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 @AndrewJTom
Deva Zan HC (Dark Horse), $49.99
“Hey Andy! Why should I drop $49.99 on a book & creator that I’ve never heard of?”
I know that’s what the majority of you are thinking right now, but let me give you the low-down on why this is a must have for your bookshelf. Yoshitaka Amano is more well-known than you realize. He’s the guy behind the amazing visuals for Vampire Hunter D and Final Fantasy. Amano even had a short stint with Neil Gaiman on Sandman several years ago. After 10 years worth of preparation, Deva Zan is ready for its world premiere from Dark Horse. Not only is he bringing the story to life visually… but for the first time, he is providing the words to go with his glorious paintings & sketches. Deva Zan is based on the legends of Asia. It has an amnesic samurai, gods, guardians, evil forces, and epic battles from the fields of ancient Japan to the streets of present day New York City.
Please understand that this is NOT your standard 300 page comic book. It’s more of an “illustrated novel”; but with over 200 illustrations by Amano, this is a book unlike any other on your shelf.
Picked by Shane
Star Wars: Blood Ties Volume 2 – Boba Fett Is Dead TP (Dark Horse)
Collects Star Wars: Blood Ties-Boba Fett Is Dead #1-4, $14.99
This one came as a surprise to me, since I only recently read and enjoyed the first volume. I have enjoyed many of the Dark Horse Star Wars comics I’ve read over the years, but I’m especially fond of any featuring Jango or Boba Fett. Boba Fett is a character I’ve loved since I first got my hands on the Kenner action figure in the late 70s as part of their free promo offer. I like the way he has been handled in books and especially in the comics. I highly recommend checking this out as well as other comics with the character. A great way to start is the Boba Fett Omnibus which features most of the early stories all in one collection.
Picked by @adambesenyodi
Heavy Metal The Movie Expanded Edition SC (Heavy Metal), $24.95
Theatrically released in 1981, it wasn’t until a few years later that I would finally see the movie Heavy Metal. Like most ’80s kids, it was an early high school sleepover at a friend’s house, and the movie was surreptitiously recorded off of HBO. After parents were tucked into bed, the tape came out, and malleable minds were blown. (The movie quickly entered into our trippy film rotation that included a taping of Forbidden Planet from a USA Network “Night Flight” airing.) The art, the violence, the nudity. The movie had it all! Then to learn this sprang from the fertile ground of a namesake magazine that packed more of the same… it was all too much! Cult status is probably no longer completely appropriate, but the up-side of wider exposure is treats like this expanded edition release of the movie’s original companion magazine. With behind-the-scenes and production-to-final animation, along with film illustrations based on stories from the likes of Mike Ploog and Bernie Wrightson, and the “Neverwhere Land” story cut from the original film, this looks to be a packed with plenty of Heavy Metal goodness.
Picked by @ChrisCampbell8
Transformers Regeneration Volume 1 TP (IDW), $19.99
After IDW successfully relaunched the iconic G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero series from Larry Hama, they decided to do the same thing with another 1980’s Marvel series – The Transformers. Back at the helm are fan-favorite creators Simon Furman and Andrew Wildman, along with original inker Stephen Baskerville. The artwork is definitely a throwback to the style of original series, which feels refreshing in this modern era of comics. Whether you were a fan of the fiction or the toy line, this volume represents a great opportunity to revisit your childhood. And if you’re looking for another take on the Autobots and Decepticons, also consider he wonderful Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye.
Picked by @ChrisCCL
Golden Age Of DC Comics 1935-1956 HC (Taschen), $59.99
In 2010 Taschen in conjunction with DC Comics and under the editorial direction of Paul Levitz published 75 Years Of DC Comics: The Art Of Modern Mythmaking. The mammoth sized book was 15.6 x 3.5 x 11.4 inches in size, topped out at 720 pages and cost $200. It covered the entire history of DC Comics and even was divided up into five chapters or five eras of comic book publishing. No Levitz has decided to publish each era in its own individual hardcovers that includes updated information and more artwork. Golden Age Of DC Comics is smaller in dimension size, but still manages to include 400 pages of material. If you missed out on the first BIG one volume edition, these smaller books should be more available and much more reader friendly.
MAD: Artist’s Edition HC (IDW)
Every issue of MAD from #1 to #18 is represented by either a cover or story (and often both!) and is scanned from the actual original art and printed same-size as drawn, $150
On the advent of the 60th Anniversary of MAD Magazine, comes the latest IDW Artist’s Edition. This behemoth measures a 15″x22″ and is one of the larger books of the series. Most of us grew up with the Alfred E. Neuman magazine, but for the first 24 issues it was a regular old comic book – but what a comic it was! Some of the greatest artists and writers ever to work in the industry worked on MAD from EC Comics; the same EC Comics that was responsible for Tales From The Crypt and Weird Science. We all know how well that ended, but MAD endured. Here with this book is a birds-eye-view in to the creative process of one of the greatest, culturally significant and longest running books ever.
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.