When you’re looking past stocking stuffers this holiday season, and really want to get someone something that says, “I do not care about money at all, but I care about you,” you’re going to want to start looking at the higher ticket items. You know, the ones the guy behind the counter needs a key to access. Here’s our list of some high-end comic book gifts you might want to consider this Holiday season… After you’re done nibbling on your caviar, and laughing at the unwashed masses on Occupy Wall Street, of course:
Just Under $50…
Astonishing X-Men Omnibus
Collecting the entirety of geek god Joss Whedon and artist John Cassaday’s new-classic run on the title, this book presents all the soap opera, all the action, and all the insanity you could want from an X-Men book, and all for (just) under $50.
$50 Or More…
Absolute Dark Knight
A pristinely printed volume of Frank Miller’s future-shock Batman masterpiece Dark Knight Returns, Absolute Dark Knight also includes the complicated – and flawed – sequel The Dark Knight Strikes, which is nevertheless well worth the read.
Absolute Sandman, Vol. 1
The fifth volume was just released, but this collection (essentially the first few trades, all in one volume) is a beautifully restored edition of Neil Gaiman’s breakthrough comic, and a great gift for any comic fan new or old.
A great companion piece to the Sandman volumes, this absolute edition includes nearly the entirety of Gaiman’s work with the Sandman’s goth sister, Death, and is a beautiful collection of stories in its own right.
$75 Or More…
Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus, Vol. 1
Containing the first few years of Spider-Man’s adventures, written by Stan Lee and penciled by Steve Ditko, you can find out just why Peter Parker is one of the world’s most beloved superheroes – for the first time!
Art of Marvel Studios
This slipcase edition can be snagged for just under the $100 mark, and collects all the excellent “Art Of” collections celebrating the work behind the making of the Marvel movies, from Iron Man, to Captain America, and everything in between. The best part? You’ll see the behind-the-scenes art created by Marvel artists for the movies.
DC Comics: The New 52
Somehow missed DC's massive relaunch of their entire superhero line? Worry no longer, friend: for under $100, you can snag the massive, 1,216 page collection the publisher is releasing, containing every single first issue - all 52 of them - in one book. Great for reading, or as a second home.
Fantastic Four Omnibus, Vol 1
Check out this massive collection of the original adventures of Marvel’s first family, by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, and have your mind boggled by how much of the Marvel Universe was created in just their first few issues.
$100 Or More…
Daredevil by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev Omnibus, Vol. 1
A collection of stories almost as long as the title of the collection, Bendis and Maleev reinvigorated Marvel’s blind superhero for the modern age, with a noir influenced look, and a storyline that included one pulse-pounding twist after another.
Peanuts Classics: The Ultimate Box Set
Eight classic Peanuts books, plus the Peanuts cookbook, in a recreation of Snoopy’s doghouse? Our heart is getting warm just thinking about it.
Punisher By Garth Ennis Omnibus
Considered the best run on Marvel’s vigilante killer of all time, Ennis redefined the skull t-shirted anti-hero, forever. This omnibus collects most of his seminal run on the title, and is not for the faint of heart (or kids).
Sin City: The Frank Miller Library, Set I (Volumes 1-4)
The Deluxe Edition collecting one of Miller’s best works is decked out in a leather slipcase, and is exactly the sort of high quality collection that contrasts with the gritty, dirty noir stories inside.
The Ultimates Omnibus
The definitive Avengers story for the modern era, Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch bring an explosive, widescreen look at Marvel’s premiere super-team. Jaw dropping action, and an essential read for anyone who wants to see the roots of the modern Marvel movies.
The Walking Dead Deluxe Volume 1
The most expensive item on this list, the out of print collection handsomely reproduces the first twenty-four issues of Image’s hit series in an over-sized hardcover. Sure, you can get reprints a-plenty for cheaper, but this is the only one you could actually use to clobber a zombie to death with.