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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
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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

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6 Collected Editions Worthy Of Your Attention #29

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), 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.

Willard Mullin's Golden Age Of Baseball Drawings 1934-1972 HC (Fantagraphics)
Willard Mullin’s Golden Age Of Baseball Drawings 1934-1972 HC (Fantagraphics)

Picked by @AndrewJTom
Willard Mullin’s Golden Age Of Baseball Drawings 1934-1972 HC (Fantagraphics), $29.99
I just want to throw this one out there for you all to see. Otherwise, I can totally see how this book will go unnoticed by the masses. To be perfectly honest, I have little to “no” idea what is in the body of this 200 page book. But what I DO know is this… Fantagraphics publishes REALLY high quality books, Willard Mullins was a FANTASTIC cartoonist who focused on sports (primarily baseball). Charles Shultz respected Mullins so much that Lucy once claimed she was gonna’ sue Willard Mullins in a Peanuts strip. The last thing that I “know” about this book is that if all of you baseball fans out there order this book from my LCS, they’ll probably run out and I’ll have to order one and practice a seldom used skill… patience.

and…

Mark Schultz's Xenozoic Complete TP (New Printing) (Flesk Publications)
Mark Schultz’s Xenozoic Complete TP (New Printing) (Flesk Publications)

Mark Schultz’s Xenozoic Complete TP (New Printing) (Flesk Publications), $39.95
This is a special week for me. It’s not because I get to write about a book that I am especially excited about. It’s because I have the opportunity to share my love for a book with all of you; and (thanks to a new printing with an all new cover) you now have the chance to experience this book for yourselves. The book I’m talking about is Xenozoic by Mark Schultz. Xenozoic reprints the entirety of Mark Schultz creator owned series Xenozoic Tales (also known as Cadillacs and Dinosaurs). I’m not gonna’ run down the story synopsis for you (you can go over to www.instocktrades.com and read it in the solicit). I will tell you that in this tome you’ll experience something that we rarely see in a cartoonist. You’ll see Mark Schultz grow as a storyteller and as an artist. If you compare the first and last page of this book, you’ll see the strides that Mark has made during his run on the series. And make no mistake, this is some of the most beautiful art you will see on the printed page. The biggest error one could make in the next few months is to let this book go out of print without procuring a copy for yourself. I was fortunate enough to score a first printing of this book a few years ago, but soon afterward, it was out of print and unavailable. I was no longer able to recommend this to any of my friends (until now). In addition, IDW will be releasing a Mark Schultz Xenozoic Tales Artist Edition in the next few months. But if you want to enjoy Mark’s stories and craftsmanship in a more economical format, you should definitely pick this up. Flesk has made a wise decision by making this book available again on the dawn of IDW’s Mark Schultz Artist Edition. Lastly, I’ll leave you with this bit of wisdom… I believe it was Vince Bonavoglia who once said that the measure of an artist is directly in correlation to how well they draw a dinosaur. Mark Schultz draws one heckuva’ nice lookin’ dinosaur.

Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan: The Sunday Comics 1931-1933 HC (Dark Horse)
Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan: The Sunday Comics 1931-1933 HC (Dark Horse)

Picked by @ReverendLove
Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan: The Sunday Comics 1931-1933 HC (Dark Horse)
Collects every Tarzan Sunday strip from September 1931 – September 1933, $125.00
When it comes to the comic strip, anything with the legendary Hal Foster’s name attached to it, is worth buying! This week, Dark Horse has put together for us a beautiful over-sized collection of Foster’s Sunday strips from 1931 to 1933 and it is one book that I will be, without a doubt, buying this week.
Now, regular fans of Foster may find his early material disappointing when compared to his later work on Prince Valiant but I have always been a fan of the process as much as the product and actually really enjoy seeing the first steps of a future master of the art form. Foster’s figures and faces, even with his early work, are solidly constructed and sizzle with beauty and grace that few in the comic strip business could match.
Hal Foster began illustrating the weekly Tarzan in 1929 and did so for only 7 months before he was replaced by Rex Mason. Almost two years later, Foster returned and took the reins of the Tarzan Sunday colour strip in 1931 and continued on until May of 1937 when he was replaced by Burne Hogarth. Foster had reportedly grew weary of working on other people’s characters and set to creating his own strip, the now classic Prince Valiant which began a few months before he was relieved of his Tarzan duties. If there is any down side to this fabulous tome of Foster’s work, it’s the $125 price tag which may scare away the novice collector…but not myself!
When it comes to comic strips…there are few adventure strip artists as talented and skilled as Hal Foster.

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Superman: The Silver Age Newspaper Dailies, Vol. 1: 1958 - 1961 HC (IDW)
Superman: The Silver Age Newspaper Dailies, Vol. 1: 1958 – 1961 HC (IDW)

Superman: The Silver Age Newspaper Dailies, Vol. 1: 1958 – 1961 HC (IDW)
Collects almost 800 strips from December 15, 1958 – July 1, 1961, $49.99
The summer sun was as oppressive as Superman’s heat vision today as I walked into my local comic book shop and found the first volume of Superman: the Silver Age Dailies 1959-1961 from IDW’s Library of American Comics waiting for me. Right from the start, I was smitten.
I loved the brightly coloured Swanesque art that adorned the cover with it’s strong Silver Age design vocabulary. I sat down with the book in hand, began to peruse the opening chapter and found myself lost in a simpler time of heroes and their wild deeds of daring-do! I have always been a huge fan of Curt Swan, considered by most to be the penultimate Superman artist, and this book, in that regard, will not disappoint the seasoned Swan-meister! They have the innocent quality and corniness as the Superman comics that I loved as a kid and it was a sheer joy to experience that feeling all over again! It’s classic Swan!
Swan was replaced on the dailies by the quirky and campy Wayne Boring, who’d become famous with his barrel chested Superman. I myself, don’t mind Boring’s style but there are a lot of Superman fans out there who don’t share my affection for this particular manifestation of the Man of Steel. I think this book is well worth the read and at only $49.99…it’s a steal!!!
All things considered, Superman: the Silver Age Dailies 1959-1961 is yet another fine addition to the award-winning Library of American Comics label and is one book that this very night, will find its own Fortress of Solitude on my shelves.

Kevin Keller Volume 2 Drive Me Crazy TP (Archie Comics Publications)
Kevin Keller Volume 2 Drive Me Crazy TP (Archie Comics Publications)

Picked by @adambesenyodi
Kevin Keller Volume 2 Drive Me Crazy TP (Archie Comics Publications)
Collects Kevin Keller #5-8, $11.99
The gang from Riverdale never appealed to me growing up, and I never read an Archie comic before Kevin Keller came along. I admit I initially checked out the character because my oldest son is gay and when stories like this get buzz I tend to take notice, but the stories Dan Parent has been creating with Kevin Keller are so enjoyable I have continued to read the comic long after that early hype pulled me in. I’m always happy to see characters like Young Avengers’ Wiccan and Hulkling, and Alpha Flight’s Northstar show up on the pages of my Marvel comics, but there is something to be said for a gay character headlining his own book the way Kevin Keller is. And for that character to not be a superhero, for him to be so ordinary (inasmuch as the denizens of Riverdale High School can be considered ordinary), is what makes the book’s success so remarkable. The issues collected here include stories about first cars, first dates, and teenagers being inspired by their heroes (in this case, Kevin by Star Trek’s George Takei). There is as much value in straight kids picking up a mainstream comic and seeing Kevin Keller among the personalities, as there is value in gay teens being able to find a character that reflects who they are on the pages. That Parent has crafted a character that is just so inherently likable simply makes it all the more satisfying.

and…

Capote In Kansas HC (Oni Press)
Capote In Kansas HC (Oni Press)

Capote In Kansas HC (Oni Press), $19.99
What Ande Parks pulls off with his 2005 Capote In Kansas graphic novel (referred to as “a drawn novel” on the cover) is a perfect echo of what Truman Capote did with In Cold Blood forty years earlier: crafting a riveting nonfiction (and in Parks’ case, graphic) novel. Fictionalizing Capote’s trip to Kansas to research the Clutter Murders for what would become In Cold Blood, Parks projects his own version of Capote’s experience. While using the specter of one of the victims in the storytelling ends up diminishing the actual contributions his childhood friend Harper Lee likely made in the journey Capote took researching In Cold Blood, it’s the juxtaposition of Capote’s New York socialite persona trying to insinuate himself into small town Middle America that’s most compelling. Although I prefer artist Chris Samnee’s work elsewhere more so than here (particularly his runs on Queen & Country, Daredevil, and Thor, The Mighty Avenger), his stark black and white approach is a good fit for the story at hand, reprinted here in hardcover format by Oni.

and a bonus collected edition recommendation from last week…

Avengers: Heavy Metal TP (Marvel)
Avengers: Heavy Metal TP (Marvel)

Picked by @Dief88
Avengers: Heavy Metal TP (Marvel)
Collects Avengers (1963) #286-293, $24.99
In a way, Roger Stern is like Marvel’s forgotten son of the 1980s. The writer had long tenures on several prominent series, including Amazing Spider-Man and Avengers, but for the longest time, there were only a few scattered collections of his work. One of those was the classic Avengers: Under Siege, collecting Avengers #270-277. It’s only in the last year or so, though, that we’ve seen collections of the issues that came immediately after that story, and Avengers: Heavy Metal is the final book in that series (following Avengers: Assault on Olympus, published in 2011). In these issues, Stern completes his run and passes the reigns over to writers Ralph Macchio and Walt Simonson (yes, that’s Simonson writing, not drawing!), with the incomparable John Buscema on art. Although the cast of characters may not be comprised of the A-listers we’ve grown accustomed to seeing in current takes on the Avengers, this book is worth a look just to see how other writers attempted to pick up where Stern left off with his still-celebrated creative run.

and now for something completely different…

Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox Blu-Ray DVD (Warner Home Video and DC Comics)
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox Blu-Ray DVD (Warner Home Video and DC Comics)

Picked by @CaptDS9E
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox Blu-Ray DVD (Warner Home Video and DC Comics), $24.98
In a first for DC’s animated division, they decided to make a feature based on a very recent event. Flashpoint was the story which transitioned the old DC to the new 52. I really enjoyed the comic series, so I was very interested how they would take a story that spanned a miniseries, and a ton of spin-off books into one feature. Barry Allen AKA The Flash wakes in an alternate timeline where he is no longer the Flash. He has no powers, his mother is alive, and the entire planet is different from how he remembers. Atlantis and Themiscyra are at war, most of Europe lies in ruins, parts of the world are ruled by other super beings, there is no Superman, Batman is not the same man, and no one knows who the Flash is. This is just the tip of the iceberg, as everything is turned upside down. Barry needs to find out what is going on, and who caused this. He joins up with this alternate Batman and Cyborg to create a group of super beings to stop the new worlds destruction, and to get things back to the way they should be. I really enjoyed the film as it holds nothing back that was in the comics. Parts of it are very brutal, and it is one of the more adult of the DC animated features. I enjoyed that they tried to stick as much stuff in there as possible, but it’s also the one small issue with the film. Some of the stuff they could have cut, and it would not have been missed. Some other things would really have been great if more expanded upon, or added from the comics. However I really enjoyed it, and it put my fears to rest on using a work that is very recent. Stay tuned afterwards for a tease for the next animated film JL: War based on the first arc on the New 52 Justice League.

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 #16

Is there one book that is a “must have” that came out this week? My friends Andy Tom (@AndrewJTom), Chris Campbell (@ChrisCampbell8), Marc Diefenderfer (@Dief88), Shane Hannafey, Adam Besenyodi (@adambesenyodi), Joey Nazzari (@CaptDS9E), and I (@ChrisCCL) are sharing six comic book collected editions, reprints and/or graphic novels released this week that you may be interested in.

Batman - Year One Hundred TP (DC Comics)
Batman – Year One Hundred TP (DC Comics)

Picked by @AndrewJTom
Batman: Year One Hundred TP (DC Comics) – New Printing
Collects Batman Year One Hundred #1-4, plus a story from Batman Chronicles #11, $19.99
Every once in a while, a critically acclaimed artist will take a shot at one of the icons. Whenever this phenomenon occurs, Batman is typically the target of the creator’s efforts. Several years ago, I was browsing the Batman Black and White statues and saw that one of the more expensive and rare stautes was the Paul Pope statue. I was unfamiliar with Paul Pope at the time but was intrigued by the look and unique take of the Batman. I decided that I would pursue this Paul Pope Batman and promptly checked out Batman: Year One Hundered from the local library. What I discovered was not only a phenomenal artist, but a unique story featuring a story of what may or may not be tied to the Batman that I know and love. I won’t spoil the story for you but understand that this book is both beautiful and worth every penny of your $20. It’s definitely worth a spot on your shelf.

Smallville Season 11 Vol. 1 - The Guardian TP (DC Comics)
Smallville Season 11 Vol. 1 – The Guardian TP (DC Comics)

Picked by @CaptDS9E
Smallville Season 11 Vol. 1: The Guardian TP (DC Comics)
Collects Smallville Season 11 #1-4, $14.99
I was late to the Smallville TV show party, as I started watching when there were only a few seasons left. I went back to watch the entire thing, and the show did have it’s low points, but it also had a lot of high ones as well. So it was great news when DC announced that Smallville would be returning for a Season 11, only this time as a digital first. It is written by Brian Q Miller (one of the writers from the show), and drawn by Pere Perez (both worked on the excellent Stephanie Brown Batgirl series pre New52). This collection is the first four issues worth of story, and picks up six months after the end of the show. Clark stopped Dark Seid’s plans, so the world now finally knows him as Superman. Everything seems pretty peaceful as Clark and Lois have moved onto married life, as have Ollie and Clohe. But as usual it does not stay that way for long. Lex Luthor, who lost his memory towards the end of the show, realizes that someone from his family is more close to him then he could ever imagine, and he starts plotting to once again to take down Superman, leading to the origin of a classic villain. Meanwhile Clohe and Ollie investigate a crashed alien ship, which has some very surprising origins. What they find out will have lasting implications as Season 11 moves on. Vol 1 is a great set up of the things that are to come. As the Digital releases are now a few volumes or so ahead, I can highly recommend this, as you do not want to be left behind for the things that are to come. Lot’s of fun, especially oif you are a fan of the show.

Star Wars - Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison HC (Dark Horse)
Star Wars – Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison HC (Dark Horse)

Picked by @adambesenyodi
Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison HC (Dark Horse)
Collects Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison #1-5, $24.99
If you’re an old school Star Wars fan, there isn’t always a lot to get excited about. But with the prospect of a new trilogy on the horizon that carries the torch from what originally made us fans in the late ’70s and early ’80s, and stories like Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison, the tide appears to be turning. Haden Blackman, probably best known for his work on The Force Unleashed video game and scores of quality in-continuity stories for Dark Horse, delivers again with this taut thriller about a secret maximum security Jedi prison investigated by Vader. Gustin Alessio provides a cinematic window that is often as all encompassing and breathtaking as much of what can be found on the big screen. Come for the art, but stay for the story. Blackman offers up some strong character growth for everyone’s favorite heavy-breathing man in black.

Mars Attacks IDW TP (IDW)
Mars Attacks IDW TP (IDW)

Picked by Shane
Mars Attacks IDW TP (IDW), $19.99
Mars Attacks didn’t do too bad for a franchise based on a trading card series from the sixties. I remember reading a retrospective article about the cards when I was younger and being both fascinated and horrified at the same time. Some of the cards had some incredibly violent imagery. In the eighties there was a mini revival of sorts with a card series reprint, a mini-comic series as well as some regular size comics printed by Topps. I didn’t really collect any of these but I do have some of the mini-comics. It was the hilarious 1996 Tim Burton film that really got me interested in the series. The film had a great cast and paid homage to some of the graphic scenes depicted in those sixties’ cards. But that being said, when IDW got the franchise license I didn’t run out and buy the comics. Then I heard a lot of great things about the series which made me curious. When they put out the 2012 Holiday one-shot, I grabbed one off the stands and was instantly hooked. It had some great stories and artwork within the pages. When they announced the crossover series with other IDW licensed franchises, I was definitely intrigued and hooked in by the covers but didn’t get them all. Now with the trade being released, I’m really excited about picking this up and reading what they did to crossover Mars Attacks with such properties as Kiss, Popeye, Ghostbusters and Transformers to name a few. Also, I’m looking forward to being able to look over all the crossover covers they did for the multi-cover printings. This one is a must buy for me. I like what I’ve read of IDW’s Mars Attacks series and pairing it with some of my favorite characters has me dying to get my hands on this one!!

Modesty Blaise Volume 23 The Girl In The Iron Mask TP (Titan Publishing)
Modesty Blaise Volume 23 The Girl In The Iron Mask TP (Titan Publishing)

Picked by @ChrisCCL
Modesty Blaise Volume 23 The Girl In The Iron Mask TP (Titan Publishing)
Collects the stories 70/Fiona, 71/Walkabout and 72/The Girl In The Iron Mask (September 1990-February 1991), $19.95
I really never read Modesty Blaise. Oh sure, I glanced at the strips in the Detroit Free Press from time to time, but for whatever reason I was never really interested in it. I think that is all about to change thanks to a comp copy of this book I received from Titan. There’s no doubt that this is a sexy and well told comic strip that reminds me much of James Bond and Secret Agent X-9. The entire series that ran from 1963-2000 was written by Peter O’Donnell and the artwork in this book is supplied by the wonderful Enric Badia Romero. Each section has an introduction by Modesty Blaise expert Lawrence Blackmore and also boasts a complete checklist.

and…

Marshal Law: The Deluxe Edition HC (DC Comics)
Marshal Law: The Deluxe Edition HC (DC Comics)

Marshal Law: The Deluxe Edition HC (DC Comics)
Collects Marshal Law #1-6, Marshal Law: Fear And Loathing, Marshal Law Takes Manhattan, Marshal Law: Kingdom Of The Blind, Marshal Law: The Hateful Dead, Marshal Law: Super Babylon and Marshal Law: Secret Tribunal #1-2, $49.99
Make no mistake, there are many people who have been waiting for this book for nearly two years! First announced as the Marshal Law Omnibus from Top Shelf, for whatever reason it was never published and DC picked up the reprint rights. Note that these comics collected here are the solo series and do not include the crossovers with Savage Dragon, The Mask or Hellrasier. Let’s hope there will be a Volume 2. What’s that? Never heard of Marshal Law? Well this comic created by Pat Mills and Kevin O’Neill was first published under Marvel’s Epic line in 1987 and is akin to Judge Dredd. A creator owned property, it has moved around to many a publishing house and is still “ongoing” today. It’s nice to have all the early comics in one place rather then trying to hunt them down – an almost impossible task.

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 #14

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.

Adventures of Superman Jose Luis Garcia Lopez HC (DC Comics)
Adventures of Superman Jose Luis Garcia Lopez HC (DC Comics)

Picked by @AndrewJTom
Adventures of Superman: Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez HC (DC Comics)
Whenever someone asks “Who is the best Batman artist?” we typically all have some type of answer. Though our answers may range from Neal Adams, Greg Capullo, Bruce Timm, or Norm Breyfogle… we typically have an answer and can defend that answer. Now… if someone asks you, “Who’s the best Superman artist?” what do you say? For most of us, this question is a little bit harder to answer. We may even have to think about it for a few minutes. Some of us may bring up Curt Swan, Frank Quitely, or John Byrne. However, when I think about the Superman that I grew up wearing on my pajamas; or the Superman that was on the t-shirt I wore to second grade. It’s typically the Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez Superman. JLGL was the artist by which all DC comic characters were referenced when I was a kid (especially for merchandising). His versions of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Hawkman, Green Lantern, and Aquaman were the versions that were on every piece of merchandise that my parents bought me and his drawings were the style guides by which every artist based their versions at the time in comics history. So it’s no surprise that DC has released this beautiful book in their latest addition to the “creators” series of books. Collected in this volume are a handful of Superman issues, and several issues from (my favorite Superman title) DC Comics Presents. The volume contains appearances by Wonder Woman, Lex Luthor, Solomon Grundy, Supergirl, The Flash, Adam Strange, the Metal Men and Firestorm (The story with Firestorm is a personal favorite of mine). Most of these stories have never been collected and will likely not be collected again. If you’re a Superman fan, have been collecting the “creators” series of hardcovers, both (like me), or you just wanna read some great pre-crisis stories of the Man of Steel, you should definitely pick this up.
Collects Superman #294, #301-302, #307-309 and #347, All-New Collectors Edition C-54 (This is the old Treasury Edition: Superman vs. Wonder Woman) and DC Comics Presents #1-4, #17, #20, #24 and #31, $39.99

Iron Man: Extremis (Marvel)
Iron Man: Extremis (Marvel)

Picked by @Dief88
Iron Man: Extremis (Marvel)
Extremis has sort of become the paradigmatic Iron Man story in the years since it was first published, and that’s due to several factors. One is that Warren Ellis was responsible for its plot, which combines a retelling of Iron Man’s origin (now set in Afghanistan, rather than Vietnam) with a modern-day tale of tech warfare and corporate intrigue. And then there’s Adi Granov’s artwork, which still strikes me with its incredible production values. The images in each panel strike a unique balance between cutting-edge computer graphics and traditional painted art. The clarity of Granov’s work makes it no surprise that he was brought on to help design the costume for the first Iron Man movie, or that Extremis has since been adapted into a motion comic.
Collects Iron Man (2005) #1-6, $14.99

and…

Iron Man: Extremis Prose Novel (Marvel)
Iron Man: Extremis Prose Novel (Marvel)

Iron Man: Extremis Prose Novel (Marvel) , $24.99
Also coming out this month is a novelization of the Extremis storyline, written by Marie Javins – presumably as a tie-in to Iron Man 3, since the movie has been said to be at least partly inspired by the Ellis/Granov storyline. While a part of me wishes that Marvel would focus their prose fiction efforts on telling original stories that wouldn’t work as well either in comics or on film, the fact that they’re devoting resources to producing traditional novels at all is kind of cool, since they haven’t done much of it in the past few years. (Remember all of those Spider-Man and X-Men novels they put out in the early to mid-‘90s? How cool would it be for Marvel to start something like that up again?) At any rate, it’s nice to see Javins on a Marvel project again – if you’ve been reading comics for a while, you might recognize her name from her many credits as a colorist and editor at Marvel in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Iron Man: Season One (Marvel)
Iron Man: Season One (Marvel)

Picked by Shane
Iron Man: Season One (Marvel), $24.99
Those of you who read this Friday feature will know of my love for Shellhead.  The onslaught of books leading up to the premiere of Iron Man 3 has started.  We have five Iron Man titles out this week alone and it is almost a month away from the premiere.  I know what you’re thinking… ANOTHER re-telling of the Iron Man origin?   I didn’t pick up the floppies of this series for that very reason, but now that the hardcover is coming out, I’m excited.  The Season One series has gotten fairly good reviews and we have Howard “American Flagg” Chaykin writing and some beautiful artwork by Gerald Parel.  This is a must buy for my Iron Man collection.  If you are just beginning your journey through the Marvel universe, these Season One editions should bring you up to speed on the characters and what better place to begin but with my favorite, Iron Man!

West Coast Avengers Omnibus (Marvel)
West Coast Avengers Omnibus (Marvel)

Picked by @adambesenyodi
West Coast Avengers Omnibus (Marvel)
The mid-’80s are my childhood comics reading heyday. I was an early teenager and a full-blown Marvel fanatic. I loved the Avengers – both the team and the book. The rotating roster and gamut-spanning exploits (everything from Earthbound to cosmic was fair game) sucked me in on every level. The Vision and Hawkeye were always among my favorites, and to see them butt heads and clash over the Scarlet Witch only added to the drama. When Hawkeye came back from his solo adventure married, and Vision was elevated to team leader as the first team was returning from Secret Wars, I knew things could get interesting. Sure enough, soon Vision was shipping his former romantic rival out to the Golden State to head up the West Coast franchise. The struggles Hawkeye faced as he tried his hand at team leader is the crux of the book, making for a fascinating character study. Throw in the archer’s wife, Wonder Man, Tigra, and an unexpected Iron Man, and you have a dynamic ripe for soap opera adventure!
Collects West Coast Avengers (1984) #1-4; Iron Man Annual #7; Avengers #250; West Coast Avengers #1-16; Vision and the Scarlet Witch (1985) #1-2; Avengers Annual #15; West Coast Avengers Annual #1; material from Avengers (1963) #239, #243-244, #246; and material from Avengers West Coast #100, $75.00

DC Universe Secret Origins TP (DC Comics)
DC Universe Secret Origins TP (DC Comics)

Picked by @ChrisCCL
DC Universe Secret Origins TP (DC Comics)
Reprints of reprints are always a fun thing to recommend. Originally Secret Origins was a series of Giants and covered Golden Age and Silver Age characters – and that’s what we have here. I own all four reprint “trades” individually as there were easy to find at conventions, but if you don’t want to hunt them down, pick up this 320 page softcover. I hope that DC would continue to reprint the full 50-issue series from 1986-1990 and/or the sister series, Who’s Who, that has sadly become lost in time.
Collects Secret Origins (1961), More Secret Origins (1965), Even More Secret Origins (2004), and Weird Secret Origins (2004), $24.99

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6 Collected Editions Worthy Of Your Attention #13

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.

Superman vs. Zod TP (DC Comics)
Superman vs. Zod TP (DC Comics)

Picked by @AndrewJTom
Superman vs. Zod TP (DC Comics)
Growing up in the 70s and 80s was a pretty special time for a comics fan.  In 1978 I was only 7 years old and my parents took me to see one of my favorite characters on the big screen, Superman.  I was in complete amazement at what I saw on screen, but ultimately I was disappointed with the one thing that my 7 year old brain couldn’t understand.  I wondered why the villain was Lex Luthor.  I mean… Luthor was just a regular guy!  Why didn’t they give us Bizarro or Brainiac?  Someone who could actually go toe to toe with Big Blue in a knock down, drag out fight.  A couple of years later (1980) I was 9 years old and my mom dropped me off at the movie theater so I could go see Superman II (back then, kids actually went to the movies by themselves).  What I got this time was exactly what I wanted.  Superman fought three other Kryptonians.  Not only were they Kryptonians, but they were the vilest of Krypton’s criminals.  Superman battled them in the streets of Metropolis and all the way to the north pole in the Fortress of Solitude (what was with the big cellophane “S” anyway?).  After Superman II, I was determined to learn more about these Phantom Zone villains.  Luckily, flea markets in the early 80s were aplenty and old comics were easy to come by on the cheap.  Eventually, I scored a couple of stories from the flea market and/or Harold’s Drug Store. These stories featured General Zod and his sidekicks.  Soon, I also scooped up the Phantom Zone mini-series and my appreciation for Zod was at it’s peak.  But sadly, Zod and company were rarely used after that tremendous mini-series.  Nowadays, General Zod has been redefined and re-imagined by Richard Donner and Geoff Johns.  He’s more similar in appearance to Terence Stamp; and he’s been reestablished as one of Superman’s most interesting and evil villains.  This new collection is pretty thin; but it does offer some early stories of General Zod and the Phantom Zone villains, including a look back at Zod’s treachery on Krypton told by Donner and Johns.  Sadly, this doesn’t collect the beloved “Phantom Zone” mini-series (that’s coming later this year), but this will make a great companion book to the eventual Phantom Zone book (which is a MUST BUY).  The best thing about this collection of old Superman vs. Zod stories is that it’s only $9.99 (which means you can score it at InStockTrades or Amazon for $5 or $6).  At this price, I highly recommend picking this up, it’ll provide you with some good old fashioned comic “fun” and remind you of what comics were like back when you (and your parents) were kids.
Collects stories from Adventure Comics #283, Action Comics #473, #548-549, DC Comics Presents #97 and Action Comics Annual #10, $9.99

LOAC Essentials Vol. 2: The Gumps - The Saga of Mary Gold! (IDW)
LOAC Essentials Vol. 2: The Gumps – The Saga of Mary Gold! (IDW)

Picked by @Dief88
LOAC Essentials Vol. 2: The Gumps – The Saga of Mary Gold! (IDW)
The second in IDW’s “Library of American Comics Essentials” series, this hardcover marks the first reprinting of Sidney Smith’s comic strip The Gumps (which ran from 1917 to 1959) in almost 40 years. Beloved in its day, The Gumps was so popular that readers would actually write in with romantic advice for the strip’s characters. Collected in this volume is one of the series’ most heart-wrenching stories, “The Saga of Mary Gold,” which features a pretty significant “first” in comics history. At the ridiculously low price of $19.99, this is a book that fans of classic newspaper comics should definitely check out.
Collects strips from 1928-1929, $19.99

Judge Dredd Origins TP (2000 AD/Rebellion)
Judge Dredd Origins TP (2000 AD/Rebellion)

Picked by Shane
Judge Dredd Origins TP (2000 AD/Rebellion)
Like most Americans, my first intro to the Judge Dredd character was the 1995 Stallone film which I later found, out had little to do with the actual comic.  That being said, I still enjoyed it for its cheesiness!  But alas, there really wasn’t a lot of US published Dredd books out there at the time.  Fast forward to today and we just got a new Dredd film starring Karl Urban of Star Trek fame as the lead character.  It wasn’t widely distributed in the US but has become a cult classic nonetheless and is much more accurate to the source material.  I bought it blind on Blu-Ray and never have I made a better purchase.  The film also whet my appetite for the further adventures of our helmeted anti-hero.  Now we are getting an abundance of Judge Dredd collected editions to satisfy any American’s curiosity.  As of late, we have had the Case Files series and now we get Origins.  This should be a great starting point for any curious comics fan to dip his or her feet into this universe and learn more about “dreaded” judges in the dystopian future city of Mega-City One that are everything from Police, judge, jury and executioner.  I personally can’t wait to read this!!
Collects all 23 episodes published from 2006 – 2007, $19.99

Bomb Queen Deluxe Edition Volume 1 HC (Image)
Bomb Queen Deluxe Edition Volume 1 HC (Image)

Picked by ChrisCampbell8
Bomb Queen Deluxe Edition Volume 1 HC (Image)
I have a confession to make.  I love absurd comics with violence and humor that push the envelope.  Enter the Bomb Queen.  Written and drawn by Jimmie Robinson, the Bomb Queen is not a new character, but the Deluxe Edition volume 1 that was released this week is sort of a restart of the hardcover line for the series.  I own the previous hardcover effort – appropriately entitled “Omnibust” – but that edition is quite hard to locate, so Jimmie has decided to update the trade dress and begin again.  I’ve already read the material covered in the first Deluxe Edition, but I’ll be buying it again.  Especially since a second volume has already been announced, which will let me continue my reading in my preferred format.  The story itself is awesomely insane and violent, but never takes itself too seriously and is done in a visual style reminiscent of Ryan Ottley and Invincible.  Once part of a quartet of Bomb Queens terrorizing the city, Bomb Queen emerges from her origin tale as the supreme villain in charge of the city.  There are simply no more heroes to fight her, and the government doesn’t want to get involved.  With the aid of her puppet mayor, crime-zones have been established throughout the city, and the people are generally behind her!  Truly a messed-up city that deserves what it gets, right?  Probably, but a challenger has come in the form of a politician looking to defeat the puppet mayor at the polls, and thus eliminate Bomb Queen’s (official) influence.  You can see where this is going.  The series has a wonderful black and dirty sense of humor and very solid art, so if you’re into that sort of thing, jump into this series.  You’ll love it.
Collects Bomb Queen: Royal Flush #1-4, Bomb Queen II: Queen Of Hearts #1-4 And Bomb Queen Vs. Blacklight: Cat Fight (One-Shot), $24.99

Marvel Masterworks: Golden Age Human Torch Volume 1 TPB (Marvel)
Marvel Masterworks: Golden Age Human Torch Volume 1 TPB (Marvel)

Picked by @adambesenyodi
Marvel Masterworks: Golden Age Human Torch Volume 1 TPB (Marvel)
Marvel has done a nice job of translating their hardcover “Masterworks” line to the softcover trade paperback format. And with these Golden Age reprints, there’s plenty to recommend, notably the debut and origin of Torch’s kid sidekick Toro in this particular volume. You’re not misreading the collection contents here, Timely’s Human Torch series kicked off with issue #2 and had two issue #5s (designated as issue #5A and issue #5B). While four issues for $30 is a little steep at first glance, this is more forgiving than some of Marvel’s other mispriced collections of modern story arcs. For starters, originally published in 1940 and 1941, these are 64-page single issues that are long out of circulation. Add to that the remastering, and you’re seeing these classic Carl Burgos, Bill Everett, and Joe Simon comics arguably looking better than they ever did!
Collects Human Torch (1940) #2-5A, $29.99

Day of Judgment TP (DC Comics)
Day of Judgment TP (DC Comics)

Picked by @ChrisCCL
Day of Judgment TP (DC Comics)
Ugh! I hate to be a downer but sometimes a book comes along that the can’t recommend. Today that collected edition is Day Of Judgement. Why? Simply put it’s not complete. The Day Of Judgement event took place with it’s own 5-issue series and nearly 20 tie-in books. It was panned by many, but I picked all the issues up and still have them packed away in a long box in my basement. The story revolved around The Spectre and his search for a new host who eventually will be the fallen Green Lantern,  Hal Jordan. Other supporting heroes hear are an incredible line up: Doctor Occult, Zatanna, Phantom Stranger, Madame Xanadu, Deadman, Raven, Ragman, Alan Scott aka Sentinel and Faust. They come to form the super team, Sentinels Of Magic, which, sadly made their only appearance in this event. Did I happen to mention that the writer of Day Of Judgement was a young, self-starter named Geoff Johns? Of course he went on to be the architect of Green Lantern and other giant event books. I think you know how I would want this collected – as a full size, complete Absolute or Omnibus. For now, we’ll have to settle for this trade.
If there is a silver lining to be had from seeing this trade being released is that we may be getting collected editions of the Hal Jordan/Spectre 27-issue run as well as his appearance in Legends of the DC Universe #33-36.
Collects Day Of Judgment #1-5 and a story from Day Of Judgment Secret Files #1, $14.99

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