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CCL Podcast #372 – Adopt A Character 2014

Marvel Masterworks Atlas Era Heroes Volume 3 Namor, The Sub-Mariner
Marvel Masterworks Atlas Era Heroes Volume 3 Namor, The Sub-Mariner

Collected Comics Library Podcast #372
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Well it’s that time of year again, time to Adopt a Character, creator, genre or just about anything else in the world of comic books and get acquainted with it all year long. It’s more of a challenge than anything else, and it’s been a fun way to read something out of the norm or try something new.
Here’s the rundown of what I have picked in past years:

2007: Thor
2008: Luke Cage and Iron Fist
2009: The Spirit Archives Volumes 1-27
2010: Steve Ditko’s Spider-Man
2011: Silver Age X-Men
2012: Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
2013: Fantastic Four by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

As you can see, it’s been mostly Marvel and that’s no different this time around. I’m going with Namor, The Sub-Mariner. I have all of the Masterworks, but I am going to forgo the Golden Age for now and start with Namor’s appearances in the Atlas Era and then move to his solo Silver Age adventures. Namor, of course, was created by the great Bill Everett and was with him all the way up until his death, a death that came all too soon. You may recall that Blake Bell has put together a very nice two-volume set of The Bill Everett Archives and the biography Fire & Water over at Fantagraphics. I read Volume 1, but have yet to read Volume 2. I think that is where I will begin. I will keep you posted throughout the year on my progress and for fun I will also be reading more of the Classic Valiant universe. More on that in the podcast.

Also on the show there’s a great question that I received from LinkedIn, of all places, on “What are the best Omnibus’ to buy?” – a loaded question, if there ever was one! That’s leads me to the unofficial announcement of the Infinity Gauntlet Omnibus due out in July. Here are the particulars (which are different from the Wikipedia entry):

Silver Surfer (1987) 34-38, 40, 44-60; Thanos Quest 1-2; Infinity Gauntlet 1-6; Cloak & Dagger (1988) 18; Spider-Man (1990) 17; Incredible Hulk 383-385; Dr. Strange, Sorceror Supreme 31-36; Quasar 26-27; Sleepwalker 7; 1248 pages; July 15, 2014

Lastly, I do a rundown of the contents included in Batman: The TV Stories. This book is on the heels of the excellent Batman ’66 comic and the companion book will add a “Biff! Bam! Zonk! Pow!” punch to your collected editions library. You’ll be surprised just how DC put together this very affordable, very fun trade.

Chris

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DC Comics December 2013 Collected Editions

The Demon Matt Wagner
The Demon Matt Wagner

DC Comics may have put themselves into some hot water as of late, but they still manage to put out some decent classic collected editions.

Take for example Batman ’66: The TV stories. No doubt capitalizing on the current “revival” of sorts from Jeff Parker, these comics from BATMAN #53, 73, 121, 140, 169 and 171, and DETECTIVE COMICS #230, 346 and 359 were adapted into the TV show. We can only hope that the classic Adam West and Burt Ward campy adventures will be properly released someday.

Next up is The Demon: From The Darkness by Matt Wagner. This trade collects the 4-issue miniseries form 1987 and Wagner’s follow up Demon #22 from 1990. If you are a fan of Wagner then this will go nicely next to your Grendel Omnibus collection. Perhaps this will encourage DC to publish a complete Batman: Dark Moon Rising hardcover.

John’s Byrne’s epic continues in Superman: The Man Of Steel Volume 8. In this installment we get ACTION COMICS #598-600, SUPERMAN #16-18 and ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #439-440. You would think that this run would one day get the hardcover omnibus treatment –  at least that’s what I’m holding out for. 

Green Lantern: Sector 2814 Volume 3 has me a bit stumped. I thought this trade paperback series was only collecting Dave Gibbon’s Green Lantern run, but it looks like it’s the Life and Times of Green Lantern Jon Stewart. I just wonder how many volumes this will go?

Here’s the complete list:

VILLAINS MONTH 3-D MOTION COMPLETE SET
Written by VARIOUS
Art and 3-D Motion Covers by VARIOUS
RESOLICIT • On sale FEBRUARY 12 • FC, $199.99 US

DC’s red-hot 3-D motion covers are set to return in the new VILLAINS MONTH 3-D MOTION COMPLETE SET, now resolicited for February on-sale! This set will include second printings of all 52 Villains Month titles with 3-D motion covers plus the FOREVER EVIL #1 3-D Motion Cover Variant edition!

BATWING VOL. 3: ENEMY OF THE STATE TP
Written by JUDD WINICK and FABIAN NICIEZA
Art by MARCUS TO, FABRIZIO FIORENTINO and others
Cover by SIMON BISLEY
On sale JANUARY 22 • 144 pg, FC, $14.99 US

Batwing has never been under more fire than in these stories from issues #13-18. First, David must fight one of the most crooked cop forces on the continent. Then, Batwing tries to take down the deadly Father Lost and the Sky Pirate, who put David’s allies in danger.

BATMAN: BATMAN AND SON TP NEW EDITION
Written by GRANT MORRISON
Art by ANDY KUBERT, J.H. WILLIAMS III, JOHN VAN FLEET, TONY S. DANIEL, RYAN BENJAMIN and others
Cover by ANDY KUBERT
On sale JANUARY 29 • 384 pg, FC, $19.99 US

These tales from BATMAN #655-658, 663-669 and 672-675 introduce Damian Wayne! Plus, Batman and a group of global heroes face a killer on a mysterious island, and Batman relives an adventure in the life of young Bruce Wayne: the hunt for his parents’ killer.

BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT VOL. 2: CYCLE OF VIOLENCE TP
Written by GREGG HURWITZ
Art by DAVID FINCH, RICHARD FRIEND and others
Cover by DAVID FINCH
On sale JANUARY 15 • 160 pg, FC, $14.99 US

In this second New 52 volume, The Scarecrow has returned! The villainous genius has always preyed on the worst fears of his victims, but now he’s refined his fear toxin to greater effectiveness—and deadlier consequences. As The Scarecrow’s origin is revealed, Batman must find out not only how to defeat this dangerous psychopath, but how to conquer his own worst fears. This volume collects from BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #10-15 and #0.

GREEN LANTERN: WRATH OF THE FIRST LANTERN HC
Written by GEOFF JOHNS, PETER J. TOMASI, PETER MILLIGAN and TONY BEDARD
Art by DOUG MAHNKE, DAN JURGENS, PHIL JIMENEZ, SZYMON KUDRANSKI, ARDIAN SYAF, FERNANDO PASARIN, CHRISCROSS, AARON KUDER, HENDRY PRASETYO, JIM CALAFIORE, JAVIER PULIDO, MIGUEL SEPULVEDA, WILL CONRAD and others
Cover by GARY FRANK
On sale FEBRUARY 19 • 416 pg, FC, $29.99 US

The Wrath of the First Lantern is here as the Green Lanterns battle the Guardians of Oa and the Third Army—but who will win, and at what cost? And as the First Lantern moves on the brightest of the Corps for his reality altering experiments, we learn the shocking fate of Hal and Sinestro in this must-read crossover event! This new hardcover collects GREEN LANTERN #17-20, GREEN LANTERN CORPS #17-20, RED LANTERNS #17-20 and GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS #17-20.

GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS VOL. 2 — BEYOND HOPE TP
Written by TONY BEDARD
Art by TYLER KIRKHAM, TOMAS GIORELLO, MARCIO TAKARA and others
Cover by TYLER KIRKHAM and BATT
On sale JANUARY 29 • 144 pg, FC, $14.99 US

In this title collecting GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS #8-12 and BLUE BEETLE #9, Odym, the homeworld of the Blue Lanterns, is being attacked by alien conquerors known as The Reach. But faced with betrayal by one of their own, the New Guardians’ uneasy alliance teeters on the edge of destruction.

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK VOL. 3: THE DEATH OF MAGIC TP
Written by JEFF LEMIRE and RAY FAWKES
Art by MIKEL JANIN, GRAHAM NOLAN and VICTOR DRUJINIU
Cover by MIKEL JANIN
On sale JANUARY 29 • 192 pg, FC, $16.99 US

Transported to another dimension by the Books of Magic, Tim Hunter and Zatanna awake in a world where magic once ruled until mad scientists forced all magical creatures into exile. And while they explore this strange world, the remaining members of JLD follow them and find that the rules of magic here are very different and very deadly. Collecting issues #14-19 of the hit series!

DEMON KNIGHTS VOL. 3: THE GATHERING STORM TP
Written by PAUL CORNELL and ROBERT VENDITTI
Art and cover by BERNARD CHANG
On sale JANUARY 15 • 256 pg, FC, $19.99 US

Betrayed by Etrigan and trapped in Hell, the Demon Knights must find a way to escape the clutches of Lucifer in these stories from issues #13-23. But to make their escape, someone must make the ultimate sacrifice.

THE FLASH VOL. 3: GORILLA WARFARE HC
Written by FRANCIS MANAPUL and BRIAN BUCCELLATO
Art by FRANCIS MANAPUL, MARCUS TO, MARCIO TAKARA and others
Cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
RESOLICIT • On sale FEBRUARY 12 • 176 pg, FC, $24.99 US

When Grodd and his army descend on Central City, The Flash will have to contend with a threat that’s murderous, ruthless and without principle. The Flash will need the help of the Rogues if he wants to keep himself and Central City alive. This new hardcover collects THE FLASH #13-19.

SUPERMAN VOL. 2: SECRETS AND LIES TP
Written by DAN JURGENS, KEITH GIFFEN, SCOTT LOBDELL and FABIAN NICIEZA
Art by DAN JURGENS, JESUS MERINO, KENNETH ROCAFORT, PASCAL ALIXE and others
Cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT
On sale JANUARY 8 • 176 pg, FC, $16.99 US

Tucked away high in the Himalayas, a long dormant evil has made these snowy mountaintops its home. Helspont, a descendant of the ancient alien race of Daemonites, has enlisted an army of robots to learn all there is to know about the Kryptonian menace standing between him and dominion over the Earth. Can Helspont gain control over Superman and use him to execute his invasion plan? Collects SUPERMAN #7-12 and SUPERMAN ANNUAL #1.

KATANA VOL. 1: SOULTAKER TP
Written by ANN NOCENTI
Art by ALEX SANCHEZ, CLIFF RICHARDS, ART THIBERT and others
Cover by DAVID FINCH
On sale JANUARY 22 • 160 pg, FC, $14.99 US

In these stories from KATANA #1-6 and JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #23.1: THE CREEPER, the former assassin and new Justice Leaguer embarks on a quest to restore the Outsiders to their former glory! Will she succeed, or will she be overcome by the power of her sword, the Soultaker?

SUPERBOY VOL. 3: LOST TP
Written by TOM DeFALCO and SCOTT LOBDELL
Art by R.B. SILVA, ROB LEAN, ROGER ROBINSON, IBAN COELLO, DIOGENES NEVES and others
Cover by R.B. SILVA and ROB LEAN
On sale DECEMBER 31 • 200 pg, FC, $16.99 US

As Superman attempts to help Superboy understand and control his powers, they are set upon by another Kryptonian refugee by the name of H’el! This volume guest-stars the Teen Titans and more! Collects SUPERBOY #13-19 and SUPERBOY ANNUAL #1.

GREEN LANTERN: SECTOR 2814 VOL. 3 TP
Written by STEVE ENGLEHART
Art by JOE STATON and others
Cover by WALTER SIMONSON
On sale JANUARY 15 • 200 pg, FC, $16.99 US

In this new collection of GREEN LANTERN #194-200, John Stewart clashes with Guy Gardner to see who will be the Green Lantern of Earth. And while Stewart battles Harbinger during the Crisis on Infinite Earths, Gardner recruits enemies of the Green Lantern Corps to stand against an evil that could destroy the entire universe—including The Shark, Hector Hammond, Sonar, Goldface and more!

BATMAN: ARKHAM UNHINGED VOL. 2 TP
Written by DEREK FRIDOLFS
Art by JORGE JIMENEZ, MIKE S. MILLER, DARICK ROBERTSON and others
Cover by MICO SUAYAN
On sale DECEMBER 31 • 168 pg, FC, $14.99 US

In these stories inspired by the best-selling videogame Batman: Arkham City, Dr. Hugo Strange has gained control of Arkham Asylum. Now, Gotham City has become a massive prison ruled by criminals. These stories from issues #6-10 feature Catwoman, Two-Face, Penguin, Killer Croc, Deadshot and The Mad Hatter.

BATMAN ‘66: THE TV STORIES TP
Written by BILL FINGER, GARDNER FOX, JOHN BROOME and others
Art by BOB KANE, DICK SPRANG, SHELDON MOLDOFF, CARMINE INFANTINO and others
Cover by AMANDA CONNER
On sale JANUARY 8 • 160 pg, FC, $14.99 US

For the first time, DC Comics collects Batman stories originally published between 1948 and 1966 that were adapted into specific episodes of the classic Batman TV series! Starring The Joker, The Penguin, The Riddler and Mr. Freeze (here called “Mr. Zero”), and featuring the debut of Batgirl, these stories have never been collected together before. Collected from BATMAN #53, 73, 121, 140, 169 and 171, and DETECTIVE COMICS #230, 346 and 359.

THE DEMON: FROM THE DARKNESS TP
Written by MATT WAGNER
Art by MATT WAGNER and ART NICHOLS
Cover by MATT WAGNER
On sale JANUARY 15• 128 pg, FC, $14.99 US

Jason Blood travels to Cornwall to find the spirit of Merlin and lift the curse that binds him to Etrigan, The Demon. But unraveling a centuries old curse is anything but easy, and Blood learns more about his mystical alter ego than he could have imagined. Collects the 4-issue miniseries from 1987 and issue #22 of The Demon’s monthly series.

SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL VOL. 8 TP
Written by PAUL KUPPERBERG, JOHN BYRNE and ROGER STERN
Art by JOHN BYRNE, TY TEMPLETON, GEORGE PEREZ, MIKE MIGNOLA, JERRY ORDWAY and others
Cover by JOHN BYRNE
On sale DECEMBER 31 • 240 pg, FC, $16.99 US

Superman’s 1980s adventures continue with the introduction of Checkmate, plus appearances by Wonder Woman, Man-Bat and others. Collects ACTION COMICS #598-600, SUPERMAN #16-18 and ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #439-440.

ABSOLUTE SUPERMAN/BATMAN VOL. 2 HC
Written by JEPH LOEB, SAM LOEB and others
Art by CARLOS PACHECO, JESUS MERINO, IAN CHURCHILL, ED McGUINNESS, DEXTER VINES, TIM SALE, PAT LEE and others
Cover by BRIAN BOLLAND
Advance solicit • On sale April 23 • 336 pg, FC, 8.25” x 12.5”, $99.99 US

The World’s Finest join forces in this reality bending tale from SUPERMAN/BATMAN #14-26. Superman and Batman rule the Earth with an iron fist, with humanity bending to their will. Before long, the World’s Finest Duo is sent careening through a series of bizarre alternate Earths to face an assortment of classic DC characters including Darkseid, Lex Luthor, Superwoman, Kamandi, Sgt. Rock, Haunted Tank, and many more. Includes the star-studded issue #25, which features the work of Geoff Johns, Brian K. Vaughan, Brad Meltzer, Joss Whedon, Jim Lee, Arthur Adams, John Cassaday, Joe Madureira and others!

GREEN LANTERN: THE ANIMATED SERIES VOL. 2 TP
Written by ART BALTAZAR, FRANCO and IVAN COHEN
Art by DARIO BRIZUELA and LUCIANO VECCHIO
Animation art cover
On sale JANUARY 8 • 128 pg, FC, $12.99 US

In this second GREEN LANTERN: THE ANIMATED SERIES collection, featuring issues #6-11, Hal Jordan leads his team into battle against Atrocitus and a horde of other Red Lanterns!

SUPERMAN FAMILY ADVENTURES VOL. 2 TP
Written by ART BALTAZAR and FRANCO
Art and cover by ART BALTAZAR
On sale JANUARY 29 • 128 pg, FC, $12.99 US

Superman! Superboy! Supergirl! Krypto the Superdog! The entire Superman family is here in this title collecting issues #7-12 of the all ages series. The heroes of Metropolis face such foes as Zod, Brainiac, and Toyman!

– See more at: http://www.dccomics.com/blog/2013/09/09/collected-editions-group-solicits-december-2013#sthash.EEOQT89n.dpuf

 

6 Collected Editions Worthy Of Your Attention #24

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), Joey Nazzari (@CaptDS9E), and I (@ChrisCCL) are sharing some comic book collected editions, reprints and/or graphic novels released this week that you may be interested in.

Batgirl/Robin Year One TP (DC Comics)
Batgirl/Robin Year One TP (DC Comics)

Picked by @AndrewJTom
Batgirl/Robin Year One TP (DC Comics)
Collects Batgirl Year One #1-9 and Robin Year One #1-4, $24.99
Remember back when you read Batman: Year One and thought, “Dang! That was one of the coolest comics I’ve ever read. They should do this with all of the characters.” ? Fast forward several years and your wish has come true. But mostly to fandom’s dissatisfaction. Yeah, there’ve been some good ones like Green Arrow: Year One, JLA Year One, and Weapon X; but for every one of the good ones, we got a Spider-man: Chapter One, X-men: the Hidden Years, or Wolverine: Origin (something we never wanted to begin with). This week I’m recommending a double-shot of Year One goodness with Batgirl/Robin: Year One. Scott Beatty and Chuck Dixon have crafted two tales that harken back to a time when we were kids. This is a time when we thought that kid superheroes were cool (regardless of the notion of child endangerment). We also see some early work of Marcos Martin and Javier Pulido. Their styles and storytelling work perfectly for these types of stories and put you in an era where you actually feel like you were transported to “Year One”. After so many mediocre and below par Year One stories, this collection gives us two of the “good ones”.

Sweet Tooth Vol. 6: Wild Game TP (DC Comics/Vertigo)
Sweet Tooth Vol. 6: Wild Game TP (DC Comics/Vertigo)

Picked by @CaptDS9E
Sweet Tooth Vol. 6: Wild Game TP (DC Comics/Vertigo)
Collects Sweet Tooth #33-40, $16.99
Usually I pick the first Volume of a series or a complete collection, so you can quickly get into it. However this week I am picking the final volume of a great series, thus suggesting you read an entire thing from the beginning, as it is one of my favorites. The series is Sweet Tooth by Jeff Lemire, which ran 40 issues from 2009-2013. The story takes place in a post apocalyptic world, where most of the population has died from a mysterious virus, and that virus has caused a lot of children to be born with animal features. The main character is a 9 year old boy named Gus who has deer antlers/deer features, and lives in the woods with his father, hidden away from the rest of society. Things change, as his father passes away, and his life is forever changed. Gus is saved from being attacked by a man named Jeppard, which sets up an adventure, and friendship that neither could have dreamed of. Starting in Nebraska, and slowly working their way across the western half of the US, they run into crazy doctors, street gangs, other hybrid children, new allies, old enemies, and eventually figure out what crazy stuff is behind what has happened to the world. The first 5 volumes are a great read, and unlike some writers ending their stories, Lemire sticks the landing in Volume 6. The last issue of this series, is one of the best I have read since I got back into comics five years ago, and makes reading the other 39 worth while. You may even shed a tear.

Edison Rex TP (IDW)
Edison Rex TP (IDW)

Picked by @chriscampbell8
Edison Rex TP (IDW)
Collects the first 6 issues of the Monkeybrain Comics digital series for the first time, $19.99
I had never read a comic from MonkeyBrain comics prior to reading the first issue of Edison Rex. I purchased the first issue digitally on the iPad for 99 cents a few months ago back when it was a “digital exclusive”. Now the story from Chris Roberson and Dennis Culver is being released as a trade paperback through a partnership with IDW. This delivery format intrigued me and I wanted to support it — the digital floppies followed by a print collection. I must confess that I’ve only read the first issue, but based on the strength of the first issue alone, I feel the trade is worthy of your attention. The story itself begins with the classic Superman/Lex Luthor relationship but quickly refocuses after a fun twist ending I won’t reveal here. I found myself wanting to read the next issue, but somehow it got lost in the shuffle. And now with this release from IDW, I’m going to remedy that.

Saga Vol. 2 TP (Image)
Saga Vol. 2 TP (Image)

Picked by @adambesenyodi
Saga Vol. 2 TP (Image)
Collects Saga #7-12, $14.99
Forget the bizarro hoopla about Saga issue #12. This is a comic about (alien) adults for adults. And, frankly, it’s one of the most well-crafted, beautifully drawn comics to come along in years. What writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Fiona Staples are doing with this book is breathtaking. Star Wars meets Romeo & Juliet doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface. I have loved BKV’s work since discovering Runaways (followed quickly by consuming Pride of Baghdad, Doctor Strange: The Oath, and Y: The Last Man. If you haven’t checked out those books, you should.) The same goes for Staples’ Mystery Society work – simply gorgeous. And the marriage of these two creative forces provides a spark to this book missing from so many others competing for your dollar on the store shelves: heart. This second arc collection builds on everything the first six issues began. Here, the reader’s introduced to Marko’s parents as they meet their granddaughter for the first time, and his ex-girlfriend Gwendolyn as she joins the bounty hunter The Will in his quest to bring the fugitive couple to ground. All of this takes place amid well-paced flashbacks to Marko and Alana’s first meeting and budding romance. Sex! Violence! Aliens! Robots! The headlines might be what grab your attention, but the substance of the story is what will keep you coming back for more.

Invincible Iron Man Vol. 11: The Future TP (Marvel)
Invincible Iron Man Vol. 11: The Future TP (Marvel)

Picked by Shane
Invincible Iron Man Vol. 11: The Future TP (Marvel)
Collects Invincible Iron Man #521-527, $19.99
I don’t have to tell anyone here about my love for Shellhead. This volume compiles the last run of floppies I bought to complete my collection dating back to Volume #1, Issue #1 from 1968. After this volume, it officially starts the Marvel Now run and that’s when I told myself I’d go the trade route for any future Iron Man. This last run was pretty solid. I won’t lie; it’ll be a bit hard to get into if you haven’t been reading everything that leads up to it thus far. But you should be able to pick up on it well enough. We’ve found out that after bowing down to the demands of the Government and Hammer Industries and giving up the Iron Man armor, Tony Stark has even more problems to deal with as The Mandarin has been in control of his mind. Tony teams up with some of his greatest enemies to try to stop the greater evil that is his arch nemesis. You have another person in an upgraded Iron Man armor, Pepper Potts as Rescue and some great armored action. I don’t want to spoil anything else, just read it!

Complete Flash Gordon Library Volume 3 The Fall Of Ming HC 1941-1944
Complete Flash Gordon Library Volume 3 The Fall Of Ming HC 1941-1944

Picked by @ChrisCCL
Complete Flash Gordon Library Volume 3 The Fall Of Ming HC 1941-1944 (Titan), $39.95
Those of you who listen to my weekly podcast know that I’ve been reading all of the Marvel Masterworks Fantastic Four (I’m currently on Volume 9 with Volume 15 due in August), but what I haven’t told you is that I’m also reading Flash Gordon. I own all five volumes of the complete Flash Gordon Dark Horse Archives which reprints every comic book appearance from 1947-1982 and the comic strip reprint series from Titan. I can tell you that the strip reproduction is simply amazing! If you have never read Flash by the hand of the great Alex Raymond now is the time to do so. Sure there have been several attempts to reprint Flash over the years, but it has never been done so well and with so much care.

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 #18

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), Joey Nazzari (@CaptDS9E), and I (@ChrisCCL) are sharing some comic book collected editions, reprints and/or graphic novels released this week that you may be interested in.

Batman, Incorporated Vol. 1: Demon Star HC (DC Comics)
Batman, Incorporated Vol. 1: Demon Star HC (DC Comics)

Picked by @AndrewJTom
Batman, Incorporated Vol. 1: Demon Star HC (DC Comics)
Collects Batman, Incorporated #0-6, $24.99
If you’re reading this blog (and other websites), then odds are that you’re pretty up to date on the comics that have been popular over the past year or so. Hidden among Vaughn’s Saga, Snyder & Capullo’s Batman, Waid’s Daredevil, and Aaron’s Thor is an often forgotten book called Batman Inc. This book, written by Grant Morrison, boasts the break-out work of Superstar artist, Chris Burnham. Morrison and Burnham have a great chemistry as they tell the penultimate chapter in Morrison’s epic Batman run. This book, is thought-provoking, beautiful, and lots of fun. If you have yet to discover Chris Burnham, then I recommend that you jump in head first with this volume. You’ll soon discover why Chris Burnham will be one of the most sought after illustrators in comics when his tenure on Batman Inc. comes to a close.

Spider-Men TP (Marvel)
Spider-Men TP (Marvel)

Picked by @CaptDS9E
Spider-Men TP (Marvel)
Collects Spider-Men #1-5, $19.99
One of my favorite comic series for a long time has been Ultimate Spider-Man written by Brian Bendis. When word came out that he had decided to kill off Ultimate Universe Peter Parker, it caused a bit of an uproar. People cried about it being just another stunt. However Peters death very well done, and it then led us to be introduced to young a young kid name Miles Morales. As with the original Spider-Man stories, Miles gets bitten by a Spider, gains powers, and decides to take up the mantle of Spider-Man. Even with the change, the series continued to be fantastic, as Miles is a great character. It’s fun learning about his life, and family, but still seeing characters from before pop up, and interact with him. The one thing everyone wanted to see was Miles meet Peter Parker, and that is where this miniseries comes in. Peter Parker in the regular Marvel 616 universe gets thrown into a dimensional portal while fighting Mysterio, and ends up in the Ultimate Universe. He realizes he is not where he is supposed to be when he runs into different versions of people he knows like Nick Fury (who is African American here), Tony Stark (still drinks liquor), and of course this new Spider-Man. Their meeting at first results in some fighting, but they come together to find out how Peter was transported there. It’s great seeing Peter and Miles work together, and have each other discover their similarities and differences. The real heart of this series though, is when Peter decides to meet Ultimate Aunt May and Gwen Stacy who thought they would never see their Peter Parker again. This is a must read for any Spider-Man fan, and that last part will make you emotional every time.

Essential Defenders Vol. 7 TP (Marvel)
Essential Defenders Vol. 7 TP (Marvel)

Picked by @adambesenyodi
Essential Defenders Vol. 7 TP (Marvel)
Collects Defenders (1972) #126-139, Iceman (1984) #1-4 and Beauty And The Beast (1984) #1-4, $19.99
Oh, man. Talk about right in my wheelhouse: You can’t get any closer than this collection! This is an assemblage of comics that speaks to me on so many levels. First and foremost, it’s J.M. DeMatteis blowing my young teenage mind when I read these issues fresh off the corner convenience store spinner rack 30 years ago. It’s the heyday of the Marvel Four-Issue Limited Series, collecting TWO of them alongside the introduction of the New Defenders team. There’s the über-trippy Iceman limited series that finds Bobby Drake up against the Void, and everyone’s favorite furry blue Beast falling in love and teaming up with Dazzler to battle Dr. Doom in the Beauty and the Beast limited series. In the collection’s namesake book, Beast rouses the troops, including his fellow original Children of the Atom, Iceman and Angel, alongside Gargoyle (whom DeMatteis would feature in a great four-issue limited series of his own just a year later that I wish Marvel had collected here!), Valkyrie, and Moondragon. This is the end of the original run of the title that began all the way back in 1972, but includes the title’s Assistant Editors’ Month entry by Ann Nocenti! Although you could probably find almost all of these original single issues for a song, the value of the black and white Essentials reprint line is undeniable, and this is a series that begs to be read and reread and passed around.

Unnatural Creatures Stories Selected By Neil Gaiman SC (Harper Collins)
Unnatural Creatures Stories Selected By Neil Gaiman SC (Harper Collins)

Picked by Shane
Unnatural Creatures Stories Selected By Neil Gaiman SC (Harper Collins), $9.99
I’ve loved Neil Gaiman’s writing ever since my friend put a copy of Good Omens (his collaboration with author Terry Prachett) in my hand. I immediately sought out more of his prose writing. Some of those works included American Gods and its sequel Anasi Boys, now both favorites of mine! A few of his books have been adapted into film and TV such as Stardust and Coraline. The British TV series Neverwhere was written by him and Lenny Henry and then Gaiman adapted and expanded it into a novel. I really enjoy this series and it is well worth watching! I haven’t even mentioned his comics yet. The Vertigo Sandman series is revered as one of the greatest comics of all time. You’ll hear stories of people who aren’t even big comic fans and they’ve read it. Its sister series Death was equally entertaining and his Marvel and DC runs are definitely worth seeking out. His Marvel series 1602 was an elsewhere tale of sorts that puts famous Marvel characters into the era of the 1600s; a time of American exploration by Europeans. Imagine the possibilities or just pick up the book and see what he did with it! Now, I’m going on and on about Gaiman and this collection of short stories wasn’t necessarily written by him, but they are stories selected by him. Because of his pedigree with fantasy and science fiction, I trust that he picked out a great selection of stories. This collection intrigues me. It contains sixteen stories all dealing with magical creatures. Some you’ve heard of before, some were made up for the stories in this book. One of the really cool things about getting this book is that sales of Unnatural Creatures benefit 826DC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students in their creative and expository writing, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. So not only are you getting a great book, you are supporting a great cause. Check it out and also check out some of Gaiman’s other prose and comic works. You won’t be sorry! By the way, for you Doctor Who fans, the second Gaiman penned episode is airing this week.  Don’t miss it!!

Complete Don Quixote GN (SelfMadeHero)
Complete Don Quixote GN (SelfMadeHero)

Picked by @ChrisCCL
The Complete Don Quixote GN (SelfMadeHero), $27.50
I was exposed to The Man Of La Mancha at a very early age. I saw the musical as a kid, read the book in high school (an updated translation) and saw the musical again (with Robert Goulet) in my 20’s. Each time I saw different things with this wildly peculiar hero. Yes, I said hero. In fact, if you didn’t know, Don Quixote was published in 1605! This fully illustrated edition from SelfMadeHero is a collection of Two Volumes that was published in 2011 and 2012. Now, here, in 2013 The Complete Hardcover has been published. Rob Davis has translated and illustrated the founding work of modern western literature with the utmost respect and care. Mr. Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) would be very proud. One question: Is Sancho Panza the first side-kick?

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Thunderbolts Vol. 1: No Quarter TP (Marvel)
Thunderbolts Vol. 1: No Quarter TP (Marvel)

Thunderbolts Vol. 1: No Quarter TP (Marvel)
Collects Thunderbolts (2013) #1-6, $15.99
As a Punisher fan, I wasn’t sure how well I’d like Frank in a team book. I mean, I enjoyed Marvel Knights all those years ago, but this time around he’s been paired up with Red Hulk, Deadpool, Elektra and Venom. As it turns out, this “team” is so dysfunctional – it works! The violent artwork from Steve Dillon is spot on and because of that, I’m surprised that it’s not a MAX book. You just wonder how long these Thunderbolts will be around for and just how it will inevitably implode. My money is on Frank.

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 #16

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), Joey Nazzari (@CaptDS9E), and I (@ChrisCCL) are sharing six comic book collected editions, reprints and/or graphic novels released this week that you may be interested in.

Batman - Year One Hundred TP (DC Comics)
Batman – Year One Hundred TP (DC Comics)

Picked by @AndrewJTom
Batman: Year One Hundred TP (DC Comics) – New Printing
Collects Batman Year One Hundred #1-4, plus a story from Batman Chronicles #11, $19.99
Every once in a while, a critically acclaimed artist will take a shot at one of the icons. Whenever this phenomenon occurs, Batman is typically the target of the creator’s efforts. Several years ago, I was browsing the Batman Black and White statues and saw that one of the more expensive and rare stautes was the Paul Pope statue. I was unfamiliar with Paul Pope at the time but was intrigued by the look and unique take of the Batman. I decided that I would pursue this Paul Pope Batman and promptly checked out Batman: Year One Hundered from the local library. What I discovered was not only a phenomenal artist, but a unique story featuring a story of what may or may not be tied to the Batman that I know and love. I won’t spoil the story for you but understand that this book is both beautiful and worth every penny of your $20. It’s definitely worth a spot on your shelf.

Smallville Season 11 Vol. 1 - The Guardian TP (DC Comics)
Smallville Season 11 Vol. 1 – The Guardian TP (DC Comics)

Picked by @CaptDS9E
Smallville Season 11 Vol. 1: The Guardian TP (DC Comics)
Collects Smallville Season 11 #1-4, $14.99
I was late to the Smallville TV show party, as I started watching when there were only a few seasons left. I went back to watch the entire thing, and the show did have it’s low points, but it also had a lot of high ones as well. So it was great news when DC announced that Smallville would be returning for a Season 11, only this time as a digital first. It is written by Brian Q Miller (one of the writers from the show), and drawn by Pere Perez (both worked on the excellent Stephanie Brown Batgirl series pre New52). This collection is the first four issues worth of story, and picks up six months after the end of the show. Clark stopped Dark Seid’s plans, so the world now finally knows him as Superman. Everything seems pretty peaceful as Clark and Lois have moved onto married life, as have Ollie and Clohe. But as usual it does not stay that way for long. Lex Luthor, who lost his memory towards the end of the show, realizes that someone from his family is more close to him then he could ever imagine, and he starts plotting to once again to take down Superman, leading to the origin of a classic villain. Meanwhile Clohe and Ollie investigate a crashed alien ship, which has some very surprising origins. What they find out will have lasting implications as Season 11 moves on. Vol 1 is a great set up of the things that are to come. As the Digital releases are now a few volumes or so ahead, I can highly recommend this, as you do not want to be left behind for the things that are to come. Lot’s of fun, especially oif you are a fan of the show.

Star Wars - Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison HC (Dark Horse)
Star Wars – Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison HC (Dark Horse)

Picked by @adambesenyodi
Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison HC (Dark Horse)
Collects Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison #1-5, $24.99
If you’re an old school Star Wars fan, there isn’t always a lot to get excited about. But with the prospect of a new trilogy on the horizon that carries the torch from what originally made us fans in the late ’70s and early ’80s, and stories like Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison, the tide appears to be turning. Haden Blackman, probably best known for his work on The Force Unleashed video game and scores of quality in-continuity stories for Dark Horse, delivers again with this taut thriller about a secret maximum security Jedi prison investigated by Vader. Gustin Alessio provides a cinematic window that is often as all encompassing and breathtaking as much of what can be found on the big screen. Come for the art, but stay for the story. Blackman offers up some strong character growth for everyone’s favorite heavy-breathing man in black.

Mars Attacks IDW TP (IDW)
Mars Attacks IDW TP (IDW)

Picked by Shane
Mars Attacks IDW TP (IDW), $19.99
Mars Attacks didn’t do too bad for a franchise based on a trading card series from the sixties. I remember reading a retrospective article about the cards when I was younger and being both fascinated and horrified at the same time. Some of the cards had some incredibly violent imagery. In the eighties there was a mini revival of sorts with a card series reprint, a mini-comic series as well as some regular size comics printed by Topps. I didn’t really collect any of these but I do have some of the mini-comics. It was the hilarious 1996 Tim Burton film that really got me interested in the series. The film had a great cast and paid homage to some of the graphic scenes depicted in those sixties’ cards. But that being said, when IDW got the franchise license I didn’t run out and buy the comics. Then I heard a lot of great things about the series which made me curious. When they put out the 2012 Holiday one-shot, I grabbed one off the stands and was instantly hooked. It had some great stories and artwork within the pages. When they announced the crossover series with other IDW licensed franchises, I was definitely intrigued and hooked in by the covers but didn’t get them all. Now with the trade being released, I’m really excited about picking this up and reading what they did to crossover Mars Attacks with such properties as Kiss, Popeye, Ghostbusters and Transformers to name a few. Also, I’m looking forward to being able to look over all the crossover covers they did for the multi-cover printings. This one is a must buy for me. I like what I’ve read of IDW’s Mars Attacks series and pairing it with some of my favorite characters has me dying to get my hands on this one!!

Modesty Blaise Volume 23 The Girl In The Iron Mask TP (Titan Publishing)
Modesty Blaise Volume 23 The Girl In The Iron Mask TP (Titan Publishing)

Picked by @ChrisCCL
Modesty Blaise Volume 23 The Girl In The Iron Mask TP (Titan Publishing)
Collects the stories 70/Fiona, 71/Walkabout and 72/The Girl In The Iron Mask (September 1990-February 1991), $19.95
I really never read Modesty Blaise. Oh sure, I glanced at the strips in the Detroit Free Press from time to time, but for whatever reason I was never really interested in it. I think that is all about to change thanks to a comp copy of this book I received from Titan. There’s no doubt that this is a sexy and well told comic strip that reminds me much of James Bond and Secret Agent X-9. The entire series that ran from 1963-2000 was written by Peter O’Donnell and the artwork in this book is supplied by the wonderful Enric Badia Romero. Each section has an introduction by Modesty Blaise expert Lawrence Blackmore and also boasts a complete checklist.

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Marshal Law: The Deluxe Edition HC (DC Comics)
Marshal Law: The Deluxe Edition HC (DC Comics)

Marshal Law: The Deluxe Edition HC (DC Comics)
Collects Marshal Law #1-6, Marshal Law: Fear And Loathing, Marshal Law Takes Manhattan, Marshal Law: Kingdom Of The Blind, Marshal Law: The Hateful Dead, Marshal Law: Super Babylon and Marshal Law: Secret Tribunal #1-2, $49.99
Make no mistake, there are many people who have been waiting for this book for nearly two years! First announced as the Marshal Law Omnibus from Top Shelf, for whatever reason it was never published and DC picked up the reprint rights. Note that these comics collected here are the solo series and do not include the crossovers with Savage Dragon, The Mask or Hellrasier. Let’s hope there will be a Volume 2. What’s that? Never heard of Marshal Law? Well this comic created by Pat Mills and Kevin O’Neill was first published under Marvel’s Epic line in 1987 and is akin to Judge Dredd. A creator owned property, it has moved around to many a publishing house and is still “ongoing” today. It’s nice to have all the early comics in one place rather then trying to hunt them down – an almost impossible task.

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.