was interested in over at the graphic novels section so I spent most of my time rifling through the single issue comic boxes. Once again, the purchases are pretty random:

Transformers #5 (1985) – This is one that I picked up strictly for the cover art and sentimental reasons. I remember owning this issue when I first got into comics around age 11 or 12. The cover depicts Shockwave standing under the Transformers title logo, adding Are All Dead by blasting the letters into the wall behind him. At the end of the issue, it’s discovered that Optimus Prime has been decapitated and his head is being kept alive and connected to machines.

Transformers #11 (1985) – This issue focuses on Jetfire, so how can that be bad? Also, Optimus is still just a head attached to machines in this issue so it’s kind of creepy.

GI Joe #2 (2001) – I’m a sucker for anything that has a J. Scott Campbell cover, but when it features Destro and The Baroness?? Sold!

Identity Crisis #4 (2004) – Again, purchased strictly for the sweet Michael Turner Wonder Woman cover.

Green Lantern #1 (2005) – Nothing big about this issue but I’m a fan, and I felt I should own Green Lantern #1

JLA Gallery (1997) – A collection of JLA images drawn by many popular artists. The interesting thing about this copy though is that it seems to be autographed by Howard Porter, Gene Ha, and another artist whose signature I can’t quite make out. I’ll do a little research to authenticate.

Super Soldier #1 (1997) – I love the Amalgam books and I wish they would do something along these lines again. For those that don’t know, Amalgam combined popular characters from Marvel and DC. For example Super Soldier is a combination of Superman and Captain America.

Starman #17 (1989) – Strictly purchased because it features Power Girl (one of my wife’s favorites) in her old costume and I believe with her old Atlantean backstory.

Green Lantern #25 (1992) – Hal Jordan VS Guy Gardner fighting for the title of Green Lantern of Earth. Nice.

Total cost after additional 20% discount : $5.00

So, next trip will be to the location on Brown Deer Road eventually. Occasionally I will check back to the other stores to see what little surprises await. I am planning a trip to Downtown Books sometime within the next few weeks. This is a giant multi-level old school book store in downtown Milwaukee. They have a huge room full of long boxes of comics. You almost need to pack a lunch and just spend a day there :-) Which I may very well do.

3 comments:

Heretic said...

Isn't half priced Books amazing?!?!?

-Stephen M. Wolterstorff said...

The Amalgam stuff that was good, like Super Soldier, was really, really good. The stuff that isn't, isn't. That said, all of it is better than the Marvel vs DC series from which it originally erupted. That's a mess of weird ideas and poor vs matchups.

Jason D. Manger said...

I enjoyed Dark Claw (the Batman / Wolverine one) and I've been on the lookout for a copy of Iron Lantern.

And yes Jimmy, I am now addicted to Half Price Books :-)