The GeeksversePREVIEW | Select hardcovers and paperbacks on sale 04 May 2016

PREVIEW | Select hardcovers and paperbacks on sale 04 May 2016
Published on Saturday, April 30, 2016 by
New releases include two Adventure Time books, the latest Oreimo: Kuroneko volume, a hardcover of Vaughan and Skroce’s We Stand on Guard, volume two of Lemire and Nguyen’s Descender, a reissue of Ennis and Higgins’ Pride & Joy, and more.

Adventure Time: The Four Castles (KaBOOM!)

  • AT_OGN7_TheFourCastles_coverPaperback/full color/$14.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 04 May 2016
  • Story: Josh Trujillo
  • Illustrations: Zachary Sterling, Phil Murphy
  • Colors: Kat Efird
  • Adventure Time created by: Pendleton Ward
  • “Writer Josh Trujillo (The Reason for Dragons, Love Machines) teams up with Adventure Time veteran artist Zachary Sterling for a new original story! When Finn and Jake are approached by the mysterious Guildmaster—an adventurer claiming to represent the Heroes’ Guild of the Manyverse—they’re challenged to complete the Quest of the Four Castles to gain entrance to the guild and the right to train as ‘real’ heroes. But there’s something fishy about this quest, and something even fishier about this Guildmaster!”

Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake: Card Wars (KaBOOM!)

  • AT_FionnaCake_CardWars_TP_coverPaperback/full color/$19.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 04 May 2016
  • Story: Jen Wang
  • Pencils: Britt Wilson
  • Inks: Ryan Sigh, Britt Wilson
  • Colors: Ryan Sigh, Britt Wilson
  • Adventure Time created by: Pendleton Ward
  • “Cake is a Card Wars champ who can’t be beat, and Fionna… is really tired of getting beaten! They set off in search of a challenger who can really test Cake’s mettle. When they stumble across some gamer slugs, they think they’ve hit the jackpot, but these guys have never heard of Cake and refuse to even play with her! Collects the complete mini-series!”

Arcadia (BOOM! Studios)

  • Arcadia_TP_coverPaperback/full color/$29.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 04 May 2016
  • Story: Alex Paknadel
  • Art: Eric Scott Pfeiffer
  • Arcadia created by: Alex Paknadel
  • “When 99% of humankind is wiped out by a pandemic, four billion people are ‘saved’ by being digitized at the brink of death and uploaded into Arcadia, a utopian simulation in the cloud. But when Arcadia begins to rapidly deplete the energy resources upon which the handful of survivors in the real world (aka ‘The Meat’) depends, how long will The Meat be able—and willing—to help? Collects the entire eight-issue series.”
  • Click here to read a review of Arcadia #1.

Colder, Vol. 3: Toss the Bones (Dark Horse)

  • colder v3Paperback/full color/$17.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 04 May 2016
  • Story: Paul Tobin
  • Illustrations: Juan Ferreyra
  • Colors: Eduardo Ferreyra
  • “When Nimble Jack returns to claim Boston’s sanity, Declan can only fight him by fulfilling a dark prophecy. With every ounce of effort he uses to hold on to his sanity, his body fails, his sanity crumbles, and he grows… colder. Collects Colder: Toss the Bones #1–#5.”

Mirror’s Edge: Exordium (Dark Horse)

  • mireexPaperback/full color/$19.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 04 May 2016
  • Story: Christofer Emgard
  • Art: Mattias Haggstrom, Robert Sammelin, Erix Persson, Henrik Sahlstrom
  • “Leading up to the events of the highly anticipated new Mirror’s Edge™ game comes an exhilarating comic prequel that delves into the story of Faith, one of the most celebrated heroines in video games! Collects issues #1–#6 of the miniseries—the complete story in one volume!”
  • Leads directly into the events of the new Mirror’s Edge™ game!

Oreimo: Kuroneko, Vol. 5 (Dark Horse Manga)

  • oreimokvol5Paperback/black & white/$10.99
  • NOTE: Book is oriented in right-to-left reading format, as is the preview gallery below.
  • Due in stores 04 May 2016
  • Story: Tsukasa Fushimi
  • Art: Sakura Ikeda
  • Character design: Kanzakihiro
  • “In the bright sparkle of summer, Ruri Gokou has descended to earth in her sundress as her divine persona, Kamineko! And wouldn’t you know—now Kyousuke and Ruri have begun seeing each other! Will their date together bring to light the hitherto-unseen object of her desire—and will Kyousuke at last see as well that which only she has gazed upon… ?”

Power Cubed (Dark Horse)

  • powrcubPaperback/full color/$14.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 04 May 2016
  • Story & art: Aaron Lopresti
  • “On Kenny’s eighteenth birthday, his inventor father gives him a piece of alien technology that allows him to create anything he can imagine, attracting the attention of a bumbling Nazi scientist and an elite government agent. Aaron Lopresti delivers a comical coming-of-age tale in a fantastic sci-fi universe! Collects issues #1–#4 of the miniseries.”

Rebels, Vol. 1: A Well-Regulated Militia (Dark Horse)

  • rebelsPaperback/full color/$24.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 04 May 2016
  • Story: Brian Wood
  • Illustrations: Andrea Mutti, Matthew Woodson, Ariela Kristantina, Tristan Jones
  • Colors: Jordie Bellaire
  • “This is 1775. With the War for Independence playing out across the colonies, Seth and Mercy Abbott find their new marriage tested at every turn as the demands of the frontlines and the home front collide. Rebels details the epic story of the colonists who, in a few short, turbulent years, created the nation of America. Collects Rebels #1–#10.”
  • Click here to read a review of Rebels #1.

This Damned Band (Dark Horse)

  • tdbPaperback/full color/$17.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 04 May 2016
  • Story: Paul Cornell
  • Illustrations: Tony Parker
  • Colors: Lovern Kindzierski
  • “The biggest rock band in the world thought they were only pretending to worship Satan. As they record the documentary of what might be their final world tour, they discover the horrifying truth. From Paul Cornell (Wolverine, Action Comics) and Tony Parker (Mass Effect: Foundation) comes a darkly hilarious adventure of black magic and classic rock! Collects This Damned Band #1–#6.”

The Covenant, Vol. 1: Siege (Image Comics)

  • Covenant_vol01-1Paperback/full color/$11.99 (US, digital); $14.99 (US, print)
  • Due in stores 04 May 2016
  • Story: Rob Liefeld
  • Illustrations: Matt Horak
  • Colors: Jeremy Colwell, Ross Hughes, Juan Manuel Rodriguez
  • “The legendary Ark of the Covenant has laid waste to entire armies. Now, it has been raided and stolen, ripped from the field of battle by the terrible Philistine forces. The Covenant tells the story of Samuel, the last Judge of Israel, and his fight to retrieve the Ark of the Covenant from the clutches of the Philistine nation. Collects The Covenant #1–#5.”

Descender, Vol. 2: Machine Moon (Image Comics)

  • Descender_vol2-1Paperback/full color/$11.99 (US, digital); $14.99 (US, print)
  • Due in stores 04 May 2016
  • Story: Jeff Lemire
  • Art: Dustin Nguyen
  • “Young robot boy TIM-21 and his companions struggle to stay alive in a universe where all androids have been outlawed and bounty hunters lurk on every planet. Descender is a rip-roaring and heart-felt cosmic odyssey, pitting humanity against machines and world against world to create a sprawling epic. Collects Descender #7–#11.”

The Fuse, Vol. 3: Perihelion (Image Comics)

  • Fuse_vol03-1Paperback/full color/$11.99 (US, digital); $14.99 (US, print)
  • Due in stores 04 May 2016
  • Story: Antony Johnston
  • Illustrations: Justin Greenwood
  • Colors: Shari Chankhamma
  • “A day of chaos—22,000 miles up! “Perihelion,” the day when the Fuse space station is closest to the Sun, has arrived. For the next 24 hours, Ristovych and Dietrich struggle to deal as the orbiting city’s population goes a little nuts! Escaped convicts, crazed gunmen, anarchist protesters, attempts on the Mayor’s life… oh yeah, and two new homicide cases to boot. Collects The Fuse #13–#18.”

IXth Generation, Vol. 2 (Image Comics)

  • IXthGeneration_vol02-1Paperback/full color/$11.99 (US, digital); $14.99 (US, print)
  • Due in stores 04 May 2016
  • Story: Matt Hawkins
  • Art: Atilio Rojo
  • “Eight centuries in the future, a group of cybernetic deities–the IXth Generation–have awakened to find themselves in charge of a world kneeling at their feet and faced with an ancient evil known as the Darkness. But instead of unifying against this common enemy, the IXs have fallen into bitter infighting and territorial battles, risking the fate of the world they were meant to rule. Will the discovery of other ancient Artifacts—including Aphrodite IX’s wielding of the Witchblade—bring hope to this barren future? And will the Protocol be fulfilled… or subverted?”
  • Collects IXth Generation #5–#8.

Minimum Wage, Vol. 2: So Many Bad Decisions (Image Comics)

  • MinimumWage_vol02-1Paperback/full color/$11.99 (US, digital); $14.99 (US, print)
  • Due in stores 04 May 2016
  • Story & art: Bob Fingerman
  • “Post-divorce Rob continues struggles both romantic and careerist, divvying up time between dating an Ayn Rand-worshiping, Goth-wannabe stand-up comedian, depicting curiously sagacious mutant crustaceans, and landing in the not-so-healthy but all-too-familiar embrace of his ex. Can so many bad decisions lead to enlightenment? Featured in New York Magazine‘s ‘Approval Matrix’ and Entertainment Weekly‘s ‘Must List’! Collects Minimum Wage: So Many Bad Decisions #1–#6.”

Pride & Joy (Image Comics)

  • PrideandJoy-1Paperback/full color/$11.99 (US, digital); $14.99 (US, print)
  • Due in stores 04 May 2016
  • Story: Garth Ennis
  • Art: John Higgins
  • “Still mourning the loss of his wife, Jimmy Kavanagh lives quietly in the backwoods of New England, raising his devoted daughter and resentful son. That is, until fate comes calling in the worst way and Jimmy’s criminal past threatens to destroy his family.”

We Stand on Guard Deluxe Hardcover (Image Comics)

  • PrintHardcover/full color/$24.99 (US, print)
  • Due in stores 04 May 2016
  • Story: Brian K. Vaughan
  • Illustrations: Steve Skroce
  • Colors: Matt Hollingsworth
  • Translation assistance: Mathieu Chalifoux
  • “Set one hundred years in our future, We Stand on Guard follows a heroic band of Canadian civilians turned freedom fighters who must defend their homeland from invasion by a technologically superior opponent… the United States of America. Collects We Stand on Guard #1–#6.”
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