The third thick volume of this series has arrived, again with a new cover by Mark Buckingham that connects with the others to form one wide image. This book collects issues 83-113 of the monthly comic as well as the graphic novel “Werewolves of the Heartland,” “The Great Fables Crossover” sections from JACK OF FABLES, and “THE LITERALS.” Paper and printing are of fine quality, and total page count is 1,096. It’s a heavy handful, but these collections (one more to come) are an economical way to collect the entire FABLES series even compared to the original cover prices of all the issues inside. Retail price is $59.99. Look for it at your comics retailer, or here’s a link:
Just arrived, this new Sandman collection includes issues 32-50, with that final issue being my favorite of the series. The slightly oversized page size and high quality paper and printing make this a good buy for new readers, and the new wraparound cover by Michael Wm. Kaluta is a nice bonus. Retail price is $49.99, should be available soon from comics retailers, or here’s an Amazon link:
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: