Tradewaiting – April 4th, 2018 Releases: Returns To The Past And Escapes From The Future

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 be published as a 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 April 4th, 2018.

HIGHLIGHTS

Redlands vol. 1

You know what’s boring? Recasting traditionally villainous figures as heroes without consideration of the context that why they were hated. You know what’s worse? Ridgidly allowing old patterns to limit us into reading the same five stories with the same three protagonists. You know what fixes both of those problems? Redlands!

Image has proven that a horror book about witches has legs and there’s plenty of demand for empowered badass witches telling patriarchy to go screw itself, but Redlands is a more complicated and, in this case, interesting view of deviancy and order.

After taking control of a Florida town in the late 70s, a coven of witches finds themselves hunted by both the anti-establishment tide of the information age, as well as the misogynist backslide that has come with it. It’s horror and drama, and a gripping crime comic that should have your attention for either the concept or the art alone. Putting Jordie Bellaire and Vanesa Del Rey together on a book is almost guaranteed to be gorgeous and Redlands doesn’t disappoint with its flat, moodily lit ‘Everglades gothic’ atmosphere. Add to that the chance to see Jordie Bellaire’s writing debut and the unusually quiet yet purposeful story that she has chosen to tell and you’ve got a book that deserves a look. Plus, as an Image volume 1, six issues of Redlands will only cost you $10. It’s a low cost investment that will be be a fantastic piece of sequential art at worst, but could easily be the book you can’t believe you weren’t reading before.

The Flash by Mark Waid, Book Four

Mark Waid’s run on The Flash is fondly remembered with good reason, but, there are really two stories that are stand out as titans among the character’s history, and the second is collected here. Half of this book’s twelve (fourteen if you count double-sized issues twice) comics are devoted to Waid’s legendary “Terminal Velocity” arc. This is it: the first proper appearance of Impulse, the introduction of the Speed Force, and one of the most romantic comic moments of the 90s. It’s great stuff and the sizable format of these collections allows Waid to frame the story in the appropriate context. As if that weren’t enough, this also includes one of Waid’s favorite stories from his run, the “Zero Hour” tie-in “Flashing Back” in Flash #0.

At $34.99, The Flash by Mark Waid Book Four is neither particularly expensive for what it is, nor a massive savings. However, having collected “Terminal Velocity” in singles myself before these collections were announced, I can confidently say that, unless you’re in it for the hunt, you’re saving enough time and money to make it worth your while. The Flash would never be quite the same after this and you don’t need a cosmic treadmill to journey back experience it for yourself anymore.

X-Men: Grand Design vol. 1

X-Men Grand Design is a unique kind of comic and one that I wish we’d see more of. Synthesizing and building upon an incredible number of stories and comics, Grand Design reimagines the origin of the X-Men into a stylish and comprehensive single narrative. Bearing all the distinctive flair of writer/artist Ed Piskor’s Hip-Hop Family Tree, Grand Design provided something very strange and wonderful upon its release and now the first two issues have been collected into the same scaled-up format as Hip-Hop Family Tree along with a recolored reprint of X-Men #1 to compare against.

Admittedly it’s a bit of a steeper ask at $29.99 for three comics, especially when, given time, the remaining issues will be released and eventually collected into a more complete edition. Nevertheless, if you’re regretting passing it up or want to catch up before the next chapter drops, this is an enhanced way to enjoy this surprising hit from Marvel.

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There’s a lot of good stuff in the world of trades and collections this week. Here’s Diamond’s complete listing of collections and graphic novels for this week to peruse at your leisure.

BOOM! STUDIOS

CHARLES M SCHULZ CHARLIE BROWN HC PEANUTS COLLECTION $14.99

DARK HORSE COMICS

ANGEL SEASON 11 TP VOL 03 DARK REFLECTIONS $17.99

LIFE BETWEEN PANELS COMPLETE TAILS OMNIBUS TP $19.99

REEFER MADNESS TP (RES) $19.99

DC COMICS

BATMAN DETECTIVE TP VOL 05 LONELY PLACE OF LIVING REBIRTH $16.99

BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT DETECTIVE TP VOL 01 $29.99

FLASH BY MARK WAID TP BOOK 04 $34.99

FLASH THE SILVER AGE TP VOL 03 $29.99

GLOBAL FREQUENCY DELUXE ED HC $34.99

SUPERGIRL TP VOL 03 GIRL OF NO TOMORROW REBIRTH $14.99

D. E.

CENTIPEDE TP VOL 01 GAME OVER $19.99

IDW PUBLISHING

CAT N BAT TP $9.99

GOAT GETTERS HC $49.99

HAUNTED HORROR HC VOL 06 NIGHTMARE OF DOOM $24.99

PRISON SHIP HC $19.99

THE REPRIEVE TP $29.99

TMNT COLOR CLASSICS TP VOL 01 $29.99

WARDS VALLEY TP $19.99

IMAGE COMICS

BIRTHRIGHT TP VOL 06 $14.99

HEAD LOPPER TP VOL 02 CRIMSON TOWER $16.99

HORIZON TP VOL 03 (MR) $16.99

KINGSMAN RED DIAMOND TP (MR) $16.99

PAPER GIRLS TP VOL 04 $14.99

REDLANDS TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99

MARVEL COMICS

AVENGERS MIGHTY ORIGINS TP $17.99

AVENGERS VS THANOS DIGEST TP $9.99

BLACK PANTHER SHURI DEADLIEST OF SPECIES TP NEW PTG $14.99

MARVEL LEGACY COMPANION TP $15.99

STAR WARS NEW HOPE 40TH ANNIV HC $34.99

STAR WARS TP VOL 07 ASHES OF JEDHA $17.99

THANOS INFINITY SIBLINGS OGN HC $24.99

X-MEN GRAND DESIGN TP $29.99

COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS

7TH GARDEN GN VOL 08 $9.99

ABC WARRIORS MEK FILES HC VOL 04 (MR) $35.00

AKASHIC RECORDS OF BASTARD MAGICAL INSTRUCTOR GN VOL 03 $12.99

ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM GN VOL 21 $9.99

ATTACK ON TITAN BEFORE THE FALL GN VOL 13 (MR) $10.99

BACCANO GN VOL 02 $13.00

BATTLE ANGEL ALITA DELUXE ED VOL 03 $29.99

BIG GAME HUNTERS BACKPACK ED GN VOL 01 $12.99

BUNGO STRAY DOGS GN VOL 06 $13.00

CATSTRONAUTS YR GN VOL 02 RACE TO MARS $7.99

CATSTRONAUTS YR GN VOL 03 SPACE STATION SITUATION $7.99

CONSULTANT TP VOL 01 (MR) $14.99

COPRA TP ROUND FIVE (MR) $21.95

DEOGRATIAS TALE OF RWANDA GN NEW PTG $19.99

DISNEY FAIRIES MANGA GN VOL 05 GREAT FAIRY RESCUE $10.99

DISNEY GRAVITY FALLS CINESTORY TP VOL 04 $9.99

DREAMIN SUN GN VOL 06 $12.99

ETERNITY TP $9.99

FIRE FORCE GN VOL 09 $10.99

FLASH YA NOVEL JOHNNY QUICK $13.99

FM PRES TALES FROM THE ACKER MANSION DLX HC (MR) $79.99

FOOD WARS SHOKUGEKI NO SOMA GN VOL 23 $9.99

GREGORY AND THE GARGOYLES HC VOL 03 (OF 3) $14.95

HAIKYU GN VOL 22 $9.99

HERO CATS TP VOL 07 SEASON FINALE $11.99

JUGHEADS TIME POLICE TP $10.99

KABUL DISCO GN BOOK 01 (OF 2) NOT TO BE ABDUCTED IN AFGANIST $19.95

KENKA BANCHO OTOME LOVES BATTLE ROYALE GN VOL 01 $9.99

KNIGHTS OF THE SKULL TP (RES) $12.99

KUMA MIKO GIRL MEETS BEAR GN VOL 08 $11.95

KUROKO BASKETBALL 2IN1 VOL 11 $16.99

LOVE AT FOURTEEN GN VOL 07 $15.00

MACH 1 JOHN PROBE MISSION FILES TP VOL 01 (MR) $23.00

MERMAID BOYS GN VOL 01 $13.00

MONSTER TAMER GIRLS GN VOL 01 $13.00

MOTEKI GN VOL 01 LOVE STRIKES (MR) $18.95

MY HERO ACADEMIA GN VOL 12 $9.99

NARUTO 3IN1 TP VOL 22 $14.99

NIGHTLINGER CREATURE OF THE NIGHT $12.99

NOBLE TP VOL 02 NEVER EVENTS $14.99

OCEAN OF SECRETS MANGA GN VOL 02 (RES) $10.99

ONE WEEK FRIENDS GN VOL 02 $15.00

PLATINUM END GN VOL 05 (MR) $9.99

PROMISED NEVERLAND GN VOL 03 $9.99

RED DIARIES KENNEDY CONSPIRACY TP $16.99

RUROUNI KENSHIN 3IN1 TP VOL 06 $14.99

SATSUMA REBELLION GN $12.95

SERAPH OF END VAMPIRE REIGN GN VOL 14 $9.99

SHERLOCK HOLMES DR JEKYLL AND MR HOLMES TP $8.99

SILENCE OF OUR FRIENDS GN NEW PTG $18.99

SO IM A SPIDER SO WHAT GN VOL 02 $13.00

STONE MAN MYSTERIES GN VOL 02 SANCTUARY $8.99

STRONTIUM DOG REPO MEN TP (MR) $19.99

TAKANE & HANA GN VOL 02 $9.99

TEAM TAEKWONDO YR GN BAEOH AND BULLY $9.99

TERRIFIED TEACHER AT GHOUL SCHOOL GN VOL 02 $13.00

TESTAMENT OF SISTER NEW DEVIL STORM GN VOL 03 $12.99

TO LOVE RU DARKNESS GN VOL 04 (MR) $12.99

TOMS MIDNIGHT GARDEN GN $10.99

TOMS MIDNIGHT GARDEN HC GN $22.99

UMINEKO WHEN CRY EP 7 GN VOL 02 REQUIEM GOLDEN WITCH $30.00

VAN HELSING VS WEREWOLF TP $19.99

WATER DRAGON BRIDE GN VOL 05 $9.99

WEIRDSDALE TP $18.99

WHAT TO DO WHEN IM GONE HC $22.00

WINDOW HORSES SC $20.00

WORLDS END HAREM GN VOL 01 (MR) $12.99

YELLOW NEGROES & OTHER IMAGINARY CREATURES GN (RES) $22.95

YONA OF THE DAWN GN VOL 11 $9.99

YOUR BLACK FRIEND AND OTHER STRANGERS HC (MR) $20.00