Collected Editions Back Issue Market

Every comic convention I attend and comic shop I visit gives me an opportunity to scour shelves and stacks for dusty hardcovers from the 1980s. Why? I can’t really say: I love rare comic hardcovers from smaller publishers like Graphitti, Fireside and Comico/Eclipse. The scouring and...

Review | Saga Volume 1

A compelling and empathetic tale of two people from different cultures trying to make it work, Saga Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples render a “human” tale. From New York Times bestselling writer BRIAN K.VAUGHAN (Y: THE LAST MAN, EX MACHINA) and critically acclaimed...

Review | Thief Of Thieves Vol 1: I Quit

In the tradition of Ocean’s Eleven and The Thomas Crown Affair, Robert Kirkman and crew’s Thief Of Thieves Vol 1: I Quit provides a heist caper full of twists and surprises.

Review | The Complete Steve Canyon Vol 1: 1947-1948

Being very new to newspaper comic strips the launch of The Complete Steve Canyon Volume 1: 1947-1948 seemed to be a big deal and enough to warrant some attention. Choosing not to preorder from my local comic shop this book nonetheless came home with me after a quick thumbing. Steve Canyon...

Review | Fairy Tales Of Oscar Wilde, Vol 5: The Happy Prince

My all time favourite fairy tale has been adapted to comics by master P. Craig Russell. The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde is the story of a statue and a bird that care for the city below them; it’s a moving and provoking tale of love and sacrifice. The Happy Prince is arguably the most...

Review | Marathon

I’m quickly becoming a fan of First Second Publishing and their wonderful graphic novels. After thoroughly enjoying Friends With Boys I spotted Marathon on their publishing schedule but it looked a little too manga-like for my interests so I skipped it. Then I thumbed a copy at my local...

Review | Fatale Book One: Death Chases Me

This is one of thew few comics I had trouble waiting on the collected edition: a new book from Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips is reason enough to pick it up, and having just consumed Fatale Book One: Death Chases Me I’m hungry for more. The first arc of Image’s surprise hit is...

Review | Doug Wildey’s Rio: The Complete Saga

Having thoroughly enjoyed Rio by Doug Wildey Graphitti Designs Edition I was anxious to get my hands on all of Doug Wildey’s Rio material through IDW’s Doug Wildey’s Rio: The Complete Saga hardcover. Doug Wildey was an acclaimed Comic book and comic strip artist, as well as...

Romita Spider-Man Artist’s Edition Limited Remarqued

If you guessed that this is in fact the longest title of a book I own then you are correct; post title shortened. John Romita’s The Amazing Spider-Man: Artist’s Edition Limited Remarqued Version is the most limited edition of IDW’s already limited Artist’s Edition...

Review | Baltimore: The Curse Bells

Immediately following the story from Baltimore: The Plague Ships we find our relentless vampire hunter working his way into a new undead situation with Baltimore: The Curse Bells. This volume collects the five issues of the mini series. A horrific ritual will create havoc on a small European...

Review | Shockrockets

I enjoyed Superman: Secret Identity and heard great things about Shockrockets by the same creative team of Busiek and Immonen, but never had the chance to read the series until I came across the collected edition while scouring the bargain bins. Sixty years in the future, Earth is protected...

Review | The Loxleys And The War Of 1812

It doesn’t get more Canadian than the War of 1812, a conflict with our southern neighbours. Renegade announced last year they were working on a graphic novel about the conflict and The Loxleys And The War Of 1812 will be released this month. The story follows the Loxleys, a Canadian...

Review | CLiNT Magazine 2.1

Thanks to Titan Magazines I had the opportunity to read CLiNT Magazine 2.1, their relaunch issue. Three brand new comics begin in a special relaunch issue! Supercrooks – Part 1 of Mark Millar and Leinil Yu’s new comic The Secret Service – Mark Millar teams up with his...

Rio By Doug Wildey Graphitti Designs Edition

IDW solicited a complete Doug Wildey Rio collection recently and that shook a few cobwebs loose about a hardcover from years back. Hot on the trail I was browsing a comic shop for old hardcovers and came across Rio by Doug Wildey, a 1987 collection by Comico from material originally published...

Graphitti Watchmen HC

This is my first Bound Together column that’s based on a book I don’t own, but it’s a doozy. In 1988 Graphitti Designs produced for DC a collected edition of Watchmen: a black hardcover in a slipcase with a good amount of exclusive bonus material. Very similar to The Dark...

Lone Wolf & Cub Retailer Incentive

Lone Wolf and Cub is a wonderful manga series that has come to North America twice: prestige format comics from First Publishing in the 1980s and in twenty eight 4.25×6.5″ softcover volumes from Dark Horse. For anyone who hasn’t sampled this series go now and grab a paper or...

Empire

It was October 1978 that Empire, the first graphic novel, appeared on bookstore shelves.  That’s the same month Eisner’s A Contract With God made its début, and Empire is one illustrated story while Eisner’s work is a collection of short stories.  One can argue either way...

Review | Liar’s Kiss

This book came into my hands via a recommendation from my local comic book shop.  Liar’s Kiss is a quick black and white crime drama.  Here’s the publisher’s blurb: THE WAY HE INVESTIGATES IS A CRIME IN ITSELF. Nick Archer isn’t much of a detective, but he’s managed to get...

Zorro: The Complete Classic Adventures By Alex Toth

While at the Boston Comicon this month I spotted Zorro: The Complete Classic Adventures By Alex Toth signed and numbered two-volume slipcased edition at two dealers.  One dealer had it for $175 and the other for $40; I tried to haggle the $40 vendor down to $35 but he wouldn’t budge so...

Review | Winterworld

Another book I had never heard of that was on my local comic shop’s shelf of new releases; the cover grabbed my attention and I gave Winterworld a quick thumbing.  I quickly added it to my buy pile and headed to the cash.  Here’s the publisher’s blurb:   Dixon &...