Would U Buy It #55: "B&B: Batman & Huntress: Days of Rage"

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5511/21/10B&B: Batman & Huntress: Days of Rage(Blog) (Forum)The Huntress (1989)(Back) (Next)

We all have trade paperback (TPB) collections we'd like to see. Here's one of mine:

Proposed Title:The Brave and the Bold: Batman & Huntress: Days of Rage. (I couldn't fit all of that in the title bar.)
Alternate Title:
  1. Huntress: Days of Rage
  2. Batman/ Huntress: Days of Rage
Collecting 4 Issues:
  • The Huntress #17-19
  • Justice League International Special #2
Covers: (click to enlarge)
TPB Cover: The Huntress #19

Anytime I can find a story arc that guest starred Batman, especially if from a discontinued series, I suggest it as a Brave & Bold TPB, because I figure anytime you can put Batman's name on the cover, it is more likely to sell. The alternate title of Huntress: Days of Rage, is of course because the story arc came from The Huntress, so it's only right to suggest that title too. I think it's more likely to sell as a B&B trade, or as Batman/ Huntress: Days of Rage.

I'm never quite satisfied with a three issue trade paperback though, so I look for something else to put with it. In this case, I included Justice League International Special #2 (featuring the Huntress), because it came out three months after the final issue of The Huntress series, and makes a good afterword to the Days of Rage story (and to the series itself).

For the cover, since it's supposed to focus on Huntress more than Batman, I'd use The Huntress #19.

Would you buy it? Let me know in the comments, and thanks for reading.

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Would U Buy It #54: "Manhunter: Saints and Sinners"

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5411/20/10Manhunter: Saints and Sinners(Blog) (Forum)Manhunter (1988)(Back) (Next)

We all have trade paperback (TPB) collections we'd like to see. Here's one of mine:

Proposed Title:Manhunter: Saints and Sinners.
Alternate Title:Manhunter vs. Dumas.
Collecting 7 Issues:Manhunter (1988) #18-24.
Covers: (click to enlarge)
TPB Cover: Manhunter #23

I loved this series when it was coming out, but was completely surprised by the weird turn it took at the end. Dumas was a cool villain, along the order of Deathstroke, and this story is the finale of the struggle between him and Manhunter, as well as the finale to the series. Technically, #24 isn't part of the Saints and Sinners story arc, but it's the only issue after the story arc, so it seems appropriate to wrap up the TPB with the series' final issue.

For the cover, I'd use issue #23, as it's the only cover that shows Manhunter and Dumas fighting.

Would you buy it? Let me know in the comments, and thanks for reading.

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Would U Buy It #53: "Superman/ Shazam: Lightning Strikes Twice"

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5311/18/10Superman/ Shazam: Lightning Strikes Twice(Blog) (Forum)Billy Batson(Back) (Next)

We all have trade paperback (TPB) collections we'd like to see. Here's one of mine:

Proposed Title:Superman/ Shazam: Lightning Strikes Twice.
Alternate Title:
  1. Superman/ Shazam
  2. Superman/ Shazam: Lightning Strikes Twice and Other Stories
Collecting 8 Issues:
  • Power of Shazam! #20, 46
  • Superman (1987) #102, 216
  • Action Comics Annual #4
  • Action Comics #768, 826
  • Adventures of Superman #639
Covers: (click to enlarge)
TPB Cover: Power of Shazam! #46

I recently presented another Superman/ Shazam TPB idea, "DC Comics Presents: Superman and Shazam!", that covered earlier issues where the two had appeared together. At the time, I found that there was a definite cut-off between the issues in that suggested collection, and the issues in this one, so I decided to split them up. Like the earlier collection, these issues are shown in chronological order, and that's how I'd put them in the collection. I actually think this collection has better sales potential than the DCCP collection, because it pertains to the modern depictions of Superman and Captain Marvel (well, before Freddy Cap, anyway).

It works out nicely that it begins and ends with stories of Captain Marvel fighting an eclipsed Superman, which is why I went with the title Lightning Strikes Twice - the title of the story arc in the last three issues of the collection. Also, Lightning Strikes Twice is a nice "sequel" type of title to the first Superman/ Shazam collection, First Thunder.

If Superman didn't still have his Clark Kent shirt on, Action Comics #826 would be a nice shot for the cover. Power of Shazam covers are always beautiful, but I'd go with #46 over #20, because it is an homage to the cover of Superman #276, where Superman was charging Captain Thunder.

Would you buy it? Let me know in the comments, and thanks for reading.

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Would U Buy It #52: "Superman: Dark Knight Over Metropolis"

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We all have trade paperback (TPB) collections we'd like to see. Here's one of mine:

Proposed Title:Superman: Dark Knight Over Metropolis. (DKOM, for short.)
Alternate Title:
  1. Superman/ Batman: DKOM
  2. Batman: DKOM.
Collecting 4 Issues:
  • Superman #44
  • Adventures of Superman #467
  • Action Comics #653-654
Covers: (click to enlarge)
TPB Cover: Superman #44

I actually don't know anything about this story. I ran across it while browsing covers, and thought it looked cool. Although "Dark Knight Over Metropolis" was only a three issue arc, it appears that Action #653 leads directly into this story, so I included it in the collection. If I picked one of these covers for the TPB cover, I'd go with Superman #44. It tells you that both Superman and Batman are involved, and the kryptonite ring at the bottom tells you that there's kryptonite (and possibly Luthor) involved. Everything a good cover should do.

Whenever Batman guest stars in a cool story, my inclination is to suggest a Brave and the Bold title for a proposed collection, but Superman changes that to a Superman/ Batman title suggestion. (World's Finest is on two or three trades already, for two or three different WF mini-series - who needs the confusion?) The only reason my first suggestion is Superman: DKOM, is because all of the issues came from the Superman titles, and DC has a well established precedent of putting "Superman" on any collection from those titles, whether there's a better title possible or not. May as well be consistent. It could sell just as well (probably better) as Batman: DKOM, but that seems a little bit shady, to sell Superman issues under the Batman banner. I wouldn't mind the Superman/ Batman title, because they are both in the story, but Superman: DKOM is probably best. Besides, "Dark Knight" in the title already tells the buyer that Batman is involved.

Would you buy it? Let me know in the comments, and thanks for reading.

Did U Buy It?
TPB Cover
Action Comics Annual #1

8/30/13: So here's another one that DC decided to do! Superman: Dark Knight Over Metropolis! They've added some issues that don't seem to relate to the storyline, like Adventure Comics #466 and Action Comics Annual #1 (they used the annual's cover for the TPB cover). Like the Superman vs. Shazam TPB, this is in FULL COLOR! Coming out in October, available for pre-order on Amazon! Did you buy it?

Update 9/4/14: I moved this blog to the Superman: Dark Knight Over Metropolis forum. :)

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Would U Buy It #51: "Superman: The One-Man JLA!"

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We all have trade paperback (TPB) collections we'd like to see. Here's one of mine:

Proposed Title:Superman: The One-Man JLA!.
Collecting 4 Issues:
  • Superman #147
  • Adventuers of Superman #570
  • Action #757
  • Man of Steel #92
Covers: (click to enlarge)
TPB Cover: Four way split, showing all 4 covers

I honestly have no idea what this story is about, outside of a guess. I love a "what if" scenario, and from the looks of the covers, I'd say it's "What Superman might have been, had his rocketship landed on other planets." It's within the various Superman titles though, so I'm very curious to see how they pulled that off, inside of the continuity. It's just one that I've always wanted to read, but never quite got around to finding all of the issues for.

For the cover, I'd split the cover into fourths, each panel being one of the pics from the four different single issue covers. I think it would be the best way to convey the idea of the story within.

Would you buy it? Let me know in the comments, and thanks for reading.

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Would U Buy It #50: "DC Comics Presents: Superman and Shazam!"

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We all have trade paperback (TPB) collections we'd like to see. Here's one of mine:

Proposed Title:DC Comics Presents: Superman and Shazam!.
Collecting 9 Issues:
  • Shazam! #15
  • Superman (1939) #276
  • All-New Collector’s Edition #58*
  • DC Comics Presents #33-34, 49
  • DC Comics Presents Annual #3
  • All-Star Squadron #36-37

*aka Superman vs. Shazam - When Worlds Collide.

Covers: (click to enlarge)
TPB Cover: DCCP #49, ANCE #58, or All-Star Squadron #36

I chose the DC Comics Presents title for three reasons: 1) That's the title that gave me the idea to suggest this collection, 2) It preserves the title copyright for DC, to have it on a TPB that would (hopefully) stay in print, and 3) It's a little bit of nostalgia for me. However, on a new TPB, would the old style DC bullet change into the new DC emblem?

The Superman issue is DC's use of Captain Marvel without using Captain Marvel. "Captain Thunder" was Marvel's name way back when he first started, and in this story, Cap's other identity is "Willie Fawcett" - "Willie" being another nickname for "Bill" (like "Billy"), and "Fawcett" being the company that published Captain Marvel for so long. You'll notice that the lightning emblem is replaced by a sunburst on Cap's chest.

I'd put these issues in chronological order (as they are shown). I think it would be interesting to see how things changed over time. I left out an issue of Shazam where Supes and Cap battle, because it was from the time Shazam was a Saturday morning TV show. I think that story would have been out-of-continuity at the time, like Super Friends was, and even though various crises have retconned them, I only wanted to include in-continuity stories.

DCCP Annual #3 is one of my all-time favorite single issues, so I'd be tempted to go with that for the cover of the trade. However, I think that DCCP #49, All-New Collector's Edition #58, or All-Star Squadron #37 would be better choices, but without the word balloons. The best choice might be #49, the way Black Adam has been selling in recent years.

I didn't include any issues of Cap and Supes together from later years, because once I got them together, the DC Comics Presents issues were the cutoff between "then" and "now," as far as how Captain Marvel is portrayed (the other issues will be seen in a future Would U Buy It). The All-Star Squadron issues happened about the same time as the DCCP Annual.

Would you buy it? Let me know in the comments, and thanks for reading.

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Will U Buy It?

11/14/12: In the November 2012 Previews, DC has solicited the Superman vs. Shazam! TP, using the cover of All-New Collector's Edition #58 as the solicitation image (and presumably, the cover of the TPB). It is collecting: All-New Collector's Edition #C-58, DC Comics Presents #33-34, 49, and DC Comics Presents Annual #3!

Now, if you check out the comments, you'll see that @Captainthunder: & @PowerHerc: were very helpful with this WUBI, suggesting some issues to add, and some issues to leave out. I didn't listen to all of the suggestions (some, but not all), but DC did. They left out Shazam #15, but Cap' points out that while Lex Luthor appears in that issue, Superman does not. I think Superman #276 would have been a cool inclusion, but it's not actually Captain Marvel that Superman's fighting there, so okay, that's understandable. They also didn't include All-Star Squadron #36-37. That's a little disappointing, but it's still okay. That Supes & Marvel aren't exactly the same two as in the DC Comics Presents stories - they're from another Earth, during World War II. So in that regard, it makes sense not to include them. For the purposes of this WUBI, I was gathering any Supes/Marvel fight or team-up I could find, regardless of Earth or era.

Very cool collection, and I am excited to see it coming out! It's being solicited as $19.99, and will be in glorious full color! Yay, DC! So NOW, the question is:

Will you buy it?

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Did U Buy It?
TPB Cover
All-New Collector's Edition #C-58

3/13/13: It's here! It's here! It's here! Superman vs. Shazam!, and it. is. awesome! Considering how I gushed about this in the "Will You Buy It?" section, there's not a whole lot more to say about it. As you can see, they went with the current DC icon, instead of the classic DC bullet. It does indeed use the cover to All-New Collector's Edition #C-58, and the recolor looks great! And BEST, it is in spectacular FULL COLOR! How freakin' sweet is that?! So what's the ruling? Did you buy it?.

Update 9/4/14: I moved this blog to the Superman Vs. Shazam! forum. :)

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Would U Buy It #49: "Checkmate: The Janus Directive"

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4911/15/10Checkmate: The Janus Directive(Blog) (Forum)The Janus Directive(Back) (Next)

We all have trade paperback (TPB) collections we'd like to see. Here's one of mine:

Proposed Title:Checkmate: The Janus Directive.
Alternate Title:The Janus Directive.
Collecting 11 Issues:
  • Checkmate #15-18 (Part 1, 3, 5, 9)
  • Suicide Squad #27-30 (Part 2, 4, 8, 10)
  • Manhunter #14 (Part 6)
  • Firestorm #86 (Part 7)
  • Captain Atom #30 (Part 11)
Covers: (click to enlarge)
TPB Cover: Checkmate #15

The Janus Directive is one of the first story arcs I remember that had a uniform title banner and crossed over into multiple titles, without being a company-wide crossover. Checkmate and Suicide Squad were carrying some heat back then, so this story seemed like a big deal at the time. I didn't get to read the whole thing as it was coming out, and have yet to collect all of the issues so I can read it in its entirety. I think this would be a fun ride though.

I went with the Checkmate title, because Checkmate started off the arc, and because of all the titles involved, it has the highest visibility with today's fans. Plus, Suicide Squad was kind of a part of Checkmate at the time, so it wouldn't make sense to have that be the main title. For the cover, although I like Peacemaker on Suicide Squad #28, I'd go with the part 1 cover, from Checkmate #15. Going with the Checkmate title for the TPB, that makes more sense anyway.

Would you buy it? Let me know in the comments, and thanks for reading.

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Would U Buy It #48: "Team Titans: Total Chaos"

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We all have trade paperback (TPB) collections we'd like to see. Here's one of mine:

Proposed Title:Team Titans: Total Chaos.
Alternate Title:
  1. Titans: Total Chaos
  2. Total Chaos
Collecting 9 Issues:
  • Deathstroke #14-16 (Parts 1, 4, 7)
  • New Titans #90-92 (Parts 2, 5, 8)
  • Team Titans #1-3 (Parts 3, 6, 9)
Covers: (click to enlarge)
TPB Cover: New Titans #90

Total Chaos is the story arc that introduced the Team Titans to the DCU. That means Killowat, Mirage, Nightrider, Redwing and a seemingly returned-from-the-dead Terra.

Besides introducing the Team Titans, this story is also significant for the (<sigh> temporary) death of Deathstroke, and the introduction of Sweet Lili (mother to Rose Wilson).

I went with the Team Titans title with the idea of keeping the Team Titans copyright active for DC. I think if they did this collection though, they'd be more likely to go with the alternate title of Titans: Total Chaos.

For the cover, I'd be tempted to go with one of the covers to Team Titans #1 (the Mirage cover, probably), but I think I like the New Titans #90 cover better. I think I'd change the background color from pink to something else though.

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And don't forget: any TPB of Total Chaos needs to include all of the covers for Team Titans #1:

Would you buy it? Let me know in the comments, and thanks for reading.

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Homages Index (numerical order)

Welcome to Homages

HOMAGES is a series of lists gathering famous/recognizable covers and their imitators. Yes, there is a concept page for homage covers, but it's not specific to covers. I've seen images of statues, book covers and of cover art without the logos - that kind of thing. What I'm making here are lists of just the covers that I can link to out of the wiki. I don't plan to copy everything over from the concept page. I'm just doing the covers that interest me, and adding them to my lists as I run across them. I am, however, adding covers to the concept page that I find aren't there, as well as updating images with pertinent info. These lists are organized four different ways:

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Full Homages Index:(numerical order)(alphabetical order)(categorized: [numerically] [alphabetically])

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#DateList TitleCategory
26012/10/12Raising the Flag.HOMAGES #18
25810/31/12Star Wars movie poster (Homages).HOMAGES #17
20111/02/10X-Men #141.HOMAGES #14
17410/31/10Short Lists (Homages).HOMAGES #13
17110/31/10Detective Comics #38.HOMAGES #12
15810/29/10Superman vs. Spider-Man.HOMAGES #10
15310/27/10Pieta / The Death of Captain Marvel [MGN #1].HOMAGES #9
15210/27/10X-Men #136.HOMAGES #8
15010/27/10Crisis on Infinite Earths #7.HOMAGES #7
08710/20/10Incredible Hulk #1.HOMAGES #5
08010/20/10Dark Knight Returns #1.HOMAGES #4
06310/17/10Action Comics #1.HOMAGES #3
06210/17/10Adventure Comics #247.HOMAGES #2
06010/17/10Superman #1.HOMAGES #1

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#DateList TitleCategory
22407/15/12Amazing Spider-Man #300.HOMAGES #16
22307/15/12Thinker, The.HOMAGES #15
15910/29/10Watchmen #1.HOMAGES #11
09510/22/10Incredible Hulk Annual #1.HOMAGES #6

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Homages Index (alphabetical order)

Welcome to Homages

HOMAGES is a series of lists gathering famous/recognizable covers and their imitators. Yes, there is a concept page for homage covers, but it's not specific to covers. I've seen images of statues, book covers and of cover art without the logos - that kind of thing. What I'm making here are lists of just the covers that I can link to out of the wiki. I don't plan to copy everything over from the concept page. I'm just doing the covers that interest me, and adding them to my lists as I run across them. I am, however, adding covers to the concept page that I find aren't there, as well as updating images with pertinent info. These lists are organized four different ways:

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Full Homages Index:(numerical order)(alphabetical order)(categorized: [numerically] [alphabetically])

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06310/17/10Action Comics #1.HOMAGES #3
06210/17/10Adventure Comics #247.HOMAGES #2
15010/27/10Crisis on Infinite Earths #7.HOMAGES #7
08010/20/10Dark Knight Returns #1.HOMAGES #4
17110/31/10Detective Comics #38.HOMAGES #12
08710/20/10Incredible Hulk #1.HOMAGES #5
15310/27/10Pieta / The Death of Captain Marvel [MGN #1].HOMAGES #9
26012/10/12Raising the Flag.HOMAGES #18
17410/31/10Short Lists.HOMAGES #13
25810/31/12Star Wars movie poster.HOMAGES #17
06010/17/10Superman #1.HOMAGES #1
15810/29/10Superman vs. Spider-Man.HOMAGES #10
15210/27/10X-Men #136.HOMAGES #8
20111/02/10X-Men #141.HOMAGES #14

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22407/15/12Amazing Spider-Man #300.HOMAGES #16
09510/22/10Incredible Hulk Annual #1.HOMAGES #6
22307/15/12Thinker, The.HOMAGES #15
15910/29/10Watchmen #1.HOMAGES #11

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