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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

and…

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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6 Collected Editions Worthy Of Your Attention #35

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.

S.H.I.E.L.D. By Steranko: The Complete Collection TP (Marvel)

S.H.I.E.L.D. By Steranko: The Complete Collection TP (Marvel)

Picked by @andrewjtom
S.H.I.E.L.D. By Steranko: The Complete Collection TP (Marvel)
Collects Nick Fury, Agent Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (1968) #1-3 and #5, and material from Strange tales (1951) #151-168, $34.99
Like most comic readers my age I have always heard about the greatness that is Jim Steranko. Steranko was always a bit elusive to me when I was growing up. His work existed within that nebulous region between Jack Kirby & Steve Ditko and guys like John Byrne, Walt Simonson, and Frank Miller. Like many creators, Steranko is a creator that I grew to appreciate later in life. With education and appreciation for the comics medium, I now look back and realize that Jim Steranko should’ve been in the conversation with Jack and Steve when I was a kid. His body of work (though small) is one of the most influential works by any creator. He crafted art that told stories using new and exciting techniques that we still see in modern comics today. This week, Marvel has released the S.H.I.E.L.D. by Steranko: The Complete Collection. This volume collects the entirety of Steranko’s Nick Fury stories. It’s a must have for any comics historian and a definite “buy” if you’ve been enjoying the recent Fury MAX.

East Of West, Vol. 1: The Promise TP (Image)

East Of West, Vol. 1: The Promise TP (Image)

Picked by @CaptDS9E
East Of West, Vol. 1: The Promise TP (Image)
Collects East Of West #1-5, $9.99
Every year there are always 3-4 new series that rise to the top, and get a lot of buzz. The few that get a lot of nominations come awards time. Last year it was Saga, this year it will be East of West. Published by Image Comics, Written by Johnathan Hickman and art by Nick Dragotta, these two creators have come up with a story that frankly feels like it was made just for me (just how I felt Saga was last year). East of West is a mashup of Western/Sci-Fi/alternate history, and a few other genres. The United States is not as we know it, as history took a different course. The Civil war ended differently leaving a union and confederate state, the Native American’s still have a strong presence, and many other different changes leaving the country split into 7 different large states. Many of the leaders from these states are working with three Horsemen of the Apocalypse to bring an end to the world as we know it. However as we know there is a fourth Horsemen, but this one has set out on his own, to stop their plans from coming to pass. That Horsemen is shockingly Death himself. Traveling with two strange companions, Death’s reasons for stopping them are at first a mystery, but as the first volume goes along we learn why he left the other Horsemen, and how they have something shocking tied to Death at the center of their plans. Something that could never be forgiven. And Death may not be the only ones who have decided that they do not like the way things are going
The story Hickman is weaving here is fantastic, like many of his other works, but Dragotta’s art is the star for me. There are so many different locales, and character types in this book, and he hit’s a home run with every single one. Wether it’s a Chinese city on the West Coast, a Futuristic Sci-Fi Tower in the Midwest, a dive bar with strange doings in the middle of nowhere, cool new vehicles, or just plan old desert, every single one is a joy to look at. I have gone back over issues just looking at the art work from key scenes to soak it all in. East of West is always moved to the top of my reading piles. And for $9.99 retail, there is no reason you should not give this fantastic series a chance.

Heroic Tales The Bill Everett Archives Volume 2 HC (Fantagraphics)

Heroic Tales The Bill Everett Archives Volume 2 HC (Fantagraphics)

Picked by @adambesenyodi
Heroic Tales The Bill Everett Archives Volume 2 HC (Fantagraphics), $39.99
When I was growing up and first discovering comics, my paternal grandmother gave me a handful of comics she’d saved from when my dad was a kid. What stood out among those half-dozen or so books – that included the likes of Classics Illustrated #58: Jack London’s Sea Wolf and Tales to Astonish #72 and #73 – was Sub-Mariner #33! That was my first conscious exposure to Bill Everett. And although his creation of Namor the Sub-Mariner and co-creation of Daredevil for Timely/Atlas/Marvel are his most bankable calling cards, Everett’s history with the medium is much farther-reaching. Now on volume 2, Fantagraphics continues to impress with their Bill Everett Archives series. This hardcover compendium follows the same format as the first volume (Amazing Mysteries) by pulling work primarily from the late 1930s and early 1940s that hasn’t been previously reprinted. The real find here, though, is a rare assemblage of Everett’s romance work in the early ’50s for Eastern Color’s New Heroic Comics and Personal Love. Ultimately, this series, edited by historian Blake Bell, serves as a companion of sorts to the Everett biography and art book Bell wrote and compiled in 2010. But the bottom line is that this book is a tremendous opportunity to archive and appreciate a master cartoonist.

P. Craig Russell's Opera Adaptations HC Set (NBM)

P. Craig Russell’s Opera Adaptations HC Set (NBM)

Picked by @ReverendLove
P. Craig Russell’s Opera Adaptations HC, Set of 3 Books (NBM), $59.99
I have loved P. Craig Russell’s work since I first saw it gracing the pages of Marvel’s “Killraven” and nothing he’s done in the past three decades has done anything to diminish my passion for the quiet Maestro. So, this week when his three book set of his “Library of Opera Adaptations” appeared at my local comic book shop, I had to have it!
These books were released singularly during the early years of this new century and I had always meant to purchase them but for one reason or another, had not yet added them to my library. The first book in the set, “the Magic Flute” adapts Mozart’s classic opera and is one of Russell’s more simple and sophisticated stories. The second volume starts with Russell’s “Parsifal” that saw print in the late 70′s from Star Reach Productions and has always been possibly my favourite of all his operatic adaptations. The book also has the “Songs of Mahler” and “Ariane & Bluebeard” along with a black and white piece called “the Clown (I Pagliacci)” to wind it up.
The final book in this series collects “Pellens & Melisande”, “Ein Heldentraum”, “the Godfather’s Code” and closes out this volume with Richard Strauss’s operatic adaptation of the Oscar Wilde play “Salome” as interpreted by Russell. I’d seen the story years ago when it was published by Eclipse and as with most of P. Craig Russell’s work, I fell in head over heels over it.
P. Craig Russell Library of Opera Adaptations is not for the average comic book aficionado but for those whose interests stray into other fields like opera or literature, these books are well worth exploring and falling in love with on first read. These three books are treasures filled with characters and stories from some of the greatest minds of all time and delivered with a graphic grace and elegance that could only have issued forth from the magic brush of P. Craig Russell.

Iron Man By Kurt Busiek and Sean Chen Omnibus HC (Marvel)

Iron Man By Kurt Busiek and Sean Chen Omnibus HC (Marvel)

Picked by @Dief88
Iron Man By Kurt Busiek and Sean Chen Omnibus HC (Marvel)
Collects Iron Man (1998) #1-25, Captain America (1998) #8, Quicksilver #10, Avengers (1998) #7, Iron Man & Captain America Annual 1998, Fantastic Four (1998) #15, Iron Man Annual 1999, Thor (1998) #17, Peter Parker: Spider-Man (1999) #11, Juggernaut: The Eighth Day and Iron Man: The Iron Age #1-2, 1024 pages, $125.00
What’s really great about the comics collected in this Omnibus is that they were created at a time when Marvel was walking a healthy line between telling extended storylines and maintaining a sense of accessibility for new readers. As a result, these issues play both to the “any issue could be someone’s first” mentality and the kind of intricate plotting that warrants collected editions of such massive size existing in the first place. In this series, which takes place immediately following Tony Stark’s return from the “Heroes Reborn” alternate universe, the character deals with a range of interwoven conflicts: trying to explain his months-long disappearance and recent sudden reappearance; the takeover of Stark Industries by another tech corporation; the threat of a mysterious new villain who calls himself the Arms Dealer; and, of course, personal drama among his supporting cast of Pepper Potts, Happy Hogan, Black Widow, and new love interest Rumiko Fujikawa. This is one of the great unsung Iron Man creative runs, and the perfect opportunity to get the whole thing in a single package.

Society Is Nix, Gleeful Anarchy At the Dawn of the American Comic Strip 1895-1915 (Sunday Press Books)

Society Is Nix, Gleeful Anarchy At the Dawn of the American Comic Strip 1895-1915 (Sunday Press Books)

Picked by @ChrisCCL
Society Is Nix, Gleeful Anarchy At the Dawn of the American Comic Strip 1895-1915 (Sunday Press Books), $125.00
If you’re at all like me (and I hope you are because you come by this awesome blog) then you’ll have an appreciation for old comic strips. But not just any “old strips” — really old strips. Well thank God for Pete Maresca and his Sunday Press Books imprint. Pete has gathered up another fine collection of Sunday newspaper comics in Society Is Nix, Gleeful Anarchy At the Dawn of the American Comic Strip much of which has not see the light of day since they were first published over 100 years ago! Pete has been publishing these “Platinum Age” comics for some time now and he was also a guest on Podcast #307. There are over 150 original size comics, by over 50 cartoonists. That’s right, the book is 16×21. Don’t let the $125 tag scare you, history is priceless.

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.