Friday Finds – Trades
This week, we take a look at a few comic trades out there. Mot all of these are available through your local bookstore or online shop.
Saga of The Swamp Thing Book One (DC Comics) – I picked this trade, reprinting issues 20 through 27 of the comic series, as a hardcover and, frankly, it is worth it for Alan Moore’s writing, and for the reprint of issue 21. That story, titled Anatomy Lesson, was a game changer in the mythos of Swamp Thing. The series is delightfully dark and the artwork is the perfect complement to Moore’s writing.
Camelot 3000 (DC Comics) – Legend says that King Arthur will return during the time of Britain’s greatest need. This legend is the basis of Camelot 3000, where Arthur returns to a world besieged by aliens.
Showcase Presents (DC Comics) – A catch-all category for DC’s reprinting of a number of their older titles from the Silver Age on. Highlight books include collections of DC’s classic horror titles (House of Mystery, House of Secrets), Green Lantern volume 5 (Which includes the Green Lantern/Green Arrow Hard Traveling Heroes stories). While some of the volumes feature some very corny stories, they are decently priced (running about $20 for 400 some odd pages of black and white reprints) and have just about something for everyone.
Essential… (Marvel Comics) – Like the Showcase Presents, the Essential titles collect the classic tales from Marvel’s early years and on. Collections of X-Men, Avengers, Fantastic Four, Hulk, Spider-Man and so much more abound in the same cheaper black and white format as the Showcase Presents line. Marvel has even collected a number of their old magazine style books (such as Rampaging Hulk and Dracula Lives, includes with the Tome of Dracula titles).
Liberty Meadows (Image Comics) – The story of an animal sanctuary and the humans (and animals) that inhabit it, Frank Cho created this series which had actually ran in syndication. Image Comics has been collecting the original strips as well as the later comics into several volumes.
Eerie Archives (Dark Horse Comics) – Fans of horror comics will want to check out this series (even if is does run on the pricy side) which reprints the old Eerie horror magazines (along with Creepy, which is also being collected by Dark Horse Comics). The stories run the gamut from horror to science fiction to fantasy, all of which have a decidedly dark turn to them.
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