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Are you a fan of Batman Comics? If you are, welcome. If not, you are also welcome to find out more about this legendary DC Comics superhero!

By the end of this article my hope is that you will know much more about the Caped Crusader’s escapades through the four ages of comic book history.

  • Golden Age (1939 – 1956)
  • Silver Age (1956 – 1970)
  • Bronze Age (1970 – 1985)
  • Modern Age (1985 – Present Day)

Not only that, you will also have direct links to buy these timeless stories of The Dark Kinght in the BEST formats available.

  • Absolute Editions (Best of the best and largest format)
  • Omnibus Editions (Also best of the best, usually more issues in a slightly smaller format)
  • Deluxe Editions (Very similar to omnibus editions except the run does not have enough issues to be called an ‘omnibus’)

With that being said, this list of Batman comics for sale will be periodiclly updated as more of the best Batman coimcs are published.

Of course, DC Comics is the source for character facts.

However, here is a brief dossier before you take a look at some of the best Batman comics:


Name: Batman
AKA: Dark Knight, Caped Crusader, Matches Malone
Alter Ego: Bruce Wayne
Powers: advanced martial artist, strategist, excellent detective, limitless funds, technology superiority
Ethos: Brooding drive to fight crime after witnessing the death of his parents as a child
First Appearance: Detective Comics #27 (1939)
Created By: Bob Kane and Bill Finger

 

Batman Comics List:

 

Golden Age (1939 – 1956):

Volume Batman Comics Description Premium Omnibus Edition
I
  • DETECTIVE COMICS #27-56,
  • BATMAN #1-7
  • NEW YORK WORLD’S FAIR COMICS #2
  • WORLD’S BEST COMICS #1
  • WORLD’S FINEST COMICS #2-3

The stories that catapulted Batman to legendary status are collected here in a single, massive volume. The origin of the Dark Knight, as well as the debuts of Robin, Commissioner Gordon, Professor Hugo Strange, The Joker, Catwoman and more! BATMAN: THE GOLDEN AGE OMNIBUS VOL. 1 features the work of such luminaries as Bob Kane, Bill Finger, Gardner Fox, Jerry Robinson and more!

 

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II
  • DETECTIVE COMICS #57-74
  • BATMAN #8-15
  • WORLD’S FINEST COMICS #4-9
This second BATMAN: THE GOLDEN AGE OMNIBUS includes dozens of stories from the early 1940s in which the Dynamic Duo battle evildoers including the Penguin, the Joker, Two-Face, the Scarecrow and many more. These tales were written and illustrated by such luminaries as Bob Kane, Bill Finger, Gardner Fox, Jerry Robinson and more!

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III
  • DETECTIVE COMICS #75-91
  • BATMAN #16-25
  • WORLD’S FINEST COMICS #10-14
This third BATMAN: THE GOLDEN AGE OMNIBUS includes dozens of stories from the early 1940s in which the Dynamic Duo battle evil-doers including the Penguin, the Joker, Two-Face and many more. These tales were written and illustrated by such luminaries as Bob Kane, Bill Finger, Gardner Fox, Jerry Robinson, and more. CHECK VOLUME 3 PRICE!
IV
  • DETECTIVE COMICS #93-112
  • BATMAN #26-35
  • WORLD’S FINEST COMICS #15-22
As World War II comes to an end, Batman and Robin continue to fight crime on the streets of Gotham City and beyond. In these thrilling adventures, the Dynamic Duo battle old foes like the Penguin, the Cavalier and the Joker, while also meeting such classic characters as the Three Musketeers, Professor Moriarty and Santa Claus. All this, plus Alfred starts an amateur detective agency and Catwoman debuts an all-new costume. CHECK VOLUME 4 PRICE!
V
  • Detective Comics #113-132
  • Batman #36-45
  • World’s Finest Comics #23-32
For Batman and Robin there are always more evildoers to fight! Duty calls as the Dynamic Duo defend Gotham City from iconic villains like The Joker, the Penguin and Catwoman, as well as from a motley assortment of crooks, thugs and gangsters of all stripes! And when everyday crime-fighting just isn’t enough, the Caped Crusaders’ adventures take them back in time to Camelot and Sherwood Forest, and even into outer space! All of this, plus the origin of the Batcave’s giant penny. CHECK VOLUME 5 PRICE!
VI
  • Detective Comics #133-153
  • Batman #46-55
  • World’s Finest Comics #33-42
In these thrilling adventures, the Dynamic Duo defends Gotham City from iconic villains like The Joker, Catwoman and the Penguin, and uncovers the identity of Thomas and Martha Wayne’s killer! And when everyday crime-fighting just isn’t enough, the Caped Crusaders’ adventures take them back in time to meet Marco Polo and Leonardo da Vinci, and even into the Viking Age! All this, plus the first appearances of the Riddler and the Mad Hatter. CHECK VOLUME 6 PRICE!
VII
  • Detective Comics #154-173
  • Batman #56-66
  • World’s Finest Comics #43-53
In these thrilling adventures, the Dynamic Duo defends Gotham City from iconic villains like The Joker, Catwoman and the Penguin, and uncovers the identity of the Red Hood and the origin of The Joker! And when everyday crime-fighting just isn’t enough, the Caped Crusaders’ adventures take them back in time to meet Cleopatra and even into the future to meet a descendant of The Joker! All this, plus the first appearances of Deadshot and Killer Moth. CHECK VOLUME 7 PRICE!
VIII
  • Detective Comics #174-191
  • Batman #67-75
  • World’s Finest Comics #54-62
The Dynamic Duo defends Gotham City from iconic villains like the Joker, Two-Face, and Catwoman–and faces off against new foes like the Human Magnet, Mr. Hydro, the Gorilla Boss, the Masked Mystic, and Selina Kyle’s brother, the King of the Cats! CHECK VOLUME 8 PRICE!
IX
  • Batman #76-84
  • Detective Comics #192-208
  • World’s Finest Comics #63-70
These stories from the early 1950s feature alternate versions of the Caped Crusader, as well as Batman’s foes The Joker, Two-Face, the Penguin, and Catwoman. Along the way, the Dynamic Duo travel back in time to meet “The Batman of Yesterday,” and encounter another Batman in modern-day Gotham City. Plus, Batman joins the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Catwoman stalks a beauty pageant, The Joker directs his own movie crimes, and more. CHECK VOLUME 9 PRICE!

 

Silver Age (1956 – 1970):

Volume Batman Comics Description Premium Omnibus Edition
I
  • SUPERMAN #76
  • WORLD’S FINEST #71-116
They had been fighting crime separately for years, but it wasn’t until the historic SUPERMAN #76 in 1952 that Superman, the Man of Steel, finally teamed up with Batman himself. That story proved so popular that the two quickly became the main feature in WORLD’S FINEST COMICS—and the greatest friendship in comics was born. Their adventures together would feature heroes and villains such as Robin, Batwoman, Lex Luthor, Bat-Mite, Mr. Mxyzptlk, and more alien threats than might seem possible. CHECK VOLUME 1 PRICE!
II
  • World’s Finest Comics #117-158
The world’s greatest superheroes–Superman and Batman–teamed up for these tales from the mid-1950s and early 1960s, which include their battles with villains including Lex Luthor, Clayface, Brainiac, Bizarro, Bat-Mite, Mr. Mxyzptlk and many others CHECK VOLUME 2 PRICE!

 

Bronze Age (1970 – 1985):

Volume Batman Comics Description Premium Omnibus Edition
I
  • THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #74-106
The late ’60s marked the height of Batmania, when fans of the television series and the comic books couldn’t get enough of the Caped Crusader. His appearances on covers meant higher sales, so it was decreed Batman would take up permanent residence in THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD. His courage was never questioned, and he fearlessly teamed up with the most daring partners from across the DC Universe at a time when such crossovers were rare.

CHECK VOLUME 1 PRICE!

II
  • The Brave and the Bold #110-156
Back in the ’70s, The Brave and the Bold famously paired Batman with a wild array of partners. Metamorpho, Swamp Thing, Supergirl, Mister Miracle, Kamandi and The Joker (among others) all showed up to take their turns in the spotlight. These stories, mostly written by Bob Haney and drawn by the incomparable Jim Aparo, represent Batman in all his Bronze Age glory.

CHECK VOLUME 2 PRICE!

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  • Batman #200, 203 and 210
  • The Brave and The Bold #75-76 and 79-85
  • Dectective Comics #370, 372, 385, 389, 391, and 392
  • World’s Finest Comics #174-176, 178-180, 182-183, 185, 186
  • Batman #217, 220-222, 224-227, 229-231
  • The Brave and The Bold #86, 88-90, 93, 95
  • Detective Comics #394-403, 405-311
  • World’s Finest Comics #199, 200, 202
  • Batman #232, 234-241, 243-246, 251, 255
  • Batman Annual #14
  • Batman Black & White #4
  • Brave and the Bold #99
  • Detective Comics #412-422, 439, 600
  • Heroes Against Hunger Limited Collectors Edition C-25, C-51, C-59
  • Robin #1; Saga of Ra’s Al Ghul #4
  • World’s Finest #211, 244-246, 258
  • Batman: Odyssey Vol. 1 issues #1-6 and Vol. 2
Neal Adams is considered one of the greatest Batman artists of all-time, and one of comics’ most influential illustrators. Now, DC Comics has collected all three volumes of the Batman: Illustrated by Neal Adams series together with Adams’ critically acclaimed series Batman: Odyssey in one hardcover omnibus.

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Modern Age (1985 – Present Day):

Volume Batman Comics Description Premium Omnibus, Deluxe, and Absolute Editions
*Essential Batman I
  • Batman Year One
One of the most popular and influential graphic novels in the history of American comics. By turns brutal, tender, grim and hopeful, Miller and Mazzucchelli’s masterful reimagination of Bruce Wayne’s first year as Gotham City’s champion has electrified generations of readers with its unprecedented fusion of gritty realism and elegance of form. CHECK VOLUME PRICE!
*Essential Batman II
  • Batman: The Long Halloween #1-13
  • Batman: Dark Victory #0-13
  • Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight Halloween Special
  • Batman: Madness–A Legends of the Dark Knight Halloween Special
  • Batman: Ghosts–A Legends of the Dark Knight Halloween Special
  • Catwoman: When in Rome #1-6
  • Superman/Batman Secret Files & Origins 2003.
The Eisner Award-winning team of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale created some of the most memorable and important Batman stories of all time. Now, for the first time ever, their complete works on the Dark Knight are collected together in one definitive omnibus edition. CHECK VOLUME PRICE!
*Essential Batman III
  • Batman: The Killing Joke
  • Batman: Black and White #4
  • Countdown #31
Critically acclaimed author Alan Moore redefined graphic novel story-telling with Watchmen and V for Vendetta. In Batman: The Killing Joke, he takes on the origin of comics’ greatest super-villain, The Joker, and changes Batman’s world forever. CHECK VOLUME PRICE!
*Essential Batman IV
  • THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS #1-4
  • THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN #1-3

In a dark dystopian future, Gotham City has descended into lawlessness in the ten years since the Dark Knight retired. When his city cries out for help, Batman returns to save the city he had dedicated his life to protecting.

Joined by Carrie Kelly, a teenaged female Robin, Batman takes to the streets to end the threat of the mutant gangs that have overrun the city. And after facing off against his two greatest enemies, the Joker and Two-Face, for the final time, Batman finds himself in mortal combat with his former ally, Superman, in a battle that only one of them will survive.

CHECK VOLUME PRICE!
I
  • BATMAN #484-500
  • BATMAN: SHADOW OF THE BAT #16-18
  • BATMAN: VENGEANCE OF BANE #1
  • DETECTIVE COMICS #654-666
  • SHOWCASE ’93 #7-8
The Joker, Two-Face, the Mad Hatter, the Riddler, Poison Ivy, Scarecrow, Killer Croc, Firefly and Zsasz—one by one, Batman must face them in mortal combat. But lurking at the end of this seemingly endless gauntlet is the deadliest menace of all—a mysterious man-mountain known as Bane! Will Bane break the Bat, or will the Dark Knight be able to save Gotham City from the newest reign of terror to hit its streets? CHECK VOLUME 1 PRICE!
II
  • BATMAN #501-508
  • BATMAN LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #59-61
  • BATMAN: SHADOW OF THE BAT #19-27
  • CATWOMAN #6-7
  • DETECTIVE COMICS #667-675
  • JUSTICE LEAGUE TASK FORCE #5-6
  • ROBIN #1-2 and 7
  • SHOWCASE ’94 #7
A new Batman’s deadly crusade against the criminals of Gotham City begins! Bruce Wayne, battle-broken and out of commission after his epic showdown with Gotham’s famous villain Bane, has appointed a new Dark Knight to keep the bad guys at bay. Jean-Paul Valley (a.k.a. Azrael) has assumed the role of the caped crusader, but without Bruce’s integrity as a calming influence, Jean-Paul is swiftly getting out of hand, alienating both Robin and Commissioner Gordon. CHECK VOLUME 2 PRICE!
       
NA
  • BATMAN #608-619
  • 2-page origin of Batman (originally seen only on dccomics.com)
The year-long “Hush” — an epic tale of friendship, trust, and betrayal that spans a lifetime — reinvigorated the Dark Knight, pitting him against the deadliest members of his Rogue’s Gallery and introducing his newest foe! This Absolute edition includes an all-new cover by Lee and Williams, a Jim Lee Sketchbook, and issue-by-issue commentary by the creative team! CHECK VOLUME PRICE!
I BATMAN #0-33, #23
BATMAN ANNUAL #1-2
In this first of two omnibus collections, acclaimed storytellers Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo introduce the Caped Crusader to the Court of Owls, terrorize the whole Bat-Family with the Joker’s faceless return in Death of the Family and retell Batman’s origin for a new generation during the pivotal Zero Year! With inks by Jonathan Glapion and Danny Miki and guest appearances by James Tynion IV, Rafael Albuquerque, Becky Cloonan, Andy Kubert, Andy Clarke, Jason Fabok, Jock and more. CHECK VOLUME PRICE!
I
  • Batman #655-658, #663-683
  • Stories from DC Universe #0 and #30 and #47
Now collecting the entirety of this epic saga, this first of three omnibus collections introduces Batman to his son, Damian Wayne, and takes the Caped Crusader from the brink of death to the edge of madness. These blockbuster stories, including the now-classic Batman & Son, Batman: The Black Glove and Batman R.I.P., feature a deconstruction of superhero comics like no other, with a challenging, thought-provoking take on the man behind the cowl. CHECK VOLUME 1 PRICE!
II
  • Batman & Robin #1-16
  • Batman #700-702
  • Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #1-6
Grant Morrison’s plunges the Dark Knight into his wildest adventure yet. Batman has proven he can win no matter the odds, but what happens when his opponent is death itself? Now collecting the entirety of this epic saga, this second of three omnibus editions finds Dick Grayson and Damian Wayne donning the mantle of Batman and Robin, and Bruce Wayne embarking on an extraordinary journey through time. These blockbuster stories feature a deconstruction of superhero comics like no other, with a challenging, thought-provoking take on the man behind the cowl. CHECK VOLUME 2 PRICE!
III
  • Batman Incorporated #1-8
  • Batman: The Return #1
  • Batman Incorporated #0-13
  • Batman Incorporated: Leviathan Strikes #1
  • Batman Incorporated Special #1
Morrison continues his earth-shattering run on the Batman titles with this exciting series illustrated by hot artist Yanick Paquette who features the next stage of evolution of the Dark Knight. Bruce Wayne publicly announces that he is the financial backer of Batman and establishes a worldwide franchise of Batman that will protect the entire globe. This is the beginning of a stunning direction for the World’s Greatest Detective that will team him with Catwoman, Batwoman and Batman on international crime-fighting missions against villans like Lord Death Man in Japan, Argentina, and other parts of South America. CHECK VOLUME 3 PRICE!

*Essential Batman indicates ComicsTrove recommended reading in the specified order

Batman Comics: The Ultimate Guide

You just read a brief history of the the Caped Crusader as well as his unending quest to fight crime throughout the ages of DC Comics.

In case you are wondering about Batman comcis where to start? I highly recommend you start by purchasing the volumes I’ve noted as ‘Essential Batman’ from the modern era.

Just because these Batman comics are from the modern era does not mean you have to go back and read all nine volumes from the golden era in order to understand The Dark Knight.

For example, Batman Year One is THE BEST starting point for gaining an understanding of Batman’s early years.

That foundational story arc segways perfectly into the Batman Omnibus by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale run.

Many of these premium format editions sale out fast. Are there any you have had trouble adding to your collection?

I hope you’ve enjoyed this Ultimate Guide of Batman comics collected editions. Feel free to comment below or share with others.

Happy Reading!

 

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Volume 4
Released: September 30, 2020
Publisher: Marvel

Writers: Leah Williams
Artist: Carlos Gomez
Cover Artist: Ivan Shavrin

X-Factor #4 continues part 2 of the X of Swords crossover event and hits the ground running.

The first scenes open with panels in motion showing Apocalypse’s volunteer expedition making their hasty retreat back through the External Gate.

The aftermath of X of Swords Creation #1 is on full display with Beast and Archangel tending to the severely wounded Apocalypse, while Siryn is tending to Rictor’s wounds.

As Apocalypse, Rictor, and the lifeless Rockslide are being taken to Krakoa’s Healing Gardens, you get to witness Apocalypse giving Rictor a pep-talk in his own unique way.

Reading through those panels you will quickly learn that if anyone needs a pep-talk, its Polaris, she is blaming herself for Rockslide’s death.

Emma Frost is of no comfort to her. In the same breath of telling Polaris to get over it, she shuts-down the External Gate.

Krakoa, the living island makes its displeasure known with a violent earthquake.

After that, the panels transition to scenes from within the Healing Gardens where an exhausted Polaris is trying to come to terms with Rockslide’s death and the mystery of being chosen by Saturnyne to decipher the sword prophecy.

As neither a psychic or sorceress, she feels like the wrong person for the job.

In another section of the Healing Gardens Rictor and Apocalypse are near death and you are witness to the conundrum posed by all mutants having the resurrection ability that came about in House of X and Powers of X.

In this case, the resident medic named Healer was content with not tending to their wounds, instead choosing to let them pass on.

Unfortunately, you will also learn the fallibility of the mutant resurrection protocol in the next few panels.

Professor X asks for an expedited resurrection of the fallen mutants Rictor and Rockslide. Rictor appears fine besides needing the gaps in his memory filled in since his last backup.

Rockslide on the other hand is clearly not right, his physical appearance is not what it was and he does not acknowledge his real name Santo.

Professor X and the mutant Quiet Council eventually determine that Rockslide dying in Otherworld somehow corrupted his mutant backup.

They contrasted that with Rictor dying on Krakoa and having no issues with his backup.

Ultimately, Rockslide’s corrupted resurrection was short lived. Polaris was with Rockslide at the Voltus Glade as he crumbled to lifeless stone pieces.

In that moment, she realized that Rockslide’s second passing was tied to Saturnyne’s sword prophecy. It was the sacrifice needed for the construction of the tournament key.

The tournament key will allow for the Champions of Krakoa with swords in hand, to open the portal at the designated time.

X-Factor #4: X of Swords Part 2 Review

The Verdict:

Leah Williams and Carlos Gomez did a great job advancing the X of Swords plot forward. The dialog in the word balloons and the artwork throughout, while distinct from the other creative teams, also kept the tone established by the previous comic books.

For the mutants of Krakoa, the ending drove home the sobering realization that their attempts at immortality has its limits.

The stakes now are even higher, as the battles they will be waging in Otherworld could definitely be their last.

If you would like to get started on this Marvel crossover event be sure to check out my X of Swords Reading Order: The Ultimate Guide.

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Volume 1   
Released: September 23, 2020   
Publisher: Marvel   

Writers: Jonathan Hickman & Tini Howard   
Artist: Pepe Larraz   
Cover Artist: Pepe Larraz & Marte Gracia   

The official start of X-Men X of Swords Creation #1 begins with this issue. Marvel writers Jonathan Hickman and Tini Howard do not disappoint.

Instead of immediately continuing where X-Men #12 Amenth left off with Summoner, Banshee and Unus crossing through the External Gate, it starts with a glimpse of the besieged Otherworld Kingdom of Dryador.

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The falling Kingdom manages to dispatch a messenger to notify Saturnyne of the impending attack upon the Starlight Citadel, the gateway to other realms.

After receiving word that Dryador and by extension, Arakko has fallen Saturnyne requests the cards able to tell the future.

Saturnyne deciphers that the five cards of Judgment, Four of Wands, The Hanged Man, Eight of Cups, and Ten of Swords portend a very serious situation for all universes.

Learning that, you are then brought up to speed on the events that took place after Summoner, Banshee and Unus entered the External Gate to herald the arrival of Apocalypse.

Summoner returns to Krakoa in distress with a wounded Banshee riding atop giant beast and Unus is nowhere to be found.

Apocalypse and Summoner together, bring the news of what to The Quiet Council. During the meeting Summoner recounts his scouting party being overrun by the dark army.

During this clash Unus was taken captive and Banshee wounded.

Hearing this news The Quiet Council ultimately decides to destroy the gate as leaving it open is a threat to Krakoa and the world.

At that moment, Krakoa itself intervenes and essentially veto’s the decision to destroy the External Gate.

Magneto who is a leading member of The Quiet Council ensures he has the last word by telling Apocalypse that any further actions he takes is not authorized by the Council.

With that, Apocalypse rallies volunteers to venture through the external gate and rescue Unus.

As the rescue team departs for Otherworld, you will that Rachel Summers along with Cable is able to use her mutant ability and learn the truth of what transpired from Banshee’s memories while he is incapacitated.

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What she learns is the treachery that befell him and Unus at the hands of Summoner after crossing into Otherworld
Rachel and Cable are now fully aware of the peril that Apocalypse and his volunteers are in but its too late for them.

The next panels show the events happening in Otherworld as Apocalypse arrives. He is speechless when he realizes that his children, the original Four Horsemen are are alive.

Unfortunately, the family reunion does not go as planned. You will see that they have conspired against their father and attack him with what appear to be mortal blows.

In the ensuing battle between the dark army and the Krakoa party, Rockslide receives what is certain to be a mortal would from the Summoner as the energy protected by his exterior armor is severed.

This panel ties back to the beginning of X-Men #12 Amenth when Rockslide and Summoner are talking about their strengths and weaknesses. You will see, the Summoner definitely exploited Rockslide’s weakness.

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Finally, an intervention by Saturnyne who was able to freeze the belligerents in place, halted the fighting.

She uses that as an opportunity to negotiate with the Horseman leading the dark army against the Starlight Citadel.

They both agree to paying a blood price of Champions from the realms fighting in three days instead of all out war.

X of Swords: Creation #1 Review

The Verdict:

Overall Marvel Writers Jonathan Hickman and Tini Howard fully launched a compelling story over this large 66 page issue. The dialog maintained a good pace as it was spaced very well among the panels of all the pages and never felt to dense or to sparse.

The interactions, heated exchanges, and snarky remarks among the characters brought a lot of life and emotion to the story as well. Such as the clear disdain Monet has for Saturnyne and the domineering attitude of Magneto at The Quiet Council.

The artwork by by Marvel Artist Pepe Larraza is animated and full of life that matches the dialog very well. If the balloons and captions were missing, panel transitions from macro expansive landscape scenes, to micro up-close and personal scenes alone do a wonderful job of conveying the story.

X-Men X of Swords #1 Creation has begun and I definitely recommend it.

Are you reading this Marvel crossover event, if so what did you think of this issue?

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Volume 5

Published: September 16, 2020

Publisher: Marvel

 

Writer: Jonathan Hickman

Artist: Leinil Francis Yu

Inker: Sunny Gho

 

X-Men #12 Amenth is the 2nd prelude chapter which leads directly into X of Swords Creation #1.

The cover art by Leinil Francis Yu and Sunny Gho leaves no illusion that this X-Men #12 Amenth review issue is centered on the Summoner, a.k.a Apocalypse’s grand-kid.

Panels on the first page quickly take you to Krakoa where a conversation between Rockslide and the Summoner is taking place.

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Their interaction centers on discussing what they know about each other, specifically their strengths and weaknesses.

You will learn that Summoner is invulnerable except for his eyes, while Rockslide’s appearance is just the exterior armor for his inner energy.

Apocalypse interrupts their discussion and quickly gets to the point of his arrival. He is not comfortable sending the whole mutant nation of Krakoa through the portal he created in Excalibur #12.

He wants to gather more information about Summoner’s knowledge of what transpired prior to his arrival.

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You will learn the newly revealed history of Arakko, the fallen world of Amenth and how it all ties back to Apocalypse and his kin.

Through this history its shown that Arakko mirrors Krakoa governance with a similar council of mutant leaders.

Apocalypse’s wife Genesis was the ruler of Arakko and vowed to defend it when word of Arakko’s demise by the armies of Amenth was brought to her attention by a soothsayer.

She waged a successful war against the armies of Amenth until a mysterious betrayal triggered her defeat. Eventually Genesis and the survivors of her army retreated back to Arakko.

Upon return Genesis accepted an offer to duel with Annihilation, the god of Amenth. Needless to say, she was not the victor.

The issue concludes with Apocalypse sending Summoner and two other mutants back to Arakko. Summoner is tasked with being his herald and to conduct reconnaissance on the situation on Arakko.

X-Men #12 Amenth Review (X of Swords Prelude)

The Verdict:

Marvel’s Writer Jonathan Hickman and Artist Leinil Francis Yu have done a great job providing us with new information and context while expanding the mystery for the transition to X of Swords Creation #1.

From the character dialog to the artwork panel arrangements, X-Men #12 Amenth is another win for X-Men fans as the X of Swords crossover event unfolds.

After reading X-Men #12 Amenth I feel the High Summoner is definitely one to watch and also wonder who’s behind the mask of Annihilation?

Did X-Men #12 Amenth raise similar questions for you?

Be sure to check out my X of Swords Reading Order: The Ultimate Guide if you want to know where to get started reading the 24 issue run!

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Volume 4 
Published: September 16, 2020 
Publisher: Marvel 

Writer: Tini Howard 
Artist: Marcus to 
Cover Artist: Mahmud Asrar 

Tini Howard’s Excalibur #12 is the first of two prelude issues kicking off X-Men X of Swords. As the official beginning of the 24 issues X of Swords crossover event Excalibur #12 centers on Apocalypse.

Along with Apocalypse, this issue features his affiliation with the small group known as the Externals or High Lords prominently.

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If you are unfamiliar with the Externals they do have a lengthy modern era history with Marvel lore dating back to 1992 when they first appeared in X-Force #10.

Tini Howard does a great job of including informative splash pages that will quickly bring you up to speed with this immortal group of mutants.

In short, they all share an energy connection life force that allows them to communicate over great distances. This is how Apocalypse is able to summon Saul, Candra, Selene, Nicodemus, Absalom, Crule and Gideon to the mutant island of Krakoa.

Upon arrival and some brief dialog, Apocalypse informs the High Lords of his intent to sacrifice them in order to create a gateway to Otherworld.

The High Lords don’t take that news lightly and in the ensuing battle two High Lords side with Apocalypse while many perish.

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Unfortunately for Apocalypse, he soon learns that he is missing one of the High Lords energy essence necessary to open the gateway to Otherworld.

Apocalypse’s search for the missing energy will lead him to Gambit who is currently with Rogue, Captain Britain, and Saturnyne on the Starlight Citadel.

The cover art by Mahmud Asrar featuring Saturnyne pulling the strings of Excalibur while Apocalypse is pulling her strings fits very well in this prelude to X of Swords. Starting with this symbolism feeds the notion that betrayal is on the horizon and the chess pieces are just getting started.

Throughout the issue the art by Marcus to is vibrant and conveys the message. There are no standard nine panel grid layouts to be found and it works with all the dynamic action taking place.

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Tina Howard’s captions are few, but when she uses them they really help to drive the narrative forward. On the other hand, the dialog in the text balloons revealed fickleness with some of the characters that didn’t make sense at times.

For example, Gambit who has been distrustful of Apocalypse since Excalibur issue #1 obliges to Apocalypse’s demand without question when confronted in the Starlight Citadel.

Early on there were a few other instances of characters doing things contrary to their mood or prior opinions.

Excalibur #12 Review (X-Men X of Swords Prelude)

The Verdict:

Overall Excalibur #12 has set the 24 issue X of Swords crossover journey in motion. While doing that the excellent artwork and interesting narrative has generated the mystery to want to see where this story goes.

If you are interested in reading this Marvel crossover event, be sure to check out my X of Swords Reading Order: The Ultimate Guide

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Over the years there have been many Marvel crossovers. When these events happen, fans take notice and their opinions help to enshrine them as an event worth reading or not.

Crossovers range from vast cosmic events engulfing the whole Marvel Universe to small scale guest appearances as the superheros form new and larger teams,

The best Marvel crossover events usually start in one comic book and then cascade to affect events in other comic book runs while transitioning between issues of different heros and teams.

Crossovers are not limited to Marvel alone. DC Universe also has their own lengthy list of crossovers.

In the past there has been a few MarvelDC crossover events as well.

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The last MarvelDC crossover called DC versus Marvel Comics / Marvel Comics versus DC happened back in 1996.

There have been recent murmurings for a new DC-Marvel crossover 2020 match-up with the 25th anniversary fast approaching.

A DCMarvel crossover 2020 event is unlikely, however Marvel crossovers with other companies do happen.

While we all wait to see if a MarvelDC crossover may be in the works for 2021, the Marvel crossover series on this list are limited to the Marvel Universe only.

 

 

Below you will find 17 of the best Marvel crossovers and events:

17) X-Cutioner’s Song (1992)

Stryfe strikes! First, Cable dives headfirst into his own explosive limited series as secrets from his past are revealed! Then, when Professor X is attacked – and Cable is the prime suspect – X-Factor and the X-Men hunt down X-Force! Mr. Sinister, the Horsemen of Apocalypse and the Mutant Liberation Front are all embroiled in the epic confl ict, as Cable’s archenemy Stryfe orchestrates his vengeance on the world! Can the combined X-teams rescue Cyclops and Jean Grey? Will Apocalypse save Professor X’s life? And what is the shocking connection between Stryfe and Cable? In the battle’s aftermath, X-Force must decide their own fate. It’s time for new costumes, new purpose…and a new direction!

COLLECTING: VOL. 2: CABLE: BLOOD & METAL 1-2, UNCANNY X-MEN (1981) 294-296, X-FACTOR (1986) 84-86, X-MEN (1991) 14-16, X-FORCE (1991) 16-19, STRYFE’S STRIKE FILE 1, NEW WARRIORS (1990) 31

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16) The X-Tinction Agenda (1990)

The biggest and best adventures of Marvel’s mighty mutants – these are the X-Men Milestones! The X-Men, New Mutants and X-Factor are targeted for X-Tinction! To rescue a friend, the X-Men must invade the mutant-enslaving island nation of Genosha – but the Genoshans’ memories are long, and their revenge will be terrifying! As the Magistrates strike, X-Factor and the New Mutants are drawn into the conflict…and soon discover old foe Cameron Hodge powered up and pulling the strings! The three X-teams are kidnapped, brainwashed, stripped of their powers, forced into combat – and at least one among them will die! Can the powerless X-Men triumph over the military might of an entire nation? And
when the dust settles on this classic crossover, will the X-universe be changed forever?

COLLECTING: UNCANNY X-MEN (1981) 235-238, 270-272; NEW MUTANTS (1983) 95-97; X-FACTOR (1986) 60-62

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15) Original Sin (2014)

Who shot the Watcher? Uatu, the mysterious space-god who’s been watching mankind from the moon for as long as we can remember…is dead. Thus begins the greatest murder mystery in Marvel history! As Nick Fury leads the heroes of the Marvel Universe in an investigati on, other forces are marshaling and other questi ons are arising. Why is Black Panther gathering a secret team of his own, including Emma Frost, the Punisher and Dr. Strange? Who is the Unseen? What was stolen from the Watcher’s lair? Fury’s cosmic manhunt leads to the far corners of the universe and beyond, but just when the Avengers think they’ve cornered their murderer…everything explodes, unleashing the Marvel Universe’s greatest secrets and rocking the heroes to their core! What did the Watcher see? What was the Original Sin?

COLLECTING: Point One 1 (Watcher story), Original Sin 0-8, Original Sins 1-5, Original Sin Annual 1, Original Sin: Secret Avengers Infinite Comic 1-2

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14) Onslaught Saga (1996)

The biggest and best adventures of Marvel’s mighty mutants – these are the X-Men Milestones! And this event rocked not only the X-titles, but the entire Marvel Universe! For months, the force of nature known only as Onslaught has struck from the shadows – but when the X-Men discover Onslaught’s startling true identity, the villain’s plan kicks into high gear! Determined to punish mankind for a litany of sins, Onslaught laid siege to the X-Men, Avengers, Fantastic Four and more – kicking off a cataclysmic conflict destined to deprive a world of its most revered icons! Earth’s greatest heroes face their ultimate enemy in an explosive saga that transformed the Marvel Universe!

COLLECTING: Uncanny X-Men (1981) 333-337, X-Men (1991) 53-57, Onslaught: X-Men (1996), Onslaught: Marvel Universe (1996), Onslaught: Epilogue (1996), Avengers (1963) 401, Fantastic Four (1961) 415, Wolverine (1988) 104, Cable (1993) 35

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13) Fear Itself (2011)

The event of 2011 where Matt Fraction and Stuart Immonen rocked the Marvel Universe like it hasn’t been rocked since Civil War! As Odin and the Asgardians leave the Earth to fend for itself, the Avengers and the world’s remaining heroes battle the unstoppable tide of terror! And then – the Serpent’s Hammers fall! Who shall rise up and join the Serpent as the Worthy, living avatars of his evil? And how can the Avengers respond…to fear itself?

Collects Fear Itself: Book of the Skull & Fear Itself 1-7

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12) X-Men: Second Coming (2010)

The biggest and best adventures of Marvel’s mighty mutants – these are the X-Men Milestones! Mutants have never had it worse. The mutant population is down to a mere 181. In the last year, only one mutant has been born – the girl called Hope, believed to be the “Mutant Messiah” who will reignite the species. Hope was raised in the future by Cable, and now the two have returned! But the Human League is bent on eradicating Earth’s final mutants – and they see Hope’s death as the final nail in the coffin. As Bastion and his allies unleash a merciless all-out assault on the X-Men, everything rests on Hope’s shoulders. Will this be mutantkind’s end?

COLLECTING: SECOND COMING: PREPARE (2009), SECOND COMING (2010) 1-2, UNCANNY X-MEN (1981) 523-525, NEW MUTANTS (2009) 12-14, X-MEN LEGACY (2008) 235-237, X-FORCE (2008) 26-28

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11) X-Men: Messiah Complex (2007)

The biggest and best adventures of Marvel’s mighty mutants – these are the X-Men Milestones! With no more mutants being born, the future of Homo superior has never looked bleaker. At the seeming end of their evolutionary cycle, a miracle arrives – in the form of the first child born with the X-gene since the tragic events of M-Day! But this sudden source of hope spawns a bloody, violent – and tragic – conflict for control over the baby girl’s fate. It is a battle in which every mutant on the planet has a stake. The fight is on! Messiah Complex mines the rich tapestry of X-Men history for a dizzying thrill ride of suspense that sets a new course for the future of mutantkind!

COLLECTING: X-MEN: MESSIAH COMPLEX ONE-SHOT (2007), UNCANNY X-MEN (1981) 492-494, X-MEN (1991) 205-207, NEW X-MEN (2004) 44-46, X-FACTOR (2005) 25-27

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10) Siege (2010)

Norman Osborn has one obstacle left between him and world domination…Asgard! Will he take control and become all-powerful? Can the Marvel heroes trust each other long enough to stop him? What will be left when the dust settles?

Collects Siege (2010) #1-4 & Siege: Cabal

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9) Avengers Disassembled (2004)

The powerhouse team of Brian Michael Bendis and David Finch take on Earth’s Mightest Heroes! It begins with the return of a team member thought dead – and by the time it’s over, everything you know about the Avengers will have changed! The event that rocked the entirety of the Marvel Universe and set the stage for New Avengers is presented here for the first time as a deluxe, oversize hardcover with all-new extras!

Collects Avengers #500-503 and Avengers Finale

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8) Infinity (2013)

To save the world from ever-greater dangers, the Avengers got bigger. Yet when the oldest race in the universe marks Earth for destruction, it’s time for Captain America to think grander still. As the most powerful Avengers team ever assembled heads into space to join an intergalactic alliance against the ancient Builders, an old enemy deems their home unprotected. Thanos, the Mad Titan, unleashes his forces on Earth in the latest chapter of his endless quest for death. But even a world without Avengers has its defenders. Among them, the secret cabal of history-shapers known as the Illuminati – a group riven with internal confl ict already confronting another planet-ending crisis. As Earth’s Mightiest Heroes wage war on multiple fronts, their battle for Infinity threatens to descend into Inhumanity.

COLLECTING: INFINITY 1-6, NEW AVENGERS 7-12,AVENGERS 14-23

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7) Avengers VS X-Men (2012)

The Avengers and the X-Men — the two most popular super-hero teams in history — go to war! And in AVX: Vs., experience the larger-than-life battles too big for any other comic to contain! Iron Man vs. Magneto! Spider-Man vs. Colossus! Captain America vs. Gambit! And more!

Collects Avengers Vs X-Men #0-12, AVX: Vs #1-6, Infinite Comics #1, #6 & #10

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6) Spider-Verse (2014)

When the evil Inheritors begin exterminating spider-characters throughout the Multiverse, every single Spider-Man ever is needed to save the day! An interdimensional Spider-Army gathers to fight Morlun and his deadly family, but none of them is safe as the Prophecy comes to fruition! What will this brutal war for survival mean for Peter Parker and the rest of the spiders? Starring the Superior Spider-Man, the Ultimate Universe’s Miles Morales and Jessica Drew, Spider-Man 2099, Spider-Woman, Silk, Kaine, Scarlet Spider, MC2’s Spider-Girl, Spider-Man Noir, Spider-Man 1602, Spider-Ham, Spider-Monkey, Lady Spider, Spider-Punk, Spider-UK, a spider-powered Gwen Stacy…and hundreds more, from the beloved to the obscure!

Collecting: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (2014) #7-15, SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #32-33, SPIDER-VERSE #1-2, SPIDER-VERSE TEAM-UP #1-3, SCARLET SPIDERS #1-3, SPIDER-WOMAN (2014) #1-4, SPIDER-MAN 2099 (2014) #6-8 and material from FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2014 (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY) #1

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5) Secret Invasion (2008)

The shape-shifting Skrulls have been infiltrating the Earth for years, replacing many of Marvel’s heroes with impostors, setting the stage for an all-out invasion.

Collects Secret Invasion (2008) #1-8

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4) World War Hulk (2007)

Hulk versus the world, in an epic story of anger unbound! Exiled by his so-called friends, the Hulk has raged, bled and conquered on the alien planet Sakaar. Now, he returns to Earth to wreak terrible vengeance on Iron Man, Mr. Fantastic, Doctor Strange and Black Bolt -and anyone else who gets in the way! Madder than ever, stronger than ever, and accompanied by his monstrous Warbound allies, this time the Hulk may just tear this stupid planet in half!

COLLECTING: WORLD WAR HULK PROLOGUE: WORLD BREAKER, WORLD WAR HULK 1-5, INCREDIBLE HULK (2000) 106-111, IRON MAN (2005) 19-20, AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE 4-5, IRREDEEMABLE ANT-MAN 10, WORLD WAR HULK: X-MEN 1-3, GHOST RIDER (2006) 12-13, HEROES FOR HIRE (2006) 11-15, PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL (2007) 12, WORLD WAR HULK: GAMMA CORPS 1-4, WORLD WAR HULK: FRONT LINE 1-6, WORLD WAR HULK: AFTERSMASH ONE-SHOT, WWH AFTERSMASH: DAMAGE CONTROL 1-3, WWH AFTERSMASH: WARBOUND 1-5, PLANET HULK SAGA

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3) House of M (2005)

The Marvel event of the decade is here! The Avengers and the X-Men are faced with a common foe that becomes their greatest threat: Wanda Maximoff! The Scarlet Witch is out of control, and the fate of the entire world is in her hands. Will Magneto help his daughter or use her powers to his own benefit? Starring the Astonishing X-Men and the New Avengers! You know how sometimes you hear the phrase: and nothing will ever be the same again? Well, this time believe it, buster! Nothing will ever be the same again!

Collects House of M #1-8

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2) Secret Wars (1984)

Drawn from Earth across the stars, the Marvel Universe’s greatest villains and heroes are set against one another by the mysterious and unbelievably powerful Beyonder, with the winner promised the ultimate prize. But as battle lines are drawn, new alliances forged and old enemies clash, one among them is not willing to settle for anything less than godhood. Can even the combined might of the Avengers, Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and the X-Men prevent Dr. Doom from becoming the most powerful being in the universe?

Collecting MARVEL SUPER HEROES SECRET WARS #1-12

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1) The Infinity Gauntlet (1991)

Death has released Thanos from her cold embrace, and he plans to repay her by murdering half the universe! But even as the Mad Titan gathers the six Infinity Gems from across the galaxy, assembling them into the Infinity Gauntlet and gaining truly godlike powers, a host of heroes gather to oppose him – including the Silver Surfer, Adam Warlock, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Doctor Strange and the Hulk! Even with Doctor Doom, Galactus and the universe’s cosmic powers aiding them, can Marvel’s mightiest possibly prevail against Thanos the all-powerful? The fan-favorite cosmic event is collected in its entirety!

COLLECTING: SILVER SURFER (1987) 34-38, 40, 44-60; THANOS QUEST (1990) 1-2; INFINITY GAUNTLET 1-6; CLOAK & DAGGER (1988) 18; SPIDER-MAN (1990) 17; INCREDIBLE HULK (1968) 383-385; DOCTOR STRANGE, SORCERER SUPREME (1988) 31-36; QUASAR (1989) 26-27; SLEEPWALKER (1991) 7

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17 Best Marvel Crossovers and Events?

What are your thoughts on some the most popular and best selling Marvel crossovers? Do you think the current X of Swords crossover event will become a fan favorite?

If you are interested in reading the current X-Men X of Swords crossover event be sure to check out my X of Swords Reading Order: The Ultimate Guide.

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This week marks the arrival of the highly anticipated Marvel X-Men X of Swords crossover event! Below you will find the X of Swords reading order and links where you can mail order all the issues from my recommended affiliates.

In case you are brand new to the X-Men franchise or have just been absent from it for many years, there is some essential reading I recommend prior to starting the path to X of Swords reading order.

X of Swords Essential Reading (Part I):

  • House of X & Powers of X

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House of X & Powers of X are two highly rated runs created by Jonathan Hickman and have set the new foundation for Marvel and the X-Men.

Having concluded in 2019 and spanning 6 issues respectively, all 12 issues are now collected in hardcover, paperback, and digital comiXology formats.

After getting up to speed with House of X and Powers of X there are additional separate issues I would consider essential before embarking on the path to X of Swords.

X of Swords Essential Reading (Part II):

  • X-Men #2

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  • Excalibur #9

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Collectively, these two issues (X-Men #2 & Excalibur #9) further the canon established in House of X and Powers of X. For example you will learn more of the backstory surrounding the other mutant island Arakko and witness the true starting point in the build-up towards X of Swords.

This is intended to get you up to speed quickly in order to fully enjoy the X of Swords Marvel crossover event. For example, you can dig even deeper into the storylines by delving into the Dawn of X reading order issues.

Throughout the Marvel Universe one thing is certain. There is a massive black energy heading towards earth and X of Swords Creation will be the unveiling of it.

As the story progresses it should provide more details on the re-imagined character Apocalypse and the realms of Excalibur.

The event will be broken up over three months starting the week of September 14th!

The X-Men X of Swords reading order will arrive in the following waves:

SEPTEMBER

  • Excalibur #12 XoS
  • X-Men #12 EMP XOS
  • X of Swords Creation #1 XoS
  • X-factor #4 Xos

OCTOBER

  • Wolverine #6 Xos
  • X-force #13 Xos
  • Marauders #13 Xos
  • Hellions #5 Xos
  • New Mutants #13 Xos
  • Cable #5 Xos
  • Excalibur #13 Xos
  • X-Men #13 Xos
  • X of Swords Stasis #1

NOVEMBER

  • X-Men #14 Xos
  • Marauders #14 Xos
  • Marauders #15 Xos
  • Excalibur #14 Xos
  • Wolverine #7 Xos
  • X-force #14 Xos
  • Hellions #6 Xos
  • Cable #6 Xos
  • Excalibur #15 Xos
  • X-Men #15 Xos
  • X of Swords Destruction #1

X of Swords Reading Order:

 

1 (Prelude)

2 (Prelude)

3

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9

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12

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22

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24

At 24 issues this is no doubt a lengthly crossover event. Cost-wise if you are going to purchase each individual floppy as they are released, plan to spend a little more than a $100 over the next three months.

If you can hold out until the end of the November then a very nice hardcover edition of X of Swords will be available for $60 with free shipping on Amazon on Tuesday November, 24th.

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I will be reviewing each individual floppy starting later this month as I receive them from my affiliate Things From Another World. Keep an eye out for my ongoing X of Swords reviews and watch out for spoilers if you are waiting on the collected edition.

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From December 1984 to April 1987 DC Who’s Who was featured in a 26 issue run. The creative minds behind DC Who’s Who were Len Wein, Marv Wolfman, and Robert Greenberger. Together they created a comprehensive directory of both DC’s hero’s and villain’s alike. You may be wondering why should I care about a compilation of mid-1980’s DC character backstories now? I believe there are 4 reasons you should care if you are a DC fan:
  • Whos Who DC comics value history. You will gain insight into how characters were perceived during that time.
  • The 26-issue run happened during the start of Crisis on Infinite Earths. You will get a mix of both Pre-Crisis and Post-crisis versions of Characters. (Superman and Wonder Woman were rebooted so their Silver Age histories will be absent Post-Crisis)
  • DC Comics Whos Who 1985 was their response to Marvel’s character directory Handbook of the Marvel Universe.
  • If you are a completionist and are missing the DC Whos Who Update 87 the omnibus will include the five issues featuring updated characters and an appendix from that era. Also includes Who’s Who Update 88, a four issue run with further updates.
These are just a few of the reasons you would want to consider this omnibus if you are a die-hard DC fan. The DC Who’s Who omnibus contains much more that what I listed above. In terms of nomenclature each of the 26 issues was categorized by DC as its own volume and the characters were alphabetized. Here is a breakdown of the 26 volumes:

DC Who’s Who Omnibus (Vol 1) Release Date?

The Who’s Who Omnibus Vol. 1 will be available April 13, 2021!

Its currently available for pre-order right now on Amazon. Be sure to get your copy of the complete DC Who’s Who volumes with extra material in re mastered detail!
The series fans demanded is collected at last! Who’s Who was a series that began in 1985 and ran through the 1990s, cataloguing every character, good or evil, in the DC Universe, from Abel to Zyklon and beyond, with copious detail on powers, origins, and other key facets of each character.
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Illustrated by a wide range of top artists from the Golden Age of comics up through the 1980s indie comics scene, Who’s Who was a feast for the eyes as well as being the ultimate guide to the denizens of the DC Universe. Collects Who’s Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe #1-26 (1985), Who’s Who Update 1987 #1-5 (1987), Who’s Who Update 1988 #1-4 (1988), plus material from Action Comics Annual #2 (1987), Batman Annual #13, Blackhawk Annual #1 (1989), Detective Comics Annual #2 (1988), Dr. Fate Annual #1 (1989), Green Arrow Annual #2, Justice League Annual #3 (1987), Secret Origins Annual #3, Swamp Thing Annual #5, The Flash Annual #3 (1987 series), The New Titans Annual #5 (1995), The Question Annual #2 (1988), and Wonder Woman Annual #2 (1988).
Also, if you are interested in the Who’s Who of comic book blogs, be sure to check out this link to the Feedspot Top 100 Comics Blogs and Websites For Comic Fans in 2020.
In a milestone for ComicsTrove, as a newer comic book blog we have made the top 100 list this year!
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Sad news today.

Chadwick Boseman, the lead actor of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) Black Panther film who was also featured in recent Avengers movies, has passed away at the age of 43.

Here is the link to Marvel’s official statement expressing condolences to his family, friends, co-workers, and fans.

Remembering Chadwick Boseman

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