Trade Waiting: Week of March 12, 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 March 12, 2014:

Written by Geoff Johns, Jeff Lemire
Art by Ivan Reis, Doug Mahnke, Mikel Janin
Published by DC Comics
Price: $29.99

The blockbuster event of the summer is collected in this new hardcover featuring JUSTICE LEAGUE #22-23, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #6-7, JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #22-23, CONSTANTINE #5, TRINITY OF SIN: PANDORA #1-3 and TRINITY OF SIN: PHANTOM STRANGER #11. When the three Justice Leagues go to war with one another, whose side will everyone be on? Allies will be born, friends will become enemies, and the DC Universe will never be the same!

Why to watch for it: The Justice League Mega crossover event is here in mighty hardcover format, with the whole meal deal contained within! Top flight art from Reis, Mahnke & Janin highlight another strong DC event.

Written by David Lapham
Art by David Lapham
Published by Image Comics
Price: $59.99

A ONE-TIME PRINTING DIRECT MARKET EXCLUSIVE! The original five story arcs of one of the all-time greatest crime comic series are collected in this GIANT 1,200 page volume. “The Innocence of Nihilism,” “Somewhere Out West,” “Other People,” “Dark Days,” and “HiJinks and Derring-Do” appear in their entirety. Collects STRAY BULLETS #1-41.

Why to watch for it: The entire acclaimed David Lapham creator owned series Stray Bullets in a single book! These stories are like nothing else, and this is your limited chance to get them all in a single volume.


Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Neil Kleid, Ron Garney
Published by Marvel Comics
Price: $24.99

It’s the bloody return of Malekith the Accursed! The former lord of the Dark Elves escapes his otherworldly prison, and the chase is on across the Nine Realms to capture him! Thor finds new allies to join his Wild Hunt: A Dark Elf sorceress! A gun-toting Light Elf! A gargantuan Mountain Giant! A dwarf who loves dynamite! And a particularly surly troll! But when one teammate falls, will it mean war for all Nine Realms? And as a traitor within the group strikes and Thor prepares to take drastic measures, Malekith stages his final bloody raid – on Earth! Plus: Wwhat does it mean to walk the Earth as a god? What does Thor do when he’s not out saving the world with the Avengers? It’s the return of Thor’s longtime love interest, Dr. Jane Foster! Collecting THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #12-18.

Why to watch for it: Jason Aaron’s epic God of Thunder series continues, featuring the villain Malekith from Thor: The Dark World! Thor leads the most unique fellowship you’ve ever seen in this heavy metal volume of Thor.

STK62713847 RONIN
Written by Mike Richardson
Art by Stan Sakai
Published by Dark Horse Comics
Price: $19.99

Japan’s enduring national legend comes to comics! The tale of the 47 Ronin and their epic mission to avenge their wronged master epitomizes the samurai code of honor, and creators Mike Richardson and Stan Sakai have done justice to their story! Meticulously researched and beautifully illustrated, this collection of the acclaimed miniseries recounts this sweeping saga of honor and violence in all its grandeur. Opening with the tragic incident that sealed the fate of Lord Asano, 47 Ronin follows a dedicated group of Asano’s vassals on their years-long path of vengeance!

Why to watch for it: Stan. Sakai. Drawing. Ronin. I don’t need to say another word. The tale of the 47 Ronin, drawn by a true legend.

Written by Brian Azzarello
Art by Cliff Chiang, various
Published by DC Comics
Price: $22.99

Wonder Woman’s world is shocked to its core when her eldest brother, the First Born, is freed from his slumber. Now, with her family in ruins and her friends scattered, she must turn to Orion and the New Gods of New Genesis to save herself and Zola’s newborn from the First Born’s wrath! Collecting WONDER WOMAN #19-23.

Why to watch for it: Azzarello and Chiang are creating a Wonder Woman run that will be spoken of for years to come, and the fourth hardcover is here for the taking!


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