The GeeksversePREVIEW | Select paperbacks and hardcovers on sale the week of 06 May 2015

PREVIEW | Select paperbacks and hardcovers on sale the week of 06 May 2015
Published on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 by
New preview galleries for this week include peeks at Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo: Senso, the Aphrodite IX hardcover omnibus, the latest paperback collection for The Woods, and a long-awaited installment in Mi-Kyung Yun’s Bride of the Water God.

Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches (BOOM!/Archaia)

  • StorytellerWitches_HC_CoverHardcover/full color/$24.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 06 May 2015
  • Story & art (”The Magic Swan Goose & The Lord of the Forest”): SM Vidaurri
  • Story & art (“The Snow Witch”): Kyla Vanderklugt
  • Story & art (“The Phantom Isle”): Matthew Dow Smith
  • Story & illustrations (”Vasilissa the Beautiful): Jeff Stokely
  • Colors (”Vasilissa the Beautiful): John Rauch
  • “Vasilissa the Beautiful” adapted from the screenplay by: Susan Kodicek, Anne Mountfield, Anthony Minghella
  • “Inspired by folklore from around the world and all told in the spirit of Jim Henson’s beloved beloved television series, this hardcover collects the watercolor story of “The Magic Swan Goose and the Lord of the Forest” from S.M. Vidaurri (Iron: Or, the War After), Spera artist Kyla Vanderklugt’s haunting tale of the Snow Witch, Matthew Dow Smith’s tale of a man shipwrecked on an island of witches, and the unproduced The Storyteller teleplay from The Jim Henson Company Archives, adapted by Jeff Stokely (Six-Gun Gorilla). Features an all-new cover illustration by Sonny Liew (The Shadow Hero) and the never-before-seen, unproduced The Storyteller teleplay from The Jim Henson Company Archives.“

The Woods, Vol. 2: The Swarm (BOOM! Studios)

  • Woods_v2_TP_CoverPaperback/full color/$14.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 06 May 2015
  • Story: James Tynion IV
  • Illustrations: Michael Dialynas
  • Colors: Josan Gonzalez
  • The Woods created by: James Tynion IV
  • “On October 16, 2013, 437 students, 52 teachers, and 24 additional staff from Bay Point Preparatory High School in suburban Milwaukee, WI vanished without a trace, finding themselves countless light years away in the middle of an ancient, primordial wilderness. One year prior, the school held its first rendition of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” on a night that would prove fateful to both the students and faculty, as their lives crossed paths in an almost premonitory way, seeding the various horrors to come. Created and written by James Tynion IV (Batman Eternal) and illustrated by Michael Dialynas (Amala’s Blade), “The Swarm” collects the critically acclaimed second arc (issues #5-8) of the best-selling series.”

Aphrodite IX: The Complete Series (Image Comics)

  • AIX_CompleteHC_Preview001Hardcover/full color/$49.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 06 May 2015
  • Story (Aphrodite IX: Rebirth, Aphrodite IX/Cyber Force, Aphrodite IX: Hidden Files): Matt Hawkins
  • Art (Aphrodite IX: Rebirth, Aphrodite IX/Cyber Force, Aphrodite IX: Hidden Files): Stjepan Sejic
  • Story (Aphrodite IX: Time Out of Mind): David Wohl
  • Pencils (Aphrodite IX: Time Out of Mind): David Finch, Clarence Lansang, Brian Ching
  • Inks (Aphrodite IX: Time Out of Mind): Joe Weems V, Jason Gorder, Jay Leisten, Victor Llamas, Marco Galli, D-Tron, Matt “Batt” Banning
  • Colors (Aphrodite IX: Time Out of Mind): Steve Firchow, Beth Sotelo, John Starr, Tyson Wengler, Matt Nelson
  • Aphrodite IX created by: David Wohl, David Finch
  • “The ultimate Aphrodite IX collection, featuring over 500 pages collecting all of the Aphrodite IX books to date. Taking place hundreds of years after a cataclysmic event scorched the surface, Earth and its inhabitants have been forever altered and new landscapes and political struggles have taken hold between two distinct factions fighting for control. Aphrodite IX is both anachronism and advanced technology in a world that she no longer recognizes. Collects APHRODITE IX V1, APHRODITE IX REBIRTH V1, APHRODITE IX REBIRTH V2, & APHRODITE IX/CYBERFORCE.”

Witchblade: Borne Again, Vol. 2 (Image Comics)

  • WitchbladeBorneAgainV2_Preview001Paperback/full color/$14.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 06 May 2015
  • Story: Ron Marz
  • Illustrations: Laura Braga, Maan House
  • Colors: Betsy Gonia
  • Witchblade created by: Marc Silvestri, David Wohl, Brian Haberlin, Michael Turner
  • “Ending her hiatus time spent separated from the Witchblade, Sara Pezzini retook possession of the ancient artifact to prevent it from falling into the hands of the Angelus. During her struggle to regain the Witchblade, Sara learned the new Angelus is Jenny Romano, Darkness bearer Jackie Estacado’s wife. With that discovery, Sara takes up the case as to how Jenny, wife of the Darkness, became the Angelus, all while the Witchblade has plans for Sara of its own. Collects WITCHBLADE #175-179.“

Rat Queens, Vol. 2: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N’Rygoth (Image Comics)

  • RatQueensV2_preview001Paperback/full color/$14.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 06 May 2015
  • Story: Kurtis J. Wiebe
  • Art: Roc Upchurch, Stjepan Sejic
  • Rat Queens created by: Kurtis J. Wiebe, Roc Upchurch
  • “A brand-new, booze-soaked tale of the Rat Queens reveals a growing menace within the very walls of Palisade. And while Dee may have run from her past, the bloated, blood-feasting sky god N’rygoth never really lets his children stray too far. Collects issues #6-10 of the smash-hit series, plus extras.“

The Strain, Vol. 5: The Night Eternal (Dark Horse)

  • strainv5Paperback/full color/$19.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 06 May 2015
  • Story: David Lapham
  • Illustrations: Mike Huddleston
  • Colors: Dan Jackson
  • The Strain created by: Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan
  • “It has been two years since the Master’s plan succeeded and a near apocalypse coated the world in eternal darkness. Now able to roam freely, the Master’s legion of vampires rule the world—a horrifying police state where humans are harvested for blood. As humanity despairs, Dr. Ephraim Goodweather and an unlikely team of heroes continue their fight against extinction, hoping to unlock the secret to the Master’s demise. Collects The Strain: The Night Eternal #1–#6.“

Usagi Yojimbo: Senso (Dark Horse)

  • uysensoHardcover/black & white/$19.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 06 May 2015
  • Story & art: Stan Sakai
  • “Twenty years in his future, Miyamoto Usagi faces a menace from Mars! It will take all the considerable fortitude, ingenuity, and heroism that Usagi and his loved ones can muster to combat the fearsome extraterrestrial war machines and halt the alien invasion. In the end, not everyone will survive to tell the tale. Collects issues #1–#6 of the miniseries.”

Concrete Park, Vol. 2: R-E-S-P-E-C-T (Dark Horse)

  • cprkv2Hardcover/full color/$19.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 06 May 2015
  • Story: Tony Puryear, Erika Alexander
  • Art: Tony Puryear
  • Concrete Park created by: Tony Puryear, Erika Alexander, Robert Alexander
  • “Isaac—a young outcast from Earth—awakens on a distant desert planet gripped by violence. Rescued by the gang leader Luca, Isaac must choose sides and fight!Concrete Park Volume 2: R-E-S-P-E-C-T continues the dark, sexy sci-fi saga. Collects the complete R-E-S-P-E-C-T arc, plus new pages and bonus materials!”

Bride of the Water God, Vol. 17 (Dark Horse)

  • botwgv17Paperback/black & white/$9.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 06 May 2015
  • Story & art: Mi-Kyung Yun
  • “With jealous schemers in both the realm of the gods and on earth working against them, former water god Habaek and his human lover Soah will not only have to fight to stay together—but to stayalive as well! Korean creator Mi-Kyung Yun’s high-stakes celestial drama reaches another dramatic turning point!”
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