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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.

and…

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!

and…

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.

CCL Podcast #361 – Interview with Kirk Taylor on Wesley Morse and Bazooka Joe

Bazooka Joe and His Gang: The 60th Anniversary Collection (Abrams ComicArts)
Bazooka Joe and His Gang: The 60th Anniversary Collection (Abrams ComicArts)

Collected Comics Library Podcast #361
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Every kid has had Bazooka Joe bubble gum at some point in their life. Not only does the gum itself have a good long lasting, sugary flavor, but they all come with those funny comic strips. But who was the man behind those comics? Today I sit down with Kirk Taylor and talk about Wesley Morse, who may be the most obscure artist and creator of the Golden and Platinum Ages, and the new book Bazooka Joe and His Gang: The 60th Anniversary Collection published by Abrams ComicArts.

Cheers!

Chris

Links of note:
Wesley Morse (official)
The Taylor-Morse Collection

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6 Collected Editions Worthy Of Your Attention #13

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.

Superman vs. Zod TP (DC Comics)
Superman vs. Zod TP (DC Comics)

Picked by @AndrewJTom
Superman vs. Zod TP (DC Comics)
Growing up in the 70s and 80s was a pretty special time for a comics fan.  In 1978 I was only 7 years old and my parents took me to see one of my favorite characters on the big screen, Superman.  I was in complete amazement at what I saw on screen, but ultimately I was disappointed with the one thing that my 7 year old brain couldn’t understand.  I wondered why the villain was Lex Luthor.  I mean… Luthor was just a regular guy!  Why didn’t they give us Bizarro or Brainiac?  Someone who could actually go toe to toe with Big Blue in a knock down, drag out fight.  A couple of years later (1980) I was 9 years old and my mom dropped me off at the movie theater so I could go see Superman II (back then, kids actually went to the movies by themselves).  What I got this time was exactly what I wanted.  Superman fought three other Kryptonians.  Not only were they Kryptonians, but they were the vilest of Krypton’s criminals.  Superman battled them in the streets of Metropolis and all the way to the north pole in the Fortress of Solitude (what was with the big cellophane “S” anyway?).  After Superman II, I was determined to learn more about these Phantom Zone villains.  Luckily, flea markets in the early 80s were aplenty and old comics were easy to come by on the cheap.  Eventually, I scored a couple of stories from the flea market and/or Harold’s Drug Store. These stories featured General Zod and his sidekicks.  Soon, I also scooped up the Phantom Zone mini-series and my appreciation for Zod was at it’s peak.  But sadly, Zod and company were rarely used after that tremendous mini-series.  Nowadays, General Zod has been redefined and re-imagined by Richard Donner and Geoff Johns.  He’s more similar in appearance to Terence Stamp; and he’s been reestablished as one of Superman’s most interesting and evil villains.  This new collection is pretty thin; but it does offer some early stories of General Zod and the Phantom Zone villains, including a look back at Zod’s treachery on Krypton told by Donner and Johns.  Sadly, this doesn’t collect the beloved “Phantom Zone” mini-series (that’s coming later this year), but this will make a great companion book to the eventual Phantom Zone book (which is a MUST BUY).  The best thing about this collection of old Superman vs. Zod stories is that it’s only $9.99 (which means you can score it at InStockTrades or Amazon for $5 or $6).  At this price, I highly recommend picking this up, it’ll provide you with some good old fashioned comic “fun” and remind you of what comics were like back when you (and your parents) were kids.
Collects stories from Adventure Comics #283, Action Comics #473, #548-549, DC Comics Presents #97 and Action Comics Annual #10, $9.99

LOAC Essentials Vol. 2: The Gumps - The Saga of Mary Gold! (IDW)
LOAC Essentials Vol. 2: The Gumps – The Saga of Mary Gold! (IDW)

Picked by @Dief88
LOAC Essentials Vol. 2: The Gumps – The Saga of Mary Gold! (IDW)
The second in IDW’s “Library of American Comics Essentials” series, this hardcover marks the first reprinting of Sidney Smith’s comic strip The Gumps (which ran from 1917 to 1959) in almost 40 years. Beloved in its day, The Gumps was so popular that readers would actually write in with romantic advice for the strip’s characters. Collected in this volume is one of the series’ most heart-wrenching stories, “The Saga of Mary Gold,” which features a pretty significant “first” in comics history. At the ridiculously low price of $19.99, this is a book that fans of classic newspaper comics should definitely check out.
Collects strips from 1928-1929, $19.99

Judge Dredd Origins TP (2000 AD/Rebellion)
Judge Dredd Origins TP (2000 AD/Rebellion)

Picked by Shane
Judge Dredd Origins TP (2000 AD/Rebellion)
Like most Americans, my first intro to the Judge Dredd character was the 1995 Stallone film which I later found, out had little to do with the actual comic.  That being said, I still enjoyed it for its cheesiness!  But alas, there really wasn’t a lot of US published Dredd books out there at the time.  Fast forward to today and we just got a new Dredd film starring Karl Urban of Star Trek fame as the lead character.  It wasn’t widely distributed in the US but has become a cult classic nonetheless and is much more accurate to the source material.  I bought it blind on Blu-Ray and never have I made a better purchase.  The film also whet my appetite for the further adventures of our helmeted anti-hero.  Now we are getting an abundance of Judge Dredd collected editions to satisfy any American’s curiosity.  As of late, we have had the Case Files series and now we get Origins.  This should be a great starting point for any curious comics fan to dip his or her feet into this universe and learn more about “dreaded” judges in the dystopian future city of Mega-City One that are everything from Police, judge, jury and executioner.  I personally can’t wait to read this!!
Collects all 23 episodes published from 2006 – 2007, $19.99

Bomb Queen Deluxe Edition Volume 1 HC (Image)
Bomb Queen Deluxe Edition Volume 1 HC (Image)

Picked by ChrisCampbell8
Bomb Queen Deluxe Edition Volume 1 HC (Image)
I have a confession to make.  I love absurd comics with violence and humor that push the envelope.  Enter the Bomb Queen.  Written and drawn by Jimmie Robinson, the Bomb Queen is not a new character, but the Deluxe Edition volume 1 that was released this week is sort of a restart of the hardcover line for the series.  I own the previous hardcover effort – appropriately entitled “Omnibust” – but that edition is quite hard to locate, so Jimmie has decided to update the trade dress and begin again.  I’ve already read the material covered in the first Deluxe Edition, but I’ll be buying it again.  Especially since a second volume has already been announced, which will let me continue my reading in my preferred format.  The story itself is awesomely insane and violent, but never takes itself too seriously and is done in a visual style reminiscent of Ryan Ottley and Invincible.  Once part of a quartet of Bomb Queens terrorizing the city, Bomb Queen emerges from her origin tale as the supreme villain in charge of the city.  There are simply no more heroes to fight her, and the government doesn’t want to get involved.  With the aid of her puppet mayor, crime-zones have been established throughout the city, and the people are generally behind her!  Truly a messed-up city that deserves what it gets, right?  Probably, but a challenger has come in the form of a politician looking to defeat the puppet mayor at the polls, and thus eliminate Bomb Queen’s (official) influence.  You can see where this is going.  The series has a wonderful black and dirty sense of humor and very solid art, so if you’re into that sort of thing, jump into this series.  You’ll love it.
Collects Bomb Queen: Royal Flush #1-4, Bomb Queen II: Queen Of Hearts #1-4 And Bomb Queen Vs. Blacklight: Cat Fight (One-Shot), $24.99

Marvel Masterworks: Golden Age Human Torch Volume 1 TPB (Marvel)
Marvel Masterworks: Golden Age Human Torch Volume 1 TPB (Marvel)

Picked by @adambesenyodi
Marvel Masterworks: Golden Age Human Torch Volume 1 TPB (Marvel)
Marvel has done a nice job of translating their hardcover “Masterworks” line to the softcover trade paperback format. And with these Golden Age reprints, there’s plenty to recommend, notably the debut and origin of Torch’s kid sidekick Toro in this particular volume. You’re not misreading the collection contents here, Timely’s Human Torch series kicked off with issue #2 and had two issue #5s (designated as issue #5A and issue #5B). While four issues for $30 is a little steep at first glance, this is more forgiving than some of Marvel’s other mispriced collections of modern story arcs. For starters, originally published in 1940 and 1941, these are 64-page single issues that are long out of circulation. Add to that the remastering, and you’re seeing these classic Carl Burgos, Bill Everett, and Joe Simon comics arguably looking better than they ever did!
Collects Human Torch (1940) #2-5A, $29.99

Day of Judgment TP (DC Comics)
Day of Judgment TP (DC Comics)

Picked by @ChrisCCL
Day of Judgment TP (DC Comics)
Ugh! I hate to be a downer but sometimes a book comes along that the can’t recommend. Today that collected edition is Day Of Judgement. Why? Simply put it’s not complete. The Day Of Judgement event took place with it’s own 5-issue series and nearly 20 tie-in books. It was panned by many, but I picked all the issues up and still have them packed away in a long box in my basement. The story revolved around The Spectre and his search for a new host who eventually will be the fallen Green Lantern,  Hal Jordan. Other supporting heroes hear are an incredible line up: Doctor Occult, Zatanna, Phantom Stranger, Madame Xanadu, Deadman, Raven, Ragman, Alan Scott aka Sentinel and Faust. They come to form the super team, Sentinels Of Magic, which, sadly made their only appearance in this event. Did I happen to mention that the writer of Day Of Judgement was a young, self-starter named Geoff Johns? Of course he went on to be the architect of Green Lantern and other giant event books. I think you know how I would want this collected – as a full size, complete Absolute or Omnibus. For now, we’ll have to settle for this trade.
If there is a silver lining to be had from seeing this trade being released is that we may be getting collected editions of the Hal Jordan/Spectre 27-issue run as well as his appearance in Legends of the DC Universe #33-36.
Collects Day Of Judgment #1-5 and a story from Day Of Judgment Secret Files #1, $14.99

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CCL Podcast #353 – Why Flash Comics Is The Greatest Golden Age Comic Book Ever

Flash Comics 1
Flash Comics 1

Collected Comics Library Podcast #353
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When it comes to listing the BEST of anything – ANYTHING is capable of being the best. That’s why when I set out to prove to all of you that Flash Comics, 104 issues between January 1940 and February 1949, was the best Golden Age comic ever put together, I had to put some weight behind it – how long-lasting are these Golden Age characters and are even relevant today in DC’s New 52. The characters from Flash Comics: Flash, Hawkman, and Black Canary give us that. Also taken into account was the amount of reprinted material. There’s a strong case for All-America Comics, which of course gave us Green Lantern, Doctor Fate, Hour-Man, the Spectre, and the Sandman, but with my criteria, it comes up a little short.
Oh and I do give reasons why Action Comics, Detective Comics and Adventure Comics don’t quite make my cut.
Lastly, keep in mind that this is all in good fun, so take this whole podcast with a grain of salt – please.

Cheers!

Chris

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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

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