The GeeksversePREVIEW | Select paperbacks and hardcovers for the week of 22 April 2015

PREVIEW | Select paperbacks and hardcovers for the week of 22 April 2015
Published on Monday, April 20, 2015 by
This week’s selection of paperback/hardcover previews includes the latest releases from Dark Horse, Image Comics, and BOOM! Studios.

Gantz, Vol. 35 (Dark Horse Manga)

  • gantzv35Paperback/black & white/$13.99 (US)
  • Story & art: Hiroya Oku
  • NOTE: Oriented in right-to-left reading format
  • “The truce with the alien invaders begins to crumble, and this time the humans are gaining the upper hand. Kei discovers that his beloved Tae still lives, and the race is on to save her before she and her goliath alien protector are brought down in the rapidly spreading destruction!”

The Strain, Book Two: The Fall (Dark Horse Books)

  • strainbook2tfHardcover/full color/$29.99 (US)
  • Script: David Lapham
  • Illustrations: Mike Huddleston
  • Colors: Dan Jackson
  • NOTE: Based on the book by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan
  • “A vast conspiracy prevents the truth about the vampire epidemic from coming to light. A small force is humanity’s only chance: an alcoholic, a doctor, a pawnbroker, an exterminator, and a criminal. Can they prevent the Master from covering the world in darkness? This collection includes issues #1–#9 of the acclaimed series and a short story featured in Dark Horse Presents that follows the travails of an aged luchador, the Silver Angel, written and illustrated by Lapham.”

MPH (Image Comics)

  • MPH (2014)_000Paperback/full color/$14.99 (US)
  • Story: Mark Millar
  • Illustrations: Duncan Fegredo
  • Colors: Peter Doherty with Mike Spicer
  • “Growing up in Detroit, Roscoe and his friends know all about hard luck. But their fates take a different turn when they stumble upon a street drug called MPH-little pills that give them the power of super speed, and the opportunity of a lifetime. But zooming through their riches has its downsides. When time is your only asset, what happens when the clock runs out?”

Criminal, Vol. 4: Bad Night (Image Comics)

  • Criminal v04_Bad Night_000Paperback/full color/$14.99 (US)
  • Story: Ed Brubaker
  • Illustrations: Sean Phillips
  • Colors: Val Staples
  • “A woman in trouble, friends on the run from cops and mobsters, and a secret no one is prepared to face! Five years ago, Jake was a happy family man, long-retired from the life of crime he grew up in, and then the police made him the prime suspect in a horrible crime and ripped his life apart! Now, years later, Jake is less than a shadow of his former self, a hopeless insomniac who walks the city streets at night. But one night, he walks into the wrong place at the right time, and his whole life changes again… “

The Realist (BOOM!/Archaia)

  • Realist_coverHardcover/full color/$24.99 (US)
  • Story & art: Asaf Hanuka
  • “Acclaimed Israeli cartoonist Asaf Hanuka’s weekly strips unfold an emotional autobiography full of humor and melancholy, wild imagination, and quiet desperation. Collected for the first time in English and including never-before-collected strips, The Realist delivers both honesty and whimsy from a master of his craft. With echoes of R. Crumb and Daniel Clowes, Hanuka moves readers with his depictions of everyday life, commenting on everything from marriage to technology to social activism through intimate moments of triumph and failure.”

Evil Empire, Vol. 1 (BOOM! Studios)

  • Evil_Empire_v1_coverPaperback/full color/$14.99 (US)
  • Story: Max Bemis
  • Illustrations: Ransom Getty and Andrea Mutti; with Ryan Winn
  • Colors: Chris Blythe
  • “The sands are shifting in America’s public consciousness. One action has torn the country apart in a debate over the meaning of right and wrong, and Reese Greenwood is not about to stand by as the American people support the rantings of a mad man. Told through the perspective of an underground rapper with a political bone to pick, Max Bemis’ gripping story explores a scenario in which we watch modern society gradually evolve into an evil empire. Collects issues #1-4.”

 

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