The GeeksversePREVIEW | Select hardcovers and paperbacks on sale 18 May 2016

PREVIEW | Select hardcovers and paperbacks on sale 18 May 2016
Published on Friday, May 13, 2016 by
New releases include a new Big Trouble in Little China collection, the first volume in the prequel series to Blood-C, a new Lazarus deluxe hardcover, the final Savage Sword of Conan collection,  and more.

Big Trouble in Little China, Vol. 3: Jack Burton in the Hell of No Return (BOOM! Studios)

  • BigTroubleLittleChina_v3_TP_CoverPaperback/full color/$16.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 18 May 2016
  • Story: John Carpenter, Eric Powell
  • Script: Eric Powell
  • Illustrations: Brian Churilla
  • Colors: Lisa Moore
  • “From John Carpenter, legendary director of the original classic film, writer Eric Powell (The Goon), and artist Brian Churilla (The Secret History of D.B. Cooper) comes a collection of the final four issues of their run. As if sacrificing himself to end Lo Pan’s reign wasn’t enough, Jack Burton must now face his greatest challenge yet: the Hell of No Return. Luckily, Jack does have one companion in this eternity of endless torment. The very person he offed to get here, Lo Pan. When archnemesis becomes forced ally, Hell becomes the least of Jack’s problems. Collects issues #9–#12.”

B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth, Vol. 13: End of Days (Dark Horse)

  • bprdhe v13Paperback/full color/$19.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 18 May 2016
  • Story: Mike Mignola, John Arcudi
  • Illustrations: Laurence Campbell
  • Colors: Dave Stewart
  • “The Hell on Earth as we know it comes to an end. In a drastic change, one of the most terrifying creatures in existence has been released. Can the B.P.R.D. defend the world—and humanity—or is this finally the end? This volume collects B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #135–#139.”

Bird Boy, Vol. 1: The Sword of Mali Mani (Dark Horse)

  • brdbyv1Paperback/full color/$9.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 18 May 2016
  • Story & art: Anne Szable
  • Bird Boy follows the story of Bali, a ten-year-old boy desperate to prove his worth to his northern tribe despite his small stature. Banned from the ceremony that would make him an adult in the eyes of his people, he takes matters into his own hands. To prove that he is capable of taking care of himself, he sets out into the forbidden forest and stumbles upon a legendary weapon. Bali fights his way across a dangerous land of gods, men, and beasts to keep the sword of Mali Mani, the savior of the sun, from the hands of the terrifying Rooks.”

Blood-C: Demonic Moonlight, Vol. 1 (Dark Horse Manga)

  • bloodcmv1Paperback/black & white/$12.99
  • NOTE: Book is oriented in right-to-left reading format, as is the preview gallery below.
  • Due in stores 18 May 2016
  • Story & art: Ryo Haduki
  • Translation: Camellia Nieh
  • English adaptation: Philip R. Simon
  • Blood-C concept by: CLAMP, Production I.G
  • “The prequel to the Blood-C saga from CLAMP, Production I.G, and artist Ryo Haduki! In occupied Japan in 1946, an American military investigator is sent to the Yokohama base to research a number of bizarre deaths. He soon discovers that the murderer isn’t human! Blood-C: Demonic Moonlight is the prequel fans have been waiting for!”

Dead Vengeance (Dark Horse)

  • dvHardcover/full color/$19.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 18 May 2016
  • Story: Bill Morrison
  • Pencils: Bill Morrison, Tone Rodriguez
  • Inks: Keith Champagne
  • Colors: Carlos Badilla
  • “It’s 1940, and a phony body on exhibit in a carnival sideshow suddenly springs to life and shambles away. Not so phony after all: he is John Doe, radio commentator and archenemy of Detroit’s notorious Purple Gang. But why did he disappear in 1930, and why did the mayor, the mob, and the cops all want him dead? Collects Dead Vengeance #1–#4.”
  • Featuring pinups by Darwyn Cooke, Mike Allred and William Stout.

EVE: Valkyrie (Dark Horse)

  • evevalkHardcover/full color/$19.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 18 May 2016
  • Story: Brian Wood
  • Illustrations: Eduardo Francisco
  • Colors: Michael Atiyeh
  • “This series leads into EVE: Valkyrie, one of the most hotly anticipated video games of all time—a groundbreaking virtual reality space dogfighting shooter from the creators of EVE Online. With cloning technology that transmits them into a new body each time the old one dies, the Valkyrie are immortal—the most skilled and fearless pilots money can buy, mercenaries with loyalty to no one but each other. Collects the four-issue miniseries.”

Itty Bitty Hellboy: The Search for the Were-Jaguar (Dark Horse)

  • hbyibwjPaperback/full color/$12.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 18 May 2016
  • Story: Art Baltazar, Franco
  • Art: Art Baltazar
  • “Art Baltazar and Franco return to Itty Bitty Hellboy! Hellboy, Abe, Liz, and friends are on a quest… to deliver underwear to the Island of Rogers! But their mission is interrupted by the discovery of the mysterious beast known as the were-jaguar! Collects Itty Bitty Hellboy: The Search for the Were-Jaguar #1–#4!”

The Savage Sword of Conan, Vol. 22 (Dark Horse)

  • sswordconv22Paperback/black & white/$19.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 18 May 2016
  • Story: Roy Thomas
  • Pencils: Alfredo Alcala, John Buscema, Ernie Chan, E. R. Cruz, Mike Docherty, Rey Garcia, Fred Harper, Pablo Marcos, Alex Niño, Mark Pennington, John Watkiss
  • Inks: Alfredo Alcala, Ernie Chan, E. R. Cruz, Mike Docherty, Rey Garcia, Fred Harper, Geof Isherwood, Pablo Marcos, John Minor, Alex Niño, Ralph Reese, John Watkiss
  • “Conan crosses paths with Valeria, a former pirate comrade as formidable as she is beautiful. When their mercenary band is fallen upon and captured by seemingly deathless Darfari warriors, there is only one way out for Conan and company—Conan must kill the moon! Final Savage Sword volume! Collects Conan stories from Marvel’s The Savage Sword of Conan the Barbarian #223–#235.”
  • Nearly 600 pages, value priced.

Walt Kelly’s Fables and Funnies (Dark Horse)

  • waltkfablesHardcover/full color/$49.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 18 May 2016
  • Stories and art: Walt Kelly
  • “Before achieving international fame as the creator of Pogo, Walt Kelly illustrated numerous fairy tales and nursery rhymes for Dell Comics in the 1940s. Featuring selections from Fairy Tale Parade, Four Color Comics, Raggedy Ann and Andy, and Santa Claus Funnies, this volume exemplifies the legacy of one of comics’ greatest masters.”

Zodiac Starforce: By the Power of Astra (Dark Horse)

  • zodsfPaperback/full color/$12.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 18 May 2016
  • Story: Kevin Panetta
  • Art: Paulina Ganucheau
  • “An elite group of teenage girls with magical powers have sworn to protect our planet against dark creatures… as long as they can get out of class! Known as the Zodiac Starforce, these high school girls aren’t just combating math tests. They’re also battling monsters! But when an evil force infects leader Emma, she must work with her team to save herself—and the world—from the evil Diana and her mean-girl minions! Collects Zodiac Starforce #1–#4.”
  • For fans of Sailor Moon, Buffy, and Lumberjanes!

Lazarus: The Second Collection (Image Comics)

  • LazarusCollection_vol02-1Hardcover/full color/$39.99 (US, print)
  • Due in stores 18 May 2016
  • Story: Greg Rucka
  • Pencils: Michael Lark
  • Inks: Michael Lark, Tyler Ross
  • Colors: Santi Arcas
  • Additional art/design elements: Owen Freeman, Eric Trautmann
  • “Sixteen Families have gathered together in the exclusive luxury confines of Triton One to resolve the emerging conflict between Carlyle and Hock, and they’ve brought their Lazari with them. Deception and war go hand in hand, culminating in a final revelation that will truly change everything for Forever Carlyle. Collects Lazarus #10–#21.”
  • Click here for a primer on Lazarus.

ODY-C, Vol. 2: Sons of the Wolf (Image Comics)

  • ODYC_vol02-1Paperback/full color/$11.99 (US, digital); $14.99 (US, print)
  • Due in stores 18 May 2016
  • Story: Matt Fraction
  • Illustrations: Christian Ward
  • Colors: Christian Ward, Dee Cunniffe
  • “Some people would do anything for love… even go to war… forever. What happened to Ene the Conqueror, and He, of Troiia, after the end of the Troiian War and they departed for home, reunited at last? It doesn’t go well for either of them, it turns out. You think war is hell? Try being married to these two. This legendary couple finds themselves trapped on a world where madness reigns and blood flows daily. To escape, Ene must hunt and kill the bastard son of a god and He must weave stories night after night hoping to stay alive long enough for his bride to rescue him… ”

Stray Bullets, Vol. 5: Hi-jinks and Derring-do (Image Comics)

  • StrayBullets_vol05-1Paperback/black & white/$15.99 (US, digital); $19.99 (US, print)
  • Due in stores 18 May 2016
  • Story & art: David Lapham
  • “Runaway Virginia returns home to the very unloving arms of her widowed mother. An outcast at home and at school, no one can imagine just how far she’ll go to protect herself and her new friend, Leon. Collects Stray Bullets #31–#41.”
  • Click here for a discussion of the “new reader-friendly” techniques employed by David Lapham on Stray Bullets.
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