Holiday Recommendations: Comics and Graphic Novels

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With the holidays just around the corner, the staff of Lytherus have compiled the ultimate holiday shopping guide to have at your side as you set out to buy for your favorite comics and graphic novel fan. Whether new to comics or a hardened veteran, gift-givers will find many gems within our guide, including comic suggestions which match upcoming movie releases, such as the hugely-anticipated Green Lantern adaptation.

75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking (Hardcover)

Author: Paul Levitz
Released: November 2010

The hype has been huge, and now it is finally here! This book is the bible of everything DC. The chronicle begins in 1935 with a look at DC founder Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson’s first comic New Fun No. 1. In 720 pages, this book covers everything from covers and interior artwork all the way to the story content and biographies. The downside? This book is going to put a bit of a dent in your wallet, typically selling for around $130.

DC Comics 75th Anniversary Poster Book

Author: Robert Schnakenberg
Released: September 2010

Can’t afford The Art of Modern Mythmaking? This is a nice consolation prize. This book contains the top 100 most legendary DC comic book covers over the past 75 years. Each cover in this book is on quality paper, perforated so that they may be detached from the book and added to your framed comic artwork collection.

DC Comics: A Year by Year Visual Chronicle

Authors: Daniel Wallace, Matthew K. Manning, Alex Irvine, Alan Cowsill, Michael McAvennie
Released: September 2010

Not to beat a dead horse, but here’s another option.  This book takes a year by year look at the characters, authors, and illustrators of the DC Universe over the past 75 years.  This is, again, a more affordable alternative to The Art of Modern Mythmaking, yet you are still able to read through detailed accounts of DC history.

Avengers – Ultimate Character guide

Author: DK Publishing
Released: September 2010

Recommended for those fans out there just beginning their Avenger affair – probably due to a sudden enchantment by the movies. Cut out the constant Wikipedia searching on the background of every single character in preference of having them all alphabetized and detailed in one place. This book might even shed some light on old favorites for seasoned readers.

The Heroic Age – Graphic Novel Collection

Authors: Brian Michael Bendis, Ed Brubaker, Kurt Busiek, Paul Cornell, Christos Gage, Jim McCann, Greg Pak, Jeff Parker
Illustrators: Marko Djurdjevic, John Romita
Released: November 2010

The first compilation of the Heroic Age is already here! (How time flies!) – This book will include: Enter the Heroic Age, Origins of Marvel Comics, Avengers Assemble, Avengers #1, Secret Avengers #1, Age of Heroes #1, Avengers Academy #1, Heroic Age: Prince of Power #1, Atlas #1. The Heroic Age brings Marvel readers back to their roots when to be a “hero” meant something and gives us all a break from the rather brooding storylines of the past few years.

X-Men: Second Coming

Authors: Zeb Wells, Mike Carey, Matt Fraction, Christopher Yost, Terry Dodson
Illustrators: Greg Land, David Finch, Mike Choi, Ibraim Roberson
Released: September 2010

If you own the House of M and the Messiah Complex, you can’t miss owning the finale of the past four years of X-men adventures. Judge for yourself – Is Hope worth it? This book collects: Second Coming: Prepare, Second Coming #1-2, Uncanny X-Men #523-525, New mutants #12-14, X-Men Legacy #235-237, X-Force #26-28.

Obsessed with Marvel (electronic quiz book)

Author: Peter Sanderson
Release Date: June 2010

What can I say? It’s fun! The questions are challenging (yes, even for adults). This is the perfect game for long road trips this holiday season. The little score box allows you to play by yourself or with a friend.

Green Lantern Chronicles Vol. 1-3

Author: John Broome (Vol. 1 and 2), Various (Vol. 3)
Illustrator: Gil Kane (Vol. 1 and 2), Various (Vol. 3)
Released: Vol. 1 – May 2009, Vol. 2 – Dec. 2009, Vol. 3 – Nov. 2010

With the movie coming up in June, perhaps this would be a good time to take a little refresher course on the Green Lantern.  These volumes reprint the original earliest adventures of Hal Jordan as the Green Lantern, beginning in the late 1950s and into the 1960s. These books will take the reader back to the beginning to witness Hal Jordan inherit the power ring and begin a legacy that audiences are still enjoying to this day.

The Walking Dead: Compendium One

Author: Robert Kirkman
Illustrator: Charlie Adlard, Tony Moore
Released: May 2009

This has been out for a while, but it is getting some new attention now.  If the TV show has you hooked, try the original comic! This book contains the first 48 issues of The Walking Dead and is a more affordable way to tackle the series than buying each volume individually. 48 issues too much to bite off all at once? Instead of the compendium, try volume one of The Walking Dead in hardcover, which will introduce you to the first 12 issues and is slightly less intimidating.

Locke and Key Welcome to Lovecraft #1

Author: Joe Hill
Illustrator: Gabriel Rodriguez
Released: September 2008, Special Edition in June 2010

The last entry may be slightly more obscure, but you will probably be hearing more about it soon since 20th Century FOX television has recently agreed to make a TV series out of this graphic novel. Locke and Key features a New England mansion full of magical keys – and the doors that they are unlock – hidden inside the walls. The Locke family struggle with the mysterious keys while also dealing with an evil creature who is also seeking their power.

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