Tradewaiting – January 3rd, 2018 Releases: Generation Gone, Aquaman: The Waterbearer, & More

by Noah Sharma

Welcome to 2018! A lot of comics come out every week and every year. 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 January 3rd, 2018.

HIGHLIGHTS

Generation Gone vol. 1

Unfortunately it seems that, for many of my generation, the word of this decade has been “unfulfilled”. We work at day jobs that are unfulfilling, dreaming of the pursuits we were promised were attainable, knowing that we could probably do something great, and fearful that our potential too will remain unfulfilled. Millennials, Ales Kot writes, “have had their future taken away from them.” In Generation Gone, “They are getting ready to steal it back.”

When three young hackers break into a top secret government database they find their own DNA hacked in return, granting them incredible powers, a chance to make good on the better world they said they would build, and all of the drama and interpersonal conflict that being young and idealistic and alone brings with it. Quite honestly, any series that’s able to tackle those issues without falling into trite platitudes is worth a look, but Generation Gone also provides a new and modern superpowered origin story as well as a core narrative about three friends and what exactly they’re waiting for.

Aquaman: The Waterbearer

This has always been an underrated run for an underrated hero. Though it was never going to fully bring Aquaman into the spotlight, The Waterbearer is a solid story that does a fantastic job of offering something that Batman and Superman can’t and Wonder Woman wouldn’t. Aquaman has always struggled between being both a monarch and an adventurer, between the sea and the land, the unseen and the indisputable. The Waterbearer is one of the stronger attempts to reconcile these forces, taking Arthur Curry out of his palace and into a world of magic and symbols that feels fresh, vast, and uniquely his. With a story that’s tied to the “Obsidian Age” arc in JLA, this one is probably aimed squarely at preexisting fans of the character, who will be thrilled to have another take on the king of the seas back in print. However, newcomers may find this take on an old classic to be just what they needed to get attached.

So feel free to bring back the water hand anytime, DC…

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If those aren’t your cup of tea, fear not! There’s plenty of other options to kick off 2018 right. Here’s Diamond’s complete listing of collections and graphic novels for this week.

Dark Horse Comics

ANGEL SEASON 11 TP VOL 02

DRAGON AGE KNIGHT ERRANT TP

DC COMICS

AQUAMAN THE WATERBEARER TP NEW EDITION

CAPTAIN ATOM THE FALL AND RISE OF CAPTAIN ATOM TP

HAL JORDAN & THE GLC TP VOL 04 FRACTURE (REBIRTH)

SUICIDE SQUAD THE SILVER AGE TP

SUPERBOY TP BOOK 01 TROUBLE IN PARADISE

IDW PUBLISHING

NEMO HC

ORPHAN BLACK DEVIATIONS TP

STAR TREK NEW VISIONS TP VOL 06

SUPERMAN ATOMIC AGE SUNDAYS HC VOL 03 1956-1959

TMNT DIMENSION X TP

IMAGE COMICS

BIG HARD SEX CRIMINALS HC VOL 02 (MR)

ELSEWHERE TP VOL 01

GENERATION GONE TP VOL 01 (MR)

KILL 6 BILLION DEMONS TP VOL 02 (MR)

MARVEL COMICS

BLACK PANTHER ADVENTURES DIGEST TP

BLACK PANTHER BY HUDLIN TP VOL 02 COMPLETE COLLECTION

COLOR YOUR OWN BLACK PANTHER TP

DEADPOOL & CO OMNIBUS HC

DEADPOOL WORLDS GREATEST HC VOL 03

INHUMANS BEWARE THE INHUMANS TP

MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE GUIDEBOOK ALL CONNECTED HC

SPIDER-GWEN HC VOL 02

SPIDER-MAN DEADPOOL TP VOL 04 SERIOUS BUSINESS

COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS

ANYAS GHOST GN NEW PTG SQUARE FISH ED

BEST OF STAR WARS INSIDER VOL 07 ICONS

BOOM BOX MIX TAPE SC

CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SORCERY TP

DAUGHTERS OF THE DARK ORACLE TP VOL 01 SIGNED ED

DOCTOR WHO 12TH TP VOL 06 SONIC BOOM

GOLDFISCH MANGA GN VOL 01

HIGH SCHOOL LIFE OF FUDANSHI GN VOL 03 (MR)

HIS FAVORITE GN VOL 10 (MR)

HUNTERS OF SALAMANSTRA TP VOL 02 (MR)

IMPERFECT GIRL GN VOL 02 (OF 3) (MR)

LITTLE TAILS ON THE FARM HC VOL 05 (OF 6)

MILLENNIUM GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE TP

NARUTO 3IN1 TP VOL 21

NISEKOI FALSE LOVE GN VOL 25

NOT LIVES GN VOL 07

NURSE HITOMIS MONSTER INFIRMARY GN VOL 07 (MR)

OLYMPIANS GN VOL 04 HADES LORD OF DEAD (NEW PTG)

SHERLOCK HOLMES MURDER AT CABARET GN

SIMPSONS COMICS GAME ON GN

SNOW QUEEN ADV IN FROZEN KINGDOM GN

WINGS OF FIRE HC GN VOL 01 DRAGONET PROPHECY

WINGS OF FIRE SC GN VOL 01 DRAGONET PROPHECY

YOKAI RENTAL SHOP GN VOL 02