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 August 15th, 2018.
If you’re familiar with my work here at Comicon, you’ll already know that I adore IDW’s Transformer comics. Transformers: Lost Light is another name for the third season of the rightly acclaimed Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye and three seasons and six years has done little to slow this series’ momentum.
With the end of IDW’s Transformers universe almost upon us, James Roberts packs this issue with some of the milestones that fans cannot afford to miss. One of this season’s most beautiful issues starts us off as Roberts and a best of IDW’s TF artists show us a journey to the Afterspark, the end of the Knight Quest, and the final Scavengers adventure!? A return from MTMTE artist Alex Milne sets the standard to be met by Brendan Cahill and series regular Jack Lawrence, ensuring that the story looks great throughout, with “The Everlasting Voices” representing Lawrence really taking hold of the series just in time to close it with a bang.
While Lost Light vol. 3 is many things – an examination of loss and meaning, a question of what it means to be happy, the canonical introduction of MPreg to the Transformers brand (!?) – it is not necessarily a perfect jumping on point. May its inclusion here serve as yet another of my entreaties to pick this series up at the beginning for those who have not yet, but many of those I’m speaking to here are not new to this. Whether you’ve been waiting patiently, dodging spoilers left and right, or want a physical book alongside your digital singles, your wait is over today.
If past releases are anything to go by, the ‘special features’ are likely to be sparse, but there’s more than enough in these issues to keep you reading and rereading in horror and heart-melting joy for hours and days and years to come. At $19.99 you’re getting it for the same price as the singles, a slight bummer, but you should know by now that there are few series that can offer you as much for your $4.00 a month as this one. Don’t miss this penultimate installment and, if you’re not caught up, take advantage of this chance to enjoy the final three issues monthly.
Fullmetal Alchemist: Fullmetal Edition vol. 2
The last volume of this series made the cut for Tradewaiting back in May, but Fullmetal Alchemist is a manga that just gets better as it goes on. The first Fullmetal Edition introduced us to the Elric brothers, the science of alchemy, and the Amestrian military in the first six chapters of the original series, but mangaka Hiromu Arakawa wasted no time upending that status quo in these chapters. With new antagonists in the form of Scar and the homunculi, who begin to act in the open around now, and the first real hints that the Amestrian Military has been corrupted, the Elrics are already surrounded on all sides. In order to recover they return home, only to discover the a secret that could unravel the conspiracy and restore their bodies.
These stories represent something of a transitional phase for Fullmetal Alchemist as the story begins to establish what it will be about. Though what’s to come is even sweeter, this volume is full of beloved moments that took my breath away when I first read the series, including the introduction of Ishval, the secret of the Philosopher’s Stone, and the first appearance of ALEX LOUIS ARMSTRONG!
The Fullmetal Edition gives the classic manga the deluxe treatment with new lettering, an updated translation, design sketches, new insert art, and color version of selected pages. It also offers high quality paper, a larger print size, and a lovely hardcover binding with metallic lettering. Assuming this volume follows the trend its predecessor started, it will contain six chapters of the original manga, compared with four in the first printings and twelve in the larger 3-in-1 collections. Personally, that sounds perfect to me, a little extra bang for your buck but not so much that things get lost in the binding. Fullmetal Edition vol. 2 sells for $19.99, a fairly standard manga price for a very much above average manga printing.
Those were some very predictable suggestions for me, but I stand by them 100%. If my tastes aren’t quite doing it for you, there’s still plenty waiting for you. Here’s Diamond’s complete listing of collections and graphic novels for this week to peruse at your leisure.
EAST OF WEST TP VOL 08 $16.99
KILL OR BE KILLED TP VOL 04 (MR) $16.99
ROSE TP VOL 02 $16.99
DARK HORSE COMICS
EC ARCHIVES WAR AGAINST CRIME HC VOL 01 $49.99
EERIE ARCHIVES HC VOL 24 $49.99
HELLBOY COMPLETE SHORT STORIES TP VOL 02 $24.99
MYSTICONS GN VOL 01 $10.99
RG VEDA OMNIBUS TP VOL 03 $24.99
VINEGAR TEETH TP $14.99
BACK TO THE FUTURE TALES FROM THE TIME TRAIN TP $19.99
ROM COLD FIRE HOT WAR TP $29.99
TRANSFORMERS LOST LIGHT TP VOL 03 $19.99
ASTRO CITY BROKEN MELODY HC $24.99
BATMAN THE CAPED CRUSADER TP VOL 01 $29.99
HARLEY QUINN TP VOL 06 ANGRY BIRD REBIRTH $19.99
JSA BY GEOFF JOHNS TP BOOK 02 $29.99
SCALPED TP BOOK 03 (MR) $24.99
SEVEN SOLDIERS BY GRANT MORRISON OMNIBUS HC $75.00
BRUTE FORCE TP $24.99
DEFENDERS EPIC COLLECTION TP THE NEW DEFENDERS $39.99
GUARDIANS OF GALAXY HC VOL 05 $34.99
HUMAN TORCH AND THING TP STRANGE TALES COMPLETE COLLECTION $39.99
MMW INCREDIBLE HULK HC VOL 12 $75.00
MMW INCREDIBLE HULK HC VOL 12 DM VAR 263 $75.00
OLD MAN HAWKEYE TP VOL 01 AN EYE FOR EYE $17.99
PETER PARKER SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN TP VOL 03 AMAZING FANTAS $15.99
THING AND HUMAN TORCH BY DAN SLOTT TP $34.99
X-MEN ADVENTURES DIGEST TP $9.99
BETTIE PAGE TP VOL 02 MODEL AGENT $17.99
CEMETERY GIRL OMNIBUS GN VOL 01 $29.99
ADVENTURE TIME TP VOL 15 $14.99
SANPAKU ORIGINAL GN HC $24.99
COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS
ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF DUKES DAUGHTER GN VOL 01 (MR) $12.99
AKASHIC RECORDS OF BASTARD MAGICAL INSTRUCTOR GN VOL 04 $12.99
ANGELS OF DEATH GN VOL 04 $13.00
ARPEGGIO OF BLUE STEEL GN VOL 13 (RES) (MR) $12.99
BEST OF ARCHIE AMERICANA TP VOL 03 BRONZE AGE $9.99
BLACK BUTLER GN VOL 26 $13.00
BROBOTS HC VOL 03 SHOUJO SHENANIGANS $12.99
CHARLEYS WAR DEFINITVE COLL TP VOL 03 REMEMBERANCE $26.99
CHIOS SCHOOL ROAD GN VOL 01 $13.00
DANZIG LYRICS OF THE LEFT HAND VOL 2 (RES) (MR) $24.95
DEVILMAN VS HADES GN VOL 02 $12.99
FRUIT OF KNOWLEDGE HC (MR) $22.99
FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST FULLMETAL ED HC VOL 02 $19.99
GOLDEN AGE GREATS SPOTLIGHT VOL 18 $29.95
HATSU HARU GN VOL 02 $13.00
IDLE DAYS GN $19.99
IVE BEEN KILLING SLIMES 300 YEARS NOVEL SC VOL 02 $14.00
JINTY TP VOL 01 LAND OF NO TEARS & HUMAN ZOO $15.99
MINKY WOODCOCK GIRL WHO HANDCUFFED HOUDINI HC $24.99
NOWHERE TP VOL 01 $18.99
PRE CODE CLASSICS DARK MYSTERIES HC VOL 03 $54.99
PRE CODE CLASSICS DARK MYSTERIES SLIPCASE ED VOL 03 $59.99
PRE CODE CLASSICS WEIRD HORRORS HC VOL 02 $54.99
PRE CODE CLASSICS WEIRD HORRORS SLIPCASE ED HC VOL 02 $59.99
PRE CODE CLASSICS ZIFF DAVIS SCI FI SLIPCASE SET $99.99
SAINT SEIYA SAINTIA SHO GN VOL 03 $12.99
SCIENCE COMICS TREES GN $12.99
SCIENCE COMICS TREES HC GN $19.99
SHEETS GN $12.99
SPECIES DOMAIN GN VOL 05 (RES) $12.99
SQUARRIORS LIMITED OVERSIZED HC 1 01 SPRING $50.00
STRANGE & MYSTIFYING STORY GN VOL 04 (MR) $12.99
SUPERMANSION TP (MR) $16.99
TODAY CERBERUS GN VOL 10 $13.00
TUMULT HC GN $25.99
UNDOCUMENTED CODEX FORMATED GN $19.99