We are a mere 48 hours away from new comic books, and a whole fresh crop of collections as well! If your bookshelf is in need of a trade or hardcover infusion, look no further than the top five releases of October 30, 2013:
Acclaimed creator BRIAN WOOD (The Massive, DMZ, X-Men) and brilliant newcomer MING DOYLE (Guardians of the Galaxy, Fantastic Four, Girl Comics) bring you MARA, the story of an especially gifted woman in a sports- and war-obsessed future. When she starts manifesting strange superpowers, the world that once embraced her turns against her, and for this young woman who once had it all, it’s almost too much to bear. Both an intimate coming-of-age story and an epic superhero drama, MARA takes the genre to new places. Young adult friendly. Perfect for readers of WOOD’s Demo, Local, and X-Men work.
Collects MARA #1-6
Why to watch for it: The critically acclaimed Mara, collected! Wood & Doyle examine the world in a not-too-distant dystopian future in this excellent contained tale of super powered discovery.
After having his face sliced off, The Joker makes his horrifying return to Gotham City in this epic from issues #13-17 that shook Batman to his core! But even for a man who’s committed a lifetime of murder, he’s more dangerous than ever before. How can Batman protect his city and those he’s closest to?
This new hardcover features an acetate dust jacket showcasing the face of The Joker as it appeared on the die-cut covers of the “Death of the Family” comics – and under that dust jacket lies the horror that is The Joker’s skinless skull!
RETAILERS, PLEASE NOTE: This acetate cover will be available only on the first printing of this title.
Why to watch for it: One of, if not the, most critically acclaimed and fan-acclaimed events of the past year is finally here in hardcover format! The first printing features an acetate cover of the Joker’s lovely mug and this collection is a must read for any fans of the Bat.
An oversized, deluxe hardcover collecting X-O Manowar’s complete first year in the Valiant Universe!
From the epic origin to the battle for Planet Death, the definitive tale of Valiant’s flagship hero comes together in this prestige-sized collection by New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (Green Lantern, The Surrogates) and comics visionaries Cary Nord (Conan), Lee Garbett (Batman: RIP), and Trevor Hairsine (X-Men: Deadly Genesis).
Aric of Dacia, a fifth century Visigoth armed with the universe’s most powerful weapon, is all that stands between the Earth and all-out annihilation at the hands of the alien race that abducted him from his own time. Stranded in the modern day, X-O Manowar’s battle against the Vine will take him into the shadows with the lethal operative known as Ninjak — and launch a quest for vengeance that will bring an alien empire to its knees. The Vine destroyed Aric’s world. Now he will give them war.
Collecting the sold-out X-O MANOWAR #1-14, the X-O Manowar Vol. 1 Deluxe Oversized HC also comes jam-packed with more than 20 pages of never-before-seen art and extras, direct from the Valiant vaults.
Why to watch for it: This deluxe hardcover collects the first major storyline of X-O Manowar from the relaunched Valiant Universe! See Aric’s journey from origin to Planet Death as the world of Valiant is built by Robert Venditti and top flight artists Cary Nord, Lee Garbett & Trevor Hairsine!
The 1999 event masterminded by Grant Morrison is collected in its entirety in one massive hardcover! In the 853rd century, Earth remains safe thanks to the descendants of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash and others-but they’ve never met anything like the sentient super-computer Solaris. This incredible collection includes DC ONE MILLION #1-4, plus the #1,000,000 issues of ACTION COMICS, ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN, AQUAMAN, AZRAEL, BATMAN, BATMAN: SHADOW OF THE BAT, BOOSTER GOLD, CATWOMAN, CHASE, CHRONOS, THE CREEPER, DETECTIVE COMICS, THE FLASH, GREEN ARROW, GREEN LANTERN, HITMAN, IMPULSE, JLA, LEGION OF SUPER HEROES, LEGIONNAIRES, LOBO, MARTIAN MANHUNTER, NIGHTWING, POWER OF SHAZAM, RESURRECTION MAN, ROBIN, STARMAN, SUPERBOY, SUPERGIRL, SUPERMAN, SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL, SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF TOMORROW, WONDER WOMAN, YOUNG JUSTICE, as well as DC ONE MILLION 80-PAGE GIANT #1 and SUPERMAN/BATMAN #79-80.
Why to watch for it: This is the whole meal deal. The entire One Million event, architected by Grant Morrison, in one giant hardcover omnibus piece of glory. One hundred bucks for One Million. Math may not be my strong suit, but that seems like one hell of a deal.
Inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead, artist extraordinaire RILEY ROSSMO (DEBRIS, GREEN WAKE, COWBOY NINJA VIKING, REBEL BLOOD) joins forces with nine different writers to tell tall tales from beyond the grave!
“Highly recommended. DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS is a terrific compilation of great storytelling and engaging artwork. The decorative spirit of Day of the Dead is celebrated in these pages.” – BLOODY DISGUSTING
Why to watch for it: Rossmo’s unique art is unlike anything else and he takes things up a notch as he helms Dia De Los Muertos. The Mexican Day of the Dead, as you’ve never seen it before.