Comics aren’t just for Walmart anymore, it seems. My spies found a new non-direct market outlet for comics in suburban Chicago. It seems the Five Below discount chain is selling comic packs for $5. And where most people are used to seeing three comics in a comic pack, these are labelled “4 Pack Comic Bundle,” so take that pushers of chintzy 3-packs!
Looks like an assortment of New 52 era DC books, although whether this is coming directly from DC or is repackaged by someone else is an open question. To paraphrase Shakespeare, “a remainder by any other name would smell as sweet,” if you get my drift and you’re still better off with the $1 bin (25¢ bin, if you’re fortunate) at your local comic shop for these prices. Still, it’s another venue for new reader to pick up part 4 of a 6-part story. In the case of that Future’s End, part 48 of 52 or in the case of that issue of Batman Eternal, part 20 of 52. Yes, the longer serialization of current stories does have an effect on how accessible the contents of a comic pack might be in this day and age.
Hey, is that a Rags Morales variant cover for Justice League #34? I think it is. Please note that the Lego Star Wars activity books do have some comics in them, too. Comic packs aren’t the only show here, strictly speaking.
Todd Allen wears a lot of hats. At various times he’s been (alphabetically), a bouncer, college professor, humor columnist, Internet producer and an NBA/WNBA Beat Writer, among other things. He’s the author of Economics of Digital Comics. You should probably read it.