Joe Hill Graphic Collection
Wow, Joe Hill does indeed know how to spin a tale or two. This is a big 480-page OHC that collects just over 3 trades worth of material. If you can get it for £25-26 - do so.
And those stories? Well, about that....
This is a very well-executed tale of self-destruction via superpowers, namely flight. I missed that this is based on a short story by Hill, bit it doesn't matter much because I really enjoyed it. There's a lot of subtlety here in how the story is spun, how the reader can, if they look for it, know Eric is lying to both himself and them about everything, right from the start and all the way to the end. There's moments of dark humour in the way flight gets used and then it gets flipped around into absolute horror very quickly.
The Cape 1969
So where did that cape come from? Or rather its super ability? We get the answers here in a Vietnam war story. Not only does it cover the exploits of Eric's father in that inferno but it also heightens the tragic aspect of the later story for there was nothing special about the cape after all. There was nothing special about Eric, nor anyone else, it was pure luck the events in The Cape start as they do. It could easily have gone the other way.
A good complete short story of circuses in times gone by and a fight with a bear.
This is both brilliant and fucking creepy in equal measure. As we are shown a world where children can escape to, a magical place called Christmasland... Yep, it sounds bad and so it is, but what makes this work is how Hill sketches it all out, how his cast of characters get into the inferno and how some of them might make it out.
A lot of the time with stories like these it's better not to say too much about them, all were excellent reads which adds up to an excellent package from IDW. I rarely go for horror, but do make an exception here and there - this was one of them.
EDIT: Dealer Alert
Probably the best price I'll find for this:
Currently £25.60, for a near 500-page Absolute-size hardback.
EDIT 2: Just located!
Ennis. Ezquerra. War. Need I say more?
World of Tanks: Roll Out - £8.97 - Books Etc
EDIT 3: Also located:
Witchfinder Volume 4: City of the Dead - £10.34 - Books Etc
EDIT 4: Fucking hell, Books Etc are on a roll:
Invisible Republic: Volume 3 - £8.78
EDIT 5: And a Cinebooks that Wordery swore they couldn't get and refunded me my £5.60 despite flogging it for about £6.50! Well, why not? No one else has it at that price:
The Last Templar: Volume 4: The Falcon Temple - £5.09
Oh and as far as I can tell, Books Etc take the money at the point of order. I've put the above quartet as 4 individual orders so will see how it works out.