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I have been AWOL for much too lengthy, having missed each the recording and the discharge of the most recent episode of The Undertow Podcast, reviewing Prison #7 again in September.  Life is hectic even at its greatest, however we’re hopeful that we’re getting again within the swing of issues.

Dipping our toes within the water, we discover that the massive information this week is the discharge of the outsized, deluxe hardcover of Brubaker and Phillips’ vigilante thriller, Kill Or Be Killed.  The guide arrives every week previous its unique solicitation date, and it is the most important deluxe version launched by the staff, with greater than 600 pages gathering all twenty points together with Sean Phillips’ paintings for the covers, the bonus essays, and extra.

In a publication despatched out this week, Ed Brubaker writes that the guide has a sewn backbone and would not really feel too large regardless of its web page size — and he has nothing however reward for the ultimate product.

Actually, I am unable to categorical how effectively this guide got here collectively. From cover-to-cover, only a beautiful bundle. Sean actually outdid himself on the design.

As my spouse has already been gently reminded, the guide will make an incredible Christmas reward for the hardcore fan of Brubaker and Phillips, however we even have just a few different Prison-related reprints on our radar.

Earlier this month, Picture Comics launched its third Picture Firsts Compendium, a commerce paperback gathering a handful of its $1 reprints — evidently as only a bundle of the person greenback printings.  As with the primary quantity and its inclusion of The Fade Out, this assortment options Brubaker and Phillips, this time with August’s reprint of the debut concern of Prison from 2006, whose now iconic cowl artwork graces the highest half of the commerce assortment’s cowl. Amassing eight first points and retailing for under $5.99, the gathering is a fair higher discount than the person Picture Firsts reprints, and so it makes an incredible introduction to among the writer’s high-profile creator-owned comics.

In his publication, Brubaker relays that the unique hardcover launch is now out of print(!), so the softcover version of My Heroes Have All the time Been Junkies is on its approach.  This Prison novella is presently scheduled for a December 4th launch, moved from the unique solicited date of November 13th.  Brubaker says this new printing remains to be particular regardless of its delicate cowl, with the identical “uncooked paper inventory” and French flaps on the covers — and the publication’s small picture of the quilt means that branding will emphasize the guide’s Eisner Award for Finest New Graphic Album.

And, one factor I have never seen Brubaker point out is a really fascinating, unique information merchandise from The Beat: on October 22nd, the positioning posted a press launch from Darkish Horse Books, asserting a brand new hardcover printing of its Noir anthology.  Initially printed as a commerce paperback in 2009, Noir: A Assortment of Crime Comics featured 120 pages of unique black-and-white crime tales, together with a six-page Prison “emission,” the primary and (to this point) solely such story with out a colorist.  “21st Century Noir” was included within the second deluxe hardcover assortment for Prison, however it has in any other case been onerous to trace down, and this printing — in hardcover, and scheduled for a July 22nd launch — will introduce new readers to this quite brutal story, together with fairly just a few gems from different nice creators.

And people in search of new materials from Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips will not have lengthy to attend.   Prison #10 is scheduled to achieve shops this Wednesday, and Brubaker has already shared 4 preview pages; after that, concern #11 is scheduled for a Christmas launch, and the virtually actually bloody conclusion to “Merciless Summer time” is scheduled for the center of winter, particularly the final week of January.

We’re fairly trying ahead to it.