Is there one book that is a “must have” collected edition that came out this week? My friends Andy Tom (@AndrewJTom), Chris Campbell (@ChrisCampbell8), Marc Diefenderfer (@Dief88), Shane Hannafey, Adam Besenyodi (@adambesenyodi), Joey Nazzari (@CaptDS9E), Wallace Ryan (@ReverendLove) Chris Partin (@ChrisPartin) and I (@ChrisCCL) are sharing some comic book collected editions, reprints and/or graphic novels released this week that you may be interested in.
Picked by @CaptDS9E
Injustice: Gods Among Us Vol. 1 TP
Collects Injustice: Gods Among Us #1-4
Over the years there have been many comic tie-ins to Video Games that have been pretty crappy. However this year we got one that shatters that myth. Not only one of the best tie-ins, but a digital first, and also one of my favorite comics of the year. That comic is Injustice:Gods Among Us. When Superman is tricked by the Joker into destroying something close to him, he snaps and kills the Joker. Deciding that he knows what is best, he decides to bring order to the world by any means necessary. The nations of the world really have no choice, but to give in. However Batman does not agree with his new stance. This forces the heroes of the world to decide whose side they are on. Superman’s new world order, order Batman’s rag tag group of resistance fighters. The choices will shock you, as loyalties are not totally what you would expect. Tom Taylor is not a writer I knew about before, but I will be following his work after this (he is starting on Earth 2 as I write this). The story he is telling is fantastic, as he has the voices of all the characters down to the tee. As I have read this digitally, at the end of every chapter I have been pissed as I want to see what happens in this crazy world next. Give this one a shot you will not regret it for a second.
Picked by @adambesenyodi
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
Hard to believe the Marvel Masterworks series is still going strong after all these years. What began way back in 1987, and endured some fits and starts over the decades, has been churning along at a pretty consistent clip since the mid-2000s. And with the first edition to commemorate the origins of Marvel Two-In-One, the line has finally hit its two hundredth book. I was a huge fan of Marvel Two-In-One and Marvel Team-Up back in the day. Those two mags were ones that were sure to please and make the bike ride between my house and the corner convenience store worthwhile. Where Team-Up paired Spider-Man with a guest each month, Two-In-One favored the Ever-Lovin’ Blue-Eyed Thing getting into all kinds of shenanigans with a new monthly guest. The reason I loved these books so much is they exposed me to second- and third-tier characters from corners of the Marvel Universe I might not have otherwise because they often didn’t have their own ongoing book or weren’t a part of a team. Of course, Marvel would also inject an A-lister every now and again to make sure you were paying attention. Collected here in the form of Marvel Feature #11 and #12 are the blueprints for what would become Marvel Two-In-One: Teaming up the Fantastic Four’s Benjamin J. Grimm with a different guest each month. Also included are the first 10 issues of Two-In-One proper, with the Thing working with everyone from Man-Thing to Ghost Rider to Thor to Captain America. Marvel Two-In-One is a worthwhile title, and deserving of its milestone place in the Marvel Masterworks collection.
Picked by @AndrewJTom
Joe Kubert Presents TP
Collects Joe Kubert Presents #1-6
At C2E2 back in 2012, I was fortunate enough to meet Joe Kubert (just a few months before he died). That day will remain ever special to me. Not just because I was able to meet one of the greatest cartoonists who had ever lived, but because I was able to share it with three friends of mine. One friend in particular shared a few minutes with Joe telling him how much Joe had influenced his life; and how Joe’s art had led him down the path to being a professional artist as an adult. In the few moments we spent with Joe, I could see what a kind, giving, and humble man Joe was. This book represents some of the last work of Joe Kubert’s career. Beneath this beautiful Hawkman cover lies several stories brought to life by a man who was a master of his craft. Unlike most cartoonists who might lose a step into their golden years, Joe only got better with age and maturity. Within these pages you’ll discover Joe Kubert stories that are reminiscent of his Silver Age work, and stories that showcase what a broad array of artistic diversity that Joe was able to cultivate during his career. In addition to Joe’s tales, we get additional stories by the likes of Sam Glanzman, Paul Levitz, and few others. Sadly, this book is only being offered as a trade paperback in lieu of a hardcover. Regardless of the format, you owe it to yourself to spend some time with this book and appreciate Joe Kubert just one more time.
…and three quick collected editions by yours truly @ChrisCCL
The Terminator: The Burning Earth TP
Collects The Terminator: The Burning Earth #1-5 (NOW Comics)
I’ve always liked The Terminator. I’ve seen all the movies in the theater – even the awful Part Three and I’ve read a few of the comics, but I always come back to The Burning Earth. There’s been so many interpretations of The Terminator and continuity miscues over everything Terminator that I won’t get into the plot here but I will recommend this book on Alex Ross alone. It’s his first published work and really that’s all you need to know. Well that and it’s awesome!
The Silver Age Teen Titans Archives Vol. 2 HC
Collects Teen Titans #6-20 and The Brave And The Bold #83
I still get e-mails asking if I know if the DC Archive program is “dead”. Honestly, I wonder sometimes myself, but then along comes a solicitation from Didio & Co. and I can rest easy at night. Any Archive has a place on my shelf. Good to see the program is alive even if it is on life-support.
First Kingdom Volume 2 The Galaxy Hunters HC
Titan was kind enough to send me a review copy of Volume 1 and I’m about halfway through it. It’s a massive piece of work and will be complete over 6 volumes. For now Jack Katz’s masterwork is a thing of wonder. The First Kingdom and the companion sequels Space Explorers Club and Destiny is finally getting its’ due. The work has never been fully reprinted but thanks to Titan it’s finally happening. Overlooked by many comic book readers (and creators) due to its’ adult themes and independent publishing, The First Kingdom is an epic that should rank high up on the list with Watchmen and Miracleman.
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.