It's new comic book day, and that means pretty much all of our readers will be making a trip to their friendly, local comic shop today...
...and with Christmas looming, it probably also means you're looking for some cool gift ideas for anybody you've got left on your list.
Well, we're here to help you out with that.
Here are some ideas for comics and graphic novels, fairly new to the shelves, you can pick up when you're at your LCS today or grab digital giftcards for if that's your thing:
Night of the Living Dead: GENESIS
The first and second issues of Doubletake Comics' Night of the Living Dead universe of titles are all available in special ten packs available at Barnes & Noble stores everywhere in the country.
Many comic shops will carry the singles, the starter packs or both, but with a little help from the Doubletake website, you should be able to see whether the titles -- including Z Men, which has already been optioned as a feature film -- are available at a B&N in your area.
Robin Vol. 1: Reborn
Chuck Dixon's Robin was one of the best mainstream comics of the '90s, and a series of paperbacks has been launched to reissue at least part of that run.
The first, Robin Volume 1: Reborn, is already on store shelves and has been for about a month. According to Amazon, at least two more volumes, collecting up to Robin #16 (plus the other Tim Drake miniseries by Dixon, Tom Lyle and more), are coming between now and August.
Batman vs. Superman: The Greatest Battles
Preparing fans for the forthcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, a new edition has been released that collects battles between the Dark Knight and the Last Son of Krypton, from comics masters including John Byrne, Frank Miller, Jim Lee and more.
If you can get it, though, I'd highly suggest picking up Superman: Dark Knight Over Metropolis, which sees the pair go from adversaries to allies and sets the stage for the post-Crisis on Infinite Earths relationship between the pair.
Krampus: Shadow of Saint Nicholas
Ancient folklore warns of a mythical counterpart to Santa Claus, who punishes naughty children every Christmas… his name is KRAMPUS. Michael Dougherty presents the official graphic novel based on his festive horror comedy, which expands the mythology of this iconic terror with an anthology of three deliciously twisted morality tales that will leave you praying you are not on the naughty list.
At the most wonderful time of the year, a drunken mall Santa comes under siege from some very mischievous Christmas spirits, a dysfunctional cop becomes trapped with the man who ruined his life and the wealthy town “scrooge” must face the shadows from his past as his home comes under invasion from the homeless. This Christmas, Krampus will make sure they all get what they deserve.
Michael Dougherty, the writer/director behind cult horror hit Trick ‘r Treat, is joined by a fantastic team of creators, uniting Krampus co-screenwriters Zach Shields and Todd Casey and artists Fiona Staples (Saga), Christian Dibari (Hoax Hunters), Maan House (Witchblade), and Stuart Sayger (Bram Stoker’s Death Ship) to deliver a twisted gift for the holiday season.
Trick 'r Treat: Days of the Dead
From the twisted imagination of Trick ‘r Treat creator Michael Dougherty (director of Krampus and Trick ‘r Treat 2 and screenwriter of X2: X-Men United and Superman Returns) and a top-notch team of creators including writers Todd Casey and Zach Shields, Marc Andreyko; and artists Fiona Staples, Stephen Byrne, Stuart Sayger, and Zid, comes a four-part comics collection that paves the way for the Trick ‘r Treat film sequel.
Trick 'r Treat: Days of the Dead allows readers to discover old-world lovers whose romance takes a chilling turn and Western pioneers who discover the dark side of the frontier. Other stories travel to 1950s Los Angeles for a tale of horror noir, and into the heart of small-town America to see some pranksters taught a lesson they'll never forget.
Time and space is no object: Sam, the iconic menace from Trick 'r Treat, is anywhere he wants to be.
The comic is on the stands (and available digitally) now, but with Halloween coming up, spoke briefly with Andreyko, who wrote the first Trick 'r Treat graphic novel back when the original movie was in theaters, to talk to him about his experience this time around.
Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: Infinities
The stories you know - reimagined! Play 'What if?' with the original trilogy in a series of tales exploring the endless possibilities of Star Wars. How would A New Hope have gone if Luke Skywalker missed the target in his attack on the Death Star? What would have become of the Rebel Alliance if Luke perished in the icy wastelands of Hoth during The Empire Strikes Back? What if Return of the Jedi's rescue of Han Solo had gone badly wrong? And in the ultimate alternate take on the galaxy far, far away, follow Annikin Starkiller into The Star Wars in an epic based on the original draft of George Lucas' screenplay!
Image Giant-Sized Artist's Proof Edition Wytches #1
The all-new IMAGE GIANT SIZED ARTIST'S PROOF EDITION series presents special artist achievements in their raw form in an oversized format. JOCK's gruesomely gorgeous line work from WYTCHES #1 is presented here in glorious black and white inks, free of grey tones, at 11x17.
Kaptara Volume 1
In a new creator-owned series by Chip Zdarsky, we get a crazy, action-packed, fun-filled, and frankly a bit bizarre look at what would happen if the world of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe were created by the guy from Sex Criminals and Jughead.