14 Collected Editions To Look Out For In 2012

Scouring the internet, I came across news of some upcoming collected editions.
I tweeted some of these out the other day, but here’s a full rundown:

Berkeley Breathed’s Outland The Complete Collection Sunday Comics 1989-1995 (May 8, 2012) will have a selection of Academia Waltz.
Dean Mullaney teased me about this and the Opus collection when he was on my podcast. He even suggested that Academia Waltz would get reprinted, too. If you are not getting the Bloom County volumes, you are really missing out.
Dean also gets busy in April by publishing Genius, Illustrated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth Volume 2 (of 3)

Coming July 2012 – Secret Warriors Omnibus, Marvel, $100. 904 pages Exact contents TBD
An unusual Omnibus to say the least, but given all the love for Brian Michael Bendis, Jonathan Hickman and Nick Fury these days, it kind of makes sense. I’m unsure just how many units it will sell with the steep price of $100.

Coming July 2012 – Punisher by Rick Remender Omnibus, Marvel, $100. 768 pages. Exact contents TBD
If I had to guess, this will only collect Remender’s run of Punisher Volume 8 which includes Dark Reign and Franken-Castle and not his time on Punisher War Journal Volume 2 (with Matt Fraction and Howard Chaykin) which is the Jigsaw (#19-23) and Secret Invasion (#24-25) storylines. I hope I’m wrong. I’m also wondering if this will collect the more recent Punisher: In the Blood #1-5 which bridges the gap between his run and Greg Rucka’s.

Back in print August 2012 – New X-Men Omnibus HC by Grant Morrison. $125.
Not much to say here other then a whole lot of people will be happy.

Coming July 2012 – Hulk: From the UK Vaults TPB, Marvel, $35, 360 pages. Collects Hulk Comic (The Incredible Hulk Weekly) #1-6, 9-20, 26-28
Marvel has been quietly reprinting several of their classic UK comics lately. This fun new addition is sure to be a big seller with Hulk fanboys.

Coming August 2012 – Marvel Masterworks: The Defenders Volume 3, $60, 256 pages. Exact contents TBD
Coming August 2012 – Marvel Masterworks: Golden Age Marvel Comics Volume 7, $65, 280 pages. Exact contents TBD
Coming July 2012 – Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man Volume 14, $60, 256 pages. Exact contents TBD
A nice slew of Masterworks from Marvel next summer. Wes Wong, who does color restoration, recently posted on his Facebook page that his work is complete on GA Marvel Comics Vol. 7.

In May from Hermes Press be on the lookout for The Best of Dark Shadows, an omnibus-style paperback compilation of only the greatest vintage comic book stories – just in time for the movie.

In April from Oni Press, Courtney Crumrin, Volume 1: The Night Things Special Edition features a special silver ink, embossed cover, and an old-fashioned ribbon bookmark placed in the sewn spine. The 136-page, 6” x 9”, graphic novel will retail for $19.99 and debuts April 2012. Volume 1 kickstarts a full reprint program with new colored special edition hardcovers of all the original Courtney Crumrin books to follow.

Also in April and just in time for another movie, Papercutz will publish The Best Of The Three Stooges Comicbooks Deluxe Hardcover featuring great classic comics featuring Moe, Larry, Shemp, and Curly Joe! With comics written and illustrated by Norman Maurer. What? No Curly? No Joe? Just Curly Joe? For shame!

Came the Dawn and Other Stories HC (The EC Comics Library) by Wally Wood
Corpse on the Imjin and Other Stories HC (The EC Comics Library) by Harvey Kurtzman
Announced last year at Comic Con International, Fantagraphics finally get the ball roling with their new EC Comics Library. Both books are slated for July/August and are sure to be a hit at the 2012 Comic Con, and both come in at a price of under $30. It’s not often I double-dip, but I may have to, along with the newly resurrected GC Press EC Archives.

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