Welcome to the week of Halloween, in which what looks like a relatively short list contains some nasty surprises in the form of shock and horror at the cover prices I'm likely to pay.
BATMAN #670 $2.99
DC INFINITE HALLOWEEN SPECIAL #1 $5.99
DEATH OF THE NEW GODS #2 (OF 8) $3.50
ROBIN ANNUAL #7 $3.99
TRIALS OF SHAZAM #9 (OF 12) $2.99
DAREDEVIL ANNUAL #1 $3.99
X-MEN MESSIAH COMPLEX ONE SHOT MC $3.99
That's right... apparently 66% of my expected comic purchases are going to be above and beyond the $2.99 mark.
Seven comics are expected to cost me about $30. That's just painful. I might decide to re-think the DC Halloween special, but I have to confess a couple of mitigating factors here:
First off, I love Halloween. I think it's the greatest holiday of the year, from a perspective of pure fun. Christmas is great for loved ones, and reminiscing over the past year (assuming you've got anything worth reminiscing about) but I've got to tell you... it doesn't hold a candle to Halloween for sheer fun.
Secondly, I love holiday-themed comics. I've bought every Marvel and DC Holiday special I've seen since 2004's Marvel Holiday Special which featured J. Jonah Jameson visited by three ghosts in the forms of Captain America, the ever-lovin' blue-eyed Thing, and everybody's favorite Wall-Crawler as the ghost of Christmas future. This Halloween special would have to be absolutely horrid NOT to get my money.
So, I'm prepared to suffer for my comics this week. I'm just hoping I don't have to suffer through them.