Yeah, it seems weird to review a collection of previously published comics. However, The Boys is probably the hottest comics-related TV show right now. I went into this book relatively uninformed of the story, as I suspect a lot of new readers of The Boys will be on the heels of the Amazon Prime series.
The Boys has lit Amazon Prime on fire. With a tone that matches the comic's irreverent mood. Perhaps my favorite bit of advertising came in an Honest Trailers video where the narrator of the video said something along the lines of, "Holy S#!t! Did Karl Urban just kill that guy with a baby laser?" It's enough to make someone want to sign up for Amazon Prime. It also looks like Dynamite has planned their release schedule with shrewd calculation.
There are a few iconic characters not owned by Marvel and DC. Red Sonja is one of those. If there is one creator's run that is more recognized with the character other than Frank Thorne, it's writer Gail Simone's time writing the sword and sorcery title. Dynamite is collecting her entire 19-issue run.
Titan Comics has collected the IDW series that commemorated Doctor Who's 50th Anniversary, Prisoners of Time! It's not a bad series and tries to tie in directly to the current television series, but also acknowledges and honors the original run of Doctor Who that made the series the legend that it is. Heck, it even honors past Doctor Who comics, not limiting itself to the television series. At $24.99, it's at a pretty good price point, too!
One of the must reads for any science fiction fan is Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Phillip K. Dick. The most proper film adaptation is the director's cut of Ridley Scott's 1982 film Blade Runner. For a comics adaptation, you need to read the 24 issue series published by BOOM! Studios starting in 2009. It was even nominated for an Eisner in 2010 for "Best New Series." If you really wanted to read the series, tracking down all of the issues or collected editions (four hardcover, six paperback) could be daunting. BOOM! Studios has your back, releasing this week an Omnibus edition of all 24 issues in one book.
Between now and Christmas, every day we’ll highlight a suggestion for gift giving. All of these suggestions will be comics-themed, and every day will see one featured. For Day Twenty-Three, you're behind the eight ball here. It's time to go big.