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
X-Men Mutant Massacre TP (New Printing) (Marvel)
There are few memories of Junior High that I look fondly upon now that I’m in my forties. Buried deep within my subconscious underneath all of the ass-kickings and social anxiety is a memory of The Mutant Massacre. I remember eagerly awaiting the next issue of an enormous (at that time) crossover that encompassed the X-Men and few other key Marvel comics. The title of “The Mutant Massacre” promised mass carnage; and with that promise I knew that good old fashioned comic book action would accompany it. I gobbled up every X-book available and the crossovers that would ultimately tell the story of how the Maurauders went into the sewers of New York City and wiped out the misfit collection mutants known as the Morlocks. Along the way we saw some life changing moments for some of our favorite characters that would be the catalyst for countless stories for years to come.
Collects Uncanny X-Men (1963) #210-214, X-Factor (1986) #9-11, New Mutants (1983) #46, Thor (1966) #373-374, Power Pack (1984) #27 And Daredevil (1964) #238, $34.99
Picked by Shane
Global Frequency TP (DC Comics)
There have been many books, comics, films, etc. on covert operations groups that keep the world safe from government projects gone awry. One of them, the incredible Fox TV series, Fringe just finished its five year run. If you were a fan of that series, than this comic is the one for you. Warren Ellis first caught my attention with his amazing Extremis run on Iron Man. A lot of his stuff has a technology or more “hard SCIFI” slant to it and that’s what might isolate some people, but make others jump on right on board. I’m of the later persuasion. After reading Extremis, I sought out some of his other work and this was one I loved!
Global Frequency is a group of 1001 people worldwide that take care of the things world governments can’t. The projects they worked on in their secret labs and other serious threats to society. But the ones that should be kept secret, like using science to wage war, but not knowing the price. Or maybe taking care of the people that need to be dealt with outside the boundaries of the law. This group isn’t just the former Green Berets and SEALs or CIA covert agents. It is a group of people with various skill sets that help this group operate, whether it be a high school computer genius, an aging scientist with knowledge in genetics, a parkour expert and also those ex-soldiers who may have a particular skill they need like a sniper or demolitions expert. This group utilizes a vast network of people around the world. That is one of the reasons this comic is interesting. You read it and can put yourself into it. You read it and hope that one day you’ll get a call that will put you on the Global Frequency. By the way, this one isn’t for the kids!
An interesting aside is that there was a TV pilot that didn’t sell, but if you look around enough, you’ll find a copy! But first check out this great comic collection! It is well worth the read!
Collects Global Frequency #1-12, $19.99
Picked by @Dief88
Fantastic Four Reunited They Stand TP (Marvel)
The superhero collected edition most likely to fly under the radar this week is probably Fantastic Four: Reunited They Stand, a collection of late-’70s material starring Marvel’s First Family. The centerpiece here is a set of three issues published between the issues collected in Fantastic Four: The Overthrow of Doom and Fantastic Four: In Search of Galactus, effectively bridging the gap between those collections. All three books are written by Marv Wolfman and illustrated by Keith Pollard; it’s nice to see Marvel’s commitment to keeping creative runs like this one in print, even if (as I’m guessing) the preorders weren’t extremely high. This collection also includes three Fantastic Four Annuals (one of which is by the same creative team as the main series issues), which makes for a nice bonus, if not necessarily a seamless reading experience.
Collects Fantastic Four (1961) #201-203 and Annuals #12-14, $24.99
Picked by @adambesenyodi
Star Wars Omnibus: Infinities TP (Dark Horse)
The Star Wars Universe is as vast and varying as your imagination will let it be, but I’ve always stuck pretty close to home. Raised on the Original Trilogy and Marvel Star Wars comic books, most of the Expanded Universe has never really been on my radar. Infinities are a bit different, though. They diverge from a seemingly random point in each of the original movies and explore how the stories would have unfolded with those alternate timeline twists. Dark Horse produced one Infinities miniseries for each of the Original Trilogy stories in the early-to-mid-2000s. What’s unique is that the comic books aren’t direct sequels to one another. For example, the Infinities – Return of the Jedi story doesn’t pick up where the events of Infinities – Empire Strikes Back ends, rather it assumes the original stories for Episodes IV and V played out as intended, picking up a new thread only within the Episode VI story. These are just really fun, alternate, “what if?” takes on the classic Star Wars Universe, and it will be nice to have them collected under one cover as a part of Dark Horse’s omnibus line.
Collects Star Wars: Infinities – A New Hope; The Empire Strikes Back; and Return of the Jedi, $24.99
Picked by @ChrisCampbell8
Transformers Complete Drift HC (IDW)
IDW has been putting out superb Transformers material, especially since they relaunched the ongoing MTMTE and Robots in Disguise series. But they have also been collecting the entire IDW Transformers line in beautiful, oversized hardcovers. Now, for the first time, IDW has collected the complete Drift saga in a standalone hardcover collection. A divisive character in Transformers fandom, the Decepticon-turned-Autobot received his own mini-series, as well as a spotlight issue. Originally a feared Decepticon warrior named Deadlock, Drift eventually sees the error of his ways and pursues a quest to hunt down and eliminate Decepticons across the universe. If you don’t have already have the IDW Transformers Collection hardcovers, strongly consider picking this up.
The deluxe upgrade as the four-issue mini-series plus the Spotlight issue is collected in this hard cover oversized edition, $24.99
Picked by @ChrisCCL
Prince Valiant Volume 6 1947-1948 HC (Fantagraphics), $35.00
Prince Valiant has been around for decades and you can still find him the Sunday comics of your favorite newspaper. As a knight of King Arthur’s roundtable, he has had many adventures throughout Camelot and Europe. But there was a time when he traveled to the New World – 1000 years before Christopher Columbus! Collected here in this sixth volume, the Viking conqueror Ulfran kidnaps Val’s new bride Aleta. The pursuit leads him across the North Atlantic and into what is now Northern Canada and Newfoundland. Creator Hal Foster does not stop there, after the rescue of Aleta, she has a son, Arn, on present day American soil! Coupled with the brilliant artwork, this would become one of the more memorable story-lines that Foster had ever penned. Also, the craftsmanship that Fantagraphics is putting into these hardcover reprints is second to none. Highly recommend for the fan of adventure fiction.
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.