MTV Geek's Top 10 Collected Editions Of 2010

Oh, I know you "wait for the trade" types! Nothing gets you more jazzed on new comic Wednesdays than the latest trade paperbacks and gorgeous hardcover collected editions. Well, here's our picks for the best collected editions of 2010!

#10 The Marvel

Publisher: Cellar Door Publishing

Writer: Richard S. Carbonneau

Artist: Robin Simon Ng

This well-designed collected edition of Carbonneau and Ng’s webcomic about the life of occultist Jack Parsons looks like a magical grimoire the book’s subject would have been proud of. An overlooked gem that deserves more attention.

#9 Blacksad

Publisher: Dark Horse

Writer: Juan Díaz Canales

Artist: Juanjo Guarnido

The first three stories from the internationally-acclaimed comic featuring the feline private investigator are collected here. A nice volume from Dark Horse for a deserving comic.

#8 The Night Owls

Publisher: DC Comics

Writer: Peter Timony

Artist: Bobby Timony

This series of rollicking webcomics from Zuda is collected in a distinctive trade paperback with a gorgeous cover. The tales of these Jazz Age detectives and their fantastic foes are perfect for kids and adults of all ages.

#7 Dick Briefer’s Frankenstein

Publisher: Yoe Books/IDW

Writer: Dick Briefer

Artist: Dick Briefer

Another gorgeous collected edition from Craig Yoe, who is a master at this type of stuff. This time the subject is Dick Briefer and his intriguing takes on the Frankenstein monster from the 40s and 50s.

#6 Sweet Tooth Vol. 1: Out Of The Woods

Publisher: Vertigo Comics

Writer: Jeff Lemire

Artist: Jeff Lemire

The tale of Gus -- a human-animal hybrid with deer antlers jutting from his skull -- is one of brutality, beauty, brains and sweetness in a world of terror. Jeff Lemire's a master and it’s great to have the first issues in this handy trade.

#5 Locke & Key: Head Games

Publisher: IDW

Writer: Joe Hill

Artist: Gabriel Rodriguez

Joe Hill's amazing and epic tale of domestic terror hits its stride in Volume 2, "Head Games,” as he introduces the brilliant, Charlie Kaufman-esque conceit of a mystical key that can not only literally unlock heads but allows for memories to be removed, added and rearranged. If you've been skipping it, get on it with the collected editions!

#4 Chew Vol. 1 - Omnivore Edition

Publisher: Image Comics

Writer: John Layman

Artist: Rob Guillory

This over-sized volume of the first two story arcs of “Chew” is a perfect and fitting introduction to the acclaimed series. This way when you lend it out to all your friends, it will stand the durability test.

#3 Fluorescent Black HC

Publisher: Heavy Metal

Writer: MF Wilson

Artist: Nathan Fox, Jeromy Cox

This limited edition hardcover collection of the story serialized in Heavy Metal between 2008 and 2010 is a truly delicious way to appreciate the luscious art of Nathan Fox. Treat yourself with this one, if you can find it.

#2 Wednesday Comics

Publisher: DC Comics

Writers: Various

Artists: Various

What do you get when you add a substantial oversized format with a cast of creators that includes Neil Gaiman, Paul Pope, Dave Gibbons, Brian Azzarello, Eduardo Risso, and Joe and Adam Kubert plus a great deal of creative freedom with the DCU “sandbox?” One of the must-have collected editions of the year

#1 Absolute All Star Superman

Publisher: DC Comics

Writer: Grant Morrison

Artist: Frank Quitely

This impressive hardcover collected edition of the Eisner Award-winning 12-issue series helped convince us that there needs to be a lot more classic and worthy comics collected in this format. The Holy Grail for anybody’s collected comics library.


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