The GeeksversePREVIEW | Select hardcovers and paperbacks on sale 06 January 2016

PREVIEW | Select hardcovers and paperbacks on sale 06 January 2016
Published on Monday, January 4, 2016 by
The new year’s first releases include the latest Letter 44 collection, a reissue of Comicraft’s illustrated comic book lettering guide, a new edition of Beto’s Girl Crazy graphic novel, the Age of Reptiles: Ancient Egyptians paperback, and more.

Letter 44, Vol. 3: Dark Matter (Oni Press)

  • LETTER44 V3 TPB MARKETING_partial preview-001Paperback/full color/$19.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 06 January 2016
  • Story: Charles Soule
  • Illustrations: Alberto Alburquerque
  • Colors: Dan Jackson
  • “WORLD WAR THREE. The presence of alien life has been revealed to the people of Earth, and all hell has broken loose. A battle rages for control of the planet, between a US-led coalition of nations and a second group secretly controlled by ex-President Francis Carroll. Meanwhile, Earth’s only contact with the aliens—the brave crew of the Clarke—has been kept in the dark about the E.T.’s intentions and prevented from contacting home. When they discover a massive threat headed straight for earth, all their efforts must turn to convincing the aliens to use their advanced technology to save us.”
  • Collects Letter 44 #15–#20.

Munchkin, Vol. 1 (BOOM! Box)

  • Munchkin_v1_coverPaperback/full color/$14.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 06 January 2016
  • Story: Thomas Siddell
  • Illustrations: Mike Holmes, Ian McGinty
  • Colors: Fred Stresing
  • Additional story material: Jim Zubkavich, John Kovalic
  • Additional art: Rian Sygh, John Kovalic, Katy Farina
  • “Based on the immensely popular card game, Munchkin comes to comics! Munchkin takes place in a very flexible mashup of genres. What do Munchkins do? They play for the win. They backstab. They gloat. They whine when someone else backstabs or gloats. If a Munchkin seems to show mercy, it’s because he was bored or distracted. After all, even stomping an ant helps you level up. Collects issues #1–#4 and contains an offer for an exclusive new Munchkin playable item!”

Age of Reptiles: Ancient Egyptians (Dark Horse)

  • aoraePaperback/full color/$14.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 06 January 2016
  • Story, illustrations, dinosaur color concepts: Ricardo Delgado
  • Colors: Ryan Hill
  • “Ricardo Delgado’s Age of Reptiles series returns and marks a bold, new direction in wordless storytelling! The steaming swamps of Cretaceous Africa teem with prehistoric life and primordial danger in a tale filled with villains, victims, and one of the most dangerous and unpredictable protagonists ever created—the lone, lonely antihero Spinosaurus aegyptiacus. Collects Age of Reptiles: Ancient Egyptians #1–#4.”

Baltimore, Vol. 6: The Cult of the Red King (Dark Horse)

  • bcrkHardcover/full color/$24.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 06 January 2016
  • Story: Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden
  • Illustrations: Peter Bergting
  • Colors: Dave Stewart
  • “Continuing his quest to destroy the Red King, Lord Baltimore heads to the icy Baltic Sea and northern Russia, but he finds witchcraft in the streets of St. Petersburg and evil in its shadows. With new allies and fearsome new enemies, Baltimore continues his battle to save the world from the Red King. But as his path grows darker, he may not only lose his way but those closest to him as well. Collects Baltimore: The Cult of the Red King #1–#5.”

Girl Crazy (Dark Horse)

  • gcrzyhcHardcover/black & white/$17.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 06 January 2016
  • Story & art: Gilbert Hernandez
  • “Finally back in print! Kitten, Maribel, and Gaby are childhood friends celebrating their sixteenth birthday. But someone’s missing—their fourth friend, Una, is imprisoned in Tijuana. So the girls set out to give Una the ultimate birthday gift—freedom—even if it means taking on an entire city!”

Lone Wolf and Cub Omnibus, Vol. 11 (Dark Horse Manga)

  • lwcomnv11Paperback/black & white/$19.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 06 January 2016
  • Story: Kazuo Koike
  • Illustrations: Goseki Kojima
  • “The swords of Ogami Itto and Retsudo Yagyu stand waiting for the mortal enemies’ final confrontation, but Yagyu is imprisoned in Edo Castle, with conniving poisoner Abeno as his warden. Retsudo has two deadly options—take Abeno’s prepared meals and be slowly poisoned or die of hunger and thirst!
  • 736 pages, value priced!

Comic Book Lettering: The Comicraft Way (Image Comics)

  • ComicraftLettering_CvrPaperback/full color/$7.99 (US, digital); $9.99 (US, print)
  • Due in stores 06 January 2016
  • Text and instructional diagrams: Richard Starkings, John “JG” Roshell
  • “Gladerunner” story: Jeph Loeb
  • “Gladerunner” art: Ian Churchill
  • “The Victory of Sammy Thrace” story: Kurt Busiek
  • “The Victory of Sammy Thrace” art: Stuart Immonen
  • Essays by: Kurt Busiek, Joe Casey, Dave Gibbons, Tim Sale
  • Additional demonstration art: Various contributors
  • “Back by popular demand! Sixty-four pages of comic book lettering tips and tricks from the award-winning Comicraft studio. This full color step-by-step guide is filled to the brim with the wisdom—and wit!—of Comicraft founders RICHARD STARKINGS and JOHN ‘JG’ ROSHELL.”
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