TRADE WAITING: Week of February 20, 2013

What trades are you waiting on? Even the most dedicated Wednesday warrior has a few books they prefer to read as a collection. Every Monday we take a look at the upcoming trade paperback, hardcover, and original graphic novel releases of the comic Wednesday. Here are the top five collections hitting stores Wednesday, February 20, 2013:

STK519363DEATH OF SUPERMAN TPB
Written by Jerry Ordway, various
Art by Jon Bogdanove, various
Release Date: February 20, 2013
Price: $14.99
Publisher: DC Comics

• The classic collection returns in a newly recolored edition.
• Can even Superman stop the unstoppable creature called Doomsday? If the assembled might of the JLA can’t do it, what hope does he have?
• Collects SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL #18-19, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #69, SUPERMAN #74-75 and ACTION COMICS #684.

Why to watch for it: The re-issue of the mighty Death of Superman arc, one that changed comics forever. Stop hunting for any issues you may have missed, they are all right here!

STK519312RESIDENT ALIEN: WELCOME TO EARTH TPB
Written by Peter Hogan
Art by Steve Parkhouse
Release Date: February 20, 2013
Price: $14.99
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

A stranded alien seeks refuge in the small town of Patience, USA, where he hides undercover as a retired doctor. All the alien wants is to be left alone until he’s rescued. However, when the town’s real doctor dies, “Dr. Harry” is pulled into medical service-and finds himself smack dab in the middle of a murder mystery! Collects issues #0-#3 of the miniseries.

Why to watch for it: A fantastic series that started in Dark Horse Presents in 2012, Resident Alien is something along the lines of Murder: She Wrote meets X-Files, and all the awesome you can imagine that would entail. A fantastic concept, sharp art and a great sense of mystery, Resident Alien is a fantastic read for anyone looking for something a little different.

STK517277TEEN TITANS BY GEOFF JOHNS OMNIBUS
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Mike McKone, various
Release Date: February 20, 2013
Price: $150.00
Publisher: DC Comics

• In this massive hardcover from superstar writer Geoff Johns, Superboy, Kid Flash, Robin, Wonder Girl and Cyborg join together as the DC Universe’s premiere teen super team!
• Plus, meet new arrivals Miss Martian and Ravager and witness a battle for the fate of the universe as the INFINITE CRISIS arrives!
• Collecting TEEN TITANS #1/2-26, 29-46 and 50, LEGENDS OF THE DC UNIVERSE #2, TITANS SECRET FILES #2, TEEN TITANS/OUTSIDERS SECRET FILES 2003, BEAST BOY #1-4, TEEN TITANS/LEGION OF SUPER HEROES SPECIAL #1, OUTSIDERS #24-25, ROBIN #147-147, INFINITE CRISIS #5-6 and TEEN TITANS ANNUAL #1.

Why to watch for it: Holy mackerel this is one might book. $150 is no small fee, but look how many issues are in this tome! Geoff Johns + Teen Titans = winning.

STK517772G.I. JOE: THE IDW COLLECTION VOLUME 1
Written by Larry Hama, Chuck Dixon
Art by Tom Feister, various
Release Date: February 20, 2013
Price: $49.99
Publisher: IDW Publishing

It’s a new era with new challenges, and to face these challenges the United States military has forged a new group of the best of the best, G.I. JOE. Starting with G.I. JOE: ORIGINS read from the beginning the whole story of how G.I. JOE came to be and their realization of a shadowy group that keeps popping up wherever trouble is.

Why to watch for it: On the same day Fred Van Lente launches a new volume of G.I. JOE, check out the beginning of the previous volume! IDW follows in the steps of the wonderfully presented IDW Collections of Transformers, chronicling the issues of G.I. JOE in chronological order for your reading pleasure!

STK521456UNCANNY X-MEN BY MATT FRACTION COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL. 1
Written by Matt Fraction
Art by Various
Release Date: February 20, 2013
Price: $29.99
Publisher: Marvel Comics

The X-Men head west, founding a new home for all mutants in San Francisco! But they soon find themselves tangling with Magneto, Sentinels and the new Hellfire Cult! Then, heartsick over losing Kitty Pryde, Colossus looks for something to stop his pain – and finds a nightmare from his past! Plus: Angel and the Beast gather the most unique minds on Earth to jumpstart the mutant race, even as Emma Frost forges a dark alliance. Finally, who are the Sisterhood? How can they be led by Cyclops’ late wife, Madelyne Pryor? And why is Psylocke on their side?! Things get ugly for the X-Men as Eisner Award-winner Matt Fraction turns up the heat! Collecting UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #500-511, UNCANNY X-MEN ANNUAL (2006) #2, and material from X-MEN UNLIMITED (2004) #9 and X-MEN: DIVIDED WE STAND #1.

Why to watch for it: Matt Fraction’s well known Uncanny X-Men run, packaged together in a fantastic over-sized collection. If you are looking to catch up on what has brought the X-Men to their current state this is a strong place to begin.

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