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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 #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.

6 Collected Editions Worthy Of Your Attention #38

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.

Fantastic Four By Jonathan Hickman Omnibus Vol. 1 HC
Fantastic Four By Jonathan Hickman Omnibus Vol. 1 HC

Picked by @ReverendLove
Fantastic Four By Jonathan Hickman Omnibus Vol. 1 HC
Published by Marvel
Collects Dark Reign: Fantastic Four #1-5, Fantastic Four #570-588, FF #1-5 and material from Dark Reign: The Cabal #1, 800 pages, $100
I have always loved the Kirby-Lee run on the Fantastic Four and besides that classic run, thought the only other FF stories worth their salt were the 1980′s comic book tales by John Byrne…that was until a couple of years ago.
It was on a casual visit to my local comic book emporium, that I discovered Jonathan Hickman’s soon to be classic take on the first family of comics. I was astounded to see that there was still life in the old cosmic quartet and that these new stories were different from the usual FF fare as of late. Hickman brought to the Fantastic Four a whole new vision of Kirbyesque proportion and complex plot lines that could have been wrought by the cosmic master Jim Starlin, himself.
With Hickman at the wheel, we see a universe of uncertainty and menace where Reed Richards and his other dimensional doppelgangers try to “fix” the universe. We see Reed and the others, including members of his own family, as they attempt to play God and bring peace to a world tired and beset by strife between the heroes, mutants, Inhumans and the human population.
This is not the Fantastic Four of your parents day…this is a Fantastic Four that brims with possibilities and probabilities and stories that lead us down paths both new and unexplored. The only thing that’s certain in this volume is the rampant imagination and verbal stylings of one of the brightest stars to shine down upon the Marvel Universe in many a year.
You owe it to yourself to experience Mr. Hickman’s interpretation of the “World’s Greatest Comic Book Magazine”!

Fantastic Four Omnibus Vol. 1 (New Printing)
Fantastic Four Omnibus Vol. 1 (New Printing)

Picked by @Dief88
Fantastic Four Omnibus Vol. 1 (New Printing)
Published by Marvel
After much lobbying from hardcore collected editions enthusiasts, Marvel’s collections department has decided to roll out new printings of some of its earliest Omnibus editions. The first-ever Omnibus gets reprinted this week, and it’s a great one. Fantastic Four Omnibus Vol. 1 collects some of the best superhero comics ever created, as well as some of the best work by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby. These stories were at the very beginning of Marvel’s early-‘60s superhero comics revolution, and that adventurous spirit pervades the thirty issues collected here.
Many fans point to the series’ second thirty-issue block as the heyday of the Lee/Kirby FF, and those stories are certainly excellent as well, but to my mind these earlier issues are a lot more interesting. They’re rougher in certain ways, but it’s fascinating to see Lee and Kirby constantly trying out different things with the artwork, characterization, and plot structure. A few of these experiments fail – the issue introducing the Impossible Man, for example, is quite possibly the worst Stan Lee comic I’ve ever read – but many others are brilliant. Fantastic Four #5, which introduces Dr. Doom, is in my opinion one of the best single issues of the Silver Age (ranking second only to Amazing Fantasy #15), and it’s in roughly equal company throughout this collection. This is a book that all readers of superhero comics should definitely consider having on their shelves.

…and a bonus recommendation….

Wolverine: The Return of Weapon X
Wolverine: The Return of Weapon X

Wolverine: The Return of Weapon X
Published by Marvel
Collects Wolverine (1988) #159-176 and Annual 2000-2001, $44.99
I have been waiting for this trade for more than a decade, and I can’t be more thrilled that it’s finally a reality. The issues collected in this book were among the first comics I bought after setting up my first pull list. I had subscribed to Wolverine’s ongoing series on a whim (purely because I needed to have a fifth title on my list), never having read it and knowing nothing about the creators. Little did I know that my first issue, #162, was essentially the ground floor for what would become – and what remains – my favorite Wolverine story of all time.
This isn’t just nostalgia talking. Frank Tieri’s run on the book with Sean Chen takes elements from all the best Wolverine stories (Weapon X, the Claremont/Miller miniseries, you name it) and blends them with the writer’s own off-kilter sensibilities. “The Return of Weapon X” is more than just an ode to Wolverine stories of the past – it’s also, at times, a biting satire of early-2000’s American popular culture. Tieri is also one of the few writers to successfully portray Wolverine as an introspective and truly intelligent man, rather than simply a mindless killing machine. This is one of the great Wolverine stories, and it’s wonderful that a new generation of readers now has the chance to experience (or re-experience) it.

Mystery Society Deluxe HC
Mystery Society Deluxe HC

Picked by @adambesenyodi
Mystery Society Deluxe HC
Published by IDW
$27.99
This hardcover collects the five-issue series and the 2013 Special into one oversized book.
Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) offers up an entertaining enough story about Nick and Anastasia, a hipster mash-up of The Thin Man’s Nick and Norah and The Avengers’ John Steed and Emma Peel, and the couple at the center of the Mystery Society. They end up recruiting a few more members along the way (including a robot with the brain of Jules Verne!) on their quest to recover Edgar Allen Poe’s missing skull. It’s a crisp story with plenty of action sequences balanced by quippy repartee. But the real superstar of the series is Fiona Staples art. If you only know her work from Saga with Brian K. Vaughan, you owe it to yourself to go back and check out some of her earlier efforts. This or Wildstorm’s North 40 is a great place to start. The new Mystery Society Deluxe Hardcover collects the original five-issue series from 2010, plus the March 2013 one-shot that was written by Niles but with art duties taken over by Andrew Ritchie. Definitely worth a look!

MacGyver: Fugitive Gauntlet TP
MacGyver: Fugitive Gauntlet TP

Picked by @CaptDS9E
MacGyver: Fugitive Gauntlet TP
Published by Image
Collects MacGyver: Fugitive Gauntlet #1-5, $14.99
It’s been 19 years since Richard Dean Anderson played MacGyver on television, and fans of the character like myself have been hoping for more. Amid rumors of possibly a feature film, it was finally announced that we would get more of this great property in comic book form. Written by Tony Lee/MacGyver creator Lee David Ziotoff , with art by Will Sliney we get a fun miniseries called Fugitive Gauntlet. An old Biology Professor of Macs believes he has found the solution for world hunger. He contacts MacGyver, hoping the Phenonix Foundation can help with the many issues that could arise from such a world changing discovery. Namely companies trying to steal his idea for their own monetary gain, before it can be brought before the world for free. However like all things in MacGyver’s life, things go crazy quickly, the data is stolen, and his friend is killed. It forces MacGyver to go on an international crusade to figure out who stole the data, and who leaked the discovery to the thieves. As if he didn’t have enough problems, someone has put a sizable bounty on MacGyver’s head, putting many bounty hunters on his tail. Yes it is crazy as it sounds, just like episodes of the TV show were. We get the voice overs, the on the spot inventions to get out of tight spots, and plenty of the cliches we have grown to love. If your a fan of the show, then this is worth the read.

Fables: Werewolves Of The Heartland TP
Fables: Werewolves Of The Heartland TP

Picked by Shane
Fables: Werewolves Of The Heartland TP
Published by DC Comics
$14.99
Fables is by far my favorite comic series out there. Still going strong with over 130+ issues, aside from the monthly series there has been a lot of other content out there for fans of this universe. There have been two spin-off series (Jack of Fables and Fairest), a prose novel, a couple of mini-series with the character Cinderella and some stand-alone graphic novels. The latest of which is Werewolves of the Heartland, which makes its trade paperback debut this week. This graphic novel is a solo tale for Bigby (the Big Bad Wolf), one of my favorite characters in the series. Bigby goes off on a quest to find a new location for Fabletown (the town where the exiled fairy tale characters live in the real world). In his quest he stumbles upon a small town of werewolves who seem to have a link to Bigby’s past. If you’re a fan of the series, this is a must buy. If you haven’t read the series yet, get the first trade paperback and begin your own quest now!

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 #36

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.

Crab Monsters Teenage Cavemen And Candy Stripe Nurses Roger Corman King Of The B Movie HC (Abrams)
Crab Monsters Teenage Cavemen And Candy Stripe Nurses Roger Corman King Of The B Movie HC (Abrams)

Picked by @andrewjtom
Crab Monsters Teenage Cavemen And Candy Stripe Nurses Roger Corman King Of The B Movie HC (Abrams), $35.00
I’ve decided this week NOT to write about comics, but to bring a book to your attention that fans of our particular ilk should have an interest in.  Crab Monsters, Teenage Cavemen, and Candy Stripe Nurses: Roger Corman: King of the B Movie is a book that has definite interest for me.  Many folks dismiss Corman as a director that makes cheap “straight to DVD” type films and nothing of real substance.  But I say thee NAY!!!  Corman is not only a great film maker, he’s one of the most well respected and intelligent film makers of the past 60 years.  Corman possesses a skill that very few film makers today can boast… he brings his films on schedule and under budget.  Roger Corman has trained and helped to define careers of some of the film industries top talents like Cameron, Scorsese, Bogdonavich, De Niro, and Coppola.  This book chronicles the career of Corman and recounts many stories and anecdotes from Corman and other contemporaries.  The book also includes supplemental material like reproduction movie posters and behind the scenes photographs from the films that defined Roger Corman’s career.  If you’re a film fan or a comic fan, I think that you’ll find this book riveting.  I know that I’m looking forward to it.

Star Wars Volume 1 - In The Shadow Of Yavin TP (Dark Horse)
Star Wars Volume 1 – In The Shadow Of Yavin TP (Dark Horse)

Picked by @CaptDS9E
Star Wars Volume 1 – In The Shadow Of Yavin TP (Dark Horse)
Collects Star Wars #1-6 and Free Comic Book Day 2013, $19.99
We have had many comics that fill in between the original Star Wars films, but this series written by Brian Wood and drawn by Carlos D’Anda may be the best so far. After Luke Skywalker blew up the Death Star at the end of A New Hope, the Rebel Alliance has been on the the run, but it’s not been easy. The Imperial fleet led by Darth Vader seems to know the Rebels every move. Their is a traitor in the Rebel ranks, which could bring the end to the Rebel cause. To combat the thread, Princess Leia is given classified orders to form a secret X-wing Squadron which includes Luke Skywalker and Wedge Antillies to find out who the spy is , and to also find a safe world for the Rebel Alliance to regroup. Meanwhile Han Solo and Chewie head to the heart of the Empire, the capital world of Coruscant on their own secret mission. As you know, things with with Han and Chewie never go smoothly, as they get stuck in a game of cat and mouse for their lives in the most dangerous place in the galaxy. I have read a lot of SW comic books in the last 5 years since I started reading comics again, and this series is right up their with the Legacy books as one of the best. If you are a fan of the original trilogy, then make sure to pick this one up, you won’t regret it.

Co-Mix Retrospective Of Comics Graphics And Scraps By Art Spiegelman HC (Drawn And Quarterly)
Co-Mix Retrospective Of Comics Graphics And Scraps By Art Spiegelman HC (Drawn And Quarterly)

Picked by @ReverendLove
Co-Mix Retrospective Of Comics Graphics And Scraps By Art Spiegelman HC (Drawn And Quarterly), $39.95
I usually steer clear of biographies or art books of those who practise the comic book arts but when I seen that Drawn & Quarterly would be publishing “CO-MIX Art Spiegelman: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics and Scraps”, I was more than willing to make an exception. It appears to have been published for an exhibition of the same name at the International de la Bande Dessinee in Angouleme in 2012.
I picked it up today at my local comic book watering hole and was I ever happy that I’d made that decision. “CO-MIX Art Spiegelman: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics and Scraps” is a treasure trove of Spiegelman’s work including a lot of material I’d never seen before looking over this book. There is so much of his material spread across a number of publishers and several decades and I’m relieved that someone has gathered a lot of it into this fabulous tome. It covers his life from his early underground days to “Maus” and on up to present day and this retrospective volume is a must for any fan of the Maestro Spiegelman. There are several inserts bound into this book including a copy of “Two Fisted Painters” from the first issue of the 80′s avant-garde comic magazine “RAW” by Spiegelman and his wife, Francoise Mouly.
It’s not a book for the superhero lover but for those graphic novel fans and devotees of Spiegelman, I command you to run down to your local comic book shop and pick up this amazing collection of the art and life of Art Spiegelman.

Inhumans: The Origin Of The Inhumans TP (Marvel)
Inhumans: The Origin Of The Inhumans TP (Marvel)

Picked by @ChrisCCL
Inhumans: The Origin Of The Inhumans TP (Marvel)
Collects Fantastic Four (1961) #36, #38, #41-47, #54, #62-65 and Annual #5, plus portions of #48, #50, #52 and #55-61; and material from Thor (1966) #146-152, $39.99
Inhumans are hot right now! You can find them in the pages of Infinity and soon in their own series in 2014. So if you want to catch up with Black Bolt and the Royal Family, this is a very nice, affordable trade paperback. In fact, you can almost view this as a Marvel Masterworks Inhumans Volume 0 (softcover, of course). It collects every Fantastic Four story you need and even dives into the Origin backups from Thor.

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Star Trek: The Newspaper Strips, Vol. 2 HC (IDW)
Star Trek: The Newspaper Strips, Vol. 2 HC (IDW)

Star Trek: The Newspaper Strips, Vol. 2: October 26, 1981 through December 3, 1983 HC (IDW), $49.99
Picking up right where Volume 1 left off. IDW has done a brilliant job in collecting these very hard to find strips from the Los Angeles Times Mirror Syndicate – most of which have never been reprinted until now. Both Volumes have extensive research and insight on the strip but if you want to find out more, please visit Star Trek Memory Alpha. I hope that these two books sell well enough that interest will be generated in reprinting the British Star Trek strip and that the correct restoration will be applied so Kirk does not have to wear a red shirt anymore.

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Honey West This Girl For Hire TP (Moonstone)
Honey West This Girl For Hire TP (Moonstone)

Honey West This Girl For Hire TP (Moonstone), $22.95
If you like sexy noir crime and mystery, then you’ll want to check out the revival of Honey West. Portrayed as a mix of Marilyn Monroe and Mike Hammer, Honey West first appeared in 1957 in a series of dime store novels and quickly made her way to TV in 1965 starring Anne Francis. The series lasted 30 episodes but has since become a cult favorite. In 2010 Moonstone began publishing new Honey West comics written by Trina Robbins and now we get the first, of what I hope will be several collected editions. One note: I heard a rumor that Moonstone was supposed to collect the one-shot Honey West comic book from June 1966 by Gold Key Comics, but I have yet to confirm that. If anyone can help me out I would appreciate it greatly.

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 #35

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.

S.H.I.E.L.D. By Steranko: The Complete Collection TP (Marvel)
S.H.I.E.L.D. By Steranko: The Complete Collection TP (Marvel)

Picked by @andrewjtom
S.H.I.E.L.D. By Steranko: The Complete Collection TP (Marvel)
Collects Nick Fury, Agent Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (1968) #1-3 and #5, and material from Strange tales (1951) #151-168, $34.99
Like most comic readers my age I have always heard about the greatness that is Jim Steranko. Steranko was always a bit elusive to me when I was growing up. His work existed within that nebulous region between Jack Kirby & Steve Ditko and guys like John Byrne, Walt Simonson, and Frank Miller. Like many creators, Steranko is a creator that I grew to appreciate later in life. With education and appreciation for the comics medium, I now look back and realize that Jim Steranko should’ve been in the conversation with Jack and Steve when I was a kid. His body of work (though small) is one of the most influential works by any creator. He crafted art that told stories using new and exciting techniques that we still see in modern comics today. This week, Marvel has released the S.H.I.E.L.D. by Steranko: The Complete Collection. This volume collects the entirety of Steranko’s Nick Fury stories. It’s a must have for any comics historian and a definite “buy” if you’ve been enjoying the recent Fury MAX.

East Of West, Vol. 1: The Promise TP (Image)
East Of West, Vol. 1: The Promise TP (Image)

Picked by @CaptDS9E
East Of West, Vol. 1: The Promise TP (Image)
Collects East Of West #1-5, $9.99
Every year there are always 3-4 new series that rise to the top, and get a lot of buzz. The few that get a lot of nominations come awards time. Last year it was Saga, this year it will be East of West. Published by Image Comics, Written by Johnathan Hickman and art by Nick Dragotta, these two creators have come up with a story that frankly feels like it was made just for me (just how I felt Saga was last year). East of West is a mashup of Western/Sci-Fi/alternate history, and a few other genres. The United States is not as we know it, as history took a different course. The Civil war ended differently leaving a union and confederate state, the Native American’s still have a strong presence, and many other different changes leaving the country split into 7 different large states. Many of the leaders from these states are working with three Horsemen of the Apocalypse to bring an end to the world as we know it. However as we know there is a fourth Horsemen, but this one has set out on his own, to stop their plans from coming to pass. That Horsemen is shockingly Death himself. Traveling with two strange companions, Death’s reasons for stopping them are at first a mystery, but as the first volume goes along we learn why he left the other Horsemen, and how they have something shocking tied to Death at the center of their plans. Something that could never be forgiven. And Death may not be the only ones who have decided that they do not like the way things are going
The story Hickman is weaving here is fantastic, like many of his other works, but Dragotta’s art is the star for me. There are so many different locales, and character types in this book, and he hit’s a home run with every single one. Wether it’s a Chinese city on the West Coast, a Futuristic Sci-Fi Tower in the Midwest, a dive bar with strange doings in the middle of nowhere, cool new vehicles, or just plan old desert, every single one is a joy to look at. I have gone back over issues just looking at the art work from key scenes to soak it all in. East of West is always moved to the top of my reading piles. And for $9.99 retail, there is no reason you should not give this fantastic series a chance.

Heroic Tales The Bill Everett Archives Volume 2 HC (Fantagraphics)
Heroic Tales The Bill Everett Archives Volume 2 HC (Fantagraphics)

Picked by @adambesenyodi
Heroic Tales The Bill Everett Archives Volume 2 HC (Fantagraphics), $39.99
When I was growing up and first discovering comics, my paternal grandmother gave me a handful of comics she’d saved from when my dad was a kid. What stood out among those half-dozen or so books – that included the likes of Classics Illustrated #58: Jack London’s Sea Wolf and Tales to Astonish #72 and #73 – was Sub-Mariner #33! That was my first conscious exposure to Bill Everett. And although his creation of Namor the Sub-Mariner and co-creation of Daredevil for Timely/Atlas/Marvel are his most bankable calling cards, Everett’s history with the medium is much farther-reaching. Now on volume 2, Fantagraphics continues to impress with their Bill Everett Archives series. This hardcover compendium follows the same format as the first volume (Amazing Mysteries) by pulling work primarily from the late 1930s and early 1940s that hasn’t been previously reprinted. The real find here, though, is a rare assemblage of Everett’s romance work in the early ’50s for Eastern Color’s New Heroic Comics and Personal Love. Ultimately, this series, edited by historian Blake Bell, serves as a companion of sorts to the Everett biography and art book Bell wrote and compiled in 2010. But the bottom line is that this book is a tremendous opportunity to archive and appreciate a master cartoonist.

P. Craig Russell's Opera Adaptations HC Set (NBM)
P. Craig Russell’s Opera Adaptations HC Set (NBM)

Picked by @ReverendLove
P. Craig Russell’s Opera Adaptations HC, Set of 3 Books (NBM), $59.99
I have loved P. Craig Russell’s work since I first saw it gracing the pages of Marvel’s “Killraven” and nothing he’s done in the past three decades has done anything to diminish my passion for the quiet Maestro. So, this week when his three book set of his “Library of Opera Adaptations” appeared at my local comic book shop, I had to have it!
These books were released singularly during the early years of this new century and I had always meant to purchase them but for one reason or another, had not yet added them to my library. The first book in the set, “the Magic Flute” adapts Mozart’s classic opera and is one of Russell’s more simple and sophisticated stories. The second volume starts with Russell’s “Parsifal” that saw print in the late 70′s from Star Reach Productions and has always been possibly my favourite of all his operatic adaptations. The book also has the “Songs of Mahler” and “Ariane & Bluebeard” along with a black and white piece called “the Clown (I Pagliacci)” to wind it up.
The final book in this series collects “Pellens & Melisande”, “Ein Heldentraum”, “the Godfather’s Code” and closes out this volume with Richard Strauss’s operatic adaptation of the Oscar Wilde play “Salome” as interpreted by Russell. I’d seen the story years ago when it was published by Eclipse and as with most of P. Craig Russell’s work, I fell in head over heels over it.
P. Craig Russell Library of Opera Adaptations is not for the average comic book aficionado but for those whose interests stray into other fields like opera or literature, these books are well worth exploring and falling in love with on first read. These three books are treasures filled with characters and stories from some of the greatest minds of all time and delivered with a graphic grace and elegance that could only have issued forth from the magic brush of P. Craig Russell.

Iron Man By Kurt Busiek and Sean Chen Omnibus HC (Marvel)
Iron Man By Kurt Busiek and Sean Chen Omnibus HC (Marvel)

Picked by @Dief88
Iron Man By Kurt Busiek and Sean Chen Omnibus HC (Marvel)
Collects Iron Man (1998) #1-25, Captain America (1998) #8, Quicksilver #10, Avengers (1998) #7, Iron Man & Captain America Annual 1998, Fantastic Four (1998) #15, Iron Man Annual 1999, Thor (1998) #17, Peter Parker: Spider-Man (1999) #11, Juggernaut: The Eighth Day and Iron Man: The Iron Age #1-2, 1024 pages, $125.00
What’s really great about the comics collected in this Omnibus is that they were created at a time when Marvel was walking a healthy line between telling extended storylines and maintaining a sense of accessibility for new readers. As a result, these issues play both to the “any issue could be someone’s first” mentality and the kind of intricate plotting that warrants collected editions of such massive size existing in the first place. In this series, which takes place immediately following Tony Stark’s return from the “Heroes Reborn” alternate universe, the character deals with a range of interwoven conflicts: trying to explain his months-long disappearance and recent sudden reappearance; the takeover of Stark Industries by another tech corporation; the threat of a mysterious new villain who calls himself the Arms Dealer; and, of course, personal drama among his supporting cast of Pepper Potts, Happy Hogan, Black Widow, and new love interest Rumiko Fujikawa. This is one of the great unsung Iron Man creative runs, and the perfect opportunity to get the whole thing in a single package.

Society Is Nix, Gleeful Anarchy At the Dawn of the American Comic Strip 1895-1915 (Sunday Press Books)
Society Is Nix, Gleeful Anarchy At the Dawn of the American Comic Strip 1895-1915 (Sunday Press Books)

Picked by @ChrisCCL
Society Is Nix, Gleeful Anarchy At the Dawn of the American Comic Strip 1895-1915 (Sunday Press Books), $125.00
If you’re at all like me (and I hope you are because you come by this awesome blog) then you’ll have an appreciation for old comic strips. But not just any “old strips” — really old strips. Well thank God for Pete Maresca and his Sunday Press Books imprint. Pete has gathered up another fine collection of Sunday newspaper comics in Society Is Nix, Gleeful Anarchy At the Dawn of the American Comic Strip much of which has not see the light of day since they were first published over 100 years ago! Pete has been publishing these “Platinum Age” comics for some time now and he was also a guest on Podcast #307. There are over 150 original size comics, by over 50 cartoonists. That’s right, the book is 16×21. Don’t let the $125 tag scare you, history is priceless.

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.