Omnibus of the Week: Absolute Transmetropolitan Vol. 1

Hey all, I am back with another Omnibus of the Week! This time, however, I’m actually putting focus on an Absolute Edition recently released from DC/Vertigo- Warren Ellis and Darrick Robertson’s Absolute Transmetropolitan Volume 1! It’s an incredibly beautiful volume that I thought deserved some attention, so please check out my video overview of this well made collection!

Omnibus of the Week – Captain America: The Return of the Winter Soldier

Hey Omnibus Collectors! Finally, it’s time for me to talk about the long awaited final omnibus volume of Ed Brubaker’s run on Captain America. Collecting the entire Captain America and Bucky series, Brubaker’s run on the Winter Soldier ongoing series, and the remaining issues of Captain America (2011), this is a nice book stuffed with awesome material from a host of different creators. Hope you enjoy the video as much as I enjoy making it!

Here is the original solicitation:

Ed Brubaker’s award-winning Captain America run concludes! As Captain America’s staunch ally Bucky, James Buchanan Barnes was one of America’s greatest heroes of WWII – until he was brainwashed into becoming the Soviet spy known as the Winter Soldier. Now, in the aftermath of FEAR ITSELF, James is the Winter Soldier again! When Russian sleeper agents awaken and old enemies resurface with new identities, Winter Soldier and Black Widow clash with Doctor Doom – and James must save the Widow from her own past! But even with help from Wolverine and Hawkeye, must Bucky sacrifice everything to save his love? Meanwhile, Captain America takes on Scourge and the Discordians, while a deadly villain from the past reveals a mystery spanning generations of heroes!
COLLECTING: Captain America and Bucky 620-628, Fear Itself 7.1: Captain America, Winter Soldier 1-5, Captain America (2011) 11-19, Winter Soldier 6-14

Omnibus of the Week: Uncanny X-Men Vol. 2

The wait for a third Uncanny X-Men Omnibus is still ongoing, but in the meantime as part of my big ol’ readathon of everything X-Men and X-Men related I’ve recently completed the second Uncanny X-Men Omnibus! There was a lot of material I was already familiar with from this volume like Dark Phoenix and Days of Future Past, but plenty of new things as well like the great Savage Land arc from Marvel Fanfare! Anyway, I hope you all enjoy hearing me talk about this great volume, and going forward with the readathon I’ll be talking about the material I’d have in a Vol. 3 and the first spin-off series… New Mutants!

Here is the original solicitation:

Chris Claremont, Dave Dockrum and John Byrne took a little reprint series called X-Men and turned it into the all-new, all-different titan that conquered comicdom. Now, you can experience the thrills and excitement of their classic tales from “The Dark Phoenix Saga” to “Days of Future Past” and so much more in this enormous omnibus! Including the debuts of X-Universe mainstays Emma Frost and Kitty Pryde, the threat of Mystique’s Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, Magneto’s return, Wolverine’s first solo story and a rare Savage Land adventure — plus the original ending of “Dark Phoenix” and a host of bonus stories!
Collecting X-Men (1963) #132-141, Annual (1970) #4-5; The Uncanny X-Men (1981) #142-153; Avengers Annual (1967) #10; Marvel Fanfare (1982) #1-4; Marvel Treasury Edition (1974) #26-27; Marvel Team-Up (1972) #100; Bizarre Adventures (1981) #27; Phoenix: The Untold Story (1984) #1; Published: April 16, 2014

Omnibus of the Week: The Trial of Captain America by Ed Brubaker

It’s the penultimate Omnibus collection of Ed Brubaker’s Captain America! Those of us collecting the run across the beautiful Omnibus editions had quite the wait between Cap Lives and this one, but it’s here, it’s awesome, and I’m finally getting around to making a video for it!

In this volume we see Bucky retain the role as Captain America, delivering some of my absolute favorite stories from Brubaker’s run. It’s a great volume, so check out this video and see why I love it so much!

Omnibus of the Week – Uncanny X-Men by Chris Claremont Vol. 1

This one was a LONG time coming…

Doubling as the sixth part of my X-Men Readathon videos, this week I talk about the first collection of one of the greatest runs in all of comics- Claremont’s X-Men! This is only the first chunk of the run that lasted from 1975-1991, but in this volume you can see the seeds planted for what will be the most defining era of Marvel’s Merry Mutants!

Omnibus of the Week: Captain America Lives by Ed Brubaker

With Marvel finally releasing the fifth and final Omnibus to Ed Brubaker’s amazing run on Captain America I thought it was high time to make a video for the third volume of the series, Captain America Lives! Coming right off the tails of The Death of Captain America Omnibus this book follows the adventures of Bucky Barnes as he’s come to be accepted in his role as the new Captain America… but with Steve Rogers making a return it looks like his tenure with the shield could be cut short!

The Omnibus Collector – Omnibus of the Week: Alias by Brian Michael Bendis

In early anticipation of the next upcoming Marvel Netflix show I’ve put together a little video that I hope will point some readers towards a book they may not have read yet… Alias by Brian Michael Bendis! The Omnibus was reprinted earlier this year, which is awesome for collectors like us that prefer these larger books, but I have a strong feeling that by the time the series hits Netflix we may see the book return out of print! Uh oh! So I’ve put this video out early in hopes to usher people towards grabbing this excellent book!

The Omnibus Collector – Omnibus of the Week: Daredevil by Frank Miller

By this point I’m sure everyone’s watched Marvel’s Netflix Daredevil series, and if you’re like most people out there you probably found yourself wanting to read some good Daredevil comics. Look no further than right here for my official recommendation with my overview and review of the Daredevil by Frank Miller Omnibus! Even if you’re a fan who has read this run multiple times before, if you haven’t gotten the Omnibus then I totally recommend it, and you can watch this video to see just why I so strongly recommend fans to grab this beautiful volume!

Notable Collections from DC’s June 2015 Solicitations


It’s Solicitation time again! Leading the pack this month is DC with a good number of books that we’ve already known about for a little while, but let me run through what is notable in my opinion. Here’s the full solicits (including singles and collectibles) for June 2015. Here’s what I’m looking forward to:

Batman: The Jiro Kuwata Batmanga Vol. 2

I really dug the first volume of this three volume set, so it’s just exciting to get more. Fans of the character, and especially those into manga or anime, owe it to themselves to grab these books. And at $13 a pop they’re not a bad investment.

Aquaman: Sub-Diego

I’m of the persuasion of people who missed out on most Aquaman stories growing up. The New 52 helped to give us an awesome new ongoing title from Geoff Johns (now from Jeff Parker and later from Cullen Bunn), but there’s a severe lack of older collections for the character. DC seems to be rectifying this a bit with collections like this one. I’ve heard a lot of good about this storyline from Will Pfeifer and Patrick Gleason so I might have to grab it when it releases.

Absolute Batman: The Court of Owls HC

I don’t recall seeing this solicited before, so this could be new… anyway, as it suggests this will be an Absolute collection of the first eleven issues of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman series. I’m hoping to see solid collections of Snyder’s run across Absolutes, but I’m pretty sure this is more likely to follow the Johns Green Lantern formula in that we’ll get a few Absolutes and then when the run is finished we’ll get a more complete collection across an Omnibus or two.

Green Arrow: The Archer’s Quest Deluxe Edition HC

Originally the Kevin Smith stuff was to be in a Deluxe HC, but that got bumped up to Absolute and now we’ve got this OHC to join that one which collects the issues by Brad Meltzer (16-21) following that run. So yeah, this is going to be a pretty thin book, but it ought to be a nice companion to that Absolute and I’m hoping we see more OHC’s for the run that followed Meltzer (Scott Beatty and Ben Raab for a few issues before Judd Winick took over for a while).

Superman Vol. 6 The Men of Tomorrow

Now that we know Johns isn’t sticking around after issue #39 it makes this collection a bit more interesting. This has the entire arc by Geoff Johns and John Romita JR which introduces new characters, now powers, and a new (albeit brief) costume. I’ve been enjoying this run thus far so I might have to grab this book when it hits shelves.

Will Eisner’s The Spirit: A Celebration of 75 Years

I don’t usually go for these sort of anniversary collections, but this one’s got me interested. I’ve not read a lot of Spirit stuff, but I’m intrigued by the Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman stories collected in here.

Wonder Woman by George Perez Omnibus Vol. 1

I’ve been looking forward to this one since it was first announced, but an interesting thing to note is that they added that “Vol. 1″ to the end of it. There was voiced concern that DC wasn’t going to collect the entirety of Perez’ run on the series, but I think this gives us a little more faith that they’re trying to work on that. Maybe they’ll collect the Messner-Loebs run that followed, which would be nice as I haven’t read any of that material.

Fables Vol. 22 TP

If you’re a Fables reader you probably know that all their anniversary issues are increasingly bigger and bigger. Issue #100 was like a thin TPB itself, and now they’re jumping the gun and the final issue, #150, is doubling as the 22nd volume of the series clocking in at over 150 pages. I’m a bit behind, so I’m definitely going to need to do some catching up for this one, but I’m excited to see how Bill Willingham and company bring this modern classic to a close (and I have my fingers crossed for some Omnis in the future).

Scalped Deluxe Edition Book Two HC

The second in what looks to be a five volume set collects issues #12-24 of Jason Aaron and RM Guerra’s amazing series. The first volume came out recently and is a thing of beauty, so I’m really excited to get more of those books and have the complete series in OHC. If you’ve never read Scalped then I really recommend it and there’s no better way to experience it than in these books.

That’s all for these solicits, but keep your eyes peeled for more stuff and let me know what’s enticing you from DC in June!

The Omnibus Collector’s X-Men Readathon Episode 4: Neal Adams!

Well X-Fans! I’ve finally finished the second X-Men Omnibus, effectively taking me to the point that the series went on hiatus. I actually finished about a week ago but got a bit busy so here’s the video now… Lots of amazing artwork to talk about in these issues, and some of the best stories of the X-Men yet. I have to say it’s all thanks to artists like Jim Steranko and Neal Adams, who deliver the most attractive work on the series to date. Check me out on Instagram at ryleym0 to see images of all the comics I’ve been reading during this readathon so you can see all the awesome art I’ve been talking to. Thanks again for watching! Make sure to like, comment, subscribe, and all that cool stuff!