Collected Editions Out This Week – February 25

The Fade Out Volume 1 TP (Image)

The Fade Out Volume 1 TP (Image)

Here’s a list of comic book trade paperbacks, hardcovers, graphic novels, reprints and collected editions out this week, February 25 (sorry it’s late this week, but I have a valid excuse – list will be posted every Wednesday).

The complete upcoming list can be found on the Collected Editions Release Schedule page.

My Pick Of The Week is to the right —->
What’s yours? Please comment below.

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Langley High Volume 1 GN, $14.95

Hatter M The Looking Glass Wars Volume 5 Love Of Wonder HC, $24.99
Hatter M The Looking Glass Wars Volume 5 Love Of Wonder SC, $14.99

Adventure Time Mathematical Edition Volume 5 HC, $24.99
Returning TP, $14.99

Manara Library Volume 6 Escape From Piranesi And Other Stories HC, $59.99
Seraphim 266613336 Wings TP, $19.99

Batwing Volume 5 Into The Dark TP, $16.99
He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe Volume 4 What Lies Within TP, $14.99
Justice League Dark Volume 5 Paradise Lost TP, $14.99
Scooby-Doo Team-Up TP, $12.99

Art Of The Boys The Complete Covers HC, $39.99
Chaos Volume 1 TP, $19.99

Princess Decomposia And Count Spatula HC, $19.99
Princess Decomposia And Count Spatula SC, $14.99

Metabarons HC, $59.95

Airboy Archives Volume 3 TP, $29.99
G.I. JOE Volume 1 The Fall Of G.I. JOE TP, $17.99
Judge Dredd Anderson Psi-Division TP, $17.99
My Little Pony Adventures In Friendship Volume 2 HC, $9.99

Chew Volume 9 Chicken Tenders TP, $14.99
Fade Out Volume 1 TP, $9.99
Hinges Volume 1 Clockwork City TP, $15.99
Howtoons [Re]Ignition Volume 1 TP, $9.99
Rising Stars Compendium TP (New Printing), $69.99
Sex Criminals Volume 2 Two Worlds One Cop TP, $14.99
Walking Dead Volume 11 HC, $34.99
Zero Volume 3 Tenderness Of Wolves TP, $14.99

Avengers And X-Men Axis HC, $49.99
Avengers Time Runs Out Volume 2 HC (Premiere Edition), $24.99
Black Panther Who Is The Black Panther TP (New Printing), $24.99
Dark Tower The Drawing Of The Three The Prisoner TP, $19.99
Death Of Wolverine The Logan Legacy TP, $17.99
Kick-Ass 3 TP, $24.99
New Avengers Volume 3 Other Worlds TP, $19.99
Thor Epic Collection Volume 4 To Wake The Mangog TP, $34.99

LEGO Legends Of Chima Volume 4 The Sting Of The Scorpion Tribe HC, $12.99
WWE Slam City Volume 2 The Rise Of El Diablo HC, $12.99
WWE Slam City Volume 2 The Rise Of El Diablo SC, $7.99

Dredd Urban Warfare HC, $20.99

Modern Masters Volume 30 Paolo Rivera SC, $15.95

Quantum And Woody Deluxe Edition Volume 1 HC, $39.99

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 1 Phantom Blood Volume 1 HC, $19.99

Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Robyn Hood Volume 1 Riot Girls TP, $15.99

Shipping & Products Updates for February 24

Superman Vs Darkseid TP

Superman Vs Darkseid TP

Here are this weeks Collected Edition Shipping and Product  updates:

• Batgirl Vol. 1: The Batgirl of Burnside will now be published in Hardcover (JAN150364, $24.99), as solicited, as well as in Softcover (DEC148636, $14.99). Both editions are scheduled to arrive in stores on June 10.

• Big Hard Sex Criminals HC (MR) (NOV140582, $39.99), solicited at 320 pages, will now run 256 pages.

• Nightcrawler TP Vol. 2 (MAR150810, $16.99) will now be retitledNightcrawler TP Vol. 2: Reborn.
• X-Men: Days of Future Past Prose Novel Mass Mkt. TP (JAN150910, $7.99) has been cancelled, and will be resolicited at a later date.
• Avengers: Rage of Ultron OGN HC (DEC140948, $24.99) will have interior art by Pepe Larraz in addition to Jerome Opeña.

Robin, The Boy Wonder: A Celebration Of 75 Years HC 4/22/2015 4/29/2015
Superman vs. Darkseid TP 4/22/2015 4/29/2015
Batgirl HC Vol. 1: The Batgirl of Burnside (N52) 5/27/2015 6/10/2015
Prophet TP Vol. 4: Joining 2/25/2015 3/4/2015

Update – How Marvel Has Screwed The Star Wars Omnibus And How To Fix It

Star Wars: The Original Marvel Years Omnibus HC

Star Wars: The Original Marvel Years Omnibus HC

Based on the new solicit of the new Star Wars Omnibus, I’ve got mixed feelings about Marvel getting the Star Wars license back after years and years. I hope this isn’t a sign of things to come.

Dark Horse, with the direction of John Jackson Miller and John Ostrander, along with and countess others, did a wonderful job helping create an imaginative Expanded Star Wars Universe. They help define the past with The Golden Age of the Sith, set forth the future with Legacy and filled in the gaps between the Canon with several mini and ongoing series. They even took great care in with special reprint projects like Star Wars: Luke Skywalker, Last Hope for the Galaxy, The 12-Volume Star Wars 30th Anniversary Collection, the Omnibus series, Star Wars Manga and they even collected the Pizzazz run. But all through everything – it was Marvel that started it all.

Yes, Dark Horse did a great job. As I stated before Dark Horse has published the Marvel line of books, 107 issues plus 3 annuals, a few different times. In a 5-Volume Omnibus line subtitled “A Long Time Ago”; a full color, 7-volume trade paperback series called “A Long Time Ago” and not to be confusing, but in another “A Long time Ago” 6-volume collection, which is a digest series that reprinted the comics, seemingly randomly and in back and white. These digests featured Ralph McQuarrie’s original Star Wars paintings as cover art.

Now that the license has come back to Marvel Comics, it no surprise that the first book out of the box is their own Omnibus collected edition. What is surprising is the contents of this book and how it’s laid out and what this means for future volumes.

Today, we get word that the Omnibus Volume 1 will collect #1-44 and Annual #1; 880 pages, $125. That all well and good for some people — but not me. This book will end with issue #39-44 which is The Empire Strikes Back. If Marvel decided to do one more Omnibus then that book will be 69 issues – yes 69! Don’t forget that Marvel also published the 4-issue mini of The Return Of The Jedi. This seems unlikely, so I’m sure Marvel will do two Omnibus sequels, but why then end Volume 1 with Empire? Why not start Omnibus Volume 2 with Empire?!

With the current Omnibus, my projected breakdown is:
Omnibus 1 – #1-6 (A New Hope), #7-32, Annual #1, #33-38, #39-44 (The Empire Strikes Back)
Omnibus 2 – #45-65, Annual #2, #66-78, Annual #3, #79-80
Omnibus 3 – Return Of The Jedi #1-4, #81-107

But as you can see, it just doesn’t look good. Empire should beginOmnibus 2. That way each Omnibus will start with one of the Canon movies.

I hope Marvel/Disney/Lucas will see it my way.

Agree? Disagree? Let me know. Mail me at:
Death Star Complaint Dept.


Official solicit
Star Wars: The Original Marvel Years Omnibus HC CHAYKIN COVER
As the phenomenon dawned in 1977, Marvel Comics published the very first STAR WARS comic-book series. Now, the House of Ideas is re-presenting those original adventures in its wampa-sized Omnibus format! It’s the return of the Jedi to Marvel in an opening volume that begins with A NEW HOPE and ends with THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. In between, the rebels face a wealth of new perils — from space pirate Crimson Jack to the bounty hunter Beilert Valance, as well as a surprisingly svelte Jabba the Hut (one “t”). Luke goes back to Tatooine, Leia battles alone, Han and Chewie play the deadly Big Game, and Darth Vader hunts for answers! With all your old favorites and plenty of new faces — hello, Jaxxon! — there’s no doubt, the Force is strong with this one! Collecting STAR WARS (1977) #1-44 and ANNUAL #1.
880 PGS./Rated T …$125.00
ISBN: 978-0-7851-9106-3
Trim size: oversized
Star Wars: The Original Marvel Years Omnibus HC HILDEBRANDT COVER (DM ONLY)
880 PGS./Rated T …$125
ISBN: 978-0-7851-9318-0
Trim size: oversized
© 2014 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. Used under authorization. All rights reserved.

UPDATE Feb. 25, 2015
Marvel has released this Omnibus and as far as I can tell it is not out of print – yet. So if you want it you better jump on it.
Star Wars: The Original Marvel Years Volume 2 is due out May 6 and will collect Star Wars #45-78 and Annual #2, so you can see (above) I wasn’t off by much in my projection.
Volume 3 will now collect Annual #3, #79-80, Return Of The Jedi #1-4, #81-107 and should be out just in time for Episode VII – The Force Awakens in December.

Moving Forward With Some of the Past

blank_bookWith all of my content being lost due to the server migration I’m going back and republish the most popular blog posts from the past few years.

This may seem like a pain in the ass – and it is – but it also gives me the chance to update them.

This is going to take time and the posts won’t be uploaded all at once, so please be patient with me.

You can still get a ALL of the podcasts on iTunes, just not the posts/show notes.

I’m also taking requests as to what you would like to see in a future post/podcast or have me revisit and update on the blog.


The Omnibus Collector’s Wish List – Batman And Robin By Tomasi And Gleason Omnibus

Batman And Robin By Tomasi And Gleason Omnibus

Batman And Robin By Tomasi And Gleason Omnibus

Today saw DC’s revelation of what’s happening at the publisher post-Convergence. They’re dropping the New 52 moniker from all their titles (but staying in the New 52 continuity) and will be launching 24 new titles to be joining 25 existing titles, some of which will be seeing new creative teams. But for an Omnibus Collector this means I have to see the potential for new Omnibus editions, and the first one that jumped out to me was Batman and Robin.

Peter Tomasi has been writing Batman and Robin since before the inception of the New 52. He began his tenure with a short, three issue arc on the first volume of the series shortly after Grant Morrison ended his tenure. The arc, titled Dark Knight Vs. White Knight, was the highlight of the post-Morrison stories, thus making it obvious the series was in good hands when Tomasi and artist Patrick Gleason would be returning to the title with the New 52 reboot.

The team started the series with a new #1 and a new arc that would highlight the relationship between Bruce Wayne and his son Damian, who prior hadn’t really had a team-up book of their own given that Damian had always previously been Robin to Dick Grayson’s Batman. The series worked to show how similar the two characters really were to each other and how something like that could lead to a serious butting of heads.

As the book went forward with Tomasi and Gleason’s uninterrupted run it would tie-in to the line-wide Batman events of “Night of the Owls” and “Death of the Family” before ultimately tying into the events of Morrison’s finale to his Batman epic in the second volume of Batman Incorporated. Damian would fall at the hands of one of his genetically engineered “brothers” and it would completely ruin Bruce emotionally.

For several issues we saw Batman and Robin lose the second half of its title in favor of various other characters. Batman and Nightwing, Batman and Red Robin, Red Hood, Batgirl, and Catwoman. Each issue represented Bruce going through the stages of acceptance over Damian’s death.

After that arc the title would change to Batman and Two-Face for several issues after the Two-Face #1 villains issue tying into Forever Evil. The arc would be titled “The Big Burn” and featured the two characters joining forces to deal with a common enemy.

As the series went forward it reverted back to the various characters taking the second name in the title; Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Frankenstein, and Ra’s Al Ghul. During the arc we saw Bruce hunting for the missing body of his son as it had been stolen from it’s grave as Ra’s was attempting to resurrect his grandson in a Lazarus pit. Bruce stops him from succeeding in his plan, but it also inspires him to attempt to resurrect his son by alternate means.

The title reverted back to Batman and Robin with issue #33 for the “Robin Rises” arc, which was bookended by the Alpha and Omega one-shot issues. By the end of the story Bruce would go head-to-head with Darkseid and other inhabitants of Apokalips before regaining the life of his son. However Damian was slightly different in the fact that he now had super powers. Flight, invulnerability, and super strength.

So the title is still in that arc now, introducing the newly super-powered Damian Wayne, and it’s set to run through issue #40 before ending and being relaunched after Convergence as “Robin, Son of Batman.” However, while Gleason will remain onboard as artist Tomasi won’t be joining him as writer, and Gleason will be taking on both duties.

In that I find that it would be the perfect instance to collect the entire series by Tomasi and Gleason in one huge Omnibus. So what would that mean it collects?

Batman and Robin (vol. 1) #20-22
Batman and Robin (vol. 2) #1-40
Batman and Robin #0
Batman and Robin #23.1 Two Face #1
Robin Rises Alpha #1
Robin Rises Omega #1
Batman and Robin Annual #1-3
So a total of 50 issues, which is pretty thick but not unheard of given that DC tends to publish a lot of collections with 50+ issues. I’d say that those first three issues, the ones from vol. 1, are optional, but it would definitely be nice to see them collected alongside the rest of the run. Also more optional would be the Forever Evil: Arkham War mini-series that Tomasi wrote. That would include the six issue miniseries itself plus it’s prelude in Batman #23.4: Bane and Forever Evil Aftermath: Batman Vs. Bane #1

So there’s my proposal. I’ve enjoyed the heck out of this title since it launched, and it’s one of the very few New 52 titles that has remained with the same creative team since it began. In fact, I think that after this point the only titles that’ve had a solid creative team all the way through will be Batman and Justice League (given that Red Hood and the Outlaws is relaunching as Red Hood/Arsenal after Convergence). Tomasi has really told a story that’s about the relationship between father and son, and showed us Damian evolve to the young brat who claimed his father was easier to look up to when he was still dead to the young man who would prove to be more important to Bruce than almost anyone or anything else. And my own second favorite Robin next to the original. If you agree and think this would be a good one for DC to publish then go ahead and sound off! Hopefully it happens!

Astro Boy Omnibus from Dark Horse Comics

Astro Boy Omnibus

Astro Boy Omnibus

Nearly Seven Hundred Pages Of The Beloved Manga

In September, there’s a whole new way to enjoy Osamu Tezuka’s beloved Astro Boy: in omnibus form!

Boasting nearly seven hundred pages of content for only $19.99, Dark Horse Comics’ Astro Boy Omnibus Volume 1 features Tezuka’s most popular and influential work, detailing Astro Boy’s jet-powered, superstrong, evil-bashing adventures. Exciting, whimsical, and touching, Astro Boy brings back a classic era of comics and animation, featuring tales that readers both young and old will enjoy.

Collecting rare and out-of-print material, the oversized Astro Boy omnibus collection is the first in a series that brings back Tezuka’s beloved character for a whole new generation to enjoy.

Starting Over at 10 Years

Fresh_VistaWith the migration of my site to a new server, I lost my entire database. I’m working on locating a backup, but for now I’m going to start fresh.

Seems like the right time to do so anyway as this week marks the 10th anniversary of the Collected Comics Library podcast.

Stay tuned for updates and new blog posts.