TRADE WAITING: May 2016

It’s been a long time and we certainly shouldn’t have left you without some dope trades to step to, so we’re bringing you the hottest trade paperbacks, collected editions, and graphic novels for in this edition of “Trade Waiting” – your monthly spotlight of noteworthy comic book collections that are being released this May and why you should watch out for them! 

May 4, 2016

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ART OPS VOL. 1
Written by Shaun Simon
Art by Michael Allred, Matt Brundage, Laura Allred
Published by Vertigo Comics
Release Date: May 4, 2016
Price: $14.99

 
WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH FOR IT: Artists Michael Allred, Matt Brundage, and Laura Allred combine their efforts in a Voltron-like, Gestaltist powerhouse of visual wonder. Writer Shaun Simon crafts a story that enables the art to shine and become dynamic on the page as art masterpieces that we know and love become alive! Couple that with some witty dialogue and an amusing entertainment from Mona Lisa, and you have a zany, unique story that you’re sure to appreciate.

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ALL-NEW X-MEN HC VOL. 4
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Mahmud Asrar, more
Published by Marvel Comics
Release Date: May 4, 2016
Price: $34.99
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/All-New-X-Men-Brian-Michael-Bendis/dp/0785199896/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1462249552&sr=8-8&keywords=all-new+x-men+bendis

WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH FOR IT: “Well written characters, some solid action and great artwork equals a winner, and that’s what we’ve got with All-New X-Men…” – Aaron Long

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BATMAN AND ROBIN VOL. 7: ROBIN RISES
Written by Peter J. Tomasi
Art by Patrick Gleason, Andy Kubert
Published by DC Comics
Release Date: May 4, 2016
Price: $19.99
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Batman-Robin-Vol-Rises/dp/1401261140/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1461190866&sr=8-1

WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH FOR IT: “Action packed, great character work and a creative team that is on fire, this is a Bat-book that isn’t to be missed.” – Aaron Long

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DAREDEVIL BY MARK WAID & CHRIS SAMNEE VOL. 5
Written by Mark Waid,
Art by Chris Samnee, Matt Wilson
Published by Marvel Comics
Release Date: May 4, 2016
Price: $34.99
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Daredevil-Mark-Waid-Chris-Samnee/dp/1302900609/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1462250088&sr=8-1&keywords=daredevil+waid+samnee++5

WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH FOR IT: “For over fifteen years Daredevil has arguably been Marvel’s most consistent title. First it was Kevin Smith and Joe Quesada relaunching the character to great acclaim, and then it was the great Bendis/Maleev run followed by the superb Brubaker/Lark run. When it’s all said and done the creative team of Mark Waid and Chris Samnee may end up being considered the best of the bunch.” – John Ernenputsch

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LITTLE NEMO: RETURN TO SLUMBERLAND DELUXE EDITION
Written by Eric Shanower
Art by Gabriel Rodriguez
Published by IDW Publishing
Release Date: May 4, 2016
Price: $39.99
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Little-Nemo-Slumberland-Deluxe-Shanower/dp/1631405748/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1461191373&sr=1-4&keywords=little+nemo+in+slumberland

WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH FOR IT: “Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland is a great all-ages fantasy tale featuring some wonderful artwork that elevates this story to the next level.” – Aaron Long

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GUARDIANS OF GALAXY BY ABNETT AND LANNING OMNIBUS HC
Written by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Art by various
Published by Marvel Comics
Release Date: May 4, 2016
Price: $100.00
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Guardians-Galaxy-Abnett-Lanning-Omnibus/dp/0785198342/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1462248212&sr=8-2&keywords=guardians+of+the+galaxy+abnett+lanning

WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH FOR IT: This is all of the quintessential stories that gave birth to the incredibly popular franchise that is the modern day Guardians of the Galaxy. If you want to know where the inspiration for the movie came from and where the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe can potentially, go than look no further than right here. Movie popularity aside, Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning are masterful storytellers able to craft high stakes, high adventure, and an incredibly good time. This is an omnibus and once they’re gone, they’ll be even harder to acquire, so get yours now!

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WE STAND ON GUARD DLX HC
Written by Brian K. Vaughan
Art by Steve Skroce, Matt Hollingsworth
Published by Image Comics
Release Date: May 4, 2016
Price: $24.99
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Stand-Guard-Deluxe-Brian-Vaughan/dp/1632157020/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1462248326&sr=8-1&keywords=we+stand+on+guard

WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH FOR IT: At this point in his career, Brian K. Vaughn can do no wrong. With that said, he absolutely delivers with another thought-provoking and ambitious story that delves into civil unrest and American McCarthyism against Canada. If that wasn’t enough, artists Steve Skroce and Matt Hollingsworth bring their exceptional talents to the series by providing exceptional line work and vivid colors to capture your attention. This edition is a sexy hardcover that will be a great addition to your bookshelf.

May 11, 2016

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KINGDOM COME 20TH ANNIVERSARY DLX ED HC
Written by Mark Waid
Art by Alex Ross
Published by DC Comics
Release Date: May 11, 2016
Price: $39.99
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Kingdom-Come-20th-Anniversary-Deluxe/dp/1401260829/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1462248420&sr=1-1&keywords=kingdom+come+20th+anniversary+deluxe+edition

WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH FOR IT: What started out as an offshoot Elseworlds story for Mark Waid to play with some of DC Comics top tier heroes without any threat to the main DC continuity, is now one of it’s most influential stories to be produced from the comic publisher. This is a story of what happens when the DC’s heroes get old, and the next generation of heroes lack mentoring. Mark Waid drives the story with epic moments that later defined the persona of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Captain Marvel. Alex Ross wholly embraces this with incredible realistic portrayals of some of your characters and satisfies a curiosity if you’ve ever asked what a superhero would look like in real life. A must read for it’s influence in the superhero genre alone, but the extra sketches and additional insight provided for the deluxe edition makes this an enticing grab.

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ALL-NEW WOLVERINE VOL. 1: THE FOUR SISTERS
Written by Tom Taylor
Art by David Lopez, David Navarrot, Nathan Fairbairn
Published by Marvel Comics
Release Date: May 11, 2016
Price: $17.99
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/All-New-Wolverine-Vol-Four-Sisters/dp/0785196528/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1461475566&sr=8-1&keywords=all-new+wolverine

WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH FOR IT: “This one is a winner and I think big things are coming for this all-new Wolverine.” – Aaron Long

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POP GUN WAR GN VOL 01 GIFT
Written by Farel Dalrymple
Art by Farel Dalrymple
Published by Image Comics
Release Date: May 11, 2016
Price: $14.99
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Pop-Gun-War-1-Gift/dp/163215773X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1462248553&sr=1-1&keywords=pop+gun+war

WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH FOR IT: Described as an urban fantasy, Pop Gun War pushes the boundaries of traditional storytelling by disregarding it all together to create a beautiful landscape where almost anything is possible and your imagination is unrestricted. Farel Dalrymple is an incredibly talented artist that has been steadily making some visually visceral images in sequential art throughout his career. His gritty style is sublime, instantly recognizable, and uniquely his own. Dalrymple’s ability to sustain a cherub-like innocence with a fear-inducing darkness always leaves me in awe. Image Comics has finally collected Dalrymple’s acclaimed series for your visual digestion, and is worth checking out if you’re desperately in need of something to challenge yourself.

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GRAYSON VOL. 3: NEMESIS
Written by Tim Seeley, Tom King
Art by Mikel Janin
Published by DC Comics
Release Date: May 11, 2016
Price: $16.99
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Grayson-Vol-Nemesis-Tom-King/dp/1401262767/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1461476281&sr=8-1&keywords=grayson+nemesis

WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH FOR IT: “It’s fresh, funny, and utterly intoxicating, and now is the time to enjoy everything our man Dick has to offer.” – Matt Santori

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SPIDER-GWEN VOL. 1: GREATER POWER
Written by Jason Latour
Art by Robbi Rodriguez
Published by Marvel Comics
Release Date: May 11, 2016
Price: $17.99
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Spider-Gwen-Vol-1-Greater-Power/dp/0785199594/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1461476978&sr=8-1&keywords=spider-gwen+greater+power

WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH FOR IT: “The dynamic duo that is Latour/Rodriguez is sharper than ever and I could not add this title to my pull list fast enough.” – Heather Joy

May 18, 2016

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JACK KIRBY MIGHTY THOR ARTIST ED HC
Art by Jack Kirby
Published by IDW Publishing
Release Date: May 18, 2016
Price: $125.00

WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH FOR IT: Jack “The King” Kirby. Thor, The God of Thunder. The King draws Thor. This is an artist edition. It’s absolutely beautiful. Buy it.

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ALL-NEW INHUMANS VOL. 1: GLOBAL OUTREACH
Written by Charles Soule, James Asmus
Art by Stefano Caselli
Published by Marvel Comics
Release Date: May 11, 2016
Price: $15.99
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/All-New-Inhumans-Vol-Global-Outreach/dp/0785196382/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1461477372&sr=8-1&keywords=all-new+inhumans

WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH FOR IT: “All-New Inhumans immerses readers in one of the most timely and relevant corners of the Marvel universe.” – Aaron Long

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THE FLASH BY GEOFF JOHNS BOOK 2
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Scott Kolins
Published by DC Comics
Release Date: May 18, 2016
Price: $24.99
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Flash-Geoff-Johns-Book/dp/1401261019/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1461477666&sr=8-1&keywords=flash+geoff+johns+book+two

WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH FOR IT: “GEOFF F***ING JOHNS’ FLASH WORK IN ANOTHER AWESOME PAPERBACK. Yelling cause I care about y’all…” -Aaron Long

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JOKER: ENDGAME
Written by Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, various
Art by Greg Capullo, various
Published by DC Comics
Release Date: May 18, 2016
Price: $29.99
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Joker-Endgame-James-Tynion/dp/1401258778/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1461478004&sr=8-1&keywords=joker+endgame

WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH FOR IT: “This is a gritty, dark tale that will kick you in the stomach…” – Aaron Long

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THE MIGHTY THOR VOL. 1: THUNDER IN HER VEINS
Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Russell Dauterman, Matt Wilson
Published by Marvel Comics
Release Date: May 18, 2016
Price: $24.99
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Mighty-Thor-Vol-Thunder-Veins/dp/078519522X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1461478445&sr=8-1&keywords=thor+thunder+veins

WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH FOR IT: “The Mighty Thor is a can’t miss comic. Krakaf***ingthoom, friends.” – Aaron Long

May 25, 2016

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THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL VOL. 3: SQUIRREL, YOU REALLY GOT ME NOW
Written by Ryan North
Art by Erica Henderson
Published by Marvel Comics
Release Date: May 25, 2016
Price: $17.99
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Unbeatable-Squirrel-Girl-Vol-Really/dp/0785196269/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1461478903&sr=8-3&keywords=unbeatable+squirrel+girl+3

WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH FOR IT: “The series has charm, diversity, but also offers a nuanced understanding of the characters that lends to the fun and joyousness of the series.” – Allen Thomas

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