Suicide Squad Vol. 1: Trial by Fire
For the Suicide Squad fan (or Suicide Squad survivor) in your life, get them the book that started it all: John Ostrander’s 1987 run on Suicide Squad. A group of supervillains nobody — even the reader — cares about is forced to form a black ops team for the shadiest underbelly of the United States government at the height of the Cold War, under the iron thumb of Amanda "The Wall" Waller.
DC Comics, $20
Harley Quinn Vol. 1: Hot in the City
For the person who just wants more Harley Quinn, her best selling (and still going) series starts with Hot in the City, written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner. Between moving to Coney Island, becoming the landlord for a carnival sideshow and joining a roller derby team, you'd think Harley wouldn't have much time for crime. But you’d be wrong.
DC Comics, $25
Doctor Strange: The Oath
Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin’s Doctor Strange: The Oath is one of the best modern Doctor Strange stories out there — and it’s also easy to pick up and read even if you’re new to the character. When Stephen Strange finds himself up against the most universal — and mundane — threat of any person’s life, he stands up in opposition to death itself.
Marvel Comics, $10
Star Trek 50th Anniversary Blu-ray collection
The limited-edition box set features every episode of Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek: The Animated Series, six feature films and a documentary chronicling 50 years of Trek. It also comes with new interviews with cast members, commentary tracks and a bunch of featurettes. And finally: novelty items like a 50th anniversary Starfleet Insignia pin and six mini-posters.
TV (The Book)
TV (The Book) might be the most thrilling read you'll come across all year, and if you have someone in your life who’s obsessed with the small screen, this is the perfect gift. TV critics Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz go over the history of television, the different periods of "Golden Age content," the importance of '90s HBO, and Breaking Bad. For those who have read Sepinwall's The Revolution Was Televised, this is the perfect companion book.
Hachette Book Group, $20
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