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6 Collected Editions Worthy Of Your Attention #41

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.

X-Men: X-Corps TP
X-Men: X-Corps TP

Picked by @Dief88
X-Men: X-Corps TP
Collects Uncanny X-Men (1963) #394-409 and Annual 2001
Published by Marvel
$39.99
Starting in 2001, Grant Morrison catapulted superhero comics into the new millennium in the pages of New X-Men. Can you even imagine being the guy assigned to write Marvel’s other X-Men comic at the time?
But while it may have played second fiddle in its day (and been widely overlooked in the decade since, for that matter), Joe Casey’s run on Uncanny X-Men has a lot going for it. Although the key players of Morrison’s comic are essentially off the table, Casey assembles a great B-team in Angel, Nightcrawler, Iceman, former Generation X member Chamber, and (on occasion) Wolverine. Chamber is an especially inspired choice; his presence makes for some suitably dramatic moments when the team comes up against his former mentor, Banshee, whose new X-Corps organization has been attempting to fight crime through decidedly questionable means. It’s not all perfect – Casey’s run introduces the ill-conceived Stacy X, a mutant prostitute whose power is basically that she can seduce people – but on the whole its unique cast and story structure separate it (in the best way) from most other X-Men collections out there.

Star Trek: The Next Generation / Doctor Who: Assimilation: The Complete Series HC
Star Trek: The Next Generation / Doctor Who: Assimilation: The Complete Series HC

Picked by Shane
Star Trek: The Next Generation / Doctor Who: Assimilation: The Complete Series HC
Published by IDW
$34.99
Crossovers are always hit or miss, especially with well-established franchises. In the nineties, the Star Trek/X-Men crossover wasn’t very well received, but the recent Star Trek/Legion of Superheroes was a pretty solid story. Having both Star Trek and Doctor Who licenses, IDW tempted fate and brought two of television’s oldest science fiction franchises together. The result was a very well written and fairly seamless crossover. Both Doctor Who with his companions and the Next Generation crew fought similar enemies in the Cybermen and the Borg, so it was a natural fit to team our heroes together against these horrible adversaries. Both enemies have a mission to basically rob people of their humanity and make them part of a collective consciousness. It was a lot of fun seeing the characters from two iconic scifi shows working together against great odds to try to defeat these nearly unstoppable foes.
I had recommended this series before when the two trades came out. Now we have the option of a nice hard cover edition collecting the entire series. I rarely buy monthlies anymore, but did on this occasion. I couldn’t wait for this series to be collected. If you did wait and haven’t read it yet, there are no excuses now. If you are fan of either franchise or both, you’ll want to read this story.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Vol. 6: City Fall, Part 1 TP
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Vol. 6: City Fall, Part 1 TP

Picked by @CaptDS9E
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Vol. 6: City Fall, Part 1 TP
The latest collection of the red-hot ongoing series kicks off with Kevin Eastman’s solo issue #21, a prelude to the first three parts of “City Fall”
Published by IDW
$17.99
City Fall is the first major event in the latest incarnation of the TMNT comics by IDW. Over the course of the first 7 trades (including the Heroes Micro series, and the Secret History of the Fall Clan) the Shredder has been moving his pieces into place, and has decided finally is now the time to strike and take over the entire city criminal empire. To do so, he will have to not only take down all the major crime families/gangs, but also the Ninja Turtles as well. Moving things into place ,Shredder and his foot clan abduct one of the Turtles closet allies. The turtles with a little bit of help, arrive at the place their friend is being held. A little late, as the Shredder does something horrific to their friend, starting a major battle. What the Turtles do not know, is that this has been Shredder’s plan all along. He has set this up to set up a larger plan. Something so shocking that even I could not believe it when it happened (it even ties back into the Secret History of the Foot Clan series I recommended before),And I’ve read and watched everything ever made of this property. Tom Waltz and Kevin Eastman are doing comic of the year type story telling in this series, but the shining star of this arc is Mateus Santolouco (Secret History of the Footclan) on art. His work is so damn good I had to buy a page from the first issue of City Fall. Hell I may buy another down the road. It’s must see stuff

Cowboy Ninja Viking Deluxe HC
Cowboy Ninja Viking Deluxe HC

Picked by @ChrisPartin
Cowboy Ninja Viking Deluxe HC
Collects Cowboy Ninja Viking #1-10
Published by Image
$39.99
If there was a series I really thought deserved more attention and more issues it would be A.J. Lieberman and Riley Rossmo’s COWBOY NINJA VIKING. The series was about counter-intelligence unit that were transformed into people called Triplets and imbued with multiple personalities, in this case three of them, where they were able to tap their abilities and go into combat. The best of the bunch was a man named Duncan who had the abilities of a cowboy, a ninja, and a Viking.
I had a chance to talk to A.J. Lieberman back on my podcast, Image Addiction, about the series. At this point I was already a huge fan of the series because of Riley Rossmo’s amazing visuals. Lieberman’s conversation with us on the podcast elevated that excitement for the series. There really had been very little like this series before it, and there’s not been anything like it since and it’s a shame this series only lasted ten issues. The possible life this book could have had focusing on various Triplets over the course of a story arc could have been a lot of fun. What does make me happy is to see Image has not given up on this series and is giving it this deluxe hardcover treatment.
The series was originally printed in Golden Age format which really allowed Rossmo the room he needed to produce some of his best work of his career. The trade paperbacks that were released carried on this format, but now having it in an oversized volume collecting all of the series – breath taking! This deluxe hardcover will look great on your shelf as well as great in your hands as you read it over and over again. Definitely a must have in 2013 for me, and it should be for you as well.

Hellboy: The Midnight Circus HC
Hellboy: The Midnight Circus HC

Picked by @AndrewJTom
Hellboy: The Midnight Circus HC
Published by Dark Horse
$14.99
Look… I love me some Hellboy comics. Mike Mignola is responsible for some of my favorite stories over the last 20 years. That said, (I know this may sound “blasphemous”) but my favorite Hellboy stories are the ones drawn by Duncan Fegredo. Now, I know that this makes no logical sense when you consider that caliber of talent that has contributed to the Hellboy mythos in the past. Guys like Mignola and Richard Corben (both Master Cartoonists) have turned in wonderful HB stories. But Duncan Fegredo has really done some career defining work with Hellboy. He’s crafted a Mignola style sensibility, but, with his own flair that makes his issues seem both familiar and fresh at the same time. Hellboy: Midnight Circus is the latest Mignola/Fegredo collaboration. It’s an out of current continuity story that recounts a tale from Hellboy’s youth, which always lends itself to great time in the Hellboy universe. Pick this book up when you get a chance, it’s one that you won’t want to miss.

Impossible Tales: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 4 by Steve Ditko and Blake Bell
Impossible Tales: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 4 by Steve Ditko and Blake Bell

Picked by @ReverendLove
Impossible Tales: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 4 by Steve Ditko and Blake Bell
Published by Fantagraphics
$39.99
I was elated today as I entered my local comic book store and found a copy of “Impossible Tales: the Steve Ditko Archives Volume 4” waiting to jump into my trembling hands.
I have been an admirer of Mr. Ditko’s work since I was a kid and was first introduced to the Maestro of Mystery by his 60′s DC character, the Creeper. I don’t know what it was, but I was entranced, reading that first issue over and over until it passed into comic book heaven. As I grew older, I discovered his work on the Sorcerer Supreme, Dr. Strange and it cemented my love of Ditko’s dark lines of delineation and moody shadow work. Over the past few years, Fantagraphics has been releasing of Steve Ditko Archives covering a lot of his early work from the 1950′s and reprints a lot of his work that I had never seen before these archive editions.
This volume has stories from such classic comics as “Tales of the Mysterious Traveler”, “Out of this World”, “Strange Suspense Stories” and many others including my personal favourite, if for the title alone, “This Magazine is Haunted”. In these stories, you can see hints of future creations and techniques that would later grace the pages of the Atlas monster comics and lead eventually on to Dr. Strange and the Creeper.
When I read these stories, I could see the path that Ditko would continue to tread for decades as he progressed as an artist and a quiet pioneer of graphic storytelling.

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.