While the 88mph hardcover collection of the Legion series continues its indefinite delay, Titan Books in the UK is poised to release their own softcover trade paperback. While missing the Dan Aykroyd foreword, the book is supposed to contain everything else to be found in the hardcover edition, including the coloured version of the convention exclusive Zeddemore Factor (see above for an example and one of writer Andrew Dabb’s best jokes.)
First off, the cover, which was solicited in an unfinal form, using Dan Bereton’s Venkman cover from issue one, has been changed to a classic black with the no-ghost logo. You can’t beat the classic look, eh?
Inside, the cover for the Zeddemore Factor (a ghost trap on a plain white field) is used for the copyright info page, which is nice, as the cover gallery only features the two main versions of each of the four issues, so it’s nice that the con exclusive art appears somewhere. The other covers aren’t represented however – this is understandable for the exclusive retailer covers, but it would have been nice for those who don’t have the reprint of issue one, with its beautiful Ecto-1 cover, but that’s minor.
The rest of the book is the four-part series – I love having the entire series in my hands at once. Finally! A reading copy, so I don’t have to sully my originals. And as icing on top, the coloured version of the Zeddemore Factor is gorgeous. I know a lot of people are big fans of Blond’s work on the Legion series, but Adam Nichols has an approach to light that I dig. Whereas Blond works in shades, Nichols uses stepped layers of colour.
But what’s a good book if it’s not a mystery? Last page of the book, which features a particularly gruesome picture of Slimer, purports that “vol. 2 is coming soon.” It’s got a ISBN listing and everything.
I know, I know – you’re guess is as good as mine. It may just be have been leg work done in anticipation of the stalled ongoing series. Stay tuned, I’m working to find out more.
[UPDATE] – Until Paul reminded me, I totally forgot to post the Amazon.co.uk link. Whoops! Thanks Paul!