Would U Buy It #63: "Malibu: Genesis"

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

Proposed Title:Malibu: Genesis.
Alternate Title:Genesis.
Collecting 12 Issues:
  • Genesis #0
  • Ex-Mutants #11-12
  • Dinosaurs For Hire #8-9
  • Protectors #13-14
  • Ferret #5
  • Gravestone #3-4
  • Man of War #6-7
Covers: (click to enlarge)
TPB Cover: Genesis #0

Malibu was very briefly the publisher for Image, when they first got started. Image quickly became financially stable enough to publish themselves, and Malibu continued with what they had left. It didn't take them long to try to bring their remaining titles together with the Genesis crossover event. Comprised of Genesis #0, six parts and five tie-ins, this would come in at a very decent sized 12 issue TPB. As can be seen by the titles involved, this story arc includes the Ex-Mutants, Protectors, Gravestone, The Ferret, Man of War, and Dinosaurs For Hire.

I went with the title Malibu: Genesis, because DC has also had a Genesis story arc, and I wouldn't want there to be any confusion. The alternate title of Genesis is only suggested because that was the actual title of the arc.

For the cover, Protectors #14 might be okay, but I think my preference on this one would be an original cover. If I'm forced to pick a cover from the twelve single issues, then I'd pick Genesis #0, but without the foil embossed cover enhancement. Just the art.

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Would U Buy It #62: "Guy Gardner: The Way of the Warrior"

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

Proposed Title:Guy Gardner: The Way of the Warrior.
Alternate Title:
  1. JLA: The Way of the Warrior
  2. Justice League: The Way of the Warrior
Collecting 7 Issues:
  • Guy Gardner: Warrior #32-34
  • Hawkman (1993) #22-23
  • Justice League America (1989) #101-102
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TPB Cover: Guy Gardner: Warrior #34

Ugh, the Nineties: over rendered bodies, cybernetics and armor everywhere you looked, blast-first-ask-no-questions tough guys, and with the coming of Zero Hour in 1994, the worst thing to ever happen to Guy Gardner - the change to being the Vuldarian powered Warrior. Personally, I thought Guy getting the yellow power ring was one of the coolest things DC Comics ever did (of course, I still wish they had given it to Kyle). Why they did away with that, in favor of this lackluster Warrior design, is beyond me. I want to barf a little, every time I think about it (I don't, but I want to).

Yet, I ran across this storyline, and it intrigues me. A crossover story arc, involving Guy Gardner: Warrior, Hawkman, and Justice League America, that obviously must have been done to get "the new Guy" out there, but probably also to help pump up these three series, all of which ended less than a year after this arc. It's got me curious, because it must've been reaching for the feel of an epic, judging from all the heroes in these issues. Just on the covers, you see Guy, Hawkman, Wonder Woman, Fire, Ice, Lobo, Obsidian, Flash, Martian Manhunter, Captain Atom and Nuklon. There are even more characters inside the books though! That is a story I want to read.

I went with the Guy Gardner title, because he is obviously the focus of the story arc (in the arc title, "Warrior" is presented as his name logo). However, I really think this would sell better as a JLA or Justice League TPB. If I was picking one of the issue covers for the TPB cover, I'd use Guy Gardner: Warrior #34.

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Would U Buy It #61: "Green Lantern: Mosaic, Vol. 1-2"

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

Proposed Title:Green Lantern: Mosaic, Vol. 1, ...Vol. 2.
Alternate Title:
  1. Green Lantern: Origin of the Mosaic (for V1)
  2. Green Lantern: Mosaic (for V2)
Vol. 1 Collecting 11 Issues:
  • Green Lantern (1990) #13-17
  • Green Lantern: Mosaic #1-6
Vol. 2 Collecting 12 Issues: Green Lantern: Mosaic #7-18.
Covers: (click to enlarge)
Vol 1 TPB Cover: Green Lantern (1990) #14
Vol 2 TPB Cover: GL: Mosaic #18

Some six years after The Thing wandered Battleworld, in Rocky Grimm, Space Ranger, John Stewart patrolled the Mosaic, on Oa.

The first TPB would collect the first eleven issues of that story, from a new beginning in Green Lantern #13, to the four issue "Mosaic" story arc in GL #14-17, to GL: Mosaic #1-6. The second TPB would collect Green Lantern: Mosaic #7-18. For the covers, I'd go with Green Lantern #14, for Volume One, and Green Lantern: Mosaic #18, for Volume 2. They're both shots of John Stewart towering over others. That seems appropriate for where the story goes.

I always thought Green Lantern: Mosaic was a cool title, but at the time, I think it got cut a little short. Stewart evolved into something a little more than human, and it seemed like that was supposed to go somewhere, but instead, it wrapped up with #18 - just a month after the destruction of Coast City, and two months before Hal went over the edge in Emerald Twilight... In fact, now that I look at the timing of it, I'm left wondering if John Stewart wasn't heading towards becoming Parallax, before DC decided to have Hal fill that role, in connection with Reign of the Supermen. I always thought it was weird that Green Lantern was involved with Reign, so it being a sudden change from where Mosaic was going would make a lot of sense to me... I could be wrong, of course. Either way, I'd love to see these two TPB's come out, collecting the whole Mosaic saga.

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Would U Buy It #60: "The Thing: Rocky Grimm, Space Ranger"

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

Proposed Title:The Thing: Rocky Grimm, Space Ranger.
Alternate Title:The Thing on Battleworld.
Collecting 12 Issues:The Thing #11-22.
Covers: (click to enlarge)
TPB Cover: The Thing #11

Six years before John Stewart patrolled the patchwork Mosaic on Oa, The Thing wandered the Beyonder's patchwork Battleworld, after the Secret Wars. Choosing to stay because he could turn back and forth to Ben Grimm, the Thing had a number of adventures on Battleworld before returning to Earth. Personally, this was a favorite storyline for me, when it was coming out. I'd love to see this collected into TPB.

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TPB Cover
Fantastic Four #274

10/31/12: Way back on April 17, 2012, The Qu let me know that Marvel was getting ready to reprint these issues. Thing Classic Volume 2 collects the proposed Thing #11-22, plus Fantastic Four (1961) #274, which I forgot was connected to this storyline. They used a rework of the FF cover as the cover to the TPB. I didn't realize Marvel had started a Thing Classic series, but let's hear it for another success! So did you buy it?

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Would U Buy It #59: "Guy Gardner: Emerald Fallout"

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

Proposed Title:Guy Gardner: Emerald Fallout.
Alternate Title:Green Lantern: Emerald Fallout.
Collecting 4 Issues:Guy Gardner: Warrior #18-21.
Covers: (click to enlarge)
TPB Cover: Guy Gardner: Warrior #21

Just a couple months after Hal Jordan became Parallax, and the Emerald Twilight storyline drew to a close, Emerald Fallout passed quietly through the pages of Guy Gardner: Warrior. With all the hype DC had built with Green Lantern just then - especially with 'Twilight being the catalyst for Zero Hour - I never understood why they didn't try to roll some of that hype over to Guy Gardner, and collect this storyline into a trade. Despite the protests of H.E.A.T., Hal as a villain was hot at the time, and this story ends with Guy fighting Hal - how could they not collect this into TPB? But <sigh> they didn't. I'd still like to see it though, because it connects to Emerald Twilight, and it's the end of Guy Gardner with Sinestro's power ring.

It's been so long since this series was released, and Guy is well enough known as a Green Lantern, this TPB might just as well be titled Green Lantern: Emerald Fallout. It might be better served sales wise, as well. Also, it would go better with all the "GL: Emerald..." titles that have already been published in TPB form. For the cover, I didn't even have to think about it - #21, with the armored Guy fighting Hal as Parallax.

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Would U Buy It #58: "The Trial of the Flash" & "The Murder of..."

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

Proposed Title:Flash: The Murder of Professor Zoom.
Alternate Title:
  1. Flash: Murderer
  2. Flash: The Death of Professor Zoom.
Collecting 12 Issues:Flash #322-328, 332-336.
Covers: (click to enlarge)
TPB Cover: Flash #325

Before Barry Allen shuffled off of this mortal coil, in Crisis on Infinite Earths #8, he had a tough couple of years, and it was just as tough on the fans. Arrested for the apparent murder of Professor Zoom, Flash's ordeal wasn't over with until the series ended with #350. Going by the covers, the battle that led to Zoom's death looks like it started in Flash #322, and the rest of the issues have to do with the battle, Flash's arrest, the reaction of citizens and the Justice League, and him trying to clear his name. I really like the cover of #326 (Flash in handcuffs) but I think I would use #325 for the cover of the TPB. This trade would be a good lead-in to the TPB that I really want to get to... The Trial of the Flash.

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Proposed Title:The Trial of the Flash.
Alternate Title:Flash: The Trial of the Flash. (I hate it when they do a title like that, but I've seen it happen.)
Collecting 11 Issues:Flash #340-350.
Covers: (click to enlarge)
TPB Cover: Flash #344
The Trials of the Flash #1

At last, the neverending trial of the Flash! That's what it seemed like at the time, and really, it lasted for eleven freakin' months, people! That's just as long as the O.J. Simpson trial (but without the annoying daily updates). Every month that another issue came out, and the trial wasn't ended, it just made you roll your eyes and go, "Really?!" Still, this was the last Flash story, before he died destroying the Anti-Monitor's cannon, in COIE. The Tangent Comics title, Trials of the Flash, was a nod and wink to this story.

I think this should be reprinted, along with the TPB above, which collects the story of Professor Zoom's apparent death. Especially now that Barry Allen's back from the dead - a look back at his last acts before his death wouldn't be out of line. I would use the cover of #340, #344, #345 or #349 for the TPB, with just the title - no word balloons or other text. The covers of #344 & #345 are the only ones that show a judge or anything resembling a court. Of those two, #345 is in full color, but it focuses more on Flash being unmasked. I think I'd go with #344 for the TPB cover, even though a good portion of it is in black-and-white.

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TPB Cover
Flash #347

1/16/13: DC has published the trial as Showcase Presents: The Trial of the Flash. It reprints Flash #323-327, 329-336 and 340-350. That means DC picked the initial issues before #340 a little different than I did, but that's not surprising. I was going by memory and the covers only, to decide what issues should be included. I wasn't at all sure about the issues before the trial began. Very cool that they reprinted this story. Once again, a little disappointing that it's in black-and-white, instead of color. It costs money to recolor older stories for the newer printing processes though, so it is understandable. For the cover, they used Flash #347, which surprised me, since Flash isn't facing the reader, but it's not a bad choice. So what's the verdict? Did you buy it?

Update 9/4/14: I moved this blog to the Showcase Presents: The Trial of the Flash forum. :)

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Would U Buy It #57: "Deathstroke: The Hunted"

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

Proposed Title:Deathstroke: The Hunted.
Collecting 6 Issues:Deathstroke the Hunted #0, 41-45.
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TPB Cover: Deathstroke the Hunted #0

When Zero Hour dropped, Deathstroke the Terminator changed directions. With the zero issue, the title changed to Deathstroke the Hunted, and ran for a six issue arc, before changing to just Deathstroke. I'd use the cover of #0 as the cover for the TPB.

This is a romp, of course. We get to see Sweet Lili, Vigilante, Checkmate, Adeline Kane, Deadshot, Bronze Tiger, Sarge Steel, Guy Gardner, Hawkman, and the frickin' Teen Titans! Can Deathstroke withstand that kind of onslaught? Yeah, of course he can! So I ask...

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Would U Buy It #56: "Deathstroke: World Tour '93"

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

Proposed Title:Deathstroke: World Tour '93.
Alternate Title:
  1. Deathstroke: World Tour '93-'94
  2. Deathstroke: World Tour.
Collecting 8 Issues:Deathstroke the Terminator #27-34.
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TPB Cover: Deathstroke the Terminator #32

Anytime there's a globetrotting adventure, I'm in. Anymore, I assume that a TPB is going to have the covers in it, towards the end. In this case, I'd particularly like to see them, just for the great cover blurbs for each chapter:

  1. "Bullets and Babes over Berlin"
  2. "Firefight in France"
  3. "Homicide in Hong Kong"
  4. "Chaos in China"
  5. "Intrigue in India"
  6. "Pummeled in Paris"
  7. "Demolition in Dallas"
  8. "Endgame in Egypt."

The alternate title suggested is because the last issue says "World Tour '94" on it, instead of "World Tour '93," like the rest. I think it detracts from the title though, so it's only suggested for the sake of completist accuracy. Another option is to drop the years altogether, and just call it Deathstroke: World Tour.

I like most of the covers, and two or three of them would be great choices for the cover. Issue #27 is a great action shot of Deathstroke, and since it's the first issue of the arc, it'd be a logical choice for the cover of the TPB. Issue #33 shows Deathstroke and the then-new Vigilante, Patricia Trayce, running across multiple scenes. Although those scenes are all supposed to be in Dallas, on the cover of the TPB, it would seem like they are running across multiple world locations. However, by far, the most dynamic cover is issue #32, with Deathstroke pointing a gun at the reader. That would be an awesome cover for the TPB.

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

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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
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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.

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

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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.
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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.

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