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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Waiting For The Trades

As I said in a previous post, since I was unable to order the DVDs I wanted from Warners Archive, I decided to instead spend that rare bit of disposable income on some comic book trade paperbacks instead.

Over the last few years, I have not been able financially to maintain the sort of weekly comic book habit that I used to have. Instead, I manage to get a handful of trade paperbacks and graphic novels each year, usually at Christmas (assuming my mother-in-law blesses me with an Amazon gift certificate), and maybe one or two others every six months or so.

I did recently manage to get John Ostrander and Tim Truman's most recent Grimjack volume, The Manx Cat, and loved it - and at the BangPop! show I made one half-price purchase: Marvel's Essential Killraven. (Did they ever collect the Alan Davis Killraven miniseries in trade? I enjoyed that series  and would like to have a collected volume on my shelves.)

So, anyway, Sunday night I ordered five books from InStock Trades. I haven't read any of these stories in individual comic format, so I purchased the trades "blind," so to speak. I'm hoping that none really disappoint me.

First is the DC Showcase Presents: Bat Lash, reprinting the original Western series from the late 60s. Then, the fourth volume of DC's "Ed McBain"-inspired Gotham Central, The Quick & The Dead. Then, because I wanted a straightforward superhero adventure that was new to me, I ordered Superman & The Legion of Superheroes collection by Geoff Johns & Gary Frank (hopefully it stands on its own). Mike Grell recently returned to The Warlord, so I ordered the trade collection of his first several issues. Finally, the Trekkie in me was intrigued by IDW's Star Trek: Mirror Images, which is supposed to be a prequel to the original series' "Mirror, Mirror," detailing how the alternate universe Kirk came to command the Imperial Enterprise.

So - one classic Western, a crime book, a superhero adventure, a sword & sorcery epic, and a Star Trek tie-in. Looks like I have all the bases covered.

Hopefully they'll be here soon.


Charles Gramlich said...

I read "Mirror, Mirror" the collection so I might want that prequel.

Penelopecat said...

The Alan Davis Killraven has been collected as a hardcover. Not sure if it made it to paperback.

Christopher Mills said...

Thanks for the head's up on the Alan Davis KILLRAVEN HC. A few online dealers have it pretty cheap, so the next time I get ten bucks or so, I'll probably order it.