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JMS Trade Paperbacks Top Cow/Image

There have been some miscellaneous trade paperbacks (collections of comic book issues) as well as a graphic novel (a story accompanied by pictures) that J. Michael Straczynski has done over the years. They have quite a wide range of content from Babylon 5 to fairy tale fantasy. In fact, these books have become so numerous that we had to split them up into three categories: Babylon 5, Top Cow (Joe's Comics) and Marvel (Amazing Spider-Man). Also, be sure to check out the Comics by JMS section for more information about many of these titles.

NOTE: Trade paperbacks are listed by publication date from newest to oldest.

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#1-12: Midnight Nation
Author: J. Michael Straczynski -- Published: Jan 2003 -- Format: TPB
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This edition includes reprints for all twelve issues and the special 1/2 issue in this comic book series which also includes the covers and an afterword by J. Michael Straczynski.

MONICA'S REVIEW:
I have yet to read this book...

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JMS AT SKETCH MAGAZINE SAID:
APR.10.2003
Midnight Nation, for instance, was one long argument with god about why things are so screwed up. On the other, it was a love story that asked, "How much is love really worth to you? What will you give up for the one you love?"

JMS AT RASTB5M SAID:
JAN.16.2003
Read the thing over last night, and I'm really very, very proud of it. I've never previously read it straight through like that. One interesting thing, when I picked up the book, I hadn't known they were goin to omit the front covers in between issues...meaning, usually you hit the end of issue one, there's a cover/title page for issue two, so you know there's a transition. Here, they ran it straight together, with the cover pages as a bonus at the end.

When I saw this, my heart skipped a beat for a second, because I wasn't sure if it would play that way, if the jump from one issue to the next without any kind of warning would look jarring or confusing. So I went through the whole book, page by page, issue by issue, and sonuvagun, it all lines up fine even without the transitional pages. I was actually kind of surprised, because even though they were written as an ongoing series, they weren't *intended* to go up against one another that tightly.

So yeah, I was there, and yeah, I am most pleased.

JAN.6.2003
I don't generally hock my stuff around here, because I think it's rude. But in all honesty, in many respects, from a sheer writing perspective, Midnight Nation represents some of the best stuff I've ever done in the form. It's something that I poured a lot of emotion into, a lot of personal feelings and history and beliefs, covering life, death, religion, god, how we achieve meaning...all balanced against a cross-country quest by two people, one out to reclaim his soul, the other a woman sent to help him or kill him, depending on how the story ends up.

It is also, oddly enough, a love story.

It's one of the things I'm proudest of as a writer, and I commend it to anyone who found the ideas in Babylon 5 of interest. And the art by Gary Frank is just gorgeous, and evocative, and full of emotion.

There's a great Cinescape review of the book which contains spoilers, however, so if you want to hold off on some of the surprises, you may want to just get it cold. The key part of the review, though, says:

"MIDNIGHT NATION offered a unique twist on some very old cosmological concepts, and managed to make the idea that "love conquers all" the very core of its resolution without resorting to smarmy melodrama. That's a rare accomplishment, and all the more reason why MIDNIGHT NATION will be remembered as one of the most absorbing and emotionally moving sagas in modern comics history."

It's a nifty little story. Honest.

DEC.21.2002
What's happened to the Midnight Nation collected version that was due last month?

Dunno...they've been sitting on it for months. Hopefully it'll be out soon.

JUN.15.2002
Midnight Nation is probably my favorite comics work to date because there's a lot in it that I consider personal, it's a personal kind of story in many ways. Even I can't read the last few pages, knowing what went before, without losing it.

There have been some inquiries about optioning MN, but I've deliberately held off listening to anything until the story was complete. I wanted nothing to get in the way of just telling this story. Now that it's done, I'll be happy to listen. It was a long journey and a hard write, but I think it was, and is, one of the more worthwhile things I'e done lately.

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#0,1/2,Pre: Rising Stars: Visitations
Author: J. Michael Straczynski -- Published: Oct 2002 -- Format: TPB
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Collected together for the first time, you can now get your hands on some of J. Michael Straczynski's most sought after Rising Stars stories. Including the rare zero issue (subtitled "Rising Stars") with an additional 6 page story illustrated by Gary Frank about Slappy the Clown (originally included in the zero re-print issue and subtitled "Initiations"), the limited 1/2 issue (subtitled "Special"), and the very FIRST Rising Stars Preview/Prelude issue (subtitled "Visitations"). This incredible collection showcasing several unique tales of the Specials is not to be missed! Plus, with added sketches and an all new cover by Brent Anderson, this great collection is sure to find a home with you!

MONICA'S REVIEW:
I am not sure what they mean by "added sketches" but the cover is indeed new. This is a great way to collect all those hard to find bonus issues that further explain the story of the Specials. It is also nice that this mini-trade collects the various cover art for each issue as well. This trade is definitely worth picking up if you haven't been able to find any of these issues on your own and probably for a lot cheaper as well!

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#9-16: Rising Stars - Power (Act 2)
Author: J. Michael Straczynski -- Published: Apr 2002 -- Format: TPB
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In Rising Stars (Volume 2), J. Michael Straczynski continues the tale of The Specials, 113 humans born with extraordinary powers. The specials wage war, not only on each other, but on the rest of the world as well in this epic story of the struggles of the real world against extra-ordinary power. With an all new cover by current series artist Brent Anderson this great collection is the perfect way to revisit your favorite Rising Stars moments or finally piece together those missing issues.

MONICA'S REVIEW:
This volume collects issues #9 to #16 and is a handy way to catch up on the Specials if you weren't able (or willing) to get the single issues. I highly recommend this if you missed the single issues or want to preserve them for collecting. I also find it much more enjoyable to read the entire act without having to fiddle with bags and boards every few minutes.

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Delicate Creatures
Author: J. Michael Straczynski -- Published: Jan 2002 -- Format: Hardcover TPB
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In Delicate Creatures, Image Comics` first all-original hardcover, J. Michael Straczynski turns his gaze towards the fairytale and leaves you wondering how much is tale and how much is truth. Like all of Straczynski's work, he provides an intelligent examination of a cliche-ridden genre that will rise above and challenge the best literature currently available.

MONICA'S REVIEW:
I have yet to read this book...

JMS AT SKETCH MAGAZINE SAID:
APR.10.2003
It was written a bit differently from all the other comics scripts I've done to date, in that it was written in straight prose, as a novel or novelette. Michael [Zulli] then picked out the salient images from the manuscript to illustrate the book. My initial thought was a page of text facing a page of art, and he suggested interweaving the two. I wasn't sure about this, because I thought it would handcuff Michael's art, but in the end I think the format works.

JMS AT B5 SAID:
JAN.22.2002
I was going to post this earlier, but kept forgetting in the rush of B5:LoTR airing. I wanted to wait until it was actually out to say anything, but yes, as of last week, Delicate Creatures is finally out at a bookstore/comic store near you.

JAN.7.2002
I was kinda puzzled too, since Diamond had it coming out last week. I checked with Top Cow and there was apparently a printer's mistake, so they had to go back and re-do it. It's now back on track (and on Diamond) to come out on the 16th.

DEC.26.2001
For those who've been asking ever since the book was supposed to come out in October...the Delicate Creatures hardcover graphic novel, my first, comes out January 4th. The darned thing was finished a month ago, so it's about time.One advisory: the initial run is only about 16,000 copies, because this is Top Cow's first stab at a book like this, so it may be a good idea to reserve a copy if you want to be assured of getting one.

DEC.19.2001
The Delicate Creatures hardcover graphic novel has been done for a while now, don't know why it isn't out yet.

NOV.11.2001
It went to the printer's on Friday, so it should be out soon.

OCT.14.2001
The book is running late because of a variety of production issues that came up in how the layout was to be handled (the script on this one was in months ago).

APR.18.2001
Michael Zulli, well known for his work with Neil Gaiman on Sandman, has begun working on Delicate Creatures, my graphic novel which will be coming out from Image sometime this summer/fall.

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#1-8: Rising Stars - Born in Fire (Act 1)
Author: J. Michael Straczynski -- Published: Jan 2001 -- Format: TPB
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This is the story of how we came to be. Of what happened to us, and those we knew, and loved, and fought. Where it went right ... and where it went wrong. Sixty years. One-hundred and thirteen people, born with the power. The story of the world we touched. And all the places where the world touched us. And terror and the beauty and the death of what happened in the spaces in-between.

MONICA'S REVIEW:
It is definately worth getting if you are new to comics or don't care to have all the individual issues laying around. This trade paperback (TPB) is a collection of the first eight Rising Stars comics that also has an introduction by Neil Gaiman (of Sandman fame). This series has nothing to do with the B5 universe but instead, it is more like a traditional super hero comic series ... with a twist like only JMS can give. I am not usually a comic book reader but I found this series most enjoyable.

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JMS AT B5 SAID:
12.8.2000
And for those missed the first few issues of Rising Stars and have been wondering when the trade paperback was coming out...well, it's out. "Rising Stars: Born in Fire" gathers the first 8 issues, plus various covers, with Neil Gaiman's introduction.

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