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6 Collected Editions Worthy Of Your Attention #40

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) Chris Partin (@ChrisPartin) 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 Black Beetle Volume 1: No Way Out HC
The Black Beetle Volume 1: No Way Out HC

Picked by @ChrisPartin
The Black Beetle Volume 1: No Way Out HC
Published by Image
$19.99
Francesco Francavilla is one of those creators that once you see what he can do with a comic book page you can only want to see another and another and… well, you get the point. BLACK BEETLE is Francavilla’s creator owned series at Dark Horse that will make you stand up and pay attention to what he’s capable of as a writer and as an artist.
BLACK BEETLE is a love letter to those pulp comic greats like THE SHADOW and THE SPIDER and there’s not a page or panel that you see in this hardcover that does not remind you of Francavilla’s influence by those characters and stories. The moment you open this book to the time you get to the last page you’re enveloped into a world of action and mystery. There’s very little opportunity to catch your breath and that is what makes this book so enjoyable – there’s no need to slow the pace down. The story is wall to wall action and you’re pulled in and are dragged behind the Black Beetle as he swings from roof tops, punches bad guys, and defeats the big, bad evil guy. All of it, you’re pulled in and Francavilla does an amazing job at keeping you in and entertained.
BLACK BEETLE VOL 1 HC is something that fans of high action and old-school mystery should pick up and be entertained by because that’s what it’s here to do.

Walt Disney's Donald Duck Volume 5: Christmas On Bear Mountain by Carl Bark HC
Walt Disney’s Donald Duck Volume 5: Christmas On Bear Mountain by Carl Bark HC

Picked by @ReverendLove
Walt Disney’s Donald Duck Volume 5: Christmas On Bear Mountain by Carl Bark HC
Published by Fantagraphics
$28.99
I was never a huge cartoon duck fan outside of Howard the Duck and would have remained so if not for picking up Don Rosa’s Eisner winning “the Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck” a few years ago. It turned me into a huge fan of the duck genre and then, to make matters worse, Fantagraphics decided to release an archive series that would collect the work of the Maestro of Cartoon Ducks, the legendary Carl Barks! I was trapped and had to give in to the guilty pleasure that comes from reading a well crafted duck tale.
This volume’s title story, “Christmas On Bear Mountain” is the first appearance of the richest duck of them all, Uncle Scrooge McDuck. In this story, Scrooge is a lot grouchier, bitter and ill tempered than his later incarnations and closer to the Dickens persona rather than Bark’s character. It’s a typical Christmas story with Donald, short on funds again, taking his nephews to Uncle Scrooge’s chalet on Bear Mountain to find some way to celebrate Christmas. As usual, the situation goes from calm to madcap crazy as Scrooge dresses up as a bear to test Donald and his nephews and somehow, a bear cub and his Mother get into the chalet and caught up in the story.
As with the other books in this series, there are a couple of other long form stories including the classic Barks tales “Volcano Valley”, “Adventure Down Under” and one of his more moody graphic works, titled “Ghost of the Grotto”. The book has seven 10 page short gag stories similar to the other books in the series and these certainly do not disappoint. Although the longer form stories are my favourites, I still enjoy Bark’s shorter pieces for their energy, light frivolity and slapstick timing.
I know that whenever I bring up the subject of ducks with my comic book pals, they look at me a-scant but I highly recommend this fabulous collection from Fantagraphics that celebrates the life and prodigious body of work of the Dean of Duckdom, the irreplaceable Carl Barks.

Bloodshot Vol. 3: Harbinger Wars TPB
Bloodshot Vol. 3: Harbinger Wars TPB

Picked by @CaptDS9E
Bloodshot Vol. 3: Harbinger Wars TPB
Collects Bloodshot #10-13
Published by Valiant
$14.99
Valiant’s first big event, The Harbinger war is upon us. When Bloodshot attacks the PRS, all hell breaks loose. The Harbinger children (who have all sorts of special abilities) who were being help captive, escape into the general population. A large group goes into nearby Vegas and takes over a hotel, along with the Harbinger renegades from the proper Harbinger book. In this trade, another group escapes and travels with Bloodshot. Not only trying to evade the PRS who are hunting them down, but the Harbinger Foundation as well. They try to make there way to Vegas to join up with the other escaped group, but even though the young group he travels which thinks him to be their hero, Bloodshot does not realize that he has had a massive impact on these kids lives before, and not all of them who escaped may want his help, or call him ally. Bloodshot has been one of my favorite books since the Valiant relaunch because he is a very interesting character. Not even he knows his true history, because of all the reprogramming done to him over the years. Duane Swierczynski does a great job during this event showing his side of the tale, and Barry Kitson does a great job on the art duties. Not really a jumping on point, but more a recommendation to catch up on this series to this point.

Complete Golden Age Airboy And Valkyrie HC
Complete Golden Age Airboy And Valkyrie HC

Picked by @ChrisCCL
Complete Golden Age Airboy And Valkyrie HC
Published by Canton Street Press
$24.99
First, I want to thank Canton Street Press for supplying me a copy of this book. As many of you know, I’m a fan of Golden Age material and especially Golden Age material that is reprinted for a new generation. Canton Street Press is a relatively new company and as they say on their website, “specializes in quality restorations of long out-of-print books of historical significance”. There’s no doubt that Airboy is one of those comics. Airboy was first published in Air Fighters Comics Vol. 1 #2 (November 1942) and was created by writers Charles Biro and Dick Wood and artist Al Camy. But as the title says, “Airboy AND Valkyrie”, so this books collects all the Golden Age appearances of the villainess – and later heroine. After reading the stories she reminds me of several women featured in Will Eisner’s The Spirit, particularly Sand Saref and Silk Satin. Not only is she dangerous, but she has dangerous curves and could give The Phantom Lady a run for her money in a cleavage contest.
The book, itself, is very affordable at $25 and the restiration and presentation is top notch. I only have one small complaint – the table of contents does not include the month and year of the comics collected in this book. Therefore, I have added them here for reference:

Air Fighters Vol. 2 #2 Airboy Meets Valkrie – November 1943
Air Fighters Vol. 2 #7 The Dath Lights – April 1944
Air Fighters Vol. 1 #12 Misery! – September 1943
Airboy Vol. 2 #12 The Return Of Misery! – January 1946
Airboy Vol. 3 #6 An American Legend – July 1946
Airboy Vol. 3 #12 The Wind of Battle – January 1947
Airboy Vol. 4 #10 Valkrie’s Viking Flying Club – November 1947
Airboy Vol. 9 #2 Valkrie Strikes Again – March 1952

With a quick glance it looks like the story “Misery” is out of place, but really if it was not included then “The Return Of Misery!” wouldn’t make much sense, hence it is included for continuity sake, but interestingly, it does not contain Valkrie. I hope CSP will be able to reprint the entire Airboy series in thicker editions similar to Marvel’s Masterworks, but I understand if there isn’t a market for them. If you are interested pick up this hardcover and be sure to check out other offerings from Canton Street Press including the complete Canteen Kate from Matt Baker.

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DC Comics Essentials: Wonder Woman #1
DC Comics Essentials: Wonder Woman #1

DC Comics Essentials: Wonder Woman #1
Collects Wonder Woman #1 (Volume 4)
Published by DC Comics
$1.00
I’ll make this recommendation very simple – if you haven’t picked up Wonder Woman yet – do it now. For only a buck you can experience, what is now my favorite book of DC’s New 52. What artist Cliff Chiang and writer Brian Azzarello are doing is nothing short of spectacular. What’s nice is that it doesn’t feel like a “superhero” book because it intertwines with Greek mythology and the JLA stays out of it. In fact, it’s difficult to pinpoint just where in DC continuity this takes place, which is fine by me. 5 Stars!

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Marvel's Thor: The Dark World Prelude TP
Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World Prelude TP

Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World Prelude TP
Collects Marvel’s Thor Adaptation #1-2, Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World Prelude #1-2 and Thor: God Of Thunder #13
Published by Marvel
$14.99
It’s that time of year again – time for another Marvel Cinematic Universe Movie. That movie is Thor: The Dark World and with it comes this easy to read trade. You can plainly see why they first two min-series are collected but why God Of Thunder #13? That’s because it features the Dark Elves who play an integral part in the Dark World film. As with Wonder Woman above, the God Of Thunder series by writer Jason Aaron and artist Ron Garney is one of the best books on the market and one that’s at the top of my “to read” pile every month. If you’re interested in catching up, you can do so by picking up the first two collected editions of God of Thunder: Vol 1. God Butcher and Vol. 2 Godbomb.

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 #6

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.

Legends Of The Dark Knight Alan Davis HC (DC Comics)
Legends Of The Dark Knight Alan Davis HC (DC Comics)

Picked by @AndrewJTom
Legends Of The Dark Knight Alan Davis HC (DC Comics)
FINALLY! Yeah, I’ve been waiting on this book for awhile. Those of you who are “extra-savy” may remember that we were supposed to get this volume last year. Well… it shipped to your favorite LCS, but when the first few stores opened the book, some sharp Bat-phile noticed a printing error. Much to DC’s credit, they told the retailers to pack these up and ship them back. Now in February of 2013, it’s back in the stores (and this time on the shelves). This book is now corrected and ready to be consumed by millions of Bat-fans. This volume in the Legends of / Tales of series marks the first volume to celebrate a “living” Batman artist, the legendary Alan Davis. Primarily known for his work on Excalibur and Captain Britain, Alan has provided some of the most beautiful Batman pages of yesterday. His line is reminiscent of the great Don Newton, but with a flair all his own. Even if you’re not collecting the Batman “Classic Artists” books, this is a hardcover that will harken back to the good ole days of Batman, but with a style that you’ll recognize as one of comic’s top talents of today.
Collects Detective Comics #569-575, Batman: Full Circle #1 and a story from Batman: Gotham Knights #25, $39.99

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Dave Stevens' The Rocketeer Artist's Edition HC (2nd Printing), $75.00 (IDW)
Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer Artist’s Edition HC (2nd Printing), $75.00 (IDW)

Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer Artist’s Edition HC (2nd Printing), $75.00 (IDW)
So… A few years back when IDW acquired the license to publish the Rocketeer, I’d imagine that nearly everyone was like myself. I thought, “Cool! I can get the $30 hardcover, the $70 Slipcase Hardcover, or whatever this Black & White Artist’s Edition thing is for (gasp) $100″. I’ll admit, I bought the $30 book and passed on whatever the heck this Artist’s Edition” thing was. Man O’ Man was I ever wrong. I’m now beating my head against the wall because I was too foolish to understand what this new format was (let alone order one of these books). It turned out to be nothing less that the very story I sought, but read as if I was sitting at the artist’s drafting table, reviewing the pages in a dimly lit basement with a single light bulb hanging above my head. Dave Steven’s small body of work is some of the strongest that the medium has ever seen; and we’re all better for experiencing the legacy that he’s left for us. If there’s one thing that the Artist Edition format has taught us is that original art as beautiful as the work produced by the late Dave Stevens deserves to be enjoyed by everyone. Due to the generosity of the folks at IDW, they’ve decided to provide us with a second printing of this monumental book, and given all of us fools who’ve missed out on the first printing… a redo.

Doctor Who Franchise American Influence Fan Culture And The Spinoffs (McFarland) SC, $35.00
Doctor Who Franchise American Influence Fan Culture And The Spinoffs (McFarland) SC, $35.00

Picked by Shane
Doctor Who Franchise American Influence Fan Culture And The Spinoffs (McFarland) SC, $35.00
I remember coming home from school in my Junior high school years and turning on the TV to PBS. The home of Sesame Street and the Electric Company was also home to some great scifi from across the pond. My first vision of Doctor Who was the scarfed Tom Baker playing the fourth Doctor and to this day, he will always be my favorite one. He was the first Doctor who made his way to our airways and it continued until the untimely (I say untimely, but it had actually been on the air in the UK for 26 years) demise of the series in 1989 with actor Sylvester McCoy. In 1996 there was a try to revive the Doctor with a joint UK /American made movie. Paul McGann did a great job playing the Doctor, but alas it was not to be.
In 2005 after a long hiatus of not being on the air, Doctor Who was once again thrust upon the airwaves in the UK. Unfortunately Americans had to find alternative ways to watch it, but that made it all the more popular and sought after in this country. After a while BBC America started airing the episodes. Today they coincide with the UK Premieres and we are on the third Doctor of the new era, Matt Smith. This new era also spawned a series of spin-offs including the very popular Torchwood series, which last season became an American co-production. This new resurgence of Doctor Who has made it more popular than ever before in its home country and in the US. I’m really looking forward to this book to explore more about Doctor Who and find out about its influence on American pop culture and science fiction.

X-Force Omnibus Vol. 1 HC & DM Variant (Marvel)
X-Force Omnibus Vol. 1 HC & DM Variant (Marvel)

Picked by @Dief88
X-Force Omnibus Vol. 1 HC & DM Variant (Marvel)
Although its “Marvel Premiere Classics” line is now officially dead and buried, Marvel has been doing a good job of shifting many of its MPC hardcover series to other formats. And while some may question the suitability of Rob Liefeld’s X-Force for the Omnibus treatment (rather than, say, the deluxe paperbacks that Guardians of the Galaxy got), it’s good to see this material finding a new home nonetheless. While these comics aren’t likely to set your world on fire, you do get more bang for your buck with this volume than Marvel has offered in some of its other Omnibus editions lately. Even for the non-Liefeld fan, there are some things to like here: there’s X-Force’s crossover with Todd McFarlane’s Spider-Man series, for example, as well as the John Romita Jr.-drawn Cable: Blood and Metal miniseries that was omitted in previous X-Force collections.
Collects New Mutants (1983) #98-100 and Annual #7, X-Men Annual (1970) #15, X-Factor Annual #6, X-Force (1991) #1-15, Spider-Man (1990) #16, Cable: Blood & Metal #1-2, and material from New Warriors Annual #1 and X-Force Annual (1992) #1, 848 pages, $99.99

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Volume 4 Sins Of The Fathers TP, 7.99 (IDW)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Volume 4 Sins Of The Fathers TP, 7.99 (IDW)

Picked by @ChrisCampbell8
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Volume 4 Sins Of The Fathers TP, 7.99 (IDW)
The first year of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ongoing series is behind us, and it’s apparent that things are only going to get bigger and better heading into the second year. Dan Duncan has left the title, but Tom Waltz and Kevin Eastman continue to provide a compelling mix of stories and development. This volume collects two shorter story arcs, culminating in issue number 16, which is the best single issue of TMNT I’ve read in years. This is a volume not to be missed.

Bloodshot Vol. 1: Setting The World On Fire TPB (Valiant)
Bloodshot Vol. 1: Setting The World On Fire TPB (Valiant)

Picked by @ChrisCCL
Bloodshot Vol. 1: Setting The World On Fire TPB (Valiant)
Valiant made a huge return to the comic book market in 2012 ushering in five of their most beloved titles: X-O Manowar, Archer & Armstrong, Harbinger, and Shadowman. But I was most excited for Bloodshot. It was one of the few Valiant comics I read in the 1990′s and I’m proud to say I still own the issues. Now, thanks to the Valiant Universe reboot (think DC Comics New 52), Bloodshot is back and spearheaded by writer Duane Swierczynski. It contains many of the elements of the original hero including being a deadly assassin with a terrible case of memory loss. This past summer when #1 was published I quickly picked it up and enjoyed every panel, but for some reason or another I failed to get the rest from my comic shop. By the time #6 came out I decided to buy them all digitally – and I’m glad I did. Reading each issue back-to-back made the first Bloodshot arc more understandable and it moved at a nice, even pace. And that’s why I recommend this trade for this week. If you haven’t jumped into the new Valiant Universe, now is an excellent time to do so.
Collects Bloodshot #1-4 (2012), $14.99

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.