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CCL Podcast #373 – The Valiant Masters

Valiant Masters: Bloodshot Vol. 1 HC - Blood Of The Machine
Valiant Masters: Bloodshot Vol. 1 HC – Blood Of The Machine

Collected Comics Library Podcast #373
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If you listened to last week’s show then you’ll know I have started my annual “Adopt A Character” excursion. I picked two things for 2014: The classic Valiant comic books and Namor, The Sub-Mariner.
This week I go over the first four volumes of the Valiant Masters, which can be compared to the the Marvel Masterworks or the DC Archives. The first four volumes are as follows:

Valiant Masters: Bloodshot Vol. 1 HC – Blood Of The Machine
Collects Bloodshot (1994) #1-8 and featuring an all-new, never – before-seen story by the original creative team of Kevin VanHook and Don Perlin, $24.99, Oct. 24, 2012

Valiant Masters: Ninjak Vol. 1 – Black Water HC
Collects Ninjak (1994) #1-6, #0, and #00 and featuring special, rarely seen sketches and process art from the Valiant vault, $24.99, Feb. 27, 2013

Valiant Masters: Shadowman Vol. 1 – Spirits Within HC
Collects Shadowman (1992) #0, 1-7 and material from Darque Passages (1994) #1, $24.99, June 5, 2013

Valiant Masters: Rai Vol. 1 – From Honor To Strength HC
Collects Rai (1992) #1-8, $24.99, Dec 18, 2013

Valiant has also announced:

Valiant Masters: Eternal Warrior Vol. 1 – The Fist And Steel HC
Collects Eternal Warrior (1992) #1-7, Archer & Armstrong (1992)/Eternal Warrior (1992) #8, $24.99

…but has been postponed with no date set…and the just solicited:

Valiant Masters: H.A.R.D. Corps Vol. 1 – Search And Destroy HC
Collects HARBINGER (1992) #10-11 and H.A.R.D. CORPS (1993) #1-6, $39.99, April 16, 2014

That’s a lot to go over, but I do manage to sneak in some Fantagraphics and Dark Horse collected editions news and a bit on the Marvel Cinematic Universe coming to Netflix.

Chris

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6 Collected Editions Worthy Of Your Attention #40

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

The Black Beetle Volume 1: No Way Out HC
The Black Beetle Volume 1: No Way Out HC

Picked by @ChrisPartin
The Black Beetle Volume 1: No Way Out HC
Published by Image
$19.99
Francesco Francavilla is one of those creators that once you see what he can do with a comic book page you can only want to see another and another and… well, you get the point. BLACK BEETLE is Francavilla’s creator owned series at Dark Horse that will make you stand up and pay attention to what he’s capable of as a writer and as an artist.
BLACK BEETLE is a love letter to those pulp comic greats like THE SHADOW and THE SPIDER and there’s not a page or panel that you see in this hardcover that does not remind you of Francavilla’s influence by those characters and stories. The moment you open this book to the time you get to the last page you’re enveloped into a world of action and mystery. There’s very little opportunity to catch your breath and that is what makes this book so enjoyable – there’s no need to slow the pace down. The story is wall to wall action and you’re pulled in and are dragged behind the Black Beetle as he swings from roof tops, punches bad guys, and defeats the big, bad evil guy. All of it, you’re pulled in and Francavilla does an amazing job at keeping you in and entertained.
BLACK BEETLE VOL 1 HC is something that fans of high action and old-school mystery should pick up and be entertained by because that’s what it’s here to do.

Walt Disney's Donald Duck Volume 5: Christmas On Bear Mountain by Carl Bark HC
Walt Disney’s Donald Duck Volume 5: Christmas On Bear Mountain by Carl Bark HC

Picked by @ReverendLove
Walt Disney’s Donald Duck Volume 5: Christmas On Bear Mountain by Carl Bark HC
Published by Fantagraphics
$28.99
I was never a huge cartoon duck fan outside of Howard the Duck and would have remained so if not for picking up Don Rosa’s Eisner winning “the Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck” a few years ago. It turned me into a huge fan of the duck genre and then, to make matters worse, Fantagraphics decided to release an archive series that would collect the work of the Maestro of Cartoon Ducks, the legendary Carl Barks! I was trapped and had to give in to the guilty pleasure that comes from reading a well crafted duck tale.
This volume’s title story, “Christmas On Bear Mountain” is the first appearance of the richest duck of them all, Uncle Scrooge McDuck. In this story, Scrooge is a lot grouchier, bitter and ill tempered than his later incarnations and closer to the Dickens persona rather than Bark’s character. It’s a typical Christmas story with Donald, short on funds again, taking his nephews to Uncle Scrooge’s chalet on Bear Mountain to find some way to celebrate Christmas. As usual, the situation goes from calm to madcap crazy as Scrooge dresses up as a bear to test Donald and his nephews and somehow, a bear cub and his Mother get into the chalet and caught up in the story.
As with the other books in this series, there are a couple of other long form stories including the classic Barks tales “Volcano Valley”, “Adventure Down Under” and one of his more moody graphic works, titled “Ghost of the Grotto”. The book has seven 10 page short gag stories similar to the other books in the series and these certainly do not disappoint. Although the longer form stories are my favourites, I still enjoy Bark’s shorter pieces for their energy, light frivolity and slapstick timing.
I know that whenever I bring up the subject of ducks with my comic book pals, they look at me a-scant but I highly recommend this fabulous collection from Fantagraphics that celebrates the life and prodigious body of work of the Dean of Duckdom, the irreplaceable Carl Barks.

Bloodshot Vol. 3: Harbinger Wars TPB
Bloodshot Vol. 3: Harbinger Wars TPB

Picked by @CaptDS9E
Bloodshot Vol. 3: Harbinger Wars TPB
Collects Bloodshot #10-13
Published by Valiant
$14.99
Valiant’s first big event, The Harbinger war is upon us. When Bloodshot attacks the PRS, all hell breaks loose. The Harbinger children (who have all sorts of special abilities) who were being help captive, escape into the general population. A large group goes into nearby Vegas and takes over a hotel, along with the Harbinger renegades from the proper Harbinger book. In this trade, another group escapes and travels with Bloodshot. Not only trying to evade the PRS who are hunting them down, but the Harbinger Foundation as well. They try to make there way to Vegas to join up with the other escaped group, but even though the young group he travels which thinks him to be their hero, Bloodshot does not realize that he has had a massive impact on these kids lives before, and not all of them who escaped may want his help, or call him ally. Bloodshot has been one of my favorite books since the Valiant relaunch because he is a very interesting character. Not even he knows his true history, because of all the reprogramming done to him over the years. Duane Swierczynski does a great job during this event showing his side of the tale, and Barry Kitson does a great job on the art duties. Not really a jumping on point, but more a recommendation to catch up on this series to this point.

Complete Golden Age Airboy And Valkyrie HC
Complete Golden Age Airboy And Valkyrie HC

Picked by @ChrisCCL
Complete Golden Age Airboy And Valkyrie HC
Published by Canton Street Press
$24.99
First, I want to thank Canton Street Press for supplying me a copy of this book. As many of you know, I’m a fan of Golden Age material and especially Golden Age material that is reprinted for a new generation. Canton Street Press is a relatively new company and as they say on their website, “specializes in quality restorations of long out-of-print books of historical significance”. There’s no doubt that Airboy is one of those comics. Airboy was first published in Air Fighters Comics Vol. 1 #2 (November 1942) and was created by writers Charles Biro and Dick Wood and artist Al Camy. But as the title says, “Airboy AND Valkyrie”, so this books collects all the Golden Age appearances of the villainess – and later heroine. After reading the stories she reminds me of several women featured in Will Eisner’s The Spirit, particularly Sand Saref and Silk Satin. Not only is she dangerous, but she has dangerous curves and could give The Phantom Lady a run for her money in a cleavage contest.
The book, itself, is very affordable at $25 and the restiration and presentation is top notch. I only have one small complaint – the table of contents does not include the month and year of the comics collected in this book. Therefore, I have added them here for reference:

Air Fighters Vol. 2 #2 Airboy Meets Valkrie – November 1943
Air Fighters Vol. 2 #7 The Dath Lights – April 1944
Air Fighters Vol. 1 #12 Misery! – September 1943
Airboy Vol. 2 #12 The Return Of Misery! – January 1946
Airboy Vol. 3 #6 An American Legend – July 1946
Airboy Vol. 3 #12 The Wind of Battle – January 1947
Airboy Vol. 4 #10 Valkrie’s Viking Flying Club – November 1947
Airboy Vol. 9 #2 Valkrie Strikes Again – March 1952

With a quick glance it looks like the story “Misery” is out of place, but really if it was not included then “The Return Of Misery!” wouldn’t make much sense, hence it is included for continuity sake, but interestingly, it does not contain Valkrie. I hope CSP will be able to reprint the entire Airboy series in thicker editions similar to Marvel’s Masterworks, but I understand if there isn’t a market for them. If you are interested pick up this hardcover and be sure to check out other offerings from Canton Street Press including the complete Canteen Kate from Matt Baker.

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DC Comics Essentials: Wonder Woman #1
DC Comics Essentials: Wonder Woman #1

DC Comics Essentials: Wonder Woman #1
Collects Wonder Woman #1 (Volume 4)
Published by DC Comics
$1.00
I’ll make this recommendation very simple – if you haven’t picked up Wonder Woman yet – do it now. For only a buck you can experience, what is now my favorite book of DC’s New 52. What artist Cliff Chiang and writer Brian Azzarello are doing is nothing short of spectacular. What’s nice is that it doesn’t feel like a “superhero” book because it intertwines with Greek mythology and the JLA stays out of it. In fact, it’s difficult to pinpoint just where in DC continuity this takes place, which is fine by me. 5 Stars!

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Marvel's Thor: The Dark World Prelude TP
Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World Prelude TP

Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World Prelude TP
Collects Marvel’s Thor Adaptation #1-2, Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World Prelude #1-2 and Thor: God Of Thunder #13
Published by Marvel
$14.99
It’s that time of year again – time for another Marvel Cinematic Universe Movie. That movie is Thor: The Dark World and with it comes this easy to read trade. You can plainly see why they first two min-series are collected but why God Of Thunder #13? That’s because it features the Dark Elves who play an integral part in the Dark World film. As with Wonder Woman above, the God Of Thunder series by writer Jason Aaron and artist Ron Garney is one of the best books on the market and one that’s at the top of my “to read” pile every month. If you’re interested in catching up, you can do so by picking up the first two collected editions of God of Thunder: Vol 1. God Butcher and Vol. 2 Godbomb.

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

6 Collected Editions Worthy Of Your Attention #32

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.

The Mighty Thor Omnibus - Volume 2 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby HC (Marvel)
The Mighty Thor Omnibus – Volume 2 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby HC (Marvel)

Picked by @ReverendLove
The Mighty Thor Omnibus – Volume 2 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby HC (Marvel)
Collects Journey Into Mystery (1952) 121-125, Thor (1966) 126-152, Thor Annual (1966) 2, Not Brand Echh (1967), $99.99
One of the first Marvel titles that grabbed my attention when I began to buy up Silver Age comics in the 70′s was “The Mighty Thor” and this second Omnibus of the God of Thunder’s adventures contains most of the comics that first drew me to the fabled gates of Asgard. This volume is graced with the art of the King of Comics, Jack Kirby and for the most part, his pencils are inked by the much maligned Vince Colletta with one issue by “Wild” Bill Everett. The Inhumans stories that were back up stories for some of the later issues in this volume were inked by Joe Sinnott, but I don’t think those are included in this volume.
The stories begin with Thor’s troubles with the Absorbing Man and a little side trip to Vietnam in one of the last “Commie Bashing” tales that Stan Lee was known for in the early 60′s Marvel titles. The title begins to take us to other locales both foreign and fantastic from the Underworld to the far reaches of outer space where he meets up with one of the greatest Marvel “villains”, Ego, the Living Planet. I loved these stories with their wild organic landscapes that writhe with life to the super cool “anti-bodies” with those weird square heads that helped protect the Living Planet.
Thor returns to Earth where he encounters another great Marvel character, the High Evolutionary and his mutated animal Knights of Wundagore. The following stories flit from one new villain to the next for a few issues and this volume ends with Issue #152, which is the first part of the legendary Man-Gog
arc, that to this day, is still one of my favourite Thor stories of all time. I’d first came across this story in Marvel Treasury Edition #10 from 1976 but it was a few years until I’d found copies of the original comics and could read the entire epic including the several pages edited out of the Treasury Edition.
These stories bristle with magic and myth and modern day legends that today, still stride like giants through the Halls of the Palace that is known as Marvel Comics.

X-O Manowar Volume 3 Planet Death TP (Valiant)
X-O Manowar Volume 3 Planet Death TP (Valiant)

Picked by @CaptDS9E
X-O Manowar Volume 3 Planet Death TP (Valiant), $14.99
The first two volumes of the series that relaunched the Valiant comics universe, has built up to this huge turning point. Aric a Visigoth who was abducted by an Alien race called the Vine. has returned to present day Earth. He has become one with the X-O Manowar armor which he merged with during his escape from his captors. With some help from Ninjak and others, he has stopped the secret Vine invasion of earth. Next on his agenda, is taking the battle to the Vines home planet of Loam, to get revenge for what happened to him and his people. He arrives on the Loam with the desire to destroy the entire planet. However his mission takes on a shape he did not foresee. With unlikely alien allies, and help from the last people he thought he would meet, his mission takes on a new meaning not only for him, but the results will shape the Valiant universe in the year to come. If you have not yet jumped into the Valiant universe, this would be a good place to start, as things are getting more interesting all the time. Writer Robert Venditti has not only built a great story that builds every issue, but also one where you can jump on between arcs, and get you into the flow of things.

Green Lantern: Sector 2814 Vol. 2 TP (DC Comics)
Green Lantern: Sector 2814 Vol. 2 TP (DC Comics)

Picked by @ChrisCCL
Green Lantern: Sector 2814 Vol. 2 TP (DC Comics)
Collects Green Lantern #182-183 and #185-189, $16.99
Why is DC collecting these Green Lantern stories, Chris? We’ll sit back and let me tell you. As the title of the book states, Green Lantern: Sector 2814 is a Volume 2, but that is a bit of a misnomer. It’s actually the 4th volume of Dave Gibbon’s Green Lantern run. The first two books were Tales of the Green Lantern Corps and collected all the back-ups he did from Green Lantern including Mogo Doesn’t Socialize with Alan Moore (#188, 1985). The first volume of this Sector 2814 series collects Green Lantern #172-176 and #178-181, which sets up Hal Jordan’s removal from the Corps and John Stewart’s ascension, which is coming out this week. So there you have it. Glad I could set it straight.

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Nightwing: Old Friends New Enemies TP (DC Comics)
Nightwing: Old Friends New Enemies TP (DC Comics)

Nightwing: Old Friends New Enemies TP (DC Comics)
Secret Origins #13 and Action Comics Weekly #613-618 and #627-634, $14.99
In 1988, DC turned Superman’s title into a weekly book to directly compete with Marvel Comics Presents. DC (and Marvel) churned out a lot of content with these mini storylines that carried over week to week, thus forcing kids and adults to buy more to keep up with their favorite characters. It was also a tryout book as a few of them would go on to headline their own title. But before Dick Grayson did that in 1995, he held his own in the back pages of Action Comics. The “Weekly” only lasted from #601 (May 24, 1988) to #642 (March 14, 1989) but Nightwing got in two popular runs. First is a team-up with his Titans buddy, Speedy as they chase down Cheshire, from writer Marv Wolfman. One their second adventure, the duo head to Ireland to take on drug lords, but make no mistake, it’s much more of a Speedy story, then Nightwing. BTW, do you like the cover of this trade? It was done by the great Mike Kaluta.

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American Comic Book Chronicles HC The 1950s (TwoMorrows Publishing)
American Comic Book Chronicles HC The 1950s (TwoMorrows Publishing)

American Comic Book Chronicles HC The 1950s (TwoMorrows Publishing), $40.95
The third book is this excellent, informative retrospective series is out this week. For the comic book novice or for the serious historian and anyone in between. This is an indispensable guide to American comic books. There isn’t much more to say other then: go buy it.

Finally we have a retro recommendation circa 2004…

Light Brigade TP (DC Comics)
Light Brigade TP (DC Comics)

Picked by @andrewjtom
Light Brigade TP (DC Comics), $19.99
Y’know there aren’t very many comics out there that are based around Christian theology. Many of the comics out there typically only show up in artists’ alleys and the occasional Christian bookstore. It’s pretty rare that you find a Christian themed book published by one of the “Big Two”, but that’s exactly what I’m gonna’ talk about today. One of my favorite collected editions over the last several years is a book called Light Brigade. Light Brigade is the brain-child of Pete Tomasi with amazing art by Peter Snejbjerg. The story focuses on a company of US soldiers in Europe during WWII. I won’t get into the plot, but expect Zombie Nazis, Warrior Angels, and a quest for the soldiers that leads to an opportunity to save mankind from the forces of evil. The great thing is that the book uses Christian theology as a story telling platform. It’s not “preachy” and doesn’t try to teach you a Sunday School lesson. It uses Christian faith to tell an entertaining story. This story is great for people who are non-Christians as well as Christians, but; you may get a little more out of the material if you can recall some of those Bible stories that you learned in Sunday School.

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 #359 – Interview with Fred Pierce and Hunter Gorinson, Valiant Entertainment

Valiant Entertaiment
Valiant Entertaiment

Collected Comics Library Podcast #359
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In 2012, Valiant Entertainment rebooted several titles that were popular in the 1990’s. The past year has garnered positive responses from fans and critics alike. Along with the expanding library, Valiant is in the midst of their first event: Harbinger Wars and the upcoming Unity event. Valiant has also once again started to re-release their classic material with the hardcover Valiant Masters series. Today I sit down with Publisher Fred Pierce and Marketing and Communications Manager Hunter Gorinson of Valiant Entertainment.

Cheers!

Chris
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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.