This one is a little different. Rather than a book coming from The Beat’s own archives of duplicates and books in need of a home, comics writer Marc Andreyko is offering ALL FIVE of the paperbacks collecting his run on MANHUNTER as a giveaway. Andreyko will sign them — and personalize them, if so desired. Included in the giveaway:
• Manhunter Vol. 1: Street Justice (collects #1–5, December 2005, ISBN 1-4012-0728-6)
• Manhunter Vol. 2: Trial By Fire (collects #6–14, January 2007, ISBN 1-4012-1198-4)
• Manhunter Vol. 3: Origins (collects #15–23, August 2007, ISBN 1-4012-1340-5)
• Manhunter Vol. 4: Unleashed (collects #24–30, January 2008, ISBN 1-4012-1632-3)
• Manhunter Vol. 5: Forgotten (collects #31-38, May 2009, ISBN 1-4012-2158-0)
Artists on the series include Jesus Saiz, Javier Pina, Fernando Blanco, Brad Walker.
A female take on the long running Manhunter character created by JAck Kirby in the 40s, this Manhunter was more than just a cheesecake heroine—she was one of the best female characters on the stands. Here’s what Kelly Thompson had to say about Andreyko’s run on the character:
I think right off the bat the biggest accomplishment of both Andreyko and co-creator artist Jesus Saiz is that Kate is a character, unlike many characters (especially female) created these days, is a perfect merging of character concept and character design. Kate Spencer is a lawyer, a divorcee, and a single mother. And that’s what she looks like. Which is to say her physique is not that of a surgically enhanced 22 year old porn star, her costume involves no thongs or heels, or even cleavage run rampant. Kate wears a costume that fully protects her, as much for the protection that that offers as for the fact that she wouldn’t be caught dead in something that wasn’t at least a little bit modest (it’s still head to toe red leather though, so it’s not like we’ve gone to the extreme of it being something she can attend church in). And it fits. The costume fits Kate and her personality, as much as her short easy to manage hair reflects a reality of Kate’s lifestyle rather than the fantasy of a comic book adventure. And because of the story Andreyko is telling, one based very solidly in the real world, these are all good choices. Reading Andreyko’s intro in the Manhunter volume 1 trade, it’s obvious to anyone his affection for the character, and his care and focus in creating her. The results are fantastic.
We don’y totally endorse all of the covers reprinted above but here’s an interior page from the CBR piece.
DA RULEZ: email your name and address to beatgiveaway at gmail dot com with COMPLETE MANHUNTER in the subject line. Winners will be selected at random. NO ADDRESS, NO WIN. The contest closes tomorrow at 5 pm EST when the next giveaway begins. Books will be mailed next week. PLEASE SPECIFY IF YOU WANT THE BOOKS PERSONALIZED AND TO WHAT NAME THEY SOHULD BE PERSONALIZED
Giveaway open to US and CANADA residents ONLY. Sorry about that!
Big thanks to Marc for helping make our giveaway even more special.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.