Home Graphic novel PENDING TRADE # 16: Week of December 22, 2021

PENDING TRADE # 16: Week of December 22, 2021


Graphic novels. Collective editions. Omnibus. Trades. These are really just words for “awesome way to read comics”. So with this column, we’re going to take a look at all of those hardcover pages hitting comic book stores, bookstores, and online outlets this week! (Note that in some cases the release dates at comic book stores, online retailers, and bookstores are different)

Written by K. O’Neill
Art by K. O’Neill
Posted by Oni Press
Price: $ 12.99
You can find it here: Amazon, Librairie.org

The editor says: Rinn grew up with the tea dragons that inhabit their village, but stumbling upon a real dragon turns out to be a whole different matter! Aedhan is a young dragon who was appointed to protect the village but fell asleep in the forest eighty years ago. With the help of Rinn’s adventurous uncle Erik and his partner Hesekiel, they investigate the mystery of his enchanted sleep … but Rinn’s real challenge is to help Aedhan come to terms with the feeling that he can’t. recover the time he lost.

Critically acclaimed graphic novelist K. O’Neill delivers another charming and sweet fantasy story about finding your purpose and the community that helps you along the way.

What I am saying: For those who were waiting for it, the next tome of the story began with The Dragon Tea Society comes in soft cover! K. O’Neill’s storytelling has touched so many people, and if you’re unfamiliar… well, correct that.

Written by Peter Milligan
Duncan Fegredo art
Posted by Dark Horse Comics
Price: $ 24.99
You can find it here: Amazon, Librairie.org

The editor says: Enigma is a visceral, post-modern story of self-discovery and sexual identity told against the backdrop of outrageous superheroes and villains. Michael Smith leads a meaningless life. But when the bizarre characters of Enigma, his favorite childhood comic book, seem to come to life, Michael embarks on an increasingly obsessive crusade to uncover the incredible secret of their unlikely existence. . . and finally, his. Considered a classic and groundbreaking graphic novel for its LGBTQIA + themes when it was first released, featuring the first gay superhero in mainstream comics.

• With an all-new cover from Duncan Fegredo and a treasure trove of nearly 50 pages of extras including development illustrations, color sketches and behind-the-scenes notes on the making of this famous story.

“Beautiful. Literary. Decades ahead of its time. This is the greatest adult superhero comics of the ’90s. At least.” -Kieron Gillen

What I am saying: To be completely honest, I had never heard of Enigma before writing this column. But when Kieron Gillen presents a book this way, it’s going to be on the fucking list.

Written by Michael Moreci
Illustrations by Nathan Gooden, Rodison Duke, Jim Campbell
Posted by Vault Comics
Price: $ 16.99
You can find it here: Amazon, Librairie.org

The editor says: Owen the Barbarian was cursed for doing good with what’s left of his life. His bloodthirsty weapon, the ax, has become his moral compass with a drinking problem. Together, they roam the kingdom, doomed to help anyone who seeks help. But there is one thing Owen hates more than a life with rules: witches.

Welcome to the comic that cracks skull, splatter blood and loves chaos, brave enough to ask: how can a man who has sworn to do good do so much violence? Ha! Shit with you. It’s just BARBARIC.

What I am saying: I once used to read Hellboy volumes during the Christmas / Holiday season, because it seemed so counterintuitive it made perfect sense. Well we’re right in the middle of “The Holidays” and Barbaric Flight. 1 is in the process of being released and it just sounds poetic in the same way.

Written by Sunshine Barbito
Art by Alessia Alfano, Debora Carita, Ronda Pattison, Mariacristina Federico
Posted by Dark Horse Comics
Price: $ 19.99
You can find it here: Amazon, Librairie.org

The editor says: At the height of the Roaring Twenties, the daughter of a mob boss is determined to rise to prominence in the family business.

Nicoletta aspires to join her brothers in the family business – an organized crime syndicate that runs the streets of Brooklyn. Although her father opposes it and a crisis ensues, Nicoletta takes it upon herself to prove that she has what it takes, resolutely moving in a world of brutality. New York has a new player in town, and they ain’t seen nothing yet!

Combining the romance of the Roaring Twenties and Nicoletta’s journey into the cheeky violence of a mafia-dominated New York City, Mafiosa sets the status quo on fire – with style, class, and a steaming barrel.

What I am saying: The Roaring Twenties? To verify. A girl climbing the ranks of the Mafia? Hell yeah triple check. I’m in.

Written by Steve Skroce
Illustrations by Steve Skroce, Dave Stewart
Posted by Image Comics
Price: $ 16.99
You can find it here: Amazon, Librairie.org

The editor says: From the creator of MAESTROS, the co-creator of WE STAND ON GUARD and the artist of the Matrix storyboard STEVE SKROCE, with the colors of Eisner award winner DAVE STEWART.

The Cheyenne Mountain facility, aka The BUBBLE, is the most sophisticated super bunker in the world. It was built to ensure the survival of the executive branch of the United States government, as well as the most important citizens of the United States, should the unthinkable happen. At the end of the world, the executive branch did not reach the shrine, but the elite citizens did.

Eighty years later, one of them appointed himself the new president of the United States. His plan ? Subjugate the survivors of the American Wasteland using the same bunker resources meant to rebuild it. The only thing that stands in its way is a deadly Wasteland girl, desperate for revenge!


What I am saying: Steve Skroce’s work elicits one of those “Oh damn, that’s crazy” reactions from me every time I see it. Post Americana does Skroce face the future, America and more.

Written by Charles Soule, more
Art by Giuseppe Camuncoli, more
Published by Marvel Comics,
Price: $ 100.00
You can find it here: Amazon, Librairie.org

The editor says: Lord Vader… stand up! In the wake of Revenge of the Sith, follow Vader as he ascends to power as the Dark Lord of the Sith! Having lost everything he held dear and now more of a machine than a man, Vader takes his first steps into a darker world – starting with eradicating the last Jedi from the galaxy! But librarian Jocasta Nu is making a desperate effort to preserve the Jedi legacy, and the whirlpools of a rebellion have started in the Mon Cala system! To ensure the Emperor’s hold on the galaxy is absolute, Vader must cope quickly and brutally with any uprising – but he has his own goal. And as darkness looms over Mustafar, the scene of Vader’s greatest defeat, will the man once called Anakin Skywalker realize his true destiny? Collection of DARTH VADER (2017) # 1-25 and ANNUAL # 2.
624 PGS./Class T

What I am saying: And you all thought there wouldn’t be any omnibuses on this list, eh? Think again, because the immense Charles Soule dark Vador The hard cover is here to blow your mind! A must read for Star Wars / Vader fans.

… And with that, I’m calling this week over. Happy reading, comic book fans!

You can find your local comic book store using Comic Shop Locator here: https://www.comicshoplocator.com

Any purchase made through the retailer links provided in this article may result in this site receiving a share of that sale, which is really appreciated! As an Amazon Associate, this site earns qualifying purchases. As a Bookshop.org affiliate, this site earns qualifying purchases.