Trade Waiting: Week of April 9, 2014

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 April 9, 2014:
Written by Kurt Busiek
Art by Brent Anderson
Published by Vertigo Comics
Price: $24.99The first collection from the new run of ASTRO CITY is here, featuring issues #1-6 of the acclaimed series! As the story begins, a mysterious door appears, heralding the arrival of the Ambassador. But when an ordinary man is caught in a cosmic conflict, it is up to favorites like Samaritan and Honor Guard, as well as new heroes, to rise to the occasion and save the world! Plus: a look at a woman who uses her super-powers to help bring adventure to the silver screen and more!Why to watch for it: ASTRO CITY RETURNS! The critically and fan acclaimed series is back and firing on all cylinders. Astro City has always been fantastic, but this new volume soars as the creative team tells more excellent stories continuing the legacy of this great series.

Written by James Robinson
Art by Nicola Scott
Published by DC Comics
Price: $22.99The heroes of Earth 2 take on the forces of Steppenwolf and the Hunger Dogs of Apokolips when all hope is lost in these stories from EARTH 2 #13-19,EARTH 2 ANNUAL #1 and EARTH 2 #15.1: DESAAD. Now a new Batman enters the fray, but is he enough to turn the tide and stop Darkseid?Why to watch for it: James Robinson’s time on the alternate universe title comes to a close with a bang in this volume of Earth 2. This is strong universe building with exceptional art, and an entire superhero universe contained in a single series.

Written by Jonathan Hickman
Art by Nick Dragotta
Published by Image Comics
Price: $14.99The second volume of the most exciting new book in the industry is here! “We Are All One” follows our cast around the fractured future-scape of America as we learn more about a world that’s rapidly coming to a end.Why to watch for it: Sci-fi Western set in a time when the world is burning down. Hickman’s long form plotting is on full display in this creator-owned gem featuring very strong art from Nick Dragotta. One of the wildest series on store shelves, you aren’t going to beat East of West for $15.

cover2_altTHREE TPB
Written by Kieron Gillen
Art by Ryan Kelly, Jordie Bellaire
Published by Image Comics
Price: $14.99In ancient Sparta, three Helot slaves run for lives. Pursuing them are three hundred of their Spartan masters. KIERON GILLEN (PHONOGRAM, Iron Man), RYAN KELLY (Local, Saucer Country), and JORDIE BELLAIRE (THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS, NOWHERE MEN) join forces to tell a legend for our times. Includes cover gallery, making of material, and annotations.Why to watch for it: Take a trip to ancient Sparta, with Gillen, Kelly & Bellaire as your guides. This critically acclaimed, self-contained tale can be in your hands for a cool 15 bucks.

Written by Rick Remender
Art by Carlos Pacheco
Published by Marvel Comics
Price: $24.99

Captain America has returned home! But his years in Dimension Z have left him out of synch with the world he knows. And his return coincides with shocking news: Someone has set the deranged super-soldier Nuke loose in a foreign nation, and he’s on a rampage! The disturbing existence of the Weapon Minus program is revealed, but who is the Iron Nail? What will make him Cap’s newest arch-nemesis? And what secrets are held by Dr. Mindbubble, the unbelievable super-soldier created during the 1960s? Captain America takes on Nuke with the lives of thousands on the line – but as the Iron Nail’s revenge takes form, Nuke’s true mission is revealed! Captain America and the Falcon are in for the fight of their lives! Collecting CAPTAIN AMERICA (2012) #11-15.

Why to watch for it: Itching to read some more Cap after watching Winter Soldier? This jump on point HC is a great place to start with Carlos Pacheco bringing his artistic talents to Captain America. The man out of time is more out of sync with the present than ever, and Remender doesn’t go easy on the Star Spangled Avenger.

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