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6 Collected Editions Worthy Of Your Attention #14

Is there one book that is a “must have” that came out this week? My friends Andy Tom (@AndrewJTom), Chris Campbell (ChrisCampbell8), Marc Diefenderfer (@Dief88), Shane Hannafey, Adam Besenyodi (@adambesenyodi), and I (@ChrisCCL) are sharing six comic book collected editions, reprints and/or graphic novels released this week that you may be interested in.

Adventures of Superman Jose Luis Garcia Lopez HC (DC Comics)
Adventures of Superman Jose Luis Garcia Lopez HC (DC Comics)

Picked by @AndrewJTom
Adventures of Superman: Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez HC (DC Comics)
Whenever someone asks “Who is the best Batman artist?” we typically all have some type of answer. Though our answers may range from Neal Adams, Greg Capullo, Bruce Timm, or Norm Breyfogle… we typically have an answer and can defend that answer. Now… if someone asks you, “Who’s the best Superman artist?” what do you say? For most of us, this question is a little bit harder to answer. We may even have to think about it for a few minutes. Some of us may bring up Curt Swan, Frank Quitely, or John Byrne. However, when I think about the Superman that I grew up wearing on my pajamas; or the Superman that was on the t-shirt I wore to second grade. It’s typically the Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez Superman. JLGL was the artist by which all DC comic characters were referenced when I was a kid (especially for merchandising). His versions of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Hawkman, Green Lantern, and Aquaman were the versions that were on every piece of merchandise that my parents bought me and his drawings were the style guides by which every artist based their versions at the time in comics history. So it’s no surprise that DC has released this beautiful book in their latest addition to the “creators” series of books. Collected in this volume are a handful of Superman issues, and several issues from (my favorite Superman title) DC Comics Presents. The volume contains appearances by Wonder Woman, Lex Luthor, Solomon Grundy, Supergirl, The Flash, Adam Strange, the Metal Men and Firestorm (The story with Firestorm is a personal favorite of mine). Most of these stories have never been collected and will likely not be collected again. If you’re a Superman fan, have been collecting the “creators” series of hardcovers, both (like me), or you just wanna read some great pre-crisis stories of the Man of Steel, you should definitely pick this up.
Collects Superman #294, #301-302, #307-309 and #347, All-New Collectors Edition C-54 (This is the old Treasury Edition: Superman vs. Wonder Woman) and DC Comics Presents #1-4, #17, #20, #24 and #31, $39.99

Iron Man: Extremis (Marvel)
Iron Man: Extremis (Marvel)

Picked by @Dief88
Iron Man: Extremis (Marvel)
Extremis has sort of become the paradigmatic Iron Man story in the years since it was first published, and that’s due to several factors. One is that Warren Ellis was responsible for its plot, which combines a retelling of Iron Man’s origin (now set in Afghanistan, rather than Vietnam) with a modern-day tale of tech warfare and corporate intrigue. And then there’s Adi Granov’s artwork, which still strikes me with its incredible production values. The images in each panel strike a unique balance between cutting-edge computer graphics and traditional painted art. The clarity of Granov’s work makes it no surprise that he was brought on to help design the costume for the first Iron Man movie, or that Extremis has since been adapted into a motion comic.
Collects Iron Man (2005) #1-6, $14.99

and…

Iron Man: Extremis Prose Novel (Marvel)
Iron Man: Extremis Prose Novel (Marvel)

Iron Man: Extremis Prose Novel (Marvel) , $24.99
Also coming out this month is a novelization of the Extremis storyline, written by Marie Javins – presumably as a tie-in to Iron Man 3, since the movie has been said to be at least partly inspired by the Ellis/Granov storyline. While a part of me wishes that Marvel would focus their prose fiction efforts on telling original stories that wouldn’t work as well either in comics or on film, the fact that they’re devoting resources to producing traditional novels at all is kind of cool, since they haven’t done much of it in the past few years. (Remember all of those Spider-Man and X-Men novels they put out in the early to mid-‘90s? How cool would it be for Marvel to start something like that up again?) At any rate, it’s nice to see Javins on a Marvel project again – if you’ve been reading comics for a while, you might recognize her name from her many credits as a colorist and editor at Marvel in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Iron Man: Season One (Marvel)
Iron Man: Season One (Marvel)

Picked by Shane
Iron Man: Season One (Marvel), $24.99
Those of you who read this Friday feature will know of my love for Shellhead.  The onslaught of books leading up to the premiere of Iron Man 3 has started.  We have five Iron Man titles out this week alone and it is almost a month away from the premiere.  I know what you’re thinking… ANOTHER re-telling of the Iron Man origin?   I didn’t pick up the floppies of this series for that very reason, but now that the hardcover is coming out, I’m excited.  The Season One series has gotten fairly good reviews and we have Howard “American Flagg” Chaykin writing and some beautiful artwork by Gerald Parel.  This is a must buy for my Iron Man collection.  If you are just beginning your journey through the Marvel universe, these Season One editions should bring you up to speed on the characters and what better place to begin but with my favorite, Iron Man!

West Coast Avengers Omnibus (Marvel)
West Coast Avengers Omnibus (Marvel)

Picked by @adambesenyodi
West Coast Avengers Omnibus (Marvel)
The mid-’80s are my childhood comics reading heyday. I was an early teenager and a full-blown Marvel fanatic. I loved the Avengers – both the team and the book. The rotating roster and gamut-spanning exploits (everything from Earthbound to cosmic was fair game) sucked me in on every level. The Vision and Hawkeye were always among my favorites, and to see them butt heads and clash over the Scarlet Witch only added to the drama. When Hawkeye came back from his solo adventure married, and Vision was elevated to team leader as the first team was returning from Secret Wars, I knew things could get interesting. Sure enough, soon Vision was shipping his former romantic rival out to the Golden State to head up the West Coast franchise. The struggles Hawkeye faced as he tried his hand at team leader is the crux of the book, making for a fascinating character study. Throw in the archer’s wife, Wonder Man, Tigra, and an unexpected Iron Man, and you have a dynamic ripe for soap opera adventure!
Collects West Coast Avengers (1984) #1-4; Iron Man Annual #7; Avengers #250; West Coast Avengers #1-16; Vision and the Scarlet Witch (1985) #1-2; Avengers Annual #15; West Coast Avengers Annual #1; material from Avengers (1963) #239, #243-244, #246; and material from Avengers West Coast #100, $75.00

DC Universe Secret Origins TP (DC Comics)
DC Universe Secret Origins TP (DC Comics)

Picked by @ChrisCCL
DC Universe Secret Origins TP (DC Comics)
Reprints of reprints are always a fun thing to recommend. Originally Secret Origins was a series of Giants and covered Golden Age and Silver Age characters – and that’s what we have here. I own all four reprint “trades” individually as there were easy to find at conventions, but if you don’t want to hunt them down, pick up this 320 page softcover. I hope that DC would continue to reprint the full 50-issue series from 1986-1990 and/or the sister series, Who’s Who, that has sadly become lost in time.
Collects Secret Origins (1961), More Secret Origins (1965), Even More Secret Origins (2004), and Weird Secret Origins (2004), $24.99

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.

How DC Is Collecting Before Watchmen

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In doing some trolling on Amazon today, I came across the listings for DC’s Before Watchmen books.
Last February I guessed that there would be 3 oversized hardcovers, but it looks like there will be four:

Before Watchmen Vol. 1 HC by Darwyn Cooke and Amanda Conner (July 9 2013, $40)
Collects BEFORE WATCHMEN: MINUTEMEN 1-6 and BEFORE WATCHMEN: SILK SPECTRE 1-4, 264 pages

Before Watchmen Vol. 2 HC by Brian Azzarello, J.G. Jones and Lee Bermejo (July 16 2013, $40)
Collects BEFORE WATCHMEN: COMEDIAN 1-6 and BEFORE WATCHMEN: RORSCHACH 1-4, 256 pages

Before Watchmen Vol. 3 HC by J. Michael Straczynski, Adam Hughes and Joe Kubert (July 23 2013, $40)
Collects BEFORE WATCHMEN: NITE OWL #1-4 and BEFORE WATCHMEN: DR. MANHATTAN #1-4, 256 pages

Before Watchmen Vol. 4 HC by Len Wein, Jae Lee and John Higgins (July 30 2013, $40)
Collects BEFORE WATCHMEN: OZYMANDIAS #1-6, “Curse of the Crimson Corsair.” 256 pages

But before all that DC will be offering a new edition of the original – Watchmen: The Deluxe Edition HC on June 4 2013.
This book will include sketches, extra bonus material and a new introduction by series artist Dave Gibbons.

Of course DC is still adding on to the series with the upcoming:

  • Before Watchmen: Moloch (2 issues)
  • Before Watchmen: Dollar Bill (One-shot)

and DC has yet to collect:

  • Before Watchmen: Epilogue (One-Shot)

CCL Podcast #331 – Interview with Pete Crowther, PS Publishing

 Collected Comics Library Podcast #331
49.7Mb; 51m 44s

If you love science fiction, then you’ll love todays interview with award winning British author Pete Crowther. Pete is also the editor of PS Publishing, which has garnered it’s share of awards as well. We talk about a number of sci-fi topics including PS Artworks reprints of classic comics like Adventures Into The Unknown, Pete’s upcoming TV anthology and the state of science fiction comics in general.

Also on the show today I talk about DC’s 2013 Spring releases (I blogged about these on Sunday) and as of right now the Collected Edition Release Schedule is all up-to-date.
Chris

Links of Note:
Peter Crowther Official
PS Publishing

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6 Minutes Before and 6 Minutes After Watchmen

I read a ton of RSS feeds through my Google Reader every single day, Most are comic book related but are others and new media and tech related (as is my profession). With that said, it’s amazing how fast things can change on the internet. Two posts popped up one after another today. The first was from a guy who said he’s done with Facebook because of the overblown IPO that’s coming. The second was from a seasoned blogger who was givinng advice on how to promote your Facebook page and gain new followers and Likes. After reading both posts, which were very convincing, I immediately thought of last weeks craziness over Before Watchmen and how I read posts on Twitter, Facebook and Blogs from people stating that if these comics were indeed published they would be done with DC comics – FOREVER.

A week has now passed and the hurricane has seemed to have calmed down. Are these people still going through with their threat to quit? That’s anyone’s guess and I really don’t care if they actually do it. But it is funny to me how some people jump the gun before they see the actual product. And really, they don’t have to buy them anyway. I truly don’t think that the original masterpiece by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons will be diminished in any way. On the business end of things you can debate whether or not it’s a money grab by DC or if DC should be giving a little more cash to the creators. Personally, I vote Yes on both points, but I’m just a small fanboy in a larger sea.

To me this is all just a natural progression of literature in the new media century. I think DC has done everything they can with the original material including reissuing it in numerous trades and hardcovers, a movie and even motion comic, so new additional material is all that’s left. No they don’t have to do it, but they are. Other properties like Batman, Bourne and Bond have gotten the rewrite and movie transfer over the years and no one seems to complain. All of those are evergreen properties and are handled, for the most part, with care. I’m sure Watchmen will be too, otherwise it’s all for nothing and some higher ups may be out of a job. Yes, a lot is riding on the critical success of Before Watchmen. We are going to see more and more of this as old ideas are rehashed and remolded for a new generation. My goodness, just look at what is being done with Sherlock Holmes!

I hope for the best for Moore and Gibbons and I hope they get their due, but now that we have the prequels coming, I have to imagine we’ll see a true sequel. It may take another 25 years, but it will happen.

Sunday Review – Saga Of The Swamp Thing Book 4 HC

Thanks to DC’s Deluxe line of hardcovers, I have been able to finally read Alan Moore’s run on Saga Of The Swamp Thing. True, the trade paperbacks have been easily available for many years now and I have borrowed them on occasion from friends, but for some reason or another I just never got around to reading them until now. I guess it was because the only thing I knew about Swamp Thing were the bad movies and TV shows of the 1980’s an d that just didn’t interest me. Now so many years later I have come to understand the brilliance of this series and it must be placed high upon the pedestal with Watchmen, Dark Knight Returns and Sandman.

Moore started on issue #20 and continued on with #21-58, 60-61, 63-64, Annual #2. DC Comics are four volumes in and it looks like it’ll go six total. So far it’s a journey into mystery, ecology, religion, magic and even superheroes. Here in Book 4, Moore has hit his stride. By now he has established an updated origin for Alec Holland and introduced all the key players including Abby, John Constantine, Arcane, Matt Cable, Deadman and The Phantom Stranger. We now enter Holland’s search for his true meaning in life and his place in “the green”. In these pages is the multi-part story called American Gothic where Swamp Thing must fight the battle of good vs. bad with many of his superheroes friends including Zatanna, Dr. Occult, Etrigan, Sargon, Dr. Fate The Spectre and others. But in-between comes the seminal Parliament Of Trees story from #47 where we meet other earth elementals including the original Swamp Thing Alex Olsen from House of Secrets #92. Holland ultimately leaves with more questions then answers but he does get an understanding of what he must do – it basically boils down to fighting evil.

As far as the book, itself, goes, it’s quiet special. It has a very nice Introduction by pop culture writer Charles Sharr Murray and a Forward by Neil Gaiman, who knows something about mystery and macabre. It also collects #39, which is the tie-in issue to Crisis On Infinite Earths. Why special? Because DC has yet to collect the crossovers in any sort of manner. Perhaps DC will publish a nice set of trade paperbacks complete with all 106 Crisis issues someday. The book also collects #50, an Anniversary double sized issue and the last comic in Book 4.

With Swamp Thing coming back to DC Universe proper, there is no better time then now get caught up with a classic character and one of the greatest comic book runs of all time.

Saga Of The Swamp Thing Book Four
Written by Alan Moore
Art by Stephen Bissette, John Totlebon, Stan Woch, Rick Veitch, Alfredo Alcala, Ron Randall and Tom Mandrake
224 pages, $24.99, DC Comics
Collects Swamp Thing #43-50 (Volume 2)

Recommended reading:
Roots Of The Swamp Thing