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As anyone who reads this site can attest I love oversized hardcovers.  I want my serving of comic art extra-large if you please.  There is a size in the comic industry that companies are using, about 9×16″.  DC absolute editions, Dark Horse library editions, some Fantagraphics and IDW reprints.  They’re large and fall somewhere between $50-$100 but well worth the…

Last updated on December 6th, 2012 at 10:39 amMost people think of the Disney live action film when they hear Rocketeer but for comic fans Dave Steven’s beautifully illustrated character cheerfully fills our thoughts. December 2009 IDW published the collected Rocketeer works in a regular hardcover and in The Rocketeer: The Complete Adventures Deluxe Edition.  It quickly sold out but…

After thoroughly enjoying Conan Volume 7 I scanned my local comic book shop and found Conan Volume 6: The Hand Of Nergal softcover.  Here’s the publisher’s blurb: A mysterious curse lingers, following Conan as he attempts to return to his homeland, and a great darkness looms ahead in the doomed city of Yaralet. This latest collection in Dark Horse’s smart,…

Last updated on May 20th, 2014 at 01:29 pmWas shopping a sale earlier this year and picked up a bunch of Marvel Premiere hardcovers including Black Widow: Web Of Intrigue.  Here’s the publisher’s blurb: It’s been a long lively life for Natasha Romanova – in the Avengers, the Champions, S.H.I.E.L.D. and elsewhere – but could it end with her surrounded…

Word on the street is that the DC Archives program is in peril, or at least that’s what the Collected Editions blog is saying and I agree.  The brouhaha started last week on Robot 6 when two DC Omnibus collections were advanced solicited on Amazon: Jack Kirby Omnibus Volume 1 and Steve Ditko Omnibus Volume 1.  Now Teen Titans Omnibus…

Last updated on December 18th, 2012 at 09:17 amA book with two versions listed and a different ship date from every online bookseller: exactly what and when is Fantagraphics offering? A few days ago I was perusing the Fantagraphics website and noticed a solicitation for Usagi Yojimbo: The Special Edition, a two volume slip-cased 1200 page collection of the first…

Last updated on November 23rd, 2011 at 08:49 pmAs I mentioned in my latest Jiminy Christmas rant I picked up The Green Lantern Omnibus Volume 1 at a discount bookseller in Toronto for $38.  It collects material previously collected in DC Archives Green Lantern volumes 1-3 if you can find them.  I do have these volumes on my shelf at home…

Last updated on August 5th, 2012 at 05:00 pmI picked up the Green Lantern Omnibus Volume 1 this weekend at a discount bookstore.  I was shocked a just shipped item could be discounted more than 50% its first week but that’s another story.  Anyway I checked the printed price on the back of the book: $75 U.S. and $88 Canadian. …

Last updated on May 13th, 2012 at 03:16 pmWhy are publishers still producing dust jackets?  The technology has been around for a good century or so to print whatever you want right on the book cover.  In fact the dust jacket was meant as a protection for the book binding of the 19th century and was discarded immediately.  It wasn’t…

Last updated on August 16th, 2013 at 02:02 pmLong time comic fans will recognize Xenozoic Tales as a long running black and white story told by Mark Schultz, or adapted to the little screen as the animated Cadillacs And Dinosaurs.  I had thumbed the various issues and collections but never had the urge to pick it up.  Flesk Publications has…

Dan Brereton has been pigeon-holed as an artist of horror and horror comics.  Image has published Dan Brereton: The Goddess & The Monster, a hardcover art book collecting various horror illustrations.  Let the pigeon-holing continue.  Here’s the publisher’s blurb: After more than 20 years, DAN BRERETON, award-winning comics creator and painter, collects his best works for the very first time…

Last updated on November 8th, 2013 at 11:46 amDuring the 1990s The Tick from Ben Edlund and New England Comics was the hottest comic property going.  The black and white comics were a smash success that led to an animated cartoon and a live action television series. Of course it was the comic books that started it all: Edlund had…

Last updated on January 7th, 2014 at 07:54 amI was a faithful fan of Dark Horse’s Conan relaunch with Cary Nord as artist but after he left I drifted away.  Came across Conan: Cimmeria or Conan Volume 7, depending how you interpret the spine and title page of the book, at my local comic shop and it looked intriguing.  It’s…

I’m a big Mike Mignola fan, admiring his work since Marvel Fanfare.  The Amazing Screw-On Head was a one shot comic published in 2002 but somehow I missed it so I was anxious to pick up The Amazing Screw-On Head and Other Curious Objects hardcover.  Here’s the publisher’s blurb: When Emperor Zombie threatens the safety of all life on earth,…

I was perusing the new books at my local comic book shop and came across Siege: Embedded in softcover.  I noticed it because Chris Samnee had done the art: he’s been making a name and is doing the art on the recent Thor all ages series that I’m waiting to see in a trade paperback.  I gave it a quick…

This one was a long time coming from its original French issues.  I picked up the first DC Humanoids imprint issue in 2004, but that cross publishing deal collapsed.  Devil’s Due Publishing picked up the series and published it as six issues in 2009 but the announced hardcover collected edition didn’t see light of day as Humanoids was entering the…

Last updated on December 6th, 2012 at 10:38 amFantagraphics and Kim Thompson are back with another Jacques Tardi translated work: The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec Volume 1.  Appearing in the early 1970s and published as single volumes in French around 1976, Adele Blanc-Sec has a cult following that we’re now privy to.  Thompson is a translation whirlwind, working through…

The Scorpion is an excellent European series from Enrico Marini and Stephen Desberg about a treasure hunter during the Renaissance.  Cinebook has been publishing English translations for a few years now and recently shipped volume four: The Treasure Of The Templars.  Here’s the publisher’s blurb: On the run from both agents of the Vatican and Ottoman authorities, the Scorpion is…

Last updated on December 2nd, 2013 at 11:29 amThis book wins for longest title this year by a mile.  Fire & Water: Bill Everett, The Sub-Mariner, And The Birth Of Marvel Comics is a biography of Bill Everett complete with lots and lots of art.  Here’s the publisher’s blurb: Written by Blake Bell and compiled with the aid and assistance of…

Few people need an introduction to Frank Miller’s seminal take on Batman in his 1986 series Batman: The Dark Knight.  It’s heralded as the birth of the modern comic, along with The Watchmen, and exposed a lot of people to comics through its massive sales in a collected volume.  Three collected editions were released that year: a softcover trade paperback, a…