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6 Collected Editions Worthy Of Your Attention #23

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.

(Marvel Now!) Captain America Vol. 1: Castaway In Dimension Z Book 1 Premiere HC (Marvel)
(Marvel Now!) Captain America Vol. 1: Castaway In Dimension Z Book 1 Premiere HC (Marvel)

Picked by @AndrewJTom
(Marvel Now!) Captain America Vol. 1: Castaway In Dimension Z Book 1 Premiere HC (Marvel)
Collects Captain America (2013) #1-5, $24.99
Yeah… I know that I’ve been absent from this column for the last couple of weeks, but I’ve got excuses. Even though, none of you care about the hardships of my life these past few weeks, I need to share them with you in the context of this column. Y’see three weeks ago I chaperoned the 8th grade trip to Washington DC. While this may sound educational and fun, you should know that 8th grade boys aren’t typically model citizens when it comes to proper behavior in the nation’s capital. During the trip we had (not one, but) two buses break down. The very night that I returned home from DC, we had some severe storms that caused flash floods in the area. This included leaving my basement all wet and squishy. I subsequently spent the following week drying my basement; only to get another frog-strangling storm two nights ago that made my basement “squishy” again. Needless to say… I need an escape. My plan of escape is this very hardcover that came out this week. Captain America: Castaway in Dimension Z offers an escape from the real world. This story looks to be a love letter to Jack Kirby and I for one can’t wait to read it. I admit that I’m a big fan of Brubaker’s Cap run; but it’s largely because his stories took place in a more realistic setting. Rick Remender and John Romita Jr. have gone as far away from the Brubaker run as they possibly can. Cap is trapped in an apocalyptic wasteland controlled by Arnim Zola, all the while trying to protect a child. If you’ve only read Brubaker Cap stories in the past… throw out your preconceived notions about what a Cap story should be and escape to Dimension Z along with Steve Rogers and me.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secret History of the Foot Clan TP (IDW)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secret History of the Foot Clan TP (IDW)

Picked by @CaptDS9E
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secret History of the Foot Clan TP (IDW), $17.99
Since joining in on the Pick Six fun, I have already picked the FCBD issue based on the animated series, and a collection of the original TMNT. It’s only fair that I now pick something that has to do with the current series. Because frankly I find the current IDW books at the top of anything coming out in comics these days. This trade is the miniseries TMNT Secret History of the Foot Clan, which collects four issue series written by Erik Burnham with Art Mateus Santolouco . Half of the story takes place Feudal Japan, where we learn about the original unknown founder of the Foot, as well as how Oroku Saki rose to power to become Shredder and eventually lead the organization. As well as learning how his relationship with his good friend Oroku Saki goes south because of Saki’s thirst for power. The other half takes place in the present where the Foot Clan and the TMNT are in a race to be first to  get the Foot Clans secret texts. What secrets will the victors gain by getting there first?   Santolouco is a real force as the book is beautiful, and it’s probably the reason he is moving over to the main book now. I would buy this book just for the art, but it’s a complete package, with a complete story.

Preacher Book One TP (DC Comics)
Preacher Book One TP (DC Comics)

Picked by @Dief88
Preacher Book One TP (DC Comics)
Collects Preacher #1-12, plus pinups from Preacher #50 and #66, $19.99
Much like Marvel has done with its “Ultimate Collection” trades, DC a few years ago began putting some of its completed Vertigo series into nice, thick collected editions. Having recently finished collecting Preacher in hardcover, DC is now giving us another (cheaper!) option and releasing the first volume, which collects the series’ first twelve issues, in trade paperback. Preacher is not a comic for the easily offended, but for those who can stomach its over-the-top violence and near-constant assault on Christian orthodoxy, there’s a compellingly written story that poses interesting questions about religion and how we live our lives in relation to it. With this new edition, as well, DC has chosen an endpoint for the first volume that actually allows it to work as its own, self-contained story – and it’s only $19.99!

Marvel Noir: Daredevil/Cage/Iron Man TP (Marvel)
Marvel Noir: Daredevil/Cage/Iron Man TP (Marvel)

Picked by @ChrisCCL
Marvel Noir: Daredevil/Cage/Iron Man TP (Marvel)
Collects Daredevil Noir #1-4, Luke Cage Noir #1-4 and Iron Man Noir #1-4, $34.99
A few weeks back I recommended Marvel Noir: Spider-Man/Punisher TP (Marvel) and now the third volume of the Noir line is out (the first – X-Men and Wolverine Noir came out in April). There’s not much more to say other then if you liked the first two volumes, then you’ll want to finish the series. The Noir line is dark, gritty and sometimes goes to the MAX, so to speak. Let me know in the comment section if you like this type of Elseworlds Marvel and what characters you would like to see next.

and…

Wolverine First Cuts TP (Marvel)
Wolverine First Cuts TP (Marvel)

Wolverine: First Cuts TP (Marvel)
Collects X-Men Origins: Wolverine #1, Uncanny X-Men (1963) #118-119, Wolverine (1982) #1-2, Marvel Team-Up (1972) #83-85 and material from the Best Of Marvel Comics HC, $19.99
OK I get it you didn’t go out and plop down $200 for the Wolverine: The Adamantium Collection HC Slipcase (Marvel). If you still need your Wolverine fix, I highly suggest this book. The short coming is that it only collects two of the four Frank Miller issues of the must own mini-series, but it does collect the rare story The Hunter from Best Of Marvel Comics HC published in 1987.

and…

Complete Harold Gray's Little Orphan Annie Volume 9 1940-1941 HC (IDW)
Complete Harold Gray’s Little Orphan Annie Volume 9 1940-1941 HC (IDW)

Complete Harold Gray’s Little Orphan Annie Volume 9 1940-1941 HC (IDW), $49.99
We comic book snobs like to think we know all about Annie. Harold Gray’s little orphan was a strip long before we were dragged to the 1982 movie staring the great Carol Burnett and singing about Tomorrow. But did you know that the musical was nominated for Best Revival Of A Musical at the 2013 Tony Awards? It lost out to Pippin – talk about a Hard-Knock Life! At least it’s refreshing to know that IDW continues to reprint the classic strip as part of their Library of American Comics imprint.

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6 Collected Editions Worthy Of Your Attention #3

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.

Batwoman Vol. 1: Hydrology (DC Comics)
Batwoman Vol. 1: Hydrology (DC Comics)

Picked by @ChrisCampbell8
Batwoman Vol. 1: Hydrology (DC Comics)
With the New52 over a year old, we have begun getting softcover collections of the volumes originally released in hardcover. With stunning art from J.H. Williams, it was no surprise that Batwoman originally received the hardcover treatment. No longer working with Greg Rucka on the character, Williams has infused Gotham with a dose of the paranormal and the bizarre. Williams continues his alternating artistic styles in this book, and if you can’t tell from my comments, this is one of the prettier books to come out in a while. A strong recommendation for art lovers and those that can’t get their fill of the Bat universe.
Collects Batwoman #0-5, $14.99

Captain America By Ed Brubaker Vol. 4 Premiere HC (Marvel)
Captain America By Ed Brubaker Vol. 4 Premiere HC (Marvel)

Picked by @adambesenyodi
Captain America by Ed Brubaker – Volume 4 (Marvel)
Here’s where the story ends. Ed Brubaker’s career-defining run on Captain America has come to an end. During his time on the title, Brubaker resurrected Bucky, killed Steve Rogers, and returned Captain America to the A-list of Marvel titles in the process. Although the first four issues collected here are co-written by Cullen Bunn, this collection can be recommended on the final issue alone: It’s just Brubaker and artist Steve Epting back together for a final go-round with the Star-Spangled Avenger. The perfect bookend to a historic run.
Collects Captain America (2011) #15-19, $24.99

Fables Vol. 18: Cubs In Toyland TP (DC Comics )
Fables Vol. 18: Cubs In Toyland TP (DC Comics )

Picked by Shane
Fables Vol. 18: Cubs In Toyland TP (DC Comics )
While my weekly pull list dwindles in favor of collected editions, the comic at the top of my read list is what keeps me going back for monthlies. I LOVE Fables. It has been consistently good since the beginning and since I started it monthly, I can’t seem to transition to trades with this one. I wouldn’t be able to wait that long. While there have been dark story line in Fables over the years, this one in particular was very dark and nasty and felt a little like a twisted version of the old Rankin Bass stop motion holiday specials. I highly recommend it and any of the past editions of Fables.
Collects Fables #114-123, $16.99

Generation X Classic Vol. 2 TPB (Marvel)
Generation X Classic Vol. 2 TPB (Marvel)

Picked by @Dief88
Generation X Classic Vol. 2 TPB (Marvel)
Generation X was one of the few really good superhero comics to come out of Marvel in the 1990s, and it’s great to see the company releasing a second volume collecting the early exploits of this team of young mutants. Picking up after the series’ brief hiatus during the “Age of Apocalypse” crossover, these issues pit the team (including new member Mondo) against Omega Red, Emma Frost’s sister Cordelia, and recurring nemesis Emplate. Continuing Scott Lobdell’s nearly three-year run on the title, this volume features artwork by Chris Bachalo, Tom Grummett, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Ashley Wood, among others.
Collects Generation X #5-11 and Annual ’95, and Generation X San Diego Preview, $24.99

The One Trick Rip-Off + Deep-Cuts HC by Paul Pope (Image)
The One Trick Rip-Off + Deep-Cuts HC by Paul Pope (Image)

Picked by @AndrewJTom
The One Trick Rip-Off + Deep-Cuts HC by Paul Pope (Image)
For this week’s recommendation I just have one thing to say about it… “Paul Pope”.
That name alone should be enough to tell you that this is a quality book; but for those that need a little more, know this. One Trick Rip-off is a story that was originally published by Pope back in 1997. This heist story takes place in L.A. revolving around two gang members that need to pull off one last heist to set themselves up for life. Included in this volume along with the title story are what is referred to as “Deep Cuts”. The Deep Cuts are various stories that were never (or rarely) printed during Pope’s adventures traveling abroad in the 1990’s. These stories include a manga that Pope did called “Supertrouble” which is printed here domestically for the first time. As if all of this Paul Pope goodness wasn’t enough, Pope has recruited Jamie Grant (All-Star Superman) to lay down color on One Trick Rip-off for the very first time. At $29.99, this is a book that every Paul Pope fan needs to have in their collection.

Back Issue #62 - Superman in the Bronze Age (Twomorrows Publishing)
Back Issue #62 – Superman in the Bronze Age (Twomorrows Publishing)

Picked by @ChrisCCL
Back Issue #62 – Superman in the Bronze Age (Twomorrows Publishing), $8.95
To be very clear, there is no better place to find insight and commentary on comic book history then the books and magazines coming out of TwoMorrows Publishing. Back Issue focuses on the Bronze Age of comics, which is defined here, by editor Michael Eury as comics printed from 1970-1989. This was an of change for the Man Of Steel. He finally grew out of “boy scout” image to take on more ruthless and evil villains in the comics, TV cartoons and the movies. This particular issue covers very first mini-series in comics, “World Of Krypton” from John Byrne and Mike Mignola and also provides insight to the, now classic, Alan Moore “Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?”. You can also find a two-page rundown of Bronze Age Superman tales that have been reprinted in trades and hardcovers tabulated by yours truly!

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CCL Podcast #321 – Too Many Green Lantern Origins?

Collected Comics Library Podcast #321
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Lots to go over on today installment of the CCL.
First up I question the timing of a Press Release from Image regarding The Nightly News Anniversary Edition HC, it’s a conspiracy theory is epic proportions. Next, I talk about the New 52 Trades and Hardcovers that will be coming out all year long in 2012. The Flashpoint trades will also be coming out in Q3, but oddly enough there is no Road To Flashpoint trade paperback in the mix. There’s also a lot of great reprints coming out from IDW’s Library Of American Comics imprint including announcements of Bloom County sequels Outland and Opus! Strange happenings with Marvel’s Avengers: The Children’s Crusade HC – not only is there a $5 price hike but it is also moved back on the schedule by 6 weeks! Finally, I go over Hal Jordan’s many origins and wonder if there are too many and just how much tweaking should there be for new readers – and movie goers.
Chris

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Sunday Review – The Thing: Liberty Legion

I’m glad that Captain America: The First Avenger spent so much time on the 1940s Cap rather then rehash the 1990 movie. In that bad version, you may recall that, about the first 45 minutes was devoted to the origin and then Steve Rogers was frozen in time only to be thawed out and resume his fight with the Red Skull in the present.

It’s important to remember that Cap was born out of necessity in the worst war of all time and into the greatest generation. Even though we are all familiar of Captain America thanks to The Avengers #4 (March 1964) and Tales of Suspense #58 (Oct. 1964), Marvel Comics is well aware that the importance of the character lies with his earliest adventures in Captain America Comics #1-75 and other Golden Age titles (All Winners Comics #1-19, Marvel Mystery Comics #80-84 and #86-92, USA Comics #6-17, and All Select Comics #1-10). Over the years Marvel has painstakingly republished the stories as part of their Masterworks line and even collected the short lived 1950’s Atlas Era revival. But the love of the Golden Age version has always been a favorite of Roy Thomas.

Thomas was a writer and editor-in-chief at Marvel and was looking for a new angle on classic stories. He came up with The Invaders. This was a 5 member team of Captain America, Bucky, Sub-Mariner, The Human Torch and Toro, all of whom did have adventures with one another in the 1940’s comics, but did not ever consolidate into a formal team. The Invaders #1 (1970) changed all that with the premise being untold tales of this retro fitted superteam. It worked so well that in just a few issues Thomas quickly expanded the lore by reintroducing more obscure golden age characters including Whizzer, Miss America, Blue Diamond, Jack Frost, The Patriot, Red Raven, and The Thin Man in the pages of Marvel Premiere. Under Bucky’s leadership they became known as The Liberty Legion and now the complete storyline has been collected in Marvel Premiere Classic – The Thing: Liberty Legion.

The plot is as simple as they come: Cap, Namor, Torch and Toro have somehow been captured and brainwashed by the Red Skull and it’s up to Bucky to rescue them before they and the Nazi’s destroy New York City and take over the world. Bucky realizes that he is a bit out of his league and must recruit the other heroes and form the Liberty Legion. With each appearance Thomas retells the origins and brings us up to speed. As with most reviews here on the CCL Blog, I avoid spoilers but I can tell you that the fight sequences and the interaction between characters are well done, especially when brainwashed Cap meets up with The Patriot and calls him a poor imitation. The Red Skull is in typical form, even when his master plan goes array he yells out, “Not Now! Not when I’ve come so close to total triumph”!

The 4 part crossover with The Invaders did so well, that the Liberty Legion would see three more comics, this time teaming up (of sorts) with The Thing and the rest of the Fantastic Four for a series of time traveling adventures. It should be stated that a few of the characters, The Patriot, Red Raven and The Whizzer were reintroduced into the Bronze Age before Marvel Premiere #29, but here Thomas sets it all straight in the Golden Age taking into account their individual appearances elsewhere.

As for the extras in this book there are none, but what is nice is the complete Liberty Legion story all in one book. Marvel’s Invaders Classic TPB collects the initial 4-issue cossover, but nothing else. Also reprinted are the end notes from the original issues. In them Thomas describes just who these forgotten characters are and when they first appeared. Without them, the reader (of yesterday or today) would be lost and wondering who these people are. Thanks to books like these and the Captain America movie, Golden Age Marvel is in style and will be for another great generation.

Marvel Premiere Classic – The Thing: Liberty Legion Variant (Volume 69)
Written by Roy Thomas
Art by John Buscema, Sal Buscema, Frank Robbins, Don Heck and others
168 pages, $24.99, Marvel Comics
Collects The Invaders #5-6, Marvel Premiere #29-39, Fantastic Four Annual #11, Marvel Two-In-One Annual #1 and Marvel Two-In-One #20

Recommended reading:
Marvel Masterworks Golden Age Daring Mystery Volume 2 – The Blue Diamond (introduced Daring Mystery Comics #7, April 1941)
Marvel Masterworks Golden Age USA Comics Volume 1 – Jack Frost (USA Comics #1, Aug. 1941)
No reprint of first appearance – Miss America (Marvel Mystery Comics #49, Nov. 1943)
Marvel Masterworks Golden Age Human Torch Volume 1 – The Patriot (Human Torch Comics #3, Spring 1941)
Golden Age of Marvel Volume 2 TPB – Red Raven (Red Raven Comics #1, Aug. 1940)
Marvel Masterworks Golden Age Mystic Comics Volume 1 – The Thin Man (Mystic Comics #4, July 1940)
Marvel Masterworks Golden Age USA Comics Volume 1 – The Whizzer (USA Comics #1, Aug. 1941)

CCL Podcast #313 – Trading Captain America II

Collected Comics Library Podcast #313
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It’s Christmas in July! Not only is it the week of San Diego Comic Con 2011, but we also have the Captain America movie and a huge announcement from DC Comics i.e. all 52 #1 issues in one giant (Absolute) hardcover.
This is actually the third time that I’ve covered Cap. The first was CCL #76 and the second was CCL #225. Today, I pick up from June 2009 and go over all the collected editions that have been published – and a few that are upcoming.
It’s a long compehensive list, but worth listening to if you havn’t been collecting Captain America in a while or are new to him altogether.
Lastly, I go over some pre Comic Con news on The Walking Dead, Interview With The Vampire, Flashpoint and Legion Of The Super-Heroes Volume 13. Plus I answer an e-mail from a listener who thinks I talk too much Marvel. I guess this is a bad day to counter that.

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