The GeeksversePREVIEW | Select hardcovers and paperbacks on sale 16 March 2016

PREVIEW | Select hardcovers and paperbacks on sale 16 March 2016
Published on Monday, March 14, 2016 by
New releases include Carlson and Del Rey’s Hit: 1957, the latest Adventure Time paperback, the conclusion of Avatar: The Last Airbender–Smoke & Shadow, the return of Gillen and McKelvie’s Phonogram, an illustrated World of Warcraft sourcebook, and more.

Adventure Time, Vol. 8 (KaBOOM!)

  • AdventureTime_V8_PRESS_00000Paperback/full color/$14.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 16 March 2016
  • Story: Christopher Hastings, Ryan North
  • Illustrations: Zachary Sterling, Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb
  • Colors: Maarta Laiho, Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb
  • Adventure Time created by: Pendleton Ward
  • “It’s the end of one era and the beginning of another in this collection that includes the very the last issue by Ryan North and artists Shelli & Braden as they take the AT gang on one last one-shot adventure, and introduces indie all-stars Christopher Hastings and Zachary Sterling as they start Finn and Jake on an adventure that is as tasty dangerous! Collects issues #35–#39.”


Help Us! Great Warrior (BOOM! Box)

  • HelpUsGreatWarrior_TP_PRESS_00000Paperback/full color/$19.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 16 March 2016
  • Story & Illustrations: Madeleine Flores
  • Colors: Trillian Gunn
  • “Based on Madeleine Flores’ popular webcomic, Help Us! Great Warrior is about a very powerful Great Warrior (natch) who protects her village from evildoers and looks great in her armor while doing it. Possessing great strength and even greater self-confidence, she’s ready to kick some butts and save everyone, especially hunky guys. Collects the complete six-issue mini-series.”

Hit: 1957 (BOOM! Studios)

  • Hit1957_TPB_PRESS_00000Paperback/full color/$19.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 16 March 2016
  • Story: Bryce Carlson
  • Illustrations: Vanesa R. Del Rey
  • Colors: Niko Guardia
  • “Crime is down in Los Angeles-at least, on the surface. Mickey Cohen has been quiet since his release from prison and the LAPD has seemingly regained control of the city. But the underground is a different story. Det. Harvey Slater and company have spent the last two years focused on Domino and his Syndicate’s unrelenting infiltration, but no matter how many people the hit squad kills, the real fight for Los Angeles rages on. Meanwhile, Slater’s being hounded by Internal Affairs, Bonnie Brae is missing, and everything is falling apart at the seams. Collects the complete mini-series, issues #1-4.”

Uncle Grandpa and the Time Casserole (KaBOOM!)

  • UncleGrandpa_TimeCasserole_OGN_PRESS_00000Paperback/full color/$14.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 16 March 2016
  • Story: Peter Browngardt, Kelsy Abbott
  • Script: Pranas T. Naujokaitis
  • Illustrations: Philip Murphy, Alexis Ziritt, David DeGrand, Christine Larsen, George Mager, Matthew Smigiel, Pranas T. Naujokaitis
  • Colors: Cassie Kelly, Maddi Gonzalez, Katherine Efird, Wyeth Yates, David DeGrand ,George Mager, Matthew Smigiel
  • “When Uncle Grandpa accidentally explodes his casserole into oblivion, it is up to him, Belly Bag, Uncle Gus, Pizza Steve, and Giant Realistic Flying Tiger, to travel back in time to make things right… to get all the missing ingredients to make another casserole. Traveling to the Moon, the ’90s, Ancient Rome, Ancient Egypt, medieval times, and more, the gang WILL MAKE THAT CASSEROLE!”

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

  • atlbssv3Paperback/full color/$10.99 (US)
  • In stores 16 March 2016
  • Script: Gene Luen Yang
  • Art: Gurihiru
  • Avatar the Last Airbender created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko
  • “Children are disappearing in the Fire Nation capital! Avatar Aang and his friends are doing everything in their power to save them—but will it be enough? And worse, when Azula—the mad sister of Fire Lord Zuko—appears on the scene, Zuko locks down the city to catch her, igniting fear and riots in the streets! Will Zuko follow in his evil father’s footsteps in order to save those he holds dear?”

Danganronpa: The Animation, Vol. 1 (Dark Horse Manga)

  • dangromv1Paperback/black & white/$12.99 (US)
  • NOTE: Book is oriented in right-to-left reading format
  • Due in stores 16 March 2016
  • Story & art: Takashi Tsukimi
  • “Each year, the elite Hope’s Peak Academy selects only the most gifted and talented students to enroll . . . plus one ordinary student, chosen by lottery. Makoto Naegi was that lucky person—or so he thought! When he shows up for class, he finds the elite students are a bizarre cast of oddballs under the ruthless authority of a robot teddy bear principal, Monokuma. The bear lays down the school rules: the only way out of Hope’s Peak is to not only murder another student . . . but get away with it, as every murder is followed by a tribunal where the surviving students cross-examine each other!”

The Chronicles of Conan, Vol. 31: Empire of the Dead and Other Stories (Dark Horse)

  • cronconv31Paperback/full color/$19.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 16 March 2016
  • Story: Roy Thomas
  • Pencils: Gary Hartle, Mike Docherty
  • Inks: Mike DeCarlo, Ernie Chan, Gerry Talaoc
  • Colors: Nel Yomtov
  • “Escaping prison in Koth by crawling deep beneath its flaming mountains, Conan and his comrades enter a far deadlier realm. Here is an ancient kingdom of fire, ash, and the undead, commanded by Varnae, First Lord of Vampires! Collects Marvel’s Conan the Barbarian #241–#249.”

The EC Archives: Shock SuspenStories, Vol. 1 (Dark Horse)

  • ecshocsusv1Hardcover/full color/$49.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 16 March 2016
  • Stories by: Bill Gaines, Al Feldstein, Jerry De Fuccio
  • Art by: Al Feldstein, Jack Kamen, Jack Davis, Joe Orlando, Graham Ingels, Wally Wood
  • Original colors: Marie Severin
  • Digital colors: Carlos Badilla
  • “This beautiful hardcover reprints the first six complete issues of the pulp-comic classic Shock SuspenStories! Featuring the titanic artistic talents of Al Feldstein, Jack Kamen, Jack Davis, Joe Orlando, Graham Ingels, and Wally Wood, with a foreword by Steven Spielberg! Collects issues #1–#6 in full color!”

Halo: Fall of Reach (Dark Horse)

  • haloftrtpbPaperback/full color/$24.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 16 March 2016
  • Story: Brian Reed
  • Illustrations: Felix Ruiz
  • Colors: Val Staples
  • “The Master Chief’s origin story! In the year 2517, humanity’s last hope is with Dr. Catherine Halsey, the SPARTAN-II program, and one six-year-old boy: John-117. Kidnapped and ruthlessly trained, John endures and rises as the leader of the Spartans: he becomes the Master Chief! These legendary heroes are entrusted with stopping the Covenant at all costs…but will their harrowing biological augmentation and unparalleled MJOLNIR armor be enough to rise to victory?”

Oh My Goddess! Omnibus, Book Three (Dark Horse Manga)

  • omgov3Paperback/black & white with color plates/$19.99 (US)
  • NOTE: Book is oriented in right-to-left reading format
  • Due in stores 16 March 2016
  • Story & art: Kosuke Fujishima
  • “Strange, cute, and charming new characters are around every corner in Oh My Goddess! Omnibus Book Three! First, the blond-bombshell demoness Mara descends with a wicked plot to possess the body of Keiichi’s little sister, Megumi . . . which leads Skuld to build a new character, Mini-Banpei RX, to combat their infernal rival! Then, at a mountain resort, the ghost of a long-dead lovely maid takes form to try to get Keiichi to honor a promise his grandfather made to her, and Mara strikes back by conjuring a trio of killer ninja masters . . . ninja masters only one foot tall! Collects Oh My Goddess! Volumes 7–9.”

Sleepless and Other Stories: David Chelsea’s 24-Hour Comics, Vol. 1 (Dark Horse)

  • saoshcHardcover/black & white/$19.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 16 March 2016
  • Story & art: David Chelsea
  • “Six strange 24-hour comics in one deluxe hardcover volume! Strictly following rules devised by Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics), David Chelsea has created six inspired improvisations—each drawn in a single day! This hardcover collection is filled with experimentation, witty pun play, and inventive scenarios!”

World of Warcraft: Chronicle, Vol. 1 (Dark Horse)

  • wowhisv1Hardcover/full color/$39.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 16 March 2016
  • Text: Chris Metzen, Matt Burns, Robert Brooks
  • Art: Peter Lee, Joseph Lacroix
  • “Journey through an age of myth and legend, long before the Horde and the Alliance. This definitive tome reveals untold stories about the birth of the cosmos, the rise of ancient empires, and the forces that shaped Azeroth. Featuring original art, this is the first in a multipart series exploring the rich lore of the Warcraft universe, from the distant past to the modern era.”

The Beauty, Vol. 1 (Image Comics)

  • Beauty-TPv1-DIGITAL-1Paperback/full color/$7.99 (US, digital); $9.99 (US, print)
  • Due in stores 16 March 2016
  • Story: Jeremy Haun, Jason A. Hurley
  • Illustrations: Jeremy Haun
  • Colors: John Rauch
  • “SPECIAL LOW INTRODUCTORY PRICE OF $9.99! Imagine a sexually transmitted disease that makes those infected better looking… a disease people want. That disease is real, and it’s called the Beauty. Two years after the Beauty burst onto the scene, over half of America is infected. Now, it looks like the downside may be far worse than anyone suspected. Detectives Vaughn and Foster find themselves on the front line of the battle against the Beauty, embroiled in a conspiracy they never knew existed. Collects The Beauty #1–#6.”

The Humans, Vol. 2: Humans Till Deth (Image Comics)

  • HumansVol2TP_CvrPaperback/full color/$12.99 (US, digital); $15.99 (US, print)
  • Due in stores 16 March 2016
  • Story: Keenan Marshall Keller
  • Illustrations: Tom Neely
  • Colors: Kristina Collantes
  • “THE HUMANS ARE BACK! The second Humans collection follows the gang as they rampage thru drug runs with road pirates, strip club freak outs and beatdowns, passionate sex in cheap motel rooms, and multiple bloody barroom massacres! All of which snowballs towards a brutal ending of bloody vengeance and death! It’s the feel good hit of the year! Collects The Humans #5–#10”

Nailbiter: The Murder Edition (Image Comics)

  • Nailbiter_MurdereditionHardcover/full color/$34.99 (US, print)
  • Due in stores 16 March 2016
  • Story: Joshua Williamson
  • Illustrations: Mike Henderson
  • Colors: Adam Guzowski
  • “This deluxe oversized hardcover collects the first ten issues of Nailbiter and features bonus material never before released including sketches, a process section, the original pitch, and script pages.”

Nameless (Image Comics)

  • NamelessHC_CvrHardcover/full color/$24.99 (US, print)
  • Due in stores 16 March 2016
  • Story: Grant Morrison
  • Illustrations: Chris Burnham
  • Colors: Nathan Fairbairn
  • Nameless tells the story of a down-at-heel occult hustler known only as ‘Nameless’ who is recruited by a consortium of billionaire futurists as part of a desperate mission to save the world. A massive asteroid named Xibalba—the ‘Place of Fear’ in Mayan mythology—is on collision course with the planet Earth. If that wasn’t trouble enough, the asteroid has an enormous magical symbol carved into its side and is revealed to be a fragment of our solar system’s lost fifth planet, Marduk, destroyed sixty-five million years ago at the end of an epic cosmic war between the inhabitants of Marduk and immensely powerful, life-hating, extra-dimensional ‘gods.’ One of those beings is still alive, imprisoned on Xibalba, dreaming of its ultimate revenge on all that exists. When Nameless and his teammates inadvertently unleash this malignant soul-destroying intelligence, the stage is set for a nightmarish, nihilistic journey to the outer reaches of human terror.”

Phonogram, Vol. 3: The Immaterial Girl (Image Comics)

  • Phonogram_Vol03-1Paperback/full color/$11.99 (US, digital); $14.99 (US, print)
  • Due in stores 16 March 2016
  • Story: Kieron Gillen
  • Illustrations: Jamie McKelvie
  • Colors: Matt Wilson
  • “The creators of the award-winning The Wicked + The Divine return to their founding critical smash-hit, Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl. In a world where music is magic, phonomancer Emily Aster sold half her personality for power. Now, after a decade of brittle perfection, the deal starts to go bad as the girl behind the screen comes looking for revenge. You’ll never look at the ‘Take On Me’ video the same ever again. Includes copious ‘making of’ material.”

Witchblade: Borne Again, Vol. 3 (Image Comics)

  • WitchbladeBorneAgainVol3TP_CvrPaperback/full color/$11.99 (US, digital); $14.99 (US, print)
  • Due in stores 16 March 2016
  • Story: David Hine, Ron Marz, Matt Hawkins
  • Illustrations: Gabriel Rearte, Maan House, and Francesco Manna; with Abhishek Malsuni, Zsolt H. Garisam, Michael Turner, Stjepan Sejic, Linda Sejic, Isaac Goodhart, Phillip Sevy, Nelson Blake II, Randy Green, D-Tron
  • Colors: Betsy Gonia, with Neeraj Menon, Nanjan Jamberi, J.D. Smith, Bill Farmer
  • “The final chapter in the story of Sara Pezzini! During her twenty years as Bearer of the Witchblade, Sara Pezzini has traveled the globe to do battle with just about every form of evil under the sun. When a powerful collector of the supernatural offers Sara a job, though, she finds herself called back to where it all began: New York City. If things seem too good to be true, however, it’s because they are. Looming over this new opportunity is the cold, hard fact that nothing lasts forever, and Sara’s tenure as Witchblade is almost at its end. Of course, Sara can’t help but wonder: Is this the end of the Artifact, or the end of her life?”
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