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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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?

CCL Podcast #397 – The Marvels Companion and So Much More

The Marvels Companion
The Marvels Companion

Collected Comics Library Podcast #397
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Topics: Marvels, Marvels Eye Of The Camera, The Marvels Project, and Marvels Companion collecting: Tales Of The Marvels: Inner Demons, Tales Of The Marvels: Blockbuster, Code Of Honor 1-4, Tales Of The Marvels: Wonder Years 1-2, Conspiracy 1-2, and Ruins 1-2.

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CCL Podcast #396 – Catching Up With The News

The Definitive Betty Boop: The Classic Comic Strip Collection
The Definitive Betty Boop: The Classic Comic Strip Collection

Collected Comics Library Podcast #396
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Topics:
Doc Savage The Curtis Years HC from Dynamite, Betty Boop, September BookScan and Top 100 GN and Collected Editions for September 2014, Neil Gaiman’s Last Temptation, Adventure Time Vol. 4 Mathematical Edition HC, Aces High, Complete Peanuts Vol. 22 1993-94, Zap Comics, More Dynamite Artist Editions, Secret Service TP: Kingsman Movie Ed. (MR), Original Sin Companion HC, Wally Wood’s Torrid Romance from Vanguard, follow-up on Corto Maltese TPs and HCs and Ghost Rider / Phantom Eagle in The Essential Ghost Rider and Marvel Ghost Stories TPB.

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