The GeeksversePREVIEW | Select hardcovers and paperbacks on sale 16 December 2015

PREVIEW | Select hardcovers and paperbacks on sale 16 December 2015
Published on Monday, December 14, 2015 by
This week’s releases include the second installment of Avatar: The Last Airbender—Smoke and Shadow, the first volume of Jason Shawn Alexander’s revived Empty Zone series, a new Witcher paperback, a Weird Science hardcover, and more.

Avatar: The Last Airbender—Smoke and Shadow, Part Two (Dark Horse)

  • atlbssv2Paperback/full color/$10.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 16 December 2015
  • Script: Gene Luen Yang
  • Art: Gurihiru
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender created by: Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko
  • “With the disappearances of children in the Fire Nation capital, Avatar Aang and his friends are doing everything they can to find out who—or what—is responsible. Aang and Zuko must work together to keep the peace, but the emergence of the New Ozai Society, and the appearance of the mysterious Kemurikage of legend, may prove to be too much even for the Avatar when the true culprit of the kidnappings is revealed!”

The EC Archives: Weird Science, Vol. 1 (Dark Horse)

  • ecarchwsv1Hardcover/full color/$49.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 16 December 2015
  • Stories by: Bill Gaines, Al Feldstein, Harry Harrison, Gardner Fox
  • Illustrations by: Al Feldstein, Harry Harrison, Harvey Kurtzman, Wally Wood, Jack Kamen, Graham Ingels
  • Colors: Marie Severin
  • Digital colors: Carlos Badilla
  • “Find out what made EC among the most influential comic book lines ever in this complete and newly recolored collection! Collects Weird Science issues #12–#15 and #5–#6, in glorious full color!”

The Hero, Book 2 (Dark Horse)

  • herov2hcHardcover/full color/$24.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 16 December 2015
  • Story & art: David Rubin
  • The Hero Book 2 continues David Rubin’s epic tale of Heracles in a postmodern look at the Twelve Labors and the champion’s fateful doom. The story delves deep into his life, revealing those who would wish him harm on his meteoric rise to stardom, his tumultuous love affairs, and his incredibly heroic feats. Rubin’s eclectic style will change the way you look at one of the most important Greek myths.”

The Witcher, Vol. 2: Fox Children (Dark Horse)

  • witcherfcPaperback/full color/$17.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 16 December 2015
  • Story: Paul Tobin
  • Illustrations: Joe Querio
  • Colors: Carlos Badilla
  • “Geralt’s journey leads him aboard a ship of fools, renegades, and criminals—but some passengers are more dangerous than others, and one hides a heinous secret that could lead crew and passengers to a bitter and hideous fate at the hand of a vengeful fox mother! Collects The Witcher: Fox Children #1–#5.”

The Empty Zone, Vol. 1: Conversations with the Dead (Image Comics)

  • EmptyZone_vol1-1Paperback/full color/$7.99 (US, digital); $9.99 (US, print)
  • Due in stores 16 December 2015
  • Story & illustrations: Jason Shawn Alexander
  • Colors: Luis Nct
  • “SPECIAL LOW INTRODUCTORY PRICE OF $9.99! Eisner nominated artist JASON SHAWN ALEXANDER (Abe Sapien: The Drowning, Queen and Country) brings us a future eighty years after a worldwide black out. The world is a much darker and scarier place. Corinne White is an ex-soldier turned black market spy, data courier, manic-depressive, alcoholic. Punishing herself for mistakes from her past, Corinne is brought out from her spiral when she’s contacted by her dead friends who inform her of a plot to reanimate the bodies of the dead by a psychotic billionaire. EMPTY ZONE follows Corinne as she confronts these undead monsters and comes to terms with her past.”

Postal, Vol. 2 (Image Comics)

  • PostalVol2_CvrPaperback/full color/$11.99 (US, digital); $14.99 (US, print)
  • Due in stores 16 December 2015
  • Story: Matt Hawkins, Bryan Hill
  • Illustrations: Isaac Goodhart
  • Colors: Betsy Gonia
  • “Small town. Big problems. Mark Shiffron is more than the mailman of Eden, Wyoming. Now he’s the problem solver, working with his mother, the Mayor, to keep a town full of criminals from tearing itself apart. As ambition and desire grow within him, Mark uses his unique perspective to try and keep Eden under his mother’s control. But can the Mayor keep her son under her control? The second arc of the controversial and unflinching POSTAL once again journeys into the strange darkness of human nature, making one thing clear: Every paradise comes at a price. Collects POSTAL #5–#8.”
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