Times are tough and comics can be expensive! We here at Major Spoilers understand that and we know that many people are trade waiters. We want to help you make the most informed buying decision concerning collected editions.

December is Holiday season time and that also means that collected editions are great choices to give as gift for any Winter Occasion! With that in mind, we were asked to present choices that can be enjoyed by the whole family! This is what we all had to say:

MATTHEW’S PICKindex
Batman the Jiro Kuwata Batmanga vol. 1
Writer:
Jiro Kuwata
Artist: Jiro Kuwata
Publisher: DC Comics
Price: $14.99
In Stores: December 3rd, 2014
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This December is the month where I turn 44, and I’m finally glad to be old enough to say this: “You rotten kids don’t know how good you have it today!” When I was first getting into comics, we only heard rumors of the cool comics of other countries, like Katushiro Otomo’s ‘Akira’ or Alan Moore’s ‘Marvelman’. During the big post-Dark Knight boom, rumors of a series of Japanese 1960s Batman stories came to my attention for the first time, and the idea of full-on Manga-style Batmania was irresistible to me. Sadly, it was some years before I finally got my hands on a (really awful, incomplete and hard-to-read) copy, and I’ve never been able to read the *whole* story… UNTIL NOW! If you’ve ever wondered what it would take for me to recommend a Bat-book, it’s the co-creator of 8-Man working without a net, with villains like The Human Ball and Lord Death-Man, completely ignoring American continuity. 15-year-old me has been looking forward to this for
quite some time (that rotten kid!)” – Matthew

 

GEORGE’S PICK TFJOE-TPB-VOL1-COV-30da9
Transformers vs. G.I. Joe Volume 1
Writers:
Tom Scioli and John Barber
Artist: Tom Scioli
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Price: $19.99
In Stores: December 30th, 2014
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Transformers vs. G.I. Joe is an absolutely crazy title with an unbounded energy that should appeal to the young and old alike. Tom Scioli’s retro-cartoony art and the “anything goes” writing create a vibe that resembles nothing so much as playing with all your favorite toys in the sandbox. Transformers vs. G.I. Joe is definitely an exercise in nostalgia, but it’s the rare nostalgia exercise that actually synthesizes its influences into something new and exciting. I’ve got all of these issues except for 0, and I’m still thinking about buying this trade.” – George

 

CHRIS’ PICK sex criminals
Sex Criminals Vol. 2: Two Worlds One Cup
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artist: Chip Zdarksy
Publisher: Image Comics
Price: $14.99
In Stores: February 17th, 2015
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Sex Criminals Vol. 2: Two Worlds One Cop – While the title is certainly provocative, Sex Criminals rises above being explicit for explicit’s sake.  It’s got humor, heart and characters that feel real. The story is fantastic and unlike anything I’ve read before. Mature readers should have this sitting under their tree this Christmas.” – Chris

 

WAYNE’S PICK ghosted_tp_03
Ghosted vol. 3
Writer:
Joshua Williamson
Artist:
Davide Gianfelice
Publisher:
Image Comics
Price:
$12.99
In Stores: December 10th, 2014
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“There’ll be scary ghost stories.” Yup, that’s what you’ll find in the latest trade paperback of the Ghosted series, scripted by one of my very favorite comics writers, Joshua Williamson. He fools me just about every time, and I expect he’ll do the same to you as you delve into this book which is both frightening and engaging. Love it!” – Wayne

 

JASON’S PICK 91YqKsa62iL._SL1500_
Nightwing vol. 1: Bludhaven
Writer:
Dennis O’Neil
Artist:
Greg Land
Publisher:
DC Comics
Price:
$19.99
In Stores: December 3rd, 2014
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“Learn how to fly solo this Christmas as you read the solo title of the first boy wonder! This has all been published before but with this new collection, it’s my hope that DC will finally collect the entirety of this series! If you are Batman and Robin fan, you cannot go wrong reading this series.” – Jason

 

ASHLEY’S PICK 51IFUHwHebL
Nelvana of the Northern Lights
Writer:
Adrian Dingle
Artist:
Adrian Dingle
Publisher:
IDW Publishing
Price:
$39.99
In Stores: November 26th, 2014
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“From the pages of Triumph Comics comes Canada’s first superheroine! Nelvana of the Northern Lights embodies the fantastical qualities of winter and defeats such horrible foes as the Nazis! This collection has been lovingly restores – it’s beautiful, it’s classic comic book storytelling and it’s a great adventure story. Nelvana of the Northern Lights is a true piece of art that would be a wonderful gift this holiday season … plus, strong female protagonist!” – Ashley

 

STEPHEN’S PICK mouse guard
Mouse Guard: Baldwin the Brave and Other Stories HC
Writer:
David Peterson
Artist:
David Peterson
Publisher:
Archaia
Price:
$14.99
In Stores: November 12th, 2014
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Mouse Guard is a great all ages series by David Petersen that has all the high adventure of a fantasy novel but with mice! MICE! At times this series is dark and brooding, and other times it is high adventure. If you are looking for a stocking stuffer for your young one or adult comic fan, Mouse Guard continues to be a great, award winning series, and is worth curling up in a blanket with on a cold winter night.” – Stephen

 

Which collected edition are you looking forward to getting your hands on this month? If you need a little help you can find a list of all the collected editions being published December, 2014 right here.

The Author

Ashley Victoria Robinson

Ashley Victoria Robinson

Ashley Victoria Robinson is a Canadian girl by day and Robin by night. She lives in Los Angeles now and stars as Ensign Williams in THE RED SHIRT DIARIES, co-hosts the GEEK HISTORY LESSON podcast and writes for Top Cow.

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