Thursday, October 09, 2014

New comics collected editions for December 2014: Perez- Busiek Avengers Omnibus; Iron Man Epic Collection; Warlock Masterworks; Complete Elfquest 2; Coro Maltese; Superman Silver-Age Dailies 3; Tom Sutton; Basil Wolverton, more

Highlights of December's releases. Click the links to order discounted items from Amazon.


Avengers by Kurt Busiek & George Perez Omnibus Volume 1
Written by KURT BUSIEK, MARK WAID, JOE EDKIN, JOHN OSTRANDER, ROGER STERN, JOHN FRANCIS MOORE & JERRY ORDWAY Penciled by GEORGE PEREZ, SEAN CHEN, ANDY KUBERT, DEREC AUCOIN, CARLOS PACHECO, LEONARDO MANCO, JERRY ORDWAY & STUART IMMONEN Cover by GEORGE PEREZ
Fan-favorite creators Kurt Busiek and George Perez craft a new era for Earth's Mightiest Heroes! The Avengers have always defended humanity against the forces of evil. When duty calls, these legendary champions answer, fighting valiantly for justice. But as the Avengers re-form in the wake of a life-changing event, they must face an array of foes like no other: Morgan Le Fay, the Squadron Supreme, the Kree, the Legion of the Unliving, the Thunderbolts, the Wrecking Crew...not to mention facing Kang and Immortus in the Destiny War! But when the merciless Ultron attacks, wiping out an entire nation in his hatred for mankind, the Avengers must live up to their name -- if they can! Collecting AVENGERS (1998) #1-23, #0 and #1 ROUGH CUT; IRON MAN (1998) #7; CAPTAIN AMERICA (1998) #8; QUICKSILVER #10; AVENGERS ANNUAL '98-'99; and AVENGERS FOREVER #1-12. 1184 PGS.

The Avengers Omnibus Volume 2
Written by ROY THOMAS with STAN LEE & GARY FRIEDRICH Penciled by JOHN BUSCEMA & DON HECK with WERNER ROTH & GEORGE TUSKA Covers by ALEX ROSS & JOHN BUSCEMA One of the Avengers' greatest eras has been assembled for this amazing Omnibus collection! Beginning master Avengers storyteller Roy Thomas' run, it's cover-to-cover watershed moments: the first appearances of Ultron and the Vision! The Black Widow's surprise connection with the Red Guardian! Hercules' epic battles with Sub-Mariner and Dragon Man! The Avengers vs. the Super-Adaptoid! Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch defect! The Black Panther joins the team! The Avengers fight the X-Men! An all-new Masters of Evil! The first-ever full telling of Bucky Barnes' tragic death! A reality-bending battle between the new Avengers and the original Avengers! And more! Featuring breathtaking artwork by John Buscema and Don Heck, this Omnibus is a must-have for every Avengers fan! Collecting AVENGERS (1963) #31-58 and ANNUAL #1-2, X-MEN (1963) #45, and material from NOT BRAND ECHH (1967) #5 and #8. 832 PGS.

Iron Man Epic Collection: Stark Wars
(Volume #13 in the Iron Man Epic Collections) Written by BOB LAYTON & DAVID MICHELINIE Penciled by MARK BRIGHT, BOB LAYTON & BARRY WINDSOR-SMITH Cover by MARK BRIGHT
Time for the Armored Avenger to start avenging! Tony Stark is back in the groove as Iron Man, from outer space to the ocean depths. But the new Stark Enterprises is on constant super-villain alert, under attack from familiar faces like Spymaster and new threats like the ethereal Ghost. And when Tony discovers that his technology has been stolen and abused, he declares war on anyone in armor! Iron Man's new ruthless streak brings him into conflict with the U.S. government, S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers. And as his actions grow ever more extreme, he must battle an old friend in a new guise -- Steve Rogers, aka the Captain! By the time the dust settles on these Armor Wars, the world might need a new Iron Man! Collecting IRON MAN (1968) #215-232 and ANNUAL #9. 496 PGS.

Marvel Masterworks: The Invincible Iron Man Volume 9
Written by MIKE FRIEDRICH with JIM STARLIN & STEVE GERBER Penciled by GEORGE TUSKA with JIM STARLIN & P. CRAIG RUSSELL Cover by GIL KANE
Iron Man's adventures take on a cosmic dimension in the latest lavishly restored Marvel Masterworks collection! Tony Stark faces an entirely new league of villain as we witness the first appearances of Thanos, Drax the Destroyer and Moondragon! Then, a gauntlet of his greatest villains -- from the Mandarin to Whiplash -- pushes Iron Man to his limits before a new Dr. Spectrum enters the fray! And their four-part epic stands against the backdrop of an increasingly tense love triangle between Tony Stark, Pepper Potts and Pepper's husband, Happy Hogan. Topped off with an Avenger vs. Avenger battle pitting Iron Man against the Mighty Thor, these Marvel classics are essential reading for every Iron Man aficionado! Collecting IRON MAN (1968) #54-67. 304 PGS.

Marvel Masterworks: Warlock Volume 1
Written by ROY THOMAS & MIKE FRIEDRICH with RON GOULART, GERRY CONWAY & TONY ISABELLA Penciled by GIL KANE with BOB BROWN, HERB TRIMPE, JOHN BUSCEMA & TOM SUTTON Cover by GIL KANE & RICHARD ISANOVE
In 1972, Marvel Comics marched into a new era -- an era in which super heroes increasingly reflected the world's turmoil and social unrest. And the hero for that era was the newly christened Adam Warlock! Mixing action and allegory, Roy Thomas and Gil Kane armed the character that Stan and Jack called "Him" with the sublime Soul Gem, and launched him on a wild ride across the cosmos to Counter-Earth. Hastened by the High Evolutionary to become the savior of this parallel planet, Warlock must rally humanity against the evil of the Man-Beast! This volume is a can't-miss foundation for Marvel's cosmic era, so reserve your copy today! Collecting MARVEL PREMIERE #1-2, WARLOCK (1972) #1-8 and INCREDIBLE HULK (1968) #176-178. 296 PGS.

X-Men Epic Collection: Children of the Atom
(Volume #1 in the X-Men Epic Collections) Written by STAN LEE with ROY THOMAS Penciled by JACK KIRBY & WERNER ROTH with ALEX TOTH Cover by JACK KIRBY
Billed as "The Strangest Super-Heroes of All!," the ever-uncanny X-Men blasted onto the comic-book scene in 1963. Now, in this massive Epic Collection, you can feast your eyes as Stan, Jack & Co. lay down the building blocks of comics' most famous franchise! You'll experience the beginning of Professor X's teen team, and their mission for peace and brotherhood between man and mutant; their first battle with arch-foe Magneto; the dynamic debuts of Juggernaut, the Sentinels, Quicksilver, the Scarlet Witch and the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants; and the Golden Age jungle man, Ka-Zar, reinvented for a new era! All this and more Epic X-Men adventures await within! Collecting X-MEN (1963) #1-23. 520 PGS.


Batman: Black and White Vol. 4
Written and illustrated by CHIP KIDD and MICHAEL CHO, NEAL ADAMS, MARIS WICKS and JOE QUINONES, DAN DIDIO and J.G. JONES, RAFAEL GRAMPA, RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE, JEFF LEMIRE and ALEX NINO, LEE BERMEJO, DAMION SCOTT, PAUL DINI and STEPHANE ROUX, MARV WOLFMAN and RICCARDO BURCHIELLI, NATHAN EDMONDSON and KENNETH ROCAFORT, DUSTIN NGUYEN, MICHAEL ALLRED and LAURA ALLRED, KEITH GIFFEN and JAVIER PULIDO, BLAIR BUTLER and CHRIS WESTON, LEN WEIN and VICTOR IBANEZ, JIMMY PALMIOTTI and ANDREW ROBINSON and others Cover by MARC SILVESTRI On sale JANUARY 14 * 288 pg


The Complete Elfquest Volume 2
Wendy Pini (W/A/Cover) and Richard Pini (W) On sale Feb 4 b&w, 552 pages
The elves have reclaimed the Palace of the High Ones, but it is not the safe haven they believed. New threats loom as Winnowill, lord of Blue Mountain, vows to destroy all trace of the Wolfriders, and Cutter's rival Rayek is overcome with power. Collects ElfQuest: Siege at Blue Mountain #1-#8 and Kings of the Broken Wheel #1-#9. * Includes an extensive art gallery with commentary from the series creators. * 552 pages of content--value priced!


Corto Maltese: Under the Sign of Capricorn
Hugo Pratt (w & a & c)
This book, the first of 12 volumes, launches the definitive English language edition of Hugo Pratt's masterpiece, presented in the original oversized B&W format with new translations made from Pratt's original Italian scripts. Long before the term "graphic novel" entered the popular lexicon--ten years before Will Eisner's A Contract with God--Hugo Pratt pioneered the long-form "drawn literature" story. Corto Maltese set the standard for all adult adventure comics in Europe. By the mid-1970s Corto was the continent's most popular series and Hugo Pratt the world's leading graphic novelist. Hugo Pratt's peripatetic sailor was featured in a series of 29 stories. The adventures of this modern Ulysses are set during the first 30 years of the 20th Century in such exotic locales as Pratt's native Venice, the steppes of Manchuria, the Caribbean islands, the Danakil deserts, the Amazon forests, and the waves of the Pacific. Corto Maltese: Under the Sign of Capricorn collects the first six inter-connected short stories Pratt created in France in the early 1970s: "The Secret of Tristan Bantam," "Rendez-vous in Bahia," "Sureshot Samba," "The Brazilian Eagle," "So Much for Gentlemen of Fortune," and "The Seagull's Fault."


Superman The Silver Age Newspaper Dailies Volume 3: 1963-1966
Jerry Siegel (w) * Wayne Boring (a) * Pete Poplaski (c)
Wayne Boring provides the classic artwork, and once again, Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel scripts adaptations of stories that first appeared in comic books. Siegel and Boring offer alternate versions of now classic stories originally written by Siegel himself, Leo Dorfman, Otto Binder, Robert Bernstein, Edmund Hamilton--and drawn in comic books by Curt Swan, Al Plastino, Kurt Schaffenberger, and Pete Costanza. More than 750 daily strips -- over two years of stories -- from Earth-N (for Newspapers) that comic book fans have not previously seen. Edited and designed by Dean Mullaney, Introduction by Sid Friedfertig, and cover drawing by Pete Poplaski.


Tom Sutton's Creepy Things
Nicola Cuti, Joe Gill & Tom Sutton (w) * Sutton (a & c)
Get ready for a mind-bending walk on the weird side with the very best of Tom Sutton's 1970s horror tales for Charlton Comics! Sutton was at his most expressionistic and experimental with the scores of stories he drew for Charlton's "ghost" line, whose titles said it all: Creepy Things, Ghostly Tales, The Many Ghosts of Doctor Graves, and more. A full sixteen stories, unpublished art, and more than a dozen of his creepy-crawly covers are faithfully reproduced from rare original artwork! Edited by Michael Ambrose, editor of the insightful Charlton Spotlight magazine, who provides a fascinating behind-the-scenes introduction profusely illustrated with rare art and photos.


Creeping Death from Neptune: The Life And Comics Of Basil Wolverton Vol. 1
by Basil Wolverton; Edited by Greg Sadowski
This is the first of two volumes reprinting copious amounts of comics stories and recounting the career of cartoonist Basil Wolverton. All of Wolverton's non-humorous comic book stories will be presented in full, along with prime examples of his humorous comics and dozens of pages of unpublished art, including editorial drawings, advertisements, caricatures, pulp illustrations, rejected comic book covers, and unsold features.

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