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 June 18, 2014:
GREEN LANTERN: LIGHTS OUT
Written by Robert Venditti, Justin Jordan, Van Jensen, Charles Soule
Art by Billy Tan, Brad Walker, Sean Chen, Rags Morales, Bernard Chang, Alessandro Vitti
Published by DC Comics
In this epic event from GREEN LANTERN #24, GREEN LANTERN CORPS #24, GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS #23-24, RED LANTERNS #24, GREEN LANTERN ANNUAL #2 and GREEN LANTERN #23.1: RELIC, Relic has arrived! The lights of the Lanterns are fading as the emotional spectrum is being drained. It’s up to Hal and the Green Lanterns to rally the Corps if they are going to survive!
Why to watch for it: The four Corpsmen assemble to tell the first Green Lantern Universe crossover since Geoff Johns left Green Lantern. Rumour has it this is the tale that got Robert Venditti the Green Lantern gig, and it’s easy to see why. A new era has begun for the Green Lantern books and this hardcover features a story that truly changes the status quo for all the Lantern Corps.
GLORY: THE COMPLETE SAGA
Written by Joe Keatinge
Art by Sophie Campbell
Published by Image Comics
THE ACCLAIMED APOCALYPTIC WAR SAGA COLLECTED IN ITS ENTIRETY!
SOPHIE CAMPBELL (Wet Moon, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and JOE KEATINGE (Marvel Knights: Hulk) finally collect their critically-acclaimed and brutally told saga of one warrior and her family torn apart by a millennia-old intergalactic war. This is the complete story, collected in its entirety for the very first time in a deluxe oversized hardcover edition. Includes never-before-seen sketchbook material, scripts, commentary, and interviews.
Why to watch for it: The entire Keatinge/Campbell run in a single hardcover of brutal awesomeness! This run was as acclaimed as it could be, and this hardcover is filled with extras to take the story even further!
VELVET VOL. 1: BEFORE THE LIVING END
Written by Ed Brubaker
Art by Steve Epting
Published by Image Comics
From the bestselling creators of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” comes this smash-hit spy thriller with a unique new twist!
When the world’s greatest secret agent is killed, all evidence points to Velvet Templeton, the personal secretary to the Director of the Agency. But Velvet’s got a dark secret buried in her past… because she’s also the most dangerous woman alive.
Why to watch for it: The team that brought you Winter Soldier takes readers into the 60s spy game with the creator owned Velvet! This critically acclaimed series is as good as it gets for fans of characters like Black Widow or James Bond, and is not to be missed!
AMAZING X-MEN VOL. 1: QUEST FOR NIGHTCRAWLER
Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Ed McGuinness
Published by Marvel Comics
An amazing new era for the X-Men starts here, courtesy of superstars Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness! Ever since Nightcrawler’s death, the X-Men have been without their heart and soul. But after learning their friend may not be gone, after all, it’s up to Wolverine, Storm, Beast, Iceman, Northstar and Firestar to find and bring back the fan-favorite fuzzy blue elf! Can the heroes save Nightcrawler’s soul from his father, the evil Azazel, when they find themselves separated and split between Heaven and Hell? Pushed over the edge, the Beast gives into his savage side even as Nightcrawler rallies the X-Men to take on Azazel and his hellish hordes! Must one of the team make the ultimate sacrifice? Guest-starring Nightcrawler’s mother, Mystique! Collecting AMAZING X-MEN (2013) #1-6.
Why to watch for it: Nightcrawler returns! Jason Aaron’s last X-Men run is one of his best yet as he takes a classic X-Men team on a hunt to find one of the most beloved mutants of all time! Fantastic art by Ed McGuinness rounds out an extremely strong volume by two top flight creators!
ADVENTURE TIME: ENCHIRIDION EDITION HC VOL. 1
Written by Ryan North
Art by Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb
Published by BOOM! Studios
The adventures of Jake the dog and Finn the human in the Land of Ooo are available in this gorgeous over-sized presentation. The Lich, a super- lame, SUPER-SCARY skeleton dude, has returned to the the Land of Ooo, and he’s bent on total destruction! Luckily, Finn and Jake are on the case…but can they succeed against their most destructive foe yet? Featuring fan-favorite characters Marceline the Vampire Queen, Princess Bubblegum, Lumpy Space Princess and the Ice King. This inaugural hardcover edition is a must-have! Also includes exclusive bonus material from series writer Ryan North and artists Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb!
Why to watch for it: Yeah, it’s 75 bucks, but you’ve never seen Adventure Time like this! This collector’s edition features tons of bonus features and gives you what you’ve always wanted: Adventure Time in oversized glory.