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Holiday Gift Guide 2016: Comic Book Collections Part 2

klausLast week, we highlighted a number of trade paperback comic book collections, perfect gifts for friends and loved ones (or yourself) this holiday season.

If you haven’t already, you can check out that particular list right here.

But maybe you want to kick it up a notch this month.

Maybe you’ve got a special someone that really only likes hardcover books on the bookshelf. Or maybe you’re looking to find something that carries a slightly higher budget than softcover collections.

No worries. This week, we’ve got your back.

Here’s the second installment of our Holiday Gift Guide: Comic Book Collections!

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DKTMR 2 coverWith all the action surrounding the holiday season, you can forgive me for not actually reading last week’s release of Dark Knight III: The Master Race #2 until last night. Yes, I was anxious to read it. I loved the first issue – our review of which you can find here. I just wasn’t able to get to it sooner. Chalk it up to life’s obligations.

Which is a fitting obligation, I suppose, as that is also Batman’s pre-eminent responsibility: fighting crime. Until his bitter end.

Which, we’re told in last month’s issue, already happened.

Bruce Wayne is dead. Carrie Kelly is now wearing the cowl and cape. Superman and Wonder Woman have a super-powered (and willful) teenage daughter. And there’s a rising threat.

Follow me after the jump for a brief review of Dark Knight III: The Master Race #2 and to discover some answer to last month’s oft-asked questions!

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Time Again For Sci-Fi With Time Warp #1 On The Wednesday Run – March 27, 2013

The science fiction genre teaches you many things, but if there’s one specific lesson it reminds you of again and again, it’s that time is circular. Whether it’s a memorable episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation or a great read by Phillip K. Dick, events, we’re told, are meant to be repeated.

The same is true in comics.

Back in 1979-1980, DC Comics published the five-issue sci-fi anthology series, Time Warp. Today, the title comes back with a more sophisticated slant, courtesy of top industry writers and artists and published under the Vertigo Comics banner.

And boy! Is there a lot to look forward to here!

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The Wednesday Run – October 26, 2011

I haven’t been a huge fan of writer Brian Azzarello. I didn’t really enjoy his take on one of my favourite characters, John Constantine, in the pages of the dark Vertigo series, Hellblazer at the turn of the millennium. Because of that experience, I didn’t read his Eisner Award winning, hard-boiled monthly series, 100 Bullets, although I was aware of the critical acclaim that title received.

His Wednesday Comics Batman run, however, caught my attention and became one of the best superhero serials that series produced in it’s 24-issue run. His Joker graphic novel with artist Lee Bermejo read like a sequel to Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight film. And I have to say that, although early in the game, his current Greek-mythology influenced Wonder Woman holds much promise too.

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The Wednesday Run – May 25, 2011

Every Wednesday, JP makes the after-work run to his local downtown comic book shop. Comics arrive on Wednesdays you see and JP, fearful that the latest issue will sell out, rushes out to purchase his copy. This regular, weekly column will highlight a particularly interesting release, written in short order, of course, because JP has to get his – before someone else does!

Strange Adventures
Written by: Various
Illustrated by: Various
Published by: Vertigo Comics

It’s no secret that I like my anthologies and my Vertigo Comics. Put those two things together, and you’re sure to find that mash up on a Wednesday Run.

Well, how about this Wednesday Run?

In a move that seems more out of parent company DC Comics’ playbook, Vertigo Comics, the mature, sophisticated redheaded stepson of the old publisher, is releasing a one off, 80-page homage to…science fiction!

Yes! You read that right! Strange Adventures, which borrows its name from DC’s classic sci-fi comic beginning in 1950 (which advertised “Amazing Science Fiction Tales!”) and ended in a weird, but storied run through to 1973 (giving us memorably strange characters like Deadman, Animal Man and Captain Comet, while showcasing the emerging artwork of the legendary Neal Adams), returns under the Vertigo banner this time.

And what a treat it will be for comic book fans old and new!

The Eisner Award winning writer/artist team of Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso (100 Bullets) are here with a sneak peek at their upcoming, highly anticipated, new series, Spaceman. They’re joined by other writers and artists, both tried and true and up and coming, including: Peter Milligan (Shade the Changing Man, Greek Street, Hellblazer), Scott Snyder (American Vampire, Detective Comics), Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth, Essex County Trilogy, Superboy) and Kevin Colden (Fishtown, I Rule the Night) among others, tackling stories featuring fringe characters like Captain Comet and…Ultra, The Multi Alien.

Yeah. It’s weird. But it’s wonderful stuff.

Make the run this Wednesday – and keep it weird!

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