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 @CaptDS9E
Star Wars: Legacy Book 1 HC (Dark Horse), $34.99
There have been a lot of Star Wars comics by Dark Horse over the years, but Star Wars Legacy is by far the best of the bunch. The series is written by John Ostrander and Kan Duursema, and is set 125 years after Return of the Jedi. As the story begins the One Sith Order attacks a Jedi Temple where young Cade Skywalker is training with his father. As the attack goes on the Jedi are killed and Cade is left alone, thought dead. The One Sith order led by Darth Krayt are now is taking over the galaxy a piece at a time. Flash forward a few years, and we learn that Cade is alive, and has taken up a new first name, dropped Skywalker, and has strayed from being a Jedi. In this time he became attached to the pirate named Rav, and has chosen the life a a smuggler/pirate himself. Doing jobs with a small crew that can’t be trusted, trying to keep his identity secret from all. However like all SW tales, he gets pulled back into galactic affairs, and must once again become a Jedi for the sake of the entire galaxy, and live up to the Skywalker name. This collection is the first couple of trades of the series. The main series ran 50 issues, and the grand finale finished in the Legacy War miniseries. So once your done with this, I don’t know if you will be able to wait for the next HC, as you will want to keep reading.
Picked by Shane
The Walking Dead Vol. 18: What Comes After TP (Image)
Collects The Walking Dead #103-108, $14.99
Maybe you haven’t heard about this comic? Unless you’ve been stuck on an island for the past several years, you can’t get away from the Walking Dead. I do love the television series, but the comic was there first and while the TV series is sticking with some of the same story lines, it takes entirely different directions with that source material. A lot of the characters are the same, but they might come and go at different times. Just read this comic series! There are several options out there, but the trades seem to be the most cost effective way to catch up. I came into the series late. Although I had the first issue in my hand at the comic shop and stupidly put it back on the shelf thinking it was a 28 Days Later rip-off. I was very wrong and you could say that was a very expensive mistake! I kept hearing how good this series was and took another chance with Volume 1 of the trades. I haven’t stopped buying the trades since and usually pre-order them so that I get them in my hands as quick as possible. It is painful enough waiting six months for each one, but I decided to stick with trades a long time ago. After a shocking death in the last volume, Rick is out for revenge on a man who seems equally as crazy and brutal as The Governor. You know war is on the horizon and I can’t wait to see what Rick has planned!
Picked by @ChrisCCL
Crisis on Multiple Earths Vol. 6 TP (DC Comics)
Collects Justice League #195-197, #207-209 and All-Star Squadron #14-15, $19.99
This book arrived on my doorstep this afternoon from my DCBS order and I wasn’t going to recommend it but after further review, it’s worth the mention. DC has been publishing this trade paperback series for a few years now and it’s a fun and easy way to get all of the annual Justice League of America and Justice Society of America Team-Ups all in one place. Here in volume six we not only get the JLA/JSA but the All-Star Squadron makes their appearance. These eight comics are from 1981-1982 and foreshadow a bigger Crisis to come in just a few short years.
Wolverine: The Adamantium Collection HC Slipcase (Marvel)
Collects Origin #1-6; material from Marvel Comics Presents (1988) #72-84; Uncanny X-Men (1963) #162, #205 and #268; Wolverine (1982) #1-4; Wolverine (1988) #75 and #119-122; Wolverine (2003) #32; and Wolverine & The X-Men #1-3, 720 pages, $200.00
If you have the Wolverine Omnibus from 2009, you’ll find that this is a nice follow-up. The only comics that both books have in common are Marvel Comics Presents (1988) #72-84 and Frank Miller and Chris Claremont’s Wolverine (1982) #1-4. I had hoped that Marvel would rerelease the Omnibus, but we may have to wait on that for another year or two. In the meantime, to save you some money, you can all of these issue digitally. Pick this one up if you are so inclined. If nothing else you can keep it sealed and sell it for $300 when Wolverine 3 comes out in theaters.
Solo Deluxe Edition HC (DC Comics)
Collects Solo #1-12, 568 pages, $49.99
Make no mistake – this is one of the best collected editions of 2013.
Because it has some of the best comics ever published.
OK, here you go.
It won three 2006 Eisner Awards:
Best Anthology: Solo, Edited By Mark Chiarello
Best Short Story: “Teenage Sidekick,” By Paul Pope, Solo #3
Best Single Issue: Solo #5, By Darwyn Cooke
I talked this book up for CCL Podcast #347 – Going Solo, The DC Way
Buy this book and your fanboy street cred will triple.
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.