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Forces of Geek 2018 Holiday Gift Guide

Comics & Graphic Novels

 

John Byrne’s X-Men Artifact Edition

John Byrne’s run on the X-Men began with issue #108 and lasted until #143. The team of Claremont, Byrne, and Austin made the X-Men (which was already a hit series under Dave Cockrum) soar to the top of the charts in comics sales. They introduced Alpha Flight, and the created the near mythical storylines ‘The Dark Phoenix Saga’ and ‘Days of Future Past.’ These and the rest of their stories remained burned into the memories of collective fandom to this day and have been the basis for several X-Men films. This Artifact Edition will include more than 100 pages of X-Men covers, splashes and pages from Byrne’s X-Men run, all have been meticulously scanned from the original art and reproduced to the exacting Artist’s Edition standards.

 

Jack Kirby’s Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth Omnibus

Kamandi-one of the few survivors of a Great Disaster that has destroyed civilization–must search for a safe haven in a world populated by bizarre mutated animals and other strange wonders! Considered one of Jack Kirby’s most creative works, Kamandi features a band of anthropomorphic supporting characters who accompany Kamandi as he searches for answers and adventure across the wastelands of Earth.

From one of comics’ legendary creators, Jack Kirby’s Kamandi faces danger from a giant, monstrous crab creature and an intelligent killer whale, and is hunted by the Sacker Company as a valuable intelligent human. In what is considered the series’ greatest tale, Kamandi is forced to compete with the leader of a gorilla clan for the ultimate prize: Superman’s costume!

This hardcover omnibus collects Jack Kirby’s run on Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth #1-40.

 

The Divided States of Hysteria

From our very own prince, Howard Chaykin, comes the story of Frank Villa, the most hated man in America.

An America sundered.

An America enraged.

An America terrified.

An America shattered by greed and racism, violence and fear, nihilism and tragedy…

…and that’s when everything really goes to hell.

 

Batman: White Knight

The impossible has happened: The Joker has become a … hero?

Batman: White Knight follows the man now known as Jack Napier as he embarks on a quest to heal the city he once terrorized. After reconciling with his long-suffering partner, Harley Quinn, he sets in motion a carefully plotted campaign to discredit the one person whom he views as Gotham City’s true enemy: Batman.

His crusade exposes a decades-long history of corruption within the Gotham City Police Department and transforms Napier into a city councilman and civic hero. But when the sins of his past return to threaten everything that he has accomplished, the distinctions between savior and destroyer begin to break down for both The Joker and Batman alike–and with them any hope for Gotham’s future.

Writer and artist Sean Murphy delivers an extraordinary examination of comics’ greatest antagonists in Batman: White Knight, exploring justice, corruption, activism and the darkest depths of mental illness.

 

Actionverse: Stray – The Rottweiler Years TPB

From FOG!’s Vito Delsante and co-creator Sean Izaakse and set in the same universe as Jamal Igle’s Molly Danger and Ray-Anthony Height’s Midnight Tiger!

Since his debut in 2015, fans have wanted to know more about Stray’s past. And now the secrets can be told! While Stray investigates the death of a young boy, he learns the assassin has a connection to the creation of the TeenAegis. What is Ingenue’s plan? And can a collection of the world’s greatest heroes stop her?

 

Black Hammer: Library Edition Volume 1

The first chapter of the highly acclaimed, Eisner Award-winning superhero saga in deluxe, oversized hardcover format.

Collects the first and second volumes of Black Hammer, and Black Hammer: Giant Sized Annual in a deluxe, hardcover, and oversized format with a new cover, sketchbook extras, and more!

Mysteriously banished from existence by a multiversal event, the old superheroes of Spiral City now lead simple lives on a bizarre farm from which there is no escape! But as they employ all of their super abilities to free themselves from this strange purgatory, a mysterious stranger works to bring them back into action for one last adventure!

 

Oblivion Song: Chapter One TP

From writer Robert Kirkman and artists Lorenzo De Felici and Annalisa Leoni!

A decade ago, 300,000 citizens of Philadelphia were suddenly lost in Oblivion. The government made every attempt to recover them, but after many years, they gave up. Nathan Cole…won’t. He makes daily trips, risking his life to try and rescue those still living in the apocalyptic hellscape of Oblivion. But maybe…Nathan is looking for something else? Why can’t he resist the siren call of the Oblivion Song?

 

We Spoke Out: Comic Books and the Holocaust

Crucial comic book stories about the Holocaust and interviews with their artists and writers, with a cover drawn especially for this book by Neal Adams.

An amazing but forgotten chapter in comics history. Long before the Holocaust was taught in schools or presented in films such as Schindler’s List, the youth of America was learning about the Nazi genocide from Batman, the X-Men, Captain America, and Sgt. Rock. Comics legend Neal Adams, Holocaust scholar Rafael Medoff, and comics historian Craig Yoe bring together a remarkable collection of comic book stories that introduced an entire generation to an engaging and important subject. We Spoke Out is an extraordinary journey into a compelling and essential topic.

 

Batman by Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale Omnibus

The Eisner Award-winning team of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale created some of the most memorable and important Batman stories of all time. Now, for the first time ever, their complete works on the Dark Knight are collected together in one definitive omnibus edition.

With an introduction by creators Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, a conversation between Academy Award-nominated filmmakers Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer about The Long Halloween and a treasure trove of behind-the-scenes material, Batman by Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale Omnibus collects the Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight Halloween Special, Batman: Madness–A Legends of the Dark Knight Halloween Special, Batman: Ghosts–A Legends of the Dark Knight Halloween Special, Batman: The Long Halloween #1-13, Batman: Dark Victory #0-13, Catwoman: When in Rome #1-6 and a short story from Superman/Batman Secret Files & Origins 2003.

 

The Vision

Written by best-selling Author Tom King! One of the most celebrated comic books of the century, collected in full at last!

Vision wants to be human, and what’s more human than family? So he heads back to the beginning – to the laboratory where Ultron created him as a weapon. The place where he first rebelled against his given destiny and imagined that he could be more – that he could be a man. There, he builds them. A wife, Virginia. Teenage twins, Viv and Vin. They look like him. They have his powers. They share his grandest ambition – or is that obsession? – the unrelenting need to be ordinary. Behold the Visions! Theirs is a story of togetherness and tragedy – one that will send the Android Avenger into a devastating confrontation with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

 

The Best of Don Winslow of the Navy: A Collection of High-Seas Stories from Comics’ Most Daring Sailor

A collection of the best stories from the classic run of Don Winslow of the Navy, one of the most popular comic books running during and after World War II. Edited by Craig Yoe, the selected stories are digitally remastered and contextualized with Yoe’s historical research. Preceding the full, colorful tales is a detailed introduction on the creation of the adventurous Don Winslow. The character served to foster recruitment and entertain Navy personnel and the general public alike during World War II and beyond. Winslow fights the Axis and supervillains like The Snake and the attractive, but deadly, Singapore Sal.

 

American Comic Book Chronicles: The 1990s

The American Comic Book Chronicles continues its ambitious series of full-color hardcovers, where TwoMorrows’ top authors document every decade of comic book history from the 1940s to today! Jason Sacks and Keith Dallas coordinate this volume, covering all the pivotal moments and behind-the-scenes details of the Bill Clinton years!

The 1990s was the decade when Marvel Comics sold 8.1 million copies of an issue of the X-Men, saw its superstar creators form their own company, cloned Spider-Man, and went bankrupt. It was when Superman died, Batman had his back broken, and the runaway success of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman led to DC Comics’ Vertigo line of adult comic books. It was the decade of gimmicky covers, skimpy costumes, and mega-crossovers. But most of all, the 1990s was the decade when companies like Image, Valiant and Malibu published million-selling comic books before the industry experienced a shocking and rapid collapse! These are just a few of the events chronicled in this exhaustive, full-color hardcover.

Taken together, American Comic Book Chronicles forms a cohesive, linear overview of the entire landscape of comics history, sure to be an invaluable resource for ANY comic book enthusiast!

 

Outcast Book 2

This Outcast hardcover features twelve issues of the hit comic book series written by Robert Kirkman, along with covers and a sketchbook by series artist Paul Azaceta, in one over-sized hardcover volume. Perfect for long-time readers and fans of the TV show.

Kyle Barnes is faced with the most emotional exorcism he’s performed yet…as he begins to learn more about his abilities and what’s really happening around him. Secrets are revealed that will change everything and Kyle has never been in more danger.

Collects Outcast issues #13-24!

 

X-Men: Grand Design – Second Genesis

The sequel to the critical smash hit X-Men: Grand Design is here – and it’s ALL-NEW and ALL-DIFFERENT! Witness Wolverine, Thunderbird, Colossus, Storm, and Sunfire suit up as X-Men for the very first time all over again! And then the Shi’ar! The Brood! The Starjammers! Watch as Marvel’s merry mutants take to the stars. See the first X-Men adventures of Kitty Pryde and Carol Danvers.

Marvel at the conclusion of the now-classic Dark Phoenix Saga. All through the lens of indie auteur Ed Piskor, who lovingly researches, writes, pencils, inks, colors and letters every page just for you! This volume also includes an issue of Giant Size X-Men and pinups by Art Adams, Todd McFarlane, Jim Lee and Joe Madureira masterfully recolored by Ed. Presented in the same dynamic, oversized format of the best-selling Hip Hop Family Tree (9″ x 13″).

 

Supergirl: Being Super

She’s super-strong. She can fly. She crash-landed on Earth in a rocket ship. But for Kara Danvers, winning the next track meet, celebrating her 16th birthday and surviving her latest mega-zit are her top concerns. And with the help of her best friends and her kinda-infuriating-but-totally-loving adoptive parents, she just might be able to put her troubling dreams–shattered glimpses of another world–behind her.

Until an earthquake shatters her small town of Midvale…and uncovers secrets about her past she thought would always stay buried.

Now Kara’s incredible powers are kicking into high gear, and people she trusted are revealing creepy ulterior motives. The time has come for her to choose between the world where she was born and the only world she’s ever known. Will she find a way to save her town and be super, or will she crash and burn?

Caldecott Honor and Eisner Award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer) and Eisner Award-nominated artist Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer) combine forces for this incredible coming-of-age tale! This is the Girl of Steel as you’ve never seen her before.

 

After Houdini

Harry Houdini, master magician and covert spy for the United States, has been kidnapped. The only man who can save him is his estranged son Josef, who, like his father, knows the power of magic—and how it can be more than just an illusion.

Josef Houdini takes after his father: A gifted escape artist, there’s not a jam he can’t get himself out of. Then again, when your father is one of the greatest illusionists of all time, that comes as no surprise. What does come as a surprise is the fact that Harry Houdini is not only the world’s greatest magician, but also a top-secret operative for the US government during World War I. In rare form he finds himself trapped—stuck on a mission he is unable to escape from. That’s why the government needs his son to fill his shoes and complete the mission—but does Josef have the wherewithal to do it? Or is the possibility of success just an illusion?

Packed with intrigue, suspense, and fantasy, After Houdini is a revisionist look at one of history’s most mysterious figures that is sure to take readers on a journey they’ll never forget.

 

Deadly Class Deluxe Edition Volume 1: Noise Noise Noise

Collecting the first three arcs of Rick Remender and Wes Craig’s dark, violent and twistedly humorous story, soon to be a Syfy series. It’s 1987. Marcus Lopez hates school. His grades suck. The jocks are hassling his friends. He can’t focus in class. But the jocks are the children of Joseph Stalin’s top assassin, the teachers are members of an ancient league of assassins, the class he’s failing is “Dismemberment 101,” and his crush has a double-digit body count. Welcome to the most brutal high school on earth, where the world’s top crime families send the next generation of assassins to be trained. Murder is an art. Killing is a craft. At Kings Dominion School for the Deadly Arts, the dagger in your back isn’t always metaphorical.

Bursting at the seams with sketches, concept art and other extras, this oversized 8×12” hardcover is the ultimate way to experience the 1980s underground.

 

Atomic Frenchie: Sit. Stay. Rule.

Kirby is no ordinary French Bulldog—he is twenty-two pounds of fur-covered ruthless ambition. Freakishly intelligent and determined, he has one goal: Rule the World.

When Kirby, a French Bulldog with a serious Napoleon Complex, moves to a new home in the quaint New England town of Strasburg, Massachusetts, and stumbles upon a forgotten secret laboratory, he realizes that his dreams of Planetary Conquest are finally within paw’s reach. But, suddenly, Kirby realizes he isn’t alone. Seemingly out of nowhere, a strange group of people appear, exhibiting what Kirby can only describe as superpowers! Kirby must rise up against all who stand in his way to emerge victorious in this ultimate quest for world domination.

The Atomic Frenchie is the first book in a series following the adventures of Kirby, professional supervillain and future ruler of Earth, as he schemes and battles his way past evil library robots, supernatural cat ladies, superpowered mail men, and more bizarre characters to achieve his sinister dreams of ruling the world.

 

Seven Soldiers by Grant Morrison Omnibus

Grant Morrison–the critically acclaimed writer boasting incredible runs on Batman and Robin, Animal Man and The Invisibles–delivers his most groundbreaking and ambitious project yet. Morrison reinvigorated seven characters from the outer reaches of DC’s enormous universe: the Shining Knight, the Guardian, Zatanna, Klarion the Witch Boy, Mister Miracle, Bulleteer and Frankenstein. Each of these soldiers are pitted in battle against the Sheeda, a force of evil that threatens the entire universe. Together these reluctant champions must arise and somehow work together to save the world…without ever meeting one another.

Collected in one volume for the first time ever, Seven Soldiers by Grant Morrison is an epic tale of life, death, triumph and redemption that explores the nature of heroism and sacrifice. This omnibus collects this incredible comics event written by Morrison, with art by J.H. Williams III (The Sandman: Overture), Doug Mahnke (JLA), Pasqual Ferry (Action Comics), Cameron Stewart (Batgirl), Simone Bianchi (Detective Comics), Freddie Williams II (Robin) and others.

 

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