2010 Holiday Gift Guide – For the DC Comics Fan…
By P&P Staff
Despite his prominent role as one of DC’s two top characters, Superman has a rather bad rap among much of the comics community. He’s generally a dull, one-dimensional character who can do very little wrong, the proverbial Boy Scout. But Grant Morrison’s All-Star Superman uses the All-Star license to its fullest, telling a fantastic 12-issue tale that reminds us naysayers why we should care about the Kal El, and that what makes him special isn’t just his powers. DC made the Absolute Edition, an oversized slipcase book with plenty of extras, available just in time for the holidays.
Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics DVD
Future Green Lantern and self-proclaimed comic fan Ryan Reynolds narrates this in-depth look into the history of DC Comics. Having ample use of Warner Bros’ cartoon and film library makes for a thrilling documentary that details the highs and lows of one of America’s oldest publishers. For extra credit, pick up one of the recent DC Showcase DVDs like Superman/Shazam: The Return of Black Adam.
The acclaimed Vertigo series from Bill Willingham is hitting hardcover for the first time. The Book 2 Deluxe Edition just hit shelves this month, collecting issues #11-18 of the series, as well as Fables: The Last Castle. Fans of the Eisner Award-winning series may also enjoy Fables: Covers.
Not strictly a DC release, but it focuses on a longtime DC artist and his work with the company. The Norman Rockwell of the Modern Age shares some of his rough drafts and unpolished ideas with fans and newcomers alike. This unflinching look at work throughout Ross’ career will surely please even the most critical of art critics. An added bonus includes never-before-seen alternate takes for pages of Ross’ classic Kingdom Come series.
For anyone who just eats up the main DC storylines, the big summer event for DC is now available in a jump-start package for readers with issues #0-7. Geoff Johns’ and Peter J. Tomasi’s follow up to Blackest Night features Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Firestorm, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Deadman, Jade, Osiris, Hawk, Captain Boomerang and Zoom trying to discover the reason for their return from death, and unraveling more secrets along the way.
Batman Beyond: The Complete Series DVD
Paul Dini and Bruce Timm’s vision of the DC Universe continues, but this time we’re shown Gotham City in the not-too-distant future. This collection contains the entire run of the Batman Beyond series originally run on Kids’ WB. Fans of the Bat-franchise will find this the perfect bookend to the exceptional (and hard to find) Batman: The Animated Series box set. Fans looking to experience Paul Dini and Bruce Timm in print should check out Batman: Mad Love and Other Stories, featuring the origin of Harley Quinn.
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