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Blood: A Tale

Blood: A Tale
By J.M. DeMatteis (writer) and Kent Williams with George Pratt, Jon J. Muth and Sherilyn Van Valkenburgh (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released January 2005

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Cover price: $19.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1401202632

Synopsis from publisher:
One of the most beautiful artistic achievements in comics is collected again! Telling the richly metaphorical tale of Blood, a young vampire, BLOOD: A TALE follows the endless cycle of life and death to find the seeds of redemption in a fever-dream of a dying king, love eternal, and a life of bloodlust.

Notes:

This publication reprints the Blood: A Tale comic book mini-series. All material in this publication was written by J.M. DeMatteis and painted by Kent Williams. The final issue also has images by George Pratt, Jon J. Muth and Sherilyn Van Valkenburgh.

The series was originally published in 1987 by Marvel Comics’ imprint Epic Comics. In 1996, DC Comics’ Vertigo reprinted the mini-series and then released this collected publication.

Reprints:

  1. Blood: A Tale #1 (1987)
  2. Blood: A Tale #2 (1987)
  3. Blood: A Tale #3 (1987)
  4. Blood: A Tale #4 (1987)
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The Mystery Play

The Mystery Play
By Grant Morrison (writer) and Jon J. Muth (artist)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released August 1995

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Cover price: $19.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563891891

Synopsis from publisher:
The fully painted psychological thriller THE MYSTERY PLAY illustrates the devastating power of fear and accusations as a small-town community is ripped apart from within. When the actor portraying Satan is accused of brutally murdering the actor playing God in a Renaissance festival, a rural English village teeters on the edge of self-destruction. Looking to save the town from itself, a mysterious detective arrives and begins to piece together the clues of the slaying. But even if the enigmatic stranger can solve the disturbing mystery, the revelation of his true identity and past may still lead to the fiery end of the village.

Notes:

This publication is an original graphic novel. All material in this publication was written by Grant Morrison and painted by Jon J. Muth.

Reprints: N/A

The Compleat Moonshadow

The Compleate Moonshadow
By John Marc DeMatteis (writer) and Jon J. Muth with Kent Williams, Sherilyn Van Valkenburgh and George Pratt (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released February 1998

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Cover price: $39.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1401205917

Synopsis from publisher:
A single paperback volume collecting both the original run of MOONSHADOW and its sequel, FAREWELL MOONSHADOW. Journey from the farther reaches of outer space to the starry skies of the inner spirit as the young dreamer Moonshadow and his cynical alien companion ira set forth on the unforgettable intergalactic odyssey that science-fiction great Ray Bradbury called “beautiful, original, haunting.”

Notes:

This publication collects the Moonshadow comic book series and the Farewell, Moonshadow comic book one-shot. All material in this publication was written by John Marc DeMatteis and painted by Jon J. Muth, except for issue #6, which was painted by Kent Williams, a portion of issue #10 painted by Sherilyn Van Valkenburgh, a portion of issue #11 painted by George Pratt, and portions of issue #12 painted by Kent Williams and George Pratt.

Moonshadow was originally published by Marvel Comics’ Epic imprint. A now out-of-print publication collected these issues in 1989. In 1994, DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint re-printed the series and released the sequel Farewell, Moonshadow in 1997. In 1998, this publication was released collecting the entire story.

Reprints:

  1. Moonshadow #1 (1985)
  2. Moonshadow #2 (1985)
  3. Moonshadow #3 (1985)
  4. Moonshadow #4 (1985)
  5. Moonshadow #5 (1985)
  6. Moonshadow #6 (1986)
  7. Moonshadow #7 (1986)
  8. Moonshadow #8 (1986)
  9. Moonshadow #9 (1986)
  10. Moonshadow #10 (1986)
  11. Moonshadow #11 (1987)
  12. Moonshadow #12 (1987)
  13. Farewell Moonshadow #1 (1997)

Lucifer Vol. 11: Evensong

Lucifer Vol. 11: Evensong
By Mike Carey (writer), Peter Gross, Jon J. Muth, Zander Cannon and Dean Ormston with Ryan Kelly, Aaron Alexovich, Big Time Attic (Kevin Cannon and Shad Petosky) and Christopher Moeller (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released January 2007

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Cover price: $14.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 140121200X

Synopsis from publisher:
The saga of Lucifer Morningstar comes to a close in EVENSONG, collecting LUCIFER #70-75. In the aftermath of the universe-shaking battle in Heaven, Lucifer and his cohorts return to pick up their lives and tie up their loose ends. As a special bonus, EVENSONG also includes the Prestige-format one-shot LUCIFER: NIRVANA, gorgeously painted by Jon J Muth.

Notes:
This publication is the eleventh and final collection of the comic book series Lucifer. It also collects the comic book Lucifer: Nirvana. All reprinted material was written by Mike Carey. Issue #70 was illustrated by Zander Cannon and Big Time Attic (an art studio consisting of Zander Cannon, Kevin Cannon and Shad Petosky). Issues #71 and #72 were illustrated by Peter Gross and Aaron Alexovich. Issue #73 was illustrated by Dean Ormston. Issues #74 and #75 were illustrated by Peter Gross and Ryan Kelly. Lucifer: Nirvana was illustrated by Jon J. Muth. The cover painted by Christopher Moeller was originally used as the cover to issue #75.

Reprints:

  1. Lucifer #70 (2006)
  2. Lucifer #71 (2006)
  3. Lucifer #72 (2006)
  4. Lucifer #73 (2006)
  5. Lucifer #74 (2006)
  6. Lucifer #75 (2006)
  7. Lucifer: Nirvana (2002)

Death: The Time of Your Life

Death: The Time of Your Life
By Neil Gaiman (writer), Chris Bachalo, Mark Buckingham, Mark Pennington and Dave McKean (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released April 1996

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Cover price: $12.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563893339

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Cover price: $24.99
Format: Hard cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563893193

Synopsis from publisher:
Death incarnate, as defined by master storyteller Neil Gaiman (THE SANDMAN), is a genuinely likeable young girl with a fondness for ankhs who truly cares about people. It’s small wonder then that when a rising star of the music world wrestles with revealing her true sexual orientation just as her lover is lured into the realm of Death that Death herself should make an appearance. A practical, honest, and intelligent story that illuminates “the miracle of death.”

Notes:
This publication collects the second comic book mini-series starring Death from The Sandman comic book series. It also includes a one-shot called Death Gallery. All material reprinted in this publication was written by Neil Gaiman. Issue #1 and half of #2 were illustrated by Chris Bachalo and Mark Buckingham. The other half of #2 and #3 were illustrated by Buckingham and Mark Pennington. The cover was created by Dave McKean.
Artists that contributed to the Death Gallery: Art Adam, Mike Allred, Chris Bachalo, Brian Bolland, Mark Buckingham, Paul Chadwick, Geoff Darrow, Colleen Doran, Dave Gibbons, Marc Hempel, Adam Hughes, Michael William Kaluta, Vince Locke, Dave McKean, Jon J. Muth, Kevin Nowlan, Brandon Peterson, Joe Phillips, George Pratt, Joe Quesada, P. Craig Russell, Jeff Smith, Bryan Talbot, Jill Thompson, Charles Vess, Reed Waller, Kent Williams, Gahan Wilson and Michael Zulli.

Reprints:

  1. Death: The Time of Your Life #1 (1996)
  2. Death: The Time of Your Life #2 (1996)
  3. Death: The Time of Your Life #3 (1996)
  4. Death Gallery #1 (1993)

The Absolute Sandman Vol. 4

The Absolute Sandman Vol. 4
By Neil Gaiman (writer), Marc Hempel, Michael Zulli, Charles Vess, Teddy Kristiansen, Kevin Nowlan, Glyn Dillon, Dean Ormston and Jon J. Muth with D’Israeli, Richard Case and Dave McKean (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released November 2008

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Cover price: $99.00
Format: Hard cover, color, over-sized
ISBN 1401210856

Synopsis from publisher:
This final volume includes behind-the-scenes extras plus issues #57-75 and a story from VERTIGO JAM #1. Don’t miss the end of what Playboy called “a modern myth, as well as a précis on why the stories we tell matter so much“.

Notes:
This over-sized hard cover publication is the fourth and final in this series, reprinting the next seventeen issues of the second Sandman comic book series. It is essentially a recolored or “remastered” version of the contents of The Sandman Vol. 9: The Kindly Ones and The Sandman Vol. 10: The Wake, but without those publications’ introductions.
All material reprinted in this publication was written by Neil Gaiman. Art was created by Marc Hempel for issues #57 to #61, #63 and #65 to 69. Inked art was provided by D’Israeli for issues #58 to #61 and Richard Case for issues #65 to #68. Issue #62 was drawn by Glyn Dillon, Dean Ormston, Charles Vess and D’Israeli. Teddy Kristiansen illustrated issue #64. Michael Zulli illustrated issues #70 to 73, as well as the 3-page sequence originally published in The Dreaming #8. The art for issue #74 was by Jon J. Muth and #75 by Charles Vess. The story from Vertigo Jam #1 was illustrated by Kevin Nowlan. The slipcase cover was created by Dave McKean.
This publication also includes 3 “lost” pages that were first printed in The Dreaming #8. The sequence takes place after page 16 of Sandman #72 but is printed in the correct sequence in this publication.

Reprints:

  1. Sandman #57 (1994)
  2. Sandman #58 (1994)
  3. Sandman #59 (1994)
  4. Sandman #60 (1994)
  5. Sandman #61 (1994)
  6. Sandman #62 (1994)
  7. Sandman #63 (1994)
  8. Sandman #64 (1994)
  9. Sandman #65 (1994)
  10. Sandman #66 (1995)
  11. Sandman #67 (1995)
  12. Sandman #68 (1995)
  13. Sandman #69 (1995)
  14. Sandman #70 (1995)
  15. Sandman #71 (1995)
  16. Sandman #72 (1995)
  17. The Dreaming #8 (1997) (3-page “lost” Sandman sequence only)
  18. Sandman #73 (1995)
  19. Sandman #74 (1996)
  20. Sandman #75 (1996)
  21. Vertigo Jam #1 (1993)

The Sandman Vol. 10: The Wake

The Sandman Vol. 10: The Wake
By Neil Gaiman (writer), Michael Zulli, Jon J. Muth and Charles Vess with Dave McKean (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released July 1997

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Cover price: $19.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563892790

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Cover price: $29.95
Format: Hard cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563892871

Synopsis from publisher for soft cover edition:
In the last chapter of the SANDMAN saga, the Endless and all the dreamers come to celebrate the life and mourn the passing of the King of Dreams.

Synopsis from publisher for hard cover edition:
A groundbreaking and award-winning epic that masterfully creates a modern myth of dark fantasy, the Sandman series tells the tale of Morpheus, the King of Dreams. As a being of infinite power, Morpheus has ruled over the realm of the dreaming since the beginning of time. But now after a tragic fall, Morpheus is no more. In the touching and final chapter of this fantastical legend, friends, siblings, enemies and lovers gather to mourn and honor the fallen Lord. Realistically depicting the feelings of loss and despair associated with death, THE SANDMAN: THE WAKE is an emotional tale of remembrance and rebirth.

Notes:
The tenth and final collection of the second Sandman comic book series. All material reprinted in this publication was written by Neil Gaiman. Art was created by Michael Zulli except for issue #74 by Jon J. Muth and issue #75 by Charles Vess. The cover was created by Dave McKean.
This publication also includes 3 “lost” pages that were first printed in The Dreaming #8. The sequence takes place after page 16 of Sandman #72 but is printed in the correct sequence in this publication.

Reprints:

  1. Sandman #70 (1995)
  2. Sandman #71 (1995)
  3. Sandman #72 (1995)
  4. The Dreaming #8 (1997) (3-page “lost” Sandman sequence only)
  5. Sandman #73 (1995)
  6. Sandman #74 (1996)
  7. Sandman #75 (1996)

Bonus material:

  1. Introduction by Mikal Gilmore

The Absolute Sandman Vol. 2

The Absolute Sandman Vol. 2
By Neil Gaiman (writer), Shawn McManus, Kelley Jones, Mike Dringenberg, Malcolm Jones III, Bryan Talbot, John Watkiss, Matt Wagner, Stan Woch, Colleen Doran, Duncan Eagleson and John Bolton with George Pratt, Dick Giordano, P. Craig Russell, Vince Locke and Dave McKean (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released October 2007

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Cover price: $99.00
Format: Hard cover, color, over-sized
ISBN 140121083X

Synopsis from publisher:
DC Comics is proud to present the second volume of the comics classic THE SANDMAN in Absolute format!

The second of four beautifully designed slipcased volumes, THE ABSOLUTE SANDMAN VOL. 2 collects issues 21-39 of THE SANDMAN and features remastered coloring on all 19 issues as well as brand-new inks on THE SANDMAN #34 by the issue’s original penciller, Colleen Doran, and a host of bonus material, including two never-before-reprinted stories by Gaiman (one prose and one illustrated), a complete reproduction of the never-before-reprinted one-shot THE SANDMAN: A GALLERY OF DREAMS, and the complete script and pencils by Gaiman and Kelley Jones for Chapter Two of “Season of Mists” from THE SANDMAN #23.

Notes:
This over-sized hard cover publication is the second in this series, reprinting the next nineteen issues of the second Sandman comic book series. It is essentially a recolored or “remastered” version of the contents of The Sandman Vol. 4: Season of Mists, The Sandman Vol. 5: A Game of You and The Sandman Vol. 6: Fables and Reflections but without those publication’s introductions. It also omits issues #40 and #50, as well as Sandman Special #1 and the Sandman story from Vertigo Preview #1 from The Sandman Vol. 6: Fables and Reflections, which appear in The Absolute Sandman Vol. 3.
All material reprinted in this publication was written by Neil Gaiman. Issue #21 was illustrated by Mike Dringenberg and Malcolm Jones III. Issues #22 and #23 were drawn by Kelley Jones and Malcolm Jones III. Issue #24 was drawn by Malcolm Jones III and P. Craig Russell. Issue #25 was drawn by Matt Wagner and Russell. Kelley Jones returned for issue #26, inked by George Pratt, and issue #27, inked by Dick Giordano. Issue #28 was drawn by Dringenberg and Pratt. Issue #29 was drawn by Stan Woch and Giordano. Issue #30 was drawn by Talbot and Woch. Issues #31 to #37 were illustrated by Shawn McManus, except for issue #34 by Colleen Doran and a portion of #36 by Bryan Talbot and Stan Woch. Issue #38 was drawn by Duncan Eagleson and Vince Locke. Issue #39 was illustrated by John Watkiss. Vertigo: Winter’s Edge #1 was illustrated by John Bolton. The slipcase cover was created by Dave McKean.
The following artists contributed to the one-shot A Gallery of Dreams: Dave McKean, Matt Wagner, Barron Storey, George Pratt, Terry Moore, Teri S. Wood, Brian Bolland, Shane Oakley, Paul Lee, Craig Hamilton, Eddie Campbell, Rick Berry, Michael Zulli, Geof Darrow, Simon Bisley, Jamie Hewlett, Mark Chiarello, Alex Ross, Bill Koeb, Mike Mignola, Malcolm Jones III, Kelley Jones, Jon J. Muth, Jeff Smith, Tony Harris, Colleen Doran, Gathan Wilson, Alison Seiffer, Tom Taggart, Jill Karla Schwarz, Greg Spalenka, Moebius and Charles Vess.

Reprints:

  1. Sandman #21 (1990)
  2. Sandman #22 (1991)
  3. Sandman #23 (1991)
  4. Sandman #24 (1991)
  5. Sandman #25 (1991)
  6. Sandman #26 (1991)
  7. Sandman #27 (1991)
  8. Sandman #28 (1991)
  9. Sandman #29 (1991)
  10. Sandman #30 (1991)
  11. Sandman #31 (1991)
  12. Sandman #32 (1991)
  13. Sandman #33 (1991)
  14. Sandman #34 (1992)
  15. Sandman #35 (1992)
  16. Sandman #36 (1992)
  17. Sandman #37 (1992)
  18. Sandman #38 (1992)
  19. Sandman #39 (1992)
  20. Vertigo: Winter’s Edge #1 (1998) (10-page Sandman story only)
  21. Sandman: A Gallery of Dreams #1 (1994)

Bonus material:

  1. Prose short story by Neil Gaiman (originally released with The Sandman Absolute Statue)
  2. Original script by Gaiman and pencil reproductions by Kelley Jones from Sandman #23 Chapter Two

Swamp Thing: Roots

Swamp Thing: Roots
By Jon J. Muth (writer/artist)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released March 1998

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Cover price: $7.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563893770

Synopsis from publisher:
None available.

Notes:
This is a graphic novel containing all-original material. This 64-page release features story and fully-painted artwork by Jon J. Muth. It was released a year following the cancellation of the second Swamp Thing comic book series. The story depicts a previous Swamp Thing from the 1940s. The publication is currently out-of-print but may still be available through various retailers and book stores.

Reprints: N/A