TRADE WAITING #13: Week of December 1, 2021

Graphic novels. Collected editions. Omnibuses. Trades. These are really all just words for “a kickass way to read comics”. So, with this column we’re going to look at all of those kickass bound pages that are hitting comic shops, bookstores and online outlets this week! (Note that in some instances, the release dates to comic shops, online retailers and book stores are different)

Written by Grant Morrison
Art by Liam Sharp, Xermanico
Published by DC Comics
Price: $19.99
You can find it here:

The publisher says: Eisner Award-winning author Grant Morrison and artist Liam Sharp continue their bold and imaginative take on the Green Lantern! Following the Blackstar incursion, Hal Jordan and the Green Lanterns must put the world back together! Collects Green Lantern: Blackstars #1-3 and The Green Lantern Season Two #1-6.

What I say: Come for the high concept Morrison writing, but have your brain explode from the ludicrous Liam Sharp art. Who doesn’t want to have their head explode?

Written by Huda Fahmy
Art by Huda Fahmy
Published by Dial Books
Price: $14.99
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The publisher says: From the creator of the hugely popular webcomic Yes I’m Hot In This comes a graphic novel about a young American Muslim. Huda and her family just moved to Dearborn, Michigan, a small town with a big Muslim population. But Huda doesn’t fit in – when everyone is Muslim, there’s no Muslim clique like there was in her last town, and Huda’s not a sporty hijabi or a fashionista hijabi or a gamer hijabi. She’s just Huda, and she’s not sure what that means. She tries on all kinds of identities and friends, but nothing fits quite right. Until she realizes she can get back to the basics. Available in softcover and hardcover editions.

What I say: This sounds FANTASTIC. I believe semi-autobiographical comics are some of the most powerful in the medium (see Raina Telgemeier) and the kind of connection you can make with a story like Huda F Are You? is exactly what I’m looking for each week!

Written by Jason Aaron, Dennis Hallum
Art by Stephen Green, Rico Renzi
Published by Image Comics
Price: $14.99
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The publisher says: From writing duo JASON AARON (SOUTHERN BASTARDS, Thor) and DENNIS HALLUM (Cloak and Dagger, Vader: Dark Visions) comes an all-ages science fiction series, featuring
dazzling art by STEPHEN GREEN (Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.) and cosmic colors by RICO RENZI (Spider-Gwen)!

Young Kadyn thought being lost in the wild heavens was the most fun a kid could have. But now he’s beginning to see the true face of the deep-space danger all around him. Meanwhile, his father
Gil, who’s been fighting every step of the way to find his son, may have finally hit his breaking point…and completely lost his mind.

The tender heart of the The Neverending Story meets the space-faring scope of Star Wars in the stunning conclusion to this galaxy-spanning adventure!


What I say: I have no idea how this slipped past my expansive radar, but this is on the list as an official reminder/poke for you (as it was for me) that a goddamn Jason Aaron and Dennis Hallum sci-fi exists and who the hell shouldn’t be reading this?

Written by Geoffrey Thorne, Brandon Easton, Danny Lore, more
Art by Chriscross, Jahnoy Lindsay, Ray-Anthony Height, more
Published by DC Comics
Price: $19.99
You can find it here:

The publisher says: The ideals of truth and justice-concepts synonymous with DC’s superheroes from the Golden Age of Comics to the present day-are the foundation for this collection of stories from the anthology series, Truth & Justice. Collecting issues #1-7 of the series, a host of creators take turns telling stories with characters from around the DC Universe to show how these heroes live up to the ideals of truth and justice every day, in and out of their costumes.

What I say: Look at that creative roster. They are dialling into the core of DC’s big guns, focusing on truth and justice. I need say no more.

Written by Bill Mantlo, more
Art by Larry Stroman, more
Published by Marvel Comics
Price: $100.00
You can find it here:

The publisher says: As Cloak discovers the hideous secret of his hunger for light, Nightmare seeks to use him to destroy Doctor Strange! Elsewhere, the horrific Mr. Jip unleashes his minions, Day and Night! Cloak and Dagger face the Punisher and Mayhem. But when Tandy is corrupted, can X-Factor help save her soul? Then, Dagger deals with the loss of her sight and the apparent death of her crimefighting partner – while the villainous Ecstasy wears Cloak’s cloak! But rumors of Ty’s death have been greatly exaggerated! Plus: Doctor Doom! Acts of Vengeance! Inferno! And Spider-Man and Ghost Rider join Cloak and Dagger for a final fight against Mephisto! Collecting MARVEL GRAPHIC NOVEL: CLOAK AND DAGGER – PREDATOR AND PREY, STRANGE TALES (1987) #7, MUTANT MISADVENTURES OF CLOAK AND DAGGER #1-13, CLOAK AND DAGGER (1990) #14-19, and material from STRANGE TALES (1987) #3-6 and #8-19.

What I say: Sure, it’s the second ommnibus in a series, the beauty of these Marvel collections that are filled with pre-90s comics is that you can largely just…dive in. Find some characters you like and dive into the foundational stories that are mined to this day!

…and with that, I call this week done. Happy reading, comics fans!

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