Collecting the miniseries I lettered last year, this hardcover is part of Joe Hill’s “Hill House” imprint at DC, now folded into their Black Label division. Yes, it’s horror, and has some scary parts, but it’s also well written and well-drawn historical and fantasy subject matter from writer Mike Carey and artists Peter Gross and Vince Locke. I’ve enjoyed working with Mike and Peter in the past on projects like THE UNWRITTEN. This is just as good. When is a dollhouse not a dollhouse? Read this to find out. Retail price is $24.99.
DC is also reprinting FABLES, one of the longest and best series I lettered in the 2000s and 2010s. Imagine all the fairy tale and fables characters you remember from childhood hiding out in New York City and New York State (mostly) trying to avoid evil forces who have caused them to flee from their homelands. These are refugees with power, but they must also remain in hiding, so their power must be used sparingly. Great stuff from writer Bill Willingham and main artists Mark Buckingham and Steve Leialoha with help from many others like Lan Medina and cover artist James Jean, though it’s nice to see a new cover on this book by Mark Buckingham. The previous collection of the series in the FABLES DELUXE EDITION hardcovers (15 volumes at $30 each retail) remains the best and most lasting version. This paperback is almost 1,200 pages and two inches thick. It collects issues 1-41 and three longer stand-alone stories: The Last Castle, A Wolf in the Fold and 1,001 Nights of Snowfall. The reproduction and paper quality are excellent. The glued binding is not likely to hold up well over time, but the price of $59.99 for all that great reading makes it a bargain all the same. I’m guessing there will be two more volumes.
Both books are due out in October. Amazon links below, or check with your comics retailer.
This new oversized collection includes the comics BLACK HAMMER: AGE OF DOOM #1-12 plus the CTHU-LOUISE one-shot and THE WORLD OF BLACK HAMMER ENCYCLOPEDIA as well as many extras. Or so it says on the back cover, I haven’t opened it, as I already have previous collections of most of this. If you’re a Black Hammer fan, this is for you—if you can afford it: $49.99 US. I enjoyed working on the series, it’s a clever modern take on superheroes, and an Eisner Award winner, deservedly so. Fine writing by Jeff Lemire, fine art by Dean Ormston. Amazon link below, or check with your comics vendor.
In 1989, Keith Giffen and Tom and Mary Bierbaum relaunched a grim and gritty version of the Legion of Super-Heroes. I’ve just received this massive collection of the first half of that run, almost three inches thick. I lettered the first thirteen issues, but I have to say this was my least favorite version of the long-running DC super-team of the future, and I was happy to leave it behind. I’m sure it has fans, though, and if you’re one, you might want this collection. The retail price is $150, so you will need to really want it! Should be available soon in shops and online.
A new printing has arrived of this fine book written by Greg Rucka, art by J.G. Jones and Wade Von Grawbadger, colors by Dave Stewart, letters by me. The cover art is from the original 2002 edition. It’s slightly larger than the earlier printings, as with all the Deluxe Editions. Both the story and art are excellent, a fine stand-alone Wonder Woman story that draws on Greek myth in ways rarely seen in Wonder Woman stories. I’m not sure when it will be available, perhaps it already is. Check with your comics retailer or get it from Amazon, below.
Just arrived, a large, beautiful hardcover collecting four of the Neil Gaiman short story adaptations that Dark Horse has been publishing since 2001. The book style and format is just like DC Absolute Editions with excellent oversize reproductions of each page on thick, matte finish white paper. The only cost-cutting I can see is that the binding is glued rather than sewn.
I lettered two of these and own three, I look forward to reading the one I haven’t seen, “How to Talk to Girls at Parties.” There are ten books in the series that I know of, probably enough for three volumes if they include a few other things too. They’re all well done with excellent art, in this case by P. Craig Russell, Rafael Alguquerque, Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba, Rafael Scavone and Shane Oakley.