It's that time of year. It's gift-giving time. While not everyone participates in the yearly ritual of giving or getting gifts this time of year, they do say it's the thought that counts. Instead of getting a pile of cruddy presents, here's a list of what we feel belongs in the home of comic book lovers.
Trade PaperbacksWith so many different comics that come out each week, it's easy to miss out on the really good stuff. Here's some books that you might've missed or ones that simply belong in your home library.
It's no surprise that this hardcover collection of Eric Shanower and Skottie Young's eight issue mini-series has spent so many weeks on the New York Times' Best Sellers List. Don't let the pretty pictures or your memories of the film throw you off. This adaption has more in common with L. Frank Baum's novel than it does with the movie.
This collection is clearly a story that readers of all ages can enjoy.
Despite Wolverine being used so much in Marvel comics, this arc was a favorite among the Comic Vine staff. It's hard to recall the last time Wolverine was so well written. Despite the delays in the story, you can have the entire run here in a nice package. In this dark future, you never know who will turn up or who will die. You also find out what makes Wolverine decide to give up his fighting ways and live the life of a mellow pig farmer.
James Robinson and Tony Harris' Starman series has long been considered one of the recent top books that everyone "should read." What you get here is a more 'adult' superhero portrayal. If you missed out on this series, it might be hard to plop down the cash for the entire series. The first volume gives you 448 pages that will make you thirst for the next volume.
All readers of comics should check this out for a different look at superheroes.
If superhero comics aren't your thing of if perhaps you need a break from them, here's your chance to dive into the world created by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (with colors by Val Staples). If you've read Sleeper or Incognito, you have a good idea of what to expect. This fancy collection contains the first three Criminal arcs: "Cowards," "Lawless" and "The Dead And The Dying." There are also loads of extras and a never-before-printed five page "movie trailer in comics form."
You may have heard us ranting about how great Fables is. Vertigo has recently released this nice deluxe hardcover edition containing the first two trade paperbacks (issues 1-10) for the series. The story centers around a bunch of fairy tale characters living in the "real world" in modern New York City.
Don't let the fact that some of the main character include Snow White, the Big Bad Wolf and Prince Charming fool you. This is a "mature" book that will definitely appeal to the comic book connoisseur.
Joss Whedon and John Cassaday's run on the X-Men has been one of the best X-Men runs we've seen in a while. Most readers were bummed out when their time on the series came to an end. Collected here is Astonishing X-Men 1-24 along with the conclusion in Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men #1.
We are still seeing repercussions from these stories including the fate of Kitty Pryde along with the relationship between Beast and Agent Brand.
Sure this series ended earlier this year and has been collected in trades but DC/Vertigo has given the Brian K. Vaughan/Pia Guerra series the deluxe treatment. This edition collects the first ten issues. You get 256 pages of this great series. If you haven't checked out this series before, you really need to get started.
What happens when every male on Earth mysteriously dies except for one man (and his male monkey)? This isn't your average comic.
Chew Vol. 1: Taster's Choice
Here's another series that we've fought over to see who gets to read it first. Just when you thought there weren't any 'new' ideas left in comics, John Layman and Rob Guillory prove us wrong. These five issues introduce to Tony Chu, a Cibopath. What is a Cibopath? A Cibopath is a person that gets psychic vibes from whatever he eats. How does Chu use this ability to solve murder cases? You'll have to read it for yourself to find out.
Check out this trade to get a taste for what Chew is all about.
What? Another Fables listing? Sort of. This is actually a novel written by the Fables grandmaster Bill Willingham. That means there are a bunch of words here. It's not just a straight forward novel though. There are some lovely illustrations by Steve Leialoha included.
If you haven't read the Fables series before, this book will still be accessible to all readers. You will see familiar characters from the series but this story focuses on the Pied Piper and his brother Max. Sibling rivalry, magical flutes and pickled peppers will be found. What more could you ask for?
Many of you might be familiar with Richard Stark's Parker series. Darwyn Cooke has taken the first volume and transformed it in his style. We get a noir/detective story like you haven't seen before. Cooke's art is amazing here. This is a book that I've been meaning to review here on the site but just haven't gotten around to. This definitely falls into the "something different" category for comic books.
This is like my holy Bible. This is my favorite hardcover in my personal collection. You may have heard me mention Mike Allred's Madman once or twice. If you're not totally familiar with the character (for whatever strange reason), this massive 852-page volume gives you his early adventures.
Get this volume to find out why I have such deep affection for Frank Einstein. It's guaranteed to be the snappiest, ginchiest hardcover you could ever get your hands on.
Toys And Fun Stuff
Maybe you've already had your share of comics. Perhaps you are so dedicated that you've already picked up these issues and trades. Or maybe you're like me and have a loved one that doesn't want to buy you more comics. Here's some other fun stuff that would look great sitting on your desk or up on a shelf. Heck, maybe you'll even see something you can actually play with.
Let's be honest, you might already have a few Batman figures lying around. Here's 6.75" figure based on Mike Mignola's Gotham By Gaslight story.
This isn't your typical Batman figure. Chances are if someone sees this displayed, they'll be wondering what's up with Batman's look. The figure does contain multiple points of articulation if you choose to 'play' with it. It also comes with a display base if you simply want it standing guard on a shelf.
This one might not be for everyone. DC Direct recommends this one for those aged 16 or older. This statue stands at about 10 inches and even comes in a four-colored window box if you want to keep it preserved. Made through a special arrangement with Japanese manufacturer Kotobukiya, this statue most likely won't be available for too long. Get yours today.
Maybe you prefer the scantily clad males to be displayed in your room. For the fish-lover in you, here is a nice looking Namor, the Submariner comiquette statue from Sideshow Collectibles. The dimensions are 18" H x 23" W x 19" D. These are in high demand so get your before they're all sold out.
If you're looking for something smaller, there's also a
Maybe this year your biggest wish is to be able to find that perfect mutant companion. This replica of Professor X's Cerebro helmet might not be able to help but will add that uniqueness to your collection.
This five pound helmet was sculpted by Chris Kelley and is limited to 2,500 pieces worldwide. It is meant to be for display purposes only but who are they kidding? You know that if you bought this you'll be walking around the neighborhood placing fear into the children on your block.
Perhaps masquerading as a bald creepy guy in search of gifted children isn't your thing. Museum Replicas has put out a full sized, full metal Iron Man helmet with a hand stitched suede liner. There's only 500 of these made.
Made for the true Iron Man fans, this beauty comes with a display stand and hand numbered certificate of authenticity.
If you've ever watched the original series, you know it was really different from the movies. Sure the stories might be cheesy but we're talking pure 80s animated fun. With this DVD set, you get the entire series of the original Transformers. Find out what they're all about and where they really came from.
Speaking of...interesting movie adaptions, here is the complete G.I. Joe series for your viewing pleasure. We're talking about 2190 minutes of "Yo, Joe!" action here. You also get those amazing PSAs. Besides the animated fun, this set also contains a collectible 60-page book, exclusive rub-on tattoos and a 1GB dog tag flash drive (USB 2.0) that have 2 silent comics preloaded on it. Yo Joe indeed.
Maybe you're looking for an updated G.I. Joe feature but are really hoping you don't get the live-action version. G.I. Joe: Resolute shows us a G.I. Joe we haven't seen before. From the mind of Warren Ellis, this hour long 'movie' shows a more hardcore version of the Joes. With all the gunfire and ninjas with swords, you would think there'd be more casualties. There definitely are some here.
Fans agree that this truly is an amazing series. Here's your chance to relive the first season including the first appearance of Venom, Mary Jane, Tombstone and many others. Sean "Cheeks" Galloway's character models give this series a fun and unique look.
Also, maybe if you buy it, it'll will help convince the powers that be to start production on a new season already.
I've been a huge Star Wars fan since I was a wee lad. Was the second trilogy as good as the first? Nope. Is the Clone Wars series friendly enough for younger viewers? Yes. Despite that, I feel that a lot of people immediately wrote off this series. It may not be the perfect Star Wars series but it has gotten better with each episode. Towards the end of the series you really get to see the potential this show has. If you haven't already, you should check this series out.
It's also available on Blu-ray!
So there you have a small sample of things you might have missed out on recently. Perhaps there's some items here you would like to have but simply don't want to buy them yourself. That's what these gift lists are really about. A way to get other people to buy you cool stuff.
What are some of the things on your wishlist that we left off?