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 June 6th, 2018.
Strong Female Protagonist Book 2
I stumbled onto Strong Female Protagonist one evening a few years ago. At the time I hadn’t yet heard of the creators and it was solely available as a webcomic. But I devoured the archives in a single night.
Strong Female Protagonist follows Alison Green, one of Earth’s first superheroes. As Mega-Girl, she’s super strong, nearly invulnerable, and not actually making anyone’s life better. Having run out the high of riskless adventure and hollow praise, Alison retires from the caped life and heads to college, desperate to save the world another way.
It’s a brilliant concept that easily could have been bungled by overconfidence or preachy writing, but SFP is great precisely because it avoids those pitfalls, telling a story not about the uselessness of superheroes but the difficulty, and therefore the importance, of any form of heroism. Brennan Lee Mulligan mixes loving satire with disarmingly genuine considerations of privilege, heroism, and how to change your life. Throw in Molly Ostertag‘s art and you’ve got a superhero world that feels real in a way that Marvel hasn’t offered in decades.
Mulligan and Ostertag partnered with Top Shelf to finally bring SFP to print and wide-scale distribution in late 2014 and now they’re back with two more chapters, offering over three-hundred pages of full-color wonder. Marking the strip’s transition to color and some of its most striking and memorable moments, book 2 offers another helping of one of the best and most thoughtful superhero universes I’ve had the pleasure to visit. Your ticket there will cost $24.99 and it goes on sale this week.
Gotham City Garage vol. 1
The Bombshells universe has proven an unexpected blockbuster for DC, at least for the company. Based on the line of statues, the comic series has proven a reliably wonderful Elseworlds for DC. But the last issue comes out in print this week; is it any wonder DC has tried to capture that lightning in a bottle again?
The second series based on a line of statues that reimagines DC heroines, Gotham City Garage has not had the same popularity as Bombshells, whether in resin or ink, but that doesn’t diminish how much fun this series is.
Split between a dystopian Gotham, kept in line by Governor Luthor and his enforcer The Bat, and the deserted Freescape beyond its domed borders, Gotham City Garage follows Kara Gordon as she discovers that her world was not what the LexCorp emotion control told her and that she is not who, or what, she thought she was. With a heavy dose of Mad Max awesome, GCG throws wonderful characters like Wonder Woman, Big Barda, and Catwoman into new roles. Making Batman the enemy immediately tells you that this isn’t just a change of genre and the character work that made Bombshells a success is on display here too, as DC’s heroes and villains find new and natural niches in this motorcycle riding, anti-fascist dystopia.
It’s not surprising to find Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly behind this kind of craziness and the duo hit it with the same enthusiasm and excitement that defines much of their output. This is a series that isn’t afraid to go big but it takes its madness seriously. This first collection sells for the DC standard $16.99 and contains the first six print issues of the series, so gas up and head to your LCS if you dare.
InSEXts Year One
Speaking of Marguerite Bennett, she’s found enormous success at Aftershock Comics with Animosity, but, ever the overachiever, that’s hardly all she’s cooked up for them. One of the initial slate of Aftershock titles, InSEXts is something rawer and more ferocious from Bennett. Amidst the streets of Victorian England a familiar story plays out. The daughter of a wealthy lesser family finds herself caught in an abusive marriage for the sake of pairing wealth and title, finding solace only in her lady’s maid and the secret love they share. But there’s a parasite growing between those well trod pages. Thanks to a secret brought back from far away, something real and monstrous gestates behind the guise of pampered femininity until the people inside have the power to overtake their oppressors.
In the end the duo let the master die in an all too common manner: in childbirth, as their beloved larva hatches out of his stomach. But there are consequences for those who try to flip the script and the supernatural does not exist for the just alone. Quickly the lovers discover that there are monsters they never dreamed of, that there are plenty more among the elite of London, and that both are unwilling to let the status quo change,
Gorgeously illustrated by Ariela Kristantina, Insexts is an incredible example of a decidedly specific genre: an erotic lesbian liberation story told through the lens of historical horror. With lush visuals, creeping concepts, and positively venomous prose, Insexts is a unique and underappreciated book and it’s just gotten even easier to collect it.
With this Year One edition you get the entire series thus far, presented in a really lovely collectors edition hardcover with production sketches and notes in the backmatter. Getting all twelve issues bound this way does raise the price tag a little, this egg sac of ominous ideas sells for $44.99, but that’s just a little more than the paperback collections. Whether you’re looking for something sensual, frightening, or liberating, InSEXts should not, and will not, be ignored.
Kaijumax: Season Three
Whether you know Baragon from Barugon or can’t understand how this book doesn’t get sued by Pacific Rim for that title, Kaijumax is the giant monster series for you. I can say that with confidence because it’s one of the only giant monster series that I could probably recommend to anyone.
When a kaiju goes on a rampage through Tokyo there simply have to be consequences. We humans can’t afford to write them off as natural disasters or native gods or defenders of all Asia or misunderstood creatures trying to survive in a world that’s too small for them any more, the only thing to do for our safety and theirs is to lock them up. And that’s where Kaijumax Penitentiary comes in.
One part Daikaiju eiga love letter, one part prison drama, and one part brilliant satire of both, Kaijumax is simply fantastic. Cartoonist Zander Cannon‘s over-the-top giant monster jailhouse is full to the brim with hilarious references to all manner of Kaiju goodness, but even if you’ve never seen a suitmation flick in your life this strange, tragicomic prison drama is absolutely worth your time and money.
Last season we followed Electrogor as he continued his desperate quest to get back to his children, but there’s plenty still going on within the walls of Kaijumax. The manipulative Zonn still has his hooks in Doctor Zhang and a power vacuum remains unfilled after the assassination of Ape-Whale!
Kaijumax is very much unlike anything else out there right now and it’s the kind of series that will leave you hungry as a newborn Rodan for more, so getting the third season collected is a definite treat. The trade retails for a reasonable $19.99 and you will want season three the minute you get done with the second trade, possibly even the first!
That’s another huge Tradewaiting, so much so that I didn’t even get the chance to hype some fantastic collections of classic comics or OGNs! This may be the biggest week for OGNs and collected comics since I started the column, so if you’re not seeing the perfect book for you above, read on to find Diamond’s complete listing of collections and graphic novels for this week, I’m sure they’ve got something wonderful for you.
BLACK ROAD HOLY NORTH HC (MR) $34.99
NO 1 WITH A BULLET TP $17.99
RED HOOK TP VOL 01 NEW BROOKLYN (MR) $17.99
RINGSIDE TP VOL 03 (MR) $16.99
DARK HORSE COMICS
HELLBOY AND THE BPRD 1955 TP $19.99
JENNY FINN HC (MR) $17.99
MICHAEL CHABON ESCAPIST PULSE POUNDING THRILLS TP $24.99
MOEBIUS LIBRARY INSIDE MOBIUS HC VOL 02 $39.99
STRONG FEMALE PROTAGONIST GN BOOK 02 $24.99
TMNT ADVENTURES TP VOL 15 $19.99
TMNT ONGOING TP VOL 19 INVASION OF THE TRICERATONS $17.99
TRANSFORMERS OPTIMUS PRIME TP VOL 03 $19.99
BATMAN REBIRTH DLX COLL HC BOOK 02 $34.99
DARK NIGHTS METAL DELUXE ED HC $29.99
GOTHAM CITY GARAGE TP VOL 01 $16.99
GREEN LANTERN GREEN ARROW HARD TRAVELING HEROES DLX HC $49.99
HAL JORDAN & THE GLC TP VOL 05 TWILIGHT OT GUARDIANS REBIRTH $16.99
LEGION BY DAN ABNETT & ANDY LANNING TP VOL 02 $29.99
WONDER WOMAN BY GEORGE PEREZ OMNIBUS HC VOL 03 $99.99
ANT-MAN AND WASP ADVENTURES DIGEST TP $9.99
ANT-MAN ASTONISHING ORIGINS TP $17.99
BLACK BOLT TP VOL 02 HOME FREE $17.99
CAPTAIN AMERICA BY WAID AND SAMNEE TP VOL 01 HOME OF BRAVE $17.99
DEADPOOL WORLDS GREATEST HC VOL 04 $34.99
MARVELS ANT-MAN AND WASP PRELUDE TP $14.99
MILES MORALES ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN OMNIBUS HC $125.00
RUNAWAYS BY BRIAN K VAUGHAN & ADRIAN ALPHONA OMNIBUS HC $125.00
TALES OF SUSPENSE HAWKEYE AND WINTER SOLDIER TP $15.99
HACK SLASH VS VAMPIRELLA TP $19.99
ABOUT BETTYS BOOB HC $29.99
LUMBERJANES TO MAX ED HC VOL 04 $39.99
COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS
ASTRA LOST IN SPACE GN VOL 03 $9.99
ATHENA VOLTAIRE SORCERER POPE TP $14.99
BATTLE ANGEL ALITA MARS CHRONICLE GN VOL 03 $10.99
BEAUTIFUL DEATH HC $24.99
BLACK FLAME ARCHIVES TP $25.99
BLADE BUNNY TP VOL 03 KNIFE OF THE LEPUS $14.99
BLEEN TP (MR) $14.99
BLOKES PROGRESS GN PI
BLUE EXORCIST GN VOL 19 $9.99
BOXMASTERS TWISTED TALE THROUGH TIME GN (MR) $6.99
BUNI HAPPINESS IS A STATE OF MIND GN $14.99
CAPTAIN HARLOCK CLASSIC COLLECTION GN $24.99
CARDBOARD KINGDOM GN VOL 01 $12.99
CARDBOARD KINGDOM HC GN VOL 01 $20.99
CLASSIC ILLUSTRATED SC DOWNFALL $9.95
CLASSIC ILLUSTRATED SC HOUND OF BASKERVILLES $9.95
CLASSIC ILLUSTRATED SC ILIAD $9.95
CLASSIC ILLUSTRATED SC MOSES & TEN COMMANDMENTS $19.95
CLASSIC ILLUSTRATED SC ODYSSEY $9.95
CLASSIC ILLUSTRATED SC STORY OF JESUS $19.95
CRYPT OF HORROR #36 $29.95
DEADWORLD ARCHIVES BOOK 01 (MR) $12.99
DESCENDING STORIES GN VOL 07 $12.99
DISNEY MASTERS HC VOL 02 BOTTARO DONALD DUCK MONEY ROCKET (C)$29.99
DNA DOESNT TELL US GN VOL 02 $12.99
EPIC OF GILGAMESH GN $19.95
FEAST OF FIELDS SC $18.00
FLYING WITCH GN VOL 06 $10.95
FOOD WARS SHOKUGEKI NO SOMA GN VOL 24 $9.99
GIRL GENIUS SECOND JOURNEY GN VOL 04 KINGS AND WIZARDS $25.00
GIRL GENIUS SECOND JOURNEY HC VOL 04 KINGS AND WIZARDS $50.00
HAIKYU GN VOL 24 $9.99
HIGH RISE INVASION GN VOL 01 $19.99
INSEXTS YEAR ONE HC (MR) $44.99
KAIJUMAX TP VOL 03 SEASON THREE KING OF MONSTAS $19.99
KUROKO BASKETBALL 2IN1 TP VOL 12 $16.99
LAST ON THE LIST GN (MR) $9.99
MADE UP ZOMBIE CLOWN CIRCUS GN (MR) $6.99
MINDBENDER TP VOL 01 $19.99
MOON STREAK TP VOL 01 $14.99
MY HERO ACADEMIA GN VOL 13 $9.99
MY SOLO EXCHANGE DIARY GN (MR) $14.99
NATHAN HALES ONE TRICK PONY GN$8.99
NIGHTS DOMINION TP VOL 02 $15.99
NOBROW TP VOL 10 (MR) $24.00
ONE PIECE 3IN1 TP VOL 24 $14.99
PRINCELESS RAVEN PIRATE PRINCESS TP VOL 05 TOGETHER $14.99
PRINCESS JELLYFISH GN VOL 09 (OF 9) (MR) $19.99
PRISON PIT GN VOL 06 $14.99
PROMISED NEVERLAND GN VOL 04 $9.99
QQ QUEENS QUALITY GN VOL 04 $9.99
QUARRYS WAR GN $16.99
ROBYN HOOD THE HUNT TP $19.99
SOLAR FLARE TP VOL 02 PORT CHARLOTTE $17.99
SPECTACLE TP VOL 01 $15.99
STAR TREK MAG BEYOND SOUVENIR EDITION $20.00
TAKANE & HANA GN VOL 03 $9.99
TALES FROM THE CRYPT GN VOL 01 STALKING DEAD (RES) $9.99
TALES FROM THE CRYPT HC VOL 01 STALKING DEAD (RES) $14.99
VIETNAM JOURNAL GN VOL 02 IRON TRIANGLE (MR) $16.99
VINLAND SAGA GN VOL 10 $22.99
WET MOON GN VOL 06 YESTERDAYS GONE (NEW EDITION) $19.99
YONA OF THE DAWN GN VOL 12 $9.99
YOUNG MASTERS REVENGE GN VOL 02 $9.99