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New and Old Criminal from the Image January 2015 Solicitations

Image has released their January 2015 Solicitations…and an old favorite is back.

CRIMINAL SPECIAL EDITION (ONE-SHOT)
CRIMINAL SPECIAL EDITION (ONE-SHOT)

CRIMINAL SPECIAL EDITION (ONE-SHOT)
STORY: ED BRUBAKER
ART: SEAN PHILLIPS & ELIZABETH BREITWEISER
COVER: SEAN PHILLIPS
JANUARY 28 / 48 PAGES / FC / M / $4.99
CRIMINAL COMES TO IMAGE!
To celebrate the return of CRIMINAL to print, BRUBAKER & PHILLIPS return to their award-winning title for the first time in years for a 48-page special sure the thrill their readers, old and new alike!
It’s 1976, and Teeg Lawless is doing 30 days in county jail with a price on his head, his only safe company from the savagery a beat-up old comic magazine his dead cellmate left behind. It’s CRIMINAL like you’ve never seen it before, with a comic within the comic and all those slick ‘70s thrills!
“Brubaker and Phillips are the gold standard of the crime graphic novel.” – Warren Ellis

CRIMINAL SAVAGE EDITION MAGAZINE-SIZE VARIANT
CRIMINAL SAVAGE EDITION MAGAZINE-SIZE VARIANT

CRIMINAL SAVAGE EDITION MAGAZINE-SIZE VARIANT
STORY: ED BRUBAKER
ART: SEAN PHILLIPS & ELIZABETH BREITWEISER
COVER: SEAN PHILLIPS
JANUARY 28 / 48 PAGES / FC / M / $5.99
MAGAZINE FORMAT
As an added bonus—and due to the overwhelmingly positive response to the magazine-size variant of THE FADE OUT—the CRIMINAL SPECIAL EDITION will also be released in a Savage Edition, a variant in the style of magazine-size comics of the ‘70s!

CRIMINAL, VOL. 1: COWARD TP (NEW PRINTING)
CRIMINAL, VOL. 1: COWARD TP (NEW PRINTING)

CRIMINAL, VOL. 1: COWARD TP (NEW PRINTING)
STORY: ED BRUBAKER
ART: SEAN PHILLIPS & VAL STAPLES
COVER: SEAN PHILLIPS
JANUARY 28 / 128 PAGES / FC / M / $14.99
The bestselling crime series returns to print in strikingly-designed new editions from Image, starting where it all began: CRIMINAL, VOL. 1: COWARD—a new take on noir that turned the heist story on its head and created a whole new underworld for BRUBAKER & PHILLIPS to explore.
BRUBAKER & PHILLIPS’ recent series FATALE and The FADE OUT have brought their work to a wider audience of new readers, and now is the perfect time to show them the work that made the award-winning team’s reputation!
“Brubaker and Phillips’ books have always been about eight years ahead of their time.” —Brian K. Vaughan

Looks like Brubaker and Phillips are serious. Not only with new Criminal material in standard and oversized formats, but with new reprints, too. You’ll recall that Marvel/Icon released the entire series in 6 trade paperbacks from 2007-2011 and two Deluxe Editions in 2009 and 2012 that included essays, cover galleries, process pieces and several other extras. It looks as though, for now, Image is just releasing the trades. No word on a Deluxe Edition, but I’ll bet money that one will get published eventually.

Avengers: The Vibranium Collection Slipcase HC From The Marvel January 2015 Solicitations

Avengers: The Vibranium Collection Slipcase HC
Avengers: The Vibranium Collection Slipcase HC

Marvel has released their January 2015 solicits, but the only one book I want to focus on is the Avengers: The Vibranuim Collection Slipcase HC. Ths massive collected edition follows the footsteps of Wolverine: The Adamantium Collection from 2013 that came out just in time for The Wolverine movie. This book, to no one’s surprise, is being released in time for Avengers 2: The Age of Ultron and again to no one’s surprise features the aforementioned villain.

Let’s take a look at the original solicit:

AVENGERS: THE VIBRANIUM COLLECTION SLIPCASE HC
Written by STAN LEE, ROY THOMAS, JIM SHOOTER, ROGER STERN, STEVE ENGLEHART, KURT BUSIEK, GEOFF JOHNS, BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS & JONATHAN HICKMAN
Penciled by JACK KIRBY, JOHN BUSCEMA, JOHN BYRNE, DAVE COCKRUM, GEORGE PEREZ, OLIVIER COIPEL, DAVID FINCH & JEROME OPENA
Slipcase by ALEX ROSS
Cover by JOE QUESADA
The Earth’s mightiest Avengers stories — assembled in one super-sized, slipcased volume! Witness the fateful day when five heroes unite! Cheer as Captain America lives again! Watch the old order changeth for the first time, and learn that even an android can cry! See Ultron, Count Nefaria, Kang and the Red Skull take their best shots at the Avengers — and gasp as the Masters of Evil lay siege to the mansion! Welcome Spider-Man and Wolverine to a very new roster, then completely lose count as Cap and Iron Man expand the team to safeguard an Avengers World! It’s Marvel’s biggest heroes and comics’ biggest names, packed with dozens of extra features! Collecting AVENGERS (1963) #1, #4, #16, #57-58, #164-166 and #273-277; GIANT-SIZE AVENGERS (1974) #2; AVENGERS (1998) #19-22 and #65-70; NEW AVENGERS (2005) #1-6; and AVENGERS (2012) #1-3.
776 PGS./Rated T+ …$200.00
ISBN: 978-0-7851-9329-6
Trim size: 11-1/2 x 15-1/2

Now here’s a breakdown of what is so special about this collected edition:

AVENGERS (1963) #1
First appearance of The Avengers: Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, Ant-Man, and Wasp
AVENGERS #4
First appearance and Silver Age Captain America; joins The Avengers
AVENGERS #16
Hank Pym as Goliath
AVENGERS #57-58
First appearance of The Vision; joins The Avengers
AVENGERS #164-166
Battle with The Lethal Legion and Count Nefaria; latter half of “The Bride of Ultron”
AVENGERS #273-277
“Siege Of The Avengers Mansion”
GIANT-SIZE AVENGERS (1974) #2
Swordsman dies; Hawkeye returns; Part 2 of “Celestial Madonna Saga”; story continues from Avengers #129 and continues in Avengers #130
AVENGERS (1998) #19-22
“Ultron Unlimited”
AVENGERS #65-70
“Red Zone”
NEW AVENGERS (2005) #1-6
“Breakout”
AVENGERS (2012) #1-3
Current series; Marvel Now!; First half of “Avengers World” collected edition

3 Collected Editions Worth Buying From The DC Comics January 2015 Solicitations

DC Comics has released their January 2015 solicitations, let’s take a look at three “older” collected editions:

ORION BY WALTER SIMONSON OMNIBUS EDITION HC
ORION BY WALTER SIMONSON OMNIBUS EDITION HC

ORION BY WALTER SIMONSON OMNIBUS EDITION HC
Written by WALTER SIMONSON and others
Art by WALTER SIMONSON, FRANK MILLER, JIM LEE and others
Cover by WALTER SIMONSON
On sale MARCH 25 • 688 pg, FC, $75.00 US
Legendary writer/artist Walter Simonson takes on Jack Kirby’s Fourth World! These tales star the heroes and villains of the Fourth World as Darkseid seeks the Anti-Life Equation and Orion battles to stop him! Collects ORION #1-25 and stories from JACK KIRBY’S FOURTH WORLD #9-11 and 13!

I’ve been waiting for this book ever since DC was publishing the 4-Volume Jack Kirby Fourth Word Omnibus Hardcovers. Simonson does a great homage to Kiby and in several instances takes it a few steps further. Make no mistake, this series isn’t exactly easy to find in back-issue bins, so if you want it, this is a great chance to add to the complete the Fourth World Epic.

SECRET SIX VOL. 1: VILLAINS UNITED TP
SECRET SIX VOL. 1: VILLAINS UNITED TP

SECRET SIX VOL. 1: VILLAINS UNITED TP
Written by GAIL SIMONE
Art by BRAD WALKER, JIMMY PALMIOTTI, DALE EAGLESHAM and others
Cover by J.G. JONES
On sale FEBRUARY 11 • 328 pg, FC, $19.99 US
Collecting the stories that led into INFINITE CRISIS from VILLAINS UNITED #1-6, the SECRET SIX 6-issue miniseries and VILLAINS UNITED: INFINITE CRISIS SPECIAL #1! Six of justice’s deadliest enemies have banded together to keep the super-heroic community from tampering with their minds – and to show just how deadly they can be!

If you never got around to reading Secret Six, here’s your chance. I was buying these when they were coming out a few years ago and I loved every issue and how the characters interacted with each other. This, and future volumes are must buys!

Finally, we have one from the Vertigo solictis:

OCEAN/ORBITER DELUXE EDITION HC
OCEAN/ORBITER DELUXE EDITION HC

OCEAN/ORBITER DELUXE EDITION HC
Written by WARREN ELLIS
Art by COLLEEN DORAN, CHRIS SPROUSE and KARL STORY
Cover TBD
On sale MARCH 18 • 264 pg, FC, 7.0625” x 10.875” $29.99 US • MATURE READERS
Two classic science fiction epics written by Warren Ellis are collected together for the first time! In OCEAN #1-6, U.N. weapons inspector Nathan Kane must learn what lies under Europa’s half-mile-thick mantle of ice. And in the original graphic novel ORBITER, a long-missing space shuttle crash lands on Earth to unlock a mystery that will unfold deep in outer space.

Although these stories are not related to each another (or are they?) they are two of Warren Ellis’s finer sci-fi tales. FYI, Obiter from 2003 is an original graphic novel, while Ocean is a 6-issue series from 2004.

CCL Podcast #398 – Great Lakes Comic Con Recap

Great Lakes Comic Con
Great Lakes Comic Con
Collected Comics Library Podcast #398
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Chris Marshall / @ChrisCCL

Topics: Updates on Spider-verse TP and Complete Super Villain Team-Up TP. Interviews with Randy Zimmerman, Flint Comix and Travis McIntire, Michigan Comics Collective from the Great Lakes Comic Con 2014.

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3 Collected Editions Worth Buying From The Dark Horse January 2015 Solicitations

Dark Horse has released their January 2015 solicitations — man, I can’t believe we are halfway through this decade! Let’s a take a look at a few notable classic collected editions:

Adventures into the Unknown Archives Volume 4 HC
Adventures into the Unknown Archives Volume 4 HC
Adventures into the Unknown Archives Volume 4 HC
Various (W/A)
On sale Mar 18
FC, 216 pages
$49.99
HC, 7″ x 10″
A classic cover by Ogden Whitney sets the tone for our fourth excursion into the quirky realms found in Adventures into the Unknown! Classic monsters, convoluted crises, and ghosts of all sorts populate these entertaining Golden Age gems. Featuring a new foreword by comic-book historian and Mr. Monster creator Michael T. Gilbert! Collect issues #13-#16.
• Foreword by Michael T. Gilbert!
• Featuring work by Ogden Whitney!

I was afraid that Dark Horse was going to drop this series, after all Volume 3 was released in September 2013, but it looks to be back on track. Let’s just hope we get these books released a little more frequently.

Archie's Pal Jughead Archives Volume 1 HC
Archie’s Pal Jughead Archives Volume 1 HC
Archie’s Pal Jughead Archives Volume 1 HC
Samm Schwartz (A), George Frese (A), and Joe Edwards (A)
On sale Mar 25
FC, 232 pages
$49.99
HC, 7″ x 10″
You know Jughead as Archie’s loyal sidekick, but wait until you see the trouble he can get up to on his own! Cheer as Jug matches wits with Archie’s rival Reggie, gasp as he tests nutty experiments with his Uncle Herman, and marvel as he eats dozens upon dozens of burgers and shakes! With twice the mischief, twice the pranks, and twenty times the food, Jughead Archives takes you to the weirder side of Riverdale, in this uproarious volume illustrated by beloved Archie artists Samm Schwartz and George Frese! Collects Jughead #1–#8 from 1949 to 1950.

I have yet to get any of the Archie Archives (currently on Volume 10), but I may start up now with Jughead Volume 1. Samm Schartz, not only pencilled, inked, and lettered Jughead but did so though the 1960’s and even even did work on the comic in then 1980’s, making Jughead is own alter-ego. Any hey, any book that dons argyle on the cover is worth buying.

The Chronicles of Conan Volume 29: The Shape in the Shadow and Other Stories TP
The Chronicles of Conan Volume 29: The Shape in the Shadow and Other Stories TP
The Chronicles of Conan Volume 29: The Shape in the Shadow and Other Stories TP
Various (W/A)
On sale Mar 11
FC, 224 pages
$19.99
TP, 7″ x 10″
To pay his debts, Conan comes into the employ of an exiled prince who needs the barbarian’s strength and skills to reclaim his royal heritage, the Eye of Bast, a priceless jewel with a deadly secret! Plus: Marvel Comics’ origin of Conan the Barbarian! Collects Marvel’s Conan the Barbarian #224–#232.
• All stories collected for the first time!

What? The origin of Conan? Yes, it took place starting with “Young Conan” in #232 as a 9-part story. I’m dumbfounded as to why Dark Horse wouldn’t collect it all as one oversized book for Volume 30.

What will you be getting?