The GeeksversePREVIEW | Select hardcovers and paperbacks on sale 24 August 2016

PREVIEW | Select hardcovers and paperbacks on sale 24 August 2016
Published on Thursday, August 18, 2016 by

New books for August 24: The first omnibus collection of CLAMP’s RG Veda, volume 2 of DeConnick and Ríos’ Pretty Deadly, Kim W. Andersson’s Alena, Young and Adlard’s Astronauts in Trouble, the Curator’s Collection edition of Sin City: The Hard Goodbye, and more.

Alena (Dark Horse Books)

  • alenatpbPaperback/full color/$17.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 24 August 2016
  • Story & art: Kim W. Andersson
  • “Alena’s life is a living hell. Since she arrived at a snobbish boarding school, she’s been harassed every day by Philippa and the girls on the lacrosse team. But Alena’s best friend Josephine is not going to accept that anymore. Not from the counselor or the principal, not from Philippa, and not from anyone else at that horrid school. If Alena does not fight back, then Josephine will take matters into her own hands. There’s just one problem… Josephine has been dead for a year.”
  • The graphic novel inspiration for the Swedish horror film starring Amalia Holm and Rebecka Nyman.

Astronauts in Trouble (Image Comics)

  • Astronauts In TroublePaperback/black & white/$15.99 (US, digital); $19.99 (US, print)
  • Due in stores 24 August 2016
  • Script: Larry Young
  • Art: Charlie Adlard
  • “Fifty years after Armstrong’s one small step, the world’s richest man claims the moon as his own personal property… and Channel Seven is there! This graphic novel shows what happens when absolute power corrupts absolutely, when The Mob has nuclear first-strike capability, and when cows jump over the moon. Collects Astronauts in Trouble #1–#11.”

Frank Miller’s Sin City: The Hard Goodbye Curator’s Collection (Kitchen Sink Books)

  • fmhgcedhcHardcover/full color/$175.00 (US)
  • Due in stores 24 August 2016
  • Story & art: Frank Miller
  • “You’ve seen Sin City, but never like this! Frank Miller’s Sin City: The Hard Goodbye Curator’s Collection showcases the entire graphic novel scanned from the original artwork in Frank Miller’s archives and reproduced at full size. Introduction by Robert Rodriguez, with an afterword by Mike Richardson and an interview about the artistic process with Frank Miller!”
  • Also available as a signed limited edition with a different cover ($275.00).

He-Man and She-Ra: A Complete Guide to the Classic Animated Adventures (Dark Horse Books)

  • motucgcaaHardcover/full color/$39.99 (US)
  • Due in stores 24 August 2016
  • Text: James Eatock
  • She-Ra: Princess of Power content co-written by: Alex Hawkey
  • “He-Man and She-Ra entranced boys and girls everywhere with their animated adventures that offered cartoon excitement and moral guidance. Now, Dark Horse Books is proud to present the official companion to He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and She-Ra: Princess of Power, featuring story synopses, animation processes, and trivia for every episode!”
  • Written by pop culture expert James Eatock (100 Greatest Cartoons, I Love the ’80s, I Love the ’80s Strikes Back).

Pretty Deadly, Vol. 2: The Bear (Image Comics)

  • Pretty Deadly v02Paperback/full color/$11.99 (US, digital); $14.99 (US, print)
  • Due in stores 24 August 2016
  • Script: Kelly Sue DeConnick
  • Line art: Emma Ríos
  • Color art: Jordie Bellaire
  • “DeConnick (Captain Marvel, Bitch Planet) and Ríos (Island, Mirror) present the follow up to the Eisner-nominated, New York Times-bestselling Pretty Deadly, Vol. 1: The Shrike. Sarah Fields is dying and her children strike a bargain with the Immortals: give them one month, until the moon is full again, to find her son. The boy is far away, in the trenches of France, stalked by the Reapers of Vengeance and Cruelty. Collects Pretty Deadly #6–#10.”

RG Veda, Book One (Dark Horse Manga)

  • rgvedav1Paperback/black & white with color plates/$24.99 (US)
  • NOTE: Book is oriented in right-to-left reading format
  • Due in stores 24 August 2016
  • Story & art: CLAMP
  • English translation and adaptation by: Haruko Furukawa, Christine Schilling
  • RG Veda (pronounced ‘Rig Veda’) is based on a classic Indian saga. The lush, sprawling epic follows Yasha, once a mighty warrior king but now the lord of a slaughtered people he could not save. Yasha journeys the land as the companion and protector of the genderless Ashura, even knowing Ashura’s fate is wound with doom for many. Together they seek the other four of the ‘Six Stars,’ whose prophesied gathering will at last defeat Taishakuten, the evil usurper of Heaven’s throne. But all prophecies are open to interpretation…”
  • The first professional work by influential all-female mangaka collective CLAMP.
  • Over 600 pages!
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