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3 Collected Editions Worth Buying From the Dark Horse November 2014 Solicitations

The Savage Sword of Conan Volume 18 TP
The Savage Sword of Conan Volume 18 TP

Let’s take a look at three of the Dark Horse November 2014 Solicitations.

The EC Archives: The Vault of Horror Volume 4 HC
216 pages, $49.99, collects Vault of Horror #30–#35
This is the sixth volume of Dark Horse’s EC Archives since they picked up the series from GC Press LLC. So far I’ve been impressed and it looks like the entire horror line will get reprinted now that there is some money behind the effort. It will be interesting to see if Dark Horse will go back and reprint the first 15 volumes from Gemstone and GC in their own style. One thing is for certain, the EC Archive are on a better schedule then the previous publishers as we are getting a new volume every other month. When this volume is released, there will be 21 volumes, which is nearly halfway to a complete set.

Eerie Archives Volume 18 HC
256 pages, $49.99, collects Eerie #86-#89
As with the EC Archives, Dark Horse is determined to keep publishing the Eerie (and Creepy) Archive Editions on a regular schedule. Eerie ran until issue #139, so they are over halfway to the end. Think it’s too late to get on the bandwagon and collect these? Nope, there are are in print.

The Savage Sword of Conan Volume 18 TP
560 pages, $19.99, collects Marvel’s The Savage Sword of Conan the Barbarian #181–#190
I know several people who swear by these “phone books” from Dark Horse that collect the classic Marvel material. The artwork comes across just fine and some bay better than the counterparts from DC (Showcase Presents) and Marvel (Essentials).

2014 Harvey Award Winners

Harvey Awards
Harvey Awards

The 2014 Harvey Awards were announced over the weekend at The Baltimore Comic Con. The “Harvey’s” were created as an industry award voted on entirely by comics professionals and is named after Harvey Kurtzman.

Listed below are all the nominees and winners, but as it pertains to collected editions/reprints, MOUSE GUARD VOLUME THREE: THE BLACK AXE, BOOM! Studios/Archaia won for BEST GRAPHIC ALBUM — PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED and BEST OF COMIX BOOK: WHEN MARVEL COMICS WENT UNDERGROUND, Kitchen Sink Books/Dark Horse won for BEST DOMESTIC REPRINT PROJECT.

*****

BEST WRITER

* James Asmus, QUANTUM AND WOODY, Valiant Entertainment
* Matt Fraction, HAWKEYE, Marvel Comics
* Matt Kindt, MIND MGMT, Dark Horse Comics
* Brian K. Vaughn, SAGA, Image Comics
* Mark Waid, DAREDEVIL, Marvel Comics

*****

BEST ARTIST

* David Aja, HAWKEYE, Marvel Comics
* Dan Parent, KEVIN KELLER, Archie Comics
* Nate Powell, MARCH: BOOK ONE, Top Shelf Production
* Chris Samnee, DAREDEVIL, Marvel Comics
* Fiona Staples, SAGA, Image Comics
* Jeff Stokely, SIX GUN GORILLA, BOOM! Studios

*****

BEST CARTOONIST

* Matt Kindt, MIND MGMT, Dark Horse Comics
* Comfort Love and Adam Withers, RAINBOW IN THE DARK, uniquescomic.com
* Terry Moore, RACHEL RISING, Abstract Studios
* Dan Parent, KEVIN KELLER, Archie Comics
* David Petersen, MOUSE GUARD: THE BLACK AXE, BOOM! Studios/Archaia
* Paul Pope, BATTLING BOY, First Second

*****

BEST LETTERER

* Deron Bennett, CYBORG 009, Archaia
* Dave Lanphear, QUANTUM AND WOODY, Valiant Entertainment
* Terry Moore, RACHEL RISING, Abstract Studio
* Steve Wands, ADVENTURE TIME, kaBOOM!
* Britt Wilson, ADVENTURE TIME WITH FIONNA AND CAKE, kaBOOM!

*****

BEST INKER

* Vanesa R. Del Rey, HIT, BOOM! Studios
* Stefano Gaudiano, THE WALKING DEAD, Image Comics
* Danny Miki, BATMAN, DC Comics
* Brian Stelfreeze, DAY MEN, BOOM! Studios
* Wade Von Grawbadger, ALL NEW X-MEN, Marvel Comics

*****

BEST COLORIST

* Jordan Bellaire, PRETTY DEADLY, Image Comics
* Marte Gracia, ALL NEW X-MEN, Marvel Comics
* Matt Hollingsworth, HAWKEYE, Marvel Comics
* Brian Reber, UNITY, Valiant Entertainment
* Dave Stewart, HELLBOY: THE MIDNIGHT CIRCUS, Dark Horse Comics

*****

BEST COVER ARTIST

* Goni Montes, CLIVE BARKER’S NEXT TESTAMENT
* Andrew Robinson, QUANTUM AND WOODY, Valiant Entertainment
* Chris Samnee, DAREDEVIL, Marvel Comics
* Fiona Staples, SAGA, Image Comics
* Brian Stelfreeze, DAY MEN, BOOM! Studios

*****

MOST PROMISING NEW TALENT

* James Asmus, QUANTUM AND WOODY, Valiant Entertainment
* Pere Perez, ARCHER AND ARMSTRONG, HARBINGER WARS, Valiant Entertainment
* Victor Santos, POLAR: CAME FROM THE COLD, DARK HORSE PRESENTS, Dark Horse Comics
* Jeff Stokely, SIX GUN GORILLA, BOOM! Studios
* Chip Zdarsky, SEX CRIMINALS, Image Comics

*****

BEST NEW SERIES

* AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE, Archie Comics
* QUANTUM AND WOODY, Valiant Entertainment
* SEX CRIMINALS, Image
* SIX GUN GORILLA, BOOM! Studios
* SUICIDE RISK, BOOM! Studios

*****

BEST CONTINUING OR LIMITED SERIES

* ARCHER AND ARMSTRONG, Valiant Entertainment
* DAREDEVIL, Marvel Comics
* HAWKEYE, Marvel Comics
* HIT, BOOM! Studios
* MOUSE GUARD: LEGENDS OF THE GUARD VOL. 2, Archaia
* SAGA, Image Comics

*****

BEST SYNDICATED STRIP OR PANEL

* DICK TRACY, Joe Staton and Mike Curtis, Tribune Media Services
* FOX TROT, Bill Amend, Universal Uclick
* GET FUZZY, Darby Conley, Universal Uclick
* MUTTS, Patrick McDonnell, King Features
* THE PHANTOM, Tony DePaul and Paul Ryan, King Features Syndicate

*****

BEST ANTHOLOGY

* DARK HORSE PRESENTS, Dark Horse Comics
* MOUSE GUARD: LEGENDS OF THE GUARD Vol. 2, BOOM! Studios/Archaia
* OUTLAW TERRITORY 3, Image Comics
* SPERA, VOLUME 3, BOOM! Studios/Archaia
* THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR, BOOM! Studios/Archaia

*****

BEST GRAPHIC ALBUM — ORIGINAL

* BATTLING BOY, First Second
* CYBORG 009, Archaia
* MARCH: BOOK ONE, Top Shelf Productions
* THE FIFTH BEATLE: THE BRIAN EPSTEIN STORY, Dark Horse Comics
* THE REASON FOR DRAGONS, BOOM! Studios/Archaia

*****

BEST GRAPHIC ALBUM — PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED

* HARBINGER VOLUME ONE: OMEGA RISING, Valiant Entertainment
* THE KILLER OMNIBUS VOL. 1, Archaia
* MOUSE GUARD VOLUME THREE: THE BLACK AXE, BOOM! Studios/Archaia
* POLARITY, BOOM! Studios
* RAINBOW IN THE DARK: THE COMPLETE SAGA, Comfort Love and Adam Withers

*****

BEST SINGLE ISSUE OR STORY

* ADVENTURE TIME ANNUAL #1, kaBOOM!
* DEMETER, self-published, Becky Cloonan
* “A Kiss ISN’T Just A Kiss!,” KEVIN KELLER #10, Archie Comics
* “Now and Then,” DARK HORSE PRESENTS #30, Dark Horse Comics
* “Pizza is My Business,” HAWKEYE #11, Marvel Comics
* SUICIDE RISK #5, BOOM! Studios
* UNITY #1, Valiant Entertainment

*****

BEST DOMESTIC REPRINT PROJECT

* BARNABY VOL. 1, Fantagraphics
* BEST OF COMIX BOOK: WHEN MARVEL COMICS WENT UNDERGROUND, Kitchen Sink Books/Dark Horse
* FRAGGLE ROCK CLASSICS Vol. 2, BOOM! Studios/Archaia
* VALIANT MASTERS: NINJAK VOLUME ONE — BLACK WATER, Valiant Entertainment
* VALIANT MASTERS: SHADOWMAN VOLUME ONE: SPIRITS WITHIN, Valiant Entertainment

*****

BEST AMERICAN EDITION OF FOREIGN MATERIAL

* ATTACK ON TITAN, Kodansha
* THE KILLER, Vol. 4, BOOM! Studios/Archaia
* SHOWA: A HISTORY OF JAPAN 1926-1939, Drawn and Quarterly
* SUNNY, Viz Signature
* TODAY IS THE LAST DAY OF THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, Fantagraphics

*****

BEST ONLINE COMICS WORK

* BATTLEPUG, Mike Norton
* THE DREAMER, Lora Innes
* GUNNERKRIGG COURT, Tom Siddell
* JL8, Yale Stewart
* TABLE TITANS, Scott Kurtz, Steve Hamaker, and Brian Hurtt

*****

SPECIAL AWARD FOR HUMOR IN COMICS

* James Asmus, QUANTUM AND WOODY, Valiant Entertainment
* Ryan North, ADVENTURE TIME, KaBOOM!
* Dan Parent, KEVIN KELLER, Archie Comics
* Fred Van Lente, ARCHER AND ARMSTRONG, Valiant Entertainment
* Jim Zub, SKULLKICKERS, Image Comics

*****

SPECIAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRESENTATION

* BEST OF COMIX BOOK: WHEN MARVEL COMICS WENT UNDERGROUND, John Lind, Kitchen Sink Books/Dark Horse Comics
* CYBORG 009, Stephen Christy, Archaia
* HARBINGER WARS, Josh Johns and Warren Simons, Valiant Entertainment
* THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR, Joe LeFavi, BOOM! Studios/Archaia
* UNITY, Alejandro Arbona, Josh Johns, and Warren Simons, Valiant Entertainment

*****

BEST BIOGRAPHICAL, HISTORICAL, OR JOURNALISTIC PRESENTATION

* AL CAPP: A LIFE TO THE CONTRARY, Denis Kitchen, Bloomsbury
* AMERICAN COMIC BOOK CHRONICLES: THE 1950s, TwoMorrows Publishing
* ART OF RUBE GOLDBERG, Jennifer George, Abrams ComicArts
* CO-MIX: A RETROSPECTIVE OF COMICS, GRAPHICS, AND SCRAPS, Art Spiegelman, Drawn and Quarterly
* THE FIFTH BEATLE: THE BRIAN EPSTEIN STORY, by Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew C. Robinson, and Kyle Baker, Dark Horse
* MARCH: BOOK ONE, John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell, Top Shelf Productions

*****

BEST ORIGINAL GRAPHIC PUBLICATION FOR YOUNGER READERS

* ADVENTURE TIME, KaBOOM! Studios
* BATTLING BOY, First Second
* G-MAN: COMING HOME, Image Comics
* MONSTER ON THE HILL, Top Shelf Productions
* ONLY LIVING BOY, Bottled Lightning

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CCL Podcast #388 – A little bit of witzend and a lot of Star Wars

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Collected Comics Library Podcast #388
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Chris Marshall / @ChrisCCL

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Star Wars: The Original Marvel Years Omnibus HC; The Strain; 75 Years Of Marvel Golden Age To Silver Screen HC; Steve Ditko’s Speedball binding project; witzend HC by Fantagraphics

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Star Wars: The Original Marvel Years Omnibus HC

How Marvel Has Screwed The Star Wars Omnibus and How To Fix It

Star Wars: The Original Marvel Years Omnibus HC
Star Wars: The Original Marvel Years Omnibus HC

Based on the new solicit of the new Star Wars Omnibus, I’ve got mixed feelings about Marvel getting the Star Wars license back after years and years. I hope this isn’t a sign of things to come.

Dark Horse, with the direction of John Jackson Miller and John Ostrander, along with and countess others, did a wonderful job helping create an imaginative Expanded Star Wars Universe. They help define the past with The Golden Age of the Sith, set forth the future with Legacy and filled in the gaps between the Canon with several mini and ongoing series. They even took great care in with special reprint projects like Star Wars: Luke Skywalker, Last Hope for the Galaxy, The 12-Volume Star Wars 30th Anniversary Collection, the Omnibus series, Star Wars Manga and they even collected the Pizzazz run. But all through everything – it was Marvel that started it all.

Yes, Dark Horse did a great job. As I stated before Dark Horse has published the Marvel line of books, 107 issues plus 3 annuals, a few different times. In a 5-Volume Omnibus line subtitled “A Long Time Ago”; a full color, 7-volume trade paperback series called “A Long Time Ago” and not to be confusing, but in another “A Long time Ago” 6-volume collection, which is a digest series that reprinted the comics, seemingly randomly and in back and white. These digests featured Ralph McQuarrie’s original Star Wars paintings as cover art.

Now that the license has come back to Marvel Comics, it no surprise that the first book out of the box is their own Omnibus collected edition. What is surprising is the contents of this book and how it’s laid out and what this means for future volumes.

Today, we get word that the Omnibus Volume 1 will collect #1-44 and Annual #1; 880 pages, $125. That all well and good for some people — but not me. This book will end with issue #39-44 which is The Empire Strikes Back. If Marvel decided to do one more Omnibus then that book will be 69 issues – yes 69! Don’t forget that Marvel also published the 4-issue mini of The Return Of The Jedi. This seems unlikely, so I’m sure Marvel will do two Omnibus sequels, but why then end Volume 1 with Empire? Why not start Omnibus Volume 2 with Empire?!

With the current Omnibus, my projected breakdown is:
Omnibus 1 – #1-6 (A New Hope), #7-32, Annual #1, #33-38, #39-44 (The Empire Strikes Back)
Omnibus 2 – #45-65, Annual #2, #66-78, Annual #3, #79-80
Omnibus 3 – Return Of The Jedi #1-4, #81-107

But as you can see, it just doesn’t look good. Empire should begin Omnibus 2. That way each Omnibus will start with one of the Canon movies.

I hope Marvel/Disney/Lucas will see it my way.

Agree? Disagree? Let me know. Mail me at:
Death Star Complaint Dept.

Chris

Official solicit
Star Wars: The Original Marvel Years Omnibus HC CHAYKIN COVER
Written by ROY THOMAS, HOWARD CHAYKIN, ARCHIE GOODWIN, JO DUFFY & CHRIS CLAREMONT
Penciled by HOWARD CHAYKIN, CARMINE INFANTINO, WALTER SIMONSON, HERB TRIMPE, MICHAEL GOLDEN, AL WILLIAMSON & MIKE VOSBURG
Covers by HOWARD CHAYKIN & GREG HILDEBRANDT
As the phenomenon dawned in 1977, Marvel Comics published the very first STAR WARS comic-book series. Now, the House of Ideas is re-presenting those original adventures in its wampa-sized Omnibus format! It’s the return of the Jedi to Marvel in an opening volume that begins with A NEW HOPE and ends with THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. In between, the rebels face a wealth of new perils — from space pirate Crimson Jack to the bounty hunter Beilert Valance, as well as a surprisingly svelte Jabba the Hut (one “t”). Luke goes back to Tatooine, Leia battles alone, Han and Chewie play the deadly Big Game, and Darth Vader hunts for answers! With all your old favorites and plenty of new faces — hello, Jaxxon! — there’s no doubt, the Force is strong with this one! Collecting STAR WARS (1977) #1-44 and ANNUAL #1.
880 PGS./Rated T …$125.00
ISBN: 978-0-7851-9106-3
Trim size: oversized
Star Wars: The Original Marvel Years Omnibus HC HILDEBRANDT COVER (DM ONLY)
880 PGS./Rated T …$125
ISBN: 978-0-7851-9318-0
Trim size: oversized
© 2014 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. Used under authorization. All rights reserved.

ThrawnTrilogy

Best of Dark Horse Star Wars

With the news about the Star Wars license moving to Marvel in 2015, I thought I would do a quick post post about some of my favorite Dark Horse releases over the years. There have been twenty years of some great books from them, and you still have plenty of time to pick them up.

ThrawnTrilogy

Star Wars Thrawn Triology HC

Five years after the fall of the Empire, Luke Skywalker is the first in a new line of Jedi Knights. Han Solo and Princess Leia have married, together assuming many burdens of the New Republic’s government. But across the galaxy lies a dying part of the Empire – all the more dangerous near death – and it has just discovered something that could bring it back to life! The last of the Emperor’s warlords, Admiral Thrawn, is ready to destroy the New Republic – and the odds are stacked heavily against Luke, Leia, and Han!

The Thrawn Trilogy is an adaption of Timonthy Zahn’s best selling novels which came out in the early 90’s. When these novels came out it was a big event, as they were promoted heavily in newspapers, magazines, and other forms of media.  It also helped that they are some of the best Star Wars stories ever written. That is in part because Admiral Thrawn became a fan favorite Villain, and even to this day he has still been mentioned or shown in books, comics, and toys.  Fans have been hoping these would have been the stories for the next films.  That may never happen, but at least we have this great comic adaption . I have read it many times over the last few years, enjoying it more every time.

 

Dark Empire Trilogy

 

Star Wars Dark Empire Trilogy

Six years after the fall of the Empire in Return of the Jedi, the battle for the galaxy’s freedom rages on. The Empire has been mysteriously reborn under an unknown leader, wielding a new weapon of great power. Princess Leia and Han Solo struggle to hold together the New Republic while the galaxy’s savior, Luke Skywalker, fights an inner battle as he is drawn to the dark side, just as his father…

 

This first part of this Trilogy is of major significance for a variety of reasons. It is one of the first Star Wars books Dark Horse published, the first comic to spin directly out of the events of the Thrawn Trilogy, Boba Fett returns, Luke tangles with his Dark Side, we meet the first child of the Solo’s, and a major player from the original movies returns (won’t spoil it). It’s success has paved the way for all the Star Wars comic’s Dark Horse has published after it.

Crimson Empire

Star Wars Crimson Empire Vol 1

Kir Kanos is the last surviving member of the elite Crimson Guard. He’s on the run — and the Empire will stop at nothing to destroy him! The story details an amazing encounter with Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine and reveals at last what happened to the Crimson Guard after the death of the Emperor in Empire’s End! The final battle of the last of the Royal Guards is about to begin — and you have a ringside seat!

Over the years there have been a few books about different parts of the Galactic Empire. However none have been as good as the first part of the Crimson Empire Trilogy. I found Kir Kanos, and the supporting cast to be very interesting characters. I love reading about the internal doings on the Empire,  and I could never tell which way the story would turn next.

 

SWLegacyVol1

 

Star Wars Legacy Volume 1-3 HC Omnibus

A legion of Sith have conquered what was left of the Empire, the Jedi have been purged-or fled into hiding-and the galaxy is divided. Meet Cade Skywalker, a bounty hunter who doesn’t want anything to do with the Jedi, his famous name, or his legacy . . . But his legacy is determined to follow him as the good guys and the bad guys begin to search for him-as a savior, and as a threat.

Anytime someone asks me what Star Wars Comics to start with, I always point them to Star Wars Legacy. It is the series that everyone recommended to me years back when I wanted to get into SW Comics. It has Jedi, Sith, The Empire, bounty hunters, great action, political intrigue, and everything else you would want from a Star Wars story. It was also one of the longest running stories in SW comics, and had a great finale.

SWLegacyVol2

 

Star Wars Legacy 2 : Volume 1

A new hero is introduced to the Star Wars saga: Ania Solos, the great-great granddaughter of Han Solo and Princess Leia Organa. Ania Solo is just a girl trying to make her way in the galaxy – and have a little adventure along the way! But when she stumbles upon a broken communications droid and a missing lightsaber, a little adventure turns into a whole lot of trouble… for Ania and her friends! Suddenly on the run from local police and a determined Imperial Knight, Ania discovers that one little lightsaber seems to be the center of a much bigger plot, filled with impostors, prisoners, missing planets, and the Sith!

The last on my list is the newest Legacy series written by Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Behcko. This is one of the series that will end because of the loss of the license. You do not have to read the original Legacy to enjoy this book, but it does mention a few things from it.  The story of Ania Solo who was just working in a Junk Yard, which led to her getting into Galactic affairs,  has been a lot of fun. Gabriel and Corinna  have come up with a great supporting cast, which I hope will show up in the Marvel books.  I love the way Hardman draws Star Wars, and I hope Marvel gives him that chance again down the road,  because they would be fools not to.

 

There are many other great Star Wars books that have been published by Dark Horse over the years, but these are a great place to start. By the time you finish these, I am sure Dark Horse will have a few Digital Sales before the clock hits 2015. Enjoy!!!