We are a mere 48 hours away from new comic books, and a whole fresh crop of collections as well! If your bookshelf is in need of a trade or hardcover infusion, look no further than the top five releases of April 23, 2014:
In this first collection from the new GREEN LANTERN team of writer Robert Venditti and artist Billy Tan from issues #21-26, GREEN LANTERN #23.1: RELIC, and GREEN LANTERN ANNUAL #2, Hal Jordan becomes the leader of the most feared and hated group in the universe: The Green Lantern Corps! And while Hal struggles with his new role as leader of the Green Lantern Corps, he must solve the mystery of why the universe is atrophying! All this leads into “LIGHTS OUT,” as Relic arrives on Oa to douse the central Power Battery forever!
Why to watch for it: After the epic run by Geoff Johns comes the first new Green Lantern writer in over half a decade, Robert Venditti! A new angle, a new foe, and a new status quo for the Lantern corps, this is a decent jumping on point for new readers looking to get into the GL Universe.
The first creator-owned book by ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN co-creators Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley, BRILLIANT tells the story of a handful of college-age geniuses who challenge each other to solve the mystery of superpowers. Can the best and brightest change science fiction into science fact? And if so, how will the world at large react? BRILLIANT is a thriller of the highest order. It is a story of how true power can either destroy or protect the strongest of friendships. It is the story of how the world will react when our true potential is finally unlocked. Collecting BRILLIANT #1-5.
Why to watch for it: The release schedule on this one was a bit of a nightmare, but now you can get the first 5 issues of Brilliant in a single hardcover! Bendis & Bagley reunite to tell an all-new, creator owned tale!
A small team of champions band together to protect young Liana from the Hierarchy, a corrupt otherworld government determined to destroy her. Unknown to the Hierarchy, Seren, their enshrined Avatar, a powerful psionic and religious leader, secretly aids Liana, and plots a coup to overthrow his masters.
Why to watch for it: Colleen Doran’s work in A Distant Soil is amazing, with visuals that are absolutely stunning and must be seen by more eyes. Luckily, this trade is coming out and for less than 20 bucks you can treat your eyes to something spectacular.
Mockingbird is undercover, infiltrating Advanced Idea Mechanics…but as her deception crumbles, can she escape before the High Council of A.I.M. discovers her true identity? As Maria Hill gets a mind-bending offer from a rogue A.I.M. operative that you’ll probably recognize, Hawkeye, Black Widow and Fury plumb the organization’s depths. But when A.I.M. strikes and takes out the team, Taskmaster and Mockingbird must go full stealth mode as the entire A.I.M. Island searches for them! As A.I.M.’s secrets are spilled, Forson’s wild card is revealed, a traitor at the heart of the group comes to light…and Mockingbird faces a crossroads that threatens to tear her apart. Collecting SECRET AVENGERS (2013) #12-16.
Why to watch for it: Spencer and Kot drag the Secret team deeper into a mess as the stakes on the A.I.M. front rise!
Will Eisner’s The Spirit and Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer are two of the most beloved characters ever to grace comics-and now these two great pulp-inspired heroes meet for the very first time!
After a Central City Alderman disappears and is found dead in Los Angeles, commissioner Dolan, along with Denny Colt (AKA The Spirit), and Dolan’s daughter Ellen, trek out to the City of Angels to investigate. Meanwhile, Cliff Secord (The Rocketeer) consoles his sweetheart Betty… who is traumatized after accidentally discovering the politician’s body. As the unlikely duo dive into the mystery, a deeper one unfolds-one that is masterminded by two of our heroes’ arch-villains! Hold on tight for a rocket-propelled double-dose of danger!
Why to watch for it: Two of the most acclaimed characters of all time meet for the very first time by the veteran hand of Mark Waid. I’m not sure there is even much more to say than that…