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 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) 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.
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
First appearance and Silver Age Captain America; joins The Avengers
Hank Pym as Goliath
First appearance of The Vision; joins The Avengers
Battle with The Lethal Legion and Count Nefaria; latter half of “The Bride of Ultron”
“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
NEW AVENGERS (2005) #1-6
AVENGERS (2012) #1-3
Current series; Marvel Now!; First half of “Avengers World” collected edition
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 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 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.