The GeeksversePREVIEW | Select hardcovers and paperbacks on sale 23 March 2016

PREVIEW | Select hardcovers and paperbacks on sale 23 March 2016
Published on Saturday, March 19, 2016 by
New releases include the latest Astro Boy omnibus volume, a paperback edition of Jeremy Bastian’s Cursed Pirate Girl, Jason McNamara and Greg Hinkle’s original graphic novel The Rattler, a paperback reissue of Ramos and Augustyn’s Out There, and more.

Cursed Pirate Girl, Vol. 1 (BOOM!/Archaia)

  • CursedPirateGirl_v1_TP_coverPaperback/black & white/$14.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 23 March 2016
  • Story & art: Jeremy Bastian
  • “Available for the first time ever in a softcover trade paperback, Jeremy A. Bastian’s beautiful, astonishingly detailed line work is on display in his magnum opus Cursed Pirate Girl, a black-and-white original graphic novel about a girl on a quest in search of her father. It’s a journey filled with adventure above and below the mythical waters of the Omerta Seas. A nautical fairytale of strange creatures, whimsical characters, swashbuckling danger, and the most bizarre pirates you could hope for. It’s certain to amaze and captivate adults and children alike!”

Oh, Killstrike (BOOM! Studios)

  • OhKillstrike_TP_coverPaperback/full color/$14.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 23 March 2016
  • Story: Max Bemis
  • Illustrations: Logan Faerber
  • Colors: Juan Manuel Tumburus
  • “Jared, a new father, fears parenthood. An old comics fan, he turns to them for comfort. But when he unwittingly lets loose his favorite character, Killstrike—a single-minded, vengeance-loving anti-hero—onto the world, Jared must find a way to send him back before he harms all the people he loves the most. Collects the complete mini-series, issues #1–#4.”

Out There, Vol. 1: The Evil Within (BOOM! Studios)

  • OutThere_v1_coverPaperback/full color/$19.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 23 March 2016
  • Story: Humberto Ramos, Brian Augustyn
  • Script: Brian Augustyn
  • Illustrations: Humberto Ramos
  • Colors: Edgar Delgado, Studio F
  • “El Dorado City: a picturesque town with good people. All lies. In the midst of high school’s usual horrors, four unlikely students bear witness to the end times. Possessing the ability to see and hear those drifting into our word, it is up to Zach, Casey, Jessica and Mark to find a way to stop the army of demonic creatures plaguing their home. Collects issues #1–#6.”

Rust: Prologue—The Boy Soldier (BOOM!/Archaia)

  • Rust_Prologue_TP_coverPaperback/full color/$10.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 23 March 2016
  • Story & art: Royden Lepp
  • “Made to look like a boy, but built for battle, Jet Jones is a robot caught in the middle of an ongoing war. While trying to save countless lives, Jet discovers there is more to him than he could have imagined. His experiences in the war set him on a journey to learn what it means to be both hero and human. Rust: The Boy Soldier launches a new paperback program for the Rust series.”

Astro Boy Omnibus, Vol. 3 (Dark Horse Manga)

  • astrobov3Paperback/black & white/$19.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 23 March 2016
  • Story & art: Osamu Tezuka
  • “Stranded in the twentieth century, Astro Boy must save Earth from a voracious Martian fungus—and save the intelligent organism from the hydrogen bomb! From Osamu Tezuka, ‘the Walt Disney of Japan,’ Astro Boy is all-ages adventure, loaded with humor and heart! Collects three stories from Astro Boy volume 7 and all of volume 8 and volume 9.”

The Rattler (Image Comics)

  • RattlerPaperback/black & white/$11.99 (US, digital); $14.99 (US, print)
  • Due in stores 23 March 2016
  • Story: Jason McNamara
  • Art: Greg Hinkle
  • “Ten years have passed since Stephen Thorn’s fiancée vanished without a trace, and he has grown into a prominent, if bitter, victim’s rights crusader. Despite the cold trail and lack of leads, he stubbornly refuses to give up the search. And then… he begins to hear her voice in the strangest of places. Pursued by his own organization and questioning his sanity, Stephen embarks on a grisly journey to save his long-lost love. As he unravels the truth of her disappearance, the body count rises and Stephen finds himself ensnared in a trap that had been set for him long ago.”

The Savage Dragon: Growing Pains (Image Comics)

  • SavageDragon_GrowingPainsPaperback/full color/$15.99 (US, digital); $19.99 (US, print)
  • Due in stores 23 March 2016
  • Story & illustrations: Erik Larsen
  • Colors: Nikos Koutsis, Mike Toris
  • “Malcolm Dragon graduates and marries his high school sweetheart. Savage Dragon’s little boy takes the final steps toward adulthood. Collects The Savage Dragon #205–#210.”
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