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6 Collected Editions Worthy Of Your Attention #10

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.

Sleeper Omnibus HC (DC Comics)
Sleeper Omnibus HC (DC Comics)

Picked by @AndrewJTom
Sleeper Omnibus HC (DC Comics)
My first exposure to Ed Brubaker was when my friend, Cam said, “You should try Captain America. It’s really good”. Y’see Cam owns a comic book store and while he’s typically a DC guy, he had pretty strong feelings about Brubaker’s Captain America run. Needless to say, I took Cam’s advice and took home the first Captain America Omnibus. After the first read, I was hooked. Not only was I hooked on Cap, but I was hooked on Ed Brubaker as well. I started reading more from Brubaker; Gotham Central, Criminal, Daredevil, and eventually I stumbled upon Sleeper. I knew absolutely nothing about the book, the characters, or the Wildstorm universe. What I did know was that I had faith. Faith in the team of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. Sleeper would soon become my favorite work of this author. Even though the comic existed in the Wildstorm universe, this was a different world than that of the WildC.A.T.S. The world of Sleeper was full of violence, profanity, sex, crime, and super powers. This was a comic that I couldn’t foresee what was going to happen next. It followed no typical comic book tropes… and I loved every page of it. For $75, this Sleeper Omnibus can’t come recommended higher. If you are a fan of crime books, spy books, or just plain ole’ “great books” you owe it to yourself to give this book a read. I’m positive that it will be a story that you’ll read many more times in the years to come. Don’t miss this.
Collects Point Blank #1-5 (Sleeper prequel), Sleeper Season One #1-12, Sleeper Season Two #1-12, Coup D’Etat: Sleeper #1 and Coup D’Etat Afterword #1, 720 pages, $75.00

and…

Rocketeer Cargo Of Doom HC and Direct Market Edition HC (IDW)
Rocketeer Cargo Of Doom HC and Direct Market Edition HC (IDW)

Rocketeer Cargo Of Doom HC and Direct Market Edition HC (IDW), $24.99
Look, I’m not gonna’ pretend that I don’t have a soft spot for The Rocketeer. Guys like Dave Stevens, Al Williamson, and Mark Schultz are some of my favorite artists. Regular followers of this column will remember that I picked the Rocketeer Artist Edition a few weeks back. So, it’s pretty safe to say that Stevens’ Rocketeer holds a special place in my heart that can’t be replaced. Many years after the loss of Dave Stevens we’re blessed with a Rocketeer tale told by comic veteran Mark Waid, and Wunderkind artist, Chris Samnee. Waid and Samnee have crafted an old school Rocketeer tale that incorporates the essential mythos that make Cliff Secord the hero that I loved in that very first tale. This book is part adventure, part humor, part mystery, and all around Jurassic level fun. I don’t have to tell you how good of a writer that Mark Waid is or explain to you the artistic merits of Chris Samnee. But, the one thing that I really admire about this book is that… where it would’ve been very tempting to emulate Dave Steven’s art style, Chris Samnee doesn’t. He draws the Rocketeer and Cliff’s friends the way that Chris Samnee sees them, and that is one of the many reasons that makes this book special.

Game Of Thrones The Poster Collection SC (Insight Editions)
Game Of Thrones The Poster Collection SC (Insight Editions)

Picked by @Dief88
Game Of Thrones The Poster Collection SC (Insight Editions), $24.99
If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones and art/photography books, then this might be just what you’ve been waiting for. Insight Editions, the publisher, is fantastic when it comes to these kinds of books; my personal favorites are their two collections of Bruce Springsteen photographs, which are beautifully put together and have great reproduction quality. There’s no reason to expect this collection of Game of Thrones posters will be any different, and unlike with a lot of their books, the pictures in this one are actually removable. Just do me a favor and don’t hang up the Joffrey poster, okay? Joffrey is literally the worst.

The Shade TP (DC Comics)
The Shade TP (DC Comics)

Picked by @ChrisCCL
The Shade TP (DC Comics)
Poor Shade, he never really got it going. James Robinson tried his best to keep Opal City alive after his signature character Starman, aka Jack Knight, retired. That’s what probably did this series in sales wise. That and it went a little too long at 12 issues. Critics also said that the comic was too “wordy” and not enough action. However, those of us who are familiar with Starman, know that Robinson wanted to tell the definitive Shade story – and here we have it. Mark my words; a few years from now comic fans will touting that they read the singles issues as it was being released, when in reality they’ll be hunting down back issues at the local Knights of Columbus convention on a Sunday afternoon. Truth is that this is a good series and one that deserves a second look. My only wish is that it would have been released as a nice hardcover to match the 6 Volume Starman Omnibus series instead of a trade paperback.
Collects The Shade #1-12, $19.99

and…

Steve Ditko's Monsters Volume 1 Gorgo HC (IDW)
Steve Ditko’s Monsters Volume 1 Gorgo HC (IDW)

Steve Ditko’s Monsters Volume 1 Gorgo HC (IDW)
We all know Steve Ditko’s work: Spider-Man, Dr. Strange, The Question and Blue Beetle (Ted Kord) are just some of his most well-known and beloved creations. But it seems to me that horror and monster comics have always been a fascination of Ditko. His tales from the Atlas (Marvel) and Charlton Comics are still being studied and copied today. Here, with first volume of Ditko Monsters, is Gorgo. This creature is loosely based on a cross between King Kong and Godzilla and was actually a feature film in 1961. Later that year Charlton published a 23-issue comic based on the monster movie and a three issue follow-up series ran from 1962-64. Unfortunately, for the die-hard Gorgo fans this is an incomplete volume as it only collects the books that Ditko worked on: #1-3, #11, #13-16 and The Return of Gorgo #2-3. Still, for the Steve Ditko collector, this is an indispensable volume that must be added to you collected editions library.
Collects Gorgo #1-3, #11, #13-16 and The Return of Gorgo #2-3, $34.99

and…

Roy Thomas Presents Phantom Lady The Collected Works Volume 1 HC (PS Artbooks)
Roy Thomas Presents Phantom Lady The Collected Works Volume 1 HC (PS Artbooks)

Roy Thomas Presents Phantom Lady The Collected Works Volume 1 HC (PS Artbooks)
Gorgeous and scantily clad, The Phantom Lady was everything a boy wanted in 1941. But it was Matt Baker who gave us even more when he took over as artist with #13; the master of “good girl art” added sex appeal. When #17 hit the newsstands the nation took notice and so did the young men fighting in WWII. Dr. Fredric Whertham also took notice, so much so, that he used The Phantom Lady as ammunition against the comic book industry, itself, in his book The Seduction Of The Innocent. This of course led to the Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency in 1953, and, in turn, led to the creation of the Comics Code Authority in 1954. The ironic thing is that The Phantom Lady’s alter ego was Sandra Knight, daughter of Senator Harry Knight! I would have loved to know what Whertham thought of that! In this volume, which is limited to only 1,700 copies, Roy Thomas presents the very first Phantom Lady comics from both Quality Comics and Fox Features Syndicate. A true collector’s item if there ever was one.
Collects Phantom Lady stories from Police Comic #1-23 and Phantom Lady #13-15, $47.99

and we have a bonus 7th book this week..

Stuck on Star Trek HC (Universe)
Stuck on Star Trek HC (Universe)

Stuck on Star Trek HC (Universe), $19.95
Picked by Shane
If you’re a child of the 70s, some of your fondest memories are from playing with Colorforms. The Colorforms sets let you play in almost any television, movie or comic world you could dream of. The concept was simple… a scene or picture from the featured property was your “playing board” and the set came with a bunch of stick on characters and items that you could place on the board in various ways. Everything was reusable, so you could create an infinite number of scenarios. There were sets featuring Superman, G.I. Joe, Evel Knievel (another 70s mainstay!), Planet of the Apes, rock legends Kiss, you name it. And of course there was a Star Trek set. The Star Trek set leaves me with the fondest memories because for some reason, this is the set I remember loving the most. It was a simple bridge scene and it came with some of your favorite crew members and aliens to play with. This new Stuck on Star Trek book looks to recreate the nostalgia of that famous Colorforms set and amp it up a bit with several scenes from the TV series in a spiral bound book. This looks like a fun throwback for every Trekker or Trekkie that is a child of the 70s. I really can’t wait to get my hands on this book and see what it has to offer. And maybe bring back that child in myself for a little bit!

Now it’s your turn. What books that came out this week do you recommend? Take a look at the sidebar to see this weeks collected edition releases.

6 Collected Editions Worthy Of Your Attention #6

Is there one book that is a “must have” that came out this week? My friends Andy Tom (@AndrewJTom), Chris Campbell (ChrisCampbell8), Marc Diefenderfer (@Dief88), Shane Hannafey, Adam Besenyodi (@adambesenyodi), and I (@ChrisCCL) are sharing six comic book collected editions, reprints and/or graphic novels released this week that you may be interested in.

Legends Of The Dark Knight Alan Davis HC (DC Comics)
Legends Of The Dark Knight Alan Davis HC (DC Comics)

Picked by @AndrewJTom
Legends Of The Dark Knight Alan Davis HC (DC Comics)
FINALLY! Yeah, I’ve been waiting on this book for awhile. Those of you who are “extra-savy” may remember that we were supposed to get this volume last year. Well… it shipped to your favorite LCS, but when the first few stores opened the book, some sharp Bat-phile noticed a printing error. Much to DC’s credit, they told the retailers to pack these up and ship them back. Now in February of 2013, it’s back in the stores (and this time on the shelves). This book is now corrected and ready to be consumed by millions of Bat-fans. This volume in the Legends of / Tales of series marks the first volume to celebrate a “living” Batman artist, the legendary Alan Davis. Primarily known for his work on Excalibur and Captain Britain, Alan has provided some of the most beautiful Batman pages of yesterday. His line is reminiscent of the great Don Newton, but with a flair all his own. Even if you’re not collecting the Batman “Classic Artists” books, this is a hardcover that will harken back to the good ole days of Batman, but with a style that you’ll recognize as one of comic’s top talents of today.
Collects Detective Comics #569-575, Batman: Full Circle #1 and a story from Batman: Gotham Knights #25, $39.99

and

Dave Stevens' The Rocketeer Artist's Edition HC (2nd Printing), $75.00 (IDW)
Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer Artist’s Edition HC (2nd Printing), $75.00 (IDW)

Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer Artist’s Edition HC (2nd Printing), $75.00 (IDW)
So… A few years back when IDW acquired the license to publish the Rocketeer, I’d imagine that nearly everyone was like myself. I thought, “Cool! I can get the $30 hardcover, the $70 Slipcase Hardcover, or whatever this Black & White Artist’s Edition thing is for (gasp) $100″. I’ll admit, I bought the $30 book and passed on whatever the heck this Artist’s Edition” thing was. Man O’ Man was I ever wrong. I’m now beating my head against the wall because I was too foolish to understand what this new format was (let alone order one of these books). It turned out to be nothing less that the very story I sought, but read as if I was sitting at the artist’s drafting table, reviewing the pages in a dimly lit basement with a single light bulb hanging above my head. Dave Steven’s small body of work is some of the strongest that the medium has ever seen; and we’re all better for experiencing the legacy that he’s left for us. If there’s one thing that the Artist Edition format has taught us is that original art as beautiful as the work produced by the late Dave Stevens deserves to be enjoyed by everyone. Due to the generosity of the folks at IDW, they’ve decided to provide us with a second printing of this monumental book, and given all of us fools who’ve missed out on the first printing… a redo.

Doctor Who Franchise American Influence Fan Culture And The Spinoffs (McFarland) SC, $35.00
Doctor Who Franchise American Influence Fan Culture And The Spinoffs (McFarland) SC, $35.00

Picked by Shane
Doctor Who Franchise American Influence Fan Culture And The Spinoffs (McFarland) SC, $35.00
I remember coming home from school in my Junior high school years and turning on the TV to PBS. The home of Sesame Street and the Electric Company was also home to some great scifi from across the pond. My first vision of Doctor Who was the scarfed Tom Baker playing the fourth Doctor and to this day, he will always be my favorite one. He was the first Doctor who made his way to our airways and it continued until the untimely (I say untimely, but it had actually been on the air in the UK for 26 years) demise of the series in 1989 with actor Sylvester McCoy. In 1996 there was a try to revive the Doctor with a joint UK /American made movie. Paul McGann did a great job playing the Doctor, but alas it was not to be.
In 2005 after a long hiatus of not being on the air, Doctor Who was once again thrust upon the airwaves in the UK. Unfortunately Americans had to find alternative ways to watch it, but that made it all the more popular and sought after in this country. After a while BBC America started airing the episodes. Today they coincide with the UK Premieres and we are on the third Doctor of the new era, Matt Smith. This new era also spawned a series of spin-offs including the very popular Torchwood series, which last season became an American co-production. This new resurgence of Doctor Who has made it more popular than ever before in its home country and in the US. I’m really looking forward to this book to explore more about Doctor Who and find out about its influence on American pop culture and science fiction.

X-Force Omnibus Vol. 1 HC & DM Variant (Marvel)
X-Force Omnibus Vol. 1 HC & DM Variant (Marvel)

Picked by @Dief88
X-Force Omnibus Vol. 1 HC & DM Variant (Marvel)
Although its “Marvel Premiere Classics” line is now officially dead and buried, Marvel has been doing a good job of shifting many of its MPC hardcover series to other formats. And while some may question the suitability of Rob Liefeld’s X-Force for the Omnibus treatment (rather than, say, the deluxe paperbacks that Guardians of the Galaxy got), it’s good to see this material finding a new home nonetheless. While these comics aren’t likely to set your world on fire, you do get more bang for your buck with this volume than Marvel has offered in some of its other Omnibus editions lately. Even for the non-Liefeld fan, there are some things to like here: there’s X-Force’s crossover with Todd McFarlane’s Spider-Man series, for example, as well as the John Romita Jr.-drawn Cable: Blood and Metal miniseries that was omitted in previous X-Force collections.
Collects New Mutants (1983) #98-100 and Annual #7, X-Men Annual (1970) #15, X-Factor Annual #6, X-Force (1991) #1-15, Spider-Man (1990) #16, Cable: Blood & Metal #1-2, and material from New Warriors Annual #1 and X-Force Annual (1992) #1, 848 pages, $99.99

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Volume 4 Sins Of The Fathers TP, 7.99 (IDW)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Volume 4 Sins Of The Fathers TP, 7.99 (IDW)

Picked by @ChrisCampbell8
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Volume 4 Sins Of The Fathers TP, 7.99 (IDW)
The first year of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ongoing series is behind us, and it’s apparent that things are only going to get bigger and better heading into the second year. Dan Duncan has left the title, but Tom Waltz and Kevin Eastman continue to provide a compelling mix of stories and development. This volume collects two shorter story arcs, culminating in issue number 16, which is the best single issue of TMNT I’ve read in years. This is a volume not to be missed.

Bloodshot Vol. 1: Setting The World On Fire TPB (Valiant)
Bloodshot Vol. 1: Setting The World On Fire TPB (Valiant)

Picked by @ChrisCCL
Bloodshot Vol. 1: Setting The World On Fire TPB (Valiant)
Valiant made a huge return to the comic book market in 2012 ushering in five of their most beloved titles: X-O Manowar, Archer & Armstrong, Harbinger, and Shadowman. But I was most excited for Bloodshot. It was one of the few Valiant comics I read in the 1990’s and I’m proud to say I still own the issues. Now, thanks to the Valiant Universe reboot (think DC Comics New 52), Bloodshot is back and spearheaded by writer Duane Swierczynski. It contains many of the elements of the original hero including being a deadly assassin with a terrible case of memory loss. This past summer when #1 was published I quickly picked it up and enjoyed every panel, but for some reason or another I failed to get the rest from my comic shop. By the time #6 came out I decided to buy them all digitally – and I’m glad I did. Reading each issue back-to-back made the first Bloodshot arc more understandable and it moved at a nice, even pace. And that’s why I recommend this trade for this week. If you haven’t jumped into the new Valiant Universe, now is an excellent time to do so.
Collects Bloodshot #1-4 (2012), $14.99

Now it’s your turn. What books that came out this week do you recommend? Take a look at the sidebar to see this weeks collected edition releases.