DC Comics has released their January 2015 solicitations, let’s take a look at three “older” collected editions:
ORION BY WALTER SIMONSON OMNIBUS EDITION HC
Written by WALTER SIMONSON and others
Art by WALTER SIMONSON, FRANK MILLER, JIM LEE and others
Cover by WALTER SIMONSON
On sale MARCH 25 • 688 pg, FC, $75.00 US
Legendary writer/artist Walter Simonson takes on Jack Kirby’s Fourth World! These tales star the heroes and villains of the Fourth World as Darkseid seeks the Anti-Life Equation and Orion battles to stop him! Collects ORION #1-25 and stories from JACK KIRBY’S FOURTH WORLD #9-11 and 13!
I’ve been waiting for this book ever since DC was publishing the 4-Volume Jack Kirby Fourth Word Omnibus Hardcovers. Simonson does a great homage to Kiby and in several instances takes it a few steps further. Make no mistake, this series isn’t exactly easy to find in back-issue bins, so if you want it, this is a great chance to add to the complete the Fourth World Epic.
SECRET SIX VOL. 1: VILLAINS UNITED TP
Written by GAIL SIMONE
Art by BRAD WALKER, JIMMY PALMIOTTI, DALE EAGLESHAM and others
Cover by J.G. JONES
On sale FEBRUARY 11 • 328 pg, FC, $19.99 US
Collecting the stories that led into INFINITE CRISIS from VILLAINS UNITED #1-6, the SECRET SIX 6-issue miniseries and VILLAINS UNITED: INFINITE CRISIS SPECIAL #1! Six of justice’s deadliest enemies have banded together to keep the super-heroic community from tampering with their minds – and to show just how deadly they can be!
If you never got around to reading Secret Six, here’s your chance. I was buying these when they were coming out a few years ago and I loved every issue and how the characters interacted with each other. This, and future volumes are must buys!
Finally, we have one from the Vertigo solictis:
OCEAN/ORBITER DELUXE EDITION HC
Written by WARREN ELLIS
Art by COLLEEN DORAN, CHRIS SPROUSE and KARL STORY
On sale MARCH 18 • 264 pg, FC, 7.0625” x 10.875” $29.99 US • MATURE READERS
Two classic science fiction epics written by Warren Ellis are collected together for the first time! In OCEAN #1-6, U.N. weapons inspector Nathan Kane must learn what lies under Europa’s half-mile-thick mantle of ice. And in the original graphic novel ORBITER, a long-missing space shuttle crash lands on Earth to unlock a mystery that will unfold deep in outer space.
Although these stories are not related to each another (or are they?) they are two of Warren Ellis’s finer sci-fi tales. FYI, Obiter from 2003 is an original graphic novel, while Ocean is a 6-issue series from 2004.