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New Collections Amazon Leaks March 2015

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It’s that time of month again! No not solicit time, it’s time to fish around Amazon and other sites to find out what’s coming out in the many, many months ahead! I’ll be updating this article as more things are found across the web, so keep checking back to see what’s coming out! And as always, I’ll be speculating as to what each of these collections is going to contain… so in the infamous words of the Joker:

Here

we

GO!

So all I’ve got thus far is from Marvel, but if I find anything from other publishers I’ll divide this into various sections.

All-New X-Men Vol. 2 – Two OHC’s for All-New X-Men and nothing for Uncanny? I’m starting to think that maybe Uncanny’s going straight to Omnibus. It’s not too surprising when you think about the fact that All-New has been part of a lot more crossover events than Uncanny, which seems to be more about telling it’s own story. That said, I still hope for an All-New X-Men Omnibus, but these OHC’s are going to do just fine in the interim. I expect this book to contain material from the third and fourth volumes of the series, and we’ll probably see it skip around The Trail of Jean Grey, though I suppose we’ll see for sure how they handle that one the full solicit comes out.

Avengers by Kurt Busiek and George Perez Omnibus Vol. 2 – Not much to say here, because we know it’s just going to hold the latter half of that series, but I do have to say I’m happy to see this solicited already rather than having Marvel make us wait some indeterminate amount of time before we finally get the second volume. They’re getting better with these. It didn’t take terribly long for us to see the second volume of Hickman’s Fantastic Four, the final Brubaker Cap Omnibus was solicited very soon after the fourth, and the Star Wars Omnibus’ are being churned out at an alarming rate. Now only if they could go back and service some older runs in the same way.

Avengers by Jonathan Hickman Vol. 2 – More OHC’s for Hickman’s current run. By the time that this is published his run will have been over for several months already. I have to wonder why they took so long to publish this across OHC… regardless, what’s this going to collect? This is where we’d see if they’re going to include or leave out the material from Infinity, so I’m intrigued by that. I’m hoping they leave it out to prevent double dipping for those who have the Infinity OHC (cough*me*cough), because honestly if you’re going to read Hickman’s Avengers run you’re not going to want to do it without Infinity. That said, I’d hope this contains the fourth and fifth volumes of his run, but if they don’t skip Infinity it’ll wind up being volumes three and four.

Deadpool by Posehn and Duggan Vol. 3 – I’m going to suspect we get the material from the fifth and sixth volumes of Deadpool in here, so there ought to be a fourth volume to conclude this run in OHC. I’ve been pretty sure we’ll eventually see an Omnibus for this run based on how many Deadpool Omnis we’ve seen published, but just in case it doesn’t happen I always try to grab the OHC’s.

Guardians of the Galaxy Solo Classic Omnibus – SO MANY ADJECTIVES. Ahem… Solo Classic. So that to me spells out that it won’t be collecting either the 90’s series that Jim Valentino did nor the 2008 series from Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. It’ll more likely collect all those solo stories that all the members of the current team were in. Like Bill Mantlo’s early issues starring Rocket and his four issue mini, the first couple of appearances of Groot, Star-Lord’s old stories by Steve Englehart and others, and some old Gamora and Drax stories. We’ll see for sure what’s in here soon, but until then I just know that this is a pretty intriguing volume, mostly because I hope it alaxy, does lead towards Omnibus collections of the Valentino run and the DnA run.

Secret Wars – An OHC of the 2015 event. No surprises here. It probably won’t collect any of the tie-ins, but I’m sure we’re going to see a hell of a lot of collections for the tie-ins as we go forward.

SHIELD The Complete Collection Omnibus – This is kind of an odd title for an Omnibus. There’s to be just under 1000 pages here, so I’m guessing it won’t be the old Steranko material, but probably rather the Bob Harras series which is currently being collected in those Nick Fury Agent of SHIELD Classic volumes. Unless “Complete Collection Omnibus” is relating it to the Steranko volume, and it’s to collect all the other issues of the first volume of Nick Fury Agent of SHIELD that he didn’t have anything to do with. We shall see…

Star Wars: The Complete Marvel Years Omnibus Vol. 3 – I was pretty sure we’d see this soon, as it looks like Marvel wants to make sure this whole series is out on the shelves in time for the new movies. Out with the old and in with the new? Anyway, this isn’t hard to predict. It ought just collect the rest of the issues of the classic Marvel series as well as the Return of the Jedi mini-series. At almost 1200 pages this is the largest of the three Marvel Star Wars Omnis by far, so I’m guessing that addition to all that it might contain the Droids series that ran for eight issues directly following the ongoing Star Wars series. But what about Ewoks!?

 

Collected Editions Out This Week – March 4

Super-Villains Unite The Complete Super-Villain Team Up TP

Super-Villains Unite The Complete Super-Villain Team Up TP

Here’s a list of comic book trade paperbacks, hardcovers, graphic novels, reprints and collected editions out this week, March 4.

The complete upcoming list can be found on the Collected Editions Release Schedule page.

My Pick Of The Week is to the right —->
What’s yours? Please comment below.

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BBC BOOKS
Doctor Who Time Trips The Collection HC, $29.99

BOOM! STUDIOS
Adventure Time Volume 6 TP, $14.99

DARK HORSE COMICS
Conan Volume 17 Shadows Over Kush HC, $24.99
Dead Rider TP, $14.99
Emily And The Strangers Volume 2 Breaking The Record HC, $12.99
New Lone Wolf And Cub Volume 4 TP, $13.99
Shaolin Cowboy Shemp Buffet HC, $19.99
Terminator Enemy Of My Enemy TP, $19.99

DC COMICS
Dead Boy Detectives Volume 2 Ghost Snow TP, $14.99
Justice League United Volume 1 Justice League Canada HC, $24.99
Teen Titans Go Volume 1 Party Party TP, $12.99
Y The Last Man Volume 2 TP, $19.99

DK PUBLISHING
DK Adventures Marvel’s The Avengers Battle Against Ultron SC, $5.99
Marvel’s The Avengers The Ultimate Character Guide Updated And Expanded HC, $16.99

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT
Frank Thorne’s Red Sonja Art Edition Volume 2 HC (Frank Thorne Signed Edition), $300.00

FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS
Inner City Romance TP, $24.99

IDW PUBLISHING
Cartoon Network Super Secret Crisis War Volume 2 TP, $19.99
Diamond Island TP, $29.99
Silent Hill Downpour Anne’s Story TP, $17.99
Star Trek New Visions Volume 5 A Scent Of Ghosts (Cover A John Byrne), $7.99
Transformers Animated The Complete Allspark Almanac TP, $39.99
Transformers Primacy TP, $17.99
X-Files Year Zero TP, $19.99

IMAGE COMICS
Alex + Ada Volume 2 TP, $12.99
Birthright Volume 1 Homecoming TP, $9.99
Nailbiter Volume 2 Bloody Hands TP, $14.99

LUCASBOOKS
Star Wars Heir To The Jedi HC, $28.00

MARVEL COMICS
Avengers Volume 5 Adapt Or Die TP, $19.99
Death Of Wolverine The Weapon X Program TP, $19.99
Hawkeye Vs Deadpool TP, $16.99
Marvel Masterworks Captain America Volume 1 HC (New Printing), $49.99
Marvel Masterworks Daredevil Volume 1 HC (New Printing), $49.99
Marvel’s Avengers Age Of Ultron Prelude TP, $16.99
Super-Villains Unite The Complete Super-Villain Team Up TP, $34.99

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT
Unity Volume 4 The United TP, $14.99

Shipping & Products Updates This Week – March 3

Ms. Marvel TP Vol. 2: Generation Why

Ms. Marvel TP Vol. 2: Generation Why

Here are this weeks Collected Edition Shipping and Product updates:

MARVEL COMICS
• Captain Marvel TP Vol. 2: Stay Fly (JAN150902) will be 120 pages, not 112 pages. The price will remain $15.99.
COMICS
ADHOUSE PUBLISHING
• Adhouse Publishing’s The Oven (FEB150903, $12.95) was erroneously solicited as a hardcover. The book will, in fact, be published in softcover. The solicited price is the correct price for the softcover.

VENDOR/TITLE OLD DATE NEW DATE
IMAGE COMICS
Morning Glories TP Vol. 8 3/4/2015 3/18/2015
MARVEL COMICS
Avengers by Busiek and Péréz Omnibus HC Vol. 1 3/4/2015 3/18/2015
Ms. Marvel TP Vol. 2: Generation Why 3/11/2015 3/18/2015
Superior Spider-Man HC Vol. 3 3/4/2015 3/18/2015
Star Wars OGN HC Episode IV: New Hope 5/13/2015 5/6/2015
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMNENT
Shadow: Year One Omnibus TP 4/1/2015 5/6/2015

CCL #406 – 10 Year Anniversary

Wolverine by Claremont & Miller (Marvel Premiere Classic)

Wolverine by Claremont & Miller (Marvel Premiere Classic)

Collected Comics Library Podcast #406
37.4Mb; 40m 50s

Host
Chris Marshall / @ChrisCCL

First off, I would like to thank each and every visitor to this site for 10 wonderful years of podcasting. If it wasn’t for your support, I wouldn’t be doing this show.

On this show I catch up on a lot of things, including why this site was down and my plans for the future. I go over what I’ve been reading including Superman Silver Age Newspaper Dailies Volume 3 1963-1966 HC, The EC Archives: The Vault of Horror Volume 4 Hardcover, Complete Terry and the Pirates Volume 6 Hardcover, The Airboy Archives Volume 3. I also talk about the Great Lakes Comic Con with Ron Marz (Punisher/Witchblade), Joe Rubinstein (Frank Miller’s Wolverine) and Amazing Spider-Man #135 from Brad’s Comics & Collectables.

Finally, as a bonus to you, I have two giveaways:
Batman Silver Age Newspaper Comics Volume 2 1968-1969 HC (Library of American Comics/IDW)
and
3 trade paperbacks:
The Delinquents, Harbinger Volume 6: Omegas and Archer & Armstrong Volume 6: American Wasteland (Valiant)

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Collected Editions Out This Week – February 25

The Fade Out Volume 1 TP (Image)

The Fade Out Volume 1 TP (Image)

Here’s a list of comic book trade paperbacks, hardcovers, graphic novels, reprints and collected editions out this week, February 25 (sorry it’s late this week, but I have a valid excuse – list will be posted every Wednesday).

The complete upcoming list can be found on the Collected Editions Release Schedule page.

My Pick Of The Week is to the right —->
What’s yours? Please comment below.

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ARCANA STUDIO
Langley High Volume 1 GN, $14.95

AUTOMATIC PICTURES
Hatter M The Looking Glass Wars Volume 5 Love Of Wonder HC, $24.99
Hatter M The Looking Glass Wars Volume 5 Love Of Wonder SC, $14.99

BOOM! STUDIOS
Adventure Time Mathematical Edition Volume 5 HC, $24.99
Returning TP, $14.99

DARK HORSE COMICS
Manara Library Volume 6 Escape From Piranesi And Other Stories HC, $59.99
Seraphim 266613336 Wings TP, $19.99

DC COMICS
Batwing Volume 5 Into The Dark TP, $16.99
He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe Volume 4 What Lies Within TP, $14.99
Justice League Dark Volume 5 Paradise Lost TP, $14.99
Scooby-Doo Team-Up TP, $12.99

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT
Art Of The Boys The Complete Covers HC, $39.99
Chaos Volume 1 TP, $19.99

FIRST SECOND
Princess Decomposia And Count Spatula HC, $19.99
Princess Decomposia And Count Spatula SC, $14.99

HUMANOIDS PUBLISHING
Metabarons HC, $59.95

IDW PUBLISHING
Airboy Archives Volume 3 TP, $29.99
G.I. JOE Volume 1 The Fall Of G.I. JOE TP, $17.99
Judge Dredd Anderson Psi-Division TP, $17.99
My Little Pony Adventures In Friendship Volume 2 HC, $9.99

IMAGE COMICS
Chew Volume 9 Chicken Tenders TP, $14.99
Fade Out Volume 1 TP, $9.99
Hinges Volume 1 Clockwork City TP, $15.99
Howtoons [Re]Ignition Volume 1 TP, $9.99
Rising Stars Compendium TP (New Printing), $69.99
Sex Criminals Volume 2 Two Worlds One Cop TP, $14.99
Walking Dead Volume 11 HC, $34.99
Zero Volume 3 Tenderness Of Wolves TP, $14.99

MARVEL COMICS
Avengers And X-Men Axis HC, $49.99
Avengers Time Runs Out Volume 2 HC (Premiere Edition), $24.99
Black Panther Who Is The Black Panther TP (New Printing), $24.99
Dark Tower The Drawing Of The Three The Prisoner TP, $19.99
Death Of Wolverine The Logan Legacy TP, $17.99
Kick-Ass 3 TP, $24.99
New Avengers Volume 3 Other Worlds TP, $19.99
Thor Epic Collection Volume 4 To Wake The Mangog TP, $34.99

PAPERCUTZ
LEGO Legends Of Chima Volume 4 The Sting Of The Scorpion Tribe HC, $12.99
WWE Slam City Volume 2 The Rise Of El Diablo HC, $12.99
WWE Slam City Volume 2 The Rise Of El Diablo SC, $7.99

REBELLION
Dredd Urban Warfare HC, $20.99

TWOMORROWS PUBLISHING
Modern Masters Volume 30 Paolo Rivera SC, $15.95

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT
Quantum And Woody Deluxe Edition Volume 1 HC, $39.99

VIZ MEDIA
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 1 Phantom Blood Volume 1 HC, $19.99

ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Robyn Hood Volume 1 Riot Girls TP, $15.99

Shipping & Products Updates for February 24

Superman Vs Darkseid TP

Superman Vs Darkseid TP

Here are this weeks Collected Edition Shipping and Product  updates:

DC ENTERTAINMENT
• Batgirl Vol. 1: The Batgirl of Burnside will now be published in Hardcover (JAN150364, $24.99), as solicited, as well as in Softcover (DEC148636, $14.99). Both editions are scheduled to arrive in stores on June 10.

IMAGE COMICS
• Big Hard Sex Criminals HC (MR) (NOV140582, $39.99), solicited at 320 pages, will now run 256 pages.

MARVEL COMICS
• Nightcrawler TP Vol. 2 (MAR150810, $16.99) will now be retitledNightcrawler TP Vol. 2: Reborn.
• X-Men: Days of Future Past Prose Novel Mass Mkt. TP (JAN150910, $7.99) has been cancelled, and will be resolicited at a later date.
• Avengers: Rage of Ultron OGN HC (DEC140948, $24.99) will have interior art by Pepe Larraz in addition to Jerome Opeña.

VENDOR/TITLE OLD DATE NEW DATE
DC ENTERTAINMENT
Robin, The Boy Wonder: A Celebration Of 75 Years HC 4/22/2015 4/29/2015
Superman vs. Darkseid TP 4/22/2015 4/29/2015
Batgirl HC Vol. 1: The Batgirl of Burnside (N52) 5/27/2015 6/10/2015
IMAGE COMICS
Prophet TP Vol. 4: Joining 2/25/2015 3/4/2015

Update – 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 beginOmnibus 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.

UPDATE Feb. 25, 2015
Marvel has released this Omnibus and as far as I can tell it is not out of print – yet. So if you want it you better jump on it.
Star Wars: The Original Marvel Years Volume 2 is due out May 6 and will collect Star Wars #45-78 and Annual #2, so you can see (above) I wasn’t off by much in my projection.
Volume 3 will now collect Annual #3, #79-80, Return Of The Jedi #1-4, #81-107 and should be out just in time for Episode VII – The Force Awakens in December.

Moving Forward With Some of the Past

blank_bookWith all of my content being lost due to the server migration I’m going back and republish the most popular blog posts from the past few years.

This may seem like a pain in the ass – and it is – but it also gives me the chance to update them.

This is going to take time and the posts won’t be uploaded all at once, so please be patient with me.

You can still get a ALL of the podcasts on iTunes, just not the posts/show notes.

I’m also taking requests as to what you would like to see in a future post/podcast or have me revisit and update on the blog.

Chris

The Omnibus Collector’s Wish List – Batman And Robin By Tomasi And Gleason Omnibus

Batman And Robin By Tomasi And Gleason Omnibus

Batman And Robin By Tomasi And Gleason Omnibus


Today saw DC’s revelation of what’s happening at the publisher post-Convergence. They’re dropping the New 52 moniker from all their titles (but staying in the New 52 continuity) and will be launching 24 new titles to be joining 25 existing titles, some of which will be seeing new creative teams. But for an Omnibus Collector this means I have to see the potential for new Omnibus editions, and the first one that jumped out to me was Batman and Robin.

Peter Tomasi has been writing Batman and Robin since before the inception of the New 52. He began his tenure with a short, three issue arc on the first volume of the series shortly after Grant Morrison ended his tenure. The arc, titled Dark Knight Vs. White Knight, was the highlight of the post-Morrison stories, thus making it obvious the series was in good hands when Tomasi and artist Patrick Gleason would be returning to the title with the New 52 reboot.

The team started the series with a new #1 and a new arc that would highlight the relationship between Bruce Wayne and his son Damian, who prior hadn’t really had a team-up book of their own given that Damian had always previously been Robin to Dick Grayson’s Batman. The series worked to show how similar the two characters really were to each other and how something like that could lead to a serious butting of heads.

As the book went forward with Tomasi and Gleason’s uninterrupted run it would tie-in to the line-wide Batman events of “Night of the Owls” and “Death of the Family” before ultimately tying into the events of Morrison’s finale to his Batman epic in the second volume of Batman Incorporated. Damian would fall at the hands of one of his genetically engineered “brothers” and it would completely ruin Bruce emotionally.

For several issues we saw Batman and Robin lose the second half of its title in favor of various other characters. Batman and Nightwing, Batman and Red Robin, Red Hood, Batgirl, and Catwoman. Each issue represented Bruce going through the stages of acceptance over Damian’s death.

After that arc the title would change to Batman and Two-Face for several issues after the Two-Face #1 villains issue tying into Forever Evil. The arc would be titled “The Big Burn” and featured the two characters joining forces to deal with a common enemy.

As the series went forward it reverted back to the various characters taking the second name in the title; Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Frankenstein, and Ra’s Al Ghul. During the arc we saw Bruce hunting for the missing body of his son as it had been stolen from it’s grave as Ra’s was attempting to resurrect his grandson in a Lazarus pit. Bruce stops him from succeeding in his plan, but it also inspires him to attempt to resurrect his son by alternate means.

The title reverted back to Batman and Robin with issue #33 for the “Robin Rises” arc, which was bookended by the Alpha and Omega one-shot issues. By the end of the story Bruce would go head-to-head with Darkseid and other inhabitants of Apokalips before regaining the life of his son. However Damian was slightly different in the fact that he now had super powers. Flight, invulnerability, and super strength.

So the title is still in that arc now, introducing the newly super-powered Damian Wayne, and it’s set to run through issue #40 before ending and being relaunched after Convergence as “Robin, Son of Batman.” However, while Gleason will remain onboard as artist Tomasi won’t be joining him as writer, and Gleason will be taking on both duties.

In that I find that it would be the perfect instance to collect the entire series by Tomasi and Gleason in one huge Omnibus. So what would that mean it collects?

Batman and Robin (vol. 1) #20-22
Batman and Robin (vol. 2) #1-40
Batman and Robin #0
Batman and Robin #23.1 Two Face #1
Robin Rises Alpha #1
Robin Rises Omega #1
Batman and Robin Annual #1-3
So a total of 50 issues, which is pretty thick but not unheard of given that DC tends to publish a lot of collections with 50+ issues. I’d say that those first three issues, the ones from vol. 1, are optional, but it would definitely be nice to see them collected alongside the rest of the run. Also more optional would be the Forever Evil: Arkham War mini-series that Tomasi wrote. That would include the six issue miniseries itself plus it’s prelude in Batman #23.4: Bane and Forever Evil Aftermath: Batman Vs. Bane #1

So there’s my proposal. I’ve enjoyed the heck out of this title since it launched, and it’s one of the very few New 52 titles that has remained with the same creative team since it began. In fact, I think that after this point the only titles that’ve had a solid creative team all the way through will be Batman and Justice League (given that Red Hood and the Outlaws is relaunching as Red Hood/Arsenal after Convergence). Tomasi has really told a story that’s about the relationship between father and son, and showed us Damian evolve to the young brat who claimed his father was easier to look up to when he was still dead to the young man who would prove to be more important to Bruce than almost anyone or anything else. And my own second favorite Robin next to the original. If you agree and think this would be a good one for DC to publish then go ahead and sound off! Hopefully it happens!

Astro Boy Omnibus from Dark Horse Comics

Astro Boy Omnibus

Astro Boy Omnibus

Nearly Seven Hundred Pages Of The Beloved Manga

In September, there’s a whole new way to enjoy Osamu Tezuka’s beloved Astro Boy: in omnibus form!

Boasting nearly seven hundred pages of content for only $19.99, Dark Horse Comics’ Astro Boy Omnibus Volume 1 features Tezuka’s most popular and influential work, detailing Astro Boy’s jet-powered, superstrong, evil-bashing adventures. Exciting, whimsical, and touching, Astro Boy brings back a classic era of comics and animation, featuring tales that readers both young and old will enjoy.

Collecting rare and out-of-print material, the oversized Astro Boy omnibus collection is the first in a series that brings back Tezuka’s beloved character for a whole new generation to enjoy.