This trade paperback just arrived. It reprints Batman stories from DETECTIVE COMICS #612-614, #616-621 and DETECTIVE COMICS ANNUAL #3. The monthly issues are written by Alan Grant, pencilled by Norm Breyfogle and inked by Steve Mitchell. The Annual is written by Archie Goodwin with art by Dan Jurgens and Dick Giordano. I lettered all of it. I’m rarely tempted to reread past comics work, but I don’t recall the Annual story, and I might revisit that one. Not sure when this is out in shops, but Amazon has it available on May 25th. For some reason their listing shows a different cover. Ask at your comics retailer if you’re interested, or try the link below.
The second of four massive trade paperbacks collecting all of the FABLES series has arrived. This one contains issues #42-82. The printing and paper quality look fine to me. The book is over two inches thick, so I hope the glued binding will hold up for readers. The cover art connects to that on the first Compendium, so I’m guessing all four will connect into one very wide image, a nice idea. If you haven’t read the series, this is a handy and relatively inexpensive way to do so. Retail price is $59.99, which seems a lot, but if you divide that by 41 issues, it’s about $1.46 per issue, less than you’re likely to pay for all those monthlies or previous collections. Not sure when it’s out in shops, but Amazon has delivery by May 11, link below.
This was a fun “Elseworlds” type of Batman project by Busiek and Leon that I lettered a few years ago, four long issues that were collected in a hardcover last year, and are now out in trade paperback for less. Certainly the most unusual version of Batman I can recall, and the art and writing are great. This should be available in shops by the end of March, or here’s an Amazon link:
I wish I could say how many times the Sandman series has been reissued by DC. All I can say is, a lot of times. This version is hardcovers in the slightly oversized deluxe format. I haven’t opened the shrink-wrap, but the deluxe format usually has great printing and paper, though a glued binding rather than sewn. This one contains issues 17-31 of the original series plus SANDMAN SPECIAL #1 and stories from VERTIGO: WINTER’S EDGE 1-3. The retail price is $49.99. It looks to me like there will be five volumes in all, but that’s a guess. The cover by Kaluta may be the only new art. I don’t know when this will be out in shops, but the Amazon release date is March 16, 2021. Here’s a link.
The third and final volume of this series arrived yesterday. Literally years in the making (I believe I started working on Volume One in 2015), I’ve enjoyed lettering it, and am happy I was able to complete the series. Fine writing by Grant, wonderful art by Yanick, great coloring by Nathan. Should be available in shops soon, but here’s an Amazon link.