Is there one book that is a “must have” that came out this week? My friends Andy Tom (@AndrewJTom), Chris Campbell (@ChrisCampbell8), Marc Diefenderfer (@Dief88), Shane Hannafey, Adam Besenyodi (@adambesenyodi), Joey Nazzari (@CaptDS9E), and I (@ChrisCCL) are sharing some comic book collected editions, reprints and/or graphic novels released this week that you may be interested in.
Picked by @AndrewJTom
(Marvel Now!) Captain America Vol. 1: Castaway In Dimension Z Book 1 Premiere HC (Marvel)
Collects Captain America (2013) #1-5, $24.99
Yeah… I know that I’ve been absent from this column for the last couple of weeks, but I’ve got excuses. Even though, none of you care about the hardships of my life these past few weeks, I need to share them with you in the context of this column. Y’see three weeks ago I chaperoned the 8th grade trip to Washington DC. While this may sound educational and fun, you should know that 8th grade boys aren’t typically model citizens when it comes to proper behavior in the nation’s capital. During the trip we had (not one, but) two buses break down. The very night that I returned home from DC, we had some severe storms that caused flash floods in the area. This included leaving my basement all wet and squishy. I subsequently spent the following week drying my basement; only to get another frog-strangling storm two nights ago that made my basement “squishy” again. Needless to say… I need an escape. My plan of escape is this very hardcover that came out this week. Captain America: Castaway in Dimension Z offers an escape from the real world. This story looks to be a love letter to Jack Kirby and I for one can’t wait to read it. I admit that I’m a big fan of Brubaker’s Cap run; but it’s largely because his stories took place in a more realistic setting. Rick Remender and John Romita Jr. have gone as far away from the Brubaker run as they possibly can. Cap is trapped in an apocalyptic wasteland controlled by Arnim Zola, all the while trying to protect a child. If you’ve only read Brubaker Cap stories in the past… throw out your preconceived notions about what a Cap story should be and escape to Dimension Z along with Steve Rogers and me.
Picked by @CaptDS9E
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secret History of the Foot Clan TP (IDW), $17.99
Since joining in on the Pick Six fun, I have already picked the FCBD issue based on the animated series, and a collection of the original TMNT. It’s only fair that I now pick something that has to do with the current series. Because frankly I find the current IDW books at the top of anything coming out in comics these days. This trade is the miniseries TMNT Secret History of the Foot Clan, which collects four issue series written by Erik Burnham with Art Mateus Santolouco . Half of the story takes place Feudal Japan, where we learn about the original unknown founder of the Foot, as well as how Oroku Saki rose to power to become Shredder and eventually lead the organization. As well as learning how his relationship with his good friend Oroku Saki goes south because of Saki’s thirst for power. The other half takes place in the present where the Foot Clan and the TMNT are in a race to be first to get the Foot Clans secret texts. What secrets will the victors gain by getting there first? Santolouco is a real force as the book is beautiful, and it’s probably the reason he is moving over to the main book now. I would buy this book just for the art, but it’s a complete package, with a complete story.
Picked by @Dief88
Preacher Book One TP (DC Comics)
Collects Preacher #1-12, plus pinups from Preacher #50 and #66, $19.99
Much like Marvel has done with its “Ultimate Collection” trades, DC a few years ago began putting some of its completed Vertigo series into nice, thick collected editions. Having recently finished collecting Preacher in hardcover, DC is now giving us another (cheaper!) option and releasing the first volume, which collects the series’ first twelve issues, in trade paperback. Preacher is not a comic for the easily offended, but for those who can stomach its over-the-top violence and near-constant assault on Christian orthodoxy, there’s a compellingly written story that poses interesting questions about religion and how we live our lives in relation to it. With this new edition, as well, DC has chosen an endpoint for the first volume that actually allows it to work as its own, self-contained story – and it’s only $19.99!
Picked by @ChrisCCL
Marvel Noir: Daredevil/Cage/Iron Man TP (Marvel)
Collects Daredevil Noir #1-4, Luke Cage Noir #1-4 and Iron Man Noir #1-4, $34.99
A few weeks back I recommended Marvel Noir: Spider-Man/Punisher TP (Marvel) and now the third volume of the Noir line is out (the first – X-Men and Wolverine Noir came out in April). There’s not much more to say other then if you liked the first two volumes, then you’ll want to finish the series. The Noir line is dark, gritty and sometimes goes to the MAX, so to speak. Let me know in the comment section if you like this type of Elseworlds Marvel and what characters you would like to see next.
Wolverine: First Cuts TP (Marvel)
Collects X-Men Origins: Wolverine #1, Uncanny X-Men (1963) #118-119, Wolverine (1982) #1-2, Marvel Team-Up (1972) #83-85 and material from the Best Of Marvel Comics HC, $19.99
OK I get it you didn’t go out and plop down $200 for the Wolverine: The Adamantium Collection HC Slipcase (Marvel). If you still need your Wolverine fix, I highly suggest this book. The short coming is that it only collects two of the four Frank Miller issues of the must own mini-series, but it does collect the rare story The Hunter from Best Of Marvel Comics HC published in 1987.
Complete Harold Gray’s Little Orphan Annie Volume 9 1940-1941 HC (IDW), $49.99
We comic book snobs like to think we know all about Annie. Harold Gray’s little orphan was a strip long before we were dragged to the 1982 movie staring the great Carol Burnett and singing about Tomorrow. But did you know that the musical was nominated for Best Revival Of A Musical at the 2013 Tony Awards? It lost out to Pippin – talk about a Hard-Knock Life! At least it’s refreshing to know that IDW continues to reprint the classic strip as part of their Library of American Comics imprint.
Now it’s your turn. What books that came out this week do you recommend? Take a look at the sidebar to see this weeks collected edition releases.