I’ve mentioned several time on this blog that when I started collecting comics books, I could walk into a store with $10.00 and get 10 or more comics. Today, I can probably get two comics for the same amount of money.
I get that prices go up, but comic book prices have sky rocketed to such a point that I am now spending a small fortune each week for only 4-5 books. If comics weren’t so expansive today I’d probably be buying more titles and trying out different types of books. Luckily, there’s a company called Alterna Comics that is trying to help fans like me.
Alterna Comics is a company based New Hampshire Yay, New England!), and they publish creator owned titles printed on newsprint and with a cover prices of $1.99 or less. Seriously, they’re making affordable comics! Not only that, but Alterna is making REALLY GOOD cheap comics.
Last week I picked up the first issues of Alterna’s Mother Russia, Lilith Dark, and Trespasser. Each issue cost me only $1.50, I mean come on! You can’t beat that price. The last time I paid $1.50 for a comic book was probably 1994. Here’s what these comics are all about:
Written by Justin M. Ryan. Art and Cover by Kristian Rossi. After a devastating war ruins the air and food supply for most of the world, Hector and his daughter Maria struggle to survive. But when a strange visitor crash lands in the forest, Hector will go to unspeakable lengths to protect his child. Printed on newsprint! 32 pages, full color. Rated T.
Lilith Dark #1
Story, Art and Cover by Charles C. Dowd. Lilith Dark has no time for princess stuff; she’s far too busy fighting giant monsters and capturing unicorns… or at least that’s how she imagines things. But what if these imaginary beasties, creatures, and monsters were actually real? What then? Printed on nostalgic newsprint with a glossy cover! 32 pages, full color. Rated E.
Mother Russia #1
Story, Art and Cover by Jeff McComsey. One baby. One rifle. Two million zombies! As a zombie apocalypse breaks out in WWII, a Soviet sniper risks her life to protect an innocent baby boy. Created by New York Times-bestselling author and artist Jeff McComsey. The smash hit is now on newsprint! 32 pages, B&W. Rated M.
The price is indeed great, but the best thing about Mother Russia, Lilith Dark, and Trespasser? All three issues were page turners. I could not put any of them down, and all three issues were worth the price. Alterna also has several other titles I will be tracking down soon.
I’ve already added Mother Russia, Lilith Dark, and Trespasser to my pull list, and with those prices and quality storytelling, I will be checking out everything Alterna Comics puts out from now on.