Monday, January 23, 2012

Buy This! - January 25th, 2012

Every Monday Seth picks out three items that are due to ship on Wednesday and directs you toward your best bets for a quality purchase. Some times it's a single issue of a comic, other times a massive omnibus edition of a beloved series, and occasionally a figure or shiny bauble that caught his eye. Read on to find the three items you shouldn't leave your comic shop without this week.

Another week full of comic goodness is upon us. Picks this week were difficult but in the end I went with three titles that I can honestly vouch for without any hesitation. Before we get to those I just wanted to point out that the Resurrection Man tpb that I wrote about a few weeks ago is finally coming out this week. Be sure to check that out if you're interested or have been reading and enjoying the New 52 series.

Also, in case you missed it, I wrote an article on shopping for comics online which you can find right here. Hopefully it's a help.

Daredevil by Mark Waid vol 1

This is the premier hardcover collecting the first six issues of Mark Waid, Marcos Martin and Paolo Rivera's Daredevil reinvention. Waid's handle on the character of Matt Murdock is assured and his plotting here has been straight forward but interesting and presents DD with fun, street-level villainy. The art side of this title was almost unparalleled in terms of quality in the latter half of 2011 so for that alone this would be worth picking up. The only down side to this book is that it is presented in the premier edition format. Marvel's premier edition hardcovers are merely trade paperbacks in hardcover dress. They aren't oversized and the pages often bleed over into the spine so you wind up with panels that are cut off or word panels that can barely be read unless the book is bent back to the point of cracking it in half. I'm hoping Waid's run on Daredevil will be long enough to merit an omnibus (or two or three) but if you can't wait for that or the forthcoming trade just pick this up. The material makes up for the lack of presentation.

Hawkman by Geoff Johns omnibus

Being a muckity muck at DC is really paying off for fans of collected editions lately. Not only do we have the first Flash by Johns omnibus already on store shelves but we have a second volume on the way, as well as the upcoming Teen Titans omnibus and now this Hawkman omnibus. I've read this run a couple times but look forward to owning it in a hardcover. The art chores here are handled by a number of staples of comic art when the book was published in the early 00's; most notable being Rags Morales. His work here is far less polished than he was on, say, Identity Crisis but still well done. Alongside Johns scripting Hawkman you'll see James Robinson as well in this book. The two would also work on JSA around the same time, which gives me hope that the late 90's JSA will also see omnibus collections. I believe this gathers Johns entire run in one book but I can't find confirmation either way. At 700+ pages for under 50 dollars (on amazon) it's a decent buy.

Catwoman vol 1 tpb

And finally DC is recollecting Ed Brubaker's amazing run on Catwoman. While this does collect some of Brubaker's work on the title this book also collects the beautiful Selina's Big Score story which was written and drawn by one Darwyn Cooke. Cooke also did some pencilling on the regular Catwoman ongoing as did Cameron Stewart and Mike Allred. Their work may or may not be presented in this trade in some capacity. The solicit boasts of containing Selina's Big Score as well as 9 issues of the Catwoman ongoing and material from issues of Detective Comics. If that holds true it's a ton of material for one trade paperback. At any rate this is a must-buy if you don't already own it.

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