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), 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
Love And Rockets Companion 30 Years And Counting SC (Fantagraphics), $29.99
There are several comic series over the years that I’ve been interested in trying out. Friends of mine like Jeff Douglas and Bobgar Ornelas have always told me, “Dude, you’ve gotta’ read Love & Rockets. You’ll love it!”. But, like any other long running independent series, Love & Rockets has always seemed a little bit impenetrable. Regardless of the countless comments from those two guys of “You can jump in anywhere”, I’ve always been a little hesitant to jump in and read it, knowing what a rich world the Hernandez brothers have built with this series. For guys like me that want to try L&R, yet are afraid of diving in, I’m recommending the new Love & Rockets 30 years Companion. This book is treasure trove of DVD style bonus features that help to flesh out and understand the Love & Rockets universe. It has interviews with the creators, a family tree of the characters, unpublished art, DVD covers, and all sorts of other goodies. It’s a great introduction for the trepidations of Love & Rockets novice, or a great collection of bonus material for a hardcore L&R fan. If you have any interest at all in the work of these creators, this is a “must have” book for you.
Picked by @adambesenyodi
Star Wars: Purge TP (Dark Horse)
Star Wars: Purge (2005), Star Wars: Purge – Seconds To Die (2009), Star Wars: Purge – The Hidden Blade (2010) and Star Wars: Purge – The Tyrant’s Fist #1-2 (2012), $17.99
The Star Wars universe can be a bit overwhelming. As an Original Trilogy fan, I tend to be a bit discerning regarding what I consume from the expanded universe. Marvel’s original adaptations and ongoing series, Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn Trilogy, the Clone Wars TV show, Dark Horse’s Darth Vader and the Lost Command… those are the places I’m comfortable. Added to that list are the Purge books. Dark Horse produced three one-shots and a two-parter, all centered around Darth Vader hunting down the Jedi who escaped the original execution of Order 66. John Ostrander penned the first two issues back in 2005 and 2009 before handing the reigns to Haden Blackman in 2010 and Alexander Freed late last year. Set shortly after the events of Episode III and well before the rise of the rebellion, these are fun, easily digestible stories that will feel both new and familiar to old school Star Wars fans.
Picked by @CaptDS9E
Absolute Blackest Night HC (DC Comics)
Collects Blackest Night #0, Blackest Night #1-8, Untold Tales Of The Blackest Night #1, DC Universe #0, The Blackest Night Director’s Cut #1, and Green Lantern #43-48 and #50-52, 576 pages, $125.00
The reason I got back into reading comics was because of Geoff Johns Green Lantern /Peter Tomasi’s Green Lantern Corps runs. I had mentioned to a few friends, that I wanted to try out a few things, after being away from comics for 10+ years, So more then a few mentioned that I really should read the last 4+ years worth of issues as a big event called Blackest Night was coming. I caught up in a months time, and I am very glad I did. In the 4+ year build up to Blackest Night, we learned that there are more Color Spectrum powers out there then the just the Green we have known about. There are also Red, Blue, Indigo, Yellow, Orange and Star Saphire (Pink), each for a different emotion. Hal Jordan and the other Earthling Lanterns are told about a Blackest Night prophecy, that once new Corps for these color spectrum powers came to pass, there would be a War of Light that would destroy the Universe. We learn that it’s not one of these Corps that will make that happen, but another Corps called Black Lanterns, which are for the Death of all living things. The Black Lantern Corps members led by Nekron and Black Hand, are the dead risen back to life. As this army of risen dead spread across death across the universe The Seven Corps of the Emotional spectrum must put aside their differences and join together or all life will be lost. This series has a lot of twists are turns, as heroes thought dead return, a lot of Lantern characters we learned to like are no more, but for me it was a satisfying ending to a very long tale. The art by Ivan Reis is really fantastic, and I can not wait to see it in the Absolute format. If there is an event to be owned in this format, Blackest Night is one of them.
Picked by @ReverendLove
Mouse Guard, Volume 3: The Black Axe HC (Archaia Entertainment)
Collects Mouse Guard: Black Axe #1-6, a reprinting of the 2010 Free Comic Book Day story and Introduction by Monty Python’s Terry Jones, $24.95
The book I’m itching to read the most this week is the third collection of David Petersen’s “Mouse Guard” comics called “the Black Axe”. I was a big fan of “Mouse Guard” from the first issue in 2006 and have loved every new instalment of the book the Eisner winning Peterson has produced in the intervening years. It’s one of those comics like “Bone” that reaches a broad audience of all ages and yet is surprisingly well written. The art is quietly spectacular and the storytelling is second to none, with a fresh pace and thoughtful framing. I think the best way to describe “Mouse Guard” is that it’s like “Prince Valiant”…but for mice.
Picked by @ChrisCCL
The Lone Ranger Behind The Mask HC (Insight Editions), $45.00
So I took Patrick to see The Lone Ranger last week and I just can’t believe all the negativity it has received from critics! We both thought it was a fun, fast-paced summer movie! OK I do understand that Johnny Depp did his best not to make Jack Sparrow into an Indian, but he was a driving force as executive producer to bring this hero to the big screen. I remember when my dad brought me to see Legend Of The Lone Ranger back in 1981 – now that was a stinker. Even the old black and white TV show is campy. Let’s face it, it’s hard to compete with the more contemporary superhero movie heroes of today; Westerns are just so hard to make and market in 2013. Yes, True Grit did well and was acclaimed at the Oscars, but the even with the good films we also get Cowboys & Aliens and Jonah Hex – both comic books and both much, much worse then The Lone Ranger. OK all that said, I like coffee table books that give the definitive behind-the-scene look at a big blockbuster movie. It’s very much like DVD extras on paper. They can also be nice investments as they get under ordered and thus under printed and become rare gems on eBay. This particular Lone Ranger book was written by unit publicist Michael Singer with a foreword by producer Jerry Bruckheimer and an introduction by director Gore Verbinski.
Back Issue Magazine #65 – features the Bronze Age’s battling “B-Teams”, TwoMorrows Publishing, $8.95
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