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 October 8, 2014:
EARTH 2 VOL. 4 HC: THE DARK AGE
Written by Tom Taylor
Art by Nicola Scott, various
Published by DC Comics
Once thought dead, Superman now returns to Earth to do the destructive bidding of Darkseid in these stories from issues #17-20 and EARTH 2 ANNUAL #2! The Wonders of Earth 2 have struggled to keep the forces of Brutal and Darkseid at bay. But now, with the return of Superman, they can no longer stand up to the wake of destruction he brings. And with the emergence of a new and mysterious Batman comes the hope that he may know how to defeat the rogue Man of Steel before Earth 2 is destroyed.
Why to watch for it: The Earth 2 universe is vast, and in this volume Tom Taylor takes the reins from James Robinson to explore some different angles of this universe. Nicola Scott continues to bring top notch art to Earth 2, and if have been curious about the World’s End announcements, this is the place to start…
AMERICA’S GOT POWERS TPB
Written by Jonathan Ross
Art by Bryan Hitch
Published by Image Comics
18 years ago, a strange crystal touched down in San Francisco and every pregnant woman in the area gave birth. These were no ordinary children, though, as each but one was gifted an extraordinary power. Used by society for entertainment, these special children live in a form of slavery with no rights, except the ability to compete in the Games. Growing up powerless, Tommy Watts is the only one of these children not to have any special gifts, but when he accidentally steps into the arena it might just be down to him to save the world.
Collects AMERICA’S GOT POWERS #1-7
Why to watch for it: Delays hurt the momentum of this one, but they don’t matter when you can get the whole series in a single collection! Bryan Hitch brings his widescreen talent to creator owned comics, teaming with Jonathan Ross to tell the tale of a world where reality TV is a bit different than what we currently know…
CAPTAIN MARVEL VOL. 1: HIGHER, FURTHER, FASTER, MORE
Written by Kelly Sue DeConnick
Art by David Lopez
Published by Marvel Comics
Hero! Pilot! Avenger! Captain Marvel, Earth’s Mightiest Hero with an attitude to match, is launching headfirst into an all-new adventure! As Carol Danvers comes to a crossroads with a new life and new romance, she makes a dramatic decision that will alter the course of her life – and the entire Marvel Universe – in the months to come. But as Carol takes on a mission to return an alien girl to her homeworld, she lands in the middle of an uprising against the Galactic Alliance and the Spartax! Investigating the forced resettlement of Rocket Girl’s people, Carol discovers that she has a history with the man behind the plot. But when the bad guy tries to blackmail Carol and turn the Avengers against her, it’s payback time! Guest-starring the Guardians of the Galaxy! Collecting CAPTAIN MARVEL (2014) #1-6.
Why to watch for it: Kelly Sue takes Carol to space to kick off the new volume of Captain Marvel, teaming her with a motley bunch for a wild adventure. Space faring kickassery lives within these pages…
EAST OF WEST VOL. 3: THERE IS NO US
Written by Jonathan Hickman
Art by Nick Dragotta
Published by Image Comics
It’s the third volume of the Eisner-nominated EAST OF WEST. “There Is No Us” sees the breaking apart of the future-scape of America as the world races forward towards the apocalypse.
Collects EAST OF WEST #11-15
Why to watch for it: Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta’s epic sci-fi western continues, shocking readers monthly. This one is wild, folks, and the long range plotting of Hickman is on full display here.
THE UNWRITTEN VOL. 10: WAR STORIES
Written by Mike Carey
Art by Peter Gross, various
Published by Vertigo Comics
The first six issues of the new UNWRITTEN series are collected! It’s the perfect jumping-on point, as Tom Taylor is stranded at the beginning of all creation! Lost in the unwritten scenes of all the world’s stories, Tom is headed back to reality – and all the gods and beasts and monsters ever imagined can’t stop him. But there’s a toll on the road that may be too high for him or anyone to pay…
Why to watch for it: Folks looking to dive into The Unwritten have got their jumping on point with volume 10! The adventures of Tom continue in this series that is unlike anything else…