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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.

CCL Podcast #368 – Days Of Future Podcast

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

Collected Comics Library Podcast #368
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It’s been a few weeks since I last had a solo podcast, so I have a lot of catching up to do. I can tell you that I’ve read a few books, namely:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chris

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6 Collected Editions Worthy Of Your Attention #33

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.

Savage Sword Of Conan Volume 14 TP (Dark Horse)
Savage Sword Of Conan Volume 14 TP (Dark Horse)

Picked by @andrewjtom
Savage Sword Of Conan Volume 14 TP (Dark Horse), $19.99
I’ve written about great Conan stories before (with Busiek and Truman’s books). This week, I’m gonna’ tell you to run out and get the new Savage Sword of Conan trade (V14). In fact, calling it a trade paperback is somewhat of a disservice to the book. It’s formatted more like a DC Showcase or Marvel Essential edition, reprinting 528 pages of content. The Savage Sword of Conan books contain material from the Savage Sword of Conan magazine that was printed in the 70s and 80s. Back then, Marvel printed the book as a “magazine” to circumvent the Comics Code and publish more mature Conan stories. Lucky for all of us…Dark Horse now has the rights to print these glorious stories and they’ve done so with (in my opinion) the best possible format for a run so large. Unlike the Showcase and Essential editions, these stories were originally printed in black and white. In these volumes, Dark Horse has been able to give us the stories exactly as they appeared originally. Because of the B&W magazine format, the art was drawn with the intention that they would never see color. It’s some of the most beautiful art from that period (Earlier volumes showcase work by Alfredo Alcala, John Buscema, and Barry Windsor Smith). There are a few things that you can be sure you’ll get with these old Savage Sword of Conan stories, Conan will kill some bad guys, Conan will fight some monsters, and Conan will get laid. Make no mistake that these stories are tremendous amount of fun and I highly recommend this (and any SSOC volume).

X-Men – Magik: Storm & Illyana TP (Marvel)
X-Men – Magik: Storm & Illyana TP (Marvel)

Picked by @adambesenyodi
X-Men – Magik: Storm & Illyana TP (Marvel)
Collects Uncanny X-Men (1963) #160 and Magik (1983) #1-4, $16.99
I grew up a Marvel fanboy in what was technically the Bronze Age of comics, but I could make an argument that it was actually the Golden Age of Marvel’s Four-Issue Limited Series era. In the early to mid-’80s, Marvel owned the spinner racks of my corner convenience store with their mini-series. Although ostensibly kicked off in 1982 by the Chris Claremont/Frank Miller Wolverine limited series, the concept quickly evolved to expertly highlight the second tier ranks of the Marvel Universe, like Hawkeye, Hercules (twice!), Jack of Hearts, Cloak & Dagger, West Coast Avengers, Vision & the Scarlet Witch, Rocket Raccoon, Transformers, Beauty & the Beast, Iceman, Falcon, and Nightcrawler. Magik falls squarely in this second tier camp, focusing on the mutant of the title and her mentor, Storm, cashing in on the popularity of the Uncanny X-Men and New Mutant books at the time. Claremont, who aged the six-year-old girl a full seven years between panels of Uncanny X-Men #160 (conveniently included here), authors this story that smartly explains that transformation over the course of these four issues. With appearances by versions of Storm, Kitty Pryde, Nightcrawler, and her New Mutant teammates, Magik’s trials in Limbo are of the mind-bending sort Marvel capably delivered back in the day. The only thing missing from this collection is New Mutants #14, which also factors into the timeline of the series. These single issues were long out of print, but after decades of being only available in back issue bins, they were reprinted in a 2008 hardcover and are now being offered in trade paperback format. Regardless, the story is the perfect excuse to revisit a great example of this creative and commercial apex in Marvel’s publishing history.

Fables Deluxe Edition Book 7 HC (DC Comics)
Fables Deluxe Edition Book 7 HC (DC Comics)

Picked by Shane
Fables Deluxe Edition Book 7 HC (DC Comics)
Collects issues #52-59 and #64, $29.99
I’ve touted the virtues of the Eisner award winning series Fables here before and if you still haven’t picked up the series in any of its forms, it is never too late. The deluxe hardcovers are a great way to collect this series that is both cost effective and looks beautiful on your shelf. Fables is the only series I still collect monthly, but it is one I’d like to own in collected editions as well, specifically this format. Like Sandman and Preacher, it is a Vertigo series that warrants re-reading and I just don’t go back into the long boxes that often. This volume collects issues 52-59 and 64 which is a lot of different material. A good deal of the Fables storyline deals with the reasons the fabled characters escaped the magical realm and moved to our world, but along with the ongoing storyline, there are many short one shot tales that are just as interesting or even more so. The brunt of this edition deals with the preparations being made to go to war with The Adversary, the evil entity that caused the mass exodus of characters into our “real world.” One of the other stories deals with Bigby (the Big Bad Wolf) confronting his father (The North Wind) and then the rest of this volume consists of short tales including a nice little Christmas story. If you haven’t started reading Fables, start from the beginning. If you are on your way through these tales, hurry along so you can catch up to this volume. The monthly series is on issue #130 now, so you have a lot of catching up to do. But it is well worth your time!

Crime Does Not Pay Archives Volume 5 HC (Dark Horse)
Crime Does Not Pay Archives Volume 5 HC (Dark Horse)

Picked by @ReverendLove
Crime Does Not Pay Archives Volume 5 HC (Dark Horse)
Collects issues #38-41, $49.99
Crime does not pay, but this hardcover collection of the classic 40’s true crime comic of the same name pays out big time for Dark Horse’s growing line of archive editions. I fell in love with love with this mag from Lev Gleason and Magazine House when I read the first collection that Dark Horse published and I was so excited this week when the fifth volume made it’s way to my local comic book shop.
Although some of the art is not up to today’s standard…or really those of the day, the stories themselves bristle with grit, false glamour and unvarnished violence. The stories range from tales of gangsters and gun molls of urban America to the lone outlaw of the Old West as they all shoot their way across the nation and around the world.
Crime may not pay, but reading these comics, will enrich you beyond your wildest dreams.

Talon Vol. 1: Scourge Of The Owls TP (DC Comics)
Talon Vol. 1: Scourge Of The Owls TP (DC Comics)

Picked by @CaptDS9E
Talon Vol. 1: Scourge Of The Owls TP (DC Comics)
Collects Talon #0-7, $16.99
One of the most interesting things to come out of the new 52 was the introduction of the Court of Owls by in the pages of Batman. A secret group that has worked in Gotham, and other parts of the DCU for 100’s of years without being detected. At the end of that arc we learned that even though Batman stopped the Courts plan on Gotham, the group was much larger then believed. We may not have learned much more about them for a while in Batman, but James Tynion IV with input from Scott Snyder came up with an idea of Calvin Rose.
Many years ago, Calvin Rose became the only Talon who ever escaped from the Court of Owls.  When word breaks out that the Court in Gotham was taken down by Batman, he returns to see for himself the status of the people he escaped from. With the hope that he can finally settle down for a life, without having to worry that he is still be tracked down.  This sets into motion a chain of events in which we not only learn about this great new character, but also  get an inside look into the highest levels of the Court of Owls. I really like the character of Rose, but the Court really is a major part of this book. Learning how much the Court has their claws into the DCU really is fascinating. We meet many different Talons, Leaders, allies, and enemies of the Court, which really brings  something new to the Bat family mythos. People always say they want new characters and stories in DC/Marvel, well they have one in this series.  If you like Snyder and Capullo’s Batman, I highly recommend you give this series by James Tynion IV, and Guillem March a shot.

Steve Ditko's Monsters, Vol. 2: Konga HC (IDW)
Steve Ditko’s Monsters, Vol. 2: Konga HC (IDW)

Picked by @ChrisCCL
Steve Ditko’s Monsters, Vol. 2: Konga HC (IDW), $34.99
This week sees the release of Steve Ditko’s Monsters, Vol. 2: Konga HC. It collects all the work that Steve Ditko did on this character for Charlton Comics in the 1960. It’s predecessor Steve Ditko’s Monsters, Vol. 1: Gorgo, was released back in March. These are great comics that have been restored by Craig Yoe, who knows a thing or two about Mr. Ditko having published The Art of Ditko and The Creativity of Ditko.
However, if you want a little more Gorgo and Konga, look no furher then the recent trade paperback of Captain Universe Power Unimaginable. That book reprints Web of Spider-Man Annual #6 (1990). The third story is “Child Star” written by Tony Isabella with art by Ditko. A small child receives the Uni-Power of Captain Universe and creates giant toy monsters of Gorgo and Konga, although Gorgo is called Gorga due to copyright. And there you have it!

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 #7

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.

Secret Battles of Genghis Khan (IDW)
Secret Battles of Genghis Khan (IDW)

Picked by @AndrewJTom
Secret Battles of Genghis Khan (IDW), $21.99
I love world history. Especially dramatizations of history that are told in a format not all that dissimilar to a fictional account. In recent years, books like Petrograd have really captured my attention. Often times they may not be 100% accurate in their depiction, but the use of history to tell a compelling story is something I find fascinating. I suppose that somewhere deep within the recesses of my mind I’m thinking, “Yeah, it definitely could’ve happened that way.”
So last week I”m checking out the new releases and I see a book entitled “The Secret Battles of Genghis Khan”. I’ll admit that growing up in the 80s, I didn’t have much of a grasp on who Genghis Khan was aside from the guy with the sporting goods in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. I grew older and wiser. Many years later I watched the oscar nominated film, Mongol. I became fascinated with Genghis Khan; and was eager to learn more about the man. Fast forward a few years… imagine my excitement when I saw a book on the release schedule entitled “The Secret Battles of Genghis Khan”. At first I was hesitant, wondering how good it could be if I hadn’t even heard of it before. Then I saw that the writer was Daryl Gregory. That’s right, the same guy who took Planet of the Apes (a franchise that hadn’t been utilized in many years) and turned it into an outstanding comic. Gregory was able to take an otherwise “burned out” property and turn it into something special. Then I thought, “Imagine what this guy can do with a legend, some history and a character like Genghis Khan”. This book tells the story of Temudjin as he wages war from the Middle East all the way to the Pacific Ocean and the bloody battles that gave him his fearsome reputation. If you’re a history buff, a Conan reader, or a military enthusiast; you owe it yourself to pick this one up. Remember… before there was Conan, the world had the Legend of Genghis Khan.

Star Trek: The Next Generation / Doctor Who: Assimilation 2 Volume 2 (IDW)
Star Trek: The Next Generation / Doctor Who: Assimilation 2 Volume 2 (IDW)

Picked by Shane
Star Trek: The Next Generation / Doctor Who: Assimilation 2 Volume 2 (IDW), $17.99
Take the one of the oldest Scifi franchises in US history and one of the oldest Scifi franchises in UK history blend them together and what do you get? Like peanut butter and chocolate, two great tastes that go great together! Who would have thought this would have worked? There have been a lot of failed crossover attempts over the years, so when I read that Star Trek and Doctor Who were being melded together in comic book form, I was excited but cautious. The end product has definitely been a success, so if you haven’t read this already, with the release of this second volume, all the issues are now available in trade. Instead of going with the first crew of the Enterprise, IDW went with the Next Gen era of Star Trek and then took the latest incarnation of the doctor, as played by Matt Smith. Then they took some of the greatest foes of each franchise, the Borg and the Cybermen and thrust them upon our heroes. This melding was real obvious as you have two races with the same goal in mind; take all life forms and make them part of a collective whole that is part human, but more machine. Read how the crew of the USS Enterprise and the Tardis team take on these classic villains. This was a fun storyline and well worth the read! Check it out!

Darwin: A Graphic Biography (Smithsonian Books)
Darwin: A Graphic Biography (Smithsonian Books)

Picked by @adambesenyodi
Darwin: A Graphic Biography (Smithsonian Books), $9.95
Having a sixth-grade science nut in the house makes for an interesting perspective on things. (The number of hours he’s spent watching Mythbusters off the DVR, from Netflix, and on DVD would likely be staggering if calculated.) But that’s also what makes stuff like a graphic novel on the life of Charles Darwin a natural in our house. Originally produced in the UK in 2009 for the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth, Darwin: A Graphic Biography saw considerable exposure despite limited release. Now, Smithsonian Books has worked with writer Eugene Byrne and artist Simon Gurr to expand and repackage the content for a proper US release. If you can ignore the annoying “Ape TV” framing conceit, the story of Darwin’s life is presented in a way that should engage the middle school set enough to pass along some deep-thinking ideas, even if they aren’t necessarily looking for them.

Counter X Generation X Four Days TP (Marvel)
Counter X Generation X Four Days TP (Marvel)

Picked by @Dief88
Counter X Generation X Four Days TP (Marvel), $24.99
When the first X-Men movie was released in 2000, Marvel tried to boost sales by re-branding its X-Men titles under two major banners: “Revolution” for the ones that already sold fairly well, and “Counter X” for the rest. Unfortunately, the three Counter X titles lasted only two arcs before they were canceled (or, as was the case with X-Force, radically rebooted). One of the casualties was the long-running Generation X, and it’s the final five issues of that series that are collected in this trade. Interestingly, the first “Counter X” arcs for each series were collected way back in 2008, and it’s only now that Marvel has apparently decided to wrap them up; and that’s good news for us, because this trade contains some of Brian Wood’s earliest work on mainstream superhero comics. The team of mutant teenagers gets a fitting, if rather somber, send-off in these issues – one well worth reading if you’re interested in the characters or in seeing what Brian Wood was up to almost fifteen years ago.
Collects Generation X #71-75 and material from X-Men Unlimited (1993) #34

American Comic Book Chronicles: 1960-64 (TwoMorrows)
American Comic Book Chronicles: 1960-64 (TwoMorrows)

Picked by @ChrisCCL
American Comic Book Chronicles: 1960-64 (TwoMorrows), $39.95
Well the long wait is finally over. First announced at Comic Con International (San Diego) in 2009, The American Comic Book Chronicles is one of the most ambitious projects ever by TwoMorrows. Of course, TwoMorrows Publishing is no stranger to comic book history. Their numerous books and magazines have produced in-depth analysis and research regarding our favorite hobby – and for some of us, profession. The Chronicle are just that: A year-by-year and decade-by-decade look at the comic book publishing history. The one volume 1980s book was to be the first but for whatever reason we are getting 1960-64 as the first hardcover. Volume 2 of the 1960s should follow soon and it’s with noting that the 1940s will be a two volumes set, too. Since I’m a writer for Back Issue Magazine, I was able to get an advance copy and I can tell you it full of wonderful discussion and artwork from what is arguably the most important 5 years in all of comicdom.

and…

Marvel Firsts: WWII Super Heroes TP (Marvel)
Marvel Firsts: WWII Super Heroes TP (Marvel)

Marvel Firsts: WWII Super Heroes TP (Marvel), $39.99
So you’re interested in reading and learning more about the Golden Age Marvel Comics (Timely) heroes but don’t want to spend the money on expensive Masterworks? Well look no further then this new, wonderful and large sampler of GA material that showcases every notable hero. Marvel did this previously in a similar manner with the Golden Age of Marvel Comics Volumes 1-2 trade paperback set in 1999-2000. This new book does collect some of those stories but some new ones, too. It’s unfortunate that Marvel didn’t re-release the first 2 trades and simply just make a Volume 3. Instead Marvel decided to make the book as part of their Marvel Firsts line.  Still, it’s a nice introduction to some famous (Sub-Mariner, Captain America, Human Torch) and not so famous (Ferret, Dynamic Man, Marvel, Black Marvel, Blazing Skull, Red Raven, Patriot, Young Allies, Whizzer, Rockman, Jack Frost, Destroyer, Witness, Miss America) characters that have been lost in time. However, even better the characters may just be the artists and writers who worked on the books: Jack Kirby, Carl Burgos, Joe Simon, and Bill Everett just to name a few.
Collects Marvel Comics #1; Daring Mystery Comics #1-3, #5 and #7; Marvel Mystery Comics #4, #13, #28 and #49; Mystic Comics #1-2 and #4-7; Red Raven Comics #1; Captain America Comics #1, #6 and #13; Human Torch Comics #4; Young Allies Comics #1; and USA Comics #1-2

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 #5

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.

X-Men Mutant Massacre TP (Marvel)
X-Men Mutant Massacre TP (Marvel)

Picked by @AndrewJTom
X-Men Mutant Massacre TP (New Printing) (Marvel)
There are few memories of Junior High that I look fondly upon now that I’m in my forties.  Buried deep within my subconscious underneath all of the ass-kickings and social anxiety is a memory of The Mutant Massacre.  I remember eagerly awaiting the next issue of an enormous (at that time) crossover that encompassed the X-Men and few other key Marvel comics.  The title of “The Mutant Massacre” promised mass carnage; and with that promise I knew that good old fashioned comic book action would accompany it.  I gobbled up every X-book available and the crossovers that would ultimately tell the story of how the Maurauders went into the sewers of New York City and wiped out the misfit collection mutants known as the Morlocks.  Along the way we saw some life changing moments for some of our favorite characters that would be the catalyst for countless stories for years to come.
Collects Uncanny X-Men (1963) #210-214, X-Factor (1986) #9-11, New Mutants (1983) #46, Thor (1966) #373-374, Power Pack (1984) #27 And Daredevil (1964) #238, $34.99

Global Frequency TP (DC Comics)
Global Frequency TP (DC Comics)

Picked by Shane
Global Frequency TP (DC Comics)
There have been many books, comics, films, etc. on covert operations groups that keep the world safe from government projects gone awry. One of them, the incredible Fox TV series, Fringe just finished its five year run. If you were a fan of that series, than this comic is the one for you. Warren Ellis first caught my attention with his amazing Extremis run on Iron Man. A lot of his stuff has a technology or more “hard SCIFI” slant to it and that’s what might isolate some people, but make others jump on right on board. I’m of the later persuasion. After reading Extremis, I sought out some of his other work and this was one I loved!
Global Frequency is a group of 1001 people worldwide that take care of the things world governments can’t. The projects they worked on in their secret labs and other serious threats to society. But the ones that should be kept secret, like using science to wage war, but not knowing the price. Or maybe taking care of the people that need to be dealt with outside the boundaries of the law. This group isn’t just the former Green Berets and SEALs or CIA covert agents. It is a group of people with various skill sets that help this group operate, whether it be a high school computer genius, an aging scientist with knowledge in genetics, a parkour expert and also those ex-soldiers who may have a particular skill they need like a sniper or demolitions expert. This group utilizes a vast network of people around the world. That is one of the reasons this comic is interesting. You read it and can put yourself into it. You read it and hope that one day you’ll get a call that will put you on the Global Frequency. By the way, this one isn’t for the kids!
An interesting aside is that there was a TV pilot that didn’t sell, but if you look around enough, you’ll find a copy! But first check out this great comic collection! It is well worth the read!
Collects Global Frequency #1-12, $19.99

Fantastic Four Reunited They Stand TP (Marvel)
Fantastic Four Reunited They Stand TP (Marvel)

Picked by @Dief88
Fantastic Four Reunited They Stand TP (Marvel)
The superhero collected edition most likely to fly under the radar this week is probably Fantastic Four: Reunited They Stand, a collection of late-’70s material starring Marvel’s First Family. The centerpiece here is a set of three issues published between the issues collected in Fantastic Four: The Overthrow of Doom and Fantastic Four: In Search of Galactus, effectively bridging the gap between those collections. All three books are written by Marv Wolfman and illustrated by Keith Pollard; it’s nice to see Marvel’s commitment to keeping creative runs like this one in print, even if (as I’m guessing) the preorders weren’t extremely high. This collection also includes three Fantastic Four Annuals (one of which is by the same creative team as the main series issues), which makes for a nice bonus, if not necessarily a seamless reading experience.
Collects Fantastic Four (1961) #201-203 and Annuals #12-14, $24.99

Star Wars Omnibus Infinities TP (Dark Horse)
Star Wars Omnibus Infinities TP (Dark Horse)

Picked by @adambesenyodi
Star Wars Omnibus: Infinities TP (Dark Horse)
The Star Wars Universe is as vast and varying as your imagination will let it be, but I’ve always stuck pretty close to home. Raised on the Original Trilogy and Marvel Star Wars comic books, most of the Expanded Universe has never really been on my radar. Infinities are a bit different, though. They diverge from a seemingly random point in each of the original movies and explore how the stories would have unfolded with those alternate timeline twists. Dark Horse produced one Infinities miniseries for each of the Original Trilogy stories in the early-to-mid-2000s. What’s unique is that the comic books aren’t direct sequels to one another. For example, the Infinities – Return of the Jedi story doesn’t pick up where the events of Infinities – Empire Strikes Back ends, rather it assumes the original stories for Episodes IV and V played out as intended, picking up a new thread only within the Episode VI story. These are just really fun, alternate, “what if?” takes on the classic Star Wars Universe, and it will be nice to have them collected under one cover as a part of Dark Horse’s omnibus line.
Collects Star Wars: Infinities – A New Hope; The Empire Strikes Back; and Return of the Jedi, $24.99

Transformers Complete Drift HC (IDW)
Transformers Complete Drift HC (IDW)

Picked by @ChrisCampbell8
Transformers Complete Drift HC (IDW)
IDW has been putting out superb Transformers material, especially since they relaunched the ongoing MTMTE and Robots in Disguise series. But they have also been collecting the entire IDW Transformers line in beautiful, oversized hardcovers. Now, for the first time, IDW has collected the complete Drift saga in a standalone hardcover collection. A divisive character in Transformers fandom, the Decepticon-turned-Autobot received his own mini-series, as well as a spotlight issue. Originally a feared Decepticon warrior named Deadlock, Drift eventually sees the error of his ways and pursues a quest to hunt down and eliminate Decepticons across the universe. If you don’t have already have the IDW Transformers Collection hardcovers, strongly consider picking this up.
The deluxe upgrade as the four-issue mini-series plus the Spotlight issue is collected in this hard cover oversized edition, $24.99

Prince Valiant HC Vol 6 1947-1948 (Fantagraphics)
Prince Valiant HC Vol 6 1947-1948 (Fantagraphics)

Picked by @ChrisCCL
Prince Valiant Volume 6 1947-1948 HC (Fantagraphics), $35.00
Prince Valiant has been around for decades and you can still find him the Sunday comics of your favorite newspaper. As a knight of King Arthur’s roundtable, he has had many adventures throughout Camelot and Europe. But there was a time when he traveled to the New World – 1000 years before Christopher Columbus! Collected here in this sixth volume, the Viking conqueror Ulfran kidnaps Val’s new bride Aleta. The pursuit leads him across the North Atlantic and into what is now Northern Canada and Newfoundland. Creator Hal Foster does not stop there, after the rescue of Aleta, she has a son, Arn, on present day American soil! Coupled with the brilliant artwork, this would become one of the more memorable story-lines that Foster had ever penned. Also, the craftsmanship that Fantagraphics is putting into these hardcover reprints is second to none. Highly recommend for the fan of adventure fiction.

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.