There’s absolutely nothing scientific about this list. Just some great collected editions that I enjoyed this past year.
1. Solo Deluxe Edition HC
Collects Solo #1-12, 568 pages, $49.99
I remember when this series came out and just how good it was. So good in fact that several comics were nominated and won Eisner Awards. And the talent involved in this project is a who’s who in the comic book industry. Finally DC collected everything into a very affordable hardcover. Not only for the casual comic fan, but also for aspiring writers and artist’s. And for the speculator in you, I foresee this seeing for big money on eBay when it sells out.
2. First Kingdom by Jack Katz HC; Volume 1 and Volume 2
Jack Katz’s epic comic book masterpiece started to get the reprint treatment this year and so far the first 2 volumes (of 6) has not been disappointing. It’s not an easy read, but it’s not suppose to be. It’s adult in it’s complexity, page structure, language and there’s the nudity – which is not hardcore and after a few pages, you get used to the toplessness. I’m so glad this is back in print and Titan seems like the perfect company to bring it to us. When it’s all said and done I hope they publish a One Volume edition.
3. The Animal Man Omnibus by Grant Morrison HC
Collects Animal Man #1-26 and Secret Origins #39, 712 pages, $75.00
Another book that should have come out years ago. Morrison’s run on Animal Man is nothing short of perfect. If you like the tone of Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing, then Animal Man is a wonderful companion.
4. Marvel Masterworks: Marvel Two-In-One Vol. 1 HC (Variant Vol. 200)
Collects Marvel Feature (1971) #11-12 and Marvel Two-In-One (1974) #1-10, $69.99
OK, the material in this book may not be the best ink-to-paper periodicals ever published, but you have to give it up to Marvel for publishing their 200th Masterwork this year. It’s an astounding feat and one that I hope doesn’t stop. I’m proud to say that I own them all, but I’m nowhere near reading them. My only wish is that I hope they will reprint Red Raven Comics #1 in its entirety someday.
5. Steve Ditko’s Monsters Volume 1 Gorgo HC, $34.99 and Volume 2 Konga
For the past few years Steve Ditko has been getting reprinted at an astounding rate. The Fantagraphics and DC hardcovers are a must own as are the two new Monster volumes by Craig Yoe! Seldom seen in years, Yoe has put together a pair of very nice hardcovers that is a must own for any Ditko fan.
6. In The Days Of The Mob By Jack Kirby HC
Collects In The Days Of The Mob #1 and stories from Amazing World Of DC Comics #1 and 10, 108 pages, $39.99
Like Ditko, Kirby is can be unearthed, too. This book along with the previous Spirit World hardcover has never been reprinted until now and should be a welcome addition to the shelf. Besides, trying to find the originals is a nightmare.
7. Star Wars Omnibus: Wild Space Volume 1 and Volume 2 TP
Collects Star Wars 3-D #1-3; Star Wars: Devilworlds #1-2; Star Wars: Death Masque; Star Wars Weekly #60, #94-99, and #104-115; Star Wars from Pizzazz #10-16; The Rebel Thief, X-Wing Marks the Spot, Imperial Spy, and The Gambler’s Quest from Star Wars Kids #1-15; Star Wars: The Mixed-Up Droid; Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Galoob minicomic; Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Ertl minicomic; and Star Wars: Droids from Apple Jacks. A mega-collection of previously uncollected adventures!, $24.99
Star Wars was certainly in the news this year and to make things really fun on the comics side, Dark Horse collected two volumes of Wild Space which are one-offs, mini-comics and even bizarre marketing material. Some of this stuff is so hard to find that it’s a wonder how Dark Horse even culled it. I’m sure there is room for at least one more volume. Star Wars completists should own these.
8. Nightwing: Old Friends, New Enemies TP
Collects Secret Origins #13 and Action Comics Weekly #613-618 and #627-634, $14.99
Going with my heart on this one. I love Nightwing so any chance for a classic collected edition is sure to go on a list. Here we have some rather hard-to-find team-up action with Speedy from Action Comics Weekly. Perhaps if Dick were to ever show up on the Arrow TV show these two stories could be adapted in a webisode or something like Roy and Felicity are doing now.
9. Marshal Law: The Deluxe Edition HC
Collects Marshal Law #1-6, Marshal Law: Fear And Loathing, Marshal Law Takes Manhattan, Marshal Law: Kingdom Of The Blind, Marshal Law: The Hateful Dead, Marshal Law: Super Babylon and Marshal Law: Secret Tribunal #1-2, $49.99 US, 480 pages
Remember when this was first solicited by Top Shelf? Well, I don’t know what the exact hang up was but DC got it to print this year. Like the Solo hardcover, it’s very affordable and like First Kingdom, it’s a necessity for any true comic book aficionado. Read this and you can brag to your fiends at the LCS, “Marshal Law? Dude, I read that when it was coming out”. It’s OK, it’ll be our little secret.
10. DC Comics One Million Omnibus HC
Collects DC One Million #1-4, Action Comics #1,000,000, Adventures of Superman #1,000,000, Aquaman #1,000,000, Azrael #1,000,000, Batman #1,000,000, Batman: Shadow of the Bat #1,000,000, Catwoman #1,000,000, Chase #1,000,000, Chronos #1,000,000, The Creeper #1,000,000, Detective Comics #1,000,000, The Flash #1,000,000, Green Arrow #1,000,000, Green Lantern #1,000,000, Hitman #1,000,000, Impulse #1,000,000, JLA #1,000,000, Legion of Super-Heroes #1,000,000, Legionnaires #1,000,000, Lobo #1,000,000, Martian Manhunter #1,000,000, Nightwing #1,000,000, Power of Shazam #1,000,000, Resurrection Man #1,000,000, Robin #1,000,000, Starman #1,000,000, Superboy #1,000,000, Supergirl #1,000,000, Superman #1,000,000, Superman: The Man of Steel #1,000,000, Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #1,000,000, Wonder Woman #1,000,000, Young Justice #1,000,000, JLA in Crisis Secret Files, DC One Million 80-Page Giant #1, Booster Gold #1,000,000 and Superman/Batman #79-80, $99.99, 1,024 pages
A few years back DC did the epic even crossover right. DC 1 Million was a great story, I loved it so much, I even created a website that served as an appendix, of sorts. That site is long gone but the 1 Million universe is back in this awesome Omnibus Edition that even includes the Booster Gold and Superman/Batman comics. So toss out that old 128 page trade paperback and get the complete story. Oh, and if you see Dan Didio, tell him you want an Hourman Omnibus next. Thank you.