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 May 14, 2014:
RUST VOL. 3: DEATH OF THE ROCKET BOY
Written by Royden Lepp
Art by Royden Lepp
Published by Archaia Entertainment
WHY WE LOVE IT: Creator Royden Lepp continues his all ages saga of Jet Jones and the Taylor family in this third and penultimate installment of Rust, giving us the lyrical and visually stunning ode to family, childhood, and sacrifice that we love.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: More secrets of the past are revealed for both Jet and the Taylors as they face their darkest fears in this calm before the oncoming storm. And, of course, more high octane robot action!
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Oz Taylor may know Jet Jones’ secret, but convincing the rest of his family may be harder than he counted on. As Oz plots to rid the Taylor farm of the rocket boy, Jet tries to prove himself to the family that has taken him in, in hopes of finding the home he has searched for for so long. However, when shadows of Jet’s past start coming back into his life, he realizes his days of running may be numbered.
Why to watch for it: Royden Lepp’s Rust saga is driving toward its conclusion, with the penultimate volume in stores Wednesday! The stakes are raised through the roof as Lepp cranks the tension dial to 11 in this excellent volume of the brilliant Rust.
JSA OMNIBUS VOL. 1
Written by Geoff Johns, James Robinson various
Art by Stephen Sadowski, various
Published by DC Comics
The start of Geoff Johns’s amazing run on JSA is collected in this massive hardcover that reintroduces the world’s first super team to the modern-day DC Universe! Collected here are JSA #1-25, JSA ANNUAL #1, JSA SECRET FILES #2, JLA/JSA: VIRTUE AND VICE, JSA: OUR WORLDS AT WAR #1, JLA/JSA SECRET FILES #1, SECRET ORIGINS OF SUPER VILLAINS #1, JSA ALL STARS #1-8, ALL STAR COMICS #1-2, ALL AMERICAN COMICS #1, ADVENTURE COMICS #1, ADVENTURE COMICS #1, NATIONAL COMICS #1, SENSATION COMICS #1, SMASH COMICS #1, STAR SPANGLED COMICS #1 and THRILLING COMICS #1!
Why to watch for it: ALL THE JSA YOU COULD EVER WANT…in one book. Over 1200 pages of some of the greatest characters in the history of the DCU, written by masters of the craft.
MANIFEST DESTINY VOL. 1
Written by Chris Dingess
Art by Matthew Roberts, Owen Gieni
Published by Image Comics
SKYBOUND’S NEWEST SOLD OUT HIT IS AVAILABLE IN TRADE FOR THE FIRST TIME AT A SPECIAL LOW INTRODUCTORY PRICE!
In 1804, Captain Meriwether Lewis and Second Lieutenant William Clark set out on an expedition to explore the uncharted American frontier. This is the story of what the monsters they discovered lurking in the wilds…
Collects MANIFEST DESTINY #1-6
Why to watch for it: Dingess and Roberts have crafted a truly unique series with Manifest Destiny. This critically acclaimed book is the best value of the week, at only ten bucks! Give this one a shot, you’ll be surprised at how much you dig it.
AQUAMAN VOL. 4: DEATH OF A KING
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Paul Pelletier, Sean Parsons
Published by DC Comics
Unfolding from the events of “THRONE OF ATLANTIS” comes a mystery that sends Aquaman to the ends of the Earth to solve an ancient murder – one that will reveal a horrific truth and threaten those closest to him today! Plus, as the Scavenger compiles more Atlantean weaponry and artifacts, Aquaman enlists the aid of The Others to help find one missing relic in the Southwestern United States before his enemies can get to it and possess untold power. Collecting AQUAMAN #17-19 and 21-25.
Why to watch for it: Aquaman has been one of the strongest series of the New 52 and Geoff Johns brings home his story with this volume. The stories in the seas of the DCU have never been stronger than this run.
THE TWELVE: COMPLETE SERIES
Written by J. Michael Straczynski, Chris Weston
Art by Chris Weston
Published by Marvel Comics
Yesterday’s men of tomorrow – today! The Phantom Reporter. Electro. The Black Widow. The Laughing Mask. The Blue Blade. Dynamic Man. Mastermind Excello. Mister E. The Fiery Mask. The Witness. Rockman. Captain Wonder. Lying dormant for sixty years, these twelve heroes awaken in a tormented world that needs them more than ever. But has the world grown beyond their brand of old-fashioned heroism? Behold the stunning post-modernist tale of sacrifice, betrayal and human nature by writer J. Michael Stracyzynski (TV’s Babylon 5, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN) and artist Chris Weston (The Invisibles, FANTASTIC FOUR: THE FIRST FAMILY). Plus: Journey into the past to follow the death-defying exploits of the Phantom Reporter on the front lines of World War II and witness his first encounter with history’s greatest super heroes! Collecting THE TWELVE #1-12 and THE TWELVE: SPEARHEAD.
Why to watch for it: This one took forever and a day to be finished, but here it is, in a single collection! JMS and Chris Weston tell a tale that is worth the wait in The Twelve.