Welcome back, ladies and gentlemen, to another edition of Books You Can Bludgeon a Man to Death With, the column where we compare two giant hardcover edition comic collections and figure out, once and for all, which one would be most effective for crushing in a man's skull by repeatedly beating them in the head with it.
First up is Fatale: Deluxe Edition, a collection of the first ten issues of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips' Eisner nominated series from Image Comics. Let's take a look at the press release Image sent us this week:
A DAME TO DIE FOR IN FATALE: DELUXE EDITION
Hardcover edition of the Eisner-nominated series out in March from Image Comics
Josephine is everything a femme fatale should be—beautiful, alluring, dangerous. And she’s also cursed. The heroine of the Image Comics series FATALE by Ed Brubaker (VELVET, Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and Sean Phillips (Criminal) is irresistible to men, who will do anything to be with her once they’ve fallen under her spell, inevitably leading to their ruin and unimagined horrors. Immortal, Josephine must bear witness to their suffering again and again as she struggles to unravel the mystery of her own existence.
A lush combination of crime noir and Lovecraftian horror, FATALE was nominated for five Eisner Awards in 2013 (Best Continuing Series, Best New Series, Best Writer, Best Penciller/Inker, Best Cover Artist). And now Image Comics is proud to announce a special hardcover edition that collects the first ten issues of the critically acclaimed series. In this first volume, Josephine’s quest will lead her into the depths of an ancient evil, a path that takes her from 1950s San Francisco, where crooked cops hide deeper evils, to mid-'70s L.A., where burnt-out actors and ex-cult groupies are caught in a web around a Satanic snuff film.
Fatale: Deluxe Edition Volume One is a 288-page full color, oversized hardbound book, packed with behind-the-scenes extras from the creative team, including art, stories, sketches, and layouts. The collection will also include several essays on genre fiction by Jess Nevins, which previously appeared only in the single issues.
FATALE creators Brubaker and Phillips made news in January when they announced a revolutionary five-year publishing deal with Image Comics at the publisher’s Image Expo event. Image Comics, the largest independent comic book publisher in the United States, will be the sole publisher of the team’s work, giving the the longtime collaborators freedom to develop whatever new projects they choose. After FATALE ends at issue #24, their first new work will be THE FADE OUT, a crime story set in 1940s Hollywood.
Fatale Deluxe Edition Volume One by Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips, and Dave Stewart
- ISBN 978-1-60706-942-3
- 288 pages, full color, hardbound
- Collects FATALE #1-10, plus bonus material
- In comic book stores March 5, 2014
- In bookstores, Amazon, and BN.com March 18, 2014
- Available for pre-order now
Ok, so at 288 pages, this book is a monster. Not only does it feature a brilliantly illustrated noir tale from the beloved creative team of Brubaker and Phillips packed with crazy twists and characters, but we're pretty sure that it could be swung with enough momentum to knock a person unconscious in one blow. Not only that, but the deluxe quality of the book would allow it to be repeatedly driven into the skull of your now helpless opponent until their brains were splattered all over the floor, all without causing too much structural damage to the book itself.
Next up is CBLDF Presents: Liberty, a 216 page collection of the Liberty Annuals from 2008 to 2012. Let's see what that press release can tell us about this book and its value as an offensive weapon:
CBLDF PRESENTS: LIBERTY - COMICS’ GREATEST CREATORS UNITE TO PROTECT THE FREEDOM TO READ!
All proceeds from this collection benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
Celebrate creative freedom with the comic book industry’s top talents in LIBERTY, an anthology benefiting the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund! This deluxe hardcover edition published by Image Comics collects LIBERTY ANNUAL 2008-2012, additional material not seen anywhere else, and a stunning new cover by Paul Pope. The Liberty Annuals have never before been collected together in one volume, making LIBERTY a must-have for fans and collectors alike.
LIBERTY is 216 pages total and includes several rare works, such as a The Walking Dead tale by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard, 100 Words by Neil Gaiman and Jim Lee, Criminal by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, The Boys by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, plus stories from Geoff Johns, Mark Millar, J.H. Williams III, Terry Moore, Howard Chaykin, Jason Aaron, Brian Wood, Stuart Immonen, Kathryn Immonen, Mike Allred, Darwyn Cooke, Paul Pope, and dozens more! LIBERTY also includes incredible illustrations from Frank Miller, Jeff Smith, Tim Sale, John Romita Jr., Mike Mignola, and many more! All proceeds from this collection benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s work protecting the freedom to read!
“This book is bursting with incredible stories and art from some of the finest people working in the field. CBLDF’s Liberty collection is perfect for comics aficionados because it has so many of their favorite creators in there,” said Charles Brownstein, Executive Director at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. “It's also a terrific book for fans and retailers to give to the new readers flocking to comics right now as a sampler of all the incredible talent the medium has to offer. Best of all, it helps CBLDF pay for our important work on behalf of readers, retailers and creators everywhere.”
What better way to support a good cause? Order LIBERTY (ISBN: 978-1-60706-937-9) today for $29.99 with Diamond Code: JAN140547. Available in stores on 3/26.
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) is a non-profit organization founded in 1986 to protect the 1st Amendment rights of comics creators, publishers, librarians, and readers by providing legal advice, representation, assistance, and education to those in need. Visit http://cbldf.org for more information or to provide a donation.
Wowza! While this book is only 216 pages, and thus will require more strikes to beat a human being to death, it can't be argued that this is an amazing collection of creators (including Brubaker and Phillips), and the depth of talent that went into creating your murder weapon can't be discounted as you whack a victim in the face with it over and over again. And as you watch the life slowly drain from your victim's eyes, you can feel proud that you're supporting the first Amendment rights of comics creators, publishers, librarians, and readers. As a bonus, if the authorities catch up to you, perhaps the CBLDF can help out with some of your legal fees!
This is a tough one folks. For the first time in the history of BYCBAMTDW, I think we're going to have to call it... a TIE! They both look like great books, for reading and for bludgeoning. Be sure to put in a pre-order on Amazon, or tell your local comic shop to get you a copy... or else you will bash their head in with a book. THWACK!
That's all the time we have for today! Thanks for joining us, and remember, The Outhouse cannot be held legally responsible for any acts of violence committed using books after reading this article... we hope.