The holiday countdown is beyond on, but if you’re still stumped as to what going under the tree for the genre-obsessed guy or gal in your life, we’ve has assembled a list of 30 powerful presents in a mighty Last-Minute Can’t-Go-Wrong Gift Guide to come to your rescue.
By keeping the focus squarely on some of the most ubiquitous properties from comic book corners of the pop cultural universe alongside quick forays into genres appealing to similar sensibilities — including sci-fi, horror, animation and anime — we’re zeroing in on an assortment of new, high-quality gift items in the fan-o-sphere. At least one of these selections will be well suited for your get-ee, whether their level of fandom ranges from casual to hardcore.
We know completists can be notoriously hard to buy for, so give your loved one’s bookshelves, video racks and display cases a once-over if you can, but we’re confident at least one of these gifts will make a welcome addition to almost any collection. And if you’re not sure where to head to grab your last-minute present, check out our for the closest comic store to you!
Guardians of the Galaxy Blu-ray/DVD
Something that belongs on the video shelf of even the most casual comic book fan, the film was hands-down the superhero movie of the year — an ‘Awesome Mix’ of sci-fi space opera, captivating characters, laugh-out loud dialogue, feel-great music, eye-popping effects and that inimitable Marvel-style action.
Batman: A Celebration of 75 Years Hardcover
The Dark Knight has been keeping the streets of Gotham City safe since his debut in 1939, and this impressive tome collects many of his all-time great tales, featuring the works of comic book greats including Bob Kane, Bill Finger, Jerry Robinson, Gardner Fox, Carmine Infantino, Dennis O’Neil, Neal Adams, Marshall Rogers, Frank Miller, Jim Aparo, Paul Dini, Scott Synder and Greg Capullo.
Joker: A Celebration of 75 Years Hardcover
This celebratory compendium focusing on the Clown Prince of Crime proves that not only did the ghoulish, grinning villain — who debuted as a mirthfully menacing serial killer, evolved into a punchline-obsessed prankster and eventually emerged as a horrifyingly hilarious, homicidal incarnation of pure anarchy — bring out the best in Batman, he also inspired masterful work from some of comics’ greatest creators.
Star Trek: The Next Generation — Seasons 1-7 on Blu-ray/DVD
It’s been made so: Every single season of Gene Roddenberry’s classic second-generation series is now available on Blu-ray at last, stunningly transferred from the original film elements and featuring visual effects painstakingly recreated from the original source material.
Marvel 75th Anniversary Omnibus
Celebrating three-quarters of a century of comic book publishing since its debut in 1939, Marvel Comics collects the crÃ¨me de la crÃ¨me of its extraordinary legacy of graphic storytelling that made True Believers of several generations, featuring masterworks from the likes of Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Frank Miller, John Byrne, Chris Claremont, Alex Ross, Mark Bagley, Matt Fraction and many, many more.
Superman Unchained Deluxe Edition Hardcover
Take two superstar creators working at the top of their games — writer Scott Snyder and artist Jim Lee — and pair them on DC’s most iconic character, and the result is a story that re-defines the Man of Steel for a new millennium.
X-Men: Days of Future Past Blu-ray/DVD
Filmmaker Bryan Singer’s triumphant return to the mutant franchise offers major thrills or fans of any of the cinematic adventures, adapting a classic comics tale to the big screen, uniting every major X-Men veteran and changing the game for the next big screen generation at Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters.
Disney’s revisionist take on the origin story of its most popular villainess (in the form of a pitch-perfect Angelina Jolie) feels more akin to a Vertigo comic book come to life than its animated fairy tale counterpart — and that’s a good thing.
Sleeping Beauty Blu-ray
If you prefer the classic Disney version of the fairy tale, with Princess Aurora menaced by a decidedly not-nice-underneath-the-horns Maleficent, look no further than the gorgeous Diamond Edition Blu-ray which brings the film — and that dramatic dragon sequence — to life more gloriously than ever before.
DC Bombshells: Holiday Harley Quinn Statue
Sculpted in the retro-pinup style of the DC Bombshells line, Ms. Quinn also offers a Happy Harley-days greeting as she adopts some red-and-green Christmas coloring and totes a Santa-sized bag filled with gifts.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier Blu-ray/DVD
World War II’s First Avenger emerges into the modern day in an action-packed superhero film wrapped inside a compelling conspiracy thriller that, like the best Cap comics stories, forces him to take a long look at the nation we’ve become and consider his own place in it.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Blu-ray/DVD
What started as an ambitious reboot of a classic sci-fi franchise evolved into an epic saga with this film, which follows the increasingly intelligent — and frustrated — tribe of apes clashing with the human population as their leader, Caesar, tries to preserve a peace that grows ever more fragile.
Ms. Marvel Vol. 1
A decidedly modern hero, with all the hallmarks of a classic Marvel character! Suddenly possessed of amazing powers, American-Muslim teen Kamala Khan is plunged into a thrilling new world of adventure — but is she ready for it? One of the best-reviewed books — and the character find — of the year!
Dust Covers: The Collected Sandman Covers Hardcover
Collected in a new edition, this is a dark, haunting journey through the arresting cover art conceived by multimedia artist Dave McKean for author Neil Gaiman’s heralded Vertigo series. The pieces range from dreamlike to nightmarish, accompanied commentary by the author and an exclusive tale starring Morpheus.
Dream State: The Collected Dreaming Covers
Visionary artist Dave McKean continued his cover collaboration with author Neil Gaiman’s various “Sandman” companion series, adding to his impressive array of impressionistic takes on The Dreaming.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete Classic Series DVD Collection
You’re going to want to order a lot of pizza as you make your way through this 23-disc collection compiling all ten seasons of the Heroes on a Half-Shell’s animated adventures, all packaged in a turtle-powered van-shaped case.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Blu-ray/DVD
Producer Michael Bay’s new take on the TMNT proved to be polarizing, but fans fond of Donatello, Raphael, Leonardo and Michelangelo will want to check out the film’s most eye-popping elements, including intense martial-arts action and the revolutionary technology that brings the Turtles to life.
Batman The Animated Series / New Batman Adventures Wave One Action Figures
The impeccably designed characters of the classic 1990s animated series starring the Dark Knight return in their most elaborately conceived and dramatically detailed action figures to date, with the initial wave including Catwoman, Mr. Freeze, Two-Face and, of course, Batman himself.
Guardians of the Galaxy by Abnett & Lanning Vol. 1 Hardcover
Sure, you’ve seen the movie, but just how did the gathering of the ragtag group of cosmic a-holes go down in the comics? The modern-day team’s adventures together were launched by writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, the prime architects of the cosmic corners of the contemporary Marvel Universe.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Avengers Hardcover
The now-classic lineup audiences met on the big screen — Star-Lord, Rocket, Groot, Drax and Gamora — are joined by the one and only Iron Man to kick off their latest comic book series, crafted by one of Marvel’s finest and funniest writers, Brian Michael Bendis.
Miyazaki Films on Blu-ray/DVD
There’s no question that Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki has earned a place among the greatest animated filmmakers of all time, and Disney has made three more of his beautifully rendered, emotionally powerful Studio Ghibli masterworks available on Blu-ray (individually): “Kiki’s Delivery Service,” “Princess Mononoke” and “The Wind Rises.”
Absolute Batman Incorporated
Grant Morrison’s massive, unparalleled exploration of the Dark Knight’s attempt to franchise his crime-fighting “brand” across the globe through a series of like-minded international vigilantes, collected here in its entirety, is also the writer’s most labyrinthine journey into the character’s rich, timeless mythology.
Age of Ultron Hardcover
Fans can start prepping for of the 2015 release of the much-anticipated Avengers sequel, the similarly titled “Age of Ultron,” with this deluxe collection of the most recent comic book showdown between the World’s Mightiest Heroes and their oedipal A.I. nemesis.
The Wake Hardcover
One of the most innovative, unpredictable and handsomely crafted comics of the past year, writer Scott Snyder and artist Sean Murphy’s Vertigo comic is a part-sci-fi dystopia, part-horror thriller comprised of two connected storylines set 200 years apart.
Farscape Seasons 1-4 15th Anniversary Edition Blu-rays
Fans who love forays into fully-realized fantasy worlds can’t do much better than the beloved cult sci-fi TV series from Jim Henson Productions, which offers an unpredictable mix of intergalactic derring-do, dazzling effects, fully-realized characters and an ever-present sense of humor.
Frozen Sing-Along Edition
For fans who aren’t quite ready to “Let it Go,” Disney’s heart-thawing mega-hit animated fairy tale returns with a format that makes even more out of its music with a sing-along incarnation — just following the bouncing snowflake and belt out your best rendition of the film’s insta-classic tunes.
Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection
Horror purists will most certainly shriek — with delight — over this comprehensive DVD assembly of the entirety of the studio’s monstrous library. The set includes the entire run of films featuring Frankenstein, Dracula, the Wolf Man, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, the Gill-Man, and all the sequels, spinoffs and crossover encounters — including their run-ins with Abbot & Costello!
Harley Quinn Vol. 1: Hot In the City Hardcover
The Joker’s gal comes into her own at last in the first volume collecting her irreverent, anarchic and just downright funny ongoing series, and concocted by husband-and-wife writing team Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner — the latter of whom also contributes the series’ deliriously designed covers.
Superman/Wonder Woman Holiday Kiss Statue
The “Power Couple” romance between the Man of the Steel and the Amazonian God of War takes on a holiday tradition in this scaled-down statue that finds them kissing among the clouds as an errant sprig of mistletoe floats above them.
Teen Titans: A Celebration of 50 Years Hardcover
The original team of teen heroes celebrates a half-century of stepping out of the shadows of their adult mentors, making the shift from sidekicks to heroes in their own right. Robin, Kid Flash, Speedy and Wonder Girl were joined by a group of unique, super-powered young adults Cyborg, Starfire, Raven and Beast Boy, forming a Titans team that resonates for every generation.
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