Tradewaiting – September 27th, 2017 Releases

by Noah Sharma

A lot of comics come out every week. It’s easy to get lost in the sea of #1s and dramatic new status quos as they crash. That’s why I’m here. Whether you said you’d revisit checking that series out when it was collected in trade, or you simply never noticed the announcement of that awesome OGN, whether you’re just waiting for that hardcover to come out in trade, or have been longing for a collection of your favorite stories since childhood, Tradewaiting is here for you, with the complete Diamond list of graphic novels and collections as well as some recommendations to scoop up.

So, without further ado, here’s what’s coming to the bookshelves of your LCS this fine week of September 27th, 2017.

HIGHLIGHTS

Hadrian’s Wall

Caught between a future of excess on Earth and violent retribution from its powerless space colonies, the mining ship Hadrian’s Wall had enough problems before one of its crew died under mysterious circumstances. To make matters worse, the investigator that Antares Interspace has sent to clear the matter is the former husband of the dead man’s wife, a man the deceased shot four times during the break up. And now someone’s flushed his painkillers, leaving Simon Moore suffering withdrawals aboard a sealed spacecraft with his ex-wife, his hallucinations, and maybe a murderer.

Hadrian’s Wall is a gorgeous sci-fi noir story with incredible atmosphere. Coming from the same creative team as C.O.W.L. you either already know or really ought to know that it’s richly written and beautifully illustrated. Kyle Higgins and Alec Siegel pen a story that’s creeping in tone and full in its characters, a real treat for fans of 80s sci-fi or indie noir. Even so, it’s probably artist Rod Reis who really steals the show. Consistently one of the most incredible artists on the stands whenever he has a book out, Reis’ vision of the future is particularly potent.

Hadrian’s Wall offers a story that has its eyes on the cosmos, its roots laid down deep, and its heart absolutely broken. It boldly offers something to those who prefer their stories raw and authentic rather than corporate and cleanly packaged, without giving up the polish of a AAA release. With truly stunning art and textured characters, Hadrian’s Wall deserves a definite look now that it’s collected. Just don’t forget to take breaks to let yourself stew in Higgins and Siegel’s murder mystery between chapters…

DC Super Hero Girls vol. 4: Past Times At Super Hero High

You know what’s hard? Finding a good all-ages comic book. You know what’s harder? Finding a good all-ages comic book for a little girl who loves dinosaurs. Well Shea Fontana, Yancey Labat, Agnes Garbowska, and Marcelo Di Chiara have your back with the latest graphic novel in the “DC Super Hero Girls” line.

When Batgirl and Harley Quinn spark a rivalry over who knows more about dinosaurs it leads to prehistoric pandemonium. If they don’t use that knowledge effectively they may never get home, or worse, they may not have a home to go back too!

Whether you’re shopping for a girl, a boy, or for yourself, Past Times at Super Hero High seems like a winning premise from a proven series. Shea Fontana in particular is just coming off of a surprisingly enjoyable run on the mainline Wonder Woman and her previous efforts in this all-ages series have been lovely. Certainly consider this one if you have a little reader in your life.

Rurouni Kenshin 3-in-1 vol. 4

You know what I did this weekend? I watched the first five episodes of Rurouni Kenshin again. And you know what else? I still love it. I switched between the English dub and original Japanese and spent my night refreshing my knowledge of Bakumatsu and the Boshin War.

Even if you’re not that kind of nerd, Nobuhiro Watsuki‘s Rurouni Kenshin is a fantastic manga, especially so if you’re a fan of those classic shonen tropes. An effortless blending of Japanese history, graphic novel storytelling, and superhero craziness, Kenshin offers a huge amount to its readers.

This volume, aptly collecting three of the original smaller printings, finds Himura Kenshin at a crossroads, deprived of his signiture sakabato and overmatched by his successor as an assassin, Shishio Makoto, and his ten elite warriors, the Juppongatana. With nowhere left to go, Kenshin must return to his beginings, to reforge his sword with the same smith who made it in the first place and reforge himself by apprenticing himself once again to his former master, who has a few things to say about Kenshin’s new views on life and swordsmanship. But even as Kenshin prepares, Shishio plots and, if he’s not stopped, all of Kyoto will burn.

This 3-in-1 collection offers twenty seven chapters of the classic manga, that’s six-hundred pages, for a more than affordable cost of $14.99. Even better, because it collects the original Viz prints, it gives you all that and the wonderful ‘Secret Life of Characters’ features. Reading Watsuki explain his process and gush about X-Men was a really valuable experience as a young writer and it not only helped me understand the trials and values of creative work but helped to highlight how valuable our histories are to creative pursuits. Especially if you only watched the anime way back when, the 3-in-1 series is a fantastic way to experience Watsuki’s romantic swordsman epic.

 

As you can see there’s plenty of variety in this week’s collected offerings, but there’s plenty more, including quite a few more traditional comic trades. Whatever your fancy, here’s Diamond’s complete listing of collections and graphic novels for this week.

DARK HORSE COMICS

ALIENS DEFIANCE TP VOL 02

COLDER OMNIBUS TP

MISFITS OF AVALON TP VOL 03 FUTURE IN WIND

MISTER X THE MODERN AGE TP

DC COMICS

ABSOLUTE JUSTICE LEAGUE ORIGIN HC

BATMAN 66 MEETS STEED AND MRS PEEL TP

BATMAN 66 MEETS WONDER WOMAN 77 HC

DC SUPER HERO GIRLS TP VOL 04 PAST TIMES AT SUPER HERO HIGH

FLASH THE SILVER AGE TP VOL 02

FUTURE QUEST TP VOL 02

INJUSTICE GROUND ZERO HC VOL 02

SUPERMAN REBIRTH DLX COLL HC BOOK 01

TITANS TP VOL 02 MADE IN MANHATTAN (REBIRTH)

IDW PUBLISHING

ANIMAL NOIR TP

BLOOM COUNTY BRAND SPANKING NEW DAY TP

COMPLETE VOODOO HC VOL 03

CORTO MALTESE GN FABLE OF VENICE

DONALD & MICKEY QUEST FOR FACEPLANT TP

JEROME K JEROME BLOCHE HC

MY LITTLE PONY MOVIE ADAPTATION TP

RICHARD STARKS PARKER THE SCORE TP

STAR TREK GREEN LANTERN TP VOL 02 STRANGER WORLDS

WEIRD LOVE UNLUCKY IN LOVE HC

IMAGE COMICS

ANNUAL TP

BUZZKILL TP (MR)

FIVE FISTS OF SCIENCE TP (NEW EDITION)

HADRIANS WALL TP (MR)

ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN TP VOL 01 (MR)

ROYAL CITY TP VOL 01 NEXT OF KIN

SEX CRIMINALS TP VOL 04 FOURGY (MR)

SHUTTER TP VOL 05 SO FAR BEYOND (MR)

TITHE TP VOL 03 SAMARITAN

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 28 (MR)

MARVEL COMICS

BLOODSTONE & THE LEGION OF MONSTERS TP

DEADPOOL CLASSIC TP VOL 19 MAKE WAR NOT LOVE

INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK BY WAID COMPLETE COLLECTION TP

MIGHTY THOR OMNIBUS HC VOL 03 DAUTERMAN CVR

MIGHTY THOR OMNIBUS HC VOL 03 DM KIRBY VAR ED

OCCUPY AVENGERS TP VOL 02 IN PLAIN SIGHT

PROX TRANSMISSIONS TP

RUNAWAYS TP VOL 06 PARENTAL GUIDANCE NEW PTG

SPIDER-MAN 2099 TP VOL 07 BACK TO FUTURE SHOCK

SPIDER-MAN DAILY BUGLE TP

SPIDER-MAN DEADPOOL TP VOL 03 ITSY BITSY

THOR EPIC COLLECTION TP WRATH OF ODIN

UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL TP VOL 06 WHO RUN THE WORLD

WOLVERINE OLD MAN LOGAN TP VOL 05 PAST LIVES

COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS

12 BEAST GN VOL 05 (MR)

ADVENTURE TIME SUGARY SHORTS TP VOL 03

AMORY WARS HC SECOND STAGE TURBINE BLADE

BABY BLUES COLLECTION TP BINGE PARENTING

BABY SITTERS CLUB COLOR ED HC GN VOL 05 DAWN IMPOSSIBLE 3 (C

BASTARDS WALTZ GN (MR)

BEST OF VAMPIRELLA MASTERS SERIES TP

BOTTOMS UP GN (MR)

CHASER PLATOON GN

DEMON PRINCE OF MOMOCHI HOUSE GN VOL 10

DOCTOR WHO 9TH HC VOL 02 DOCTORMANIA

FLYING WITCH GN VOL 03

FOOD WARS SHOKUGEKI NO SOMA GN VOL 20

FRAU FAUST GN VOL 01

GANGSTA CURSED GN VOL 03

GARDENS OF GLASS GN (MR)

GENSHIKEN SECOND SEASON GN VOL 11

GIRL GENIUS SECOND JOURNEY GN VOL 03 INCORRUPTIBLE LIBRARY

HAIKYU GN VOL 16

HEROINES TP VOL 01 BACKPACK ED

IN SPECTRE GN VOL 06

JOSEPHINE GN

KAMISAMA KISS GN VOL 25

KUMA MIKO GN VOL 06

LOOKING GLASS WARS TP VOL 02 UNDERFIRE

MASAMUNE KUNS REVENGE GN VOL 06

MFK GN

MONSTER HUNTER FLASH HUNTER GN VOL 10

MOONHEAD AND THE MUSIC MACHINE GN

MUNCHKIN TP VOL 06 (OF 6)

NANCY DREW DIARIES GN VOL 09

NEPTUNE GN

ORCHID GN (MR)

OTOME MANIA GN VOL 02

PRINCESS JELLYFISH GN VOL 06

RUROUNI KENSHIN 3IN1 TP VOL 04

SECRET CODERS GN VOL 04 ROBOTS & REPEATS

SECRET CODERS HC GN VOL 04 ROBOTS & REPEATS

SPECIES DOMAIN GN VOL 03

SWEET BLUE FLOWERS GN VOL 01

TERRA FORMARS GN VOL 19

TWIN STAR EXORCISTS ONMYOJI GN VOL 10

WATER DRAGON BRIDE GN VOL 03

X-O MANOWAR (2017) VOL 02 GENERAL

YONA OF THE DAWN GN VOL 08\