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6 Collected Editions Worthy Of Your Attention #41

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

X-Men: X-Corps TP
X-Men: X-Corps TP

Picked by @Dief88
X-Men: X-Corps TP
Collects Uncanny X-Men (1963) #394-409 and Annual 2001
Published by Marvel
$39.99
Starting in 2001, Grant Morrison catapulted superhero comics into the new millennium in the pages of New X-Men. Can you even imagine being the guy assigned to write Marvel’s other X-Men comic at the time?
But while it may have played second fiddle in its day (and been widely overlooked in the decade since, for that matter), Joe Casey’s run on Uncanny X-Men has a lot going for it. Although the key players of Morrison’s comic are essentially off the table, Casey assembles a great B-team in Angel, Nightcrawler, Iceman, former Generation X member Chamber, and (on occasion) Wolverine. Chamber is an especially inspired choice; his presence makes for some suitably dramatic moments when the team comes up against his former mentor, Banshee, whose new X-Corps organization has been attempting to fight crime through decidedly questionable means. It’s not all perfect – Casey’s run introduces the ill-conceived Stacy X, a mutant prostitute whose power is basically that she can seduce people – but on the whole its unique cast and story structure separate it (in the best way) from most other X-Men collections out there.

Star Trek: The Next Generation / Doctor Who: Assimilation: The Complete Series HC
Star Trek: The Next Generation / Doctor Who: Assimilation: The Complete Series HC

Picked by Shane
Star Trek: The Next Generation / Doctor Who: Assimilation: The Complete Series HC
Published by IDW
$34.99
Crossovers are always hit or miss, especially with well-established franchises. In the nineties, the Star Trek/X-Men crossover wasn’t very well received, but the recent Star Trek/Legion of Superheroes was a pretty solid story. Having both Star Trek and Doctor Who licenses, IDW tempted fate and brought two of television’s oldest science fiction franchises together. The result was a very well written and fairly seamless crossover. Both Doctor Who with his companions and the Next Generation crew fought similar enemies in the Cybermen and the Borg, so it was a natural fit to team our heroes together against these horrible adversaries. Both enemies have a mission to basically rob people of their humanity and make them part of a collective consciousness. It was a lot of fun seeing the characters from two iconic scifi shows working together against great odds to try to defeat these nearly unstoppable foes.
I had recommended this series before when the two trades came out. Now we have the option of a nice hard cover edition collecting the entire series. I rarely buy monthlies anymore, but did on this occasion. I couldn’t wait for this series to be collected. If you did wait and haven’t read it yet, there are no excuses now. If you are fan of either franchise or both, you’ll want to read this story.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Vol. 6: City Fall, Part 1 TP
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Vol. 6: City Fall, Part 1 TP

Picked by @CaptDS9E
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Vol. 6: City Fall, Part 1 TP
The latest collection of the red-hot ongoing series kicks off with Kevin Eastman’s solo issue #21, a prelude to the first three parts of “City Fall”
Published by IDW
$17.99
City Fall is the first major event in the latest incarnation of the TMNT comics by IDW. Over the course of the first 7 trades (including the Heroes Micro series, and the Secret History of the Fall Clan) the Shredder has been moving his pieces into place, and has decided finally is now the time to strike and take over the entire city criminal empire. To do so, he will have to not only take down all the major crime families/gangs, but also the Ninja Turtles as well. Moving things into place ,Shredder and his foot clan abduct one of the Turtles closet allies. The turtles with a little bit of help, arrive at the place their friend is being held. A little late, as the Shredder does something horrific to their friend, starting a major battle. What the Turtles do not know, is that this has been Shredder’s plan all along. He has set this up to set up a larger plan. Something so shocking that even I could not believe it when it happened (it even ties back into the Secret History of the Foot Clan series I recommended before),And I’ve read and watched everything ever made of this property. Tom Waltz and Kevin Eastman are doing comic of the year type story telling in this series, but the shining star of this arc is Mateus Santolouco (Secret History of the Footclan) on art. His work is so damn good I had to buy a page from the first issue of City Fall. Hell I may buy another down the road. It’s must see stuff

Cowboy Ninja Viking Deluxe HC
Cowboy Ninja Viking Deluxe HC

Picked by @ChrisPartin
Cowboy Ninja Viking Deluxe HC
Collects Cowboy Ninja Viking #1-10
Published by Image
$39.99
If there was a series I really thought deserved more attention and more issues it would be A.J. Lieberman and Riley Rossmo’s COWBOY NINJA VIKING. The series was about counter-intelligence unit that were transformed into people called Triplets and imbued with multiple personalities, in this case three of them, where they were able to tap their abilities and go into combat. The best of the bunch was a man named Duncan who had the abilities of a cowboy, a ninja, and a Viking.
I had a chance to talk to A.J. Lieberman back on my podcast, Image Addiction, about the series. At this point I was already a huge fan of the series because of Riley Rossmo’s amazing visuals. Lieberman’s conversation with us on the podcast elevated that excitement for the series. There really had been very little like this series before it, and there’s not been anything like it since and it’s a shame this series only lasted ten issues. The possible life this book could have had focusing on various Triplets over the course of a story arc could have been a lot of fun. What does make me happy is to see Image has not given up on this series and is giving it this deluxe hardcover treatment.
The series was originally printed in Golden Age format which really allowed Rossmo the room he needed to produce some of his best work of his career. The trade paperbacks that were released carried on this format, but now having it in an oversized volume collecting all of the series – breath taking! This deluxe hardcover will look great on your shelf as well as great in your hands as you read it over and over again. Definitely a must have in 2013 for me, and it should be for you as well.

Hellboy: The Midnight Circus HC
Hellboy: The Midnight Circus HC

Picked by @AndrewJTom
Hellboy: The Midnight Circus HC
Published by Dark Horse
$14.99
Look… I love me some Hellboy comics. Mike Mignola is responsible for some of my favorite stories over the last 20 years. That said, (I know this may sound “blasphemous”) but my favorite Hellboy stories are the ones drawn by Duncan Fegredo. Now, I know that this makes no logical sense when you consider that caliber of talent that has contributed to the Hellboy mythos in the past. Guys like Mignola and Richard Corben (both Master Cartoonists) have turned in wonderful HB stories. But Duncan Fegredo has really done some career defining work with Hellboy. He’s crafted a Mignola style sensibility, but, with his own flair that makes his issues seem both familiar and fresh at the same time. Hellboy: Midnight Circus is the latest Mignola/Fegredo collaboration. It’s an out of current continuity story that recounts a tale from Hellboy’s youth, which always lends itself to great time in the Hellboy universe. Pick this book up when you get a chance, it’s one that you won’t want to miss.

Impossible Tales: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 4 by Steve Ditko and Blake Bell
Impossible Tales: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 4 by Steve Ditko and Blake Bell

Picked by @ReverendLove
Impossible Tales: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 4 by Steve Ditko and Blake Bell
Published by Fantagraphics
$39.99
I was elated today as I entered my local comic book store and found a copy of “Impossible Tales: the Steve Ditko Archives Volume 4” waiting to jump into my trembling hands.
I have been an admirer of Mr. Ditko’s work since I was a kid and was first introduced to the Maestro of Mystery by his 60′s DC character, the Creeper. I don’t know what it was, but I was entranced, reading that first issue over and over until it passed into comic book heaven. As I grew older, I discovered his work on the Sorcerer Supreme, Dr. Strange and it cemented my love of Ditko’s dark lines of delineation and moody shadow work. Over the past few years, Fantagraphics has been releasing of Steve Ditko Archives covering a lot of his early work from the 1950′s and reprints a lot of his work that I had never seen before these archive editions.
This volume has stories from such classic comics as “Tales of the Mysterious Traveler”, “Out of this World”, “Strange Suspense Stories” and many others including my personal favourite, if for the title alone, “This Magazine is Haunted”. In these stories, you can see hints of future creations and techniques that would later grace the pages of the Atlas monster comics and lead eventually on to Dr. Strange and the Creeper.
When I read these stories, I could see the path that Ditko would continue to tread for decades as he progressed as an artist and a quiet pioneer of graphic storytelling.

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

6 Collected Editions Worthy Of Your Attention #23

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.

(Marvel Now!) Captain America Vol. 1: Castaway In Dimension Z Book 1 Premiere HC (Marvel)
(Marvel Now!) Captain America Vol. 1: Castaway In Dimension Z Book 1 Premiere HC (Marvel)

Picked by @AndrewJTom
(Marvel Now!) Captain America Vol. 1: Castaway In Dimension Z Book 1 Premiere HC (Marvel)
Collects Captain America (2013) #1-5, $24.99
Yeah… I know that I’ve been absent from this column for the last couple of weeks, but I’ve got excuses. Even though, none of you care about the hardships of my life these past few weeks, I need to share them with you in the context of this column. Y’see three weeks ago I chaperoned the 8th grade trip to Washington DC. While this may sound educational and fun, you should know that 8th grade boys aren’t typically model citizens when it comes to proper behavior in the nation’s capital. During the trip we had (not one, but) two buses break down. The very night that I returned home from DC, we had some severe storms that caused flash floods in the area. This included leaving my basement all wet and squishy. I subsequently spent the following week drying my basement; only to get another frog-strangling storm two nights ago that made my basement “squishy” again. Needless to say… I need an escape. My plan of escape is this very hardcover that came out this week. Captain America: Castaway in Dimension Z offers an escape from the real world. This story looks to be a love letter to Jack Kirby and I for one can’t wait to read it. I admit that I’m a big fan of Brubaker’s Cap run; but it’s largely because his stories took place in a more realistic setting. Rick Remender and John Romita Jr. have gone as far away from the Brubaker run as they possibly can. Cap is trapped in an apocalyptic wasteland controlled by Arnim Zola, all the while trying to protect a child. If you’ve only read Brubaker Cap stories in the past… throw out your preconceived notions about what a Cap story should be and escape to Dimension Z along with Steve Rogers and me.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secret History of the Foot Clan TP (IDW)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secret History of the Foot Clan TP (IDW)

Picked by @CaptDS9E
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secret History of the Foot Clan TP (IDW), $17.99
Since joining in on the Pick Six fun, I have already picked the FCBD issue based on the animated series, and a collection of the original TMNT. It’s only fair that I now pick something that has to do with the current series. Because frankly I find the current IDW books at the top of anything coming out in comics these days. This trade is the miniseries TMNT Secret History of the Foot Clan, which collects four issue series written by Erik Burnham with Art Mateus Santolouco . Half of the story takes place Feudal Japan, where we learn about the original unknown founder of the Foot, as well as how Oroku Saki rose to power to become Shredder and eventually lead the organization. As well as learning how his relationship with his good friend Oroku Saki goes south because of Saki’s thirst for power. The other half takes place in the present where the Foot Clan and the TMNT are in a race to be first to  get the Foot Clans secret texts. What secrets will the victors gain by getting there first?   Santolouco is a real force as the book is beautiful, and it’s probably the reason he is moving over to the main book now. I would buy this book just for the art, but it’s a complete package, with a complete story.

Preacher Book One TP (DC Comics)
Preacher Book One TP (DC Comics)

Picked by @Dief88
Preacher Book One TP (DC Comics)
Collects Preacher #1-12, plus pinups from Preacher #50 and #66, $19.99
Much like Marvel has done with its “Ultimate Collection” trades, DC a few years ago began putting some of its completed Vertigo series into nice, thick collected editions. Having recently finished collecting Preacher in hardcover, DC is now giving us another (cheaper!) option and releasing the first volume, which collects the series’ first twelve issues, in trade paperback. Preacher is not a comic for the easily offended, but for those who can stomach its over-the-top violence and near-constant assault on Christian orthodoxy, there’s a compellingly written story that poses interesting questions about religion and how we live our lives in relation to it. With this new edition, as well, DC has chosen an endpoint for the first volume that actually allows it to work as its own, self-contained story – and it’s only $19.99!

Marvel Noir: Daredevil/Cage/Iron Man TP (Marvel)
Marvel Noir: Daredevil/Cage/Iron Man TP (Marvel)

Picked by @ChrisCCL
Marvel Noir: Daredevil/Cage/Iron Man TP (Marvel)
Collects Daredevil Noir #1-4, Luke Cage Noir #1-4 and Iron Man Noir #1-4, $34.99
A few weeks back I recommended Marvel Noir: Spider-Man/Punisher TP (Marvel) and now the third volume of the Noir line is out (the first – X-Men and Wolverine Noir came out in April). There’s not much more to say other then if you liked the first two volumes, then you’ll want to finish the series. The Noir line is dark, gritty and sometimes goes to the MAX, so to speak. Let me know in the comment section if you like this type of Elseworlds Marvel and what characters you would like to see next.

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Wolverine First Cuts TP (Marvel)
Wolverine First Cuts TP (Marvel)

Wolverine: First Cuts TP (Marvel)
Collects X-Men Origins: Wolverine #1, Uncanny X-Men (1963) #118-119, Wolverine (1982) #1-2, Marvel Team-Up (1972) #83-85 and material from the Best Of Marvel Comics HC, $19.99
OK I get it you didn’t go out and plop down $200 for the Wolverine: The Adamantium Collection HC Slipcase (Marvel). If you still need your Wolverine fix, I highly suggest this book. The short coming is that it only collects two of the four Frank Miller issues of the must own mini-series, but it does collect the rare story The Hunter from Best Of Marvel Comics HC published in 1987.

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Complete Harold Gray's Little Orphan Annie Volume 9 1940-1941 HC (IDW)
Complete Harold Gray’s Little Orphan Annie Volume 9 1940-1941 HC (IDW)

Complete Harold Gray’s Little Orphan Annie Volume 9 1940-1941 HC (IDW), $49.99
We comic book snobs like to think we know all about Annie. Harold Gray’s little orphan was a strip long before we were dragged to the 1982 movie staring the great Carol Burnett and singing about Tomorrow. But did you know that the musical was nominated for Best Revival Of A Musical at the 2013 Tony Awards? It lost out to Pippin – talk about a Hard-Knock Life! At least it’s refreshing to know that IDW continues to reprint the classic strip as part of their Library of American Comics imprint.

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.

2 Collected Editions and 9 Free Comic Book Day Comics Worthy Of Your Attention #17

After a week off due to C2E2, the CCL Friday Feature is back! As a bonus, some of us recommend a Free Comic Book Day book to you! Enjoy!

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.

Get Jiro! TP (DC Comics/Vertigo)
Get Jiro! TP (DC Comics/Vertigo)

Picked by @AndrewJTom
Get Jiro! TP (DC Comics/Vertigo), $14.99
Who would’ve thought that a guy like Anthony Bourdain had it in him to write a comic? Not only did he write a comic… he wrote a GREAT comic. Last year I was up at Wizard World Chicago and I was digging around in one of those $5 trade bins. When low and behold, I pulled out the new Get Jiro HC (which I’d heard Chris Neseman swoon over on a recent EOC podcast). I snatched this sucker up lickety-split, gave the foolish vendor my $5 and stuffed that bad boy in my backpack. Eventually, the books I brought home from the show made it to the top of my Regina pile (If you don’t know what a Regina Pile is, check www.urbandictionary.com). I was shocked by the goodness that was in this book. There’s really nothing that I can say to accurately describe this book, except that it’s something that you need to experience for yourself. This isn’t a book for “foodies”, it’s a book for comic nerds, film geeks, and foodies. Don’t expect this book to be like a $100 steak dinner. This book is more like a great burger and fries prepared by the hands of a master griller. Not exactly the most sophisticated of high art, but ohhhhh soooo good, and just what you needed.

Iron Man/War Machine: Hands Of The Mandarin TP (Marvel)
Iron Man/War Machine: Hands Of The Mandarin TP (Marvel)

Picked by @Dief88
Iron Man/War Machine: Hands Of The Mandarin TP (Marvel)
Collects War Machine (1994) #8-10, Iron Man (1968) #310-312, Force Works #6-7 and material from Marvel Comics Presents (1988) #169-172, $24.99
If you’re looking for some never-before-reprinted Iron Man stories featuring characters from Iron Man 3 this FCBD, Hands of the Mandarin is your ticket. This era of Marvel comics tends to get a bad rap (and for good reason, in some cases), but you could do a lot worse than the mini-crossover collected in this trade. Included are all of the “prologue” issues, as well as tie-in issues of Force Works, an underrated series that featured early superhero writing by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. This trade should also definitely be on the radar of anyone who picked up War Machine Classic Vol. 1, since we’re unlikely to see a second volume and Hands of the Mandarin picks up right where that trade leaves off.

(FCBD) TMNT The Animated Adventures (IDW)
(FCBD) TMNT The Animated Adventures (IDW)

Picked by @CaptDS9E
(FCBD) TMNT The Animated Adventures (IDW)
Contrary to popular belief, there are a lot of comics that are good for kids to read. So I decided my two picks for FCBD, would be titles that both parents and kids could read together and have fun with.  The first is TMNT New Animated Adventures which is based on the  animated series that airs on Nickelodeon every Sunday morning. For those who do not know , the series is about four mutant turtles, and their allies, who try to stop the evil forces of the Shredder, Karai, and the evil aliens named the Kraang.  There is always a great mix of action, comedy and all around fun make this book a must read for fans of the series, as well as new readers interested in this very popular property.
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(FCBD) Atomic Robo and Friends (Red 5)
(FCBD) Atomic Robo and Friends (Red 5)

(FCBD) Atomic Robo and Friends (Red 5)
The second book is Atomic Robo and Friends. I recently caught up on every Atomic Robo release, and I am  Pissed it took me so long to finally read them, as they are fantastic. Atomic Robo is a wise cracking Living Robot who was created by famous scientist Nicola Tesla. Every chapter of this series is a different adventure spanning a period of Robo’s life. Sometimes we see when Robo was newly created, and fighting a  creature from a different dimension, sometimes we follow his adventures in WWII fighting crazy Nazi scientists, and sometimes fighting a smart talking dinosaur. Anything is possible in this series, which makes every arc feel like a new book.
So on FCBD make sure to pick these two issues up, as you will not be upset with your choice, and either will be the kid your are bringing with you. Enjoy!

(FCBD) Mouse Guard (Archaia)
(FCBD) Mouse Guard (Archaia)

Picked by @adambesenyodi
(FCBD) Mouse Guard (Archaia)
For the fourth year in a row, Archaia Studios Press is featuring David Petersen’s Mouse Guard as their Free Comic Book Day offering. After a brief departure in format last year, the distinct square flip book design returns this year. Set in the past of this now familiar world of altruistic, anthropomorphic mice that protect those that need protecting, the FCBD book features a backstory about young Sadie, further developing the rich history of these characters and their realm. As impressive as it is to realize Petersen writes, draws, colors, and letters the book, the more impressive feat is creating a completely immersive world filled with genuine characters and real emotion. It’s an all-ages book with adventure and heart. The original series was the first comic book I read to my kiddo when he was old enough to understand the medium. And it’s a series that we both still read to this day. If you’ve never picked up a Mouse Guard book – or a comic book, for that matter – I couldn’t recommend this any more highly. Get out and find your local comic book shop on Free Comic Book Day, pick up a copy of Mouse Guard, maybe buy a book or two while you’re there, and feel good about supporting your local community and the medium we love!

(FCBD) Prince Valiant (Fantagraphics)
(FCBD) Prince Valiant (Fantagraphics)

Picked by Shane
(FCBD) Prince Valiant (Fantagraphics)
When I was young, nothing excited me more than stories set in the realm of King Arthur. That is why I always loved reading Prince Valiant. To this day, I read it every Sunday in my local paper. The problem with reading an epic story like this is the pacing. Reading a grand adventure a few panels at a time every week is painstaking. That is why I am always happy to see collected editions of these strips, so I could read a whole adventure in one sitting instead of reading it over a few months span. This FCBD edition collects two stories, Home Again and The Challenge. I look forward to reading them both and I think you will too!
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(FCBD) 2000AD Special (2000AD)
(FCBD) 2000AD Special (2000AD)
(FCBD) Judge Dredd Classics (IDW)
(FCBD) Judge Dredd Classics (IDW)

(FCBD) 2000AD Special (2000AD) and (FCBD) Judge Dredd Classics (IDW)
People who know me well, think I’m an anglophile (a person who greatly admires or favors England and things English). As I sip my Earl Grey tea, I like to watch my Doctor Who, Monty Python or (insert BBC comedy or Scifi show here). Over time, I’ve also sought out other things British, like their comic books. Such as the stories of Judge Dredd and other classics from the 2000 AD series. The recent Dredd film has seemingly opened the floodgates. We Americans are getting reprints and new stories from these British Scifi worlds. I am really looking forward to both the 2000 AD special and the Judge Dredd Classics FCBD editions. The Dredd edition promises some reprints of classic tales, but with an all-new coloring as well as some other bonus material. The 2000 AD special also offers up a Dredd story, but lets us sample some other British Scifi goodness. I look forward to both editions and the many other fun books this Free Comic Book Day. I have made it a tradition for my son and I to go every year and it seems like the offerings keep getting better and better.

(FCBD) Valiant Masters (Valiant)
(FCBD) Valiant Masters (Valiant)
(FCBD) Harbinger Wars (Valiant)
(FCBD) Harbinger Wars (Valiant)

Picked by @chriscampbell8
(FCBD) Valiant Masters (Valiant) and (FCBD) Harbinger Wars (Valiant)
Valiant Comics has you covered this Saturday, with FCBD offerings covering the past, present, and future of the Valiant Universe. The reason that they’re able to cover so much ground is that they’re actually offering two different comics. Amazing, right? The first sampler focuses on the recently relaunched series, with a special focus on their first mini-series and crossover event, Harbinger Wars. This sampler should give the reader a good idea of what the new Valiant universe is all about – great characters, crisp writing and beautiful art. The downside? This is just a sampler, so if you flip through this book this weekend, consider taking the plunge with one of the series the next time you’re in the shop. The second sampler deals with the classic Valiant material, and focuses on Ninjak, Shadowman, and Eternal Warrior. This work is definitely from another era, which can be a good thing at times! There are masters at work in these pages, such as Barry Windsor Smith. And this sampler will help you decide if you’re ready to dip your toe into classic Valiant! Happy FCBD!

(FCBD) Star Wars (Dark Horse)
(FCBD) Star Wars (Dark Horse)

Picked by @ChrisCCL
(FCBD) Star Wars (Dark Horse)
Darth Vader and Boba Fett.
Sometimes Adversaries.
Sometimes Allies.
Sometimes Employer and Employee.
Always two of the most popular villains in the history of pop culture.
‘Nuff said. Pick up this book.
There’s also excerpts from the new Captain Midnight series and Avatar: The Last Airbender.

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

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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

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The Next Step In The Evolution Of The Collected Edition

My 1,000 post!

This website, blog, podcast, etc., has always been and always will be about the comic book reprints and collected editions. And when it comes to those books I’ve always leaned on the higher end market like DC’s Absolute’s, Marvel’s Omnibus’, and other big ticket items.

IDW has really come on strong in this category the past few years starting with with the 30 Days Of Night Slipcase and continuing to the Artist’s Editions of today. Wednesday, we got word that IDW has taken the collected edition genre a step further by announcing IDW Limited. These will be just as the names suggests with limited printing – even low as 10 copies! Here is the official PR:

IDW Publishing is thrilled to announce the launch of IDW Limited, a new division that will specialize in producing high-end, collectible editions of their wide catalog of books. Catering to the loyal and committed fans that have helped make IDW a success, IDW Limited books will feature unique elements like original sketches and creator signatures on luxuriously designed packaging not available anywhere else. These top-of-the-line rarities will aim to enhance and expand existing books, providing beautiful reading and collecting experiences fans will be proud to display on their shelves.
The first book offered from IDW Limited (www.idwlimited.com) will be the four-issue collection of IDW’s best-selling new series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Vol. 1, Change Is Constant. The Deluxe Limited Edition will be released in three tiers, each with extremely low quantities available exclusively through the IDW limited website, IDWLimited.com. Fans can expect hand signatures from TMNT co-creatorKevin Eastman, series artist Dan Duncan, and series writer Tom Waltz, as well as original hand-sketched art from Dan Duncan packaged with each book in a specially hand constructed, deluxe case.

“This edition of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Vol. 1: Change Is Constant is nothing short of spectacular,” said Kevin Eastman, co-creator of TMNT. “The Turtles have been presented in a variety of formats over the years, but this book is truly a prized collector’s item for Turtle fans.”

IDW Limited books are offered in multiple tiers so that fans can select the degree of collectability that is important to them. Each print run is hand-numbered and strictly limited. All three tiers include a signature plate signed by the books creators. In addition to signatures, collectors can expect the following:
-Red Label Edition is limited to 175 copies, features a custom cover, is housed in a limited edition slipcase and paired with an artist’s portfolio containing a unique, spot-color sketch of one of the Ninja Turtles done by series artist Dan Duncan.
-Black Label Edition is limited to 25 copies featuring the IDW Limited custom cover and is housed in a hand built traycase, along with an artist’s portfolio containing a multi-color illustration of two classic TMNT characters by series artist Dan Duncan.
-Blue Label Edition, the rarest tier being offered, is limited to only 10 copies! For this special version, series artist Dan Duncan will be creating full color illustrations of the entire Turtle team in action. Each book is packaged with the IDW Limited cover inside a hand built tray case.

According to Jerry Bennington, IDW Limited’s Director, “We wanted to give fans a top-of-the-line creative experience with the books they love in a truly special format.” He went on to add, “these rare editions will not only be special and limited in quantity, they’ll also include unique content found nowhere else. This may be the only way most fans could ever hope to own a signature, sketch or illustration from one of their favorite artists or creators.”
In addition to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, fans can also expect a complete line of limited edition books and merchandise of their favorite titles including Transformers, G.I. Joe, Alan Robert’s Crawl To Me and menton3’s Monocyte this fall, and many more to follow.

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TMNT: CHANGE IS CONSTANT DELUXE LIMITED EDITION (RED-$125.00/BLACK-$250.00/BLUE-$350.00; 192 pages; 9” x 12”; hardcover) is now available for pre-order.

Now, I’ve always been bearish when it comes to limited editions, mostly due to comic stores eating them up and selling them on eBay or other markets for a much higher price. This tiered model is a bit different. I don’t see Joe’s Comics running out to buy a Blue Edition only to have it sit on a shelf and make no money for the next 3 years. I hope we, the regular buyers, will get a chance to own these great books and appreciate them for what they are and not just reselling them for a quick buck. IDW CEO Ted Adams says, you’ll only get to buy these books (and other limited items) directly through the IDW website. This way IDW can monitor who the buyers are and to possibly take care of any repeat offenders of this practice.

TMNT is not the only Limited on the docket. Other products include: Transformers, G.I. Joe, Alan Robert’s Crawl To Me, and menton3’s Monocyte. More to come on those, for sure.