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KC Carlson

KC Carlson


A KC COLUMN by KC Carlson

Batman by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo Omnibus Volume 1

Batman by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo Omnibus Volume 1


DC’s got a couple of Omnibuses this week: First there’s Batman by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo Omnibus Volume 1. This hardcover collects the first 33 issues of the acclaimed run by Snyder and Capullo. Other creators include James Tynion IV, Marguette Bennett, Ray Fawkes, Jonathan Glapio, Rafeal Albuerque, Becky Cloonan, Andy Clarke, Sandu Florea, Jason Fabok, Jock, Andy Kubert, Alex Maleev, Sandra Hope, Danny Miki, Wes Craig, Craig Yeung, Drew Geraci, Jack Purcell, Marc Deering, Dustin Nguyen, and Derek Fridolfs. This book is a whopping 1,152 pages, so it will do some serious damage to your foot, should you accidentally drop it. (DC really should offer insurance. For the book. The foot will eventually grow back.)

Lucifer Omnibus Volume 1

Lucifer Omnibus Volume 1


The Lucifer Omnibus Volume 1 collects Sandman Presents Lucifer (1999) #1-3, Lucifer (2000-2006) #1-35, and Lucifer: Nirvana (2002). This hardcover is only a thousand pages. (Only he says…Sheesh!) Written by Mike S. Carey and illustrated by Scott Hampton, Peter Gross, Dean Ormston, Christopher Moeller, John J. Muth, Ryan Kelly, Chris Weston, Craig Hamilton, Warren Pleece, and James Hodgkins. I’ve never read any Lucifer nor watched the TV show (which is one of Johanna’s guilty pleasures). I don’t think the two have very much in common. Except for Neil Gaiman voicing God, Lucifer’s dad, on an episode.

Excalibur #1 (Incentive 1:100 Hidden Gem Cover - Alan Davis)

Excalibur #1 (Incentive 1:100 Hidden Gem Cover – Alan Davis)


PLUS: Don’t forget to check out the Alan Davis Hidden Gem variant for Excalibur #1 this week. Long-time readers already know about Davis’ run on the beginning of the original Excalibur series from 1988, so it’s kinda nice that Alan came back for a brief visit. Speaking of Alan Davis, be sure to check out a new four-issue miniseries called Tarot that begins in January from Marvel. Davis is writing and providing covers, based on old Avengers vs. Defenders conflicts from many years ago, and Paul Renaud is the interior artist. I’m excited by any reference to the always fun concept of pitting the Avengers against Marvel’s “non-team” the Defenders!

Tarot #2

Tarot #2


Meanwhile… (I miss Dick…). Also this week is the new Diamond Previews so that means that pretty soon everybody has to start thinking of what they want to order for shipping starting in January. (Yes, it’s almost next year…) So, let me tell you about a couple of things you might want to consider for when it gets cold outside…

The Oracle Code

The Oracle Code


The Oracle Code is a new 208-page graphic novel written by Marieke Nijkamp (who’s also a #1 New York Times Bestselling Author) and illustrated by Manuel Preitano. They tell the tale of how Barbara Gordon must adapt to a “new normal” after a gunshot leaves her paralyzed below the waist and her physical and mental rehabilitation at Arkham Center. It doesn’t help that her nights are filled with strange sounds while other patients mysteriously go missing. And while investigating, she must also battle the phantoms of her own past… Order this young adult stand-alone story now for shipping in March.

The Wrath of the Spectre Omnibus

The Wrath of the Spectre Omnibus


I’d also like to second Robert Greenberger’s choice of the upcoming The Wrath of the Spectre Omnibus. This collects all the earliest modern-day Spectre appearances (which means no Golden Age stuff in this book), including the gonzo, can’t-believe-you’re-actually-reading-this run by writer Michael Fleisher and artist Jim Aparo. Some of the strangest superhero stores ever told! (The kind that will linger in your subconscious for years and years to come!) (Editor’s note: Watch for Robert’s column Monday.)

OVER TO YOU, MARVEL!

Captain America: The End

Captain America: The End


Ever get frustrated that it seems like superhero comics stories just continue to go on and on, ad infinitum? It looks like Marvel Comics is actually doing something about that with a line of comics titled “The End”. In January, they promise to tell the finales of Captain America, Deadpool, Captain Marvel, Miles Morales, Venom (YAY! I am so not a Venom fan…), and Doctor Strange. These are all 40-page one-shots. Handkerchiefs not included.

Marvels X #1

Marvels X #1


Also, Marvel’s got a mini-revival of Alex Ross’s Earth X concept coming in January. This one’s called Marvels X and will be written by Ross and Jim Krueger with art by Well-Bee. (I’m not familiar with Well-Bee, but looking forward to learning more! You think their parent was a doctor?)

Jessica Jones: Blind Spot #1

Jessica Jones: Blind Spot #1


Also returning in January: Jessica Jones (by Kelly Thompson & Mattia Iulis). . . Hawkeye: Freefall (by Matthew Rosenberg and Otto Schmidt, and featuring the return of Ronin). . . King Namor (and many more characters) reappears in Atlantis Attacks #1 (of 5). . . And The Immortal Hulk finds a new host — The Amazing Spider-Man? It’s in January’s The Immortal Hulk: Great Power one-shot.

KEENE ON ARCHIE!

Archie and Katy Keene #1 Emanuela Lupacchino cover

Archie and Katy Keene #1 Emanuela Lupacchino cover


Even Archie Comics has a crossover guest star this month. Archie and Katy Keene #1 (aka Archie #710) is written by Mariko Tamaki and Kevin Panetta with art and cover by Laura Braga. The comic re-introduces Katy Keene to Riverdale just in time for the launch of the real world’s Katy Keene TV series on the CW! The “first issue” has variant covers by Francesco Francavilla, Emanuela Lupacchino (w/ Lee Loughridge), Billy Tucci (w/Wes Hartman), Paul Renaud, and Braga (with Bryan Valenza). Paparazzi not included.

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KC CARLSON: If this column seems like I was doing a couple dozen other things at the same time I was writing this, then you are very perceptive. Congratulations! Anybody have a couple of extra days that you could lend me?

WESTFIELD COMICS is not responsible for the stupid things that KC says. Especially that thing that really irritated you. Is it possible that everything is irritating me today? It was the first snowfall here yesterday. Before Halloween. Thank goodness it’s already mostly melted now.

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