A new year brings with it a new series of "Unboxing" posts, and we're kicking things off nicely with offerings from both Marvel and DC this month.
First we have WARLOCK MASTERWORKS volume 1 (paperback edition). I am a huge fan of Jim Starlin's Adam Warlock, and I own the hardcover version of the second WARLOCK MASTERWORKS volume, containing all of Starlin's work with the character (more recently reprinted in a non-Masterworks trade paperback edition). But I've never read the earlier Warlock material by Roy Thomas and friends, so this trade seemed like the best way to do that. Also, it has the dubious honor of being the final paperback Marvel Masterworks volume, as that secondary line has been officially discontinued.
Next from Marvel is X-MEN: THE ROAD TO ONSLAUGHT volume 3, the final installment in the series covering the full year of X-Material between "Age of Apocalypse" and "Onslaught". I will reiterate for the umpteenth time that, despite its many detractors, this was possibly my favorite period for the X-Men growing up, and I love that I now have that full year in my possession via three thick paperbacks. Next stop: ONSLAUGHT OMNIBUS!
DC comes in with two contributions this month as well. First up is a trade paperback of Superman material from the late eighties, SUPERMAN: THE POWER WITHIN. Written by Roger Stern and illustrated in part by Curt Swan, these stories first appeared in ACTION COMICS WEEKLY and are structured to read like a series of Sunday comic strips. Stern had a long run on Superman but I've read barely any of it, so it will be nice to see his take on the Man of Steel, as reinvented only a few years earlier by his friend, John Byrne.
And lastly we have TALES OF THE BATMAN: LEN WEIN, a hardcover collecting every story Wein has written to date starring the Darknight Detective. There are several books in the TALES OF THE BATMAN/LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT series, but most are dedicated to artists. So far only two -- this one and the previously released ARCHIE GOODWIN volume -- spotlight writers, making Wein's selection, I would think, something of an honor.