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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.

Six Collected Editions Worthy Of Your Attention #2

Is there one book that is a “must have” that came out this week? My friends Andy Tom (@AndrewJTom), Chris Campbell (ChrisCampbell8) and I are sharing six comic book collected editions, reprints and/or graphic novels released this week that you may be interested in.

Adventures of Superman - Gil Kane
Adventures of Superman – Gil Kane

Picked by @AndrewJTom:
Adventures of Superman: Gil Kane HC (DC Comics)
Remember going to the corner drugstore and picking up a Superman comic because you couldn’t resist that awesome cover and just had to know what happened inside? DC brings back that feeling of wonder with the first volume in it’s Adventures of Superman line. Gil Kane was a master story-teller who was sadly taken from us a few years ago while he was still producing quality work. Thankfully, his glorious art will live on in the pages of hardcover collected editions like this. Gil’s kinetic pencils are on full display in this volume with classic stories featuring Superman vs. some of your favorite villains including the Super Powers versions of Luthor & Brainiac. This book is a “must have” for any Superman or Gil Kane fan.
Collects Superman #367, 372, 375, Action Comics #539- 541, 544, 545, 546 and 551-554, Superman Special #1-2 and DC Comics Presents Annual #3, $39.99

Superman - Last Son of Krypton
Superman – Last Son of Krypton

Picked by ChrisCampbell8:
Superman: Last Son Of Krypton TP (DC Comics)
The brightest star often burns the quickest, and that is what you have in this recent Superman collection. The story of Last Son chronicles the introduction of Christopher Kent, a character that has a profound impact on the Superman family and leaves the readers wanting more. With art by Adam Kubert and co-written by Geoff Johns and Richard Donner, the Action Comics Annual #11 may have been one of 2008’s best single issues. The collection is rounded out by the Brainiac storyline written by Johns and drawn by the amazingly talented Gary Frank. For those that enjoyed the New Krypton event, this story is indispensable.
Collects Action Comics #844-846, 851 and 866-870, Action Comics Annual #11 and Superman: New Krypton Special #1, $16.99

The Death of Captain Marvel
The Death of Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel: The Death Of Captain Marvel TPB – New Printing (Marvel)
The Marvel purists already know that The Death Of Captain Marvel has been reprinted several times over, but here, in this nice trade, you get the whole story. A few years ago Marvel brought this collection out as part of their Premiere Classic line, and if you didn’t get it then, be sure to get it now. Captain Marvel is one of the most iconic characters Marvel has created and his demise is a heroic tale of service and sacrifice.
Collects Captain Marvel (1968) #34, Marvel Spotlight (1979) #1-2 and Marvel Graphic Novel #1: The Death Of Captain Marvel, $19.99

Guardians of the Galaxy- Tomorrow's Avengers - Volume 1
Guardians of the Galaxy- Tomorrow’s Avengers – Volume 1

Guardians Of The Galaxy: Tomorrow’s Avengers Vol. 1 TPB
More cosmic goodness from Marvel, this time showcasing the “Avengers of the Future”. A rag-tag teams of heroes come together to stop a powerful common foe named Badoom. The team was created by two greats: Arnold Drake (Doom Patrol) and Gene Colan (Tomb Of Dracula), who certainly know a thing or two about science fiction and fantastic tales. The second, and final volume, is scheduled for March.
Collects Marvel Super Heroes (1967) #18, Marvel Two-In-One (1974) #4-5, Giant-Size Defenders #5, Defenders (1972) #26-29 and Marvel Presents #3-12, $39.99

Kirby Genesis: Silver Star
Kirby Genesis: Silver Star

Kirby: Genesis – Silver Star Vol. 1 TP (Dynamite)
Jack’s Kirby’s character, Silver Star, was initially to be an original movie superhero and not a comic book character. That all changed when the screenplay was rejected. Kirby went on to publish a six issue series for Pacific Comics, which has been collected by Image in 2007. Fast forward to 2011 when Dynamite acquired the rights to Silver Star and other Kirby owned heroes. Dynamite launched the Kirby: Genesis line of comics that included Kirby: Genesis (proper), Silver Star, Captain Victory and Dragonsbane, another character that was developed by Kirby. Sadly, Dynamite will not be publishing anymore Kirby books. I hope they will be able to put all four series  together in a complete Omnibus someday. For now you’ll have to get the trades.
Collects Kirby: Genesis – Silver Star #1-6 along with a complete cover gallery featuring Alex Ross, Jae Lee and Mark Buckingham, $19.99

The Heap Volume 1
The Heap Volume 1

Roy Thomas Presents The Heap Volume 1 HC (PS ArtBooks)
You know Swamp Thing. You probably know Man-Thing. You may even know Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man. But do you know The Heap? The original swamp creature first appeared in 1942 in the pages of Air Fighters Comics #3 and continued on in the renamed Airboy Comics until 1953. He was revived in 1971 by Roy Thomas and here, in this the first of three volumes, Thomas reintroduces us to one of his favorite all time characters. Many (if not all) of these comics have never been reprinted. It’s a real treat for the Golden Age fanboy.
Collects The Heap stories from Airboy Comics, December 1942 – May 1948, $47.99

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.

CCL Podcast #338 – Simon Baz, Hometown Hero? – Green Lantern #0

Collected Comics Library Podcast #338
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There’s a new Green Lantern in town and his name is Simon Baz.

Geoff Johns is not only shaking up the DCU by adding in another GL from Sector 2814, but he’s a Muslim from Dearborn, Michigan. Oh, but that’s not all, Baz isn’t exactly a model citizen – he’s a car thief and suspected terrorist! Not exactly what you’d expect from an intergalactic policeman, but there’s a method to all this madness. Johns’ knows what he’s doing, of course, and it looks like this new Green Lantern – mask, gun, tattoo and all – will play a huge part in the Rise Of The Third Army storyline which will run through all the GL books in October. Today, I spoil Green Lantern #0 and give my take on this new “hero” who lives only 21 miles away from my house.

Also on the show I go over the recent Shuster and Ignatz Award winners, Alex Toth’s Zorro: The Complete Dell Comics Adventureshardcover from Hermes Press, the unofficial announcements of Guardians Of The Galaxy Volume 2 and Rocket Raccoon & Groot Ultimate Collection and my take on Showcase Presents: The Spectre.

Chris

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Rocket Raccoon & Groot Ultimate Collection coming April 2013

A few days ago Marvel released their Collected Editions solicitations for December 2012. In it was Guardians of the Galaxy: Tomorrow’s Avengers – Volume 1, collecting Marvel Super Heroes (1967) #18, Marvel Two-In-One (1974) #4-5, Giant-Size Defenders #5, Defenders (1972) #26-29 and Marvel Presents #3-12, $39.99.

But wait, there’s more! In March 2013, Guardians of the Galaxy: Tomorrow’s Avengers – Volume 2 will collect Thor Annual #6, Avengers (1963) #167-168, #170-177, #181, Ms. Marvel (1977) #23, Marvel Team-Up (1972) #86, and Marvel Two-In-One #61-63, #69, $39.99. This sets the stage for further volumes that will collect the 1990’s run of 62 issues and the Galactic Guardians four issue mini-series from 1994.

The Guardian goodness continues April 23, 2013 with the release of Rocket Raccoon & Groot Ultimate Collection, collecting Tales to Astonish (1959) #13 (Groot story), Incredible Hulk (1968) #271, Rocket Raccoon #1-4, Marvel Preview #7 (Sword in the Star story), Annihilators #1-4 (Groot and Rocket Raccoon stories), Annihilators: Earthfall #1-4 (Groot and Rocket Raccoon stories), $29.99.

Perhaps we’ll see new editions of the Annihilation event that brought the current team together.

picture of Rocket Raccoon & Groot by Scottie Young for Annihilators #4 (Marvel Comics)