The GeeksversePREVIEW | Select hardcovers and paperbacks on sale 26 April and 27 April 2016

PREVIEW | Select hardcovers and paperbacks on sale 26 April and 27 April 2016
Published on Friday, April 22, 2016 by
New releases include the complete collection of Brisson and Couceiro’s Cluster, the 30th anniversary edition of the original Aliens sequel, a reissue of Gaiman and Zulli’s Miss Finch graphic novel, a Velocity collection, the latest Usagi Yojimbo Saga volume, and more.

Cluster (BOOM! Studios)

  • Cluster_TPB_coverPaperback/full color/$29.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 27 April 2016
  • Story: Ed Brisson
  • Illustrations: Damian Couceiro
  • Colors: Cassie Kelly, Michael Garland
  • Cluster created by: Ed Brisson, Damian Couceiro
  • “In the distant future, as mankind discovers life on other planets, it needs soldiers to defend its colonies across the stars. In order to increase the number of boots on the ground, criminals are offered the opportunity to serve in the place of incarceration. When a rag-tag group of prisoners become stranded on a war-torn planet, they’ll need to work together to survive and uncover the truth behind Earth’s role in deep space. Collects the complete limited series, issues #1–#8.”
  • Click here to read a capsule review of Cluster #1–#3.

Escape from New York, Vol.2: Escape from Siberia (BOOM! Studios)

  • EFNY_TP_v2_coverPaperback/full color/$14.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 27 April 2016
  • Story: Christopher Sebela
  • Illustrations: Diego Barreto
  • Colors: Marissa Louise
  • “After making it out alive through the madhouse of Florida, Snake Plissken gets tossed out of a plane into a raging battlefield in Siberia. Continuing the story that picks up right where the classic film left off, writer Christopher Sebela (Welcome Back, High Crimes) and artist Diego Barreto (Irredeemable) drop the classic antihero into the middle of a brand-new Cold War. Collects issues #5–#8.”

The Fiction (BOOM! Studios)

  • Fiction_TP_coverPaperback/full color/$14.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 27 April 2016
  • Story: Curt Pires
  • Illustrations: David Rubin
  • Colors: Michael Garland
  • The Fiction created by: Curt Pires, David Rubin
  • “Four childhood friends discover a box of strange books that, when read aloud, can transport them to the beautiful, imaginary worlds described within. But when one of them goes missing, the others vow never to reveal where they’ve been and what they’ve seen. Years later, when one of the remaining kids, now an adult, also mysteriously disappears, it’s up to the last two of the group to dig up their dusty books to find him and finally figure out what happened to their friend all those years ago. Collects the complete miniseries.”

Aliens 30th Anniversary: The Original Comics Series (Dark Horse)

  • al30thhcHardcover/black & white/$39.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 26 April 2016
  • Story: Mark Verheiden
  • Art: Mark A. Nelson
  • “The original sequel to Aliens! For the thirtieth anniversary of Aliens, Dark Horse is releasing an oversized hardcover edition of the unabridged and unadulterated series! In 1988, Dark Horse’s Aliens, with stunning art by Mark A. Nelson and a script by Mark Verheiden, took the comics market by storm… until the release of Alien³ forced the story to change. In deep space, a salvage crew is attacked by seemingly unstoppable monsters. The Marines are called in, but they need someone with experience. Soon Hicks (the horribly scarred survivor from Aliens) and Newt (now almost eighteen) find themselves on a mission to locate and destroy the aliens’ homeworld!”

Brody’s Ghost Collected Edition (Dark Horse)

  • brodygcoledPaperback/black & white with color plates/$24.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 27 April 2016
  • Story & art: Mark Crilley
  • “After losing his job and his girlfriend, Brody is haunted by a ghostly teenage girl who says only he can stop a dangerous killer and must undergo training from a centuries-old samurai’s spirit to do it. The hunt becomes personal when Brody learns his ex is destined to be the next victim! Includes all six volumes, plus the color stories from Dark Horse Presents!”
  • 600 pages!

Elfquest: The Final Quest, Vol. 2 (Dark Horse)

  • eqfq v2Paperback/full color/$17.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 27 April 2016
  • Story: Richard Pini, Wendy Pini
  • Illustrations: Wendy Pini
  • Colors: Sonny Strait
  • “Sunstream, son of Wolfrider chief Cutter Kinseeker, finally fulfills his destiny and becomes the psychic link among all the elfin tribes scattered across the World of Two Moons. At long last, the seeds planted 20,000 years ago in the original, classic quest can come to fruition. But a devastating secret, hidden in plain sight, is moving into the light, and it will affect the elfin race forever. Volume 2 collects Wendy and Richard Pini’s issues #7–#12 of The Final Quest, the newest adventures of the Wolfriders!”

The Goon, Vol. 15: Once Upon a Hard Time (Dark Horse)

  • goon v15Paperback/full color/$16.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 27 April 2016
  • Story & art: Eric Powell
  • “After the tragic events of ‘Occasion of Revenge,’ the witch coven believes that control of the unnamed town will soon be in their grasp and the Goon’s tragic soul will contribute to the curse that increases their power. But has their plot destroyed the Goon or created a monster too savage for them to withstand? ‘Once upon a Hard Time’ is a climactic miniseries that has major consequences for the Goon and his supporting cast. If you’re a Goon fan, you can’t miss this. Collects issues #1–#4.”

The Last Dragon (Dark Horse)

  • lastdragonPaperback/full color/$12.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 27 April 2016
  • Story: Jane Yolen
  • Art: Rebecca Guay
  • “Two hundred years ago, humans drove the dragons from the islands of May. Now, the last of the dragons rises to wreak havoc anew—with only a healer’s daughter and a kite-flying would-be hero standing in its way. Master storyteller Jane Yolen (Owl Moon, Sword of the Rightful King) and fantasy artist Rebecca Guay (Magic: The Gathering) weave a tale of adventure, homelands, and heroism the hard way.”

The Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch, 2nd Edition (Dark Horse)

  • mfinchhHardcover/full color/$13.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 27 April 2016
  • Story: Neil Gaiman
  • Art: Michael Zulli
  • “Come and hear of the terrible tale of Miss Finch, befallen by mystery and abduction deep under the streets of London! Join a group of friends, with the stern Miss Finch in tow, as they enter this strange world of vampires, ringmasters, illusions, and the Cabinet of Wishes Fulfill’d!”

The Paybacks, Vol. 1: A Bitch (Dark Horse)

  • paybacks v1Paperback/full color/$12.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 27 April 2016
  • Story: Donny Cates, Eliot Rahal
  • Illustrations: Geoff Shaw
  • Colors: Lauren Affe
  • “Heroism doesn’t come cheap, so when superheroes borrow money to finance their genetic enhancements or crime-fighting supercomputers, their debts make student loans look like IOUs. Enter the Paybacks, a repo squad composed of bankrupt former heroes here to foreclose on everybody’s secret lairs! Collects issues #1–#4 of the superhero comedy series from the team that delivered the acclaimed Buzzkill!”

Planetes, Vol. 2 (Dark Horse Manga)

  • planetesv2Paperback/black & white with color plates/$19.99
  • NOTE: Book is oriented in right-to-left reading format, as is the preview gallery below.
  • Due in stores 27 April 2016
  • Story & art: Makoto Yukimura
  • Translation: Yuki Johnson
  • English adaptation: Anna Wenger, Brendan Wright
  • Lettering and retouch: Susan Daigle-Leach
  • “The award-winning hard science-fiction saga concludes in this definitive omnibus! Hachimaki makes the cut for the Von Braun Jupiter mission, but what awaits him past the farthest frontier? Back home, his compatriots Fee, Yuri, and Tanabe become embroiled in a war that threatens to trap Earth forever behind a wall of deadly space debris!”
  • Over 500 pages!
  • Click here to read a review of Planetes, Vol. 1.

Snow Angel (Dark Horse)

  • snowangelPaperback/full color/$17.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 27 April 2016
  • Story & art: David Chelsea
  • “An ordinary little girl becomes a crime-fighting cherub whenever she makes an angel in the snow! This full-color, all-ages collection includes the Snow Angel stories from the acclaimed Dark Horse Presents anthology—as well as new adventures from the playful mind of creator David Chelsea (David Chelsea in Love, Sleepless and Other Stories).”
  • All-ages ages adventure from the long-time New York Observer illustrator!

Space Mullet!: One Gamble at a Time (Dark Horse)

  • smltv1Paperback/duotone with color plates/$17.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 27 April 2016
  • Story & art: Daniel Warren Johnson
  • “A balls-to-the-wall galactic road trip! Ex–Space Marine Jonah and his copilot Alphius rove the galaxy, trying to get by. Drawn into one crazy adventure after another, they forge a crew of misfits into a family and face the darkest parts of the universe together. Space-Mullet! is a richly detailed, accessible sci-fi world with heartfelt characters and an unforgettable story!”
  • A beloved webcomic finally in print.

The Usagi Yojimbo Saga, Vol. 6 (Dark Horse)

  • uysagav6Paperback/black & white/$24.99 (US); also available as a signed and numbered limited edition hardcover for $79.99 (US).
  • Due in stores 27 April 2016
  • Story & art: Stan Sakai
  • Additional art: Frank Miller, Jeff Smith, Matt Wagner, Sergio Aragones, Guy Davis, Rick Geary, Andi Watson, Scott Shaw
  • “In this volume, a new love tempts Usagi to abandon his wandering lifestyle, the origin of the demon Jei is revealed at last, and Frank Miller, Jeff Smith, Sergio Aragonés, and more contribute to the landmark issue #100! Collects Usagi Yojimbo Volume Three #94–#116.”
  • 600 pages!

Airboy (Image Comics)

  • AirBoy_Deluxe-1Hardcover/full color/$9.99 (US, digital); $24.99 (US, print)
  • Due in stores 27 April 2016
  • Story: James Robinson
  • Art: Greg Hinkle
  • “When acclaimed comics author James Robinson (Starman, Fantastic Four) is hired to write a reboot of the 1940s action hero Airboy, he’s reluctant to do another Golden Age reboot. But it’s nothing that a drink can’t fix. Then, after a night of debauchery with artist Greg Hinkle, Airboy himself appears and suddenly no one in this story has their life go according to plan. Read the whole unexpected miniseries, as well as bonus material and conceptual art from Greg and James. Collects Airboy #1–#4.”
  • Click here to read a review of Airboy #1.

Black Magick, Vol. 1: Awakening, Part 1 (Image Comics)

  • BlackMagick_vol01-1Paperback/partial color/$7.99 (US, digital); $9.99 (US, print)
  • Due in stores 27 April 2016
  • Story: Greg Rucka
  • Art: Nicola Scott
  • Color assists: Chiara Arena
  • “Rowan Black is a detective with the Portsmouth PD… and a witch, two aspects of her life she has struggled to keep separate. Now someone is targeting Rowan, someone who knows her secrets and means to expose her… or worse. Collects Black Magick #1–#5.”

Camp Midnight (Image Comics)

  • CampMidnight_GN-1Paperback/partial color/$12.99 (US, digital); $16.99 (US, print)
  • Due in stores 27 April 2016
  • Story: Steven T. Seagle
  • Art: Jason Adam Katzenstein
  • Ben 10 and Big Hero 6 creator Steven T. Seagle returns to comics with New Yorker cartoonist Jason Adam Katzenstein for a new graphic novel! Reluctant Skye is accidentally sent to the wrong summer camp. Not wanting to please her ‘step monster,’ Skye is dead-set on not fitting in. That won’t be a problem, as everyone at Camp Midnight—with the exception of fellow camper and fastfriend Mia—is a full-fledged monster! The perfect book for fans of Raina Telgemeier’s Smile, but wish it had more bowls of gooey eyeballs.”

EGOs, Vol. 2: Crunched (Image Comics)

  • EGOs_vol2-1Paperback/full color/$9.99 (US, digital); $12.99 (US, print)
  • Due in stores 27 April 2016
  • Story: Stuart Moore
  • Illustrations: Gus Storms
  • Colors: Ryan Hill, John Rauch
  • “The chaotic super-team of the future must unravel a galactic mystery on two fronts: the lawless planet Tortuga and the stuffy halls of EarthGov. Collects the NYCC-exclusive EGOs #4.5 minicomic and EGOs #5–#9.”

Oddly Normal, Vol. 3: Fignation Times (Image Comics)

  • OddlyNormal_vol3Paperback/full color/$7.99 (US, digital); $9.99 (US, print)
  • Due in stores 27 April 2016
  • Story & art: Otis Frampton
  • “Oddly Normal’s adventure in Fignation continues! Collects Oddly Normal #11–#15.”

Velocity (Image Comics)

  • Velocity-1Paperback/full color/$11.99 (US, digital); $14.99 (US, print)
  • Due in stores 27 April 2016
  • Story: Ron Marz, Joe Casey
  • Illustrations: Kenneth Rocafort, Kevin Maguire
  • Colors: Sunny Gho, Kevin “Blond” Senft
  • Velocity created by: Marc Silvestri
  • “Carin Taylor is the fastest woman in the world. At least, she’d better be if she wants to save her own life and the lives of her Cyberforce teammates. When a former Cyberdata scientist—and test subject—seeks revenge against the members of Cyberforce, only Velocity can save her friends before the clock runs out. Collects Velocity: Pilot Season #1 and Velocity #1–#4.”
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