Comics/Graphic Novels

Trade-Waiting: May 2016

Swapna Krishna

Staff Writer

Swapna is the Comics Editor at Book Riot. She's a Space Columnist for Paste Magazine and writes for Syfy Wire—Fangrrls,, Bustle, and other sites. She co-hosts a podcast called Desi Geek Girls. You can find her incessant ramblings on Twitter at @skrishna. She lives outside Philadelphia.

Each month, we highlight some of the trades (issues collected into paperback or hardcover) that have released into comics shops to make your trade-waiting less stressful. If you’re taking this list into your library or bookstore, rather than a comics shop, keep in mind that the release dates may be a few weeks later because of distribution. This list is not meant to be comprehensive.

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Panels Favorites

Descender, Vol. 2 – Jeff Lemire, Dustin Nguyen (Image)
Grayson, Vol. 3: Nemesis – Tim Seeley, Tom King, and Mikel Janin (DC Comics)
Spider-Gwen, Vol. 1: Greater Power – Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez (Marvel)
ODY-C, Vol. 2: Sons of the Wolf – Matt Fraction and Christian Ward (Image)
Silk, Vol. 1: Sinister – Robbie Thompson, Stacey Lee, and Helen Chen (Marvel)
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 3: Squirrel, You Really Got Me Now – Ryan North and Erica Henderson (Marvel)

Full Series in One Volume!

Mirror’s Edge: Exordium Christofer Emgard, Mattias Haggstrom, and Robert Sammelin (Dark Horse)
Twilight Children – Gilbert Hernandez and Darwyn Cooke (Vertigo)
Zodiac Starforce – Kevin Panetta and Pauletta Ganucheau (Dark Horse)
Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace – Henry Gilroy, Rodolfo Damaggio (Marvel)

Catch Up on New-to-You Comics

Chew, Vol 11: Last Suppers – John Layman and Rob Guillory (Image)
HiLo Book 2: Saving the Whole Wide World – Judd Winick (Random House)
Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman, Vol. 3 – Various (DC Comics)
Black Science, Vol. 4: Godworld – Rick Remender, Matteo Scalera, and Moreno Dinisio (Image)
Wayward, Vol. 3: Out from the Shadows – Jim Zub, Steven Cummings, and Tamra Bonvillain (Image)
Monthly Girls Nozaki-Kun, Vol. 3 – Izumi Tsubaki (Yen Press)
Birthright, Vol. 3: Allies and Enemies – Joshua Williamson, Pat Brosseau, Adriano Lucas, Andrei Bressan (Image)

Vol. 1s to Try

Howard the Duck, Vol. 1: Duck Hunt – Chip Zdarsky, Joe Quinones, and Veronica Fish (Marvel)
Unfollow, Vol. 1 – Rob Williams, Michael Dowling, and Matt Taylor (Vertigo)
To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts, Vol. 1 – Maybe (Vertical Comics)
Mermin, Vol. 1: Out of the Water – Joey Weiser (Oni Press)

Deluxe Editions and Hardcovers

We Stand on Guard – Brian K. Vaughan, Steve Skroce, and Matt Hollingsworth (Image)
Rai (Deluxe Edition), Vol. 1 – Matt Kindt and Clayton Crain (Valiant)
Lazarus: The Second Collection – Greg Rucka and Michael Lark (Image)
The Mighty Thor, Vol. 1: Thunder in Her Veins – Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman (Marvel)
Doctor Who, The Eighth Doctor, Vol. 1: Matter of Life and Death – George Mann, Emma Viecili, and Hi-Fi (Titan Comics)
Fables Deluxe Edition Book 12 – Bill Willingham and Various (Vertigo)