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Doom Patrol Vol. 4: Musclebound

Doom Patrol Vol. 4: Musclebound
By Grant Morrison (writer), Richard Case, Mike Dringenberg, Steve Yeowell, Vince Giarrano, Jamie Hewlett and Rian Hughes with Mark McKenna, Malcolm Jones III, Scott Hanna, Mark Badger and Brian Bolland (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released August 2006

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Cover price: $19.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1401209998

Synopsis from publisher:
A new chapter begins for the World’s Strangest Heroes with MUSCLEBOUND, collecting issues #42-50 of the surreal series written by Grant Morrison. Revealing the secret origin of Flex Mentallo and the terrifying secret beneath the Pentagon, MUSCLEBOUND also features the subtle menace of the Beard Hunter and more!

Notes:

This publication is the fourth volume in a series reprinting the second Doom Patrol comic book series. All material in this publication was written by Grant Morrison and illustrated by Richard Case and Mark McKenna. Issue #42 was illustrated by Mike Dringenberg. Steve Yeowell illustrated issue #43. Issue #45 was drawn by Vince Giarrano and Malcolm Jones III. Issue #48 was inked by Scott Hanna. Issue #49 was inked by Mark Badger. Issue #50 was also illustrated by Jamie Hewlett and Rian Hughes. The cover for this publication was created by Brian Bolland.

Reprints:

  1. Doom Patrol #42 (1991)
  2. Doom Patrol #43 (1991)
  3. Doom Patrol #44 (1991)
  4. Doom Patrol #45 (1991)
  5. Doom Patrol #46 (1991)
  6. Doom Patrol #47 (1991)
  7. Doom Patrol #48 (1991)
  8. Doom Patrol #49 (1991)
  9. Doom Patrol #50 (1991)
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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

Availability: Amazon.com
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

The Absolute Sandman Vol. 1

The Absolute Sandman Vol. 1
By Neil Gaiman (writer), Sam Keith, Mike Dringenberg and Malcolm Jones III with Chris Bachalo, Michael Zulli, Steve Parkhouse, Kelley Jones, Charles Vess, Colleen Doran and Dave McKean (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released November 2006

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Cover price: $99.00
Format: Hard cover, color, over-sized
ISBN 1401210821

Synopsis from publisher:
THE SANDMAN, written by New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman, was the most acclaimed comic book title of the 1990s. A rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy in which contemporary fiction, historical drama and legend are seamlessly interwoven, THE SANDMAN is also widely considered one of the most original and artistically ambitious series of the modern age. By the time it concluded in 1996, it had made significant contributions to the artistic maturity of comic books and become a pop culture phenomenon in its own right.

Now, DC Comics is proud to present this comics classic in an all-new Absolute Edition format. The first of four beautifully designed slipcased volumes, THE ABSOLUTE SANDMAN VOL. 1 collects issues #1-20 of THE SANDMAN and features completely new coloring, approved by the author on the first 18 issues, as well as a host of never-before-seen extra material including the complete original Sandman proposal, a gallery of character designs from Gaiman and the artists who originated the look of the Sandman, and the original script for the World Fantasy Award-winning THE SANDMAN #19, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” together with reproductions of the issue’s original pencils by Charles Vess. Also included are a new introduction by DC President and Publisher Paul Levitz and an afterword by Gaiman.

Notes:
This over-sized hard cover publication reprints the first twenty issues of the second Sandman comic book series, essentially a recolored or “remastered” version of the contents of The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes, The Sandman Vol. 2: The Doll’s House and The Sandman Vol. 3: Dream Country but without those publication’s introductions. All material reprinted in this publication was written by Neil Gaiman. The art for issues #1 through #4 were handled Sam Keith and Mike Dringenberg. Issue #5 was drawn by Sam Keith and Malcolm Jones III. Mike Dringenberg and Malcolm Jones III took over the art duties from issue #6 to #16, with the exception of issue #12 by Chris Bachalo and Malcolm Jones III and issue #13 by Michael Zulli and Steve Parkhouse. Issue #17 and #18 were illustrated by Kelley Jones and Malcolm Jones III. Charles Vess drew issue #19. Colleen Doran and Jones drew issue #20. The slipcase cover was created by Dave McKean.

The first Sandman comic book series by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby (their final collaboration), which only lasted six issues from 1974 to 1976, has yet to be collected or reprinted.

Reprints:

  1. Sandman #1 (1989)
  2. Sandman #2 (1989)
  3. Sandman #3 (1989)
  4. Sandman #4 (1989)
  5. Sandman #5 (1989)
  6. Sandman #6 (1989)
  7. Sandman #7 (1989)
  8. Sandman #8 (1989)
  9. Sandman #9 (1989)
  10. Sandman #10 (1989)
  11. Sandman #11 (1989)
  12. Sandman #12 (1990)
  13. Sandman #13 (1990)
  14. Sandman #14 (1990)
  15. Sandman #15 (1990)
  16. Sandman #16 (1990)
  17. Sandman #17 (1990)
  18. Sandman #18 (1990)
  19. Sandman #19 (1990)
  20. Sandman #20 (1990)

Bonus material:

  1. Introduction by Paul Levitz
  2. Afterword by Neil Gaiman
  3. Original Sandman proposal by Neil Gaiman
  4. Character designs by Gaiman and others
  5. Original script by Gaiman and pencil reproductions by Charles Vess from Sandman #19

The Sandman Vol. 3: Dream Country

The Sandman Vol. 3: Dream Country
By Neil Gaiman (writer), Kelley Jones, Charles Vess, Colleen Doran and Malcolm Jones III with Dave McKean (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released September 1991

Availability: Amazon.com
Cover price: $14.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 156389016X

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Cover price: $29.95
Format: Hard cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 156389226X

Synopsis from publisher for soft cover edition:
The third book of the Sandman collection is a series of four short comic book stories. In each of these otherwise unrelated stories, Morpheus serves only as a minor character. Here we meet the mother of Morpheus’s son, find out what cats dream about, and discover the true origin behind Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream. The latter won a World Fantasy Award for best short story, the first time a comic book was given that honor.

Synopsis from publisher for hard cover edition:
Featuring the tale that won the World Fantasy Award for best short story, THE SANDMAN: DREAM COUNTRY continues the fantastical mythology of Morpheus, the King of Dreams. In these centuries-spanning tales, the powerful entity known as the Sandman interacts with a diverse assortment of humans, fairies, heroes, and animals as he walks the mortal plane. Including an amazing encounter with William Shakespeare and an interesting take on the origin and first performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” this book depicts the dreaming world of cats, the tragic life of forgotten super-heroes and the folly of imprisoning and torturing a former lover of the King of Dreams.

Notes:
The third collection of the second Sandman comic book series. All material reprinted in this publication was written by Neil Gaiman. Issue #17 and #18 were illustrated by Kelley Jones and Malcolm Jones III. Charles Vess drew issue #19. Colleen Doran and Jones drew issue #20. The cover was created by Dave McKean.

The first Sandman comic book series by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby (their final collaboration), which only lasted six issues from 1974 to 1976, has yet to be collected or reprinted.

Reprints:

  1. Sandman #17 (1990)
  2. Sandman #18 (1990)
  3. Sandman #19 (1990)
  4. Sandman #20 (1990)

Bonus material:

  1. Introduction by Steve Erickson

The Sandman Vol. 2: The Doll’s House

The Sandman Vol. 2: The Doll’s House
By Neil Gaiman (writer), Mike Dringenberg and Malcolm Jones III with Chris Bachalo, Michael Zulli, Steve Parkhouse and Dave McKean (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released 1990, reissued September 1991

Availability: Amazon.com
Cover price: $19.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 0930289595

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Cover price: $29.95
Format: Hard cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563892251

Synopsis from publisher for soft cover edition:
During Morpheus’s incarceration, three dreams escaped the Dreaming and are now loose in the waking world. At the same time, a young woman named Rose Walker is searching for her little brother. As their stories converge, a vortex is discovered that could destroy all dreamers, and the world itself. Features an introduction by Clive Barker.

Synopsis from publisher for hard cover edition:
A being that has existed since the beginning of the universe, Morpheus rules over the realm of dreams. But after a decades-long imprisonment, the Sandman has returned to find that a few dreams and nightmares have escaped to reality. Looking to recapture his lost possessions, Morpheus ventures to the human plane only to learn that a woman named Rose Walker has inadvertently become a dream vortex and threatens to rip apart his world. Now as Morpheus takes on the last escaped nightmare at a serial killers convention, the Lord of Dreams must mercilessly murder Rose or risk the destruction of his entire kingdom.

Notes:
The second collection of the second Sandman comic book series. All material reprinted in this publication was written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Mike Dringenberg and Malcolm Jones III, except for issue #12 by Chris Bachalo and Jones, and issue #13 by Michael Zulli and Steve Parkhouse. The cover by Dave McKean is a modified version of the original cover to issue #11.

The first Sandman comic book series by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby (their final collaboration), which only lasted six issues from 1974 to 1976, has yet to be collected or reprinted.

Reprints:

  1. Sandman #9 (1989)
  2. Sandman #10 (1989)
  3. Sandman #11 (1989)
  4. Sandman #12 (1990)
  5. Sandman #13 (1990)
  6. Sandman #14 (1990)
  7. Sandman #15 (1990)
  8. Sandman #16 (1990)

Bonus material:

  1. Introduction by Clive Barker

The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes

The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes
By Neil Gaiman (writer), Sam Keith and Mike Dringenberg with Malcolm Jones III and Dave McKean (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released September 1991, re-issued December 1993

Availability: Amazon.com
Cover price: $19.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563890119

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Cover price: $29.95
Format: Hard cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563892278

Synopsis from publisher:
A wizard attempting to capture Death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother Dream instead. Fearful for his safety, the wizard kept him imprisoned in a glass bottle for decades. After his escape, Dream, also known as Morpheus, goes on a quest for his lost objects of power. On the way, Morpheus encounters Lucifer and demons from Hell, the Justice League, and John Constantine, the Hellblazer. This book also includes the story “The Sound of Her Wings” which introduces us to the pragmatic and perky goth girl, Death.

Notes:
The first collection of the second Sandman comic book series. All material reprinted in this publication was written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Sam Keith and Mike Dringenberg. Issue #5, however, was drawn by Keith and Malcolm Jones III. Dringenberg and Jones took over the art duties with issue #6. The cover was created by Dave McKean.

The first Sandman comic book series by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby (their final collaboration), which only lasted six issues from 1974 to 1976, has yet to be collected or reprinted.

Reprints:

  1. Sandman #1 (1989)
  2. Sandman #2 (1989)
  3. Sandman #3 (1989)
  4. Sandman #4 (1989)
  5. Sandman #5 (1989)
  6. Sandman #6 (1989)
  7. Sandman #7 (1989)
  8. Sandman #8 (1989)

Bonus material:

  1. Introduction by Karen Berger

Hellblazer: Dangerous Habits

Hellblazer: Dangerous Habits
By Garth Ennis (writer), Will Simpson and Glenn Fabry with Mark Pennington, Tom Sutton, Malcolm Jones III, Mark McKenna, Kim DeMulder and Stan Woch (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released March 1994

Availability: Amazon.com
Cover price: $14.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563891506

Synopsis from publisher:
John Constantine is dying. As a sorcerer literally haunted by the demons of his past, John is no stranger to mystic bedevilment or supernatural horror. But it’s his chain smoking that ultimately brings death to Constantine’s front door. John Constantine has lung cancer. Though condemned to hell, Constantine continues to laugh in the face of this all-too-serious world. Despite its preternatural overtones, this story is actually a down-to-earth tale about life, death, and the little details in between.

Notes:
This is the fifth collection of the Hellblazer comic book series. This is the first collection of Garth Ennis’s run on Hellblazer. All reprinted material was created by writer Garth Ennis and artist Will Simpson. Mark Pennington inked issues #41 and 42, as well as a portion of #46. Malcolm Jones III inked issue #43. Tom Sutton inked issues #44 and 45. Mark McKenna, Kim DeMulder and Stan Woch also contributed inking to issue #46. Glenn Fabry painted the cover to this publication.

Reprints:

  1. Hellblazer #41 (1991)
  2. Hellblazer #42 (1991)
  3. Hellblazer #43 (1991)
  4. Hellblazer #44 (1991)
  5. Hellblazer #45 (1991)
  6. Hellblazer #46 (1991)