The GeeksversePREVIEW | Select hardcovers and paperbacks on sale 11 May 2016

PREVIEW | Select hardcovers and paperbacks on sale 11 May 2016
Published on Friday, May 6, 2016 by
New releases include the second volume of Alyssa Milano’s Hacktivist, The Massive and Halo library editions, a collection of Antony Johnston and Shari Chankhamma’s Codename Baboushka, the latest Birthright paperback, and a reissue of Farel Dalrymple’s Pop Gun War: Gift.

Clarence: Chicken Phantom (KaBOOM!)

  • Clarence_v1_OGN_coverPaperback/full color/$14.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 11 May 2016
  • Story: Derek Fridolfs
  • Illustrations: J. J. Harrison, Cara McGee, Matt Smigel
  • Colors: Warren Montgomery
  • “Clarence and his friends join the Rough Riders Scouts for a summer out in the woods. While looking through a cave, they discover a lost journal written by the notorious Black Buck The Pirate (an ancestor of Rough Rider Chicken founder Buckey O’Neill). It details his adventures on the ocean and where he buried his treasure. But he also warns of a phantom chicken that haunts the forest, and drove many of his crew mad. Now, Clarence and his friends are in a race against their rival, Joshua Maverick, to find the buried treasure, while avoiding the chicken phantom!”

Hacktivist, Vol. 2 (BOOM!/Archaia)

  • Hacktivist_v2_HC_CoverHardcover/full color/$29.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 11 May 2016
  • Story: Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing
  • Illustrations: Marcus To
  • Colors: Ian Herring, Becka Hinzie
  • Hacktivist created by: Alyssa Milano
  • “Nate Graft and Edward Hiccox were the young, brilliant co-founders of the social networking company YourLife while secretly running .sve_urs3lf, a hacker collective enabling revolutions around the globe. It’s been six months since Ed was killed by a drone on national television while fighting for freedom. It’s been six months since Nate lost his company, his best friend, and his mission. Now in charge of the government organization VIGIL, the front line of America’s ongoing cyber operations, Nate has started to pick up the pieces of his life when the government comes under attack from a new breed of hacker… working under the name .sve_urs3lf. Collects the complete limited series.”
  • Click here to read a review of Hacktivist, Vol. 1.

Sons of Anarchy, Vol. 5 (BOOM! Studios)

  • Sons_of_Anarchy_v5_CoverPaperback/full color/$16.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 11 May 2016
  • Story: Ryan Ferrier
  • Illustrations: Matías Bergara
  • Colors: Paul Little
  • “When Bobby’s estranged nephew Dillon shows up in Charming, eager to join the club, the Sons are happy to fortify their numbers with a member of the family. But Dillon is cocky, impulsive, and violent, and a crucial mistake leads to a lost business opportunity and trouble with the Mayans. The Sons send Dillon home in shame, but he has other plans… and he doesn’t care who gets caught in the crossfire. Based on the hit FX TV show. Collects issues #19–#22 and features a cover gallery by Toni Infante (Sons of the Devil).”

Archie Archives: Spring Fever and Other Stories (Dark Horse)

  • archiearcsbPaperback/full color/$19.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 11 May 2016
  • Story: Harry Sahle, Ed Goggin
  • Pencils: Harry Sahle, Clem Weisbecker
  • Inks: Janice Valleau, Zoltan Szenics
  • “Archie, Jughead, and the gang are all back with another laugh-packed volume of vintage comics sure to delight even the most fanatical of fans. Dark Horse’s gorgeously restored archive editions of these early Archie adventures now come in bargain-priced trade paperback collections. Over 200 pages of ‘the mirth of a nation’ will tickle the funny bones of all ages! Collects all appearances of Archie from Pep Comics #39–#45, Jackpot Comics #9, and Archie Comics #3–#6.”

Halo Library Edition, Vol. 1 (Dark Horse)

  • halo lev1Hardcover/full color/$49.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 11 May 2016
  • Story: Brian Reed, Duffy Boudreau, Chris Schlerf
  • Pencils: Sergio Ariño, Marco Castiello, Douglas Franchin, Ian Richardson, Ricardo Sanchez
  • Inks: Juan Castro, Marco Castiello, Carlos Eduardo, Douglas Franchin, Denis Freitas, Jason Gorder, Rob Lean
  • Colors: Michael Atiyeh
  • “Showcasing chapters written by Halo® 5: Guardians lead writer Brian Reed and Halo 4 senior writer Chris Schlerf, this deluxe oversized hardcover collects Halo: Initiation #1–#3 and Halo: Escalation #1–#12 and features creator annotations exclusive to this edition, a complete cover gallery, and a selection of never-before-seen extras!”

The Massive Library Edition, Vol. 1 (Dark Horse)

  • massive lev1Hardcover/full color/$39.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 11 May 2016
  • Story: Brian Wood
  • Illustrations: Garry Brown, Kristian Donaldson, Gary Erskine, Declan Shalvey, Danijel Žeželj
  • Colors: Jordie Bellaire, Dave Stewart
  • “In a post-war, post-crash, post-disaster, post-everything world, the environmental-action trawler Kapital scours the earth’s oceans for its mysteriously missing sister ship, The Massive. This first ever library edition collects The Massive issues #0–#15 in a beautiful hardcover.”


Apes & Babes, Book One (Image Comics)

  • ApesandBabes-1Paperback/full color/$15.99 (US, digital); $19.99 (US, print)
  • Due in stores 11 May 2016
  • Text and art: Frank Cho
  • “From the award-winning and critically acclaimed creator of Liberty Meadows, Drawing Beautiful Women, Zombie King, and Jungle Girl, this collection showcases Frank Cho’s past and present illustrations of the female form and fantastic beasts, and why he’s one of the most sought out talents in the business.”

Birthright, Vol. 3: Allies and Enemies (Image Comics)

  • Birthright_Vol03-1Paperback/full color/$9.99 (US, digital); $11.99 (US, print)
  • Due in stores 11 May 2016
  • Story: Joshua Williamson
  • Illustrations: Andrei Bressan
  • Colors: Adriano Lucas
  • “As Mikey and Brennan’s quest to hunt Terrenos’s worst war criminals intensifies, their parents make deals with new and dangerous allies to protect their sons, but a mysterious foe debuts, threatening to destroy the Rhodes family forever. Collects Birthright #11–#15.”

Chew, Vol. 11: The Last Suppers (Image Comics)

  • chew_vol11-1Paperback/full color/$11.99 (US, digital); $14.99 (US, print)
  • Due in stores 11 May 2016
  • Story: John Layman, Tim Seeley
  • Illustrations: Rob Guillory, Mike Norton
  • Colors: Rob Guillory, Taylor Wells, Mark Englert
  • “Tony Chu is close to finding answers about the bird flu that killed millions. The only thing standing in his way is Mason Savoy, fellow cibopath, ex-mentor, and unrepentant murderer! Presenting the second-to-last storyline of the New York Times-bestselling, Harvey and multiple Eisner Award-winner series about cops, crooks, cooks, cannibals, and clairvoyants. Collects Chew #51–#55 and the Chew/Revival crossover.”

Codename Baboushka, Vol. 1: The Conclave of Death (Image Comics)

  • CodeNameBaboushka_vol01-1Paperback/full color/$11.99 (US, digital); $14.99 (US, print)
  • Due in stores 11 May 2016
  • Story: Antony Johnston
  • Art: Shari Chankhamma
  • “What if the sexy Russian femme fatale was actually the main character? Mysterious young heiress Contessa Annika Malikova has been part of Manhattan high society for several years… but if they knew the truth, her dinner companions would faint! The white-haired Contessa is in fact the notorious criminal ‘Baboushka’— a former Moscow gang leader, now living in exile! But Baboushka’s retirement is about to be shattered, as the US government has somehow discovered her true identity, and blackmails her into working for them! Now she must infiltrate a secret conclave of global crime lords, on a cruise liner, to retrieve information for the Americans. But nobody reckoned on the boat being hijacked by pirates… Collects Codename Baboushka: The Conclave of Death #1–#5.”


Pop Gun War: Gift (Image Comics)

  • PopGunWar_Gift-1Paperback/black & white/$11.99 (US, digital); $14.99 (US, print)
  • Due in stores 11 May 2016
  • Story & art: Farel Dalrymple
  • “Following a cast of disarmingly surreal characters—including a dwarf who becomes a giant and a young boy with wings growing from his shoulders—Pop Gun War is both a meditation on friendship and alienation, and a love letter to the city that Dalrymple calls home. Rich, textured, and unique, Pop Gun War is unlike anything you’ve ever seen.”
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