TRADE WAITING #17: Week of January 12, 2022

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 Kyle Starks
Art by Chris Schweizer
Published by Image Comics
Price: $16.99
You can find it here:

The publisher says: For fans of CHEW and ASSASSIN NATION comes a new action-mystery series from Eisner Award nominees CHRIS SCHWEIZER (The Crogan Adventures) and KYLE STARKS (SEXCASTLE).
The world’s most unlikable action star has been found dead, and his previous TV sidekicks are looking to solve the mystery. But how can you catch a murderer when almost everyone hates the victim?
Now, these sidekicks are going to learn what it means to be the stars of the show-that is, if any of them survive the STUNTMAN WAR!


“KYLE STARKS is a treasure. With THE SIX SIDEKICKS OF TRIGGER KEATON, he proves that he’s not only effortlessly funny, but can also craft rich, distinct characters that you can’t help but root for, even at their worst. And CHRIS SCHWEIZER is an astounding artist, mastering both perfect expressions and wild action scenes in jam-packed, eye-popping pages. I highly recommend this book!” -CHIP ZDARSKY (Daredevil)

What I say: What could I say more than what Chip said? And how could I claim to say it better? “Same goes for me, double.”

Written by Mike Mignola, Warwick Johnson-Cadwell
Art by Warwick Johnson-Cadwell
Published by Dark Horse Comics
Price: $17.99
You can find it here:

The publisher says: Jump into an eerie Victorian-style mystery with an off-kilter, charming twist in the next knockout collaboration from Mike Mignola and Warwick Johnson-Cadwell! Monster hunters extraordinaire Professor Meinhardt, Mr. Knox, and Ms. Van Sloan have teamed up to slay spooks and investigate the uncanny before, but now they’ll tackle a question that’s haunted them for years: What happened to their friend and vampire slayer extraordinaire, James Falconspeare?

Rendered in Johnson-Cadwell’s signature loose, expressive style, and with gorgeous cover from Mignola and colorist Dave Stewart, this hardcover will be a treat for fans of Mr. Higgins Comes Home and Our Encounters with Evil as well as folks new to the world Johnson-Cadwell and Mignola have created.

What I say: There’s a certain magic that happens when a project with this description comes out, that has had Mike Mignola involved in some stage of the creative process. Warwick Johnson-Cadwell’s unique artistic style with this concept and that Mignola-effect presence…yeah, sign me up.

Written by Ram V.
Art by Filipe Andrade
Published by BOOM! Studios
Price: $14.99
You can find it here:

The publisher says: Humanity is on the verge of discovering immortality. As a result, the avatar of Death is cast down to Earth to live a mortal life in Mumbai as twenty-something Laila Starr.

Struggling with her newfound mortality, Laila has found a way to be placed in the time and place where the creator of immortality will be born.

Will Laila take her chance to stop mankind from permanently altering the cycle of life, or will death really become a thing of the past?

A powerful new graphic novel from award-winning writer Ram V (These Savage Shores, Swamp Thing) and artist Filipe Andrade (Captain Marvel) that explores the fine line between living and dying through the lens of magical realism.

Collects The Many Deaths of Laila Starr #1-5.

What I say: How the hell did I miss this in singles? Ram V. taking on a high concept like this, paired with Filipe Andrade delivering magical realism visuals? Hell yeah!

Written by Silvia Vecchini
Art by Sualzo
Published by Ablaze
Price: $9.99
You can find it here:

The publisher says: Every child, at some point, makes mistakes and must learn to deal with and admit those mistakes. This charming, two-tone, wordless comic deals with that very lesson and shows just how powerful the word “sorry” is.

This beautifully rendered volume is a good lesson for children and adults alike.

What I say: Mistakes are terrifying in this world that we live in, but actually having the courage to admit one, apologize and learn…that’s the kind of skill this world needs more of. One of the beautiful things about comics is that they can, without any words, drive home an important piece of wisdom such as this.

Written by Jonathan Hickman, more
Art by various
Published by Marvel Comics
Price: $75.00
You can find it here:

The publisher says: A tower. A mission. A gathering of armies. Swords will be drawn in the first epic crossover of the astonishing Dawn of X! Wolverine, the X-Men, Cable, X-Force, Excalibur, X-Factor, the New Mutants, the Marauders, the Hellions and the rest of Krakoa’s residents will all feel the effects – but which ten mutants will wield the blades? Weapons both new and familiar are drawn from their scabbards as the X-Men prepare to do mythic battle against a truly daunting foe! Jonathan Hickman and his fellow visionary creators – who have painstakingly put all the pieces into place during Dawn of X – join forces to smash the board! Collecting X OF SWORDS: CREATION, STASIS and DESTRUCTION; X-MEN (2019) #12-15; EXCALIBUR (2019) #13-15; MARAUDERS #13-15; X-FORCE (2019) #13-14; NEW MUTANTS (2019) #13; WOLVERINE (2020) #6-7; CABLE (2020) #5-6; HELLIONS #5-6 and X-FACTOR (2020) #4.

What I say: This edition’s big-ass comic, the X of Swords TPB gathers the whole damn X-wide event in one pretty binding! Mutant sword mayhem!!!!!

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

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