Is there one book that is a “must have” that came out this week? Listed here are six comic book collected editions, reprints and/or graphic novels released this week that you may be interested in.
Joe Kubert Presents #3 (DC Comics). Sadly, we lost Joe in 2012, but this 6-issue (now) limited series rolls on. His tale of “The Redeemer”, which was never published in full, continues to profoundly impact me as a fanboy of comics and as a Catholic. There is also an original U.S.S. Stevens story by the one and only Sam Glanzman. Perhaps, DC will someday reprint his entire line of the historic naval ship.
Weird Horrors & Daring Adventures: The Joe Kubert Archives Volume 1 HC (Fantagraphics), $39.99. Also out this week is the Joe Kubert Archives. Cut from the same cloth as Steve Ditko Archives and the Bill Everett Archives, presented here are 33 of Joe’s earliest work from the 1940’s in all types of genre’s: horror, crime, science fiction, western, romance and even humor. Included are historical notes by the book’s editor Bill Schelly. A must own for the serious reprint collector!
Nova Classic Vol. 1 TPB (Marvel); Collects Nova (1976) #1-12 and Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #171, $29.99. Previously you could only get these Nova comics from The Essential Nova, but now Marvel has deemed Richard Ryder his own lines of full color trades. I was expecting that this series would be reprinted as part of the Marvel Masterworks and someday it may very well happen. Pick this series up to get you ready for the new Marvel Cosmic comics coming from Brian Michael Bendis & Co.
Woodwork: Wallace Wood 1927-1981 HC (IDW), $59.99. This is the long-awaited collection showcasing everything Wood did over his entire life. From his obscure to his most well-known creations, this retrospective covers it all. Since finding out just who this master was, thanks in large part to DC’s T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents Archives, Wally Wood has become one of my all time favorite artists.
Nipper Volume 3 1967-1968 TP (Drawn And Quarterly), $16.95. Doug Wright’s weekly comic strip ran for thirty years, and many of you are discovering it now for the first time. Not only is the strip drawn with a master stroke, but the reprint production from D&Q is also stellar. If you like wholesome, fun, comics strips – with a bit of a wordless challenge – this series is up your alley.
Complete Funky Winkerbean Volume 1 1972-1974 HC (Kent State University Press), $45.00. If it’s a comic strip that’s a bit more mainstream, with laugh-out-loud humor and an occasional dead serious tone, then Funky is your guy. Tom Batiuk’s cast of characters first had to deal with the ups and downs of being teenagers in high school, and then much more difficult matters like murder, suicide and cancer as Les, Funky and Lisa grew older into adulthood.
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.