New editions comic collectors will adore
You can keep your partridge in a pear tree, turtle doves, French hens and all the rest of that birdie business — I prefer a much more graphic holiday gift.
‘Tis the season to gift someone special a beautiful new collected edition comic book, so here’s a look at some of the nicest new ones around:
The Absolute Sandman Vol. 2, $120/$99 US
The Sandman, bestselling author Neil Gaiman’s mystical and mysterious tales of the Lord of Dreams, is considered by many to be one of the greatest comic book series ever printed and never has the beauty of it been captured as well as with this over-sized, deluxe hardcover edition. Not only do you get a whopping 19 issues, but also a slew of extras including bonus stories, scripts and art.
Girls: The Complete Collection, $99.99 US ($150 US for signed and numbered edition)
Brothers Joshua and Jonathan Luna’s sci-fi/horror epic about a small town imprisoned in a giant bubble with murderous, yet beautiful, girls, was a roller-coaster of a read and now the entire 24-issue series is collected in one handsome volume along with bonuses galore.
Madman Gargantua, $125 US
Want to blow your favourite comic book fan’s sox off? Hand them the titanic 852-page Madman Gargantua, containing every single issue of the adventures of comic book icon Mike Allred’s Madman. Just remember to tell them to lift with their knees when they go to pick it up.
Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Omnibus Vol. 1-3, $60.99/$49.99 US
In the 1960s, legendary artist Jack Kirby helped co-create series like the Fantastic Four and the Hulk and in the ‘70s he created the Fourth World for DC Comics, a new universe full of amazing heroes and vile villains like nothing seen before. Now readers can go back to the beginning of this world with these new omnibuses that recapture Kirby’s work in all its glory — a perfect gift for comic fans old and new.
The Complete Peanuts 1963-1966 Boxed Set, $54.95/$49.95 US
The annual tradition continues as this set containing the seventh and eighth volumes of The Complete Peanuts, designed by Canadian graphic novelist, Seth, arrives just in time for the holidays. These two 344-page hardcovers continue the chronological collection of creator Charles M. Schultz’s comic strip masterpiece and are guaranteed to deliver a wonderful feeling of nostalgia to whomever you give them to.
The Art Of Bone, $39.95 US
Jeff Smith’s Bone continues to be one of the most lauded and loved comics of the last 20 years and there’s no better way to get even more out of the adventures of the three lost cousins than with The Art Of Bone. This new over-sized hardcover volume contains never-before and rarely seen artwork, outlines and gives a remarkable insight into the creative process that went into this amazing fantasy epic.
The Art of Matt Wagner’s Grendel, $39.95 US
Commemorate the 25th anniversary of Matt Wagner’s visionary creation, Grendel, with this glorious art book featuring breathtaking art and an engaging look at the history of the character from the original master assassin to the futuristic criminal overlord.
The Art of Matt Wagner’s Grendel contains rare art from the creator himself, along with other masters such as Tim Sale and Frank Miller.