Absolute Batman: Year One

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ABSOLUTE BATMAN: YEAR ONE presents one of DC Comics’ most lauded tales in two hardcover volumes contained by a slipcase. The first volume will reprint the recolored version of the story from previous collected editions, remastered with new, high-resolution scans of the original coloring by David Mazzucchelli and Richmond Lewis. The second volume will reprint the original 1987 version of the story as it ran in BATMAN #404-407, reproduced from scans made by Mazzucchelli and Lewis from the printed comic book pages, presented on stock that simulates the look and…read more

Cover Story: The DC Comics Art Of Brian Bolland

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A wonderful artist who has done a ton of cover work, and not enough interior comic work, Brian Bolland gets his spotlight in Cover Story: The DC Comics Art Of Brian Bolland. Artist Brian Bolland, best known for his work as illustrator of the best-selling title BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE, is the subject of this new hardcover collecting his covers for DC Comics. Featuring highly detailed and meticulous craftsmanship combined with dramatic takes on the world’s best-known Super Heroes, Bolland’s work has been featured on GREEN LANTERN, BATMAN, WONDER WOMAN, THE…read more

The Authority: Relentless

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Making my way through my local comic shop’s discount shelf I came across The Authority: Relentless, the first volume of the award winning series. I hadn’t read this since the individual issues came out and it deserved a second look.

After witnessing the demise of most of her StormWatch teammates, Jenny Sparks wants to create a new super hero team dedicated to protecting Earth against threats of a global scale. Joined by former StormWatch members Jack Hawksmoor and Shen Li-Min, Jenny recruits four new members, the Doctor, the Engineer, Apollo, and the Midnighter forming the ultra-powerful Authority. Collected in this edition are their first two missions, battling a nation of super-powered terrorists and stopping an invasion from a parallel world.

Catwoman: Relentless

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Another lost (to me) treasure discovered on the used shelf of my local comic shop, Catwoman: Relentless. Always a fan of Brubaker at the time I didn’t care for Stewart or Pulido’s clean lines and simplified styles; now I can’t get enough.

Triumph and tragedy are the name of the game in this 192-page trade paperback reprinting CATWOMAN #12-19, plus the 6-page Black Mask story from CATWOMAN Secret Files #1! Catwoman has crossed the Black Mask — now he’s making her pay!

iZombie: Dead To The World

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I’m not a fan of horror books or themes but the story just grabbed me; never would have picked it up but I’m a fan of Allred’s art.  iZombie: Dead To The World is about a young girl and her group of friends trying to make it through the day, except she’s a zombie.  Here’s the publisher’s blurb: Gwendolyn “Gwen” Dylan is a 20-something gravedigger in an eco-friendly cemetery. Once a month she must eat a human brain to keep from losing her own memories, but in the process she…read more

Superman: Secret Origin

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Over Christmas I had a chance to read Superman: Secret Origin The Deluxe Edition hardcover.  I’ve been a long-term Gary Frank fan so I knew what to expect with the art, and Geoff Johns is a major powerhouse at DC so this couldn’t end up a disaster.  Here’s the publisher’s blurb: Writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank bring you a startling new look at the beginnings of Lex Luthor, The Legion of Super-Heroes, Lois Lane, Metallo, Jimmy Olsen, The Parasite and more of your favorite characters from the Superman…read more

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Tenth Anniversary Edition

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1996 was the tenth anniversary of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.  It’s hard to believe twenty-five years have passed since Miller brought his dark future to comics; I haven’t heard of DC doing anything to celebrate this year but in ’96 they had big plans. There was a bunch of material offered but the highlight was a slipcase containing a new signed and numbered hardcover collecting Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, two mini prints of Dark Knight posters and three 48 page prestige format softcover books of sketches, scripts and…read more


Green Lantern Omnibus Volume 1

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As I mentioned in my latest Jiminy Christmas rant I picked up The Green Lantern Omnibus Volume 1 at a discount bookseller in Toronto for $38.  It collects material previously collected in DC Archives Green Lantern volumes 1-3 if you can find them.  I do have these volumes on my shelf at home but couldn’t pass this up for two reasons: it was a great price and I wanted to see how DC was handling the oversized format.  Here’s the publisher’s blurb: Collecting SHOWCASE #22-24 and GREEN LANTERN #1-21 in a…read more

Batman: The Dark Knight

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Originally published at Comic Book Daily under my Bound Together column. Few people need an introduction to Frank Miller’s seminal take on Batman in his 1986 series Batman: The Dark Knight.  It’s heralded as the birth of the modern comic, along with The Watchmen, and exposed a lot of people to comics through its massive sales in a collected volume.  Three collected editions were released that year: a softcover trade paperback, a hardcover and a signed hardcover.  The softcover trade and hardcover were released by Warner Books and carried by everyone who…read more


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