Ghost Circles (Bone) by Jeff Smith
(GRAPHIX 01 February 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: A long-dormant volcano explodes, blacking out the sun, mowing down trees, and filling the land with soot and ash. The Lord of the Locusts has been released. Against this apocalyptic backdrop, the Bone cousins along with Thorn and Gran'ma Ben struggle to reach safe haven in the city of Atheia.
Meanwhile, Lucius Downs lies severely wounded and trapped with the villagers in the camp at Old Man's Cave.
Boneyard 3 by Richard Moore
(Nantier Beall Minoustchine Publishing February 2008 / $12.95) - Book Descripton: Now in full color! Glump devises a wondrous scheme to do a Monsters on the Beach special swimsuit issue to help the cash-strapped Michael Paris. Never mind that Glump is hiding a much worse scheme within the scheme! On a darker note, Roxanne shows her true demonic self resulting in a potentially deadly showdown with Abbey. Collects issues 9-11 and the swimsuit issue. (Source: Nantier Beall Minoustchine Publishing)
.hack//G.U.+ Volume 1 by Tatsuya Hamazaki
(TokyoPop 12 February 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: It is the year 2017, and the stakes have gotten even higher in the massively multiplayer online game The World--now The World R:2, a dangerous place overrun by player killers, where lawlessness abounds. The PKK Haseo, known as "The Terror of Death," is a fearsome foe who punishes those who want to slay other players. But things have gotten personal as Haseo tries to track down the killer Tri-Edge, who has threatened the real life of his friend Shino... (Age 13+) (Source: TokyoPop)
Pet Shop of Horrors: Tokyo Volume 1 by Matsuri Akino
(TokyoPop 12 February 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: It's been several years since the bizarre Chinese Count known only as D left L.A.'s Chinatown. In that time, life has returned to normal in the world and the nightmares associated with Count D's pet shop of horrors have ceased. But across the Pacific, amidst the bright lights of Tokyo, a mysterious Chinese man has been spotted, and he seems to be opening a new shop...Magical "pets" are the elixirs of people's dreams--and the potions of their nightmares--in this continuation of the horrifying and tantalizing tale known as the Pet Shop of Horrors. (Source: TokyoPop)
Shin Megami Tensei (KAHN) Volume 1 by
(TokyoPop 12 February 2008 / $10.99) - Book Description: The terrifying manga based on the hit video game! Nobu is a troubled teenager with a dark past. His old high school was sucked into the Underworld, where he and his fellow students battled hordes of demons led by the Demon Lord, Hazama. However, Nobu and a demon-possessed girl named Yumi managed to claw their way back to the Surface World, hoping to start new lives at new schools. But it isn't long before Nobu uncovers a government conspiracy to raise Hell on Earth, and he and Yumi are once again forced to face their worst nightmares... (Source: TokyoPop)
Grease Monkey by Tim Eldred
(Tor 19 February 2008 / $19.95) - Book Description: Caught in the crossfire of an interstellar war, our Earth was bombed to flinders--and then repaired. The mysterious alien Benefactors who healed the planet also offered "uplift" to our dolphins and gorillas. The dolphins turned them down. The gorillas said yes. As a result, we're now sharing our world with language-using, tool-making simians. Tensions are inevitable, in both directions, but it's gradually working out.
Decades later, teenage cadet Robin Plotnik has been assigned to Fist of Earth, a defense station high above Earth, keeping watch against further attacks by the interstellar Horde. Robin's a spacecraft mechanic-in-training, apprenticed to Chief "Mac" Gimbensky, a cranky but basically benign gorilla with issues of his own.
Fist of Earth is a challenging place to grow up. Robin and Mac maintain fighter craft for the all-woman "Barbarian Squadron", which constantly competes for prestige with the other squadrons based on Fist of Earth. Robin's trying to romance a young librarian, and he's far from sure he knows what he's doing. Most of all, he's constantly struggling to figure out his moody, mercurial boss.
Then he and his best friend become entangled in a burgeoning scandal over betting on the squadrons' standings. And just when things look like they've hit rock bottom, the worst thing imaginable arrives at Fist of Earth: an efficiency expert from Earth, determined to reorganize Robin's hard-won life, and the whole squadron system, out of existence.
Fresh and engaging, crammed with likeable characters and science-fictional inventiveness, Grease Monkey is like a classic "Heinlein juvenile" in sequential-art mode.
Introduction by Kurt Busiek, author of Astro City> (Source: Tor)
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