It’s another Monday and that means another look at some of the hottest trade paperbacks, collected editions, and graphic novels in this week’s “Trade Waiting” –your weekly spotlight of five noteworthy comic book collections that are being released to stores this Wednesday and why you should watch out for them!
ADVENTURE TIME VOL. 6
Written by Ryan North
Art by Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb
Published by BOOM Studios
The Candy Kingdom is a ghost town! Finn and Jake finally get to have the ultimate out-of-body experience-LITERALLY. It’s a new day in Ooo when its greatest heroes find themselves wandering the Earth as bewildered ghosts! Don’t miss these brand-new adventures written by acclaimed cartoonist Ryan North (Dinosaur Comics) and illustrated by indie superstar Jim Rugg (Wayward)! Also featuring the all-star comic talent of Dustin Nguyen (Batman: Li’l Gotham), Jeffrey Brown (Darth Vader and Son), Jess Fink (Kid With Experience), with Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb (Adventure Time, The Midas Flesh) as they take on the story of Carl the Gem, and the history of Ooo through his eyes. Collects issues #25-29.
Why to watch for it: North, Paroline and Lamb have crafted an epic run on Adventure Time and fans of the show, and comic, have got another winner of a volume waiting for them in volume 6.
JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED VOL. 1: JUSTICE LEAGUE CANADA
Written by Jeff Lemire
Art by Mike McKone, various
Published by DC Comics
In the aftermath of FOREVER EVIL, Adam Strange is caught up in an adventure across the far reaches of the cosmos that will unite an unexpected team of heroes including Supergirl, Hawkman, Green Arrow, Stargirl, Martian Manhunter and Animal Man – but if they’re on the team, who exactly is Canadian? And don’t miss the debut of the young Canadian hero known as Miiyahbin! It’s all here in stories from JLU #0-4, JUSTICE LEAGUE: FUTURES END #1 and JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED: FUTURES END #1!
Why to watch for it: A new Justice League, a new nation, and a whole new adventure. JLU throws together a new cast for a cosmic adventure, with heavy hitters Jeff Lemire and Mike McKone as the creative duo!
Tensions rise between humans and robots in this sci-fi/drama set in the near future. Alex took a huge risk to unlock Ada and it seems to have paid off – Ada can now think for herself and explore life as a sentient android. As Alex and Ada spend more time together, they become closer. But as restrictions tighten on androids, Ada feels unsure about her place in Alex’s life and the world.
Why to watch for it: Alex + Ada is critically acclaimed and at the top of many people’s read lists whenever it comes out, and it’s a perfect trade read.
NAILBITER VOL. 2: BLOODY HANDS
Written by Joshua Williamson
Art by Mike Henderson
Published by Image Comics
Army interrogator Nicholas Finch is hot on the trail of why sixteen of the world’s worst serial killers are all from the same small town, but his path to answers is lettered with deadly intentions. There are dark forces that don’t want the secrets of Buckaroo and its murderous past to be revealed. And the Nailbiter himself has to deal with being thrown in the spotlight again!
Guest-stars ultimate comic writer BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS!
Why to watch for it: Buckaroo is by no means a normal place, and now Bendis is in amongst the serial killers! Williamson and Henderson are driving their creator owned serial killer epic forward and you won’t find many other comics like Nailbiter.
EMILY AND THE STRANGERS VOL. 2: BREAKING RECORD
Written by Rob Reger, Mariah Huehner
Art by Cat Farris
Published by Dark Horse Comics
Emily-and her new band, the Strangers-won the battle of the bands and received a record contract with Awesomely Awesome Records, but can the girl who just figured out how to get along with her friends manage dealing with a major corporation? And what’s the deal with the legions of stray cats around town? Collects Emily and the Strangers: Breaking the Record #1-#3.
Why to watch for it: Who doesn’t need more Emily and the Strangers in their lives? Rock it out, comics fans.