Tag Archives: Star Trek

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.

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.

and…

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.

and…

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.

CCL Podcast #368 – Days Of Future Podcast

X-Men Days Of Future Past HC (Marvel)
X-Men Days Of Future Past HC (Marvel)

Collected Comics Library Podcast #368
38.7Mb; 40m 17s

It’s been a few weeks since I last had a solo podcast, so I have a lot of catching up to do. I can tell you that I’ve read a few books, namely:

Nightwing: Old Friends, New Enemies (DC Comics) which collects the Nightwing/Speedy team-ups from Action Comics Weekly. It takes place shortly after Dick has left Batman as a partner but is still a member of the Titans. The first of the two tales was much more violent than I thought it would be including sex and drugs.

March by Rep. John Lewis (Top Shelf) the fist in the trilogy of life in the southern US in the 60’s. The details are sometimes hard to read and the language is not for the faint of heart, but t is a true story and one that should never be forgotten. I commend Chris Starros for taking on this project.

A few others that I have on my to read list include:

  • The First Kingdom by Jack Katz (Titan)
  • The Superman Dailies – Silver Age (IDW)
  • Star Trek Newspaper Strips Volume 1 (IDW)
  • Peanuts Sundays 1952-55 (Fantagraphics)
  • Heroic Tales: The Bill Everett Archives Volume 2 and Impossible Tales: The Steve Ditko Archives Volume 4 Blake Bell (Fantagraphics)

I also go over details of X-Men Days Of Future Past HC (Marvel) which is due in 2014, including the fact that Days Of Future Present will be collected, as well. Yeah!!!

Lastly I go over the 2013 Harvey Award winners – the big winner his year was Saga

Chris

Please visit my site sponsors: In-Stock Trades and Forbidden Planet International (UK)

In the USA…
Top Sellers this week! In Stock Trades
In the UK and Europe…
Pre-order books from Forbidden Planet International
Age Of Ultron HC
Uncanny X-Men Omnibus HC Vol 1 (New Ptg)
Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus HC Vol 1 (New Ptg)
Iron Man By Kurt Busiek And Sean Chen Omnibus HC
East Of West TP Vol 1 The Promise
Guardians Of Galaxy Prem HC Vol 1 Cosmic Avengers
Walking Dead HC Vol 9 (MR)
Mighty Thor Omnibus HC Vol 2 Dm Var Kirby Ed
Wonder Woman HC Vol 3 Iron (N52)
Animal Man TP Vol 3 Rotworld The Red Kingdom (N52)
Marvel – 40% off Special until Oct. 2 – Spider-Man By Roger Stern Omnibus HC Cover B
DC – 40% off Special until Oct. 2 – Green Lantern Corps Vol 3: Willpower HC
Indie – 40% off Special until Oct. 2 – Creepy Archives Vol 18 HC
Manga – 40% off Special until Oct. 2 – Intron Depot Vol 5: Battalion
Classic – 40% off Special until Oct. 2 – We3 Deluxe Edition HC
Wolverine By Larry Hama & Marc Silvestri Vol 2
Young Avengers Vol 2: Alternative Culture
The Wake Part One #1
Angel & Faith Vol 5: What You Want, Not What You Need
Steed And Mrs Peel Vol 2: Secret History Of Space

6 Collected Editions Worthy Of Your Attention #20

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 some comic book collected editions, reprints and/or graphic novels released this week that you may be interested in.

Conan Volume 1 The Frost Giants Daughter and Other Stories HC (Dark Horse)
Conan Volume 1 The Frost Giants Daughter and Other Stories HC (Dark Horse)
Conan Volume 7: CImmeria HC (Dark Horse)
Conan Volume 7: CImmeria HC (Dark Horse)

Picked by @AndrewJTom
Conan Volume 1 The Frost Giants Daughter and Other Stories HC and Conan Volume 7: CImmeria HC (Dark Horse)
There are weeks when a guy looks at the release schedule and (regardless of quality) nothing grabs you and says, “This is a book that I need to check out.”  Well… that’s what happened to me this week.  So, I’m going “back to the bookshelf”.
Recently, I started following Cary Nord on Twitter and it reminded me of how much I enjoyed his work on his often underappreciated Conan run from Dark Horse.  You see… a few years ago I decided that I was going to try reading some Conan comics.  I bought a copy of Savage Sword of Conan (Vol. 1) and I found a couple of the more recent Conan trades on the ding and dent shelf at my LCS.  What I discovered in those trades was absolute gold.  Kurt Busiek and Cary Nord have crafted a series of Conan comics (currently available in trade and HC) that are so enjoyable that I’ve read several of them on multiple occasions.  With these Conan trades you can jump in anywhere and be swept away to lands with fierce monsters, dastardly villains, and beautiful women.  They’re modern in style, yet “pulpy” in feel.
Around vol 6 or so, Busiek and Nord turned the creative duties over to Tim Truman and Tomas Giorello.  The goodness that Kurt and Cary started continued into their run.  These men crafted some great stories as well; and the Conan series of books doesn’t miss a beat.  Along with the beautiful artwork of Giorello, we get art by three of my favorites, “Papa” Joe Kubert, Richard Corben, and Darick Robertson.
Once again, I’ll stress that these trades are written so that you can “jump in” on any volume, while still maintaining a running narrative through all of them (personally, I started with vol. 6, 7 & 8… vol. 7 being my favorite).  I HIGHLY recommend that you check these books out.  Most of the trades are priced around $16-$18 (before any discount) and clock in at around 190 pages (a great value these days).  Also, because (I love all of you CCL readers so much J).  I had a talk with good friend Cameron Merkler (owner of www.instocktrades.com).  I’m very pleased to let all of you know that you can buy any of Dark Horse’s Conan books (even the older stuff) at a discount of 45% off.  Just go towww.instocktrades.com and Cameron will hook you up (btw, order $50 worth of stuff and you get free shipping to).  Now go read some Conan!!!!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Works, Vol. 1 HC (IDW)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Works, Vol. 1 HC (IDW)

Picked by @CaptDS9E
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Works, Vol. 1 HC (IDW)
The first seven issues of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series plus the Raphael Micro-Series issue are collected in this hardcover collection, reproduced in full-color, $49.99
Since IDW picked up the TMNT license, they have been releasing the original B&W versions in every single way possible. Then they continued by  releasing newly colored versions in issue form. So it was only a matter of time before the first Hard Cover of those arrived. This collection covers issues 1-7 of the original main series, and the the original Raphael One shot, in it’s new colored glory. Everyone knows who the TMNT are at this point. There have been multiple animated series, one animated movie, and 3 live action movies, with one more on the way. Add in the brand new comic series by IDW (which I also highly recommend), and you know the tale of Mikey, Donnie, Leo, Ralph, Splinter and April. However the shocking thing is how many people have never read the original series. If you are a fan of TMNT from the other mediums, or started reading the new TMNT comic series, then you owe it to yourself to go back and pick this book up. Read the stories that made this property one of the greatest pop culture success stories in our lifetime. It’s darker and more mature then the cartoons, movies, and comics, but it is a blast.  You will not be disappointed, go pick it up, or I will send Shredder after you.

Flash Gordon: Zeitgeist Vol. 1 TP (Dynamite)
Flash Gordon: Zeitgeist Vol. 1 TP (Dynamite)

Picked by Shane
Flash Gordon: Zeitgeist Vol. 1 TP (Dynamite), $29.99
Flash Gordon was my gateway drug to the SciFi genre. Some of my first SciFi memories are ones of watching the thirties Flash Gordon serials rerun on my local PBS TV station. From there I discovered other SciFi on TV as well as books and comics. But I always loved Flash Gordon and always returned to him. I was of the generation that watched the Flash Gordon animated series on TV and the 1980 flick on the big screen and I won’t beat around the bush, I loved that cheesy film! I also read a lot of the Flash Gordon comics over the years. Compilations of the early comic strips, any of the old King and Gold Key comics I could get my hands on, as well as the Marvel and DC mini-series. Dynamite has done some great stuff with their licensed properties and Flash Gordon definitely ranks up there among them. I bought the first issue when it hit the stands, but since mostly transitioning over to collected editions, I held out buying the rest of the issues and opted to wait until the trade came out. Taking from some of the original thirties story lines, but also borrowing from other incarnations of Flash Gordon including that 1980 film and throwing in Nazis to boot, this should be a fun read. This 200 page volume contains the complete 10 issue run so check it out!

G.I. JOE: The Complete Collection, Vol. 2 HC (IDW)
G.I. JOE: The Complete Collection, Vol. 2 HC (IDW)

Picked by @adambesenyodi
G.I. JOE: The Complete Collection, Vol. 2 HC (IDW)
Volume 2 contains issues #13-25 along with extras such as character file cards and an introduction by Mark W. Bellomo that sheds light on the creation of the series, $49.99
If I had to pick one book that epitomizes my comic fandom of the ’80s it would be Marvel’s G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero. More than Avengers, more than X-Men, more than Alpha Flight… G.I. Joe was the book my buddy Mark and I called our own. My love of that title led me to devote an entire chapter of my book to the series and exploring the incongruity of that love: I don’t come from a military family, have no male siblings, and my liberal parents raised a liberal me. But somehow G.I. Joe architect Larry Hama found a way to pull me into this jingoistic world right from the Baxter-papered first issue, and straight on through until I bought my last issue four-and-a-half years later. The series has bounced around in the collected editions world… first being reprinted in trade paperbacks by Marvel, then by IDW. Now IDW is bumping the series up with a five-star promotion. The second volume in the gorgeous, hardcover, oversized Complete Collection series includes the legendary “Silent Interlude” issue #21 with the first appearance of Storm Shadow. By all accounts, Mark W. Bellomo is curating this new collection with the same affection so many of us have for the title by presenting issues in their entirety and correct reading order (like including 2008’s issue #21.5 in this volume), fun extras like a vehicle blueprint gallery, and information to properly contextualize the series. This is a must-buy for anyone who came of age reading comics in the ’80s.

Lone Ranger A Little Golden Book Classic HC (Golden Books)
Lone Ranger A Little Golden Book Classic HC (Golden Books)

Picked by @ChrisCCL
Lone Ranger A Little Golden Book Classic HC (Golden Books), $3.99
I know what you’re thinking. At first glance why would Chris recommend a 24 page book aimed for children ages 2-6? It’s simple, really, this Little Golden book was first published in 1956 and is only now getting reprinted. beautifully done by writer Steffi Fletcher and artsistE. Joseph Dreany. No doubt because of the upcoming movie with Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp. So if you want a true classic for all ages — Hi Ho Silver!

and…

Star Trek: John Byrne Collection HC (IDW)
Star Trek: John Byrne Collection HC (IDW)

Star Trek: John Byrne Collection HC (IDW)
Collects Assignment Earth, Crew, Leonard McCoy: Frontier Doctor, and Romulans: Pawns of War, $49.99
John Byrne is of course one of the industry’s greatest writers. His work on X-Men and Fantastic Four is bucket list stuff and he was responsible for rebooting Superman in the 1980’s with Man Of Steel. Here, with his work on Star Trek, is complete and is some of the best Star Trek comics ever written. My personal favorite is Leonard McCoy: Frontier Doctor. It’s a lighthearted 4-issue series that explore Bones shortly before the events of Star Trek The Motion Picture. If you’re a fan of DeForest Kelley or even Karl Urban, this series and hardcover is for you.

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 #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.