Greetings and salutations comic fans! 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!
VELVET TP VOL 02 THE SECRET LIVES OF DEAD MEN
Written by Ed Brubaker
Art by Steve Epting
Published by IMAGE COMICS
The white-hot spy series from the creators of Captain America: The Winter Soldier is back! Everything Velvet Templeton ever believed about the worst night of her life has turned out to be a lie, and now she’s coming back to London, taking the hunt back to the hunters, to find the truth or die trying.
Don’t miss the second volume in the adventures of comics’ favorite new super-spy.
Collects VELVET #6-10
WHY TO WATCH FOR IT: I don’t know what else to say except that everyone should be reading this series. Ed Brubaker is able to craft a masterfully compelling and thrilling tale set well within the confines of the pulpy spy genre and then breaks through them, while Steve Epting keeps everything grounded with his beautiful renderings and panel compositions to keep you on the edge of your seat and the stakes high. Read this now.
BAD KARMA HC VOL 01
Written by B. Clay Moore & Various
Art by Jeremy Haun & Various
Published by Dynamite Entertainment
BAD KARMA VOLUME ONE is a 200-page hardcover comics, prose and art collection written by Alex Grecian (PROOF, RASPUTIN), Jeremy Haun (CONSTANTINE, BATWOMAN), B. Clay Moore (HAWAIIAN DICK, JSA LIBERTY FILES THE WHISTLING SKULL) & Seth Peck (X-MEN) and illustrated by several acclaimed collaborators, featuring five separate, inter-related creator-owned concepts: Hellbent, by Peck & Tigh Walker; The Ninth Life of Solomon Gunn, by Grecian, Haun, Moore & Peck, with art by Haun; Old Dog, by Moore & Christopher Mitten; Middleton, by Grecian and Phil Hester; and Chaos Agent, by Haun and Mike Tisserand. Featuring short stories revolving around the concepts, and contributions from several notable creators, including Tony Harris, Ben Templesmith, Francesco Francavilla, Rebekka Isaacs, Chris Samnee, Jenny Frison, Shane White, Shaky Kane, Andrew MacLean and others. Also features a fold-out gatefold by noted print-maker Mark Englert. “BAD KARMA is a beautiful representation of collaboration at its best.” – Comics Alliance
WHY TO WATCH FOR IT:An incredible cast of comic creators join hands to tell a bunch of stories to captivate and amuse. If you’re looking for 200 pages of diverse and amusing stories sampled from some of acclaimed comic creators, definitely check this collection out.
INTERSECT TP VOL 01 METAMORPH
Written by Ray Fawkes
Art by Ray Fawkes
Published by IMAGE COMICS
The terrifying, surreal journey of the Intersected begins in this volume! Start at the beginning with the book critics have called “truly original, truly unreplicable, and truly terrifying…”
Collects INTERSECT #1-6
WHY TO WATCH FOR IT:This series is well off the beaten path of traditional sequential art storytelling. If you’re looking for something drastically different or something with more artistic liberties, this may certainly peak your interest.
SECRET WARRIORS COMPLETE COLLECTION TP VOL 01
Written by Jonathan Hickman, Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Various
Published by MARVEL COMICS
Nick Fury, former director of the now-defunct S.H.I.E.L.D, has gathered a special handpicked team. Young and untested, the Secret Warriors are the offspring of the most powerful forces on Earth – and with Fury’s guidance, they might just have what it takes to save the world. But their mission is upended when Fury uncovers a bombshell Hydra conspiracy that reaches back for decades to the very beginnings of S.H.I.E.L.D.! As the Howling Commandoes reunite, and the Secret Warriors face Norman Osborn’s Dark Avengers and Thunderbolts, the Leviathan stirs in the darkness, preparing to take on Hydra! The only group that can stop either of these world-conquering organizations is Nick Fury’s Secret Warriors. But are these young soldiers unraveling under the pressure? Collecting SECRET WARRIORS #1-16, DARK REIGN: THE LIST – SECRET WARRIORS #1 and material from DARK REIGN: NEW NATION #1.
WHY TO WATCH FOR IT:Secret Wars has officially kicked off and for those of you trying to catch up or read back issues to find all the references that Jonathan Hickman has used or referenced to in his notorious run at Marvel right now, Secret Warriors is worth checking out.
LOCKE & KEY MASTER EDITION HC VOL 01
Written by Joe Hill
Art by Gabriel Rodriguez
Published by IDW PUBLISHING
Named a “modern masterpiece” by The A.V. Club, the critically acclaimed series takes on new life in a reformatted hardcover collection. The Locke & Key Master Edition, Vol. 1 features the first two arcs, “Welcome to Lovecraft” and “Headgames,” with all-new cover art and design by co-creator Gabriel Rodriguez.
WHY TO WATCH FOR IT:Locke and Key is one of those series that I recommend to anyone trying to get into comics or anyone that’s already fans of comics –so basically everyone. Joe Hill crafts one of the most engaging stories I’ve ever read and Gabriel Rodriguez’s beautiful illustrations are immaculate. This “master key” version is a great piece to add to the bookshelf.