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.

Did you miss out on the Something is Killing Children hoopla when the first issue hit shelves? Did you just want to freaking read the damn thing without paying secondary market prices? Well, the first volume is out and it’s the best way to just read it on the more affordable budget.


Something Is Killing Children TPB Vol 01 Discover Now

When the children of Archer’s Peak begin to go missing, everything seems hopeless. The few children that return alive have terrible stories – impossible details of terrifying creatures that live in the shadows.

Their only hope of finding and eliminating the threat is the arrival of a mysterious stranger, one who believes the children and claims to be the only one who sees what they can see. Her name is Erica Slaughter. She kills monsters. That is all she does, and she bears the cost because it must be done.

GLAAD Award-winning writer James Tynion IV (The Woods, Batman: Detective Comics) teams with artist Werther Dell’Edera (Briggs Land) for a haunting series about staring into the abyss… and what happens when the abyss stares back.


Being a long time Excalibur fan, this next collection is on the hit list of must have’s.


EXCALIBUR EPIC COLLECTION TP CURIOUSER AND CURIOUSER

Alan Davis returns to Excalibur! And the legendary artist takes over the writing chores to steer Shadowcat, Nightcrawler, Phoenix, Captain Britain and Meggan to new heights of greatness – and madness! The troublesome Technet returns to wreak havoc! The Captain Britain Corps puts Brian Braddock on trial! Meggan searches for her past! And Excalibur deals with the offbeat arrivals of Kylun and Cerise!

But what is the fearsome threat of the Anti-Phoenix…and who has been pulling Excalibur’s strings since the very beginning?

Plus, secrets of the Phoenix Force revealed, the bizarre return of the Crazy Gang and Captain Britain’s sister, Psylocke, stops by -to help battle their older brother, the insane Jamie Braddock! Guest-starring Spider-Man and the X-Men!


A great way to read all those awesome alternate Multiverse stories. I don’t read much DC nowadays but these books were great.


Tales From the Dark Multiverse HC

After the events of Dark Nights: Metal, a gateway into the Dark Multiverse has opened, and its stories are revealed! Journey into twisted and tragic worlds where Bruce Wayne never reclaimed the mantle of the Bat from Azrael, Lois Lane became the Eradicator, and more!

Collects Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Batman: Knightfall #1, Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Death of Superman #1, Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Blackest Night #1, Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Infinite Crisis #1, and Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Teen Titans: The Judas Contract #1.


This last pick I’ve never read and it got my attention in a new trade format.


Lupus TPB

Lupus Lablennorre is a man on the run. Like a cosmic Odysseus, he wanders from planet to planet, haunted by his past and orbiting around a woman. It starts as a fishing trip with his ex-military pal Tony. Their lifelong friendship has started to feel different lately, and not just because of the drugs. Picking up Sanaa, a wealthy and mysterious runaway, only complicates the situation. When tragedy strikes and they’re forced to flee, new worlds await with many ways to disappear.

But Lupus will find that the tendrils of friendship, love, and family are not so easily severed. Armed with astonishingly expressive brushwork and a dreamy, intimate narrative, Frederick Peeters drifts on the solar winds to a new understanding of memory, guilt, isolation, and connection.

Award-winning Swiss graphic novelist Frederik Peeters (Blue Pills) soars to new heights with an existential interplanetary epic that never strays far from the human heart. ‘Love and Rockets as told by the Swiss… a beautifully realized comic-epic-romance of the type that would appeal strongly to American readers. Its easy juxtapositions of the mundane and the spectacular are genuinely moving and the completion of the story is wonderfully satisfying. This is both a well-crafted page-turner and a book that rewards multiple re-readings. Does that make it a masterpiece? I suppose it probably does.’-Bart Beaty, The Comics Reporter

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