I liked Alan Moore’s WildC.A.T.s, even with all the art hiccups. The other WildC.A.T.s run that’s fun reading is James Robinson’s - I think he did five or six issues, mostly with Travis Charest. Still, Casey and Phillips probably did the best. Version 3.0 is a natural progression of the story, but what hurts is that Dustin Nguyen left after the first year to draw some bullcrap Batman story or something, and then the series was cancelled after 24 issues. Casey had said he had a 48-issue story plotted out, so that sucks. I’m still not over it.
As for other Joe Casey TPBs/HCs to check out, the first thing that comes to mind is Godland. His Mr. Majestic TPB collects 6 out of 9 issues of the series. The Milkman Murders is good. Codeflesh is really strong, too - and there’s one chapter in that book that is so lyrical and artfully executed, it pretty much seals the deal. Butcher Baker was recently given the deluxe HC treatment, although I still have yet to read it; it’s still in its shrinkwrap sitting on my desk at home. I’ve heard that it’s the purest distillation of the Casey ethos since Automatic Kafka (which some would consider his finest work, although it’s never been collected).
A lot of Casey’s stuff hasn’t been collected, other than his somewhat recent Marvel stuff (Iron Man: The Inevitable, Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin, Fantastic Four: First Family, Avengers: EMH v.1 and 2, Avengers: The Origin, The Last Defenders, Zodiac, Vengeance, and probably some others I’m forgetting). Of those, I’d recommend The Inevitable, The Last Defenders, Zodiac, and Vengeance. His older Marvel stuff was great but you’d have to dig in the back issue bins for his epic Cable run and his Deathlok series. I really liked his Uncanny X-Men, too, other than the inconsistent artwork.
And from DC, his Adventures of Superman run is right up there with All-Star Superman in my mind as the best Superman stories ever - and of course, it’s never been collected. Automatic Kafka issues aren’t too cheap on eBay. DC never collected The Intimates, either - those jerks.
I’ve got Glory and Prophet on my radar. I really wanna hit those up. Casey and Nathan Fox even had a run on Haunt, which I’ve gotta check out, too.
I’ve been reading some New 52 stuff, mostly all from the library. I mentioned in the DC thread that I read that first Demon Knights book. I didn’t think much of it. I couldn’t get past the terrible art, but I thought the idea of the story was solid enough. I really liked Animal Man, though. I thought it was the best New 52 book I’ve read so far. (I borrowed the first two volumes of Wonder Woman, so I’m expecting those to be good.) I haven’t been as consistent in posting reviews on my blog, but lately I’ve been deriving a little sick pleasure from crapping on some terrible comics - I read that first Johns/Lee Justice League and the first Finch Batman, and reviewed 'em both.