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6 Collected Editions Worthy Of Your Attention #37

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) 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 Walking Dead 100 Project TP (Image)
The Walking Dead 100 Project TP (Image)

Picked by @adambesenyodi
The Walking Dead 100 Project TP (Image)
Robert Kirkman and Skybound team up with the Hero Initiative to present 100 all new covers envisioning the horrors of the bestselling The Walking Dead, $12.99; LTD ED HC $24.99
The Hero Initiative’s 100 Project series, where the non-profit has 100 artists provide their own interpretation of a specific landmark title, has always been a great way to indulge in a good sampling of various artists’ work, dig on various interpretations of your favorite characters, and feel good about yourself knowing the hard earned money you’re dropping is going to a worthy cause. The series has honored such titles as Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man, The Hulk, Wolverine, and The New Avengers, DC’s Justice League of America, and even Archie. Now, they are doing it all over again for Image’s The Walking Dead. Featuring everyone from Fred Hembeck to Jeff Lemire to Fiona Staples to Rich Koslowski, there is something for every fan in here. Offering the book in two flavors – trade paperback and hardcover – also means there’s a good chance it’ll fit into most anyone’s budget.

Shazam! Vol. 1 HC (DC Comics)
Shazam! Vol. 1 HC (DC Comics)

Picked by @andrewjtom
Shazam! Vol. 1 HC (DC Comics)
Collects Justice League #7-11, #0, #14-16 and #18-21, $24.99
SHAZAM!! That’s the first thing that probably goes through your head whenever you see a brand new Captain Marvel book (or in this case, Shazam). Despite my love for golden age characters and especially the Big Red Cheese, this book deserves your attention because of the creators, Geoff Johns and Gary Frank. Shazam plays directly to the type of story that Geoff Johns has excelled at so much in the past. Shazam is a beloved character that hasn’t had very many exciting things done with him in a long time. Johns has proven time after time that these “revitalization” type of stories centered around characters that have been lost to the depths of the long box are exactly where he thrives as a writer. Add Gary Frank to that magical formula and you’ve got a truly exciting creative team that has proven on two separate occasions (previously on Action Comics and Batman Earth One) that when they get together, great things happen. Pick this book up. I’m confident that you’ll dig it.

Justice League Vol. 3: Throne Of Atlantis HC (DC Comics)
Justice League Vol. 3: Throne Of Atlantis HC (DC Comics)

Picked by @CaptDS9E
Justice League Vol. 3: Throne Of Atlantis HC (DC Comics)
Collects Justice League #13-17 and Aquaman #15-16, $24.99
Aquaman is one of my favorite books since the DC relaunch, and Justicle League was not that great. However both books crossed over for this big Aquaman event called Throne of Atlantis written by the regular writer on both series Geoff Johns. This is when the Justice League finally found it’s footing, and I started to really enjoy it. As Arthur is trying to figure out about a mysterious series of events that have gone on in his series, The Underwater city of Atlantis led by Ocean Master launches a massive attack on many of the biggest cities in the DC universe. So the Justice League only has one course of action, and that is to go on the attack , or risk the populations of these cities being killed. However like most big events, someone has set this madness in motion for a plan that none of the major parties knows about. It leads to revelations that could change Arthur and his place with Atlantis. Not to mention changes in the Justice League as well, as they realize it may be time to expand it’s roster, which is one of my favorite parts of this story arc. Add in Ivan Reis taking over art duties on Justice League, and Paul Pelleteir on Aquaman, and I would recommend this for the art alone. Really great work by them, but a highly enjoyable read overall as well.

Legends Of The Dark Knight: Jim Aparo Vol. 2 HC (DC Comics)
Legends Of The Dark Knight: Jim Aparo Vol. 2 HC (DC Comics)

Picked by @ReverendLove
Legends Of The Dark Knight: Jim Aparo Vol. 2 HC (DC Comics)
Collects The Brave And The Bold #123-145 and #147-151, $49.99
Growing up in the early 70’s, I was lucky enough to have been around for Jim Aparo’s fabulous work on “the Brave and the Bold” and other titles from “Aquaman” to “Adventure Comics” which featured his legendary run on “the Spectre”. But like many from my generation, I was a die hard Batman fan and found Mr. Aparo’s long run on “the Brave and the Bold” unequalled in quality and artistic execution.
The first book in this series covered some of my favourite Aparo stories in the run but this volume still has many gems although towards the end, we begin to stray into the latter Aparo years during which he adopted a simpler style that I found to be a bit wanting. This book starts in the later years of the “Early Aparo” period and these stories still have that great level of detail and solid composition that we’d come to expect from the pen of Aparo. One of my favourite stories from this period is the tale from the Brave and the Bold #124 in which Jim Aparo injects himself into the DC Universe to battle terrorists and to help the Caped Crusader and Sgt. Rock save the day. The heroes make the world a safer place and all without realizing the involvement of Mr. Aparo or fellow DC creators from the book, Bob Haney and Murray Boltinoff. Haney was one of the bright lights at DC in the early 70’s with a prodigious output and a neat turn of phrase. He created some of my favourite characters in the DC universe, from Metamorpho to Eclipso and so many more in his three decades with DC Comics.
“The Brave and the Bold” was one of my favourite comics growing up with it’s stories of Batman and a guest or guest stars to help him with whatever menace the Dark Knight would be battling in that particular issue. This run features heroes from the Flash to Mr. Miracle to the Metal Men and many others, all of whom dovetail perfectly with the tactics and abilities of the Batman.
I know some will find the stories somewhat dated and simplistic, but they are a snapshot into the world I grew up in and the stories that inspired and entertained me for many happy hours and for all this joy, I have to simply say, “Thank you, Mr. Aparo and Mr. Haney”.

Star Trek The Original Topps Trading Card Series HC (Abrams ComicArts)
Star Trek The Original Topps Trading Card Series HC (Abrams ComicArts)

Picked by Shane
Star Trek The Original Topps Trading Card Series HC (Abrams ComicArts), $19.95
Most anyone who grew up in the 70s has fond memories of collecting Topps trading cards. These Topps card packs consisted of a few cards, usually one sticker and maybe a stick of gum, depending on the series. Kids would spend their allowance money buying pack after pack, hoping to eventually get a complete set of cards. Along with sports cards, Topps produced series’ ranging from Superman the movie and Jaws to such eclectic series’ as Charlie’s Angels and Grease. I still have a complete set of the original Star Wars cards from my youth. Now, I never had the Star Trek cards nor have I ever really seen any of them. That being said, I’m looking very forward to this book. This book reprints all 88 cards, front and back as well as the 22 stickers from the series. Here is a bit of trivia for you. There are no cards in the series that feature crew member Sulu, so included in this book are four brand new cards including two featuring Sulu. It is written by a husband and wife team very familiar with Star Trek, having written several books on the subject. Some of their works are Star Trek 101, The Magic of Tribbles and the Deep Space Nine Companion just to name a few. It looks like Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann have put together a very nice package for the Trek fans out there.

Young Marvel: Little X-Men, Little Avengers, Big Trouble TP (Marvel)
Young Marvel: Little X-Men, Little Avengers, Big Trouble TP (Marvel)

Picked by @ChrisCCL
Young Marvel: Little X-Men, Little Avengers, Big Trouble TP (Marvel)
Collects A-Babies Vs. X-Babies #1, Wolverine (1988) #102.5, Pint-Sized X-Babies: Murderama and X-Babies Reborn, $24.99
I’ve been really fortunate over the past years. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting several comic book creators over drinks, dinner and even podcasts. I first met Skottie Young in 2006 when I sat in on a recording of the Around Comics podcast. I have to laugh it off now, but the guy was a piece of work. He was a little loud and a little obnoxious but Skottie was all 100% genuine when it came to his passion about comic books. You can see it in his work and you can hear it in his voice. It’s been fun watching his career grow and even becoming a breakout artist on the Oz series with Eric Shanower and Skottie’s own take on the Marvel Babies. Hell, my own LCS has its own Skottie Young POS display! I wish all the best to Skottie and if you get the chance go meet him at a Con near you, he truly is one of the great guys in the business.

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.

And There Came A Day, A Day Unlike Any Other…

…or Week for that matter…

This is truly a historic time that we live in. Not only is the Avengers movie out Friday (in the States) but today we get the first collected editions of the New 52. That is if you don’t count the New 52 Hardcover that came out last December. Take a step back and let it all soak in.

Soon you are bound to see several reviews of the first two released – Justice League Vol. 1: Origin HC (collects Justice League #1-6, $24.99) and Animal Man Vol. 1: The Hunt TP (collects Animal Man #1-6, $14.99) which if you ask me should also be a hardcover. You can’t really go wrong with Geoff Johns who is the solid architect on everything in the DCU and Jeff Lemire is a rising superstar in all things comics. I have yet to be disappointed by either man. Both series are very good choices to kick off these brave new waves of the DC Universe.

But getting back to The Avengers, Marvel has made some interesting choices when it comes to promoting the movie property with their collected editions. You see, in the past a movie will conveniently coincide with an Omnibus or Masterwork. That what we got with Iron Man, Incredible Hulk, Captain America and Thor. However, The Avengers Omnibus that collected the original Sane Lee/Jack Kirby run of The Avengers #1-30 and Annual #1 was released back on February 15! This week is a bit odd. The only “classic” material we are getting is Avengers: Kree/Skrull War HC (collects Avengers [1963] #89-97, $34.99). A seminal story, yes, and recently published in Marvel Masterworks Avengers Volume 10 but not exactly the best one to introduce the team to a new generation. I trust that this Saturday, which is Free Comic Book Day, most local comic book stores will have a nice display of Avengers and “solo” Avengers books that will be available for purchase. That should include another book out this week Marvel’s The Avengers Prelude Fury’s Big Week TP (collects Marvel’s The Avengers Prelude #1-4, $14.99) that ties directly into not only The Avengers movie but all the movies! I read it online, and I enjoyed it very much. Patrons should also be aware of The Ultimate line of comic books. These may be better suited for the movie crowd who are interested in more “movie” Avengers and/or the Disney XD series Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. I say this because many of the 1960’s Avengers comics are just not that good and will feel dated to a new reader. But if it’s the classic Avengers you want then here’s a short list of the best and all should be easy to get:

  • Avengers: Defenders War, collects Avengers #115-118 and Defenders #8-11
  • Avengers: The Serpent Crown, collects Avengers #141-144 and #147-149
  • Avengers: The Korvac Saga, collects Avengers #167-168 and #170-177 and Thor Annual #6
  • Avengers: Under Siege, collects Avengers #270-277 (my personal favorite)
  • Finally, another must read storyline, The Bride Of Ultron (collecting Avengers #157-166) is expected October 3, 2012, just in time for the DVD release.

So enjoy this day, week and the wonderful time in which we live. It really is unlike any other.

CCL Podcast #240 – A Hard Look At DC Comics Classics Library

Collected Comics Library Podcast #240
36,853Kb; 28m 34s


As I stated yesterday on the CCL Blog, I was going to review the DC Comics Classics Library Justice League of America by George Perez Volume 1 (of 2). It’s a fine book; in of itself, but the more I looked at it, the more I thought that both Volumes should be collected into a book similar to that of the Neal Adams Library (Batman 1-3, DC Universe 1). Not only that but the whole program looks to be all over the spectrum: Golden Age, Silver Age, half done series, complete series, reprints of reprints, and two that should be a part of the DC Archive Editions not their own Volume One. Today I try to figure out just what DC has created and what it intends to do with this format how it compares to the Marvel counterpart and what I would do differently.

Also on the show I talk about DC books announced at the Diamond Retailer Summit including the Wednesday Comics Hardcover, Absolute Planetary Volumes 1 and 2, and other books such as DC Greatest Imaginary Stories Volume 2: Batman & Robin, Showcase Presents Suicide Squad Volume 1 and even the Blackest Night Hardcover.

All this and the New Releases of the Week.


Links of Note:
Make Money In Comics Fast #1 by Rich Johnston: A Heavy Bookshelf Of Gold from Bleeding Cool by Rich Johnston
Collected Editions Blog: Blackest Night trade collection, Showcase Presents Suicide Squad solicited

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CCL Podcast #182 – The Complete DC New Frontier

Collected Comics Library Podcast #182

36,080Kb; 38m 13s


It’s been in along time in the making, but it’s finally here – my big DC New Frontier Podcast. Today on the show I go over everything that is involved including The Absolute, the 2-Disc DVD and the New Frontier Special. All the contents, all the extras and even the action figures, Solo #5 and more! If you are a fan of Darwyn Cooke and New Frontier this is the episode for you and heck, even if you’ve never read it, this is for you, too. The New Frontier is part of the new classics that DC has been publishing and it is not to be missed.

Also on the show today, I go over Dark Horse’s new upcoming Four Volume Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery Hardcover Editions and two new Marvel Must Haves: 1985 and Kick-Ass both of which are coming out September 3rd. All this plus the New Releases of the Week.

I should also tell you that I’m off on vacation next week, so no Podcast, but I’ll still be Blogging. In the meantime you can catch me at the TwoMorrows Tune-In Podcast and Comic Book Page with John Mayo.

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