Is there one book that is a “must have” collected edition that came out this week? My friends Andy Tom (@AndrewJTom), Chris Campbell (@ChrisCampbell8), Marc Diefenderfer (@Dief88), Shane Hannafey, Adam Besenyodi (@adambesenyodi), Joey Nazzari (@CaptDS9E), Wallace Ryan (@ReverendLove) 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
Nova Vol. 1: Origin Premiere HC (Marvel)
Collects Nova (2013) #1-5 and material from Marvel Now! Point One #1, $24.99
Y’know, I really have no knowledge of the Marvel Cosmic line. I know of a character named Nova, and I’ve heard how great Abnett & Lanning’s Guardians of the Galaxy run was. Outside of that, I’ve really never had much of an exposure to that stuff. This new Nova collection is tailor-made for guys like me. Say what you will about Jeph Loeb’s stories (I know that he has his haters), but the man knows how to craft a fun & entertaining story (Commando wasn’t exactly Schindler’s List). With this book Loeb seems to have produced another fun “popcorn” style story. He brings along his frequent collaborator, (the immensely talented) Ed McGuinness for what seems to be a story about a young coming of age hero who has been blessed with great power and great responsibility (sound familiar?). The nice thing about guys like Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness, is that they know that not every comic needs to be “high art”. Sometimes, comics should just be a lot of fun; and they excel at making fun comics. Go out and try this out… and remember to have a good time reading it.
Picked by @adambesenyodi
Classic Space: 1999 – To Everything That Was (Archaia), $24.95
The very definition of cult TV show, Space: 1999 was a British import on these shores in the mid-’70s. On the premise of a nuclear age cautionary tale, the show centered on the inhabitants of Moonbase Alpha, who are stranded in space when the nuclear waste humanity was storing on the far side of the Moon explodes on September 13, 1999, hurtling the Moon out of the Earth’s orbit and on an interplanetary journey. Since Hanna-Barbara owned the merchandising rights to the classic TV show, it made sense that the comics licensing went to Charlton Comics, who had an existing relationship in place. Bronze Age Charlton Comics boasted a pretty damn impressive bullpen of top-notch talent and licensed properties, with John Byrne, Roger Stern, and Bob Layton all producing work for the venerable imprint. And titles like The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman could be found alongside Space: 1999 on the roster. Carrying a “Selected Remastered Works from the Comic Archives, 1975-1979” subtitle, Archaia has rescued myriad Space: 1999 artifacts and presented them here, including selections from the Charlton series and from the British children’s magazine Look-In. The collection is in continuity between the first and second seasons of the TV show, and features an absolutely gorgeous, previously unpublished Gray Morrow painted cover (the kind Charlton could be counted on for producing in most all of their ’70s titles).
Picked by Shane
Once Upon a Time – Shadow Of The Queen Premiere HC (Marvel), $19.99
The beauty of having so many companies under your umbrella is that not only do you have crossover potential, but a means to get your product out there in so many different forms of media. Disney’s ownership of Marvel means comic adaptations and/or original stories from their many properties. Some of which might not be feasible or cost effective to tell in the television format. We saw this happen with Castle. Marvel did a great job with a couple of graphic novels, not necessarily based on the TV series, but based on the” writings” of the main character, a best-selling author. These were stories that would have probably never been told on television. We are also seeing the reverse, whereas ABC is launching the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series this fall. With the universe of Once Upon a Time, there is an incredible amount of material with which Marvel can play mine from. After two seasons, I’m still really enjoying this TV series a lot. Not only have they turned fairy tales upside down and given me stories that are familiar yet different, they have also taken it from a Disney perspective. So, while the comic book series Fables (another favorite of mine) has its own versions of these classic characters, almost everyone knows of the Disney versions, even if they aren’t comic book readers. This TV series did a great job of taking those beloved characters and interweaving their stories into a bigger tale that ropes in viewers both young and old and still changing things up to give you an entirely different experience. If you haven’t seen the TV series, I say give it a try. While the series has a huge array of characters from fairy tales, the main story is predominantly about the Evil Queen and Snow White. This first ever graphic novel tie in is a story about the Evil Queen, her quest to capture Snow White and the Huntsman she uses to help her with her devious plan. This should be a fun book whether you are a fan of the TV series or just a fan of classic fairy tales. Check it out!
Picked by @Dief88
Avengers: Endless Wartime OGN-HC (Marvel), $24.99
Marvel’s “Season One” graphic novels must have sold pretty well, because now the company has set out to publish a new series of OGNs (this time set in current Marvel continuity), starting with Avengers: Endless Wartime. These books will apparently boast higher-profile creators than “Season One” did; for Endless Wartime, we get Warren Ellis and Mike McKone. All Marvel has revealed about the plot is that it involves a villain from Captain America’s past, though whether this villain is an established character or a brand-new one has yet to be revealed. It’s also unclear at this point exactly how self-contained Endless Wartime will be, or to what extent it will be referred to in the ongoing Avengers comics. Ideally, in my opinion, this book would lean toward the former. Either way, though, I’m interested to see what direction Ellis and McKone take with this book.
Picked by @ChrisCCL
Heroic Tales The Bill Everett Archives Volume 2 HC (Fantagraphics), $39.99
I didn’t know much about Bill Everett other than he created Namor The Submariner and Daredevil until I picked up Blake Bell’s Bill Everett Archives Volume 1. Bell is the one of the best curators of classic, hard to find material and refreshing it for the 21st Century audience, just look at his Steve Ditko Archives series. Well now, Bell is back with a second go around with Everett and from what I hear, the comics here are superior to what we saw in Volume 1. If that’s the case, then we are all in for a real treat!
Conan Red Nails Original Art Archives HC (Genesis West), $150.00
I’ve never heard of Genesis West publishing until I saw the solicit for this book. From what I dug up this is similar to the Artist’s Editions being published by IDW. This particular Conan tale “concerns Conan encountering a lost city in which the degenerate inhabitants are proactively resigned to their own destruction.” – Wikipedia; and was originally told from Robert E. Howard in his last Conan story he wrote and the last major fantasy he completed, in Weird Tales magazine from July to October 1936. This comic adaptation is from Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith for Savage Tales #2-3 (Marvel, Oct. 1973 and Feb. 1974)). It has also been reprinted in collected edition form many times since then, both in black-and-white and in full color, by Marvel and more recently by Dark Horse The Chronicles of Conan: Volume 4: The Song of Red Sonja and Other Stories (Dark Horse Comics, 2004). Is this worth $240.00? Hmmmm…I’m not sure. If you see it in the wild or buy it let me know.
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.