Friday Talkback for 12-25-15

Friday, December 25, 2015

I hope you've had a great year and a happy holiday season. If you've put down the merry and fired up your computer, here's a Collected Editions open thread for your reading pleasure.

Topics of the day: What was your favorite comics (or otherwise) present this holiday? Your favorite collected comics of the year? Or anything else you want to talk about.

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11 comments:

  1. I (finally) got the Roger Stern Spider-man omnibus. I'm not very far into it, but it's pretty fantastic. The letter pages are included, and the intro by Mr Stern is pretty interesting - there's a great anecdote about ASM #206. Marvel puts a lot of care into their omnibii and deluxe editions

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    1. Money well spent. Roger Stern is one of Marvel's best writers. His Spidey and Avengers runs are top tier.

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  2. I got Green Lantern/Green Arrow trade by Neal Adams. Haven't read it yet but it looks like it'll be amazing, and a great trip. Barnes and Noble has a buy 2 get 1 free for Marvel and DC titles so I took advantage of this and bought Batman: Hush, which was good but I don't really understand why everyone praises it, and The Flash by Geoff Johns Book 1 and am really loving Wally West as Flash. And then I bought Flashpoint as a gift for my cousin :) Oh, and also got the Stan Lee biography that's a graphic novel.

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  3. I didn't get any comics as a present, but I read the first Unbeatable Squirrel Girl trade and it was brilliant. Marvel's humor can be hit-or-miss for me, especially the non-stop bickering in their team books, but everything here felt organic and really economical in terms of squeezing ever ounce of comedic potential from the comic page.

    My favorite books I bought this year have been IDW's Wonder Woman newspaper strip collection, Cowboy Henk (that one was a pain to find but beyond worth it), the Complete Eightball, the Simon & Kirby Library Superheroes hardcover and the John Romita Artist/Artifact Editions.

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  4. I got Absolute Final Crisis and Multiversity Hardcover. I know that FC had a sort of mixed reputation, but it's actually one of my favorite comics.

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  5. AQUAMAN: SUB DIEGO and AQUAMAN: MAELSTROM- Want to see Aquaman at his best? Get these books.

    BATMAN ADVENTURES Volumes #1-3- Kelley Puckett, Mike Parobeck, and Rick Burchett give us a multi-layered Batman. You get: the detective, the escape artist, the avenger, the manhunter, and the crusader. Plus you get the best Commissioner Gordon story since BATMAN: YEAR ONE in Vol #2's "Badge of Honor".
    And Mike Parobeck's art is nothing short of magnificent. Now if we can get DC to wise up and put Parobeck's Justice Society run in trade.

    GIL KANE'S UNDERSEA AGENT- I get this for myself because I am a Gil Kane fan. It was worth it.

    FLASH GORDON, On The Planet Mongo- OMG I get it. Alex Raymond deserves every pencil line of his much revered reputation.

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  6. I finally found Showcase Presents Booster Gold on a shelf in a comic book store. That plugs a hole in my collection. Boxing Week gift to myself. :)

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    1. I loved this giant stretch of Booster Gold; just too bad it was black and white. Did you catch my review of that book?

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  7. Wally West is the definitive Flash, the Geoff Johns collections are great but DC needs to get on the ball & collect the Mark Waid run. There would never have been a Johns run if Waid hadn't set the groundwork for him.

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  8. Multiversity was without a doubt the best mini series of last year!

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  9. Batman: Hush is a lot of fun but seriously overrated. It is so popular because it's 12 issues of Jim Lee art & Jeph Loeb put basically everyone bat-villain in it. There isn't a great story it is more a best of villains w/ JIm Lee art.

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