Trade Waiter – Trades I’m Looking Forward To

blackmagickBlack Magick

This is one of two Rucka books on this list. Haven’t heard a lot about this book, but since I finished Queen and Country, I pretty much try to check out everything he writes. How good is Queen and Country? You will not find a book that is better researched. It is a workplace drama that gets the details of the work dynamics perfectly.

What’s this book about? Magick maybe? African Americans? I’m not sure. I’m going in cold.


Every trade so far has been fantastic. There’s no reason to think that quality will stop with Volume 6.


James Robinson is one of the beloved comic creators whose work I’ve yet to read. This series is supposed to be both deeply personal and funny.Airboy_01-1

As a lover of comics, I’m also excited to get his insider’s take on the industry.


Millar doesn’t bat 1000 with me. But I did like Jupiter’s Legacy. He’s trying a very different tone with Huck, and I’ve loved Rafael Albuquerque’s art since I first saw it in American Vampire.

The Goddamned

Jason Aaron and R.M. Guera created Scalped, probably my favorite comic ever published. I think Scalped compares favorably to The Wire in terms of its scope, ambition and unforgettable characters. They’re following that up with a dark violent book set in the world of the Hebrew Bible after Eden and before Noah’s Arc.


Another great Greg Rucka book, with art from Michael Lark who also worked on Gotham Central with Rucka. This one is a bleak sci-fi book about the mega rich, and the petty squabbles between them that tear the world apart.Goddamned


This high-concept thriller looks like some kind of cross between Battle Royal and The Greatest Game. I’m not particularly familiar with the creative team of Rob Williams and Michael Dowlin, but I have seen some of the art and it’s been enough to get me excited about this book.


This trade caught my eye in the Eisner nomination list. I’m a big fan of alternate histories and sprawling fantasy worlds. This book has been getting great reviews.

Digging Up Mother

This is actually a prose book by Doug Stanhope, but I’m very much looking forward to it. Because Stanhope’s comedy can hurt. He talks like a person who doesn’t care much about this world and, as a consequence, can be more honest than most of us. You will never hear a more complete or uncompromising attack of Toys for Tots. Stanhope’s sometimes cruel observations aren’t sadistic they are clear-eyed, honest and well thought through explanations of the things we take for granted. When Stanhope turned his attention onto his mother’s assisted suicide and his role in it, he wrote a routine that was not just bleak but a more honest and illuminating investigation of the death of a parent than most of us would dare to undertake. The prospect of a book on this topic is both frightening and exciting.

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