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.
Sorry friends, only two books this week. Our next installment of this feature will be July 12.
Picked by @Dief88
Wolverine By Larry Hama and Marc Silvestri Vol. 1 TP (Marvel)
Collects Wolverine (1988) #31-37, Wolverine: The Jungle Adventure and Wolverine: Bloodlust, $24.99
It’s taken six years, but Marvel has finally picked up where they left off with the fifth and final volume in the Wolverine Classic trade paperback series. The issues collected in this volume were a turning point worthy of ditching the old “Wolverine Classic” title, though – while the thirty issues collected in those trades were very much in the 1980s mode of superhero story-telling, the ones collected here wear their ‘90s pedigree on their sleeves with pride. Silvestri’s art is clearly in a state of evolution, somewhere between his earlier work on Uncanny X-Men and what was to come in Cyberforce just a few years later. As for the plot, a big chunk features Wolverine fighting the Yakuza in Japan, which should definitely appeal to readers looking forward to the character’s new movie opening this summer. (There’s also an issue that features a stoic, cigar-smoking Wolvie firing an M60 on its cover. What’s not to love?) As a nice bonus, this trade also includes the graphic novels Wolverine: The Jungle Adventure and Wolverine: Bloodlust – neither of which involved Hama or Silvestri, but I’m not about to complain!
Picked by Shane
Castle: A Calm Before Storm Premiere HC (Marvel)
Collects Castle: A Calm Before Storm #1-5, $19.99
If you haven’t watched it, Castle was a cop show custom made for the Comic-Con Crowd. They cast Nathan “Firefly” Fillion in the lead role. This hooked me in right away. Firefly is my all-time favorite show. I tend to watch other shows that inherited the great crew of Serenity. On the surface Castle is a cop show, but it is much, much more. The show follows the adventures of Richard Castle, who is a best-selling mystery writer and friends with the mayor of New York, which gets him the privilege of riding along with Kate Beckett, a female detective who he is going to use as the basis for his new character, Nikki Heat. As you can guess, in the middle of homicide investigations, chaos and romance ensues, but also a lot of geekiness!! There are episodes they deal in steampunk culture, superheroes, zombies and even one that takes place at a Sci-Fi convention. This show was aimed at the comics fans, so why not make a comic series? But, they didn’t make a comic series based on the title character, instead they made a comic series based on a character (Derrick Storm) that was “created by” the title character. The first of these graphic novels, Deadly Storm was a good read and a fairly big hit for Marvel, so of course they continued the series. This new one, A Calm Before Storm is the third in the graphic novel series that follows Derrick Storm, the private eye who becomes a CIA operative along with his lover/partner Clara Strike. These are fun reads and something a little different than the men in tights genre. So, if you are looking for something fun with a little action, adventure and romance, check these series out. There are also some novels based on the same character if you finish the comics and want more. You don’t need to know anything about the television series to read or enjoy these books, but I highly recommend checking it out as well. It will be the sixth season this fall and you really don’t need to see the other seasons to get caught up, but they are definitely worth the watch! Try the graphic novels and then try the TV series!
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.