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6 Collected Editions Worthy Of Your Attention #15

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.

Judge Dredd The Complete Carlos Ezquerra Volume 1 HC (IDW)
Judge Dredd The Complete Carlos Ezquerra Volume 1 HC (IDW)

Picked by @AndrewJTom
Judge Dredd The Complete Carlos Ezquerra Volume 1 HC (IDW), $49.99
If you’ve seen the Dredd movie from last summer (now available on Blu Ray and DVD), then you know why there’s a renewed interest in Judge Dredd. Dredd has been around for pretty much my entire comic collecting life. However, I didn’t discover him until DC held the rights to publish him in the 90s. From those few DC issues, I was hooked on the concept and the character. But the one thing that I missed out on was the original Judge Dredd stories from 2000 A.D. Yeah, I read the crossovers with Batman, saw that crappy Stallone movie, and gobbled up any Dredd appearances that I could get from my LCS. But; it wasn’t until recently that discovered the Complete Case Files and the scattered out of print trades that have been published by 2000 A.D. In my mind, though, the best thing that has happened to Dredd (for his North American audience) is the recent acquisition of the Dredd license by IDW Publishing. Along with new Dredd material, IDW is reprinting classic Dredd stories in “creator collections” that showcase stories from some of Dredd’s most prolific writers and artists over his storied history. This particular hardcover volume showcases the art of one of Dredd’s creator’s, Carlos Ezquera. This book is IDW’s first volume of Ezquera’s work which collects several complete Judge Dredd stories. This handsome hardcover maintains the integrity of Carlos’s line work (originally printed black & white in the pages of 2000 A.D), while presenting it in a durable tome for years of enjoyment. Diving into Judge Dredd without Ezquera would be like discovering Fantastic Four without Kirby. The Complete Carlos Ezquera is essential for any fan that wants to experience the greatness that is Judge Dredd.

Judge Dredd, Vol. 1 TP (IDW)
Judge Dredd, Vol. 1 TP (IDW)

Picked by @ChrisCampbell8
Judge Dredd, Vol. 1 TP (IDW), $19.99
“Let my education begin”, I said earlier this year. Like many of my fellow Americans, my reading history with Dredd has been lacking. In 2013, when IDW announced a new ongoing series written by one of my current favorite writers, I knew that it was time to dive in. And I’m happy I did! The IDW editorial staff did a great job pairing Duane Swierczynski, a man with obvious talent in the crime area, with Nelson Daniel. They’ve also decided to do a main-feature, along with a back-up to help flesh out the context of the Mega-Cities, which ends working extremely well. In terms of context and backdrop, Judge Dredd is obviously the main character, but just as with the movie that came out recently, the actual city of Mega-City One seems to be crowding in on the spotlight, like Rick’s Café Américain from Casablanca. The first few main stories have a cool sci-fi slant to them as well, involving situations where robots stop following orders (never a good thing), and kidnappers who clone the victims in an interesting extortion scheme with unintended collateral damage. This volume of Judge Dredd has fun stories, great art, introduces a new character successfully, and provides a comic unlike many others on your pull list. Some of my other co-hosts on No Apologies podcast have read the new series and enjoyed it as well, and we had some good conversations on the show. I recommend this!

Mind MGMT Volume 1 HC (Dark Horse)
Mind MGMT Volume 1 HC (Dark Horse)

Picked by @CaptDS9E
Mind MGMT Volume 1 HC (Dark Horse)
Collects Mind MGMT #1-6, $19.99
I have not read much of Matt Kindt’s work, but when I heard the premise for Mind MGMT I had to give it a try.  The story begins as an unexplained event happens on a commercial airliner, that has erased the memories of all the passengers, and crew on board. We flash forward a few years later, to find that much is still not known about what happened on that day. The people on board the plane  still have not recovered their full memories, and most of them have had a hard time moving on with their lives.  Still perplexed about the entire story, a book writer named Meru decides that she is once again going to try to investigate what happened to these people, and get to the bottom of things. As Meru goes on her quest,  she starts to find out that the event on the plane leads to a much larger world of secrets, cover ups, secret organizations, people with strange abilities, and that she may somehow be involved in it all.  I really do not want to say more, as I do not want to spoil all the fun stuff.  If you liked shows like Lost and Fringe, which have deep mythology, and twists/turns around every corner, then this is for you.

Doctor Who Character Encyclopedia HC (DK Publishing)
Doctor Who Character Encyclopedia HC (DK Publishing)

Picked by Shane
Doctor Who Character Encyclopedia HC (DK Publishing), $16.99
This month Doctor Who returned to the small screens of both the U.S. and UK. He returned with a new companion (the delightful Clara Oswald played by Jenna-Louise Coleman)and the promise of an incredible season. You see, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of this timeless sci-fi franchise. The original television series ran from late 1963 until 1989 and then we only had a television movie in 1996 until the Tardis returned to Earth television screens in 2005. During those years when we didn’t have any Who on TV, we still had plenty of adventures to keep us occupied in books, audio dramas and of course, comic books! Being this is the golden anniversary of the franchise, I expect a lot of books, comics and collectibles to flood the market. We have a few interesting things coming out this week. First of all, we have the DK Doctor Who Character Encyclopedia. I absolutely LOVE DK books. They are beautifully illustrated and carry a wealth of information in each packed volume. I cannot wait to get my hands on this one, since I’m sure it won’t disappoint. My favorite in the DK series so far… James Bond – The Secret World of 007. If you are a longtime fan of Doctor Who or a newbie in the universe of the time lords, check out this book. I’m sure you’ll spend hours with it. There are also a few collected editions coming out. Dalek Generation, Plague of the Cybermen and Shroud of Sorrow (Broadway Publishing). After 50 years, the good Doctor shows no signs of slowing down on TV or in the pages of comics. Now is certainly his golden age. Be sure to check out the DK book and then get your hands on some of those great comic adventures.

Rocket Raccoon And Groot: The Complete Collection TPB (Marvel)
Rocket Raccoon And Groot: The Complete Collection TPB (Marvel)

Picked by @adambesenyodi
Rocket Raccoon And Groot: The Complete Collection TPB (Marvel)
Collects Incredible Hulk (1968) #271; Rocket Raccoon #1-4; and material from Tales To Astonish (1959) #13, Marvel Preview #7, Annihilators #1-4 and Annihilators: Earthfall #1-4, $29.99
Who would have thought an anthropomorphic raccoon inspired by the Beatles’ “Rocky Raccoon” and a sentient tree dreamed up by the Marvel Bullpen at the dawn of the ’60s would become popular enough in the new millennium to star in a live action, summer tent pole movie from Marvel Studios next year? Well, that is the journey taken by these two beloved cult characters. Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning should be given plenty of credit for elevating Groot and Rocket Raccoon to where they are today with the Marvel Cosmic journeys they took them on in Annihilation/Guardians of the Galaxy/Annihilators stories, but it was the Bill Mantlo-penned trippy limited series that first put Rocket on my radar. Some of the archived material presented here was previously collected in the Annihilation Classic trade paperback in 2009, and the more recent stories under the covers of their respective Annihilators collections, but if you’re looking for one-part primer/one-part rollicking good time, this new book is a great place to start (or revisit) a couple of characters whose stars have been on the rise for the last half-decade or so. And the new cover by Mike Mignola is a simply gorgeous nod to his work on that original Rocket Raccoon four-issue mini-series he did back in the mid-’80s!

Will Eisner's The Spirit Artist's Edition HC (IDW)
Will Eisner’s The Spirit Artist’s Edition HC (IDW)

Picked by @ChrisCCL
Will Eisner’s The Spirit Artist’s Edition HC (IDW), $125.00
There are certain names in the comic book industry that are instantly recognizable: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Joe Kubert come to mind. But Will Eisner is a name that even the greats of comic books and comic strips give honor to. After all the Eisner Awards are the Oscars of the comic book publishing – that is saying something. Of course Eisner has the distinction of creating the modern graphic novel and if you have never read his Contract With God Trilogy (A Contract with God, and Other Tenement Stories; A Life Force; Dropsie Avenue), you owe it to yourself to do so. Your public library may even have a copy, as I know that mine does. But we are here to talk about Will Eisner’s greatest creation: The Spirit. DC proudly reprinted every Spirit strip in the 27 Volume Archive series (along with one volume from the Dark Horse comics). But now we get Eisner at his best. How the originals survived to produce this giant, 15 x 22, Artist’s Edition is beyond me, but we are so lucky to have it. It is truly is a time capsule. IDW has put together 17 of his most famous strips from Eisner’s post World War II years, when The Spirit was at his best. Don’t miss out on this historic collector item.

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 #7

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.

Secret Battles of Genghis Khan (IDW)
Secret Battles of Genghis Khan (IDW)

Picked by @AndrewJTom
Secret Battles of Genghis Khan (IDW), $21.99
I love world history. Especially dramatizations of history that are told in a format not all that dissimilar to a fictional account. In recent years, books like Petrograd have really captured my attention. Often times they may not be 100% accurate in their depiction, but the use of history to tell a compelling story is something I find fascinating. I suppose that somewhere deep within the recesses of my mind I’m thinking, “Yeah, it definitely could’ve happened that way.”
So last week I”m checking out the new releases and I see a book entitled “The Secret Battles of Genghis Khan”. I’ll admit that growing up in the 80s, I didn’t have much of a grasp on who Genghis Khan was aside from the guy with the sporting goods in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. I grew older and wiser. Many years later I watched the oscar nominated film, Mongol. I became fascinated with Genghis Khan; and was eager to learn more about the man. Fast forward a few years… imagine my excitement when I saw a book on the release schedule entitled “The Secret Battles of Genghis Khan”. At first I was hesitant, wondering how good it could be if I hadn’t even heard of it before. Then I saw that the writer was Daryl Gregory. That’s right, the same guy who took Planet of the Apes (a franchise that hadn’t been utilized in many years) and turned it into an outstanding comic. Gregory was able to take an otherwise “burned out” property and turn it into something special. Then I thought, “Imagine what this guy can do with a legend, some history and a character like Genghis Khan”. This book tells the story of Temudjin as he wages war from the Middle East all the way to the Pacific Ocean and the bloody battles that gave him his fearsome reputation. If you’re a history buff, a Conan reader, or a military enthusiast; you owe it yourself to pick this one up. Remember… before there was Conan, the world had the Legend of Genghis Khan.

Star Trek: The Next Generation / Doctor Who: Assimilation 2 Volume 2 (IDW)
Star Trek: The Next Generation / Doctor Who: Assimilation 2 Volume 2 (IDW)

Picked by Shane
Star Trek: The Next Generation / Doctor Who: Assimilation 2 Volume 2 (IDW), $17.99
Take the one of the oldest Scifi franchises in US history and one of the oldest Scifi franchises in UK history blend them together and what do you get? Like peanut butter and chocolate, two great tastes that go great together! Who would have thought this would have worked? There have been a lot of failed crossover attempts over the years, so when I read that Star Trek and Doctor Who were being melded together in comic book form, I was excited but cautious. The end product has definitely been a success, so if you haven’t read this already, with the release of this second volume, all the issues are now available in trade. Instead of going with the first crew of the Enterprise, IDW went with the Next Gen era of Star Trek and then took the latest incarnation of the doctor, as played by Matt Smith. Then they took some of the greatest foes of each franchise, the Borg and the Cybermen and thrust them upon our heroes. This melding was real obvious as you have two races with the same goal in mind; take all life forms and make them part of a collective whole that is part human, but more machine. Read how the crew of the USS Enterprise and the Tardis team take on these classic villains. This was a fun storyline and well worth the read! Check it out!

Darwin: A Graphic Biography (Smithsonian Books)
Darwin: A Graphic Biography (Smithsonian Books)

Picked by @adambesenyodi
Darwin: A Graphic Biography (Smithsonian Books), $9.95
Having a sixth-grade science nut in the house makes for an interesting perspective on things. (The number of hours he’s spent watching Mythbusters off the DVR, from Netflix, and on DVD would likely be staggering if calculated.) But that’s also what makes stuff like a graphic novel on the life of Charles Darwin a natural in our house. Originally produced in the UK in 2009 for the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth, Darwin: A Graphic Biography saw considerable exposure despite limited release. Now, Smithsonian Books has worked with writer Eugene Byrne and artist Simon Gurr to expand and repackage the content for a proper US release. If you can ignore the annoying “Ape TV” framing conceit, the story of Darwin’s life is presented in a way that should engage the middle school set enough to pass along some deep-thinking ideas, even if they aren’t necessarily looking for them.

Counter X Generation X Four Days TP (Marvel)
Counter X Generation X Four Days TP (Marvel)

Picked by @Dief88
Counter X Generation X Four Days TP (Marvel), $24.99
When the first X-Men movie was released in 2000, Marvel tried to boost sales by re-branding its X-Men titles under two major banners: “Revolution” for the ones that already sold fairly well, and “Counter X” for the rest. Unfortunately, the three Counter X titles lasted only two arcs before they were canceled (or, as was the case with X-Force, radically rebooted). One of the casualties was the long-running Generation X, and it’s the final five issues of that series that are collected in this trade. Interestingly, the first “Counter X” arcs for each series were collected way back in 2008, and it’s only now that Marvel has apparently decided to wrap them up; and that’s good news for us, because this trade contains some of Brian Wood’s earliest work on mainstream superhero comics. The team of mutant teenagers gets a fitting, if rather somber, send-off in these issues – one well worth reading if you’re interested in the characters or in seeing what Brian Wood was up to almost fifteen years ago.
Collects Generation X #71-75 and material from X-Men Unlimited (1993) #34

American Comic Book Chronicles: 1960-64 (TwoMorrows)
American Comic Book Chronicles: 1960-64 (TwoMorrows)

Picked by @ChrisCCL
American Comic Book Chronicles: 1960-64 (TwoMorrows), $39.95
Well the long wait is finally over. First announced at Comic Con International (San Diego) in 2009, The American Comic Book Chronicles is one of the most ambitious projects ever by TwoMorrows. Of course, TwoMorrows Publishing is no stranger to comic book history. Their numerous books and magazines have produced in-depth analysis and research regarding our favorite hobby – and for some of us, profession. The Chronicle are just that: A year-by-year and decade-by-decade look at the comic book publishing history. The one volume 1980s book was to be the first but for whatever reason we are getting 1960-64 as the first hardcover. Volume 2 of the 1960s should follow soon and it’s with noting that the 1940s will be a two volumes set, too. Since I’m a writer for Back Issue Magazine, I was able to get an advance copy and I can tell you it full of wonderful discussion and artwork from what is arguably the most important 5 years in all of comicdom.

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Marvel Firsts: WWII Super Heroes TP (Marvel)
Marvel Firsts: WWII Super Heroes TP (Marvel)

Marvel Firsts: WWII Super Heroes TP (Marvel), $39.99
So you’re interested in reading and learning more about the Golden Age Marvel Comics (Timely) heroes but don’t want to spend the money on expensive Masterworks? Well look no further then this new, wonderful and large sampler of GA material that showcases every notable hero. Marvel did this previously in a similar manner with the Golden Age of Marvel Comics Volumes 1-2 trade paperback set in 1999-2000. This new book does collect some of those stories but some new ones, too. It’s unfortunate that Marvel didn’t re-release the first 2 trades and simply just make a Volume 3. Instead Marvel decided to make the book as part of their Marvel Firsts line.  Still, it’s a nice introduction to some famous (Sub-Mariner, Captain America, Human Torch) and not so famous (Ferret, Dynamic Man, Marvel, Black Marvel, Blazing Skull, Red Raven, Patriot, Young Allies, Whizzer, Rockman, Jack Frost, Destroyer, Witness, Miss America) characters that have been lost in time. However, even better the characters may just be the artists and writers who worked on the books: Jack Kirby, Carl Burgos, Joe Simon, and Bill Everett just to name a few.
Collects Marvel Comics #1; Daring Mystery Comics #1-3, #5 and #7; Marvel Mystery Comics #4, #13, #28 and #49; Mystic Comics #1-2 and #4-7; Red Raven Comics #1; Captain America Comics #1, #6 and #13; Human Torch Comics #4; Young Allies Comics #1; and USA Comics #1-2

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.