Shopping for friends and family during the holiday season can be difficult, we all know this. Yet, picking up the perfect gift for the comic book nerd in your life can be especially hard. Purchasing something for a person who spends money on an expensive hobby that you don’t understand on a weekly basis can be a nightmare. What could you get them that they can’t possibly already have? No need to fear, dear reader, Nerd League is here to support you and your nerdy gift buying needs. We have the top comic book and collectible gift ideas for this holiday season so you don’t walk into your local comic shop overwhelmed. Prepare your wallet and get ready for the comics edition of the Nerd League Holiday Gift Guide.
When Brendan Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, and Babs Tarr became the new creative team on Batgirl, people didn’t know what to expect. Two years later, the comic book industry is in constant demand for more content from this dream creative team. Sure, they’re currently starting a new book, Motorcrush, at Image Comics this week but you can keep the Batgirl of Burnside magic alive. Look at that motorcycle! So cool, so stylish!
There’s a comic called Saga, I don’t know if you’ve heard of it or not. (If you haven’t go order volume 1 and educate yourself, damn it!) One of the most popular characters from the book is a giant hairless cat by the name of Lying Cat. He knows when you’ve been sleeping and he knows when you’re awake. I kid! He only knows when you’re lying and publicly calls you out on it. Buy this for a Saga fan or that one friend or family member who is a pathological liar!
One of the year’s most popular storylines has finally been collected for the holidays! The Legend of Wonder Woman, from creative team Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon, is a fresh new take on the origins of the Amazon princess. Young or old, this all-ages comic is for everyone on your Christmas list that likes comics. With the upcoming Wonder Woman movie, this might be the gift of the year for some people.
I know, I know, everyone and their mother has a copy of Watchmen, why is it on the gift guide?! Well, this copy is really something special! Watchmen Noir is devoid of color, relying on just Alan Moore’s script and Dave Gibbon’s inks to tell the classic. Have a member of the family who’s a fan of old black and white movies or Frank Miller’s Sin City? Buy this, be their hero, save the holidays from giant aliens trying to blow up America during the holidays!
Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli’s classic storyline, Batman: Year One, is finally collected in DC’s Absolute format. Heavier than your everyday omnibus, this edition has all the bells and whistles! One of the highlights for me is the inclusion of the original letters column, yellowing pages and all. Possibly the most expensive thing on this list so only for the true Batman fan in your life. I meant true love but because Batman is love, I didn’t think it needed to be explained.
Funko continues to dominate the toys and collectibles market this Halloween with a few additions to its X-Men line. Popular 90’s X-Men to be precise. I’m talking characters like Cable, Psylocke, Archangel, and Sabretooth. This holiday season, show that nerd in your life that unlike Marvel, you know the X-Men are important to fans!
Everyone has that one person they know that’s both a geek and a history buff. Don’t worry, readers, we have a solution to that gift-giving fiasco! Glen Weldon’s The Caped Crusader: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture will provide an in-depth look at the history of both Batman and nerd culture in a single book. If they start reading it right then and there, you might not have to talk about the long history capitalism has with Christmas this year!
Know someone with a bad taste in their mouth from Civil War II? Do they miss the days when the Carol Corps was celebrated? Fear not, True Believer. Marvel is reprinting Kelly Sue Deconnick’s epic run on Captain Marvel for your pleasure. A feminist ode to one of Marvel’s best female superheroes, it is a necessity for every collection at an affordable price. How do I know it’s so good? My treasured copy was stolen!
If you know a DC Comics’ fan, they’ve probably told you that the publisher is going through a creative renaissance. While the DC Rebirth collections won’t be available until 2017, fans can comfort themselves with the fact that DC is putting some great classics back in print. Look out for the late Darwyn Cooke’s epic New Frontier, a celebration of the Silver Age and the history of DC Comics. It’s one of the greatest comic book series to hit print and in my opinion, the greatest Hal Jordan story ever told.
AMC launched their latest comic to TV adaptation in the form of Preacher. Garth Ennis and the late Steve Dillon’s collaboration is a critical darling and highly recommended for fans with a taste for dark humor. Pick it up for the religious friend or family member, I can assure you that they will love it.
Let’s be honest, there’s at least someone you know who is a Walking Dead fan. The zombie phenomenon is inescapable at this point and the franchise has a crazy amount of merchandise to choose from. I’d go with the third season of Telltale’s critically acclaimed video game based on the comics. The game takes place four years ahead of where season two left off, meaning it’s running simultaneously with the timeline of the comic book. Who knows what characters you might encounter?!