Hey, Santa, how’s the year been treating you? Look, let’s just cut to the chase – I have cookies. You have gifts. We know how it works. Here’s my list – my trades shelf still has some space on it, especially if I move the kids’ video games out of the way, and I have a bunch of books that I’d like to shoehorn in. Be kind. It’s been a rough year.
Batman, The Complete Hush (Jeph Loeb, Jim Lee, DC Comics 2009)
Price: $24.99 ISBN: 978-1401223175
Batman’s enemies are at it again – Poison Ivy, Catwoman, Joker, Riddler, Harley Quinn, you name ’em – they’re wreaking havoc all over Gotham, but they’re being controlled by someone else. Batman’s determined to find out who, and he ends up seeing some romantic action, besides.
I’m only one volume into this series, and I just want it all in one place. The Complete Hush collects Batman #609-619, a 6-page Wizard #0 segment, and a 2-page origin story that originally appeared at dccomics.com.
Shadowbinders: Book One Omnibus Graphic Novel (Kambrea Pratt, Thom Pratt, Shadowbinders.com)
Price: $15.00 ISBN: 978-1-62209-386-1
If you like steampunk, this is the book for you. I just started reading the Shadowbinders webcomic earlier this year (there’s a review coming), and was instantly hooked. The first six chapters are all here, introducing the reader to the main characters: teen traveler Mia White, the Captain Kirk-meets-Han-Solo mage and captain, Crimson Rhen, Winston the Feeb (he’s a rabbit/lemur hybrid – consider him Shadowbinders’ version of Rocket Raccoon, okay?) – they’re all here. I need this book in my Christmas stocking so I don’t have to have a nervous breakdown when my tablet’s running low on batteries and I want to re-read the first part of the story.
Sandman Omnibus Vol. 2 (Neil Gaiman, various illustrators) DC Comics
Price: $150.00 ISBN: 978-1401243142
My Sandman Omnibus Vol. 1 is lonely and needs Vol. 2 to complete it. I have a special place in my soul for Sandman and Neil Gaiman, who ushered me into the world of serious comic fandom with my first issue of the A Doll’s House storyline.
This second volume Gaiman’s Sandman takes us from Delirium’s pleas to Morpheus to help find their brother, Destruction, all the way through to The Kindly Ones, and ultimately, The Wake. It’s over 1,000 pages of Gaiman’s greatest work, collecting Sandman issues #38-75, plus stories from Vertigo Jam #1 and Vertigo: Winter’s Edge #3.
Green Arrow: Year One (Andy Diggle, JOCK) DC Comics
Price: $14.99 ISBN: 978-1401217433
I’ll admit I was never a huge Green Arrow fan. I thought he was okay, as heroes went, but never really delved deeply into his storylines. After getting caught up in the first season of the CW’s Arrow, though, I find I really want to know more about Oliver Queen.
In Green Arrow: Year One, we get Queen’s origin story – how he went from playboy to island refugee to hero and vigilante. This is definitely a book I need on my shelf.
All right, Santa, that’s a good start. Let’s see how the rest of this season goes… and remember, I bake from scratch.
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