Breaking down Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Empire Vol. 1

Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Empire Vol. 1
Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Empire Vol. 1

Just days ago we got a glimpse of both the Regular and Variant covers to the upcoming Star Wars Omnibus Volume 1.
Now Marvel has taken it a step further with announcing their massive Dark Horse Comics reprint project as part of their Epic line. These are bulky, color trade paperbacks that retail for $34.99, or some some cases $39.99.
Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Empire Vol. 1 will be released in April 2015 and will collect the following:

Star Wars: Republic 78-80
Star Wars: Purge 1
Star Wars: Purge — Seconds To Die 1
Star Wars: Purge — The Hidden Blade 1
Star Wars: Purge — The Tyrant’S Fist 1-2
Star Wars: Darth Vader And The Lost Command 1-5
Star Wars: Dark Times 1-5

Now then, If you have been collecting Star Wars comics by way of Dark Horse’s Omnibus line, then you’ll see a little redundancy.
Star Wars Omnibus: Dark Times Volume 1 collects:

Star Wars: Republic 79-80
Star Wars: Dark Times 1-5
Star Wars: Dark Times 6-10
Star Wars: Dark Times 11-12
Star Wars: Dark Times: Blue Harvest 0 (taking place before #13)

Getting back to the Epic book, the theme of this trade is The Rise of Darth Vader as, Star Wars: Republic 78: Loyalties marks the first time since Revenge Of The Sith that Anakin is in full Vader gear.

If my projection is correct, Volume 2 should collect Dark Times 0, 6-32 and the three other Darth Vader mini-series: The Ghost Prison 1-5, The Ninth Assassin 1-5 and Cry Of Shadows 1-4, as none of those were collected in Dark Horse’s Omnibus series.

I’m one of those Star Wars comics geeks that own every single issue – old school Marvel, Dark Horse, several variants and off-shoot one-shots, so I’m not sure if I’ll be getting those collection or even the Omnibus, but you never know,…they may be too nice to pass up.

Official solicit:
STAR WARS LEGENDS EPIC COLLECTION: THE EMPIRE VOL. 1 TPB.
WRITTEN BY JOHN OSTRANDER, RANDY STRADLEY, HADEN BLACKMAN & ALEXANDER FREED
ART BY LUKE ROSS, DOUGLAS CASTIELLO, ANDREA CHELLA & RICK LEONARDI
440 PGS./Rated T …$34.99
On-Sale April 2015
ISBN: 978-0-7851-9398-2
© 2014 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. Used under authorization. All rights reserved.

COLLECTING: STAR WARS: REPUBLIC 78-80, STAR WARS: PURGE 1, STAR WARS: PURGE — SECONDS TO DIE 1, STAR WARS: PURGE — THE HIDDEN BLADE 1, STAR WARS: PURGE — THE TYRANT’S FIST 1-2, STAR WARS: DARTH VADER AND THE LOST COMMAND 1-5, STAR WARS: DARK TIMES 1-5
AUTHOR: JOHN OSTRANDER, RANDY STRADLEY, HADEN BLACKMAN, ALEXANDER FREED
ARTIST: LUKE ROSS , DOUGLAS WHEATLEY, JIM HALL, CHRIS SCALF, MARCO CASTIELLO, ANDREA CHELLA, RICK LEONARDI

Revealed: Both Regular and Variant Covers for the Star Wars Omnibus Volume 1

STAR WARS OMNIBUS VOL. 1 HC HILDEBRANDT COVER
STAR WARS OMNIBUS VOL. 1 HC HILDEBRANDT COVER
STAR WARS OMNIBUS VOL. 1 HC CHAYKIN COVER
STAR WARS OMNIBUS VOL. 1 HC CHAYKIN COVER

After weeks of anticipation Marvel has released the Greg Hildebrandt (Direct Market) cover for the Star Wars Omnibus Volume 1.
Now we can get a look at them side by side.
Personally, I like the Howard Chaykin one.

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
Scheduled for January 7, 2015.
© 2014 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. Used under authorization. All rights reserved.

3 Collected Editions Worth Buying from the IDW November 2014 Solicitations

Ditko's Shorts HC
Ditko’s Shorts HC
Let’s take a look at three of the IDW November 2014 Solicitations.

Ditko’s Shorts HC, 112 pages, $24.99, collects 38 stories that are no longer than 3 pages in length and spans every genre including horror, science fiction horror, fantasy and even comedy. This is just another fine book to add to your growing Steve Ditko library from Yoe Books.

I’m not at all familiar with Complete Junior and Sunny by Al Feldstein, 400 pages, $49.99, but with this new and complete collection I soon will be. In doing a little research, both Junior and Sunny (frm Fox) were competitors, of sorts to Archie and featured teenagers with romance and comedy. Sunny ran from December 1947 to June 1948 with issues numbering #11-#14. It picked up from Cosmo Cat (1946) and was cancelled in favor of Western True Crime (1948). Junior ran from September 1947 to July 1948 with issues #9-#16. This book picked was up from Li’l Pan (1946) and was cancelled for Western Outlaws (1948 series).

Lastly, there’s the Jack Kirby Mister Miracle: Artist’s Edition HC, 200 pages, $95. This volume will collect collects seven nearly complete Mister Miracle stories, including issues #2, 3, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9 and more. Every serious reprint enthusiast should own at least one Artist Edition. They are big, glorious and worth every penny. In fact, if you buy one, you may be budgeting for more in the future.

3 Collected Editions Worth Buying from the Image November 2014 Solicits

THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS, VOL. 5: THE COLD WAR TP
THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS, VOL. 5: THE COLD WAR TP
Let’s take a look at a few of the Image Comics November 2014 Solicitations.

I admit, I read the first issue of Saga and dropped it like a bad habit. Since then it has had much critical acclaim and the story, art and characterization, so I’m told, is worthy of revisiting. That said, I will be picking up the Saga Book One HC, collecting SAGA #1-18, 504 pages, $49.99. It seems that for the past year+, John Mayo and I talk about this series and it’s not going to be slowing down anytime soon. I might as well check it and at least give it a fair chance.

The Walking Dead Omnibus Volume 5, collecting THE WALKING DEAD #97-120, 560 pages, $100.00 / S&N EDITION $150.00, will no doubt be another best seller. I owned the first two Omnibus’ but eventually sold them on eBay for a pretty good profit — thank you very much. I now read the Walking Dead in digital format, but it’s worth pointing out this volume for those interested. They sell fast so if you want one, per-order one.

The Manhattan Projects Volume 5: The Cold War TP, collecting THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS #21-25, 144 pages, $14.99, has been a really fun ride blending science into comics all taking place in a parallel universe that doesn’t seem so far fetched at all. Jonathon Hickman is at his best in this series and I can’t wait to see how far he can take us.

3 Collected Editions That Got Makeovers in DC’s November 2014 Solicts

ABSOLUTE GREEN ARROW BY KEVIN SMITH HC
ABSOLUTE GREEN ARROW BY KEVIN SMITH HC

DC Comics has released their November 2014 Solicitations and it looks as though some of the contents and format for a few of them have been changed:

Well, well, DC has finally solicited Keven Smith’s Green Arrow. It was to be a Deluxe Edition Hardcover, but now for whatever reason it’s an Absolute. I’ve said it before on the podcast, I like Smith, just not his ventures into comic book writing. That said, I may give this another shot – just because of the great art from Phil Hester and Ande Parks. Collecting GREEN ARROW #1-15, 400 pages, $99.99. Oh, and just when do you think Smith will make his cameo on Arrow?

The Green Lantern by Geoff Johns Omnibus Volume 1 is another book that had a minor redo. It seems as though DC forgot to include Green Lantern Corps #14-18 and instead solicited #1-5. Probably just a typo, so it’s no big deal for me. Collects GREEN LANTERN REBIRTH #1-6, GREEN LANTERN CORPS: RECHARGE #1-5, GREEN LANTERN #1-25, GREEN LANTERN CORPS #14-18, TALES OF THE SINESTRO CORPS: SUPERMAN PRIME #1, GREEN LANTERN CORPS SINESTRO SPECIAL #1, GREEN LANTERN SECRET FILES 2005 #1 and GREEN LANTERN/SINESTRO CORPS SECRET FILES #1, 1,232 pages, $125.00.

Nightwing Vol. 1: Bludhaven TP, collects the 4-issue miniseries and issues #1-8 of his solo series from the 1990’s. It’s high time DC got to reissuing this series, but this book is missing the Nightwing: Alfred’s Return one-shot, which was originally collected in Nightwing: Ties That Bind along with the 4-issue mini – so I’m not sure what DC is doing here. To that end, #1-8 was collected in the trade Nightwing: A Knight In Bludhaven, which now adds more confusion with the two similar titles.