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The New Teen Titans Omnibus Vol. 1
The New Teen Titans Omnibus Vol. 1
by Various
Edition: Hardcover
5 used & new from CDN$ 299.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great collection,there's more in here than what was advertised, Sept. 10 2011
This collection of issues is nicely put together, with attention to detail.The re-coloring looks lively and beautiful especially compared to the original issues.The stories are in chronological order and the set actually includes Dc Comics Presents#26,New Teen Titans issues 1-20, The Tales of the Teen Titans mini-series( a series of spotlight issues on Raven, Cyborg, Starfire, and Changeling),and the Best of DC Blue Ribbon Digest#18.So you end up with a lot more than the first 16 issues of N.T.T. for $55 Canadian dollars which I must say is a pleasant surprise.Why DC didn't advertise it this way is beyond me,but at least you are getting more than you were led to believe in contrast to the recent Secret Society of Super Villains set where several issues were said to be included but once it arrived I found out they were not and I can only speculate that they might appear in a second S.S.O.V. volume.Nevertheless,this omnibus is fantastic, the stories are involving,the character development is gradual and exciting. The 'speculative fiction" world these characters live in may seem very far fetched but the inner and outer conflicts they experience are realistic.In this way the New Teen titans parallel the X-men,it also important to note that Wolfman and Perez worked hard to create young characters who would be taken seriously.Cyborg,Raven,Starfire,and Kid Flash really shine in these issues.Cyborg,Raven,and Starfire are nicely layered for new characters and the "older characters" become far more complex than they were ever intended to be.These issues also convinced me that Kory and Dick Grayson belong together.Robin's struggle is interesting too,he is clearly working against and with the hero model of Batman.I highly recommend this set,it makes perfect sense compared to hunting down the older and very pricey DC Archives editions of New teen titans.

Showcase Presents: Robin the Teen Wonder VOL 01
Showcase Presents: Robin the Teen Wonder VOL 01
by Leo Dorfman
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 15.32
11 used & new from CDN$ 5.77

5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Robin adventures for fans, Aug. 3 2011
I've always been a big fan of Robin,he had the same life experiences as Batman yet remained playful and warm despite being the ward of the "Dark Knight". No one else who understands Batman and why he does what he does better than Robin/Dick Grayson.Many people find Robin's costume questionable but it is really no more questionable than the costumes of dozens of other fictional heroes like Wonder Woman,Super Man, and Psylocke of the X-men (in her thong bikini ninja phase).I think this is mostly because Robin is young,white, and male.Heterosexual men from America are disgusted by men in revealing attire because it disrupts sexist ideas about gender and bodies. The 60's series both enhanced and damaged Robin's image.The silly "Holy this.." "Holy that.." was just annoying for most people but Burt Ward had many moments where his performance showed Robin was cool and capable like his mentor on a TV series that wasn't meant to be taken seriously.Robin/Dick has a variety of adventures some are high camp and others are very serious.He teams up with Bat girl and Jimmy Olsen in a few adventures which are engaging.The set is very much a creature of the time it was written in (late 60's, early to mid 70's.) If that doesn't bother you and you are a fan of the original Robin than this is a good collection to have.

Essential X-Men - Volume 4
Essential X-Men - Volume 4
by Chris Claremont
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 16.24
39 used & new from CDN$ 15.21

5.0 out of 5 stars Evil aliens,super villains,doubles,romance,leather-it's all in here, Aug. 3 2011
I highly recommend this collection of X-men stories from late 1982 to early 1984.This set has introductions and
exciting character development,plus interesting plots.Callisto,the Morlocks,Madelyne Pryor,and the New mutants make their first and/or several early appearances here.Rogue joins the X-men in this set.She is very interesting as a character because her mind can't be read and you don't always know what she's thinking but she becomes a likable character despite her previous villainy.Storm meets Yukio,and then undergoes her transformation into a mohawk sporting,leather punk queen which I absolutely loved.Kitty tries several times to do the horizontal mambo with Peter but gets interrupted by her worst enemy, editor-in-chief,Jim Shooter.The X-kinkiness doesn't stop there kink fans.Some might say Scott's infatuation with Madelyne (because she looks and sounds like Jean Grey) is just a tad kinky.But what I'm referring to is that Angel/Warren Worthington III is kidnapped,stripped,and tied up-to be Callisto's boy toy/male concubine-a classic Claremont trope which, for me, never gets old.The art itself is fantastic in this series.I like the different styles of Dave Cockrum,Paul Smith, and John Romita Jr.I highly recommend this set,many events in these issues set the stage for upcoming "epic" conclusions.

Marvel Masterworks: The Uncanny X-Men - Volume 7
Marvel Masterworks: The Uncanny X-Men - Volume 7
by Chris Claremont
Edition: Hardcover
17 used & new from CDN$ 63.52

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great collection of early 80's X-men stories, July 23 2011
I thoroughly enjoyed this Masterwork edition which contains Uncanny X-men issues from #151-159 along with Annual #5 and Avengers Annual#10.Some highlights of the collection:The White Queen and Storm switch bodies,Storm and Cyclops develop a deeper friendship as well as a rivalry,Tigra,Spider Woman#1,and Carol Danvers show up.Plus readers meet Rogue for the first time.There is plenty of action but as is the case with Claremont stories there is good character development going on at the same time.These issues are really expensive and hard to find in their original printings plus even the Classic X-men reprints are becoming scarce.With this collection it's all neatly gathered for you at a decent sale price.Claremont's writing is still very good here, this is a collection for Storm fans in particular,she really begins to come into her own as leader of the X-men.Also,Carol Danvers traumatic experiences are dealt with in a sensitive manner in these issues,you can also see how Rogue has been brainwashed and warped by Mystique who has a climactic showdown with Carol.I highly recommend this set to fans and casual readers who have the other masterworks X-men collections.

Batman: In the Seventies
Batman: In the Seventies
by Dennis O'Neil
Edition: Paperback
18 used & new from CDN$ 46.61

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good survey of Batman's 70's adventures, July 20 2011
I suppose I am very biased in giving this set five stars because these were the first Batman comics I ever read.These stories were what brought me into the Batman narrative.I liked this darker and moody Batman the best, just ahead of the 40's and 60's versions of Batman.I love stories from every decade but the 70's has many of my absolute favorites.Frank Miller and Jim Starlin's visions of Batman have never been to my liking.This seventies collection has the involving mystery,complex characterization,varied art styles, and,yes,the romance that are part of Batman.I think it is difficult to put these sets together because readers can differ greatly on what the best stories of a decade actually are. If you love the Huntress,Man-Bat, Batgirl-Robin team ups,and Ra's-Al Ghul you'll like this set.

Wonder Woman Archives VOL 04
Wonder Woman Archives VOL 04
by William Moulton Marston
Edition: Hardcover
16 used & new from CDN$ 40.82

5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Wonder Woman stories for fans, July 20 2011
This book is a whimsical collection of early WW stories which involve all the usual early WW story elements: Diana's secret i.d. anxiety, bondage/domination/submission,war propaganda,Etta Candy saying:"woo-woo!",and capable,female adversaries like the Cheetah, Queen Clea, and Giganta.Plus,Steve Trevor provides some eye candy when he is captured , and given a green thong/loincloth to wear.This collection includes the following issues:SENSATION COMICS #25-32 and WONDER WOMAN #8-9. I highly recommend this book to fans but it might be wiser to wait for upcoming WW Chronicles editions which ought to reprint these issues in the near future. The Archive editions often sell quickly when they first come out, and they are very expensive.

Gas We Pass
Gas We Pass
by Shinta Ch
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 9.02
24 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and informative book for children and adults, Aug. 22 2010
This review is from: Gas We Pass (Paperback)
This book is good fun for children and adults.The children will learn some useful information about the digestive system from the book and it's amusing enough for adults too.Some people may be offended by this book,to them I say: Well, it's not pleasant but everybody has gas, so get over it.

New Teen Titans Archives Vol. 4
New Teen Titans Archives Vol. 4
by Marv Wolfman
Edition: Hardcover
17 used & new from CDN$ 43.49

5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the New Teen Titans archives, Aug. 22 2010
I loved this collection of early 1980's Teen Titans,every story in the book is quite compelling.The thoughtful subplots in each issue make the characters feel more real not just cardboard cut out heroes sent to dispatch the villain of the month.Robin and Starfire's budding romantic relationship is developed nicely.Robin,Starfire,Raven,and Cyborg are showcased in these issues.Aqua Lad shows up too for fans of the underdog water prince.Marv Wolfman and George Perez did some of their best work with the Titans here as well as in Terra Incognito and the Judas Contract sets that follow this one.

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