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Criden
03-09-2010, 07:04 PM
I've been meaning to start this thread for a while now, but just hadn't gotten around to it.

This is a thread for those of us who purchase trades, and, especially, those of us who often wait for the trade or are transitioning into becoming a trade-waiter. So, every week, this is the place to make recommendations of newly-releasing trades, and, you can use this thread as a place to recommend any trade you feel people should take note of, regardless of whether or not it's a new release.

LenNWallace
03-09-2010, 07:11 PM
I'll go ahead and recommend LOVE BUZZ (http://www.amazon.com/Love-Buzz-Len-Wallace/dp/1934964212/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1268194415&sr=8-1) to everyone who's not checked it out in the interest of being my usual whorish self. :D If anyone's in or around North Carolina this week in fact, I'll be doing a signing with Sean McKeever and Chris Schwizer (Crogan's Vengence, Crogan's March) at Lord Retail's shop, ACME Comics. Still need convincing? Click here to read the first 22 pages of the book absolutely free! (http://onipress.com/preview.php?bid=378&pid=203)

Other than that, I'd like to recommend Matt Kindt's SUPER SPY (http://www.amazon.com/Super-Spy-Matt-Kindt/dp/1891830961/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1268194331&sr=8-1) from Top Shelf. A big meaty OGN of short story vingettes centered around spies in World War II. A very beautiful book.

Criden
03-09-2010, 07:16 PM
I'll kick things off with a recommendation for Paul Dini and the incomparable Dustin Nguyen's Heart of Hush, coming out in softcover tomorrow for $15.

http://www.dccomics.com/media/product/1/1/11152_400x600.jpg

This story arc was originally released as as Batman: RIP tie-in, but is barely connected to that story. If I'm remembering correctly, it mentions the villain of that story, but that's pretty much it. I found this to be an engrossing read and an excellent character study of Tommy Elliot that adds a great deal of depth to the character. Dustin Nguyen's an extremely talented artist, and his work here is as stellar as ever.

Solicit:


Secrets shared years ago between Bruce Wayne and Tommy Elliott — a.k.a. Hush — come to light with dangerous consequences in the present! Guest-starring Catwoman, this new hardcover ties directly into the "Batman R.I.P." event and collects DETECTIVE COMICS #846-850. As Batman finds himself barely capable of handling the diabolical threat of the Black Glove, Hush attacks Bruce Wayne in his personal life by setting his sights on Bruce's ex-lover: Catwoman!

Order Code:

DEC090202 BATMAN HEART OF HUSH TP $14.99

Cover Gallery:

http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/0/9241/445652-b9cb34_super.jpg

http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/0/9241/486126-000_super.jpg

http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/0/9241/527653-0000_super.jpg

http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/0/9241/574695-0002_super.jpg

ETA: I realized after posting that I failed to mention that the art on the series is by Leonard Kirk, one of my favorites and a superb artist. I've also been really enjoying his recent work with Paul Cornell, on Captain Britain and MI-13, Dark X-Men: The Beginning, and Dark X-Men.

THWIP!
03-09-2010, 07:23 PM
http://tightsandcapes.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/jsa-liberty-files.jpg

One of the first trades that I ever bought after I started buying comics regularly. It's a fantastic war story that brings together really cool DC characters. Awesome art by Harris.

Check it out.

Criden
03-09-2010, 07:28 PM
http://tightsandcapes.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/jsa-liberty-files.jpg

One of the first trades that I ever bought after I started buying comics regularly. It's a fantastic war story that brings together really cool DC characters. Awesome art by Harris.

Check it out.

I have this somewhere but I don't think I've ever actually read it. If you like Dan Jolley, you should check out his Firestorm and Bloodhound series. I'm not sure if either one is available in trade, but I thought both were great. I think you'd especially like Bloodhound, because it features covers by Dave Johnson:

http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/0/3229/104248-18411-107915-1-bloodhound_super.jpg

http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/0/3229/104272-18411-107917-1-bloodhound_super.jpg

http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/0/1812/107724-18411-107919-2-bloodhound_super.gif

Rod Nunley
03-09-2010, 07:30 PM
The Starman Omnibus collections are worth every penny.

Volume 4 came out a week or two back.

THWIP!
03-09-2010, 07:35 PM
I have this somewhere but I don't think I've ever actually read it. If you like Dan Jolley, you should check out his Firestorm and Bloodhound series. I'm not sure if either one is available in trade, but I thought both were great. I think you'd especially like Bloodhound, because it features covers by Dave Johnson:


I was informed that the trade I mentioned was out of print. And because I was such a huge fan of Jolley's I bought his Firestorm and Bloodhound.

Garth
03-09-2010, 07:35 PM
That "Heart of Hush" cover is so beautiful.

Criden
03-09-2010, 07:41 PM
I was informed that the trade I mentioned was out of print. And because I was such a huge fan of Jolley's I bought his Firestorm and Bloodhound.

That's great! How did you like them?


That "Heart of Hush" cover is so beautiful.

It really is. Dustin Nguyen is the man. I think my favorite work of his that I've seen was his Authority: Revolution.

http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/0/4/65109-11207-98106-1-authority-the-revo_super.jpg

http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/0/4/70918-11207-103916-1-authority-the-revo_super.jpg

http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/0/4/70919-11207-103917-1-authority-the-revo_super.jpg

THWIP!
03-09-2010, 07:44 PM
That's great! How did you like them?



I liked them a lot, at least I think. It's been a long time.

Criden
03-09-2010, 07:45 PM
I liked them a lot, at least I think. It's been a long time.

Cool man. Those were good books. I wonder what Jolley's been up to lately.

Garth
03-09-2010, 07:56 PM
It really is. Dustin Nguyen is the man. I think my favorite work of his that I've seen was his Authority: Revolution.

http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/0/4/65109-11207-98106-1-authority-the-revo_super.jpg

http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/0/4/70918-11207-103916-1-authority-the-revo_super.jpg

http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/0/4/70919-11207-103917-1-authority-the-revo_super.jpg

Oh yeah! And he did that run with Winick on Batman years ago I think. I remember being blown away by his work.

Fygar
03-09-2010, 07:59 PM
As someone who is about to be a trade waiter (can't afford singles anymore, take up too much space don't reread them as often as trades etc.) this is a great idea for a thread Criden! I hope the community can keep it sustained.

Criden
03-09-2010, 08:01 PM
Oh yeah! And he did that run with Winick on Batman years ago I think. I remember being blown away by his work.

Yeah, their "As the Crow Flies" arc. That was great, too. And, available on Amazon from $7 used: http://www.amazon.com/Batman-Crow-Flies-Judd-Winick/dp/1401203442. That's not bad. Anyway, yeah, I think that was my first exposure to Dustin Nguyen's artwork, and I remember being blown away as well. Just stellar work.

Criden
03-09-2010, 08:05 PM
As someone who is about to be a trade waiter (can't afford singles anymore, take up too much space don't reread them as often as trades etc.) this is a great idea for a thread Criden! I hope the community can keep it sustained.

I plan to! And thanks, I'm glad you like the thread, Fyg.

The Crushtacean
03-09-2010, 08:12 PM
I'll be picking up the Grendel: Behold the Devil HC and Hellboy V.9: Wild Hunt tomorrow. I guess it's a Dark Horse kinda day.

http://i395.photobucket.com/albums/pp37/crushstacean/hellboy.jpg
http://i395.photobucket.com/albums/pp37/crushstacean/grendel.jpg

Matt Jay
03-09-2010, 08:34 PM
Here's my last batch from instocktrades.com:

Dark Reign: The Hood- This is practically a sequel to Blood From Stones. It ties up all the dangling plot threads and shows us exactly how Parker has developed. Not as good as Blood From Stones, but a solid effort from Jeff Parker.

Dark Reign: Deadpool- Excellent read for the Bullseye fight. The first story wasn't as good, but the whole trade is consistently funny.

Dark Reign: Fantastic Four- So good I've already read it twice. Hickman makes th FF fun in a way that I haven't seen before. It definitely feels like the beginning of an epic run here.

Cable: Waiting for the End of the World: If you're remotely intrested in sci-fi, you've got to be reading this series. Great stuff.

Cable/X-Force Messiah War TPB: Pretty good. I was a little lost at parts b/c I don't follow X-Force, but it was fun. Basically just a continuation of the excellent, sprawling Cable story.

Dark Avengers/X-Men: Utopia: Not great. I'm more interested in the status quo it set up than how it got us there. The Mike Carey penned issues are a little better than the rest. The Dark X-men portions are boring. I'd recommend skipping it all unless you have to see for yourself how the X-men got to where they are now.

LenNWallace
03-09-2010, 08:34 PM
I hear the first volume of Peter Milligan's Greek Street comes out tomorrow. Has anyone been reading that who could tell me about it?

cmoney
03-09-2010, 09:18 PM
Cool idea. I don't do much buying of trades on release day (DCBS), but I can always store up suggestions for an InStockTrades order.

THWIP!
03-09-2010, 09:19 PM
I hear the first volume of Peter Milligan's Greek Street comes out tomorrow. Has anyone been reading that who could tell me about it?

I hated the first issue of that book so I didn't bother to continue picking it up.

Guy H
03-09-2010, 09:43 PM
I have this somewhere but I don't think I've ever actually read it. If you like Dan Jolley, you should check out his Firestorm and Bloodhound series. I'm not sure if either one is available in trade, but I thought both were great. I think you'd especially like Bloodhound, because it features covers by Dave Johnson:

http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/0/3229/104248-18411-107915-1-bloodhound_super.jpg

http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/0/3229/104272-18411-107917-1-bloodhound_super.jpg

http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/0/1812/107724-18411-107919-2-bloodhound_super.gif


bloodhound and firestorm i really enjoyed both. i really wanted bloodhound to make it longer.. it'll go down like chase and chronos as books i wish lasted more issues.

Guy H
03-09-2010, 09:44 PM
as for trades.. i believe warlord gets it's first tpb this week. this is the one i'll be getting for sure in a few weeks when i get back to the shop.

Supreme Convoy
03-09-2010, 10:14 PM
I enjoy getting the collected editions of Walking Dead and Green Lantern. Solid books!

The Governor
03-10-2010, 12:31 AM
Here's my last batch from instocktrades.com:

Dark Reign: The Hood- This is practically a sequel to Blood From Stones. It ties up all the dangling plot threads and shows us exactly how Parker has developed. Not as good as Blood From Stones, but a solid effort from Jeff Parker.

Dark Reign: Deadpool- Excellent read for the Bullseye fight. The first story wasn't as good, but the whole trade is consistently funny.

Dark Reign: Fantastic Four- So good I've already read it twice. Hickman makes th FF fun in a way that I haven't seen before. It definitely feels like the beginning of an epic run here.

Cable: Waiting for the End of the World: If you're remotely intrested in sci-fi, you've got to be reading this series. Great stuff.

Cable/X-Force Messiah War TPB: Pretty good. I was a little lost at parts b/c I don't follow X-Force, but it was fun. Basically just a continuation of the excellent, sprawling Cable story.

Dark Avengers/X-Men: Utopia: Not great. I'm more interested in the status quo it set up than how it got us there. The Mike Carey penned issues are a little better than the rest. The Dark X-men portions are boring. I'd recommend skipping it all unless you have to see for yourself how the X-men got to where they are now.

Fantastic idea for a thread, is it worth making it a "Monthly Trades" thread though instead, it might help keep it alive?

It's posts like matt's above that make it worthwhile as I have now decided to pick up Cable (I'd read the others).

shoelaceless
03-10-2010, 12:47 AM
The Complete Milt Gross Comic Books and Life Story looks promising.

Ultimate Lurker
03-10-2010, 05:50 AM
Transmetropolitan has been re-releasing in new trades since last March. I've been picking them up as they come out, and they are high quality, very well done. If you haven't read Transmetropolitan, I highly recommend picking these up.

Vol 6 came out yesterday, looks like.
http://www.amazon.com/Transmetropolitan-Vol-Gouge-Away-New/dp/1401228186/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1268232547&sr=8-10

Criden
03-10-2010, 06:52 AM
Fantastic idea for a thread, is it worth making it a "Monthly Trades" thread though instead, it might help keep it alive?

It's posts like matt's above that make it worthwhile as I have now decided to pick up Cable (I'd read the others).

Just to cement your decision, Cable is really superb. It's been one of my favorite new ongoings and I'll be very sad to see iot go. It's a sci-fi story with a lot of character development and depth, and has features excellent writing from Duane Swicerczysnki, and stellar art all around (from the likes of Paul Gulacy, Michael Lacombe, Gabriel Guzman, and others).

Cth
03-10-2010, 07:13 AM
Not necessarily a trade, mind you, but in the same price range/page count to warrant inclusion.

Both of these come highly recommended by most of the TIP thread. Most of whom aren't manga fans, so that should hopefully say a lot. If you want more testimonials, visit the TIP thread and ask :)



http://z.about.com/d/manga/1/0/h/c/-/-/Pluto1_500.jpg

It's a modern retelling of an old Astro Boy story from the perspective of another character. It's BLADE RUNNER meets WATCHMEN, etc.

The author has been compared to Will Eisner and Alan Moore in terms of stature and his contributions.

PLOT:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pluto_%28manga%29

Pluto follows the Europol robot detective Gesicht in his attempts to solve the case of a string of robot and human deaths. The case becomes more puzzling when evidence suggests a robot is responsible for the murders, the first one in eight years.

ART SAMPLE:
http://www.madlycool.com/images2009d/pluto2.jpg

http://www.madlycool.com/images2009d/pluto3.jpg

AMAZON:
http://www.amazon.com/Pluto-Urasawa-Tezuka-Vol-Naoki/dp/1421519186/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1268237498&sr=1-1
$9.35 (as low as $7.36 used)




20th CENTURY BOYS

Similar to Stephen King's IT.

PLOT:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/20th_Century_Boys

In 1969, young boys Kenji, Otcho, Yoshitsune and Maruo build, in an empty field, a hideout they call their secret base, in which they and their friends can get together to share manga and stolen porn magazines and listen to a radio. To celebrate the event, Otcho draws a symbol for the base that would represent their friendship. After their friends Yukiji and Donkey join the gang, they imagine a future scenario where villains would try to destroy the world, and in which the boys would stand up and fight; this scenario is transcribed and labeled Book of Prophecy

The series flashforwards to the late 1990s where an adult Kenji is a convienience store owner. When one of his childhood friends dies, he stumbles upon a cult determined to bring about the end of the world on New Years Eve 2000. The events that are currently unfolding are suspiciously close to the plan documented in the Book of Prophecy. Kenji begins to recruit some of his older friends, including Otcho and Yoshitsune, in an attempt to stop Friend.

ART SAMPLE:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3378/3199594410_7967f54204_o.jpg

AMAZON:
http://www.amazon.com/Naoki-Urasawas-20th-Century-Boys/dp/1591169224
$11.10 (as low as $5.67 used)

Criden
03-10-2010, 07:20 AM
I hear the first volume of Peter Milligan's Greek Street comes out tomorrow. Has anyone been reading that who could tell me about it?

I have to concur with THWIP! on this one.

Criden
03-10-2010, 07:21 AM
The Complete Milt Gross Comic Books and Life Story looks promising.

Can you tell us a little more about it?


Not necessarily a trade, mind you, but in the same price range/page count to warrant inclusion.

Oh, any TPB, HC, digest, whichever is great. I was just using trade-waiters as a generic term for anyone who purchases these kinds of collections and original graphic novels.

Cth
03-10-2010, 07:26 AM
Oh, any TPB, HC, digest, whichever is great. I was just using trade-waiters as a generic term for anyone who purchases these kinds of collections and original graphic novels.

No problem.. just wanted to put a disclaimer in case someone took issue and it ended up derailling the thread.

Also, worth mentioning, check out at site called:
http://www.wowbrary.org/

They send out emails each week of the books your local library orders.
Each week, my local library tends to order 15-50 trades for the system.

If you see something you like, it takes you directly to your libraries reserve system to place a copy on hold.

Ryudo
03-10-2010, 07:54 AM
This trade is not new but it has excellent story and art. It's a good look into some of the more personal sides of the team. One of Waid's best stories in my opinion.

http://media.mycomicshop.com/iss/300w/543/515431/9359991_1.jpg

Drkemerld73
03-10-2010, 08:21 AM
I hear the first volume of Peter Milligan's Greek Street comes out tomorrow. Has anyone been reading that who could tell me about it?

I was getting it in singles, but I decided to get it in trades since it seems to read better that way.

As someone described it on the net, it's essentially the Greek tragedies thrown into a blender and pushed into today's world with a lot of things going on.

I'm reluctant to fully recommend it as I think there are better offerings from Vertigo, but it is worth checking out if you like that kind of thing.

shoelaceless
03-10-2010, 09:01 AM
Can you tell us a little more about it?

The Complete Milt Gross Comic Books and Life Story (http://www.idwpublishing.com/catalog/series/1106) is another of IDW's Craig Yoe-edited reprint books. I haven't seen any review yet that can vouch for its quality or completeness, but it definitely seems like the "pick up off the shelf and flip through" book of the week.


This beautifully designed book collects the complete comic book stories of comic genius Milt Gross, culled from rare, impossible to track down comic books of the '40s, which have been lovingly restored. Milt Gross was a cartooning genius who was championed by Art Spiegelman in Raw and Dan Nadel in Art Out of Time. Gross wrote and drew what many consider to be the first graphic novel, He Done Her Wrong, and was a popular comic stripper (with hilarious cartoon-style Yiddish-isms), animator, and screenplay writer (co-writer of films with Charlie Chaplin). This thick, full-color, 368-page hardback tome, in addition to exhuming every one of Gross' wild and crazy comic book stories, shares rare photos, sketches, and unpublished art, including the previously unknown cover to the Milt Gross Funnies #3!

Edited by Craig Yoe, with a FOLD-INtroduction by Al Jaffe.



HC • FC • $39.99 • 368 pages • 8.5" x 11" • ISBN: 978-1-60010-546-3

The Governor
03-10-2010, 10:33 AM
Just to cement your decision, Cable is really superb. It's been one of my favorite new ongoings and I'll be very sad to see iot go. It's a sci-fi story with a lot of character development and depth, and has features excellent writing from Duane Swicerczysnki, and stellar art all around (from the likes of Paul Gulacy, Michael Lacombe, Gabriel Guzman, and others).

Consider it cemented, what's the best starting point, from the off or later?

Criden
03-10-2010, 10:42 AM
Consider it cemented, what's the best starting point, from the off or later?

I would definitely start from the first issue, in the first trade. Also, you might like Messiah Complex, an X-Men crossover that serves as a lead-in to the series. Still, it's definitely not essential to understanding the series--the whole series has a pretty straightforward premise.

Ultimate Lurker
03-10-2010, 10:55 AM
Pluto is AMAZING! Highly recommended

The Governor
03-11-2010, 12:51 AM
I would definitely start from the first issue, in the first trade. Also, you might like Messiah Complex, an X-Men crossover that serves as a lead-in to the series. Still, it's definitely not essential to understanding the series--the whole series has a pretty straightforward premise.

I've not bought the X-mEn Messiah Complex book, but just order Cable v1 (MEssiah War) and v2 "Waiting For The End Of The World" thanks for the tip 8-)

Criden
03-15-2010, 08:20 AM
I've not bought the X-mEn Messiah Complex book, but just order Cable v1 (MEssiah War) and v2 "Waiting For The End Of The World" thanks for the tip 8-)

That's awesome! And it's my pleasure, man. Be sure to come back and here and share your thoughts on the trades once you've read them, I'll definitely be interested to hear what you thought of those trades.

Criden
05-23-2010, 10:42 AM
Anyone read any good trades lately?

Stark Raving
05-23-2010, 11:42 AM
Scalped Vol. 6: The Gnawing

Awesomeness.