If you're not a fan of reading in issues, then comic trades can be your best friend. Sure, some people love the feeling of going to a comics shop and picking up a stack of floppies each week. Others love collecting digital issues from Comixology. But if you're like me, the bites of story you get from reading individual issues aren't quite satisfying enough. I got to the point where I was saving up comics until I had four or five issues to read at a time, and that was when I realized I should just start reading in trades.
While I haven't been reading many comics lately, this month's list has really inspired me, because there's a lot of good stuff coming out. Hopefully you'll find something you love on this list.
Crosswind, Vol. 1 - Gail Simone and Cat Staggs (Image Comics, March 6)
We here at Fangrrls are big fans of Gail Simone, so this new series is definitely on our must-read list. This trade collects the first six issues of Crosswind, which has a simple premise: what do a ruthless hitman in Chicago and a sharp but bored housewife in Seattle have in common? Apparently nothing, until their bodies are mysteriously switched and they begin living one another’s lives.
The Unstoppable Wasp, Vol. 2: Agents of G.I.R.L. - Jeremy Whitley, Elsa Charretier, and Veronica Fish (Marvel, March 13)
It’s hard to overstate how great Jeremy Whitley and Elsa Charretier’s run of The Unstoppable Wasp was. It takes Nadia Pym back to her scientist roots and is a great STEM-positive book for younger readers. It’s one of those rare books that has wide appeal, regardless of age, and it really was one of the best series Marvel was putting out. (I say that in the past tense because this series has, of course, been cancelled. This trade is the last, so you can now read the entire series from beginning to end.)
Firebug - Johnnie Christmas and Tamra Bonvillain (Image Comics, March 13)
This fantasy comic is from Johnnie Christmas and Tamra Bonvillain, the dream team that works with Margaret Atwood on her Angel Catbird comics series. Firebug is a graphic novel set in an ancient city called Azar. Keegan is a volcano goddess, but it’s unclear whether she’ll be Azar’s doom or its salvation. But Keegan must put aside her personal quest when forest monsters threaten the city from which she derives her power.
Sorry for My Familiar, Vol. 1 - Tekka Yaguraba (Seven Seas Press, March 13)
Patty is a young demon girl who’s required to summon an animal for her familiar. But it turns out her powers are too weak to actually manage the task, so instead she picks an old man for her companion. (The man in the cover image doesn’t appear to be old, but we’ll go with it.) This series promises to be wacky and weird, as Patty and Norman embark on adventures together, and I’m certainly curious to see how it turns out.
Monster Tamer Girls, Vol. 1 - Mujirushi Shimazaki (Yen Press, March 27)
Literally all I know about this manga is that it’s about two girls that go to a new school and get stuck with feeding and taking care of monsters. That, combined with the excellent cover of what appears to be a dinosaur, immediately piques my interest about this series.
Moonstruck, Vol. 1: Magic to Brew - Grace Ellis and Shae Beagle (Image Comics, March 27)
If you’re a fan of BOOM! Studios’ hit comic Lumberjanes, then you’ll want to take note of Moonstruck, from the same co-creator, Grace Ellis. Moonstruck is about Julie, a barista (who also happens to be a werewolf), who’s in a relationship with a new young woman. When a magician casts a terrible spell on their friend, Julie must figure out how to set everything right before it’s too late.
Astonisher, Vol. 1: The Enemy Within - Alex de Campi, Pop Mhan, and Jessica Kholline (Lion Force Comics, March 27)
This sci-fi comic features a young man suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. The heir to a famous space company, Magnus Atitarn thought he could save the world with his one-man spaceship. Instead, he became a laughingstock for the entire world. But Magnus has a power that no one else is aware of: he can enter the minds of superpowered people, and, when he does, he discovers that the entire human race is in danger of being wiped out.
Star Trek: The Next Generation — Mirror Broken - Scott Tipton, David Tipton, J.K. Woodward (IDW Publishing, March 27)
It’s not clear whether IDW’s The Next Generation Mirror Universe miniseries was put into production before or after the Discovery writing team made plans to visit it in the second half of that show’s first season, but either way this comic is a delight. You’ve probably seen some of the stellar covers from this five-issue miniseries, and let me tell you: a muscled, sleeveless, bearded Captain Picard should be enough to make anyone want to pick this up.