Poyo’s Trade and Hardcover Picks of the Week

We shouldn’t just collect or flip books, we should also read them. A good story can make your purchase well worth the money spent if you ask me. After all, we buy books to read for entertainment right? Even if you can’t flip them, reading is just as rewarding.

We tend to focus on mostly the floppy copies each week and kind of ignore the trades and hardcovers that come out week after week.

These can be one off books, collected editions or special editions. I go into these picks of mostly just the solicitations provided from the publishers. These are the ones that caught my attention coming out this week or within the next couple of weeks.

I love original graphic novels. This one hits the spot for me that fills that mystery with a bit of history entangled in the story.

British Ice SC GN

Working for the British High Commission, Harrison Fleet is posted to a remote arctic island which is still, inexplicably, under British rule.

As he struggles to understand why, and what interests he is protecting, Harrison learns just how much of the land and its community lies in the shadow cast by the outpost’s founder. Caught between hostile locals, the British Government, and an unforgiving physical environment, he begins dragging dark secrets into the light, unaware of the tragic repercussions they will cause. And help is very, very far away.

Part noir, part historical mystery, British Ice explores the consequences of colonialism and the legacy of empire.

I’m a space junkie and mixed with the old silver age comics, it’s a dangerous mix of not having the ability to avoid buying. The slip cases make these nice bookshelf show off as well.

Silver Age Classics Outer Space Slipcase Ed Vol 02

Synopsis: CHARLTON – OUTER SPACE VOL 2: ISSUE 22 – 25 May 1959 to December 1959 BONUS ISSUE : SPACE WAR Issue 1 October 1959 Special Notes:As you’ll remember (cos I told you in the first volume) this series is a bona fide brute-overlooked and unloved-and not to be missed a jot. But, hey, don’t listen to me, just take a look at the cover of the first issue in this sumptuous volume and then try convince both me and your own good self that you won’t bother with this one.

But that would be a mistake . . . particularly with writers and artists including Charles Nicholas, Vince Alascia, Bill Fraccio, Ernie Hart, Bill Molno, Matt Baker, Maurice Whitman, Rocco Mastroserio and John D’Agostino. There’s gold in them there interstellar asteroid hills, spacemen-I mean, come on . . . take a look at that cover (‘The Man Who Stole The Moon’ for cryin’ out loud) further evidence that there are lots of comics that we’re all of us letting slip by. We’re doing all we can to rectify the situation here at PS:the more interest you show in all the titles we put out then, well, it’s kind of obvious: the more titles we’ll keep putting out.

This next pick is one of the latest series from Cullen Bunn. I read the first two issues and loved it. I stopped picking up issues after that cause I like reading more in one sitting, as it makes the story better without any gaps in the story arcs.

So this is a pickup for me and I highly recommend this if you’re into stories that deal with biological terror..

Unearth TPB Vol 01

When a flesh-warping disease ravages a remote village in Mexico, a scientific task force travels to the inhospitable area to investigate the contamination.

As victims of the illness are transformed in horrible ways, the task force traces the source of the disease to a nearby cave system-where they discover a bizarre, hostile ecosystem and a supernatural revelation from which they may never escape.

This subterranean nightmare is brought to you by writers CULLEN BUNN (REGRESSION) and KYLE STRAHM (SPREAD) and rising star artist BALDEMAR RIVAS! Collects UNEARTH #1-5

Didn’t want to bother with buying the floppy copies but you still wanna know what’s going on in the world of Carnage? Now you can read all 5 issues in one trade.

Absolute Carnage TPB

Paint the town red…blood red! Carnage, the psychotic offspring of Venom, has returned – and he plans to slaughter everyone who’s ever worn a symbiote!

Cletus Kasady has skirted the periphery of the Marvel Universe for months, but now he stands poised to make his grand return to New York – and he’s more powerful than ever! To make matters worse, a new player is on the board, and it’s not who you’d expect! Spider-Man and Venom must face down Carnage’s madness, but things aren’t looking good. Barely able to escape with their lives, the uneasy allies have no choice but to drag a slew of other heroes into Carnage’s crosshairs. And the hard truth is that not everybody will make it out of this conflict in one piece…if they make it out at all!

Collecting ABSOLUTE CARNAGE #1-5. Rated T+

It hurts being a Swamp Thing fan. First of all, buying the old single issues hurts the wallet and even if you do pick up the old issues, you don’t want to mess with them to read them. So the only choice is to buy these trades, hardcovers and omnibuses.

Swamp Thing the Bronze Age TPB Vol 02

For the first time, these 1970s tales are collected in paperback as Swamp Thing encounters a scientist bent on destroying the minds of world leaders, an old-age home whose inhabitants use black magic to regain their youth, and an alien whose voyage across the cosmos has driven him insane.

Collects Swamp Thing #14-24, The Brave and the Bold #122 and #176, DC Comics Presents #8, and Challengers of the Unknown #81-87. Includes never-before-collected issues, and the surviving script and art pages from the previously unpublished Swamp Thing #25!

That’s all  I got for this weeks trades picks. With a bunch of days off during the holidays, I’m hoping to do some catching up on some much needed reading from all the trades I’ve been picking up.

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