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6 Collected Editions Worthy Of Your Attention #38

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

Fantastic Four By Jonathan Hickman Omnibus Vol. 1 HC
Fantastic Four By Jonathan Hickman Omnibus Vol. 1 HC

Picked by @ReverendLove
Fantastic Four By Jonathan Hickman Omnibus Vol. 1 HC
Published by Marvel
Collects Dark Reign: Fantastic Four #1-5, Fantastic Four #570-588, FF #1-5 and material from Dark Reign: The Cabal #1, 800 pages, $100
I have always loved the Kirby-Lee run on the Fantastic Four and besides that classic run, thought the only other FF stories worth their salt were the 1980’s comic book tales by John Byrne…that was until a couple of years ago.
It was on a casual visit to my local comic book emporium, that I discovered Jonathan Hickman’s soon to be classic take on the first family of comics. I was astounded to see that there was still life in the old cosmic quartet and that these new stories were different from the usual FF fare as of late. Hickman brought to the Fantastic Four a whole new vision of Kirbyesque proportion and complex plot lines that could have been wrought by the cosmic master Jim Starlin, himself.
With Hickman at the wheel, we see a universe of uncertainty and menace where Reed Richards and his other dimensional doppelgangers try to “fix” the universe. We see Reed and the others, including members of his own family, as they attempt to play God and bring peace to a world tired and beset by strife between the heroes, mutants, Inhumans and the human population.
This is not the Fantastic Four of your parents day…this is a Fantastic Four that brims with possibilities and probabilities and stories that lead us down paths both new and unexplored. The only thing that’s certain in this volume is the rampant imagination and verbal stylings of one of the brightest stars to shine down upon the Marvel Universe in many a year.
You owe it to yourself to experience Mr. Hickman’s interpretation of the “World’s Greatest Comic Book Magazine”!

Fantastic Four Omnibus Vol. 1 (New Printing)
Fantastic Four Omnibus Vol. 1 (New Printing)

Picked by @Dief88
Fantastic Four Omnibus Vol. 1 (New Printing)
Published by Marvel
After much lobbying from hardcore collected editions enthusiasts, Marvel’s collections department has decided to roll out new printings of some of its earliest Omnibus editions. The first-ever Omnibus gets reprinted this week, and it’s a great one. Fantastic Four Omnibus Vol. 1 collects some of the best superhero comics ever created, as well as some of the best work by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby. These stories were at the very beginning of Marvel’s early-‘60s superhero comics revolution, and that adventurous spirit pervades the thirty issues collected here.
Many fans point to the series’ second thirty-issue block as the heyday of the Lee/Kirby FF, and those stories are certainly excellent as well, but to my mind these earlier issues are a lot more interesting. They’re rougher in certain ways, but it’s fascinating to see Lee and Kirby constantly trying out different things with the artwork, characterization, and plot structure. A few of these experiments fail – the issue introducing the Impossible Man, for example, is quite possibly the worst Stan Lee comic I’ve ever read – but many others are brilliant. Fantastic Four #5, which introduces Dr. Doom, is in my opinion one of the best single issues of the Silver Age (ranking second only to Amazing Fantasy #15), and it’s in roughly equal company throughout this collection. This is a book that all readers of superhero comics should definitely consider having on their shelves.

…and a bonus recommendation….

Wolverine: The Return of Weapon X
Wolverine: The Return of Weapon X

Wolverine: The Return of Weapon X
Published by Marvel
Collects Wolverine (1988) #159-176 and Annual 2000-2001, $44.99
I have been waiting for this trade for more than a decade, and I can’t be more thrilled that it’s finally a reality. The issues collected in this book were among the first comics I bought after setting up my first pull list. I had subscribed to Wolverine’s ongoing series on a whim (purely because I needed to have a fifth title on my list), never having read it and knowing nothing about the creators. Little did I know that my first issue, #162, was essentially the ground floor for what would become – and what remains – my favorite Wolverine story of all time.
This isn’t just nostalgia talking. Frank Tieri’s run on the book with Sean Chen takes elements from all the best Wolverine stories (Weapon X, the Claremont/Miller miniseries, you name it) and blends them with the writer’s own off-kilter sensibilities. “The Return of Weapon X” is more than just an ode to Wolverine stories of the past – it’s also, at times, a biting satire of early-2000’s American popular culture. Tieri is also one of the few writers to successfully portray Wolverine as an introspective and truly intelligent man, rather than simply a mindless killing machine. This is one of the great Wolverine stories, and it’s wonderful that a new generation of readers now has the chance to experience (or re-experience) it.

Mystery Society Deluxe HC
Mystery Society Deluxe HC

Picked by @adambesenyodi
Mystery Society Deluxe HC
Published by IDW
$27.99
This hardcover collects the five-issue series and the 2013 Special into one oversized book.
Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) offers up an entertaining enough story about Nick and Anastasia, a hipster mash-up of The Thin Man’s Nick and Norah and The Avengers’ John Steed and Emma Peel, and the couple at the center of the Mystery Society. They end up recruiting a few more members along the way (including a robot with the brain of Jules Verne!) on their quest to recover Edgar Allen Poe’s missing skull. It’s a crisp story with plenty of action sequences balanced by quippy repartee. But the real superstar of the series is Fiona Staples art. If you only know her work from Saga with Brian K. Vaughan, you owe it to yourself to go back and check out some of her earlier efforts. This or Wildstorm’s North 40 is a great place to start. The new Mystery Society Deluxe Hardcover collects the original five-issue series from 2010, plus the March 2013 one-shot that was written by Niles but with art duties taken over by Andrew Ritchie. Definitely worth a look!

MacGyver: Fugitive Gauntlet TP
MacGyver: Fugitive Gauntlet TP

Picked by @CaptDS9E
MacGyver: Fugitive Gauntlet TP
Published by Image
Collects MacGyver: Fugitive Gauntlet #1-5, $14.99
It’s been 19 years since Richard Dean Anderson played MacGyver on television, and fans of the character like myself have been hoping for more. Amid rumors of possibly a feature film, it was finally announced that we would get more of this great property in comic book form. Written by Tony Lee/MacGyver creator Lee David Ziotoff , with art by Will Sliney we get a fun miniseries called Fugitive Gauntlet. An old Biology Professor of Macs believes he has found the solution for world hunger. He contacts MacGyver, hoping the Phenonix Foundation can help with the many issues that could arise from such a world changing discovery. Namely companies trying to steal his idea for their own monetary gain, before it can be brought before the world for free. However like all things in MacGyver’s life, things go crazy quickly, the data is stolen, and his friend is killed. It forces MacGyver to go on an international crusade to figure out who stole the data, and who leaked the discovery to the thieves. As if he didn’t have enough problems, someone has put a sizable bounty on MacGyver’s head, putting many bounty hunters on his tail. Yes it is crazy as it sounds, just like episodes of the TV show were. We get the voice overs, the on the spot inventions to get out of tight spots, and plenty of the cliches we have grown to love. If your a fan of the show, then this is worth the read.

Fables: Werewolves Of The Heartland TP
Fables: Werewolves Of The Heartland TP

Picked by Shane
Fables: Werewolves Of The Heartland TP
Published by DC Comics
$14.99
Fables is by far my favorite comic series out there. Still going strong with over 130+ issues, aside from the monthly series there has been a lot of other content out there for fans of this universe. There have been two spin-off series (Jack of Fables and Fairest), a prose novel, a couple of mini-series with the character Cinderella and some stand-alone graphic novels. The latest of which is Werewolves of the Heartland, which makes its trade paperback debut this week. This graphic novel is a solo tale for Bigby (the Big Bad Wolf), one of my favorite characters in the series. Bigby goes off on a quest to find a new location for Fabletown (the town where the exiled fairy tale characters live in the real world). In his quest he stumbles upon a small town of werewolves who seem to have a link to Bigby’s past. If you’re a fan of the series, this is a must buy. If you haven’t read the series yet, get the first trade paperback and begin your own quest now!

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 #364 – Stan and Jack’s Fantastic Four #51-102

Marvel Masterworks The Fantastic Four Volume 6
Marvel Masterworks The Fantastic Four Volume 6

Collected Comics Library Podcast #364
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Well, well, I finally got around to reading Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s epic run of Fantastic Four. This past week I finished it and today I want to share with you all the fun, extra, bonus material from Marvel Masterworks Fantastic Four Volume 6-10.

Also on the show I talk a little bit about Marvel Premiere Classic: Wolverine by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller just in time for The Wolverine movie and TwoMorrows Publishing The Star*Reach Companion. Just what was Star*Reach, why it was so important and how can you collected it – one word: BitTorrent.

Lastly there is a great question from Zac about how to find DC and Marvel anthology books.

Chris

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2 Collected Editions Worthy Of Your Attention #25

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.

Sorry friends, only two books this week. Our next installment of this feature will be July 12.

Wolverine By Larry Hama and Marc Silvestri Vol. 1 TP (Marvel)
Wolverine By Larry Hama and Marc Silvestri Vol. 1 TP (Marvel)

Picked by @Dief88
Wolverine By Larry Hama and Marc Silvestri Vol. 1 TP (Marvel)
Collects Wolverine (1988) #31-37, Wolverine: The Jungle Adventure and Wolverine: Bloodlust, $24.99
It’s taken six years, but Marvel has finally picked up where they left off with the fifth and final volume in the Wolverine Classic trade paperback series. The issues collected in this volume were a turning point worthy of ditching the old “Wolverine Classic” title, though – while the thirty issues collected in those trades were very much in the 1980s mode of superhero story-telling, the ones collected here wear their ‘90s pedigree on their sleeves with pride. Silvestri’s art is clearly in a state of evolution, somewhere between his earlier work on Uncanny X-Men and what was to come in Cyberforce just a few years later. As for the plot, a big chunk features Wolverine fighting the Yakuza in Japan, which should definitely appeal to readers looking forward to the character’s new movie opening this summer. (There’s also an issue that features a stoic, cigar-smoking Wolvie firing an M60 on its cover. What’s not to love?) As a nice bonus, this trade also includes the graphic novels Wolverine: The Jungle Adventure and Wolverine: Bloodlust – neither of which involved Hama or Silvestri, but I’m not about to complain!

Castle: A Calm Before Storm Premiere HC (Marvel)
Castle: A Calm Before Storm Premiere HC (Marvel)

Picked by Shane
Castle: A Calm Before Storm Premiere HC (Marvel)
Collects Castle: A Calm Before Storm #1-5, $19.99
If you haven’t watched it, Castle was a cop show custom made for the Comic-Con Crowd. They cast Nathan “Firefly” Fillion in the lead role. This hooked me in right away. Firefly is my all-time favorite show. I tend to watch other shows that inherited the great crew of Serenity. On the surface Castle is a cop show, but it is much, much more. The show follows the adventures of Richard Castle, who is a best-selling mystery writer and friends with the mayor of New York, which gets him the privilege of riding along with Kate Beckett, a female detective who he is going to use as the basis for his new character, Nikki Heat. As you can guess, in the middle of homicide investigations, chaos and romance ensues, but also a lot of geekiness!! There are episodes they deal in steampunk culture, superheroes, zombies and even one that takes place at a Sci-Fi convention. This show was aimed at the comics fans, so why not make a comic series? But, they didn’t make a comic series based on the title character, instead they made a comic series based on a character (Derrick Storm) that was “created by” the title character. The first of these graphic novels, Deadly Storm was a good read and a fairly big hit for Marvel, so of course they continued the series. This new one, A Calm Before Storm is the third in the graphic novel series that follows Derrick Storm, the private eye who becomes a CIA operative along with his lover/partner Clara Strike. These are fun reads and something a little different than the men in tights genre. So, if you are looking for something fun with a little action, adventure and romance, check these series out. There are also some novels based on the same character if you finish the comics and want more. You don’t need to know anything about the television series to read or enjoy these books, but I highly recommend checking it out as well. It will be the sixth season this fall and you really don’t need to see the other seasons to get caught up, but they are definitely worth the watch! Try the graphic novels and then try the TV series!

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.

and…

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.

and…

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.

CCL Podcast #335 – Marvel NOW!…and LATER!

Last year at this time we were all talking about DC’s New52. This time all the rage is with Marvel and their “reboot” effort Marvel NOW! On today’s show I go over the titles that we know of so far and speculate just how Marvel may collect the monthly issues in either trade paperback or hardcover format. And just where does Spider-Man, Daredevil and Punisher fit into all of this?

I also go over the demise of the Marvel Premiere Classic Hardcover line. I can tell you that I’m very disappointed, but I understand business is business and if you take a look at the sales figures for these books, you can understand why Marvel is doing this. I hope that part of the program will continue on in their trade paperback Classic series. Some titles do very well in that format. For example, Deadpool Volume 7 is being released this week!

All that and more including an email from Australia on Joe Kubert, a quick announcement and overview of The Complete Flash Gordon Library Volume 1 – On the Planet Mongo (Titan Books) and a fun jab – and an agreement – with Rob Liefeld!

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