6 Collected Editions Worthy Of Your Attention #39

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) and I (@ChrisCCL) are sharing some comic book collected editions, reprints and/or graphic novels released this week that you may be interested in.

Battling Boy Volume 1 HC

Battling Boy Volume 1 HC

Picked by @AndrewJTom
Battling Boy Volume 1 HC
Published by :01 First Second
$24.99
There were many different concepts introduced a couple of years ago when the Nu52 launched from DC comics. Many of these were the typical DC fare done by “big names”. Some were old favorites done by new talents. Fortunately for us, there were a few of these books that were old favorites (or dream projects) done by highly respected creators. Among those books were OMAC by Keith Giffen and Frankenstein by Jeff Lemire. Now, neither one of these books survived the marketplace for very long; but for the short time we had them, they were some of the most enjoyable comics on the stand. The rumor amongst comics fandom (keep in mind that this is just rumor, and I have no basis to ground this story; but it IS entertaining) is that the uber-talented Paul Pope wanted to do a Kamandi comic (this may or may not have been during the Nu52 launch). Upon Paul’s request to be given the keys to the Last Boy on Earth, DC editorial unceremoniously told him “NO” and “it wouldn’t sell” because “kids don’t read comics”. In my mind, I see Paul marching out of DC’s office with a cloudy thought balloon over his head declaring that he was “going to write and draw Kamandi regardless”. Fast forward to October of 2013 and we have Paul Pope’s Battling Boy. Battling Boy is about a young boy deposited on a world with a mission to liberate it from the vicious monsters that inhabit it. I’m so excited for this book that I stopped at DCBS on my way home last night for fear of them running out, and having to wait for a re-order. The solicit for this book just screams “inspired by Jack Kirby’s Kamandi”. That, combined with the genius and raw artistic talent that is Paul Pope makes this a “must have book” for any comic fan.

Creepy Archives Volume 17 HC

Creepy Archives Volume 17 HC

Picked by @ReverendLove
Creepy Archives Volume 17 HC
Collects Creepy #78-83
Published by Dark Horse Comics
$49.99
I remember with great fondness the Warren magazines “Creepy” and “Eerie” as the forbidden fruit of the comic book world from my youth and love Dark Horse’s line of hardcovers that collects these lost gems of the comic book arts. The books sit there on my shelves, bristling with horror, violence and a healthy does of nudity, all of which enthralled my teenage mind.
Today I picked up the 17th volume in the “Creepy” archives line and once again, I was deliriously happy with my acquisition. This book covers issues 78 to 83 and it starts out with a bang with a couple of great stories from Alex Toth and a team up of Wally Wood and John Severin. Subsequent issues feature the artistic talents of such giants as Russ Heath, Esteban Maroto, Richard Corben, Al Williamson, Berni Wrightson and many others who got to experiment with stories you couldn’t find at the Big Two at the time. This all star line-up of artists dovetails perfectly with a top notch squad of writers that includes Archie Goodwin, Bill DuBay, Bruce Jones, Doug Moench and several other sequential scribes who crafted some great tales of terror, suspense and slow death.
The Warren magazines were truly ahead of their time, treating this still young art form of comics with the reverence and respect it would not get from the general public for a couple of decades.

Marvel Comics The Untold Story SC

Marvel Comics The Untold Story SC

Picked by @adambesenyodi
Marvel Comics The Untold Story SC
Published by Harper Collins
$15.99
Sean Howe’s Marvel Comics: The Untold Story is a warts-and-all account of what went on behind the scenes as the company evolved from upstart to innovator to bankruptcy to industry giant to becoming a part of the Disney family. When originally released in hardcover last year, the book was on every Marvel fanboy’s “must read” list, and with good reason. It shines a light into even the darkest corners of the iconic company. The prevailing themes seem to revolve around the idea that artists don’t make good businessmen, the fascinating phenomenon of fans transitioning to the creator role in the ’70s, and the soap opera carnival that was the bullpen. The result is a 50+ year history page-turner of Marvel Comics. The main criticism I hear about the book is the lack of accompanying illustrations or photos. But here’s the thing: This is a non-fiction prose book. If you’re looking for an illustrated, “single issue milestones” account of Marvel’s history, I would highly recommend complimenting Howe’s book with DK’s Marvel Chronicle: A Year by Year History. Either way, Marvel Comics: The Untold Story should be on your reading stack.

Our own contributor @Dief88 posted an excellent review of Marvel Comics The Untold Story on his own blog, With Great Power…

Lazarus Vol. 1 TP

Lazarus Vol. 1 TP

Picked by @CaptDS9E
Lazarus Vol. 1 TP
Collects Lazarus #1-4
Published by Image Comics
$9.99
Other then East of West which I picked a few weeks again, my other favorite Image book this year is Lazarus by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark. In the future, something unknown to us has happened to the US, and mob like families run everything. Some of the remaining population works for them , and the rest are pretty much treated like dirt. One of those families is the Carlyle’s, and their enforcer is a female Lazarus named Forever. Forever like other Lazarus’s have many special abilities which we discover some of in this volume. Doing whatever work her “father” needs her to do, she is as loyal as anyone can be. However this makes many other family members jealous, which leads to a lot of internal family conflict, and backstabbing. Add in dealings with some of the other families, and we have our self a very good mob drama with all these Sci-fi/post apocalyptic elements mixed together. Forever is one of the most interesting female characters I have read since Rucka did his run on Batwoman, and before that Tara Chase in his series Queen and Country. Rucka just writes great woman. This is also my favorite artwork that I have seen from Lark, and he has done some great stuff over the years .I left a lot out of the description because frankly this is one of those books that I don’t want to spoil anything as one little thing could give something away. Give it a chance, the trade is only $9.99 retail.

Star Wars Omnibus: Wild Space Volume 2 TP

Star Wars Omnibus: Wild Space Volume 2 TP

Picked by Shane
Star Wars Omnibus: Wild Space Volume 2 TP
Published by Dark Horse Comics
$24.99
I bought the first volume based on a fellow CCL reviewer’s write up and it had to be one of the best reads I’ve had all year. I have been highly anticipating this second volume’s release because of it. The first volume was a smorgasbord of lost Star Wars delights. Stories I grew up with in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Some of the stories were from Pizzazz magazine. Some were backup tales from Marvel’s UK comics. I Remember finding some of the UK comics in bookstores and grabbing them. Mostly they were the same stories from the U.S. editions, but they were oversized and also had backup tales and usually something special like a cut out tie-fighter you could put together. These are fond memories and if Dark Horse didn’t reprint these tales, those memories would be just that. There were even comics that were printed for inclusion in toy packages and cereal boxes. These stories are really fun reads. The best part about it was that the stories were about the characters I grew up with; from episodes 4-6. This new volume seems to crossover into the newer stuff, but I cannot wait nonetheless. I really applaud Dark Horse for diving in deep into the Star Wars treasure chests and reprinting every possible story they can find. All of the Dark Horse Star Wars Omnibuses are worth owning, but these Wild Space volumes are especially interesting as it is the stuff you might normally skip over or have never heard of. Give them a read. If you are a fan of Star Wars, I think you’ll love them!

God Hates Astronauts SC

God Hates Astronauts SC

Picked by @ChrisCCL
God Hates Astronauts, Vol. 1 TP
Published by Image Comics
$17.99
I first met Ryan Browne at the Summit City Comic Con in Ft. Wayne, in a few years ago. Walking by his table, his stack of creator owned work was eye-catching and upon a quick glance it was both funny and strange. But was even stranger was our connection. While talking with Ryan I found out that we attended the same high school – Grosse Pointe South, in Grosse Pointe Farms, MI and even though I’m 10+ years older then him, we had mutual friends. Well right there I had to buy up all his mini-comics including Blast Furnace and something called God Hates Astronauts. Now imagine my surprise when, in 2012, I came across a Kickstarter campaign by Browne for a full size, hardbound collected edition of GHA. I immediately donated and picked my book up at the 2013 C2E2 in Chicago. Shortly after the con, Image solicited this softcover and now all the world can enjoy this wildly off-beat and hilarious comic that includes some of the most imaginative characters ever created. But what exactly is God Hates Astronauts? Well, it’s a bit complicated so I’ll give you the official blurb:

GOD HATES ASTRONAUTS follows the story of a group of incompetent, small-minded, super powered narcissists called ‘The Power Persons Five’ who are hired by NASA to stop all farmers from launching themselves into space in homemade rocket ships. Unfortunately for NASA, this goal is scarcely even addressed and the book focuses more on extramarital affairs, bank-robbing owls, big gross swollen heads, ghost cow heads, olde tyme boxers, tigers eating cheeseburgers in the Crab Nebula, buffalo judges and tons of aggressive swearing. Not so much a superhero book as it is a parody of basically everything and a celebration of weird that is jam-packed with references to RoboCop and Die Hard.

Sold? You ought to be. BLITZKRIEG!

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6 Collected Editions Worthy Of Your Attention #38

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) and I (@ChrisCCL) are sharing some comic book collected editions, reprints and/or graphic novels released this week that you may be interested in.

Fantastic Four By Jonathan Hickman Omnibus Vol. 1 HC

Fantastic Four By Jonathan Hickman Omnibus Vol. 1 HC

Picked by @ReverendLove
Fantastic Four By Jonathan Hickman Omnibus Vol. 1 HC
Published by Marvel
Collects Dark Reign: Fantastic Four #1-5, Fantastic Four #570-588, FF #1-5 and material from Dark Reign: The Cabal #1, 800 pages, $100
I have always loved the Kirby-Lee run on the Fantastic Four and besides that classic run, thought the only other FF stories worth their salt were the 1980′s comic book tales by John Byrne…that was until a couple of years ago.
It was on a casual visit to my local comic book emporium, that I discovered Jonathan Hickman’s soon to be classic take on the first family of comics. I was astounded to see that there was still life in the old cosmic quartet and that these new stories were different from the usual FF fare as of late. Hickman brought to the Fantastic Four a whole new vision of Kirbyesque proportion and complex plot lines that could have been wrought by the cosmic master Jim Starlin, himself.
With Hickman at the wheel, we see a universe of uncertainty and menace where Reed Richards and his other dimensional doppelgangers try to “fix” the universe. We see Reed and the others, including members of his own family, as they attempt to play God and bring peace to a world tired and beset by strife between the heroes, mutants, Inhumans and the human population.
This is not the Fantastic Four of your parents day…this is a Fantastic Four that brims with possibilities and probabilities and stories that lead us down paths both new and unexplored. The only thing that’s certain in this volume is the rampant imagination and verbal stylings of one of the brightest stars to shine down upon the Marvel Universe in many a year.
You owe it to yourself to experience Mr. Hickman’s interpretation of the “World’s Greatest Comic Book Magazine”!

Fantastic Four Omnibus Vol. 1 (New Printing)

Fantastic Four Omnibus Vol. 1 (New Printing)

Picked by @Dief88
Fantastic Four Omnibus Vol. 1 (New Printing)
Published by Marvel
After much lobbying from hardcore collected editions enthusiasts, Marvel’s collections department has decided to roll out new printings of some of its earliest Omnibus editions. The first-ever Omnibus gets reprinted this week, and it’s a great one. Fantastic Four Omnibus Vol. 1 collects some of the best superhero comics ever created, as well as some of the best work by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby. These stories were at the very beginning of Marvel’s early-‘60s superhero comics revolution, and that adventurous spirit pervades the thirty issues collected here.
Many fans point to the series’ second thirty-issue block as the heyday of the Lee/Kirby FF, and those stories are certainly excellent as well, but to my mind these earlier issues are a lot more interesting. They’re rougher in certain ways, but it’s fascinating to see Lee and Kirby constantly trying out different things with the artwork, characterization, and plot structure. A few of these experiments fail – the issue introducing the Impossible Man, for example, is quite possibly the worst Stan Lee comic I’ve ever read – but many others are brilliant. Fantastic Four #5, which introduces Dr. Doom, is in my opinion one of the best single issues of the Silver Age (ranking second only to Amazing Fantasy #15), and it’s in roughly equal company throughout this collection. This is a book that all readers of superhero comics should definitely consider having on their shelves.

…and a bonus recommendation….

Wolverine: The Return of Weapon X

Wolverine: The Return of Weapon X

Wolverine: The Return of Weapon X
Published by Marvel
Collects Wolverine (1988) #159-176 and Annual 2000-2001, $44.99
I have been waiting for this trade for more than a decade, and I can’t be more thrilled that it’s finally a reality. The issues collected in this book were among the first comics I bought after setting up my first pull list. I had subscribed to Wolverine’s ongoing series on a whim (purely because I needed to have a fifth title on my list), never having read it and knowing nothing about the creators. Little did I know that my first issue, #162, was essentially the ground floor for what would become – and what remains – my favorite Wolverine story of all time.
This isn’t just nostalgia talking. Frank Tieri’s run on the book with Sean Chen takes elements from all the best Wolverine stories (Weapon X, the Claremont/Miller miniseries, you name it) and blends them with the writer’s own off-kilter sensibilities. “The Return of Weapon X” is more than just an ode to Wolverine stories of the past – it’s also, at times, a biting satire of early-2000’s American popular culture. Tieri is also one of the few writers to successfully portray Wolverine as an introspective and truly intelligent man, rather than simply a mindless killing machine. This is one of the great Wolverine stories, and it’s wonderful that a new generation of readers now has the chance to experience (or re-experience) it.

Mystery Society Deluxe HC

Mystery Society Deluxe HC

Picked by @adambesenyodi
Mystery Society Deluxe HC
Published by IDW
$27.99
This hardcover collects the five-issue series and the 2013 Special into one oversized book.
Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) offers up an entertaining enough story about Nick and Anastasia, a hipster mash-up of The Thin Man’s Nick and Norah and The Avengers’ John Steed and Emma Peel, and the couple at the center of the Mystery Society. They end up recruiting a few more members along the way (including a robot with the brain of Jules Verne!) on their quest to recover Edgar Allen Poe’s missing skull. It’s a crisp story with plenty of action sequences balanced by quippy repartee. But the real superstar of the series is Fiona Staples art. If you only know her work from Saga with Brian K. Vaughan, you owe it to yourself to go back and check out some of her earlier efforts. This or Wildstorm’s North 40 is a great place to start. The new Mystery Society Deluxe Hardcover collects the original five-issue series from 2010, plus the March 2013 one-shot that was written by Niles but with art duties taken over by Andrew Ritchie. Definitely worth a look!

MacGyver: Fugitive Gauntlet TP

MacGyver: Fugitive Gauntlet TP

Picked by @CaptDS9E
MacGyver: Fugitive Gauntlet TP
Published by Image
Collects MacGyver: Fugitive Gauntlet #1-5, $14.99
It’s been 19 years since Richard Dean Anderson played MacGyver on television, and fans of the character like myself have been hoping for more. Amid rumors of possibly a feature film, it was finally announced that we would get more of this great property in comic book form. Written by Tony Lee/MacGyver creator Lee David Ziotoff , with art by Will Sliney we get a fun miniseries called Fugitive Gauntlet. An old Biology Professor of Macs believes he has found the solution for world hunger. He contacts MacGyver, hoping the Phenonix Foundation can help with the many issues that could arise from such a world changing discovery. Namely companies trying to steal his idea for their own monetary gain, before it can be brought before the world for free. However like all things in MacGyver’s life, things go crazy quickly, the data is stolen, and his friend is killed. It forces MacGyver to go on an international crusade to figure out who stole the data, and who leaked the discovery to the thieves. As if he didn’t have enough problems, someone has put a sizable bounty on MacGyver’s head, putting many bounty hunters on his tail. Yes it is crazy as it sounds, just like episodes of the TV show were. We get the voice overs, the on the spot inventions to get out of tight spots, and plenty of the cliches we have grown to love. If your a fan of the show, then this is worth the read.

Fables: Werewolves Of The Heartland TP

Fables: Werewolves Of The Heartland TP

Picked by Shane
Fables: Werewolves Of The Heartland TP
Published by DC Comics
$14.99
Fables is by far my favorite comic series out there. Still going strong with over 130+ issues, aside from the monthly series there has been a lot of other content out there for fans of this universe. There have been two spin-off series (Jack of Fables and Fairest), a prose novel, a couple of mini-series with the character Cinderella and some stand-alone graphic novels. The latest of which is Werewolves of the Heartland, which makes its trade paperback debut this week. This graphic novel is a solo tale for Bigby (the Big Bad Wolf), one of my favorite characters in the series. Bigby goes off on a quest to find a new location for Fabletown (the town where the exiled fairy tale characters live in the real world). In his quest he stumbles upon a small town of werewolves who seem to have a link to Bigby’s past. If you’re a fan of the series, this is a must buy. If you haven’t read the series yet, get the first trade paperback and begin your own quest now!

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6 Collected Editions Worthy Of Your Attention #37

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) and I (@ChrisCCL) are sharing some comic book collected editions, reprints and/or graphic novels released this week that you may be interested in.

The Walking Dead 100 Project TP (Image)

The Walking Dead 100 Project TP (Image)

Picked by @adambesenyodi
The Walking Dead 100 Project TP (Image)
Robert Kirkman and Skybound team up with the Hero Initiative to present 100 all new covers envisioning the horrors of the bestselling The Walking Dead, $12.99; LTD ED HC $24.99
The Hero Initiative’s 100 Project series, where the non-profit has 100 artists provide their own interpretation of a specific landmark title, has always been a great way to indulge in a good sampling of various artists’ work, dig on various interpretations of your favorite characters, and feel good about yourself knowing the hard earned money you’re dropping is going to a worthy cause. The series has honored such titles as Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man, The Hulk, Wolverine, and The New Avengers, DC’s Justice League of America, and even Archie. Now, they are doing it all over again for Image’s The Walking Dead. Featuring everyone from Fred Hembeck to Jeff Lemire to Fiona Staples to Rich Koslowski, there is something for every fan in here. Offering the book in two flavors – trade paperback and hardcover – also means there’s a good chance it’ll fit into most anyone’s budget.

Shazam! Vol. 1 HC (DC Comics)

Shazam! Vol. 1 HC (DC Comics)

Picked by @andrewjtom
Shazam! Vol. 1 HC (DC Comics)
Collects Justice League #7-11, #0, #14-16 and #18-21, $24.99
SHAZAM!! That’s the first thing that probably goes through your head whenever you see a brand new Captain Marvel book (or in this case, Shazam). Despite my love for golden age characters and especially the Big Red Cheese, this book deserves your attention because of the creators, Geoff Johns and Gary Frank. Shazam plays directly to the type of story that Geoff Johns has excelled at so much in the past. Shazam is a beloved character that hasn’t had very many exciting things done with him in a long time. Johns has proven time after time that these “revitalization” type of stories centered around characters that have been lost to the depths of the long box are exactly where he thrives as a writer. Add Gary Frank to that magical formula and you’ve got a truly exciting creative team that has proven on two separate occasions (previously on Action Comics and Batman Earth One) that when they get together, great things happen. Pick this book up. I’m confident that you’ll dig it.

Justice League Vol. 3: Throne Of Atlantis HC (DC Comics)

Justice League Vol. 3: Throne Of Atlantis HC (DC Comics)

Picked by @CaptDS9E
Justice League Vol. 3: Throne Of Atlantis HC (DC Comics)
Collects Justice League #13-17 and Aquaman #15-16, $24.99
Aquaman is one of my favorite books since the DC relaunch, and Justicle League was not that great. However both books crossed over for this big Aquaman event called Throne of Atlantis written by the regular writer on both series Geoff Johns. This is when the Justice League finally found it’s footing, and I started to really enjoy it. As Arthur is trying to figure out about a mysterious series of events that have gone on in his series, The Underwater city of Atlantis led by Ocean Master launches a massive attack on many of the biggest cities in the DC universe. So the Justice League only has one course of action, and that is to go on the attack , or risk the populations of these cities being killed. However like most big events, someone has set this madness in motion for a plan that none of the major parties knows about. It leads to revelations that could change Arthur and his place with Atlantis. Not to mention changes in the Justice League as well, as they realize it may be time to expand it’s roster, which is one of my favorite parts of this story arc. Add in Ivan Reis taking over art duties on Justice League, and Paul Pelleteir on Aquaman, and I would recommend this for the art alone. Really great work by them, but a highly enjoyable read overall as well.

Legends Of The Dark Knight: Jim Aparo Vol. 2 HC (DC Comics)

Legends Of The Dark Knight: Jim Aparo Vol. 2 HC (DC Comics)

Picked by @ReverendLove
Legends Of The Dark Knight: Jim Aparo Vol. 2 HC (DC Comics)
Collects The Brave And The Bold #123-145 and #147-151, $49.99
Growing up in the early 70′s, I was lucky enough to have been around for Jim Aparo’s fabulous work on “the Brave and the Bold” and other titles from “Aquaman” to “Adventure Comics” which featured his legendary run on “the Spectre”. But like many from my generation, I was a die hard Batman fan and found Mr. Aparo’s long run on “the Brave and the Bold” unequalled in quality and artistic execution.
The first book in this series covered some of my favourite Aparo stories in the run but this volume still has many gems although towards the end, we begin to stray into the latter Aparo years during which he adopted a simpler style that I found to be a bit wanting. This book starts in the later years of the “Early Aparo” period and these stories still have that great level of detail and solid composition that we’d come to expect from the pen of Aparo. One of my favourite stories from this period is the tale from the Brave and the Bold #124 in which Jim Aparo injects himself into the DC Universe to battle terrorists and to help the Caped Crusader and Sgt. Rock save the day. The heroes make the world a safer place and all without realizing the involvement of Mr. Aparo or fellow DC creators from the book, Bob Haney and Murray Boltinoff. Haney was one of the bright lights at DC in the early 70′s with a prodigious output and a neat turn of phrase. He created some of my favourite characters in the DC universe, from Metamorpho to Eclipso and so many more in his three decades with DC Comics.
“The Brave and the Bold” was one of my favourite comics growing up with it’s stories of Batman and a guest or guest stars to help him with whatever menace the Dark Knight would be battling in that particular issue. This run features heroes from the Flash to Mr. Miracle to the Metal Men and many others, all of whom dovetail perfectly with the tactics and abilities of the Batman.
I know some will find the stories somewhat dated and simplistic, but they are a snapshot into the world I grew up in and the stories that inspired and entertained me for many happy hours and for all this joy, I have to simply say, “Thank you, Mr. Aparo and Mr. Haney”.

Star Trek The Original Topps Trading Card Series HC (Abrams ComicArts)

Star Trek The Original Topps Trading Card Series HC (Abrams ComicArts)

Picked by Shane
Star Trek The Original Topps Trading Card Series HC (Abrams ComicArts), $19.95
Most anyone who grew up in the 70s has fond memories of collecting Topps trading cards. These Topps card packs consisted of a few cards, usually one sticker and maybe a stick of gum, depending on the series. Kids would spend their allowance money buying pack after pack, hoping to eventually get a complete set of cards. Along with sports cards, Topps produced series’ ranging from Superman the movie and Jaws to such eclectic series’ as Charlie’s Angels and Grease. I still have a complete set of the original Star Wars cards from my youth. Now, I never had the Star Trek cards nor have I ever really seen any of them. That being said, I’m looking very forward to this book. This book reprints all 88 cards, front and back as well as the 22 stickers from the series. Here is a bit of trivia for you. There are no cards in the series that feature crew member Sulu, so included in this book are four brand new cards including two featuring Sulu. It is written by a husband and wife team very familiar with Star Trek, having written several books on the subject. Some of their works are Star Trek 101, The Magic of Tribbles and the Deep Space Nine Companion just to name a few. It looks like Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann have put together a very nice package for the Trek fans out there.

Young Marvel: Little X-Men, Little Avengers, Big Trouble TP (Marvel)

Young Marvel: Little X-Men, Little Avengers, Big Trouble TP (Marvel)

Picked by @ChrisCCL
Young Marvel: Little X-Men, Little Avengers, Big Trouble TP (Marvel)
Collects A-Babies Vs. X-Babies #1, Wolverine (1988) #102.5, Pint-Sized X-Babies: Murderama and X-Babies Reborn, $24.99
I’ve been really fortunate over the past years. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting several comic book creators over drinks, dinner and even podcasts. I first met Skottie Young in 2006 when I sat in on a recording of the Around Comics podcast. I have to laugh it off now, but the guy was a piece of work. He was a little loud and a little obnoxious but Skottie was all 100% genuine when it came to his passion about comic books. You can see it in his work and you can hear it in his voice. It’s been fun watching his career grow and even becoming a breakout artist on the Oz series with Eric Shanower and Skottie’s own take on the Marvel Babies. Hell, my own LCS has its own Skottie Young POS display! I wish all the best to Skottie and if you get the chance go meet him at a Con near you, he truly is one of the great guys in the business.

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Review: Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD S01E01 “Pilot”

Agents of SHIELD

Agents of SHIELD

I’m happy to have my fellow writer, Joey, of the 6 Collected Editions Worthy Of Your Attention feature, to provide his own review of Episode 1. My own review follows.

Agents of SHIELD was my most anticipated show of the new TV season. The show that was promoted as the best thing since sliced bread. Was it? No. Did I have a good time? Yes, I did. I enjoyed how it tied into the Marvel Movieverse, and all the little hints of things to come. I even enjoyed all of the cast members, and seeing Phil Coulson again. However there were a few things that annoyed me about the scripting/pacing. The one that is most glaring is the forced humor. Not every character needs to be a comedian. Jokes should be spontaneous, not something happens in every single scene of the show. It killed the flow of things at times. There was also some great smaller CG work, however the bigger CG was pretty bad for a Network tv show. Seen better stuff on some of the better Syfy shows of the past. The show has me just because I am a big fan of the marvel universe, but Arrow on CW set the bar for me on how good a Super Hero Show can be on TV, It’s gonna take some work to get up to that level. I hope it does, It has promise.

…and now my take – Chris

I have to say I’ve been very excited for the premiere of Marvel’s Agents Of SHIELD. I’ve been a big fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and so is my son, Patrick. We sat down at 8p to watch it together and sure enough the mentions of Iron Man, Hulk and the rest of The Avengers and the films were in full force. Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) with some added help from Agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) assembles a team within the Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division to take on problems before they become bigger threats. The big question on everyone’s mind is how Coulson returned after being killed off by Loki in Marvel’s The Avengers? We don’t get a full answer, but It seems that Agent Hill knows more then she’s letting on. LMD perhaps? We may never know.

Moving on to the plot itself, it reminded me of “the freak of the week” that Smallville was famous for in the early seasons. I hope that isn’t the case here, but if SHIELD is in the superhero hunting/gathering business, then we’ll have to live with it for the time being. One thing is for sure, Coulson & Crew are in the game to register these new “superheroes”, he said so himself. This sets up an interesting dynamic that was teased in the movies but even more so in the pages of the Marvel event, Civil War. It’s never to early to speculate that it could all lead to a major brew-ha-ha in Avengers 3. But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves, after all this is only episode 1.

Like any good espionage TV show, there is always a shadowy figure or organization. In Marvel’s Agents Of SHIELD we get Rising Tide. It could be an arm of AIM – or even something greater like what is revealed in the pages of Nick Fury Vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. What we do know is that Rising Tide was behind the “Centipede” device that transformed peaceful Mike Peterson into a super human. Super-Soldier Serum and Gamma radiation seems to be at the heart of the experiment, which indeed, is very troubling for SHIELD and will be an ongoing sub-plot throughout the season.

After this, first show, I’m all in. And so is my son. But I won’t rest until I see Nick Fury, himself, in his little red Corvette.

6 Collected Editions Worthy Of Your Attention #36

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) and I (@ChrisCCL) are sharing some comic book collected editions, reprints and/or graphic novels released this week that you may be interested in.

Crab Monsters Teenage Cavemen And Candy Stripe Nurses Roger Corman King Of The B Movie HC (Abrams)

Crab Monsters Teenage Cavemen And Candy Stripe Nurses Roger Corman King Of The B Movie HC (Abrams)

Picked by @andrewjtom
Crab Monsters Teenage Cavemen And Candy Stripe Nurses Roger Corman King Of The B Movie HC (Abrams), $35.00
I’ve decided this week NOT to write about comics, but to bring a book to your attention that fans of our particular ilk should have an interest in.  Crab Monsters, Teenage Cavemen, and Candy Stripe Nurses: Roger Corman: King of the B Movie is a book that has definite interest for me.  Many folks dismiss Corman as a director that makes cheap “straight to DVD” type films and nothing of real substance.  But I say thee NAY!!!  Corman is not only a great film maker, he’s one of the most well respected and intelligent film makers of the past 60 years.  Corman possesses a skill that very few film makers today can boast… he brings his films on schedule and under budget.  Roger Corman has trained and helped to define careers of some of the film industries top talents like Cameron, Scorsese, Bogdonavich, De Niro, and Coppola.  This book chronicles the career of Corman and recounts many stories and anecdotes from Corman and other contemporaries.  The book also includes supplemental material like reproduction movie posters and behind the scenes photographs from the films that defined Roger Corman’s career.  If you’re a film fan or a comic fan, I think that you’ll find this book riveting.  I know that I’m looking forward to it.

Star Wars Volume 1 - In The Shadow Of Yavin TP (Dark Horse)

Star Wars Volume 1 – In The Shadow Of Yavin TP (Dark Horse)

Picked by @CaptDS9E
Star Wars Volume 1 – In The Shadow Of Yavin TP (Dark Horse)
Collects Star Wars #1-6 and Free Comic Book Day 2013, $19.99
We have had many comics that fill in between the original Star Wars films, but this series written by Brian Wood and drawn by Carlos D’Anda may be the best so far. After Luke Skywalker blew up the Death Star at the end of A New Hope, the Rebel Alliance has been on the the run, but it’s not been easy. The Imperial fleet led by Darth Vader seems to know the Rebels every move. Their is a traitor in the Rebel ranks, which could bring the end to the Rebel cause. To combat the thread, Princess Leia is given classified orders to form a secret X-wing Squadron which includes Luke Skywalker and Wedge Antillies to find out who the spy is , and to also find a safe world for the Rebel Alliance to regroup. Meanwhile Han Solo and Chewie head to the heart of the Empire, the capital world of Coruscant on their own secret mission. As you know, things with with Han and Chewie never go smoothly, as they get stuck in a game of cat and mouse for their lives in the most dangerous place in the galaxy. I have read a lot of SW comic books in the last 5 years since I started reading comics again, and this series is right up their with the Legacy books as one of the best. If you are a fan of the original trilogy, then make sure to pick this one up, you won’t regret it.

Co-Mix Retrospective Of Comics Graphics And Scraps By Art Spiegelman HC (Drawn And Quarterly)

Co-Mix Retrospective Of Comics Graphics And Scraps By Art Spiegelman HC (Drawn And Quarterly)

Picked by @ReverendLove
Co-Mix Retrospective Of Comics Graphics And Scraps By Art Spiegelman HC (Drawn And Quarterly), $39.95
I usually steer clear of biographies or art books of those who practise the comic book arts but when I seen that Drawn & Quarterly would be publishing “CO-MIX Art Spiegelman: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics and Scraps”, I was more than willing to make an exception. It appears to have been published for an exhibition of the same name at the International de la Bande Dessinee in Angouleme in 2012.
I picked it up today at my local comic book watering hole and was I ever happy that I’d made that decision. “CO-MIX Art Spiegelman: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics and Scraps” is a treasure trove of Spiegelman’s work including a lot of material I’d never seen before looking over this book. There is so much of his material spread across a number of publishers and several decades and I’m relieved that someone has gathered a lot of it into this fabulous tome. It covers his life from his early underground days to “Maus” and on up to present day and this retrospective volume is a must for any fan of the Maestro Spiegelman. There are several inserts bound into this book including a copy of “Two Fisted Painters” from the first issue of the 80′s avant-garde comic magazine “RAW” by Spiegelman and his wife, Francoise Mouly.
It’s not a book for the superhero lover but for those graphic novel fans and devotees of Spiegelman, I command you to run down to your local comic book shop and pick up this amazing collection of the art and life of Art Spiegelman.

Inhumans: The Origin Of The Inhumans TP (Marvel)

Inhumans: The Origin Of The Inhumans TP (Marvel)

Picked by @ChrisCCL
Inhumans: The Origin Of The Inhumans TP (Marvel)
Collects Fantastic Four (1961) #36, #38, #41-47, #54, #62-65 and Annual #5, plus portions of #48, #50, #52 and #55-61; and material from Thor (1966) #146-152, $39.99
Inhumans are hot right now! You can find them in the pages of Infinity and soon in their own series in 2014. So if you want to catch up with Black Bolt and the Royal Family, this is a very nice, affordable trade paperback. In fact, you can almost view this as a Marvel Masterworks Inhumans Volume 0 (softcover, of course). It collects every Fantastic Four story you need and even dives into the Origin backups from Thor.

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Star Trek: The Newspaper Strips, Vol. 2 HC (IDW)

Star Trek: The Newspaper Strips, Vol. 2 HC (IDW)

Star Trek: The Newspaper Strips, Vol. 2: October 26, 1981 through December 3, 1983 HC (IDW), $49.99
Picking up right where Volume 1 left off. IDW has done a brilliant job in collecting these very hard to find strips from the Los Angeles Times Mirror Syndicate – most of which have never been reprinted until now. Both Volumes have extensive research and insight on the strip but if you want to find out more, please visit Star Trek Memory Alpha. I hope that these two books sell well enough that interest will be generated in reprinting the British Star Trek strip and that the correct restoration will be applied so Kirk does not have to wear a red shirt anymore.

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Honey West This Girl For Hire TP (Moonstone)

Honey West This Girl For Hire TP (Moonstone)

Honey West This Girl For Hire TP (Moonstone), $22.95
If you like sexy noir crime and mystery, then you’ll want to check out the revival of Honey West. Portrayed as a mix of Marilyn Monroe and Mike Hammer, Honey West first appeared in 1957 in a series of dime store novels and quickly made her way to TV in 1965 starring Anne Francis. The series lasted 30 episodes but has since become a cult favorite. In 2010 Moonstone began publishing new Honey West comics written by Trina Robbins and now we get the first, of what I hope will be several collected editions. One note: I heard a rumor that Moonstone was supposed to collect the one-shot Honey West comic book from June 1966 by Gold Key Comics, but I have yet to confirm that. If anyone can help me out I would appreciate it greatly.

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.

CCL Podcast #368 – Days Of Future Podcast

X-Men Days Of Future Past HC (Marvel)

X-Men Days Of Future Past HC (Marvel)

Collected Comics Library Podcast #368
38.7Mb; 40m 17s

It’s been a few weeks since I last had a solo podcast, so I have a lot of catching up to do. I can tell you that I’ve read a few books, namely:

Nightwing: Old Friends, New Enemies (DC Comics) which collects the Nightwing/Speedy team-ups from Action Comics Weekly. It takes place shortly after Dick has left Batman as a partner but is still a member of the Titans. The first of the two tales was much more violent than I thought it would be including sex and drugs.

March by Rep. John Lewis (Top Shelf) the fist in the trilogy of life in the southern US in the 60′s. The details are sometimes hard to read and the language is not for the faint of heart, but t is a true story and one that should never be forgotten. I commend Chris Starros for taking on this project.

A few others that I have on my to read list include:

  • The First Kingdom by Jack Katz (Titan)
  • The Superman Dailies – Silver Age (IDW)
  • Star Trek Newspaper Strips Volume 1 (IDW)
  • Peanuts Sundays 1952-55 (Fantagraphics)
  • Heroic Tales: The Bill Everett Archives Volume 2 and Impossible Tales: The Steve Ditko Archives Volume 4 Blake Bell (Fantagraphics)

I also go over details of X-Men Days Of Future Past HC (Marvel) which is due in 2014, including the fact that Days Of Future Present will be collected, as well. Yeah!!!

Lastly I go over the 2013 Harvey Award winners – the big winner his year was Saga

Chris

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