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NEWS UPDATE: 10/30

SHIPPING FROM TALES OF WONDER NOVEMBER 4
Posted at 10:00 PM by dum dum dugan

Turok Son of Stone Archives Vol. 4
After several big weeks, the collected editions powers that be offer up a breather this week. Leading the way is Dark Horse's Turok Son of Stone Archives Vol. 4.

This week does see the unusual approach from DC of releasing Wonder Woman Rise of the Olympian in both HC and TP at the same time. I assume this is an experiment and will point out that no other books have been solicited in this manner since this one.

And I'll go ahead and recommend Exiles Point of No Return TP from Marvel. It's written by Jeff Parker, so it's good.

Here's the list of highlights from TOW's list of books:

Batman Battle For The Cowl Companion TP
Boys HC Vol 01 Limited Ed
Exiles Point Of No Return TP
Fantastic Four Visionaries Walter Simonson TP Vol 03
Ghost Rider Danny Ketch TP Vol 01
Hellblazer Scab TP
Invincible Vol 3 Perfect Strangers TP *New Printing*
Marvel Zombies 3 TP
Nova TP Vol 05 War Of Kings
Sherlock Holmes HC Vol 01 Trial Of Sherlock Holmes
Superman Batman Search For Kryptonite TP
Terror Inc TP Apocalypse Soon
Timestorm 2009-2099 HC
Turok Son Of Stone Archives HC Vol 04
Wonder Woman Rise Of The Olympian HC
Wonder Woman Rise Of The Olympian TP



NEWS UPDATE: 10/28

EXCITING CREEPER BY DITKO CONTENT UPDATE!
Posted at 12:30 PM by dum dum dugan

From DC Comics: The Creeper by Steve Ditko HC has been expanded to include a never-before-published story originally slated to appear in Showcase #106. The 25-page story, entitled "Enter Dr. Storme", is written and illustrated by Ditko, and features an appearance by Ditko's character The Odd Man. It will be printed in black and white. The page count has increased to 288 pages and the price remains $39.95.

That's as good as it gets, folks!



NEWS UPDATE: 10/26

SHIPPING AND PRODUCT UPDATES
Posted at 8:30 PM by dum dum dugan

The contents of the X-Factor: Overtime MPE HC have expanded. In addition to X-Factor #46-50, the book will also include the crucial X-Factor: Layla Miller one-shot. Accordingly, the book goes from 128 pages for $19.99 to 160 pages/$24.99.

The only shipping date update we have is the Fortune and Glory Anniversary HC from Icon/Marvel slipping two weeks from 12/2 to 12/16. I will go ahead and point out that Dark Reign: Hawkeye #5 of 5 has fallen completely off the rails and is now set for 1/27/10. That issue was originally solicited for August!



NEWS UPDATE: 10/25

SHIPPING FROM TALES OF WONDER OCTOBER
Posted at 8:45 PM by dum dum dugan

Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Menace
This week is headed up by one of the coolest Masterworks of all time: Atlas Era Menace. The spine reads Vol. 1, but this is a done in one, folks - all 11 issues of this stunning Atlas pre-code horror title. And as for a taste of why it's one of the coolest Masterworks you'll ever see, head over to our exclusive PREVIEW.

Also from Marvel: the looooong awaited Spider-Man Newspaper Strips HC. And from DC comes Superman in World's Finest Archives Vol. 2. In other words, some pretty serious material is coming out this week.

Oh, and though the description looks interesting, don't let the title of Drawn & Quarterly's Key Moments From the History of Comics fool you: it's a satire that, according to the solicit "humorously imagines the pivotal events that shaped everyone from Chris Ware and Charles Schultz to Jack Kirby and Will Eisner, from Herge and Uderzo to MAD and RAW.

Here's the list of highlights from TOW's list of books:

Anita Blake VH LC TP Book 01 Animator
Batman Monsters TP
Fantastic Four Visionaries John Byrne TP Vol 01*New Printing*
Freakangels HC Vol 03
Gen 13 Worlds End TP
Hack Slash TP Vol 06 In Revenge & In Love
Hulk Prem HC Vol 03 Hulk No More
Invincible Iron Man TP Vol 02 Worlds Most Wanted Bk 01
Kabuki TP Alchemy
Key Moments From The History Of Comics SC
Legion Of Super Heroes Enemy Rising TP
Map Of My Heart GN
Marvel Masterworks Amazing Spider-Man Vol 3 Ltd Ed TP (#10)
Marvel Masterworks Amazing Spider-Man Vol 3 New Ed TP
Marvel Masterworks Atlas Era Menace Vol 1 Ltd Ed HC (#126)
Marvel Masterworks Atlas Era Menace Vol 1 New Ed HC
New Avengers TP Vol 10 Power
Pinocchio Vampire Slayer GN
Sandman The Dream Hunters HC
Spider-Man American Son Prem HC
Spider-Man HC Newspaper Strips
Spider-Man Short Halloween Prem HC
Superman In Worlds Finest Archives HC Vol 02
Transmetropolitan TP Vol 04 The New Scum*New Printing*
Wolverine Prem HC Old Man Logan



NEWS UPDATE: 10/22

MARVEL SOLICITS: JANUARY 2010
Posted at 1:00 PM by dum dum dugan

Marvel Masterworks Inhumans Vol. 2
Marvel has released their solicits for January 2010:

MARVEL JANUARY '10

As ANNOUNCED last week by Gormuu on our message board, this month's only Masterwork is Inhumans Vol. 2, which should close that line. The announcement is well timed with the release this past Wednesday of Inhumans Vol. 1. Volume 2 will collect Inhumans #1-12, Captain Marvel #52-53, and rare Inhumans tales from What If...? #29-30 and Thor Annual # 12.

Marvel continues to prepare the market for the Iron Man sequel, most notably with Iron Man Omnibus Vol. 2. This 840 page tome will contain Iron Man stories from Tales of Suspense #84-99, Iron Man & Sub Mariner #1 and Iron Man #1-25. Additionally, a surprise entry into the Marvel Premiere Classic line is Iron Man Deadly Solutions, collecting the first seven issues of Kurt Busiek's 1998 "Heroes Return" run.

Visit the MESSAGE BOARD to discuss these solicits.


DC SOLICITS: JANUARY 2010

Posted at 10:45 AM by dum dum dugan

Wonder Woman Archives Vol. 6
DC Comics has released their solicits for January 2010:

DC JANUARY '10

Look closely, kids, and you'll catch a glimpse of that rare creature known as a new DC Archive. In this case, Wonder Woman Archive Vol. 6. This welcome edition collects WW stories from Sensation Comics #41-48 and Wonder Woman #13-15.

DC also continues to reward our love of all things Kirby with a nice new collection: The Newsboy Legion by Simon and Kirby Vol. 1 HC. This can't miss book will include tales from Star Spangled Comics #7-32.

Fairly quiet on the collected edition front beyond that. It's mostly the usual assortment of recent series. Of note is Planetary Vol. 4 HC. A lot of people have been waiting for the collected edition to read those final issues, some of which have been out for years.

Visit the MESSAGE BOARD to discuss these solicits.



NEWS UPDATE: 10/18

SHIPPING AND PRODUCT UPDATES
Posted at 3:30 PM by dum dum dugan

After all of last week's activity, just one shipping date update: Marvel Max's Destroyer MPE HC slips a week, from 11/11 to 11/18. That's it, people!



NEWS UPDATE: 10/16

SHIPPING FROM TALES OF WONDER OCTOBER 21
Posted at 5:30 PM by dum dum dugan

MarvelMasterworks Inhumans Vol. 1
A cool new Masterworks line joins the ranks this week with Marvel Masterworks Inhumans Vol. 1. Goes along nicely with this week's ANNOUNCEMENT that April 2010 will see the release of Volume 2, wouldn't you say? Volume 1 here collects Inhumans tales from Thor #146-152, Amazing Adventures #1-10, Avengers #95 and Marvel Super Heroes #15. Check out a preview HERE.

The long awaited Uncle Sam Deluxe Edition HC finally comes out this week courtesy of Vertigo. Some intense Alex Ross work in that one. Speaking of DC HCs, Final Crisis Legion of Three Worlds is a pretty satisfying read from Geoff Johns and George Perez, even if (oh, okay, entirely because of the fact that) it doesn't really relate to Final Crisis much at all.

Here's the list of highlights from TOW's list of books:

Captain America Road To Reborn Prem HC
Dark Wolverine Prem HC Vol 01 Prince
Detectives Inc HC
Final Crisis Legion Of Three Worlds HC
Frankenstein Mobster TP Vol 01
Jonah Hex Lead Poisoning TP
Lockjaw And The Pet Avengers HC
Marvel Adventures Avengers TP Vol 10 Digest
Marvel Age Runaways Digest Vol 9 Dead Wrong
Marvel Masterworks Inhumans Vol 1 Ltd Ed HC (#125)
Marvel Masterworks Inhumans Vol 1 New Ed HC
Question TP Vol 05 Riddles
Runaways TP Rock Zombies
Scalped TP Vol 05 High Lonesome
Showcase Presents House Of Secrets TP Vol 02
Spider-Man Death & Dating TP
Star Trek Missions End TP
Storming Paradise TP
Superman Adventures Of Flamebird & Nightwing TP
Thunderbolts TP Burning Down The House
Uncle Sam Deluxe HC
War Machine TP Vol 01 Iron Heart
Wolverine Noir Prem HC



NEWS UPDATE: 10/15

HUGE TALES OF WONDER SALE: LTD EDITION MASTERWORKS!!!
Posted at 12:30 PM by dum dum dugan

Tales of Wonder is doing some warehouse reorganizing, and have decided to clear some space with a remarkable LIMITED EDITION MASTERWORKS CLEARANCE SALE. From the Tales of Wonder email: You'll see excellent discounts on all titles, including long out-of-print gems that are commanding much higher prices in the secondary market than what you see below. There are also deep discounts on select limited edition volume ones as well as X-Men Vol. 1 and Avengers Vol. 1 (regular edition 1st printing only).

All of this is subject to availability. Sell-outs are anticipated.

Various Volume Ones:
Marvel Masterworks Atlas Era Heroes Vol 1 Ltd Ed HC (#73) - SALE - $19.99
Marvel Masterworks Atlas Era Tales of Suspense Vol 1 Ltd Ed HC (#68) - SALE - $19.99
Marvel Masterworks Avengers Vol 1 HC 1st Edition - SALE - $14.99
Marvel Masterworks Golden Age USA Comics Vol 1 Ltd Ed HC (#76) - SALE - $19.99
Marvel Masterworks Human Torch Vol 1 Ltd Ed HC (#66) - SALE - $19.99
Marvel Masterworks Rawhide Kid Vol 1 Ltd Ed HC (#63) - SALE - $19.99
Marvel Masterworks Warlock Vol 1 Ltd Ed HC (#72) - SALE - $19.99
Marvel Masterworks X-Men Vol 1 HC 1st Edition - SALE - $14.99

50% Off:
Marvel Masterworks Amazing Spider-Man Vol 05 Ltd Ed HC (#22) - Current Printing - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Amazing Spider-Man Vol 07 Ltd Ed HC (#44) - Current Printing - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Amazing Spider-Man Vol 08 Ltd Ed HC (#67) - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Amazing Spider-Man Vol 09 Ltd Ed HC (#86) - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Amazing Spider-Man Vol 10 Ltd Ed HC (#101) - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Ant-Man Giant-Man Vol 1 Ltd Ed HC (#59) - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Ant-Man Giant-Man Vol 2 Ltd Ed HC (#91) - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Atlas Era Heroes Vol 2 Ltd Ed HC (#92) - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Atlas Era Heroes Vol 3 Ltd Ed HC (#104) - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Atlas Era Journey Into Mystery Vol 1 Ltd Ed HC (#106) - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Atlas Era Strange Tales Vol 1 Ltd Ed HC (#85) - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Atlas Era Strange Tales Vol 2 Ltd Ed HC (#113) - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Atlas Era Tales of Suspense Vol 2 Ltd Ed HC (#98) - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Atlas Era Tales to Astonish Vol 1 Ltd Ed HC (#57) - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Atlas Era Tales to Astonish Vol 2 Ltd Ed HC (#94) - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Avengers Vol 2 Ltd Ed HC (#9) - Current Printing - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Avengers Vol 3 Ltd Ed HC (#27) - Current Printing - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Avengers Vol 5 Ltd Ed HC (#54) - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Avengers Vol 6 Ltd Ed HC (#70) - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Avengers Vol 7 Ltd Ed HC (#84) - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Avengers Vol 8 Ltd Ed HC (#109) - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Captain America Vol 3 Ltd Ed HC (#64) - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Captain America Vol 4 Ltd Ed HC (#93) - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Captain Marvel Vol 2 Ltd Ed HC (#82) - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Captain Marvel Vol 3 Ltd Ed HC (#95) - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Daredevil Vol 4 Ltd Ed HC (#74) - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Daredevil Vol 5 Ltd Ed HC (#110) - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Defenders Vol 1 Ltd Ed HC (#100) - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Doctor Strange Vol 3 Ltd Ed HC (#75) - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Fantastic Four Vol 05 Ltd Ed HC (#25) - Current Printing - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Fantastic Four Vol 07 Ltd Ed HC (#34) - Current Printing - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Fantastic Four Vol 09 HC Ltd Ed HC (#53) - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Fantastic Four Vol 11 Ltd Ed HC (#103) - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Golden Age All Winners Vol 2 Ltd Ed HC (#71) - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Golden Age All Winners Vol 3 Ltd Ed HC (#108) - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Golden Age Captain America Vol 2 Ltd Ed HC (#99) - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Golden Age Captain America Vol 3 Ltd Ed HC (#111) - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Golden Age Daring Mystery Vol 1 Ltd Ed HC (#89) - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Golden Age Human Torch Vol 1 Ltd Ed HC (#51) - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Golden Age Human Torch Vol 2 Ltd Ed HC (#88) - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Golden Age Marvel Comics Vol 2 Ltd Ed HC (#60) - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Golden Age Marvel Comics Vol 3 Ltd Ed HC (#102) - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Golden Age Marvel Comics Vol 4 Ltd Ed HC (#116) - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Golden Age Sub-Mariner Vol 1 Ltd Ed HC (#47) - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Golden Age Sub-Mariner Vol 2 Ltd Ed HC (#81) - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Incredible Hulk Vol 4 Ltd Ed HC (#78) - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Incredible Hulk Vol 5 Ltd Ed HC (#115) - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Invincible Iron Man Vol 3 Ltd Ed HC (#65) - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Invincible Iron Man Vol 4 Ltd Ed HC (#77) - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Invincible Iron Man Vol 5 Ltd Ed HC (#107) - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Mighty Thor Vol 2 Ltd Ed HC (#26) - Current Printing - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Mighty Thor Vol 5 Ltd Ed HC (#69) - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Rawhide Kid Vol 2 Ltd Ed HC (#87) - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Sgt Fury Vol 2 Ltd Ed HC (#97) - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Silver Surfer Vol 1 Ltd Ed HC (#15) - Current Printing - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Silver Surfer Vol 2 Ltd Ed HC (#19) - Current Printing - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Uncanny X-Men Vol 2 Ltd Ed HC (#12) - Current Printing - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Uncanny X-Men Vol 4 Ltd Ed HC (#37) - Current Printing - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks Uncanny X-Men Vol 6 Ltd Ed HC (#90) - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks X-Men Vol 4 Ltd Ed HC (#35) - Current Printing - SALE - 50% off
Marvel Masterworks X-Men Vol 7 Ltd Ed HC (#105) - SALE - 50% off

And finally, 20% off hard-to-find gems:
Marvel Masterworks Dr. Strange Vol 2 Ltd Ed HC (#49) - SALE - 20% off
Marvel Masterworks Fantastic Four Vol 10 Ltd Ed HC (#62) - SALE - 20% off
Marvel Masterworks Golden Age All Winners Vol 1 Ltd Ed HC (#55) - SALE - 20% off
Marvel Masterworks Golden Age Captain America Vol 1 Ltd Ed HC (#43) - SALE - 20% off
Marvel Masterworks Incredible Hulk Vol 2 Ltd Ed HC (#39) - SALE - 20% off
Marvel Masterworks Incredible Hulk Vol 3 Ltd Ed HC (#56) - SALE - 20% off
Marvel Masterworks Invincible Iron Man Vol 2 Ltd Ed HC (#45) - SALE - 20% off
Marvel Masterworks Mighty Thor Vol 4 HC Ltd Ed HC (#52) - SALE - 20% off
Marvel Masterworks Mighty Thor Vol 6 Ltd Ed HC (#80) - SALE - 20% off
Marvel Masterworks Mighty Thor Vol 7 Ltd Ed HC (#96) - SALE - 20% off
Marvel Masterworks Mighty Thor Vol 8 Ltd Ed HC (#112) - SALE - 20% off
Marvel Masterworks X-Men Vol 5 Ltd Ed HC (#48) - SALE - 20% off



NEWS UPDATE: 10/13

UPDATED: SHIPPING FROM TALES OF WONDER OCTOBER 14
Posted at 7:30 PM by dum dum dugan

We got some incomplete data yesterday. Here is the whole list, starting with the books that weren't on yesterday's list and including the spiffy new leather bound Shock Suspenstories:

EC Archives Shock Suspenstories Vol 02 Limited Leather Bound HC
Hammer O/T Gods TP Vol 01 Mortal Enemy
Marvel Encyclopedia Limited HC 70th Anniv Ed
Pride & Prejudice Prem HC
Red Sonja HC Vol 07 Born Again
Star Trek Countdown HC
Xena Army Of Darkness TP Vol 02 What Again

And here's the books listed yesterday:

Absolute Death HC
Air TP Vol 02 Flying Machine
Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Guilty Pleasures HC
Batman Chronicles TP Vol 08
Blood And Water TP
Daredevil Return Of King TP
Groom Lake TP
Heavy Liquid TP*New Printing*
Justice League Of America When Worlds Collide HC
Kull TP Vol 01 Shadow Kingdom
Marvel 1602 Prem HC New World Fantastick Four
Marvel Zombies 04 HC
Mephisto Vs Prem HC
Mephisto Vs Prem HC Var Ed 32
Mister X Condemned TP
Noir TP Vol 01
Runaways TP Teenage Wasteland • Star Trek Crew TP
Stormwatch Phd Worlds End TP
Terry Moores Echo TP Vol 03 Desert Run
Trinity TP Vol 03
Ultimate Wolverine Vs Hulk Prem HC
Uncanny X-Men Manifest Destiny TP



NEWS UPDATE: 10/12

SHIPPING FROM TALES OF WONDER OCTOBER 14
Posted at 7:30 PM by dum dum dugan

Running late again, folks, so just a quick in 'n out. We didn't get this info until today.

Here's the list of highlights from TOW's list of books:

Absolute Death HC
Air TP Vol 02 Flying Machine
Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Guilty Pleasures HC
Batman Chronicles TP Vol 08
Blood And Water TP
Daredevil Return Of King TP
Groom Lake TP
Heavy Liquid TP*New Printing*
Justice League Of America When Worlds Collide HC
Kull TP Vol 01 Shadow Kingdom
Marvel 1602 Prem HC New World Fantastick Four
Marvel Zombies 04 HC
Mephisto Vs Prem HC
Mephisto Vs Prem HC Var Ed 32
Mister X Condemned TP
Noir TP Vol 01
Runaways TP Teenage Wasteland • Star Trek Crew TP
Stormwatch Phd Worlds End TP
Terry Moores Echo TP Vol 03 Desert Run
Trinity TP Vol 03
Ultimate Wolverine Vs Hulk Prem HC
Uncanny X-Men Manifest Destiny TP



NEWS UPDATE: 10/11

SHIPPING AND PRODUCT UPDATES
Posted at 3:45 PM by dum dum dugan

Plenty of news this week. Foremost is a shipping update for Tomb of Dracula Omnibus Vol. 2. It has been moved from 10/7 to 12/9. Marvel Masterworks Golden Age Sub-Mariner Vol. 3 also slips to 12/9, but in this case, it's not a 2 month slip. It's original ship date was 11/25. But if you were really counting on a Masterwork on 11/25, then we've got good news: that's the new ship date for Deathlok Vol. 1. Of course, the bad news is, that was originally due on 11/18.

But wait there's more! X-Men Wolverine/Gambit MPE Classic HC was supposed to ship this past Wednesday (10/7). It didn't. Look for it on 11/11. Also, the Death of Captain America Omnibus slips from 11/4 to 11/25 and Hulk: Green Hulk/Red Hulk HC moves back a week, from 11/4 to 11/11.

The contents of Essential X-Factor Vol. 3 have changed significantly. Out is Uncanny X-Men #239-241 (while issues 242 and 243 remain) and in is X-Factor Annual #3. Page count is now 520, down from 536. The War of Kings HC is expanding from 432 to 496 pages, and will now include the Secret Invasion: War of Kings one-shot. Finally, the Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia HC is now simply to be called Avengers/X-Men: Utopia.



NEWS UPDATE: 10/8

DARK HORSE SOLICITS: JANUARY
Posted at 12:00 PM by dum dum dugan

Turok Son of Stone Archives Vol. 5
Dark Horse Comics has released their solicits for January 2010:

DARK HORSE JANUARY 2010

Two Archives for January: Turok, Son of Stone Vol. 5 and Tarzan: The Jesse Marsh Years Vol. 5.

Also in January, two books sure to be on the best seller list for the month: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight Vol. 6 Retreat and Hellboy Vol. 9 The Wild Hunt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



NEWS UPDATE: 10/4

SHIPPING AND PRODUCT UPDATES
Posted at 3:45 PM by dum dum dugan

Not too much this week. The Stand: American Nightmares MPE HC will be 144 pages, up from 136. Daredevil Noir: Liar's Poker MPE HC will be shortened to Daredevil Noir, logically enough.

No shipping updates for collected editions this week, but some folks will be delighted to know that Ambush Bug: Year None #7 is finally back on the schedule, for 10/21.


SHIPPING FROM TALES OF WONDER OCTOBER 7

Posted at 1:50 PM by dum dum dugan

EC Archives Frontline Combat Vol. 1
Sorry we reached Sunday before these got up, folks, but here they are. Real quiet week, but we'll take one of those Frontline Combat Vol. 1 HCs thank you very much!

Here's the list of highlights from TOW's list of books:

Angel Not Fade Away TP
Batman Vault Museum In A Book Spiral HC
Beta Ray Bill Godhunter TP
Dark Reign Fantastic Four TP
EC Archives Frontline Combat HC Vol 01
Essential Ghost Rider TP Vol 03
Exurbia TP
Farscape HC Vol 02 Strange Detractors
Grandville HC
Jack Of Fables TP Vol 06 The Big Book Of War
Moon Knight TP Vol 05 Down South
Sherlock Holmes Hounds Of Baskervilles GN
Supreme Power Prem HC Nighthawk
X-Men Forever TP Vol 01
X-Men Noir GN TP



NEWS UPDATE: 10/2

IDW FOR DECEMBER
Posted at 4:45 PM by dum dum dugan

IDW has released their solicits for December:

IDW DECEMBER '09

The coolest book here to be sure is the Complete Milton Gross HC. This 368 page tome purports to "in addition to exhuming every one of Gross' wild and crazy comic book stories, shares rare photos, sketches, and unpublished art". Also look for the Complete Dick Tracy Vol. 9 HC.



NEWS UPDATE: 10/1

TALES OF WONDER LINKS LIVE; NO BOOKS ON DECEMBER 30
Posted at 11:15 AM by dum dum dugan

We've added the Tales of Wonder preorder links for December books to the sidebar and this seems like the appropriate time to make everyone aware that due to quirks in holiday schedule between Diamond and UPS, no books will be shipping the week of December 30. That's right: we're not talking slipping to Thursday or even Friday. That week, there will be no new comics, no new collected editions, nothing. The new Previews catalog suggests there will be some industry events to try to lure customers into the shops, but no new books.



NEWS UPDATE: 9/27

SHIPPING AND PRODUCT UPDATES
Posted at 12:45 PM by dum dum dugan

Dum Dum Dugan here with your weekly updates and changes from Diamond. Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia HC will have 352 pages, up from 336, and Spider-Man: Died In Your Arms Tonight MPE HC is reduced from 2000 to 192 pages. Diamond also officially noted that the Avengers Korvac Saga MPE Classic HC will be expanded from 200 to 240 pages. They already updated the contents of course, letting us know a couple of weeks ago that it was to include Thor Annual #6.

In semantics news, Dark Wolverine Vol. 1: Prince MPE HC is now to be called Wolverine: Dark Wolverine Vol. 1 – Prince MPE HC. Additionally, this book slips from 10/14 to 10/21.



NEWS UPDATE: 9/25

SHIPPING FROM TALES OF WONDER SEPTEMBER
Posted at 8:45 PM by dum dum dugan

Absolute Promethea Vol. 1 HC
If I may, the most Absolute-worthy comic book of the last fifteen years (apologies to Darwyn Cooke) gets the treatment this week as Absolute Promethea Vol. 1 is released. This first of three volumes collects the first twelve issues of the visionary Alan Moore/J.H. Williams III series.

Another modern era classic gets a new format this week as well with the release of Fables Vol. 1 Deluxe Edition HC, which collects the first ten issues of that outstanding Vertigo series.

Other highlights this week include Hellboy Library Edition Vol. 3 HC, Avengers Invaders HC (oversize), Sleeper Season 2 TP, and this month's Masterwork TP, Avengers Vol. 2.

Here's the list of highlights from TOW's list of books:

Absolute Promethea HC Vol 01
Avengers Invaders HC
Batman The Black Glove TP
Black Panther Prem HC Deadliest Of The Species
Deadpool Suicide Kings Prem HC
Fables HC Vol 1 Deluxe Edition
Garth Ennis Battlefields TP Vol 03 Tankies
Hellboy Library Ed HC Vol 03 Conqueror Worm & Strange Places
Howard Chaykin Power & Glory TP
Icon A Heros Welcome TP New Ptg
Indiana Jones Further Adv Omnibus TP Vol 02
Marvel Masterworks Avengers Vol 2 Ltd Ed TP (#9)
Marvel Masterworks Avengers Vol 2 New Ed TP
Official Handbook of the Marvel Univ A To Z Prem HC Vol 10
Rogue Dragon GN
Sleeper Season 2 TP
Superman Batman TP Vol 01 Public Enemies*New Printing*
Superman Kryptonite TP
Trick R Treat TP
Ultimatum Prem HC
Ultimatum Requiem Prem HC
Wolverine Weapon X Files TP
X-Men Magneto Testament TP



NEWS UPDATE: 9/24

MARVEL SOLICITS: DECEMBER
Posted at 5:00 PM by dum dum dugan

Marvel Masterworks X-Men Vol. 8
Marvel Comics has released their solicits for December 2009:

MARVEL DECEMBER '09

I know you see a big red "Avengers" there on the cover of that Masterwork, but rest assured what we have there is Marvel Masterworks X-Men Vol. 8. It's the second of two collections covering the missing years between the end of the book's original stories and the relaunch. Look for a preview here next week, and go to our MESSAGE BOARD to discuss.

The other MM for December is Atlas Era Tales To Astonish Vol. 3, collecting issues 21-30. Awesome stuff, there. Again, preview next week and discussion HERE.

There are always a few goodies in there that never showed up as Amazon advance order items, and this month those include a couple of MPE Classic HCs: Black Widow Web of Intrigue, collecting some cool eighties era stories, including the nifty George Perez story from Marvel Fanfare #10-13. And in keeping with an Iron Man 2 movie theme (these 2 books actually come out in March) there is Iron Man Iron Monger, collecting Iron Man #193-200.

Please also make special note of Ed Hannigan: Covered. The classic cover artist has multiple sclerosis and this book is being released by Marvel in special arrangement with Hero Initiative with proceeds directly benefiting Ed.

For some discussion of these solicits, please visit our MESSAGE BOARD.



NEWS UPDATE: 9/22

DC SOLICITS: DECEMBER
Posted at 9:30 PM by dum dum dugan

The Creeper By Steve Ditko HC
DC Comics has released their solicits for December 2009:

DC DECEMBER '09

Hooray! The Creeper by Steve Ditko HC is here! Or at least, will be in February. The book will collect Creeper tales from Showcase #73, Beware the Creeper #1-6, First Issue Special #7 and World's Finest Comics #249-255. Can't wait!

Also look for the net volumes of two recent classics: Starman Omnibus Vol. 4 HC and Preacher Book 2 HC.

It's a pretty busy month for Vertigo overall. Aside from the Preacher book, we have Hellblazer: Pandemonium, an original graphic novel commemorating the 25th anniversary of John Constantine. The book is by the first Hellblazer writer Jamie Delano with art by Jock. There are also several trade paperbacks from Vertigo including volume one of The Unwritten at the nice introductory price of $9.99.

Also, you may want to take note of Mad About Super Heroes Vol. 2 TP with a bunch of Mad Magazine super hero parodies. For some discussion of these solicits, please visit our MESSAGE BOARD.



NEWS UPDATE: 9/19

SHIPPING AND PRODUCT UPDATES
Posted at 12:45 PM by dum dum dugan

Just a few updates this week. Two Marvel Premiere Edition classics slip a week: Mephisto Vs. from 10/7 to 10/14 and Hercules Full Circle from 11/4 to 11/11. Also, two page count increases: Wolverine Old Man Logan HC will be 224, not 208, and Spider-Man The Short Halloween MPE HC will be 152, not 136. Neither increase appears to be accompanied by a price increase.



NEWS UPDATE: 9/18

SHIPPING FROM TALES OF WONDER SEPTEMBER 23
Posted at 8:45 PM by dum dum dugan

Marvel Masterworks Invincible Iron Man Vol. 6
Big, big week, folks. TWO Omnibuses! But first, how about a Masterwork? Yes, Invincible Iron Man Vol. 6 is here. The book collects Iron Man #14-25. Check out the preview HERE

And that's right, we have two omnibuses as well - one collecting a modern classic and one stretching back to Marvel's origins. Golden Age Marvel Omnibus Vol. 1 is one of the more exciting books in a while. It collects Marvel (Mystery) Comics #1-12 and reportedly improves greatly on the original Masterworks reproduction of #1-4. Meanwhile Astonishing X-Men By Joss Whedon and John Cassaday collects their entire run (1-24, Giant-Size #1). A true highlight of the last decade in comicdom.

Not to be outdone - oh who am I kidding, they are completely outdone - this week, DC does offer a couple of nice books: the latest DC Library HC entry is Batman A Death in the Family, while the Flash joins the Chronicles race with Flash Chronicles Vol. 1 TP.

Here's the list of highlights from TOW's list of books:

Astonishing X-Men By Whedon & Cassaday Omnibus HC
DC Library Batman A Death In The Family HC
Eureka TP Vol 02 (Of 4) Dormant Gene
Fantastic Four Prem HC Masters Of Doom
Flash Chronicles TP Vol 01
Golden Age Marvel Comics Omnibus HC Vol 01
Incredible Hercules Prem HC Dark Reign
Marvel Adventures Thor And Avengers TP Digest
Marvel Apes TP Evolution Starts Here
Marvel Masterworks Invincible Iron Man Vol 6 Ltd Ed HC (#124)
Marvel Masterworks Invincible Iron Man Vol 6 New Ed HC
Pet Avengers Classic TP
Push TP
Savage She-Hulk TP
Spirit TP Vol 02
Thor By Jurgens And Romita Jr TP Vol 01
Time Tunnel Complete Series TP
Wonder Woman The Circle TP
X-Men Origins HC



NEWS UPDATE: 9/13

SALES FIGURES - AUGUST 2009
Posted at 1:15 PM by dum dum dugan

ICV2.COM has provided sales figures for graphic novel/collected editions for August 2009. Below is the Top 10 and some other notable entries.

1 WALKING DEAD VOLUME 10: WHAT WE BECOME TP (IMAGE)   15,643
2 FABLES VOLUME 12: THE DARK AGES TP (DC/VERTIGO)     12,491
3 IRREDEEMABLE VOLUME 1 TP (BOOM!)       5,715
4 INVINCIBLE VOLUME 11: HAPPY DAYS TP (IMAGE)       5,371
5 FILTHY RICH HC (DC/VERTIGO)       5,282
6 WARREN ELLIS: FRANKENSTEIN'S WOMB GN (AVATAR)       5,023
7 BATMAN: HUSH COMPLETE TP (DC)        4,339
8 DARK ENTRIES HC (DC/VERTIGO)        4,330
9 THOR BY J MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI VOLUME 2 TP (MARVEL)       4,192
10 SILVER SURFER: REQUIEM PREMIERE HC (MARVEL)       4,147

21 SAGA SOLOMON KANE TP (DARK HORSE)        2,377
26 SHOWCASE PRESENTS THE FLASH TP VOL 03        2,296
35 SANDMAN BY JOE SIMON AND JACK KIRBY HC       2,093
39 MMW AMAZING SPIDER-MAN HC VOL 11       2,032
50 SHOWCASE PRESENTS ECLIPSO TP        1,877
51 ESSENTIAL MARVEL TEAM-UP TP VOL 03        1,870
55 MMW GOLDEN AGE YOUNG ALLIES HC VOL 01        1,723
57 MMW SUB-MARINER HC VOL 03        1,679
59 AVENGERS FOREVER HC       1,665
61 EERIE ARCHIVES HC VOL 02       1,633
65 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE       1,540
69 MMW INCREDIBLE HULK TP VOL 01       1,445
74 WATCHMEN TP       1,398
76 DC LIBRARY FLASH OF TWO WORLDS HC       1,395
78 BLACK WIDOW STING OF THE WIDOW PREM HC       1,373

Walking Dead and Fables are clearly well ahead of the pack. Head to our  MESSAGE BOARD for analysis and discussion.



NEWS UPDATE: 9/13

DARK HORSE SOLICITS: DECEMBER
Posted at 7:45 PM by dum dum dugan

Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery Archives Vol. 2
Dark Horse Comics has released their solicits for December 2009:

DARK HORSE DECEMBER '09

A couple of nice archives this month: Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery Vol. 2 and Creepy Vol. 6. They are certainly plowing through those Creepys.

That Jet Scott Vol. 1 collection looks awfully cool. It collects the Jet Scott comic strips from 1953-1955 by Sheldon Stark and Jerry Robinson.

 

 

 

 

 

 


PRODUCT UPDATES: KORVAC SAGA EMBIGGENED!

Posted at 5:30 PM by dum dum dugan

The big news out of this week's Diamond updates is that the Avengers Korvac Saga MPE Classic HC has been expanded! The book will now generously include Thor Annual #6, knocking the page count from 200 to 240. Thor Annual #6, by Len Wein and Sal Buscema/Klaus Janson (a fabulous pairing who also collaborate on some of the Avengers issues in the collection) features the Thunder God and the Guardians of the Galaxy going up against Korvac.  Should serve as a nice lead-in to what many consider the quintessential Avengers epic.  Accordingly, the price is increasing from $29.99 to $34.99.

The only shipping update is the moving of Spider-Man Noir TP from last week to this coming week: 9/16.



NEWS UPDATE: 9/11

SHIPPING FROM TALES OF WONDER SEPTEMBER 16
Posted at 5:00 PM by dum dum dugan

Tom Strong Deluxe Edition Vol. 1 HC
DC continues the upgrade of Wildstorm/Vertigo collections with Tom Strong Deluxe Edition Book 1 HC. As you'll recall, another Alan Moore ABC series, Promethea ,got the Absolute treatment, but they have gone this route with ol' Tom. Great series.

Two Marvel Premiere Classics this week, both with mythology in mind: Hercules Prince of Power, collecting both of Bob Layton's wonderfully fun 80's limited series starring the Prince of Power; and Thor: Balder the Brave, featuring Walt Simonson's Balder LS and Thor #360-362.

And for something different, how about the John Stanley Library Nancy Vol. 1 HC, collecting Stanley's work on the character from the 1950's.

Here's the list of highlights from TOW's list of books:

Alcoholic SC
Bad Girls TP
Batman Cacophony HC
Caped TP
Captain America TP Man With No Face
Deadpool Prem HC Vol 02 Dark Reign
Green Arrow Black Canary The Wedding Album TP
Haunt Of Horror TP
Hercules Prince Of Power Prem HC
Hercules Prince Of Power Prem HC Var Ed 30
Hulk Planet Skaar HC
Hulk Skaar Son Of Hulk TP
John Stanley Library Nancy HC Vol 01
Locke & Key Head Games HC Vol 01
Mr Stuffins TP
Secret Warriors Prem HC Vol 01 Nick Fury Agent Of Nothing
Showcase Presents Warlord TP Vol 01
Spider-Man Noir GN TP
Thor Balder Brave Prem HC
Thor Balder Brave Prem HC Dm Ed
Tom Strong Deluxe Ed HC Book 01


TOP 10 - AUGUST 2009

Posted at 2:45 PM by dum dum dugan

Diamond has announced the top ten selling graphic novels/ collected editions for August. Scroll down to the page some and you'll see that back in May, when Images solicits for August were announced, we predicted that Walking Dead Vol. 10 would be the top selling graphic novel of the month. While we freely admit this was no stunning display of industry analysis, we would at least like to point out we were right. Oh, and that Silver Surfer Requiem HC has to be a "product dump", or steeply discounted sale. As usual, there will soon be a longer list that includes sales estimates. For now, here is the top 10:

1 WALKING DEAD VOLUME 10: WHAT WE BECOME TP (IMAGE)
2 FABLES VOLUME 12: THE DARK AGES TP (DC/VERTIGO)
3 IRREDEEMABLE VOLUME 1 TP (BOOM!)
4 INVINCIBLE VOLUME 11: HAPPY DAYS TP (IMAGE)
5 FILTHY RICH HC (DC/VERTIGO)
6 WARREN ELLIS: FRANKENSTEIN'S WOMB GN (AVATAR)
7 BATMAN: HUSH COMPLETE TP (DC)
8 DARK ENTRIES HC (DC/VERTIGO)
9 THOR BY J MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI VOLUME 2 TP (MARVEL)
10 SILVER SURFER: REQUIEM PREMIERE HC (MARVEL)



NEWS UPDATE: 9/6

SHIPPING UPDATES FROM DIAMOND
Posted at 1:45 PM by dum dum dugan

Another batch of updates from Diamond. This week brings good news from Dark Horse: The Chronicles of Conan Vol. 18 TP, The Goon Vol. 9 TP and Umbrella Academy Vol. 2 Deluxe HC all move up to 9/16. Each had been scheduled for October.

Two OHC from Marvel slip to 10/28: Spider-Man Newspaper Strips (from 10/7) and Wolverine: Old Man Logan (from 10/14). There's also a couple of page count updates: Marvel Zombies 4 HC will be 128 pages, not 112, and the Wolverine Noir MPE HC will be 112, not 120.



NEWS UPDATE: 9/4

SHIPPING FROM TALES OF WONDER SEPTEMBER 9
Posted at 3:30 PM by dum dum dugan

Tarzan: The Jesse Marsh Years Vol. 3
A quiet week is headlined by Tarzan The Jesse Marsh Years Vol. 3 from Dark Horse. They are certainly fast-tracking this series. Dark Horse also brings us The Life and Times of Martha Washington in the 21st Century HC, collecting all of the Miller/Gibbons series.

This week finally sees the release of James Robinson's Complete Wildcats TP.  As you may recall, it was solicited a long while back and was eventually canceled.  It was finally re-solicited and soon it will be here!

Also be on the lookout for the book that was once to be called Marvel Bromance but was drearily re-titled Marvel Super Hero Team-Up TP.

Here's the list of highlights from TOW's list of books:

Angel After The Fall HC Vol 05 Aftermath
Art Of Tony Millionaire HC
Captain Britain And Mi 13 TP Vol 03 Vampire State
Fantastic Four Lost Adventures By Stan Lee TP
Femforce Omnibus TP
Gotham Central HC Vol 02 Jokers And Madmen
Guardians Of Galaxy TP Vol 02 War Of Kings Book 01
James Robinsons Complete Wildcats TP
Life & Times Martha Washington In 21st Century HC
Love & Rockets New Stories TP Vol 02
Marvel 1602 Prem HC
Marvel Super Hero Team-Up TP
Ms Marvel Prem HC Vol 07 Dark Reign
Runaways Premiere HC Good Die Young
Tangent Supermans Reign TP Vol 02
Tarzan The Jesse Marsh Years HC Vol 03
Titans Lockdown TP
Ultimatum Spider-Man Prem HC
War That Time Forgot TP Vol 02
Ythaq Prem HC No Escape



NEWS UPDATE: 8/30

SHIPPING UPDATES FROM DIAMOND
Posted at 7:00 PM by dum dum dugan

Here with the latest Diamond product updates and shipping updates for collected editions. First up: two Absolute Editions are getting moved up two weeks! Absolute Death jumps from 10/28 to 10/14 and Absolute Justice from 11/25 to 11/11. How's that for service?

Some pretty significant product info news from Dark Horse: The Barry Windsor Smith Conan Archives Vol. 1 HC will not, as solicited, feature a return to the artist's original color palette. No firther information was provided, but we will endeavor to find out exactly what this means.

Also, Marvel has announced that the Kick-Ass HC has been canceled and will be re-solicited at a later date. That book is way behind, obviously.



NEWS UPDATE: 8/28

SHIPPING FROM TALES OF WONDER SEPTEMBER 2
Posted at 5:45 PM by dum dum dugan

Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Black Knight Vol. 1
An exciting Atlas Era MM leads the way: Marvel Masterworks Atlas Era Black Knight Vol. 1. Featuring not only Black Knight #1-5 but also Yellow Claw #1-4, this book boasts quite a trio of artists: Joe Maneely, Jack Kirby and John Severin. Read more and get a preview HERE.

Absolute V For Vendetta is also here at last, a nice edition to the Absolute line. And note that Toon Treasury of Classic Childrens Comics HC It's edited by Art Spiegelman and ought to be pretty great.

And speaking of children's comics, Marvel's Wonderful Wizard of Oz HC comes out this week and it is highly, highly recommended.

Here's the list of highlights from TOW's list of books:

Absolute V For Vendetta HC
Angel Blood And Trenches TP Vol 01
Batman Gotham After Midnight TP
DC Library JLA By George Perez HC Vol 01
Dead Irons HC
DMZ TP Vol 07 War Powers
Emily The Strange TP Vol 02
Essential Sub-Mariner TP Vol 01
Hulk Gray Prem HC
JSA HC Vol 05 Black Adam And Isis
Wonderful Wizard Oz HC
Marvel Masterworks Atlas Era Black Knight Vol 1 HC
Marvel Masterworks Atlas Era Black Knight Vol 1 Ltd Ed HC (#123)
Marvel Super Hero Squad Hero Up Digest Villain Cvr
Marvel Super Hero Squad TP Hero Up Digest Hero Cvr
Marvel Zombies Army Of Darkness TP
New Avengers Reunion Prem HC
Nocturnals HC Vol 02 Dark Forever And Other Tales Px Ed
Rebel GN
Savage Sword Of Conan TP Vol 06
Spider-Man 24-7 Prem HC
Spider-Man Sinister Six Prem HC
Spider-Man Sinister Six Prem HC Var Ed 31
Supergirls History Of Comic Book Heroines SC
Superman New Krypton HC Vol 02
Toon Treasury Of Classic Childrens Comics HC
Wolverine And Power Pack TP Wild Pack Digest



NEWS UPDATE: 8/26

IDW FOR NOVEMBER
Posted at 1:00 PM by dum dum dugan

Here's a first for us: a listing of IDW solicits. IDW has proven to be a publisher to keep an eye on - they even outsold Image and Dark Horse at least one month - and with a big slate of books coming in November, we thought they deserved their very own page:

IDW NOVEMBER '09

As you'll see, IDW did not provide full info like page count, and while there is no mention of a book being HC, there are indications of TPB where applicable, so let's assume the other books are all HC.

The big news is the Family Circus Library Vol. 1, a launch of yet another classic comic strip archive project. This collection includes the first two years (1960-61). And that's not the only one. While Family Circus may be the far more recognizable property, classic comics aficionados will probably be even more excited about Bringing Up Father Vol. 1, containing strips from January 1939 to July 1940.

And for most of us, the most exciting of all is The Art of Ditko. The contents are rather vague, but knowing it's full of rare Ditko art is all you really need to know, isn't it?

It takes a special kind of publisher to release the Family Circus Library and the Simmons Comics Group Omnibus Vol. 1 in the same month, but that is what IDW is doing. The Simmons in question is Gene Simmons of KISS, and the comics in question are of a rather tasteless (I think he'd gladly admit) extreme horror nature.



NEWS UPDATE: 8/21

SHIPPING FROM TALES OF WONDER AUGUST 26
Posted at 8:15 PM by dum dum dugan

Marvel Masterworks Incredible Hulk Vol 1 Ltd Ed TP (#8)
After the monster that was last week, it's no surprise - and probably no small relief - that this week is very much on the quiet side.  The Green Goliath enters the world of softcover Masterworks with Marvel Masterworks Incredible Hulk Vol. 1 TP. Remember, this is a small one, folks, collecting Incredible Hulk #1-6.

This week also sees Showcase Presents Eclipso Vol. 1, a small but nifty collection of Eclipso stories from House of Secrets #61-80.

 

 

 

 

 

Here's the list of highlights from TOW's list of books:

Authority Worlds End TP Book 01
Avengers Initiative Prem HC Disassembled
Borderline TP Vol 03
Cable TP Vol 02 Waiting For The End Of The World
Ghost Rider Trials And Tribulations TP
Immortal Iron Fist Prem HC Vol 05 Escape From Eighth City
Lords Of Avalon HC Knight Of Darkness
Marvel Masterworks Incredible Hulk Vol 1 Ltd Ed TP (#8)
Marvel Masterworks Incredible Hulk Vol 1 New Ed TP
Reign In Hell TP
Secret Six Unhinged TP
Showcase Presents Eclipso TP
Trinity TP Vol 02
Ultimate X-Men Ultimate Collection TP Vol 03
Uncanny X-Men Sisterhood TP
World Of Warcraft HC Vol 02
World Of Warcraft TP Vol 01
X-Force Cable Messiah War HC
X-Force TP Vol 02 Old Ghosts


IMAGE SOLICITS: NOVEMBER

Posted at 2:00 PM by dum dum dugan

Image has released their solicits for November 2009:

IMAGE NOVEMBER '09

Robert Kirkman's wonderful Invincible series gets it's second monster size set this month with The Complete Invincible Library Vol. 2 HC. Actually, it's Volumes 2 and 3 of the Ultimate Collection HC series in a nice slipcase.  Overall, it collects Invincible #25-47. The set id also available in a signed and numbered edition, limited to 150 copies.

Other highlights: new printings of Ministry in Space TP, Liberty Meadows Vol. 2 TP and Walking Dead Book 4 HC.



NEWS UPDATE: 8/20

MARVEL SOLICITS: NOVEMBER
Posted at 12:00 PM by dum dum dugan

Marvel Masterworks Fantastic Four Vol. 12
Marvel has released their solicits for November 2009:

MARVEL NOVEMBER '09

Two Masterworks this month. We move solidly into the John Buscema era - and out of Stan Lee's legendary run - of FF with Fantastic Four Vol. 12, collecting issues 117-128. Also coming is Golden Age Daring Mystery Vol. 2, collecting issues 5-8. Both of these books were scooped on our TWITTER page, by the way. Be sure and follow us on there.

One of the more exciting books of the month is the Avengers: The Korvac Saga Marvel Classic Premiere Edition HC, marking the first time that great story in Avengers history has appeared in hardcover format. Also of note, and kind of surprising is Star Comics: All-Star Collection Vol. 1 TPB, which contains the first couple of issues of several comics from the 80's kids' line.  Another blast from the 80's finally gets a collection in The 'Nam Vol. 1 TPB, collecting the first ten issues. I predict this one will do pretty good.  Michael Golden art certainly doesn't hurt.



NEWS UPDATE: 8/19

DC SOLICITS: NOVEMBER
Posted at 11:00 AM by dum dum dugan

Absolute Green Lantern Rebirth
DC Comics has released their solicits for October 2009:

DC NOVEMBER '09

It's looking like a very quiet month around DC.  Only two HC, and one is an original GN. The other, as seen over to the left, is Absolute Green Lantern. The book collects the miniseries that brought back Hal Jordan and relaunched what has been DC's most consistent (in terms of sales, quality and buzz) franchise of the last ten years or so.

Keeping with the emerald theme, Green Lantern Chronicles Vol. 2 is on the way. Showcase for the month is Wonder Woman Vol. 3. Other than that, not much in the way of archival material, although there are a handful of new printings/new editions: JLA Year One TP, Batman: The Cult and Transmetropolitan Vol. 5.



NEWS UPDATE: 8/16

DARWYN COOKE'S THE HUNTER SECOND PRINTING
Posted at 2:00 PM by dum dum dugan

IDW has announced that Richard Stark's Parker: The Hunter HC by Darwyn Cooke sold out after two weeks and that a new printing is coming in September. One would assume that there was a decently high print run and that they must be ecstatic to sell out. Unless of course, a "sold out" press release is what they were after. Who knows. In any case, congratulations to IDW for the success of this awesome book.

HERE is the official press release from IDW. We will attempt to let you know when the book is once again available at Tales of Wonder. It is currently sold out there.



NEWS UPDATE: 8/15

SHIPPING FROM TALES OF WONDER AUGUST 19
Posted at 3:00 PM by dum dum dugan

Marvel Masterworks Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 11
Here's the new list of collected editions shipping next week from Tales of Wonder, beginning Wednesday August 19. 

Quite a week, no? Our coveted cover spotlight goes of course to Marvel Masterworks Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 11, collecting ASM #100-109

Probably the most requested hardcover in the history of the message board finally sees release this week: Avengers Forever HC collects the classic Busiek/Stern/Pacheco 12-issue maxi-series from just over ten years ago. This book is so anticipated, it almost got the feature image.

A bunch of Marvel hardcovers this week: in addition to the really cool Black Widow Sting of the Widow Marvel Classic MPE, we have not one, not two, not thr...wait, yes three Dark Reign-related Avengers MPE HCs this week.

The other classic reprint this week is Dark Horse's Turok Son of Stone Archives Vol. 3 HC. Elsewhere, Vertigo launches its "Vertigo Crime" imprint with two original hardcover graphic novels: Dark Entries and Filthy Rich.

I could go on, but here's the list of highlights from TOW's list of books:

Abstract Comics Anthology HC
Angel After The Fall TP 01
Angel Smile Time HC
Astonishing X-Men Prem HC Ghost Box
Avengers Forever HC
Battlestar Galactica Omnibus TP Vol 01
Black Widow Sting Of The Widow Prem HC
Black Widow Sting Of The Widow Prem HC Dm Ed
Bomb Queen Omnibust HC Vol 01
Brave And The Bold The Book Of Destiny TP
Brit TP Vol 03
Charlatan Ball TP
Complete Crumb Comics SC Vol 09 *new printing*
Dark Avengers Prem HC Vol 01 Dark Avengers Assemble
Dark Entries HC
Essential Marvel Team-Up TP Vol 03
Fantastic Worlds Of Frank Frazetta TP Vol 01
Filthy Rich HC
Gigantic Robot HC
Hayao Miyazaki Starting Point 1979-1996 Sc
Hexed HC
Irredeemable TP Vol 01
Lava Is A Floor HC
Locas HC Vol 02 Maggie Hopey & Ray
Locke & Key TP Vol 01 Welcome To Lovecraft
Marquis TP Vol 01 Inferno
Marvel Masterworks Amazing Spider-Man Vol 11 HC
Marvel Masterworks Amazing Spider-Man Vol 11 Ltd Ed HC (#122)
Midnight Nation Dlx HC
Mighty Avengers Prem HC Earths Mightiest
New Avengers Prem HC Vol 11 Search For Sorcerer Supreme
NYX TP No Way Home
Punisher Dark Reign Prem HC
Punisher Frank Castle Max TP Six Hours To Kill
Skin Deep GN
Spider-Man Mary Jane TP You Just Hit The Jackpot
Squadron Supreme TP Bright Shining Lies
Teen Titans Changing Of The Guard TP
Terminator Revolution TP
Turok Son Of Stone Archives HC Vol 03
Unknown Soldier TP Vol 01 Haunted House
Voltron TP Vol 01 Legend Forged
Warren Ellis Frankensteins Womb HC
Will Eisners Life On Another Planet TP WW Norton Ed
Wolverine Origins Prem HC Dark Reign
X-Factor Time And A Half Prem HC


TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS JULY 2009

Posted at 12:20 PM by dum dum dugan

Diamond has released their preliminary sales figures for July 2009. These initial figures include only market share and a Top 10 with no sales figures. With that in mind, here are the Top 10 graphic novels/collected editions. We've included handy buying links from Tales of Wonder in case you want to jump on the bandwagon on any of these books:

1. 100 BULLETS VOL. 13 WILT TP BUY
2. THE BOYS VOL. 4 WE GOTTA GO NOW TP BUY
3. BATMAN: WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE CAPED CRUSADER HC BUY
4. GREEN LANTERN: RAGE OF THE RED LANTERNS HC BUY
5. SUPERMAN: WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE MAN OF TOMORROW HC BUY
6. MOUSE GUARD VOL. 2 WINTER 1152 HC BUY
7. RICHARD STARK'S PARKER: THE HUNTER HC **SOLD OUT**
8. STAR WARS ADVENTURES VOL. 2 PRINCESS LEIA AND THE ROYAL RANSOM TP BUY
9. NARUTO VOL. 45 TP BUY
10. FRUITS BASKET VOL. 23 TP **NOT AVAILABLE AT TOW**

It's a pretty top loaded chart this month. You know there are some big sellers when Neil Gaiman's Batman story comes in third and the highly anticipated, sold-out Darwyn Cooke Hunter HC comes in seventh! Still, it's no real surprise that the final 100 volume would lead the way, or that The Boys, Green Lantern or Mouse Guard would all come up big. Final figures will be available when we have them.



NEWS UPDATE: 8/13

SHIPPING UPDATES FROM DIAMOND
Posted at 10:20 AM by dum dum dugan

Diamond has announced a few shipping updates for collected editions. From DC, the Reign In Hell TP has slipped one week, from 8/19 to 8/26, while the DC CLassic Library: JLA by George Perez slips from 8/26 to 9/2. Absolute V For Vendetta will be two weeks late, moving from 8/19 to 9/2.

And from Marvel, Ultimate X-Men Ultimate Collection Vol. 3 slips from 8/19 to 8/26 and Hercules Prince of Power Classic MPE HC from 9/2 to 9/16. Two more MPE HC's - Secret Warriors Vol. 1 and Thor: Balder the Brave - both slip from 9/9 to 9/16.

While we're at it, a couple of product updates as well. Ms. Marvel Vol. 7: Dark Reign MPE HC will be 176 pages, rather than the announced 168 and the Ythaq MPE HC will be 152 pages, not 192. Finally, as you may have heard, the Marvel Bromance TP has been retitled. No longer tying into the zeitgeist, the book now has the pedestrian title Marvel Superhero Team-Up TP.



NEWS UPDATE: 8/9

SHIPPING FROM TALES OF WONDER AUGUST 12
Posted at 3:00 PM by dum dum dugan

Eerie Archives Vol. 2
Here's the new list of collected editions shipping next week from Tales of Wonder, beginning Wednesday August 12. 

Not a lot of books, but some good titles. Dark Horse brings us Eerie Archives Vol. 2, collecting Eerie #6-10. The other cool HC is Sandman by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby HC from DC, which brings us classic 40's Simon and Kirby, as well as their reunion in 1974's Sandman #1.

Two of the better-selling (well-deserved I'll add) trade paperback series offer their latest volumes this week: Fables Vol. 12 and Invincible Vol. 11. And the Runaways: Pride and Joy TP marks I believe the fourth format for that story. It originally appeared in digest, followed by oversize HC, followed by MPE HC, and now at last a regular ol' trade paperback.

Here's the list of highlights from TOW's list of books:

Batman Hush Complete TP
Eerie Archives HC 02
Fables TP Vol 12 The Dark Ages
Invincible TP Vol 11 Happy Days
Robin Search For A Hero TP
Runaways Pride & Joy TP
Sandman By Joe Simon And Jack Kirby HC
Showcase Presents The Flash TP Vol 03
Supreme Power Prem HC Hyperion
Thor By J Michael Straczynski TP Vol 02
Ultimate Fantastic Four HC Vol 06
Ultimate X-Men HC Vol 09
Universal War One Prem HC Revelations
Wolverine First Class TP Ninjas Gods And Divas
Wolverine TP Flies To A Spider
X-Men First Class TP Finals GN



NEWS UPDATE: 8/8

DC ARCHIVES SURVEY IS LIVE
Posted at 6:30 PM by dum dum dugan

Our friends at The Comics Archive are running their annual DC Archives survey. It runs until 8/20. What are you waiting for, a link? Okay, here you go:

ARCHIVES SURVEY 2009



NEWS UPDATE: 8/5

FOLLOW GORMUU'S ADVENTURES IN THE MARVEL ART VAULT ON TWITTER
Posted at 11:30 am by dum dum duganu

Our erstwhile webmaster Gormuu is tweeting away from Marvel's art vault. He, cleazer, and friends are going through thousands of pieces of film in an attempt to get them all organized. Throughout the process, Gormuu is on TWITTER giving us updates and cool little tidbits like THIS.  He's also soliciting help identifying certain pieces and putting them in context. Come on by!


NEWS UPDATE: 7/31

SHIPPING FROM TALES OF WONDER AUGUST 5
Posted at 9:00 PM by dum dum dugan

Marvel Masterworks Golden Age Young Allies Vol. 1 Variant Edition (#121)
Here's the new list of collected editions shipping next week from Tales of Wonder, beginning Wednesday August 5. 

After a couple of quiet weeks, the doors are blown off the hinges this week with TWO new Masterworks! As you see in the picture (complete with a lovely striped cover), one of them is Golden Age Young Allies Vol. 1, reprinting Young Allies #1-4. Check out our preview page HERE. The other new Masterwork is another Golden Age hero, but it collects his Silver Age adventures: Sub-Mariner Vol. 3, collecting Sub-Mariner #2-13. It too has a preview page, right HERE.

DC offers a nice HC of their own this week: DC Library: Flash of Two Worlds HC collects the Silver Age team-ups between that era's speedster and his Golden Age counterpart.

I wouldn't be Dum Dum Dugan if I didn't put in a plug for the first collection of my favorite current comic. Run don't walk to, um, Tales of Wonder's website to get your copy of the Marvel's Agents of Atlas: Dark Reign MPE HC. It features the stunningly original new adventures of Atlas Era characters.

Lastly, we need to mention that the latest volume of the top selling ongoing collected edition on the market: Walking Dead Vol. 10. This outstanding series earns its hype and deserves kudos for being a black and white, creator owned book that manages to outsell the big boys.

Here's the list of highlights from TOW's list of books:

Agents Of Atlas Prem HC Dark Reign
Booster Gold Reality Lost TP
DC Library Flash Of Two Worlds HC
Death Of The New Gods TP
Final Crisis Revelations HC
Heroes Return TP
Marvel Masterworks Golden Age Young Allies Vol 1 Ltd Ed HC (#121)
Marvel Masterworks Golden Age Young Allies Vol 1 New Ed HC
Marvel Masterworks Sub-Mariner Vol 3 Ltd Ed HC (#120)
Marvel Masterworks Sub-Mariner Vol 3 New Ed HC
Metal Men TP
Nightwing The Great Leap TP
Spider-Man Crime And Punisher TP
Spider-Man Family Ties TP
Spider-Man Spider-Man And Human Torch HC
Transmetropolitan TP Vol 03 Year Of The Bastard*New Edition*
Walking Dead TP Vol 10 What We Become
X-Men Legacy Salvage Prem HC
X-Men Original Sin TP



NEWS UPDATE: 7/30

WE'RE ON TWITTER!
Posted at 3:45 PM by dum dum dugan

Just like the headline says, folks: marvelmasterworks.com is on Twitter! We'll be sending out tweets announcing the latest news or letting you know when to come here for things like new Masterworks announcements. In the immediate future, Gormuu will be tweeting from Marvel's art vault, where he, cleazer, Cory and others are organizing decades of Marvel art files! The link to start following us is below:

MARVELMASTERWORKS.COM ON TWITTER

BLOOM COUNTY SOLICIT
Posted at 2:00 PM by dum dum dugan A lot of people are no doubt excited about IDW's Bloom County archive series. It was officially solicited this week, to be released in October. Below is the solicit:

Collecting every strip from December 8, 1980, through September 26, 1982, in chronological order, with a new cover inset by Breathed. Berkeley Breathed's Bloom County burst onto the American comic scene in December 1980 and it soon became one of the most popular comic strips of all time. The endearing and quirky denizens of the strip included Milo Bloom, Steve Dallas, Michael Binkley, Cutter John, Bill the Cat, and Opus the penguin. Bloom County was a strip that dealt with many issues relevant to the period. Occasional 'Context Pages' are being added throughout this collection, giving the reader a greater understanding of the time. This is the first time Bloom County has been collected in a handsome hardcover library, five volumes in all. Each newspaper strip is reproduced in chronological order from first to last. Great effort has been made to ensure the highest production values are achieved. Most strips were either shot from printer's proofs or Breathed's own original art. This is the first of five volumes. Book design by Eisner Award-winning designer Dean Mullaney.

Below is the preorder link from Tales of Wonder:

BLOOM COUNTY LIBRARY HC VOL. 1



NEWS UPDATE: 7/26

MARVELMAN AT MARVEL!
Posted at 7:00 PM by dum dum dugan

The big news from SDCC was Marvel's acquisition of the Marvelman. The deal seems to include rights to produce new stories with the classic British character, as well as reprinting the Silver Age material. There is no official word on Marvel's ability to reprint the classic Eclipse-era material  by Alan Moore et al, but that would certainly be a major component, one would think. We'll be updating this story as soon as we get the info.


ABSOLUTE PLANETARY: NEW PRINTING?

Posted at 7:00 PM by dum dum dugan

Sneaking in toward the end of SDCC, during the Wildstorm panel, was exciting news for many: Wildstorm are planning a new printing of Absolute Planetary. The news is actually double exciting - this surely paves the way for an Absolute Planetary Vol. 2, wouldn't you say?


EISNER WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Posted at 3:30 PM by dum dum dugan

This year's Eisner Award winners were announced at the San Diego Comic Con. Below are the collected editions-related categories. Winners are in bold.

Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism

* Comic Book Resources, produced by Jonah Weiland (www.comicbookresources.com)
* The Comics Journal, edited by Gary Groth, Michael Dean, and Kristy Valenti (Fantagraphics)
* The Comics Reporter, produced by Tom Spurgeon and Jordan Raphael (www.comicsreporter.com)
* Comics Comics, edited by Timothy Hodler and Dan Nadel (www.comicscomicsmag.com) (PictureBox)

Best Comics-Related Book

* Bill Mauldin: A Life Up Front, by Todd DePastino (Norton)
* Brush with Passion: The Art and Life of Dave Stevens, edited by Arnie and Cathy Fenner (Underwood)
* Drawing Words and Writing Pictures, by Jessica Abel and Matt Madden (First Second)
* Kirby: King of Comics, by Mark Evanier (Abrams)
* The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America, by David Hajdu (Picador/Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

Best Publication Design

* Breakdowns: Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@&*! designed by Art Spiegelman (Pantheon)
* Comic Book Tattoo, designed by Tom Muller, art direction by Rantz Hoseley (Image)
* Hellboy Library Editions, designed by Cary Grazzini and Mike Mignola (Dark Horse)
* What It Is, designed by Lynda Barry (Drawn & Quarterly)
* Willie and Joe, designed by Jacob Covey (Fantagraphics)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips

* The Complete Little Orphan Annie, by Harold Gray (IDW)
* Explainers, by Jules Feiffer (Fantagraphics)
* Little Nemo in Slumberland, Many More Splendid Sundays, by Winsor McCay (Sunday Press Books)
* Scorchy Smith and the Art of Noel Sickles, (IDW)
* Willie & Joe, by Bill Mauldin (Fantagraphics)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books

* Breakdowns: Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@&*! by Art Spiegelman (Pantheon)
* Creepy Archives, by various (Dark Horse)
* Elektra Omnibus, by Frank Miller and Bill Sienkiewicz (Marvel)
* Good-Bye, by Yoshihiro Tatsumi (Drawn & Quarterly)
* Herbie Archives, by “Shane O’Shea” (Richard E. Hughes) and Ogden Whitney (Dark Horse)

Best Humor Publication

* Arsenic Lullaby Pulp Edition No. Zero, by Douglas Paszkiewicz (Arsenic Lullaby)
* Chumble Spuzz, by Ethan Nicolle (SLG)
* Herbie Archives, by “Shane O’Shea” (Richard E. Hughes) and Ogden Whitney (Dark Horse)
* Petey and Pussy, by John Kerschbaum (Fantagraphics)
* Wondermark: Beards of Our Forefathers, by David Malki (Dark Horse)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material

* Alan’s War, by Emmanuel Guibert (First Second)
* Gus and His Gang, by Chris Blain (First Second)
* The Last Musketeer, by Jason (Fantagraphics)
* The Rabbi’s Cat 2, by Joann Sfar (Pantheon)
* Tamara Drewe, by Posy Simmonds (Mariner/Houghton Mifflin)

RUSS MANNING AWARD WINNER:
Eleanor Davis

Hall of Fame:

Harold Gray
Graham Ingels
Matt Baker
Reed Crandall
Russ Heath

Best Graphic Album—Reprint

* Berlin Book 2: City of Smoke, by Jason Lutes (Drawn & Quarterly)
* Hellboy Library Edition, vols. 1 and 2, by Mike Mignola (Dark Horse)
* Sam & Max Surfin’ the Highway anniversary edition HC, by Steve Purcell (Telltale Games)
* Skyscrapers of the Midwest, by Joshua W. Cotter (AdHouse)
* The Umbrella Academy, vol. 1: Apocalypse Suite deluxe edition, by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá (Dark Horse)

Best Graphic Album—New

* Alan’s War, by Emmanuel Guibert (First Second)
* Paul Goes Fishing, by Michel Rabagliati (Drawn & Quarterly)
* Skim, by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki (Groundwood Books)
* Swallow Me Whole, by Nate Powell (Top Shelf)
* Three Shadows, by Cyril Pedrosa (First Second)


Congratulations to all the winners. A complete list of winners can be found at Heidi McDonald's THE BEAT.



NEWS UPDATE: 7/24

SHIPPING FROM TALES OF WONDER JULY 29
Posted at 4:00 PM by dum dum dugan

Marvel Masterworks X-Men Vol 2 Ltd Ed TP (#7)
Here's the new list of collected editions shipping next week from Tales of Wonder, beginning Wednesday July 29.

A real quiet week. There must be a huge week around the corner or something. When the cover girl is a Masterworks TP, in this case X-Men Vol. 2, you know there's not a ton of note.

A Lobster Johnson novel - that's kind of neat. The only HC collected editions are a pair of Marvel Premiere Editions: Invincible Iron Man Vol. 2 and Scourge of the Gods Vol. 1.

Retro fans may get a kick out of Jersey Gods Vol. 1 from Image. A definite Kirby homage there. Other than that, well, see for yourselves.

Here's the list of highlights from TOW's list of books:

Birds Of Prey Platinum Flats TP
Civil War Heroes For Hire TP*new printing*
Civil War Punisher War Journal TP*new printing*
Essential Parker Spectacular Spider-Man TP Vol 4
Ghost Rider TP Last Stand
Invincible Iron Man Prem HC Vol 02 Worlds Most Wanted
Jersey Gods TP Vol 01 Id Live & Id Die For You
Lobster Johnson Novel Book 01 Satan Factory
Marvel Masterworks X-Men Vol 2 Ltd Ed TP (#7)
Marvel Masterworks X-Men Vol 2 TP
Northlanders TP Vol 02 The Cross And The Hammer (Mature Readers)
Scourge Of Gods Prem HC Vol 01 (Mature Readers)
Spider-Girl TP Vol 11 Marked For Death Digest
Star Trek Archives TP Vol 05 Best Of James T Kirk
Superman & Batman Vs Vampires & Werewolves TP
Terror Titans TP
Werewolf By Night TP In The Blood (Mature Readers)



NEWS UPDATE: 7/23

MARVEL SOLICITS: OCTOBER
Posted at 3:00 am by dum dum dugan

Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Jungle Adventures Vol. 1
Marvel Comics has released their solicits for October 2009:

MARVEL OCTOBER '09

Pretty cool new Masterwork: Atlas Era Jungle Adventures Vol. 1, collecting Lorna, The Jungle Queen #1-5 and Lorna, The Jungle Girl #1 (I guess she was stripped of her crown). They seem to be having a ball going through the Atlas era finding us some wonderful material from across several genres. The Marvel Age edition is Dr. Strange Vol. 4.

No Omnibus this month, but some good oversize Hardcovers nonetheless. X-Men Asgardian Wars is a nice entry into the line of classic X-Men crossover hardcovers. For fans of recent comics, Wolverine: Old Man Logan is tons of fun from Mark Millar and Steve McNiven. Also, Marvel has gone ahead and included the Wonderful Wizard of Oz HC in these solicits even though it has a July code and orders are due at the end of this month. As you may recall, it was accidentally omitted from last month's solicits.

October's MPE Classic is a real treat for those of us who were reading Marvel in the 1970's: Thing: Project Pegasus collects Marvel Two-In-One #42-43 and 53-58. It includes some vintage George Perez art. Woo Hoo!

You can join the discussion of these solicits HERE



NEWS UPDATE: 7/22

DC SOLICITS: OCTOBER
Posted at 12:00 PM by dum dum dugan

Robin Archives Vol. 2
DC Comics has released their solicits for October 2009:

DC OCTOBER '09

Hey, kids, look, it's a DC Archives: Robin Archives Vol. 2, collecting the Boy Wonder's adventure from Star Spangles Comics #85-105.

Not the biggest month for DC collections, October. There is another DC Classic Library, Shazam! - The Monster Society of Evil. The only other hardcover for the month is Ex Machina Deluxe Edition Vol. 2 from Wildstorm. 

Vertigo is bringing us 2 volumes of Peter Milligan's Shade the Changing Man.  Vol. 1 is a new edition, while this is the first time the material in Vol. 2 has been collected.

And we'd like to make special mention of Planetary #27. That's right: Planetary #27 is finally coming out, apparently. No, it's not a collected edition, but it does mean the final trade paperback volume of this insta-classic series will finally be coming out (and an Absolute Vol. 2?).



NEWS UPDATE: 7/19

SHIPPING UPDATES FROM DIAMOND
Posted at 3:45 PM by dum dum dugan

Diamond has provided shipping date info from publishers. The only DC bump this time around is DC Library: Flash of Two Worlds HC, moving back a week from 7/29 to 8/5.

From Marvel, X-Men: Original Sin TP also moves from 7/29 to 8/5. The other two books that slip are both ICON books, and neither is a surprise. Powers Definitive Edition Vol. 3 HC slips from 8/12 to 9/9 and the Kick-Ass Premiere Edition HC falls all the way from 8/26 to 10/28. We'll see if that holds. Hate to see such a great book fall off the board like that.



NEWS UPDATE: 7/17

SHIPPING FROM TALES OF WONDER JULY 22
Posted at 4:00 PM by dum dum dugan

Richard Stark's Parker: The Hunter GN
Here's the new list of collected editions shipping next week from Tales of Wonder, beginning Wednesday July 22.

Not the biggest week in terms of quantity, but if you want quality, especially when it comes to newer work, this is a terrific week. The highly, highly (at least by me!) anticipated Darwyn Cooke adaptation of Richard Stark's Parker novel The Hunter arrives this week from IDW. 

The co-headliner is another indie non-super hero book: Mouse Guard: Winter 1152 HC from Archaia Studios. This is the second Mouse Guard collection and judging by the first, it should be another beautiful, wondrous story.

The only HC "oldie" this week is Creepy Archives Vol. 4 from Dark Horse, reprinting issues 16-20. DC offers Showcase Presents Batman Vol. 4 and Superman Chronicles Vol. 7. Oh, and a special mention should be made of Final Crisis: Rogue's Revenge HC. It collects that mini which was one of last year's best comics. It's not so closely ties with Final Crisis that you can't enjoy it on its own either.

Here's the list of highlights from TOW's list of books:

Adventures Of The Mask Omnibus TP
Cable Classic TP Vol 02
Creepy Archives HC Vol 04
Final Crisis Rogues Revenge HC
Marvel 1985 TP
Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four TP 4 3 2 1 Digest
Mouse Guard HC Vol 02 Winter 1152
New Avengers MPE HC Power Vol 10
Flash The Human Race TP
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A To Z Prem HC Vol 09
Richard Starks Parker The Hunter HC
Showcase Presents Batman TP Vol 04
Superman Chronicles TP Vol 07
Usagi Yojimbo TP Vol 23
Wildcats Worlds End TP Book 01



NEWS UPDATE: 7/15

IDW TO PUBLISH CLASSIC ARCHIE COMICS COLLECTIONS
Posted at 9:15 PM by dum dum dugan

Exciting news for a lot of folks: IDW's latest series of archival hardcovers and trade paperbacks is going to involve Archie Comics! Below is the official press release.

IDW DOES ARCHIE

And you can discuss this news HERE.


DARK HORSE SOLICITS: OCTOBER

Posted at 12:00 PM by dum dum dugan

Eerie Archives Vol. 3
Dark Horse Comics has released their solicits for October 2009:

DARK HORSE OCTOBER '09

Definitely a cool month at Dark Horse, including, as you see to the left there, Eerie Archives Vol. 3, collecting issues 11-15. ALso on the vintage front is Tarzan Archives: The Jesse Marsh Years Vol. 4.

It's a big month for Robert E. Howard comics fans as well, as DH is adding Chronicles of Kull and Chronicles of Solomon Kane to its line of Marvel reprints. These will be the same format as their successful Conan line. Kull is Volume One, while Solomon Kane includes the complete Marvel history of the character. They will also be releasing a slipcase set with these two books and the first volume of the Chronicles of Conan. Slipcases generally suggest hardcovers, but the solicit doesn't specify.

And we can't forget Nexus Archives Vol. 10 and express our appreciation of Dark Horse's dedication to this line.

You can discuss these solicits on our message boards HERE.



NEWS UPDATE: 7/13

COUPON CODE: 40% OFF THE ART OF MARKO DJURDJEVIC
Posted at 12:30 PM by gormuu

The Marvel Art of Marko Djurdjevic HC
This week, I'm happy to be able to offer up on a coupon code good through next Monday, July 20th, for 40% off list price of The Marvel Art of Marko Djurdjevic through site sponsor Tales of Wonder!

This coupon code is good for any quantities of the book. The list price is $49.99, so this will bring the price down to $29.99

COUPON CODE: MARKO

(Code will only work in ALL CAPS. Discount applied at checkout.)

THE MARVEL ART OF MARKO DJURDJEVIC

This is a book I'm particularly proud of as I served as the book's editor and writer. It's 240-page, hardcover coffee table book in the landscape format, and we've included every single Marvel Universe cover drawn by Marko through the book's scheduled print date. In addition, we've got tons of Marko sketchwork and a chapter on his character designs, which include his X-Men designs that first got him noticed by Marvel. Also included is a healthy amount of commentary from Marko concerning his process, his views on art and comics and the behind-the-scenes development of his covers.

I've come across a couple very nice reviews to share. This one from buyers at CONCEPTART.ORG and a review and artist's profile from WIRED.COM. If you're into Marko and his work, you might want to check this out.

Also, for anyone who wanted to take advantage of the 40% off Wonder Woman Archives coupon, that code is still active until midnight tonight. Coupon code is LASSO. Scroll down to last week's News Update for direct links.



NEWS UPDATE: 7/12

MARVEL AGE MASTERWORKS FOR JANUARY 2010
Posted at 6:45 PM by dum dum dugan

As announced on the MESSAGE BOARD, here is January's other Masterwork.  It's an Atlas Era, and it's a swinging new line! Check it out:

ATLAS AGE MASTERWORKS JAN. 2010


SHIPPING FROM TALES OF WONDER JULY 15

Posted at 6:00 PM by dum dum dugan

Captain Britain Omnibus
Here's the new list of collected editions shipping next week from Tales of Wonder, beginning Wednesday July 15.

Not a bad week at all. For one, the long awaited Captain Britain by Alan Moore and Alan Davis Omnibus HC is finally here. Jolly good!

The best selling graphic novel of the month is likely going to be Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader HC by Neil Gaiman and Andy Kubert. This really was a timeless Batman tale that you shouldn't be frightened off of if you avoided the whole "Batman R.I.P." story. It's unrelated to that story and exists on its own terms, and, with all apologies to Grant Morrison, will likely be remembered far longer.

Two Marvel Premiere Classic Editions this week: Guardians of the Galaxy The Power of Starhawk and Spider-Man Torment. The variants are volumes 26 and 27 respectively. Marvel also brings us not one but two Orson Scott Card MPE's this week in Ender's Game Battle School and Ender's Shadow Battle School.

You'll notice the Absolute New Frontier is listed for the second week in a row. It's possible Tales of Wonder didn't actually receive their copies last week.

Lastly, a couple of books you don't want to mix up if you're gift-giving: Preacher Vol. 1 HC and the all-ages Super Friends Calling all Super Friends TP. The Preacher HC launches the classic series in HC format. Well-deserving, although many might say it deserves the Absolute treatment.

Here's the list of highlights from TOW's list of books:

Absolute DC The New Frontier HC New Ptg
All Star Companion TP Vol 04
Angel After The Fall HC Vol 04
Annihilation Classic TP
Astro City The Dark Age TP Book 01
Batman Whatever Happened To The Caped Crusader HC
Captain Britain Moore Davis Omnibus HC
Captain Britain Moore Davis Omnibus HC Direct Market Edition
Doctor Doom TP Masters Of Evil
Enders Game Prem HC Battle School
Enders Shadow Prem HC Battle School
Essential Marvel Two In One TP Vol 03
Guardians Of Galaxy Premiere HC Power of Starhawk
Guardians Of Galaxy Premiere HC Power of Starhawk Var Ed 26
IDW The First Decade HC
Incredible Hercules HC Smash of the Titans
Light Brigade TP (Mature Readers)*new printing*
Madame Xanadu TP Vol 01 Disenchanted (Mature Readers)
Marvel Illustrated TP Three Musketeers
Preacher HC Book 01
Spider-Man Premiere HC Torment
Spider-Man Premiere HC Torment Var Ed 27
Super Friends Calling All Super Friends TP
Superman And The Legion Of Super-Heroes TP
Thunderbolts Prem HC Burning Down The House
War Machine Prem HC Vol 01 Iron Heart



NEWS UPDATE: 7/9

MARVEL AGE MASTERWORKS FOR JANUARY 2010
Posted at 11:30 AM by gormuu

As Masterworks Editor Cory Sedlmeier hinted at over at the Marvel Forums, January 2010's Marvel Age selection is "one for the patient":

MARVEL AGE MASTERWORKS JAN. 2010
Check in tomorrow for the other Masterworks announcement for January!



NEWS UPDATE: 7/8

SHIPPING UPDATES: MASTERWORKS AND MORE
Posted at 9:50 PM by dum dum dugan

Here with some shipping updates from Diamond. First off, a couple of Masterworks delays: Golden Age Young Allies Vol. 1 (both editions) has been pushed back 2 weeks from 7/22 to 8/5 and Sub-Mariner Vol. 3 (both editions) is going to run three weeks late, moving from 7/15 also to 8/5.  Looks like if that holds we'll see a double Masterworks week.

Also from Marvel, the highly anticipated Avengers Forever HC and the Black Widow Sting of the Widow Marvel Premiere Classic HC both slip from 8/5 to 8/19. And a big ol' rescheduling of Vertigo's Uncle Sam Deluxe HC.  That was supposed to ship back on 6/10 and now won't be coming out until 9/30. Wow!



NEWS UPDATE: 7/6

COUPON CODE: 40% OFF WONDER WOMAN ARCHIVES
Posted at 8:30 PM by gormuu

This week, I'm happy to be able to offer up on a coupon code good through next Monday, July 13th, for 40% off list price for Wonder Woman Archives Vol. 1-5 through site sponsor Tales of Wonder!

This coupon code is good for any or all of the Archives, and in any quantity.

COUPON CODE: LASSO

(Code will only work in ALL CAPS. Discount applied at checkout.)

WONDER WOMAN ARCHIVES VOL. 1
Collects first appearance from All-Star Comics #8, Sensation Comics #1-12, and Wonder Woman #1

WONDER WOMAN ARCHIVES VOL. 2
Collects Sensation Comics #13-17, and Wonder Woman #2-4

WONDER WOMAN ARCHIVES VOL. 3
Collects Sensation Comics #18-24, and Wonder Woman #5-7

WONDER WOMAN ARCHIVES VOL. 4
Collects Sensation Comics #25-32, and Wonder Woman #8-9

WONDER WOMAN ARCHIVES VOL. 5
Collects Sensation Comics #33-40, and Wonder Woman #10-12



NEWS UPDATE: 7/3

SHIPPING FROM TALES OF WONDER JULY 8
Posted at 6:00 PM by dum dum dugan

Marvel Masterworks Warlock Vol. 2
Here's the new list of collected editions shipping next week from Tales of Wonder, beginning Wednesday July 8. 

Plenty of good stuff this week.  Can someone say Chuck TP? No? I didn't think so.  Of course the big news is Marvel Masterworks Warlock Vol. 2! Nothing like a Masterwork that completes a run. The Warlock Masterwork series is full and complete.  Lots of good Jim Starlin in Volume 2, concluding with the classic annuals for Avengers and Marvel Two-In-One. Go for HERE for our preview page.

Speaking of classics, DC manages to stretch Alan Moore and Curt Swan's Whatever Happened To The Man Of Tomorrow into a HC.  They do this by including Moore's two other Superman stories: "For The Man Who Has Everything", the terrific Dave Gibbons-drawn story from Action Comics Annual #11 and the Superman/Swamp Thing team-up from DC Comics Presents #85. It rings in at 128 pages, but the timelessness of these stories makes this tempting anyway.

Mention must be made of the final volume of one of the most acclaimed comic book series of the past decade. 100 Bullets Vol. 13 Wilt brings the Vertigo series to a close. Other highlights include the Marvel 70th Anniversary TP, collecting highlights from every decade of Marvel's history, and a new printing of Absolute New FrontierWizard magazine recently declared New Frontier the greatest graphic novel of the past however long. Unexpectedly classy choice for Wizard.

Here's the list of highlights from TOW's list of books:

100 Bullets TP Vol 13 Wilt (Mature Readers)
Absolute DC The New Frontier HC New Ptg
Amazing Spider-Man By JMS Ultimate Coll TP Book 01
Hulk Broken Worlds TP
Hulk Red And Green TP Vol 02
Justice League International TP Vol 02
Man With No Name TP Vol 01 Sinners & Saints
Marvel 70th Anniversary TP
Marvel Illustrated Odyssey Prem HC
Marvel Illustrated TP Three Musketeers
Marvel Masterworks Warlock Vol 2 New Ed HC
Marvel Masterworks Warlock Vol 2 Ltd Ed HC (#119)
Moon Knight Prem HC Vol 05 Down South
New Warriors Classic TP Vol 01
Nobody HC (Mature Readers)
Prince Valiant HC Vol 01 1937-1938
Proof TP Vol 03 Thunderbirds Are Go
Runaways Prem HC Teenage Wasteland
Showcase Presents Batlash TP
Star Trek TNG Last Generation TP
Superman Whatever Happened To Man Of Tomorrow HC
X-Men Shattering TP


HARVEY NOMINATIONS

Posted at 12:00 PM by dum dum dugan

The Harvey Award Nominations have been announced. IDW certainly did well, with 3 out of 5 nods in the domestic reprint category. Their Scorchy Smith/Noel Sickles book received two nominations, as did Mark Evanier's Kirby: King of Comics.  Congratulations to them and all of the nominees. Below are the collected edition categories:

BEST BIOGRAPHICAL, HISTORICAL OR JOURNALISTIC PRESENTATION

DRAW!, edited by Mike Manley, Twomorrows Publishing
HOW TO MAKE WEBCOMICS, Brad Guigar, Dave Kellett,
Scott Kurtz, and Kris Straub, Image Comics
KIRBY: KING OF COMICS, Mark Evanier, Abrams Books
SCORCHY SMITH AND THE ART OF NOEL SICKLES,
edited by Dean Mullaney, IDW
WORDLESS BOOKS: THE ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVELS,
edited by David A. Berona, Abrams Books

BEST GRAPHIC ALBUM - ORIGINAL

BOTTOMLESS BELLY BUTTON, Fantagraphics Books
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: RODRICK RULES, Amulet Books
ESSEX COUNTY: THE COUNTRY NURSE, Top Shelf
SKIM, Groundwood Books
TOO COOL TO BE FORGOTTEN, Top Shelf
WORLD OF QUEST: VOL. 2, Yen Press

BEST GRAPHIC ALBUM - PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED

AMELIA RULES!: FUNNY STORIES, Renaissance Press
M, Abrams Books
NAT TURNER, Abrams Books
THE MICE TEMPLAR: VOL. 1, Image Comics
QUEEN AND COUNTRY: VOLUME 3, Oni Press
SKYSCRAPERS OF THE MIDWEST (HARDCOVER), Adhouse Books

BEST DOMESTIC REPRINT PROJECT

ASTOUNDING SPACE THRILLS, IDW
COMPLETE PEANUTS, Fantagraphics Books
COMPLETE TERRY AND THE PIRATES, IDW
SCORCHY SMITH AND THE ART OF NOEL SICKLES, IDW
WACKY PACKAGES, Abrams Books

BEST AMERICAN EDITION OF FOREIGN MATERIAL

GUS AND HIS GANG, First Second
POCKET FULL OF RAIN, Fantagraphics Books
RED COLORED ELEGY, Drawn and Quarterly
SOLANIN, Viz
WITCHBLADE TAKERU MANGA #’s 11 & 12, Top Cow

SPECIAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRESENTATION

COMPLETE LOCAL: HARDCOVER EDITION, Ryan Kelly and
Brian Wood, Oni Press
KIRBY: KING OF COMICS, Mark Evanier, Abrams Books
QUEEN AND COUNTRY: VOLUME 3, Greg Rucka, Mike Norton,
Steve Rolston, and Chris Samnee, Oni Press
TALL TALES, Al Jaffee, Abrams Books
WONDERMARK, VOL. 1: BEARDS OF OUR FOREFATHERS,
David Malki, Dark Horse Comics

A complete list can be found HERE at Heidi MacDonald's excellent blog, The Beat. And you can discuss the nominations on our MESSAGE BOARD.



NEWS UPDATE: 6/28

SHIPPING FROM TALES OF WONDER JULY 1
Posted at 11:00 AM by dum dum dugan

Voyage To Bottom Of The Sea: The Complete Series Vol. 1 HC
Here's the new list of collected editions shipping next week from Tales of Wonder, beginning Wednesday July 1. 

Not the biggest week in recent memory, to be sure, but a lot of diverse books coming out. Hermes Press is the surprising leader this week when it comes to cool vintage reprints. First we have Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea: The Complete Series Vol. 1 HC, the first of two books reprinting the entire Gold Key series (and just check out that luscious cover!). In addition, there is Buck Rogers In the 25th Century Dailies Vol. 2 HC.

From there we have books from two of comics' greatest visionaries, though neither book features comics exactly.  The Art of Harvey Kurtzman is a celebration of the legendary creator with tons of rare artwork, from pencil sketches to paintings, while Voice of The Fire, Alan Moore's prose novel, makes its paperback debut courtesy of Top Shelf. 

Oh, and the president's appearance in Amazing Spider-Man makes it to collected edition this week in Spider-Man Election Day MPE HC.

Here's the list of highlights from TOW's list of books:

Art Of Harvey Kurtzman HC
Boys TP Vol 04 We Gotta Go Now (Mature Readers)
Brave And The Bold Without Sin TP
Buck Rogers In the 25th Century Dailies HC Vol 02
Captain America Fighting Chance TP Vol 02
Classic GI Joe TP Vol 04
Classic Transformers TP Vol 04
Daredevil Father TP
El Diablo The Haunted Horseman TP
Firebreather TP Vol 01*new printing*
Goon TP Vol 08 Those That Is Damned
Green Lantern Rage Of The Red Lanterns HC
Runaways Rock Zombies Prem HC
Runaways Rock Zombies Prem HC*direct market edition*
Solomon Kane TP Vol 01 Castle Of Devil
Spawn Endgame TP Vol 01
Spider-Man Election Day Prem HC
Spider-Man Election Day Prem HC*direct market edition*
Star Trek Omnibus TP Vol 02 Early Voyages
Transformers Animated TP Vol 08
Voice Of The Fire SC Novel (Mature Readers)
Voyage To Bottom Of The Sea Complete Series HC Vol 01
Witchblade TP Vol 06
Wonder Woman Amazons Attack TP
Worlds Of HP Lovecraft Dagon & Other Tales TP



NEWS UPDATE: 6/26

COMPLETE SPIRIT ARCHIVES - A SNAPSHOT
Posted at 2:30 PM by dum dum dugan

Denny Colt admires his publication history
Well, after ten years and 26 volumes, DC's ambitious Spirit Archives series has come to a completion with the recent release of Volume 26. We thught it would be nice to have a look at a shelf full of the entire run. Thanks to Masterworks Message Board member Steve Topper, you can check out just that right HERE.

Pretty great stuff. Much appreciated, Steve!

 

 

 

 

 

 



NEWS UPDATE: 6/25

MARVEL OMNIBUS SALE A TALES OF WONDER
Posted at 5:45 PM by dum dum dugan

Tales of Wonder is offering a whopper of a Marel Omnibus sale. Until 4pm on Monday June 29, the following Omnibus are HALF OFF:

• Amazing Fantasy Omnibus Brereton Variant : $37.49
• Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus Vol 1 HC - 2nd Printing : $49.99
• Daredevil By Bendis Omnibus HC Vol 1 : $49.99
• Devil Dinosaur By Jack Kirby Omnibus HC : $14.99
• Elektra By Frank Miller Omnibus HC: $37.49
• Elektra By Frank Miller Omnibus HC Direct Market Ed : $37.49
• Fantastic Four Omnibus Vol 1 HC - Jack Kirby Variant Dust Jacket: $49.99
• Howard The Duck Omnibus : $49.99
• Howard The Duck Omnibus Direct Market Ed : $49.99
• Incredible Hulk Omnibus Vol 1 HC: $49.99
• Incredible Hulk Omnibus Vol 1 HC Ross Variant: $49.99
• Invincible Iron Man Omnibus Vol 1 HC : $49.99
• Invincible Iron Man Omnibus Vol 1 HC Movie Variant : $49.99
• Secret Wars Omnibus HC: $49.99
• Secret Wars Omnibus HC Direct Market Ed: $49.99
• Uncanny X-Men Omnibus Vol 1 HC - 2nd Printing : $49.99
• X-Men Omnibus Vol 1 HC: $49.99
• X-Men Omnibus Vol 1 HC Direct Market Edition: $49.99

For the complete inventory of Marvel Omniboo, go to our MARVEL OMNIBUS page.


WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ SOLICITATION

Posted at 5:30 PM by dum dum dugan

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz HC
Apparently the HC of Marvel's Wonderful Wizard of Oz was left out of the Marvel Previews catalog. D'oh! They have since made it available online (the book does appear in retailer order forms). This 8-issue series has been the most successful recent all-ages comic at Marvel (or anywhere probably) as well as the most successful adaptation of classic literature to come out of their "Marvel Illustrated" line. While not officially designated a Marvel Illustrated book, it was edited from the same office.

This book comes with our highest recommendation. In particular, Skottie Young's art is career-making stuff, and among the best art we've seen this year in comics. This should do very well outside the direct market. A sequel has already been announced, The Marvelous Land of Oz. Newsarama has an interview about the November-launching series HERE and with writer Eric Shanower HERE.

Below is the official solicit:

THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ HC
Written by ERIC SHANOWER
Penciled by SKOTTIE YOUNG
Cover by SKOTTIE YOUNG
The premier American fantasy adventure gets the Merry Marvel treatment! Eisner Award-winning writer/artist Eric Shanower (Age of Bronze) teams up with fan-favorite artist Skottie Young (New X-Men) to bring L. Frank Baum’s beloved classic to life! When Kansas farm girl Dorothy flies away to the magical Land of Oz, she fatally flattens a Wicked Witch, liberates a living Scarecrow and is hailed by the Munchkin people as a great sorceress…but all she really wants to know is: how does she get home? Collecting THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ #1-8.
192 PGS./All Ages …$29.99



NEWS UPDATE: 6/19

SHIPPING FROM TALES OF WONDER JUNE 24
Posted at 4:00 PM by dum dum dugan

Golden Age Starman Archives Vol. 2
Here's the new list of collected editions shipping next week from Tales of Wonder, beginning Wednesday June 24. 

A DC Archive leads the way again this week: Golden Age Starman Archives Vol. 2, collecting his stories from Adventure Comics #77-102. There's also another DC Hardcover: JLA Deluxe Edition Vol. 2 HC, continuing the collection of Grant Morrison's seminal run. It includes not only JLA #10-17, but Prometheus #1 and JLA/Wildcats.

From Marvel, Essential Dr. Strange Vol. 4 leads the way, but we also get the anticipated new printing of Thor Visionaries Walt Simonson Vol. 3 TP as well as this month's Masterworks paperback, Fantastic Four Vol. 2, also known in its limited editon form as Marvel Masterworks Vol. 6. One of Marvel's recent crop of direct market only trades also comes out next week: Patsy Walker Hellcat TP.

Meanwhile, IDW tries to get us ready for not one, but two eighties revival Summer movies with multiple GI Joe and Transformers books. There are plenty of Peter David fans out there who may be interested in another IDW collection this week: Sir Apropos Of Nothing HC Vol. 1, PAD's own adaptation of his prose fantasy trilogy.

Here's the list of highlights from TOW's list of books:

All Star Batman And Robin The Boy Wonder TP Vol 01
Army Of Darkness TP Vol 08 Home Sweet Hell
Classic Dan Dare HC Vol 11 Phantom Fleet
Dark Reign Accept Change TP
Essential Doctor Strange TP Vol 04
Fallen Son Death Of Captain America HC
GI Joe Movie Adaptation TP
GI Joe Movie Prequel TP
GI Joe TP Vol 01
Golden Age Starman Archives HC Vol 02
Green Lantern Tales Of The Sinestro Corps TP
Immortal Iron Fist TP Vol 04 Mortal Iron Fist
Indiana Jones TP Vol 01 Tomb Of Gods
JLA Deluxe Edition HC Vol 02
Marvel Masterworks Fantastic Four Vol 2 Ltd Ed TP (#6)
Marvel Masterworks Fantastic Four Vol 2 New Ed TP
Mice Templar TP Vol 01
NYX Wannabe Prem HC
NYX Wannabe Prem HC*direct marker edition*
Outlaw Territory GN Vol 01 (Mature Readers)
Patsy Walker Hellcat TP*direct market only*
Red Sonja HC Vol 06 She Devil With A Sword
Red Sonja TP Vol 06 Death
Rex Libris TP Vol 02 Book Of Monsters
Sir Apropos Of Nothing HC Vol 01
Studs Terkels Working GN
Superman Tales From The Phantom Zone TP
Thor Visionaries Walt Simonson TP 3*new printing*
Transformers Premiere Edition HC Vol 02
Transformers Revenge Fallen Movie Preq Defiance TP
Venom TP Dark Origin
Wasteland TP Book 04 Dog Tribe (Mature Readers)
X-Men Spider-Man HC



NEWS UPDATE: 6/18

MARVEL SOLICITS: SEPTEMBER
Posted at 11:15 am by dum dum dugan

Marvel Masterworks: Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Vol. 2
Marvel Comics has released their solicits for September 2009:

MARVEL SEPTEMBER '09

As announced right here last week, this month's Masterwork is Nick Fury Volume 2, but there's plenty of other goodies in there as well. A lot of us around here try to get a peek at upcoming by books by checking Amazon for upcoming books, but there are inevitably bookls that pop up in the Marel solicits that never appeared on Amazon. September includes two Marvel Premiere Classics that fit in that category: X-Men Vs. Fantastic Four and X-Men Vs. Avengers. That's a couple of limited series from the 80's that are sure to please a lot of folks.

Daredevil by Brian Michael Bendis and David Mack Vol. 2 is another nice surprise (although it was obviously coming). We knew the Criminal Deluxe Edition was coming, but still, that's going to be one terrific book with plenty of extras, it appears. And although a lot of folks were no doubt hoping for oversize hardcovers, it's still exciting to get Thor by Dan Jurgens and John Romita Jr. TPB Vol. 1. This is some of JRJr's most powerful artwork, and is welcome in collected form however we can get it.

You can join the discussion of these solicits HERE



NEWS UPDATE: 6/17

DC SOLICITS: SEPTEMBER
Posted at 12:00 PM by dum dum dugan

Marvel Masterworks
DC Comics has released their solicits for September 2009:

DC SEPTEMBER '09

Book 2 of the Saga of the Swamp Thing HC series highlights this month's offerings. It's a pretty outstanding volume in Alan Moore's classic run, collecting #28-34 and the incredible Annual #2. Keeping with the horror theme, September's Showcase (or rather, October's - remember most of the collected editions are advance-solicited) is House of Secrets Vol. 2, collecting #99-119.

As far as newer stuff, DC is trying something different by simultaneously releasing the hardcover and trade paperback of Wonder Woman: Rise of the Olympian. Mark Millar and Dave Johnson's Superman: Red Son gets the deluxe HC treatment in November, and Howard Chaykin's Blackhawk returns to print in a TP.



NEWS UPDATE: 6/12

DIAMOND GRAPHIC NOVEL CHART - MAY
Posted at 2:30 PM by dum dum dugan

Diamond has released their sales chart for May 2009. As is usually the case, the initial chart does not include figures. When the actual figures are released, we'll get 'em to you! In the meanwhile, here's the top ten and some highlights that appeal to Masterworks fans.:

1 League of Extraordinary Gentlemen III Century #1 1910
2 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 Vol. 4 Time of Your Life
3 Ultimates 3 Who Killed Scarlet Witch
4 Invincible Vol. 10 Whos The Boss
5 Star Wars Clone Wars Vol. 3 Wind Raiders Taloraan
6 Star Trek Countdown
7 Batman The Resurrection of Ras Al Ghul
8 Superman New Krypton HC Vol. 1
9 Batman Mad Love And Other Stories HC
10 Berserk Vol. 29

21 Essential Spider-Man Vol. 9
38 Essential X-Men Vol. 9
44 Showcase Presents Martian Manhunter Vol. 2
48 Creepy Archives HC Vol. 3
53 Marvel Masterworks Incredible Hulk HC Vol. 5
67 Marvel Masterworks Amazing Spider-Man TP Vol. 2
70 DC Library Roots of The Swamp Thing HC

Full chart available below:

TOP SELLING TRADE PAPERBACKS MAY 2009

Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill's latest LOEG edition far outpaced everything else, as everyone who gave it any thought knew would happen. Even if it wasn't a $7.95 book, nothing else stood a chance. Buffy at #2 is not surprising, but Ultimates 3 coming in ahead of Invincible is a little unexpected. Then you have Star Trek and Star Wars books that, as usual, far outpace the performance of their equivalent monthlies. Once the actual figures are in, an analysis can be presented on the sales of the various archival books.

And let's discuss it HERE


IMAGE SOLICITS: SEPTEMBER

Posted at 12:00 PM by dum dum dugan

Invincible Ultimate Collection Vol. 5
Image Comics has released their solicits for September 2009:

IMAGE SEPTEMBER '09

Robert Kirkman's beloved Invincible series gets its fifth oversize hardcover volume. This series shows no sign of letting up, and free of his Marvel obligations, Kirkman has this and Walking Dead coming out with decent regularity. That means we get the collections that much sooner. He seems to really favor a variation on Marvel's approach to collected edtions: quick trades (no small MPE-style HC), followed by oversize hardcover that are pretty much the same format as Marvel's. He also crafts Omnibus-style volumes.

 

 



NEWS UPDATE: 6/12

SHIPPING FROM TALES OF WONDER JUNE 17
Posted at 4:00 PM by dum dum dugan

Will Eisner's Spirit Archives Vol. 26
Here's the new list of collected editions shipping next week from Tales of Wonder, beginning Wednesday June 17. 

No question this week's headliner is Will Eisner's Spirit Archives HC Vol 26, the final (and delayed - I think they wanted to separate it from the movie!) volume of the series. One of the most ambitious and notable comic reprint series we'll ever have has come to an end and deserves a celebration. This particular volume collects a lot of rare material: post 1952 Spirit stories from all over the publishing map.

Otherwise, it's a week with something for everyone. Garth Ennis fans have new edition/printings of two of his books: the Complete Just A Pilgrim TP from Dynamite (the series was originally published by Wizard's short-lived Black Bull Comics) and Hitman Vol. 1 TP. The latter gives us reason for optimism that DC will finally collect the whole series. DC also offers the Starman Omnibus Vol.3, the latest in that fast-tracked series, and their Wildstorm imprint returns a great Brubaker/Phillips series to print with Sleeper Season 1 TP. This book had two "seasons", each of which were broken into two teensy trade paperbacks originally. This should be much better. Fans of their Criminal and/or Incognito series really need to check Sleeper out.

From Marvel, highlights include Amazing Spider-Girl Vol 5 Maybreak TP, the final volume collecting that little engine that could of a series. Irredeemable Ant-Man TP, on the other hand, collects the entire 12-issue run of a very little engine that apparently couldn't. Too bad, it was one of Marvel's best books during its existence. This collection frees the title from the digest "ghetto" as it was previously available only in that format (was that a joke?). Power Pack Classic Vol. 1 TP also comes out Wednesday, launching another book in the "Classic" line.

Here's the list of highlights from TOW's list of books:

Amazing Spider-Girl TP Vol 05 Maybreak
Batman The Black Casebook TP
Body Bags TP Vol 01 Fathers Day (Mature Readers)
Captain America Man With No Face MPE HC
Captain Canuck HC Vol 01
Complete Just A Pilgrim TP (Mature Readers)
Green Lantern Sinestro Corps War TP Vol 02
Hitman TP Vol 01 A Rage In Arkham TP*new printing*
Lone Wolf & Cub TP Vol 03 Flute Of Fallen Tiger New Ptg
Marvel Adventures Avengers TP Vol 09 Digest
Ms Marvel TP Vol 06 Ascension
Power Pack Classic TP Vol 01
Punisher Year One TP
Question The Five Books Of Blood TP
Sleeper Season 1 TP (Mature Readers)
Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane Season 2 TP Sophomore Jinx
Spider-Man New Ways To Die TP
Starman Omnibus HC Vol 03
The Irredeemable Ant-Man TP
Ultimate Origins TP
Will Eisners Spirit Archives HC Vol 26
X-Infernus HC
Ythaq MPE HC Forsaken World (Mature Readers)


EC ARCHIVES SALE FROM TALES OF WONDER

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It's another Tales of Wonder sale, readers! In stock EC Archives are 40% off. That's $29.97 to you and me. The sale ends Monday June 22 at 4pm. Links below:

EC Archives Crime Suspenstories Vol 1 HC
EC Archives Shock Suspenstories Vol 1 HC
EC Archives Shock Suspenstories Vol 2 HC
EC Archives Tales From The Crypt Vol 2 HC
EC Archives Tales From The Crypt Vol 3 HC
EC Archives Two Fisted Tales Vol 1 HC
EC Archives Two Fisted Tales Vol 2 HC
EC Archives Vault Of Horror Volume 1 HC
EC Archives Weird Science Vol 2 HC
EC Archives Weird Science Vol 3 HC



MERRY CHRISTMAS MASTERWORKS FANS!

Posted at 12:00 PM by gormuu

It's that time of month for a Masterworks announcement! This time, we're previewing the sole MM due in December, and it's a doozy. You don't need special clearance to check out the selection, all you need is a few minutes to gaze longingly at the exclusive preview images and THIS LINK!



NEWS UPDATE: 6/7

NYT TIMES BEST SELLERS LIST FOR 5/30
Posted at 7:30 PM by dum dum dugan

The New York Times best selling graphic books list for the week of May 30 is out.

NEW YORK TIMES GRAPHIC BOOK BEST SELLERS 5/30

Not a lot changed this week. That probably means some stabilization, and that might in turn mean something more close to accuracy. The latest Anita Blake enters the HC chart, and Buffy holds well on the TPs.. It's still hard to believe there's that many people every week that hadn't already bought Watchmen.



NEWS UPDATE: 6/5

SHIPPING FROM TALES OF WONDER JUNE 10
Posted at 4:00 PM by dum dum dugan

Ultimates By Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch Omnibus
Here's the new list of collected editions shipping next week from Tales of Wonder, beginning Wednesday June 10. 

Leading the way is the Ultimates By Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch Omnibus. This hugely popular series was very polarizing, but here's a vote in favor of it. DC's own polarizing series, Final Crisis, from the mad mind of Grant Morrison, gets the hardcover treatment this week. Morrison tends to wait until the very end of his epics before things make sense (more often than not in a very rewarding way), so the collected edition is probably the best medium for this story.

On the oldies front, each company offers up a phone book this month. Marvel brings us Essential Thor Vol. 4, collecting issues 197-195. This brings us out of the Jack Kirby era and into the work of John Buscema (with a visit from Neal Adams). DC also has a fourth volume on tap: Showcase Presents Green Lantern Vol. 4, reprinting issues 60-75.

Here's the list of highlights from TOW's list of books:

30 Days Of Night 30 Days Til Death TP
Adam Legend Of The Blue Marvel TP Dm Ed*direct market only*
Captain Britain And Mi 13 TP Vol 02 Hell Comes To Birmingham
Dark Reign Deadpool Thunderbolts TP
Essential Thor TP Vol 04
Excalibur Visionaries Alan Davis TP Vol 01
Final Crisis Companion TP
Final Crisis HC
Flash The Human Race TP
GI Joe Best Of Destro GN
Red TP*new edition*
Requiem Le Chevalier Vampire Collection TP
Runaways TP Dead Wrong
Runaways TP Vol 08 Dead End Kids Digest
Showcase Presents Green Lantern TP Vol 04
Sub-Mariner Prem HC Depths
Superman Last Son TP
Ultimates By Mark Millar & Bryan Hitch Omnibus HC
X-Men Noir Prem HC
X-Men The End Trilogy TP
Young Liars TP Vol 02 Maestro (Mature Readers)


DARK HORSE SOLICITS FOR SEPTEMBER '09

Posted at 1:45 PM by dum dum dugan

Dark Horse has released their solicits for September. Click below for a listing of their collected editions (and original graphic novels).

DARK HORSE SEPTEMBER '09

Turok, Son of Stone Archives Vol. 4 is the big archive for the month. In the original graphic novel department, the great Stan Sakai celebrates 25 years of Usagi Yojimbo with the first original graphic novel featuring the rabbit samurai. The book will be written, fully painted, and, yes, lettered by Mr. Sakai. Aw Yeah, Usagi!



NEWS UPDATE: 6/5

MARK SCHULTZ TALKS AL WILLIAMSON
Posted at 11:00 AM by dum dum dugan

Newsarama has a nice interview with Mark Schultz about putting together the upcoming book Al Williamson's Flash Gordon: A Lifetime Vision.

MARK SCHULTZ ON WILLIAMSON'S FLASH GORDON

Dark It looks like it's going to be a pretty cool book for fans of vintage comic strip collections. There seem to be no shortage of these books in recetn years, but no shortage of material worthy of reprinting either. Flesk Publications is putting the book out in August. HERE is a link to their page about the book. Flesk has published some swell books lately, especially the amazing JAMES BAMA book.



NEWS UPDATE: 5/31

NYT TIMES BEST SELLERS LIST FOR 5/23
Posted at 3:00 PM by dum dum dugan

The New York Times best selling graphic books list for the week of May 23 is out.

NEW YORK TIMES GRAPHIC BOOK BEST SELLERS 5/23

Dark Tower leads the way for hardcovers, with Treachery at #1 and Gunslinger Born at #10. Superman: New Krypton Vol. 1 joins the list and earns a little ink in the accompanying article. Watchmen makes its way to the top of the trade paperback list. It will be interesting to note how the DVD release this summer affects sales. Will it bump up yet again?

So when do we get to see a cool archive hardcover on this list? How about when Marvel Masterworks Deathlok Vol. 1 comes out? Yeah, maybe not.



NEWS UPDATE: 5/29

SHIPPING FROM TALES OF WONDER JUNE 3
Posted at 7:30 PM by dum dum dugan

Marvel Masterworks Avengers Vol. 9
Collects Avengers #80-88 and Incredible Hulk #140
Here's the new list of collected editions shipping next week from Tales of Wonder, beginning Wednesday June 3. 

Another week, another Masterworks, as Marvel Masterworks Avengers Vol. 9 is released. As usual, you can see a preview page HERE. Some stellar Buscema art on this one, from both Big John and our pal Sal. And hey, the next Avengers volume will include the Kree/Skrull War! Excellent! Also, you may recall that the variant edition of Marvel Masterworks Atlas Era Journey Into Mystery Vol 2 (MM Vol 118) did not make it out this past week. Well, it'll be here next Wednesday. So those of you who buy the variants will get a double dose next week.

Another highlight has to be the Daredevil Omnibus By Brubaker & Lark HC Vol 01, collecting Daredevil #82-105. This run has been stellar and is very much up to Omnibus standard. It's the first time this stuff has been in hardvoer form, as Marvel skipped the MPE format on these, likely with an eye on this Omnibus. Marvel also winds up Garth Ennis' insta-classic Punisher MAX run with Vol 5 of the oversize hardcover, collecting #50-60.

Not a big week for DC. The highlight, in fact, is probably the new edition of Warren Ellis/Chris Sprouse Ocean TP.

Here's the list of highlights from TOW's list of books:

Batgirl Redemption TP
Captain America Fighting Chance TP Vol 01
Daredevil Omnibus By Brubaker & Lark HC Vol 01
Deadpool TP Vol 01 Secret Invasion
Eureka TP Vol 01
Farscape HC
GI Joe Best Of Duke GN
Green Lantern Corps Sins Of The Star Sapphire TP
House Of Mystery TP Vol 02 Love Stories For Dead People (Mature Readers)
Justice League Of America TP Vol 03 Injustice League
Marvel Illustrated Prem HC Kidnapped
Marvel Masterworks Atlas Era Journey Into Mystery Vol 2 Ltd ED HC (#118)
Marvel Masterworks Avengers Vol 9 Ltd Ed HC (#117)
Marvel Masterworks Avengers Vol 9 New Ed HC
Ocean TP*New Edition*
Punisher Max Vol 5 HC (Mature Readers)
Sentry TP Age Of Sentry*direct market only*
She-Hulk TP Vol 09 Lady Liberators
Superman Batman Finest Worlds HC
Uncanny X-Men Lovelorn TP


X-MEN: MAGNETO TESTAMENT HC PRESS RELEASE

Posted at 12:15 PM by dum dum dugan

Marvel's website had an article about the release this past Wednesday of the X-Men Magneto Testament MPE HC:

X-MEN: MAGNETO TESTAMENT ARTICLE

The big news is the inclusion of a previously unpublished story illustrated by Neal Adams and Joe Kubert, written by Dr. Rafael Medoff of the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies. The Marvel Knights limited series, by Greg Pak and Carmine Di Giandomenico, told the story of Magneto's childhood days as a Jewish boy in Nazi Germany. Marvel is obviously proud of this title, and has included other extras including End Notes and a Teacher's Guide, as well as an afterword by Stan Lee himself. It's nice to see such an ambitious approach to an out of the ordinary project.



NEWS UPDATE: 5/24

MOUSE GUARD PREVIEW
Posted at 3:15 PM by dum dum dugan

Comic Book Resources has a preview of Archaia Studio's Mouse Guard: Winter 1152 HC. In fact, it's the whole first chapter.

MOUSE GUARD: WINTER 1152 PREVIEW

The Eisner Award winning first series Mouse Guard: Fall 1152 was a huge small press success story in 2006 and 2007. In 2008, Archaia Studios Press went through a restructuring and the schedule for Winter went off the rails. In any event, the first collection is a modern classic and here's hoping the second lives up to the standard. Note the wonderful Geoff Darrow pinup on the final page of the preview.


NYT TIMES BEST SELLERS LIST FOR 5/16

Posted at 3:00 PM by dum dum dugan

The New York Times best selling graphic books list for the week of May 16 is out.

NEW YORK TIMES GRAPHIC BOOK BEST SELLERS 5/16

Looks like they don't quite have a grasp on how the numbering works on these books. Marvel Zombies 3 for instance is listed as the #6 hardcover as simply Marvel Zombies. Similarly, the Hulk: Red and Green listed at #10 is likely volume 2. Y The Last Man - The Deluxe Edition Vol. 2 (correctly noted) enters the hardcover chart and number one, with a lot of other books remaining the same. The chart looks pretty reasonable, actually, with the possible exception of Dark Tower: Gunslinger Born.

The latest Buffy The Vampire collection debuts atop the trade paperback list. the eight, nine, and ten slots are the first volumes of probably the era's best selling TP series, Walking Dead, Fables, and Y The Last Man. No fewer than 4 summer movie-related titles are on there as well: prequels for Terminator: Salvation and Star Trek as well as two titles linked to the Wolverine film, Origin and Weapon X. Book store sales probably account for much of those sales.



NEWS UPDATE: 5/22

SHIPPING FROM TALES OF WONDER MAY 2
Posted at 4:00 PM by dum dum dugan

Marvel Masterworks Atlas Era Journey Into Mystery
Vol. 2
Collects Journey Into Mystery #11-20
Here's the new list of collected editions shipping next week from Tales of Wonder, beginning Wednesday May 27.

Marvel Masterworks Atlas Era Journey Into Mystery Vol. 2 is certainly the headliner this week, although it looks like the variant edition is running late. This latest Atlas era edition collects JIM #11-20. We have a preview available HERE. Another paperback MMW is out, also: Marvel Masterworks Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 2 TP

Another big oversize hardcover this week as well: X-Men Inferno. This was one of the big early X-Men crossovers, and the collection, not called an omnibus (even thouth it's nearly 600 pages) collects X-FACTOR #33-40, X-TERMINATORS #1-4, UNCANNY X-MEN #239-243, NEW MUTANTS #71-73 and X-FACTOR ANNUAL #4.

DC has a nice HC this week as well with DC Library Roots of the Swamp Thing, collecting the early Len Wein/Bernie Wrightson run. If you're only familiar with Alan Moore's work with the character you owe it to yourself to check these early tales. And one more cool classic HC to point out: Tarzan: The Jesse Marsh Years Vol. 2, from Dark Horse.

Here's the list of highlights from TOW's list of books:

Bayou TP Vol 01
Billboards HC
DC Library Roots Of The Swamp Thing HC
Dead At 17 Ultimate Ed TP
Dead Of Night TP Devil-Slayer
Essential X-Men TP Vol 9
Galveston TP
Ghost Rider Danny Ketch TP Addict
Gravel HC Vol 01 Bloody Liars (Mature Readers)
Guardians Of The Galaxy Prem HC Vol 02 War Of Kings
Incognegro SC
Incredible Hercules TP Love And War
Marvel Adventures TP Thor Digest
Marvel Masterworks Amazing Spider-Man Vol 2 TP
Marvel Masterworks Amazing Spider-Man Vol 2 Ltd Ed TP (#5)
Marvel Masterworks Atlas Era Journey Into Mystery Vol 2 New Ed HC
My Inner Bimbo TP (Mature Readers)
Off Handbook Marvel Universe A To Z Prem HC Vol 08
Robin Teen Wonder TP
Spider-Man Noir Prem HC
Star Trek Omnibus TP Vol 01
Star Wars Clone Wars TP Vol 03 Wind Raiders Taloraan
Static Shock Rebirth Of The Cool TP
Tarzan The Jesse Marsh Years HC Vol 02
Trinity TP Vol 01
X-Force Premiere HC Vol 02 Old Ghosts
X-Men HC Inferno
X-Men Magneto Testament Prem HC
X-Men Worlds Apart HC


NEW COUPON CODES FOR TOW!

Posted at 10:20 AM by gormuu

Got a few new Tales of Wonder coupon codes to throw your way! Don't forget: When using coupon codes, spell correctly and use ALL CAPS. Discount will be applied after items are added to your shopping cart.

40% OFF DEATHLOK MASTERWORKS VOL. 1

Coupon code: BRONZE

• REGULAR COVER: LINK
• VARIANT COVER: LINK
Get 'cher Bronze Age on with this 350-page doozy of a Masterworks!

40% OFF GOLDEN AGE SUBBY MASTERWORKS, INCLUDING UPCOMING VOL. 3

Coupon code: NAMOR

• VOL. 3 REGULAR COVER: LINK
• VOL. 3 VARIANT COVER: LINK

Capturing four more issues of war-torn Sub-Mariner action! And if you don't have any of the previous volumes, the discount also applies to any of the following:

• VOL. 1 REGULAR COVER: LINK
• VOL. 2 REGULAR COVER: LINK
• VOL. 2 VARIANT COVER: LINK

PLEASE NOTE: The discount does not apply to the variant for VOL. 1, as stock levels on that edition are low enough that it will be selling out soon. Price is as marked.

Coupon codes expire on June 15, 2009.



DIAMOND'S TOP 300 GN SALES CHART

Posted at 8:30 PM by dum dum dugan

Diamond has released their Top 300 graphic novel sales estimate chart for April. Link below, courtesy of ICv2.

TOP 300 GRAPHIC NOVELS - APRIL 2009

First things first: those Marvel Premiere Edition hardcovers that are clogging the chart. You'll notice, for instance that Spider-Man: Death of the Stacys is listed number three in quantity. On Diamond's own website, which also shows a book's dollar ranking, that book is listed at 107. In other words, that book sold the third most quantity but for the 107th most amount of money. Conclusion: there was apparently some sort of huge liquidation of these MPEs.

As to other matters. Watchmen is still the king - who doesn't have this book already? - after selling another 6403 copies. Some totals for the oldies and the higher end collections:

32 SHOWCASE PRESENTS THE DOOM PATROL TP VOL 01 2511
36 GREEN LANTERN CHRONICLES TP VOL 01 2378
43 SHOWCASE PRESENTS LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES TP VOL 03 2220
64 MMW AVENGERS TP VOL 01 1832
74 DC LIBRARY BATMAN THE ANNUALS HC 1706
93 WOLVERINE OMNIBUS HC VOL 01 1477
96 X-MEN OMNIBUS HC VOL 01 1433
130 ABSOLUTE SUPERMAN FOR TOMORROW HC 1201
131 ESSENTIAL DAZZLER TP VOL 02 1196
134 MMW HUMAN TORCH HC VOL 02 1175

Dreadful number for the Human Torch Masterwork, to be sure. It's possible the fact that it shipped the final Wednesday of the month could explain it. Could be the variant edition shipped late to some stores. Some discussion of these figures can be found HERE.
DC SOLICITS FOR AUGUST '09

Posted at 11:00 AM by dum dum dugan

Back again, with the DC solicits. Check them out below:

DC AUGUST '09

Not a huge month for DC. No Absolutes or Deluxe Hardcovers. No repackaged editions of Vertigo titles, although Wildstorm brings us Brubaker and Phillips' excellent Sleeper Season Two TP back in print with its new format. Wildstorm is also giving James Robinson's Complete WILDCATS another go. This was solicited sometime back, ran late, and was quietly cancelled. Flash Chronicles Vol. 1 adds another title to that line, so that's nice. Showcase this month is Showcase Presents Warlord Vol. 1, no surprise given the new Mike Grell-written relaunch. You can discuss these solicits HERE.



NEWS UPDATE: 5/20

MARVEL SOLICITS FOR AUGUST '09
Posted at 1:30 PM by dum dum dugan

We're jumping on the solicits a bit more quickly this month! Here's Marvel's August solicits:

MARVEL AUGUST '09

Yet another Volume One Masterworks (as previously announced on this very website), Deathlok Volume One. Check out a preview here. The Golden Age entry is Sub-Mariner Vol 3.

Ed Brubaker's already classic Captain America saga gets a second omnibus, Captain America: The Death of Captain America Omnibus. Mutant Massacre gets the oversize hardcover treatment, and Bob Layton's Hercules MPE gets a sequel in the Hercules Full Circle MPE HC. Plenty of Dark Reign Avengers-related Premiere Editions as well. There is discussion of these solicits here.



NEWS UPDATE: 5/17

SHIPPING FROM TALES OF WONDER MAY 20
Posted at 11:00 PM by dum dum dugan

Tiny Titans Vol. 2: Adventures In Awesomeness
Here's the new list of collected editions shipping next week from Tales of Wonder, beginning Wednesday May 20.

Not exactly a ton of stuff this week, especially compared to the last few. Nothing particularly archival in nature, actually. That gives us an opportunity to give a shout out to the second collection of one of the best books DC is publishing, Tiny Titans Vol. 2 Adventures in Awesomeness. Readers of this book know what kind of shout out I mean: Aw Yeah Titans! Those of you who aren't readers really ought to give it a try. Warning: the cuteness level on this book goes to 11. Interestingly, it looks like DC's latest batch of all ages books are being collected in standard size trade paperbacks instead of digests. We'll have to look into that.

Any time a book with Bruce Timm art in it is released is well worth noting, and this week brings us Batman Mad Love And Other Stories HC. This terrific looking book collects several stories by Timm and/or his Batman: The Animated Series cohort Paul Dini, including their Eisner Award winning collaboration Mad Love.

On the Marvel front, we have, at long last, Thor By J Michael Straczynski Premiere HC Vol 02. If you enjoyed the first volume, this one is even better. And from Vertigo comes Transmetropolitan TP Vol 02 Lust For Life, the second volume of their revamped Transmet trade paperback line.

Here's the list of highlights from TOW's list of books:

Batman Mad Love And Other Stories HC
Buffy The Vampire Slayer Omnibus TP Vol 07
Goon TP Vol 07 Place Of Heartache & Grief
Heroes TP Vol 02
Invincible TP Vol 10 Whos The Boss
Moon Knight TP Vol 04 Death Of Marc Spector
NYX No Way Home Prem HC
NYX No Way Home Prem HC *direct market edition*
Punisher War Journal TP Vol 05 Secret Invasion
Punisher War Journal TP Vol 05 Secret Invasion *direct market edition*
Rann Thanagar Holy War TP Vol 01
Thor By J Michael Straczynski Prem HC Vol 02
Tiny Titans TP Vol 02 Adventures In Awesomeness
Transmetropolitan TP Vol 02 Lust For Life New Ed (Mature Readers)
Ultimate Galactus Trilogy TP
Young X-Men TP 02 Book Of Revelations


NYT GRAPHIC NOVEL BEST SELLERS

Posted at 8:30 PM by dum dum dugan

The New York Times has released its weekly graphic novel/trade paperback best seller list or, as they call them, "graphic books." For those unfamiliar, they started doing this earlier this year. They divide it into three categories: hardcover, paperback, and manga.

NEW YORK TIMES GRAPHIC BOOK BEST SELLERS

There seems to be a bit of mystery about how these charts are determined. It seems to include both Diamond/direct market sales and "regular" book store sales as well. This has led to some odd occurrences on the charts. There is some pretty good analysis here at the comics212 blog, albeit with a (consciously we presume) hyperbolic headline. In any case, charts are always of interest, no?


IMAGE SOLICITS FOR AUGUST

Posted at 6:45 PM by dum dum dugan

Image Comics has released their solicits for August 2009:

IMAGE COMICS AUG '09

These solicits include what is sure to be the top selling collected edition for the month, Walking Dead Vol. 10. I'm sure those who can stand to wait for the trade on this title will be lined up.



NEWS UPDATE: 5/15

DARK HORSE SOLICITS FOR AUGUST
Posted at 2:00 PM by dum dum dugan

Dark Horse has released their solicits for August 2009:

DARK HORSE AUG '09

Note that the collected editions are for the most part advance-solicited for September and October. Highlights include Creepy Archives Vol. 5, Hellboy Library Edition Vol. 3 and the first volume of an exciting new archival project, The Groo Treasury Vol. 1.



NEWS UPDATE: 5/14

SHIPPING FROM TALES OF WONDER MAY 13
Posted at 1:00 PM by dum dum dugan

Golden Age Marvel Comics Vol. 4
Collects Marvel Mystery Comics #13-16
Here's this weeks new books, available from Tales of Wonder as of Wednesday, May 13.

A Golden Age Marvel Masterwork arrives this week: Golden Age Marvel Comics Vol. 4, reprinting Marvel Mystery Comics #13-16. Along with the usual suspects – Human Torch, Sub-Mariner and friends – this new volume introduces us to the Golden Age Vision, courtesy of Simon and Kirby. For more info, follow THIS LINK.

The other biggie - and we mean biggie! - this week is the Secret Wars II Omnibus. It's fair to call this collection unprecedented. See the news item below for more on this Gargantua.

Among the classic collected editions from Marvel this week we have the Cloak and Dagger Classic MPE and X-Men 2099 Vol. 1 TP as well as a couple of classic GI Joe collections from IDW.

Other releases of note are DC's Showcase Presents: Martian Manhunter Vol. 2 and a new printing of History of the DC Universe. IDW brings us the seventh volume of the Complete Dick Tracy, and Archie reprints some classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in TMNT Adventures Vol. 1.

Here's the list of highlights from TOW's list of books:

Avengers Initiative TP Vol. 3 Secret Invasion
Avengers Initiative TP Vol. 3 Secret Invasion *direct market edition*
Batman Scarecrow And Two Face Year One TP
Cable Premiere HC Vol. 2 Waiting For The End Of The World
Classic GI Joe TP Vol. 3
Cloak & Dagger Premiere HC Child Of Darkness
MPE Classic Vol. 23: Cloak & Dagger Premiere HC Child Of Darkness
Complete Dick Tracy HC Vol. 7
Doctor Who Classics TP Vol. 3
Flash Gordon 75th Anniversary Sp HC
GI Joe Best Of Cobra Commander TP
Hellblazer Roots Of Coincidence TP (Mature Readers)
History Of The DC Universe TP *New Printing*
Hulk World War Hulk HC
Legion Of Super-Heroes Enemy Manifest HC
Marvel Illustrated Iliad TP
Marvel Masterworks Golden Age Marvel Comics Vol. 4 HC
Modern Masters SC Vol. 20 Kyle Baker
Neil Gaiman Blueberry Girl HC
Secret Wars II Omnibus HC
Secret Wars II Omnibus HC *direct market edition*
Showcase Presents Martian Manhunter TP Vol. 2
Spider-Man Family Ties Premiere HC
Superman New Krypton HC Vol. 1
TMNT Adventures TP Vol. 1 Heroes In A Half Shell
Ultimates 3 TP Who Killed Scarlet Witch
Ultimates 3 TP Who Killed Scarlet Witch *direct market edition*
X-Factor TP Vol 06 Secret Invasion
X-Men 2099 TP Vol. 1
X-Men Manifest Destiny HC


SECRET WARS II OMNIBUS IS OUT!

Posted at 10:15 PM by gormuu

Marvel rolled the presses on one of the biggest, most insane, collected editions in their history recently, and the results are here! Secret Wars II Omnibus has hit the streets and Forum member Donovan has the goods on bonus features and pics of the book itself! Check out THIS THREAD at the Marvel Forum, and after that – whether you have any desire to relive the Beyonder's nutty interactions on Earth or not – check out Donovan's crazy website devoted to the '80s crossover event at SECRETWARSII.com!



NEWS UPDATE: 5/13

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