The GeeksversePREVIEW | Select hardcovers and paperbacks on sale 23 December 2015

PREVIEW | Select hardcovers and paperbacks on sale 23 December 2015
Published on Monday, December 21, 2015 by
New releases this week include paperback collections for Gunnerkrigg Court, Adventure Time: Marceline Gone Adrift, The Woods, Astro Boy, The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth, Roche Limit: Clandestiny, and more.

Gunnerkrigg Court, Vol. 2: Research (BOOM!/Archaia)

  • GunnerkriggCourt_v2_TP_coverPaperback/full color/$16.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 23 December 2015
  • Story & art: Thomas Siddell
  • The second volume of Thomas Siddell’s popular and award-winning webcomic Gunnerkrigg Court is here, published in softcover for the very first time for old fans and new readers alike! Annie and Kat begin their second year at Gunnerkrigg Court, a mysterious boarding school. Parts of Annie’s past are revealed, as well as mysteries that tie back to the origins of the Court itself. Finding a secret tomb of ancient robots beneath Kat’s workshop leads the two friends to question how they are linked to the mysterious ghost that attacked Annie the year before. And as a new Medium-in-Training, Annie is able to visit the powerful trickster god Coyote in Gillitie Forest, a visit that reveals more than she ever imagined!

Teen Dog (BOOM! Box)

  • TeenDog_TPB_coverPaperback/full color/$19.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 23 December 2015
  • Story & art: Jake Lawrence
  • Skateboards, football games, prom…your teenage years have got nothin’ on the raddest dude that’s ever graced a denim vest. Written and illustrated by Jake Lawrence (Time Cowboy), join Teen Dog and his best friend Mariella as they tackle typical teen life with a manic twist. Growing up is an adventure, and you might as well rock it! Collects the complete eight-issue miniseries.

Deep State, Vol. 2: Systems of Control (BOOM! Studios)

  • DeepState_v2_coverPaperback/full color/$14.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 23 December 2015
  • Story: Justin Jordan
  • Illustrations: Ariela Kristantina
  • Colors: Ben Wilsonham
  • At any given time, the U.S. government is running dozens of black-book operations, experiments that aren’t on any official record and are never acknowledged to exist. Control agents handle these operations when things go wrong, and ensure the government’s secrets stay just that-secret. Agents Harrow and Branch’s recent operations have them covering up the truth behind advanced military technology and the assassination of JFK. But while hiding answers from the public, the two partners are forced to confront the secrets they’ve been keeping from each other. Collects issues #4–#8.

Fiction Squad (BOOM! Studios)

  • FictionSquad_TP_coverPaperback/full color/$19.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 23 December 2015
  • Story: Paul Jenkins
  • Illustrations: Ramon Bachs
  • Colors: Leonardo Paciarotti
  • Fablewood is a pretty dangerous place, but no area is more dangerous than the City of Rimes, deep in the heart of the Children’s Realm. After transferring in from the Realm of Mystery, a failed detective from an unfinished prose novel, Frankie Mack, is about to uncover a conspiracy that could unmake storytelling itself. After Humpty Dumpty is pushed to crack and Jack (of Jack and Jill) goes AWOL, Frankie and his partner, Simple Simon, are put on the case. Collects the complete six-issue miniseries.

The Woods, Vol. 3: New London (BOOM! Studios)

  • Woods_v3_TP_coverPaperback/full color/$14.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 23 December 2015
  • Story: James Tynion IV
  • Illustrations: Michael Dialynas
  • Colors: Josan Gonzalez
  • 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 later, the Bay Point students all reunite in New London and gain some semblance of normalcy, but there are new threats to overcome and emotional hurdles to deal with. Created and written by James Tynion IV (Memetic, Batman Eternal) and illustrated by Michael Dialynas (Amala’s Blade), New London” collects the critically acclaimed third arc (issues #9–#12) of the best-selling series.

Adventure Time: Marceline Gone Adrift (KaBOOM!)

  • MarcelineGoneAdrift_TPB_CoverPaperback/full color/$19.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 23 December 2015
  • Story: Meredith Gran
  • Art: Carey Pietsch
  • Adventure Time created by: Pendleton Ward
  • Marceline is on a rampage for mysterious reasons, and the kingdom of Ooo is desperately scrambling to stop her. In trying to save both Ooo and Marceline herself, Princess Bubblegum accidentally propels Marceline into the farthest reaches of space and strips her of her powers! Guilt-ridden, Princess Bubblegum sets off on a space rescue that’ll test the power of her mind… as well as the power of friendship. Collects the complete six-issue limited series.

B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth, Vol. 12: Metamorphosis (Dark Horse)

  • bprdhev12Paperback/full color/$19.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 23 December 2015
  • Story: Mike Mignola, John Arcudi
  • Illustrations: Peter Snejbjerg, Julian Totino Tedesco
  • Colors: Dave Stewart
  • Johann and his troops take on an easy assignment destroying a monster. But things go bad when the civilians protecting it fight back and the Bureau agents turn against Johann, leading to a traumatic turning point in the ghost agent’s career. This volume collects B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #130–#134.

Astro Boy Omnibus, Vol. 2 (Dark Horse Manga)

  • astrobomv2Paperback/black & white/$19.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 23 December 2015
  • Story & art: Osamu Tezuka
  • Who will stand against invaders from space, robot slave masters, and a dictator producing human clones? Astro Boy, that’s who! The most popular and influential creation of Osamu Tezuka, ‘the Walt Disney of Japan,’ Astro Boy is all-ages adventure packed with action, laughs, and a few tugs at the heartstrings.
  • Over 600 pages!

The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Omnibus, Vol. 2 (Dark Horse Manga)

  • kurcordelomni2Paperback/black & white/$19.99 (US)
  • NOTE: Book is oriented for right-to-left reading
  • Due in stores 23 December 2015
  • Story: Eiji Otsuka
  • Art: Housui Yamazaki
  • It’s weird-enough work, just trying every day to turn corpses into cash when they’re connected to mysterious UFO crashes, modern-day mummies, and stiffs turned to soap. But the secrets of the Kurosagi crew’s past continue to haunt them as well as they meet the exorcist Reiji Akira from Mail, who photographs the familiar spirit haunting Karatsu, and a flashback story takes us to early twentieth-century Japan to meet the ancestors of our cast. Collects The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Volumes 4–6.
  • Over 600 pages!

Kaptara, Vol. 1: Fear Not, Tiny Alien (Image Comics)

  • kaptara-vol1tp-cov-webPaperback/full color/$7.99 (US, digital); $9.98 (US, print)
  • Due in stores 23 December 2015
  • Story: Chip Zdarsky
  • Illustrations: Kagan McLeod
  • Colors: Becka Kinzie, Kagan McLeod, Mike Faille, Jonathon Rivait, Chelsea Watt
  • HOLY COW THE CHEAPEST IMAGE TRADE YET AT $9.98! That’s ‘Chip Cheap™’! Keith Kanga crash lands on KAPTARA, a world filled with danger and weird danger and dangerous weirdos! And if he can’t survive, then Earth, the place where YOU live, is doomed! Come check out this sci-fi comedy from CHIP ZDARSKY (Sex Criminals) and KAGAN McLEOD (Infinite Kung-Fu) that everyone is calling ‘published!’ Collects KAPTARA #1–#5.”

Roche Limit, Vol. 2: Clandestiny (Image Comics)

  • rochelimitvol02_CoverArtPaperback/full color/$9.99 (US, digital); $12.99 (US, print)
  • Due in stores 23 December 2015
  • Story: Mike Moreci
  • Illustrations: Kyle Charles
  • Colors: Matt Battaglia
  • The bestselling, critically acclaimed sci-fi series returns! It’s 75 years after the events that left the Roche Limit colony in flames. When a crew of military and science personnel are sent to the forgotten and desolate planet on a mysterious expedition, they quickly learn its dark secrets—and that their mission is not what they thought it to be. With danger lurking all around, the crew members fight to find a way off the planet and resist the mysterious presence that haunts them all.
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