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Comic Collections I would read if they existed

As I read more and more comics for work, I read fewer and fewer for pleasure. Which is fine. But I do keep running across references to creators or projects and think, I would read that. Why isn't there a collection of that.

What follows is the first of an occasion list of books/projects by people. Some have likely been released at some point and I don't know/have never come across them/are out of print. Others may be impossible. It should go without saying that the list is odd and incomplete. Most of these are controlled by publishers, though for those that aren't and the people who control them want to do something with them - let me know what I can do to help make it happen.

Vermillion by Lucius Shepard, Al Davison, John Totleben, et al.
A fabulous science fiction series from a great writer. The book only lasted twelve issues from DC's short-lived Helix imprint but had some fabulous art and some great ideas

Nathaniel Dusk by Don McGregor and Gene Colan
The pair created two four issue miniseries and there needs to be a collection. Honestly, there's no reason why quality work from two of the greats of comics shouldn't be collected.

Black Panther by Don McGregor, et al.
McGregor wrote some of the great Black Panther stories. It would be nice to see an entire volume devoted to his stories just so people can see why they were so influential and why so many people love them.

Killraven by Don McGregor and P Craig Russell
I'm still unsure why there isn't a collection of this.

The Phantom Stranger by Paul Kupperberg, Mike Mignola and P. Craig Russell, et al.
Why? Because it's a miniseries by Kupperberg, Mignola and Russell. Seriously, a Mignola-drawn miniseries that's not available? It sounds like money DC is leaving on the table.

Hellcat by Kathryn Immonen, David Lafuente, Stuart Immonen, et al.
Immonen wrote a series of short comics from Marvel Comics Presents and then a five issue miniseries with Patsy Walker Hellcat. Wouldn't it be cool if they were collected in a nice volume?

The Spectre by John Ostrander and Tom Mandrake, et al.
The duo had a long run on this series, and it's a shame that there aren't volumes collecting their run of the book - I'd prefer hardcover, but I'll settle for paperback.

Night Force by Marv Wolfman, Gene Colan, Tom Mandrake, et al.
I'd love two or three volumes collecting all three Night Force series.

The Ray by Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray and Jamal Igle
Why the heck isn't there a collection of this miniseries? Seriously. I want some great Jamal Igle artwork in a book form.

Jonah Hex by Joe R. Lansdale, Tim Truman, Sam Glanzman, et al.
There needs to be an omnibus volume of the miniseries they made. Preferably a nice hardcover with quality paper. Tim Truman always looks better on quality paper. I mean Lansdale is a successful novelist and Truman is one of the great artists of his generation, and Jonah Hex has been a major character at DC in the past decade so I guess it's easy to see why they wouldn't want this book available...

Vamps by Elaine Lee, Will Simpson, et al.
Vampires plus the writer of Starstruck...sounds like a winner. Collect all the miniseries she did into one hardcover volume. I hear people like vampires.

Steeltown Rockers by Elaine Lee, Steve Leialoha, et al.
Slice of life tale about an up and coming rock band in an old steel town, from the writer of Starstruck and one of the artists of Fables. It would be nice if this got collected and maybe it could get the reception it deserves.

The Collected Comics written by Alan Brennert
For people who don't know, Brennert is an Emmy Award winning television writer and producer and a bestselling novelist and he wrote a few comics over the years, mostly at DC. I'd love to see DC collect the various stories including collaborations with Dick Giordano, Jim Aparo, Joe Staton and others - along with Brennert's Elseworlds Batman book Holy Terror, which featured some great Norm Breyfogle artwork.

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