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), and I (@ChrisCCL) are sharing six comic book collected editions, reprints and/or graphic novels released this week that you may be interested in.
Picked by @ChrisCampbell8
Batwoman Vol. 1: Hydrology (DC Comics)
With the New52 over a year old, we have begun getting softcover collections of the volumes originally released in hardcover. With stunning art from J.H. Williams, it was no surprise that Batwoman originally received the hardcover treatment. No longer working with Greg Rucka on the character, Williams has infused Gotham with a dose of the paranormal and the bizarre. Williams continues his alternating artistic styles in this book, and if you can’t tell from my comments, this is one of the prettier books to come out in a while. A strong recommendation for art lovers and those that can’t get their fill of the Bat universe.
Collects Batwoman #0-5, $14.99
Picked by @adambesenyodi
Captain America by Ed Brubaker – Volume 4 (Marvel)
Here’s where the story ends. Ed Brubaker’s career-defining run on Captain America has come to an end. During his time on the title, Brubaker resurrected Bucky, killed Steve Rogers, and returned Captain America to the A-list of Marvel titles in the process. Although the first four issues collected here are co-written by Cullen Bunn, this collection can be recommended on the final issue alone: It’s just Brubaker and artist Steve Epting back together for a final go-round with the Star-Spangled Avenger. The perfect bookend to a historic run.
Collects Captain America (2011) #15-19, $24.99
Picked by Shane
Fables Vol. 18: Cubs In Toyland TP (DC Comics )
While my weekly pull list dwindles in favor of collected editions, the comic at the top of my read list is what keeps me going back for monthlies. I LOVE Fables. It has been consistently good since the beginning and since I started it monthly, I can’t seem to transition to trades with this one. I wouldn’t be able to wait that long. While there have been dark story line in Fables over the years, this one in particular was very dark and nasty and felt a little like a twisted version of the old Rankin Bass stop motion holiday specials. I highly recommend it and any of the past editions of Fables.
Collects Fables #114-123, $16.99
Picked by @Dief88
Generation X Classic Vol. 2 TPB (Marvel)
Generation X was one of the few really good superhero comics to come out of Marvel in the 1990s, and it’s great to see the company releasing a second volume collecting the early exploits of this team of young mutants. Picking up after the series’ brief hiatus during the “Age of Apocalypse” crossover, these issues pit the team (including new member Mondo) against Omega Red, Emma Frost’s sister Cordelia, and recurring nemesis Emplate. Continuing Scott Lobdell’s nearly three-year run on the title, this volume features artwork by Chris Bachalo, Tom Grummett, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Ashley Wood, among others.
Collects Generation X #5-11 and Annual ’95, and Generation X San Diego Preview, $24.99
Picked by @AndrewJTom
The One Trick Rip-Off + Deep-Cuts HC by Paul Pope (Image)
For this week’s recommendation I just have one thing to say about it… “Paul Pope”.
That name alone should be enough to tell you that this is a quality book; but for those that need a little more, know this. One Trick Rip-off is a story that was originally published by Pope back in 1997. This heist story takes place in L.A. revolving around two gang members that need to pull off one last heist to set themselves up for life. Included in this volume along with the title story are what is referred to as “Deep Cuts”. The Deep Cuts are various stories that were never (or rarely) printed during Pope’s adventures traveling abroad in the 1990’s. These stories include a manga that Pope did called “Supertrouble” which is printed here domestically for the first time. As if all of this Paul Pope goodness wasn’t enough, Pope has recruited Jamie Grant (All-Star Superman) to lay down color on One Trick Rip-off for the very first time. At $29.99, this is a book that every Paul Pope fan needs to have in their collection.
Picked by @ChrisCCL
Back Issue #62 – Superman in the Bronze Age (Twomorrows Publishing), $8.95
To be very clear, there is no better place to find insight and commentary on comic book history then the books and magazines coming out of TwoMorrows Publishing. Back Issue focuses on the Bronze Age of comics, which is defined here, by editor Michael Eury as comics printed from 1970-1989. This was an of change for the Man Of Steel. He finally grew out of “boy scout” image to take on more ruthless and evil villains in the comics, TV cartoons and the movies. This particular issue covers very first mini-series in comics, “World Of Krypton” from John Byrne and Mike Mignola and also provides insight to the, now classic, Alan Moore “Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?”. You can also find a two-page rundown of Bronze Age Superman tales that have been reprinted in trades and hardcovers tabulated by yours truly!
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.