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Comics Omnibus Collections: All You Could Ask for and Then Some

July 29th, 2011 Comments off

Omnibuses at TFAW.comI’ve gotten a lot of friends who’ve asked me for recommendations for comics they should read. Usually I go on a little fact-finding mission and pair them up with a book I think they’ll connect with. Lately though, I’ve been turning people on to omnibuses (or omnibusen, if you’re so inclined).

Why? Because they’re a great value and you get a lot of bang for your buck. Think about it: a $2.99 comic clocks in at 32 pages, and if my wizard-like math skills haven’t failed me, that’s about 10¢ a page. Depending on your reading abilities, you could be done with that issue pretty darn quick, only to return to your mundane existence 10 to 20 minutes later.

That’s where omnibuses come in to save the day. Clocking in at 350-530+ pages each–most are $25-$60–they’re well worth the price of admission. They’re perfect for me because I’m impatient. Don’t get me wrong, I love monthlies. They do a great job at giving you exactly what you need and keep you coming back month after month (as long as the art and writing are there), but they always leave me wanting.

There’s nothing quite like turning off your cell phone and curling up with a good omnibus. The closest comparison I have would be to equate it with a movie marathon. Ever watch the Star Wars, Indiana Jones, or Lord of the Rings trilogies in one sitting? That’s what I’m talking about. You get to escape to another world for a good long time, leaving all of your cares and concerns behind.

Not knowing you, [INSERT YOUR NAME HERE], I’d have a hard time recommending an omnibus for you, but here are a few choice ones I’ve really enjoyed:

  • Hack/Slash Ommnibus Vols. 1-3–Tim Seeley’s book turns the typical slasher story on its head with Cassie Hack, the tough-as-nails young girl who hunts murderers, wackos, and monsters with her sweet sidekick, Vlad. Can’t go wrong!
  • Age of Reptiles Omnibus–Though there isn’t a single spoken word in this book, you feel yourself compelled to keep “reading” to see what happens to your favorite characters. The kid who loved dinosaurs in me is still very much alive, and this is a great book for kids of all ages. Super powerful. Warning, there is some death in the book, so use your discretion for younger readers.
  • Astonishing X-Men By Whedon & Cassaday Omnibus HC–This award-winning series was a hit with critics and fans throughout the Whedon/Cassaday run, and was collected into a massive tome that is wholly satisfying.
  • Superman Doomsday Omnibus TPB–There isn’t much to say about this book that hasn’t been said. It’s just really nice to read through all 412 pages of the Doomsday saga in one sitting.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer omnibuses–Yes, I’m a dude who likes Buffy. That being said, Dark Horse’s BTVS comics have always been top notch, and I’m going to go out on a limb and say that you’re not a Buffy fan if you don’t have at least a few Buffy comics somewhere on a shelf (or standing upright in a polybag sleeve in a box in a dark, dry corner of your basement/spare room). These omnibuses are just too good to pass up, and don’t need to be read in order to be enjoyed.
  • B.P.R.D. Omnibus HC Vol. 1–The complete Plague of Frogs story is presented in all its glory. Many friends I’ve turned on to the Hellboy/B.P.R.D. universe tell me that they prefer the team dynamic in B.P.R.D. to Hellboy’s solo tales. This book is for those of you who’ve picked up a couple of Hellboy trades and are now looking for a good jumping-on point to to get into B.P.R.D..
  • Indiana Jones omnibuses–You can pretend that the fourth movie never came out and travel around the world with Indiana Jones as he hunts down relics and artifacts that belong in a museum!
  • Star Trek omnibuses–Boldly go with these awesome collections of exciting comics starring your favorite Trek characters. TOS was a great volume because it included Star Trek: Year Four.
  • Star Wars omnibuses–Hundreds of pages of Star Wars comics in each installment. What more could you ask for? What more do I need to tell you? Personal faves include Star Wars Omnibus: Menace Revealed, Star Wars Omnibus: Rise of the Sith, and Star Wars Omnibus: Quinlan Vos-Jedi in Darkness.

What’s your favorite omnibus and why? Post your comment below and you might win one from my bookshelf.

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SDCC ’11: Warehouse 13 Panel

July 26th, 2011 Comments off

The stars of SyFy’s hit Warehouse 13 television series played to a packed house at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con in the illustrious Ballroom 20. If you weren’t patient enough to stand in line for hours to see the panel, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. Did you know that there’s a Warehouse 13 comic book series on the horizon? Check it out after the jump.

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SDCC ’11: Eureka Panel

July 26th, 2011 Comments off

The cast of SyFy’s hit TV series Eureka came to Comic-Con 2011 to talk about Season 4.5. Fans waited in line for hours to see the cast, listen to the producers talk about the time line shift, the challenges facing the inhabitants of Eureka this season, and much more. Join us on the trip that was the Eureka Panel. Warning–all sorts of fun spoilers ahead. ;)

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SDCC ’11: Raven Gregory Talks Fly, Theater & Dream Eaters Saga

July 26th, 2011 Comments off

At this year’s Comic-Con we had the pleasure of sitting down with Zenescope writer and marketing maven Raven Gregory, the writer behind Grimm Fairy Tales, the debut issues of Charmed (with Paul Ruditis), The Waking, and more. He updated us on his upcoming series, Fly and Theater, and told us why he’s not doing another large crossover like the Grimm Fairy Tales Dream Eaters’ Saga anytime soon! Watch below:

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SDCC ’11: The Guild Panel With Felicia Day

July 25th, 2011 Comments off

Saturday, the Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton Bayfront was the place to be at SDCC ’11: after the epically funny Joss Whedon panel, fans were treated to another excellent panel starring The Guild, Felicia Day’s groundbreaking web series about a group of misfit gamers. The crowd (which has grown exponentially every year) screamed when Felicia, Amy Okuda, Jeff Lewis, Sandeep Parikh, Vincent Caso, and Robin Thorsen took the stage. Plus, they were treated to a special screening of the first episode of Season Five, which found our merry group arriving at MegaGame-O-Ramacon (which I could not show you here, but it debuts July 26, and it was SO good).

Two things (mild SPOILER!!!):

  • There was no music video this year–Felicia didn’t have time between doing The Guild season five and her new web series, Dragon Age: Redemption
  • It looks like Codex is reevaluating her feelings for Zaboo in a big way. BIG.
The Guild Comics

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SDCC ’11: Joss Whedon: He Is Your Boss

July 25th, 2011 Comments off

Joss Whedon headlined an absolutely delightful panel at SDCC ’11, answering dozens of fan questions and keeping everyone in stitches. Up for discussion: Buffy, Angel & Faith (which he compared to a buddy cop movie), Avengers, Dollhouse, Firefly, and how Joss thinks he’s a 14-year-old girl with superpowers. Watch it. Live it. Love it.

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SDCC ’11: Robert Kirkman Panel

July 24th, 2011 Comments off

Robert Kirkman gets lots of laughs in this video where he thanks his fans for reading his books and supporting his grocery budget, never working for Marvel again, and playing video games. He never ceases to amaze me with his quick wit. You’ll find out what I mean:

The Walking Dead

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SDCC ’11: Dark Horse Comics Panel

July 23rd, 2011 Comments off

Big things are in the works for Dark horse Comics, and we were there to get it all on video for you! Best-selling fantasy author P.C. Cast talks about her House of Night comic book series, while rock icon Tom Morello gives us the skinny on Orchid, and visionary director Guillermo del Toro talks about his new book, The Strain.

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SDCC ’11: True Blood Panel

July 23rd, 2011 Comments off

The True Blood Panel has become a staple of Comic-Con in years past. People camped out over night to nab a spot in the famous “Ballroom 20″ of the San Diego Convention Center to try and get a peek at their favorite characters from HBO’s hit series.

Felicia Day The Guild

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SDCC ’11: Morena Baccarin Introduces Homeland

July 23rd, 2011 Comments off

We were able to get into Ballroom 20 in time to watch Firefly and Serenity star Morena Baccarin introduce her new Showtime series, Homeland. In it, she plays the wife of a man who was a POW in the Middle East who comes home after eight years . . . but has he been turned by the enemy? Watch the video below!

Morena Baccarin Firefly Serenity

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